Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dissed TV Part FOUR

The final 11 tv shows I feel were forced from our eyes too soon are: Dirty Sexy Money, Kyle XY, Moonlight, Popular, Women's Murder Club, Birds of Prey, Bionic Woman, Medical Investigation, The Evidence, Threshold and Haunted! Sorry I have gotten a bit lazy and borrowed descriptions for quite a few in the last 2 posts but made sure I added my take too!

I hope you have enjoyed learning about some really great TV shows that did not live long enough, and maybe found some to try!

1)Dirty Sexy Money - When idealistic attorney Nick George's (Peter Krause) father dies, he ends up taking his father's clients, the Darlings, led by patriarch Tripp (Donald Sutherland). It's not always easy for Nick handling both legal and sometimes illegal matters. Nick George goes through each episode trying to solve and correct the problems of each of the Darling family members. From fighting siblings to a dishonest husband to dealing with Tripp himself; Nick George certainly has his hands full in Dirty Sexy Money. Nick is also trying to deal with the fact that he is pretty sure one of the Darling's killed his father. And Karen Darling, his first love, is trying to get Nick back, which is not good news for Nick's wife or his kid Kiki. Nick is trying to work for this powerful family but maintain his standards at the same time, which proves difficult and he can't always do it. Secrets continued to unfold as we watched, the reveal that one of the Darlings is Nick's half-brother, Karen marrying the Darling's enemy, etc. Like Pushing Daisies there were more epsiodes, it probably won't tie the show up, but I can't wait for the dvd release so I can find out what other secrets were revealed and what each Darling is up to. Baldwin with a transvestite was one of the funniest parts, you GO Carmelita!! ON dvd.

2)Kyle XY - This was a travesty. It wasn't even a real 3 seasons, as 1 and 3, were only 13 episodes each. And it was such a great show, it put ABC Family on the map and the way it repays the show and the fans? Cancels it with no real resolutions! A mysterious teenager is found disoriented in the middle of traffic. Kyle, as he is later named, lacks a navel and has no recollection of his past. Taken in by the Trager family, Kyle discovers that he has extraordinary abilities. REALLY extraordinary. In the beginning he must be taught fundamentals such as urinating and what food is and what you do with it. His struggle with how to sleep was heart touching and for all the knowledge he has in that genius brain of his, he still has to learn basic human knowledge like a child. Jesse, his female counterpart showed up in Season 2, and has caused many problems for Kyle but that is all I can say without ruining it. But Jesse is no Kyle. While Kyle is innocent in his thinking, pure, and good. Jesse is dark, thinks in a selfish manner and shows lack of remorse. Kyle if he hurts someone feels their pain as if it is his own. He risks everything in this most recent season for his new family, he exposes himself to the evil Latnok, to save who he now considers his mother. How did he end up with no belly button? ON dvd and online!!

3)Moonlight - Oh the sheer meanness of taking HOT Alex O'Loughlin off the air!! Moonlight follows Mick St. John, an immortal vampire and private investigator and his struggle to exist after he was bitten 60 years ago by his vampire bride, Coraline, on their wedding night. It also follows his internal torment as he falls in love with one he should not, one who is mortal named Beth, a news reporter, as well as his dealings with the woman who made him a vampire, his sire Coraline. Josef plays Mick's immortal mentor. And man Josef played by Jason Dohring is funny, he is unrepentant for being a vampire bu doesn't kill anyone. Lots of vampire myths are slashed in this show. They can be in daylight but it weakens them to the point where they could die. Mick gets blood from a vamp who works at the morgue and sires no one. He is still furious his bride turned him. Plus he sleeps in a fridge. And his one weakness is Beth, she has always been his weakness. He saved her as a child from his Coraline, and thought he murdered her by fire, but she found a "cure" and is now human, but unfortunately for Mick and Beth, it doesn't last. And the series ended with Mick and Josef having to team up with the kind of vampires they despise to keep the existenceof vampires a secret, a secret which many have managed to keep hidden for centuries but rogue vampires might have ruined this happy lack of knowledge by humans. ON dvd. He is SO hot!!!

4)Popuar - On the popular side: Brooke McQueen, a gorgeous blonde, and the head cheerleader; backed up by her best friend Nicole, the Devil in person; as well as her boyfriend, Josh Ford, star of the football team; Mary Cherry, the psychotic multi-millionaire Texan girl; and Sugar Daddy, the heavy-set wannbe gangsta and football player. On the unpopular side: Sam McPherson, the smart girl who is always looking to expose injustice; Harrison, the geek with a crush on the head cheerleader; Carmen Ferrara, the heavy girl with the warm heart; and Lily, the confused activist girl with the boyish look.Brooke and Sam, enemies by nature, must deal with their parents’ marriage to each other and their high school rivalry. Really that is the best description, the unpopular versus the popular and what happens when the two *gasp* MIX!! It is all about popular people starting to embrace their unpopular feelings, and the unpopular getting some popularness, and the mixing of the two in this school is volatile! Oh man I HATED how they stopped this show! Nicole RUNS OVER Brooke!! We never see what happens, it was expected to return the next year so they left off with this HUGE cliffhanger! Is Brooke alive? We know NADA!! ON dvd! Starred Leslie Bibb, Carly Pope, Christopher Gorham, etc.

5)Women's Murder Club - I loved this drama based on James Patterson's books. I loved the 2 movies they made based on other books of his and when they got such a great group of actresses, especially Angie Harmon who I love, and then Laura Harris from Dead Like Me, I knew I was going to like it. And I did, you got to see crimes from 3 points of view. A cop, a soroner, an ADA and a reporter. Their chemistry and their "it's not a club" was fascinating!! And all the while there is a serial killer who is too focused on Lindsay (Harmon, the cop) the Kiss Me Not Killer, who sews his dead victims mouths shut. So the real description is a show that tells the story of four friends from different walks of life who come together to form a unique murder investigation team. Their jobs as a homicide detective, a medical examiner, a newspaper reporter and an assistant district attorney give them a formidable range of skills, and their strong friendship provides the basis for the teamwork that's necessary to crack each case. The last epsiode was a cliffhanger. We found out who the killer was and he kidnaps Lindsay's dad and shoots him, but Lindsay captures him. And she meets with the girls only to be called and told her father has flatlined....and fade to black.....STOP IT!!!! Not on dvd.

6)Birds of Prey - It was just nice and cool to have a show based on FEMALES being the superheroes. It starred Ashley Scott , Dinah Myer and the beautiful Shemar Moore. Legend tells of a caped crusader, Batman, guardian of New Gotham, and his one true love, Catwoman, the queen of the criminal underworld. Their passion left behind something extraordinary, a daughter, Huntress. Half metahuman, she has taken up her father's mantle and under cover of the night, fights to protect the innocent and helpless. Joining her in this struggle, Oracle, who was once Batman's protégé, Batgirl. She was caught in the crossfire of the war between Batman and Joker, now she fights crime a different way, a master of the cyber-realms and mentor and trainer to heroes. Together, they have taken in a young runaway, Dinah, a metahuman herself with powers to open hidden doors to the mind, powers that she is only beginning to explore. Together, these three are the protectors of New Gotham - the Birds of Prey. SO cool! The one plus is Shemar is on Criminal Minds now so I can still see him every week! ON dvd.

7)Bionic Woman - Another one that just stopped dead in it's tracks and again it was a powerful woman...what is up with that?!! Jaime Sommers is nothing but a hard-working woman juggling work as a bartender, the responsibility for the care of her younger sister, Becca, and her relationship with her boyfriend, Will. Although she does not have much, Jaime has always enjoyed being as normal as any other human being. However, this all changes when she is hit by a car and seriously injured. Her only hope becomes an experimental and top secret procedure, but, as Jaime soon discovers, this salvation comes at a high price. And one she did not agree to, she is seriously pissed when she wakes up and see herself before the skin is placed over these new "parts". It is half her body that is now mechanical, sure super hyped-up mechanical but it is not her and she didn't ask for this, she thinks her boyfriend was selfish to do this to her. Now she has to keep everything she does a secret from her little sister, and their trelationship is tenuous. And this company feeld they OWN Jaime now that she has millions of dollars of their equipment, which they didn't agree to put IN her. So she agrees to work for them but uh oh, they have a bionic woman already, and she is supposed to be dead and she is pissed herself. Jaime is not completely bionic so she has her weak parts, this woman, NO weaknesses. ON dvd.

8)Medical Investigation - This was such a cool show I am still angry years later that it wasn't given enough of a chance, they had the coolest medical things happen! Neal McDonough and Kelli Williams star as members of a mobile medical team from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) who are summoned in a heartbeat to scope out -- and hopefully snuff out -- outbreaks of unexplained and fearful diseases. These specialists drop out of the sky anywhere and have government carte blanche to take charge when people start dying, which requires them to medically re-construct grisly events to prevent the next epidemic, plague or contagion. McDonough stars as Dr. Stephen Connor, the leader of the team whose take-charge attitude has enabled him to save the lives of millions, but in the process, has sadly cost the separated Connor his family. Williams portrays Dr. Natalie Durant, who specializes in pathology and epidemiology and works under the supervision of Connor, a man whom she respects, but is willing to stand up to in any life-threatening situation. The elite team also includes Troy Winbush as specialist Frank Powell, a quiet but intense medical inspector who is friends with Connor. Likewise, Powell works well with Dr. Miles McCabe, the newest and youngest member of the team who tries to prove his "wunderkind" reputation is deserved -- but struggles to mature and keep pace with his colleagues in the big leagues. Anna Belknap also stars as the NIH's publicity liaison Eva Rossi, a woman who uses unconventional methods to keep the media at bay in the middle of a crisis. Their first episode had people in New York City start turning the color blue. A diner ended up being at the center and SALT. Each case seemed impossible and like it could never happen that way but this show proved otherwise! NOT on dvd.

9)The Evidence - This show was only given 4 epsiodes before it was pulled but I liked what it had to say and who was saying it. All the evidence of a crime is presented at the beginning of each episode in a videotaped evidence log by Martin Landau. The story then goes back in time and shows each clue as the crime is committed. The Evidence stars Orlando Jones as Inspector Cayman Bishop, Rob Estes as Inspector Sean Cole, Martin Landau as Dr. Sol Goldman, and Anita Briem as Emily Stevens. Showing the evidence was supposed to give the audience the clues so they could try and solve the crime before the detectives did and I thought that concept was very radical and Orlando is always a joy to watch and Rob is nice eye candy, LOL. Wouldn't you have liked a chance to solve a crime? NOT on dvd.

10)Threshold - I am putting this one on my birthday list, I actually don't own it yet! I KNOW! How odd of me! Molly Anne Caffrey (Carla Gugino) is a government contingency agent whose job is to create response plans for any possible worse-case scenario. One of her plans - THRESHOLD - is enacted by J.T. Baylock when the U.S. Navy realizes an "extra terrestrial craft" has landed in the mid-Atlantic ocean. Caffrey's Threshold plan calls for the formation of a secret government task force known as the Red Team. As a result, several top scientists are seconded: Dr. Nigel Fenway (Brent Spiner), an individualistic NASA-employed microbiologist; Lucas Pegg (Rob Benedict), a somewhat unsure-of-himself aerospace engineer on the eve of his marriage, and Arthur Ramsey (Peter Dinklage), a mathematics and liguistics genius whose libido makes up for his lack of height. Caffrey's government liaison is Deputy NSA J.T. Baylock (Charles S. Dutton), while freelance paramilitary operative Sean Cavennaugh (Brian Van Holt) serves as the "muscle" of the group (and apparent potential love interest for Caffrey). Threshold learns that the aliens are attempting to rewrite the DNA of the human race using, in part, an audio signal that somehow alters some people's body chemistry in such a way that they become alien themselves. Central to all this is a frascal triskerion pattern that keeps appearing – in electronic signals, blood, and even the pattern made by city lights. Its significance has yet to be revealed, though Arthur Ramsey interpreted it as representing a DNA pattern in a triple helix formation (like the alien DNA). The episodes focus on Caffrey and her team as they learn more about the signal, the fractal pattern, and the aliens. Often, their work requires them to impersonate different U.S. Government agencies. Compounding the situation, Caffrey, Cavennaugh and Pegg were exposed to a small part of the signal, which while not (as yet) infecting them, has nonetheless altered their brains, causing the trio to have bizarre, linked dreams, and also receive messages from the aliens with Caffrey, in particular, experiencing frightening, often violent hallucinations. Individuals experiencing these visions have been referred to as "dreamers" by the Threshold Red Team. ON dvd!!

11)Haunted - Matthew PRE-Lost. Police officer Frank Taylor had the perfect job and perfect family. After his son's unsolved abduction, his life, marriage and career disintegrate. He leaves the force to become a private investigator specializing in missing and abducted children cases. His ex-wife has come to terms with the loss of their child, but Frank is obsessed with one day finding their son. I mean, he is OBSESSED! One day Frank's life is forever changed while trying to apprehend Simon, a man linked to several child abductions who eludes the police. A fatal clash leaves Simon dead and Frank in critical condition. As the doctors try to save his life, Frank has a near-death experience in which he sees his missing son. When Frank regains consciousness, he finds that the dead can communicate with him, and that their confusing and frightening manifestations are usually intended to help him in his work. Some of the dead however—including Simon—abuse his new abilities to intentionally mislead or harm him. But all he wants, as he helps the dead, is to find his kid and he will go through whatever he has to, to find him!! NOT on dvd.

So that is the end of my series on DISSED TV, and shows that should still be around and have had at least many seasons before meeting the end. I thank the people who READ my posts about these shows and hope I didn't scare anyone off. I told you, I AM LOYAL!! :)

2 meaningful meanderings:

The Boob Nazi said...

Agreed about DSM. I hardly remember Popular, so I can't say if I agree or not.

Lee said...

I really liked Moonlight.
My mom was really good friends with the producer from that show, and he would always give us little tidbits.
He let us know that even though it was going to be canceled (Before anyone else knew), they had held on to Alex's contract and had a deal to put him on another show.
And lookie where he is now...

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