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The Following: I’m Out

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image of the cast of the TV show The FollowingI wrote about the new FOX show The Following and how I liked the first episode but was concerned they couldn’t make a weekly series out of it. Through 11 episodes my concern has not only been proven correct but the Federal agents in the show have to be the worst agents in the history of the FBI. The writers continue to find ways to pull plot points out of thin air that make no sense as if they know what the final episode of the season will be and until then it is all filler. I am disappointed.
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Golden Boy Starts With A Dumb Premise

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Theo James, Kevin Alejandro and Chi McBride in Golden Boy

CBS gave new show “Vegas” a couple of weeks off to preview the new show “Golden Boy” in the Tuesday 10 PM slot after the NCIS block. Police procedurals are a staple of CBS so there isn’t really anything new on that front with “Golden Boy”. The gimmick it uses to try to make the show stand out from the crowd is actually the one thing I hated about the show. I really don’t see this being added to my regular viewing schedule.
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The Following Has A Strong Gimmick But Could Be Weak In Longevity

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Cast of ‘The Following’ (2012)

I watched the premiere episode of FOX’s new drama “The Following” that stars Kevin Bacon. It seemed like a cross between CBS’s “Criminal Minds” and the case of crazy man Charles Manson. I did think that it was unnecessarily graphic but I liked the plot and the concept. I just don’t think the show will last as a weekly series.
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Perception Brings Back The Quirky Consultant

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Cast of “Perception” (2012)

When Monk ended its 8 season run in 2009 there was a void in the quirky detective/consultant department. Perception’s Dr. Daniel Pierce, played by Eric McCormack might be a good filler. He has quirkiness in spades. While Patrick Jane in the The Mentalist is just an ass, Pierce fits more closely to the Monk character. Perception is another good show on cable that should be on the broadcast networks if they weren’t so concerned with reality crap shows.
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New Longmire Show Is Good Old School Entertainment

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Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire

To be honest I don’t read for pleasure as much we all should. But if I wanted something different from the usual non-fiction and history books I normally read, The Longmire Mysteries would be one I would pick up. A&E had the premiere episode, Sunday night, of a new series based on the books and if the rest of the season is like the pilot, then I will probably make Longmire a regular watch.
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TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” – not great but okay light entertainment

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Saw Rizzoli & Isles last week and it wasn’t bad. There was some stale dialog and some shaky plotting but overall it was decent entertainment.

Jane Rizzoli, played by Angie Harmon, is a tom boyish Boston homicide cop and Dr. Maura Isles, played by Sasha Alexander, is an Ivy league medical examiner with a great fashion sense.

While Harmon’s butch “Rizzoli” is a bit cliche, Alexander’s “Isles” is kind of a new take on the girly girl genius. The producers say that the main theme of the show will focus on the relationship between the women and their interactions on the job. The pilot last week was a bit light on this main theme. I found it hard to see how they were friends. Hopefully the additional episodes will expand on this or explain it better.

The rest of the cast is pretty good even if they too are a bit cliche – like Rizzoli’s smothering mother.

The crime in the pilot was pretty interesting but again the extra video on the website make it seem the crimes aren’t going to be the point so try not to focus on them too much.

It will be airing Monday nights at 10 PM EDT on the TNT network.