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Sunday, October 24, 2010

TV Report: What's on my DVR...

Herewith a few quick notes about some shows we have been watching this season. If it weren't for a DVR, we wouldn't see anything on TV with the exception of sports (since it is impossible to watch a sporting event after it has already happened). In addition to allowing us to catch shows that come on at the same time as others, the DVR of course serves up the most important aspect and that is allowing us to skip through the commercials.

Of course, shows on HBO & Showtime do not have commercials, so we can actually watch Dexter live, and that's where I'll start. We love Dexter and last season, the show really outdid itself in terms of storyline, writing and acting. You knew it would be tough to follow-up the Trinity Killer, and so far, it has been tough to get fully into it. My wife in fact is not liking Dexter at all.

The extremely skinny lady who plays Dexter's extremely skinny sister is the highlight for me this season. The lady, as awkward as she looks - did I mention she is extremely skinny - has what appears to be a broken jaw not unlike Greta VanSustrun, yet her acting is just incredible. I just hope the writers can get going here.

I really hate trying to watch a new TV series unless I can see it from the very start but I took a chance on Detroit 1-8-7 after seeing some interesting commercials glide all fast-forward like as my DVR skimmed through some other show. We took a chance and set the DVR to start recording this one, the highlight of which will probably be Michael Imperioli (Sopranos, etc). We watched an episode tonight without the benefit of getting to "know" the characters and apparently, you can pick this one up from any point.

We both agreed that this is "just another cop show" but it was worth watching another episode. There is one major problem. For some frustrating reason, the directors find it necessary to use the ol' shaky camera technique. Seriously, you will want to take Dramamine for fear of getting seasick after the first several minutes of 1-8-7. Is this supposed to trick the viewer into thinking they are watching COPS minus the wife-beater adorned rednecks and cross-dressing hookers?

Speaking of cop shows, we are really enjoying Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg. The gist of it is, everybody in the family is or has been a cop in New York City. Selleck is the commissioner, one of his sons (Wahlberg) is the up and coming detective and he has another son who is a rookie. Oh, and the grandfather is a retired chief or something. Through in a sister who is a district attorney and there is a good chance something police related will happen on the show. As cheesy as it all sounds, we really enjoy it so far.

Of course, there are the same shows we love from last season including Modern Family which in my opinion is one of the funniest and best written shows I've seen in years. Not nearly as funny, but entertaining in a Grey's Anatomy sort of way is Parenthood which we also enjoy.

Finally, we just watched the first five episodes of Boardwalk Empire which stars Steve Buscemi, one of my favorites! You'll need to get HBO for this one. The show is based in prohibition era Atlantic City and Buscemi plays a politician who runs the city and makes his money taking kick-backs and selling booze. The people love him, including the woman's group protesting for sobriety. If you have been suffering from several years of no Sopranos, Boardwalk just may scratch that itch. We love it and can't wait for more.

Got any favorites we need to check out? Why not leave a comment below and tell us about it?


frankvw said...

Not a real good season for new shows. I can't think of one right now that outshines the bunch. I'm still giving The Event, Detroit 1-8-7, No Ordinary Family, Hawaii Five-0, Undercovers and Law and Order:LA room on my DVR.

For old shows I still enjoy Castle, Law & Order:SVU, CSI and The Good Wife. This summer I started watching The Closure which is a well done show. I'm looking forward to the series premier of AMC's The Walking Dead on Sunday, 31 Oct. Previews look interesting...if you like killing Zombies.

I still recommend you watch the new Battlestar Galactica (2004) which is available on DVD. I'll even let you borrow my copy since you live only a few miles away. Well written and acted with excellent writing, this show pushed the envelope and made you think about social issues and character traits.

Deb said...

I have to disagree on the Sports comment. I've become accustomed to DVRing football and baseball games, and waiting 30 minutes to an hour to watch them. Voila! All the obnoxious (think campaign and viagra) ads go far far away. I don't think I'd be able to watch a game without my magic commercials-be-gone button.

Anonymous said...

That extremely skinny lady who plays Dexter's sister is his wife in real life. I love this show and haven't missed a single episode!

frankvw said...

If you haven't watched AMC's 'The Walking Dead' you're missing a really good show. Past episodes can be found online and sometimes they reshow them on Sunday before the new episode.

Anonymous said...

The walking dead is amazing

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