Cooking with my Ronco Rotisserie

I don’t know about many others, but we get sucked into watching those late-night infomercials on the weekends.  Perhaps if we didn’t pretend to be vampires and stay up all night we wouldn’t, but we do.  Not all of the ads get to us, usually just the food those devils are preparing.  Why?  Because we love food!  Who doesn’t?

That and kitchen gadgets.  When we consolidated all of our things, we didn’t have enough space for all of our kitchen “stuff” even though our kitchen was twice the size either of us had previously.  And while we did get rid of the things we never really used or had duplicates of, that didn’t stop us from constantly adding new and FUN things over the years.

Like our Ronco Rotisserie.

Ronco Rotisserie

First off, it’s huge.  We really didn’t have the space for this; and despite my never wanting to store anything on top of the refrigerator, we had no other choice thanks to its size.

Secondly, pretty much every accessory that comes with the Ronco claims to be dishwasher safe.  However, after washing everything prior to its first use, some of the stuff rusted.  Not cool.  That tells me it’s not *really* dishwasher safe.  But, after unsuccessfully reaching out to the company for replacement warranty items (maybe we waited too long to use for the first time… or maybe they lost the email… regardless, they never responded), we were able to rub off the rust (and a lot of the coloring) and it is now right as rain.  Because we hand wash.

Ronco Rotisserie
If you look closely, you can see all of the accessories that come with it – two baskets, skewers, etc) stored inside the unit…

Now, we can overlook these first two things.  Why?  Because every single food item we prepare with our Ronco Rotisserie is delicious.  And we’ve tried a lot.

Ribs…

Rotisserie ribsChicken – what we probably prepare the most with a side of fresh guacamole…

Rotisserie chickenAnd Shish Kabobs.  The before…

KabobsAnd after…

Rotisserie KabobsNothing takes too long in the rotisserie and the meat is cooked perfectly.  Every time we try something new, we just pull out our little cooking manual and use their recommended time frames for the meat. And voila!

Heck, we even like ours so much that we’ve since given both sets of parents one.  They may not use theirs as often as we do ours, but what they have prepared they have loved.

Your turn – do you rotisserie?  What other kitchen appliances can you not live without?  I’d love to hear from you!

*****

Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

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Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Teen Wolf

Welcome back to Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday!

Today I’m jumping in with one of  the television shows I have been looking forward to returning in the 2014 winter TV season—MTV’s Teen Wolf.

Teen WolfWe all remember the 1985 comedy starring Michael J. Fox, right?  MTV promised to use the generalized idea behind the ’80s Teen Wolf, but compared their story to a transformed version with a darker side.  So did they?

First, a few similarities:

In 1985, Michael J. Fox played Scott Howard; today, Tyler Posey plays Scott McCall.

In 1985, Scott Howard’s best friend was an oddball named Stiles; today, Scott McCall’s best friend is an oddball named Stiles (played by Dillon O’Brien).

Stiles (left) and Scott (right)…

In 1985, Scott Howard wasn’t the best basketball player on the team, not until he transformed into his wolf-self; today, Scott McCall isn’t anywhere close to the best lacrosse player on the squad, until he endures the cursed bite, that is.

Now, to a few differences:

In 1985, Scott Howard suffered from a family curse, a long line of male werewolves that sometimes skipped a generation; today, Scott McCall is bitten by a werewolf while out in the woods.

In 1985, Scott Howard show-boats around as his wolf-self; today, Scott McCall works desperately to keep his curse secret.

In 1985, audiences laughed along with Scott Howard in Teen Wolf; today, viewers and Scott McCall cringe as another person in the community is brutally attacked by a supposed animal (although there are laughs, especially where Stiles is concerned…).

Wolfin’ out…

MTV’s Teen Wolf pleasantly surprised me.  First of all, like most other things MTV, the show is geared toward the younger audience (or YA as we’ve become accustomed to calling it in the literary world).  I may be in my thirties, but I like most Young Adult television series; and more importantly, I really enjoy Teen Wolf.  And it’s not just me—my guy doesn’t miss an episode either.

Moreover, the show’s claim to focus on the mythology of the werewolf and the darkness of the curse has played a major role in the television series.  If The Vampire Diaries has taught the TV rating’s world anything, it’s that teens (as well as whoever is watching) prefer the dark twists and storylines—if we want comedy, there are sitcoms for that.

During the first season, Teen Wolf introduced the idea of the alpha and beta wolf.  An alpha is the strongest, most powerful, and the most deadly kind of werewolf.  Over the course of the first few years, both Scott McCall and Derek Hale (played by Tyler Hoechlin from 7th Heaven) have transitioned from betas to alphas, due to circumstances surrounding them.  And just because one is once an alpha, doesn’t mean they always will remain an alpha… just sayin’.

Derek…

In the second season, Teen Wolf picked up the action, the suspense, and the storylines.  If season one piqued our interests, season two hooked us.  The story introduced the mysterious kanima, a mutation of the werewolf.  Better yet, viewers didn’t know for quite some time who the kanima was.  Was it “top-jock” Jackson Whittemore (played by Colton Haynes from The Gates)?  Or Lydia (played by Holland Roden), the annoying girl admired by Stiles?  Or heck, someone else all together?  Believe me… there were options.

Season three keeps with the mythology of the werewolf, as fictitious as it may be, and introduces viewers to the biggest, baddest alpha of them all—Deucalion.  But that’s not all; viewers also watch as some mysterious person or creature continues to sacrifice virgins, warriors, healers, philosophers and guardians… and a banshee is also introduced to the group.

Alison (with the bow) and Lydia…

The series has gotten better and better with each passing year, in my opinion anyway.  The show has great fight scenes (with not-so-bad special effects for TV, especially for MTV), forbidden love (Scott and Alison Argent, played by Crystal Reed, who hails from generations of werewolf hunters), and typical teen insecurities and humiliations.  And considering neither my guy nor I can wait long to watch once the new episodes are on our DVR, I’m awarding Teen Wolf with the Mac TV rating.  The water is definitely boiling rapidly with the intensity of each episode… and leaves us wondering what will happen next.

What do you think?  Do you watch Teen Wolf?  I’d love to hear from you! 

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…

*****

Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

New to TV – Winter 2014 (Part Three)

It’s that time of year again… the winter television schedule is here!  And as always, the networks have a lineup of many new programs to accompany our returning favorites.

Some of the series have promise, while others may flop—but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!

Today, we’re mixing it up with comedy, drama, and pirates.

*****

Looking

HBO Summary: Three friends, living in San Francisco, explore the exciting options available to a new generation of gay men in this HBO comedy series.

Balancing between a drama and comedy, Looking follows three gay men as they search for “authentic ways of being in the world” today.

In the lead, we have Patrick (Jonathan Groff, Glee).  A successful video game designer, Patrick is currently at a crossroads in his life.  He thinks he knows who he is, but he’s noticing he’s changing just a bit.

Next, we have Augustin (Frankie Alvarez).  Augustin wants to be an artist, but fears he isn’t good enough.  In his personal life, he is in the process of settling down with his boyfriend.

And finally, we have Dom (Murray Bartlett, Guiding Light).  Dom is the oldest of the three, and he’s at a point where he is wondering what he has actually done with his life.

We’re a little late with this one… Looking premiered Sunday night, January 19th, but the show is on HBO which means it will replay like crazy and can be found via OnDemand.

*****

Rake

Fox Summary:  A show about a defense lawyer with a remarkably screwed up personal life.

Rake is not the name of the lead character.  That’s Keegan Deane, played by the very talented Greg Kinnear (As Good As it Gets, Sabrina, Little Miss Sunshine).

A “rake” is actually a man in 17th century Britain who liked to wine & dine and carouse with women.

And a rake, by that definition, is definitely who Keegan Deane is.

Keegan is a brilliant and amazing defense attorney, who can be his own worst enemy.  He’s an opportunistic, erratic, and annoying person with a very good heart.  He is in love with a prostitute (Mikki, played by Bojana Novakovic)… and he’s currently seeing a therapist, who also happens to be his ex-wife (Maddy, played by Miranda Otto from The Lord of the Rings trilogy).  The new show does take on a more serial format; however, each week Keegan will face a new and very interesting court case.

The new legal dramedy also stars: John Ortiz (Fast & Furious 6), Necar Zadegan (24), and Tara Summers (Boston Legal).

Rake premieres Thursday, January 23rd on Fox.

*****

Black Sails

Starz Summary: A Michael Bay production that reveals what it was like for the men and women of the 1700s to chart their own destinies. 

Set in Nassau, the Bahamas, Black Sails is a dark pirate show—not like our beloved and comedic Pirates of the Caribbean.  The series combines actual historical figures and characters from Treasure Island.  And in this dark world, piracy is punishable by death…

Now let’s meet the characters:

Captain Flint (Toby Stephens, Die Another Day) – Capt. Flint is the prime captain on Nassau.  He is a political creature, both witty and very manipulative.

Mr. Gates (Mark Ryan) – Mr.  Gates is the quartermaster and Capt. Flint’s ally.  Flint needs Gates to make the crew do what he wants them to do.

Billy Bones (Tom Hopper, Merlin) – Billy Bones is a pirate with actual ethics.  He truly wants to trust the people around him.

John Silver (Luke Arnold) – John Silver looks out for himself, but he’s at least honest about it.

Eleanor (Hannah New) – Eleanor is an ambitious woman, who forced her way into becoming one of the most powerful people on the island.  Not only that, but she’s a visionary and sees great things for the island’s future.

Captain Vane (Zach McGowan, Shameless) – Capt. Vane is a real pirate, who comes from nothing and decided he wanted more.  He believes in living free and on the sea… and he’s very ruthless.

Rackham (Toby Schmitz) – Rackham is as thick as thieves with Capt. Vane.  He’s a charmer, gambler, and extremely ruthless.

Anne Bonny (Clara Paget) – Anne Bonny is a strong-minded, ferocious, and bad@$$ woman.  She has earned her spot as one of the boys and is considered a stone-cold killer.

Mr. Scott (Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Hotel Rwanda) – Mr. Scott oversees Eleanor’s business.

And Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy, Smallville and The Secret Circle) – Max is a local prostitute, who like everyone else, is in it for herself.

Black Sails premieres Saturday, January 25th on Starz.

*****

If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Black Sails at number one.  Everyone likes pirates, thanks to Captain Jack Sparrow; and since Mike Leach coached at my college, the pirate theme has been a popular one in our house.  Dropping quite a ways down the totem pole, Rake probably comes in second with Looking following in last place.  Only recently have I seen the Rake previews, and doing this blog research was the first I heard about Looking.  No hype = no excitement on my end.  Sorry.

What do you think?  Will you tune in to watch any of these new shows?  Which one most interests you?  I’d love to hear from you!

*****

Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

Original Vs. Remake – The Great Gatsby (2013)

It’s time again for Catie Rhodes and me to break down another cinematic original and its remake.  Returning to our usual ways, Catie reviews “the original” and I take on the 2013 remake.  This month we tackle the literary classic, The Great Gatsby.

Usually I include Catie’s homemade summary here, but we’re both at a loss for words this month.  Shocking, I know.

So, let’s start with the trailer:

Before I begin my review of the 2013 version, let’s talk about the novel and the 1974 film.  Thinking back, I first read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story in the ninth grade.  Like many required readings in literature class, The Great Gatsby, among other things, is a tragedy (just like three other of my favorite school reads—Wuthering Heights, Romeo and Juliet, and Great Expectations).  But that doesn’t mean the story isn’t beautiful.  It pulls readers into the Roaring Twenties and the Jazz Age, complete with music, parties, fashion, youth, wealth, and love.   And once one watches the 1974 movie, starring a young and absolutely breathtaking Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, they can’t help but fall in love themselves.  At least I couldn’t.

As of today, I have no idea how many times I have read The Great Gatsby, but at least three.  The only stories I ever pick up and read again are those “classics” listed above.  I just wish I could get my hands on a hardback copy of the story.

I have also watched “the original” 1974 film at least a handful of times, and will probably never tire of doing so.  It’s for this one reason why I, like many others, was disgusted at the idea of Hollywood remaking The Great Gatsby.  No one could possibly “be” Jay Gatsby like Robert Redford.  No one.

Except for Leonardo DiCaprio.

Despite my feelings of disgust at the remake, I went to see it opening weekend in the theaters.  And once the credits rolled, and the tears trickled down my cheeks, I wanted to return to the box office and buy another ticket for the next showing.  I didn’t; but I wanted to.

The 2013 film had it all—the music, including artists Jay-Z, Lana Del Ray, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Will i Am, and a few of the classics; the parties, over-the-top and extravagant Jay Gatsby gatherings; the fashion, with Daisy (played by Carey Mulligan) adorned the entire film in Tiffany and Co. diamonds, and iconic ‘20s fashion designed by popular designers like Prada; youth, not teenage youth, but young Hollywood stars, including Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man) as Nick Carraway, Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) as Myrtle Wilson, and Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty) as Tom Buchanan; wealth, as evident by the parties and Long Island mansions; and most importantly, love.

The film may have received mixed reviews, but it made a killing at the box office.  And as one who has never really paid much attention to the critics (odd, I know, considering I write reviews of one kind or another on a weekly basis), I fell in love with this film.

Moreover, I fell in love with Leonardo DiCaprio all over again, just like I did after watching his performances in Titanic and Romeo + Juliet.  His portrayal of Jay Gatsby was perfect.  Perfect!  But to be honest, rarely do I watch him in a film where he does not nail whatever role he is playing; and I firmly believe he will be remembered as one of the greatest actors of my generation.

So is the 2013 version worth a watch?  Yes!  I think so.  And every single one of my girlfriends who have seen it agrees with me… and even a few of the guys.  My best friend’s husband actually thanked me for recommending they go see the movie because they too were hesitant.

Does it compare to the 1974 film?  Yes.

Should people forget about the Redford version?  No.

Let’s be honest; today’s youth isn’t going to watch a film from 1974.  Maybe a small handful will, but not the majority.  I get it; I was a teen once.  But kids today will go see this 2013 version.   And hopefully they will fall in love with the story just like I did back in the day.

Is it a perfect retelling of the literary piece?  Probably not, but I never go into a movie with those expectations.  Never.

Oh, and before I go, why do I keep referring to the 1974 version as “the original” in quotation marks?  Be sure to read Catie’s post

What do you think?  Have you seen either the 1974 or the 2013 version of The Great Gatsby?  If you’ve seen both, which do you prefer and why?  If you haven’t, do you want to?  I’d love to hear from you! 

*****

Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Justified

Welcome back to Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday!

When I watch certain TV shows, I can’t stop thinking about how much I enjoy their particular characters… mainly due to the relationships between the good and the evil—whatever those particular relationships might be, as they are different in each instance.  It’s very normal for someone to adore the hero of a story, but when viewers connect with the “big bad” as well, we know we have something powerful on our hands.

Like Justified

JustifiedFirst, let’s talk a little about the show.

Everyone has heard of a justified shooting, right?  Well, justified shootings are Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens’ (Timothy Olyphant) 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 Marshal Service, his ex-wife, his ex-girlfriend, and his con-ex-best friend, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins).

Need a reason to tune in?  Boyd Crowder is definitely one of the best antagonists on television.

Need another reason to watch?  Timothy Olyphant.  Enough said.

Now let’s talk about the characters.

First of all, all of the show’s characters are flawed—majorly flawed.

Raylan can’t stay out of trouble.  With his boss; with his ex-wife; with his ex-girlfriend; with Boyd; with the bad guys in town and those passing through; with anybody.  Raylan is always in some kind of trouble.  He chose to walk away from the dirty dealings of his daddy and join the U.S. Marshals, but that doesn’t mean he’s still not plagued with Givens trouble.  And when push really comes to shove, even though he’s a lawman, I wouldn’t put it past Raylan to do whatever is necessary to take care of the problem.  That’s one reason why we love him so much.

Then there’s Boyd.  Boyd, Boyd.  What hasn’t he done?  He has robbed banks; he has been involved with the narcotics trade; he has destroyed his competition with rocket launchers (“Fire in the Hole”); and he has led a white supremacy group.  But he’s really not all bad—promise.  He does want to be good; he believes in the Bible and he always helps his good friend (US Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens) when he comes calling.  But why do we really love Boyd?  It’s all about the hair…

How about the women?  We can’t forget about good ole Ava (Joelle Carter).  Ava, like Raylan and Boyd, calls Harlan her home.  She was married to Boyd’s brother, but she shot him with a shotgun while he was eating dinner.  He abused her, don’t worry.  Not long after first meeting Ava on-screen, she aims her shotgun at Boyd while he was eating dinner at her table—but Raylan got to his gun first, shooting Boyd in the chest.  She fell head over heels for Raylan, but that didn’t work out.  So now she and Boyd are hot and heavy.  Yes, even though she has a sordid past with both him and his family.  And they make an adorable couple.  Really.

I could keep going, talking even more about other characters, but the list would be too long.

When I think of the good guy versus the bad guy on television, I immediately think of FX’s Justified.  While Raylan is the hero of this story, the series would not be the same without his childhood friend and current foe, Boyd.  I can’t actually think of another duo on TV that is as well developed as these two characters—and this, without a doubt, is the byproduct of the wonderful writings of Elmore Leonard.

Unfortunately, the two don’t share too many on-screen scenes together, but when they do it is absolute perfection.  The dialogue is fantastic and the tension is magic, and I root just as much for Boyd as I do for Raylan.  As a matter of fact, Boyd was only a recurring character the first season; but because the audiences responded the way that they did to him, he was added to the show as a permanent character in season two.

Now in season five, I love both Raylan and Boyd as much as I did the first season, if not more.  And I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble these two find themselves in this year.

Without a doubt, Justified earns the top Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday score – the GTV rating.  Since the show takes place in Kentucky, I say forgo the bottle of fine wine you are having with your bone-in filet and steamed veggies, and open up a bottle of bourbon to enjoy as you watch characterization at its finest.

What do you think?  Do you watch Justified?  I’d love to hear from you! 

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…

*****

Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

New to TV – Winter 2014 (Part Two)

It’s that time of year again… the winter television schedule is here!  And as always, the networks have a lineup of many new programs to accompany our returning favorites.

Some of the series have promise, while others may flop—but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!

Today, we’re mixing it up with comedy, a science fiction thriller, a crime drama, and the supernatural.

*****

Enlisted

FOX Summary: An army-set single-camera comedy about three brothers reconnecting with one another.

Pete Hill (Geoff Stults from Seventh Heaven, Happy Town, and The Finder) is the oldest of three brothers.  He also happens to be a super soldier.  But when he messes up, he is assigned a group of misfit soldiers as his punishment—a group that includes his brothers, Randy (Parker Young from Suburgatory) and Derrick (Veronica Mars and Private Practice).

Randy is in love with the Army, while Derrick is jaded with the military and his family.  But these three brothers love each other… they just may not get along all the time.

The comedy also stars Keith David (There’s Something About Mary, the Riddick films, Barbershop, and many other feature films) and Angelique Cabral.

Enlisted was originally scheduled to premiere on Fox back in November… but something happened and they moved it to this Friday, January 10th.

*****

Helix

SyFy Summary: A team of scientists from the Centers of Disease Control travel to an Arctic Biosystems base to investigate a retrovirus and come up against unimaginable horrors; the team attempts to deal with the infected victims and a rebellion starts.

“The virus is just the beginning of the story.”

In Helix, doctors, scientists, and the military travel together to see what is happening at an Arctic Biosystems base.  The disease they encounter doesn’t just kill, it changes—and it changes the people it infects.  Every attack the doctors make to fight it fails… because it mutates.

The series stars Billy Campbell from Once and Again, Hiroyuki Sanada from Revenge and The Wolverine, and many other recognizable faces from their guest spots on popular TV shows.

Helix premieres Friday, January 10th on SyFy.

*****

True Detective

HBO Summary: Two detectives, who were once partners, are called in to give statements about the murder of a prostitute seventeen years ago; and as they share their stories, details of the case are intertwined with insights into their partnership and personal lives. 

First of all, this eight part miniseries stars Matthew McConaughey-hey and Woody Harrelson.  Yes, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.  Granted, Woody did TV back in the day, but since he has become a huge Hollywood star?  Not so much.  And my boy, Matthew?  Not that I can recall… not in a starring role anyway.

The story begins in 1995 when the detectives, Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), discover the body of a prostitute, and the narrative continues in 2012 when these two detectives are being interviewed about the case.  They are brought in because the case files were supposedly destroyed in a hurricane-type storm, but the line of questioning leads Cohle to believe perhaps the case wasn’t solved previously in its entirety and more people may have been involved.

The miniseries is more a thriller than a whodunnit, according to the writer, and the story is more about Cohle and Hart’s characters and relationships.  I also thought it was interesting that in this digital age, they shot the series with old-school 35mm film.

The series also stars: Michelle Monaghan (the Mission Impossible films), Elizabeth Reaser (The Twilight Saga), Alexandra Daddario (the Percy Jackson movies), Kevin Dunn (the Transformer films), and Michael Potts (The Wire).

True Detective premieres Sunday, January 12th on HBO.

*****

Bitten

SyFy Summary: The lone female werewolf in existence, who wanted to escape that life and who abandoned her pack and moved to a new city, is summoned back to her pack when bodies begin to turn up in her pack’s backyard. 

Based on the Women of the Otherworld book series by Kelley Armstrong, Bitten joins SyFy’s latest batch of successful supernatural TV series (Being Human, Lost Girl, etc).  The series stars Laura Vandervoort (from ABC’s V) as Elena Michaels.  Elena wants nothing to do with being a werewolf, nothing to do with her pack, and wants to forget all about that life—she even hides it from her new boyfriend.  But when trouble comes knocking, what’s a girl to do?

Oh, and the series also stars a lot of men.  A lot of men.

Bitten premieres Monday, January 13th on SyFy.

*****

If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put True Detective at number one.  No contest here.  Dropping quite a ways down the totem pole, Helix probably comes in second with Bitten following at number three.  That leaves Enlisted in last place; although don’t be fooled by the rankings… I love to laugh and the commercials do look funny.

What do you think?  Will you tune in to watch any of these new shows?  Which one most interests you?  I’d love to hear from you!

*****

Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

New to TV – Winter 2014 (Part One)

It’s that time of year again… the winter television schedule is here!  And as always, the networks have a lineup of many new programs to accompany our returning favorites.

Some of the series have promise, while others may flop—but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!

Today, we’re taking on a few of the new dramas…

*****

The Assets

ABC Summary: CIA officer Sandy Grimes investigates an incident with a lost and very valuable asset to the CIA, but is soon swept into a much larger problem that involves a decade-long hunt for a mole that may include an agent she trusted.

Based on the book Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed by former CIA agents Sandy Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille, the new eight episode miniseries will follow agent Sandy Grimes (played by Jodie Whittaker) as she investigates a situation surrounding her asset, Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys).

Even though this story is based on actual events (Ames sold secrets to Russia in the ‘80s; was arrested in the ‘90s; and is currently serving a life sentence in prison), a part of me can’t help but think this miniseries/ABC is hoping to cash in on the success of Showtime’s Homeland and FX’s The Americans.  I’ll watch it, but I’m hesitant for some reason…

We’re a week late with this one… The Assets premiered January 2nd (to horrible ratings) and continues this Thursday, January 9th on ABC.

*****

Intelligence

CBS Summary: A high-tech intelligence operative with a super-computer microchip inside his brain becomes the first human to have complete access to the global information grid to fight crime and search for his missing wife who disappeared years ago.

An elite government division, led by Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), uses Gabriel Vaughn (Josh Holloway from Lost) to access key intelligence by hacking all sorts of data centers in order to protect the United States.  To help keep him “reeled in,” Strand orders agent Riley Neal (Meghan Ory from Once Upon a Time) to watch after him… because as we’ve seen with overly intelligent people on TV, they can be a bit unconventional and unruly (I’m thinking of Patrick Jane here from The Mentalist).

The new series also stars: Lance Reddick (Fringe), Michael Rady (The Mentalist, Emily Owens, M.D.), John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise), P.J. Byrne (Dinner for Schmucks, Final Destination 5), and the great Peter Coyote.

Intelligence premieres tonight, Tuesday, January 7th on CBS (in NCIS: Los Angeles’ spot—BOO).

*****

Killer Women

ABC Summary: From executive produce Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”) and created by Hannah Shakespeare, step inside the dangerous world of the Texas Rangers from the female perspective and experience the arresting “Killer Women.”

Based on the Argentine crime drama, Mujeres Asesinas, this eight episode series will follow Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer, Battlestar Galactica), a recently divorced Texas Ranger enjoying her newly single life and being really good at her job.  Each week, this former beauty queen tracks and arrests a different female criminal.

The series also stars: Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Necessary Roughness) as Dan, Molly’s “fling”; Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica, Fairly Legal) as Billy, Molly’s brother, Alex Fernandez (Dallas) as Lt. Zea; and many guest stars, like Beth Riesgraf (Leverage).

Killer Women premieres tonight, Tuesday, January 7th on ABC.

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Chicago P.D.

NBC Summary: Sergeant Hank Voight leads the officers of District 21, where the past history and rivalries between the officers create problems at the district.

Created by Dick Wolf (Law & Order) and a spinoff series of Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. will serve as yet another typical police procedural on television.  My main question is this—will Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) be a good guy or a bad guy?  While I did not watch the entire first season of Chicago Fire, I did watch enough to know that he was not a “good” cop.  The character did not hesitate to cross legal or ethical lines.  And if he’s anything like that on the new show, what in the world is his staff going to be like?

And speaking of Jason Beghe, I’ve had a crush on him since I was a little girl when he starred as the quarterback, Tom Yinessa, on HBO’s 1st & Ten.  Yes; my parents let me watch with them—it was about football, after all!  And most recently, I’ve enjoyed his recurring character, Richard Bates, on Showtime’s Californication where he plays an alcoholic/sometimes gay/sometimes straight man.  His performances are fantastic.  Needless to say, I will give Chicago P.D. a try just for him…

The new drama also stars: Jon Seda (Band of Brothers) as Detective Antonio Dawson; Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) as Detective Erin Lindsay; the great Elias Koteas as Alvin Olinsky; and many others.

Chicago P.D. premieres tomorrow, Wednesday, January 8th on NBC.

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If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Killer Women at number one.  Intelligence probably comes in second with Chicago P.D. following closely behind at number three.  Last place has to go to The Assets.  I already have the first episode on my DVR, but after seeing the horrible premiere numbers, I’m not dying to press play. 

What do you think?  Will you tune in to watch any of these new shows?  Which one most interests you?  I’d love to hear from you!

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.