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Sleepy Hollow: Entertaining Craziness

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Katia Winter, Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, and Orlando Jones from ‘Sleepy Hollow’ (2013)

Monday night, FOX debuted the new show ‘Sleepy Hollow’. They bill it as a mystery-adventure drama but comes off as an entertaining crazy-fest mixing the supernatural and historical events. Don’t mistake this for anything more than a free-for-all rather than a serious alternative history show. I don’t normally watch or enjoy supernatural based shows but this one I could watch again just to see how off the rails it gets. It isn’t a waste of time, yet.
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Under The Dome Is WTF Television

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poster for Under the DomeOne of the TV shows I’ve been watching this summer is ‘Under the Dome’ on CBS. The show has grown on me as it shrugs off the usual tropes of series television. It is one part dystopian drama and one part supernatural mystery. It has been creating many ‘WTF’ moments for me in its first season even though I don’t think the show has much of a long term life after the novelty wears off.
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The Iceman – Makes You Sympathize With A Serial Killer

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poster for the film The Iceman (2012)I wanted to see ‘The Iceman‘ ever since seeing the trailer and I wasn’t disappointed. Most films about serial killers make them out to be only cold and heartless but in this film the killer has a heart and you do start to sympathize with him a little bit. The film is based on a true story and not the usual type of story you see in films about the Mob. It doesn’t glamorize organized crime or serial killers which is a good thing.
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Falling Skies 3rd Season Finale A Let Down

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Colonel Weaver is also not happy with how season 3 ended

Falling Skies, on TNT, started the season with a big bang, ramped up the drama week after week, but the season finale ended with a whimper. I was so disappointed. After the big build up I was hoping for a big send off like we had at the end of season 2 when the last shot was the Volm arriving in Charleston. Yes, the show tied up loose ends but there was nothing to jazz me up for next season.
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King & Maxwell Continues TNT’s Off-Beat Drama Trend

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Rebecca Romijn & Jon Tenney: stars of TNT show King & Maxwell

The latest addition to the summer TV schedule comes from cable channel TNT. King & Maxwell is a buddy private eye procedural starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn. The show was created by Shane Brennan who also created NCIS: Los Angeles. I like the cast but I was hoping for a more jokey style. Without that twist I don’t see the show being different that what I’ve seen a million times before. Then again not all summer TV is suppose to be filling. I’ll give it a chance.
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Continuum Is All Kinds Of Gray

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Rachel Nichols as CPS Protector Kiera Cameron on Syfy’s Continuum

I don’t know how they do it but the Canadians just seem to know how to do Sci-Fi TV shows. I recently started watching ‘Continuum‘, which returns for a 2nd season on the Syfy channel June 7th here in the US, and it’s clearly my new favorite import. Think of a Terminator and Timecop mashup where there is no black & white good guys vs. bad guys. Continuum has a police detective working for a corporate dictatorship in 2077 trying to find and stop a group of freedom fighter terrorists who have traveled back to 2012 to start their revolution. I think the show would be way too cliche and cheesy if it was just a battle of good guy vs. bad guy. Who do you root for? It looks like it will be fun to find out.
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The 400 Blows Isn’t A Typical Artsy Fartsy French Movie

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The 400 Blows (1959)

The other night, I had Turner Classic Movie (TCM) channel on. It started to show Francois Truffaut’s "The 400 Blows" (1959). Film buff friends of mine have waxed poetically about all the French New Wave directors like Truffaut and until now I had avoided them all. I just thought that these "great" movies were 90 minutes of French people sitting around drinking coffee and smoking – and that’s it. The film started and I promised to turn the channel when I got bored. 99 minutes later I realized I did watch a great film. The 400 Blows isn’t a typical artsy fartsy French film.
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ABC’s 2013 Upfront Least Interesting So Far

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created graphic for ABC Fall TV PreviewI wasn’t that enthused with the many new shows ABC presented at their upfront presentation on Tuesday. Most of them were high concept low sustainability which means they would work as a movie or limited series but I don’t see them getting past the novelty. The only shows that interested me were Back in the Game, The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, and Killer Women. ABC’s slate is the least interesting to me of the three networks I’ve reviewed so far.
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