A hero is often only as interesting as his villains, and gunslinging "Justified" hero Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) has been fortunate - for his audience's sake, if not for his own - to be given such a memorable rogues gallery.
Raylan Givens has a bunch of compelling new enemies to worry about
Lights and Theresa accept the inevitable: boxing is their only hope
A review of tonight's "Lights Out" coming up just as soon as I'm in good shape for jazzercise...
The show tightens up its storytelling for a very strong episode
A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I try to use mix CDs as legal tender...
What did everybody think of the new FOX sitcom?
The post-post-Super Bowl episode is a better showcase than Sunday's
I'm not a big "Glee" fan, and with Ryan McGee regularly writing about the show (as he did for tonight's episode) for our Monkeys as Critics blog, I haven't bothered writing about it much this season. But I got to see tonight's episode in advance, and Dan and I already talked about it on this week's podcast, so I figured I would throw up a post with a few thoughts, coming up just as soon as I loan my germs to a comely candy striper...
Funny cast, only occasionally funny series
When ABC announced that Matthew Perry's new sitcom "Mr. Sunshine" would temporarily replace Courteney Cox's "Cougar Town" (the new show debuts tomorrow at 9:30 p.m.), the obvious jokes about Chandler's show bumping Monica's show were made. But "Mr. Sunshine" has more in common with "Cougar Town" - at least with "Cougar Town" at the same early stage of development - than a pair of "Friends" alums.
Much like "Cougar Town" was back in the fall of '09, "Mr. Sunshine" is a show with a lot of likable performers, a solid creative pedigree, occasional laughs and a whole lot of room for improvement. "Cougar Town" eventually figured out what kind of show it wanted to be when it grew up, and hopefully "Mr. Sunshine" can do the same.
Another sitcom for this season about interconnected couples
It happens nearly every TV season: two (or more) new shows, allegedly developed completely independent of each other, turn out to be uncannily similar. Their respective creators will, at best, admit to being vaguely aware of the other show. Their respective network executives will claim that there was just "something in the air" that made this the year for two shows about adult men who get to re-live their high school days ("That Was Then..." and "Do-Over"), or about slackers at big box stores who get super powers ("Chuck" and "Reaper"), or backstage-at-"SNL" ("30 Rock" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip").
This year's surprisingly popular theme: three couples at different stages of a relationship, which started in the fall with ABC's "Better With You," continued into winter with NBC's "Perfect Couples" and tonight at 9:30 adding FOX's "Traffic Light."
Katy Perry helps bring Ted and Zoey closer together
A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I mouthwash after coffee...
A few more thoughts on the new cop drama
John Larroquette returns as super-seducer Roan Montgomery
A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I apologize for an accidental touching...