As mentioned in the PREVIOUS POST
, I watch too much TV - which is one reason why I don't blog as often as I should.
When last we left our discussion of my viewing habits, I was about to watch the premiere of a new ABC show, RED WIDOW
. The main character is the daughter of a Russian mobster in San Francisco. Her husband and some other second-generation types have been running the business while she raises her kids. The trouble starts when some of those other second-generation types steal drugs from a rival mob boss. Soon, the mobster's daughter is a widow. That happened about 30 minutes into the two-hour premiere, and that's where I stopped watching. It didn't grab me, so I didn't stay.
Which is just as well because I have other new shows to watch. Namely, I am following THE FOLLOWING
on Fox. The series stars Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent. He helped put a Poe-loving serial killer named Joe Carroll behind bars. Now, Carroll has escaped and has inspired a league of followers to help him carry out his plan to get revenge and to win back his wife and child. The show is not very realistic, but it's good drama and there always seems to be something unexpected near the end of one episode to keep you watching the next. There are three episodes left this season, and it's been renewed for a second. It will be interesting to see if the current plotline continues in some form or if they start a new one (like "24" used to do).
I'm also looking forward to the second season of COPPER
on BBC America. Here's the trailer:
The series is co-executive produced by Barry Levinson, who brought us "Homicide: Life on the Street." It's set in New York during the Civil War. The main character is Kevin Corcoran, an Irish immigrant who's returned from the war and is now a detective on New York's police force. He often turns for help to his friend, a doctor, who happens to be a free Black man. I think what makes "Copper" so interesting is its moral murkiness. Corcoran is basically a good guy, but he's not above breaking the law himself if it suits his purpose. There's the madam who loves Corcoran but who also has no problem killing one of her own girls. The moral uncertainty makes this show very unsettling to watch, but it also makes it very difficult to turn away.
Finally, I'm really looking forward to the third season of THE KILLING
on AMC. The producers pissed off me (and a lot of other people) at the end of season one by creating a cliffhanger when everyone was expecting a resolution. But, I came back for season two, when there actually was a resolution, only to get pissed off again when AMC announced it had cancelled the show. Then, AMC relented and "The Killing" will return in June for a third season. The two main characters, played by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, are back, but the case will be new. Somehow, they'll have to get Enos' character, Det. Sarah Linden, back on the force since she was last seen walking away from pretty much everything and everyone.
So, yes I watch too much TV. But, at least I try to make sure that it's good TV.