The 2d Golden Age of TV has arrived.
I'm convinced, after watching a boatload of TV over the last year, that we are in a revival of sorts towards better TV. Sure...we still have loads of Fox crap on TV and the usual daytime drivel that passes for entertainment but recently I've been seeing TV that actually engages. Here's a list of some of the shows I watch and why:
The Jon Stewart Show:
The best news, news comedy, and interview show on television...it doesn't make a difference if you're a right winger or a left winger...he gives both sides equal-opportunity smacks.
The Amazing Race:
The best of all the reality shows and you get a geography lesson at the same time.
Meet the Press:
Never better and better in an election year
Vulgar, sexy, fun, dramatic, sad...you name it and it's in this show. Dennis Leary is as good a character actor in a starring role that you'll ever find on TV.
First show was on this week and I love this show...great acting by all the actors and if they do this one right...you'll get to see the events in a young mans life that shape a fictitious presidents future...I love that concept.
Once again strong acting and solid stories.
Great, great mini-series that I hope becomes a TV series. It was a fresh take on alien visitation-type themes but it did it in a way that crossed the aliens-as-benign beings (Close Encounters) concept with movies that show mans ability to destroy himself (Soylent Green) plus it has a solid and plausible ending.
Everything he does (except mangle "r" words) is golden...I could listen to him read a telephone book.
Band of Brothers:
Without a Trace:
Anthony LaPaglia...every show is strong, emotional, and the good guys sometimes carry the scars of what they do...heavy emotional stuff going on here.
There are more but it's late...I'll add to this list as I go along. BTW...go buy Bruce Hornsby's
new CD Halcyon Days...it's really good.