Greek ends on Monday night and 10 Things I Hate About You takes over in its spot. V starts again this Tuesday. Not sure if it’ll come back next season so it depends on how many people come back to watching it this week. Bones and Fringe comes back from hiatus. On Friday, Stargate Universe comes back in Caprica‘s spot.
Pick of the Week
In Plain Sight
Starring: Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Cristian de la Fuente, Paul Ben-Victor, Lesley Ann Warren, Nichole Hiltz, Todd Williams, Holly Maples
Premieres: Wednesday, March 31
Synopsis: Mary needs to recover from being shot at the end of last season.
My Take: I love the two main characters. I am still not a fan of Mary’s sister and mother, but they were toned down a bit during the second season so hopefully it’ll continue in that direction with them.
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The wide releases actually look like a good time at the movies. It’s about time.
Hot Tub Time Machine
How to Train Your Dragon
Hot Tub Time Machine
Directed: Steve Pink
Starring: Crispin Glover, John Cusack, Lizzy Caplan, Chevy Chase, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson
Synopsis: For reasons unknown, four guys get into a hot tub and wake up in 1986 where shenanigans ensue.
My Take: It looks completely dumb and hilarious.
RT Score: 63%
RT Consensus: Its flagrantly silly script — and immensely likable cast — make up for most of its flaws.
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Cable is the place to watch good tv this week between Breaking Bad and the latest seasons of Showtime comedies. Survivors just finished it first season on Saturday nights on BBC America but it is starting second season on Tuesday nights. Maybe more people will stumble across it. The winter season finale of Caprica is this week. Then we’ll have to wait until fall for more new episodes. On Tuesday, there will be a recap of V so everyone can remember what was happening in the first four episodes from months ago before the series comes back next week.
Pick of the Week
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks, Steven Michael Quezada, Raymond Cruz, Ted Beneke
Premieres: Sunday, March 21
Synopsis: Walt’s wife learns what he has really been doing in his spare time and she’s not going to put up with it while Jesse tries to go clean after his girlfriend died of an overdose that Walt could have prevented.
My Take: It is my favorite show on television currently. It is dark and twisted. It does not take the easy way out. You never know where it is going to lead, except to someplace that is even darker than you imagined.
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The Bounty Hunter looks horrible, but Repo Men looks like it could be good fun. There seems to be more interesting and better-reviewed movies in the limited releases.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Bounty Hunter
Directed: Andy Tennant
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski, Jason Sudeikis, Cathy Moriarty
Synopsis: A bounty hunter relishes when he has to pick up his ex-wife for skipping bail, but then gets caught up in her shenanigans.
My Take: Gerard Butler is a horrible comic actor. Actually, he really should just end his movie career at 300 since that’s the only movie I have enjoyed seeing him in.
RT Score: 9%
RT Consensus: Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston remain as attractive as ever, but The Bounty Hunter‘s formula script doesn’t know what to do with them — or the audience’s attention.
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Going into the movie, I thought it was going to be a movie version of the Lewis Carroll classic, but it turns out that it is based on the characters with its own story. Alice did visit Underland when she was little. They make a joke that she called it Wonderland. She just thought it was a dream she had when she was younger, but when she is older and asked to marry a very scary guy in front of tons of people, she gets overwhelmed and runs away. She ends up falling into a rabbit hole and runs into familiar characters, but they aren’t completely familiar to her since she figures it is all a dream. The characters don’t really believe she is the right Alice since she has lost some of her wonder as she has aged, but does get her mojo back as the movie goes along.
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I Think We’re Fighting the Germans, Right?
At the pit stop, teams boarded a bus from Hamburg, Germany and traveled to an unknown destination. They are really liking the bus system this season. On the bus, Joe was nursing his hurt knee. He said that he wasn’t worried about the other teams since he had been running the race with only one good leg. The detectives thought he was a bit too confident so they would like him to go. The teams traveled to Les Monthairons, France, but they weren’t told that. They were all leaving the pit stop not sure exactly where they were.
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There are quite a few season finales this week to make room for all the new shows starting the new few weeks. On Monday, Top Gear and Secret Diary of a Call Girl end. On Tuesday, FlashForward will have a special to catch everyone up on what has happened so far before the show comes back from hiatus on Thursday. Archer ends its first season on Thursday and Survivors ends its first season on Saturday. Survivors does have a second season that has already aired on BBC, so it just has to start showing on BBC America. On Wednesday, both Gary Unmarried and Scrubs will have their season finales. Scrubs really should have ended last year. I quit watching it since the abomination of the show from this season was clouding the goodness of the show previously.
Pick of the Week
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Erica Tazel, Tim Gutterson, Joelle Carter, Natalie Zea
Premieres: Tuesday, March 16
Synopsis: A man left Kentucky as soon as he could to become a U.S. Marshall, but after angering some superiors, he is sent to Kentucky again, where he never wanted to return. Based on the character created by Elmore Leonard.
My Take: Each critic that has previewed this show loves it to death. They cannot get enough of it. I have loved Timothy Olyphant since Deadwood. This looks very violent and awesome.
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It is a pretty sad week for major releases. None of them look interesting to me. The only movie that is released during this week that I’d really want to see is Mother, which would have been my pick at the recent Portland International Film Festival.
She’s Out of My League
Our Family Wedding
Directed: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Matt Damon, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs, Khalid Abdalla, Amy Ryan
Synopsis: An Army inspector in Baghdad in the early days of the war searches for weapons of mass destruction.
My Take: It’s from the director of the Jason Bourne movies so it has similar action, but lacks all the cool spy story stuff. End result equals boring.
RT Score: 54%
RT Consensus: Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass return to the propulsive action and visceral editing of the Bourne films — but a cliched script and stock characters keep those methods from being as effective this time around.
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We Are No Longer in the Bible Belt
They have had eating challenges before, but I’m not sure what took them so long to have a beer challenge. I know they have done it as a speed bump, but not as one that everyone had to participate in. I am wondering if they stayed away from alcohol in case anyone had an issue with it. I wonder if they make people answer questions about if they would be opposed to drinking for a challenge.
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I’m not sure why the season finale of Big Love decided to be on against the Oscars, but I guess HBO doesn’t care. Some people that were on a previous version of the Bachelor are getting married in a special on ABC on Monday night. Wait, was this the guy that picked one woman and then dumped her and picked another woman from the show right after? Classy.
The Forgotten has its season finale this week and I’m still shocked the show made it for an entire season. USA has some season finales this week for its fun shows: White Collar and Psych. Finally, Supernanny has its 100th episode and season finale on Friday. Numbers has its season finale that could also be its series finale. No word if it is coming back, but its season order did get cut down.