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USA Tuesdays are a Great Time

While I am way to busy to write a full rundown right now but expect more coverage in later weeks, USA Network continues to produce the best shows on cable and with the highest success rate.

White Collar returns for a second season tonight and the first two episodes are some of the best they have done. Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay have a working partnership and the addition of Marsha Thomason as a series regular is the best thing they have done. Her character, Diane, adds to both the leads and episode two gives great work for her.

Following the premiere at 10/9c on USA, is Covert Affairs. Piper Perabo stars as a still-in-camp CIA agent that is plucked to go on some highly classified mission while maintain her cover with her family. Sounds like you have seen it before, but alas the cast and crew make the series, fresh, fun, action-packed and entertainment with sub-plots and acting. Another home-run by the network and one that will sure not be that secret for long. Check out a promo below!

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Rockin’ Wednesday: Human Target, Scrubs, Psych, and High Society

Some great things to talk about:

Scrubs – 8/7c on ABC What will most certainly be the penultimate episode of this once fantastical funny series airs tonight part of the ABC comedy Wednesday. Last year’s “My Finale,” was one of the best series finales for a comedy I have ever seen and it is just a shame it did not end there but here’s to having Eliza Coupe back on my TV again soon! Also on ABC, is a very funny The Middle guest starring Alexa Vega’s Axel’s gal-pal in a very funny role, Judy Greer guests on the Middle, and Cougar Town gets ready for Sheryl Crow next week!

Human Target – 8/7c on FOX I have checked out the next two episode’s of the FOX action drama that has been garnering modest ratings before the powerhouse that is AI. I am happy to say the show returns in a solid outing that revolves around an old friend of Chance in a Central American country and lets just say things get very explosive in the best possible way. Next week however is stellar, with Agent Barnes (Emmanuelle Vaugier) returning to help Chance catch an old friend turner killer (Lennie James). Great hour you will have to check out.

Psych – 10/9c on USA Psych did a season finale right last year (evidence is here) and that streak continuous tonight in a killer episode entitled, “Mr. Yin Presents…” It is a follow-up to last year’s serial killer-after-Shawn episode which found his mom being controlled by Mr. Yang aka Ally Sheedy (She plays a great psychopath). She returns tonight as the crew goes after her accomplice who is once again tormenting Shawn and his friends. The episode is also one for you love lovers. Both Shawn and Juliet get some powerful moments in the episode which just left me loving this show like never before, and just craving new episodes which arrive this August. Must-see TV if anything is tonight!

High Society – 9:30/8:30c on The CW Check out my clip post from last week and now that I have seen the first two episodes I can say it is a fun guilty pleasure. I know that term has really been thrown around lately but this is one. It contains drugs, love, fights, happiness, and angry, what more could you want? Tinsley Mortimer, the socialite it surrounds, is charming, and her friends (Paul, most of all) are pretty dang crazy. You might want to check this one out!

Reminder: White Collar Tonight!

If you were at all a fan of USA’s new drama White Collar you will want to tune in tonight on it’s new night, Tuesdaya at 10/9c!

The winter finale left us with the revelation that Peter (Tim Dekay) was metting with Neal’s (Matt Bomer) long lost love Kate in a New York hotel room.

What happens after this watercooler worthy ending, well we find out pretty fast into the new hour that resolves last year and starts a new chapter in Neal’s life.

White Collar airs tonight at 10/9c on USA!

Fall TV 2009: My Review of USA’s White Collar

Fall cable premieres are pretty much coming to a close with a brand new characters do the “character” driven USA lineup, but are they interesting…NUP_135879_1525

What USA Says:

WHITE COLLAR is about the most unlikely of partnerships between a con artist and an FBI agent. The story unfolds after charming criminal mastermind Neal Caffrey (Bomer) is caught by his nemesis, G-Man extraordinaire Peter Burke (DeKay). After escaping from a maximum-security prison to find his long-lost love, Neal is nabbed by Peter once again. Rather than returning to jail for this daring getaway, Neal suggests an alternate plan – providing his expertise to assist the Feds in putting away infamous and elusive criminals in return for his freedom. Thiessen plays Peter’s wife, Elizabeth, an intelligent, high-status event planner with a certain intuition of her own. Garson plays Mozzie, a friend of Caffrey’s with a strong distrust of the Feds and an unyielding belief in conspiracy theories. Diahann Carroll (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Dynasty”) guest stars in the pilot and will star as a dynamic recurring character.

WHITE COLLAR, starring Matt Bomer (“Chuck,” “Tru Calling”), Tim DeKay (“Tell Me You Love Me,” “Carnivle”), Tiffani Thiessen (“What About Brian,” “Fastlane”) and Willie Garson (“Sex and the City,” “John from Cincinnati”). On Friday, October 23 at 10/9c, WHITE COLLAR will debut with a special 90-minute episode followed by 13 one-hour episodes. The announcement was made by Jeff Wachtel, president, original programming, USA Network and co-head, original content, Universal Cable Productions.

NUP_135932_0743The Good: White Collar works for a couple reasons. First of all its leading men in Matt Bomer as the criminal Neal Caffrey and Tim DeKay as Agent Burke. The play of each other so well in the first two episodes that I saw that you just want they to be on your screen for more and more time. Second is the way the production takes advantage of its background in New York City. The show feels big, feels important thanks to its sweeping views especially when a party in the second episode takes place in a great local. Thirdly, for the hilarious Willie Garson who gives a nice comic edge to the show in his ditzy but helpful Mozzie.

White Collar also has some impressive recurring players first in Diahann Carroll as the nice lady Neal befriends so he can live in a nice place and veteran actor James Rebhorn who plays a great old time FBI boss to the leads.

The Not So Good: The only thing that threw me for a loop is why the wonderful Marsha Thomason (Lost) who plays Tim Dekay right hand agent and has a scandlous personal life in the pilot is not mentioned in anything for the show or in the second epsiode where she is semmingly replaced by the still wonderful Natalie Morales. Not a big misstep but one worth mentioned. White Collar is the perfect show to join the likes of Monk, Psych, Royal Pains, and Burn Notice in USA’s run of great dramas. This is one you should be watching.

White Collar airs after the return of Sharona on the final season of Monk at 10/9c tonight on USA Network!

Weekend Viewing: Monk, Psych, Storm Chasers, and Brothers & Sisters

Fine TV continues and ends through the weekend, including what hopefully will be a good MLB postseason (go Angels and Dodgers), but her is some scripte fare to watch out for….

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Monk – 9/8c Friday on USA: It is hard to believe that in just a month and a half, Mr. Monk will close his final case. Monk has and always will hold a special place in my hear, and it hurts me to know that the mystery of Trudy will be solved in a good way. Wow, the truth about Trudy, what could it be? It is the beginning of the end tonight with an episode entitled “Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk” which features new recurring guest star Virginia Madsen. Get ready for next week though when SHARONA IS BACK!

Stargate Universie – 9/8c Friday on Syfy: Did you check out the new Stargate series? It is a fine space drama and tonight lack of power goes noticed in a episode called “Darkness.”

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Psych – 10/9c Friday on USA (Fall Finale): To make room for USA’s new great character drama White Collar that premieres next week, Psych is taking a little breather until January. The fall finale is action packed and surrounds Jules, Gus, Spencer, and Lanchester searching for a missing and shot Shawn. Psych is a show that does an awesome job in mixing comedy and drama and that is on display here. Plus, for all of your Jules/Shawn shippers, expect some revealing stuff tonight.

Storm Chasers – 10/9c Sunday on Discovery: I am a fan of Discovery Channel. I love there action packed programming but the problem is I never make anything appointment TV except for this fall’s great The Colony. That might change now with the premiere of Storm Chasers. I have seen the first two episodes and it is such an adrenaline rush to watch these guys who are so fun battle it out. Make sure to put this on the DVR, because it is well worth it.

Brothers & Sisters – 10/9c Sunday on ABC: To finish your weekend off in a dramatic fashion is a show that has revatilived what is is. Brothers and Sisters marks the return of Sarah (Rachel Griffiths was on maternity leave) with a more funny and romantic stories than the past episodes. Last week was phenomenal with surperb acting tongether by Rob Lowe and Sally Field, but another pair shines tonight as Gilles Marni joins the cast as someone Sarah met in France. The episode does not shy away from Kitty’s treatment as she goes into her first session, but also focuses on Sarah’s escapades (even the shows titles are changed to the french, Frères et Soeurs).

Also in the hour is Rebecca, Holly, and Nora searching for the perfect wedding venue which will take place between her and Justin on December 6th, so mark your calendars for the return of Marion Ross as Justin’s granny and Tommy and Julia for the ceremony.

What Did You Think: The Season Premieres of USA’s Monk and Psych

Sorry for the lack of posts lately but the combonation of business and sickness is not a good one. But did you watch USA Network last night? You should have because it was the season premieres of both Monk and Psych, two fun and quirky semi-procederals.

Title - MonkThis year is Monk‘s 8th and final year marking a very successful run in cable. The season premiere was fun and had some great guest sports in Elizabeth Perkins and Rena Sofer. What did you think of the premiere? The series finale of the show airs December 4th and the lead up to the finale will be grand to say the least. The return of Bitty Schram as Monk’s old but amazing assistant Sharona will prove to be sad but welcomed and spots from stars like Meat Loaf, Jay Mohr, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Eric Balfour, and Reed Diamond among others. Monk has always had a special place in my heart and will continue to thoughout its finale season.

psych-shawn-gus_lPsych also came back last night and I have had a weird but usually great relationship with the show. I took a break during its season season but when I returned last year I was so pleased with what I saw including the tremendous finale earlier in the year (see my post about it here). The premiere last night was plain entertainment with Shawn and Gus taking a trip up to Canada to catch a thief and there hunt was some comedic gold. James Roday and Dule Hill have such great friendly chemistry it just oozes out of the TV. What did you think?

Remember, Monk and Psych air at 9/8c and 10/9c on USA on Fridays.

First Look: USA’s Burn Notice and Royal Pains

n7750605107_8653Thursday marks the return of the best kind of summer TV. Escapist, fun, beautiful, and fun drama called Burn Notice on USA. I have grown to look forward to Burn Notice every week it comes on. It provides me with just happy thoughts because of the action packed but down to earth aspects. Immediatly following the 3rd season premiere is a new USA drama that sure brings their “characters” they want. It is called Royal Pains and stars Mark Feurstien as a doc that is under investigation in New York City that goes on vacation in the Hamptons and ends up becoming a doctor for the rich and selfish. I welcome both of these shows on the airwaves and hope you check them out as well. 

I have seen the first three episodes of Burn Notice and each one is better than the last. We pick up right where we left off with Michael Weston (Jeffery Donavan) in the ocean after jumping off a helicopter. The action only starts from there with more people needing Michael’s help and Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and Sam (Bruce Campbell) making everything possible. New this season is Detective Paxton played by Journeyman’s and Daybreak’s Moon Bloodgood. She brings a neat relashonship with Micheal as she investigates what he is doing here in Miami and trying to nail him for something. 

Overall the first three episodes set a great tone for the rest of the season. Burn Notice is the quintessential summer show and if you are not watching go buy the first two seasons on DVD and then record season three because I promise you, you will enjoy this show if not just because Sharon Gless’ Madeline is still causing Michael some family trouble!

Royal Pains

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Royal Pains fits perfectly in the USA’s mold of fun, quirky dramas with flawed but motivated characters in the center. This time Hank Lawsome is a once successful now investigated doctor that finds himself becoming a “conceirge doctor” which is a private medical expert for the rich. Hank is accompanied by his brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) a woman loving guy who only wants the rich chicks. He is the comic relief among other things in the show and provides many chuckles by  the audience. Also part of the team is Divya (Reshma Shetty), a woman that wants to be Hank’s personal assistant under his own non-excitement on the subject.

RoyalPains16Royal Pains lags a little bit in the first 30 minutes of the 75 minute premiere episodes. That is thanks in part to the set up of going ot the Haptoms. I forgive the show for this wasted time because the show won’t ever go back to it and that said after that it only succeeds. The show like Burn Notice is beautiful to watch and is shot on location. It blends the medical and the funny aspects seemlislty and often enlists old McGyver tricks to Hank’s doings. Another reason this is the new show to watch is the humor provided by what will be a recurring character of a rich socialite from  Christine Ebersole. 

Burn Notice and Royal Pains air following Casino Royale on USA at 9/8c and 10/9c respectively.