Considering the amount of television I watch, I find it strange that I’ve barely mentioned any shows on here. There’s been a few BSG references, Firefly references (just because I’m a geek, right?) but current tv shows rarely make it on to Split Reel posts. Well, sure, it’s a film blog, but nowadays with the rising quality of television writing and extremely interesting synopses, I thought I’d brush up on some of the shows you should be watching during the 2011-2012 season.
The Walking Dead
Based on one of the best comic series of all time (by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore) The Walking Dead‘s strength lies in its ability to attract audiences outside its zombie apocalypse niche. The second series has a completely new writing staff, but by the look of last night’s premiere there seems to be no way but up for this 2010 surprise hit. An incredible production, with a interesting cast and film-level effects, TWD is a must-see for everyone.
There’s no denying that season 5 of Dexter wasn’t the strongest of series, but BOY’O does season 6 look yummy; if you can call a show about a serial killer killing serial killers that. With the addition of hero Edward James Olmos and as this season’s ‘big bad’, it looks like John Lithgow‘s throne is about to be snatched.
How To Make It In America
Now that we’ve finally seen the end to the enormous douchebaggery that was Entourage, I think it’s time to fill up hearts and minds with a cooler, more casual bromance. How To Make It in America follows an x number of dudes trying to make it in NEW YORK, NEW YOOOOOOOOOOOORK. Worth just for the namedropping and scenery. Very few new shows have made me laugh out loud, but How To is one of them.
What started out as an X-Filesesque procedular has turn out to be the most rewarding show on tv at the moment. Fringe-fans made the show outrun its stint at the timeslot of death to the service of humanity. The biggest and most amazing cliffhanger of last year leads us into season 4 of this great sci-fi show with a mastermind production team. JJ ABRAMS FTW.
Sons of Anarchy
Samcro is back! If there’s anything as tough, cool or heartracing as SOA on tv, I don’t know about it. With balls the size of Texas, the show is led by the boss of all things awesome, Ron Perlman, and it features Katey Sagal and Charlie Hunnam. It has guns, motorcycles, sex, families, love, a Scotsman, sons, daughters, old ladies, the FBI, sheriffs, shootouts; what more do you need?
Honourable Mentions :
The Good Wife, The Office, Modern Family.