Thursday, June 28, 2007

Notice To Get Burned

Sorry for skipping out yesterday, but it's been a busy week. I hope no one wasn't able to watch TV last night because of it.

Jeffrey Donovan is one of those interesting, if unheard of, actors whose projects I usually enjoy. I was probably one of six people who watched his "Touching Evil" a few years on USA, which I enjoyed before the show was yanked.

Donovan returns to USA tonight in a new series called "Burn Notice" (USA, 10 p.m.) Though its series usually aren't in the class of FX or HBO, USA does put some decent programming out there with shows like "Monk," "The Dead Zone" and "The 4400," among others, so this one might be worth a look.

Donovan plays former spy Michael Weston, who learns on an assignment that he has been fired from his job. In spy lingo, he has received his burn notice. Now shunned by the rest of the spy world and having all of his accounts frozen, Weston returns to his home of Miami to apply his skills as a private detective.

The tone of the series is a comic-drama, not unlike "Monk" or "Psych." The show also has a good supporting cast, including Gabrielle Anwar as Weston's ex-girlfriend; Sharon Gless as his mom; and the one and only Bruce Campbell as Weston's friend. C'mon, it's worth watching alone just for Bruce Campbell.

TV NEWS: The absolutely frakkin' gorgeous Sophia Myles has been added to the cast of CBS' "Moonlight," the vampire drama that rips off "Angel," further compelling me to give the show a shot. Myles replaces Shannon Lucio, who was cast in the original pilot. Also, Jason Dohring of "Veronica Mars" will replace Rade Serbedzija as Josef, an elder vampire who stirs up the plot. ...

Oxygen is giving aspiring TV producers a shot at creating their own sitcom. Create-A-Series Comedy Competition will run on the network's SheDidWhat.tv broadband site, and will be judged by former "Saturday Night Live" star Molly Shannon. Competition opened on Tuesday and runs through August. For more information, visit http://www.oxygen.com/createaseries. ...

In a move signalling comedy is truly dead on ABC, the network renewed the previously cancelled "According To Jim" yesterday. Rumor is, it might be because the new Geico caveman-inspired series is SO bad that "According To Jim" is looking like the better choice, which truly boggles the mind. (No offense to the "According To Jim" fans out there; I'm sure both of you are delighted at the news).

TONIGHT'S BEST BETS: "Studio 60" (NBC, 10 p.m.) ends what has been a terrific run since its return last month, wrapping up its various storylines: Will Jordan survive her surgery? Will Tom's brother be rescued? Will Matt and Harriet get back together? (It sounds more like a soap opera than a show about a comedy series). It's a shame too many viewers jumped ship, because the series really found its sea legs over the past four weeks.

Also on at a busy 10 p.m. hour is Bravo's new reality series, "Hey Paula," which centers on "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul. If nothing else, you have to believe Abdul will provide them with a lot of material, much of which will be unintentional.

If you missed "Men In Trees" the first time around, tonight is your chance to catch the pilot (ABC, 10 p.m.) which is being shown once more.

And finally, for the sports nuts, the 2007 NBA Draft (ESPN, 7 p.m.) airs tonight. Unlike the NFL draft, at least this one is just two rounds. And, after Greg Oden and Kevin Durant are picked, there is some mystery as to whom will be taken next.

1 comment:

zodin2008 said...

Phillip,

I was one of those other 6 or so viewers of "Touching Evil" on USA (a few years back) co-starring a THEN unknown, Vera Farmiga, who recently danced in the land of the heavyweights as the female lead in Martin Scorcese's Oscar Winning film, "The Departed" (she was love interest to both Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio).

"Burn Notice" sounds like an interesting little Summer series so I will check it out.

Wow, we clearly have different taste in women. I looked up both Sophia Myles and Shannon Lucio on IMDB after the news rolled out about the switching on the new CBS Vampire Drama, and I though Lucio was far more gorgeous. To each their own but very interesting to hear one 'Logan Echolls' being cast on the show as well. Huh.

What you missed by not previewing Wednesday night was another new installment of the best show on Television during the Summer months (and one of the best all around shows each year), "Rescue Me". I know you're a die hard fan as well, so I will let it pass. Last night's rather shocking ending was definitely surprising and not surprising at the same time, especially if you consider the way this particular character (the Chief) was reacting to leaving the station house--against his will.

It's great that he at least came through for Tommy in his one last act of bravery.

Finally, with the news that ABC answered no one's prayers and is bringing back, "According to Jim", my only thought is that all those "Jericho" fans who sent NUTS to CBS for canceling "Jericho", should now send those same bags of nuts to ABC, meaning "Are you nuts for bringing this show back?"