There are way too many good TV shows available to us today. We live in a world of modern riches; an over-abundance of goodness so vibrant it’s terribly easy to miss the good stuff. There’s just so much TV to watch, you see! Especially when you take into consideration television's biggest innovator: the premium network. For-pay stars like HBO, Showtime, and even Cinemax have pushed the medium where it’s never gone before, and paved the way for the likes of AMC and others today.
The cast of American Horror Story's second season was already looking good when we learned that a number of actors from Season 1 would be returning to the horror-drama to take on new roles. But each bit of casting news since then has only added more intrigue to the show, the latest of which has to do with the excellent James Cromwell, who may be joining the series.
HBO’s Six Feet Under followed the lives of the Fisher family from 2001-2005. In that time, the Fishers became a great TV family: a family that audiences could invest in, could practically dwell within its greatest ups and sinking downs, its births and deaths, its most distorted mentalities and its freest moments. Unlike most great television families, however, the Fishers did not prescribe to a reality that is wholly genuine - they saw the ghosts of loved ones and extrapolated out relationships in dreamscapes.
Michael C. Hall seems to have a thing for death. These days he's collecting blood slides as a benevolent serial killer on Showtime's Dexter. Before he was Saran-wrapping baddies to tables in his murder rooms, however, Hall was dealing with already-dead people on HBO's Six Feet Under. Hall played David Fisher, one of a dysfunctional clan of morticians, in the show created by Alan Ball. Today Amazon has Six Feet Under: The Complete Series on DVD for $65.99, a full 63% off the list price.
Lauren Ambrose may be giving network television another shot. The former Six Feet Under star has been cast to star in a pilot for Fox called Weekends at Bellevue
Ok, I'll admit I have a tendency to get caught up in TV romances. If the chemistry is there and the acting and writing is good, there's nothing like seeing two great characters get together. Even those dragged out on-again-off-agains can be fun to watch when done right. But let's face it; not all TV relationships are great. In fact, Katey and I came up with a handful of ones that were downright terrible.
I remember way back when FX’s The Shield began and how it was the glory time for premium cable channel HBO. You had The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City running to keep you entertained. These were hard hitting shows that came close to saving television for the jaded viewer.
It sounds mean-spirited to have Christmas episode in which Santa dies, but "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" actually captures a lot of what Christmas means-- putting family first, remembering those you've lost, and finding a way to work with the family you've been given.