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“The Good Wife”

The Good Wife       Dynamite episode of “The Good Wife” last night on TV!  The show has really stepped it up a notch lately, and this episode was non-stop action, twists and turns. Alicia and Cary have left the firm, and the war is on!  I can’t wait for next week to see how it’s all going to shake out.

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Game of Thrones Stars

 

They clean up pretty good, don’t they?

“Game of Thrones” – Books vs. TV

It’s official- I have become a “Game of Thrones” junkie.  Nobody dares disturb me from 9:00 to 10:00 on Sunday nights.  But I don’t know if I’ve spoiled it a little for myself by reading ahead in the books.  I suppose it takes some of the surprise off, and my emotional reactions are tempered a bit since I can anticipate most of what’s going to happen, although the series in regards to at least one story line (Theon Greyjoy) has jumped ahead into Book 5, I believe. So there are surprises there for me.

I have read all of Book 3, “A Storm of Swords”, by George R.R. Martin, and I must say I am hooked. It’s marvelous how he can A Storm of Swordskeep so many characters and story lines going at once, and as soon as I think I have figured out what’s going to happen next, the author manages to astonish me with a twist I never saw coming! And even though I have seen every TV episode at least 2 or 3 times, I always manage to pick up some tidbit or nuance I didn’t notice before.  I guess I love the complexity.  Some sections tend to bog down, but I just skim through those, and some important events need to be read twice to really understand what all is happening.

Even though I am not surprised at everything that happens on TV, I still delight in the reactions of my friends who have not read the book when we share observations on Monday mornings.

So the question is, should I continue to read ahead with the next book, or am I missing out on some of the fun of the TV series?  Any thoughts?

“Rizzoli and Isles” Summer Finale

Dynamite finale episode from “Rizzoli and Isles” on TNT, don’t you think??  I loved it!

The Good Wife on CBS

Great episode of  The Good Wife Tuesday night on CBS!  I think this is one of the finest shows that’s on TV currently – always interesting and well-done.  I find myself hanging on every word – that’s how absorbing I think the story is.  And you need to pay attention to the dialogue to catch all the nuances. 

Not sure if this show qualifies as a true “mystery”;  I suppose you could say it’s a “legal procedural/drama”.  But I love the show, and it’s my blog after all :).   If you have not seen this series, please give it a try and let me know how you like it.   You can watch full episodes on the web at:

http://www.cbs.com/primetime/the_good_wife/

Body of Proof on ABC TV

ABC has a new crime series coming next month which could prove interesting.  Body of Proof stars Dana Delany as Dr. Megan Hunt, a brilliant neurosurgeon whose career in the operating room is cut short by a terrible car accident.   Megan then decides to restart her career by becoming a medical examiner who is determined to solve the mysteries of how the victims on her table died.

This is an all too familiar premise, but Ms. Delany is a superb actress, and her performance could make this show a keeper.  The series premieres March 29th at 10:00 P.M. Eastern on ABC.

http://abc.go.com/shows/body-of-proof

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Fine start last night to this new spinoff crime drama starring Forest Whitaker, Janeane Garofalo, and Michael Kelly, with Kirsten Vangsness in a crossover role as computer whiz Penelope Garcia.

The mood and tone for this series is decidedly different than that of the original series, Criminal Minds.   The cast of the original series relate to each other onscreen in a much more formal and reserved way than does the Suspect Behavior cast.  Even the photography in the original is usually crisp and sharp, and you are always conscious of the fact that this is a workplace setting, with a strict hierarchy.  The characters care for each other, but the feelings are always just below the surface.

In contrast, in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior , the group seems to be much more emotional and informal in their behavior and interactions with each other, and they show their affection by hugging and clowning around in one scene.   I don’t ever remember seeing that show of cameraderie in the original.  I could be wrong, but it even appeared that a lot of the scenes were shot with a diffuser lens, to give a different, softer feel to the production.

But the story was interesting and well-done, though somewhat predictable, and it was overall a very good effort.  Your comments are welcome, of course, pro or con.

If you missed the premiere episode, you can watch it online on their website:  http://www.cbs.com/primetime/criminal_minds_suspect_behavior/

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