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This Week 12/6 to 12/12

I am watching the Rizzoli & Isles marathon on TNT all day. That is a fun thing. A less fun thing: no new episodes until summer. LAME. (But at least it’s been renewed!)

Tonight:
10pm – Castle on ABC
10pm – Hawaii Five-0 on CBS

Castle is back!!!! Also, lack of new Chuck means that catching up isn’t becoming any more daunting, which is nice.

TUESDAY:
8pm – Glee on FOX
9pm – Eureka on SyFy

A Glee Christmas special? I’m very afraid.

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – Human Target on FOX
10pm – The Whole Truth on ABC

The Whole Truth has been cancelled, actually. But I guess we get a few more episodes.

THURSDAY:
8pm – Bones on FOX
8pm – The Vampire Diaries on the CW
9pm – Fringe on FOX
9pm – Nikita on the CW

FRIDAY:

Nothing new is airing.

SATURDAY:
11:30pm – Saturday Night Live (Paul Rudd & Paul McCartney) on NBC

SUNDAY:
9pm – Leverage on TNT

Shows that can totally pull off a three-episode Christmas special: Leverage.

This Week 9/5 to 9/12

Guys, guys, FALL TV STARTS THIS WEEK. GET EXCITED.

Tonight:
9pm – Rubicon on AMC
9pm – Leverage on TNT (season finale!)

Please note, the exclamation point after the ‘season finale’ after Leverage actually indicates despair, not excitement.

MONDAY:
8:30pm – CBS Fall Preview on CBS (special)
9pm – Friday Night Lights on ABC Family (network premiere!/pilot!)
10pm – Rizzoli & Isles on TNT

I have never watched Friday Night Lights. I don’t know that I would like it. But ABC Family is airing the whole series starting anew, so here’s an opportunity.

TUESDAY:
9pm – White Collar on USA
10pm – Covert Affairs on USA

WEDNESDAY:
9pm – Dark Blue on TNT (2 hours!)
10pm – Terriers on FX

I neglected to mention Terriers in my Fall TV preview post (reason: I didn’t know slash forgot it existed). Terriers is, to the best of my opinion, a sort of unconventional cop show of the general FX variety – so, a wacky mix of hicks and major criminals. That part falls pretty well under the take-it-or-leave it umbrella. The reason you should watch Terriers is, it stars Donal Logue (lately of Life)! He’s a funny man. Still confused? Understandable. See a preview here.

THURSDAY:
8pm – The Vampire Diaries on the CW (season premiere!)
9pm – Nikita on the CW (pilot!)
9pm – Project Runway on Lifetime

I guess my foray into actually watching the CW is going to have to wait; I’ve signed away all my Thursday nights for September to Doing Real Things. But I will still make sure to watch these in a timely fashion! (And also finally get around to seeing The Vampire Diaries‘ S1 finale…)

FRIDAY:
9pm – Eureka on SyFy
10pm – Haven on SyFy

SATURDAY:

Nothing new is airing.

SUNDAY:
9pm – Rubicon on AMC
9pm – 2010 Video Music Awards on MTV/MTV2


What you can expect from me this week:

  • Review of Leverage season finale/season as a whole
  • Review of Nikita
  • Review of Terriers
  • special post of some variety

Oh, hey, it’s THAT guy!

Frankly, character/guest/whateveryouwannacallums actors do not get enough credit. I don’t mean the people who start out as minor characters but then end up with recurring/regular roles (we’ll call these the CSI Techs of the world). Nor do I mean the people who jump around to various shows but who are always recognizable and memorable and eventually wind up with several semi-regular gigs (we’ll call these the Emmanuelle Vaugiers of the world). I’m talking about those people who you see in a million in a half different things and vaguely recognize, but don’t really remember. You don’t know their names, you don’t know anything but that you sorta kinda recognize them.

So here I am doing my part and giving you the names/faces/brief resumes of five of them in the hopes they’ll stick in your minds from now on.
(Note: pictures link to imdb)

Patrick Fabian

Selected Appearances:
Rizzoli & Isles “Boston Strangler Redux” as Nate (2010)
Big Love [multiple episodes] as Ted Price (2009-2010)
Life “Mirror Ball” as Dr. Stanton (2009)
Burn Notice “Trust Me” as Zeke (2008)
NCIS “Corporal Punishment” as Ray Vincent (2007)
Bones “Boy in the Time Capsule” as Terry Stinson (2007)
Pushing Daisies “Dummy” as Mark Chase (2007)
Veronica Mars [multiple episodes] as Professor Hank Landry

Now that he’s a bonafide movie star (and by that I mean he’s the star of The Last Exorcism), maybe this list isn’t really the place for him. The fact remains, though, that he’s done lots of excellent TV work and has made appearances on many of my favorite shows. The characters he usually plays are a mix of charming, sleazy, slick, and occasionally kind of pathetic. But always entertaining!

Jon Sklaroff


Selected Apperances:
Lie to Me “Darkness and Light” as Larry (2010)
The Good Guys “Broken Door Theory” as Gemeni (2010)
24 [multiple episodes] as Ziya Dakhilov (2010)
Life [multiple episodes] as Arthur Tims (2007-2008)
Bones “The Boy in the Shroud” as Kevin Duncan (2006)
NCIS “Bikini Wax” as Jonathan Redding (2005)

His characters are grade-A creepers. No exception. And not even “slightly misunderstood but harmless” creepers. We’re talking murderous pedophile stalker child-killer manipulative criminal freak creepers. Not usually all at the same time, but generally at least two of those traits per characters. He’s damn good at freaking the crap out of me. His range is limited, but it’s okay – he does just look sort of creepy, and he’s so good at it and there’s an unending need for characters of that variety.

Erick Avari

Selected Appearances:
Human Target “Victoria” as Gerard (2010)
Castle “Wrapped Up in Death” as Rupert Bentley (2010)
Life “Hit Me Baby” as Edward Zakaria (2009)
Leverage “The Second David Job” as Doctor Lloyd (2009)
Heroes [multiple episodes] as Chandra Suresh (2006)
Star Trek Enterprise “Terra Nova” as Jamin (2001)
Stargate SG-1 [multiple episodes] as Kasuf (1998-2001)

You’d be hard pressed to go six months without seeing this guy at least once in some movie or television series. He is everywhere, and he plays a wide range of characters. Oftentimes his characters are some variety of medical professional or scientist or researcher – they can be of the mad scientist persuasion or not. Comedic relief is usually his purpose and he does it well, but his career has been long and varied and shows every one of his myriad abilities. (Oh, and you can find him in several Adam Sandler movies as well.)

Scottie Thompson

Selected Appearances:
Rizzoli & Isles “I’m Your Boogie Man” as Lola (2010)
Trauma [multiple episodes] as Diana Van Dine (2009-2010)
Bones “The Critic in the Cabernet” as Kim Mortensen (2009)
NCIS [multiple episodes] as Jeanne Benoit (2006-2008)
CSI: NY “Buzzkill” as Lia Ramsey (2007)

Compared to the others on this list, she’s a newcomer. But she’s left a mark in multiple places, while still managing to remain a versatile actor rather than an immediately recognizable name. She’s been a murderer more often than not (which is a natural consequence of appearing on crime-centric shows, to be fair). But she’s also been a semi-innocent love interest type when called on.

Tracy Middendorf

Selected Appearances:
Bones “The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken” as Gaynor Rabin (2009)
– CSI “Working Stiffs” (2009) and “Lucky Strike” (2003) [different characters]
Lost [multiple episodes] as Bonnie (2007)
House “Cursed” as Sarah Reilich (2005)
Alias [multiple episodes] as Elsa Kaplan (2003)
24 [multiple episodes] as Carla Matheson (2002)
The X-Files “Signs & Wonders” as Gracie O’Connor (2000)
Angel “City Of…” as Tina (1999)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine “For the Cause” as Ziyal (1996)
Beverly Hills, 90210 [multiple episodes] as Laura Kingman (1993-1994)

She’s been in pretty much every type of show and played pretty much every type of character over the past couple decades. Hers is a familiar face to the more rabid fans of certain cult hits mentioned in the list above. And yet, the average viewer would be hard put to remember her name. Which is unfair, considering she is not only gorgeous but also rather quite talented.

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..and as I think of/see more people who belong on this list, I will post installments of this list.

This Week 8/9 to 8/15

Tonight:
10pm – Rizzoli & Isles on TNT

Where did the rest of Monday night go? The Teen Choice Awards ate it. Way to be, FOX.

TUESDAY:
8pm – Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family
9pm – White Collar on USA
10pm – Covert Affairs on USA
10pm – Memphis Beat on TNT

I should really get around to actually seeing if I like Pretty Little Liars or Memphis Beat one of these days.

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – So You Think You Can Dance on FOX
9pm – Dark Blue on TNT

Okay, so I kinda screwed up on the whole Oh I’m Def Going To Review Dark Blue thing last week. But this week for sure!

THURSDAY:
8pm – So You Think You Can Dance (2-hour finale!) on FOX
9pm – Moonlight on the CW
9pm – Project Runway on Lifetime
9pm – Burn Notice on USA

FRIDAY:
9pm – Eureka on SyFy
10pm – Haven on SyFy

And you could also watch Night At the Museum on ABC at 8. Because it is awesome.

SATURDAY:

Nothing new is airing tonight. Watch Spike’s Star Wars marathon. Or USA’s House marathon (which includes the pilot at 8pm!). Or, you know, go out and do something. Whatever.

SUNDAY:
9pm – Leverage on TNT
9pm – Scoundrels on ABC
10pm – The Gates on ABC

Did I miss something? Whoops. This was done in kind of a hurry.

Enjoy your week!

This Week 8/2 to 8/8

So there’s this thing called “Shark Week” you may have heard of…

Tonight:
8pm – Lie to Me on FOX
9pm – The Good Guys on FOX
10pm – Rizzoli & Isles on TNT

TUESDAY:
8pm – Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family
9pm – Warehouse 13 on SyFy
9pm – White Collar on USA
10pm – Covert Affairs on USA
10pm – Memphis Beat on TNT

I do not watch Warehouse 13. But I mentioned it just so that I could share with y’all the whispered plan for a W13Eureka crossover.

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – So You Think You Can Dance (Top 4) on FOX
9pm – Dark Blue (2-hour season premiere!) on TNT

Is it just me, or is there something inherently silly about airing the movie Next twice in a row? Way to go, FX.

THURSDAY:
9pm – So You Think You Can Dance (results) on FOX
9pm – Moonlight on the CW
9pm – Project Runway on Lifetime
9pm – Burn Notice on USA

Wait, when did a new season of Project Runway start? (And, I ask as I do every week, why does everything air at 9pm on Thursday?)

FRIDAY:
9pm – Eureka on SyFy
10pm – Haven on SyFy

SATURDAY:
8pm – Persons Unknown on NBC

SUNDAY:
9pm – Rubicon on AMC
9pm – Leverage on TNT
9pm – Scoundrels on ABC
10pm – The Gates on ABC

I’m actually going to do stuff this week, I promise! And by “things” I mean I will, at the very least, be watching and reviewing Dark Blue. So excited for that show! I was terrified it was going to get cancelled after the first season but NO! SAVED! And now Tricia Helfer has joined the cast! Looking forward to the increased sexy awesome? Oh yes.

Also, going to look into Rubicon and catch up on Persons Unknown, Eureka, and Haven. That last one just because I want to give it another chance before giving up entirely. (Speaking of giving up entirely, folks may notice the absence of Rookie Blue from this week’s schedule. I watched five minutes of the pilot and wanted to die so that was the end of that.)

Enjoy your week.

The Glades: the crimes are boring, the lead is irritating, the secondary characters are boring, and the non-procedural part of the plot is like a Harlequin novel but without any sexiness. Sorry A&E but the truth is, this is just a big unhot mess of epic fail

(I wanted to make a Bahston pun, but couldn’t think of one…)

Now that I’ve seen a couple more episodes, I have to say that I am really liking Rizzoli & Isles.

It is just another procedural – the format is pretty standard and, other than the female stars and Boston setting*, there really isn’t any sort of original schtick. So yeah. It’s just another procedural. A good one.

The thing that has surprised me most since the pilot is how dark this show actually is. The pilot with the scalpel-wielding serial killer? Not misleading. That’s been followed up by an intense cold case morphed into a cop turned bad (and by the end of the episode, it was still a cold case – which is good, because it’s nice they aren’t doing that Oh Look How Unreasonably Amazing This Crimesolving Duo Is! thing) and now death by exorcism except wait it was actually the jealous second wife. This is grim stuff.

Thankfully, it’s balanced out by some quality comedy. And I don’t mean the borderline intensely dorking Rizzoli family hijinks. Nor do I mean the Miss Congeniality storyline that is apparently Jane Rizzoli’s reality. No, no. Mostly, I mean Maura Isles. I mean seriously, the woman is hilarious. Back in her NCIS days, Sasha Alexander was absolutely the least funny cast member. By a lot. So when she was fairly unextraordinary in the pilot, I didn’t get my hopes up. But the last couple episodes have allowed the character to develop further, and now she has overtaken Rizzoli’s snark in the race for my affections – I can’t wait until we get to the dark past she supposedly has hiding somewhere.

Also funny: completely unexpected moments. Like, say, for instance, THE OLD PERSON BITCH FIGHT IN EPISODE TWO. That was fucking hysterical.

Which brings me to my next point, which is that this show has an excellent guest cast. It seems like Donnie Wahlberg, who’s been playing Rizzoli’s lovehatecrushthing Lieutenant Grant, is sadly off on his way, but it was fun while it lasted. But we’ll have the memories! Just like we’ll having memories of seasoned creepers David Ury and Michael Massee**, Patrick Fabian who is in everything ever always playing the same character but somehow always hilarious, Scariest and Funniest Old Lady Ever Eve Brenner, and the aging but still SO epic Brian Dennehy. Also that guy who played the con man/priest in last night’s episode (he is so far not credited on my usual source websites, and I don’t know his name/can’t remember what else he’s been in right now – see second footnote).

The bottom line is, my approval of Rizzoli & Isles has gone from hesitant to definite. This is a good show. If you don’t like procedurals, then you probably won’t like it – it doesn’t have anything outside of that so marvelous you should watch it anyway. But if you are a procedural person, this is one to watch. The cast is excellent. The production is clean. The writing is good. And it has marvelous tonal flexibility, able to carry off weird (death-by-exorcism), hilarious (Maura Isles), dead serious (the criminals), and sweet (Rizzoli and Grant parting scene) all in the same episode – and able to transition between these different elements without any of it seeming forced.

Way to go, TNT. I think you’ve made yourself another hit.

(OH, LAST THOUGHT: I love the opening credits. But I don’t really understand why they’re set to an Irish reel or whatever you call that.)

*Okay, seriously, is there some major TNT exec from Boston? First last season of Leverage, now R&I

**I would just like to point out, when I wrote my post about the pilot of R&I, neither Wikipedia nor imdb has Michael Massee listed as part of the cast. I JUST KNEW THAT. (Which means, I remembered his face from a few places and knew he was in Supernatural a few times and so I looked him up there.) And people came to MY BLOG for that info because THAT WAS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THE INFORMATION WAS. Okay, maybe not the only place, and not for very long, but IT WAS KIND OF AWESOME. And by that I mean I was kind of awesome. BAM!

This Week 7/19 to 7/25

Aw man, I was so good at things the beginning of last week we just knew it couldn’t carry over to the weekend/a more timely This Week.

…in my defense, I had a bummer of a cold and was basically just zombie-ing my way through daily necessities and then sleeping.

ANYWAY.

This is what’s up coming up:

Tonight:
8pm – Lie to Me on FOX
9pm – The Good Guys on FOX
10pm – Rizzoli & Isles on TNT

And FX is airing 27 Dresses. Again. I don’t know why they keep doing that. (I also don’t know why that movie has a crack-like grasp on my mind.)

TUESDAY:
8pm – Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family
9pm – White Collar on USA
10pm – Covert Affairs on USA
10pm – Memphis Beat on TNT

Shows that keep showing up on this schedule only because I haven’t seen them yet and intend to at some point, sorta: Pretty Little Liars and Memphis Beat.

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – So You Think You Can Dance on FOX

Anyone who can explain to me why HawthoRNe is airing on TBS (you know, the comedy network) wins a cookie.

THURSDAY:
9pm – Rookie Blue on ABC
9pm – So You Think You Can Dance (results) on FOX
9pm – Moonlight on the CW
9pm – Burn Notice on USA

Also airing, re-run of Glee “Mash-Up.”

FRIDAY:
10pm – Haven on SyFy

SATURDAY:
7pm – Buffy the Vampire Slayer on VH1
8pm – The Bridge on ABC
8pm – Persons Unknown on NBC

That is the original 1992 Buffy movie. It is hysterical and if you have ever seen Buffy the series (especially if you liked it), you should watch this movie. Also, I have no idea what The Bridge is, but it seems somewhat intriguing.

SUNDAY:
9pm – Leverage on TNT
9pm – Scoundrels on ABC
10pm – The Gates on ABC

I think that’s it for this week. No specific Melted Brain goals – just tuning back in to Haven, Covert Affairs, Rizzoli & Isles, and Persons Unknown and giving them some take-two consideration.

Enjoy your seven-day period!

Ladies vs. Killers: First Glance at Rizzoli & Isles

TNT has added to its lineup of crime dramas featuring female leads. Wasn’t until yesterday that I really thought about this, but that’s quite a trend for the network. The Closer, Saving Grace (ended), HawthoRNe…and now, Rizzoli & Isles, a double-X double-team* solving murders in Boston, MA – the series is based on the work of thriller writer Tess Gerritsen, who is part of the show’s writing team.

There’s not anything particularly original or outstanding about Rizzoli & Isles; its main schtick is having a lead female duo, which is unusual – possibly the only one on TV right now – but not unprecedented (see: Cagney and Lacey). The pair is made up of a hardass tomboy homicide detective, Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon – sorry, no relation to NCIS‘s Mark Same-Last-Name), and a brainiac fashionista medical examiner, Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander, formerly of…NCIS).** If nothing else, this show is awesome just for the fact that it features (excellent performances of) a pair of beautiful, strong, talented women who get along rather than bitch at each other.

That awesomeness aside, the rapport between Rizzoli and Isles could definitely use some work. So far, the show is rather lacking in terms of the quick back-and-forth that usually characterizes shows in this genre. No sign yet of the snappy dialogue typical of, say, Bones (man-and-woman duo), White Collar (man-and-man duo), or even CSI (larger team). (Although, I did learn that after 10pm on cable you can say not only “bullshit,” but also “tits” nowadays.) There were some moments of verbal excellence, though – mostly snarking on the part of Rizzoli – so I’m holding out; it’s only the pilot after all.

What Rizzoli & Isles lacks so far in witty repartee it does make up in other areas. Casting***, for one. I’ve already mentioned my love of the two leads. The supporting cast, made up of other LEOs with hilarious quirks and some family members, is equally delightful. Lee Thompson Young, most recently of FlashForward, is Rizzoli’s new partner Detective Barry Frost, who gets violently ill at bloody crime scenes. Bruce McGill, Rizzoli’s former partner Detective Vince Korsak, has a penchant for rescuing animals. And Jordan Bridges, who I always remember fondly as “the hot one from Bionic Woman,” plays Rizzoli’s younger brother Frankie Jr. Also featured in the pilot episode was Billy Burke, playing (not quite successfully) the attractive and desirable Fed, and Renowned Creepy Guy Michael Massee as the homicidal and terrifying Warren Hoyt, Rizzoli’s arch-nemisis.

Another area where Rizzoli & Isles performs admirably is special effects makeup. That is good stuff. The murder victims were gruesome, as one would expect. But the real awesome came at the end of the episode with Hoyt’s flare damaged eye (which was marvelously disgusting) and the throat-slitting of Rizzoli (it looked good and, even better, they gave it sound, which was simultaneously gross enough to make me feel a little queasy and fantastic).

Looking at the big picture, I think I need a few more episodes before I can form a solid opinion about this show. Most of the pilot was focused on Rizzoli, her backstory (Hoyt), her family, her scars (stigmata courtesy of Hoyt), her snark, and her quirks (personalized ringtones for everyone!). The audience is definitely wanting for some more development of Isles. From the show, we know she has an encyclopedia and an awesome pet. From interviews, we know that Sasha Alexander describes her as “the Carrie Bradshaw of crime dramas” (paraphrase), and that eventually her “darker past” will be revealed. For now, I’d be content with hearing her speak more than two sentences in a row.

I’m also unsure of the tone of this show. On the 1-1o scale of fun-to-deadly-serious of crime dramas****, I’d rate Rizzoli & Isles at somewhere between a 4 (CSI: NY-ish) and a 7 (early CSI-ish). But it’s hard to make a call on that without seeing a few regular (read: non-pilot, non-super-serious background story arc) episodes.

Rizzoli & Isles might be incredibly boring. It might be a great addition to TNT’s primetime lineup. I’m honestly not sure what I think, quite yet. At the very least, it is intriguing and well-done enough to hold my interest until the next episode.

Quotes:

“”Man is bound and posed, woman is missing…and a teacup.”

“You were kicked out. For fondling a corpse.”

“It’s not standard procedure to check for evidence of necrophilia”

*See that little science joke there? Pretty good, right? (I’m sooo cool…)

**I really didn’t mean to make an NCIS reference to both leads. It just sort of happened.

***The one exception to good casting is the first dead woman. She is a terrible corpse. She took a huge break RIGHT when the camera was on her. Seriously, lady? It was a .5 second shot! You couldn’t have held it in for that long?

****I actually only just came up with this scale, but it is such a good idea that I think I need to actually fill it out. For now, think 1 = Castle, 10 = …actually, I’m not sure there’s anything as serious as my idea of a 10 out there. 10 = really serious.

This Week 7/12 to 7/18

I caught up on some stuff! Not a lot, but some!

Tonight:
8pm – Lie to Me on FOX
9pm – The Good Guys on FOX
10pm – Rizzoli & Isles (series pilot!) on TNT

TUESDAY:
8pm – Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family
9pm – White Collar (season premiere!) on USA
10pm – Cover Affairs (series pilot!) on USA
10pm – Memphis Beat on TNT

WEDNESDAY:
8pm – So You Think You Can Dance on FOX

THURSDAY:
9pm – Rookie Blue on ABC
9pm – So You Think You Can Dance (results) on FOX
9pm – Moonlight on the CW
9pm – Burn Notice on USA

FRIDAY:

Nothing new is airing.

SATURDAY:
8pm – Persons Unknown on NBC

SUNDAY:
9pm – Leverage on TNT
9pm – Scoundrels on ABC
10pm – The Gates on ABC

Goal for this week: watch and review the premieres of Rizzoli & Isles and Covert Affairs. I’d like to do a lot more. But I could realistically actually accomplish this. Anything more is just a bonus for everyone!

Enjoy your week!