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DVD of the Week: V’s have Arrived on DVD

It is election day and are you ready for an invasion?

The V‘s are invading on DVD today, the ABC alien-drama starring Elizabeth Mitchell, aired last year a total of 12 episodes that are all out on this DVD set. V returns on Tuesday, January 4th at 9/8c with 10 new episodes that promise to build on last year’s solid year one. The show also stars Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, and Scott Wolf.

The 3 disc set includes specials on the special effects that drive the series, an explanation from cast and creators about the mythology, and stories from the set as well as the usual commentary and unaired scenes.

I highly recommend checking this one out, it is a well made and produced sci-fi series and believe it or not had the biggest demo premiere of any new series last year. It is out on DVD today!

ABC to launch Off the Map on Wednesdays come January

Off the Map

Shonda Rhimes, creator of ABC hits Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy, may have another hit at ABC come January 12th. She is producing along with creator Jenna Bans, on Off the Map, which will premiere Wednesday, January 12th at 10/9c, according to a release by the network this afternoon

The series stars the young talent of Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls), Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight), Mamie Gummer (The Good Wife), and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), among others, as young doctors that go to work on a remote tropical location, to find themselves, and discover some unique medical situations.

Off the Map was originally scheduled to take over for Brothers and Sisters on Sundays, but when the 5th-year drama hit a ratings boost this year and got an additional pickup things changed. New ABC president Paul Lee is said to be high on the project shooting in Hawaii, granting Off the Map a full 13 episode pickup, opposed to the seven episodes it originally got.

It is unclear at the time whether this will be the permanent location for the series on ABC’s midseason schedule that will include Matthew Perry-led Mr. Sunshine, new comedy Happy Endings, and a new drama starring Dana Delany entitled Body of Proof, expect a full release tomorrow.

The mini-release by ABC is below on the show…. (more…)

Fall TV 2010: My Review of ABC’s No Ordinary Family

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, ABC did not have the strongest week, but can their most talked about drama pull in the viewers….

What ABC Says

The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim feels disconnected from his workaholic wife, Stephanie, and two teenage children, Daphne and JJ. To encourage family bonding time, Jim decides the family will join Stephanie on her business trip to South America. When their plane crashes into the Amazon River, they barely enjoy a moment to celebrate their survival before returning to the grind of everyday life. But they will soon realize that their lives have been forever changed. Each member of the family starts to show signs of new, unique and distinct super powers. Will their newfound abilities finally bring them together or push them further apart? “No Ordinary Family” premieres TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

“No Ordinary Family” stars Michael Chiklis as Jim Powell, Julie Benz as Stephanie Powell, Romany Malco as George St. Cloud, Autumn Reeser as Katie Andrews, Kay Panabaker as Daphne Powell, Jimmy Bennett as JJ Powell and Stephen Collins as Dr. Dayton King.

I am a sucker for superpowers and critics are very correct in making comparisons to maybe my favorite Pixar movie The Incredibles, because ABC’s No Ordinary Family, well is the Incredibles. It is a family, with superpowers, that even in the pilot go to a tropical island, but NOF (as I like to call it) is more than that. It focuses more on family then it does powers, which creates a sweet atmosphere for the show to live.
The cast of No Ordinary Family is pretty stellar, Michael Chiklis is playing a much lighter character than Vic Mackey but he is believable as sketch-artist Jim, and the sweet Julie Benz is adorable along with her equally adorable lab tech Autumn Reeser. Where NOF, could lose me, is in the mystery which I have seen three versions of, in three different pilots, but the one that will air this week, intrigues me but I can only hope it can live up to what it presents because if it doesn’t the show might just fall flat.
Watch, Record, Skip: Watch, No Ordinary Family reminds me why Greg Berlanti (Eli Stone, Jack & Bobby, Brothers and Sisters), always needs a show on television, well made, well acted, well written dramas, that have a feel-good nature to them. This is no exception, check it out Tuesday at 8/7c on ABC.

Fall TV 2010: My Review of ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, the former home of NYPD Blue is taking the same concept and moving it to our hardest hit city, will it translate…What ABC Says:

What does it take to be a detective in one of America’s toughest cities? Follow one homicide unit as Detroit’s finest unearth the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism of these inner city cops in this series shot entirely in Detroit, Michigan. There’s the damaged but driven Detective Louis Fitch, a wily homicide vet who is the most respected — and most misunderstood — man in the division; Detective Damon Washington, Fitch’s new partner, who finds the first day on the job is a trial by fire, complicated by the imminent birth of his first child; Detective Ariana Sanchez, sexy, edgy and beautiful, who has emerged from a rough background to become a rising star in the department; narcotics undercover cop John Stone, a streetwise smooth talker, clever and quick with a smile made for the movies, who is teamed with Sanchez — a combustible pairing rife with conflict and sexual tension; Sergeant Jesse Longford, a 30-year veteran and sage of the department struggling with his impending retirement from the force and the city he loves, who, together with his partner, Detective Vikram Mahajan — a fully Americanized son of Indian immigrants — form an amusing mismatch of experience and enthusiasm, intellect and instinct, old school and new world, but whose combined skills have never encountered a case that couldn’t be cleared; and all are headed by Lieutenant Maureen Mason, a strong-willed single mom struggling to balance home and work. The unit works with the primary medical examiner, Dr. Abbey Ward, who has an unusual hobby in her off-hours – roller derby.

Tune In: I like grit, I love when shows get down to business, no BS, no sugar-coating, and Detroit is a good place to do that. Detroit 1-8-7 prides itself on its location and that is something to admire, it portrays the city accurate and uses local talent to do that.

Tune Out: Unfortunately, the grit is just not interesting, I am checked out the first two episodes of the series, smartly led by Michael Imperioli, with a respectable supporting cast with actors like the underrated Aisha Hinds, but it just not something I could get into. The characters don’t have a grasp you need, to make you tune into, because the show is literally and visually very dark. The pilot suffers from identity crisis as the producers made the decision to take out the documentary aspect of the series, which was hated by many, but I quite liked it better, due to the realistic aspect of what happened in the city. With that gone, it is now just a simply done procedural with nothing to grasp on to.

Watch, Record, Skip: If I had only watched the pilot, I would say, give this a record, but after seeing the second episode, this is just not something you should devote your time to, but it does have aspects that could turn into something worth putting on that precious DVR. For now, skip. Detroit 1-8-7 premieres after Dancing with the Stars at 10/9c tomorrow on ABC.

New Seasons, New DVD: ABC’s Cougar Town and Ugly Betty

With the new season just around the corner, you should be running to your local store because DVD’s are rolling out so viewers can catch-up on the past season before premieres hit.

Today, ABC is releasing two comedies, first Ugly Betty: The Complete Fourth and Final Season as well as Cougar Town: The Complete First Season.

Ugly Betty has had a fickle relationship with me. When it started, I watched every week till the middle of season 2, when it went to far from what it was meant to be. In the last year however I checked back in and was so surprised that it had turned back into a sweet mellow drama. The Justin coming-out story was beautifully done as well as the symmetry with the finale. The DVD comes with all 20 final episodes as well as special features such as bloopers (which can seen below) as well as delete scenes but it also features the cast trip to the Bahamas which is high-larious.

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Cougar Town is a highlight of the 09-10 season for me. The original tagline of Courtney Cox looking for young men was thrown out quickly and what was brought in was heart, humor, and friendships that I wanted to watch every week. The whole cast such as Ian Gomez, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, and more have melded into a solid family, and you would be very wise to catch-up. Once again, all 24 episodes are on the set with the usual deleted scenes, bloopers, and making-of feature called “Taming Cougar Town” (seen below) but the humor flies with clips of Jimmy Kimmel’s spin-off of the show, a music video from Grayson, plus “Ask Barb” which has the resident cougar answer your questions.

I hope you go to your store and pick some of these out as you would be wise to add them to your collection TODAY!

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ABC’s Thursdays: Now and Later

ABC’s Thursdays during the regular season are reserved for Grey’s Anatomy and now even Private Practice and rightful so, garnering respectable numbers there for years, but this summer ABC still wanted medical, and gave us something just so much better than its scripted cousins.

Boston Med is an ABC News 8-part documentary for the makers of the hits Hopkins and Hopkins 24/7. Like those documentaries, it follows hospitals this time in Boston, through many procedures, struggles, and personal lives of its nurses and doctors similar to what Grey’s does with writers. Boston Med premiered last Thursday at 10/9c to low numbers and when I watched in on the DVR over the weekend I could not help myself but to wonder why? The show is tremendous, full of heart, suspense, and in the end reality. Not that crap, but real reality, true reality, and something everyone should see. As TV Guide’s wonderful critic Matt Roush said last week, “Boston Med brings that fight to life with admirable restraint and rewarding results.” He is truly correct, forget the scripted fare, tune into something so uncut, so un-produced you will be begging for more.

Come this fall however, ABC will show scripted shows can seem so real and use documentary style film-making effectively as many shows are trying but also failing because of its unneccessary integration.

My Generation, premieres on Thursdays on ABC in September, and from creator Noah Hawley (The Unusuals) and starring Jamie King, Mechad Brooks, Kelli Garner, and Julian Morris, a collective twenty-something group of relative unknowns, brings us something stellar. While I cannot officially review the drama as it could change by the time it airs for all of you, the drama shows us a group of kids that graduated and were followed by a crew in 2000 and now in 2010 are back in the world of being filmed and showing us how dreams come true and how they don’t. The style, concept, and overall feel of the show is completely unique and left me thinking about it for weeks after. Check out the full length trailer, but promise me it will be on your list come fall. Please!

What I Will Be Watching – Tuesday June 29th, 2010

Some quick picks for tonight….

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List – 10/9c on Bravo

Kathy with Levi knocks on Sarah Palin’s door. Need I say more? Plus, I was in the audience for her stand-up and it was pretty spectacular and she talked about all she did in this all-Alaska episode.

Wipeout – 8/7c on ABC

Big Balls! They are back and I love all the fun and laughter I get out of this successful summer reality. John Henson and John Anderson, with Jill Wagner are by far the best hosting group of any reality show in recent memory. Plain awesome.

Downfall – 9/8c on ABC

Did you tune in for the premiere last week? While the premise is kinda stupid, answer trivia questions and get them right to win cash and prizes or fall off a building, the premiere had potential, and host Chris Jericho is funny, but it still has many kinks to work out.

Also on tonight, is ABC Family’s newest guilty pleasure (sorry, Huge) Pretty Little Liars and the mystery is really heating up at 8/7c.