April 2011 Archives
Off the Map's first season ends tonight, and you better watch this guilty pleasure while you can, because it's pretty certain that this show will not have a second season. Shonda's still rich, but it's sad for the actors, some of whom are actually pretty great. And it's sad for Valerie Cruz too.
It's fight night! We mean it this time! After twelve episodes of build-up, in which we got one real boxing match and a cage fight, we're finally getting the main event we've been promised all season. Patrick "Lights" Leary and "Death Row" Reynolds will get in the ring together to settle the question of who's the Heavyweight Champion once and for all. And this time they can't put it off any more!
Who would have thought that a crime show about a mystery writer who has a will-they-or-won't-they relationship with his police detective partner would last this long? Oh, yeah -- everybody. Because that's, like, the scientific formula for creating a TV show that a lot of people will like. (On an unrelated note, 12% of Americans are over 65.) Still, we're happy that Nathan Fillion has found a role that keeps him in front of audiences for longer than eleven episodes.
Staying away from the medieval-like stories all over the other premium cable channels these days, Showtime is looking to the time right after that, when the plagues were less black, the New World has just been discovered, and the pope had concubines. What the channel has not stayed away from in making The Borgias is the same kind of sexy, violent historical drama that made The Tudors so much of a guilty pleasure.
It takes a bit of gumption as a TV executive to say that the world needs another series based on the tales of King Arthur, but someone over at Starz did just that. However, Camelot has me interested because of its inclusion and centering of one of the Arthur legend's most maligned characters, Morgan. Played here by Eva Green, Morgan is Arthur's half-sister who is basically pushed aside by Merlin so that Arthur may take the throne. Considering how willing Morgan is to use dark magic to take back what she feels is rightfully hers, the whole series looks to be the most epic TV show about sibling rivalry ever.
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