Two new shows are premiering this week that I suggest you watch. The first being “The Killing” on AMC. AMC already has three successful TV shows in “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.” All of which are phenomenal. They also ran one season of “Rubicon,” which I really enjoyed, but it didn’t draw high enough ratings for them to justify a second season. At this point, AMC is 3 for 4 with new shows and “The Killing” looks to make it 4 for 5. It’s a crime drama that tracks one murder investigation through the whole season. Alan Sepinwall puts it best by saying “It’s more televised crime novel than traditional TV cop show.” Watch the first two episodes on AMC Sunday night at 9pm and then jump over to HitFix for Sepinwall’s review.
The second show I’m starting this week is “The Borgias.” From what I’ve read, it looks like it is “The Tudors” 2.0. I never watched “The Tudors” but “The Borgias” seems promising as it is about the 15th century Spanish family of Rodrigo Borgias. The show follows Rodrigo becoming one of the most controversial popes ever. My knowledge of the history of Catholicism is very limited, but the show isn’t going to follow history exactly as it played out. While I am more excited about “The Killing,” I’ll give this one a shot for a couple weeks.
Anyway, here are this week’s rankings:
1. Archer – El Secuestro (PW: 3)
FX – Thursday @ 10pm
Archer just keeps getting better. This week, we find out that Cheryl Carol Cheryl is actually from the Tunt family and is worth millions. In typical Archer fashion, Pam gets kidnapped instead of Cheryl. It’s up to Archer and Gillette to rescue Pam while Malory has Cyril and Lana protect her new investment, Cheryl. We got more of the same Archer humor that we all love: Archer playing with an ocelot, Archer thinking the kidnappers are cyborgs, and Archer arguing about turtlenecks. Keep up the great work Archer.
2. Justified – The Spoil (PW: 4)
FX – Wednesday @ 10pm
I want to go up to Mags’ place for the whoop-de-doo! On second thought, I don’t. I don’t even know what a whoop-de-doo is and she scares me a little. All of the Bennetts scare me a little. Scratch that… they scare me a lot. Mags and Dickie have the brains while Coover has the brawn. I finally got the episode I’ve been waiting for. We got a lot of time with the Bennetts and it was as glorious as I had hoped. This is the point in the season where it starts to get serious. You can tell we are on the verge of some major stuff going down. I can’t wait.
3. Californication – And Justice for All (PW: 7)
Showtime – Sunday @ 9pm
Probation. Am I the only one who thought Hank got off super easy? Three years probation, $25,000 fine and 12 days of community service doesn’t seem too harsh considering the fact that we were told the judge wanted to make an example out of him. But it makes sense. The show can’t continue with Hank in jail for an extended period of time so they had to come up with a way for him to face a stiff penalty without having to go to jail. We’ve probably seen the end of the Rob Lowe cameos but I’ve loved them. He was awesome playing the role of movie version Hank Moody. Next season should be interesting as Hank sees this as being the first day of the rest of his life. He needs a change.
4. United States of Tara – …youwillnotwin… (PW: NR)
Showtime – Monday @ 10:30pm
I’ve spent the last two weeks blowing through Tara episodes so that I could get caught up in time for the premier. I did it, but I wasn’t overly impressed with the start to this season. However, this episode did do a lot to set up the rest of the season by establishing where Kate is living and what Tara’s next project is. While I never expect a TV show to be completely realistic, I was disappointed with their depiction of Tara registering for classes. First of all, if a class is beyond full and you’re trying to register for it after classes have already started, you can’t just go to talk to the professor and get in. It just isn’t that easy. Second, since when do professors have huge offices like that? His office was bigger than some of the classrooms I’ve been in. Aside from that, it was a decent episode. Towards the end, we may have had our first glimpse at another of Tara’s alters while she was struggling with writing her paper. Should be an interesting season. Tara always is.
5. The Amazing Race – I Feel Like a Monkey in a Circus Parade (PW: 8 )
CBS – Sunday @ 8pm
Apparently, this was the Snapple episode as Snapple made no attempt to hide their presence. Everything in the episode seemed to revolve around Snapple and it got a little annoying. But outside of that, I never get tired of watching the crazy driving in other countries. I would give myself fifteen seconds on the road in India before I was in an accident. Although, anyone who knows me knows that I would probably get into an accident backing out of the parking spot. It was a good episode for the Globetrotters again and it was hilarious watching them trick Malory into thinking they needed to find the clue box. For some reason, I don’t think it’s too difficult to trick Malory. I have to say that I was impressed with Flight Time for hugging Luke after seeing how much he was struggling. Those Globetrotters seem like nice guys.
6. Jersey Shore (PW: 9)
MTV – Thursday @ 10pm
Okay so I realize that the season finale was last week so I should be done with this show for now, right? Wrong. This week, MTV gave us the reunion episode. Where the cast members sit around together and reflect on the past season while being interviewed by a completely incompetent host. Sounds like fun, right? Wrong. It was terrible. I promised myself I wouldn’t watch it but I have a weakness for terrible drama. Nothing interesting happened, yet I still watched the whole thing. At least I can say we are done with the Jersey Shore for this season. For real this time. Finally.