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Fall TV 2010: My Reviews of the New FOX Mondays with House and Lone Star

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, what will come of Cuddy and House’s new life together and will it help FOX launch a certainly original drama…

What FOX Says of Lone Star:

From Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, the creators of “Party of Five”; Marc Webb, the director of “(500) Days of Summer”; and creator Kyle Killen, comes LONESTAR, a provocative soap set against the backdrop of big Texas oil. ROBERT/BOB ALLEN (newcomer James Wolk) is a charismatic and brilliant schemer who has meticulously constructed two lives in two different parts of Texas. He’s juggling two identities and two women in two very different worlds – all under one mountain of lies. As “Bob,” he lives in Houston and is married to CAT (Adrianne Palicki, “Friday Night Lights”), the beautiful daughter of CLINT (Jon Voight, 24, “Midnight Cowboy”), the patriarch of an ultra-wealthy Texas oil family. More than 400 miles away in the suburban west Texas town of Midland, he’s “Robert,” living a second life with his sweet, naive girlfriend, LINDSAY (Eloise Mumford, “Mercy,” “Law & Order: SVU”). In Midland, he plays the perfect boyfriend while secretly bilking local investors of their savings. In Houston, he’s a devoted husband, charming Cat and her family to cement his position in the rich family business he aims to clean out. Bob has lived both lives successfully for years without arousing any suspicions…so far. While one brother-in-law, DREW (Bryce Johnson, “Popular,” “The Mentalist”), admires Bob, his other brother-in-law, TRAMMELL (Mark Deklin, “Nip/Tuck,” “Desperate Housewives”), is suspicious of his motives. Bob begins to fear his secret lives may unravel. With the cons closing in on him, Bob is divided by his love for two women; his loyalty to his father and mentor, JOHN (David Keith, “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “The Class”); and his respect for his father-in-law, Clint. Now as he tries to hold his two lives together, while fending off angry investors and the suspicions of those around him, Bob puts it all on the line hoping he can beat the odds, leave the schemes behind and keep two separate relationships afloat.

The first day of the new fall season brings one of my top 5 shows of the fall paired with one of my favorite returning dramas. FOX’s Lone Star, is original, compelling, and different. Distinct qualities are what I look for in a new series because a show can be good, but if it is the same as what I am watching an hour later, than it certainly is not going to stand out. Lone Star shines in its lead James Wolk, a Kyle Chandler, look-alike, that is believable, and he has to be, because if you don’t care for him, then this show would never work.

The narrative is a difficult one to achieve flipping to his different lives every act, and the supporting players, most notably, the lovely Eloise Mumford, as his girlfriend Lindsay, in Midland (the show’s original title). The producers are able to give evidence to why we should care for both lives, and not forcing one down are throats which is tough to do considering the talent of Jon Voight, as Bob’s father-in-law. Lone Star, though is getting a great lead-in by the veteran House.

Now entering its seventh season, we finally got some Huddy love in the finale, and the first two episodes in which I saw, address that right off the bat, and we spend the entire first episode with the two together outside the hospital, but that is not the only focus in the neatly constructed premiere, Thirteen, will be absent for a good chunk of the season, due to Olivia Wilde’s growing movie career, but she gets a very interesting story in the premiere that launches her mysterious absent.

FOX Mondays kick off this week at 8/7c!

2010 Finales: House and Castle Finish it Off Tonight

Finale time and it really kicks of with some powerful and funny stuff tonight:

House – “Help Me” 8/7c on FOX

The House finale in one word is……monumental. It is so monumental that the director Paul Attanasio had to use a new high-tech camera for the open frames of the episode. In it is unusual in the fact that House and Cuddy are out of the hospital for the majority of the episode, dealing with the night’s big crises a crane collapse. Dr. House is putting in to some compromising situations and of course annoys his team back at Princeton. The DVD I watched did not actually include the final scene but the last scenes for sure back a punch. It leaves into question and member of the team’s status and might change House’s life for a long time. Must watch.

Castle – “A Deadly Game” 10/9c on ABC

On the other end of the spectrum but somehow similar, the finale of Castle, does what they do best…make a seemingly terrible crime and turn it on its head and make it funny. The finale is pretty note-worthy for Rick as his daughter is moving on to bigger things for the summer and maybe he should as well. Good stuff, and the final minutes really entice next season’s premiere.