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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

HBO scores again with 'True Detective'

Another gem has started airing on HBO, home of  'The Sopranos,' 'The Wire,' 'Sex in the City,' and 'Six Feet Under.'

The network is back with another stellar drama, this one pairing stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, both of whom act as executive producers. Set in Louisiana, the story starts with the former state CID detectives on a ritualistic killing looking back on their discovery of the case nearly two decades earlier.

Only eight episodes long, the season is one quarter of the way through, so there is plenty of time to catch up, if you subscribe. If not, wait for this one on Netflix.

Moody with strong dialogue, the story builds strongly but deliberately. Keep an eye out for this one. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the show will take a week off for the Super Bowl and that it is one of HBO's strongest starts in years in terms of viewers. Many of the viewers were like me, catching up on DVR. Putting together the two hours together made for a furious start to a sensational show.

Despite other cable channels, especially Starz and Showtime, throwing out gems that fans savor, HBO is back with a solid hour-long drama worth watching.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

New year's top shows

Fox seems to be leading the way, in my household, with new shows this year.

Sleepy Hallow, from the fall, returned, which was welcomed, but we have come to love Almost Human, the story of the angry police officer of the future who is teamed with an old-fashioned cyber cop that does have some emotions to relate to humans.

The swiping of digital reports and other various futuristic technologies make the show fun but the back and forth between the two buddy cops is the reason to watch. Bullets that follow you, ways to mask your face from cameras and DNA bombs are just some of the tools that criminals of 2048 get to deploy against police.

Brooklyn Nine Nine on Fox also seems like a good watch, but we haven't slowed down for a comedy, sticking with the likable Modern Family and now The Middle, both on ABC.

What we are most anticipating, though, is the return of The Americans for a second season as well as Defiance.

Check Almost Human out.