Winter TV Begins

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Winter is fully upon us and it sucks. Even though we get 1 day of snow usually (think we are up to 3 this season) the wind is getting brutal and all I want to do is stay inside and keep warm in front of the glow of the TV. Here is what is coming up in the next couple of months.

Taboo (FX) – January 10 – 8 part miniseries starring Tom Hardy as James Keziah Delaney, an adventurer who builds his own shipping empire in the early 1800’s.

The Young Pope (HBO) – January 15 – HBO series focuses on Lenny Belardo, the first American Pope in history. Starring Jude Law

Six (History Channel) – January 18 – Centres around Navy SEAL Team Six who discover an American working with the enemy in Afghanistan.

Beware the Slenderman (HBO) – January 23 – HBO documentary focusing on two 12-year-old girls who lured a friend into the woods and stabbed her in attempt to appease the Slender Man from a Creepypasta tale.

Face Off (Space) – January 24 – Season 11 brings back the all-stars for one of the best reality competition shows.

The Magicians (Showcase) – January 25 – Season 2 of what I think of as the adult version of Harry Potter.

Cardinal (CTV) January 25 – Not entirely sure what this about other than a couple of detectives in Northern Ontario investigating the murder of a young girl.

Riverdale (Streaming on Nexflix Canada) – January 26 – Archie comes to the small screen and from the little that I’ve read, it has a bit of a Twin Peaks vibe.

Black Sails (SuperChannel) – January 29 – Season 4, the final season. Sad but I think it will be a great ending.

Legion (FX) – February 8 – X-Men comes to TV with a show a centred around the mutant Legion who is diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – February 12 – Very interested in seeing how John Oliver’s show will be once the new president takes office.

The Walking Dead (AMC) – February 12 – The second part of the season begins. As much as I have not cared for the past couple of seasons, I have actually been enjoying this season.

Taken (NBC) – February 27 – Not sure what to think of this TV adaptation of the Taken movies but it does have Clive Standen (Rollo from Vikings) so I’ll give it a shot.

Marvel’s Iron Fist (Netflix) March 17 – Following in the footsteps of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, I believe Iron Fist is the last character to be introduced before the next Nexflix Marvel series The Defenders brings them all together.

Twin Peaks – May 21 – I binged the original series one Christmas and loved it. Looking forward to seeing this one. Just need to figure out what channel it is airing on in Canada.

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TV Goodness: Fall 2014 – Part 2 – October Premieres

Stalker (Series Premiere) – October 1

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Criminal Minds (S.10) – October 1

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Gracepoint – October 2

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The Originals (S.2) – October 6

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The Flash (Series Premiere) – October 7

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Supernatural (S.10) – October 7

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Arrow (S.3) – October 8

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American Horror Story Freak Show (S.4) – October 8

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The Walking Dead (S.5) – October 12

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The Affair (Series Premiere) – October 19

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Constantine (Series Premiere) – October 24

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Elementary (S.4) – October 30

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Ascension – November 24

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TV Goodness: Fall 2014 – Part 1 – September Premieres

The 2014 Fall TV season has begun!  Here is what I’m looking forward over the next couple of months starting with September.

The League (S.6) – September 3

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Sons of Anarchy (S.7, final season) – September 9

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Z Nation (Series Premiere) – September 12

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The Good Wife (S.6) – September 21

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Gotham (Series Premiere) – September 22

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Sleepy Hollow (S.2) – September 22

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Forever (Series Premiere) – September 22

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Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (S.2) – September 23

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Family Guy/Simpsons Cross-over – September 28

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Brooklyn Nine Nine (S.2) – September 28

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Penny Dreadful (Pilot)

 

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After much anticipation, the new gothic horror show from Showtime Penny Dreadful premiers tonight.  Technically the pilot has been available for the past week or so on demand but the nation wide debut is tonight.

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The Players: Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler); Eva Green (Vanessa Ives); Timothy Dalton (Sir Malcolm); Harry Treadaway (Dr. Victor Frankenstein)

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First Impressions:  The first episode has proven to be quite the introduction to a cast of characters from literature who have been meshed wonderfully with a new set characters to battle the forces of evil in the streets of Victorian London.  The show starts out bloody with a gruesome murder and rolls along introducing us to the main players Ethan Chandler, Vanessa Ives and Sir Malcolm as the trio come together under mysterious circumstances. We follow them through the opium dens of London to the lair of a monster and the crude butcheresque mortuary where a certain Doctor is working on his greatest experiment.  The first episode of Penny Dreadful is quite good and I look forward to seeing more and more of the gothic goodness.

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Salem (2014 – TV Series)

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Premiers on WGN America April 20, 2014

The Gist:  Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, ‘Salem’ explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.  (IMDB: Written by WGN)

Witches & HuntersAzure Parsons (Gloriana); Morgana Shaw (Mab); Janet Montgomery (Mary Sibley); Seth Gabel (Cotton Mather); Xander Berkeley (Magistrate Hale); Shane West (John Alden); Ashley Madekwe (Tituba ); Elise Eberle (Mercy Lewis)

Thoughts: I’m looking forward to giving this one a try and seeing how they develop the story of the Salem Witch Trials and how much supernatural elements take the place of reality.

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Winter 2014 – TV for Cold Nights

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Winter is still hanging around and one of the ways to escape the cold and wet of the season is to dive into some new and returning shows for Winter 2014.  I present a list of the TV goodness that I am enjoying.

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Hannibal

Justified

Banshee

Rick & Morty

Bates Motel

Game of Thrones – Not out til April but I can’t wait

October Reflections: The Walking Dead

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The countdown to the beginning of Season 4 of The Walking Dead has started.  We are less than a week from the premiere and I am hoping this will be another good season like Season 3 but better.  Here we have an overview of the past 3 seasons and a preview of Season 4.

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Season 1:  The Walking Dead debuted on October 31, 2010 and the first episode, Days Gone By, was amazing.  The way that Rick stumbles into a devastated world with no idea of what has happened and being somewhat impaired from being in coma, is so well done.  The fear, hopelessness and confusion that he is experiencing is shown well and Andrew Lincoln plays Rick perfectly. The season only had 6 episodes and unfortunately they didn’t all maintain the momentum of the first one.  They weren’t bad but it felt like more of the story could have been told and developed in those episodes.

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Season 2: Enter the second season.  It started out well, the first couple of episodes were good but it didn’t last as the survivors settled onto the farm.  Out of the 3 seasons, this was defiantly the weakest.  There were some good moments but overall, this one spent too much time with the group not doing a lot other than struggling to make a safe home.  Yes, that might be what people would do but it was just boring. All I could hope was that Season 3 would bring the show back to the great story telling of the first episode in Season 1.

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Season 3: This season certainly was an improvement over Season 1 and much better than Season 2.  It still had some flaws and weak story points but all in all, this was the best season so far.  We saw the introduction of Tyrese, Michonne and The Governor and there were surprising deaths, a new life and the characters continued to evolve in a ruined world.

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Season 4: The previous season saw tragic endings and traumatic new beginnings and Rick taking on a new group of survivors.  This could be a good thing or a bad thing; safety in numbers but judging from the preview, women and children are perfect Walker bait.  And it appears that someone is messing with the survivors and releasing Walkers into the prison (again).  Hopefully this season will be good and bring out more elements of horror and not just be post apocalyptic home making in prison.

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American Horror Story

American Horror Story – Premiers October 5 on FX

The Gist – A couple and their teenage daughter move into a haunted house in San Francisco…seriously that’s about all I’ve been able to put together about this new series debuting on FX on October 5.  From the imagery it looks totally bizarre.  The Rubber Man, as pictured in the above advertisement, is a character in the series; to what capacity remains to be seen.  From the little I have read and seen in trailers, it kind of looks like a haunted house mixed with Twin Peaks.  But we shall see.

The Haunted & Haunters – Leading the cast is Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton playing Ben and Vivien Harmon, the couple who move into the haunted house along with their daughter Violet Harmon played Taissa Framiga.  Taking on co-starring roles are well known actors such as Jessica Lange (playing Constance), Denis O’Hare (as Larry the Burn Guy) and Frances Conroy (Housekeeper).

Why am I looking forward to this?  Well, just look at the imagery!  Totally freaky.  It’s worth checking out the 10-20 second sneak peeks on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1844624/videogallery.  I can not wait to check this out.  October is already the best month of the year but with shows like this and the second season of The Walking Dead to look forward to…I love it!