New TV Season: Shows Worth Following As Characters and Plots Grow

Television seems to be stepping up its game with a few shows you can sink your teeth into. I couldn’t stomach bachelors and weepy femme fatales; or sweaty people trying to pull off the illusion they are abandoned in the wilds. I never saw anything but the commercials and I swear I could smell body odor. I’m giving American Idol another try this year simply because they now have Harry Connick, Jr. on the judge’s panel. Veeerrrreee eeeentheresthing.

I’ll start with Almost Human starring Karl Urban (pictured above) and Michael Ealy (pictured below).

Almost Human – Tonight – FOX – 8 p.m. ET – Arrythmia

I’ve seen a few episodes of Almost Human on FOX, a futuristic series set in 2048. Crime, because of runaway technology, has escalated to the point that it is out of control. To combat this overwhelming situation, police officers are now each paired.with a crime-fighting android. Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban) has reason to hate androids, as he and his wounded partner were abandoned by one in a desperate situation. A subsequent explosion kills his partner and takes off Kennex’s leg. After 17 months in a coma, he wakes to find he has a cybernetic leg and huge holes in his memory. His memory is being restored through clandestine visits to a Restorationist in an unsavory part of town.

At first, when he re-enters the police force, he is given a standard model android partner, which he promptly throws out of a moving car. He is subsequently paired with an older android whose model is being phased out. The DRN was created to be as close to human as possible, but found it had trouble dealing with some of the too-human emotions encountered as a member of the police force. The dynamics between Kennex and his android partner Dorian (Michael Ealy), are intriguing. The dialogue is fresh. And Dorian continues to prove his worth.

I’m looking forward to checking out the entire first season, as I move into the second. I’ve read where this TV show’s star is on the rise.

Reese and Finch in Person of Interest; Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson

Person of Interest – CBS – Premiered Jan 7 – Time Slot Tue. 10 p.m.

Det. Joss Carter

Mike and I have watched Person of Interest faithfully since its premiere in 2011. Last season’s death of Detective Joss Carter (Taraji P. Henson) was a blow, since she had become a beloved character among the group of crime-stoppers.

Person of Interest has a unique cast of characters, who are portrayed by actors who make their roles human and believable in extraordinary circumstances — or, in some cases, really weird and out there in uncanny circumstances. For any one of them to be eliminated from the cast leaves a hole that will be hard to fill. The plot continues to move forward, not sitting in one spot until it becomes stagnant and stale. And from what I’ve read, the next season should be even more exciting and intriguing. Here is an excellent article on what’s in store for the new season: http://io9.com/person-of-interests-producers-tell-us-what-the-machine-1498754032 . Here’s a link to a good article on the show’s qualities, with some great comments well worth reading on both links.http://www.avclub.com/review/aletheia-106715

For those late-comers who need to catch up, try the Wikipedia article for the full background. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person_of_Interest_(TV_series)

Dum-da-dum-dum-DUMMMM. Sherlock’s coming!!!!

Sherlock – BBC Series – Airs in U.S. Jan 19 on PBS – Greatest Show in Town!!!

Benedict Cumberbatch is back as the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. And he’s the best Holmes ever to hit the airwaves along with his sometimes reluctant assistant, Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman). This is the third season for this iconic duo and breathlessly awaited by fans on both sides of the pond. Okay. Breeethe. If you haven’t seen Sherlock, it’s a bucket list item of things you must see before you die.

Last season was – well, not so much a cliffhanger as . . . mmmm . . . suspended animation. We saw Sherlock Holmes die. He dived off a high building. This is a modern version of the original Arthur Conan Doyle story entitled “The Final Problem”, where he kills off Sherlock. Unfortunately for Doyle, but fortunately for us, the public demanded his resurrection.

So, now we await the resurrection of Benedict Cumberbatch as our hero. Believe me, Sherlock is a smash hit both near and far and is one of the most talked about shows among a wide variety of fans. This show is a rare anomaly in that it’s based on a classic icon, but dares to deviate enough to have its own personality and identity. Gosh guys, you gotta see this show!!! Absolutely the best ever. Oh, did I mention I like it?:)

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