More Thoughts On TV
Writing about the impact James Gandolfini had on television, and TV's dual approach to programming (intelligent cable vs. commercial networks), made me think about some of the finest shows and performances I have seen in the last year.
My TiVo saved the day for what, ultimately, became the best show and performance I saw all year:
"Rectify", and its star, Aden Young. I had read about the show in a few early reviews which piqued my curiosity. I elected to get a Season Pass for the series at the same time that I decided to record the Sundance Channel's other hyped effort, "Top Of The Lake". I watched "Top Of The Lake" first. While the performances were strong, Joan Campion's treatise at times bordered on the absurd. So, I 'parked' "Rectify".
I finally got around to watching the series in a few weeks of recent binge viewing. Hands down, the most emotionally affecting show I saw all year. Kudos to show runner Ray McKinnon, who crafted a mesmerizing tale of what it would be like for a convicted (alleged) teenaged killer to return to society after decades of being on Death Row. I knew nothing of lead actor Young, so I was stunned when I discovered he was a (Canadian-born) Australian actor. His performance as a Southern soul lost in transition to the outside world was heartbreaking.
There were other shows and performances that I loved. I lament the loss of "Southland", which, itself, has been on ‘death row' since the days when NBC originally cancelled it. Fortunately, TNT resurrected the show for a few more seasons, which allowed Michael Cudlitz to win a much-deserved Critic's Choice award for Best Supporting Actor/Drama. Why TNT cancels a show this compelling (and renews ‘Franklin and Bash') is mind-boggling.
- I may be alone in my still fierce devotion to "The Killing". Enough already, with the complaints about the decision to extend the original season into two. The performances of Mireille Enos
- and Joel Kinnaman are complex and enlightened. Kinnaman's Stephen Holder, in particular, has revealed subtle, but provocative growth in the new season.
- Vera Farmiga. Has she ever NOT been great? "Bates Motel" is far from a great show, but her performance is measured, when it could easily be camp.
- Hail "Justified"! When is Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins going to win SOME award for two of the best performances EVER on TV? I also give show runner Graham Yost (who also created one of this season's other best dramas "The Americans") credit for making a TV adaptation that Elmore Leonard loves.
What shows and performances did you love in the last season? I expect KCSN listeners to be great VIEWERS, as well. Share your thoughts…
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