Blue Bloods is a police procedural with a lot of heart and emotion and tonight’s episode on CBS at 10p brings a lot that for Tom Selleck and his character Frank Reagan.
Reagan comes to work and he finds out that a young woman from his past has come to visit him. Back when he was a beat cop and she was just a child, he saved her life. Sarah (Amelia Rose Blaire) was six years old when a man came into her house and murdered her parents and younger brother. Frank was one of the first cops who arrived at the house during crime, and to this day it’s the most disturbing crime scene he has ever witnessed.
Since it left such an impact on him, he has remained like a surrogate father to Sarah. So much so, she is there to ask him to walk her down the aisle later on in the week. Sarah also came to see him to tell him that the man who killed her family wrote her a letter, but she can’t bear to open it and would like Frank to do that. When he reads the letter, he finds out that the killer (Kevin Riley) wants to meet Sarah and tell her he is not the same man that he was that day. Sarah doesn’t know if she wants to meet the man who said in court, a year after the murders, that he wishes he killed her too.
She eventually decides that she wants to meet him and she asks Frank to join her. He agrees. When the three of them are sitting in that cold, puke-colored, confined room together having their confrontation, you will witness a scene that is so impactful that you will not be able to do anything but watch and sit there numb for a few minutes.
It is a scene that resonated so much with Tom Selleck that he talked about it on a conference call earlier in the week. Selleck described what his character is going through ealrier in that episode. Frank has such a bond Sarah that he wants to protect her, especially during the week of her wedding. He doesn’t want her to go; but when she can’t get the letter out of her head, he knows she has to and he will be there to support her. Selleck said, “We lead up to the scene where she confronts a cold-blooded killer, who claims to have remorse. It was just very moving to me, and the actress, of course, delivered as the character.” Then he added, “It was a very difficult scene as an actor. Look, we don’t become someone else, but you believe in the situation. It was a very dark place for Frank to go and for Sarah to go. Those aren’t easy scenes. At the same time, she was so good, it was pretty easy for me.”
Executive Producer, Kevin Wade, was also on the call and he described the atmosphere in the studio as they filmed that poignant scene. He said, “It was the first time I’ve really seen everybody kind of drop to dead silence and crowd around the monitors. The commitment on part of all three actors in that moment. It was something that, you know, we didn’t prepare them for it, but all of a sudden this silence came over the set as they were working as everybody crowded around to watch it.” Wade has been working on the show since almost the beginning and he doesn’t remember that happening before on the set.
Imagine an episode that is so powerful that the lead actor who rarely does press wanted to do some to promote it and a cast a crew stopping everything they were doing to watch it in silence, that is exactly the impact it has. It is a side of Frank Reagan that we’ve never seen before and I think that plays a part in the scene that is so tense, you can cut the tension with a knife. Blaire also gives an award-winning performance as her character confronts the man who ruined her life.
It’s an emotional episode, but not one that leaves you feeling depressed when is over. It plays out in a way that Blue Bloods has perfected during the 5 years it has been on the air.
Make sure to watch an episode that proves excellent television still exists tonight at 10p on CBS.
CBS announced today that 2 Broke Girls, Mom and Mike & Molly will all be back on their line up next season with The Big Bang Theory. The news is not a surprise because all three comedies are doing well in the ratings and have all had strong seasons. What I am surprised about is that the Eye didn’t also pick up The Odd Couple that has been retaining most of TBBT’s audience. I am sure the Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon starrer will be back next season because the show definitely found its focus midway through the second episode.
Granted that is if CBS wants to do more than two hours of comedy every week, which I hope that they do. I think the murder network needs a few more laughs on their air and a lot less death.
Michael Weatherly was so happy that William Shatner Tweeted him that the NCIS star shared a photo of Liam, his son and future Captain Kirk fan, with the legend. Then Dinozzo followed it up with the above photo and said, “He survived this work related mishap and lived to smile another day.” So did he drop his son? Nope, the baby is as real as the one in American Sniper.
Where is Gibbs to slap Weatherly on the back of the head when you really need him to? Hopefully, he will do it on the naval drama tonight at 8p on CBS.
Last week, viewers were captivated by Battle Creek on CBS, and tonight at 10p they find themselves in a sticky situation. That’s because they are investigating a murder that is tied to the city’s syrup business.
Another thing that Battle Creek is known for, is housing the headquarters for Kellogg’s Cereal. Twelves years ago, Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan had an idea for a show, and last year it became a reality. When he was asked at the TCA CBS Summer Press Day how he came up with idea for Battle Creek, he couldn’t remember. So the show’s star Josh Duhamel reminded him of the story he told him when he read for the part of FBI Agent Milton Chamberlin. He said, “I remember the first time I met Vince and David (Shore), I asked them the same question. And he said that, when he was a kid eating his cereal, he looked at the side of the Kellogg’s box, and it said Battle Creek, and that’s where you got this. Isn’t that where your fascination with Battle Creek came from?” Then Gilligan added, “I am fascinated by the name because it’s such a great name because it’s got the word battle in it. And yet they make cereal there.” So while you and I were looking for the toy in the cereal box, Gilligan came up with the name of his future show. Stupid me and my sugar high!
Talking about highs, Kal Penn has an interesting story on tonight’s episode. When Detective Fontanelle White goes to smoke his medicinal marijuana to get rid of his migraine, he realizes he was sold fake pot when his headache doesn’t go away. Now, he is out to arrest his supplier. You just have to tune in to see exactly how he does it. It will make you laugh like you just smoked a joint!
Shortly after CBS released the first photos of Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, Axel Braun released the first image of his Supergirl in Batman v Superman XXX: An Axel Braun Parody. Which one do you do you want to watch more?
Personally, I like Braun’s version better because his costume has lighter colors. I don’t like the darker ones, but that is me. That and the XXX one is so much more sexier, it will definitely makes boys flies fly!
Tonight at 10p, CBS debuts its fourth CSI. This one is called CSI:Cyber and it is about the new world of crimes committed via computers.
Sadly though, just like computers this show comes off as soulless. I wanted to like it because I am a fan of James Van Der Beek and Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette, but the show just never connected with me. I know I am not the CSI target audience, but I was willing to give it try. The crimes are interesting, but the cast and the writing is not.
On tonight’s episode, a baby goes missing and the only hint is that the father heard some people talking in foreign languages on his son’s baby monitor. Because of that the CSI: Cyber team is called in to investigate and that is when they realize that the baby is being sold at an online baby auction. Will they be able to find him before he sold to highest bidder?
Next week’s episode is a little more interesting because a man is remotely making things like roller coasters and trains crash. How many people will he killed before the team is able to stop him.
Like I said, the cases grab your interest, but the show does not. Then again, if you are a fan of the other three CSI shows, you might love this one too. So check it out and decide for yourself.
What do you get when the creators of House and Breaking Bad decide to do a show together? You get a buddy cop show that everyone can enjoy.
I am not into most police procedurals, but there is something about Battle Creek that works. It could be Josh Duhamel’s good looks, which is mentioned in almost all of the episodes I’ve watched, or it could be because the show that debuts on CBS tonight at 10p is as equally smart as it is funny.
Det Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) works at Battle Creek, Michigan Police Department and to say they are underfunded would be an understatement. They don’t have any cameras, their batteries last as long as a gun shot and their stun guns fizzle out before you can even say stun. He desperately wants to be a good cop, but everything is against him and that makes him a grumpy cynic. He begs and pleads for help and that request goes on deaf ears. That is until an FBI agent from Detroit is transferred to offices across from his. That agent is Milt Chamberlain (Duhamel) and everything goes his way. He is a happy, go-lucky, beyond attractive man that gets everything he wants. Russ hates him, but yet these two men, who are complete opposites, make a great cop team when it comes to solving crimes.
Each week, they solve crimes in a way only they can. The best part about this show, is unlike the other ones it is not predictable.
So tune into Breaking House PD, I mean Battle Creek, tonight and every Sunday at 10p. I promise you will find it as arresting as I do.
Kat Dennings shared a behind the scenes image of “something speesh” that is coming up on 2 Broke Girls and I can’t wait to find out what it is. What do you think it is? My take from the photo is that her boyfriend, Josh Groban, is going to guest star as one of the hipsters who her character is always putting in their in place at the beginning of each episode.
For the first time this century, The Odd Couple is back on TV and you don’t want to miss its debut at 8:30p tonight on CBS. This incarnation stars two very funny TV stars, Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as Felix, and both of them were born to plays these roles.
If you don’t know the premise of the show that aired in the’70s, Oscar is divorced sportscaster who is a complete slob. Felix, his college roommate, who has just been dumped by his wife, is the neatest neat freak you will ever meet. After Felix’s wife throws him to the curb, he moves in with Oscar. Now these two very different men have to try to make it work as they live together. Things that are much easier said than done.
There are some parts of the remake that are very much like the Walter Matthau/Jack Lemmon and Jack Klugman/Tony Randall versions, and then there are parts that are modernized for today. Instead of working as a sports writer for a newspaper, Oscar now has a radio show he does from his apartment. Talking about the apartment, this one is so much more beautiful than the one from the original TV version. I would love to live in their place.
Now, when it comes to how this show is like the classic play, movie and television shows, it is the humor. I laughed just as hard with the update and I did with the 1.0 and 2.0. Perry is perfect as the messy grouch and he captures Oscar’s essence. When it comes to Lennon, if you close your eyes, you would swear he was Randall reincarnated. He even has his sinuses, down to the honk. Or whatever you want to call that sound he makes.
The Odd Couple is the type of show that people who like the original one can enjoy, and it also a sitcom that newbies can enjoy as much as the fans. The reason why it still works today as it did then is that the concept is timeless. Opposites will always attract and friends will always be there when you need them.
For months there have been rumors that CSI’s declining ratings will put it in the morgue and tonight it looks like NCIS was investigating the case. That’s because a promo that ran during NCIS said that this Sunday’s episode of CSI is the series not season finale.
So what’s the dealio? Chris Ender, Executive Vice Presidents of Communications for CBS Corporation, immediately took to Twitter to say it was mistake and as of now no one has killed CSI. In fact he added, “We would never cancel a show in a promo five days before broadcast, especially one that has been this important to the Network.”
Sounds like Sunday will not be the end all for the show. So either it will get a final season or at least a farewell movie. I am hoping for the first option because after 15 years and 3 spinoffs, it deserves at least that.