Television This Week

Ah, summer. When television becomes much less interesting, but it's nice in a way. After all, watching too much TV does rot one's brain, so having a few solid hours of viewing that can be spaced out is a nice thing.

Hemingway and Gellhorn  -  Monday at 9 on HBO. I don't have HBO, I'm not a fan of Nicole Kidman, but I'm very excited for this movie. Phil Kaufman is directing the movie and I love Kaufman, though admittedly some of his projects since 1990's Henry and June have been uneven. Quills was an excellent movie, but Rising Sun and Twisted were...less so. Any new Kaufman film should be an event and can't wait to see this one.

Hatfields and McCoys  -  Monday through Wednesday at 9 on History Channel. Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton star in this miniseries with a great supporting cast that includes Powers Boothe, Mare Winningham, Tom Berenger and the great British actor Sarah Parish. Kevin Reynolds is an uneven director, but let's be honest, we're all a little curious about what the hell the Hatfield and McCoy was about, even if we do end up getting a slightly fictionalized version. And it's a good cast.

Appropriately Adult  -  Monday at 10 on Sundance. A British drama starring Dominic West, as a serial killer, and Emily Watson. I'd watch Emily Watson read the phone book.

Cougar Town  -  Tuesday at 8 on ABC. The series' one hour season finale before moving to cable next year. 

Breaking Pointe  -  Thursday at 8 on the CW. I loathe reality television but am curious about the idea of a series about dance. It could be interesting. I do fear the show becoming bogged down with annoying personalities and not actually depicting dance. I'd be up for watching a behind the scenes drama and the training and the sweat and tears and craziness if at the end we actually got to watch the performance. I fear we'll just get to see the drama with a few second of dancing thrown in as filler.

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