I admit that I’m not a big fan of Broadcast TV. My favorite shows are Boardwalk Empire, Magic City, True Blood (before it became too damn freaky and convoluted) and I’m warming to the Newsroom. But last year I found some truly interesting non-cable shows that I’ve begun to follow; Scandal with Kerry Washington (I just don’t know why she’s never skyrocketed to stardom), Revenge which keeps your butt glued to your couch from the time it comes on until the end credits, American Horror Story (Jessica Lange was at her most creepy) and my sentimental favorite Pan Am…I love…love…love period pieces and that show was just starting to gain momentum, but unfortunately, networks have no patience for shows to find their audience and some trigger happy network suit gave it the ax. I was really hoping some other channel would realize the potential and pick it up.
Now we’re poised for this season’s flops, failures and bubbles…who knows what will emerge as the next sizzling show on TV this year, but the two shows I’ve watched so far were less than praise-worthy…one more than the other. First up, Revolution on NBC. It stars Billy Burke – Bella Swan’s dad from the Twilight movies and Tracy Spiridakos. The premise of the show is that the electricity has gone out (or has it) and mankind has to resort to their basic primitive instincts for survival. A rather standard post-apocalyptic tale with the fearless female, the reluctant male hero and their sidekicks on a journey to find what’s behind the world’s problems with the bad guys in hot pursuit. Oh, before I forget, there seems to be a burgeoning love story in the offing…but isn’t it always.
This one has potential, the acting is solid and if the writers stay focused…don’t start getting too deeply into the love aspects and give the viewers plenty of action, it could be a keeper. Next up is Bomb Girls on the Reelz Channel, the same one who brought us The Kennedys miniseries. Okay I know it’s not on broadcast but I did watch the premiere. I can’t begin to tell you what’s wrong with this little blast from the past but I can tell you what’s right…when they roll credits and it over. The show is about the women during WWII who built bombs in the munitions factories while the men where off at war. In this instance, you have the rich wild girl whose parents want her to get married, settle down and have a respectable life. However, she has other ideas. Then there’s the matronly, long-suffering woman played by Meg Tilly, and if I were she, I’d be completely irritated because they have her looking as though she’s 75. And the rest of the women are just knee-deep in personal drama and crisis, none of which are the least bit interesting. Oops, I forgot, there’s a male lead but why mention him because he’s there for…well, I’m not quite sure for what, so I’ll get back to you on that one.
Finally, my new favorite — 666 Park Avenue. I had the chance to view the pilot and it is a combination of The Devil’s Advocate, The Shining, Poltergeist and just about any good horror flick coming down the ramp. Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams are devilishly delightful to watch and this one has a ton of twists and turns but you can follow the story-lines with ease. Terry and Vanessa play husband and wife at the swanky New York hotel The Drake. Terry is the manager and Vanessa is his partner in evil. Once there, all of your fantasies, dreams and desires can true but at a price. Without spoiling it, there’s some otherworldly, spooky goings on at The Drake and if you don’t like unexpected eeriness, than this isn’t the show for you. But I love it…if the writers can hold our attention as well as they did in the pilot, this show will be around for a very long time.