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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 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 April 14)

SUNDAY Don’t let the “new” label on “Once Upon a Time” (8 p.m., ABC) fool you… it’s one of those “what’s happened up to this point” episodes.  Still, if you’re a fan who’s missed a couple of episodes, or want to become a fan of this fairytale-themed serial, than it’s the perfect time to catch up on what’s been going on in Storybrooke.  “The Good Wife” (9 p.m., CBS) is one of the few shows I watch the night it… 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 March 24)

Basketball fans can bask in March Madness, but what’s out there for the rest of us? Here’s a look at some highlights. SUNDAY When we last left “The Walking Dead” (9 p.m., AMC), Andrea was facing an uncertain future and Rick was weighing a deal to turn Michonne over to the Governor. MONDAY “Revolution” (10 p.m., NBC) returns. What will Miles and crew do now that Monroe has helicopters and  a serious ax to grind? Tonight, we’ll find out that… 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 Nov. 18)

This week, it’s all about the Peanuts gang, music awards and the premature onslaught of Christmas programming. Here’s what’s on: SUNDAY “The Walking Dead” (7 p.m., AMC) continues its stellar season, but I’m still reeling from a few weeks back. For those who haven’t caught up, I won’t ruin it. But… wow. Also tonight, “The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards” (8 p.m., ABC) will feature performances by Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Pink, Nicki Minaj and Christina… 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 »

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 Feb. 26)

SUNDAY Billy Crystal returns for the ninth time as host of “The 84th Academy Awards” (ABC, 5:30 p.m.) This is less a show than an all-night event, so stock up on the snacks now, and prepare to watch “Hugo” and “The Artist” go head to head. MONDAY It’s the last of the blind auditions on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.) Yes, there’s talent this year. (My favorite so far was Lindsey Pavao’s interpretation of “Say Ah!” – see below) But… Read More »

Watch this (week of Feb. 5)

SUNDAY: There’s something going on this weekend that a few people might want to watch. Let’s see if I can remember what it is… I know it involves a sport of some kind. Ah, yes … the Super Bowl. Maybe you’ve heard of it? The New England Patriots face off against the New York Giants at 3 p.m. Sunday on NBC. If you’re not sick of singing competitions yet, the season premiere of  “The Voice” immediately follows the big game.… Read More »