It's week 2 for Hulu's Best in Show tournament, and while many of my favorites advanced, not all did. "Parks and Recreation" lost a squeaker to "The Office," "Glee" pretty convincingly beat "Friday Night Lights," and "Cougar Town" and "Louie" were both crushed by, respectively, "Modern Family" and "How I Met Your Mother."
Some of my favorites advanced, and some didn't.
What did everybody think of the new A&E drama?
The show gets better as things get worse - much worse - for the Henricksons
A quick review of tonight's "Big Love" coming up just as soon as I build bridges in Guatemala...
What did everybody think of the NBC reality competition?
As Fienberg and I discussed on this week's podcast, while I don't make much time for reality TV these days, I do remain fond of the various professional talent competitions produced by the folks at Magical Elves, most notably "Top Chef." "America's Next Great Restaurant," which debuted tonight on NBC, was very much in the Elve-ish wheelhouse, offering plenty of overlap with "Top Chef" but not so much that it made you wonder why we needed this show, too. And I remain impressed that the Elves - as opposed to Mark Burnett, Donald Trump and whoever else was making creative decisions on "The (Non-Celebrity) Apprentice" - recognize that while jerks can add a certain amount of drama, the real draw of these shows is in seeing talented people show off their talents. So while a couple of knuckleheads made this show's top 10, for the most part we have what seems like smart, energetic people with intriguing concepts. (I know that if the restaurant that won the last slot in the top 10 opened in my neighborhood tomorrow, I would be eating there.)
What did everybody else think? Too assembly line, or just different enough?
'Prison Break' alums struggle with another con-related drama
If you know anything about my tastes, you know I'm a sucker for underdog sports stories. But I'm only slightly less of a sucker for capers or action movies about tough guys with unique skills coming together for a mission - and particularly for its subset, in which the tough guys are bad guys who are forced by circumstance to be good guys. I've seen "The Dirty Dozen" more times than I can count. I dig TNT's "Leverage." One of the few comic book series I follow anymore is DC's "Secret Six," about a team of villains who invariably wind up acting as heroes (and which borrows characters from "The Suicide Squad," also about evil men reluctantly doing good).
So the new drama "Breakout Kings," in which a pair of US Marshals recruit a team of convicts to help them track down dangerous escaped prisoners, should be right up my alley. But the drama, which debuts Sunday night at 10 on A&E, is so flatly executed that its mediocrity overpowered my innate weakness for the genre.
The chefs get in touch with their roots in an Ellis Island challenge
A review of last night's "Top Chef" coming up just as soon as I find out that we're cousins...
A sharp, sweet episode written by a 'Seinfeld' alum
I'm out of the week-to-week "Modern Family" review game, but I said I'd drop in on episodes in which I had something specific to say. So a review of last night's episode coming up just as soon as I undress a mannequin while a creepy guy films it...
Rachel takes the spotlight in a busy, fun episode
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I maintain my creases...
Jason Ritter returns for a very strong episode
A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as we play hide and seek Israeli army style...
Eamonn Walker shows up to train Lights
A review of tonight's "Lights Out" coming up just as soon as I'm in a dark room for a week...