Thursday, June 13, 2013

The (2013) Summer TV Season

I remember when summer meant it was time to go outside and do things (Go to the beach or amusement park or play in the kiddie pool/sprinkler on those hot muggy days because well there was nothing but reruns on TV. About 6 years ago that all changed.

It was around the summer of 2006/2007 when cable networks decided they wanted season on airing there own scripted TV series. USA was really the first network to do so when it premiered Monk way back in 2002 and when it became a hit and in its 5th season the network added Psych in the time slot right after and we watched both and other networks would followed including the network that prided itself on not being TV, its HBO. Now HBO had already found success in scripted series like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under and when they went off the air the network in the fall of 2008 premiered True Blood and now my summer is filled with vampires, fairies and werewolves. Then TNT wanted to get in on the action and my TV watching summers began to fill up that we are to the point where there is almost to watch in the Summer then there was when the fall TV season started. Below it a list of what I watch

USA the network that came up with the tagline "Characters Welcome " has a show that defines their take on summer with Royal Pains about a doctor who every summer spends his time going to rich people's houses and giving them health care.
There you will also find Necessary Roughness, the final season and 100 episode of  Burn Notice, Covert Affairs, Suit  and my new favorite show Graceland, about a group a government agents who live and work in the same beach house.

Over on TNT there is season 2 of The Closer spinoff Major Crimes, Rizzoli and Isles, Franklin and Bash, New series King and Maxwell,season 2 of Perception and my favorite summer show season 3 of the US vs Aliens craziness of Falling Skies starring a personal favorite of mine the adorable Noah Wyle:)

SyFy has 2 new shows-Sinbad and Primeval:New World for those of you who have nothing to do on Saturday nights

TvLand has new episodes of the fun and funny Betty White in Hot in Cleveland, The EXes and The Soul Man,

BBC America has season 2 of Copper and the final season of Being Human, the 8 part mini series with 10th Doctor David Tennant and 11th Doctor companion Rory on Broadchurch

Devious Maids new to lifetime

ABC Family has a new season of Switched at birth and Pretty Little Liars, new shows Twisted and The Fosters 3 series that I don't watch

The Hallmark Channel which gives us cute TV movies premieres its 1rst series called Debbie Macomb's Cider Cove

FX has the human dog Winfred and TBS has the "very funny" Sullivan and Son

The 6th season of True Blood over on HBO along with the 2ed season of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom

I have never watched but Showtime has the final 8 episodes of Dexter

and finally on broadcast TV gives us a couple of new series I will check out called Crossing Lines on NBC, CBS gives us the Stephen King mini series Under the Dome and a new season of Unforgettable the CW is bringing back Whose Line is it Anyway? with the same cast.

As I said summer is a time to get out of your house and go on vacation but if you can't there is a a lot to watch during your staycation.

I am sure I forgot some. If any of these sound good to you check your local listings or ask and I will find the time for you. ENJOY.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness-Quick thoughts

Explosions and chases(spaceship and on foot) and fights(punching the villain or arguing with the boyfriend.)If these are what you enjoy in a movie then the new Star Trek film is summer popcorn flick you are looking for!

Star Trek Into Darkness is directors' J.J Abrams 2ed film in this franchise that has spanned two decades and just gets better. Full dis closer I'm not a Trekker/Trekkie but I have seen my share of episodes from the original and next generation series(I have a crush on Wesley Crusher) and enjoy each every time I tune in. That being said Abrams first film from 2009 was a nice re introduction and a chance for a new storyline and look to the original characters, as a younger Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Uhara, Sulu, Chekov and the rest of the crew attend Star fleet academy and go on their first mission. This time around Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and the rest of  the cast from the last film get themselves involved in a in a evil plot by a new villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock).

This dark yet fun story about a bad guy who blows up buildings and shoots at a room full of officers including Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock gets more intriguing as the viewer discovers a more sinister plot from the past and within the higharcy of star fleet. The movie is as fast pace as the Enterprise in
warp speed and worth the ticket price of 3D too see. Once again the 3D effects work as Abrams throw items through space at the characters and the audience. All of the actors once again look like and fit perfectly into their roles but Simon Pegg as Scotty steals to show. Every scene he is part of whether he is getting drunk in a bar or running down a long hallway of a spaceship allows us to laugh in between all the action. Although Kirk and Spock have their moments as well, one scene in particular is very sweet and touching.

If you haven't already seen this film Trekkie/Trekker or not Star Trek Into Darkness was worth the wait.