After waiting all summer we finally get the conclusion to last season’s cliffhanger. Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) has been shot forcing Castle (Nathan Fillion) to admit his feelings for her and struggle with the fact that his actions helped lead to putting her in front of the sniper’s gun. As Castle attempts to uncover the identity of the shooter, Beckett fights for her life in a hospital bed, and Penny Johnson joins the cast as the precinct’s new captain. “Rise” airs at 10pm (9pm Central) tonight on ABC.
David E. Kelley returns to television with yet another show about crazy lawyers. The brain behind Boston Legal, The Practice, and Ally McBeal gives us a talented but disgruntled patent lawyer who finds new life by starting a criminal practice run out of a shoe store in the worst part of town.
Even though the promos for Running Wilde were intensely awful I decided to give the show a try (in no small part thanks to my long-held crush on Keri Russell). The exaggerated comedy works better than it did in the commercials, and there are laughs to be had, but I’m still concerned that the concept – a rich selfish bastard (Will Arnett) and the over-enthusiastic environmental activist (Russell) with an all-too cute daughter named Puddle (Stefania Owen) who wants to save him – may run out of gas (and charm) before too long.
Crime novelist Rick Castle and Detective Kate Beckett are back from their summer break, and I couldn’t be happier. Nathan Fillion is perfectly cast as the smug mystery novelist, and Stana Katic is just the right mix of smart and sexy. My only complaint with last season was the late swerve that kept them from getting together in the finale. Maybe this year? (I won’t hold my breath.) Anywho, the third season’s opener finds Castle in the doghouse with the NYPD and even arrested for murder. Take a look.
Everything old is new again, at least that seems to be the case in Hollywood. CBS has taken the old Hawaii Five-O and spruced it up into a new show starring Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, and Daniel Dae Kim. I had a mixed reaction to the Pilot (not to mention cringing at some of the dialogue), but it does bring back the classic theme (to which somewhere my old B&N pal Chandra is dancing) and gives us a premise that promises several more shots of Grace Park in a bikini. That can’t be all bad, now can it? Check out this clip introducing Park’s character to the rest of the team, and if you like it head over here to watch the full Pilot episode.
Okay, let’s get this straight, NBC’s premiere of The Event was far from the mind-boggling, life-changing, epic TV-event that the network promised. Less than halfway through the first episode I’d already made a couple of educated guesses as to what the show is really about. The show definitely amped-up the tension, but for all of its cockteasing it told a very fractured, and only mildly interesting, story. You can check out the big secret ending below or watch from the beginning. I may give it a week or two but I’m very much in doubt that this one will live up to the hype.
Team Bartowski returned last night with a mission to Moscow, the search for Chuck‘s mother, and a surprise announcement from Ellie. Oh, and they brought along a few guest-stars including Dolph Lundgren, Olivia Munn, and Linda Hamilton as the missing Mrs. Bartowski. Not a bad way to start off your fourth season.