Monday, June 19, 2006

I SAW IT ON TV: Summer series

Sunday before last was the return of a couple HBO favorites, DEADWOOD and ENTOURAGE.
Aside from Battlestar and Lost, they're two of my favorite shows. And with both of those shows on hiatus, and season two of Entourage being my favorite show of last year, we've been anticipating the start of their new season around the Martin household...

Since we have digital cable, all of the HBO series are available on demand, so we've just caught up with both shows as of last night.
After seeing episodes 1 and 2 of the new third season of Deadwood, it's off to a fairly great start. Episode 1 was a bit overdone, and hard to follow (mentally playing catch up after not having watched the show in a year... plus the shows on demand don't include the recaps provided on the live programs, grrr). Sometimes I think the writing is a bit too indulgent on Deadwood, and sometimes episodes can come off a bit goofy to me, but with episode 2, and being back up to speed, it's on pace for it's usual greatness.
For Entourage, I haven't caught last night's 2nd episode yet, but episode 1 was spot on, picking up right where season 2 left off, in terms of story and quality. Looks like we're in for another fun-ass ride!
Also, having picked up an Entertainment Weekly on my recent flight home from Wizard World Philly, which was the summer TV preview issue, we checked out a new show on BBC America called HEX. Hex is a drama about a young college girl beset by a curse, dealing with new magical powers and visions of ghosts and demons, of sorts. Very interesting, humorous, with some great writing at times, and a matureness not found in much American programming. It's a solid show, for now, a bit slow at times, with the "powers" coming off perhaps a tad cheesy, but generally worth it. We'll see how this one plays out, but for now, I'd recommend you give it a shot if you can.

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