Justified is back on for its third season next week and I’m having trouble containing my excitement. I love myself some Raylan and Boyd interactions, and I can’t wait to see how they handle the fate of Mags Bennett. Episode 13 of Season 2 is one of the best episodes of TV I’ve seen. Well done by everyone.
But the real reason for my post is to rave about a few new shows I’ve been loving this year. Person of Interest stars Jim Caviezel and Ben Emerson as Mr. Reese and Mr. Finch, respectively. They team up to fight crime — but only as you can in the 21st century. Mr. Finch created a machine for the government to help prevent another 9/11. The machine processes millions and millions of data points and eventually issues a social security number of a person who is going to be involved in violence — perpetrators and victims alike — and they work to prevent whatever is going to happen. Mr. Finch recruited Mr. Reese to handle the actual prevention portion, as he’s a serious badass trained by the government who could probably kill you with a look if he really, really wanted to. The show is incredibly smart and action-packed, making for a perfect combo (at least in our house) to make everyone happy.
A Gifted Man stars Patrick Wilson as Dr. Michael Holt. Wilson starred in the fantastic movie Hard Candy (not for the fainthearted!) and is an incredible actor. The show also stars Margot Martindale (she played Mags Bennett in Justified and we’re coming full circle now!) as his tough-as-nails-with-a-heart-of-gold assistant. He’s a brilliant neurosurgeon working in the best hospital when he finds out his ex-wife, who ran a free clinic, has died and has started haunting him to finish her work. While the show can be incredibly formulaic and seriously predictable, the actors and characters are enough to keep me interested week after week, even when I roll my eyes at what’s coming next. I’m also loving Pablo Schreiber, who plays a shaman working with “Brother Mike” — kind of whether he wants him to or not. There is a story arc but you can jump in at any point without missing much.
Selling LA on HGTV, a spin-off of the popular Selling New York, shows the incredible upscale real estate market in LA with all things fabulous — from the realtors themselves, to the clients and especially the gorgeous homes. It’s seriously over the top but that’s exactly what I want in a reality show about LA real estate.
It’s a Brad, Brad World on Bravo stars Brad Goreski, who gained fame on The Rachel Zoe Project as Rachel Zoe’s assistant. I prefer the original show over the new spin-off, but it’s still pretty good. It can be a little exhausting listening to Brad whine about opening boxes and just wanting to already be a super stylist without actually doing the work to get there, but his boyfriend Gary Janetti kind of makes up for it. He’s hilarious and a good foil to Brad’s over-the-top personality. I mostly watch for the gorgeous clothes and the trips to Fashion Week, along with the total mindless entertainment.
What’s new to your DVR that we need to add ASAP?