‘Friends with Better Lives’ could be better http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140428/BLOGS/304289999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:11:36 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140428/BLOGS/304289999/-1/blogs01 The singer Morrissey has a song titled "We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful." It's a funny line and let's admit it, a little bit true. Jealousy is often part of friendship even when you wish nothing but good things for your best buddy. It's natural to think that your friends have something in their lives that is better than what you have. CBS's new situation comedy plays on this idea by focusing on a group of friends who look at one another's lives and secretly feel less satisfied [...]]]> The sky is the storybook in “Cosmos” http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140421/BLOGS/304219999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:52:28 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140421/BLOGS/304219999/-1/blogs01 "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" begins with a clip from the original series starring astronomer Carl Sagan (titled "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage") which was first broadcast on PBS in 1980. I remember watching this when I was in elementary school and not being excited about it. The pace could be a little slow and the soundtrack was moody. Science wasn't my favorite subject, despite one very cool project I did on the planets though I suspect the cool part was the fact that I got to paint Saturn. So [...]]]> Christopher Meloni gets to be funny in ‘Surviving Jack’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140415/BLOGS/304159999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:15:47 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140415/BLOGS/304159999/-1/blogs01 When you're 16, the idea that you have to "survive" things can take up a lot of your time. For me, it was trying to survive a gym class where I had to perform gymnastics routines on an actual balance beam and uneven bars. For 16 year-old Frankie Dunlevy (Connor Buckley), it's outlasting his father's attempts at parenting. Thanks to a great performance by Christopher Meloni as the parent in question, "Surviving Jack" is a coming of age story worth watching even if the worst thing you remember [...]]]> It’s (Alien) Romeo and Juliet on ‘Star Crossed’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140407/BLOGS/304079997/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:20:27 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140407/BLOGS/304079997/-1/blogs01 What would happen if Aliens crash landed on Earth with the goal of integration instead of colonization? This is the question posed by the new CW series, "Star Crossed." But this is the CW, home to all shows starring beautiful teenagers so the real question is: What if an alien boy and a human girl fell in love? The series is "Romeo and Juliet," if Romeo was an alien. And it deals with the same basic themes: fate, death, violence and a couple's struggle against societal institutions that [...]]]> ‘Crisis’ is a hostage story worth watching. http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140331/BLOGS/303319999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 31 Mar 2014 05:20:37 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140331/BLOGS/303319999/-1/blogs01 Every hour that I watched the ill-conceived "Hostages," the CBS drama about a plot to kill the president on the operating table by essentially kidnapping his doctor (Toni Collette) and her family, was an hour I can't get back. So it was with some skepticism that I tuned into "Crisis," the NBC drama about a plot to kidnap a group of high school students who are the children of Washington D.C.'s power players. One of them is the president's son. Did TV learn nothing from Collette frowning her [...]]]> Werewolves have their day on ‘Bitten’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140324/BLOGS/303249999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:23:01 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140324/BLOGS/303249999/-1/blogs01 You don’t have to look hard to find vampires on TV. Young, old—there’s a version for everyone. Werewolves? Not so much. Sure, they get a few scenes here and there, mostly fighting vampires, but where’s the show that lets the pack shine? Maybe the problem is that historically, werewolves haven’t been portrayed quite as seductive as their cold, undead colleagues. The changeover doesn’t help. Vampires have neck biting and depending on the mythology, maybe a night [...]]]> ‘Sirens’ is an acquired taste. http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140317/BLOGS/303179952/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:40:34 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140317/BLOGS/303179952/-1/blogs01 When I hear the word "sirens" I think about two things: Either wailing sounds coming from an emergency vehicle or magical sea creatures tempting men to crash into rocks. Denis Leary’s new show on USA network references the first definition. I might enjoy it more if it was the second. The series revisits themes found in Leary’s previous show "Rescue Me" where he played a firefighter. This time, he’s Executive Producer rather than actor. The change in role doesn’t mean [...]]]> ‘Vikings’ needs to do more in season two http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140224/BLOGS/302249999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:33:55 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140224/BLOGS/302249999/-1/blogs01 The History Channel claims that its original scripted series, "Vikings," will take you into "the brutal and mysterious world of viking warrior Ragnar Lothbrok" (Travis Fimmel). They’re right about one thing: Ragnar’s world is violent. But the only mystery is why nothing much happens. In season one, Ragnar wanted to sail West to England. The Earl who runs his village says no and tells him to go East. Ragnar goes West anyway. He and his fellow Vikings rape, pillage and plunder as [...]]]> Watch ‘Enlisted.’ That’s an order. http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140217/BLOGS/302179999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:18:39 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140217/BLOGS/302179999/-1/blogs01 In real life and screen life, serving your country is honorable. So how do you make a situation comedy about life in the military without letting the humor undermine the admiration most of us hold for those who serve? You write "Enlisted," a charming look at life in the Army where honor means finding worth in the job you do, even when it’s not on the battlefield.


Pete (Geoff Stults), Derrick (Chris Lowell) and Randy Hill (Parker Young) are brothers assigned to the Rear [...]]]> Making it work on ‘Project Runway: Under the Gunn’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140210/BLOGS/302109941/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 10 Feb 2014 03:01:08 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140210/BLOGS/302109941/-1/blogs01 Tim Gunn, mentor on "Project Runway" and all-around lovely gentleman, has spun his reality TV success into a spin-off series. In "Project Runway: Under the Gunn," twelve fashion designers are chosen by three past contestants from "Project Runway" who serve as their mentors. Each week, the designers are challenged to create a garment which then appears in a runway show that is judged by a panel. The mentors are there to advise and they receive a prize if the winning designer at the end of the [...]]]> A virus story that almost works on ‘Helix’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Feb 2014 04:22:00 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039999/-1/blogs01 "Helix" is about unregulated scientific research gone wrong. Colored liquids in test tubes, odd cell formations in microscopes and crazed monkeys lead to a mutated virus that infects a group of scientists who live and work at the Arctic Biosystems research center. A thick black mucus oozes from the infected who are compelled to infect others by transferring this mucus into their mouths. Doctors and scientists from the Centers for Disease Control investigate the outbreak but their efforts are [...]]]> ‘Intelligence’ should be smarter http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140127/BLOGS/301279999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 27 Jan 2014 03:12:00 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140127/BLOGS/301279999/-1/blogs01 The best thing about CBS’s new drama "Intelligence" is that Josh Holloway is back on TV. The charismatic actor who spent six seasons playing "Sawyer" on "Lost" is Gabriel, an intelligence agent with a supercomputer microchip in his head. The implant means that Gabriel can access any data, anywhere, from the internet to telephones and satellites. His ability to hack into all global information systems makes him both a powerful weapon and a target so Secret Service agent Riley Neal [...]]]> A lawyer, a tuna and other misadventures on ‘Rake’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140120/BLOGS/301209997/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 20 Jan 2014 07:26:36 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140120/BLOGS/301209997/-1/blogs01 Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear) is a lawyer who owes $59,000 to a bookie, has overstayed his welcome at his best friend’s house, is always late for his weekly appointment with a prostitute and over the course of one very long day becomes an enemy of the mayor of Los Angeles and its entire police department. He also gets paid by a client in the form of a very large blue fin tuna. The idea that the tuna pretty much co-stars with Kinnear in the first episode of this new comedy from Fox is one [...]]]> ‘Lone Target’ is a boring game of hide-and-seek http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140113/BLOGS/301139999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:57:54 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140113/BLOGS/301139999/-1/blogs01 There are only two outcomes in Discovery Channel’s new reality series "Lone Target." Former Navy SEAL Joel Lambert is either found by the elite military and law enforcement units who try to track him or he isn’t. There’s nothing really high stakes about it. This isn’t Bear Grylls or "Survivorman" Les Stroud risking serious injury as they climb unstable rock formations in search of food. It’s an elite and rather boring, game of hide-and-seek. It’s not that [...]]]> The best returning shows to watch in 2014 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140106/BLOGS/301069999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:34:03 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20140106/BLOGS/301069999/-1/blogs01 Another festive season has come and gone. The indulgences of the holidays are over, your resolutions contain phrases like "healthy lifestyle choices"and it won’t be acceptable to overload on sugar again until Valentine’s Day. Thankfully, TV is here to make it all better with great returning shows that will lift you out of your post-holiday slump. Here’s my list of the top returning series to look forward to in 2014.


"Justified." January 7 at 10 p.m. on FX. If [...]]]> ‘Killer Women’ starts off the new year with nothing new http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131231/BLOGS/312319999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 31 Dec 2013 00:23:49 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131231/BLOGS/312319999/-1/blogs01 "Killer Women" doesn’t waste time. Within minutes of its first episode, a woman commits murder. In this case, the victim is a San Antonio assistant district attorney on her wedding day. After the killer shoots the bride, runs out of the church and jumps into a getaway car, a few of the wedding guests chase her, pull out their handguns and start shooting. It’s an unexpected and almost funny "don’t mess with Texas" kind of moment.


We quickly learn that the killer [...]]]> ‘Downton Abbey’ loses its way in season four http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131221/BLOGS/312219990/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sat, 21 Dec 2013 14:50:56 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131221/BLOGS/312219990/-1/blogs01 It’s a little bit of "shock and awe" for the characters on the new season of "Downton Abbey." I wish I could tell you that this means Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) have a torrid love affair or Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) runs away with the local butcher. But it’s more about pushing social and moral boundaries as the Crawley’s and their servants learn to navigate the freedoms of the 1920′s.


When we last saw Lady Mary, she had given [...]]]> The ‘Good Wife’ is having a very good season http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131216/BLOGS/312169955/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:02:32 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131216/BLOGS/312169955/-1/blogs01 If you’re not watching "The Good Wife," you should be. It’s done something series rarely do—become better in its fifth season than it was in its first and its first was a winner. What started out as an exploration of the woman who stands by her bad man has now started questioning how long that woman will stay good. It’s a surprising, thought-provoking, funny, sexy show that is well worth your viewing time.


Thanks to great writing, it’s easy to jump into the [...]]]> ‘Almost Human’ is almost really good http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131209/BLOGS/312099999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sun, 08 Dec 2013 23:15:50 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131209/BLOGS/312099999/-1/blogs01 Early in the first episode of "Almost Human," Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban), throws his partner out of a speeding car. The unfortunate guy bouncing down the highway is a battle-ready MX-43 android, required partners of all police in the year 2048. Kennex is back on the job after having been in a 17 month coma. All he remembers is that his partner was killed in a horrific attack on their unit and he lost one of his legs which has been replaced with a synthetic limb. Oh, and he really, [...]]]> Saving money and sharing floss on ‘Extreme Cheapskates’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131201/BLOGS/312019999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sun, 01 Dec 2013 00:47:43 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131201/BLOGS/312019999/-1/blogs01 Now I like a bargain but compared to the savers on "Extreme Cheapskates," I am a complete amateur. And also, I’m not crazy. Yes, it would be nice to save money on toiletries but I draw the line at sharing my piece of floss with my husband. This is apparently not a line that extreme cheapskates draw—something I learned after watching a cheap couple’s bathroom routine on this show from TLC. First, they take a two minute shower together to save money on their water bill. (Not too [...]]]> ‘Dracula’ smoulders on NBC http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131126/BLOGS/311269999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:53:05 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131126/BLOGS/311269999/-1/blogs01 "Dracula," the latest version of vampires on TV has taken things old school—all the way back to Vlad the Impaler. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers plays Vlad who, after being cursed by a shady group of priests, is reawakened by Abraham Van Helsing in Victorian London. Van Helsing, the legendary vampire hunter, has a plan to destroy a secret order of vampire hunters made up of London’s rich and powerful who he blames for the death of his family. In the spirit of self-preservation, Vlad cooperates. [...]]]> It’s a teenage Mary, Queen of Scots on ‘Reign’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131118/BLOGS/311189999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:26:45 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131118/BLOGS/311189999/-1/blogs01 The phrase "historically accurate drama" belongs nowhere near the CW network, home to sexy teens of the supernatural and socially privileged varieties, so it should come as no surprise that the network’s new series "Reign" is not a strictly factual account of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. This Queen (Adelaide Kane), in true CW style, is a pretty teenager surrounded by other pretty teenagers who all live in a castle and get to wear great clothes. There are also murderous plots, [...]]]> Revisiting ‘Dancing with the Stars’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131111/BLOGS/311119997/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 11 Nov 2013 05:45:51 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131111/BLOGS/311119997/-1/blogs01 In a past review, I wondered how so many people could enjoy "Dancing with the Stars." I didn’t get the appeal or what could possibly make viewers, like my parents, love it so much that they would ask if they could call me back if I phoned them while it was on. Since I still don’t pay attention to the night and time that it’s broadcast, I’m pretty sure I’ve crossed the no call zone plenty of times. Now they just screen my number.


My parents [...]]]> Pretty people and some scares on ‘Ravenswood’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131104/BLOGS/311049937/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:39:46 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131104/BLOGS/311049937/-1/blogs01 Just when I thought I was done telling you about shows featuring spooky towns, ABC Family drags me back in with "Ravenswood," the tale of yet another cursed town that wants to give "Sleepy Hollow" a run for its money. Ravenswood is not too far from Rosewood, the town where all the attractive girls from "Pretty Little Liars" live. In this spin-off, Caleb Rivers (Tyler Blackburn) and Miranda Collins (Nicole Anderson) go to Ravenswood because Miranda wants answers from the uncle who sent her to [...]]]> Treat yourself to ‘Sleepy Hollow’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131028/BLOGS/310289996/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 28 Oct 2013 05:50:42 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131028/BLOGS/310289996/-1/blogs01 In honor of Halloween, this week’s column is about to get spooky. I’ve got a man with no head to talk about, shadowy demons and gruesome murders. They all appear in a little town called Sleepy Hollow which in Fox’s new version, is less quaint hamlet and more ground zero for the arrival of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. This isn’t your mother’s Washington Irving.


"Sleepy Hollow" is a clever re-telling of the classic story because it combines [...]]]> Funny family dysfunction on ‘The Millers’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131021/BLOGS/310219999/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 21 Oct 2013 06:36:55 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131021/BLOGS/310219999/-1/blogs01 The idea of adult children still living with their parents is a popular comedy theme in film and television so it’s only fair that the reverse is having a moment. This season, two comedies took on the premise of parents moving in with their children. While "Dads" is predicted to have an early retirement, "The Millers" is showing more promise thanks to solid performances from Margo Martindale and Will Arnett.


Arnett is Nathan Miller, a newly divorced ‘man on the [...]]]> ‘Super Fun Night’ is not super fun. http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131014/BLOGS/310149984/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:02:09 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131014/BLOGS/310149984/-1/blogs01 Much of the critical response to ABC’s new comedy "Super Fun Night" has expressed disappointment over the show’s reliance on fat jokes delivered by the main character Kimmie Boubier, played by Rebel Wilson. Wilson made a name for herself in the film "Bridesmaids" and as the character Fat Amy in the movie "Pitch Perfect." She’s not a size two and much of her humor is self-deprecating references to her body shape. In the first episode of the show, Kimmie, a lawyer, rushes [...]]]> Stay Tuned-Can ‘The Crazy Ones’ rise above nostalgia for Robin Williams? http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131006/BLOGS/310069997/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sun, 06 Oct 2013 09:15:55 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20131006/BLOGS/310069997/-1/blogs01 Not surprisingly, the best thing about the new CBS comedy "The Crazy Ones" is Robin Williams. He plays Simon Roberts, an advertising legend who may be losing his edge. Sarah Michelle Gellar plays his daughter Sydney, his partner in the agency. Simon has made his name in the business by being an unpredictable creative genius but fears he’s lost his touch. Sydney is the pragmatic, no-nonsense one who admires her father’s creativity but worries that his unorthodox style is beginning [...]]]> Talented actors not enough to save ‘Trophy Wife’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130930/BLOGS/309309995/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 30 Sep 2013 05:25:33 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130930/BLOGS/309309995/-1/blogs01 Party girl plus divorced older man times two ex-wives divided by three manipulative kids equals…this uninspired situation comedy. Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing," "The Good Guys") is Pete, a lawyer who meets Kate (Malin Akerman) in a karaoke bar when she literally falls into his lap. Sparks fly. Fast forward a year and Kate is serving burnt breakfast to her new stepchildren, trying to win their acceptance and affection. Akerman is funny, particularly in a scene where she saves her [...]]]> Into the bedroom with ‘Masters of Sex’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130923/BLOGS/309239997/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 23 Sep 2013 00:40:48 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130923/BLOGS/309239997/-1/blogs01 "Masters of Sex," a play on the last name of pioneering doctor William Masters, is a new drama series from Showtime based on the real work of Masters, played by the talented Michael Sheen, and his assistant Virginia Johnson (the equally talented Lizzy Caplan) who boldly went where no researchers in 1950′s America had gone before—into the bedroom. Their work challenged a moral climate that restricted discussions of human sexuality to procreation. For Masters and Johnson sex was about a [...]]]> ‘Amish Mafia’ is an offer you can refuse http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130916/BLOGS/309169998/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 16 Sep 2013 05:10:34 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130916/BLOGS/309169998/-1/blogs01 So the Amish, a traditionalist Christian group, who are recognized for their simple dress, rejection of modern technology and use of the horse and buggy, have a mafia. Who knew? Apparently, not the Amish church who according to the show "Amish Mafia" denies the existence of this underground gang of thugs who are all about making money in the guise of policing their community. Season two of "Amish Mafia" focuses on the bad blood between rival bosses "Lebanon Levi" of Lancaster, Pennsylvania [...]]]> Funny cops on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130909/BLOGS/309099998/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 09 Sep 2013 05:12:06 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130909/BLOGS/309099998/-1/blogs01 A hard-nosed boss and his talented but undisciplined employee, partners who are polar opposites, the nerdy guy who pines for a woman out of his league, the sarcastic assistant, the tough girl who is secretly nice—all these characters should be familiar to you because versions of them show up in countless TV comedies. It’s not that writers are unoriginal. Rather, these characters are a sort of shorthand in storytelling, a way to immediately communicate a recognizable idea. A [...]]]> Fall TV Preview http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130902/BLOGS/309029965/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 02 Sep 2013 00:22:16 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130902/BLOGS/309029965/-1/blogs01 This fall, TV networks are fighting for your attention with over 30 new series. While I’m not officially allowed to review most of them yet, I can give you a heads up on the line up. Here’s what’s coming your way in September.


TNT kicks things off with "Cold Justice" (9/3), a reality show from "Law & Order’s" Dick Wolf. Two women, one a former prosecutor, the other a former crime-scene investigator, work together to find new evidence in unsolved murder [...]]]> ‘Luther’ is back with more gritty drama http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130826/BLOGS/308269926/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:25:59 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130826/BLOGS/308269926/-1/blogs01 The committed, determined and flawed British cop John Luther (Idris Elba) is back for a third season investigating dark crimes. In the latest four part series, Luther hunts a fetishist committing multiple murders, investigates the murder of an internet tormentor and becomes the target of an obsessed vigilante. To further complicate things, two of his colleagues are trying to destroy him by turning his partner against him all while he begins a new romance. Did I forget to mention that Alice [...]]]> Lifetime scores a hit with ‘Devious Maids’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130819/BLOGS/308199922/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 19 Aug 2013 00:13:32 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130819/BLOGS/308199922/-1/blogs01 There has been a lot of discussion about the new comedy/drama series "Devious Maids," much of it expressing disappointment over the show’s depiction of five Latina women who work as domestic help. While many critics applaud the groundbreaking choice to put Latina actresses in leading roles on an English language program, some see the decision to make them housekeepers as enforcing a stereotype. I mention this debate because it’s difficult to review the show without acknowledging [...]]]> Saying goodbye to ‘Dexter’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130812/BLOGS/308129929/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:15:51 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130812/BLOGS/308129929/-1/blogs01 So Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) has killed (many) people but they were all (mostly) bad. Yes, he’s dated some questionable women. There was the one who liked to start fires and the one who enjoyed secretly poisoning people. And yes, his brother was a serial killer whose preferred method was to separate his victims into tiny pieces. Then again, it’s a profession that runs in the family since Dexter is also a serial killer but is it really his fault? As a child, he witnessed men [...]]]> A ‘Twisted’ murder mystery on ABC Family. http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130729/BLOGS/307299912/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:01:13 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130729/BLOGS/307299912/-1/blogs01 ABC Family has cornered the market on shows featuring alternative versions of domestic life. There’s "The Fosters," a series about multi-ethnic kids, both biological and from foster care, being raised by lesbians. "Baby Daddy" is a comedy about a young, single father. "Bunheads" (now cancelled) explores what happens to the familial ties between a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law after the son/husband dies while "Switched at Birth" takes a look at two families who are forced to [...]]]> Surviving the wild and a Bear in ‘Get Out Alive’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130721/BLOGS/307219971/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sun, 21 Jul 2013 22:07:50 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130721/BLOGS/307219971/-1/blogs01 When I heard the title of this NBC reality show featuring survival specialist Bear Grylls, my first thought was that it should have an explanation point for even more dramatic impact. "Get Out Alive!" I could imagine Bear shouting it in his British accent. Then again, it’s kind of a silly title since there is no alternative. You can’t get out of something if you’re not alive to actually get out of it. The show however, is more entertaining than it is silly. It’s like [...]]]> I’m not “all shook up” about ‘Graceland’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130715/BLOGS/307159930/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:19:57 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130715/BLOGS/307159930/-1/blogs01 Sorry to disappoint all you Elvis fans out there but USA’s new series "Graceland" has nothing to do with the King. It’s a cop drama and by cops I mean DEA , FBI and US Customs agents, who all live together in a big house in California formerly owned by a drug dealer who really liked his Elvis paraphernalia. There are six agents, four men and two women. No one in the neighborhood seems to wonder why six attractive people who appear to make a good living would live in a beach front [...]]]> Is Your Television Set A Babysitter? http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130708/BLOGS/307089970/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:10:27 +0000 admin http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130708/BLOGS/307089970/-1/blogs01 Children spent a lot of time in front of the television and that is not always a bad thing. There are quite a number of excellent educational programming that can help them develop better reading, writing, comprehension, math and science skills. Even pop culture entertainment has value if it offers good lessons on moral behavior.


The problem with kids watching too much television is when parents use the TV as a babysitter.


Unfortunately, there are parents that Why I won’t be watching season two of ‘The Newsroom’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130708/BLOGS/307089941/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 08 Jul 2013 03:05:38 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130708/BLOGS/307089941/-1/blogs01 When HBO announced that Aaron Sorkin was returning to series television with "The Newsroom," I was excited. If you’ve ever read the "About" section that accompanies this column, you know that I wrote a book on Sorkin’s show "The West Wing." So, full disclosure: I am a big fan of his work.



It came as quite a [...]]]> Reality TV gets ethical with ‘The Hero’ http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130701/BLOGS/307019932/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:28:09 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130701/BLOGS/307019932/-1/blogs01 Is the definition of a hero subjective? Or is there one meaning we can all agree on? That’s one of the ideas the new TNT reality competition show "The Hero" ponders. The other is: Everyone has a price.


 


Hosted by Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson and set in Panama, the physical challenges of this show are tough but [...]]]> ‘Do No Harm’: Catch it while you can http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130624/BLOGS/306249936/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Jun 2013 01:55:26 +0000 smal3082 http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/article/20130624/BLOGS/306249936/-1/blogs01 Every night at 8:25PM Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale), neurosurgeon and all around good guy turns into "Ian," unemployed, mostly bad guy. Jason has kept Ian, his nasty alter ego, buried for five years thanks to an experimental drug but now Ian has developed immunity. Unleashed every evening, Ian gets up to no good and Jason wakes up at exactly 8:25AM with fuzzy memories of Ian’s nightly adventures.