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Mid-season reflections

January 2, 2013 - Pam Rodgers

In the absence of new television this winter, I have had time to reflect on how my favorite shows ended the fall portion of their seasons. For me, it has been a year full of entertainment from my favorite programs. I even had the urge to start watching CSI again after a four-year hiatus.

A disappointing point was the cancellation of TNT’s Leverage. I admit, season five wasn’t their strongest but I still loved tuning in to watch favorite crew help those in need. I will miss the show, though it will live on in my DVD collection.

Again, I won’t include reality shows in the break down because I watch so few. I will mention that I was happy with Melissa Rycroft and her professional dance partner Tony Dovolani winning Dancing with the Stars. I had hoped Shawn Johnson would win but it wasn’t meant to be. I was really happy that Tony got the win. He has been on the show for a long time and always seems to get partners that can’t hack it.

I also was happy with The Voice results. Although I didn’t watch it consistently, I did watch the final four episodes. I am so thrilled Cassadee Pope won. I loved her performances. I hope she can really make a go of it in the music industry.

Now on with the show!

As I did with the fall premieres, I will go through each television show and comment on how I think their seasons are going thus far. I will go in order by days of the week beginning on Sunday so I can keep everything straight.

• Once Upon A Time

I love this show, but honestly the second season of the fairytale drama hasn’t been as good as the first. It is mostly because I wasn’t happy with Snow White and Emma being trapped in “Fairytale Land” away from the rest of their family in the “Real World.” It seemed like a good idea at the beginning, but after awhile, the story began to drag a bit. However, all is well because the two leading ladies returned to Storybrooke at the close of the Mid-season finale. I am excited to see what their return means and the addition of the two villains, Captain Hook and the evil witch, Cora, will bring to the back half of the season. Sundays at 7 p.m. on ABC

• Castle

This is such a great show. The beginning of season five couldn’t have been more perfect. Seeing Castle and Beckett finally together is a great thing. The secret relationship was a fun way to play around with it. But at the end of the mid-season finale everyone knows, except Captain Gates. I have a feeling they will keep her out of the loop for a little while longer. I can’t wait to see what the return of Castle’s ex wife will bring to the first episode in January. One thing is for sure, I’m ready to have new episodes of Castle! Mondays at 9 p.m. on ABC

• Revolution

This is the new show I added to my television viewing. It’s a fun show to watch to pass the time. I love Billy Burke as Miles Matheson. His anti-hero character makes the show what it is. The female lead, Charlie, still hasn’t completely won me over. They are shooting for Katniss Everdeen and are coming up more Daisy Duke with a crossbow. In NBC’s genius, they have taken to show of the air until March to pair its return with The Voice. I think it’s a terrible decision but we will have to wait and see if the hiatus will kill their best new show since The Office. As for the show, the finale ended with Charlie rescuing her brother Danny and being unexpectedly reunited with her mother. Oh, and Monroe has power so will see how that works out for the resistance. Mondays at 9 p.m. on NBC

• NCIS

Ten seasons and this show is still as amazing as ever. There’s not a whole lot I can say about a show that turns in great episodes each week. It’s nice that the show continues to explore each character’s backgrounds more and more. So far this year we’ve seen Gibbs and Tony’s fathers reappear and Ziva’s dad is set to be on it in January. I love it when those guys make an appearance. All I can say is keep up the good work! Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on CBS

• NCIS Los Angeles

Another solid season for NCIS LA. There have been episodes that fell flat for me but overall it has been entertaining. We finally got Sam’s backstory on his marriage and why it has always been a secret. Well, duh she’s a CIA agent. I liked that twist. The mid-season finale ended on a happy note. Although in the episode before, a heavy hint was dropped about a secret mission involving Deeks. Their has been some buzz about a potential spin off being introduced later in the season. I’m intrigued about how that will play into the back half of the season. Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS

• Smash

This technically doesn’t return until February but I wanted to get this in the mix. Last season ended with Karen taking her place as the star of the show. There are going to be a lot of new faces in season two, and I and looking forward to it. Here’s hoping for a strong sophomore season! Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC

• CSI

Let me give you a little background here. I watched CSI when it first premiered. I really enjoyed it. Four years ago, I stopped watching it on a regular basis. The last episode I remember watching is when Warrick died. I didn’t stop watching because of his death. I was in college and doing other things so my television watching was cut to the bare minimum. After graduation, I never had the urge to pick it up again. This year, I decided to check it out again. My brother never stopped watching it, and I caught up on the season thanks to his DVR. I’ll be honest, I really like Elisabeth Shue, and she is a big factor in why I wanted to watch again. I watched the episode she was introduced on last season and it peaked my interest. I like what I’m seeing! Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS

• Big Bang Theory

My favorite nerds have been firing on all cylinders this season. There is a good reason why this is the number one sitcom on television. They got back to their geeky roots, and I love it. Howard went to space but returned safely to Bernadette, Sheldon and Amy have a hilarious relationship, Raj found a sort of replacement for Wolowitz and Penny finally said “I Love You” to Lenard. I can wait to see what is next! Thursdays at 7 p.m. on CBS

• Grey’s Anatomy

This season has been good, not great. I hated that they told the beginning out of order. The first two episode should have been flipped. It was an odd choice. The new interns are OK — some are more annoying then others. Like Christina, I haven’t bothered to learn their names because who knows who gets to stay. Meredith being pregnant is the best thing of the season so far. That and having Neve Campbell as Derek’s sister Lizzie. She’s been in two episodes and I love her already. The mid-season cliffhanger centered around Bailey’s impending nuptials to Ben. The whole episode was about getting her down the aisle and then last minute, Adel, Richard’s wife, is admitted to hospital and Bailey steps up to try and save her, wedding gown and all. Lord knows how that will work out when it picks back up in January. Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC

And that’s a wrap on scripted network television. I am looking forward to the return of new episodes!!

There are a few other shows I need to mention quickly (like this blog wasn’t long enough). I also watch a few cable television shows. Now that Leverage is cancelled, the three remaining shows are on USA.

• Covert Affairs had a rough season in my opinion. I hope when they pick it back up this summer it will be better, especially since Auggie finally “talked” to Annie.

• Royal Pains ended their season with a wedding special. I love Paige and Evan. I was so happy they tied the knot. It will be interesting to see where the show goes next year. Hank having health issues isn’t the best thing for their main doctor. I’m just relieved that they didn’t have a silly cliffhanger like they did last season.

• White Collar will start in January as well. The summer cliffhanger was Neil finding out the man he had been working with was his father. So far they have done really well with that storyline. I hope it continues with the winter season.

 
 

 

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