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Sneak Peek: Tonight’s Dark Blue Season Finale

In 2009 Pilots, Dark Blue, Summer Schedule, TNT on 09/16/2009 at 4:22 pm

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While our initial thoughts on TNT’s latest scripted series was a little less than rosy, the show has grown on us throughout this summer season.  Tonight brings season one of Dark Blue to a finale and we’re looking forward to it.  We have a little peek here of an undercover drug buy that doesn’t go quite as planned (do they ever?).  They leave you hanging a bit, but if you’ve seen any of the commercials TNT has been airing this week then you already know the secret and what Carter’s gonna do.  We won’t spoil it just in case you missed those commercials, though.

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The season finale of Dark Blue airs tonight, September 16th, at 10pm on TNT.

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Preview: TNT’s Men of a Certain Age

In 2009 Pilots, 2009 Winter Season, 2010 Winter Schedule, Men of A Certain Age, TNT on 09/16/2009 at 3:09 pm

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When we first heard about TNT’s upcoming series Men of a Certain Age and the well chosen cast, we were pretty excited.  This new promotional trailer, the first look we’ve had a look at, just added to that.  Seems like it’s going to be a funny, good-natured type of show.  We’re really looking forward to this and hoping that someone in the PR world is nice enough to shoot us some episodes when their publicity push begins (hint hint).

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TNT has yet to announce a premiere date for Men of a Certain Age, though, as the above picture states, it should be in December 2009.

TNT’s Men of A Certain Age Teaser

In 2009 Pilots, 2009 Winter Season, 2010 Winter Schedule, Chuck, Everybody Loves Raymond, FX, Homicide: Life On The Streets, Men of A Certain Age, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise, Thief, TNT on 09/02/2009 at 1:32 pm

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TNT posted a teaser page for their upcoming series Men of A Certain Age.  Don’t bother rushing over their site, unless you really want to.  All you’re gonna find is the picture that’s above.  We were serious when we said it was a teaser.  The network ordered 10 episodes for the first season, which, according to the graphic, begins airing this December.  That’s a bit of a change as previous reports had a January debut.

According the show’s wikipedia page, “The series follows the bonds of friendship of three college friends, Joe, Owen and Terry, who are now in their 40s.  Joe (Ray Romano) is a slightly neurotic divorced father of two (Brittany Curran plays Lucy and Braeden Lemasters plays Albert) who hoped to become a pro golfer but now owns a party store.  Owen (Andre Braugher) is an overstressed husband and father, who is a car salesman at his dad’s dealership. Terry (Scott Bakula) is a struggling actor dating a much younger woman.”

Sounds like it could be really funny, so long as it’s done right.  Ray Romano co-wrote the pilot script and we’re big fans of all three actors, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed.  Romano hasn’t appeared regularly on television since Everybody Loves Raymond.  Scott Bakula, who ruled as the elder Bartowski on Chuck, hasn’t been a series regular since Star Trek: Enterprise, though we’re way bigger Quantum Leap fans.  Andre Braugher, best known as Baltimore bad-ass Det. Frank Pembleton on Homicide: Life On The Street, also picked up an Emmy for his part in the FX miniseries, Thief.  Good  to have all three back on the small screen!

TNT Renews Leverage

In 2010 Summer Schedule, Leverage, TNT on 08/27/2009 at 12:27 pm

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TNT announced today that they’ve picked up sophomore super-hit Leverage for a third season.  The network has order 15 new episodes and the series is set to return in the summer of 2010.  The Robin Hood-esque clan of grifters managed an impressive average of 3.9 million weekly viewers in it’s freshman run and, not surprisngly, that number has grown to 4.1 million for their sophomore season.

The series was also ranked as the ninth most watch show this summer and TNT scored well on the list, too, being the second most watched ad-supported cable network of the summer season.  That’s a pretty big achievement considering this has been the biggest, and most watched, summer in television history.  So congrats to you, TNT and Leverage.  Looking forward to seeing you next July.

The second season of Leverage continues each Tuesday at 9pm on TNT until it’s season finale on September 9th.

TNT Gives Leverage Extended Season

In 2010 Winter Schedule, Leverage, Summer Schedule, TNT on 08/19/2009 at 1:28 pm

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TNT’s Leverage has been doing a pretty bang up job this summer.  Like most original series airing on cable this summer, the show has been kicking broadcast network butt and has managed to avoid any semblence of a sophomore slump.  After last season’s finale, where Nate dispersed the team and blew up their clubhouse…Well, that seems like the kinda thing a show does as a series finale, as opposed to a season finale.  I wasn’t quite sure how they’d pull the show back together, but as TV Squad pointed out, it was actually kind of a god-send.

TNT has thus announced plans to extend this very happy summer season by two more episodes, to air September 2nd and 9th, respectively.  That still leaves us with six new episodes that will most likely air this winter…Say January 2010, or so.  Here’s hoping they magically come up with four or five new episodes to extend the winter run, right?  Let’s just forget everything we know about TV production and keep our fingers crossed.

Glad TNT had a chance to give us some good news this week as opposed to the bummer of an announcement they made regarding Saving Grace at the end of last week.

TNT Sets End For Saving Grace

In 2010 Summer Schedule, Brotherhood, Cancellations, Programming, Saving Grace, Showtime, TNT on 08/14/2009 at 1:44 pm

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DVR Life hates bringing the bad news to you folks, but it’s our duty to not only inform you of the renewals and pickups, but also the cancellations.  Plus this has already been posted to most other TV blogs and news outlets, so we’re hoping any kill the messenger feelings have subsided by now.

TNT has announced the end of their original (and we do mean original) series Saving Grace.  This summer’s run of episodes will end next week at 10pm as planned.  What’s come about after that, though, is a comprise between the shows producers and the network.  We’d like to appluad TNT for taking this route as most networks show no mercy when wielding the ax.  Think Showtime and Brotherhood or any other show that was canceled with no warning or ended on a cliff hanger.

As with most cable series, the network split the season in two parts, planning to show the first half during the summer season and the following six episodes in January.  Now, plans call for three new episodes to be created, paired with those six and aired in the summer of 2010 as a nine episode fourth and final season.

Pick Your Favorite Summer Show!

In 10 Things I Hate About You, 2009 Pilots, ABC Family, BBC America, Being Human, British TV, Burn Notice, Defying Gravity, Doctor Who, Eureka, favorite shows, HBO, Hung, In Plain Sight, ITV, Make It Or Break It, Nurse Jackie, Programming, Royal Pains, Sci-Fi, Summer Schedule, SyFy, The Listener, The Philanthropist, TNT, Torchwood, True Blood, Uncategorized, USA, Warehouse 13 on 08/12/2009 at 2:23 pm

It’s a been pretty dynamic summer when it comes to television. Both premium and basic cable networks have packed nearly every night of the week with some great, quality programming.

At DVR Life headquarters, it’s be a season rather thick with sci-fi.  The brits have been rocking the genre this year.  We managed to cram the first two seasons of BBC’s Torchwood in just in time to catch Torchwood: Children of Earth, we’re also digging BBC’s latest sci-fi series, Being Human, and caught up with Doctor Who in time for the new movie BBC America treated us to in July and mourned the cliff hanger ending to final season of ITV’s Primeval.  Syfy’s newest scripted offering Warehouse 13, is a quirky fun time and the return of their much beloved Eureka have given us our dose of stateside sci-fi while Defying Gravity is a sci-fi lite multi-national effort between ABC, the brits and Canada’s CTV.

For our teen drama fix, we’ve been turning to ABC Family’s (I know, right? Who would have thought) shows Make It Or Break It, while their new comedy 10 Things I Hate About You has given us a few good laughs.  Looking for action, adventure and smart talk?  USA’s been ruling the ratings with In Plain Sight, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Burn Notice.  Newbie Royal Pains has been tearing it up on the Nielsen charts, too.

We’ll stop here.  We could keep going on and on – there’s plenty to say about HBO’s new Sunday lineup, as well TNT’s wins and misses.  There’s just way too much great summer fare this year.

Update 08/13/2009 1:11am:

Nurse Jackie, 10 Things I Hate About You & Leverage have each recieved one vote under the ‘other’ category.

P.S.  When voting for ‘other’, please make sure you enter a show title!

Welcome Back, Leverage!

In Leverage, Summer Schedule, TNT on 07/15/2009 at 7:29 am

We here at DVR Life love when a good series returns. Especially during the summertime. Living down in a swamp where oppressive humidity and blaring heat make it near impossible to venture outside really makes us appreciate a good TV show. Thankfully, TNT’s Leverage is back for it’s second season so we have a good reason to keep our curtains drawn tight and the A/C down low for another hour.

The plucky crew of Leverage returns for a second season, each crew member fresh off world-wide thieving adventures, acting failures, computer-hacking accomplishments and mercenary escapades. The crew’s leader, Nate Ford, is having a hard time, though. The season opens with Nate being walked through an insurance office where he seems to have just landed a lucrative job. Thankfully Nate is a mess, or he wouldn’t have been there to pull survivors from a burning car wreck that just flipped over his head as he literally ran from a life of cubicle dwelling and towards the nearest bar.

When that car accident turns out to be a case of sabotage (yikes! who would have guessed!?!) Nate is reluctantly drawn back in by his raring to go team mates who, to his dismay, take over his shi-shi loft apartment, and begin planning revenge for those wronged.

The new season seems to be headed in much the same direction as the first, though we have to point out that the characters seem a bit more polished, in a good way. We’re always glad to see characters become stronger, not as annoying and/or more appealing, as the writers seem to have done over the show’s hiatus.

If you have yet to catch Leverage, I think you’ll be able to jump in rather easily. Thieves find a heart and become addicted to helping the powerless who have been wronged by those in a position of power: it’s a Robin Hood for the current boom and bust days and nothing more than an intricate con and blow-you-away thievery skills will make up for it.

Leverage returns to TNT tonight, Wednesday July 15th at 9pm (EST).

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Premiering Tonight: Dark Blue

In 2009 Pilots, Dark Blue, Summer Schedule, TNT on 07/15/2009 at 6:37 am

An initial thought that came to mind while watching the pilot episode of TNT’s new cop drama Dark Blue: the script writers must have watched a million undercover-cop movies when they were kids. My second thought was a question: are they paying homage to these classic films or have they seeped so far into their subconscious they can’t help writing in cliches?

Whichever the case may be, the show comes across, save for a bit of grit here and some testosterone there, as a watchable and less dramatic version of A&E’s overly dramatic, unwatchable undercover-cop series The Beast.

While Dark Blue sticks to the grungy alleyways and dingy fight clubs pretty much all gritty cop shows are known for, the cinematography manages to pick it up a level or two over other examples of the drama. This may be no surprise coming from creators of the CSI, Eleventh Hour and Cold Case franchises – especially Cold Case – the two seem to have very similar pale-lighting, pretty dives visual styles.

Dylan McDermott leads the cast as Carter Shaw, a stylishly gruff lieutenant leading an undercover operation for the Los Angeles Police Department that’s so far off the radar the F.B.I. have a hard time figuring out it even exists. Not too sure how likely such an outfit is, but damn if they don’t have a really cool, exceedingly photogenic abandoned loft-cum-office that would require major amounts of off the books dough for rent.

While Patrick Swayze was The Beast’s only saving grace, McDermott doesn’t seem to have that burden upon his shoulders, and thankfully so. The performance is pretty solid but his character comes across as an overly tortured sort. Weary eyes, heavy sighs and an “I need to save everyone and everything” attitude would probably work just as well had the part been that of a depressive artist or well-meaning but beaten down single father (or something else equally depressing).

Production for the show is rather slick at times, but nothing compared to the overly stylized CSI‘s. There’s a few slick spots, particularly one when the bad buys douse a hide-out in gasoline and exit slow-mo style to their pretty get away car with flames bursting behind them. At one point I thought an otherwise impressive gun battle seemed a bit like a trigger-happy (and again, slow-motion) Chevrolet commercial, but who even notices product placements these days?

var addthis_pub=”walkallday”;The story line for the episode was pretty ho-hum for a pilot about this subject – handler and partner wonder if undercover-cop has gone so deep he’s switched sides. It’s been done before but it’s just one of many stories to come, so hopefully they’ll get over that bump and start giving us more original fair. There’s a reason people drool over undercover-cop stories and hopefully the writing crew will figure that and their own voice out soon enough, lay off the old cop flicks and give us a great show. The potential is certainly there.

Dark Blue premiers tonight, Wednesday July 15th at 10pm (EST) on TNT.

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Sneek Peak At Tonight’s The Closer

In The Closer, TNT on 06/29/2009 at 6:54 pm


A peak at tonight’s new episode of The Closer entitled Walking Back The Cat.

Due the HTML on TNT’s webpage not working correctly, go ahead and click here for the video.

Can’t you just feel the love between cooperating government agencies?

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Odds & Ends

In Curb Your Enthusiasm, Flash Forward, Grey's Anatomy, Hawthorne, Royal Pains, Smallville, Teen Soaps, Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles, The CW, The Listener, TNT, Wedding Day on 06/21/2009 at 2:31 am

Lot’s of news swirling around this week and extended work hours left me with little time to update, so I thought I’d drop a bunch of small items at once:

TNT’s first ever non-scripted series, Wedding Day, didn’t fare so well. According to Nielsen the show pulled just 850,000 viewers for it’s debut. Due to the low numbers the network has moved the show to Thursdays at 8pm, I guess hoping Bones reruns will act as a better lead-in for their new med drama HawthoRNe.

Brian Austin Green will be joinging CW’s Smallville for a two episode arc. Just a few weeks ago word was leaked that the actor, fresh off Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles, would be joining the cast of CW’s One Tree Hill as Nathan Scott’s playboy sports agent. That lasted about a week before his “reps got cold feet“. Seems odd that he’d turn down a longer lasting part on a higher rated series on the same network for two episodes on a series that’s barely holding on for it’s final season. Anyway, he’s on for playing Metallo, a villian.

Ratings for USA’s Royal Pains went up 17% in it’s third week. At the same exact time, The Listener, on USA’s mother network NBC, went down just as much for it’s third week. Good news for Royal Pains, which I really enjoy. Bad news for The Listener, which I also enjoy. It gets alot of flack from TV critics, but it’s not as bad as they make it out to be.

T.R. Knight won’t be returning to Grey’s Anatomy, while Katherine Heigl will be. I hate spoilers and think it’s really freaking lame that every single TV news outlet reported this, but oh well.

The whole cast of Seinfield will appear in HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s seventh season, which debuts this fall. No word about how or why, nor if they’ll all be together or seperate. If I recall correctly, Julia Louis Dreyfus has already appeared in an earlier season, but this’ll be a first for the others.

Seth MacFarlane is going to be a recurring guest star on ABC’s Flash Forward. Don’t ask me why. I really don’t know much about MacFarlane as I’m not a fan of his work, but I don’t the purpose in his casting.

Mad Men showrunner Matthew Weiner hinted in an interview with Rolling Stone that the show may be be shifting to Los Angeles.

Now that The CW has canceled Reaper, the duo behind the show are moving to the writing staff of Fox’s Dollhouse.

Finally, Cupid, Pushing Daisies and The Unusuals all ended, while Eli Stone returned (if only for a few weeks). ABC is really cleaning house this summer.
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Last Minute Sneak Peak: Saving Grace

In Saving Grace, Summer Schedule, TNT on 06/16/2009 at 6:24 pm


Don’t forget! Season 3 of Saving Grace kicks off this evening after the premieres of both Wedding Day, TNT’s first unscripted series, and Jada Pinkett Smith’s new nurse-based medical drama, HawthoRNe.

Here on the East coast we’re just an hour and half away from the night kicking off, so I thought I’d throw down a small peak at the Saving Grace season premiere. With the execution of Leon and the arrival of the new girl Grace was lead to at the end of season 2’s finale, I have no idea what to expect.

I’ve said it many times in the past and I’ll say it again, though, Saving Grace gets better each season, so I have no fears related to what’s coming up – I know it’ll be good.

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Last Minute Sneak Peak: Saving Grace

In Saving Grace, Summer Schedule, TNT on 06/16/2009 at 6:24 pm


Don’t forget! Season 3 of Saving Grace kicks off this evening after the premieres of both Wedding Day, TNT’s first unscripted series, and Jada Pinkett Smith’s new nurse-based medical drama, HawthoRNe.

Here on the East coast we’re just an hour and half away from the night kicking off, so I thought I’d throw down a small peak at the Saving Grace season premiere. With the execution of Leon and the arrival of the new girl Grace was lead to at the end of season 2’s finale, I have no idea what to expect.

I’ve said it many times in the past and I’ll say it again, though, Saving Grace gets better each season, so I have no fears related to what’s coming up – I know it’ll be good.

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Preview: TNT’s Wedding Day

In Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Hawthorne, Raising The Bar, Saving Grace, Summer Schedule, The Closer, TNT, Wedding Day on 06/15/2009 at 3:49 pm

Believe it or not, I’m actually looking forward to a reality show. All that huffing and puffing I’ve done in the past about reality television hasn’t gone away but from what I’m hearing, I may actually like this one.

The show in question is TNT’s first ever foray into non-scripted television, Wedding Day. Produced by reality king Mark Burnett and Dreamworks, along with a producer of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Wedding Day seems like it just may be the rare reality show that makes it onto the DVR’s of even the staunchest reality haters.

The clip below doesn’t show too much of the show’s style, but gives you a good idea of what kind of story the show will be telling on a weekly basis: Holiie and Steve, of Saginaw, MI., were set to tie the knot when Hollie was thrown into a six day coma and forced into a wheel chair for six months from a last minute auto accident. Steve rose to the occasion, caring for, helping and cheering Hollie on throughout her recovery.

The story is laid out by the bride and groom, as well as their family and friends. I’m predicting a real tear jerker here, so stock up a weekly supply of tissues.

What the clip does not feature are the two hosts, celeb wedding and event planners Diann Valentine and Alan Dunn, and how they go about serving up the perfect wedding day for the couple. I can only assume, though, that the over the top screaming, bullhorns and hoopla of Extreme Makeover will be tossed aside for a more graceful approach. Aleast that’s what I’m hoping.

A fellow TV blogger who’s seen the pilot twittered this: Mark Burnett Throws a Good ‘Wedding’ (shows me I can like reality TV … sometimes):

So I’m really keeping my fingers crossed for this show. It kicks off tomorrow on what could arguably be called TNT’s biggest night of the summer season with the premiere of Jada Pinkett Smith’s new medical drama HawthoRNe and the return of Holly Hunter in season 3 of Saving Grace. Pinkett Smith and Hunter back to back is an impressive feat for TNT – along with the Monday night pairing of Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer and Raising The Bar‘s Jane Kaczmarek the network really seems to be making a name for itself with very strong female characters.

Wedding Day, HawthoRNe and Saving Grace all premiere tomorrow, Tuesday June 16th on TNT. My DVR’s ready, is yours?

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It’s Been A Great Couple Weeks

In Burn Notice, Hawthorne, HBO, Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains, The Closer, TNT, True Blood, USA, Wedding Day on 06/15/2009 at 2:21 am


The last two weeks or so have been pretty fantastic for TV junkies. My teen years throughout the 90’s were heavily laden with rerun-filled bore fests. Stuck in summer school all day and TV programming I’d already seen at night – it was pretty hellish. Thanks to cable programming, summers are actually pretty amazing these days.

The season was kicked off by USA with the Burn Notice come back and birth of Royal Pains. Burn Notice started the season off with a lot of bangs, as usual. Now that Michael has shook off those that burned him, he’s facing increasing pressure from the cops.

The addition of a tough female cop following him around should make for some great story lines. Busting into his storage space with a water saw was genius, though I wonder if something like that would have been so quiet. I also like Fiona’s new-found aggression towards she and Michael’s relationship.

Royal Pains burst from the gates with a hilarious pilot. I found a few laugh out loud moments and came to understand and, more importantly, enjoy, the characters. Episode 2 seemed to slow down a bit but still managed to keep most of it’s charm. I’m intrigued by the relationships between the doc and his young friend as well as the doc and his brother.

I thought it was a bit odd that the brother made for a stronger character since he’s only a supporting character. Usually USA keeps the quirkier ones up front. I’m kinda glad they shifted gears a bit. Some say the brotherly relationship seems a bit contrived but I disagree. The writers seem to know just what the right amount of quirk, jealousy and brotherly love seems to be.

Though they’re more late Spring/early Summer series, In Plain Sight and Law & Order: Criminal Intent have been heating up the screens, too.

Many shows sometimes get bogged down in their sophomore years with excessive and pointless guest stars (I love you like my own child, but I’m thinking of you here 30 Rock) but IPL has managed to welcome the stars without that baggage. This week’s episode feature Laura Prepon as Mary’s sister (though Mary doesn’t know, shhh…). Her appearance really made me miss ABC’s October Road and the sight of Prepon and Mary McCormack together on screen was one of the highlights of the season thus far.

I thought seeing McCormack paired up with former West Wing alum Joshua Malina would be the highlight of the season and then they had to one up that with Richard Schiff’s guest role. At first I chalked this up to the fact that the three had previously all worked together on WW but seeing McCormack with Prepon this evening really clued me in: she’s just an amazing actress that really seems to shine when’s there’s a guest star around. But wait…she’s actually pretty rad when there’s no guest around, too. So final analysis: Mary McCormack kinda rules.

As for L&O:CI, I’m really enjoying the addition of Jeff Goldblum. I thought he made a fantastic cop on NBC’s short lived series Raines, which I enjoyed, and am glad to see him doing his thing for Mr. Wolf. I do miss Chris Noth, but am looking forward to seeing him on CBS’ The Good Wife this fall. Mike Logan was a great character but I’m sure Noth was probably getting a little tired of him after nearly 20 years, even if there were some pretty big vacations from him (holla at ya Mr. Big!)

Last Monday saw the return of The Closer with another great episode. I really resisted this show for the first two seasons but have become extremely compelled since then. I thought perhaps the story line of the killer going to the wrong address was slightly contrived…Was it a Law & Order storyline a few years ago?

Getting the confession in the prison visiting room was enough of a twist to make up for that shortfall, though. As always, the amazing cast also managed to make up for that little writing problem, as well.

I had watched the Nurse Jackie pilot a week or so ahead of time, so I almost forgot it premiered last week. I was hypnotized by the brilliance of Edie Falco. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get past seeing her as Carmela Soprano, but that fear melted away quickly.

I’m rather conflicted on Jackie. She is precariously balanced on the line between good and bad and I’m still not sure how I feel about her. At times I wanna cheer her on, others I cringe. I enjoy her jaded outlook and her humor is A+. The dinner scene with her friend, coolly discussing which should save the choking diner at the next table was horrifying and laugh inducing at the same time.

This evenings premiere of True Blood season 2 was…Amazing. There’s really not much more I could say. True Blood is a fascination of mine, landing squarely in my top ten shows currently airing.

I watched all of season one to prepare for this evenings return and was really keeping my fingers crossed that it wasn’t Lafayette in the back of the detective’s car. Glad my hopes weren’t dashed. I was shocked at first to learn it was Eric keeping him captive, but soon realized that it’s Eric. We really shouldn’t have been surprised at all, should we? Will Lafayette rat out Jason for the vampire’s kidnapping and subsequent death last season?

And speaking of Jason: Somehow my first go-round I missed how amazing Ryan Kwanten was. Also re-watching season one I caught many little things I had missed previously, like Sam barking in his sleep.

My only complaint with the season premiere was the on again/off again nature of Sookie and Bill’s relationship rearing it’s head again. That’s is getting slightly old. Some TV bloggers out there have also commented on Jason joining a vampire hating church, which they assume will lead to his character becoming an antagonist for Sookie, to be a bit simplistic. I say we let Alan Ball do his thing and see where it all leads. The fact that Jason lied to Sookie about what kind of church camp he was attending lends some hope.

The Listener also appeared this week, though I had watched it a few months ago after it aired in Canada, so I don’t have much to say other than it makes for some good time filler. My DVR is a bit backed up due to watching season 3 of Ghost Whisperer, so I still haven’t caught up on the returns of Army Wives or Weeds – I’m saving them for Tuesday.

Coming up this week, look forward to the Tuesday premiere of Hawthorne (which is showing up on my DVR as HawthoRNe…kinda lame)…Here’s hoping it doesn’t go the way of TNT’s last med drama – Heartland. I’m also planning to check out TNT’s first reality show, Wedding Day. I’m no fan of reality TV but I’m hearing from other reality haters that it’s not that bad, so here’s hoping.

There’s also the premiere of Merlin on NBC next Sunday. The show is a brit-original and season 2 of the series will be premiering in the UK the same day season 1 hits the states…That gives some hope that it’ll be pretty good.

Finally, Saving Grace returns Tuesday and that’s pretty damn exciting. This show seems to get better and better as the seasons go by.

I actually feel these last couple of weeks have been nearly as exciting as Fall premiere time. In a year or two Summer just may be the new Fall.

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Summer Schedule

In AMC, NBC, Summer Schedule, TNT, USA on 05/01/2009 at 2:58 am

It’s getting to be summer time. Late mid season replacements like Kings and Harpers Island have bombed and winners like Parks And Recreation and In Treatment will be wrapping up which means it’s time for new series all around.

For someone like me, who despises reality TV, the summer can be a real bummer. Not only is the season chock full of reality shows, but they’re even worse than the usual fare, which is why they’ve been dropped into the summer schedule.

There is some hope, though.

New series are in bold and you can find descriptions of them below.

Thursday June 4th
Burn Notice. 9pm. USA
Royal Pains. 10pm. USA
The Listener. 10pm. NBC

Sunday June 7th
Army Wives. 10pm. Lifetime

Monday June 8th
The Closer. 9pm. TNT
Raising The Bar. 10pm. TNT
Weeds. 10pm. Showtime
Nurse Jackie. 10:30pm. Showtime

Tuesday June 16th
Hawthorne. 9pm. TNT
Saving Grace. 10pm. TNT

Sunday June 21st
Merlin. 8pm. NBC

Wednesday June 24th
The Philanthropist. 10pm. NBC

Sunday July 12th
Meteor (Part One). NBC

Wednesday July 16th
Leverage. 9pm. TNT
Dark Blue. 10pm. TNT

Sunday July 19th
Meteor (Part Two). NBC

Sunday July 26th
The Storm (Part One). NBC

Sunday August 2nd
The Storm (Part Two). NBC

No date announced:
Diamonds. (May). ABC
Mad Men. AMC (Update 5/05/09 – TV Squad has listed an August 16th premiere)
Monk (Final Season). USA
The Prisoner. AMC
Mental. FOX

Descriptions of new shows:

Royal Pains. 10pm. USA. Thursday June 4th.
This could be a really good companion to Burn Notice. Looking forward to it.

ROYAL PAINS centers on young doctor Hank Lawson (Feuerstein) who seems to have it all … thriving career, beautiful girlfriend, and swank NYC apartment. With one fateful and principled decision in the ER, Hank loses it all. Months later, single and blackballed from the medical community, Hank goes for a weekend in the Hamptons with his brother (Costanzo). Crashing a party at a mega-mansion on the beach, Hank jumps into action when a guest requires medical attention that only he is able to diagnose. The next morning, Hank is summoned to another mansionand then another. Hank’s career is revived, but in a way he’s not exactly happy about, as he becomes the on-call doctor for the rich, famous and infamous. Anyone who’s anyone in the Hamptons has a lawyer on retainer. Now meet the newest accessory the concierge doctor.

See a preview at the USA webpage.


The Listener. 10pm. NBC. Thursday June 4th.
I’ve seen a couple episodes of this Canadian drama and have been relatively pleased and international ratings gave been good though reviews have been mixed.

“The Listener” centers on Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik, “The Timekeeper”), a 25-year-old paramedic who has a big secret — he’s a telepath. Until now, Toby kept his ability hidden, exploring its possibilities only with his longtime mentor and confidant, Dr. Ray Mercer (Colm Feore, “24: Redemption”). As he makes the rounds with his energetic paramedic partner “Oz” Bey (Ennis Esmer, “Young People F*#king”), “The Listener” follows Toby as he tries to help people in crisis, and in the process unravel the truth about his past. While his professional life is in check, Toby’s personal life could use its own rescue. And with the help of Detective Charlie Marks (Lisa Marcos, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”) and his E.R. doctor/ex-girlfriend Olivia Fawcett (Mylène Dinh-Robic, “Da Vinci’s City Hall”), Toby realizes his gift can help others.

Nurse Jackie. 10:30pm. Showtime. Monday June 8th.
Excited to see Edie Falco’s return to TV, especially in a “dark comedy”. She certainly has the acting chops but we have yet to see her in such a role.

NURSE JACKIE is a half-hour dark comedy that is at turns wicked, heartbreaking and funny. Edie Falco stars as the title character Jackie O’Hurley, a strong-willed and brilliant — but very flawed — emergency room nurse in a complicated New York City hospital. A lapsed Catholic with an occasional weakness for Vicodin and Adderall to get her through the days, Jackie keeps the hospital balanced with her own kind of justice. Every day is a high wire act of juggling patients, doctors, fellow nurses and her own indiscretions. The series also stars Eve Best, Peter Facinelli, Merritt Wever, Haaz Slieman and Paul Schulze.

Hawthorne. 9pm. TNT. Tuesday June 16th.

HAWTHORNE comes to TNT from Sony Pictures Television in association with Pinkett Smith’s 100% Womon Productions, John Masius Productions and Jamie Tarses’ FanFare Productions. It was created by Emmy winner John Masius (St. Elsewhere, Providence, Dead Like Me), who also wrote the pilot script. Masius, Pinkett Smith and Tarses (My Boys) are executive producers for the pilot and the series. Mikael Salomon directed and executive-produced the pilot. The series co-stars David Julian Hirsh (Lovebites), Laura Kenley (Grey’s Anatomy), Christina Moore (90210) and Suleka Mathew (Men in Trees). HAWTHORNE takes place at Richmond Trinity Hospital in Richmond, Va., where the strong-but-caring director of nursing, Christina Hawthorne (Pinkett Smith), continuously fights battles she often knows she won’t win. Whether treating the homeless woman in front of the hospital like a human being or trying to talk a suicidal cancer patient off the ledge, Christina must challenge hospital administrators, heartless doctors, apathetic colleagues and a system that sometimes forgets it’s there to serve the sick. Recently widowed and the mother of a smart, willful teenager, Christina juggles her career with her equally important role as a single parent. Between the two, she barely has time for herself and has difficulty keeping things together. But she knows she has to and can’t give up on anyone. That’s what her passion requires; it’s what it takes to be a hero.

Merlin. 8pm. NBC. Sunday June 21st.
This could be really awesome or really terrible. Here’s hoping this doesn’t take after Crusoe.

“Merlin” is a new 13-part drama series that updates the story of the infamous sorcerer of Arthurian legend for a new audience in the mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began. In this fantastical realm, Merlin is a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers who arrives in the kingdom and quickly makes enemies, including the heir to Uther’s crown, the headstrong Prince Arthur. But guided by Uther’s wise physician Gaius, Merlin is soon using his talents not just to survive but also to unlock Camelot’s mystical secrets.

Merlin is an exciting fantasy series set in the mythic city of Camelot, but inspired by 21st century storytelling. Before Merlin and Arthur became legends, they were ambitious young men looking for adventure, hoping to live up to their families’ expectations, discovering love and finding their own true destiny, making mistakes along the way. This innovative, action-packed drama has cross-generational appeal and paints a picture of Merlin and Arthur’s early life that audiences have never witnessed before.

Starring Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, Richard Wilson as Gaius, Katie McGrath as Morgana and Angel Coulby as Gwen, “Merlin” is an imaginative new twist on a legend that is as old as time. “Merlin” was created and produced by Shine Television (executive-produced by Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps) for the BBC and FremantleMedia Enterprises. FME holds the exclusive licensing, home entertainment (excluding U.K.) and distribution rights to “Merlin” and has invested in the series alongside Shine Television and BBC One.

The Philanthropist. 10pm. NBC. Wednesday June 24th.
Wasn’t this the basis of a reality TV show at some point?

“The Philanthropist” chronicles the heroic adventures of a billionaire playboy turned vigilante philanthropist. James Purefoy (“Rome”) stars as Teddy Rist, a successful and impulsive tycoon who decides to channel his passion, power and money into helping those in need.

Teddy Rist loves women, money and power. After the tragic death of his only child, Teddy has an awakening and becomes the world’s first vigilante philanthropist — a renegade billionaire who uses his wealth and connections to help people in need. Instead of spending $25,000 a plate at a fundraiser, he’s dodging bullets in third world countries to hand deliver vaccines. It’s an inspiring global adventure that will take you to the ends of the earth.

Rist’s actions are not just about helping others — he is purging his soul to help exorcise the inner demons that have been festering ever since his young son died and he lost everything he truly loved. The danger and risk to his life is the only way he can feel genuinely alive and he’ll do anything in order to achieve his goals.

A man who has everything but can feel nothing, Rist keeps his adrenaline pumping by putting his business head and money-making skills to good use through bargaining with the self-righteous, making deals with drug barons, and trading with the nefarious.

“The Philanthropist” boasts a heady cast of established and up-and-coming talent. Purefoy takes on the lead role of Teddy Rist, Jesse L. Martin (“Law & Order”) plays Teddy’s business partner and friend Philip Maidstone, and Neve Campbell (“Burn Up”) plays Philip’s wife Olivia.

Purefoy, Martin and Campbell are supported by a tremendous lineup of names from both sides of the Atlantic including Lindy Booth (“The 4400”), Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Wire”), Krista Allen (“The Starter Wife”) and newcomer James Albrecht.

Meteor. NBC. July 12th & July 19th.
Of course we’ve seen this before, whether it’s an earthquake or Yosemite erupting or whatever the case may be, but miniseries of this ilk are always fun to watch. Very excited to see Christopher Lloyd. It’s no surprise, of course, that he’s been cast as a scientist, but it’s good to have him back!

In “Meteor,” two massive rocks — tumbling debris older than the solar system itself — collide in space. The course has been altered. The target is Earth. In a remote observatory, Dr. Lehman (Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd, “Back to the Future”), discovers a meteor approximately three times the size of Mount Everest barreling its way towards Earth. His devoted young assistant Imogene O’Neill (Marla Sokoloff, “The Practice”) feverishly types in the coordinates only to find the previously identified meteor named Kassandra is headed their way. It’s only the beginning of their troubles as showers of smaller meteorites begin to lay waste to major cities around the globe.

The impending disaster brings out the best and the worst sides in people as they cope by either lending a helping hand or taking advantage of the situation. In a small California town, a police chief (Golden Globe nominee Stacy Keach, “Prison Break”) struggles to calm a panicky group of citizens. Miles away, his son Jack, a detective (Golden Globe nominee Billy Campbell, “Once and Again”), finds himself caught in the middle of the most difficult arrest of his career with the ill-timed transfer of a very dangerous psychopath named Stark (Michael Rooker, “JFK”). Then there’s the skeptical Dr. Chetwyn (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Jason Alexander, “Seinfeld”) who may be the only chance Lehman and O’Neill have to get their findings to the proper authorities in time to deflect Kassandra.

Time is running out in “Meteor,” in which eye-popping effects, explosive human drama, and hair-raising action combine to create a suspenseful, thrilling and dramatic new miniseries event from RHI Entertainment.

Dark Blue. 10pm. TNT. Wednesday July 15th.
TNT has had a couple of missteps lately (Trust Me), but here’s hoping…

DARK BLUE comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with prolific producer Jerry Bruckheimer (the CSI series, Without a Trace), Jonathan Littman (the CSI series, Cold Case), Danny Cannon (the CSI series, Eleventh Hour) and Doug Jung (Big Love) serving as executive producers. KristieAnne Reed (Eleventh Hour) is co-executive producer. Cannon directed the pilot episode. The series co-stars Logan Marshall-Green (The O.C.), Omari Hardwick (TNT’s Saved) and Nicki Aycox (Supernatural). McDermott stars as Carter Shaw, the head of a crack undercover team of police officers who are so covert, many of their own colleagues don’t even know they are involved. Shaw is a deeply wounded character, having lost his wife and much of his former life as he struggles to bring down bad guys through complex undercover assignments. His team includes a recently married cop (Hardwick) who struggles with personal relationships he has developed while undercover; a shoot-from-the-hip officer (Marshall-Green) whose activities make fellow team members wonder if he has gone over to the bad side; and a green patrol cop brought in because of her excellent skill in lying and a shady past.

The Storm. NBC. Sunday July 26th & August 2nd.
Like I said, we’ve seen it before. Networks and viewers alike love apocalyptic miniseries with ignored, hero scientists and this summer we get two of them! No Christopher Lloyd this time but James Van Der Beek (who’s recent appearances on One Tree Hill and Medium have been amazing) AND Luke Perry will more than make up for that.

In “The Storm,” from RHI Entertainment, billionaire Robert Terrell (Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Treat Williams, “Everwood”) has fulfilled a lifelong obsession and made history with “weather creation” technology though his Atmospheric Research Institute. But during a test run, a blast of energy is sent into the ionosphere with unexpected results. The experiments hurtle the planet towards destruction — hurricanes change course, winds go instantly from hot to cold, torrential rains bring regions to a standstill, and buildings crumble into ruins under explosive lightning storms. It’s only the beginning.

Only one scientist, Dr. Jonathan Kirk (James Van Der Beek, “Dawson’s Creek”), steps forward to demand that the system be terminated. Terrell is undeterred and continues to push his team to move forward. His motives for the initially philanthropic technology are in truth far more opportunistic. With government cohort, Army General Braxton (David James Elliott, “JAG”), Terrell envisions the technology as a key military weapon to ensure superpower status.

Realizing he’s powerless to stop the project by himself, Kirk contacts news reporter Danni Wilson (Teri Polo, “Meet the Parents”) with plans to expose Terrell and explain the catastrophic weather to a bewildered and frightened world. It’s a task that won’t come easy, as Kirk quickly discovers the motives and loyalties of authorities are not in his favor. As devastating and extreme weather events hammer down on every corner of the earth, it will be a race against time to shut down the system before the planet is taken to edge of extinction.

Featuring a cast of television favorites including Emmy winner John Larroquette (“Boston Legal”), Luke Perry (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) and Marisol Nichols (“24”), “The Storm” is the ultimate tale of man against nature, and an epic miniseries event posing a tantalizing and terrifying what-if scenario.

Diamonds. ABC. Sometime in May.
A high budget Canadian miniseries. Production value seems pretty high and previews were impressive enough for me to download this before I heard of it’s stateside airing. Since it’s airing in the U.S., though, I’m actually gonna wait to watch it on my DVR. Like a good boy, I only DL when necessary. The series consists of five storylines based on the
“personal and political effects of the blood diamond trade on a global scale”. Not sure how this will differ from the movie Blood Diamond other than the lack of Leo DiCaprio, but I’m willing to give it a chance.

The Prisoner. AMC. No date announced.
A remake of the 1960’s classic.

n 2009, AMC will present The Prisoner miniseries, a reinterpretation of the British 1960s cult hit series starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan.

A man, known as “Six,” finds himself inexplicably trapped in “The Village” with no memory of how he arrived. As he explores his environment, he discovers that his fellow inhabitants are identified by number instead of name, have no memory of any prior existence, and are under constant surveillance. Not knowing whom to trust, Six is driven by the need to discover the truth behind The Village, the reason for his being there, and most importantly — how he can escape.

Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ , The Thin Red Line) will play the role of “Number Six” and two-time Oscar Winner, Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, The Da Vinci Code) will co-star as “Number Two.”

Mental. Fox. No Date Announced.
Only info on this show is that it’s a medical mystery from the producers of “The Division” and “Lois & Clark” starring Annabella Sciorra, who played Gloria Trillo on “The Sopranos”, and Chris Vance, who played James Whistler in “Prison Break”.

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