Tuesday, July 15, 2008

'Clean' Start

Benjamin Bratt returns to series TV tonight, and A&E returns to scripted drama for a change with the debut of the new series "The Cleaner" (A&E, 10 p.m.)

Reportedly based on a real-life story, the series revolves around a recovering drug addict (Bratt) who, along with his team of recovering addicts, intervene with drug abusers by forcing them into rehab. But with Bratt devoting his time to his work, his family remains neglected.

I've seen mixed reviews of the series; some credit the acting and the grittiness and say it is worth your time; others think the stories are too over the top.

I've been disappointed with A&E for several years now because they abandoned their original format of quality entertainment in favor of various reality type shows such as "Dog The Bounty Hunter." Indeed, the popularity of the reality show "Intervention" on the network is getting credit for A&E's willingness to give "The Cleaner" a shot.

Fans of Bratt may want to check the series out, since he's being given credit for his best work since his "Law & Order" days. (What, the critics didn't like him in "Catwoman?")

R.I.P. - The relationship between Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel. I was rooting for those kids. But at least their dalliances with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will live forever on YouTube.

TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: Josh Hamilton's performance in Monday's Home Run Derby should get the juices flowing for MLB's 79th All-Star Game (Fox, 8 p.m.) BTW, I did call Justin Morneau winning the contest in yesterday's posting. Yay, me.

Other networks are offering lesser forms of competitive events: ABC airs "Wipeout" and "I Survived a Japanese Game Show" from 8-10 p.m.; CBS has "Big Brother" at 9 p.m.; and NBC offers "Celebrity Family Feud" and "America's Got Talent." Yep, baseball it is.

Of course, if you want extreme reality, then the delightfully titled "Hurl" (G4, 9 p.m.) is for you as contestants battle to control their regurgitative ability. Oddly, the network elected not to show the actual spewed materials, making one wonder if they truly know their audience.

Hey, I don't create the shows, I just tell you when they are on.


zodin2008 said...

Re: Silverman and Kimmel - should we be blaming Matt Damon...?


I thought about watching the Bratt show on A&E but then I 1) read the reviews and B) remembered it was on A&E which has nothing of note. It's not like A&E was suddenly going to become the next AMC or FX and this would suddenly be of the level of quality of "Mad Men" or "The Shield".

You may have called Morneau but don't brag. Baseball needs to fix it's rules. It's criminal beyond belief that Hamilton put on a show for the ages with 28 first round homers, but because of Selig's asinine rules and they aren't cumulative, Morneau won on a technicality - even Morneau says Hamilton was the real winner.

Phillip Ramati said...

The HR derby rules were long in place before Selig. And Hamilton could've quit anytime he wanted to save his strength for later on.
Making the HRs cumulitve would have meant that Hamilton would have had such a huge lead, the rest of the contest would've been moot.

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