All this week, PopMatters highlights the new shows premiering on cable and broadcast channels with in-depth reviews and trailers.
Monday, December 6 2010
Men of a Certain Age is a departure from the glorified perpetual adolescence that has plagued characterizations of men in movies over the last few years and in television for the last few decades.
Wednesday, November 17 2010
With a billionaire benefactor in charge of the team, the show seems set to go to even more exotic locales in Season Two.
Wednesday, November 3 2010
Unlike vengeance, gossip is not a dish best served cold. Neither is it served by lack of imagination.
Monday, October 25 2010
As the third season of HBO’s In Treatment begins, Brooklyn-based psychoanalyst Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne) appears more unhappy than any of his three new patients.
Monday, October 18 2010
The pay-off for persistence with Luther is so rich that it is worth suspending judgment on the show for its first episode.
Friday, October 15 2010
Watching Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, one begins to wonder whether the truth truly is out there. Ventura persists because, as he explained in an interview with PopMatters, it's our civic duty.
Monday, October 11 2010
Hardcover Mysteries explores some of the most sensational cases in American crime and their bleeding into crime fiction.
Wednesday, October 6 2010
Steven Seagal's one expression is appropriate for nearly every occasion in Steven Seagal: Lawman.
Monday, October 4 2010
Now surrounded by women in Lie to Me's third season, Tim Roth's Cal Lightman may have to recalculate his distractions.
Sunday, October 3 2010
A 20-year-old American show, reworked for British audiences, re-imported to the U.S. One can't help thinking, "What's the point?"
Deadliest Roads creates a palpable sense of white-knuckle fear that's mostly absent from the original Ice Road Truckers.
Thursday, September 30 2010
The classmates' 28-year-old incarnations are just as one-sided and vacuous as their high school nicknames.
Tuesday, September 28 2010
No Ordinary Family is off to a promising start, tweaking a lot of superhero conventions without seeming like a parody.
Monday, September 27 2010
Unfortunately, the best bits of the Grey's Anatomy premiere were the flashbacks to the finale, though their impact was watered down considerably.
Sunday, September 26 2010
You'd think that with 16 previous seasons of The Amazing Race to watch, new team members would know to learn how to drive a stick shift before starting the race.
Dexter ponders his lack of humanity and Rita's enormous capacity to love. All true, but nothing new.
Friday, September 24 2010
When this much-anticipated premiere briefly imploded into a big emotional mess and we could love it all the same, that just might be meta storytelling at its most sophisticated.
In The Whole Truth, there are no easy answers, but the difficulty doesn't tax viewers' intellectual curiosity so much as their patience.
Detroit 1-8-7 has a long way to go before it comes close to equaling Homicide, but it's off to a promising start.
What is Better With You trying to accomplish? It wants to be Friends.
To her credit, guest star Jennifer Aniston went all out to be weird and at least a little unlikable.
Thursday, September 23 2010
Outsourced is not a satire of current corporate practices. Neither does it have much to say about the politics of outsourcing jobs to India or other sites of "cheap labor."
Get used to wondering. As Fringe leaves each Olivia in the other’s world, it opens up a season’s worth of plots.
The real target of The Big Bang Theory's satire is the arbitrary, self-serving stupidity of mainstream culture.
A love letter to group synergy and the fruits of hard labor, the Season Six premiere makes its own case for the team's existence.
With very little character development beyond “irascibly grumpy,” his masculinity seems Ed’s sole identifying quality.
Wednesday, September 22 2010
Stars Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw help make Undercovers a slick and entertaining hour of television.
Tuesday, September 21 2010
Virginia, played by the incomparable Martha Plimpton, can be downright poignant. She works as a maid, a job that hasn't exactly sweetened her on life.
On paper, Running Wilde looks like the second coming of Arrested Development.
Hawaii Five-O’s looks, charm, and attitude may get mainlanders to take up surfing -- but not among channels.
Laura Poitras' superb documentary, The Oath, follows Abu Jandal, but doesn't quite figure him out.
Monday, September 20 2010
The CW's Supernatural returns for its sixth season on 24 September in its new Friday night time slot. For five years Dean and Sam Winchester have have been on a road trip through "the old, weird America" in an effort to forestall the Apocalypse and battle pure evil.
There is, of course, a risk in House and Cuddy finally consummating their relationship (Moonlighting, anyone?).
Perhaps we are ready to discuss weight and size more openly. Mike & Molly does its part by showcasing some common insensitivities.
Hawaii Five-0's first sequence is smartly staged action, fast-paced and technically impressive.
Lone Star suggests that being human has nothing to do with conscience and empathy and everything to do with how well you deliver the performance your audience expects.
Chase might want to toss out everything else and just give us a full hour of nonstop chase.
In order for The Event to work as a series, a metaphor or sociopolitical commentary, it’s going to have to commit to a clear direction.
Sunday, September 19 2010
HBO's glossy new Prohibition-era gangster series has a powerful lead in Steve Buscemi's Atlantic City operator, but a story that takes several episodes to catch fire.
Heartland offers the ranch as an environment free from parental control, but without any of the implacable obligations or unexpected dangers such freedom might entail.
This is how the world works, when you're not at war. You can't expect human beings to meet your expectations, observes horse whisperer Monty Roberts. You can only "take what comes."