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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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Unforgettable Is Back And Improved

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Scene from the first episode of season 2 of Unforgettable

In a move that rarely happens in broadcast television, the CBS show ‘Unforgettable’ was canceled after the 2011-2012 season then it was uncanceled, rebooted, and premiered this past Sunday night for a summer run. Several members of the cast from season one returns, but the producers took the opportunity to reboot the series and model it on the old Law & Order: Criminal Intent show. I see some promise in the reboot and I’m extremely glad Poppy Montgomery is back on my TV.
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The Bridge Is A Nice Twist On The Buddy Cop Drama Genre

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photo of Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger on FX's The Bridge
Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger on FX’s The Bridge

The Bridge which premiered on the FX channel Wednesday night, isn’t just the usual chase-the-serial killer police drama. If that is all it was, it would be a boring show because it would be cliche. It is more like a gritty buddy cop show that inhabits the underbelly of their world – in this case the border area between El Paso, Tx and Juarez, Mexico. The show has a great cast and writers so it should be a good drama. Or at least not as stupid as the similar “The Following” on FX’s parent FOX.
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Big Brother Starts With New Stuff & Same Old Definition

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Big Brother logoBig Brother started its 15th cycle Wednesday night (6/26) and like other seasons the show changed some things. They are having a longer season, a new house, and at least one interesting game twist. Even after spending more cash on the show, CBS still broadcasts it in Standard Definition. Time will tell if the changes make for an improved show but it’s still a good summer time waster. At least until they get down to the last few people.
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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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If It’s The Olympics Then Here Comes The Coverage Complainers

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image of NBC's 2012 London Olympics logoThe 2012 Summer Olympics started this week in London. NBC is the broadcasting rights holder for the United States. It announced that it would provide 5,535 hours of coverage of the London Olympics over the various NBC/Universal channels and for the first time comprehensive streaming on the NBC Olympics website. But starting with the opening ceremonies the complainers have started complaining about the coverage. They do make some points but a couple of the major complaints are wrong headed.
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WTF, Royal Pains???

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Cast of USA’s Royal Pains

I started watching USA’s Royal Pains back when it first started in 2009 for the same reason others started watching it – there was nothing else on. I grew to like the adventures of Hank Med and the MacGyver-ness of the treatments Dr. Hank Lawson gave to his patients. The cases of the week were like those on House but the Doctor wasn’t a jerk. I also had a major crush on Hank’s on again off again love interest Jill Casey. This summer as the fourth season moves on I’m lost. What happened to my old Royal Pains? What’s going on?
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Good Afternoon America Has As Much Substance As A Marshmallow

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Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott – hosts of Good Afternoon America

On July 9th, ABC debuted Good Afternoon America hosted by Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott. The show is planned to run for 9 weeks to keep a time slot warm before the fall debut of Katie Couric’s new talk show. It is an extension of the morning show Good Morning America but with even less of an effort at journalism. In fact, the show has as much substance as a marshmallow.
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