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Sunday September 9, 2012 – What’s You Should Watch

9 Sep

The 2012 TV Season starts this week, I am really looking forward to quite a few of the new shows.  Tonight is still repeats and Football.

ABC is running a mini-marathon of key episodes from “Once Upon A Time‘s” first season, these four episodes will get you up to speed in time for the Season 2 premiere.

Another entry in the competition reality show PBS premiere’s Broadway or Bust.

CBS has repeats of The Good Wife and The Mentalist

NBC has Football, Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburg Steelers

Once Upon a Time

Episode: Pilot
Emma’s life turns upside down when she is visited by Henry, the 10-year-old child she long ago gave up for adoption; Emma brings Henry back to his foster mother in a strange town called Storybrooke.
 
Once Upon a Time

Episode: Red-Handed
Emma gives Ruby a job as her assistant; David faces questions about Kathryn’s disappearance; Red Riding Hood yearns to run off with her love but is prevented by a dangerous situation.
 
As Henry begs Emma to stay in Storybrooke, Regina works on a plot that could rid her of Emma permanently; Snow White asks her cohorts to help save Prince Charming and defeat the evil queen.
 
Once Upon a Time

Emma and Regina work together to save Henry’s life; Prince Charming tries to escape from the Evil Queen and reunite with Snow White
 

Broadway or Bust

PREMIERE
Sixty performers learn a new opening number, get one-on-one coaching by Broadway’s top talent, and prepare for their solos.
 
The Good Wife

Episode: Pants on Fire
As Alicia counsels a client who is considering a strict plea deal, Peter’s political rival forces her back into the public eye.
 

The Mentalist

Lisbon reconnects with her ex-fiance while investigating the murder of a surfer; Cho reconsiders his decision to be in a relationship with Summer (Samaire Armstrong).
 
 
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Sunday 5/6 What You Should Watch

6 May

First of all I saw The Avenger’s yesterday, and it kicked ass.  If you want a good old fashion action adventure popcorn movie, this is your ticket.  Congratulations to Joss Whedon, as a long time fan it is so great to see him get this richly deserved mainstream success.

Tonight, is a busy night we are getting closer to season finales for Once Upon A Time and Celebrity Apprentice.

Season 2 of BBC’s Sherlock re-boot begins airing tonight on Masterpiece. Check your local PBS station for channel and time.

The Mad Hatter returns to OUAT,

 The Amazing Race and GCB air their finales tonight.

Did anyone see last week’s episode of Mad Men, the last 10 minutes were so intense. We learned the name of Rosie’s father on The Killing, will we see him?

Once Upon a Time

As Henry begs Emma to stay in Storybrooke, Regina works on a plot that could rid her of Emma permanently; Snow White asks her cohorts to help save Prince Charming and defeat the evil queen.

The Killing

Episode: Keylela
The investogation goes back to the casino; tension erupts at the Larsen house; Stan meets Richmond face to face.
 

Mad Men

Episode: Lady Lazarus
Peggy is upset by a secret she is keeping; Pete helps a friend; Don receives unexpected news.
 

Masterpiece Mystery!

Sherlock and Watson become involved in a blackmail case involving a dominatrix.
 
 
 
 

4/1 Sunday What You Should Watch

1 Apr

The Killing is back tonight with a 2 hour premiere at 8pm on AMC, and as many of you have pointed out it seems appropriate that the second season should debut on April’s Fool Day.  Many thought the show pulled a fast one at the end of the first season by not revealing who killed Rosie Larsen.  You know the old saying, fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice, shame on you.  The show’s creators claim they will reveal the killer by the end of season 2 and it will not be same person it was in the original Danish series.

I will be watching because I got hooked on the characters and the actors.  

Also on my DVR schedule tonight, Mad Men and Once Upon A Time.  The Good Wife is not on, but when it returns in two weeks we will see the Alicia/Jackie fight that was teased at the end of last weeks episode.

Once Upon A Time promises to finally reveal the source of Regina’s hate for Snow, something about a stable boy. 

Mad Men continues its slow burn, the season premiere last week, was satisfying and unsettling.  I don’t like this Don Draper, what has Megan done to him.  I think she is pulling a con, and she is going to Dick Whitman Don Draper. Only time will tell.

The Killing

Sarah investigates a possible cover up; an ominous discovery is made at the Larsen’s house; Councilman Richmond has a dark secret.

Mad Men

Episode: Tea Leaves
Peggy is given new responsibility; Don and Harry indulge a client.

Once Upon a Time

Emma keeps searching for evidence to prove Mary Margaret’s innocence in Kathryn’s murder; the root of the evil queen’s disdain for Snow White is revealed.

Once Upon A Time – We’ve got Magic To Do

26 Mar

The Mad Hatter got the Once Upon A Time treatment in last night’s aptly titled “Hat Trick”.

The episode opens with Emma, Gold and Henry discovering Mary Margaret has escaped, Emma must find her before her arraignment at 8am the next morning, More importantly she must find her before Regina finds out she has escaped.

Emma sets off to look for MM, if she is the sheriff why doesn’t she have a cruiser? Why is she driving her VW Bug? She nearly runs down a man in the road,  Jefferson (Sebastian Stan), he twists his ankle and Emma drives him home. Once there he drugs her with a cup of tea, he needs her to make a hat, a magic hat, because she is or has magic.

In Fairy Tale world, Jefferson (he has the same name in both worlds) is playing hide and seek with this daughter Grace. He has retired from the magical millinery business, and he is not mad yet, quite sane actually. The Queen comes to visit, she asks him to pull the old Magic Hat of of storage, she needs to retrieve something from Wonderland and only he can help her. If he agrees she promises Grace will want for nothing. He agrees and makes a deal with the devil.  We all know that never ends well.

The Hat transports you to a room full of doors, Jefferson finds the right one, a looking glass if you will. He tells the Queen that the same number of people who go thru must come back, so only two. (a little foreshadowing). Once thru they head to the vault in the Queen of Hearts castle, there the Queen finds what she is looking for as they head back to the looking glass, the Queen breaks off a piece of magic mushroom and drops it on the floor. Her father Henry appears and they take off thru the looking glass, leaving Jefferson behind.

The Queen of Hearts, declares “off with his head” and he is decapitated. Eventually his head is re-attached and the Queen of Hearts commands him to make another magical hat, he makes thousands but none are magical. He goes mad, hence the name The Mad Hatter.  Roger Daltry is the voice of the hookah smoking caterpillar, I am not sure why this was such a big deal in the press releases, it was such a small part and a non-event.

Back to Storybrooke, Emma tries to escape and finds MM begin held captive as well. Here is where it gets interesting, Jefferson is a believer, he remembers both sides of this life. He has found his daughter in Stroybrooke, where she lives a normal life as Henry’s friend Paige.

Jefferson tells Emma she is magical, he saw things change the moment she arrived. If she will make him a magical hat that will allow him to return to his real world, he will free her and MM.  She makes him the hat, but there is no magic, Emma and MM go all bad ass on Jefferson, he goes flying thru a window and disappears.

Emma gives MM the choice to return to the jail or run, she goes back to jail. They make it just in time, Regina shows up and so does Gold. I am not quite sure who is double crossing who here, are Regina and Gold in league, is Gold crossing Emma, or is everyone just out for themselves. I am going with the later.

Emma borrow Henry’s book, is she starting to believe?

I rather enjoyed last night’s episode, Sebastian Stan gave a stand out performance, I hope we see more of him. As always Robert Carlyle delivered, there better be a supporting Emmy nom in his future.

Next Week: We finally learn why the Queen hates Snow so much, and Emma continues to search for evidence to prove Mary Margaret is innocent of murder.

Sunday 3/25 What You Should Watch

25 Mar

Mad Men is back tonight.  This is one of the hardest shows to get spoilers for, the critics got screeners and they kept a lot of the details to themselves. I think Matt Weiner welds serious power to keep the critics quite, he will shut down their access to the show.

The few details that have leaked out, there is a time jump, Don and Megan have married, Joan had her baby, the agency is still struggling and their will be another time jump mid season. The show starts in 1965 and the Civil Rights movement is in full force.

The Good Wife, Mathew Perry guests as Alicia’s new adversary, I know everyone loves Chandler Bing, but I like it when Matt goes dark.

Once Upon A Time, was great last week and this week’s kidnap with the Mad Hatter looks pretty awesome.

We also have, The Amazing Race, Celebrity Apprentice and GCB.

Enjoy your last night of freedom before you head back to work or school.

Mad Men

Episode: A Little Kiss
Pete and Roger butt heads, and Joan clashes with a houseguest.
 

Once Upon a Time

Episode: Hat Trick
During her search for Mary Margaret, Emma is kidnapped by a mad man with an affinity for hats; the evil queen hires a man of magic.
 

The Good Wife

While on a panel investigating a police shooting, Alicia starts to wonder about the chairman’s actions; the IRS starts looking at Kalinda.
 

The Celebrity Apprentice

When the teams are tasked with putting on a party to promote a drink mix, one group creates a beach experience, while the other goes with a Garden of Eden theme.
 

The Amazing Race

Two teams hit the hay to see how they stack up; the racers take an oily detour in Azerbaijan.
 

GCB

Gigi plans a party for Carlene’s uncle (Bruce Boxleitner) and asks guests to dress as their favorite Texan; Amanda works as a consultant for Cricket and Blake’s denim line; Zack and Sharon seek counseling.

3/18 Sunday What You Should Watch

18 Mar

In one week Mad Men returns, I cant wait to see what Mathew Weiner has in store for us this season. Are you a Mad Men fan, what are your predictions for the new season?

All new episodes of our favorites tonight, Once Upon a Time and The Good Wife.

ABC also has new Desperate Housewives and GCB. Is anyone watching GCB, what do you think? I would love to hear feedback.

NBC has Celebrity Apprentice. CBS also has The Amazing Race

Top Spot – The Good Wife because Michael J. Fox is back and so is Elizabeth Reiser who played Will’s girlfriend that he dumped to get with Alicia.

The Good Wife

Financial concerns lead Alicia to reconsider Louis Canning’s (Michael J. Fox) standing job offer; Diane and Jack Copeland (Bryan Brown) reconnect.
 
 

Once Upon a Time

After Emma is forced to arrest Mary Margaret for the murder of David’s wife, Mary Margaret hires Mr. Gold as her attorney; Snow White continues to be affected by Rumplestiltskin’s potion
 
 

Once Upon A Time “Red Handed” As in caught…

12 Mar

Last night’s episode of Once Upon A Time, “Red Handed” dealt with Ruby’s backstory and answered the question, “what happened to Katherine”.

“Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?”, not Red Riding Hood, becasue she is the wolf!!

Am I the only one who found the descriptions about Ruby’s “issue” were a little too close to her having her period. She turns once a month, only under a full moon, (the full moon is on a 28 day cycle), it started when she was 13 and the best part, she ripped her boyfriend to shreds when it was her time. Girls, come on who among us hasn’t wanted to that from time to time. And her name is red, and she wears a blood red cape. Granny was like her but it faded as she got older, just like menopause.  So the the show equates menstruation with turnig into a beast, who writes this stuff Rush Limbaugh?

Red’s boyfriend is named Peter, as in Peter and the wolf, I am surprised they didn’t lift a little of the melody for the background music. Granny keeps Red away from Peter in Fairy Tale Land, and Ruby away from August in Storybrooke land.  We later learn why she keeps Peter away, but why August.

They found Katherine, well part of her. Her heart in a box, Mary Margaret’s fingerprints were found on the inside cover, so more trauma for our lovers. But that is pretty much a gimme since the show is all about the Queen getting revenge on Snow.

I noticed that they added the writer to the list of people who can break the curse in the opening credits. Interesting, we know he doctored Henry’s book, but we don’t know what he added.

All in all it was a good episode, the Red/Ruby backstory was tight, Granny sure is a badass. I am glad they got a happy ending in Storybrooke even though they didn’t get one in Fairy Tale Land. As usual Emma and Regina shared some zingers, the whole scene in the hospital was great.

In the end Ruby found her worth, felt better about herself and returned to Granny’s, with less make-up and her hair toned down. Does this mean the end of her short shorts.

Next week, more Snow and the queen.

Sunday 3/4 What You Should Watch

4 Mar

Well it is a busy night tonight, GCB premieres on ABC, The Good Wife is back, Celebrity Apprentice, The Amazing Race and Once Upon A Time are all new tonight.

Lets discuss GCB, formerly titled, Good Christian Bitches then changed to Belles, now just GCB. It is written by Robert Harling, the man responsible for “Steel Magnolia’s” and produced by Darren Starr, the man responsible for 90210, and Melrose Place just to name a few. It is based on the book Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin.  

The series centers around Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), former high-school “Queen Bitch,” a recently-divorced single mother of two who returns to her hometown, Dallas. She meets the former schoolmates she used to mock: Carlene Cockburn (Kristin Chenoweth), Good Christian’s Dallas and GCB “Queen”; Sharon Peacham (Jennifer Aspen), who was beautiful in high school and is now insecure and does the bulk of Carlene’s bidding; glamorous gossip queen Heather Cruz (Marisol Nichols); and Cricket Caruth-Reilly (Miriam Shor), powerful Dallas real-estate agent whose husband Blake (Mark Deklin) is gay.[5] Amanda and her children reside with her 50-something mother Gigi Stopper (Annie Potts), who still acts like a 20-something.

I will check it out, but I don’t think it or I will be sticking around.

Top Spot – The Good Wife

The Good Wife

As power grabs are occurring at the firm, Alicia and Caitlin face off with Nancy Crozier (Mamie Gummer); Peter discovers the downside to taking the high road.
 

Once Upon a Time

Episode: Dreamy
Mary Margaret and Leroy join forces to help nuns sell candles at the Miner’s Day festival; Emma investigates the disappearance of David’s wife; Grumpy falls in love with a fairy.
 

GCB

Episode: Pilot
After her marriage ends in scandal, Amanda Vaughn returns to her hometown with her two teenagers, but not everyone is happy to see her.
 

The Amazing Race

For the first time, the contestants travel to Paraguay; the teams struggle with a challenge and must perfect a balancing
 

The Celebrity Apprentice

The teams must design window displays for a jewelry collection; the women’s team leader struggles with the task; the men lose faith in their leader.

TV Season Half Way Thru – Let’s Discuss

12 Dec

We are halfway thru the 2011-2012 TV season, so I thought now would be a good time to share our thoughts on where we are so far.  Did the shows you were psyched for let you down? What shows looked like they were going to fail but totally surprised you? 

Shows that lived up to my expectations

2 Broke Girls – I had high hopes for this show,a sassy chick comedy. It took a few episodes but I am sold. The jokes are pretty raunchy, and the premise is pretty thin, but Kat Dennings and Beth Behers make it work.  What still isn’t working for me is Oleg, the cook. I wish he was a little more Mel from Alice and a lot less pervy.

American Horror Story – A big fan of Ryan Murphy‘s Nip/Tuck days (until the Carver), I had high hope for this show, not to mention the strength of a cast including Connie Britton and Jessica Lange and Mr. Murphy delivered. This is by far the most creative and daring show on basic cable. 

Once Upon A Time – I don’t know why, I mean it is a pretty silly sounding premise, but I knew this would be good. From the writing, to the acting to the outstanding production values this show has delivered as expected.  Robert Carlyle and Lana Parilla would be nominated for Emmy’s if it wasn’t such a political mess.

Ringer – I expected a good noir thriller, with many twists and turns and that is what I got. What makes Ringer more successful in my eyes is, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and they move the plot along at a quick clip.

Shows that surprised me

A Gifted Man – I have to admit the premise sounded pretty cheesy. Egotistical doctor gets schooled by the ghost of his saintly x-wife, but Patrick Wilson makes it work and the show is watchable. I hope it gets a second season there is a lot of potential, and a lot of room to grow these characters and the storylines.

Hart of Dixie – I was on board from the beginning, but I am genuinely surprised at how much I am loving this show.  The writers have come a long way since the pilot, and are giving as much time and attention to fleshing out the supporting characters and relationships as their leads.  More George and Wade, more Lavon and Zoe friendship, and for the love of god give Lemon a few more layers. Shrill,, shriller, shrillest is not depth.

Homeland – Actually I would say this show completely blew me away. (No Pun intended).  Claire Danes is flat-out amazing, I hope she is recognized later this week at the SAG Award nominations and next fall at the Emmy’s.  Since this comes from the creators of 24, I would not put it past them to blow up Sgt. Brody in the finale.  Just like Jack Bauer Carrie can have a new foe every season.

Revenge – I thought this would be fun, a return to the days of Dallas and Dynasty. But this is far more advanced, and polished.  Thank you for the best guilty pleasure since, birthday cake and ice cream.

Suburgatory – The premise, a basic fish out of water story. What makes this one different, the cast, Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy are great as our fish. But Cheryl Hines and Carly Chaikin as mother and daughter Dallas and Dalia steal the show.

Shows that disappointed, and I wouldn’t miss if the got cancelled

Grimm – Sorry, it isn’t settling, the characters, the stories, it just doesn’t work.

Secret Circle – nothing to say, please go away now.

Sunday 12/11 What You Should Watch

11 Dec

Top Spot – Once Upon A Time

Runner Up Homeland, the bombing last week left Carrie in the hospital, her bi-polar disorder will get out of control and Saul is going to be forced to make a judgement call.

And don’t forget the season finale of Boardwalk Empire airs tonight. Rumor is a main character will be killed off tonight.

The Good Wife and Dexter are also good choices.

Tonight’s episode,  of Once Upon a Time, “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”, teases, “the town mourns a death” .  I seriously doubt they will kill a main character, and if they do, the death will only hold for one of the realities.  Based on the previews it looks like we will finally get confirmation that Sheriff Graham is The Huntsman, and he may be remembering his Fairy Tale life.

Once Upon a Time

One of Storybrooke’s residents starts to remember fairytale life; the town mourns a death; the Queen tries to find an assassin to kill
Snow White.
 

Homeland

Episode: The Vest
Carrie is hospitalized; Brody takes a weekend trip to Gettysburg.
 

Boardwalk Empire

Episode: To the Lost
Jimmy hopes to make amends with Nucky; Margaret considers a life-changing decision
 

Dexter

Dexter works to catch the Doomsday Killers; Debra’s battle with LaGuerta boils over.
 

The Good Wife

Alicia works to have a judgment thrown out after her client is found guilty; Alicia begins to realize the consequences of her decisions
 
 
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