Friday, June 15, 2012

The summer season part 2-USA Network

Another show that comes around every time this short season is the "endless summer" series called Royal Pains. The series centers around two brothers, Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) a big time doctor who got fired from his hospital in the first episode. To cheer him up his younger brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) talks him into a trip to The Hampton's and they never left. Instead the two set up a concierge doctor business in which they make house calls to the sick and rich. They do have some help in this with their P.A. Divya (Reshma Shetty) and another doctor, Jill (Jill Flint) who until this season worked at the clinic. At the end of last season and continuing now the brothers are fighting and have decided to go their own ways when it comes to the business. Tune in Wednesdays at 9:00.

The other USA TV series that has been on for a few seasons and sometimes returns in the fall or winter is Burn Notice. A series about a CIA agent named Michael Weston played by Jeffery Donovan, who got "burned" which means he no longer could work for the CIA or any one really so he got together with an ex-girlfriend Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), recently back together, a spy herself and bomb/explosion expert, another friend an ex-Navy Seal Sam Axe (The magnificent Bruce Campbell who I have loved since he was Brisco County Jr.) aka Chuck Finley, his mother Maddie (Sharon Gless) and another burned agent, Jesse (Coby Bell). All together they make up a  team that, well let's just say help those in need all over Miami. Michael's voice overs on how to make a bomb,break into a highly protective secret building or how to control a car chase just may be the best reason to watch. Burn Notice, created by Matt Nix, is an fun, funny and action packed series and should be something to jump into on those hot summer Thursday nights at 9:00.

New last season and returning this season also on Wednesday at 10:00 is a series called Necessary RoughnessDani Santino (Callie Thorne) is a stay at home mother until her husband leaves her and now she has two kids to raise and no job.  She decides to become a therapist and is able to get a job with a professional football team. Her first patient is the teams' star player Terrance T.K. King (Mehcad Brooks) when he is forced to see her for his anger issues. From there she is able to get a few more patients and works with a new one each week while raising her son and daughter and working with the teams athletic trainer Matthew Donnally (Mark Blucas) and the teams head of security Nico Careles (Scott Cohen). new this season the owner who has fired his manager and has taken over as GM.

Another series that was new last year and back on Thursday night at 10:00 is a new favorite of mine, Suits. Starring Gabriel Macht as Harvey Spector and Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross. Harvey is a Lawyer at a big time law firm and in the first episode was in charge of hiring a new Harvard Grad. instead he got Mike who never went to college let alone law school. What he does have is a crazy memory in which all he has to do is read something, like a law book and once he understands it has it memorized (kind of like my knowledge of Film and TV, if either is a Jeopardy category there is no beating me, more on that some other time) Harvey likes Mike right away and hires him without the legal documents, irony anyone? The show also stars Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt a Junior partner who is really annoying and is not friends with Harvey. Then there is Jessica Pearson played by Gina Torres, she is Harveys' boss and a senior partner who in this seasons opening episode has found out mike isn't a real lawyer. Suits is only in its second season so if this sounds like something that you want to check out please do you won't regret it.

Covert Affairs has return this summer with a BANG! Right of the bat we have killed a character that has been part of the show since the beginning, although he never had much of a role. Anywaythe series about a female spy and the CIA. It is fast paced and full of action. The characters get to go around the world to catch the guy or girl and try to return un-hurt. The best part of the show is computer tech Auggie Anderson played by Christopher Gorham who became blind while serving in Afghanistan and is the lead agents Annie Walker's (Piper Perabo) go to guy when she finds herself in trouble. Check it out Tues at 10.

Finally on USA we have a great and one of my favorites series each time it airs called White Collar. When this show premiered I originally missed it because well I thought it sounded like a been there done that plot, but while the network was airing the first four episodes back to back one weekend I had nothing better to do so I gave it a try and had to eat my words. (proving that I don't ALWAYS get it right) but I am happy this time I did. If you haven't watched then where have you been?!  Th series stars Tim DeKay as Peter Blake the only FBI agent who has ever caught Neal Caffrey, the best con-artist in the world played by Matt Bomer.  Peter got Neal out of prison early to team up with him to help the FBI catch other con artist such as art thief and bank heist. They have become a true bromance and are a lot of fun to watch. The writers did surprise  me and still do with every new season as the two along with help from fellow agents Clinton Jones and Diana Berrigan (Sharif Atkins and Marsha Tomason), Peter's wife Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen) and Neal's friend Mozzie (Willie Garson). An all around good show to watch every Tues at 9.

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