Television This Week

What's new, what's ending, what I'll watch, what perversely intrigues me on screens this week:

Great Expectations on Masterpiece on PBS. Gillian Anderson stars in this adaptation of the Dickens' novel with Ray Winstone. Who doesn't love Agent Scully? Admittedly, she seems a bit young to play Miss Haversham, but that seems a minor complaint.

Happy Endings completes it's season. It's an oddball show, the writing can be uneven, but it has a great cast who are up for just about anything. Casey Wilson's Penny is one of my favorite characters on tv and Adam Pally's Max has to be one of the best gay characters on tv.

Bent. I enjoyed this sitcom when it first premiered a couple weeks back. sadly the network doesn't care, hasn't promoted it, and is simply burning off episodes. The show ends it's very appreviated run this week and it's a shame. Amanda Peet and David Walton make a great couple. Jeffrey Tambor's character could use some work, but the supporting cast including J.B. Smoove and Margo Harshman do a great job. It's sad because with Bent having come and gone so quickly and Free Agents dying a quick death in the fall, there aren't many shows about adults dealing with adult problems.

Scandal. I love Kerry Washington, so I'll watch at least one episode. I know a show about a Washington, D.C. troubleshooter will have plenty of material to work from, I'm just not sure I want to watch a fictionalized version about how most people in Washington care about power and self-interest more than, well, everything else. It has a good cast, though, so we'll see.

The Killing Returns to AMC. I gave up on the show to be honest, but I am curious as to whether Ginia Bellafante will be reviewing the show for the New York Times after her puzzlingly bizarre review of the finale last year, which quite frankly, didn't make any sense. I may not have liked the show for a variety of reasons (and am annoyed that it will take two seasons to find out who killed one teenager), but at least I'm not going to radically reinterpret what I watched. Of course, Bellafante, who became internet famous for her puzzling and hateful review of Game of Thrones last year, is laughing about how people like me who make a fraction of the money she does for smaller and less prominent publications than the Times are sniping at her for hating entire genres and spitting in the face of women.

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