Hand of God

8 More Mid-Season Shows…

Several more premiere dates have been announced since I made my original lists, and I needed to include some of my favorite shows, as well as a few new shows that I am excited to check out.

1. The Americans, season 5 premieres March 7th on FX, stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Costa Ronin, Frank Langella, and Margo Martindale. The idea of Russian spies operating within the United States hits a little too close to home these days, but this show is set in the ’80s, so we can still pretend it is mostly fiction, right? This is one of the best shows on television right now, and each season it continues to get better.



2. Hand of God, season 2 will be available March 10th on Amazon, stars Ron Perlman, Andre Royo, Alona Tal, Julian Morris, Garret Dillahunt, Dana Delany, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Cleavon McClendon, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Johnny Ferro, and Maximiliano Hernández. Judge Pernell Harris is facing trial for the murder of a cop. His visions are exposing a conspiracy that is bigger than he could have imagined, but his wife is still not on board. Is God speaking through him? Or is he losing his mind? I really enjoyed the first season of this show. It was not perfect, but it was intriguing, and I am interested to see where it goes.



3. Tangled, the movie Tangled Before Ever After will air March 10th on Disney Channel, Tangled: The Series will premiere March 24th, stars Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Clancy Brown, Julie Bowen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Diedrich Bader, Jonathan Banks, M.C. Gainey, Sean Hayes, Jeremy Jordan, James Monroe Iglehart, Richard Kind, Peter MacNicol, Jeffrey Ross, Jeffrey Tambor, Eden Espinosa, and Paul F. Tompkins. The truth is, I probably will not regularly watch this, because it is on the Disney Channel, and I am not really their target demographic. However, I love that this has been turned into a television show, and I will definitely make sure that my niece watches it, because she already loves the movie.



4. Shots Fired, the series premiere is March 22nd on Fox, stars Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Stephen Meyers, Will Patton, Mack Wilds, Aisha Hinds, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Conor Leslie, Dewanda Wise, Richard Dreyfuss, Helen Hunt, and Jill Hennessy. This 10-episode event series takes a look at our criminal justice system and centers around two fatal shootings in a small Southern town. This is extremely topical, and I have been reading some good reviews, so I am interested to see what they do.



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Quotes of the Week: September 6-12

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Narcos
Javier: This cat is DEA. Mark my words, you will get justice.

Tata: What good is having all the money in the world if you can’t go home?

The Last Ship
Miller: Now we’re all immune, ass hole.

Cdr. Chandler: People need to celebrate, even in the worst of times.

Chasing Life
Sarah: We can’t choose who we love, but we can choose how we respond to those people when they do self-destructive things.

Hand of God
Bishop Bruce Congdon: When you’re pushin’ God, it’s okay to have fake tits, you just can’t be full of shit.

Anne: We might never get what we earn on merit, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get what we deserve.

Playing House
Maggie: What happens in the ladies bathroom stays in the ladies bathroom.

Maggie: Why are you dressed like Shaft?
Mark: Why am I dressed like Shaft?! Are you hunting wabbits?

Mark: These two are free to go.
Emma: I know I’m free! My heart can’t be caged! I know why the caged bird sings and you can suck on this one!
Maggie: Alright. Alright.
Emma: What did I just say?

You’re The Worst
Gretchen: What’s the address here?
Jimmy: You don’t know the address?
Gretchen: No.
Jimmy: You live here.
Gretchen: Who knows their address?
Jimmy: People. Kidnapped children. This dog I saw on Dateline who rides the bus to the park.

Lindsay: You go home tonight and you dress up real slutty, and you do butt stuff with your boyfriend. For all of us who let love die by becoming ordinary. Do it for the sweater people, Gretch. The sweater people.

Sam: Do I look like a Fitbit?! I don’t give a shit about your sleep!

Quotes of the Week: August 23-September 5

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

The Last Ship
CMC Jeter: We’ve taken our fair share of hits these past few weeks. Suffered painful loses. Sometimes it feels like more than we can bear. Yet here we gather. United. Shipmates. Every time we’re called, we answer: “Here I am.” We answer knowing that the world, the survival of our species, depends on our actions here at sea, and fully aware that we answer at our own peril, and still we answer: “Here. I. Am.” I’m not gonna put a silver lining around our pain. Today we grieve. And we remember our fallen and we thank them for their service to us and to mankind. Yes, today we grieve, but tomorrow we do press on. We continue to answer the call: “Here I am.”

Public Morals
Terry: Think of us as the landlords and, if you wanna stay in business, you gotta pay your rent.

Rookie Blue
Sam: The only reason I ever thought I could be a dad in the first place is because of you. Being with you has changed me. I’m a better man, which means I might actually be able to be the dad I never thought I could be. And I want to show that to you. I want to be that…with you.

Strike Back
Stonebridge: Aborting the mission’s an option.
Scott: No fucking way.
Stonebridge: Ha. Which we discussed maturely and both agreed on.
Scott: Thank you.

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8 New Fall Shows…

There are a lot of new shows that plan to check out this year, but these are the ones about which I am most excited.

1. Hand of God released September 4th on Amazon Prime, stars Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, Julian Morris, Alona Tal, Andre Royo, Garret Dillahunt, Elizabeth McLaughlin and Emayatzy Corinealdi. Perlman plays a corrupt judge who has a breakdown after his son tries to commit suicide. He starts to believe that God is leading him down a path of vigilante justice. I watched the pilot episode last year and really enjoyed it. This show has a great cast and I am very much looking forward to seeing where they take us in the first season.



2. The Bastard Executioner premieres on FX, stars Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell, Sarah Sweeney, Danny Sapani, Kurt Sutter, Darren Evans, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Ethan Griffiths and Elen Rhys. Set in 14th century Wales, this show follows Wilkin Brattle as he decides to abandon his life as a warrior and become a journeyman executioner. I am still in mourning over the loss of Sons of Anarchy, so I am hoping this will fill that hole in my heart.



3. Blindspot premieres on September 21st on NBC, stars Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ashley Johnson and Ukweli Roach. A woman is found naked inside a duffle bag in Times Square and she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. The only clues she has are the tattoos that cover her body, which include the name of FBI Agent Kurt Weller. It has been described as a ‘procedural with a twist,’ I just hope that it does not get too bogged down in the procedural, and that the twists are feel organic. There is nothing I hate more than twists just for the sake of twists. That being said, I think this show looks great and I have high hopes for it.



4. Heroes Reborn premieres September 24th on NBC, stars Zachary Levi, Judith Shekoni, Jack Coleman, Henry Zebrowski, Robbie Kay, Gatlin Green, Danika Yarosh, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan Guzman, Rya Kihlstedt, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Noah Gray-Cabey and Jimmy Jean-Louis. Four years after Claire Bennet revealed the existence of people with special abilities (a.k.a. Evos) a terrorist attack decimated Odessa, Texas. The Evos were blamed for the event and have gone into hiding or are on the run. I recently rewatched the original series in preparation. I loved the show when it started, but gave up halfway through season three, so it was interesting to see where the show had ended up. This reboot seems a little grittier and hopefully refocuses on the human aspects of these people with extraordinary abilities.

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