There’s always so much anticipation for spring and warm weather, that I always tend to forget it also means the end of the few television shows I watch, and the return of re-runs. Although I’ll watch favorite movies over and over again (A Few Good Men was on again last night. Sigh.), re-runs tend to defy the law of averages. It’s guaranteed if I only saw a show twice all year, the one re-run I watch of it will invariably be of one of those episodes. The television tends to stay off all summer as a result.
The last episode of the season for Justified aired last week. Which means ten whole months without Timothy Oliphant. However shall I cope??? If you’ve missed the series, it stars T.O. as United States Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens, a gun-toting fast shooting deputy marshal who locks up bad guys and leaves bodies in his wake. Based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, Givens is the kind of character we all hope to create and his hillbilly roots provide an engrossing backdrop to the non-stop action. On FX, this show has one of those weird season start dates I can never get used to. It begin mid-January and is already over for the year.
I’m also a fan of The Good Wife, starring Julianna Margulies. In its third season, the show never runs out of twists and turns. This season Margulies’s character did an abrupt about face and left her role as the long suffering wife standing by the side of her disgraced philandering politician husband. She indulged in a steamy relationship with a co-worker with whom she has had long simmering chemistry. But it’s her relationship with fellow worker Kalinda Scott that really steals the show. The unlikely friendship between perfect wife Alyssa Flooric and sexually ambiguous Scott grew slowly over the first season, to explode after Flooric discovered the other woman was one of the legions who had sex with Flooric’s cheating husband. The two women make the show one to watch.
I’ve done more than my share of online drooling over Mark Harmon on NCIS, which will soon air its last episode of the season. But it’s really the cast of characters that make the forensics law enforcement series a hit. Add the wise-cracking Anthony DiNozzo, the mysterious Massad agent Ziva David, the slightly nerdy Timothy McGee and the goth scientist Abby, and you’ve got an irresistible character combination. And hey, I’ve been wanting to see Gibbs get laid as much as anyone (AHEM), but Jamie Lee Curtis is not his type and she is going to let him down, after which I’ll have to hurt her. Just sayin’.
The Killing on AMC just began its season this month. If you haven’t been following it, this is only season 2 and it’s well worth a watch. It follows one young girl’s murder investigation in the perpetually rainy Seattle. Every time the case focuses on the wrong person, more tragedy ensues. Intriguing characters include tortured homicide detective Sarah Linden, who’s a less than perfect mother to corrupt partner Stephen Holder, who has been unable to kick drugs since his narc days. It’s not always comfortable to watch, but it’s absolutely riveting. And having just started its season this month, I’ll have something to look forward to when the rest of the TV seasons end!
Do you mourn the end of the regular season of TV? What shows are you sad to say goodbye to until the fall?