I offered my review of USA's "Necessary Roughnes" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of Callie Thorne, Marc Blucas and company? Is this a USA show that's going to rise above the level of something to watch while you fold laundry?
What did everybody think of USA's new sports therapy drama?
Owen is overextended and Joe angers some close associates in a stand-out episode
A review of tonight's "Men of a Certain Age" coming up just as soon as overalls are my best pair of pants...
Callie Thorne tries to analyze the problems of the local pro football team
When the Lakers won the NBA championship last year, famously unstable forward Ron Artest (or The Artist Soon To Be Known As Metta World Peace) made headlines when, in a post-game interview, he thanked his psychiatrist, who "really helped me relax a lot." It was a moment at once strange and touching - certainly, anyone who had tracked Artest's career would have thought therapy could do him some good - and also one that seemed certain to inspire a few movies or TV shows.
USA's new drama "Necessary Roughness" (which premieres tomorrow night at 10) isn't technically based on Artest's story - it's inspired by the work of Dr. Donna Dannenfelser, a therapist who has worked with the New York Jets - but it suggests that the formula of jock + shrink isn't as easy as it might have looked.
Season 2 gets off to a better start thanks to the end of Cathy's secret-keeping
"The Big C" returned to Showtime tonight, and I have a few thoughts on where the show finds itself at the start of season 2, coming up just as soon as I pose as a pharmaceutical rep...
Dan and Alan also review 'State of Georgia' and the next 'Twin Peaks'
We began recording this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast with me outdoors. Then a plane flew overhead, so I moved indoors, to what turned out to be a noisy day at the office. In other words, no matter where we go and what we do, there is background noise. But in the foreground, lots to talk about, with a bunch of new and returning shows premiering this week, the next "Twin Peaks" episode, plus our first dip into the mailbag in a couple of weeks. The run-down:
Goren and Eames work one last case
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" came to the end of its run (probably) last night, and I have some thoughts on both the series finale and the series as a whole coming up just as soon as I show you my pinball machine...
Some projects move forward, while others stall in the penultimate hour of season 2
We're down to the penultimate episode of "Treme" season 2, and I have a review coming up just as soon as I don't speak English...
Tom goes solo, and Steven Weber has a plan to save the kids
A few quick thoughts on tonight's "Falling Skies" coming up just as soon as I read the stack of spy novels on my nightstand...
What did everybody think of the season 4 premiere?
Okay, by now, y'all should know the drill on my "coverage" of "True Blood." I'm not a fan of the show (though I do enjoy a few characters like Eric, Jessica and Pam), but I'm aware that this is one area where my tastes don't overlap with what seems like a large portion of my audience, so we reached a compromise last summer: I do these short weekly posts as a place for the What's Alan Watching? crowd to gather to discuss each episode, and if you want a longer recap or analysis, you can go read Leslie Gornstein's take at our Monkeys As Critics blog, usually within a few hours after the episode airs on the East Coast. (UPDATE: And here it is.)
The one thing I'll note about the season premiere is that the way Alan Ball chose to return to Bon Temps gave him an out to get rid of a whole lot of the dead weight many of us were concerned about last season. Instead, pretty much everyone's back, and now we've added a coven of witches to this overcrowded universe. At what point does the show just burst at the seams from too many characters in too many unrelated storylines?
And what did everybody think of "She's Not There" overall?
Everyone's facing their fates in a fantastic late-series episode
(I originally posted this review back when "Friday Night Lights" was doing its exclusive DirecTV run. The comments from that period have been preserved. For the sake of people who are watching the episodes as they air on NBC, I will ask anyone commenting from this point forward to only discuss plot events up to the episode in question. Do not discuss, or even allude to, anything that has yet to air on NBC. Thank you.)
"Friday Night Lights" is closing out its final season, and I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I give a promptu speech...