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TNT premieres The Last Ship this Sunday

TNT continues what appears to be a strong start to the summer season on Sunday when the Michael Bay executive produced drama, the Last Ship screens at 9pm for the first of 10 episodes. Based on the novel of the same name by William Brinkley, The Last Ship postulates a post-apocalyptic world in which the remnants of society, not least the crew of the USS Nathan James, battle to survive. Brinkley’s novel, published in 1988 by Viking Press and Ballantine… Read More »

Jack is back as 24 returns

Kiefer Sutherland’s return as Jack Bauer highlights an excellent mix of shows and sports this week when 24: Live Another Day premieres on Fox at 8 p.m. on Monday. It has been four years since the last episode of 24 when there were plans for a movie franchise. Ultimately those did not come to fruition and so the show returns for a 12-episode run. Left unsaid is the implication for all involved that a successful return will lead to a… Read More »

NCIS New Orleans has potential

  This week on Throwback Thursday the throwback is just a couple of weeks as we catch up on the NCIS New Orleans backdoor pilot that aired recently in two parts at the end of March and the beginning of April. The show is still available online via Comcast’s Xfinity service and actually the way I prefer to consume the content watching multiple episodes at once. Scott Bakula stars as Special Agent Dwayne Pride who along with Mark Harmon’s Leroy… Read More »

Bosch is a pleasant surprise

Original shows are now the name of the game for services such as Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus and Netflix with the latter about to release the second season of a House of Cards on Friday. However this past Thursday Amazon stole something of a march on their rival when they rolled out their latest group of pilots for streaming to Amazon Prime subscribers. Unlike Netflix, that produces a complete season, Amazon commissions multiple pilots and then selects which shows to… Read More »

CBS renews 18 shows

This is the time of year when many series start signing off for the season, with fans not knowing if it will be their last, as the networks prepare for upfronts in mid-May, when new fall schedules are unveiled. Today, fans of CBS shows got a preview of what the network’s fall schedule will be like when CBS announced the renewal of 18  primetime series. Renewed shows include newsmagazines “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes”; reality shows “The Amazing Race,” “Survivor”… Read More »

Watch this (week of March 3)

SUNDAY In the new drama “Red Widow” (9 p.m., ABC), a suburban mom (Radha Mitchell) is thrust into a life of organized crime after her husband is killed. [youtube cZbQHeYLQwQ] On “Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS), the contestants are in New Zealand, and an injury threatens to end the race for one pair. After a couple of weeks off, “The Good Wife” (9 p.m., CBS) returns with a new episode that has Elsbeth continuing her defense of Eli against a… Read More »

Watch this (week of Jan. 13)

SUNDAY HBO brings back  “Girls” (9 p.m., HBO) and “Enlightened” (9:30 p.m., HBO) for their second seasons. Will the critically acclaimed “Girls” be able to hold on to its buzz? On Showtime, three series return: “Shameless” (9 p.m.), “House of Lies” (10 p.m.) and “Californication” (10:30 p.m.).  MONDAY “Sex and the City” prequel “The Carrie Diaries” (8 p.m., CW) debuts as a teen Carrie Bradshaw falls in love with New York for the very first time. Canadian time-traveling cop drama… Read More »

Watch this (week of May 13)

Time to say a bunch of goodbyes again this week as a whole slew of shows shutter for the season.  SUNDAY  “Desperate Housewives” (9 p.m., ABC) ends its eight-season run tonight as the women of Wisteria Lane bid farewell for good. In tonight’s episode,  Bree is on trial for murder, Susan’s daughter Julie is about to give birth and Lynette and Tom are on the cusp of reconciliation… or saying goodbye forever. (My money’s on the former). MONDAY Lily went… Read More »

What’s going; what’s staying

This week, CBS announced the renewal of a slate of shows, including rookies “Person of Interest” and “2 Broke Girls.” Other shows returning next year (most of them no-brainers) include “Survivor,” “The Good Wife,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Amazing Race,” “Undercover Boss,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS” and its offshoot, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Mentalist,” “Mike & Molly,” and  the original “CSI.” No word yet on its spinoffs. HBO canceled its racetrack… Read More »