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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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Parenthood and The Good Wife Feature Compelling Family Dynamics

Parenthood wasn’t on last night and I was bummed…I like hanging out with the Braverman’s partly to avoid my own family’s dysfunction but also because the NBC family isn’t perfect, either. Certainly, their troubles aren’t as wild as Kalinda’s (Archie Panjabi) on CBS’ The Good Wife, another of my must-watch television shows, but it’s those day to day moments of a family, that Parenthood offers, that are special. In contrast, The Good Wife is often all mirrors and illusions in terms of the political scene and the law firm…and the domestic life of both Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Kalinda is totally out of the realm of reality for most people. But still the character’s personal lives are what ground the show and allow for all the intrigue and high jinks on the job.

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Parenthood is Back Tonight

Parenthood returns tonight and its fourth season premiere finds the Braverman clan united as they attempt to have a family portrait taken by a cantakerous photographer played by Ray Romano. The photographer, however, joins the cast plays a pivotal role in this season’s storylines involving Sarah (Lauren Graham), who is engaged as the season begins. Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights) will have a  recurring role on the show as well.  

This season will showcase the first year of marriage between Crosby (Dax Shepard)and Jasmine (Joy Bryant) while Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina (Monica Potter) send Haddie (Sarah Ramos) off to college. Joel (Sam Jaeger) and Julia (Erika Christensen) will adopt a child.

Often called an underdog, NBC’s Parenthood remains one of my favorite television shows and there is hardly anything like it on the air. It’s definitely a welcome event and a sign that fall is on the way and with it a new brew of returning and new shows to the airwaves.

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Watch NBC’s The Voice Tonight

I don’t watch American Idol because the voting system leaves me totally irritated and often ignores who’s the most talented, but I do enjoy NBC’s America’s Got Talent because it features more than just singing and often it’s truly the most worthy who wins!

Now, with The Voice, which comes from reality show king Mark Burnett (Survivor) and modeled after a show in Hollandviewers  can be part of discovering a new talent while also seeing one of the impressive group of  judges/coaches (Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Christina Aquilera) compete to add them to their team, where they will share career savvy and hard learned insider’s tips.

Hosted by Carson Daly, the show will be different from American Idolin several ways, and is a new twist in the talent competition as reality show and definitely worth giving a try.

“Other shows have made great television of the comedy of inviting people to sing who clearly can’t sing, and I’m sure those people know they can’t  sing.  It’s part of the comedy of the show, and it  works.  We made a conscious choice to not try to do that at all, so not one person steps on that stage who wasn’t good.  Some very good, and some great,” said Burnett during a panel for the show during NBC’s  Summer Press Day held at the Langham Hotel several weeks ago.   

 Because the contestants are so talented (NBC showed a clip of one contestant singing Tim McGraw’s, “Live Like You Were Dying” hit and I was hooked) they are allowed to choose which judge will be their coach while the musical giants have to convince the contestant on why they should choose them for their coach.

“That’s s delicate thing, too, because as an artist I don’t want to do anything that might hold somebody back, and so I’m not going to beg for somebody or pick somebody that I don’t know that I can do that much for them,” said Shelton.

” I wouldn’t want to hinder them at  all.  I want to see every one of these people go on and do something because I know what they are up against and what that’s like, you know, and so the only time that you would really see us sort of go head to head is when there’s somebody that you really, really, truly believe you can help.”

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Parenthood Season Finale Full of Endings and Beginnings

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Tonight’s season finale of Parenthood definitely throws a few curves but nothing major like “who killed JR”  but that’s ok because the show resonates because it’s about the ups and downs of a family, in this case the Bravermans. With most new shows set in the word of cops and criminals lawyers or forensics (and I love some of them like FX’s Justified and AMC’s The Killing) Parenthood is a welcome drama on the television landscape.

As a fan of the show, my few criticisms of this episode come with some storylines that seem a bit contrived — especially with Julia (Erika Christensen) being in the hospital when her daughter’s former teacher gives birth and her husband just can’t make it to the hospital. And in the real world a novice playwright like Sarah (Lauren Graham) would have many hurdles to go through before her play is produced, but…such are my quibbles.  

As expected Amber (Mae Whitman) will be ok but shaken up and numb from her car accident until Grandpa Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) is able to get through to her how self-destructive her recent behavior has been and it’s a powerful scene. We all knew that Adam (Peter Krause) wasn’t happy at work and has been a bit edgy so it’s only natural where his professional life ends up in this episode but at home he also learns news of a wonderful, unexpected beginning.  And Crosby (Dax Shepherd) and Jasmine (Joy Bryant) will give it another try but there’s definitely the sense that it’s not a foregone conclusion that they’ll make the relationship work.

The writers have sewn up the show and this season finale does work as the end of the show, but I can’t believe NBC will not renew it for a third season. I will think of the Braverman’s (and the exception cast of actors all around) as being on a long summer vacation and eagerly look forward to their return in the fall. Hint, Hint, NBC bring this show back for a third season!!!!

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The Event Returns on Monday Night.

Sorry, but The Cape didn’t do a thing for me. But then I’m not big on superheroes, either. Real messed up human beings is all I need to be entertained and hopefully be provoked to think about something other than the fact that NBC paid someone  a lot of money to make that show, and other writers got jobs on it, too.  And it’s not good.

So, I’m glad that The Event is returning on Monday night as I really was enjoying where this show left off. Skeptical, I was pleasantly surprised by the pilot of The Event.  While it didn’t arouse the same kind of intense reaction as the Lost pilot, the drama has potential and I’m still watching after ten episodes of 22 have aired. 

Despite the high-concept premise of the ground-breaking drama, what I liked most about Lost were the relationships and character backstories and flash forwards and backs in time. The Event has the chance to add the same type of character layering and so far it has peeled the onion back a bit. At first I wasn’t that keen on Jason Ritter (as much as I love Parenthood I didn’t buy him in the role as Lauren Graham’s potential love interest) in such a leading role but he delivered and his strong performance has definitely anchored the storylines.  And his girlfriend, Leila is an alien…hey, there’s Twilight elements here but if a human and a bloodsucker can work, why not an alient/human relationship.

Blair Underwood is strong as the President. It’s great to see Zeljko Ivanek   (Damages, True Blood) back as another intriguing character, and with the CIA, too.

I gave this drama more than a chance of surviving what I found to be a very lackluster new television season overall. The writers must learn from the mistakes of other similar shows, though. I watched the first four episodes of ABC’s FlashForward too and then stopped watching…intitially I loved the opportunity to see if the characters could change their fate foreseen in the mass blackout but then the plot, the actually story lost me. I hope that’s not the case with The Event as the set up is compelling and there were enough twists that caught me off guard. it doesn’t seem to be falling into the traps of other shows by making us wait to long for reveals and plot points, either. So that’s a welcome relief.

Let’s hope it once again gains some traction. Virginia Madsen joins the cast and there’s supposedly other surprises in store.

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NBC’s THE EVENT IS BACK ON MONDAY – LET’S HOPE THE LONG WAIT FOR IT TO RETURN IS WORTH IT

Sorry, but The Cape didn’t do a thing for me. But then I’m not big on superheroes, either. Real messed up human beings is all I need to be entertained and hopefully be provoked to think about something other than the fact that NBC paid someone  a lot of money to make that show, and other writers got jobs on it, too.  And it’s not good.

So, I’m glad that The Event is returning on Monday night as I really was enjoying where this show left off. Skeptical, I was pleasantly surprised by the pilot of The Event.  While it didn’t arouse the same kind of intense reaction as the Lost pilot, the drama has potential and I’m still watching after ten episodes of 22 have aired. 

Despite the high-concept premise of the ground-breaking drama, what I liked most about Lost were the relationships and character backstories and flash forwards and backs in time. The Event has the chance to add the same type of character layering and so far it has peeled the onion back a bit. At first I wasn’t that keen on Jason Ritter (as much as I love Parenthood I didn’t buy him in the role as Lauren Graham’s potential love interest) in such a leading role but he delivered and his strong performance has definitely anchored the storylines.  And his girlfriend, Leila is an alien…hey, there’s Twilight elements here but if a human and a bloodsucker can work, why not an alient/human relationship.

Blair Underwood is strong as the President. It’s great to see Zeljko Ivanek   (Damages, True Blood) back as another intriguing character, and with the CIA, too.

I gave this drama more than a chance of surviving what I found to be a very lackluster new television season overall. The writers must learn from the mistakes of other similar shows, though. I watched the first four episodes of ABC’s FlashForward too and then stopped watching…intitially I loved the opportunity to see if the characters could change their fate foreseen in the mass blackout but then the plot, the actually story lost me. I hope that’s not the case with The Event as the set up is compelling and there were enough twists that caught me off guard. it doesn’t seem to be falling into the traps of other shows by making us wait to long for reveals and plot points, either. So that’s a welcome relief.

Let’s hope it once again gains some traction. Virginia Madsen joins the cast and there’s supposedly other surprises in store.

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