The fall season has begun for new shows and for those that survived into another season due to their popularity. Tonight brings a battle between networks as to what programs in crime dramas to watch. NBC and CBS has two new shows to present as pilots, FOX started a new crime series last week, while ABC has a season premiere of an already popular show. The cable pay channel Showtime has two crime dramas that luckily audiences can view all week.
NBC’s new crime drama “The Blacklist,” hailed by USA Today as “Fall’s Best New Drama,” stars James Spader. Spader is a veteran in both television and movies. You may remember him in “Pretty in Pink,” “Baby Boom,” “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” and the most recent film “Lincoln.” He’s no stranger to television; playing the popular attorney Alan Shore in “The Practice” and then in its spinoff “Boston Legal,” which won him three Emmy Awards. Tonight Spader plays the character of Raymond “Red” Reddington, a wanted fugitive who turns himself in. Watch at 10 p.m./9c.
CBS will present their season premiere “Hostages,” classified as a “suspense thriller” drama starring Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott and Tate Donavan. The program is slated according to media sources for 13 episodes, depending on ratings. The plot of the pilot begins with this critical episode –
A rouge FBI agent (Duncan Carlisle) played by actor Dylan McDermott, takes Dr. Ellen Sanders (played by actress Toni Collette) hostage after she is chosen to operate on the president, threatening to kill her and her family unless she assassinates him during the surgery.
McDermott is both a television and film actor and has appeared in movies “The Cowboy Way,” “Edison,” and last year’s “The Campaign.” He won a Golden Globe Award in 1999 in the television series “The Practice” and also was seen in “Dark Blue” and “American Horror Story.”
Australian actress Toni Collette also has film and television credits which include “Tsunami: The Aftermath” and United States of Tara” (TV) and “Muriel’s Wedding,” “Little Miss Sunshine.” and last year’s “Hitchcock” (film).
Many of today’s television programs seem to have a fascination for the supernatural, paranormal, ghosts and fantasy trips. FOX is no exception this season by presenting a new program called “Sleepy Hollow; ” adding to the many productions this tale has told before. The program is based on the famous and popular short story by Washington Irving called “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” published in 1820. The story is centered on the main character Ichabod Crane. Wikipedia announced FOX’s version as this –
In September of 2013, Sleepy Hollow premiered on the Fox network. In the series, created in part by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto, the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane reappear in the 21st century. Crane and a police officer team up to stop the murderous Horseman, and uncover a conspiracy involving supernatural forces
Sleepy Hollow premiered last Monday (Sept. 16) and can be seen at 9 p.m./8c. The stars in the series are Tom Mison (as Ichabod Crane), Nicole Beharie (as Lt. Abbie Mills), and Orlando Jones (as Capt. Frank Irving). Tonight Ichabod and Abbie search for a witch.
The New York Times has picked “Castle” as the program to watch tonight at 10/9c. The series return on ABC (Season 6) has “Beckett and Castle face the consequences of their decisions during a high-stakes investigation.” Here is a summary of the last season (Season 5) from abc.go.com -
Castle and Beckett try to keep their new relationship a secret as they learn the man responsible for Johanna Beckett’s murder is the powerful Senator Bracken. When Alexis is kidnapped, Castle gets his daughter back with help from a man he’s never really met—his father. Detective Ryan gets the good news that a baby is on the way and Castle receives the greatest birthday gift of his life thanks to Beckett’s Rear Window-esque surprise in the 100th episode. The mystery man and his muse hit a crossroads when Beckett gets an incredible job offer in DC. Wanting more out of their relationship, Castle gets down on one knee to ask his partner to marry him. The long wait to hear Beckett’s response will end in the Season 6 Premier
Actor Nathan Fillion plays Richard Castle, a best-selling mystery novelist, and actress Stana Katic plays NYPD Detective Kate Beckett. Castle is now in syndication and can also be watched on TNT.
Showtime’s “Dexter” and “Ray Donovan”
Dexter – Series Finale. The popular series is in its final season (8) and Dexter Morgan, played by actor Michael C. Hall, will no longer hide his double life as working for the Miami Police Department by day and a vigilante serial killer by night. No longer will viewers see his adoptive sister Debra (played by actress Jennifer Carpenter) or his partner-in-crime Vince Masuka (played by actor C.S. Lee).
For those who have never seen the intriguing series, Wikipedia has this synopsis –
Orphaned at the age of three by his mother's murder, Dexter Morgan is adopted by Miami police officer Harry Morgan and his wife Doris. After discovering young Dexter had been killing neighborhood pets for years, Harry tells Dexter he believes the need to kill "got into" him too early, and Dexter's need to kill will only grow. To keep Dexter from killing innocent people, Harry teaches him The Code:
• Most importantly, Dexter must never get caught.
• Dexter's victims must be killers themselves who have killed without justifiable cause and are likely to do so again.
• Dexter must always be sure of his target's guilt, thus he frequently goes to great lengths to obtain undeniable proof of his victim's guilt.
Dexter premiered on October 1, 2006. The final episode (of 12 which began June 30) is called “Remember the Monsters?” with the following plot –
As Debra calls and requests backup, the Miami PD arrive at the scene. Debra is taken into the ambulance along with Quinn. Hannah and Harrison travel to Jacksonville to board an airplane to Argentina because the flights in Miami are grounded by the hurricane. Saxon goes to the hospital where Debra is recovering, with the intention of killing her. As Dexter spots him, Saxon is taken into police custody. After successful surgery, Debra suffers a stroke as a result of a blood clot, and the doctor says that only a miracle will prevent her being brain-dead. Dexter meets Saxon in his cell to do a gunshot residue test, provokes Saxon to stab him with his pen, and then as if in self-defense Dexter kills Saxon with the pen by puncturing his carotid artery. Batista and Quinn question Dexter about Saxon's killing and, although they suspect what really happened, conclude on the official record that Dexter acted in self-defense. During the evacuation of part of the hospital due to the impending hurricane, Dexter takes Debra off life-support and takes her body to his boat and then out to the ocean where he had dumped all his other victims, drops Debra's body into the water, and watches it sink. Dexter then drives his boat into the hurricane in an apparent suicide attempt. Hannah is seen reading news of Dexter's death while she and Harrison are in Argentina. Following this we see a bearded log truck driver working, and then going into his house. It is revealed that the worker is Dexter. As he takes a last bleak look into the camera, the screen cuts to black.
Reading it and seeing it are two different things despite your imagination. If you’re a fan of Dexter, watch the farewell finale, it will be showing all week in primetime.
Ray Donovan – Series Finale. This high-edged crime drama that premiered on June 30 has broken a Showtime record along with the series finale of Dexter, according to tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. News as follows –
RAY DONOVAN delivered the network’s highest-rated original series premiere ever with 1.35 million viewers at 10 p.m., besting all other SHOWTIME freshman comedy and drama series including HOMELAND’s blockbuster premiere in 2011 by 25 percent (vs. 1.08 million). The series delivered 2.22 million viewers for the night, the highest-rated freshman series night of any SHOWTIME series to-date, up a staggering 61 percent versus the season one premiere night for HOMELAND (with 1.38 million viewers).
The eighth and final season premiere of Dexter continued to break records, ranking as the series’ highest-rated premiere ever, a record which the show continues to break season after season. Dexter’s debut last night delivered2.5 million viewers at 9 p.m., up four percent vs. its season seven premiere (2.4 million). The series delivered 3.2 million viewers for the night, up five percent versus season seven (3.04 million). In seasons past, 64 percent of viewers tuned in to Dexter after its Sunday 9 p.m. episode – watching replays, via DVR, On Demand and authenticated viewing.
What is it about the man, Ray Donovan, who has viewers watching? Is it his oddly handsome face, his nice built, or his quiet yet dangerous demeanor? Or is it his quickness in resolving situations when he finally killed a sex-abusing priest as he lay suffering after already shot (this episode was shown last night before the series finale)? Whatever the reason, the numbers don’t lie on how popular the series is which has been renewed for 2014.
Donovan (played by actor Liev Schreiber) does the dirty work for Los Angeles power brokers, better known as a “professional fixer.” His job is to make their problems disappear, but there’s a catch – his father has recently been released from prison (played by Oscar winner Jon Voight); who wants a piece of Ray’s action. Donovan wants no part of his father’s life - but in last night’s episode Ray was asked to “get rid of “ his father. That request will make you want to watch more next season.
Schreiber was nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy for the TV movie “RKO 281” playing Orson Welles in 1999 and a MTV Movie, People’s Choice and Teen Choice Movie Award for the 2009 movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” He recently played President Lyndon B. Johnson in the recent movie hit “The Butler.”