The Shows: Early January Edition
So I’m probably not the best for this column anymore since I got rid of my Dish. Which means I know only watch shows that I bit torrent or else show up on Netflix years later. Still there is a bit of news. Feel free to chime in yourself.
First up if you haven’t been watching the BBC’s Sherlock shame on you. For those of you who didn’t watch it last year this is the famous detective living in contemporary London. The season this year (also short) is even better than last year. They’ve been updating some of Doyle’s most famous stories in very creative ways. Sunday had the Hounds of the Baskerville (still available for play at BBC). Before that we had a very interesting take on Irene Adler. This Sunday we have a take on the story where Doyle actually killed Holmes (only to be forced to bring him back). It’s his confrontation with Moriarty: The Reichenbach Fall. Seriously you need to watch these. Great acting. Very creative direction. They are far better than the recent films (although I liked those too)
If you’ve been missing your Justified fix the season premier is on the 17th — just scant days away. Most interesting they are bringing in a thinly veiled return of Karen Sisco played by the same actress: Carla Gugino. They changed the name somewhat but everything I’ve been hearing is that it’s close to the same character only 10 years older.
Last season’s Justified wasn’t quite as good as the first season. I appreciated that they tried to shake it up a bit more however a few elements just felt forced. Still the villains were fantastic and it remains the best show on TV in my opinion. I really appreciate that they aren’t trying to stick to a fixed formula that has made so many other good shows stale.
Not exactly TV news but the movie version of 24 starts filming next month. Let’s hope it’s better than the last few seasons of 24. I love the character but man, talk about being stuck into a stale format. Still I think the first season of 24 remains one of the best things in TV history.
I’ve not been following a lot of shows. However I’ve heard from several people that AMC’s poorly received Hell on Wheels has actually become quite good. So I may be downloading the episodes to check out.
In case you missed it Community has been cancelled. (Edit: Apparently not) As I said way back in my Jump the Shark entry most new shows this year and even a lot of returning shows have plain sucked. I mentioned this when I made my decision to get rid of my Dish. It was made much easier by so much TV just being plain bad. I wasn’t missing a lot. Now I can get caught up on all the movies I’ve missed!
That said there are several new shows coming up. Fox has an animated Napoleon Dynamite. The series starts Jan 15th (yes – this week) I’m not quite sure what to think about it yet. The buzz is that it’s pretty bad though.
Alcatraz starts on the 16th and looks like it might be interesting. It’s an other “big conspiracy” show. Since Fringe appears to not be long for this world this might make up for it’s passing. Alcatraz is getting pretty good reviews unlike Person of Interest which seemed a lot more pedestrian than expected.
Speaking of Fringe Fox execs have been talking about how expensive the show is and how they are losing money on it. Not exactly the kiss of death but about as close as we’re likely to get until the cancelation is announced. Hopefully the producers have had enough warning with Fringe so they can wrap things up. Fringe returns on the 18th. I’ve really loved this season although I know a few fans have been turned off. (Which probably accounts for the dropping ratings) Supposedly there’s a pretty good chance House will be cancelled too. I have to admit I gave up on House this season.
In other new series news Kiefer Sutherland returns in Touch about a semi-autistic kid who is an genius who can see patterns no one else can. Sutherland plays the child’s father. Danny Glover also is in it. I’ve not heard much about this one other than it’s from the team that brought us Heroes. Which isn’t exactly auspicious considering how that went.
Life’s Too Short comes to HBO although I suspect many of you have watched it on the internet since most of the episodes have been widely available. That’s the Ricky Gervais faux reality show about little person Warwick Davis. We talked about the show here back in November. It’s pretty funny, but is also one of those show not quite as funny as it thinks it is – if you know what I mean. It’s definitely worth checking out though.
Anything I missed?