July 2012

'Dancing With the Stars,' the All-Stars version brings back old favorites

Who will take home this season's Mirror Ball trophy?

Get ready for some familiar faces during the upcoming season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars. The network is bringing back many of the toughest competitors from the previous 14 seasons of DWTS for another spin on the dance floor.

ABC announced the lineup of competitors for the next Dancing With the Stars season late last week, and the roster includes several previous winners. Mark your calendars for the DWTS All-Stars premiere on September 24, 2012.

'The Bachelorette' finale: Are Emily Maynard and Jef Holm engaged?

What does the future hold?

For years, I've sworn I don't watch reality television shows. For the most part, that's true -- with one big exception: This year, I watched every single minute of ABC's The Bachelorette. Why? I'm not sure, exactly. I genuinely like Emily Maynard, that's one big thing, but I also decided there must be a reason my normally sane female friends are gushing about this show.

What a ride! I get it, now. This was quite a tumultuous journey, but as you probably already know by now, Emily chose Jef Holm, a Utah entrepreneur who is charming, adorable and super successful. More than that, he loves Emily -- clearly.

‘Mockingbird Lane’ - ‘The Munsters’ Return…Sort Of

It’s a subject that very few that I’ve talked to have an opinion on - the return of the age-old classic The Munsters.  Rather than being a proper reboot, however, this new version is promising to be something that is the same and yet so much more.  Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer are both involved in the project and are saying that the new version - titled Mockingbird Lane - will be what The Munsters would have been if it were taken seriously and given a dark, raw edge.

I know I’ll hear the argument that the original Munsters was nothing more than a rip-off of The Addams Family, and those who say this are right to a degree.  But there’s a reason that The Munsters lasted 70 episodes.  It had a certain appeal, no matter how goofy it might have been, that resonated with audiences.  To be frank, I’d have a hard time going back and trying to rewatch the series now - I am simply too jaded for that after 25 years away from the innocence of my Saturday morning childhood routine.  But I’d love to see what Singer and Fuller have to make of their reboot.

2012 Emmy nominations are out: Did your favorite make the cut?

Big snubs and a few surprises

I don't know why it even matters which shows/actors get nominated for Emmy Awards each year, because my favorites almost always get snubbed. That being said, I still pay attention to awards shows, and the Emmys are no exception. Today's announcement of the nominees for the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards brought a mixed bag for me -- some cheers, some jeers.

Fans of Mad Men, rejoice: the AMC drama tied with FX's American Horror Story for the most 2012 Emmy nominations, with 17 each. This is just my opinion, but I think both shows deserved each and every one of their nominations (including best drama). Agree? Disagree? Want more information about who got nominated?

TV wrap up: A solid new USA Network miniseries and an update on 'The Newsroom'

I jumped the gun: 'The Newsroom' is great and getting better.

Just a few short weeks ago, I reviewed HBO's new drama The Newsroom. I wasn't overly enthusiastic about it, after seeing the premiere episode. I decided I'd keep watching, to see if it improved -- and I'm so glad I did. Because The Newsroom gets better and better, with each passing Sunday night.

And while we're discussing good TV shows, I'm throwing another one into the mix: USA's Political Animals. This miniseries debuted tonight, and it's really worth watching. The cast, the subject matter -- just everything is compelling.

'NY Med:' Finally, a summer show that's worth watching

ABC medical documentary was fantastic

Finally, I've found the perfect summer show for my tastes: ABC's medical documentary NY Med. The show premiered earlier this week, so if you missed it, just know it's on Tuesday nights and hit that DVR to record it. You'll thank me if you loved (like I did) Hopkins in 2008 and then Boston Med in 2010 (all three have same producer).

I have to tell you that the first NY Med episode starts off with a rather unsettling treatment for a gentleman who has taken a Cialis and, well, he's still feeling the effects. Just trust me. It's cringe-worthy, but interesting.

Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management' may be in trouble

New FX show lost a lot of viewers in week two.

By now I'm thinking everyone realizes that I'm not a huge fan of summer TV. I've had a lot of trouble over the years finding any new shows during the hottest months of the year, and that may be (in part) because I'm not a huge reality TV fan. I will admit to watching The Bachelorette, but that's about it. I sample all the new shows I can, decide in week one whether I'll DVR them for later, and that's pretty much that.

I made a snap decision after watching the premiere of Charlie Sheen's new FX comedy, Anger Management: I was done after just one episode.

‘Game of Thrones’ - A few compliments

If there's one thing I love to talk about, it’s Game of Thrones.  Last week I gave the series a good bashing, so I decided that, in order to even the playing field (and perhaps repair my karma), this week I would talk about some of the things I thought they did really well in the HBO adaptation.

The first thing that comes to mind is the way the show looks.  The sets, costuming, special effects and camerawork are seriously professional.  This attention to detail helps to draw people in to the series and creates a magnificent representation of the realistic world that George R.R. Martin spent years creating.  The show is, in no uncertain terms, beautiful to watch.

ABC's true-crime series 'Final Witness' premieres

Show tells stories from victims' perspectives.

I realize I harp too much about the weak summer TV programming, but I can't help it: This is the time of year when I actually do have enough time to plant myself in front of the television for some serious viewing. The choices, quite honestly, almost always stink!

It was with great trepidation that I decided to check out ABC's latest summer offering, Final Witness. This is a true-crime drama that re-enacts gruesome real-life events using a combination of actors and actual crime scene photos, videos and more. But hey, it was a boring Thursday night, so I figured I'd give this one a go.

"Final Witness" Summer, 2012 promo. ABC TV