Category Archives: Television

TELEVISION: Dark Blue: TNT’s Undercover Opus Lacks Freshness!

TNT’s Dark Blue [Wednesday, 10/9C] is another dark, atmospheric cop show that vacillates between being too cool and inscrutable. Carter Shaw [Dylan McDermott] runs a deep cover ops team for the LAPD that is so deep undercover that no one – including the FBI and the rest of the LAPD – has a clue that it exists. Which is a problem when one of Carter’s team, Dean Bendis [Logan Marshall-Green] turns up on a surveillance camera helping to dispose of a body.

Dark Blue

Dean, it seems, may have gone so deep undercover that he’s flipped [or maybe not – you know how it is with these things]. Carter, who hasn’t taken a vacation since his wife died, turns to a team member who’s supposed to be on leave, the recently married Ty Curtis [Omari Hardwick] to go back to work and find out what’s going on with Dean. At least Ty’s got it together in the premiere – next week, he makes an incredibly stupid blunder that could get his wife killed.

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TELEVISION: The Instant Q, 10 Things to Watch via Netflix Instant Queue

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Ok, I get tired of people constantly complaining that Netflix’s Instant Now service sucks because there’s nothing worth watching on it. While it is lacking in movie choices, it’s selection of television shows are really good and if you look hard enough you can find quite a few movie gems to watch. I’ve managed to find over 348 things to put into my Instant View queue, why can’t you? So for the next several weeks I’m going to give you all10 things to watch via Netflix’s really cool Instant Watch service. So here are 10 things that I’m currently watching –

Dr. Who – Series 1 – 3 (We are not Amused)


Dr. Who on Netflix Instant Queue

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TELEVISION: Eureka – There’s a New Sheriff in Town!

At he conclusion of Eureka’s [Syfy, Fridays, 9/8C] mid-season finale, Sheriff Jack Carter [Colin Ferguson] had saved the day but, because he disobeyed a direct order from Department of Defense honcho General Mansfield [Barclay Hope]. Welcome Back Carter [oh, c’mon! We all knew he’d get his job back – the question was always how he’d do it] picks up exactly where the cliffhanger left off.

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Mansfield has literally ordered a new sheriff of the assembly line – or at least from the genius mind of Fargo [Neil Grayston]. Not only is there a new sheriff in town, but he’s a robot. For those who have always thought that Eureka was Mayberry with geniuses, you’ll appreciate that when the new guy/bot [Ty Olsson, Battlestar Galactica, Men in Trees] introduces himself, he says, “Call me Sheriff Andy.”

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TELEVISION: Michael Jackson’s Memorial, A Send Off for the Ages

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Wow, what a classy show they put on. All involved deserved the utmost praise and kudos for being able to pull off an event like this in such short notice while not turning it into a circus. I’m the first one to admit I generally try and not watch stuff like this because it always feels forced and stagy. At about 11 today I tried to watch the coverage but all the commentary from the MSNBC pundits just drove me crazy. All they kept talking about was the molestation charges, not about MJ or his legacy. I got so frustrated I turned it off. At 1pm when it was time for the memorial to start, they were still yammering about nothing. So at that point I turned off the TV and was determined not to watch it. Eventually I did turn it on, towards the end Stevie’s performance. I felt emotionally drained after watching it.

I loved the personal moments like Magic Johnson’s story about MJ liking Kentucky Fried Chicken, or Brooke Shield or Usher’s breakdown it puts to rest a lot of those tabloid stories that his friendships weren’t real. Then the ending We Are the World, Heal The World and Paris’ speech at the end, had me. I was balling like a baby during the last 1/2 hour of this. The Reverend Al’s speech was really moving although I do think he gives short shrift to the people who came before Michael Jackson (Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Chubby Checker, Little Richard, etc. Who helped open doors before Michael was born.) Loved his comment about MJ not being strange, but his situation was. There were a couple of weird moments namely the Britain’s Got Talent kid, he was really good but for some reason the moment seemed so out of place and kind of forced, especially coming after Usher’s genuine breakdown. I felt the same way about Jennifer Hudson as well. She had a strong performance but I don’t know it didn’t feel like she was emotionally connected to the song.

As far as coverage goes, I spent a lot of time trolling the Huffington Post forums and for the most part the posters there were respectful and good. MSNBC’s coverage of the entire day was just awful, as I said in the beginning it was all about their analysts and anchors and not about the event. They would do the "We’re not going to talk about the molestation, or the fact that he’s weird, this is about the man…" way too much. It was mostly crass and I’ve lost what little respect I had for MSNBC today. I generally hate CNN since they decided a few years ago to become "Fox News" and refuse to watch Fox, what little I watched of CNN felt more genuine to me. They showed full songs, talked to friends of Michael Jackson and people who were there.

Everyone involved should be really proud about how well this event came off. Of course there will be an eventual DVD/Blu-ray to milk this event later, but I don’t think it’ll have the same impact as watching this live and being in the collective moment.

TELEVISION NEWS: Neil Patrick Harris hosts Emmys

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I love Neil Patrick Harris, it’s amazing really, he went from being Doogie Houser, to obscurity and all of a sudden a few years ago he bounces back into the public spotlight. That’s called endurance people.  Fresh from two successful hosting gigs, NPH is set to take on the Emmy Awards. According to our blog partner TV.com “Harris has the hosting bug, and that’s perfectly fine with us as he’s damn good at it. Earlier this year, he hosted The 63rd Annual Tony Awards and The 7th Annual TV Land Awards, both to positive reviews, and also delivered a memorable segment at CBS’ upfronts in which he illustrated the "Bro Code." Now it looks as though he’s getting ready for his biggest hosting challenge yet — the Emmys.”  Check out the full story here.

TELEVISION: Warehouse 13 – Not Just a Collection of Antiques & Curios!

Remember the final shot of Raiders of the Lost Ark, when the crated up Ark of the Covenant is placed on a pile of boxes and the camera pulls back and keeps pulling back to reveal a warehouse the size of Rhode Island? Well, Warehouse 13 [Syfy, Tuesdays,9/8C] could very possibly be that warehouse.

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When two Secret Service Agents – Pete Lattimer [Eddie McClintock] and Myka Bering [Joanne Kelly] prevent a supernaturally influenced assassin from killing the President of the United States, they find themselves assigned to a very secret installation by the mysterious, and very determined Mrs. Frederic [CCH Pounder] – Warehouse 13 .

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Sarah Palin is Toast and The Media isn’t around to Gloat!

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I know we don’t cover Politics on EM, I’m a flaming liberal looking for a party to believe in, I despise the Republican party and don’t like the Democratic Party either. But I just had to sing, “Oh, Happy Day…” or maybe “Ding dong, the witch is dead…” Sarah Palin shocks everyone today by resigning her Governorship. She gave one of her classic, jumbled, rambling speeches justifying her reasons using some dumb sports analogy. Can we please ban Politicos (reporters, pundits, all of them) from using stupid sports metaphors to “explain” stuff to us?  But here’s where she’s brilliant and gets to stick it to the pundits one last time. She makes the announcement on a major Holiday like today when all the pundits are on their vacations. So we don’t have to here an idiot like Chris Matthews trying to turn this into some dumb boxing analogy, “Is she knocked out of the arena?” Blah, blah.  But she’s politically dead, there’s no amount of spin that could justify her quitting when she built this image as being a tough as nails “fighter.” Someone as egotistical as her doesn’t simply quit, there’s another shoe waiting to be dropped.

 

TELEVISION: July 4th Fireworks of a Different Kind: Chiller Programs Point Pleasant Marathon!

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Point Pleasant was a quirky little horror/fantasy series that was snuffed out too soon. Tomorrow, July 4th, beginning at 11/10C, Chiller will run the entire series – including the five episodes that were never aired. If you miss the fun because of Independence Day celebrations, but are too adrenalized from the day’s activities to get to sleep right away, the entire marathon will be rebroadcast beginning at midnight/11C. A complete listing of the episodes follows:

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TELEVISION NEWS: Sci Fi Seeks Newcomers – Alien Nation Reboot in Development

According to Variety.com, Sci Fi is developing a new take on Alien Nation, the 1988 feature that previously spawned a spinoff series on Fox.

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Tim Minear – a veteran of sci-fi TV, having worked on The X-Files, Firefly and Strange World – is developing the pilot and series bible for the series, which is built upon the relationship that develops between a human cop and one from the ranks of the alien “Newcomers” whose ship crashed on Earth twenty years earlier.

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