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I feel like the big reason why the show is logging low ratings is not because of the quality of the show — this is seriously becoming one of TV’s most underrated family comedies — but comes from the show’s name. A show titled Ben & Kate makes one think this is a gooshy semi-romantic series ala Melissa & Joey or even Will & Grace. I think this show would be logging more viewers if it had stuck with its original title “Ben Fox is My Manny” as it invokes a more goofy feeling show, which show is. It is an ensemble series stuck with a title that makes you think it is a more low key series. Honestly, though, from the episode description I’m expecting another solid airing. Just after two airings, I can say that I’m hooked. It is funny and not just “cute” like its competition in The New Normal. Try this show out for size, you might find that it fits your bill.

Official Episode Description, “The Fox Hunt”: Ben and Kate discover a list from an unfinished scavenger hunt that their dad created 15 years earlier, and they set out on a mission to find the remaining items. Meanwhile, BJ asks Kate for help retrieving her things from a former beau’s home.

The new episode airs on FOX tonight at 8:30pm. Lets take a look at what else is on tonight…

8PM

CBS: NCIS (crime drama)
FOX: Raising Hope (comedy)
NBC: The Voice (reality competition)
CW: Hart of Dixie (medical drama)
BET: Hip Hop Awards 2012 (awards show)
CARTOON: The Looney Tunes Show (animation)
DIY: Homes on Homes (docu)

9PM

ABC: Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars (reality competition)
CBS: NCIS: LA (crime drama)
FOX: New Girl/The Mindy Project (comedies)
NBC: Go On/The New Normal (comedies)
CW: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (musical)
SYFY: Face Off (reality)
HGTV: Property Virgins (docu)

10PM

FX: Sons of Anarchy (biker drama)
ABC: Private Practice (medical drama)
CBS: Vegas (gangster drama)
NBC: Parenthood (drama)
BBC: Chef Race: UK vs US (competition)
BRAVO: Flipping Out (docu)
COMEDY: Tosh .0/Brickleberry (clip comedy/comedy)

Posted on October 9th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment (1)
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Revolution is slowly moving away from the Lost comparisons and is quickly finding its own voice as it heads into steampunk territory. The idea that people have to go to war with swords, arrows, and muskets in the future is insanely cool and Eric Kripke, JJ Abrams, and the team seem to be crafting a truly original show. The issues that I have with the show, so far, are that the flashbacks are feeling a little too forced and the big mystery is not being executed as well as it could be. Still though, in terms of Monday broadcast drama programming, it is better then Hawaii Five-0. You can check out my thoughts on the pilot by heading over here and if you enjoy the show you’ll be happy to hear that NBC has given the show a full season order. The series stars Billy Burke, David Lyons, Tracy Spiridakos, Elizabeth Mitchell, Zak Orth, Daniella Alonso, and Breaking Bad baddie Giancarlo Esposito.

Official Episode Description, “The Plague Dogs”: Charlie and Nora rescue Miles from the militia before they set off to reunite with Aaron and Maggie. Meanwhile, Nate shadows Charlie and Miles.

The new episode airs tonight on NBC at 10pm. What else can you catch tonight?

8PM

CBS: How I Met Your Mother/Partners (comedies)
ABC: Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars (reality competition)
FOX: Bones (crime drama)
NBC: The Voice (reality competition)
CW: 90210 (drama)
ABCFAM: Switched at Birth (teen drama)
USA: WWE Monday Night Raw (wrestling)

9PM

A&E: Hoarders (docu)
CBS: 2 Broke Girls/Mike & Molly (comedies)
FOX: The Mob Doctor (crime drama)
CW: Gossip Girl (drama)
TNT: Major Crimes (crime drama)
OXYGN: The Bad Girls Club (reality)
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of NYC (reality)

10PM

ABC: Castle (crime drama)
CBS: Hawaii Five-0 (crime drama)
A&E: Intervention (docu)
HGTV: House Hunters/House Hunters International (docu)
FOOD: Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives/$24 in 24 (food docu)
OWN: Undercover Boss (docu)
MTV: Ridculousness/The Inbetweeners (comedies)

So far in our Shows You Aren’t Watching But Should column we have talked about Magic City and The LA Complex. Both are shows that you are not likely watching, but you should make an effort to check out. Today lets take a look at a comedy you should be watching…

The League
When you think of the FX Network and comedies your mind may flash to the likes of signature programs It’s Always Sunny in Philadephia and the multiple Emmy Award winning Louie, but the show that you really should be thinking about is the underrated comedy The League. The series features what I consider the strongest comedy ensemble on TV with Nick Kroll, Mark Duplass (one half of the Duplass Brothers, the guys behind The Puffy Chair, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, and Baghead), Paul Scheer, Stephen Rannazzisi, Jon Lajoe, and Katie Aselton. This cast delivers the laughs every single episode without missing a beat.

The show is the brainchild of Husband & Wife duo Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer, graduates of the Curb Your Enthusiasm school of comedy (literally and figuratively as they both worked on the show). The basic premise of the series is that it follows the members of a fantasy football league who take the league more seriously then anything else in their lives. It is a simple concept at its core but like great comedies before it, it exploits it to its max. From episodes that include riffs on the recent NFL lockout, sex, pornography, and even children’s toys, this is a show that is not afraid to get down and dirty — in fact, it gets dirtier then It’s Always Sunny, which has not shyed away from getting some seriously shameless laughs.

What elevates the material is the cast and their knack for improvisational comedy. All of them are masters of the craft and it shows. You can tell from watching that this cast is tighter then the regular cast of a typical TV show. They’re a group of people who clearly like to hang out on and off set. From the crude nicknames to the hilarious insults that are thrown at each other. This is show is underrated and I believe I know why. It’s because some people shy away from it because of the football nature of the show. “If you do not know football you will not ‘get’ this show” — those people think. I can say from personal experience, and as a fan of the show, that this is not the case. You do not need to have an extensive knowledge of football to enjoy this show. The football detailing is a minor part of the show and it will not deteriorate your viewing experience if, like me, you know zilch about the sport (I’m a hockey fan and participate in a couple of hockey fantasy leagues).

The characters in the show are absolutely hysterical in there own right and could really hold their own show if they wanted too. Nick Kroll steals the show as the cruel Ruxin, a lawyer who is not above hurling awful insults in his ongoing efforts to win the league. There is also Paul Scheer’s Dr. Andre, a man with horrible taste but a lot of pride, and of course Jon Lajoe’s stoner character Taco, an aspiring musician and crappy businessman who is baked every time he is on screen. Aselton, Duplass, and Rannazzisi round out the cast as normal characters, who again, serve out the insults better then they take.

The show has been able to snag some quality guest stars in its so far in its three season run, including Jeff Goldblum as Ruxin’s father, Sarah Silverman as Andre’s sister, and Ray Liotta as Ruxin’s boss. It is a show that is attracting talent and managing to get renewed despite lacking the eyeballs it really, truly deserves to have. I personally put this show up there with the best TV comedies airing right now. It is a stronger comedy then Parks & Recreation, Two & A Half Men, and 30 Rock at their prime.

If you want to settle in for a good laugh you need to seriously start watching this show. Seriously. Sure it is not a supernatural drama with huge effect, but it will cause you to laugh until you lose your breath. And that is a guarantee I can happily make for it. It deserves your eyes and you deserve to enjoy its laughs. The League‘s fourth season premieres on October 11th at 10:30pm on FX Network.

This is my favorite show on CBS. It has a nice mixture of a serialized drama and a high tech procedural. There truly is not a television show like this on the air right now and last week, it returned with a bang, literally, as it picked up directly as we left it — with Finch (Michael Emerson) having been kidnapped by Root (Amy Acker), forcing Reese (Jim Caviezel) to search for his only friend in the world. The second episode of the new season finds the show leaving the comfort of New York City for the ruffle and tumble Texan terrain in its first episode set outside of the Big Apple. This episode will feature guest star Margo Martindale (Justified) as a woman from Root’s past.

Person of Interest is a show that is at the top of its game. Since its premiere the series has not missed a beat, keeping up the mystery and intrigue without bogging itself down by a mythology too complex for its own good. Guided by the vision of Jonathan Nolan (Chris Nolan’s baby brother and co-writer of a number of Nolan’s films) this is a show that proves there is still life in the broadcast engine. It is a must watch show and the best scripted drama that CBS currently airs.

Official Description, “Bad Code”: A cold case lands Resse closer to finding Finch and his kidnapper.

The episode airs at 9pm on CBS. What else is on tonight? Lets see…

8PM

NBC: 30 Rock/Up All Night (comedies)
ABC: Last Resort (drama)
CBS: The Big Bang Theory/Two and a Half Men (comedies)
FOX: The X Factor (reality competition)
CW: The Next (reality competition)
SPIKE: Impact Wrestling (wrestling)
CARTOON: MAD (animation)

9PM

NBC: The Office/Parks and Recreation (comedies)
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (medical drama)
HGTV: Extreme Homes (docu)
DISXD: Mr. Young (youth comedy)
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of Miami (reality)
A&E: The First 48 (docu)
BBC: Top Gear (docu)

10PM

NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams (news showcase)
ABC: Scandal (drama)
CBS: Elementary (crime drama)
PBS: POV (docu)
SPIKE: MMA Uncensored Live (fighting)
MTV: Jersey Shore (trashy reality)
HGTV: House Hunters/House Hunters International (docu)

In the first Shows You Aren’t Watching But Should column we talked about Starz’s underrated gangster drama, Magic City. Today we’ll be discussing a very different series…

The LA Complex
A Canadian product. As a Canadian TV Junkie, I feel like I can say without a doubt that most Canadian TV shows suck. They just do. All of the great storytellers from Canada, along with lots of the top tier actors, have fled or are fleeing to America for opportunity to make more money and be apart of better productions. Out of the last 10 years, Canada has only produced a handful of television classics, in my opinion, and they are Kenny vs Spenny, Call Me Fitz, and this show, The LA Complex.

Unfortunately for The LA Complex, the logline for this show makes it sound a lot worse then it actually it is. The show itself, at its most bare bones description, is about a group of Canadians (ironic, huh) who are making their way up the ladder in Hollywood and who all happen to live in the same complex. It sounds like Melrose Place 3.0 (yes, I’m making reference to the awful remake of the series) and though I only watched the pilot for the Melrose redo and never watched a single episode of the original show, this show, from what I have been told is above and beyond the best of the batch. And what’s even worse for the show is that its premiere on CW (a network that should really be deemed a cable network because of its miserable ratings) ranked the lowest broadcast premiere in the history of modern US television. That is something this show did not deserve to have as its record. Though, my feeling is that the bad ratings had more to do with poor promotion and the fact that the first 6 episodes were already online thanks to having premiered ahead of its CW (aka American) premiere.

What The LA Complex does so well is that it knows how to soap things up without going too far overboard. It also delves into some of the nitty and gritty parts of the Hollywood experience. The show does take a few dramatic turns and always leaves an episode on a cliffhanger, but what I can definitively say is that this show knows what it wants to be and that is — your new guilty pleasure. I know a dozen male friends who secretly are hooked onto the show, much like myself, and what this show does better then anything other is that it does not overplay the Canadian aspects of the series. It single handedly tries to mask the Canadianness of the characters and this might be in line with the show’s primary location.

Now for what makes this show appealing. I have to say, though the show’s biggest star arguably is Jewel Staite of Firefly flame, she actually is not the biggest draw in the show. Though she plays the role of Raquel, a washed up actress trying to keep her fifteen minutes of fame alive and beautiful, the draw comes from the show’s breakout star Andra Fuller who plays Kaldrick King. What I have to give The LA Complex  credit for is the fact that they’re taking on what is one of the most taboo subjects in the Entertainment industry and pulling it off with such vigor in the fact that (SPOILERS) Kaldrick King, a major (he’s suppose to be P. Diddy big) rapper, struggling with his homosexuality. A major taboo in not only rap music (Frank Ocean came out after the show started airing the storyline) but also in the African-American community. It’s a storyline that’s only able to succeed in Fuller’s stellar work as he comes off as being tough and violent (he beats the shit out of his love Tariq when they’re caught kissing in the studio) to shift suspicion away from his homosexuality activity. (END SPOILERS). The other big draw is the work of Jonathan Patrick Moore who plays Connor Lake, the breakout star of a new medical TV series who has had virtually zero exposure to fame before the role. He plays someone who should have it all, and appears to have it all on the outside but is empty and boy like on the inside. Connor truly is a boy in a man’s body and a lonely one at that. His draw is in the fact that he comes off as so innocent when other actors would play him off as being more of a womanizer and could have been less sympathetic when the self harm stuff started appearing.

The other storylines are just as good and appearances by the likes of Mary Lynn Rajskub, Paul Tompkins, and Alan Thicke make this show even more enjoyable. Definitely better then the mediocre soap crap CW puts out (not looking at you Supernatural/Smallville). This is one of the best guilty pleasure series out there. Its treatment of Hollywood might not be as glamorous as Entourage, but this show is way more addictive, way more fast pace, and a lot less douchey. My suggestion is that you get this show when it hits Netflix or DVD and start watching. It definitely deserves more viewers then the 300k it averages now because this show is addictive. Damn addictive. Now it’s not award winning television, but if you like to be taken on an unsophisticated ride, try this. It’s definitely the best primetime soap out there right now that both sexes can handle watching in all of its juicy glory. I say this to the guys out there, if your girl wants to watch something with you and she asks you what to watch, suggest this, because she’ll like it — you’ll like it — and who knows, both of you may walk away satisfied in more ways then one. I’m just saying.

The funniest new show from last season returned last week with two episodes and it is airing its third episode of its second season tonight. The headliner of Fox’s newly minted Tuesday Comedy Block, it is by far the strongest of the shows. Featuring an excellent cast that includes standout weekly performances from Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, and Zooey Deschanel, New Girl is a show that Fox deserves to be proud of. Judging by the preview for this week’s episode, I’m sure it will be another excellent episode, filled to the brim with well deserved laughs. It is a show that I make an effort to watch live on Tuesdays.

Official Description, “Fluffer”: Jess and Nick examine their friendship. Elsewhere, Schmidt hopes to impress an attractive Republican by pretending to be one of Mitt Romney’s sons.

The new episode of New Girl airs tonight at 9pm on FOX. Also new tonight…

8PM

ABC: Dancing with the Stars: All Stars (reality competition)
CBS: NCIS (crime drama)
FOX: Raising Hope/Ben and Kate (comedies)
NBC: The Voice (reality competition)
CW: Hart of Dixie (medical drama)
PBS: History Detectives (docu)
CARTOON: The Looney Tunes Show (animation)

9PM

NBC: Go On/The New Normal (comedy)
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles (crime drama)
FOX: (9:30) The Mindy Project (comedy)
CW: The Next (competition)
GSN: Minute to Win It (gameshow)
MSNBC: The Rachel Maddow Show (news showcase)
SYFY: Face Off (competition)

10PM

FX: Sons of Anarchy (biker drama)
ABC: Private Practice (medical drama)
CBS: Vegas (drama)
NBC: Parenthood (drama)
A&E: Shipping Wars (docu)
HGTV: House Hunters/House Hunters International (docu)
MTV: Teen Mom (docu)

Posted on October 2nd, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment
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We are currently living in the golden age of television. Just like in the 40s with comics, television is giving audiences unprecedented access to content that no audience in history has been able to have. From shows about cops to shows about the beginning of man, television seemingly has it all, and that is an overwhelming positive. We are also living in an era where lots of television shows are lost in the mix as shows get straddled with airing on upcoming networks or just getting lost in the shuffle of new management of a network. This is going to be the first article in a new column that is called Shows You Aren’t Watching But Should. This is the inaugural article, so brace yourselves, and don’t tread lightly because chances are, you’re most likely not watching the shows that I’ll be spotlighting weekly. I’m hoping that changes. All of these shows I take a look at are currently airing right now or have just wrapped their current seasons and have either been renewed or awaiting renewal.

Magic City
Starz. The new kid on the block. Its claim to fame is that it was the home to the cult classic comedy Party Down before scrapping it in favor of going to an only drama primetime lineup. Sure, Starz has a long way to go before it can catch up to Showtime and HBO as a true player in the pay cable world but it has been doing well in getting a footing in an increasingly crowded market. It also has to fight off direct ompetition from Cinemax. The network has started getting some notice thanks to airing Torchwood: Miracle Day, Spartacus, and snagging Kelsey Grammer for the lead in its award winning series Boss, wherein Grammer won a Golden Globe for his work beating out the likes of Jon Hamm and Bryan Cranston. Their show that is the most underrated, but is truly a feast for the eyes, is its Miami set gangster drama Magic City.

Written by Mitch Glazer and starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Steven Stait, and Danny Huston amongst others, Magic City is a sprawling tale of corruption and power set in late 1950s Miami. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is our hero, playing hotelier Ike Evans, a man trying to balance his dealings with the mob underworld (as seen through his interactions with Huston’s gangster Ben Diamond) and making sure that his business is, well, legitimate in the eyes of the law. It is a balancing act that propels this series as it gets into darker and darker territory. Ike is a man that is being hunted by both sides of the law, meaning he has nowhere to hide or turn too. The law wants him because of his shady business dealings and the wanted seek the cut that Ike has hastily talked his way out of giving. It is a dynamic that has rarely been seen before. A man pushed into a corner and only has one option. Fight his way out or die trying.

The writing here is sharp. Mitch Glazer has a passion for the era and it shows in the first season. Detail that only a local with passion (yes, Glazer grew up in Miami) could really hit the marks the way this show does. Glazer, in fact, wrote every single episode in the show’s short (eight episode) first season. The storylines do not drag out for too long, and events move at a good pace. Also, thanks to it airing on Starz, this show does not shy away from nudity and while some paycable shows overdo it in the nudity department, this show shows off the buff at an appropriate level. And though it may seem unnecessary to mention the nudity, I only bring it up because there are certain people who are privy to nudity, and well, the statement was both a warning and a heads up, depending on where you fall when it comes to the category that is nudity on TV.

For people yearning for a good old fashioned gangster drama set in a place and time that has not been seen on television in a long, long time, then Magic City is the show for you. It is both sexy and tantalizing while it features a great cast in a compelling ensemble setting. This is definitely worth a shot. It is good, so check it out already! Especially since the show is in production of its second season and will feature the likes of Esai Morales and James Caan in the new season, which is set to premiere in the Spring of 2013.

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