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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 »

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 »

A few new shows sticking around

Networks are busy poring through the ratings, shuffling their schedules and shifting attention to midseason. Some news of note this week: It was a good week for a few freshman dramas. Two CBS shows got picked up for a full season: the modern day take on Sherlock Holmes “Elementary” and period cop-mob drama “Vegas.” Fans of the CW’s “Arrow” also can take heart; the superhero drama will be sticking around for a full season. “X-Factor” will be returning next year for… 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 »

What started strong, and what flopped?

By Heather Chavez WHAT I’M WATCHING THIS WEEK: Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott star in “American Horror Story,” premiering Wednesday on FX. Though Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy created “Glee,” don’t expect show tunes and slushies in the hallway. Britton and McDermott play a married couple who move with their daughter into a house with a dark history. I suspect this violent show will be one viewers either love or hate. As a huge fan of Britton and the risk-taking… Read More »

X Factor Surprises

OMG! Must See The X Factor:  New Simon Cowell show continues tonight with hopefully even more great talent.  Last week, in amongst the worst singers and dancers to ever grace a stage, there were some absolutely amazing singers varying in age from 13 to 50.  This show is worth your time, but do yourself a favor and record it so you can zip through the painful singers and some of the annoying commercials. Modern Family:  It’s hard to watch this… Read More »

Do You Have the X Factor?

OMG! Must See Hopefully you have all of your chores finished because tonight is a great TV night. The X Factor:  Season Premiere tonight on FOX.  I missed Simon Cowell’s hard hitting wit during last season’s American Idol.  Without him, the AI judges were too soft, too complimentary, and far too dishonest.  In tonight’s X Factor, I want to see great (or not so great) talent paired with an abundance of insightful and honest feedback.  What exactly is The X… Read More »