2014 TV Summer Season

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So summer’s here and amongst other things that means the networks are going to play “Trick or Treat” with a bunch of new shows. I haven’t seen them all, but the ones I have seen … ugh … “Deep Hurting”.

TYRANT

On paper, this show has a lot of promise. An Arab/Persian ex-pat and son of the king of a “Middle Eastern” country, returns to his homeland for his nephew’s wedding. At which point the king dies and he is thrown back into the “family business” he ran away from twenty years ago. […]

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Falling Skies

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One if by land. Two if by sea. Three if by Alien Mothership.

So I watched the premiere of “Falling Skies” and it’s not bad.

But.

It takes place in Boston and the outlying suburbs and not one character has anything even resembling a Boston accent. Oh what I wouldn’t give to have heard one of the cast say something like: “Them aliens is wicked retahded.” And how can they play the “revolution started here” card and not have the right Yankee inflection. […]

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Rating Some of the New Crime Shows

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Thank goodness for Hulu, I can catch up on TV when I’m working late. The new Fall season started last month and as usual there’s a whole new assortment of cop and crime shows to wade through. Some good. Some not so good. It’s kind of hard to believe that with so many shows and so many weeks of air time to fill they’re still able to write scripts which aren’t just clones of each other. I haven’t had time to see them all, but for those I have, but here’s some capsule reviews for Hawaii Five-O, Detroit 1-8-7, Blue Bloods, and Law and Order : Los Angeles. […]

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EUReKA – What TV Should Be Like

Eureka on SciFiSciFi Channel’s new show “Eureka” is simply one of the best things to get on TV in years. It’s been a while since there’s been an hour-long show which I made sure I watched every week. USA’s “Monk” would be the most recent case.

“Eureka” is about a town in the Pacific Northwest which was set up as a living think tank after World War 2. They gathered all the best and brightest, built a town around them, and let them dream up cool stuff … that could be turned into weapons. […]

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The Colbert Report

Colbert ReportThe Daily Show on Comedy Central is one of my favorites. It’s probably the best thing on TV. The Colbert Report (pronounced “coal-bear reh-pore”), with Stephen Colbert, is a spin-off of the Daily Show.

For the first week or two it was clear they were still finding their way. Colbert’s delivery wasn’t perfect and his persona wasn’t completely defined. But now, after a few months, the show is a kick in the ‘nads to both the administration and “the media.” […]

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