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Goodbye Dexter

Much will be written in the next day or so about the Dexter finale; my guess is most of it will be critical.  The thing about finales is they are seldom satisfying; I am going to go easy on the writers though and say that, in my opinion, on a scale of Sopranos (my least favorite finale) to Battlestar Galactica (my favorite) this one was somewhere in between.  I like that Dexter didn’t die, I like that he showed emotion… Read More »

My TV Picks September 9 – 15

As I mentioned last week, we are at the slow beginning of the fall TV premiere season; the following are my picks for new shows this week. Sons of Anarchy (FX 10 PM Tuesday) Bikers, drugs, thugs and Charlie Hunnam, what more could we want?  I enjoy this program for the excellent writing, and many talented actors.  Hunnam in particular is a pleasure to watch, I have thought highly of him from Nicholas Nickleby straight through to Raleigh Becket in… 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 »

Watch This Weekend 8/23 – 8/25

Friday – We Were There: The March On Washington – An Oral History (CNN, 10 PM). If you want to hear about real life drama, sacrifice, courage and commitment, tune in for firsthand accounts of event organizers and participants.  I watched CNN’s recent program on Richard Nixon and found it to be informative and entertaining, I have high hopes for this documentary as well. Saturday – Hell on Wheels (AMC, 9 PM).  We are only in the third week of… 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 Sept. 30)

Remember when all the good shows were on Sunday? This week is another of those times, with several favorites returning:  “Once Upon a Time,” (8 p.m., ABC); “Revenge,” (9 p.m., ABC); “The Good Wife,” (9 p.m., CBS) and “The Mentalist,” (10 p.m., CBS). Fox is also relaunching most of its animated comedies, with the return of “The Simpsons” (8 p.m.), “Bob’s Burgers” (8:30 p.m.), and “Family Guy” (9 p.m.) (“The Cleveland Show” returns next week.) On cable, Showtime is bringing… Read More »

When your shows will return

September is a busy month on TV. While this is the time of year when attention focuses on all those bright and shiny new shows the networks are hoping you will watch, most of us are more eagerly awaiting the return of old favorites. So when will your favorite show return? Here’s a list of what’s premiering when on the networks. ABC Dancing with the Stars, 8 p.m. on Sept. 24 Castle, 10 p.m. on Sept. 24 Private Practice, 10… Read More »

SAG award TV nominees

The Screen Actors Guild announced their nominations, including for TV. Among them: Drama ensemble: HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” CBS’ “The Good Wife” and Showtime’s “Dexter.” Comedy ensemble: “Modern Family,” “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Glee.” If I were to pick a favorite from this group, I’d have to go with “Modern Family,” but all of but one of these shows is in my DVR list. (Sorry, “30 Rock.” When I’ve… Read More »