Monday, December 30, 2013

New shows in January

Carmel Valley's Angelique Cabral
in "Enlisted." (Tommy Garcia/Fox)
Some of your fall shows may be taking a break, some may be over. Either way, there's room for more.

Below is a list of new shows (and returning favorites) premiering in January. One new show I'd like to single out is "Enlisted," a sitcom premiering Friday, Jan. 10 on Fox and starring Angelique Cabral, who grew up in Carmel Valley. (Read my interview with her here.) The show surrounds three brothers in a unit of misfits at a Florida Army base; Cabral plays Sgt. Jill Perez, leader of another unit on the base. The pilot has a few chuckles but a lot of heart, and the cast chemistry is solid. In other words, give it a try.

Now, to the rest!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

"The Good Wife" is on fire

Will (Josh Charles) is not happy -- at all -- that Alicia (Julianna Margulies)
is leaving the firm. (David M. Russell/CBS)
This Sunday's episode of "The Good Wife," "Hitting the Fan," was billed as the series' Red Wedding, a reference to a particularly decimating and heart-wrenching event in "Game of Thrones." Though it didn't pack the same emotional punch (for me at least), it certainly lived up to the body count.

And it continued a string of stellar episodes that have been as perfectly orchestrated as the show's score.

In many ways, the first five episodes have functioned as their own sort of mini-season, with the one from two weeks ago, "Outside the Bubble," acting as the finale and "Hitting the Fan" as the premiere of something new. I was more emotionally torn by "Outside the Bubble," with so many feelings of betrayal surrounding Will pushing out Diane (I hate it when mom and dad fight) and both of them learning of Alicia's plans to jump ship. And while this week's Will/Alicia confrontation stung a bit -- does any show do a better job of the hallway walk? -- Sunday's episode as a whole was more of a fun look at what's to come in the Great Death Match of Florrick-Agos vs. Lockhart-Gardner.

Sunday's episode showed the new firm's lawyers are still on a learning curve but not necessarily outmatched, having picked up a fair amount of trickery from Will and Diane. Plus, they've got the heft of the governorship on their side. It's going to be a pleasure watching them go toe-to-toe.

There are a lot of big questions going forward, but the biggest to me is what all these characters are going to think/feel once they finally take a moment to breathe. The events of the past few episodes happened at a break-neck pace, and Will especially has been acting in knee-jerk fashion. (Though we did start to see him take stock in his sit-down with Kalinda -- an ever-growing friendship I can't wait to see more of.) Will Alicia have a "Holy crap, what have I done" moment? How long will it take for Peter's interference to bite him in the ass?

If Diane loses her judgeship, which seems likely (damn you, Peter), will Will take her back? Would she join Florrick-Agos if he doesn't? And will Lockhart-Gardner crumble as Kalinda predicted?

The only storyline I'm not looking forward to is whatever happens with Peter and Ms. Ethics (Melissa George) -- I'm even interested in Grace this year -- but everything else has been so ridiculously fun that I have little room to complain.

Keep it up, "Good Wife." You're on fire.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Food Network looking for home cooks

The Food Network is holding an open casting call in San Francisco this Saturday, Oct. 12, for a new competition series, "America's Greatest Home Cook."

The open call is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jordan's Kitchen, 3210 22nd St. (inside the Mission Market).

Get cookin'! And if you or someone you know (from Monterey County) plans to go for it, email me at