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!

New to TV – Fall 2013 (Part One)

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…

*****

Sleepy Hollow

FOX Summary: Ichabod Crane and Detective Abbie Mills battle forces, including the Four Horseman, brought back to life in the town of Sleepy Hollow.

After 250 years in a “dead” slumber, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) returns to the town of Sleepy Hollow.  During an interrogation by local authorities, he remembers last working for General George Washington.  He reveals Washington ordered him to kill a man, a mission he accomplished by beheading the target.

Not really knowing what to think, the local police department partners Ichabod with Detective Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), hoping the two will work together to solve a series of bizarre events.  After all, Ichabod isn’t the only one to rise from the dead in Sleepy Hollow…

But in order to succeed, the two must first uncover all of the clues left behind by our country’s founding fathers, unlocking a century’s old mystery.

From the writers and producers of Star Trek (2009 and 2013), the series also stars Orlando Jones (the 7 UP guy) and John Cho (Harold from the Harold and Kumar movies).

We’re a day late with this one… Sleepy Hollow actually premiered last night on FOX.  But don’t worry; if you missed the pilot, it will re-air this Friday, September 20th.  Be sure to check the local listings.

*****

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

FOX Summary: Jake Peralta, a talented, but carefree police detective, and his eclectic colleagues get a rude awakening when the precinct hires an uptight captain, who’s dead set on turning the poorly functional team into one of the best ones in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is something kind of new… at least to my generation… it’s a show about cops (okay, that aspect is not new to TV), only this one is supposed to be funny.  It’s a sitcom, not the average police procedural.  And while this team of detectives will solve crimes, they hope to make us laugh along the way.

The star, Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live), mentioned in a TV interview that his new comedy has been likened to Barney Miller.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

In addition to Samberg’s Detective Peralta character, the series also stars: Andre Braugher (Glory, City of Angels, Men of a Certain Age) as the new captain; Stephanie Beatriz as Detective Diaz, the tough, smart, and scary one; Joe Lo Truglio (Role Models, Wanderlust) as Detective Boyle, the klutzy one; Melissa Fumero (One Life to Live) as Detective Santiago, the one who’s always trying to prove she’s tough; and Terry Crews (Arrested Development, Idiocracy, the Old Spice Commercials) as Sergeant Jeffords, the one who works hard and takes his job seriously.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine premieres tonight, Tuesday, September 17th on FOX.

*****

Dads

FOX Summary: A pair of well-off business partners, who have been best friends since childhood, are left scouring for whatever space they can get to maintain sanity when their fathers pack up and move into their places, leaving them exasperated.

Warner (Giovanni Ribisi from TV’s My Two Dads, Friends, and many major motion pictures) and Eli (Seth Green from TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and motion pictures, including The Italian Job and Can’t Hardly Wait) run a successful video gaming company.  They’re young, lucrative, and have fun with what they do.  But when their dads decide to move in with them (and in Warner’s case, with his wife, too), their lives are turned upside down.

From the previews, Dads actually does look funny… in a raunchy and sometimes inappropriate humor kind of way.  Not to mention, I feel Giovanni Ribisi does NOT do enough anymore.  I’m excited to see him back on TV.  His character’s dancing to Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” was a Ted highlight for me…

The new sitcom also stars: Martin Mull (Clue) as Warner’s dad; Peter Riegert (Animal House) as Eli’s dad; Vanessa Lachey (MTV’s Total Request Live) as Warner’s wife; and Brenda Song (Disney’s The Suite Life series) as Eli’s and Warner’s assistant.

Oh, and Dads is produced by Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted).

Dads premieres tonight, Tuesday, September 17th on FOX.

*****

The Blacklist

NBC Summary: Ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington has been one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives, though he has decided to mysteriously surrender himself to new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, a woman he seems to have no connections with at all.

First, the “seems to have no connections with at all” tells me that Reddington and Keen will have some connection.  So, I’m expecting that twist at some point down the road…

That said, The Blacklist looks really good.

Known for his brokering deals with terrorists around the world, fugitive “Red” Reddington (James Spader from the ‘80s movies Pretty in Pink, Less Than Zero, and Mannequin, as well as the hit TV series Boston Legal) shocks the FBI when he turns himself in.  In exchange for something, I’m not sure what… maybe a lighter sentence, no death penalty, something… he offers up his “blacklist,” a list of terrorists and criminals that only he knows about.

There’s only one catch—he’ll only work with one woman (Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone from the short-lived Law & Order: Los Angeles).

Now, I remember the a-hole characters Spader played in Pretty in Pink, Less Than Zero, and Mannequin… he was great in those roles.  He was even better as the arrogant, yet intelligent and successful lawyer in Boston Legal… when he wasn’t lassoing in his good buddy, Denny Crane.  But as a straight up bad guy?  I bet Mr. Spader will be beyond good and I can’t wait to see his performance.

The new drama also stars Harry Lennix (Dollhouse), Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland), and Ryan Eggold (the more recent 90210, not the original).

The Blacklist premieres Monday, September 23rd on NBC.

*****

Hostages

CBS Summary: When a talented and prominent DC surgeon is handpicked to perform an operation on the President of the United States, a rogue FBI agent takes her family hostage and demands that she assassinate the president during surgery. 

Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette from The Sixth Sense and The United States of Tara), the surgeon scheduled to operate on the President of the United States, realizes her worst nightmares when her family is taken hostage… by one of the best FBI hostage negotiators in the country, Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott from The Practice, Dark Blue, and American Horror Story).

The negotiation Carlisle is offering Sanders?  Kill the president or her family dies.  But while she loves her family, she refuses to cooperate and challenges her family’s captors… until one of them breaks.

After watching McDermott play a somewhat troubled husband with issues in American Horror Story, a d-bag in The Campaign, and a rogue agent in Olympus Has Fallen, I can’t wait to watch him in Hostages…  he’s really good at playing the creepy, good-looking bad guy.

The new drama/thriller also stars: Tate Donovan (Damages, Deception) as Brian, the good doctor’s husband; Billy Brown (Sons of Anarchy, Dexter) as Archer; Sandrine Holt (24, House of Cards) as Maria; Rhys Coiro (Entourage) as Kramer; and James Naughton (Ally McBeal, Gossip Girl) as President Kincaid.

Hostages premieres Monday, September 23rd on CBS.

*****

Mom

CBS Summary: A newly sober single mother, trying to get her life back in order and put her past mistakes behind her, is challenged in her attempts to stay positive when her estranged mother, a recovering alcoholic, suddenly reappears in her life. 

Christy (Anna Faris from the Scary Movie franchise, Waiting, Just Friends, The House Bunny, etc…) is just trying to get by… but she hasn’t had it easy.  She found herself pregnant as a teenager; she dropped out of high school; she turned to the bottle, of the adult beverage kind; and she’s reminding herself very much of someone she does not want to be—her mother (Allison Janney from The West Wing).

But now Christy is trying to straighten up her life, despite the return of her selfish and crazy mother.  She’s doing her best to ensure her teenage daughter does not continue down the path she did, but it’s proving a lot more difficult than she imagined.  Throw in the fact her “baby daddy” is still hanging around AND her boyfriend appears to be married to another woman, and Christy’s life may not be as easy to clean up and manage as she hoped it would be.

Mom premieres Monday, September 23rd on CBS.

*****

If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Sleepy Hollow at number one.  The Blacklist probably comes in second with Hostages following closely behind at number three.  Fourth, fifth, and sixth (last) places have to go to Mom, Dads, and Brooklyn Nine-NineEach of these sitcoms stars someone I love to watch and laugh along with; however, fresh sitcoms don’t really last these days, so I’m not putting too much stock in any of them until I’ve seen a few episodes…    

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 in 2013 – The Fourth and Final Part… For Now

If there’s anything we’ve learned over the last few years, we’ve learned to adapt to the constant adjustments the television networks make to our primetime TV schedules.  Just a few short months ago, the fall programming premiered—some of the September pilots passed the test and will live to see another day, while others have already been cancelled.

But don’t worry… the networks have a lineup of many new programs to accompany our returning favorites in 2013.  Some of the series have promise, while others may flop—but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!

Continuing with our New to TV in 2013 series, here are a few more of the upcoming premieres we can look forward to in the next two months…

*****

This one almost slipped past me… and then I saw a commercial for it this past weekend.

Golden Boy follows Walter William Clark, Jr. (Theo James from the British series Bedlam and Downton Abbey) on his unprecedented rise through the New York City Police force from a beat cop, to detective, to police commissioner.

It has been reported that this crime drama is more character driven than most.  Instead of focusing on the cases the police solve, Golden Boy focuses on the Clark character and the relationships he forms with his partners and mentors, specifically Detective Don Owen (Chi McBride from Boston Public and Human Target).  While I enjoy police procedurals, I would appreciate a television series that really connects me with the character leads more than most already on the air do.

The new series also stars: Kevin Alejandro (Southland and True Blood) as Christian Arroyo,  the supposed “alpha” dog detective; Bonnie Somerville (NYPD Blue and Cashmere Mafia) as Deborah McKenzie, one of the few female detectives in the department; and Holt McCallany (CSI: Miami and Lights Out) as Joe Diaco, the detective with all of the connections.

And let me just say that Mr. James is quite cute, but the role of Walter William Clark, Jr. originally belonged to Ryan Phillippe.  I don’t know why Mr. Phillippe backed out, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit disappointed by this.

Golden Boy premieres Tuesday, February 26th on CBS.

*****

Life is great for housewife and mother Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell from Silent Hill and The Crazies).  It’s not until her husband is murdered and the FBI comes knocking that she begins questioning her family’s business… of crime.   Will she resort to her family’s ways, something she’s personally steered clear of until now, or will she join forces with the authorities investigating her family?  One thing’s certain—she will avenge her husband’s death and protect her children at all costs.

The new series also stars:  Clifton Collins Jr. (The Event) as FBI Agent James Ramos; Luke Goss (the Death Race movies) as Luther; Suleka Mathew (Hawthorne) as Dina Tomlin; Jaime Ray Newman (Eastwick and Eureka) as Kat Castillo; Lee Tergesen (Oz and Generation Kill) as Mike Tomlin; Rade Serbedzija (24) as Andrei Petrov; and Goran Visnjic (ER) as Nicholae Schiller.

Oh, and Red Widow is produced and written by Melissa Rosenberg, the head writer behind the first four seasons of Dexter AND the woman responsible for the Twilight franchise screenplays.  That alone has me interested…

Red Widow premieres Sunday, March 3rd on ABC.

*****

We’ve all wondered it at least once since leaving home, whether it be for college, or marriage, or just because… what would we do if we had no choice but to move back in with our parents as an adult?

After Polly’s (Sarah Chalke from Roseanne and Scrubs) divorce, she has no choice but to move back in with her parents.   But after a year, she worries she’s stuck there forever with her mother (Elaine, played by Elizabeth Perkins from Big and Weeds) and her father (Max, played by Brad Garrett from Everybody Loves Raymond).  To make matters worse, she’s plagued by the ex-husband who wants her back (of course) and a friend she almost made the mistake of dating back in the day.

The new sitcom also stars Canadian comedian John Dore and the 7 Up guy, Orlando Jones.

How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) premieres Wednesday, April 3rd on ABC.

*****

If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Red Widow at number one.  It has almost everything I like: murder, “connected” families, and the choice of doing right or wrong while protecting one’s own.  If Red Widow has half the action and intrigue of Missing, I’ll be happy.  Golden Boy follows at number two, leaving How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) at third.  ABC’s new sitcom may be loaded with funny people, but someone always has to come in last…

Which of these new programs are you most looking forward to and why?  I’d love to hear from you!   

This wraps up the winter premieres portion of Tele-Tuesday.  These shows along with those mentioned in Part One, Part Two, and Part Three should get everyone’s palate wet…but don’t worry; there’s more ahead in 2013, including the return of at least one freshman series given the ax back in May.

That’s right… CBS is bringing back a television program they cancelled last year.  Maybe the networks do listen?

New to TV in 2013 – Part Three

If there’s anything we’ve learned over the last few years, we’ve learned to adapt to the constant adjustments the television networks make to our primetime TV schedules.  Just a few short months ago, the fall programming premiered—some of the September pilots passed the test and will live to see another day, while others have already been cancelled.

But don’t worry… the networks have a lineup of many new programs to accompany our returning favorites in 2013.  Some of the series have promise, while others may flop—but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!

Continuing with the Part One and Part Two introductions of television’s upcoming pilots, here are a few more premieres we can look forward to in 2013…

*****

Television series about spies are really nothing new… Covert Affairs and Burn Notice both air on the USA Network and both feature two of the highest trained CIA operatives on TV today.

But The Americans is different.

This new FX program follows two KGB sleeper agents during the Cold War in the 1980s as they live undercover in the United States.  Phillip Jennings (Matthew Rhys, Brothers & Sisters) and his wife Elizabeth (Keri Russell, Felicity) look like most Americans… they live in a nice suburban D.C. neighborhood and are raising two children.  Their marriage might have been arranged by the Russian government, but their family is real… even if their children have no idea about their parents’ secret identities.

Maintaining their happy family while managing their KGB operation becomes a bit more arduous for the Jennings when a counter-intelligence FBI agent moves in next door (Stan Beeman, played by Noah Emmerich).  Will their covert operation be safe?  And what will the “nice family next door” do to keep it that way?

As with most FX series, I find the concept of The Americans to be very intriguing.  Usually television audiences get behind the stars of the program… they are typically the “good” guys.  But who are we supposed to “root for” now?  The stars of this series happen to be Russian agents living secretly on U.S. soil and are plotting to take down our government.

Leave it to FX to keep things interesting…

The Americans premieres Wednesday, January 30th on FX.

*****

Does anyone remember the short-lived Christian Slater TV series My Own Worst Enemy?  Mr. Slater played a secret agent who had been implanted with a chip that transformed him into a super agent at will.  His “normal” identity, Henry Spivey (his cover), had no idea until there was a malfunction.  This glitch disabled the control feature of the chip and he flipped back and forth between his “normal” personality and the “super agent” (Edward Albright) involuntarily.  And of course the two personalities did not like one another—Henry was scared of Edward and Edward was annoyed with Henry.

Anyway, this is what Do No Harm reminds me of… only this time we’re watching a doctor with multiple personalities.  I know it’s not the same concept; it’s more like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; but when I first saw the commercial for the new NBC series, I immediately thought of My Own Worst Enemy.

By day, Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale, Rescue Me) is a very successful neurosurgeon.  At night, Dr. Cole transforms into his other personality, Ian Price.  At first, Dr. Cole was able to control these switches with his own mixture of pharmaceutical drugs.  But when his self-medication fails, he realizes quickly that Ian will do anything to make his “real” life more difficult.

The new series also stars: Alana de la Garza (CSI: Miami and Law & Order) as Dr. Lena Solis; Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) as Dr. Vanessa Young; and John Carroll Lynch (Body of Proof) as Will.

Do No Harm premieres Thursday, January 31st on NBC.

*****

Shopping for antiques has never been so dangerous…

Hank Galliston (Anthony Edwards, Top Gun and ER) learns this first hand after his wife (Laila, played by Jacinda Barrett from—get this—The Real World: London) is abducted from her antique shop by a known international terrorist.  With help from a few friends, Hank uncovers a secret map hidden inside a clock from his wife’s store inventory.  This clock/map holds the key to a secret that a clandestine society and Catholic Church were sworn to protect for centuries—“a secret that could bring about the end of the world.”

Will Hank unravel the conspiracy and save his wife AND the world before it’s too late?

The series also stars: Scott Michael Foster (The River and Californication) as Aaron; Addison Timlin (also from Californication) as Rachel; Carmen Ejogo (Alex Cross) as Beck; and Michael Nyqvist (Millennium) as White Vincent.

Zero Hour premieres Thursday, February 14th on ABC.

*****

Who was sad when The Vampire Diaries killed Alaric at the end of last season?  I know I was.  Of course, even though Alaric is technically dead, we have seen him a few times this season as a ghost hovering around Damon… but maybe not for much longer.

Why?  Because the CW has given Matt Davis (TVD‘s Alaric) a new television series—Cult.

Cult follows journalist Jeff Sefton (Davis) as he investigates the disappearance of his brother.  His brother had rambled on and on to Jeff about how one of his favorite TV shows—a show about the cat and mouse game between a cult’s leader and his ex-lover/detective chasing him—was out to get him, but Jeff wrote it off as paranoia.  When his brother goes missing, Jeff learns that the television series (also titled “Cult”) his brother talked about does indeed have a rabid fan base who might just be committing the crimes as shown on the series.

Jeff is not alone… working alongside him, hoping to unravel the secrets behind the “Cult” TV show, is Skye Yarrow (Jessica Lucas, Melrose Place and Cloverfield).  Skye works as a production assistant for “Cult”; but like Jeff, she begins to think something just isn’t quite right…

The new series also stars: Alona Tal (Cane and Supernatural) as Marti, an actress playing Kelly on “Cult”—a former member of the cult and ex-lover of the leader; Roger Knepper (Heroes and Prison Break) as Roger Reeves, an actor playing Billy Grimm on “Cult”—the leader of the cult; and a few familiar faces in recurring roles from the teen television series The Inbetweeners (Marie Avgeropoulos) and Degrassi: The Next Generation (Stacey Farber).

Cult premiers Tuesday, February 19th on the CW.

*****

If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Cult at number one—that’s an easy one.  Not only do I tend to love the series on the CW network, but I also really like Matt Davis and serial mysteries.  Zero Hour follows closely at number two.  Like my reasoning behind my number one choice, I have missed Anthony Edwards on TV AND I love watching characters race to find loved ones, especially when surrounded by deep and dark secrets that very powerful organizations have hidden and protected for years.  Third probably goes to Do No Harm; after all, the Jekyll and Hyde story is a classic.  And The Americans comes in fourth.  FX has some of the best programming on TV today, and has for many years, but someone always has to come in last…

There’s just a few more winter premieres on the horizon for 2013, but these shows along with those mentioned in Part One and Part Two should get everyone’s palate wet…

Which of these new programs are you most looking forward to and why?  I’d love to hear from you!   

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – 2012, A Year in Review

It’s that time of year when the networks are adding even more new programming to our already full TV plates.  But before we get started on the reviews in the new year, Amber West and I decided to recap our 2012 Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday ratings.

First, let’s take a quick look at the 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

It makes the most sense to me  to begin with my favorites, the best of the best—the Gourmet TV (GTV) rated programs.  Leading the way for this television viewer in 2012 will always be Revenge and Pretty Little Liars.  Neither of these shows can sit on the DVR for more than an hour without burning a hole through the box—they are that hot.

These girls are always looking over their shoulders… and I love it!

Television also removed one of my all-time favorite GTV dishes from the menu this year, and that’s TNT’s The Closer.  I will miss the drama of the Major Case’s cases; I will miss the goofiness of Provenza and Flynn; I will miss the dry humor of Sanchez; I will miss the wittiness of Tao; I will miss Gabriel’s trying to keep everyone in line; I will miss Buzz and his electronic equipment;  I will miss Pope’s and Taylor’s tendencies to only cover their own butts; I will miss Brenda Leigh’s ability to close; and, lastly, I will miss Brenda Leigh and Fritzy—one of the best love affairs on television today.

Now to the more affordable dishes…

Most of us enjoy a homemade meatloaf with the rich and creamy guilty pleasure MacNCheese TV (MacTV) on the average night.  And what goes better with this more affordable meal than the hilariously funny comedy Whitney?  Or Survivor, my favorite reality program about to enter its 26th season?  Or how about one of my summertime delicacies, A&E’s The Glades?  Or the TNT drama with two strong female leads in Rizzoli & Isles? Or how about what is slowly becoming one of my favorite freshmen hits of the television season, Grimm?

Probably my favorite MacTV show of the year goes to the reboot of the classic Dallas.  TNT picked up right where the original series left off… those Ewings are one messed up family—and I love it!

This new generation of Ewings bicker with one another just about as good as their daddies do… and I love it!

Seriously though—try it.  Curl up on the sofa with a warm bowl of the cheesy favorite, and check out one of these programs.  They’ll promise to fill you and leave you satisfied, wanting more.

Over the years, there have been quite a few cancellations of shows that I personally thought were really good.  2012 was no different.  Take the MacTV rated The Firm for instance.  What a fantastic serial crime drama!  But, now it’s gone.  Go figure.

But it’s not alone… one of my absolute favorite MacTV shows of the 2012 season has also been dropped already—666 Park Avenue.  Maybe it was just a bit too dark and weird for the regular ABC Sunday night audience?  FX should pick it up and pair it with American Horror Story!

Moving on…

Television’s equivalent to the Junk Food TV (JFTV) bag of tasty goodness is the same—it’s not the best thing in the world for us, but we must have more than one episode.  Which TV programs fell into this ranking in 2012?  Being Human, Breakout Kings, Lost Girl, and Men at Work.

And let’s not forget about Arrow…  that Oliver Queen guy has me glued to the television screen.  I find myself lost in a trance while watching this CW hit, and before I know it I’ve consumed an entire bag of Hersey’s miniature chocolates.

Hello, Oliver… I bet those abs help you shoot the bow and arrow, huh?

Now, this YA writer particularly loves a few young adult themed television shows (everyone knows how I feel about Pretty Little Liars…), and in 2012 I reviewed another ABC Family series that I now never miss: The Lying Game.  Granted, I awarded this teen show with the JFTV rating, but I do like it a bit more than most junk food TV series…

Sadly, there were more than a few casualties in the JFTV category this year.  First, and most importantly, we want to remember Michael Clarke Duncan, the cinematic giant who first captured my heart in the major motion picture The Green Mile.  Secondly, we want to pay our respects to his Fox TV show that didn’t make it past its freshman season, The Finder.  Sad, really; it was a fun show and his character was great.

Next, we want to remember Sarah Michelle Gellar’s CW series, Ringer.  Man, I LOVED this serial mystery!  Unfortunately, I was one of the very few… obviously because it too received a swift ax to the reel before answering so many of the viewers’ questions.

The sitcoms weren’t excluded from the JFTV series swept away a bit early either, like Amanda Peet’s Bent.  I consider this a blessing because the love interest from Bent is now Jess’ love interest on New Girl.  That David Walton guy is a cutie!

Also not surviving were those good Christian Bs or Belles from Texas, whatever you want to call them, on ABC’s GCB.  Granted, it was a bit over the top for me, being a Texan and all, but I did watch every single episode.

USA’s Fairly Legal also recently fell victim to the latest JFTV slayings.  And here I thought the addition of Ben would help the show out?  Guess not.  It’s gone.

Maybe this is how the Fairly Legal cast reacted to the cancellation?

Somewhat regrettably, we left 2012 with a few programs Still Simmering (SSTV) on the back burner and completely forgot to pay more attention to them, but we will…

First, we have Are You There, Chelsea?.  Obviously we weren’t the only ones who couldn’t decide how to rate the Chelsea Handler based sitcom; it was cancelled.  I’m not even sure they aired all of the episodes.

Next, we left The River flowing all by itself in the Amazon… and so did ABC.  It won’t be back, so why should we recategorize it?  We won’t.

We’re still not done!  Let’s add Ashley Judd’s Missing to this list of 2012 SSTV programs never returning.  At least the writers somewhat wrapped up this show for us so that it seemed a bit more like a mini-series than a cancelled freshman flop.  BUT then they had to throw in that one little twist at the end to leave us all hanging.  And now we’ll never know what happened.

And, yet another… NBC’s Animal Practice.  I honestly don’t know if this sitcom ever survived the viewing audiences’ fury when the closing ceremonies of the Olympics were cut short so the network could air this pilot.  NBC’s actions definitely left a sour taste in viewers’ mouths and this comedy never really had a chance.

And, another… Fox’s Mob Doctor.  The network is still airing new episodes, but the series has been cancelled.  So, I see no need to revisit this one either.

Now, there are a few simmering dishes that are actually still on the menu—Fox’s Ben and Kate, NBC’s Chicago Fire, and CBS’ Vegas.  These shows may still be on air, but I haven’t watched many of the episodes since the first few.  Maybe I’ll give ‘em another go and re-review for our WatchWed readers?

Chicago Fire? Yeah, I think I can give this one another try… the abs have nothing to do with it. Promise.

Well, we’ve made our way to the bottom of the pile… and just like my dinner plate, there will be no Liver and Onions TV (LOTV) for the audience today.  Yuck!

However, I do have at least three NIV programs that I might tune into again on those nights where I need some sort of white noise on the television while I fall asleep: Lifetime’s 7 Days of Sex and The Client List, and ABC’s comedy The Neighbors.

And, last but not least, there’s one NIV rating that will probably never find itself on my television screen again… and that’s Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management.  I don’t care if he has ninety episodes to go.

Before we go, I wanted to mention one of my reviews in 2012 that actually forced me into a small rant: CBS’s Made in Jersey.  The show itself didn’t upset me, it was pretty entertaining… it was the network’s decision to cancel it and remove it after only two episodes.  Maybe someone heard me or the others who slammed the network because they aired the rest of the taped episodes over the holiday.  And know what?  The show was seriously not that bad.  But whatever.  It’s gone now.

Well, there you have it!  My 2012 Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in review.  Your turn:

What do you think?  Did our reviews convince you to check out any of these programs? Are there any new shows in 2013 that you’d like for us to review?  We’d love to hear from you!

Now click over to Amber’s blog and catch up her 2012 year in review…

Come back next week when Amber and I begin the new season of Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday!

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

New to TV in 2013 – Part Two

If there’s anything we’ve learned over the last few years, we’ve learned to adapt to the constant adjustments the television networks make to our primetime TV schedules.  Just a few short months ago, the fall programming premiered—some of the September pilots passed the test and will live to see another day, while others have already been cancelled.

But don’t worry… the networks have a lineup of many new programs to accompany our returning favorites in 2013.  Some of the series have promise, while others may flop—but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!

Continuing with last week’s introduction of the first five January pilots, here are just a few of the upcoming premieres we can look forward to in 2013…

*****

Over the years, HBO and Showtime have produced GREAT original programming… even dating back to when I was a child with HBO’s Fraggle Rock.  Yeah, that’s right—Fraggle Rock.  Since then, I’ve enjoyed a few other HBO series such as Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Band of Brothers, and True Blood.

Showtime’s no slouch either.  Mostly, I’ve enjoyed the comedies like Weeds, Californication, and the most recent hit, House of Lies.  However, Showtime has also hit it big with a few of its original dramas (Dexter, Shameless, and Homeland).

So, Cinemax is finally joining this party…Most people associate Cinemax as “Skin-a-Max” for its late night adult television programming, but now I believe the network is trying to at least compete with HBO and Showtime during the primetime hours.  Not only have they recently aired Hunted, an original action/drama starring Melissa George as Sam Hunter, an undercover operative seeking revenge against those who tried to kill her, but they also plan to release another series in January that has piqued my interest—Banshee.

Banshee follows Sheriff Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) as he serves and protects a small Amish community in Pennsylvania.  Not only does Sheriff Hood have a dark history of his own (he served time for his previous crimes), but so do the town and “founders” of Banshee.  But he’s not intimidated by the local men and their previous arrangements—he has sworn to do his job to the best of his ability… no matter what it takes.

The new series also stars Ben Cross (Dark Shadows), Ivana Milicevic, and Ulrich Thomsen.  Oh, and did I mention Banshee shares the same creators as True Blood?

Banshee premieres Friday, January 11th on Cinemax.

*****

We all knew it was just a matter of time.  And that time has finally arrived…

Once again, television is hoping to cash in on the success of a previous TV hit—Sex and the City—and has created a spinoff series, hoping to attract today’s younger audience and more than likely all of those that worshiped the former HBO franchise.  Hey, I’m one of them.  Not only did I tune in every Sunday night with my girlfriends to watch Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha, but I also tortured my guy and forced him to take me to the theater to see both film continuations of the series.  Well, I didn’t force him, but I conveniently selected show times at our local full-service bar and restaurant/movie theater for the showings.  I figured if he could drink hard alcohol while sitting through the film, my chances greatly improved of getting him to take me.  I was right.

But The Carrie Diaries isn’t just television’s attempt to keep the Carrie Bradshaw hype alive; the series is based on the book of the same name written by Candace Bushnell, the woman responsible for Sex and the City in the first place.  And which network is best suited for telling the tales of a teenage Carrie?  The CW… one of my favorite channels on TV today.

The Carrie Diaries follows a teenage Carrie Bradshaw (played by AnnaSophia Robb from Soul Surfer) after the death of her mother.  After spending all summer grieving with her father and rebellious younger sister, Carrie jumps at the chance to intern at a job her father secured for her—in Manhattan.

This is where Carrie’s love affair with New York, fashion, clubbing, and writing about friendships, dating, and sex begins…

The new series also stars: Austin Robert Butler (High School Musical) as Sebastian, Carrie’s love interest; Katie Findlay (The Killing) as Maggie, Carrie’s best friend; and Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as Jill, Carrie’s other best friend.

The Carrie Diaries premieres Monday, January 14th on the CW.

*****

SyFy is at it again…

Last year, the science fiction channel began airing Lost Girl, a TV series already primed for season two in Canada.  The network started the episodes from the beginning and ran them consecutively so US audiences were all caught up.  I loved it—watching Lost Girl every week for almost twenty weeks was like an extended season of supernatural greatness.

And it appears the network is at it again… only this time, it’s with the SyFy UK hit and Canadian series Continuum.  As this show prepares for season two in Canada, the American audiences will get to experience it from the very beginning this month.

This science fiction program follows a group of convicted terrorists, or rebels, known as Liber8 from the year 2077 back in time to 2012.  Inadvertently following them is officer Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols from Criminal Minds), so she takes it upon herself to prevent this group from altering events in the past.

Will Kiera control the past to save the future?

The series also stars: Victor Webster (Charmed, Mutant X) as Carlos, Kiera’s partner in the present… which I’m guessing is technically 2012 and not 2077; Erik Knudsen (Jericho) as the 2012 Alec, Kiera’s confidant;  and Tony Amendola (Once Upon a Time) as Edouard, the leader of the Liber8 rebels.

Continuum premiers Monday, January 14th on SyFy.

*****

There’s a ton of programming on BBC America that I want to see: the UK version of Being Human, Doctor Who (thanks to the great Amber West), Hex, Law and Order: UK (I actually caught a few of these over the weekend), and now Ripper Street.

Ripper Street?  That’s right!  As in Jack the Ripper!

This BBC mini-series follows a group of detectives around Whitechapel in London shortly after the gruesome murders credited to Jack the Ripper.  Although they believe the Ripper to be gone, the murders continue—and it’s their turn to do the hunting.

Ripper Street stars: the award-winning English actor Matthew Macfadyn as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid; Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) as Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake; Adam Rothenberg (The Ex-List) as American Homer Jackson; and MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey) as Long Susan, a brothel owner.

Ripper Street premieres Saturday, January 19th on BBC.

*****

If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Ripper Street at number one—that’s an easy one.  Ranking the rest isn’t as easy because I’m equally as interested in all three!  But, for argument’s sake, I’d say Continuum probably comes in second—it has a leg up on the others because I can watch this one with my guy.  The Carrie Diaries falls into third, not far behind second—loving SATC the way that I did/do, I’m very interested to see what Ms. Bushnell has in store for us now.  And that leaves Banshee in fourth place… which is an injustice if you ask me.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what Cinemax has to offer by way of its original programming; but unfortunately, someone always has to come in last.

There’s more on the horizon for 2013, but these shows along with last week’s should get everyone’s palate wet…

Which of these new programs are you most looking forward to and why?  I’d love to hear from you!   

New to TV in 2013

The New Year is here—Happy 2013!

And with the new year comes new TV shows…

If there’s anything we’ve learned over the last few years, we’ve learned to adapt to the constant adjustments the television networks make to our primetime TV schedules.  Just a few short months ago, the fall programming premiered—some of the September pilots passed the test and will live to see another day, while others have already been cancelled.

But don’t worry… the networks have a lineup of many new programs to accompany our returning favorites in 2013.  Some of the series have promise, while others may flop—but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!

Here are just a few of the upcoming premieres we can look forward to in 2013…

*****

Who killed Vivian Bowers?

Deception is the story of two friends—Vivian Bowers, the wealthy socialite who is known for her partying, and Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good), Vivian’s childhood best friend.  The only problem is, one must now investigate the murder of the other…

The new series also stars: Victor Garber (Alias) as Robert Bowers; Laz Alonso (Breakout Kings) as FBI agent Will Moreno; Tate Donovan (Damages) as Edward Bowers; Katherine LaNasa as Sofia Bowers; and Wes Brown as Julian Bowers.

I could be mistaken, but I’m thinking from the cast of characters alone that perhaps a Bowers family member had something to do with Vivian’s death… so, how will the wealthy family react to her long-lost friend returning and looking into her alleged overdose?

Deception premieres Monday, January 7th on NBC.

*****


If it’s comedy you like, perhaps 1600 Penn will be right for you…

1600 Penn follows the Gilchrist family… just a normal family dealing with everyday things like adult children moving back home, teenagers who know everything (literally), and step-parents trying to form bonds with their new families.  The only difference is, this family has to learn how to do all these things while living in the White House!

The new sitcom stars: Bill Pullman as President Gilchrist… he also played the President in Independence Day; Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg) as Emily, the president’s new wife; Josh Gad as Skip, the grown son moving back home with his family; Andre Holland as Marshall; and Amara Miller as Marigold.

1600 Penn premieres Thursday, January 10th on NBC.

*****


Now this is my kind of show!

FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon, um… Footloose) must track down serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy from Rome)—again.  He first reaches out to Carroll’s ex-wife, a woman Hardy slept with, and then he informs a former witness and surviving victim of Carroll’s crimes that her nightmare has escaped prison and is more than likely headed her direction.

There’s only one problem… like most serial killers, Carroll has fans now… people who are willing to do anything to help him succeed.

The new thriller also stars: Natalie Zea (Justified) as Claire, Carroll’s ex-wife; Maggie Grace (the Taken movies) as Sarah, one of Carroll’s survivors; Shawn Ashmore (the X-Men movies) as FBI agent Weston; and Jeananne Goossen (Alcatraz) as FBI agent Mason.

The Following premieres Monday, January 21st on Fox.

*****

If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put The Following at number one.  This was a tough decision because I’m a really big murder mystery fan… that said, Deception probably comes in a very close second with 1600 Penn  falling into last place.  Unfortunately, someone always has to come in last.

There’s more on the horizon for 2013, but this should get everyone’s palate wet!

Which of these new programs are you most looking forward to and why?  I’d love to hear from you!

Tele-Tuesday: Ellen and the Twelve Days of Giveaways

I talk a lot of television here on Tele-Tuesday, mainly because I watch a lot of TV… but I’ve never mentioned any of the daytime programs that I enjoy.  For longer than I can remember, I’ve watched Live with Regis and Kelly (which is now Live with Kelly and Michael).  For at least the past decade or so, I have also caught The View.  Dating back to when I was a little, little girl, I’ve stayed up-to-date with a few of my favorite soap operas, mainly General Hospital.

But only recently have I started watching The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  It’s not that I didn’t watch previously because I didn’t like Ellen DeGeneres, it’s because I worked an 8-5 job and felt I already recorded enough talk-show TV.  However, now I stay home, and one day I caught The Ellen Show… and enjoyed the heck out of it.  So, I made it a point to watch the next day.  And the next.  And the next.  And, before I knew it, I had another daytime talk show set to record every single day.

My guy even accused me of having a TV-crush on Ellen because I couldn’t stop talking about what she had said or what she had done on her show each day when he got home from work.  So, maybe I do?  Why not?  She’s funny, entertaining, and extremely giving.  Her generosity has made me cry on multiple occasions.  AND, she brought Sophia Grace and Rosie into my life.

Ellen with Sophia Grace and Rosie… I love these girls!!

Now that my mom is in retirement, I asked her to make a point to catch an episode of Ellen.  She found it difficult, considering my dad is home with her most days and he feels she already watches enough talk shows, so I conveniently played a taped episode one afternoon when they were visiting.  And, guess what?  Both she AND my father said Ellen might just have the best daytime/talk television show on the air today… and now they watch every day.

Ellen gives some of the best interviews, plays some of the most entertaining games, pranks some of the biggest celebrities, and her generosity extends beyond belief.  She helps families in need, provides support for schools and children, and she has a big heart for all animals.

Her generosity doesn’t stop there…  Now, Ellen isn’t Oprah.  She doesn’t give things away to her audience members every episode.  But, when she does, she does!  Which brings up the point of today’s post…

The 12 Days of Giveaways!!

If I’ve done my math correctly, today should be Day 7.  For those of us at home, we too can have a chance to win.  Entry is simple, so why not give it a try?  I’m sure the likelihood of our winning is slim to none, but we definitely won’t win if we don’t play.  Right?

And, if this gets anyone who doesn’t already watch to check out Ellen’s show… yay!!  I really think you’ll like it.

Now, let’s dance!

Let’s Dance!

What do you think?  Do you watch Ellen?  Will you enter the “12 Days of Giveaways” contest?  I’d love to hear from you!

Tele-Tuesday: A New Kind of Beauty and the Beast

It’s been twenty-two years since we all fell in love with Catherine (Linda Hamilton, the Terminator movies) and Vincent (Ron Perlman, Sons of Anarchy) in CBS’s Beauty and the Beast.  Twenty-two years… can you believe it?  Viewers watched as the “world above” and the “world below” joined together to fight evil.  But unfortunately, the series was short-lived (only three seasons) and television has been without it ever since.

But now Catherine and Vincent are back, only this time they are younger and the story is a little different…

Catherine “Cat” Chandler (Kristin Kreuk from Smallville) is a homicide detective with a haunted past (her mother was murdered in front of her).  She probably would have been killed too, but she was saved by an animal… no, a human.  Catherine takes her past experiences and uses them to become the woman that she is today—strong, independent, and very capable.

While working a case, Catherine and her partner stumble across fingerprints of Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan from Terra Nova), a man who supposedly died years earlier.  But because of his past with Catherine (I’m sure most everyone can guess this one…), he confides in her and tells her his secret—when enraged, he transforms into a beast with super strength and powers.  Catherine agrees to keep his secret; after all, she owes him her life… and she can’t seem to keep from obsessing about him at the same time.

As expected, as soon as Catherine and Vincent meet, the agency responsible for turning him into this “beast” discovers that he is indeed not dead and that she knows their secret.  This, of course, puts them both in danger and the only way the two of them can survive is by sticking together.

Cat understands that Vincent is dangerous, she just doesn’t want to believe it…

The series also stars: Max Brown (The Tudors) as Evan Marks, the medical examiner and Catherine’s “human” love interest; Brian White (The Shield) as Joe Bishop, Catherine’s boss; Nicole Anderson (Make It or Break It) as Heather, Catherine’s sister; as well as relative new-comers Nina Lisandrello (Tess, Catherine’s partner) and Austin Basis (JT, Vincent’s confidant).

First of all, I am not so sure how I feel about these characters.  Pretty much all of the characters, excluding Catherine and Vincent, are weak.  JT probably falls into the category of stronger characters, mainly because he actually has a place in the storyline—he knows Vincent’s secret and he’s been his “keeper” of sorts since Vincent faked his own death.  JT also seems to be the only voice of reason, trying to protect all involved… including Catherine…  but no one will listen to him.

JT… this poor guy is going to lose his voice telling Catherine and Vincent to stay away from each other…

Behind JT, I probably like Evan most.  Not only does this character pose as a potential roadblock for Catherine and Vincent, the writers also include him into each episode in a way that makes sense.  All of the rest, well they’re just “filler” characters… as if the show added them just to have them: Heather, Cat’s sister, now lives with her… her purpose?  Get Cat to her dad’s wedding?  Weak…; Tess, Cat’s partner, a female tomboy who acts and talks tough… her purpose?  Use Cat as her wingman to pick up guys?  Weak…; Bishop, Cat’s boss… well, it’s really no surprise that this role is only around to support the individual police case assigned to Cat and Tess each week.  Who knows?  The network has ordered a full season of Beauty and the Beast, so maybe these characters’ roles will grow…

Now, let’s talk about the “beauty” and the “beast” for a minute…

Catherine… I want to like her, but her dialogue seems a bit repetitive, especially when she’s talking to Vincent, and her actions annoying.  I’m also not sold on the acting, but I do like the martial arts sequences conveniently written into each episode (something I can’t help but think is an actual talent of the actress in real life).

Vincent… He’s not the “beast” we’ve grown accustomed to in B&Bs past, but I like him… probably more than anyone else in the series.  When he’s not “beasting” out, he’s a very nice looking guy with a horrendous scar on the side of his face.  When he does “beast” out, nothing and no one is safe, not even Catherine and JT.  He was a doctor in his previous life, and all he really wants to do is help people.  Now this, I can work with…

Now, on to the sexual tension… I get that Catherine and Vincent are supposed to want each other but realize they can’t be together.  Usually, I’m a big fan of the sexual tension in a television series… Moonlighting, Castle, Bones, etcetera.  I also understand that most of the time, the lead characters can’t get together because once they do the show falls a bit flat.  But this time, I don’t care—I want Vincent to kiss Catherine!

Catherine and Vincent and this insanely romantic chemistry between them aside, I really like this new Beauty and the Beast because of the police procedural aspect.  Each week, Catherine and Tess work a different case.  Each week, Catherine rationalizes some reason to ask Vincent for his help.  And each week, the case Catherine is working teachers her a valuable lesson about her and Vincent’s relationship and how she feels about him.

I let Beauty and the Beast pile up on the DVR after the first week’s episode.  I liked it, but I prefer other series…  Having caught up on most of my other shows, I watched a Catherine and Vincent marathon this weekend.  To be honest, I miss The Secret Circle and wish it still followed The Vampire Diaries on Thursday nights; but, Beauty and the Beast will do.  It’s still not as good as Arrow, the CW’s other freshman series, nor is it as good as a few other programs airing in its time slot on different channels (Person of Interest and Burn Notice), but I’m hooked now.  I want to see where the creators go and what will unfold with the full-season order.  The only problem is, Catherine and Vincent might just have to wait for me to watch everything unravel on the weekends…

Have you watched the CW’s Beauty and the BeastWhat do you think?  I’d love to hear from you!

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Filling a Void

Tomorrow, many celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States.  Holidays are great, especially Turkey Day… but because the work week has been cut down to two days AND we have other family obligations looming, Amber West and I have decided to switch things up again with today’s Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews.

Instead of reviewing the remaining 2012 fall television programs we’ve yet to cover, we’ve decided to answer the below question with links back to our previous posts.

“One of my favorite shows no longer on the air is: ______. To fill that void, I now watch: _____.”

First, let’s fill in the blanks…

One of my favorite shows no longer on the air is: Twin Peaks.

To fill that void, I now watch: Pretty Little Liars.

Remember Dallas’ ever-so famous mystery back in 1980: Who shot J.R.?

How about 1984’s Wendy’s slogan: Where’s the beef?

The 1990’s wasn’t far behind with its very own unique conversation starter: Who killed Laura Palmer?

Debuting April 8, 1990, this David Lynch serial whodunit captivated audiences.  Twin Peaks had everything—great music, beautiful scenery, familiar older actors, gorgeous younger actors, quirky characters, and murder.

But, the mystery is what pulled me in.

Many of us are familiar with the term hook… that crucial moment in a story’s opening that sucks the reader/viewer in and never lets go.

Twin Peaks did just that—a teenage girl’s dead body is found wrapped tightly in clear plastic on the bank of the town’s river.  The sheriff and town doctor arrive only to identify the body as Laura Palmer, the local homecoming queen.

Actually, now that I think about it, perhaps Twin Peaks is the reason I chose to write in the YA mystery genre in the first place?  But, that’s another conversation for another time…

Twin Peaks concluded its run after only two seasons.  Once the Laura Palmer case was solved, the show took a turn directly to crazy town.  But, that’s okay.  This show opened my eyes to what a serial whodunit really is…

… Which is one reason why I fill this void with ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.

Like Twin Peaks, Pretty Little Liars has it all: great music from modern-day artists; a beautiful small-town setting; familiar older actors playing the parental roles; gorgeous younger actors playing the teen protagonist roles; and most importantly… murder.

The Pretty Little Liars’ mystery begins with the discovery of Alison DiLaurentis’ body.  Not only was one of the most popular, yet antagonizing high schoolers murdered, but now all of her closest friends are being stalked and threatened by who we assume is the killer.  We’re three seasons in and I still do not know who killed Alison…

I’ll admit it—one of my favorite programs on television today targets a teen audience; but this thirtysomething loves the twists and turns week after week.

For a more detailed look at why I love these two serial whodunits, click here for Twin Peaks and here for Pretty Little Liars.

Now, it’s your turn:“One of my favorite shows no longer on air is: ______. To fill that void, I now watch: _____.”  Why did you select these shows?  I’d love to hear from you!

Remember to click over to Amber’s new & improved blog and see how she filled in the blanks…

Come back next week when Amber and I review something….  Stay tuned!

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, 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