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Royal Pains Season 2 Premiere

USA has confirmed that last summer’s breakout hit Royal Pains will return for it’s second season starting June 3rd.

This was one of my favorite new shows last year so I can’t wait to see how they follow up on the success of their first run.

March 27, 2010 Posted by | Premiere, Renewed, Television | , , | Comments Off on Royal Pains Season 2 Premiere

Thursday Premieregasm Tonight!

Just a quick reminder of tonight’s big premieres:

Survivor: Samoa
SNL Weekend Update Thursday
Parks and Recreation
The Office
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

I’ll be recording them all, but I’ll probably only watch Fringe, The Office, Sunny, and Survivor tonight. The rest (plus a new Project Runway) will have to wait for this weekend.

September 17, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, New Series, Premiere, Reality, Renewed, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Thursday Premieregasm Tonight!

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

Summer Finale Fall Premiere Calendar – First Draft

I’m in the midst of determining what fall shows I’m going to check out, so there will definitely be updates to come, but here is the first draft of the summer finale and fall premiere calendar. As always, it only includes the shows I’m going to be watching and is therefore not comprehensive. I recommend’s guide for a listing of everything, including all the crap I’m not watching.

July 12, 2009 Posted by | Premiere, Season Finale, Television | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Summer Finale Fall Premiere Calendar – First Draft

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