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.
With the Phillies long eliminated and the Eagles in rebuilding mode, the Sixers expected to tank the season and who knows with the Flyers, it’s a good thing that the Fall TV season is upon us. My interest is mostly centered on returning favorites, but as a fan of dramas, the new shows that have piqued my interest are the serious ones. Not to mention that I’m looking forward to the final two episodes of the fascinating FX series The Bridge, which was my favorite summer series.
Here is my current list of most anticipated TV shows, both old and new.
Homeland — Newly minted Emmy winner Claire Danes returns as our favorite mentally ill homeland security specialist who just let her terrorist lover (Damian Lewis) escape. I can’t wait for the season debut this Sunday.
Person of Interest — Jonathan Nolan was ahead of the curve when he came up with the notion that we aren’t all paranoid, “Big Brother” is watching us all the time. Luckily the show he created is a lot of fun thanks to a superior cast headed by hunky Jim Caviezel and nerdy Michael Emerson.
Scandal — An insanely crazy look at Washington, DC insiders; we root for a president who didn’t really win and is a murderer to boot! Kerry Washington is fabulous as the D.C. fixer with way too many problems of her own.
Elementary — I was surprised how much I enjoyed this modern dress look at Sherlock Holmes and his doctor companion (Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu) solving crimes with panache.
Revolution — We had to wait so long for the second half of the season last year and it doesn’t always work, but I’m still engaged by the possibilities of surviving in a post-disaster world. Not to mention I love Billy Burke.
The Blacklist — James Spader was a blast in the debut of this show that presents some fascinating possibilities with its deliberate “Silence of the Lamb” vibe.
Criminal Minds — The cast just keeps rolling along and the stories are always solid.
CSI — Another show that manages to endure cast changes and just keep rolling, again thanks to solid storytelling.
Grimm — This has to rate as a guilty pleasure, with its tale of monsters and the cop who finds out he was born to the task of stopping them. It must be my German heritage that has made me a fan, or maybe it is gorgeous David Giuntoli.
Chicago Fire — Yes, the plot is pure soap opera in the work place, but I love the broad range of characters and the hero moments are thrilling.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — I’m so happy that Clark Gregg was brought back to life to star as Agent Coulson in this Joss Whedon-designed sequel to his popular Avengers movie. The opening episode was just about what I expected.