I’m sorry to say that the daily column this week will be spotty at best, or more likely missing altogether, as I’m embarking on a trip that will take me away from wifi or make it exorbitantly expensive.
I’ll post when I can, but won’t be back to full service TV updates until March 9.
In the meantime, let me point out some highlights in the interim:
- “Secrets and Lies” (ABC, Sunday, 9 p.m.). Like “The Slap,” this is an Americanized series that originated in Australia, about a suburban man who seems to be the main suspect in a boy’s murder. It’s the kind of story that is well told on cable, but here seems stifled by the casting to start, with Ryan Phillippe as the family man turned suspect and Juliette Lewis as a tart detective. File it in the good intentions file, as broadcast networks try to approach cable storytelling heights rather than just program the same procedurals over and over.
- “Battle Creek” (CBS, Sunday, 10 p.m.) has some pretty good bona finds, starting with a pilot script written by “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” creator Vince Gilligan. The caveat its hat he wrote it a real long time ago and will have little to do with it going forward. It’s still a little different, with its mid-sized city setting and a cast that includes Dean Winters even if it still has Josh Duhamel.
- “The Good Witch” (Hallmark, Saturday, 8 p.m. ). They’ve made about eight different movies using Catherine Bell’s benevolent character, so it’s hardly a surprise they’ve cut it down into a regular series (even if they’re not doing it at Halloween). It ought to be vary popular with an audience already very familiar with how it goes. Read More