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March 2018



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What's on TV?

One of the things about staying in a hotel is that I get to watch Cable TV again. It's even better than going to the emergency room at the hospital. My parents had some recommendations too.

So here's what I caught up on.

"True Blood"
A classic "Southern Gothic" soap opera with vampires. I was sharing my room with my very religious sister Fran which made me very aware of how much swearing and sex there is in this show. I hadn't really noticed before. I don't swear and I don't need graphic sex in my TV but I was a bit self-conscious with my sister reading her Bible right next to me while I watched this.

"Royal Pains"
A new show about a hospital emergency doctor who loses his job but becomes a "concierge" doctor in the Hamptons. He lives with his brother in a rich guy's guest house and gets paid large sums of money by rich people to come when called. He also treats poor people for free because he is ethical and just a nice guy.

It's so-so, not bad but not great. As the title suggests it is more about people than medicine. There is a bit of commentary about the American health system and some nice supporting characters. My dad didn't like it. he thought they would not be able to keep up the weird medical problems. But this not "House", it is more like "ER" with only one doctor and no hospital.

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"Burn Notice"
Some of my friends are fans of this. I thought it was about firefighters, but it's about spies or something like spies. I heard an interview with Bruce Campbell and took an interest. I loved Jeffrey Donovan in "Touching Evil". But I think I need to see this one from the beginning to get into it.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent
If you like Law & Order then you just like it (and can watch it 24/7 on cable). I love Vincent D'Onofrio but he has been having health problems so they brought in fricken' Jeff Goldblum!

I didn't see this one but it sounds fun. A crazy psychiatrist at a mental hospital. My Mom likes it.

"The Mentalist"
Yay! for bringing back old words. Nobody say mentalist nowadays. Some of the reviews say "psychic" but that isn't accurate. This guy is a hypnotist. "A master manipulator of thoughts and behavior." Another of my mom's recommendations.

"The Listener"
Pretty much "A young paramedic discovers he has telepathic powers". Now this guy is a psychic. I'd watch it, but I'm a sucker for that sort of thing.

"In Plain Sight"
I'd caught glimpses of it while channel surfing and thought it is about a tough female cop and I was pretty much right. "Mary Shannon is a U.S. Marshal in the witness protection program who spends her time relocating federal witnesses.. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mary works with her partner, Marshall Mann, to place criminals and innocent witnesses into new lives. When not putting her life on the line to protect federal witnesses, Mary attempts to manage her dysfunctional family, including overly dependent mother, Jinx, and younger sister, Brandi, both of whom live with her. Between work and family, Mary has little time for boyfriend Raphael Ramirez who plays minor league baseball."

I see Weeds, The Big Bang Theory, Bones, House, CSI: Las Vegas, How I met Your Mother, Numb3rs, Ghost Whisperer, Pushing Daisies, and Cold Case are still on.

Samantha Who? and Leverage look interesting.


Pushing Daisies isn't really still on.

They had three episodes in the can when they cancelled it, and a contractual obligation to air them, or give up DVD royalties (or something). So they're showing the last three eps, but it's over. Oh, so over.

"So they're showing the last three eps, but it's over. Oh, so over."

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I have heard of this show but never seen it.
Perhaps your sister reading her Bible was a Pointed Comment? If so, ignoring it is the best thing.

I'm interested in Burn Notice mostly because of Bruce Campbell, but I haven't seen it.

For light nerdy fun, I recommend Chuck. :-)
I think my sister actually reads her Bible for half an hour every night before she goes to bed. She is that kind of Christian. Her Bible was very cool. She had barrowed it from her son. It had a metal case.

I have watched some "Chuck". That does look fun.
It looks very attractive. I imagine the New Living Translation is more accessible than the King James Version.
"The Mentalist" is a rip-off of USA Channel's "Psych" as far as I'm concerned. Yes, USA's show plays it for laughs, but it's the same basic premise.
I thought that Goldblum was brought in to Law & Order to replace Chris Noth, alternating with D'Onofrio and Erbe.
I can see why you say that about "The Mentalist" I quite liked "Psych". But it is such a different take on the idea.

Criminal Intent switched to alternating between two team because D'Onofrio collapsed on the set. They did start off with Chris Noth from the other Law & Order with a female partner (Annabella Sciorra) who did the D'Onofrio role but both of them left. So in a sense Goldblum is replacing Noth. But Noth was never the brilliant but eccentric partner that D'Onofrio and Sciorra were.