Posts tagged USA Network
Posts tagged USA Network
The world can’t fault Jennie Garth for being involved in Mystery Girls. She’s an actress. She needs a job and a paycheque. She’s cashing in on rampant ’90s nostalgia by pairing up with her 90210 co-star Tori Spelling, in Tori’s quest to be culturally relevant beyond her multitude of reality TV shows.
But we can fault Tori Spelling for not ponying up for a better show. Better writing, better gay BFF, better lighting. Well, even better lighting maaaay not help her face situation.
Moving on to Young & Hungry, ABC’s other new summer sitcom. Emily Osment is cute enough as a desperate chef angling for a gig. Jonathan Sadowski, who’s probably best known as Viola’s gay BFF in She’s the Man (surely, one of the greatest movies of our time), plays the young billionaire boss. I think he’s straight in real life, but it didn’t reeeeallly translate into chemistry with any of the women on the show. That being said, at least this show is cute in a Baby Daddy kind of way. It’s watchable enough to give it time for Osment’s Gabi to tone down her shrill-ish squeaky panicky moments and for Sadowski’s Josh to acquire chemistry.
And then there’s Suits, which is obviously miiiiiiles above any of the aforementioned shows. Turns out that I, like Donna, am worried about Harvey and Mike’s bromance. And as this season’s takeover one-upmanship plot continued to play out last night, I became even more concerned; but there was a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel as Mike gave Harvey his dad’s master tapes. HOPE AND GOODNESS ARE STILL ALIVE. Somewhere. Disguised in three-piece suits.
Last Night on TV: Playing House got dark for a bit but brought light into the world
Playing House wrapped its inaugural season with the arrival of an adorably fresh baby, eventually named Charlotte Emma.
The finale balanced real emotional heft with its standard hilarity. And then Mark broke Emma’s heart in a way that was very reminiscent of Ross being forbidding to see Rachel by Emily.
I cannot wait for season two.
Three-piece suit, chauffeured black SUV, fast-talking sassy, know-it-all assistant…looks like Mike’s transformation into Harvey Specter is complete. Except that he’s no longer an attorney at law. And let’s be real, there’s no one as good as Donna, am I riiiight?
BUT his new office is ROM-adjacent in Toronto! Sorry, I rarely focused on the backdrop on Suits, Toronto being masked as NYC; but now that I’m on the other side of the continent with 9 years of living in the T-dot in my rearview mirror, it’s nice to see parts of the city I recognize.
Season four means an end to Harvey and Mike, dynamic duo, and more Harvey and Mike, power-tripping Olympics. They know each other too well but that won’t stop either man from taking the other’s challenge…or bait. Am I a fan of having them on opposite sides of the street? Not entirely. BUT I do know that something had to change after three seasons and this seems like a smart path to explore. I’m keen to get further down it.
USA Network also welcomed back Graceland. I legitimately watched the whole first season and still couldn’t really recall how Mike, Briggs and the gang wrapped their whole drama with Jangles etc, just that Mikey was off to DC at the end of it. Oh, Aaron Tveit, you are dreamy as an FBI agent. The long of the short of it, Mike’s restless at his cushy East Coast gig and heads back to Graceland to flush out some of the Caza/Kaza cartel (as there’s a price on his head) and get his rockstar status back.
I really did miss the chore wheel. Mike must have too because he’s moving back into the house Sorry random blonde chick in DC. The bus line - and Paige - wins, though the rest of his “team” is not pleased about this.
Meanwhile over on ABC Family, Melissa and Joey figured out their ageing teenager problem by giving Joe a bubbly 13-year-old girl who clearly will be moving in next season. Now they just need to make it down the aisle next week in the season finale. And Baby Daddy finally let Riley and Ben give it another romantical go. MAKE OUT ALREADY, YOU TWO!
(Gifs via http://jennadecourfeyrac.tumblr.com)
First up, Divya’s baby is SO RIDICULOUSLY CUTE.
Do I have a lot to say about Royal Pains though? Not really. It was always one of those shows that I’d watch a couple episodes of, forget for months and then marathon 5 episodes to catch up half a year later. Covert Affairs became that too in the past year. So when the HankMed gang returned this summer, I was pretty sure I could keep up but also aware that I definitely didn’t see where they ended their last season.
What Royal Pains' return signals to ME is the return of other USA Network programming - namely Suits and Graceland - later this week. WOOOOO! (There’s still a White Collar shaped hole in my heart that only Matt Bomer can cure. Additionally, remember Fairly Legal? That was some good times.)
Lastly, on the subject of USA Network programming, why isn’t EVERYONE obsessed with Playing House?! I need you to be more “THIS IS THE GREATEST!” and less:
Summer also means the return of ABC Family fun! Hard truth: I’m never going to catch up on Pretty Little Liars so don’t come looking for A here. I’m sure it’s as cracked out as ever and I’d have CRAZY fun watching it - plus I love the leading ladies - but I just cannot.
However, Catching Life premiered and ever since I ignored The Fosters (only to marathon 6 episodes and become totally hooked), I’ve vowed to give new shows a shot. (Though I will NEVER give Twisted a second glance; all of its promos have confirmed I made the right choice there.)
Italia Ricci, who plays lead April, REALLY REALLY reminds me of Shiri Appleby (in general and specifically circa Roswell, but less whingy than Appleby’s Liz Parker), in a good way. Ricci really nails the whole direct, to-the-point, no nonsense girl but without being a bitch or socially awkward. It’s a fine line to walk these days.
On the whole, cancer’s a tough plot point to make the driving factor behind a YA drama; but if there’s any network who can do it justice for its demo, I’d put my money on ABC Family every time. Switched At Birth and The Fosters are two of the best shows on TV that are dealing with real life drama and daily turbulence with characters of all ages, gender and race. Chasing Life easily has the potential to be representation for teens and 20-something adults fearlessly facing a battle of their own - whether it’s cancer or another disease that strikes down its victims without discrimination. Anything to help people cope and understand the struggles that so many face every day.
At the end of the day, the MOST important takeaway from the premiere’s “scenes from the season” is the return of Scott Michael Foster to ABC Family! No longer will we have to rely on Greek reruns.
"I’m afraid we’re not working with grade A beef here" - Playing House 1.07
Why aren’t you all watching Playing House!?!?!!! IT’S HILARIOUS.
The hat makes the man.
This summer really was a little less handsome without new White Collar episodes.
…….now, what was your excuse again for not watching Graceland?
That’s what I thought. I’ll wait here while you go catch up.
Gabriel Macht & Patrick J. Adams at ‘A Suits Story’ | NYC June 12, 2012
Stay tuned for an actual feature about my trip to the set of Suits. Right now, I just felt like posting these photos EVERYWHERE I COULD.
On a serious note, Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht are a delight to interview. My only regret is that we didn’t get more time to talk — but they are in the middle of filming a TV show, so it’s totally understandable.
"Are you handling him or becoming him?"
It’s odd that someone would suggest Peter is going the way of Neal - especially after his Neal-based witch hunt to prove he did (or didn’t) take the treasure.
That being said, I’m so EXCITED about the return of White Collar this January. And if Peter’s desperation is willing to turn to Neal’s methods (all the while Neal’s working on parole and freedome), this will be a very interesting back end of the third season. USA Network’s “Characters Welcome” mantra really rings true - their shows are phenomenal at creating characters, developing them and constantly working on their evolution.
Lastly, did Peter and Elizabeth have a kid that no one told us about for two and a half seasons?!?! Or is that photo a total fake out?
White Collar New Episodes - Sneak Peek (by WhiteCollaronUSA)
SUITS : Minimalist Poster
I totally want this now. And I wonder if Gabriel Macht and Patrick Adams have seen it - I think they’d like it.
Specter . 2010
Suits has to be the best new show of the summer, n’est pas?