The Return of Men of a Certain Age

I had a cold this week (a real one this time) so I laid low when I could and continued to catch up from my week away from TV. I do plan to get back to important stuff like 2011 goal setting (which is buzzing around in the back of my mind) and figuring out how I can best apply my special skills to save the world, but this week, I was just not up for it.

There was a boring holiday party and a nice sushi dinner with friends this week, but also a decent amount of Men of a Certain Age and Raising Hope.

Men of a Certain Age is an adorable show on TNT just starting season 2. These totally lovable men, who I think, are around 50 (I have a hard time with ages because I look a lot younger than I am and it confuses me sometimes) are buds who live in California somewhere. One is married w/kids (the amazing Andre Brougher), one is separated w/kids (the hilarious Ray Romano) and the third is an eternally single ladies man (the dude, Scott Bakula). They are good guys. They have great friendships. They make fun of each other in grown-up (but also a little bit juvenile) ways (they are men.) Heartwarming and funny sums it up. For example, my favorite scenes have been watching Ray Romano try to support his son who has anxiety issues. He totally gets it and is so there for his son. His son is nervous about going to the dance so his dad says he will text him every hour to make sure he is ok. And he does. Awesome. I can’t do the funny scenes justice, but I highly recommend it.

Raising Hope is just so completely off the wall ridiculous. Sometimes, it can be gross. (Humor about mole hairs for example, I could do without.) And sometimes stupid. But if you just go with it, there is some good stuff there. Much more low brow than Modern Family. It’s the kind if show you watch while drinking a PBR.

This is a train post written on my phone so no photos and no obsessive editing, but I thought my 6 fans might miss me so I wanted to crank something out.

Quick Round up of Week 2

I am feeling the need to provide a roundup of Week 2 of the Fall TV season because there has been some fall out:

Of the 6 shows I recommended to check out, one has already been canceled, Lone Star.   After watching the second week I liked it less, but I still think it deserved a longer run.   I am sad for Bob and really wanted to see what would happen with him and his two wives and crappy dad, but this is helpful for my quest to watch less TV.

Still love The Event, and as mentioned earlier, I am liking No Ordinary Family.  Those stay on the list.  After week 2 of The Whole Truth, I am dropping it to “have on in the background when paying bills on the weekend” status.  Undercovers, Running Wilde did not even make it to Week 2.  Hawaii Five-O which I did not officially recommend but did check out, is a big hit, but cop shows don’t do it for me unless they include unexplained phenomenon.  Apparently, The Whole Truth and Running Wilde are also in danger of cancellation, not a surprise.  (FYI – I get all of the scoop on ratings from my new favorite site tvbythenumbers.com which I learned about from my favorite TV Squad reviewer who made me love Rubicon.)

There is one other show I decided to check out that I really liked and have added to the list, Raising Hope.  It is really funny.  A young man and his crazy family are raising the baby he conceived in the back of his van and got custody of when the baby momma was sentenced to death.  That does not sound funny, so I assumed it would not be, but I was dead wrong.  These characters are ridiculous and miraculously….endearing. The cast includes Cloris Leachman and that awesome actress Martha Plimpton who shows up everywhere lately including The Good Wife and How to Make it in America.  FYI – Just learned on IMDB (love IMDB) that she is Keith Carradine’s daughter (Carradine = Lundy on Dexter).  Had no idea.  Anyway, I think it is a nice compliment to round out the hour for my other 30 minute fave, Modern Family.  I highly recommend it.