Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.
Now that I have sampled the new fall TV season enough to express an opinion, it is time to announce the list of my ten favorite TV shows at the moment. My list is limited to dramas, because of personal preference — I haven’t really enjoyed any sitcoms since the 1970s, and while I watch American Idol and The Voice, I’m not a big fan of reality television either.
1. Scandal (Thurs. 10pm ABC)
2. The Blacklist (Monday, 10pm, NBC)
3. The Walking Dead (Sun. 9pm, AMC)
4. Homeland (Showtime Sun. 9pm)
5. Person of Interest (Tues. 10pm CBS)
6. Blue Bloods (Fri. 10pm CBS)
7. Covert Affairs (Thurs. 10pm, USA)
8. Revolution (Wed. 8pm NBC)
9. Nashville (Wed. 10pm ABC)
10. Chicago Fire (Tues. 10pm NBC)
James Spader in 'The Blacklist.'
Chicago Fire provides the opportunity to see heroes in action weekly; I try to ignore the soap opera elements.
Nashville works because of the setting, the music and the terrific performances by Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.
Revolution is rounding back into form and the mystery surrounding Aaron’s rebirth is intriguing; so is the sudden reappearance of the United States government.
Covert Affairs is a guilty pleasure as a Jason Bourne-lite with the dynamic female spy played by former Toms River, NJ resident Piper Perabo.
Blue Bloods provides a nice combination of strong family values and solid cop story action. It’s a terrific cast headed by Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg.
Person of Interest is still on my list although I feel like the storylines so far this season aren’t as good as previous seasons.
Homeland started slow, but with the return of Brody this week, the action and intrigue improved.
The Walking Dead had zombies raining from the ceiling in an action-packed return with another medical threat on the horizon. Gee, aren’t the zombies enough?
The Blacklist is the best of a group of unimpressive freshman dramas on the tube. It’s high on my list of must-watch TV thanks to the fabulously wicked performance by James Spader as a master criminal using the FBI as his own personal hit squad.
Scandal is back and better than ever with its DC intrigue and the added “daddy” factor for Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). It is not easy being in love with the president.
So what are your favorite shows?