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DVDs With Dean – Release Date August 25th

Pick of the Week
Patton Oswalt – My Weakness Is Strong (DVD with CD)
Patton Oswalt returns to stand-up after cleaning up in Hollywood with Ratatouille and nine seasons on the hit show King of Queens. This DVD also comes with a CD version which makes for a nice value.

Adventureland
This coming-of-age comedy from the director of Superbad probably would have been the pick of the week but it looks like they scrapped their plans for a 2-disc DVD and released a single disc instead. The single disc case indicates it has features but it will surely be less than the Blu-ray which also has the Digital Copy.

Fighting
G.I. Joe’s Channing Tatum becomes a bare knuckle boxer in his continuing bid to become an American action hero. The DVD is barebones with only deleted scenes although the Blu-ray comes with a digital copy.

Duplicity
Julia Roberts and Clive Owen star as two spies who becomes corporate operatives who decide to attempt a massive heist with some romantic interludes. The DVD is thin on features but does come with a commentary track from the Director Tony Gilroy and his editor.

Sunshine Cleaning
Amy Adams (Enchanted) and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) star in this indie about two struggling sisters who start working as crime scene cleaners to make ends meet. The supporting actors are also solid including Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), Mary Lynn Raskub (24), and Steve Zahn (Strange Wilderness).

TV and Reissues
House – Season Five
In this season you can check out the short lived inclusion of Kal Penn before he was quickly written out of the show to take a post in President Obama’s staff. This season also celebrates their 100th episode which is a big syndication milestone and they honor it with a featurette.

The Last Days of Disco (Criterion Collection)
Whit Stillman’s final film in his loose trilogy following the films Metropolitan and Barcelona gets the Criterion treatment so you can inject some class into your DVD collection. The film features a young Kate Beckinsale (Underworld) and Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) as two graduates who transition into adult responsibility in the waning years of big disco clubs like Club 54.

Lie to Me: Season One
I really like Tim Roth, but we do not need another procedural crime drama? This one focuses on the lie detection skill of the protagonist, and if you buy the DVD there is a feature to help you pick up on non-verbal cues as well.

Californication : The Complete Second Season
The Showtime dramedy has been green lit for a third season which starts in late September, so keep yourself up to date with the second season of self-destruction with David Duchovny.

Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season
For some reason the Blu-ray version doesn’t come out until November, although I can’t imagine why you would need to be buying sitcoms in HD. As usual the DVD comes with Bloopers and alternate takes for this 18 episode season.

Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season
Clark Kent continues to rise at the “Daily Planet” and we finally get a good dose of Doomsday, who is also the focus of one of the special features.

Samantha Who?: The Complete Second Season
The final season of Christina Applegate’s comedy drops with a few backstage glimpses from Applegate including a feature on her dance sequence and her life with the other girls on the set.

Life: Season Two
Another quirky procedural crime drama, this show follows a detective who was falsely imprisoned for many years and now solves crimes by employing the Zen principles he learned to endure life in jail. This season adds Donal Logue (Grounded for Life) to add some comedy edge as the new boss.

WWE: The Rise And Fall of WCW
I grew up watching the ever growing conflict between the WCW and WWF, but I wonder if the history will be properly recorded by the WWE who won the battle and have the ability to edit history in their favor since buying the WCW out.

Read Before Watching v03.29

Welcome to the new and (hopefully) improved “Read Before Watching”. Each week I run down the shows I’m looking forward to and now I’m adding promos for the next episodes. Let me know what you think of the new format. Now, here’s what I’m tuning in to watch this week.

SUNDAY
Kings (8:00PM, NBC)
Kings is a pretty fantastic show that no one is watching, unfortunately. What else are you doing Sundays at 8:00? Watch the season promo below (apologies for the ad) and then check it out. It’s one of the best acted, best written shows on TV and you will be greatly entertained for your efforts.

MONDAY
Chuck (8:00PM, NBC)
Any geek and nerd worth his +5 to WIS already watches this show, right? There’s a few subplot threads that are most likely building to an interesting season finale and, hey, Tricia Helfer is in this week’s episode! Will NBC just go ahead an renew this show already?!?

Heroes (9:00PM, NBC)
I’ve enjoyed this season so far, but will admit it’s been in a little bit of a slump as far as moving stories along. The return of Bryan Fuller has certainly improved that and the show is firmly back in it’s grove. After last week’s double dose of death, can things get any worse? How about a Sylar-Danko bromance?

Castle (10:00PM, ABC)
Nathan Fillion back on TV each week getting to cut loose…what could possibly go wrong? Fortunately, nothing. This is a solid show and worth you staying up late on Mondays. You’ll think you have the crime solved early on and then again after the first twist, but you’ll be wrong. Did I mention it stars “Captain Tightpants”?

TUESDAY
The Mentalist (9:00PM, CBS)
The Mentalist is right up there with Kings and Lost as one of the best shows on TV. Simon Baker’s Patrick Jane has become one of the most fascinating characters in the history of TV and the whole cast is pretty fantastic. You won’t be lost if you join in now, so tune in.

WEDNESDAY
Lie To Me (8:00PM, FOX)
This one is starting to wear thin on me. It’s not that it’s not enjoyable, it just seems pretty standard to me. A great big “meh”, but check it out and tell me I’m wrong. Here’s an overview of the show for you.

Lost (9:00PM, ABC)
Best. Show. On. TV. ‘Nuff said.

THURSDAY
ER (9:00PM, NBC)
ER ends it’s fifteen year run this week. This show has more than earned the right to have everyone watch it’s two-hour send-off. Tune in and bid a fond farewell to the staff of County General Hospital. Looks like there will be some old friends showing up.

FRIDAY
Dollhouse (9:00PM, FOX)
This show started out pretty weak, but the last couple of weeks have been a definite improvement. I really hope this week continues the up tick in quality. I’m certainly interested in seeing how some of the new plot threads pan out.

That’s it for this week. Tune in again next week for another round of previews, including a look at season five of Rescue Me.

Read Before Watching: March 16th

SPOTLIGHT: KINGS
I was prepared to dislike Kings, I really was. Usually, if a show gets universal praise and is instantly loved, especially prior to any episodes even airing, I’m resistant to giving it a chance. Call it a character flaw. So, it was with considerable reluctance that I watched the premiere episode. What did I think? Well, without an ounce of hyperbole or even the smallest amount of exaggeration, I would say Kings is the best series on television right now. Yes, after just one episode, it is that good. The story is a modern day retelling of the Biblical story of King David, yes he of David and Goliath fame. It’s probably more accurate to say “loosely based”, but all the major players are there, even if some are renamed somewhat. The setting has been updated to a contemporary alternate version of the United States. That pitch right there made me go “meh” at first, I freely admit. There’s also the problem of a very familiar story; even if you’ve never been to Sunday School, you pretty much know how it’s going to play out. That should in no way deter you from watching this extraordinary show.

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I first saw Ian McShane in an episode of Space:1999 many, many years ago, but really came to appreciate him as an actor in the highly acclaimed (and much missed) series Lovejoy. My appreciation for his work has only increased in leaps and bounds over the years. I thought that his role as Al Swearengen in Deadwood would be his crowning achievement, but his portrayal here of King Silas trumps that. He handles every scene flawlessly, even when he’s silently reacting to another character. All the other actors all bring their best to this as well, in particular, and most surprisingly, Christopher Egan as David. Egan plays David as a very naive boy who only wants to see good in the world and doesn’t yearn for nor want power. But you can see flashes of the leader he is destined to be as the story progresses and in Egan’s performance. That should be enough prompting right there to get you to watch the premiere on NBC.com and then tune in every Sunday at 8:00 PM to watch this magnificent tale unfold.

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RUNNER-UP:

Castle
This is another show I wasn’t too sure of, but knew I would be checking out just based on the fact that it stars Nathan Fillion. I’m pleased to say that it turned out way better than I expected. True, it’s another procedural show, but any series with a literary bent is ok in my book. This one airs on ABC Mondays at 10:00 PM, so it won’t interfere with you catching Chuck and Heroes, which are on a break this week anyway. Castle has been firmly added to the “watch” list.

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THE REST OF THE WEEK
The Mentalist is back after a month hiatus and is now on Tuesdays at 9:00PM on CBS. Lie To Me (when it actually is on) is now airing on Wednesdays at 8:00PM on Fox, which means it is now no longer up against the second best show, ABC’s Lost, which airs an hour later on ABC. Ok, Dollhouse definitely improved last week so, as long as it maintains at least this level of quality or better, I’m in for the rest of the season. It airs on Fox Fridays at 9:00PM, however this week you’re going to want to DVR it. Friday at 9:00PM on SCI FI (soon to be SyFy) airs the final two hours of Battlestar Galactica. I’m still saying it isn’t going to end well, but end it will. Check back next week for my wrap-up of the entire series.

That’s it for this week. See you Sunday for another look at what I’ll be watching next week.

Read Before Watching: February 22nd

Another week, another clutch of shows (herd of shows? Murder of shows?). I’m going to eschew structure and free-form it again this week. First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room that looks like Dollhouse. Last week’s episode was much more like what I would expect from a Joss Whedon show. The humor that was sorely missing from the pilot was present and accounted for and the pacing was much better balanced. Plus, hey, the episode touched about all kinds of mythology elements. I just hope they have an idea of where they are going so things pay off in a respectable manner. I’m in for the long-haul now, however the ratings plummeted which means it probably won’t last until my birthday (May 23rd, for those of you playing at home), but I would love to be proven wrong. Bottom line, I can, in all good conscience, recommend you tune to Fox Friday at 9:00PM to check out this show.

However, that day and time will conflict with the other show I’m buzzing about this week, that being Battlestar Galactica. With only four episodes remaining you would expect this show to be in a wind-up pattern, but that is simply not the case. True, they are maneuvering the pieces in a end of series way, but there are many more things that are being set in motion that makes me wonder how there will be any sort of satisfying resolution in the time alloted. I still have the feeling it isn’t going to end all that well for the majority of the characters, but there are several that I previously thought hopeless that are on a more positive path. I think Baltar may have finally found his inner unselfishness and Tigh has given up the bottle in favor of true love at last. Looks like this week we may get some insight as to what the frak is up with Starbuck and I’m interested to see where they’re going with Anders sudden return of brain activity. I know at some point I will have to re-watch the entire series from start to finish. tune in for the penultimate penultimate penultimate episode Friday at 9:00PM on SCI FI.

Leverage wraps up a stellar first season this week. This show has been consistently good fun with excellent stories, look and acting right out of the gate. I am very happy that a second season is on the way. This week sees the second part of the season finale that was set up last week. Executive producer Dean Devlin hinted to me last year that the season would not end on a huge cliffhanger, so we’ll see if that was misdirection or not. Now that the team has blown up their headquarters and seemingly split up, there is the proverbial “Where do we go from here” plot thread to tie up this week. I trust that it will lead to somewhere unexpected through the usual twisty route. Tune in Tuesday at 10:00PM on TNT to see how it all shakes out.

Sweet mother of unexpected plot twists, Lost is just rocking my world this year! I just can’t even begin to offer up any theories on where things are going. Instead, I’m just enjoying the ride. I thought we would have to wait until the end of the season for the Oceanic Six to make it back to Time-Jump Island. Instead, they are now back and half of them have run into Jin, who’s in a Dharma Initiative jumpsuit driving one of their vans. And, just as soon as the show answers a packet of questions, it blindsides you with a whole bunch of new ones. None of it seems forced, however, and, as strange and mysterious as things have gotten, I really feel like it’s all heading somewhere. I can’t wait until Wednesday at 9:00PM (ABC is the network) to find out what happens next. And does anyone else have a feeling concerning the well being of Penny?

To wrap things up, I will also be watching Chuck (NBC Monday 8:00PM), Heroes (NBC Monday 9:00PM), The Mentalist (CBS Tuesday 9:00PM) and Lie To Me (Fox Wednesday 8:00PM). This week we’re still Fringe-less, unfortunately. More on that last show in a future installment. Also, next week I’ll be previewing Ashes to Ashes, making it’s American debut on March 7th (BBC America). Until then, stay tuned!

Read Before Watching: February 15th

Ok, I’m going to go ahead and get the big question out of the way this week, that being, “How is Dollhouse?” Sadly, I must report that it isn’t very good. The much anticipated pilot episode, written and directed by Joss Whedon, debuted last Friday on Fox. The pilot was very flat in that nothing about it really excited me. Other than Eliza Dushku, the acting was not very inspired and the characters didn’t grab me at all. A lot of things felt forced and contrived and there were many story points that didn’t make sense, and not in a “ooooh, cool mystery” kind of way, but in a “that defies logical storytelling” kind of way. There was none of Whedon’s signature humor, at all. It sort of felt like a fanboy attempting to write a Joss Whedon-esque script and failing. In fact, Whedon’s name is really the only thing going for it right now. He’s the reason I’m willing to give it another couple of episodes to see if it improves. If it had been produced by anyone else I would not even have watched the entire pilot. And because Whedon’s name is all over it I’m mostly just left feeling really, really disappointed. Five years away from TV and this is what we get? I may be getting inappropriately melodramatic, but, hey, so did the Dollhouse pilot. By the way, am I the only one who saw the interior set of the titular “dollhouse” and thought, “Wow, they really spruced up Wolfram & Hart?” Tune in to Fox Friday at 9:00PM and see what you think.

Reversing gears now, I completely apologize for having ever doubted Chuck. I finally got to see the 3-D episode last week and, wow, that show is just firing on all cylinders. I am a fool for doubting and I will do so no more. Chuck is new this week after being bumped last week due to the President. Also new is Heroes. I’m still enjoying the fugitives storyline, especially Sylar getting a sidekick. I like that Sylar’s little trip on the light side has only served to make him a stronger bad guy. Daddy has a lot to answer for. NBC is the network and from 8:00-10:00PM is the time you want to block out for both of these.

The Mentalist (9:00PM CBS) and Leverage (10:00PM TNT) still make fine Tuesday viewing and both are new this week, the latter airing the first part of it’s two-part season finale. Both are still solid shows that consistently entertain week after week.

Wednesday brings my most anticipated show of the week, Lost. Last week continued to bring the mind-numbing reveals and story twists. They are really pulling out all the stops this season and it is making for some very compelling TV. If you aren’t glued to ABC at 9:00PM on Wednesday, then there is no hope for you. DVR Lie To Me at the same time on Fox, however. It is proving that it can maintain consistently good quality, but it still has some quirks that could prove detrimental in the long run. I’m nowhere near giving up on it, but we’ll see how I feel about it next season, should it get a pickup.

Thursdays still have nothing for me, which makes it a good night for me to catch up on things. I had hope for Fridays, but Dollhouse may have spoiled that. However, last week’s Battlestar Galactica (SCI FI 10:00PM) proved to be one of the show’s best episodes as we got lots of information and reasons why. Five more weeks and then that one is done and I’m starting to feel the first twinges of missing it. In light of the new revelations, I am even more intrigued by how this will all play out and how they will give us a satisfying answer to it all in just five more hours.

That’s it for this week. Again, let me know if I am missing anything compelling on Thursday. Next week, I’ll do a little recap of what’s happened on Lost this season so far. In two weeks, I will be taking a look at a British show making it’s American debut on BBC America. Stay tuned!