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We never thought we would watch it, but we ended up watching the season premier of “Harry’s Law” On Demand because we saw that Brad Chase/Christopher Chance was in it. Turns out that the show is not especially good. The doddering old man in the back office is a warmed-over Denny Crane and the eponymous Harry is a registered Republican version Shirley Schmidt. Brad Chase remains Brad Chase except this time he is called Olly Richard. Generally speaking, if Brad is not in the scene, it is completely forgettable and rather sad that David Kelley must rip himself off to come up with a show. Obviously there is no Alan Shore equivalent because Alan Shore is presently the CEO of Sabre/Dunder-Mifflin. Fortunately, Julie Bowen is otherwise occupied on some show that is watched by people who are the complete opposite of myself.

As far as I can tell, “Ringer” gets stupider by the week. Like most people, I only watched to see if Gemma was actually dead. She is. Otherwise, there was a really boring story about the spoiled, pill-popping daughter being sent to public school and–horror of horrors–being bullied by some mean girl with at terrible haircut and an equally bad dye-job. I can’t wait for the quid pro quo to play out between the teacher (who “went to bat” for rich girl) and Juliet or whatever her name is. “Secret Circle” continues to be fabulous: the really annoying man-witch is dead! But the demons are a bit lame. Is the Circle broken because one of them is dead?! Who knows! But this week, a handsome young gent jaunts into town and takes an immediate liking to Cassie! And the others get jealous because Cassie is so lame, but all the boys like her! She has no friends and she doesn’t like it there, but, like, all the boys want her! If only there were sparkly vampires too.

“Dexter” had a fairly solid serial killer of the week episode. This week the serial killer was in his eighties or something and living at a shitty “retirement home.” Dexter, of course, had to commit to not becoming that overwhelmingly sad should he live that long. In other news, Angel, in the midst of yet another mid-life crisis, bought a real awesome car and Maria continues to be really mean to Deb.

“Supernatural” was a bit weak this past week, but it was “cute” when Dean had to talk himself up outside a bar before getting it on with a lady. Otherwise, the story didn’t make a whole lot of sense and we had to suffer the return of Jo in ghost form.

The big news from the past week was the return of “The Walking Dead,” which was much better than any of the episodes from the previous season (which, as you all know, I found disappointing). Basically, it was more or less “General Hospital,” but with zombies. What’s to complain about?


October 20, 2011 - Posted by | Spoiler Alert Thursdays


  1. With baseball over for the Tigers, we’re back to watching a few TV shows. Two of the shows we watch are NCIS and NCIS:LA. At first, I kind of rolled my eyes when they had the spin-off and my wife wanted to give it a shot, but now I think I like the LA version better. And nobody will ever convince me Heddy, who played the principal in Kindergarten Cop, wasn’t the inspiration for ‘E’ from The Incredibles.

    I also watched It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the episode with Frank’s brother, which may have been called the same. I thought the funniest parts were the rest of the cast’s commentary on Frank’s narration and the part played by tall, thin black guy from The Wire and Fringe.

    Speaking of Fringe, my wife asked me to watch the last couple of episodes with her. You see, she had picked it back up after missing the second half of the last season and I had not wanted to start watching again. I acquiesced, though, and thought these last couple episodes where they’re bringing back the erased Peter were pretty enjoyable. I did think the main story in the most recent one – where the kid has some symbiotic relationship with a mold – didn’t seem very well explained.

    Comment by mattintoledo | October 20, 2011

  2. I’m enjoying the more episodic format Dexter is going with as they build up the main serial killer.

    In other news, Boardwalk Empire seems to have a full frontal shot (female, of course) basically every episode. I feel like it’s only a few years before full penetration is routine on their high-quality dramas.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | October 21, 2011

  3. The first episode of “Game of Thrones” came fairly close to meeting that standard.

    Comment by Craig McFarlane | October 21, 2011

  4. “Homeland” may possibly be interesting, even exciting. See, the “is he or isn’t he” cliffhangers in every episode will build the tension and boredom until viewers will just desperately want something to goddamn happen and will stand up and cheer when our protagonist blows up the White House. Brilliant meta stuff here.

    Comment by bob mcmanus | October 23, 2011

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