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Exile features superior acting in a three-part series

We’re fresh from an excellent holiday week, which is always a good excuse to catch up on various shows on the old DVR. The Doctor Who 50th anniversary viewed multiple times and truth be told not bad. A quibble here and there, but still fairly epic although it reinforced to me that I still prefer David Tennant to Matt Smith. I followed that with catching up with the first couple of hours of Almost Human, the Fox futuristic cop show… Read More »

Collins and Shaw go Gently into the night

I find myself profoundly sad at the news that actor Lewis Collins has passed away following a five-year battle with cancer. Strange that the death of someone I have never met and knew only from his television and movie career would have such an impact. For a certain generation of Englishmen, Collins was Bodie, part of a double act with Martin Shaw’s Doyle in The Professionals a crime drama show centered around a fictional unit called CI5 that dealt with… Read More »

Car TV Part II – Dallas Car Sharks

Car TV Part II – Dallas Car Sharks (Velocity 8:30 PM Tuesdays) This program follows four car dealers in Dallas; each week they go to an auction, buy a car, fix it up and sell it for a profit.  There’s a bit of drama in the form of friendly rivalries between the dealer principals making the auctions fun to watch. What each one finds once they get the vehicle back to their respective shops is frequently entertaining, occasionally stressful to… Read More »

My TV Picks September 2 – 8

TV Scoop readers it is with great excitement that I declare the fall TV premiere season is upon us; this week and next offer just a smattering of premieres but the following weeks will bring a torrent of new programs and returning favorites.  This month also marks the end of Dexter and Breaking Bad; in all, September is a great time to be a TV viewer. Cold Justice (TNT 10PM Tuesday) From producer Dick Wolf comes this new true crime… Read More »

Better Viewing Through Technology – TV Forecast

When I was a kid there were three ways to find out what was on TV; the Sunday newspaper, the TV Guide, and my mom. These days I manage to remember the listings after the newspaper has been recycled, I haven’t seen a TV Guide in years (though I do sometimes check tvguide.com), I still get reminders from my mom from time to time but I watch far too much television for her to keep track of everything; thankfully there… Read More »

Top 6 TV pairings

In honor of the return of “Breaking Bad” tonight, I thought I’d take a look at some of TV’s top pairings. Whether it’s a love affair, family bond, friendship or two people on opposite sides of the law, these couples provide the foundations of their shows. Without them, the shows would be much less entertaining, and possibly fizzle entirely. The list isn’t all-inclusive – I’ve limited it to six of my favorites, and I’ve only considered shows currently airing. (Sorry,… Read More »

Watch this (week of July 28)

SUNDAY After a lengthy absence, “Unforgettable” (9 p.m., CBS) returns for its second season, with Carrie joining a high-profile crimes unit and investigating  a kidnapping. On “Crossing Lines” (10 p.m., NBC) , the team also investigates an abduction, although in this case, it’s not a child but Hickman who’s taken. MONDAY Do you enjoy watching  stuntmen, fitness instructors and Regular Joes (and Janes) with rock-hard abs (or not) swing, jump and cling to obstacles along a course, with many of… Read More »

Emmy nominations announced

The Emmy nominations were announced Thursday. While I have no idea which way Emmy voters will go, there are a lot of great nominations – and, of course, a couple of favorites missing from the list. A look at the major categories: Drama series:    “Breaking Bad”(AMC); “Downton Abbey” (PBS);“Game of Thrones” (HBO); “Homeland” (Showtime); “Mad Men” (AMC); and “House of Cards” (Netflix). My take: I’m really rooting for “Breaking Bad” to win this as it heads into its final… Read More »

Watch this (week of June 23)

SUNDAY New series “Crossing Lines” (9 p.m., NBC)  stars William Fichtner as a former police officer who joins in the global search for a serial killer. “Mad Men” (9 p.m., AMC) ends for the season. Lifetime brings back “Drop Dead Diva” (9 p.m.), before premiering new series “Devious Maids.” (Title kinda says it all.) Bristol Palin and Melissa Rivers trade families in the season premiere of “Celebrity Wife Swap” (8 p.m., ABC). It’s followed by “Whodunnit?” (9 p.m.), a reality… Read More »

Watch this (week of June 9)

SUNDAY Will top nominees“Kinky Boots” or “Matilda the Musical” sweep the “Tony Awards” (8 p.m., CBS)? Find out tonight. Neil Patrick Harris hosts. A new alien species arrives; Tom and Anne deal with her pregnancy; and Hal has some disturbing nightmares as “Falling Skies” (8 p.m., TNT) returns with back-to-back episodes. Ten designers vie to be an “HGTV Star” (5 p.m., HGTV) as Sabrina Soto joins the judging panel. First up: Contestants design their own wallpaper or fabric. On the… Read More »

What’s on this summer?

What I’m most looking forward to as the summer season kicks in to high gear:  “Breaking Bad” and “Burn Notice” start their final seasons, “True Blood” returns, and the Stephen King miniseries “Under the Dome” premieres. Also, on USA, fans get to see what happens after The Kiss on both “Covert Affairs” and “Suits.” There is also the chance to watch the final episodes of several canceled shows as the networks burn off episodes before starting fresh in fall. That… Read More »

Watch this (week of May 26)

Hopefully, you’re out enjoying your Memorial Day weekend, because it’s not looking too sunny out there in TV land. Here’s a look at what networks are offering up this week: SUNDAY There are a couple of bright spots on Sunday. HBO premieres its high-profile movie “Behind the Candelabra” (9 p.m., HBO), which stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover. And fans of “Arrested Development” get what they want in a big way: Netflix releases 15 new… Read More »