New to TV – Fall 2013 (Part Six)

I’m skipping the usual Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday post this week, and sharing the sixth installment of my New to TV – Fall 2013 series.

That’s right!  It’s that time of year again… the fall 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 the supernatural, witches, and TV’s latest fairytale adaptation…

*****

The Tomorrow People

The CW Summary: Taking a chance and listening to the persistent voice in his head, Stephen Jameson ends up meeting a group of genetically advanced people with supernatural abilities, and not only learns about himself, but the truth behind his father’s disappearance. 

Based on the British series of the same name, The Tomorrow People follows a group of kids who have evolved into the supernatural with special abilities.  And while these select few were born with their special powers, it takes some time for the realization of these unique abilities to evolve.  Take teenager Stephen Jameson for example…

Stephen (played by Robbie Amell, “Fred” from the Scooby-Doo! films and cousin to Arrow’s Stephen Amell) was just a normal teen… until he started hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep.  After waking up in locations all over the place, he begins to question his sanity.  He gives in and decides to listen to one of the voices in his head and this voice leads him to The Tomorrow People, a genetically advanced group with powers very similar to his.

And of course, The Tomorrow People are being hunted by a group of scientists…

Sounds good, right?

The new supernatural drama also stars: Luke Mitchell (the cute Australian actor from Neighbours) as John; Peyton List (Mad Men and FlashForward) as Cara;  Aaron Yoo (Disturbia and the remake of Friday the 13th) as Russell; and Mark Pellegrino (Supernatural, the US version of Being Human, Dexter, and The Closer) as Jedikiah.

The Tomorrow People premieres tonight, Wednesday, October 9th on the CW.

*****

American Horror Story: Coven

FX Summary: A young girl is terrified to learn that she is suffering from a strange genetic affliction, but the mysterious condition earns her the chance to attend a school that tries to nurture the potential magical powers of an endangered bloodline.

I made no secret of the fact that I felt American Horror Story (season one) was groundbreaking television.  I honestly can’t remember ever watching anything quite like it.  Then season two aired… even though VERY different from the first as far as storyline and themes, the acting and characters were still just as impressive.  And it should come as no surprise that news of the third season pickup thrilled me; but left me wondering what we, the television audience, could expect with a new year of AHS.  And then I saw the story’s new “home” of sorts…

American Horror Story: Coven

Coven?  Are you kidding me?  We get witches?  Oh, heck yes!

Not only that, but a few of our favorites are back!  Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Lily Rabe return… as do a few of season one’s veterans we missed or barely saw in season two: Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, Alexandra Breckenridge, and Denis O’Hare.  One name is missing, I notice, and this makes me sad… Zachary Quinto.  Fingers crossed he at least stops by the Coven for a second or two.

We also have some new faces joining the cast… some really familiar faces: Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Grey Damon, and Mare Winningham.

After seeing what the writers and creators were capable of in the first two years, I will be one of the first to press play on my DVR tonight!

American Horror Story: Coven premieres tonight, Wednesday, October 9th on FX.

*****

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

ABC Summary: The doctors of a young woman in Victorian England are quite troubled by her tales of a land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole and seek to cure her of these memories, but at the last second, she is whisked away by friends to return to Wonderland. 

Sadly, I never got into Once Upon a Time.  A few years ago when the two fairytale TV shows premiered, I chose Grimm.  But I’ve heard wonderful things about the ABC drama.

And because it was (and is) such a success, I will give Once Upon a Time in Wonderland a chance.  After all, what little girl doesn’t love the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?

Not to mention, the traditional story’s “twist” seems just dark enough for me…

Trapped in a mental hospital, Alice (Sophie Lowe) recounts her time in Wonderland… after falling down a rabbit hole.  Needless to say, the good doctors don’t believe her.  When she agrees to let the doctors perform a new therapy on her to help her forget her lost love (a genie), her fairytale comes alive, hoping to rescue her.

Like I said, I’ll give it a try.

The new fairytale also stars: Peter Gadiot as Cyrus; Michael Socha (BBC’s Being Human) as The Knave of Hearts; Emma Rigby as The Red Queen; Naveen Andrews (Lost) as Jafar; and John Lithgow (TV’s 3rd Rock from the Sun and many motion pictures) as the voice of The White Rabbit.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland premieres tomorrow, Thursday, October 10th on ABC.

*****

If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put American Horror Story: Coven at number one.  That was a no brainer.  I mean, c’mon.  You knew I would rank it first… right?  The Tomorrow People follows at number two.  If the recent years have proven anything, it’s that I LOVE the CW’s programs, even though they target a teen audience.  Hey, be nice!  I’m still a teen at heart…  And sadly, that means Once Upon a Time in Wonderland falls into third/last place.  But don’t let the placement fool anyone; I’m really looking forward to all three of these shows!

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!

New to TV – Fall 2013 (Part Five)

Because so many new television shows premiere this week, I’m skipping the usual Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday post, and sharing the fifth installment of my New to TV – Fall 2013 series.

That’s right!  It’s that time of year again… the fall 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 and the supernatural…

*****

Welcome to the Family

NBC Summary: Dan and his wife, Caroline, were getting ready for the experience of having their daughter, Molly, move away for college; but then Molly and her boyfriend announce they’re having a baby and suddenly the two families have to get used to each other.

The Yoder family (Dan, played by Mike O’Malley from Glee, My Name is Earl, and Justified; and Caroline, played by Mary McCormack from The West Wing and In Plain Sight) can’t wait to get back to their old life, just the two of them, after their daughter, Molly (Ella Rae Peck from Deception and Gossip Girl), graduates high school.  There’s only one problem—she’s pregnant.

That’s not all; Molly and Junior Hernandez (Joey Haro, Awkward) are madly in love and it is up to their families to make this work… for them.

The families… boy, are they two totally different families.  The Yoders are an upper-middle class family (Dan is a doctor) and the Hernandezes are a working class, blue-collar family.  Needless to say, they do not see eye to eye.  Especially the dads.  Bringing these families together is going to take a lot of work.

The new sitcom also stars: Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives) as Junior’s dad, Miguel; Justina Machado (Six Feet Under) as Junior’s mom, Lisette; and Fabrizio Guido as Junior’s little brother.

Welcome to the Family premieres tomorrow, Thursday, October 3rd on NBC.

*****

The Originals

The CW Summary: Original hybrid Klaus Mikaelson has returned to New Orleans to reclaim the French Quarter empire his family helped build 300 years ago from the control of his former protégé who has managed to inherit everything Klaus has ever wanted. 

Originally airing as an episode of The Vampire Diaries on April 24th, viewers caught a glimpse of what it would be like having Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt) outside Mystic Falls.  Instead of hanging out at all the same locations as our TVD kids, this backdoor pilot took us to New Orleans.   This then potential spinoff followed our favorite Originals and introduced us to a few new vamps, witches, and humans, as well as brought along Tyler’s seductive werewolf friend, Haley (Phoebe Tonkin from The Secret Circle).

Within a day of the backdoor pilot airing on the CW, The Originals was given the green light.

I watched it.  And I liked it.  It was a breath of fresh air, stepping away from boring Elena and Stefan.  The pilot had it all—Klaus’ old vampire running mates, witches and their spells, the promise of a hybrid baby, and King Klaus.  The only thing missing was my boy, Damon.

The Vampire Diaries spinoff also stars: Charles Michael Davis (The Game) as Marcel, Klaus’ protégé; Daniella Pineda and Danielle Campbell (Ravenswood) as witches; and Leah Pipes (Sorority Girls) as Cami… a human.

The Originals premieres tomorrow, Thursday, October 3rd on the CW.

*****

Witches of East End

Lifetime Summary: Having strived to maintain a normal existence for her daughters, immortal witch Joanna Beauchamp must at last reveal her family’s true lineage when a certain enemy from her past begins to stir up trouble once again. 

Based on the novel of the same name by Melissa de la Cruz, Witches of East End stars a ton of beautiful women, playing… witches!  Julia Ormand (Legends of the Fall, Sabrina, and many other major motion pictures) plays Joanna, mother to Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Channing’s lucky wife and former cast member of American Horror Story: Asylum) and Ingrid (Rachel Boston from The Ex-List and In Plain Site).  Madchen Amick (Twin Peaks) plays Wendy, Joanna’s mischievous sister… and Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Fire with Fire, Candyman, etc…) plays Penelope.

The guys are pretty too: Eric Winter (Days of our Lives, The Mentalist), Jason George (Mistresses, Grey’s Anatomy), Daniel DiTomasso, and supposedly even Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Buffy’s real-life husband!).

I can’t wait for Witches of East End!  I’ve been excited for this series since seeing the first teaser while watching Devious Maids.  Here’s hoping Lifetime has themselves a hit!  I need a new show about witches.  It has been a long time since Charmed

Witches of East End premieres Sunday, October 6th on Lifetime.

*****

If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put The Originals at number one with Witches of East End following closely behind in second.  I’ve already seen the pilot of The Originals and LOVED it… plus I already know many of the characters.  And witches?  I will almost always watch a show with witches in it!  This lands Welcome to the Family in last place.  Sorry; I’ll take the supernatural over comedy almost any day.

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!

New to TV – Fall 2013 (Part Three)

Because so many new television shows premiere this week, I’m skipping the usual Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday post, and sharing the third installment of my New to TV – Fall 2013 series…

That’s right!  It’s that time of year again… the fall 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 and drama…

*****

The Crazy Ones

CBS Summary: An unorthodox advertising genius runs his highly successful ad agency, while managing his eccentric development team and his polar-opposite daughter, all while striving to maintain a reputation as one of the best ad agencies in the business. 

At Roberts & Roberts, viewers get to see the crazy world of advertising and the relationship between a nutty, fun father (Simon Roberts, played by the phenomenal Robin Williams—no introduction necessary, right?) and his serious and ambitious daughter (Sydney Roberts, played by Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I mean, Sarah Michelle Gellar).

Produced by David E. Kelly (The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal), The Crazy Ones will probably be worth a watch.  I said it once and I’ll say it again, Robin Williams is phenomenal.  Just look at his success: Mork & Mindy, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning, Vietnam, and Good Will Hunting, to just name a few.  And then there’s Sarah Michelle Gellar.  I’m still upset her CW show Ringer didn’t make it last year… hopefully this one does.  Television is a better place with SMG.

The sitcom also stars: James Wolk (You Again, Political Animals) as Zach; Amanda Setton (Gossip Girl) as Lauren; and Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine) as Andrew.

The Crazy Ones premieres tomorrow night, Thursday, September 26th on CBS.

*****

The Michael J. Fox Show

NBC Summary: Mike Henry was one of New York City’s most beloved news anchors, but had to abruptly place his career on hold so he could spend more time with his family and focus on his health after receiving the diagnosis saying he has Parkinson’s Disease. 

I think we can all agree that we’re happy Michael J. Fox is coming back to television.  We’ve missed Alex P. Keaton and Marty McFly.  Our hearts broke when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in real life and we’ve watched him suffer through this disease… and fight.  Fight is what he has done.  Over the past few years, we’ve been lucky enough to see Mr. Fox guest star on a few shows, including the very popular The Good Wife, and raise over $350 million dollars for Parkinson’s.

And now he’s back, starring in a brand new sitcom, playing a man similar to himself… where Parkinson’s is concerned, anyway, and showing how he has bounced back.  Mike, his character on The Michael J. Fox Show, has fought back himself and will balance his disease, work, and his family… much like the resilient Michael J. Fox is doing right now.

I watched my grandmother succumb to Parkinson’s when I was a young girl, and I applaud Michael J. Fox for all he has done for the disease.  I know this isn’t much of a TV preview, but I wanted to take this time to thank him.

The new sitcom also stars: Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Katie Finneran (I Hate My Teenage Daughter), and Wendell Pierce (The Wire and Suits).

The Michael J. Fox Show premieres tomorrow night, Thursday, September 26th on NBC.

*****

Betrayal

ABC Summary: The chance meeting of a professional photographer and a top attorney leads to an instant, undeniable attraction that both struggle with since they are both married.  Matters worsen when they find themselves on the opposite sides of a murder case. 

Sara (Hannah Ware from BOSS), a married woman, meets a mysterious stranger and falls in love.  Besides the fact she’s committing adultery, there’s another BIG problem—her lover (Jack McAllister, played by Stuart Townsend, Night Stalker) is the opposing counsel against her husband in the trial of his life.

When I first saw the Betrayal preview on ABC, I was sure I’d watch.  But then I saw the night of the week ABC has chosen to air it and I had to laugh—Sunday nights after Revenge.  Now, don’t get me wrong; I love Revenge.  But Revenge followed by Betrayal?  C’mon.  Am I the only one who thinks ABC is going for a theme here on Sunday nights?  Admit it… it’s kind of funny.

Anyway, the new drama also stars: Chris J. Johnson (South Beach, Against the Wall) as Sara’s husband, Drew; James Cromwell (Six Feet Under, American Horror Story: Asylum) as Thatcher Karsten, a powerful business man and Jack’s client; Wendy Moniz (The Guiding Light) as Elaine, Thatcher’s daughter and Jack’s wife; and Henry Thomas (from two of my childhood favorites… E.T. The Extraterrestrial and Cloak and Dagger) as T. J. Karsten.

Betrayal premieres Sunday, September 29th on ABC.

*****

Hello Ladies

HBO Summary: An English web designer/landlord, who has recently moved to the United States, learns that his attractive tenant has a friend who is opening a classy nightclub, and he manages to get his name on the establishment’s guest list. 

A small town English man (Stuart, played by Stephen Merchant, co-writer and director of the BBC’s The Office, and funny man from Hall Pass and Movie 43) dreams of somehow making it in Los Angeles… and Hello Ladies will follow him through his dating experiences.

That’s about all I could get from watching this trailer via OnDemand… it’s practically a reiteration of the HBO summary.

The series also stars: Christine Woods (Flashforward), Nate Torrance (Mr. Sunshine), and Kevin Weisman (Alias).

Hello ladies premieres Sunday, September 29th on HBO.

*****

We Are Men

CBS Summary: A group of four single guys living in an apartment complex find camaraderie over their woes in love as they take the youngest of the group under their wings. 

When Carter (Chris Smith, Paranormal Activity 3) gets left at the altar, his life falls apart.  So he moves into an apartment complex where he meets his three new best friends… three men who understand exactly what he is going through.  Together these four guys will start life over again with each other and their love and support… as crazy as they may be.

The sitcom also stars: Kal Penn (Kumar from the Harold & Kumar movies and House) as Gil; Jerry O’Connell (from so many of my favorites… Stand by Me, Scream 2, Tomcats, Buying the Cow, and TV’s Crossing Jordan and The Defenders—a show that should have made it, but moving on…) as Stuart; and the great Tony Shalhoub (Wings and Monk) as  Frank.

We Are Men premieres Monday, September 30th on CBS.

*****

If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Betrayal at number one.  We Are Men probably comes in second, mainly because I adore three of the four male stars.  The Crazy Ones follows behind at number three, due to the fact it brings back one of my favorites to the television screen—Buffy. I mean, Sarah Michelle Gellar.  Fourth and fifth (last) place goes to The Michael J. Fox Show (no offense, Mr. Fox… I’m thrilled to see you back on TV in a starring role) and Hello Ladies.  Unfortunately, someone always has to come in last; but that doesn’t mean we won’t give it a chance here at The Ooo Factor.   

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!

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – American Horror Story

With summer coming to an end, and the new fall television schedule right around the corner, I have decided to take a break (of sorts) here on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday.  I say “of sorts” because instead of reviewing a fresh new series, I want to feature a few shows that I am looking forward to returning in the 2013/2014 TV season.

This week, American Horror Story

Over the years, FX has launched itself as one of the premiere networks due to their phenomenal original programming.  The channel hit pay dirt in the 2011/2012 season with yet another fantastic FX original to add to its list of past successes.  Joining the likes of Nip/Tuck, Damages, and Justified, American Horror Story kept with the creepy and dark storylines and didn’t disappoint!  And now, with two seasons “in the books,” the writers and creators hope to score big… again.

Season one, American Horror Story, followed the stories of the Murder House…

Following a miscarriage and an affair, Vivien and Ben Harmon left Boston with their daughter, looking for a fresh start.  The family bought a gorgeous house in California, despite learning that the previous owners both died in the basement in an apparent murder-suicide.

The house was perfect for the Harmons; large enough for Ben (Dylan McDermott, The Practice) to open his private psychiatry practice, and outdated just enough to keep Vivien (Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights) busy redecorating.  At first daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) doesn’t understand why the family had to move across the country, but she soon adjusted after meeting her father’s new patient and fellow “cutter” (Tate, played by Evan Peters).

The Murder House… aka The Harmon’s New Residence..

Not long after moving into the new home, the neighbors stopped by to introduce themselves: Constance (Academy Award winner, Jessica Lange) and her daughter Adelaide. Constance warned Vivien that Addy had always been attracted to the Harmon’s new home and had the tendency to walk in as she pleased, but failed to disclose that she too had a long history with the house.

Next, Vivien met Moira, the house’s former housekeeper.  After briefly visiting with Moira, Vivien decided to re-hire her to help tend to the house.  But here’s the creepy part – Vivien saw Moira as an older woman (played by Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under), but her adulterous husband saw Moira as a young and sexy maid (played by Alexandra Breckenridge, Dirt).

Following a home invasion of crazy people, reenacting a previous murder that allegedly took place in her house in the 1960s, Vivien decided to hop on board a tour bus that stopped outside her new home to learn the history of the house—The Murder House.

Season one brought us The Gimp…

The house was built in the early 1900s by a Dr. Charles Montgomery for his wife, Nora.  Suffering from a down economy, the doctor performed abortions inside the house for extra money.  It was not long before an angry family member of one of Charles’ patients kidnapped and murdered his son.

In the 1960s, a group of sorority girls lived in the house.  Maria, a devout Christian, answered the door to find a bleeding man on the front porch.  She brought him inside and called upstairs for the house nurse to help—but it was a set-up.  The man and his friends drowned the nurse, and hog tied and brutally murdered Maria.

In the 1970s, the house was vacant and a set of red-headed twin tweens enjoyed vandalizing the property.  Young Adelaide warned the two to not go inside, but they ignored her and continued to break lights and wreak havoc on the house.  After entering the basement, the two boys were murdered.

The stories continued… and the murders continued over the years; thus the nickname, the Murder House.

I made no secret of the fact that I loved the first season of American Horror Story.  The creators and writers produced groundbreaking TV; every episode was filled with eerie, spooky, and creepy storylines with twists and turns week in and week out.  No one was safe, not even the main characters played by major Hollywood actors and actresses.  And the ending?  Well, it wrapped up the Murder House storyline perfectly for the epic first year with potential for more.

But unlike most television dramas, season two brought something fresh—no more Murder House.  Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk took season two in an entirely different direction.  Together, they created American Horror Story: Asylum.

The series kept a few of our favorite leads from the first year (Jessica Lange, Evan Peters) and brought back a few of the supporting cast (Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, and Zachary Quinto) as well.  But no one returning for season two played the same character—Constance (Lange), Tate (Peters), Moira (Conroy), Nora (Rabe), Billie Dean (Paulson), and Chad (Quinto) were gone; instead, we had Sister Jude (Lange), Kit (Peters), The Angel of Death (Conroy), Sister Mary Eunice (Rabe), Lana (Paulson), and Dr. Oliver Thredson (Quinto).

New characters were also introduced in season two with well-known actors and actresses accepting the roles (Joseph Fiennes, James Cromwell, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Levine, and Mark Consuelos to just name a few).

The story was also completely different.  Instead of the Murder House, we had Briarcliff—the mental hospital/insane asylum—where again, it seemed no one ever really escapes.  Unlike the first season, which took place in the present, season two took place in the 1960s for the most part.  Instead of the theme of infidelity like in season one, season two focused largely on themes/things that could have happened, have happened, and were rumored to have happened, and might possibly happen again in the future, making it even creepier than season one… if that’s at all possible.

Asylum brought us Bloody Face…

In lieu of the creepy and spooky, the stories were primarily dark, twisted, and extremely bothersome… bordering on disgusting.   Perhaps one of the reasons season two was so gripping was because of the controversial storylines: aliens, demonic possession, abuse at the hands of medical professionals and the Catholic Church, the inhumane treatment of those locked away in the mental hospital/insane asylum… all simply because those in charge could get away with it.  As mentioned before, all of these things could have happened in real life, have happened, and will quite possibly happen again in the future.  That’s why American Horror Story: Asylum was scary—different from the purely suspenseful themes in the first year.

For me, I enjoyed the first year more than the second… as far as the story is concerned, anyway.  The acting and characters?  They were still just as impressive.  Once again, Jessica Lange and Even Peters carried the show with help from American Horror Story alumni Sarah Paulson and Zachary Quinto.  I watched every single week just for the cast.  Now, I’m not saying season two was bad, just different and not as good in my opinion.  In keeping with the first year, the unique storytelling, twists, and revelations of Asylum were simply genius and still unlike anything else on TV today.

American Horror Story: Asylum closed just as nicely as the first… perhaps even better.  Every story was wrapped up in a big red bow with no questions or cliffhangers left dangling.

News of the third season pickup thrilled me; but left me wondering what we, the television audience, could expect with a new year of AHS.  And then I saw the story’s new “home” of sorts…

American Horror Story: Coven

Coven?  Are you kidding me?  We get witches?  Oh, heck yes!

Not only that, but a few of our favorites are back!  Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Lily Rabe return… as do a few of season one’s veterans we missed or barely saw in season two: Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, Alexandra Breckenridge, and Denis O’Hare.  One name is missing, I notice, and this makes me sad… Zachary Quinto.  Fingers crossed he at least stops by the Coven for a second or two.

We also have some new faces joining the cast… some really familiar faces: Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Grey Damon, and Mare Winningham.

After seeing what the writers and creators were capable of in the first two years, I will be one of the first to press play on my DVR October 9th when American Horror Story: Coven premieres on FX.

It’s for this reason (and all those mentioned above), that I must award the entire American Horror Story series with the GTV rating… even though I clearly enjoyed the first season more than the second.

Bottom line –  FX has themselves a groundbreaking television series, appropriate for viewing after dark with a perfectly grilled bone-in filet, steaming broccoli, and a glass of fine red wine.

What do you think—will you watch American Horror Story: Coven?  Did you watch the first two seasons of AHS?  Did you prefer season one or season two?  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…

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Grimm

With summer coming to an end, and the new fall television schedule right around the corner, I have decided to take a break (of sorts) here on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday.  I say “of sorts” because instead of reviewing a fresh new series, I want to feature a few shows that I am looking forward to returning in the 2013/2014 TV season.

This week, Grimm

Grimm follows Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) as he balances his life solving murders and learning that he comes from a long line of criminal profilers (Grimms) responsible for protecting the people of the world against the supernatural.

I watched Mr. Giuntoli back on the Road Rules/Real World challenge years ago… but he’s really growing on me as an actor. Detective Nick Burkhardt is pretty adorable. And he’s getting stronger… physically and as a character.

I first fell in love with the crime drama/dark fairy tale for a few reasons.  The attention to detail and fantastic one-liners in the pilot (about Little Red Riding Hood) hooked me immediately and to this day might still be my favorite episode.

The series began as a sorority girl departs from her house wearing a bright red hoodie and listening to the Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams” as she sets out for her morning jog through the woods.  While on her run, the girl spots an odd figurine positioned on a rock.  She stops to investigate when she is suddenly tackled by something with lightning fast speed.

Nick and his partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby), drive out to the scene of the crime where they discover a jogger has been ripped apart in the woods.  The detectives assume an animal is responsible for the attack, although they can’t seem to locate any animal tracks—only boot tracks.

Nick and Hank solvin’ crimes… because that’s what they do.

Later that night, Nick returns home to discover his aunt has stopped by on a surprise visit.  After a cryptic, “we need to talk,” Nick and his aunt go for a walk and she begins to tell him that his family has a secret.  His parents didn’t die in an accident; they were murdered.  Why is she telling him this now?  She is dying, and the Grimm powers will pass to him in just a matter of days if they haven’t already.

Before she can tell him the complete story, Nick and his aunt are attacked by a Reaper of the Grimms.  Nick can’t believe his eyes and he opens fire on the monster, shooting him dead, but not before the attack renders his aunt unconscious.

Reeling from the day’s events, Nick walks into his aunt’s travel-trailer where he finds an arsenal of bizarre weapons and an ancient family book revealing his destiny.   All of this helps explain the event earlier in the day when he noticed a beautiful blonde walking down the street suddenly transform into nasty looking creature.

As most of us would with life-altering information such as this, Nick decides to keep his secret from his girlfriend (Juliette, played by Bitsie Tulloch) and his partner.  For now, anyway.

The fairy tale continues the next day when Nick and his partner are called to another crime scene.  This time, a younger girl has been kidnapped with the initials R.H.  Coincidence?

Monroe is my favorite. The character probably has the best lines, definitely the funniest, and Mr. Mitchell delivers them perfectly.

This is where Nick tracks down Eddie Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), a reformed Big Bad Wolf.   Monroe can see Nick as a Grimm immediately, but he reluctantly agrees to help Nick understand the mythology.  Monroe also agrees to help track down the other Big Bad responsible for the little girl’s disappearance.  He drives Nick out to the woods, sticking his head out the window along the way, sniffing out the other Big Bad’s scent.  Afraid of what might happen if he gets too close, Monroe retreats as soon as they locate the cabin where his sense of smell has indicated the other Big Bad and little R.H. are located.  Nick then calls Hank out to the woods, but explains he didn’t call for any additional backup because he “already cried wolf once.”

Of course, Hank doesn’t understand how Nick tracked this man down, but he believes his partner when he overhears the suspect humming the exact same song that had been playing in the jogger’s ear buds from the first crime scene.  The take down ensues, little R.H. is rescued, and Grimm ends with the Marilyn Manson version of “Sweet Dreams” — I’ve got to know what’s inside you.

Let’s be honest—the song is what actually hooked me.  Not only is it a favorite (either rendition), but the chosen lyrics foreshadowed what the episode had in store for us.  Like I mentioned earlier, great attention to detail.

Captain Renard… so glad he got more involved in season two.

Now through two seasons, Grimm has aired more episodes and tackled fairy tales such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Pied Piper, Rapunzel, The Queen Bee, and the Three Little Pigs.  The special effects and storylines are enticing; the use of Monroe in each episode to help Nick solve the case at hand is fun, and it is a bit heartwarming to see the two work together and develop a friendship between creature and Grimm; and the actual police procedural aspect of the story ranks up there with the other crime dramas on television today.

While I enjoyed the first year, season two really pulled me in.  Hank’s storyline… Nick’s and Juliet’s storyline, even though it annoyed me at first… the involvement of the captain (Sasha Roiz)… and the return of the hexenbiest (Claire Coffee).

Pretty nasty, right?

Since sitting on the hot plate after the pilot, the simmering water is now boiling and Grimm earns a MacTV rating.  The water is clearly hot enough for us to drop in the pasta; and now, I can’t wait for more of Grimm’s take on the classic fairy tales… bring on the creatures!

What do you think? Do you watch Grimm?  Which of the tales has been your favorite and why?  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…

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Survivor

The fall television season is right around the corner, which means one of my favorite reality programs is coming back—Survivor.

Now in its 27th season, Survivor follows tribe members (contestants of all races, ages, and backgrounds) as they battle it out to win immunity, hoping to Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast the other contestants.  They are isolated, usually at a beautiful tropical location with gnarly storm seasons, and they must build a shelter to survive.  During physical and mental competitions, the tribes earn rewards — flint for fire, fishing equipment, tarps, and luxury items (such as pillows and blankets — yeah, not very “luxury” by our definition, right?).  But no single prize is as great as the immunity idol.

The competitions aren’t the only obstacles standing in the way of the Ultimate Survivor winning the $1,000,000 cash prize.  The elements are intense, sometimes so brutal I don’t know how the contestants find the will to keep going.  And then there are the bugs.  The bugs are the number one reason why I could never play this game that I love.  Call me a pansy; call me what you will.  But I hate bugs — bugs that crawl; bugs that fly; bugs that breathe.  Period.  The number of bug bites on the contestants makes my skin crawl.

An example of a physical competition…

Fire is life in Survivor; without fire, even the water isn’t safe to drink.  I’m amazed every season at the number of contestants accepted onto the show who haven’t learned to master starting a fire using nothing but twigs and patience.

Everything considered, the most important aspect of playing Survivor is one’s ability to socialize — to form alliances.  Without the votes of the fellow tribe members, a contestant’s days on the island come to an end at tribal council (considering they don’t hold the immunity idol or a hidden immunity idol).

“Immunity is up for grabs!”

Of course, winning competitions over and over again does not guarantee the million dollar prize (does it, Colby?).  Aligning with the perfect partner/partners can carry someone all the way to the end.

Speaking of Colby Donaldson… Guns Up, Red Raiders!!

One of the best alliances of all time might just be Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich (now Mariano) in Survivor All-Stars.  The two were playing the game for the second time and formed what many considered to be an unlikely alliance, but one that took them both to the end.  Together they claimed the first and second place cash prizes, and later pocketed the ultimate prize when they married and started a family.  I actually think Survivor has been more successful with couples marrying than the Bachelor and Bachelorette.    But I digress…

Survivor’s “Godfather” — Boston Rob

Sometimes being the villain of the group also pays off.  How?  I don’t know, but we’ve seen it on multiple occasions.  Heck, I’ve even gone from despising a contestant one season to liking them later on (Coach, a.k.a. “The Dragon Slayer” had this effect on me, but it took him three seasons to do it).  Villains do rather well most of the time – Parvati, Russell Hantz, and even Boston Rob (yes, the same Rob Mariano as mentioned earlier.)  Russell was so evil that his own nephew didn’t want the other contestants to know he was related to him when he played on a later season.

Are these people really villains?  No, of course not.  But do they play the game of Survivor to win at all costs, no holds barred?  Yes, and quite well at that.

Hosted by the ever-adorable Jeff Probst, Survivor has earned multiple award nominations and won.  How is this possible, considering every season is practically the same only with new contestants in a different location?  Because somehow Mark Burnett, Probst and the producers keep it fresh.

Take the new season for instance… “Blood vs. Water.”   This year, the field of twenty will consist of ten previous contestants PLUS one of their friends or a family member.   Will blood prove to be thicker than a million dollars?  I mean, water?

I thought for sure Rupert would be my favorite (returning) player this year, but Kat (from Survivor: One World) is bringing along her hot boyfriend… Hayden Moss, winner of Big Brother 12!  Go, Hayden, Go!

All things considered, does Survivor earn a GTV rating?  No, but it is definitely a guilty pleasure and sits firmly as a MacTV program.  Survivor is one of my favorite reality shows.  I have never missed a season.  Never.  Call me crazy, but I literally get giddy as the clock inches closer and closer to 7pm CST on Wednesday nights.  It’s exciting.

Survivor returns Wednesday, September 18th.

What do you think? Do you watch Survivor?  Who’s your favorite contestant over the years?  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…

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – “Ion Television – Positively Entertaining”

I usually dedicate each Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday post to a particular television show.  But not today.  Today, I want to feature an entire channel.  A channel that has dubbed itself, “positively entertaining.”   And they’re right.

IonBorn as PAX TV in 1998, Ion Television has since rebranded and changed its name twice.  But the programming has remained the same—reruns and mini-marathons of some of our favorite older series.

I started frequenting Ion Television about a year ago.  When I found a “new” channel airing reruns of one of my favorite shows, Criminal Minds, I kept an eye on the network’s TV schedule.  Between CBS, A&E, and Ion, I can pretty much watch the BAU Team solve cases any night of the week.

But Criminal Minds isn’t the only show the channel airs.  Every day/night of the week, Ion plays a different series from my past… sometimes two episodes, sometimes four, and sometimes as many as fifteen.  A few of those programs include:

Flashpoint

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 

Without a Trace

House

Up until recently, I would flip the TV to Ion on Saturday afternoons and leave it there until around three in the morning.  Why?  A Psych all day marathon.  It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen Shawn and Gus solve a crime, I can watch those episodes over and over again.  And what made it even better was the fact Ion aired the series in order, one episode sequentially followed by the next, without jumping around like other channels do.

Psych’s Saturday marathons are over now, and I can’t help but hope they return to Ion soon.  But in the meantime, the day now belongs to Monk.  I loved the obsessive-compulsive detective when USA aired new episodes years ago; but surprisingly, I don’t find myself tuning in as much on Saturdays to watch him as I did Shawn and Gus.

Now I’m glued to Ion on Fridays.  Why?  Cold Case.

I watched this series on CBS (its original home) from pretty much the beginning… 2003-2010.  Cold Case wasn’t the average police procedural.  Instead of solving a crime that recently occurred, the team of detectives took on cold cases from before their time, sometimes decades earlier, and solved the cases, bringing closure to any living friends and family members today.  The show featured a series of flashbacks, showing viewers the days leading up to the victim’s death, and oftentimes the motives.

But perhaps my favorite part of Cold Case, and the reason I tune in to Ion every Friday from noon until 2AM, is the music.  The series featured tunes specific to the decade and year of the cold case the detectives were working, making the music a big part of the series.  And for me, it still is today, particularly the episodes solving murders from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

So, if anyone is lying around the house with nothing to do or watch, search the TV guide for Ion.  It is “positively entertaining,” any night of the week.

Do you watch Ion?  What other channels do you love that air reruns of older TV series?  I’d love to hear from you! 

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – The Mysteries of Under the Dome

After my second DVR crash since March, I found myself scurrying around, trying to recover the 200+ recordings I lost.  Amongst those so inconveniently deleted was CBS’s new science fiction drama, Under the Dome.

When we were finally ready to sit down and watch Under the Dome, we couldn’t find the first episode.  The pilot wasn’t available for viewing on the CBS website, or via OnDemand, prompting us to try something we’d never done before—watch TV via our Amazon Prime account.  For free.  Yeah, I was a happy camper…

Anyway, what would happen if we were cut off from the world?  If we couldn’t leave our city or county lines?  If we were imprisoned by an impenetrable barrier?

Based on the science fiction novel by Stephen King, Under the Dome follows the residents of Chester’s Mill after they are cut off from the world by an invisible, impenetrable barrier—a dome.  Will they uncover the truth in time to save their small town?

Let’s talk about this “wall” for a second… This “wall” sliced a cow in half, which was not at all appetizing to watch while eating dinner.  And for about a span of three to five minutes, although it felt longer, the cameras kept showing the darn cow.  Yuck.  Trust me.

But back to the story…

Not knowing whether or not this is an act of terror, or an act of God, the town’s people scurry around, trying to make heads or tails out of the situation.  And when government agencies show up on the outside, wearing full-on Hazmat Gear, those trapped know that something is terribly wrong.

Recognizing that something has them “stuck in a fish bowl,” the mayor hops on a public radio access channel and instructs all vehicles to stop moving, but not before a couple of cars crash into the invisible “wall.”  A few witnesses even watch as a small prop plane smashes into what appears to be nothing up in the sky and burst into flames.

Completely dumbfounded, friends and family, separated by the “wall,” stare at each other… scream at each other.  But nothing carries across the electrical field.  The only way we know it’s electrical is because it’s shocking to the touch and even prompted someone with a pace maker’s chest to explode.

As one can imagine, some panic, others keep calmer heads and hope to plan an escape, while others just go plain bonkers.

The new horror/mystery series stars: Mike Vogel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre circa 2003), Rachelle Lefevre (the Twilight saga), Colin Ford (Supernatural), Natalie Martinez (Detroit 1-8-7 and CSI: NY), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle), Aisha Hinds (Detroit 1-8-7, True Blood, and Cult), and many other familiar faces in recurring roles (like Jeff Fahey from Lost).

Bottom line?  At the end of the pilot, I was ready to watch another episode.  In addition to the dome, there were a ton of characters to get to know better, and even a few mysteries with the townsfolk (like the stockpiling of propane, a kidnapping, a murder, etc).  But my guy was ready to watch the Falling Skies season finale, so Under the Dome had to wait.

We still haven’t gotten back to it, but I want to.  It definitely left me wanting more.  For that reason, I must award the new CBS sci-fi drama with the JFTV rating.  Perhaps after we catch a few more episodes, the ranking will rise…

Have you watched Under the Dome?  How do you feel it ranks compared to the other Stephen King made-for-TV adaptations, series, and/or movies?  I’d love to hear from you!

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…

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – A Twisted New ABC Family Mystery

After my second DVR crash since March, I found myself scurrying around, trying to recover the 200+ recordings I lost.  Amongst those so inconveniently deleted was ABC Family’s Twisted.  Luckily for me, ABC Family aired a marathon not long ago and I was able to record all of the episodes, beginning with the pilot.  And with my TV time finally freeing up last week, I pressed play on the new teen murder mystery. 

I’ve not kept the fact that I love ABC Family’s teen mysteries a secret.  Heck, I’ve only blogged about Pretty Little Liars at least five times.  And because I enjoy Pretty Little Liars as much as I do, I decided to give The Lying Game a try last year when it premiered.  Sadly, the network recently announced they will not renew The Lying Game for a third season, but that’s okay—now we have Twisted (and soon we’ll have Ravenswood, a PLL’s spinoff).

Twisted follows Danny Desai (Avan Jogia, from the popular Nickelodeon series, Victorious), a troubled teen recently released from juvenile detention after serving five years for his aunt’s murder.  Known as a “confessed, unrepentant murder,” Danny’s homecoming doesn’t go as smoothly as his family had hoped.  Looking for redemption, Danny immediately tries to reconnect with two of his best girl friends from his past—Jo (Maddie Hasson, from The Finder) and Lacey (Kylie Bunbury)—but even they have called Danny “socio” on occasion.

Danny…

Since Danny’s conviction, Jo has had trouble moving on and is considered by many to be a social outcast, while Lacey has left her past behind… for popularity and a new boyfriend.  Bringing this group back together doesn’t go as smoothly for Danny as he had hoped, especially after a classmate is found murdered and he becomes the prime suspect—again.

This new series also stars: Denise Richards (mostly recognized for her tumultuous marriage to Charlie Sheen, but also from her seductive and messed up role in Wild Things) as Karen, Danny’s mother—the former socialite, whose social status hasn’t quite recovered since her son’s arrest; Sam Robards (Gossip Girl) as Kyle, Jo’s father and the town’s sheriff; Grey Damon (Friday Night Lights and The Nine Lives of Chloe King) as Archie, Lacey’s new boyfriend; Chris Zylka (The Secret Circle) as Tyler, a boy pretending to be interested in Jo and Danny, but he’s really only creating trouble; Kathy Najimy (Veronica’s Closet) as Mrs. Fink; Robin Givens (Mike Tyson’s ex) as Lacey’s mom; and Kimberly Quinn (Terriers) as Jo’s mother.

Is my son a sociopath?

Earlier, I mentioned that Danny confessed to his aunt’s murder.  And he served his time.  But like with every murder, everyone around town, including his two besties, wants to know why he did it.  Not helping his case, Danny sticks to his guns and will not say.  All he will tell anyone is that he had his reasons and that he is protecting them by not divulging the truth.

This only adds to the mystery surrounding Danny.  As a convicted killer, and after spending five years in juvie, one might expect him to be a bit rugged and short-tempered.  But he’s not.  For the most part, he takes the high road and avoids many of the physical altercations thrown his way by the “studs” of the school.  Danny is actually quite smooth, if you ask me.

But his eyes… his eyes tell a different story.  Granted, sometimes his eyes portray the sweet teen boy he appears to be externally; but sometimes, his stare alone makes me question his innocence.  Maybe Danny is a “socio”—I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

Lacey and Jo…

Bottom line?  I watched all eight episodes of Twisted in three days.  Every free moment I could spare, I pressed play on another episode.  Now, do I like it as much as Pretty Little Liars?  No, not yet anyway.  But am I hooked?  Yes.  Have I figured out the mystery?  Nope—as Danny, Jo, and Lacey uncover new evidence, I’m thrown for a loop.  And it’s for all these reasons that I must award Twisted with the MacTV rating.  Because I absolutely hate waiting for the next episode, this new teen murder mystery deserves a rating higher than the JFTV ranking.  The water under this pot is definitely boiling and ready for some pasta!

Have you watched Twisted?  Do you plan to?  Do you think Danny is a sociopath?  I’d love to hear from you!

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…

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – ABC’s Motive

After my second DVR crash since March, I found myself scurrying around, trying to recover the 200+ recordings I lost.  Amongst those so inconveniently deleted was ABC’s new police procedural, Motive

Unfortunately, I missed the pilot.  When I was finally ready to sit down and enjoy a Motive marathon, I couldn’t find the first episode—not online, not via OnDemand, not anywhere.  Thanks a lot U-verse.  I did have the pilot recorded… but anyway.  I have a better DVR now with a larger hard drive, so I can’t complain too much.

Notice I said too much.  I’m still having trouble finding episodes I lost (the King & Maxwell pilot, the Under the Dome pilot, etc) and I hate starting series without that first crucial hour of television to know whether or not they’ve hooked me.

So, for now, I’m stuck doing the best I can and starting with the second episodes…. which is exactly what I did with Motive.

Any time a crime occurs, whether in real life or on TV, everyone wants to know why the crime was committed in the first place—the motive.

Television is full of crime dramas and police procedurals today, but most of these shows focus on the investigation and capture of the suspects rather than the motive behind the act.  Some TV programs might answer the “why” in a brief one or two lines of dialogue after they’ve interrogated the suspect for a few minutes, but they don’t really spend a lot of time on the motive.

Motive, a new ABC crime drama, hopes to change all of that.

The new series follows Detective Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman, Judging Amy and The Killing) and her partner (Louis Ferreira, SGU Stargate Universe) as they work homicide cases.

Detectives Flynn and Vega

Wait a minute… that sounds just like every other police procedural on TV today.  Right?

Wrong.  Motive will identify the killer and victim at the beginning of each episode.  Before we even see the crime scene!  Now that’s unique…

For the most part, Motive is like all the other police procedurals out there… the detectives inherit a case and work the scene from the ground up, looking primarily for the “who” and the “why.”  But with ABC’s new drama, viewers get to see the “who” and “why” before anything else.  The show flashes back throughout the entire hour, telling us the stories of both the killer and the victim, and very little about the detectives and their personal lives.

That’s right.  Motive is more about the crimes than it is the stars of the show.  Having missed the pilot, I wasn’t even aware that Flynn was a single mother until about the fourth episode.  And even then, the series barely touches on that relationship… but there’s enough to give the no-nonsense detective a heart (I’m not saying she’s callous, it’s just that she’s not on the job to make friends).

So far, Detective Flynn is a closer…

Anyway…

Motive kind of reminds me of a combination of Cold Case (because of the series of flashbacks) and the short-lived series The Whole Truth, where viewers experienced the crime through both the prosecutor’s and the defense attorney’s point of view and they had to decide which one was the truth… fun show, but it didn’t last long.  I believe we’ve already seen more episodes of Motive than The Whole Truth, so that can be promising for ABC’s new police procedural.

And by the way, the new crime drama also stars: Lauren Holly (NCIS) as Betty Rogers, the medical examiner; Roger Cross (24) as Supervisor Boyd Bloom; Brendan Penny (Stargate: Atlantis) as rookie detective Brian Lucas; and Cameron Bright (The Twilight Saga) as Manny Flynn, Angela’s son.

Bottom line?  Motive is different enough from the other police procedurals on TV.  I’ll give it at least that.  But do I like it more than all the others?  Not really.  I will say this though… it is nice that the series actually focuses more on the crime (and the killer and victim) than the cops themselves.  For that, ABC’s new drama scores the JFTV ratingRay Donovan gets the summer’s top nod with a GTV rating, and ABC’s Mistresses gets an upgrade since my last review to my MacTV/guilty pleasure of the summer…

Dr. Rogers is a small role for Lauren Holly, but it’s nice to see her back on TV.

But I like Motive.  And I’m all caught up… and I caught up through the seven episodes in only four days.  However, watching police procedurals is like standing on the chip aisle at the local grocery.  There are so many different brands and flavors to choose from, each bag with its own unique twist, that we only have time to grab a few here and there each time or our grocery basket would be nothing but chips.

Have you watched Motive?  Do you plan to?  What do you think of the show’s format, showing us the killer and the victim in the first few minutes?  I’d love to hear from you!

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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