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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 »

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 »

The Wil Wheaton Project highlights the week ahead

The Syfy channel, which recently achieved the unenviable record of having not a single original series worth watching – Continuum doesn’t count, it’s a Canadian show – will look to rectify that programming error with the premiere of The Wil Wheaton Project at 10pm this Tuesday. The actor, writer and blogger will do a weekly roundup of the things that he loves on television and the Internet focused on science fiction and other areas of general geekdom. Described as ‘funny… Read More »

Stephen Fry is at his talented best with panel game QI

Fans of the supremely talented Stephen Fry will be happy to hear that two seasons of his comedy panel game, QI, are currently available on Hulu for free viewing. Now 56 years old, Fry is something on a national treasure in the UK for his incredible wit and intelligence which has taken the form of numerous radio and television shows, movie appearances, stage productions, books, articles and blogs. A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder, all… Read More »

‘HIMYM’ Ends After 9-Year Run

How I Met Your Mother  ended Monday after nine years on CBS.  To mark the occasion I thought it would be fun to share my top five favorite HIMYM moments: 1. My brother used to (frequently) deliver a judo chop to the back of my neck that would make me see stars, and yet that was nothing compared to the carryings-on of Marshall Eriksen and his brothers. 2. I love every Slapsgiving episode, but this is my favorite due to the legen-wait-for-it-dary… Read More »

You Gotta See This – The League

Here’s the deal, I watch a lot of TV, one might even say I watch an obscene amount; I watch so much my doctor recently warned me about the health risks, no joke, it happened! Even though I watch so much television there are times when I fail; sometimes I miss or ignore a program about which I should be obsessed. It was this way with 24; I missed the first two seasons and happened to catch Jack Bauer beating the… 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 »

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 »