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Fall TV 2010: My Review of FX’s Terriers

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. Up now, cable can be new too in the fall, and FX is swinging hard with Terriers…

FX has had a pretty strong year. The Timothy Olyphant led Justified was a success, they have grown the comedy brand with Louie and The League, plus the brilliant Archer, and they took Damages out with a bang (even though it returns for two more years with DirectTV.)

Now after being on the shelve for a significant amount of time, the Shawn Ryan (The Shield) produced drama Terriers premieres Wednesday at 10/9c. Terriers, revolves around two private investigators played by Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James, who are for profit with any job they do and have friends that tend to get in trouble in lot which in turns sends them down a slippery path too. Hank Dolworth (Logue) is a recently divorced ex-cop (Rockmond Dunbar), who is trying to get by while dealing with his attorney and ex-wife (Kimberly Quinn) , and getting in trouble with his ex-partner, while Britt Pollock is keeping his girlfriend (Laura Allen) happy while he goes and breaks in to high-end buildings.

Terriers is a wonderful San Diego-set drama that mixes dark comedy and intense situations, most in part to the great performance by Logue. I have seen the first five episodes of the drama and it is a nice mix of continued storylines that span the majority of the first five as well as contained plots including one involving Dollhouse‘s intriguing Olivia Williams.

Terriers may be the best cable series on this fall and you can start watching Wednesday on FX at 10/9c.

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Quick Takes on Tonight’s Packed May Tuesday

Wow, there is a lot of TV on tonight. Lucky I have seen some of it and below are my quick thoughts….

Julianna Margulies and guest star Paige Turco in a new "The Good Wife"

V – 10/9c on ABC With next Tuesday, D-Day in the V world both on TV and behind the scenes, as the season finale will air and ABC will decide the faith of the series at Upfronts. The prospects are looking a lot better now as the ratings have been steady unlike the other bubble drama, FlashForward. Tonight’s episode really serves as a prequel to the events of the finale and does it well. It clearly will be Erica vs. Anna, and that pairing has started in an unusual way tonight. Maybe the best episode of the series yet and the last scene will shock you thanks to great guest starring roles.

Justified – 10/9c on FX Back in March, when the Timothy Olyphant fronted series began I was very happy with the product, now as we enter the final stretch of the first season (FX recently ordered a 2nd), I have not been that happy with the product. The episodes in recent weeks have been hit or miss but the episode airing now is very much a hit. Raylan is caught up in a very compelling hostage swap, and the next episode after keeps up the high paced energy.

The Good Wife – 10/9c on CBS Oh how I love this show. Tonight’s episode the Alicia vs. Cary battle that was presented all the way back in the pilot. The episode focuses on Will and Diane’s decision that they do not want to make as bigger problems like the firm going under by losing big players. Alicia meanwhile focuses on how Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) is affecting her life while juggling a case involving a ugly rock-star divorce. Also, look for tons of familiar faces if you watched Damages.

Now, I have some quick thoughts on why I am so excited about tonight’s episode below, there will be some spoilers…

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What I Will Be Watching – Monday, March 29th, 2010

Some great TV on in this start of the late winter week….

Chuck – 8/7c on NBC So who was Sarah’s red test? Will Casey come back in the fold? When is Shaw going to leave? Those are some of my questions going into Chuck vs. the American Hero. Chuck for me is really getting in a grove during this middle half of the season. Tonight, Chuck gets to pick who he takes on this mission, and his friends want him back.

Kell on Earth – 10/9c on Bravo How will Bravo exist without Kelly Cutrone now? Kell on Earth has now quickly become a Bravo staple for me, and the whole People’s Revolution crew is awesome. Skinner, Grace, Andrew, Robyn, and more, who couldn’t love this dysfunctional crew. Tonight is the finale as Kelly gets some sad news. Good news though, look for a lot more Kelly with Whitney and Roxy on MTV’s The City, next month.

Castle – 10/9c on ABC “Boom!” time. The second part of the Dana Delany two-parter airs after DWTS tonight and we will get the answer to the awesome cliffhanger that was Beckett’s building blowing up. Of course, she survives I do believe, but how and what will happen next? I’m excited!

Damages – 10/9c on FX  Is anybody watching Damages? From the ratings, it does not look like it. Tonight’s episode however really tests the story as Patty almost loses the Tobin’s case unless she gets some information as Ellen gets in hot water at the DA’s office. The episode end however is absolutely fantastic, and also look for more information on Winstone’s back story.

First Look: My Advanced Review of FX’s Justified

There is not much to say about Justified in the best possible way, but I tried my best!

What FX’s Says:

In Justified, which debuts in March 16th, Olyphant plays the lead role of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Givens is a modern-day 19th century-style lawman, enforcing his brand of justice in a way that puts a target on his back with criminals and places him at odds with his bosses in the Marshal service. Justified was developed by Graham Yost (Boomtown, Speed) and is based on the popular character featured in several books and short stories by famed novelist Elmore Leonard. Yost wrote the pilot and will serve as Executive Producer/Showrunner of the series. Leonard is Executive Producer, along with Sarah Timberman (Kidnapped), Carl Beverly (Kidnapped) and Michael Dinner (Karen Sisco), who directed the pilot episode.

As I said at the top, I really do not have too much to say. Justified, is a piece of classic FX television. The first three episodes which I screened, where beautifully put together in the direction, editing, acting, writing, and just most of all the persona put out by Timothy Olyphant who plays the lead Raylan Givens.

The look of the show is most appealing, the dark Kentucky countryside is juxtaposed with the hubbub of the court and law system which is always moving. In some points in the pilot all that you feel is Raylan’s talk, nothing else, not where you are, who he is talking to, just Raylan.

The supporting cast is very strong, most notably in Walton Goggins, who plays Boyd, a villain of Raylan’s and as we soon learn an old pal. Other cast includes the wonderful Natalie Zea, as Raylan’s ex, Nick Searcy, as Raylan’s friendly boss, and a relative unknown to me but very strong actress Erica Tazel. She plays Erica, a US Marshall, that seems to be liked way more than Raylan and it drives him the wrong way.

Justified is simply magical. It tells a compelling tale, in a down-home fashion, that you can not help but put everything down to just take in the talent and look. It is another knockout by FX who has brought us Archer, Damages, Rescue Me, and more.

Justified premieres Tuesday at 10/9c on FX!

First Look: My Review of FX’s Damages Season 3

Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Ted Danson, Lily Tomlin, Campbell Scott, Tate Donavan, Martin Short, and more. What show could have more high power stars. Only FX’s insanely good Damages

Glenn Close as Patty Hewes

As Season 3 begins, a court has appointed Patty to recover assets lost in a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Louis Tobin (Len Cariou) while Ellen is working for the DA’s office, which will prosecute him. Tobin has admitted guilt, but insists that his wife and son (Lily Tomlin, Campbell Scott) knew nothing of his fraud. Meanwhile, a friendly but persistent architect (Keith Carradine) seeks out Patty in a bar; and in flash-forward, Patty’s car is rammed by another car.

Damages is plainly an intelligent, thought out, get your minds working, eyes popping show. It creates a world for its story, its characters, and its structure. Once again in Season 3, the series starts with a flashforward to a time in the future, and we slowly get there throughout the season. I was not a big fan of this technique when it was poorly used in the semi-disappointing season 2 but as I viewed the first two hours of the new season, I was captivated once again. That is mostly in part to the fantastic acting that I witness.

New to the show in the third year included the sublime Lily Tomlin, who is the matriarch of a family that was part of a huge Ponzi scheme that Patty Hewes (Close) is now trying to prosecute. Also new is the comedic actor Martin Short who plays a mighty tough lawyer, as well as Campbell Short as the son.

Martin Short as Winstone

In the end of Season 2, Ellen (Byrne) left Hewes and Associates after trying to take down the might Patty Hewes with help from the FBI. The new season picks up 6 months later and Ellen is now working at the New York DA’s office in the Narcotics unit but still keeps an eye on the happenings of Hewes and Associates through Tom Shayes (Tate Donavan). Rose Byrne is looking noticeably better this year, and she has grown on me as an actress as she is more and more becoming her own person.

Season 3 is a masterpiece of acting, story, and movement of plot. Rarely do shows uses their actors in more compromising, compelling situations, and that is no different in this seasons man family arc. Look for recurring roles from Reiko Alysworth (24) as Campbell Scott’s wife, as well as Ben Shenkman, Ellen’s new boss at the DA’s office.

Damages premieres tonight at 10/9c on FX!

What I Will Be Watching – September 8th, 2009

Tonight brings really the first day of the fall TV season! Check out the best and the not so good on tonight:

Trevor Donovan on 90210

Trevor Donovan on 90210

90210 – 8/7c on The CW  The big talk of the CW lat season was how they remade 90210 and will it work? Did it, not in my opinion and that is shown by the low ratings and my opinions of the second episode airing next week. That episode is really bland and almost unwatchable but their are some notable changes that could reflect a positive direction. First and foremost, the focus on the parents which for me are more interesting than the kids. Second, Liam is so better than Ethan and glad to see him good. Third, the addition of Trevor Donavan as new surfer hottie Teddy is the wrong move, he acts like he is in this thirties and that is because he is. Overall, I am not excitied but do not give up all hope.

MELROSE PLACEMelrose Place – 9/8c on The CW  See my review of the first two episodes here, but just to remind you that you have to check out the Melrose Place premiere tonight. The first new broadcast premiere of the fall is so worth watching. What MP does good is what its lead in does not, it has good acting and good stories that are adult and interesting. The plot weaves in the original shows characters like Sydney and Michael like they are brand new and I only hope that for Jane (Josie Bissett). Katie Cassidy is the must watch in the premiere as well as the even better second episode airing next week. Check it out!

Big Brother – 9/8c on CBS  The end is near. Tonight, a live eviction with Julie on a special night as the beginning of the last three part HOH. This season has been more watchable than the last couple but is by far not up to par with the greats. Go Michelle (even though it is such a long shot)!

sons_of_anarchy3Sons of Anarchy – 10/9c on FX  I have heard only praise about the second year FX drama. The cast is well put together, the visual is different and intriguing, and the story is compelling. I have yet to get around to check out the show beyond the not so great pilot I saw last year. But it is rare to find such great Cable fare on a otherwise baron landscape on Tuesdays this fall.

10 Things I Hate About You – 8/7c on ABC Family  Are you still watching, are you returning to check out the season finale tonight? Let me know what you think of the show!

A Video First Look of FX’s Lawman

lawmanThis is a show to look for in Spring 2010. I am so excited to see the Graham Yost’s created Lawman starring Timothy Olyphant. Here is a preview clip from FX!