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Scorpion is preposterous, but fun

Among the shows I was looking forward to this new season was Scorpion, the new drama on CBS at 9pm on Mondays. Supposedly based on a true story, and that claim appears more than a little dodgy, Scorpion sets itself apart with not only likeable actors in good roles, but crucially without any bad ones. It’s silly, preposterous, sit back and don’t think too much about it fun and as such entertains well. Given a smidgen of luck in what… Read More »

24: Live Another Day is the pick of the week once more

Monday’s latest episode of 24: Live Another Day on Fox at 9pm is the highlight of the week once again as the traditional television season runs its course and we start to see the arrival of the summer programming. Three hours into season nine and 24: Live Another Day has already joined Game of Thrones as ‘event’ programming that overshadows the rest of the week. Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub excel as Jack Bauer and Chloe O’Brian in a… Read More »

Crisis has much to love, but…

Every now and again you come across a show that you just can’t get a clear and concise handle on. There’s usually a good premise, some quality actors and that nagging feeling that it’s all going to be a colossal waste of time. And yet Crisis, the new drama series Sundays at 10pm on NBC, has so much going for it that I want to not only like this show, but also love it. I have a fairly established pattern… Read More »

Crossing Lines is a hidden gem

Well, that was a pleasant surprise. The old Netflix suggestion algorithm threw up another fascinating show this week with the recommendation of the series Crossing Lines. Down in the depths of Netflix and Hulu, I occasionally miss a series that is shown on broadcast television. Such is the case with Crossing Lines, an English language French-German production that appeared on NBC over the summer. The full 10 episode first season is available for streaming on Netflix. The series, which has… Read More »

Much to like in Single-Handed, Irish TV drama

One of the joys of digging into online services such as Hulu and Netflix is finding a show that you had no idea existed. Such is the case this week as we take the time to look at a very popular Irish series called Single-Handed which is available for streaming on Hulu. Set in the west of Ireland, a bleak, desolate and yet beautiful landscape, the series revolves around Sergeant Jack Driscoll, of the local Irish police called the Garda.… 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 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 »

Coming soon: ‘Community’ (and other favorites)

With the seasonal TV slowdown, I thought rather than highlight what’s on this week, I’d let you know when a few of your favorites are returning next month. Dates are subject to change, and I’m sure I’ve left some shows out. But either way, it’s a great time to unclog your DVR to make room for a busy new year: January 4 “Merlin” (10 p.m., Syfy) returns for its fifth and final season. January 6 Jillian is back as season… Read More »

Watch this (week of April 1)

SUNDAY “Game of Thrones” (9 p.m., HBO) and “The Killing” (8 p.m., AMC) both return tonight for their second seasons. “Game of Thrones” is the kind of show you watch with lights off, curtains drawn and your cellphone stowed. Even the opening credits need to be watched, since they help provide information on the connections between the characters. This season starts where the last one left off: With King Robert dead and his psychopathic teenage son Joffrey on the throne,… Read More »

5 good TV moms… and 5 bad ones

While raising their broods, quintessential moms Carol Brady, Marion Cunningham and June Cleaver remained upbeat, sometimes crossing over into downright perky. But that might be owed only partially to solid maternal instincts and more to a lack of those instincts being seriously tested. I mean, was the insincere Eddie Haskell all that bad when compared with the drug-and-sex-pushing peers today’s TV teens contend with? And sure, Carol Brady had a large family, but she also had help from housekeeper Alice.… 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 »

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 »