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Winter TV Landscape Full This Month

Coming on the heels of the end of season two of Showtime’s Homeland, I’m relieved and excited that there’s so much great television commencing this month. It is a new year and winter after all, a time for hibernation and of course television watching, not that I need any other motivation than my own viewing pleasure. Still, the new and returning shows are as welcome as a rich cup of hot chocolate.

After watching episodes of season two of Downton Abbey, I’m more than ready for the beginning of seven weeks of new episodes as season three kicks off this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. on PBS. There’s so many story lines to explore and there’s also the addition of Shirley MacLaine to the amazing cast of characters…a shout out to Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith.

Already enjoyed a new episode of Parenthood on New Year’s Day and ABC’s Nashville returns with new episodes on Wednesday. ABC re-aired the pilot of the show last night and CMT hosts a marathon of the drama on Sunday, January 6 at 2 p.m. ET/PT. My sense is that the show’s ratings have gone down since the pilot and I have lost a bit of my initial passion for the show but I’m going to hang in there because I love the city of Nashville and for the music and for the amazing performances of the two leads — Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.

One of the promising new pilots, Deception, finally makes NBC’s airwaves on  Monday  and the highly anticipated drama The Following comes to Fox on January 21. Showtime’s Californication is back on January 13.

On the Case with Paula Zahn already began its new season on Discovery ID and True Crime with Aphrodite Jones begins on Monday at 10:00 p.m. The fourth season of Justified begins on FX on Tuesday, January 8. Timothy Olyphant, what more do I need to say? Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins). I totally missed season three so would prefer to catch up before I tune in to the new season, which will feature Patton Oswalt and Ron Eldard.

What more could you want?






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Justified’s Second Season Begins Tonight

Opening up the DVD containing the first three episodes of Justified’s second season, which premieres on FX on Wednesday, February 9, at 10 pm ET/PT was similar to the anticipation of unwrapping a bar or box of chocolate.  Devouring the dark delight of Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan Givens  in one sitting was definitely delicious and  the storyline between him and his ex-wife Winona (Natalie Zea) is always fun, but it’s the relationship between him and Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) that excites most so far this season.  

In the “Moonshine War” we’re introduced to a new clan of bad guys, led by Mags Bennet (Margo Martindale), but it’s episode three “The I of the Storm” that really kicks ass. Here we see Boyd striving to change, to live a different life even though everyone else refuses to accept that transformation. Goggins’ work is perfection here and watching he and Olyphant play off of each other is a real treat, one that doesn’t inject any calories or sugar into my system but instead tantalised my intellect and emotions. He may have made a name for himself on The Shield but he does much more than simple justice to his role here.

Based on a short story by crime novelist Elmore Leonard and developed by Graham Yost (Boomtown, The Pacific) who wrote the pilot and the first episode of the second season, the FX drama is first-rate and in a category of its own. If you haven’t watched this show yet, and given the fact that neither Olyphant or Goggins were nominated for Golden Globe or SAG Awards perhaps even people in the industry haven’t, try watching the first season over a weekend. It’s definitely worth your time.

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