Good news for anyone DVRing Sarah Palin's Alaska, and MTV tackles abortion in today's news... what would Mama Bear Palin think?!
If you didn't watch the first season of Justified, you missed out -- Timothy Olyphant is pretty amazing in this rural crime drama. He plays the character of Raylan Givens, a Deputy U.S. Marshal who gets transferred to his home state of Kentucky after a bad shooting, and he's all smiles and Southern "aw shucks" charm until it's time to break out the gun and the grim determination. And since his new jurisdiction includes his hometown of Harlan County, we get to watch him reconnect with various phantoms from his past, including an ex-wife, a high school flame, an old mining buddy turned radical, and his grifter father. It's fun to see how he deals with the familiar faces he meets, and to find out how he knew them in his previous life, and it makes it that much harder when he has to shoot them. The new season looks like it'll be more of the same, and I'm certainly not complaining, because the new villains are pretty dope (pun intended).
I feel that I need to be upfront about the fact that I'm not a huge fan of cop or detective shows (unless they are awesome like The Shield or Southland or The Wire), and the last time that I got hooked on a show based on the works of Elmore Leonard, it was ripped away from me far too quickly (RIP, Karen Sisco). However, I was a Deadwood junkie, and so I'll watch Timothy Olyphant any time he feels like putting on a cowboy hat. Also, guest star Walton Goggins is such a fascinating actor that I would watch him read Wikipedia pages in a tortured-looking manner. It should be noted, though, that despite the hat, Justified is not a Western and doesn't feature Deadwood's eloquent profanity. But while I was somewhat skeptical about this show, it turned out to be more than a pleasant surprise.
It's a happy day for everyone it seems like. People are getting promoted, there's an up and coming TV show, exciting summer hits have been renewed, and even people who we really don't care about are getting their own reality shows.
Assuming your brain has recovered from exposure to details of the Speidi wedding, take a break from the Monday blahs with these TV newsbites. There's some (mildly) good news for Deadwood fans, some bad news for fans of Sophie and Roommates (yes, those are TV shows), and some awesome news for fans of networks jumping on bandwagons!