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My Picks January 27 – February 2

There’s only one thing on TV in the next seven days that really matters to me, and that’s the Super Bowl.  What’s annoying me a bit right now is I planned a vacation late last year and never thought about the date of the Super Bowl so now I will have to find a sports bar or sit in my hotel watching it on a small TV.  Some of you get what I’m saying, planning a vacation around watching the… Read More »

‘Injustice’ is an excellent five-part drama

James Purefoy recently played the villain Dr. Joe Carroll in the Fox show The Following. I wasn’t impressed; as Purefoy showed little of the extreme charisma required for such a role as a professor turned serial killer who inspires an entire cult. I never once bought the idea that his character was evil. Yet Purefoy seemed a competent actor and I made a mental note to check out some of his other work when given the opportunity. That chance came… Read More »

Watch this (week of April 28)

SUNDAY On the season finale of “The Good Wife” (9 p.m., CBS), everything comes to a head: the outcome of Peter’s gubernatorial run, Cary’s decision to start his own firm, and Alicia’s conflicted feelings for the two men in her life, Peter and Will. Hopefully, there’s enough closure to keep viewers contented until next season, but enough scandal to make us count the days till fall. MONDAY As “Bones” (8 p.m., Fox) concludes its eighth season,  hacker/serial killer Christopher Pelant… Read More »

Watch this (week of Feb. 10)

SUNDAY “The Grammys” (8 p.m., CBS): LL Cool J hosts, with performances by Fun, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Elton John and others. Almost as important: What will they be wearing? (Apparently, nothing too risqué: The network requested stars not expose too much skin at the ceremony.) Ah, family reunions. The love. The tears. The fights to the death.  When “The Walking Dead” (9 p.m., AMC) left off, the Governor was forcing  brothers Daryl and Merle to battle each other.… Read More »

Watch this (week of Jan. 20)

On Sunday, it’s all about football. With two big games on, will there really be time to watch anything else? Other than that, there are a couple of debuts and a swan song. Here are the highlights:  SUNDAY The San Francisco 49ers face the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship at noon on Fox. Also, the AFC championship will be decided as the New England Patriots battle the Baltimore Ravens at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. MONDAY Violent drama “The Following”… Read More »

Dive into midseason

It’s midseason, so that means the networks have to plug some holes created by shows old (goodbye, “Gossip Girl” and “Private Practice”) and new (so long, “Made in Jersey” and “Animal Practice”). Of course, there are the obligatory cop and doctor shows, as well as new dating and food competitions (because TV is lacking in those?). The strangest trend, though: Not one, but TWO celebrity diving shows are debuting. Here’s a look at some of what’s coming to a TV… Read More »

Fox, NBC unveil fall schedules

NBC announced its fall schedule Sunday. In addition to the series I mentioned in a previous post Friday, the network will also  have the new comedy “Guys With Kids” about guys in their 30s coping with fatherhood. To make room for its new shows, NBC canceled “Awake,” “Are You There, Chelsea?”, “Best Friends Forever,” “Bent” and “Harry’s Law.” But “Community,” which had been struggling in the ratings, will be back for 13 episodes, as will “30 Rock.” Unfortunately for fans… Read More »

Get ready for upfronts

As many TV shows come to a close, networks shift their focus to fall. Will your favorite show stay to entertain another year, or was this season’s finale its last? And what new shows did the networks pick up in the hopes that they will become your next favorites? The answers to these questions are near: Next week, it’s upfront week, when networks unveil their 2012-13 line-ups. As far as the major networks, on Monday, Fox and NBC will announce… Read More »