Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a huge TV buff. My can’t-miss shows can be counted on one hand. But there have been a few shows in the second season (after Christmas) that have caught my interest. Enough so that I’m still watching.
The first is The Following. It’s *dark*. I like dark It features Kevin Bacon as an ex-FBI agent wounded a few years ago trailing an infamous serial killer. Now the killer is behind bars and Bacon is on disability with a pacemaker and what might be a substance abuse problem. But when the villain breaks out of prison, Bacon is pressed back into service as the foremost expert on him. Only to discover that the game has changed.
During the killer’s stint behind bars he’s been cultivating ‘followers’ and molding them in his own image. Now there are fifty or more on the outside ready to do his bidding. The bad guy has been planning for a long time, and he wants payback.
The first few episodes have been absolutely chilling. Enough so that I’m willing to overlook a few of the contrivances and stop second guessing the writers long enough to watch the next few shows.
Red Widow is one I seem to like more than the critics do. And even without Goran Visnjic as the evil Mafia boss the premise is intriguing. (His photo is waaay more intriguing than the one for the show <g>). Marta Walraven is the unsuspecting suburban mom whose husband is gunned down in the driveway. Only then does she find out he’s been smuggling marijuana and ripped off a shipment of cocaine. Visnjic’s character is determined that Marta pay her husband’s debt and she’s pressed into criminal servitude. Marta is torn by the continual pressure of the FBI agent investigating her husband’s death, and her fear for her family if she disappoints the crime boss. I adore Goran, but he scares the bejeebus out of me in this show.
Scandal is another show that originally caught my eye, but my attention is already fading. It involves a president who got shot and in his recovery has lost all sense of political self-preservation. He’s intent on divorcing his pregnant wife and marrying his mistress, who also happens to be part of his campaign team. Oh, and she was inadvertently tied into the reason for his being almost killed. The political machinations on this show are almost too realistic.
Often times that happens. I start out really fascinated by a series and then it fails to deliver on its promise. There are only a few tried and true series that I continue to tune in for: The Good Wife, NCIS (the original), The Office, Southland and Justified. If anyone hasn’t yet tuned into Justified on Tuesday nights, on FX, you’re missing some of the best TV on these days! Timothy Oliphant as the trigger-happy US Marshall Raylen Givens is not to be missed.
Which new shows have made it to your favorite list? Do you have any recommendations?