What are your favorite TV shows of all time? Here are some recommendations. Get your popcorn ready and enjoy the shows!
I don’t know about you, but I’m a summer person. It’s freakin’ cold out and I want to be indoors watching some great television. My mouse is tired from me googling high and low to come up with what looks like the most exciting upcoming TV shows worth mentioning. Here they are:
HBO’s “True Detective” looks way promising. Louisiana State Police detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) revisit a homicide case from 1995. The suspenseful drama thriller is written and created by Nic Pizzolatto (“The Killing”) and directed by Cary Fukunaga (“Jane Eyre”). McConaughey said, “The actual murder mystery becomes the track that these guys are on, but the real story is who these guys are — who they seem to be and who they’re not.”
I’ve got high hopes for this one as the best TV shows of all time:
The second season of FOXTV’s “The Following” begins. It’s one year later and Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is doing well. He’s quit drinking, going to AA meetings, eating healthy and exercising. Now teaching criminology, Ryan is determined to stay far away from all things Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), who is presumed dead after the cliffhanger fire from last season’s finale. On the surface, Ryan’s prospects are looking good, but deep down he’s still obsessed with the darkness of his past job and righting wrongs. One minute he’s like, “Hey, I’m fine,” the next minute he finds himself drawn into murder and New York City mayhem on subways. Sociopath Emma Hill (Valorie Curry) is back. So is Joe’s ex-wife, Claire Matthews (Natalie Zea), but it seems her part may be very small this season. It’s looking good for this series.
NBC’s “Hannibal” returns for season two. Yay! We left off with Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) framed by his “friend” Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and stuck behind bars in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Writer and executive producer Bryan Fuller said, “Will Graham needs to go on trial for the murders he may or may not have committed.” He also said Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) will be brought before a review board for his participation in what happened to Will. Fuller said, “Hannibal, as Will’s psychiatrist, is going to continue to try to help Will see the truth that Hannibal wants him to see.” Fuller spoke about Hannibal, “He’s fascinated by his fascination with Will. He is curious about this change that’s come over him. Maybe his ultimate downfall is his attraction and affection for Will Graham.… Now, Will has nothing to lose, and he will be a very dangerous dance partner for Hannibal Lecter.” Dr. Chilton (Raúl Esparza) is back in all of his creepy glory. Ooh. I can’t wait. The half-million-plus Facebook Fannibals are all atwitter.
Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” is coming back! April showers bring the sixth season for the drug-challenged ER rebel played by Edie Falco. The cliffhanger for season five ended with Jackie swallowing a pill after two seasons sober. Clyde Phillips, showrunner since season five, said, “I don’t know that the audience wants to see a sober drug addict for another couple years.” I sure don’t. It’s much more fun watching Jackie make messes. Eve Best, who plays Jackie’s best friend, Dr. Eleanor O’Hara, will not be back. Producer Richie Jackson said, “It was her choice. She wanted to move back to London and devote time to theater work there.” Thank goodness Zoey (Merritt Wever) is still in; I’d be inconsolable if she left. I. Can’t. Wait.
“The Americans” on FX is back for season two. A married couple, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) living in Washington, D.C. during Reagan’s ’80s, are deep undercover spies for the U.S.S.R. They’ve been living and working in the U.S. for over a decade, going about their jobs and lives, reporting to superiors and receiving orders via “safe-drops,” and raising two unsuspecting children (Holly Taylor and Keidrich Sellati). Their next door neighbor Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) is an equally unsuspecting FBI agent, also married, who seduces a young exotic Russian woman who works at the Russian Embassy, exploiting her to spy on her superiors with the promise of refuge in the U.S. The cloak and dagger antics of spy vs. agent are a metaphor for the trials and tribulations of marriage, which is really the spine and central idea of the show — love and commitment to country counterbalanced by love and commitment to spouse and family. The writing and acting provide feats of tightrope-walking as the stakes rise and characters are pushed to their limits. Trust me, it’s fun. Oh, and the series creator is a former CIA officer.