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In Treatment Season 3 Coming in 2010

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I’m in serious catch-up mode on my news feeds, and I can’t believe this gem has been sitting unread. Production is set to begin on a third season of HBO’s In Treatment, starring Gabriel Byrne as our favorite therapist. The caliber of acting and writing on this show is well worth the subscription to HBO, so I can’t wait for the show to come back next year.

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UPDATE – No official date yet, but the latest information is that shooting will get underway soon, with the new season set to premiere in the fall.

November 8, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Renewed, Television | , , | 1 Comment

2009 Fall Preview – Friday

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ABCUgly Betty returns on October 9th, but it certainly doesn’t look like ABC has much faith in it. The show got much better toward the end of last season, but it can’t be a good thing that the network put the show on hiatus when it should have been building toward its finale, then banished it to Friday night ratings hell for the new season. It’s almost like they’re looking for a reason to cancel it.

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September 25, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, New Series, Premiere, Renewed, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 2009 Fall Preview – Friday

2009 Fall Preview – Sundays

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Zach Galifianakis will appear in HBO's Bored to Death, premiering September 20th. Image courtesy

Attention Fellow recliner jockeys: Put a fresh set of batteries in your remote and break open that new pack of adult diapers, because the fall premiere season is upon us!


ABC – Nothing new on Sunday nights from ABC, but I’ll be tuning in for new seasons of Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters starting September 27th. At this point, I actually wouldn’t recommend any new viewers tune into Brothers & Sisters. The show has already aired its best episodes, but at this point I’m hooked until it’s done for good. Desperate Housewives on the other hand, had an awesome season last year that refreshed the series and returned it to the kind of well-thought-out storytelling we enjoyed during the first two seasons. Admittedly, Neal McDonough was a big reason why I enjoyed last year so much, so I’m disappointed he won’t be back on Wisteria Lane this season. However, I have heard that Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos, Joey) will be joining the cast in a role designed to fill the Edie void, which should make for some interesting developments.

AMC – As I write this post, I’m finishing final episodes of the second season of Mad Men, so I realize I’m behind, but it only took a few episodes of the first season for me to realize this is a great show. I know this isn’t news to most people, but if you haven’t seen the first two seasons yet, now is the time to get on board this outstanding dramatic freight train before it arrives at the Emmys to load up on trophies. Season three premiered on August 16th, but since AMC is like most cable channels, you can catch repeats with ease.

CBS – We’ll get a fresh season of the best reality show on tv when The Amazing Race premieres its 15th season on September 27th. The big news this time is that they will finally be in HD! My big screen has been ready to show these breathtaking destinations in high def for years. On October 4th, the eye brings us a new drama series, Three Rivers, featuring Alex O’Loughlin (the short-lived Moonlight), as the head of a transplant team making miracles happen in Pittsburgh of all places. I’m always interested in new medical dramas, so I look forward to seeing what they do with this. On the surface, I would think there’s only so much you can do with transplants, but I’m prepared to be wrong. Also, kudos to the creators for setting the show somewhere other than New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.

FOX – Animation Explosion (or whatever they call it) continues this year, with The Simpsons and Family Guy returning to their regular slots. I don’t watch American Dad, but it’s back as well if you’re interested. On a new note, our favorite African-American from Quahog is getting his own show–that’s right The Cleveland Show will be taking the slot between the two animation powerhouses. I find Cleveland’s voice alone to be hilarious, so my hopes for this one are pretty high. The whole lineup premieres on September 27th.

HBOBored to Death premieres on September 20th. All I needed to see to put this one on my list was one name–Zach Galifianakis.  That’s right, the man who stole this year’s biggest surprise hit movie, The Hangover, will be co-starring on this new series. Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) handles the lead role. There are only eight episodes, but I’m willing to bet they will leave us wanting more.

NBC – Sunday Night Football takes up all of primetime as NBC strives to fill its 2009 schedule with anything other than new scripted programming. I may not talk about sports much, but well-produced sports are some of the best reasons to invest in HD that I have seen. I won’t watch every week, but you’re guaranteed to see some great match-ups on Sunday nights as we get closer to the end of the season.

SHOWTIME – Dexter returns on September 27th, and I can’t wait. I’ve been excited about this one ever since I wrote about John Lithgow joining the cast when the story broke back in May. Can Dexter be a dad and go up against a new serial killer nemesis at the same time? Another great plus is that Keith Carradine will be returning as FBI agent Frank Lundy, last seen during the show’s second season.

August 23, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, Football, Game Shows, kingoftv, New Series, Premiere, Reality, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 2009 Fall Preview – Sundays

True Blood Season 2 Episode 1: Nothing But The Blood

I’m a recent convert to True Blood, not because I didn’t want to watch, but rather because I was too cheap to order HBO last year when the show premiered. I’ve seen the error of my ways, and watched the first season a couple weeks ago in preparation for tonight’s premiere.

I realize the show is based on the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, but I’ve decided to focus solely on the television series and avoid any kind of spoiler information that is included in the books. I’m mentioning this to explain why my speculation about the direction of the show may sometimes be obviously wrong to anyone who has read the books. I’m okay with sounding like an idiot–I figure that’s at least 25% of what writing a blog is all about.

Spoilers follow, although the last paragraph is safe.

The action in the premiere picks up exactly where last year’s finale left off, so it worked very well for me since I just had the marathon viewing. I was hoping that the corpse in Andy’s car wouldn’t be Lafayette, so I was thrilled when it turned out to be fake exorcist Miss Jeanette. I’m very impressed at how good they’ve gotten with making fake bodies that look like real people. The gaping hole in her chest was pretty great, and the look on her face was priceless. Staring at the chest cavity made me wonder who might be interested in a whole heart.  Sure it could be a vampire thing no one has told us about yet, but I was wondering if it has something to do with Maryann (Michelle Forbes). She seems very interested in Tara’s well-being, and after all, Miss Jeanette did con Tara and countless others. I’m still not sure what Maryann’s ability is (vibrating?) but perhaps she has a use for a human heart.

As the season previews indicated, Jason began his spiritual awakening thanks to the very cult-like Fellowship of the Sun. I have a strong feeling that Jason’s storyline is going to be my least favorite of season two. While I love the idea of Jason straightening up his life, I think it’s a cheap plot device to turn him into an anti-vampire crusader just to pit him against Sookie.

Speaking of contrived, I don’t think I can tolerate the off/on/off/on relationship between Sookie and Bill. One minute he’s sucking her carotid, and the next minute she’s written him off for good. Ultimately I think the only way they can be together is if Sookie becomes a vampire, and I don’t see that happening. I do think that we will at least get some laughs out of the added complication of having Jessica live with Bill. It already cracked me up when Bill was laying down the rules of the house and made sure to mention the recycling bins.

At the end of the episode, we found out exactly where Lafayette has been chained up–it appears to be the basement of Fangtasia since Eric comes downstairs to visit, apparently in the middle of getting some highlights (below). Redneck AIDS-burger guy makes the mistake of sticking some silver in Eric’s face, which just pisses him off and encourages him to take a big bite out of the guy. I don’t think Lafayette will meet such a nasty fate, although being chained to a donkey wheel and shitting in a bucket isn’t exactly a great existence.


I’m definitely hoping that season two will be able to deliver the weekly excitement that the first season gave us. I also hope we’ll get a big mystery like murderous René in the first season. The spin they gave us on a classic serial killer mystery was one of the main things I like so much about season one. More than that though, I was thrilled that after a year filled with teenage girls being way too excited about Twilight, we have a real vampire story to watch, even if it’s only on the small screen. Let’s be clear, Twilight is a vampire story for pussies who don’t like vampires. True Blood is the real deal.

June 14, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Premiere, Renewed, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Summer TV Preview Part 5: Sunday

Here is the fifth and final part of my Summer TV Preview.




NBC – As part of NBC’s continued effort to lower their production costs, they have partnered with the BBC to co-produce Merlin, a re-imagining of the classic tale that takes place when the magician is a young boy. The second season of the program is set to premiere in the UK, so we know at least the British viewers like it. We’ll find out what Americans think at 8/7c on June 21st.


HBO – Our favorite alternate-reality bloodsuckers are back for more when True Blood premieres its second season on June 14th at 9/8c. On June 28th at 10/9c we will get a chance to see Thomas Jane in Hung, the new show about a man who decides to take up the world’s oldest profession. Then the boys return on July 12th at 10:30/9:30c for a sixth season of Entourage.


HGTV – Home improvement meets reality tv with the fourth season of HGTV Design Star, in which a group of potential host battle through a series of do-it-yourself challenges to see who gets a show of their own. The group will strap on their toolbelts on July 19th at 10/9c.


WE – She doesn’t know it yet, but I’m putting this one on the list for my wife. Amazing Wedding Cakes combines a competition atmosphere with the joy of creating cakes for each couple’s big day. The show airs at 10/9c starting June 7th.


101 – DirecTV’s exclusive HD showcase channel will be hopping this summer with complete series runs of Deadwood and Oz (link contains spoilers), two beloved shows that many wish could have lasted longer. For DirecTV subscribers, this certainly beats taking up slots in your Netflix queue or paying big bucks to buy the DVDs.


BBC2 – Jeremy, James, and Richard are back to create more automotive havoc when the 13 series of Top Gear premieres on June 21st. While I understand that we are stuck with BBC America and the edited series 12 episodes that are currently airing, I know that intrepid viewers will look for other alternatives to see the most current episodes as soon as they air.


This concludes my summer preview, so I hope you find it helpful as you plan your tube time for the next few months. I only included the things I’m going to watch, so if you want to see everything, check out the comprehensive grid over at The Futon Critic.

May 31, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, New Series, Premiere, Reality, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Summer TV Preview Part 5: Sunday