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TV has gotten a bit better in 2010 and it's really becoming hard to glue yourself away from some really good dramas. Fortunately TV is finally shying away from their tired formula of "Pretty, rich, white kids with problems". Yet unfortunately as of this date pop culture has popularized the accult. TV is now flooded with oversexed vampires and werewolves, a fad which I'm sure is on it's fourteenth minute of fame in America. No worries though, even after powerhouse "Lost" has ended there are still some exsisting and some new TV show's that us non-accultists can adhere too:
1. Rescue Me- F/X Tuesdays @ 10:00 pm
Denis Leary's show about NY Firefighters is still the best drama on TV. The story revolves around Tommy Gavin (Leary) a self-destructive, narcassisctic, alcoholic firefighter, who just happens to be the best firefighter in NYC. He along with this fellow firmen, who include a Puerto Rican hunk (Sunjata), an African American who is in a relationship with his eldest daughter (Tate), his dead relative who appears to him in the form of a ghost, and a supporting cast of actors who can bring the funny along with the drama. The show thrives on its freshly dark humor and its ability to deliver some of the most serious and geniunely emotional drama on television. The show pushes TV boundaries to and often past its limits. It goes for the juggular everytime. See the best drama on TV as it wraps up it's final two seasons this summer and the next. I heard the final seconds of the show are going to shock its viewers to the core.
2. Spartacus: Blood and Sand- Starz
Epic. That's how I describe the best new show on televsion that follows the story of the great general of the Thrid Seville War and icon, Spartacus. It's the manliest show I've ever seen and if it's next season is anything like it's last it will become the best show on television, period. There is epic drama, epic "300" like fight scenes, the most beautiful (often naked) women on the planet, and a show with so much epicness and power that it leaves your jaw dropped from the begining to the end of the episode. The two stars of this show, Andy Whitfield who plays Spartacus, and Viva Bianca who plays his nemisis Ilithyia have the greatest star power I ever seen from two television actors. Whitfield is a definite star, he's a hunk, a wonderfully intense actor, a good heroic figure, a convincing fighter, and the anchor of this show. Look for his name in Hollywood movies coming soon. Viva Bianca is intimidating not only because of her beauty, but her powerful on-screen presense. If I could pick any actor/actress to play the devil, it would be her. The rest of the supporting cast is very strong as well. The acting on this show is second to none and so is the script as well the story. It's the best looking show on TV. I could go on for days describing the awsomeness of this show, but please take time out and see it for yourself.
3. Dexter- Showtime
Only time will tell if this show has peaked in its past season. It truly was masterclass and I'm sure it will be very hard to top. But Michael C. Hall (Dexter) will take over the regins as the best actor on TV now that "Lost's" Terry O Quinn and Michael Emerson are out searching for jobs. Hall plays lovelable pyscho so good that I'm sure I'd walk the other direction if I saw him in real life. He and his character are truly iconic, but this upcoming season his supporting cast needs to step up their game because they were weak last season. If you don't know what Dexter is about I'll tell you. Dexter is a serial killer....But he only kills those who "slip through the cracks" of the law. We spend every season diving more and more into his mind as he tries to live his life as a normal person who kills in his spare time. In the next upcoming season we see the aftermath of "the incident" and we will see how Dexter will "cope" with that.
4. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia- F/X
Five naracassictic uberjerks own a bar in Philadelphia and funny results occur. It's simply the funniest show on TV. Like Sienfield, only funnier.
5. Burn Notice- USA Network Thursdays @ 9:00pm
Cable's number one watched show is doing its best this season to mantiain its reputation after spending the past two seasons in a semi-slump. Burn Notice follows Michael Westen (Jefferey Donovan), a former spy who was fired and is forced to take on jobs protecting the Maimi community from gangs and other members of organized crime set out to make their lives a living hell. He and his team spend their time between doing this and trying to help Michael Westen clear his name and get back to becoming a spy. This season they are making the show a little more diverse adding on a 4th member to the team and adding in some higher claliber villians (better actors). Westen is talented and has great chrasima. He is instantly likeable which means you can watch any episode for the first time and really sink into the show.
6. Weeds- Showtime
Showtime has a string of great shows, Dexter being its bread and butter, and Weeds, staring Mary Louise Parker, as its indy phenom. It's a story of a suburban woman who dives in headfirst into an unfamilair world of drugs and crime while trying to keep her crazy friends and family in tact. Parker is a great actress and she carries the show as the straight (no non-sense) character. Her supporting cast for the most part is only meant for comic relief, but they do a good job keeping the show from becoming too dark and full of itself. It's a unique show but it has a little something for everyone. If you haven't ever seen this series, give it a try. It's new season is on its way.
Its almost time for the new fall season and as TV shows are continuing to put their focus on a fantasy world where (excuse my frank lanugage but it needs to be said) there are supposedly "pretty white kids with money and problems"... I'm here to offer fresh alternative for more strong, liberal minded folk to gaze upon. TV shows can be a great medium despite what some say; yet yes it is mostly crap but there is always shows on worth watching:
1. "Rescue Me"- F/X Tuesdays @ 10:00 p.m.
The most refreshing show on televison and in my opinion the best since "The Wire" ended a few years ago. Denis Leary leads a wonderful cast that contains actors who can make you both laugh and cry out loud. It is the story of a NYC Firehouse and its occupants who are coping with the after effects of 9/11. Though the series has chosen to slightly shy away from its once deadly serious tone for some episodes; it has replaced it with some of the best dark comedic humor I have ever seen on a television show. It blends its comedic and serious tones better than any show has on television. The fact that it is on cable gives the show more breathing room (especially on the stong FX Network) to do more and that really pushes this show to become whatever it wants to be. The only show that has no "filler episodes." I can confididently say that this is the show to look foward to watching week after week.
2. "Dexter"-Showtime (Primetime Sunday)
Michael C. Hall is by far the best actor on televison, well if not that, he is definitly the creepiest. I don't know if there is an actor alive that can make us fall in love with a serial killer with a code of honor like he can. Its a guilty pleasure and a show that is compeltely orginial in everyway. I'm a fan of dark subject matter and violence but I think some moments on this show can prove to be too much for alot of viewers. It will start its 4th season soon and most likely be out of its prime, but Hall's character along with Julie Benz, James Remar, and the guest actor of the season (John Lithgow), this show will still be one of the most exciting to watch this fall.
3. Mad Men- AMC
I'll admit this show is definitly geared for an older audience but the performances on this show are of a movie quality level. The show centers around an Ad Agency in the 1960's. There are great characters and dialouge and is worth watching if you enjoy a smarter kind of television show.
4. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia- F/X
A series that started very small has blown up big time over its four seasons and has become one of top comedies on TV. The show is about the exploits of completly narcasistic "friends" who own a bar in Philadelphia. They can't keep themseleves out of trouble and hilarious situations ensue. Its like Sienfield that has a South Park like edge to it. Tottaly offensive and unforgiving, but a lovelable comedy.
5. Nip/Tuck- F/X (Primetime)
This show is definitly tired and out of its prime but its shock value always is able to keep you watching. This show still has the acting talent to be as great as it was but it has to stop being so ridculous in their plots for most episodes. The show should take a step back this season and go back to the roots that made this show work. I'm only recommending the viewing of this next season based on the quality of its first three and its always present potential.
6. Supernatural- CW Thursdays @ 9:00 p.m.
I know what your thinking, "Why would you recommend a CW show?" Well folks this show doesn't apply to the CW formula of over dramatized, oversexed, spoiled, rich kids. The show follows two brothers who hunt demons and mythical creatures of the like in order to save the world because people aren't aware of their exsistence. In the show's 5th and potentially final season our protaganists will find themselves battling it out during the Apocolyspe (and I mean the actual Apocolyspe folks) as pawns in the the eternal battle between heaven and hell. Unlike most CW shows this show is very dark, smart, and isn't about any cheesey romance of any sort. Its religous viewpoints are very intriguing and fresh to watch on TV. The show hit its prime last season and will be a force to be reckoned with this fall. Too bad not many people are watching.
7. Burn Notice- USA
This show will resume early winter and has potential to be great. Weirdly the show is struggling trying to find itself even in its 4th season. The show is about a spy who is fired and is trying everything in his power to get back to the job which was his world. The spy angle is very refreshing and dare I say "cool." The show needs to desprately become a pure spy thriller if it wants to last another season or three. Definitly the "coolest" spy and TV show since Fox's short-lived Fastlane, this show's endless potiential can make this show better than its trying to be now.
8 and 9. "Flashfoward" and "V"- ABC Primetime
ABC has two big budget shows on the way to fill the hole that will be left by "Lost" when it ends its run in 2010. Flashword seems like a concept that will grow stale after a season, but I hope I'm wrong. But "V" looks like a very strong show that will bring radical moral issues to the forefrunt in the guise of science fiction. My fingers are crossed for either show to become the next "Lost" which in my opinion had the best pilot of any show in history and the strongest run of consectively great episodes from the late middle of the first season to the last episodes of the second season. Speaking of which...
10. "Lost"- ABC Thursday Primetime
We have to wait a long time for this show to premire but we all know it will be worh the wait...well maybe. And all questions will be answered in the show's final season...well maybe. Anyway, to describe the plot of this show would be impossible and if you don't know a lot about it I would like the know the adress of the rock you live under. Its the last season of ABC's greatest show since "Boy Meets World" and "Family Matters" were on the air and hopefully they will pull out all of the stops to return this show to its once hailed glory one last time.
11. "Eastbound and Down"- HBO
We were blessed with a refreshing new comedy starring Danny McBride and many other greats we see in his comedies including Will Ferrell. If this show comes back its going to get a much bigger buzz this time around. The show is about a washed up baseball pitcher named Kenny Powers who has a hotshot ego that cannot be contained no matter how increasingly worse his sorry life gets. Hilarious events ensue on his slow climb back to some sort of fame. Lets hope more of Will Farrell's gang of comedians help join in on the fun. "I'm fuckin Out."
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