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TV Thursday: My Favorite Shows From the US Fall Season (Drama/Action)

Now that we have a few months’ vacation from the US Fall TV season, I’d like to share with you my favorite shows of the past few months, and if you’re interested, maybe you’d like to try them out too. That is, if they’re showing it on cable channels. If you’re nice, I can even lend you my downloads ūüôā

In no particular order

FRINGE

I’ve found my new Lost and X-Files! Why I wasn’t that riveted in the 1st season, the 2nd one blew me away, and this 3rd one has gotten me obsessed! The mythology of the show is well thought-out while the one episode cases are¬†bizarrely riveting. And don’t get me started on the acting: Anna Torv (Olivia), Joshua Jackson (yes, that’s Pacey and Charlie Conway to you), John Noble (Denethor in the LOTR series and Walter Bishop here) all deserve the critics’ love they’ve been getting.

 

 

 

THE GOOD WIFE 

 

I’m a sucker for procedural shows, but this just goes beyond the case-of-the-week type of show. It answers the question, What happens to the Good Wife after she stands by her fallen man and their whole world just falls apart because he’s a cheating and lying jackass public official? Julianna Margulies is just mesmerizing as the aforementioned wife, and she has an amazing supporting cast, particularly the enigmatic Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and the delightfully manipulative Eli Gold (Alan Cumming)

 

BLUE BLOODS

Again, I just love me some crime and police procedural shows. But what made this stand out for me is the strong family bond (maybe I just got tired of all the dysfunctional families on TV) between these three generations (soon to be four!) of law enforcement officers. Tom Selleck is the perfect 2nd generation patriarch and my favorite New Kid on the Block Donnie Whalberg is solid as a no-nonsense cop.

 

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

 

My guilty pleasure of this season. While others are still hooked on Gossip Girl or 90210, this was my high school drama of choice. Not only is it full of beautiful girls and boys, but there’s a murder-mystery somewhere in the middle of all that teenage drama. It won’t win any awards (script and acting is at best, campy and laughable) but it still gets me to watch week after week

 

HAWAII FIVE-0

Another guilty pleasure (meaning it is not critically acclaimed but I love it) and at last, Alex O’Loughlin has a show that went beyond the 1st Season! The unfortunate (yet extremely hot) star of quickly cancelled shows like Moonlight and Three Rivers stars in this reboot of the 1960s hit with the¬†ubiquitous¬†song that you always have to dance too, Hawaiian-style of course. The added bonus of having former Lost (Jin!) and Battlestar Galactica (Boomer!)¬†stars was just the cherry on top. Oh, and of course, the beach!

 

THE KILLING

 

The middle episodes kind of lagged, but oh my goodness, the beginning and now, we’re almost towards the end! This is 24 meets European indie movie meets CSI meets Twin Peaks. It’s kinda hard to explain, but if you like your murder mysteries full of atmosphere and slow, burning tension, then you’ll join me in my adoration of this US remake of a Danish TV show

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in TV Thursday

 

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Pop Culture Recommendations – 3rd week of October

New Movie: The Social Network

People have been raving about it over all the social networks, so even if I haven’t seen it yet, I would highly recommend it (and maybe get to finally see it within the week). And even though some of the facts are currently being disputed in this “biopic” on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, it is still an interesting study on human greed and relative truth

Old (ish) movie: Bandslam

This is the HS Musical/Camp Rock for the hipsters. And this is where I first had a girl crush on Aly Michalka (the Hellcats law student/rocker turned cheerleader)

New album: Come Around Sundown by Kings of Leon

To be handpicked by U2 as the front act for their tour is an honor that young bands only dream of. And in their 2nd album, Kings of Leon prove why they were accorded that honor. Radioactive is constantly on my playlist these days

New discovery: Matthew Perryman Jones

If you like the sound of sensitive singer/songwriters like Damien Rice, William Fitzsimmons, Matt Nathanson and Alexi Murdoch, then this guy is for you

New TV Show:  Blue Bloods

I have an automatic liking for crime procedurals and cop shows, so this was an automatic winner for me. Add to the mix excellent performances by Donnie Wahlberg (yes, even ex-NKOTB can have careers), Bridget Moynahan (the first Mrs. Big!) and Tom Selleck (he will always be Dr. Richard Burke to me) and this tale of a family of law enforcers is a must-see for me

TV Show You Should Be Watching: Cougar Town

It’s on Star World already, so why aren’t you watching? It’s the new, older Friends. Well not exactly, but it does have that feel sometimes. And it’s funny!!!

Fiction Book: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

After writing about Greek demi-gods, Rick turns to Egyptian mythology for his latest book series. Interesting, exciting and relatable for those who have annoying but smart siblings

Non-fiction Book: Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller

I think I have a writer’s crush on Donald Miller. He articulates the God-shaped hole in our hearts in ways that I never thought of before. Imagine using Romeo and Juliet as a metaphor for this! And he writes this is in such a humorous, snarky but deep and thought provoking way. Yes, I crush him

“Some would say formulas are how we interact with God, that going through motions and jumping through hoops are how a person acts out his spirituality. This method of interaction, however, seems odd to me, because if I want to hang out with my friend Tuck, I don’t stomp my foot three times, turn around, and say his name over and over like a mantra, lighting candles and getting myself in a certain mood. I just call him. In this way, formulas presuppose God is more a computer or a circus monkey than an intelligent Being. I realize that sounds harsh, but it is true.”

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2010 in Pop Goes the Culture

 

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