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Where to start, Don Draper 2.0, the maiming of Ken Cosgrove, the triumphant return of Glen? These are all trumped by the second really bad week in a row for Don who last week lost his daughter and now might have lost the only other woman in his life that matters.
Arrow is back in the saddle again and all it took was a little pushing and prodding by his consigliere Diggle. Oh, and one distress call from Laurel to the aPhone. After the events of "Years's End" and a bit of a struggle to regain his confidence in "Burned," our hero is finally ready to fully resume hunting. Those who have failed this city better beware because Arrow is back in fine crime fighting form for Episode 11, "Trust But Verify."
Girls not only returned last Sunday with an excellent second season premiere but also bagged two major awards at the Golden Globes. The newly minted recipient of the Best Actress and Best Comedy statuettes already had a lot to live up to and now that it's sporting some hardware, Lena Dunham and her series surely have their work cut out for them with the rest of Season 2. Can "I Get Ideas" live up to the increasingly high standards?
As 30 Rock creeps closer and closer to its finale, it just keeps getting stronger and stronger. I think 30 Rock is shaping up to have one of the strongest final seasons for a sitcom ever and I think they might have delivered my favorite episode yet of the year. Line for line the episode was almost entirely quotable.
Ben and Leslie have their respective bachelor and bachelorette parties on the same night and one group has a lot of fun while the other moves plot points forward. Unfortunately, Leslie is saddled with the plot heavy party, as the proposed park next to Ann's house is surprisingly put under construction by her councilman rival.
After about a month away, Arrow finally returned to fighting crime last night on The CW. The events of "Year's End" are still not far from Oliver's mind, however, there's no more time to dwell on the past because present this week is a very fiery revenge. Oliver needed a push to force him our of his self-imposed hiatus, cue Firefly and a cry for help from Laurel. You know what they say, you play with matches, you get "Burned."
Itís almost time to stick a fork in American Horror Story: Asylum, and too bad it isnít a pitchfork from Sister Mary Eunice. Her devilish discipline feels worlds away from the mental anguish now personified by Sister Jude Judy Martin, now called Betty Drake. Coincidentally, the real Betty Drake is a former actress-turned-psychotherapist. Maybe itís intentional irony, Iím not sure. What I am sure of is Iím beating around the bush because Iíd rather not think about how utterly depressed and alone I felt every time Jessica Lange was on screen.
Saying that Girls had a big night last night would be a bit of an understatement. Not only did Lena Dunham's series return for its second season but the HBO comedy also racked up a two major awards at the Golden Globes. And if you thought the series was under scrutiny before, now that it won Best Comedy audiences will surely be looking through each installment through an even more critical microscope.
30 Rock seems to be setting up its final run of episodes with a game for the throne of CableTown between Jack and heir apparent Kaylie. Another signal things are coming to an end is every big guest star is back, Leo Spaceman is appointed Surgeon General of the U.S., Chloe Moretz is back as Kaylie, Will Arnett is plotting with her as Banks and Steve Buscemi is on the case for Jack to try and bring the heir down.
After ďI am Anne Frank: Part 2,Ē I anxiously awaited Alfonso Gomez-Rejonís directorial return for the finale, as well as this stray episode in AHSís non-stop river of extroverted melodrama. I may have wasted my energies, as ďSpilt Milk,Ē which contains several scenes of heavy magnitude, shoveled in so many camera tweaks and techniques that Iíd believe its purpose was to pay homage to every single 1990s independent film director.
Parenthood delivered a top notch episode last night. Perhaps the best of the season, really, with each section of the Braverman family facing their own battles, and some coming out more successful than others. With just two episodes left in the season, anything can happen, and there's a lot set up to be resolved or to crumble, depending on what the writers have planned for this family.
Itís been a long wait for Downton Abbey fans, and those of us with friends in the UK have had to cover our ears and hide our eyes while they watched Season 3 and we waited. But tonight the wait came to an end with the long-awaited premiere of Downtonís third installment on this side of the pond. If youíre not up to date on Downton and havenít watched the Season 3 premiere yet, there are spoilers ahead.
I donít make yearly resolutions, because there are many other months for me to renege on decisions Iíve sworn to. But a constant resolution Iíve taken up is, ďNever be surprised by American Horror Storyís next move. Always expect everything.Ē Someone will turn into a giant grasshopper. Someone will speak a word with the power to turn everyoneís hair purple. John Lennon was once a Briarcliff patient. These are things I am ready for.
"Surprise Motherfucker." Tonight's Dexter finale had to be one of the most stressful hours of scripted television I've experienced in a long time. After a season of mounting tension and suspense, we're once again left to wonder where things can possibly go from here. It's at this point that you want to stop reading if you haven't watched the Season 7 finale of Dexter.
Gleeks, last night was Glee's annual holiday episode. And Sue Sylvester summed it up best: it was an episode of seemingly separate story lines coming together as one holiday-themed episode. Our first holiday storyline of the night was Artie who suffers a nasty fall on an unsalted ramp.