In honor of Father’s Day, I want to take a look at TV’s best dads. Over the last few years, dads on TV have become the butt of all the jokes and are always portrayed as the buffoon who can’t get anything done without someone there to help him. A recent article in The Daily Mail shows that TV viewers are starting to get tired of the way dads a portrayed on TV. Let’s go back to a time when dad was a good guy and not a moron. The dads on my list come from all ages of TV and are the types of dads that I think most of us strive to be. Here they are, TV’s best dads:
TV Guide has released the top 25 shows of the 2012-2013 season and I have to ask. Seriously America? Looking at some of the shows that are in the top 25 I have to wonder how it was that we ever managed as a country to become the dominant super power that we are. Here are the top 25 (the rankings also take in to account 7 days of DVR use too):
I have been eagerly anticipating the premiere of Steven King’s Under the Dome since they announced it back in November of last year. We now have our first Under the Dome preview to watch which will give those who haven’t yet read the book a glimpse at what the series will be about.
I read the book and I really enjoyed 95% of it. I thought the ending was absolutely awful and I’ll be curious to see if they are 100% faithful to the King novel or if they will take some liberties and improve on the ending that King had written. Let’s hope they do.
Breaking Bad’s Dean Norris (whom you can follow on Twitter here @deanjnorris) has been cast as one of the main stars of the show playing James “Big Jim” Rennie heading a cast not full of big names or huge stars and that too is ok. It doesn’t take big names or huge stars to make a Steven King story successful. The source material itself is usually the star of anything Steven King related and I imagine it will be the case here as well.
Under the Dome will premiere on CBS June 24 at 9:00. Here is the preview:
I want to first start off by saying I love both James Caan and Maggie Lawson. Maggie’s on my favorite show Psych, which just finished it’s 7th season and is set for a 13 episode 8th season which will air in early 2014. James Caan is just an all around great actor. I loved him as Ed Deline in Las Vegas. However…
I always imagined the process of selecting which shows to make and which to pass on was a thorough and exhaustive process where network executives scoured hundreds of scripts to find those hidden gems.
Further, I imagined that successful actors would be selective in choosing their next project. After all, it took them so long to build up their name and reputation, you’d hate to throw all of that away on one show. Continue reading
As the longest married writer here at MWTVG, I like to fancy myself as somewhat of an expert on women. It’s a well-known fact that when it comes to the ladies, I know what I’m talking about. Just ask any of the many women I deal with on a daily basis. They will verify my expertise. So fellas, let me give you a bit of a hand here. If you and your wife or girl friend or blow up doll (we don’t judge here) argue about TV and you just don’t know what it is that she is looking for, I’m here for you. Here are 10 shows women can’t stop watching. You can decide for yourself if you want to watch with her to you know, build your relationship, that’s not something I know anything about. Here are 10 shows women can’t stop watching:
Revolution just wrapped up it’s freshman season yesterday, ending on a high note ratings wise. 6.3 million viewers tuned in to see if the power got turned back on. I’m sure this means nothing to NBC and that the execs over there are hard a work figuring out new ways to kill decent shows.
As with other shows like Game of Thrones, there were a bunch of surprises and twists. It wouldn’t be a JJ Abrams show without them. Look, the show is no Lost, which the other writers here at MWTVG continually fail to recognize as the greatest serial drama show ever (if you want, I would allow Friday Night Lights, but get that weak sauce 24 out of here).
I thought the show really picked up steam after it’s inexplicable 4 month mid-season break. All in all, it was a good first season. When NBC abruptly cancels this show, I now at least know why the power went out, at least I think I do.
Sad news to report today from the TV world. All in the Family star Jean Stapleton has died at the age of 90 of natural causes.
The world came to know Jean Stapleton in the 1970s when she starred next to Carol O’Connor on the ground-breaking show All in the Family. Stapleton played the naive but well-meaning wife Edith Bunker who was married to the unapologetic bigot, Archie Bunker. Edith showed that you can have a good heart and not lose yourself in the face of bad people. She never tried to change Archie, but she did try to influence him and over time, she was able to get him to soften some of his views. Isn’t that the role of the good people in our lives? No one wants to be told they need to change. The truly good people in our lives help us by influencing us to change. If they came at us with a demand of change, none of us would budge. Edith Bunker remained good-hearted in the face of anger. RIP Jean Stapleton. You will be missed.
Here is how the world will remember her, with one of the best TV show theme songs of all-time:
I don’t understand how NBC thinks. None of us here at MWTVG do. Despite Midwest Mark’s joy at NBC renewing Hannibal, we mostly feel here at MWTVG that NBC is run by a bunch of morons. Case in point, NBC’s handling of the show Community. They have done absolutely everything they can to kill this show but now they seem to want to save it and creator Dan Harmon has just confirmed that he is returning to the show. I don’t get it NBC. You have done everything you can to kill this show and now this? What gives? Here is what they have done to try to kill Community:
The series finale of The Office was last week and it was so well done and excellent that it got me thinking about the other series finales that I have loved. With the exception of The Simpsons, all shows must one day come to an end. Here are shows who’s endings were memorable and fantastic. The 20 Greatest series finales of all time:
In what should be the title for any sitcom on NBC (cause they cancel anything resembling a decent sitcom), Save Me premiered last night.
After reading the reviews prior to watching it, I wasn’t expecting very much. I was pleasantly surprised at how funny the show actually was (which again means nothing to NBC).
The show features Anne Heche who over acts about on level with Jim Carrey and who for some reason narrates the activities of the show. I watched it with my MWTV wife who pointed out that Anne’s over acting is a lot better than mosts regular acting, so she’s got that going for her, which is nice.
TV Without Pity wrote a pretty good review of the show saying, “the show is funnier than it has any right to be.” It’s an oddly fitting summary of the show in which you don’t exactly like any of the characters, yet you still want to see what happens to them.
It’s set for a 13 episode Summer run on NBC with 2 airing during the premier. Only God, and in theory Anne Heche’s character on the show know how many NBC will actually run. For what it’s worth, it’s been added to the DVR playlist.