Monday, June 28, 2010
Of course, ABC isn't the only station coming up with high-quality comedy. Take "Louie," the new FX sitcom that premieres Tuesday at 11 p.m. The show stars stand-up comic Louis C.K. as, well, himself -- a stand-up comedian and single dad in New York.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
OK, admittedly I've been quite bad about keeping up on my "Friday Night Lights" recaps. Mainly it's because I've been busy, but I'm also not that motivated to keep up with them, because I'm not sure anyone's reading them.
So, before I do a two-for-one recap of both last week's episode, "In the Bag" and this week's "Toilet Bowl," let me enter a quick plea -- if you like these recaps, please share comments below. It will help me stay motivated into keeping up on this. If I don't get any comments, I will probably just stop doing the recaps.
Anyway, here are my thoughts on "In the Bag" and "Toilet Bowl." In the interest of time, they both consist solely of bullet points.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Nearly every year, you see a story about how the opening credit sequence is dead. At the very least, I agree that creating a lengthy credit sequence for the opening of a television show is a lost art. It's certainly not as common as it was in the 60s, 70s or even 80s, when many series had memorable, catchy theme songs and indelible opening credits.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Not all TV shows have to be innovative. They don't all have to be deep or insightful or turn your world upside down. Sometimes, they can just be fun, distracting comfort food. "Leverage," TNT's breezy caper dramedy starring Timothy Hutton, is a perfect summer snack.
It returns for its new season Sunday at 9 p.m., and it picks up pretty much where it left off -- with Nate (Hutton) in prison, having sacrificed himself to protect his band of do-gooding thieves. They seem somewhat less than grateful, but want to break him out of jail anyway. But Nate has other plans, which involve helping a fellow inmate who was unfairly incarcerated.
The whole thing is bright and swift, with typically snappy performances by the actors. Hutton, as always, effortlessly communicates world-weary crankiness and decency, but the real kick here are the supporting actors. Aldis Hodge continues to be a hoot as the fast-talking, quick-thinking hacker Alec Hardison. And Beth Riesgraf grows on me a little more each season as quirky thief Parker. Rounding out the cast are Christian Kane as the team's muscle and Gina Bellman, returning from a season long maternity leave to reprise her role as Sophie.
So far, I'm less than impressed by the show's new character, a slinky villainess played by Elisabetta Canalis, also known as George Clooney's lady friend. However, the show's quick pace and engaging core cast are enough to suck me in week after week.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Anyway, here are my thoughts on this week's episode.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Spoilers after the break. Don't click through if you don't want to know.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
When Fox's new series "The Good Guys" premiered a few weeks ago, few people took notice -- as evidenced by the episode's fairly dismal ratings.
I can only hope that this show -- which stars Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks as a pair of mismatched cops -- fairs better when it makes its regular time period debut at 9 p.m. Monday. Admittedly, "The Good Guys" is disposable entertainment. It doesn't require a lot of deep thinking, and its characters are pretty broad. But it's also funny, quick moving and possessed of two engaging lead performances by Whitford and (especially) Hanks.
The joke of the show is that Dallas cops Dan Stark (Whitford) and Jack Bailey (Hanks) are charged with investigating petty crimes that often turn out to be something much bigger.
In the premiere, it was a stolen humidifier that ended up being linked to a drug ring. In this week's episode, a series of broken street lamps leads the guys to unearth a car theft ring.
As in the pilot, Whitford's Stark is a quasi-creepy throwback who hates computers, spouts off about "busting punks" and appears to be permanently hungover. The shtick can be tiresome at times, particularly when he refers to computers as "computer machines" (I'm sorry -- I just don't buy Whitford as a guy old enough to be mystified by computers).
But I guess Dan is supposed to be a little tiresome. Besides, the character does land quite a few good lines, as in his description of the British in this week's episode: "I can't understand a thing they're saying unless they're singing." Plus, Whitford appears to be having such a swell time in the part, I'm inclined to roll with him.
Hanks, playing the more realistic of the two characters, is the anchor and heart of the show. It must be hard to stand out when your father is Tom Freakin' Hanks, one of the most famous and well-liked movie stars of the past 30 years. But the younger Hanks is managing to carve out a fairly nice career for himself, simply by being funny and appealing (hey, it worked for his dad). He's a fine leading man, and he and Whitford have a nice chemistry.
"The Good Guys" is fluff, but it's charming, well-crafted fluff that's highly capable of entertaining TV audiences during the hot summer months.
Give it a shot, won't you?