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In this section our contributor, Newsgirl, will bring you current news and information on American TV series. 



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Off The Map


From executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers ("Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice") and executive producer/creator Jenna Bans ("Grey's Anatomy") comes an uplifting medical drama that explores how far one has to go in order to truly heal. Six doctors who have lost their way will go to the ends of the earth to try to remember the reasons why they wanted to become doctors in the first place.
In the premiere episode, "Saved by the Great White Hope," idealistic young Dr. Lily Brenner, along with fellow doctors Mina Minard and Tommy Fuller, arrive in "la ciudad de las estrellas" (the city of stars), a tiny town in the South American jungle which has one understaffed, under-stocked medical clinic. All of these young doctors are running away from personal demons, but they aren't the only ones with emotional baggage. They're introduced to the legendary and enigmatic Ben Keeton, who was the youngest Chief of Surgery at UCLA but who walked away from it all to found the clinic. Together with his right-hand doctor, Otis Cole, the mysterious Dr. Ryan Clark and local doctor, Zita Alvarez, he'll teach the newcomers how to save lives in the most challenging environment they've ever worked in -- while taking them on adventures of a lifetime. This looks good.            
Stars: Caroline Dhavernas, Aimee Garcia and Jonathan Castellanos


Lights Out


A former heavyweight boxing champion struggles to find his identity after retiring from the ring.
Lights Out has received positive reviews from television critics.
Lights Out follows one-time boxing phenom Patrick "Lights" Leary who, after losing a decision to "Death Row" Reynolds in a championship match, decided to retire from the sport he loved, in order to spend time with his family. Five years into his self-decided retirement, we find Leary living what appears to be the perfect life.  With three beautiful daughters, a loving wife and a gym of his own, life couldn't be better for this knockout king. Of course, things aren't always what they appear to be, as the pragmatic pugilist's life slowly begins to unravel.
After a string of poor financial decisions by his brother/business manager Johnny, Leary finds himself nearly penniless with the IRS knocking on his door and freezing his bank accounts. On top of that, Leary has also been diagnosed with Dementia - a disease that's unfortunately common amongst boxers of his caliber.
This show has a solid cast and the lead is one of those actors who can say more with a facial expression than other actors who never stop yammering. I enjoyed it.
Stars: Holt McCallany, Stacy Keach and Catherine McCormack

The Cape


Enter Vince Faraday, a good cop in a sea of corruption that is Palm City, California. Enter an organization that seeks to control all aspects of Palm City and eventually, the world. Shortly into the pilot, Vince is framed for the murder of the new police chief and goes into hiding when he is presumed dead. When he wakes up he finds himself amongst a band of thieving circus performers who then train him to fight back against the evil ARK organization that burned him. Helping him along the way is Orwell, an "all-seeing" character with up-to-date knowledge on ARK and it's associates. ABC's new show "The Cape" has a lot of good things going for it; especially with it's 1940's pulp-inspired superhero atmosphere, suspense, and hints at the mystical, which I really liked and hope in the near future, gets further explored. I'll admit I enjoyed seeing Summer Glau in another television series. I was disappointed by the untimely demise of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Dollhouse.
To summarize, with most networks spewing a continuous stream of cop, lawyer, and medical shows, NBC has created a show that stands above the rest. Keep up the Good work NBC!
Stars: Martin Klebba, Jennifer Ferrin and Izabella Miko


The Walking Dead


The Walking Dead tells the story of the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse; it follows a small group of survivors traveling across the desolate United States in search of a new home away from the shuffling hordes of the undead. The group is led by Rick Grimes, who was a sheriff's deputy in King County, Georgia, before the zombie outbreak. As their situation grows more and more grim, the group's desperation to survive pushes them to the very brink of insanity. At every turn they are faced with unspeakable horrors, both from those who are dead, and from the scattered remains of a struggling human populace. The series is adapted from The Walking Dead comic book series. This show will blow your socks off, I'm not kidding. What an opening 10 minutes for a TV show. Superb make up effects, top drawer acting. and interesting characters. Good to see UK actor Andrew Lincoln back on TV. The Walking Dead is not shackled in any way, lashings of blood, gore and rotting flesh. I do think this show has the potential to become a massive hit. Makes a change to have a decent Zombie show on TV. Sure makes a change from all the Vampires. Do not miss this.  AMC has confirmed that there will be a second season consisting of 13 episodes, with production to begin in February 2011.
Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal and Sarah Wayne Callies


Blue Bloods


The series follows the Reagan family of police officers with the New York City Police Department. A family of cops with Tom Selleck as the Police Commissioner and Len Cariou, as his widowed father, who never got to be a commissioner since he didn't know how to play the game. The best thing in this show is when they all sit on the table and talk about the case, someone will say what you're thinking and they'll argue and exchange their point of view and what they feel. The cast is first rate. Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg are both on top of their game and the scripts very good. All in all, however, the series looks very good, and if they build on the strengths of the great cast and compelling characters they should have a fine run.
Stars: Donnie Wahlberg, Tom Selleck and Bridget Moynahan


Scoundrels


Cheryl West is a middle-aged woman with four children: twin brothers Logan and Cal, and daughters Heather, an aspiring model and Hope, the youngest. After Cheryl's career criminal husband Wolf is sentenced to five years in prison, Cheryl forces her family to quit its criminal activities. However, even from jail, Wolf interferes with her attempts to reform their family. This comedy/drama started well but has since fallen in the ratings dramatically, it was revealed on ABC's Twitter page that Scoundrels would not be returning for another season.
Stars: Virginia Madsen, Patrick John Flueger and Leven Rambin



Boardwalk Empire



Boardwalk Empire is an American television series period drama focusing on Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. Nucky interacts with several historical figures in both his personal and political life, including mobsters, politicians, government agents, and the common folk who looked up to him. The federal government also takes an interest in the bootlegging and other illegal activities in the area, sending agents to investigate possible mob connections but also looking at Nucky's expensive and lavish lifestyle for a county political figure. Since its premiere, Boardwalk Empire has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics along with high ratings. I feel we have a third show to join the Sopranos and the Wire. And the fact that HBO renewed Boardwalk Empire for a second season two days after its premiere says something. A real treat.
Stars: Aleksa Palladino, Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt


Hellcats



The wild world of competitive college cheer leading. There are few series that manage to bring grace to our TV today. Surprisingly, a new show with an "awful" story (about cheerleaders) can do it! The cast does great work (especially Ashley Tisdale) and there seems to be more behind every pretty face than we see on stage. Although the acting is not great in this show, the episodes are well-written and the show has a certain fun-factor that keeps me watching. The cheer leading sequences are fun and play like production numbers.The choreography is very good and the routines are a pleasure to watch. Hellcats has the potential to become the next One Tree Hill as it has everything. Michalka and Tisdale's familiarity with audiences is sure to bring in fans of theirs, so I have no doubt the show will at least have a second season. Hellcats is a great job, worthy of being recognized and supported by people of all ages. I can see this show becoming one of the best CW shows ever made in the teen drama area. I hope this show goes on for a long, long time!
Stars: Alyson Michalka, Ashley Tisdale and Robbie Jones


Detroit 1-8-7


Detroit 1-8-7 is an American crime drama series about Detroit's leading homicide unit. The series stars Michael Imperioli as Detective Louis Fitch, a respected yet deeply misunderstood man fighting crime on the streets of Detroit. The 1-8-7 in the title is an example of 187 in popular culture refering to the California Penal Code designation for homicide. The show is very entertaining and will probably get better as the characters grow. So many dramas these days revolve around one character and you only see the one side of it. The writers of this drama and the strong actors playing out the written characterization have created a world that is real in the sense that the drama is personal for everyone. I would love to see this show developed so that there is not just one lead, but every episode showing us different aspects of all the characters. They are all so very interesting and not the kind of archetypal people you see portrayed in other dramas of this type. I found Detroit 1-8-7 trying to be gritty and fresh. It's a good show. Give it a try.
Stars: Michael Imperioli, James McDaniel and Aisha Hinds


Lost Girl



This series focuses on Bo, a bisexual succubus, who grew up in an adopted human family, unaware of her non-human nature and of the "Fae" world. A succubus is a female Fae (supernatural being) that feeds on sexual energy, with fatal results for humans if the succubus has not learned how to control her powers. Bo's succubus powers only became apparent to her when she killed her first love, forcing her to flee her home. Bo left her previously normal life for one without family or friends, moving from place to place whenever she kills again. Lost Girl seems rushed and there is no real greatness; it's not True Blood or Buffy. It's more like the much lamented Dresden Files - with better looking actors! All in all, Lost Girl is a completely illogical mess, failing miserably at creating the immersive atmosphere that series like Supernatural or Vampire Diaries manage so well.
I doubt this show will see more than 1 or 2 seasons.
Stars: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried and Ksenia Solo


Terriers


Just when you thought crime dramas were safe! Terriers' is basically a show about two oddball guys coming together to play private detectives. I can't say enough great things about this show. It feels more like a well written movie than something made for TV. The writing makes Terriers - but the acting sells it and another strong-point is the opening theme tune.This is an original drama series. While it is funny, there is a fair share of drama, and conflict.The episodes are clever and totally unpredictable. You will never see what's coming around each corner of this plot but it's completely plausible and very entertaining. This show is perfect and exactly what you want from a TV show after a long day at work: a fun escape with characters you can admire.
Stars: Donal Logue, Michael Raymond-James and Laura Allen


The Good Guys



Jack is a detective whose habit of undermining himself has resulted in a dead-end position with the Police Dept. His partner Dan, a drunken, lecherous veteran hangs onto his job only because of one heroic act years ago. Finally, a new show worth watching. Colin Hanks (Jack), a younger cop looking to further his career, is a by-the-book cop, and Bradley Whitford (Dan) is a veteran, and a wild card with a love of women, and of course a drinking problem. Some of the one-liners and catchphrases are just outstanding and I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud on numerous occasions whilst watching a TV show. This is comedy/drama at its best. The Good Guys is good, clean fun and I highly recommend it.
Stars: Colin Hanks, Kimberly Lynn Campbell, Nathan Fane and Bradley Whitford




Undercovers



Five years after leaving the CIA to open a catering company, Steven and Samantha Bloom are recruited back into the agency by Carlton Shaw. They take on special missions the regular CIA cannot handle. Having made a pact to never discuss their pasts with each other, the Blooms find surprising new things about their spouse in the course of each mission. Very entertaining! I loved it! This new spy-fest feels like a cross between the TV shows "Hart to Hart" and "Alias". The casting of Boris and Gugu as the main characters is fabulous! They have wonderful chemistry and actually it is quite refreshing to have a husband and wife team who have a loving relationship, I believe the creators of the show made a brilliant move in casting. Anyway, so far, the show looks like an adorable winner! Loved the globe-trotting locations too!.
Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Boris Kodjoe and Gerald McRaney



Memphis Beat


Memphis Beat centers on Dwight Hendricks, a quirky Memphis police detective with an intimate connection to the city, a passion for blues music and a close relationship with his mother. His fierce dedication to his home town is offset by his easygoing approach to his job, an attitude that irks by-the-book Lt. Tanya Rice (Alfre Woodard), his new boss. Jason Lee said he was drawn to the show because the concept was original and the protagonist was fun to play. Lee said, "The whole package was unique and once I came to found the character and the material and the scenarios and his relationships and he's such a great guy and is so multi-layered and cares such a great deal for his city and his family and the people that he's protecting." Lee listened to hundreds of Presley songs to prepare for the role, and said his respect for the artist grew as a result.
Stars: Jason Lee, Sam Hennings and DJ Qualls


The Whole Truth


Usually in this type of show just one side of the legal coin is presented: prosecution or defense. In this show we have both sides presented and both are very good at what they do.  I absolutely adore every bit of this show, with its interesting premise, its well-thought-out cases, its fearlessness to take on aspects of the world that few shows, even 'legal dramas', dare to take on. 'The Whole Truth' is at least trying to do something real, the banter between the two leads is unclear, nor is where their relationship is going i.e. romance? friendship? enemies? I can not comment on how realistic it is in relation to the reality of criminal law, but what I can say is that it is an enjoyable hour of escapism with a lot of room to grow and improve. Its a good show well worth watching.
Stars:Rob Morrow, Maura Tierney and Eamonn Walker



Haven


A shrewd FBI agent with a lost past arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine, to solve the murder of a local ex-con, She discovers that the curious enclave holds many secrets, including to her own past, and is a longtime refuge for people with supernatural powers, One thing that stands out, besides the decent story-telling, is the absolutely gorgeous scenery. One thing television often lacks these days is imagination. Major broadcasting networks tend to saturate our senses with the same old carbon copied television shows each week, with only a few being the exception. Haven is one of these few and that's what makes it a winner. This on top of the discreet references to characters from Stephen King's Book, The Colarado Kid,
Haven should not be missed,
Stars: Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Nicholas Campbell



The Glades


A former Chicago cop moves to a small Florida town and joins the state police. No, this isn't classic tv, but it is pleasant and non offensive to watch. The cast is interesting, the subplots keep building and, except for the weekly murder victim, has a minimum of violence, sex and drugs. No, your life won't change from watching it, the world won't stop turning if you miss an episode, but you won't feel like you wasted an hour if you watch it.
Stars: Matt Passmore, Kiele Sanchez and Carlos Gómez



The Gates


A metropolitan police officer becomes chief of police in a gated suburban neighborhood where vampires, werewolves, witches and other supernatural entities reside. If you want to watch a show that treats sci fi characters in a mature, modern and not exaggerated way, then watch this one. It is not a teen series like "True Blood' and ¨The Vampire Diaries¨ and although we're all probably fed up with vampire shows, this one is really surprising, and most of the actors are great. The Gates was a little slow to start with but has improved with every episode, I'm loving the tension and snide comments between the vampires and the were-people. I think that you need to watch this show with an open mind and not be too quick to compare it to other shows in its genre and just enjoy it for what it is. It is worth a watch.
Stars: Rhona Mitra, Frank Grillo and Marisol Nichols



Rizzoli and Isles


Series based on Tess Gerritsen's novels featuring Jane Rizzoli. I can't rave enough about the casting of Angie Harmon as the tough-talking but occasionally insecure police detective, Jane Rizzoli, who's driving ambition and outer roughness bely a compassionate individual who's trying to do the right thing, and Sasha Alexander is a wonderful breath of fresh air as Maura Isles, the science and medicine half of this dynamic duo. This is the show to watch if you want to see two women kick some serious criminal ass with intellect to boot! Positively outstanding!!, 
Stars: Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander and Jordan Bridges



Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars is one of those shows that is not fantastic but drags you in and won't let you go until you find out what's next. There is enough mystery in the identity of A to keep you watching for more clues. The show has a touch of Gossip Girl, with the mystery texts and the high class rich kids who can buy their way out of anything. It's got a lot of clichés and some bad drama but it's worth a shot. I must say I'm a fan of this series, although it might not be the best one out there, but its addictive,
Stars: Troian Avery Bellisario, Ashley Benson and Holly Marie Combs



Covert Affairs

I can't wait patiently for another new episode to come out! The series is action packed and the story line is so intriguing you're just wanting to beg for more! I would have to put this show as one of my Favorite Top 10. I always have a good time watching it, and never find myself bored with the plot. And to see another strong female lead role on television is always a tremendous amount of entertainment. Piper Perabo plays a smart, overachieving spy and for those of you thinking it's just another ALIAS, you've got another think coming, just as I did. The only things it's got in common with J. J. Abrams' hit show is the CIA and strong woman lead. It has the action all the way, Great Show,
Stars: Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham and Kari Matchett



Chase



The lead female scowls a little too much for my liking, I'm getting so sick of the implausibility of a super female cop who can kick every monstrous evil psycho she runs across, when in reality a person like that just doesn't exist and never will, No heart, soul, nor any entertainment value I could find. Kelli Giddish was so plastic they should replace her with a Barbie Doll. With a new leading lady it might have a shot, otherwise it's a miss for me,
Stars:Kelli Giddish, Cole Hauser and Jesse Metcalfe



The Defenders

While I'm sure there will be some big cases along the way, it is gratifying to watch a show with realistic legal issues that ordinary people might run across in real life, And while in real life it is hard to find real lawyers who actually care about their clients, it is at least nice to know that the protagonists in this show resemble real people for a change, The cast is perfect and the action brisk, Very entertaining and smart, an awesome show that is not unrealistic, Watch it, you'll like it.
Stars:James Belushi, Jerry O'Connell and Jurnee Smollett

Hawaii Five O

The new reboot of Hawaii Five-0 is first rate from start to finish. The fresh takes on the original characters are a breath of fresh air. It's very interesting having the tension between McGarrett & Williams. The idea of making Kono a girl is also a great idea. The Hawaii locations look good in high-def and it's interesting to see how much Hawaii has grown since the original series went off the air. It's a great cast and so far the story lines are very good.  Book 'em Dano!
Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan and Daniel Dae Kim


No Ordinary Family


I really like this show. It is not my favorite but seriously, there is a decent amount of action and it is a hell of a lot better than the way heroes started off. The story of Jim Powell (Michael Chiklis) and his wife Stephanie (Julie Benz) decide to take a family vacation, as a family, and take their kids along, Daphne (Kay Panabaker) and JJ (James Bennett). But they have a plane accident, and land in a pond of special water, special because when they get back something strange comes on all of them, Jim has superhuman strength, and is almost unbreakable, Stephanie is super fast, pretty much faster than a speeding bullet, Dapine has the ability to read minds, and is overwhelmed by it, and JJ's mind is like a super computer. We wonder what adventures will come The Powell's way? An entertaining series, awesome effects, and good chemistry between the cast. If you like Superheroes, this is your show.



The Event


When a man goes looking for his missing girlfriend, he stumbles upon a government conspiracy that is bigger than the president himself. It's a very demanding TV show meaning it requires your full attention otherwise missing even a single scene means you could not understand the whole episode, This TV show will keep you plugged in until your head bursts. Very demanding like I said. Best viewed in a dark room with no distractions.
Stars: Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer and Ian Anthony Dale


Nikita

A woman seeks revenge on the secret government agency that betrayed her, which trains young people to be assassins. The series stars Maggie Q in the title role. I think this show needs to be taken on it's own merits rather than be compared to the original. After about the first 2 or 3 episodes it automatically became one of my favorite shows. It's really hard not to like it actually. It's a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.