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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 »

Watch this (week of March 31)

SUNDAY It’s back! As “Game of Thrones” (9 p.m., HBO) kicks off its third season, Daenerys continues her quest for a ship, and Jon Snow finally meets the legendary Mance Ryder. But my favorite part of the show: Peter Dinklage’s portrayal of Tyrion Lannister. If you’re a fan of “The Voice” (7 p.m., NBC), you might want to clear some space on your DVR. The singing competition airs repeats of last week’s fourth-season premiere tonight, with new episodes at 8… Read More »

Watch this (week of Oct. 28)

This week, it’s all about the World Series, which airs at 5 p.m. on Fox today and, if necessary, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. And on “Monday Night Football,” the 49ers face the Cardinals in Arizona. If you aren’t a sports fan, though, there are a few other highlights. SUNDAY My interest in reality TV has been waning over the past couple of seasons, and with the glut of great TV on Sunday nights, I’ve totally missed mentioning the return of… Read More »

Should you join ‘Revolution’?

To kick off the fall TV season, I thought I’d take a look at one new series, a couple returning favorites and what I’m most looking forward to watching next week. New show: “Revolution” (10 p.m. Monday, NBC) was one of two shows I was most looking forward to watching. (The other is “Last Resort,” premiering next Thursday.) It was created by Eric Kripke, the guy who also brought us the CW’s “Supernatural.” The pilot episode of “Revolution” began with… Read More »

Watch this (week of May 6)

This week is a busy one for season finales, so here’s a look at some shows that are ending (for now): SUNDAY “The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS) ends with a two-hour finale.  MONDAY Martha Stewart guest-stars on “2 Broke Girls,” (8 p.m., CBS) as Max and Caroline try to get her interested in their fledgling cupcake business. Hopefully, she’ll class up the jokes a little bit. On “Castle” (10 p.m., ABC), Beckett and Castle look into tip about the… Read More »

Watch this (week of April 29)

After a few weeks of high-profile returns and new-series debuts, I can’t find much to get excited about this week, other than new episodes of all the old stand-bys, and the season finale of “The Good Wife”… which only means I’ll have to wait months before it’s back. Nevertheless, here’s a quick recap of what’s going on this week: SUNDAY “Desperate Housewives” (9 p.m., ABC) returns to kick-off its sprint to the finish line. The series says goodbye for good… Read More »

Watch this (week of Feb. 19)

SUNDAY Springfield is finally fed up, and the town banishes Homer and clan as “The Simpsons” marks its 500th episode (8 p.m., Fox). (As one of the longest-running shows ever, it’s a wonder the town put up with Homer and Bart this long.) Also Sunday, the 20th (!) season of “The Amazing Race” kicks off with a trek from Santa Barbara, Calif., to Santa Barbara, Argentina. (8 p.m., CBS). Last season was the first I gave up on (call it… Read More »

Shows to savor

TV and food…two things I love. So naturally, I sometimes think in ways that combine the two. Here’s a sampling of what’s on my TV menu these days. Appetizers: These shows aren’t the main course, but rather something you can watch when you don’t want something too heavy. Maybe you want to pass the time before the kids go to sleep, or while the pasta for dinner is boiling, or between errands while pairing up the socks in the laundry… Read More »