Premieres This Week: Dancing With The Stars Monday on ABC, Castle Monday on ABC, Chopping Block Wednesday on NBC, and Kings Sunday on NBC. "Castle" stars Nathan Fillion as a mystery novelist who discovers that a serial killer has started staging murders depicted in his books. He attempts to help an NYPD detective (Stana Katic) to find the killer. Just so you know, the series has already been cut from 13 episodes to 10 episodes. "Chopping Block" is yet another chef show starring Marco Pierre White (from UK "Hell's Kitchen") in a Hell's Kitchen / Kitchen Nightmares hybrid. "Kings" is a modern-day retelling of the stories surrounding the biblical King David. King Silas Benjamin (played by Deadwood's Ian McShane) seeks to protect his country Gilboa from war with neighboring Gath. A young soldier, David Shepherd, defies orders to travel behind to recover the king's son, Jack. Silas Benjamin is obviously King Saul of the Tribe of Benjamin. His son Jack is Jonathan, Saul's son. David Shepherd is King David. Mount Gilboa is where Saul and Jonathan were killed in a fight against the Philistines. Gath was one of the five Philistine city-states, and the home city of Goliath. In the show, the capital of Gilboa is Shiloh, the city where the Philistines stole the Arc of the Covenant. Oh, and I think Goliath is a brand of tank in this version. Other characters include Queen Rose Benjamin (Jonathan's mother Ahinoam?), Silas' daughter Michelle (probably Saul's daughter Michal), General Linus Abner, Reverend Ephram Samuels (the prophet Samuel?), and William Cross, Silas' brother in law.
Reruns this week: Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Scrubs, N.C.I.S., The Mentalist, Without A Trace, 90210, Lost, and My Name Is Earl. All those shows come back new next week except for 90210, which isn't new until March 31st. * The Sunday night movie on The CW is Moonstruck (The W at Amazon).
I'm surprized BIG BANG THEORY doesn't rate higher on the list; I find it to be incredibly brilliant and well scripted every week. I've been catching it since the beginning of this season, and I don't believe there's been a weak episode yet.
Ditto on The Big Bang Theory. I love the show, though I think Sheldon sometimes gets too much credit. He's fun to watch, but I think the real untapped stars are both Raj and Wolowitz.
What I am surprised about is Hell's Kitchen being rated so high (10th). It's a show that, IMO, has been played out the last couple of years. It also doesn't help that my friend and I both agree that Gordon Ramsay sometimes fixes the show to benefit the females, so he ends up screwing out some better quality contestants in the cause of kepping the beauties on the show.
Big Bang Theory is one of the few shows I watch, so I'm very glad to see the ratings rise in the second season. I just finished watching the last episode, and producer Chuck Lorre's most recent vanity card floored me. Every episode of the last 3 TV shows he's produced (Dharma & Greg, Two And A Half Men, The Big Bang Theory) has a unique vanity card that you need to pause your recording or DVR to read. This was the text of Monday's Big Bang Theory. The later two anecdotes appear to be true, so I'm assuming all four of them are. What a strange life he's lead.
Whedon was right, this episode was a big step up from the previous five. It was so good, in fact, that if the series reverts back to the Echo-on-assignment format of the first few weeks, it'll be kind of a letdown.