For each of its last two episodes [a two-parter guest starring Dana Delaney], ABC’s Castle [Mondays, 10/9C] has chalked up double-digit ratings increases resulting in the show being renewed for 2010-11.
The two-episode arc had Kate Beckett [Stana Katic] and Richard Castle [Nathan Fillion] being joined by FBI profiler Jordan Shaw [Delaney] when a serial killer began calling Beckett about murders he’d just committing – the twist being that he was calling Nikki Heat, the character Castle writes about in his new series of mystery novels. The first part of the story ended in a classic cliffhanger – which may have helped the second increase.
Besides having Dana Delaney guest starring, Castle has also benefited from having the new season of Dancing with the Stars as its lead-in.
Chuck has been on a roll the last few weeks and last night’s episode was almost perfect. I loved the interaction between Awesome, Morgan and Casey. Jeff and Lester didn’t annoy me as much as they usually do, for a minute there I actually thought they would discover Chuck’s secret. Ellie’s reaction to bailing them out of jail was great and I like the Shaw heal turn. I actually think Brandon Routh is surprisingly good – his woodenness fits this part. Lots of story progression last night. I’m going to be really upset if the rumors that this season is going to end on a cliffhanger ends up being true. I still say the show should have ended last year, it was a perfect series finale. But now that it’s back on track, I’m ready for more episodes.
It’s been a while since we saw an original episode of V and, after a better-than-average clip show to bring us up to date, the series returns this evening [ABC, 10/9C]. Welcome to the War picks up with a number of plot threads that were left dangling off the proverbial cliff way back before the Winter Olympics – and resolves them in manners both expected and… not so much.
When the news came out that four of the five leads of Law & Order: Criminal Intent were leaving the show, it left a lot of fans puzzled and furious. The season premiere of the series, tomorrow night [USA, 10/9C], will probably incite riots among a certain faction of those fans. Although Julianne Nicholson has already gone, Loyalty, Part 1 features one of the other three departures [the other two will leave in next week’s Loyalty, Part2] and it will be a shocker.
When dead folks in a small town start rising up from their graves and returning to their homes and begin living their old lives like they never left, the Winchester brothers are fairly sure its another sign of the apocalypse. However their fears about apocalyptic events take a backseat when they soon realize that their good friend and ally Bobby Singer (guest star Jim Beaver), who lives nearby, is personally affected by the ‘homecoming’ of the newly risen dead.
Yes, Bobby Singer is definitely affected by the events of this episode and in one pivotal moment at the end of the episode as they are watching his wife’s funeral pyre burning, he says to Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester: “She’s the love of my life, How many times do I have to kill her?”
Very poignant and heartbreaking right? Except for the fact that, by all established canon, Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) now seems to have TWO dead wives. The lovely brunette Lisa from S3.10 Dream A Little Dream of Me and the lovely blonde Karen in S5.15 Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (written by Jeremy Carver).
That’s just one of the two major things that, for me, kept this episode from being the best it could be.
After a slow start, Chuck has finally gotten good in the last few weeks. We’re getting the old likable Chuck back. I still think they made a big mistake by hitting the reset button on Chuck and Sarah’s relationship this year and turning Chuck into a dick for most of the season but the last few episodes has gone a long way towards fixing a lot of what’s wrong. The question is, is it too late to save the show?
This will be the last 24 hours/season for Jack Bauer. The modern-day MacGyver and terrorist fighter has gotten his burn notice from Fox Television – the victim of a confluence of factors: rising costs, creative stumbles and descending ratings.
Netflix’s Instant Streaming Discs are arriving in people’s mailboxes this week. I know a lot of folks think that streaming Netflix on the Wii is pointless because it’s not an HD platform, but really I can’t remember the last time I received an HD Stream from Netflix and I have a Fios Fiber Optic connection. So I’m guessing it’ll be perfectly acceptable on Nintendo’s little platform. Heck this will give me a reason to turn it on – since I haven’t in 11 months. I hope it still works. I love the PS3 Interface but it’s such a hassle to keep up with this dumb disc, since I don’t use my Wii any longer I can always use it as a dedicated Instant Queue box.
After Netflix announced it’s deal with the Devil last month, I sort of put the company on double secret probation. I just can’t stay mad at the boys in Red, their service is just to good and I’m just to addicted to Netflix Instant Watch, so I’m bringing back the Instant Que. In honor of the recent passing of the great Robert Culp here are a couple of must watches and other guest appearances now available on Netflix’s Instant Queue.
The Greatest American Hero (All 3 Seasons now Available!).
Check out these two recaps from this week’s Mercy and Law and Order SVU. I’m addicted to the Law and Order franchise. It’s so by the numbers now that SVU and L & O can probably go on forever. These days though, Ice-T is looking pretty tired and like he doesn’t want to be there. Last night’s installment featured a great guest spot from The Blind Side’s Quinton Aaron.