Last summer I decided it was time for me to upgrade my 4-year-old 55-Inch Vizio TV. There was nothing wrong with it, but I got it into my head that I really wanted a 4K UHD television. The problem is how do you shop for a television when the content you are purchasing the television for isn’t available to properly test it? So needless to say I went on a 3 month journey the led me through 7 television returns and an eventual banishment from Best Buy. Not even kidding, they banned me! But I can’t be mad, they were really great about coming out and exchanging my TVs for no extra charge. Be sure to check out our YouTube Channel for more cool video reviews! Or visit top9 for best reviews of electronic products.
The year is 2036 and the Observers have taken over – but there is a resistance. That’s the basic setup for Fringe’s [Fox, Fridays, 10/9C] annual ‘out there’ episode [remember the previous animated, or musical 19th episodes], Letters of Transit [check out the cast teasing the episode above, and follow the jump to my review].
After the sex, violence and political intrigue of Ancient Rome in Starz’ Spartacus series, it seems odd, yet somehow appropriate to find the same ingredients put to more nuanced use in the network’s Magic City [Fridays, 10/9C] – a series about hotelier Ike Evans and his family and their efforts to bring the magic with a legendarily luxurious hotel, the Miramar Plaza [modeled after the famous/infamous Fontainebleau Hotel].
It seems that all the major networks saved their best shows for mid-season. In the case of NBC, they were holding back the season’s best new series, Awake [Thursdays, 10/9C] – a startlingly intelligent show about a police detective who is living two lives – in two worlds – simultaneously.
Cab Calloway enjoyed new fame in 1980 with the release of The Blues Brothers, directed by John Landis. By which time, he had largely been forgotten. In Cab Calloway: Sketches [PBS, American Masters, 10/9C], Landis is but one of many who reflect on Calloway and his music style charged a generation and influenced many more.
Gail Levin’s Cab Calloway: Sketches isn’t what you would call a biography. It’s more of a collection of reflections and reminiscences that chart his progression as a musician, entertainer and innovator.
Tim Kring’s new series, Touch, marks Kiefer Sutherland’s return to primetime television. In it, he plays Martin Bohm, single parent to Jake – a remarkable ten-year old boy who has been misdiagnosed as autistic, but is something… more.