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Food and Party: What I Will Be Watching – Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Endings and revials tonight like usual….

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution – 9/8c on ABC Heartwarming, inspirational, eye-opening, not something you think would be associated with Ryan Seacrest who helped bring Jamie’s dream to America. Jamie Oliver has created a little journey in Huntington, W.V that has created a little smash on Fridays. Tonight, the season finale is mostly featured as a “months after” special as Jamie complete his promotional push and the system in Huntington has not done what was said. Great show, I hope returns next winter, to really show America what we are doing wrong.

Party Down – 10/9c on Starz Funny. Funny. Even more funny. The second season of Starz’s star packed but little known comedy Party Down about cater-waiters, brings the humor in bunches. With actors like Adam Scott, Ryan Hansen, Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, Ken Marino, and new to this year Megan Mullally, the comedy knows how to use physical and conversational comedy well. Megan Mullally is used little in the first couple episodes, which are trying to get the footing back, but by the fourth and fifth episode, which I saw, they are going for the gold. Episode 5 in particular which centers around Steve Guttenberg, yes that Steve, 50th birthday party, is some of the best comedy in the last year. Party Down is funny, so why are you not watching? (If you do not have Starz, Netflix’s streams all episode on there website.

Gravity – 10:30/9:30c on Starz This is actually something that is so far off from the comedy of Party Down, I don’t even know why it’s on the same channel. I could hardly get through the first hour of this dark “comedy” from Eric Schaeffer about a group of suicide survivors. The series stars Krysten Ritter, Ivan Sergei, and Ving Rhames. I actually found myself with confusion about what this comedy is supposed to be as it is so far off something that is for me.

It’s Back: My Advanced Review of the Return of Glee “Hell-O”

Note: These reviews of Glee will not include any song spoilers but will include guest stars.

How FOX’s calls it:

Fresh off their monumental win at Sectionals, New Directions is on top of the world. With an extra spring in their step, they get to work on new numbers for Regionals. But when Rachel and Finn’s budding romance hits a bump in the road after she becomes involved with a competitor, Jesse St. James (guest star Groff), it threatens to derail the entire club. Mr. Schuester pays a visit to Shelby Corcoran (guest star Menzel), coach of Vocal Adrenaline, to confirm Jesse’s motives. Meanwhile, Will is newly single, but is he ready to take his relationship with Emma to the next level? And to top it all off, Sue Sylvester returns from her condo in Boca with a renewed focus on destroying Will and disbanding the glee club in “Hell-O,” the spring premiere episode of GLEE, airing Tuesday, April 13(9:28-10:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

It has been exactly 125 days or 4 months and 4 days since the musical smash hit Glee left FOX on a prolonged hiatus put forth by American Idol. That ends today, at a special time 9:28/8:28c (set DVR to extend recording by at least 10 minutes according to FOX). I was lucky enough to see the first three episodes back, and while I want to rave about each of them, today I will be focusing on the premiere entitled “Hell-O.”

The last we left the students of McKinely High, Sectionals were a success for the Glee Club, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) finally kissed Emma (Jayma Mays), and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) was suspended for the Cherrios. As we enter back into the halls, each one of those things have come into effect. Emma and Will are working out their relationship much to the dismay of Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), Will’s ex, and Glee club is happy and looking towards Reginals with no Sue in sight.

The premiere episode is much darker than a normal hour and features some musical numbers which are much darker in tone and lyrics. The humor is far from lost (Jane Lynch is very much a presence), and each episode seems to always bring a smile to my face. The episode address some plot points that I have been wondering myself like why only Finn and Rachel get all the leads, and Mercedes only is brought in for the big notes.

The best parts of the episode, however, are the newest. Two new recurring players Jesse St. James and Shelby Corcoran, played by Johnathan Groff and Idina Menzel respectively. Jesse is New Directions arch-rival Vocal Adrenaline’s lead and star, while Shelby is the team’s coach, who holds many of her feelings very close. Both continue the tradition of bringing on great Broadway talent to show, Groff stared along Lea Michele in Spring Awakening, and Menzel in Wicked with returning guest star Kristen Chenoweth (back on April 27th).

I am elated by the return of maybe not the best comedy (sorry, but Modern Family should win that award outright) because you cannot argue it did not reinvigorate music and youth back to TV. Glee is put-a-smile-on television and the premiere is fun, fantastical, and fun, but the real gems are to come and that just makes me even more happy.

Remember to turn in at a special time tonight at 9:28/8:28c on FOX, plus extend your recording on your DVR for overrun! Click to see more videos from the casts visit to the White House…

First Look: My Advanced Review of CBS’s Miami Medical

Another show, another dollar for Jerry Bruckheimer, but will his newest project be worth the time…

What CBS Says:

MIAMI MEDICAL is about a team of expert surgeons who thrive on the adrenaline rush of working at one of the premiere trauma facilities in the country while drawing upon their wit and irreverence to survive on the edge. As part of the Alpha Team at one of the top trauma hospitals, these professionals exclusively treat patients with life-threatening injuries.  Dr. Matthew Proctor is new to the trauma team after leaving a lucrative private practice following his return from a tour of duty in a MASH unit during the first Gulf War. Dr. Eva Zambrano is a workaholic surgeon who wishes she had more time for a personal life.  Dr. Christopher Deleo, “Dr. C.,” is a playboy who thrives on the high-stakes of trauma medicine and is, by his own description, a genius cowboy.  Dr. Serena Warren is fresh out of medical school and is quickly learning the meaning of “trial by fire.”  The glue that keeps the team together is head nurse Tuck Brody, who balances the needs of the doctors and their patients’ families in this chaotic corner of the medical profession.  Together, this team of doctors excels in the “golden hour,” the 60 minutes after being critically injured when a patient’s life hangs in the balance. STARRING Jeremy Northam as Dr. Matthew Proctor, Mike Vogel as Dr. Chris “C” Deleo, Lana Parrilla as Dr. Eva Zambrano, Elisabeth Harnois as Dr. Serena Warren, and Omar Gooding as Tuck Brody

What Works: I commend any drama that tries to stray off the clichéd page but…

What Doesn’t: It often does not work, and a prime example is here in CBS’s newest medical drama. Miami Medical is a forced hour that tries to be fast-paced, traumatic, new, and innovative but what comes through is boring, and uninteresting. Similar in tone to NBC’s Trauma, that does a much better job and portraying its characters as more than their profession. Medical uses great underused talent like Lana Parrilla in a formula that just does not take off. The signature of the hour is it takes place in the so-called “Golden Hour,” the first hour after a traumatic accident. In the first two episodes I screened, the accidents went from looking like something from CSI: Miami to ER, and I was happy to see a hint of the later. In general, this is DOA on the Eye, and that is the same way I felt while watching.

Miami Medical takes over for Numb3ers on Fridays at 10/9c starting tonight.

Sad Goodbyes, Touching Returns, and Excitement: FOX’s Fringe Returns Tonight

Fringe science is a prickly beast, and on Fringe it often presents us with a out-of-the-box case that works, but sometimes when a show strays from its grain just a little it can give you something, well, wonderful….

What FOX Says:

Walter flashes back to 1985 while explaining Peter’s otherworldly origins to Olivia. Also, Peter’s mother (guest star Orla Brady) is introduced, and details of the neighboring world reaffirms that there is more than one of everything in the all-new “Peter” episode of FRINGE airing Thursday, April 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Tonight’s first of eight in row episodes of the recently renewed drama is properly named “Peter,” but the funny thing is that the man we have known as Peter Bishop does not appear. At least not in the way we are used to seeing him as played by Joshua Jackson. The hour is almost entirely set in the 1980’s following Walter, and only features some main players like Nina Sharp, and Olivia is there to set the scene of the episode.

In the winter finale, we learned that are suspicions were true and Peter was not from “this” world, however from the alternate universe that includes a blown-up White House, and standing Twin Towers. After watching this episode, I was left reeling. Catching my breath from what I witness, and I witnessed a lot. The main draw was the tremendous acting by John Noble (Walter) and the transformation he went through from old-time Walter. The look, the feel, and the emotion of his journey was just breathtaking, the story created was one of heartbreak, renewed hopes, and happiness. Orla Brady (Shark) plays Peter’s mother who gives a great performance as a woman in a very tough place.

“Peter” is my favorite episode of the series so far, and adds another layer of what Jeff Pinkner and crew are capable of creating. It is one of those hours of television I will remember for a very, very long time, and will forever be engrained in my memory. Fringe airs tonight at 9/8c on FOX.

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.

DVD of the Week: AMC’s The Prisoner

If you are wading through the change from winter to spring, like I am, you might want to check out this DVD which was released today. The Prisoner, which aired this winter on AMC, is a modern remake of the british series from the 1960’s. The remake for AMC stars Jim Caviezel as Six, a man dropped in a mysterious town where all the peopled are numbered, a Six does not know how he got there, or how to leave. Also starring in the miniseries is the great Ian McKellen as the seemingly in-charge Two.

I caught the 6 hour miniseries when it aired on AMC and it was well done short story that used a variety of story telling techniques to tell the back story and current story of number Six and who he is exactly. Prepare for many twist and turns and a great performance by the fine character actor Lennie James.

The DVD which is in stores today, comes with some well made features such as your usual commentary (2 episodes), an interview with Ian McKellen, and unaired scenes. The things I enjoyed the most however were the diary of the making of the series, shot in 92 days, the back story of the 60’s and current versions, and for those that did not attend comic-con, the entire panel! This is a nice little DVD to add to your collection, and it is available now.

Quick Look: Tonight’s Stellar ‘Castle’

If you are all caught up in the craze of Dancing with the Stars, my first thing is why anymore and then second why don’t if you are watching it anyway just stick around an hour later for one of the best shows on TV right now Castle, the fun crime procedural about a mystery writer turn police consultant is back in a big way tonight on ABC with special guest and high in demand Desperate Housewives actress Dana Delany. Dana plays a FBI investigator who comes in to help Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Det. Beckett (Stana Katic)  after she is found to be the focus of a serial killer.

The first part airing tonight, and the second airing next monday, is riveting. Dana plays a great agent and is both fun and serious in her delivery with the NYPD crew. Just like always, Castle’s family is still intertwined and a major change might be happening in the family that really will affect Alexis in ways she did not think. The episode also plays with Beckett and Castle relationship, but the big draw and WOW moment for me is the final 5 minutes which will leave you entranced, and wanting the second hour more than ever.

Castle is stellar tonight after DWTS at 10/9c on ABC.