As I mentioned in my first post, I am addicted to television. So much so, I had to break down my first edition of Tele-Tuesday into two parts. Last week, I covered the basic cable networks – ABC, CBS, the CW, FOX, and NBC. Today, I’m going to discuss my favorite shows on cable. Remember, these are just my favorites. I watch far more than these shows as my DVR knows too well (I did get my recordings down to 95 this weekend – celebrate!).
And now, for the continuation of Tiffany’s Tele-Tuesday #1:
TNT – The Closer. TNT mostly runs their programming in the summer months starting in June. I like this schedule because I don’t have nearly as many broadcasting conflicts. The show focuses on Brenda Lee Johnson and the Major Case Squad as they solve L.A.’s worst crimes while her FBI-agent/husband often times provides his and the Bureau’s expertise. In addition to the drama, each episode promises humor, and I find myself smiling at each episode’s end regardless of how gruesome their case. You can always tell when Brenda Lee is having a bad day – she opens her desk drawer full of chocolate, now that’s relatable! TNT always airs re-runs, if you’d like to stick your toes in.
USA – The USA Network is a lot like CBS to me –USA has some of the best programming on television. USA splits their seasons between summer and winter when most other basic cable channels air re-runs. I don’t miss an episode of Psych, White Collar, or Covert Affairs; and, I miss Monk desperately. I also enjoy Fairly Legal and In Plain Sight but don’t watch as religiously and catch them when I can. But to choose just one, I have to recommend:
Burn Notice. Michael Westen, aka Jeffrey Donovan, is the sexiest man on TV and his ex-girlfriend/partner might just be the sexiest woman (Gabrielle Anwar). Throw in the fabulous Sharon Gless and the scene-stealing Bruce Campbell, and you have some of the most fun TV can offer. Burn Notice is based in Miami and is hot, hot, hot. If you like explosions, look no further. The show has been such a success that USA will air a prequel-movie featuring Sam Axe, Bruce Campbell’s character, April 17th.
One last note about USA – have you been wondering what happened to Law & Order: Criminal Intent? USA will begin airing the final episodes starring the original Goren & Eames this May. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate USA’s effort to not just let the show dissipate into thin air like most others when given the axe. Thank you for letting the audience members know in advance that the show is wrapping up for good.
FX – Justified. You’ve heard of a justified shooting, right? Well, justified shootings are Deputy U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens’ forte. Despite being a loose cannon himself, Raylan appears quite normal when compared to his Kentucky kin. Entangled with really BAD criminals, Harlan County relies on Raylan as does the Marshall Service, his ex-wife, his ex-girlfriend, and his con-ex-best friend, Boyd Crowder. Need a reason to tune in? Boyd Crowder is definitely one of the best antagonist’s on television. Need another reason to watch? Timothy Olyphant. Enough said.
A&E – The Glades. Excommunicated from Chicago after allegedly sleeping with his boss’s wife, Jim Longworth takes his settlement money and moves to Florida to play golf. He takes a job with the small town law enforcement, and ruffles many feathers along the way as he solves homicide cases using his unique approach and disregard for the rules. The show ended season one with a love triangle between Jim, nurse-Callie, and her jailed husband promising sparks for Season 2.
Now look at that – I ran out of time again! I didn’t even have a chance to discuss Showtime or HBO! I’ll have to save those for another time…..
Before I go, remember my favorite CW show, Supernatural? Warner Bros. is releasing a 22 episode animated series available on DVD and Blu-Ray this summer in the U.S. I told you it was good!
What’s your favorite cable tv show? Or your favorite network? I’d love to hear from you!