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ABC has potential winner in Forever

One of the joys of watching an awful lot of television is that every now and again you get blindsided by a show that you have no expectations for and yet is thoroughly entertaining. Such is the case with Forever, the new ABC drama that stars Ioan Gruffudd, Alana de la Garza and Judd Hirsch and tells the story of Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), a man searching for the reason that he is unable to die. The show debuts on… Read More »

First six seasons of Criminal Minds are on Netflix

Binge watchers rejoice as Friday Netflix rolled out the first six seasons of the highly successful CBS procedural Criminal Minds for their streaming service. I’m tempted to say ‘finally’ because one of the frustrations about online content is that CBS is not aligned with the likes of Hulu and to watch the viewer must either tune in each week or catch up on the CBS website. Multiple seasons of Criminal Minds, and many other CBS shows, have just not been… Read More »

Peter Capaldi is Doctor Who

The worldwide cultural phenomena that is Doctor Who continues on Saturday when Peter Capaldi makes his debut as the 12th Doctor at 8:15pm on BBC America. Technically we saw the new incarnation at the end of the last season, but that was more about the departure of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor. This weekend it’s all about Capaldi, a 56-year old actor originally from Glasgow, Scotland who in many ways returns the show to the traditional era of Jon… Read More »

Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence are Partners

Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence make a welcome return to the small screen in the new sitcom Partners which premiers Monday on FX at 9pm with a second episode following immediately afterwards at 9.30. The two play Chicago lawyers Allen Braddock (Grammer) and Marcus Jackson (Lawrence) who through a set of circumstances are thrown together to form a new legal team that attempts to balance financial success with ethical action. There’s no surprise that Grammer plays the high-end elitist attorney… Read More »

Tennant and Watson shine in The Politician’s Husband

David Tennant stars as an ambitious cabinet minister, Aiden Hoynes, who makes an ill advised play for the party leadership only to see his wife step into the ensuing void, in The Politician’s Husband. This three-part show originally shown on BBC Two in the UK is now available for streaming on Netflix. As the series opens Hoynes and his wife Freya Gardner, a wonderfully impressive Emily Watson, are the golden couple of British politics. Judging the time is right to… Read More »

CW to show Penn & Teller: Fool Us

In the sea of network mediocrity that is Big Brother, America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance the CW pulls a wonderful surprise on Wednesday at 8pm with the premiere of Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Originally filmed and shown in the UK three years ago for ITV, and broadcast here in the US for the first time, the show gives magicians the opportunity to open in Las Vegas for the well known illusionists Penn Jillette and… Read More »

The Time Tunnel is vintage fun

Time travel and alternative timelines have always been a favorite of mine in all forms of media. Whether movies such as the Planet of the Apes or the Time Travelers to name just a couple, television such as Doctor Who and the venerable British series Timeslip or the Time Wars novels of Simon Hawke I am invariably drawn to the subject matter. The genesis of that interest can be traced back to an old ABC drama called The Time Tunnel,… Read More »

Yes Minister: The best British comedy ever

Yes Minister and the follow up Yes Prime Minister are the focus of this week’s Throwback Thursday with the combined 38 episodes available on Hulu Plus. Comedy is a rather subjective matter and what tickles the old funny bone varies from person to person, but for me this is the series with more consistent laughs than any other showcasing the talents of Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds. Certainly a case could be made for Porridge, Blackadder, Dad’s Army,… Read More »

More Nordic Noir with Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter

There has, over the past couple of years, been something of a renaissance when it comes to quality drama from the Scandinavian countries, particularly Sweden and Denmark. The multiple versions of Wallander and the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo may well be the best known although The Killing and The Bridge, both made into US adaptations, along with Borgen, The Protectors, Sebastian Bergman and The Eagle are well worth your time. Although be forewarned; even with the need for subtitles… Read More »

The Rockford Files on Throwback Thursday

“This is Jim Rockford, at the tone leave your name and message and I’ll get back to you.” And so started one of the greatest shows of all time, The Rockford Files which we highlight this week on Throwback Thursday. The first three seasons are available for free streaming on Hulu, while Amazon Prime members can stream all six seasons as part of their subscription. Rockford featured James Garner, who had become a star in the late 50’s and early… Read More »

Gideon Raff brings Tyrant to FX

Back in 2010 the extremely talented Israeli director and writer Gideon Raff created a television drama series called Prisoners of War. The show, which Raff also wrote and directed, went on to become Israel’s highest rated drama of all time and spawned a US adaptation, the highly acclaimed and multiple award winning Showtime series Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. Tuesday at 10pm on FX, Raff unveils his latest drama with the debut of Tyrant, which takes Raff back… Read More »

TNT premieres The Last Ship this Sunday

TNT continues what appears to be a strong start to the summer season on Sunday when the Michael Bay executive produced drama, the Last Ship screens at 9pm for the first of 10 episodes. Based on the novel of the same name by William Brinkley, The Last Ship postulates a post-apocalyptic world in which the remnants of society, not least the crew of the USS Nathan James, battle to survive. Brinkley’s novel, published in 1988 by Viking Press and Ballantine… Read More »