VisionPixie Entertainment Review
by Antonia Anastasia
Donít you just love the fall? The kidís are back-to-school, youíre waking up to crisp cool air with the sweet smell of lovely leaves as they flutter around town leaving a trail of orange, yellow and auburn along the way. But, most importantly, we get to view a myriad of new TV shows and with 2010 new fall line-up falling short of this TV galís interest, VisionPixie has high expectations for 2011! So much to see, so much to review, so little timeÖ thank goodness for the invention of OnDemand. Letís focus on the new one hour dramas and away we goÖ
First up, letís take a look at NBCís Sunday night 10 p.m. most talked about drama; The Playboy Club.
I was born in 1965 and love early 1960ís period pieces, where the women still wear navy blue tailored suits with a matching hat, purse and gloves from Bonwitís. Those dressy days long gone. Where the great costumes, sets which look pretty darn authentic and very pretty bunnies are concerned, The Playboy Club hits the mark, but falls short in the storyline department. In a word, itís typical. In short, the new cigarette Bunnie girl fights off a horny, high raking Mafioso, accidentally kills him with the heal of her pointed Bunnie pump and a dashing lawyer comes to her rescue and helps toss the body off of a dock somewhere in Chicago. So far, the storyline is weak, but if youíre a guy and want to see some very pretty Bunnies and they are very pretty indeed, this is the show for you.
VisionPixie stars, only one out of a possible four.
Letís fly the friendly skyís on over our friendís at ABC. In an effort to keep up with the nostalgic genre trend on TV these days, the Sunday night 10 p.m. time slot has been filled with what is probably the most anticipated new drama of the year; Pam Am. Again, love the costumes, sets etcÖ but for VisionPixie, PanAm is a PanDonít. UghÖ weak story line, not worth my time or a star rating. Sorry, but ba-bye, have a nice day.
Now, what VisionPixie loves about ABCís new fall line-up is Revenge in the Wednesday 10 p.m. slot. Iíll be the first to admit that I donít go for those somewhat clichť sappy-woman scorned stories, but this one has peaked my interest.
Set in the wealthy Hamptons, complete with life styles of the rich and famous character activity, even in this economy, we find Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), whose real name in Amana Clark as she moves back to the Hamptons to take revenge on the people not only caused the death of her father when she was a little girl, but also who have destroyed her life. On her 18th birthday when she getís released from juvie (juvenile detention) and inherits a boatload of popís money, changes her name and begins to develop her diabolical plan to obtain her sweet revenge.
The powerful matriarch of the ďitĒ Hamptons family; Victoria Grayson, played by Madeline Stowe is at the epi-center of all that is wrong in Emilyís world of revenge. One-by-one Emily targets a host of players in her fatherís demise, all the while playing her girl power card to the max, by getting up close and personal with the Grayson heir-apparent; Daniel, played by Joshua Bowman, who happens to be a recovering addict and a real cutie.
Each episode brings about another situation which leads to the downfall of one or more of Emilyís targetís, from financial ruin to adultery gone public to high society excommunication. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, as most of the characterís storylines are pretty interesting.
VisionPixie says give this one a shot.
Itís a nice hump day escape from the work week with two of four stars.
Thatís going to have to be it for now. Additional shows to watch out for are CBSís A Gifted Man on Fridays at 8 p.m. and the new FX sci-fi drama; American Horror Story on Wednesdays at 10 p.m..
A Gifted Man stars the Tony-nominated and ever-so-handsome Patrick Wilson, as Michael Holt; a gifted surgeon, who is haunted by his ex-wife Anna, played by Tony winner, Jennifer Ehle, who was also a doctor and director of a new York City free clinic. The clinic has fallen on hard times and Dr. Michael is persuaded by Annaís ghost to save the day. A talented cast with a great storyline equals a supernatural winner. Check it out.
American Horror Story breaks the mold for the standard one hour drama. Thus, all I will say is give me a house full of paranormal activity staring the Emmy nominated, Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Golden Globe winner, Dylan McDermott and VisionPixie is movingí in! Two-time Academy award winner, Jessica Lange and three-time Emmy nominee Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) round-off a super cast, who do this way-cool story-line justice. Check this one out, too!
Until next time, remember Thatís Entertainment!
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