Category Archives: Cable Series

Premium Channels i.e., HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc.: The Big C, House of Lies, Weeds, True Blood, Shameless, Spartacus, The Borgias, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Magic City, Dexter, and much, much more.

POWER – My Rating: 8/10

PowerPower is a very intriguing story of a young Black male who is struggling to end his double life style. Ghost played by Omari Hardwick, is a Wealthy, successful Manhattan nightclub owner by night and a drug kingpin 24/7. Although he is suspected of being a drug dealer, it’s been hard for the FBI and police to pin him down, especially since his name, “Ghost” is renowned but no one has ever seen him, except his wife and a couple of friends. Before he is found out, Ghost who  goes under the name of James St. Patrick wants to dump his ghetto wife, Tasha St. Patrick (Naturi Naughton) and life style upon opening a new night club in California. In the mean while, unbeknownst to Ghost, he’s having an affair with (Lela Loran, played by Angela Valdes) the very FBI agent who has been trying to find out what Ghost looks like and make the bust.
This thriller is pretty entertaining and the acting is superb. The first season has come to an end with a fantastic finale.  Power airs on Showtime and is worth checking out!

THE LEFTOVERS – My rating: 6.5/10

TheLeftoversAfter watching two episodes, I don’t really like The Leftovers.  For so long, we were bombarded with trailers and hype about this series.  Now that it’s a reality, I feel let down.  The Leftovers may turn out to be really good but so far I’m not feeling it.  It seems slow, and down right boring.  1.4 million people, world wide have disappeared alluding to the Rapture.  One town is targeted in this series where 100 of all those who went missing were residents.  Husbands, wives, children, mothers and fathers are gone without explanation.  There are a group of people who dress in white, smoke cigarettes, and don’t speak but recruit others who have lost love ones.  They say (in writing) that they are there so that we don’t forget.  Maybe the show is too new but I don’t get what this group is really all about.  I always thought when the Rapture happened, everyone would believe in Christianity.  I’m not sure The Leftovers is about the Rapture.  This just might be a Science Fiction series.  Right now, it’s pretty lack luster and weird.  The Leftovers currently airs on HBO. I will update this critique to reflect what I think after a few more episodes have aired.

I have completed watching the entire 1st season and I still find this series weird.  The drama has picked up but The Leftovers is not what I thought it would be from the trailers and hype advertised.  I stand by my rating of 6.5 and that’s generous.  I think the group in white is sort of spoiling the story.  In my opinion, I think the series should follow a different plot.

Da Vinci’s Demons – My rating: 8.5/10

DaVincisDemons Starz has adapted the untold story of Leonardo Da Vinci as a series. It tells of his genius during his early years in Renaissance Florence. You may not know this, but at the time this story begins, Da Vinci, brilliantly played by  Tom Riley, was a 25-year old artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer, scientist, architect, engineer and idealist, who struggled to live within the confines of his own reality and time. Da Vinci not only saw the future, but started to invent it.  Famous for his art work, Da Vinci was also responsible for the invention of the Helicopter.  To read more about his inventions go to:  http://www.da-vinci-inventions.com/.  Aside from his inventions, Hollywood is displaying him as a swashbuckling, romeo, wheeler dealer who’s all over the place.  In fact, one of his demons, finds him a bastard son who yearns for legitimacy with his father. There is so much deceit going on, one really has to keep both eyes and both ears glued to the TV so that you won’t miss anything.  Da Vinci’s Demons is fast paced and about life, Da Vinci’s life.  Your head will be wheeling and you may think your eyes are decieving you but it’s all really happening and you might even be entertained.  I like the series and urge you to check it out.   Da Vinci’s Demons is currently airing on Starz.

TRUE BLOOD – My rating: 8/10

TrueBloodEvery time I sit down to watch this HBO series, I brace myself for the introduction theme which I think is totally evil.  I tell myself once I get past the start up, things will get better.  I really enjoy True Blood even though I don’t like the lead in.  I think I like the series because of some of the hot characters and because it’s written so you’ll have some compassion for their situation due to no fault of their own.

Vampires, werewolves, fairies, change shifters, Satan, corruption, evil, good, bad, sex, nudity, murderers, you name it, True Blood has it.  They seem to introduce new species every season.  If it were not make believe, I would be very upset over the foul characters and their stories every week.  What a crazy show of freaks.  Still, despite the dark side, it’s quite entertaining.  I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under 21 or anyone who is trying to live a clean lifestyle.  The consistent bloody mouths of this freak show’s characters are bound to upset the faint of heart and delight the strong willed.  I won’t say I recommend this show but I will say, if you can get past all that corruption, go for it.

THE NEWSROOM – My rating: 8.5/10

NewsroomThe Newsroom is an excellent series presented on HBO about just that, a newsroom and the goings on that go on.  Jeff Daniels, one of my all time favorites, plays Will McAvoy, the Head Anchorman and Emily Mortimer plays Mackenzie McHale, the Program Manager and former girlfriend to Will.  Sam Waterston plays Charlie Skinner, the General Manager of the whole news team and Jane Fonda plays as Sam’s boss.  This is a well put together cast and the dialogue is absolutely brilliant.  I’ve been glued to my seat since it started. It is fascinating to watch what it takes to put on a news show and be politically correct while pleasing the public at the same time.

I’ve just learned that The Newsroom has been cancelled after just 3 seasons.  I’m not sure why but I am terribly disappointed.  There is talk that perhaps Netflix will pick up the series and stream it.  I surly hope this happens.  It seems the good ones always gets canned.

HOUSE OF LIES – My rating: 8/10

HouseOfLiesHouse of lies is about Marty Kaan, played by Don Cheadle, who now leads his own consultant firm.  Marty is cut-throat and clever and will stop at nothing to get a high paying client.  His team, formulated from his former company worships his antics and will stop at nothing to get the job done.  It’s all about the money.  The team consists of Marty, Genie (Kristen Bell), Clyde (Ben Schwartz) and Doug (Josh Lawson).  Marty has an estranged wife, Monica (Dawn Olivieri) who’s not so estranged, a wanna be gay son, Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.) and a semi-quasi dying father, Jeremiah (Glynn Turman).  Marty has more sex than a hooker and strikes up more meaningless relationships than “The Bachelor”.  To complicate matters, Marty and Genie managed to sleep together and are now so uncomfortable around each other they can barely be civil.   The fast talking, cleaver team is something to watch.  Marty is a legend and together with his team are unstoppable.  This series  is aired on Showtime and is only 30 minutes an episode.

HOMELAND – My rating: 9/10

HomelandNot since Sleeper Cell have I seen a more compelling series about terrorist.  Homeland shows us how dangerous the world has become.  Intelligence Officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) who is bipolar, lives for her job.  Her hunches are usually spot on and her methods of carrying through her assignments are impeccable.  Homeland starts out telling the story of Nicolas Brody, a Marine hero returning home after eight years of being labeled MIA in Iraq.  Agent Carrie is the only one who suspects that he may have been “turned”.  The story goes in depth telling how and why Brody turned and how Carrie was able to prove her theory.  Brody becomes an agent for the United States, tricking his former captures into believing he is still working for them.  The story unfolds with a sharking season finale making the audience thirst for more.  I am hooked on Homeland and suspect you will be too.  Homeland currently airs on Showtime.