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Summer TV Reminder: Leverage on TNT

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful summer, even though here it is pouring, and I want to remind everyone to tune into my favorite TNT series Leverage. The Robin Hood/heist drama led by Timothy Hutton is back on a new night Sunday and with two new episodes starting on 9/8c. TNT is giving us two weeks of back to back episodes then it will air at its normal time at 9.

I have seen the premiere episodes and for the first time in the series, the season will really be about one consistent story-line more so than the other continuous stories the show has presented. The lovely Elisabetta Canalis plays “The Italian” a mysterious woman who reaches to Hutton’s Tim in his dark hours after we left him last season being arrested and taken to prison. Below is a preview of the fun season and I highly suggest you return or check out for the first time Leverage, 9/8c on TNT.

Thursday’s Upfront Frenzy: The Renewals, Pickups, and Cancellations

Thursday was a pretty quiet day in terms of upfront news as it is fast approaching. That statement worked until tonight when the craziness started!

Matthew Perry in Mr. Sunshine

It all started with the report by that the staple Law & Order was cancelled by NBC because of a dispute with creator Dick Wolf. That was quickly called out too soon as reports of troubles are true, but negotiations are still ongoing but unlikely to change by Monday. NBC reversely picked up the David E. Kelly/Kathy Bates starring vehicle Kindreds for midseason and according to THR, the intelligent Garza legal pilot which is a chance for Jimmy Smits to shine. But the best news from NBC, CHUCK IS RENEWED. Enough said. (The other bubble show Heroes, may get a limited pickup to finish the series.)

ABC took to the waves by announcing six new pickups of series following the announcement of the first drama No Ordinary Family.

First up the new comedies, the fantastically written by star Matthew Perry and pals pilot Mr. Sunshine and starring Allison Janney was one of the three laffers. Mr. Sunshine focuses on a sports center manager (Perry) and his friends, think of it as the male-led Cougar Town). Second is Happy Endings, starring Elisha Cuthbert and Eliza Coupe, and centers around an almost married couple and their eclectic friends. I have read the script by David Caspe flows nicely and is a good adult sitcom. The last official pickup is the only multi-cam by the network, Better Together, which features Joanna Garcia and Jennifer Finnigan as sisters who are both in a relationship as well as their parents. Debra Messing’s ABC pilot Wright vs. Wrong is very close to a pickup as well.

The Cast of ABC's Detroit 1-8-7

The new dramas on ABC (more pickups to come tomorrow) include the Michael Imperioli fronted cop drama, Detroit 1-8-7, which had a solid script and a very nice cast including the underrated Aisha Hinds, and The Whole Truth which brings back Joely Richardson to the Jerry Bruckheimer drama, that focus on both sides of the law, with the other side shown by Rob Marrow. Joely is one of my favorite actresses and the script was a refreshing legal concept. The third drama pickup is My Generation (also called Generation Y), written tremendously by Noah Hawley (The Unusuals), focuses on a class of kids that were in a documentary in high school, and now are being looked at once again 10 years later. The class includes actors such as Mechad Brooks, Jamie King, and Kelli Garner.

In terms of current shows at ABC, a personal favorite V has been renewed for a second season, and now multiple sources including EW, are reporting that Better off Ted, Romantically Challenged, Scrubs, and FlashForward, are all cancelled.

CBS picked up their first freshman entry today, Mike and Molly. The pilot about a couple that meets at a meeting for “larger” people is from their favorite creator Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) and stars the wonderful women Melissa McCarthy and Swoosie Kurtz.

Lastly on the cable side, partner networks TBS and TNT, who are both doing presentations next week, picked up new series. TBS greenlit Glory Daze, which stars a crew of unknowns that play 80’s college students in Wisconsin. Finally in a pilot started at TBS, Franklin and Bash moved to TNT and Lynette Rice at EW is reporting has been okay-ed for series. The pilot about street smart lawyers stars Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

Stay tuned throughout the night, tomorrow, and the weekend for the latest in advance of the Upfronts next week.

The Good Wife Returns, Southland Departs: What I Will Be Watching – April 6th, 2010

The Good Wife – 10/9c on CBS

Easily in the top 5 of my new favorite shows, The Good Wife is able to bridge the gap between procedural and quality drama. The acting, story, and creative spark by everyone involved is spectacular and after a month hiatus returns tonight with one episode, then another week off. In this episode entitled, “Doubt,” Gary Cole’s Kurt comes back into life of Diane, while Alicia defends a college student.

Gary Cole and Christine Baranski on "The Good Wife"

Southland – 10/9c on TNT

After the miraculous revival of this docu-LA cop drama, the five new episodes have aired and tonight the sixth and final episode of the second season airs tonight. The ratings have been okay, but DVR has been strong, and there is a good chance for another year on TNT. The finale delves into the search for a impersonating rapist that the team is following.

Lost – 9/8c on ABC

DESSSSSSSSS! Oh, how I have missed the “brotha” and finally in tonight’s episode entitled “Happily Ever After,” we learn more about this special character.

American Idol – 8/7c on FOX

I just wanted to mention that I was so upset that Didi Benami was voted off last week while the terrible Tim Urban was left standing. Didi had a unique and special voice in easily one of the worst years ever. One thing that could turn this year around, a just announced guest mentor spot by Adam Lambert to happen next week!

New Partners, New Cases, New Network: My Review of Season 2 of TNT’s Southland

In the last few years, the difference it makes to have passionate fans has been no more prevalent, from the campaigns to save Jericho and Chuck, the cancelled Southland of NBC after it was ordered to a 2nd year, was saved by TNT because of the fans. Was it worth it as new episodes begin this week….

What TNT Says about the first two new episodes:

“Phase Three” (First New Episode) – Premieres Tuesday, Mar. 2 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Lydia and Russell’s replacement, Rene Cordero, investigate a possible abduction of an elderly man by a known drug addict. Nate and Sammy investigate a freeway shooting and wind up threatening the integrity of a major undercover operation. And Chickie finds herself in the middle of a mini-riot after her new partner shoots at a 13-year-old boy.

“Butch & Sundance” – Premieres Tuesday, Mar. 9 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)  John and Ben are the first responders to a gruesome triple homicide in Hancock Park, where a mother is bludgeoned to death and her young daughters are found bound, gagged, raped and dead in their bedrooms. In investigating the case, Lydia and Rene realize they have two very different styles of doing detective work. Sammy continues to have problems with his wife, who seems unable to complete even the simplest of tasks. And Ben confronts John about his increasing reliance on pain pills.

The first two episodes showcase the gritty nature and realism of the series that makes it so unique. Back last April in the show premiere it was praised for its style of shooting with handheld, the use of locations in and around LA, and the cast that makes you think they are making up the dialogue on the spot. None of that is lost in the second year that was to air on NBC, if it had the curses would still be bleeped but now on cable it gets even more real with cursing and more. I can only imagine, how much dark the show can get if TNT produces new episodes.

Last year we were left with Lydia’s (Regina King better than ever) partner Russell (Tom Everett Scott) getting shot and Ben (Benjamin McKenszie) moving up in his training. The season begins as Russell is in the hospital and Lydia is given a new parter played by Prison Break’s Amaury Nolasco, who butts heads with Lydia who is hesitant of replacing Russell. Also present in the new series is as storyline revolving around sexism in regards to the wonderful Chickie (Arija Bareikis) who is not liked with her male colleagues. It is a testament to show that in any story they tackle it never feels out of placed and artificial.

The new episodes begin airing on the new network TNT, tonight at 10/9c.

Reminder: Two Returns – One is #1, One is Lucky

American Idol is back. Are you ready?

America’s #1 show returns for a two hour Atlanta audition episodes with guest judge Mary J. Blige at 8/7c on FOX. As you most likely know, Paula Abdul is no longer on the panel, and comedian Ellen Degeneres is in but you won’t see her with Simon, Kara, and Randy until Hollywood Week at the end of the month. Until then the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Kristen Chenoweth, and Shina Twain. Do I need to watch Idol? No, I am going to, Yes.

Also back tonight is Southland, the NBC semi-hit that well is no longer on NBC. TNT picked up the cancelled drama and begins airing the series beginning with Season 1, and then in March will start airing original season 2 episodes. To honor the series, 10 minutes of extra footage was added for a commercial free premiere and now that it is on cable, those bleeps are gone, and it makes for one great, exhilarting series that stars Ben McKensie, Michael Cudlitz, and a sublime Regina King.

Southland airs tonight on TNT at 10/9c.

First Look: My Review of TNT’s Men of A Certain Age

TNT is set to have 7 dramas on the air in 2010 including “The Closer” which returns tonight at 9/8c, and the newly acquired Southland (January 12th). Tonight, TNT launches not a crime drama but a drama/comedy apporiatly titled “Men of a Certain Age.”

It stars Ray Romano (who is also the co-creator), Andre Braugher, and Scott Bakula as middle age men who are best friends and are all at a different point in their lives. Joe (Romano) is newly divorced with his beautiful wife (Penelope Ann Miller) in which he has two kids with, Owen is married and works at his dad’s car lot, and Terry, is a struggling single actor.

I have seen 5 out of the first 6 hours, and after watching them I felt surprisingly good about the show. The premise when I read it did not grab me but after spending time with each of these guys you get to know there quirks and problems and you connect. I particularly enjoy Joe, who owns his one party supply story and injects some needed humor. One episode has him going on his first date in years with 24‘s Sarah Clarke, which employs a great story strategy. Other guest stars include Cynthia Watros (Lost) as Terry’s “wife” in an acting gig that is not that conventional.

Men of A Certain Age premieres tonight on TNT at 10/9c. It is a well crafted and executed simple drama. Nothing special, but something worth tuning in for.

Reminder: Great Episode of Leverage Tonight.

Leverage is all new tonight and if you are at all interested in the show, check it out tonight. In an episode with guest stars, Wil Wheaton and Griffin Dunne, the team goes after a painting before an opposing team does. I have seen the episode and it is suburb with great humor, and action. The show has it all. Leverage airs tonight at 9/8c on TNT.

Great Summer TV: Warehouse 13 and Leverage

This summer we have been blessed with some great TV and some not so great TV. There is of course the fun reality like Kathy Griffin and Wipeout, and the not so great, Kendra but we also get some fun scripted fare.

warehouse13Warehouse 13 is a new drama to Syfy this year that started in early July. I was not too crazy about it when it premiered but now half the season later I find myself wanting the next episode more and more. It is light hearted, interesting, fun, and a journey through the US with a group of likeable characters in Peter Lattimer (Eddie McClintock), Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly), Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek), and the welcome addition of teen hacker Claudia (Allison Scagliotti).

Each episode surrounds Myka and Pete finding a different troubled artifact with Artie and Claudia managing the warehouse that holds them as well as helping the agents from the base. The artifacts are intriguing and original and I enjoy every minute.

Check this out on Syfy tonight at 9/8c and here is a preview.

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LEVERAGE_TwoLiveCrewJob_02_ChristianKane_TimothyHutton_GinaBellman_BethRiesgraf_PH_ErikHeinila_12682_2381A familiar face is also making me smile this summer which is TNT’s heist drama Leverage. This season has been consistant in delivering in that fun charm that it brings all the time. Last week’s episode was the best one of the series ever which showed the team trying to take down a Nancy Grace like reporter played by the great Beth Broderick. If you have not watched Leverage, it is an easy show to jump into and below is a sneak peek at tomorrow’s “job”. The first season is also now out on DVD.

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Leverage and Dark Blue finish TNT’s Summer Lineup Tonight!

TNT so far is the place to be on basic cable for a consistent source for summer drama on TV that is new and original.

First, Leverage starts its second season. Last winter was by far my favorite new cable show by a mile. It is fun, original, fast paced, and all around a joy to watch. The second season premiere is no exception. The show starts after a decent number of months after we last saw the team split apart. A situation involving Nate (Timothy Hutton) brings the group together again and they realize why they love this people so much.

The premiere drags at some points but the humor and acting bring it up to be a great hour of the seires. The best, no, but up there, yes. Check it out and here is a 2 minute preview of the new season starting tonight at 9/8c.

Second is a new drama from uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer called Dark Blue. It stars Dylan McDermott and Logan Marshall Green as member as a very underground group of undercover cops. They make there own rules and that creates many problems. I saw the premiere episode a couple weeks ago and after thinking about it I really enjoyed it. It is by far not as good as other action shows such as Leverage, but it is a good start to a series with lots of potential. I enjoyed the gritty nature of the pilot with its dark undertones and mystery surrounding the team. Here is a preview of the series that airs at 10/9c.

First Look: My Review of TNT’s Wedding Day and HawthoRNe

TNT is chalk full of new and returning series this summer, seven to be exact. Three more premiere Tuesday and here is my review of the new two (Saving Grace starts its third season at 10/9c, however it is not my kind of show. I tried the first year.)

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Description from TNT: Every couple dreams of having the perfect wedding. For many, it’s the most important and emotional day of their lives. But for some, insurmountable obstacles create barriers to making their dream day a reality. This new TNT series, the network’s first-ever unscripted drama, comes from producing giants Mark Burnett Productions and DreamWorks Television. The show gives deserving couples a helping hand to ensure the most important day of their lives is also the most magical. Each week, celebrity event planner and food expert Alan Dunn (For Better or Worse) and celebrity wedding producer and designer Diann Valentine (author of Weddings Valentine Style) host as family, friends and community come together to create a dream wedding. Along the way, viewers will learn each couple’s compelling story, from their first date to their wedding day.

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Fun Tidbit: If you are a fan of So You Think You Can Dance you might recognize one face in the second episode, with a season 5 audition favorite tapper Bianca Rebels is the sister of a bride.

The Good: This is not the typical TNT show. The network is know for powerful character dramas, and this show is not that. However it is about the characters. The show is such a joy to watch. It shows touching stories in a fun and supporting way. The hosts, Diann and Alan are upbeat and fun and always provide interesting wedding themes and tasks for the family and friends. And that is the best part. The show prides itself on how it integrates the family and friends of the couple in creating the perfect wedding, and well it is just perfect in doing so.

The Bad: Nothing that I can see, but sometimes it might border the cheesy side.

Overall: A great summer cry-fest in the vein of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I loved it all the way through.

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HawthoRNe Cast_ David Julian Hirsh, Christina Moore, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Vartan, Hannah Hodson, Suleka Mathew PH Robert Trachtenberg 17866_00956_R_9176_2362Description from TNT: Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women, The Matrix trilogy) is the latest talented actress to join TNT’s line-up of strong, complex female characters, following in the footsteps of Kyra Sedgwick on The Closer and Holly Hunter of Saving Grace. In this character-driven medical drama, Pinkett Smith plays Christina Hawthorne, a compassionate and headstrong Chief Nursing Officer heading up a group of dedicated nurses at Richmond Trinity Hospital who spend long days and nights on the hospital’s front lines. Hawthorne is the kind of nurse you want on your side when you or someone you love is in the hospital. She is the kind of nurse who fights for her patients and doesn’t let them slip through the cracks. When necessary, she takes on doctors and administrators who are overworked, distracted or just unable to see the human being behind the hospital chart. Joining Pinkett Smith in HAWTHORNE is Michael Vartan (Alias) as Dr. Tom Wakefield, the oncologist who treated Christina’s husband and who serves as director of medicine for the hospital. The cast also includes Suleka Mathew (Men in Trees) as Bobbie Jackson, a fellow nurse and one of Hawthorne’s best friends; David Julian Hirsh (Lovebites) as Ray Stein, a nurse struggling with being accepted in a female-dominated profession; Christina Moore (90210) as Candy Sullivan, a nurse with a unique sense of duty; and Hannah Hodson (TNT’s The Ron Clark Story) as Camille, Hawthorne’s daughter. In addition, special guest star Joanna Cassidy (Six Feet Under) portrays Amanda, Hawthorne’s mother-in-law, who also happens to be a member of the hospital board.

Fun Tidbit: Some very well know stars pop up in the first three episodes like Cloris Leachman as well herself practically and Michael Jamal Warner as a dying patient.

Hawthorne101_5 David Julian Hirsh, Jada Pinkett Smith, Suleka Mathew PH Karen Neal 18047_1677_R_9818_2365The Good: The show is just one of many nurse shows coming in the coming season. First Nurse Jackie and in 2010, NBC’s promising Mercy. The show has a great cast and you cannot deny it that. First and the biggest Jada Pinkett Smith can be a strong woman on Television, but it is the supporting cast that is the best part. Alias’s Michael Vartan and Men in Tree’s gem Suleka Matthew are fun and strong characters especially the later who has a very big hinderance. HawthoRNe has very emotional cases however,…

The Bad: It does not gel and that is thanks in part to Jada’s over acting and is always trying way to hard to be the boss. It is very unappealing which is sad because the character has such an interesting past with her husband’s death that happened only a year ago. The show also tries to be fun but often fails because the relationships are not back by something substantial that makes us want to root for the people.

Overall: It is a mixed bag. The supporting cast is very nice, but Jada tries way to hard and it is very off putting. I am just not a fan, which I was really hoping to be.

Wedding Day airs on Tuesday at 9/7c with HawthoRNe and Saving Grace following.