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New Shows (2013): September 2 - 8

My first week of picking and choosing with an interesting result. I believe this is the first time I have used all four colors in one week. The color code: red means don’t bother; blue means maybe; green means good; magenta means great.

Comedy Central Roast of James Franco (Comedy Central at 10:00pm)
I had never sat down to watch a roast and, because I am a fan of Franco’s, I decided to give this one a chance. A more offensive ninety minutes of television it is difficult to imagine. I find it impossible to imagine why anyone would think allowing people to roast them is a good idea. Seth Rogan was the host and he couldn’t stop laughing at his own extremely bad jokes and the others involved just tried to out shock the other. The vast majority of the jokes were about Franco’s sexuality. Seriously, who cares?

Tamara’s OC Wedding (Bravo at 8:00pm)
Uncle Grandpa (Cartoon at 8:00pm)

Cold Justice (TNT at 10:00 pm)
I watched this because it is produced by Dick Wolf who manages to make most of what he touches worth watching. As the show began, I groaned. It is a reality show based on a prosecutor and a CSI who travel to small towns to solve cold cases. Before I knew it, however, I was swept up in the story and was fascinated as it unfolded. Unlike fiction, the DNA results were unhelpful and, even at the end, we don’t know if the guy we all know committed the murder will be convicted of it. Real life is messy and complicated and this show did a wonderful job of showing that.

My Big Fat Revenge (Oxygen at 9:00pm)
We’re The Fugawis (History at 10:00pm)

DigFellas (Travel at 8:00pm)
Two relic hunters search for items from history. I started to watch this because the pilot was about Billy the Kid and I thought it might be fun. It turned out to be yet another reality show that made me roll my eyes five minutes in. I turned it off.

The Customer Is Always Right (OWN at 10:00pm)
Another concept that I thought was unique and worth watching. Companies that are struggling bring in two customers to help them turn their brand around. In the pilot, the company was Mrs. Field’s Cookies. Unfortunately, the producers felt that the concept wasn’t enough, so there was more than the show’s fair share of manufactured drama. Shame, because the parts without it were really interesting to watch.

Yukon Gold (National Geographic at 7:00pm)
Double Cross (Investigation Discovery at 9:00pm)
Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Gators (Syfy at 9:00pm)

Teach (CBS at 8:00pm)
An exceptional documentary that followed four public school teachers through the 2012/13 school year. Fascinating look at the state of education and what can happen when teachers truly care about their students. Worth a watch, especially if you are a teacher or a parent with kids in school.

Forbidden (Investigation Discovery at 9:00pm)
Real Fear 2: The Truth Behind (More) Movies (Chiller at 9:00pm)
Hello, Ross (E! at 10:00pm)

Secret Sex Lives: Swingers (Discovery Health at 9:00)
Buying the Bayou (Destination America at 10:00pm)

Last Tango In Halifax (PBS at 8:00)
An absolutely charming late-in-life love story starring Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi. The story is beautifully written and brilliantly acted and filled with supporting characters who are just as interesting as the main couple. I laughed out loud several times while I fell in love with this story. Add this to your must-watch list.

The Great Santini Brothers (History at 10:00pm)
Miami Monkey (VH1 at 10:00pm)

Sons of Anarchy: Tuesday, September 10 at 10:00pm


  1. I'm more than biased here, but "Last Tango in Halifax" is exceptionally well written; Sally Wainwright - the show's writer - won a BAFTA Writing Award for LTIH, and the show won for Best Drama this year (it aired in Nov/Dec 2012 in the UK). I have a copy of the eps on my computer and the R2 DVDs, and I'm looking forward to this Nov/Dec for series 2 to come out on BBC1.

    Looking forward to your reviews on the show!

  2. Ceridwyn2 -- thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, I won't be reviewing the show; although, I wish I had the time to do so. I did, however, simply love the pilot and am looking forward to watching the rest of it.

  3. Ha. I made the "I'll just watch one roast, it probably won't be as bad as everyone says" mistake with Charlie Sheen's a couple of years ago. It was very unpleasant. I heard Andy Samberg did something interesting though. Not entirely sure what it was and I don't care enough to watch it to find out lol.


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