Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Sizzling Summer Fun in The Glades

I know I mentioned last week (and the week before) that I would review Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons today, but I’m taking a break from the regularly scheduled program.  I know… I’ve been doing that a lot lately.  Let’s blame it on Spring Fever.  That, and trying to push out my Football Sweetheart paperbacks and book two in the series.

So, for the sake of today’s Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday post, I’m sharing an older post from 2012, featuring a show that returns to A&E later this month with its brand new season—The Glades.

The Glades follows Detective Jim Longworth (played by the ever-adorable Aussie, Matt Passmore) as he solves crime in South Florida.  Excommunicated from Chicago after allegedly sleeping with his boss’s wife, Jim takes his settlement money and moves to the Miami area to play golf.  He takes a job with a small law enforcement agency (FDLE – Florida Department of Law Enforcement), thinking it will not take him away from the golf course all that often… he was wrong.

Partnered most of the time with the agency’s medical examiner (Carlos Sanchez, played by Carlos Gomez), Jim ruffles feathers as he solves homicide cases using his unique approach and disregard for the rules.  Carlos tries desperately to ground Jim and keep him from drawing attention to the FDLE, but no one can wrangle Jim—except maybe Callie.

While working a case, Jim meets Callie (played by Kiele Sanchez), a single-mom and registered nurse who is also putting herself through medical school at the same time.  The two have an instant connection, but there’s only one problem—Callie is married (or at least she was at the time).

Callie & Jim

Her husband, Ray (Clayne Crawford, perhaps most recently recognized for his role on Leverage as Eliot’s nemesis), is serving time for armed robbery during season one.  In season two, Ray cuts a deal and is placed into Witness Protection, but not before putting a kink in Jim’s and Callie’s love affair as he gets to spend some time with his and Callie’s son, Jeff.

Jeff (Uriah Shelton) adores Jim, but obviously he loves his dad and yearns for the day his parents can be together once again—like any child would.  This poses a problem for Callie, who doesn’t want to upset her son, but knows her relationship with Ray is over.  Eventually, Callie decides Jim is worth the risk and announces she wants a divorce to pursue her future with him.

The Glades also stars Michelle Hurd as Colleen Manus, Jim’s FDLE boss, and Jordan Wall as Daniel, Carlos’ intern (a fun sidekick for Jim, even if his overzealousness drives Carlos crazy all of the time).

Oh, and before I forget, Callie also assists the FDLE on cases from time to time as a forensic nurse.

Jim & Callie in the field, literally. Okay, it’s more like The Glades…

One might wonder why yet another police procedural set in or around Miami is worthy of a watch.  I can answer in one word—Jim.  Not only is he adorable (as mentioned earlier in this post), but his character is seriously flawed and he walks to the beat of his own drum, ignoring everyone and everything he’s told.  But don’t worry; although the character is a bit of a rebel, he’s not at all annoying.

In case anyone wants another reason, how about the tumultuous relationship between Jim and Callie… everyone knows that once television characters “hook up” on screen, ratings seem to fizzle.  Regardless, I can’t help but root for these two to get together.

I’m not much of a romantic (in other words, it doesn’t bother me if a television program or motion picture doesn’t end with the ever-popular “happily ever after”), but it’s because of Jim’s character and his on again/off again relationship with Callie that I keep tuning in.  For this reason, I must award The Glades with a MacTV rating – the flames definitely have our water boiling and it’s ready for us to dump in our favorite cheesy shells to enjoy while we watch the summer sizzle down in South Florida.

How will Callie answer Jim’s question??

The Glades returns to A&E Monday, May 27th… and I can’t wait to see how Callie answers Jim’s question from last summer’s season finale!

Do you watch The Glades?  Will Jim and Callie stay together or will some new obstacle stand in their way?  I’d love to hear from you!

Come back next week when I return to the regularly scheduled program and review Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons.  Or at least try to review…

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss today’s review, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV):It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (NyQuil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech
Inedible TV: Exactly how it sounds…

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4 Responses to Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Sizzling Summer Fun in The Glades

  1. John Holton says:

    Mary and I both like The Glades and are happy it’s retuning, but the whole Jim-and-Callie subplot escapes me. I like it because it’s a good crime drama with an interesting “fish out of water” theme, and can be very funny. Having grown up in Chicago, I relate to Jim.

    • TV writers today must feel like there has to be a romance subplot for the main characters… I mean, they ALL do it. Jim and Callie’s relationship doesn’t bother me; the show actually pays attention to the romance and the obstacles versus many shows that just throw a romance in there for romance’s sake. But like you, I love the crime drama aspect of The Glades… Jim and his crazy ways, Carlos trying his best to keep him on the straight-n-narrow, and even Daniel as he helps with the investigation. A&E has done a good job competing with the other networks with its original programming these past few years…

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. chefyego says:

    Love reading all about these tv shows in america. They’re exciting and fresh. Unlike here in uk
    Any way i now have decided to buy them from Amazon instead of waiting 4 years
    Have you done a reveiw of Joss Weddons TV show S.H.E.I.L.D it looks exciting

    • I haven’t written a preview or review yet, but I love Joss Whedon and I will definitely check it out this fall… my guy is going to be beside himself waiting for this premiere!! 🙂

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