Three TV series are having their two hour series premieres tonight, AMC’s The Killing with the indomitable Michelle Forbes(!!!!!!!!!!), Showtime’s The Borgias with Jeremy Iron, and the much maligned and controversial(?) miniseries The Kennedys. Of the three I’m most looking forward to The Killing, an eerie murder mystery that echoes AMC’s killer pedigree – and boasts Michelle Forbes (above with Killing castmate Brent Sexton) first regular gig on TV since summer 2009 where she she starred as a regular and primary antagonist in both HBO’s True Blood and TMN/ION’s Durham County. All this and a new American Dad? I truly am dreaming! Here are our recommendations for tonight, Sunday April 3 2011.
American Dad “School Lies” 7:30 on FOX
Stan begins playing golf with Senator Buckingham (guest voice Burt freakin’ Reynolds) in an attempt to advance in the CIA. Somehow Roger accidentally sells the senator’s daughter to a drug lord. Amazing. This show is on in a shit slot and gets no support from its network buts its still so damn funny.
Series Premiere Alert!!!
The Killing “Pilot” & “The Cage” 9:00 to 11:00 on AMC
There’s not much I can say that the 4 minute trailer below can’t convey. You should watch this show – it’s definitely not for everyone, but if the you make it through the promo below and want to see more, check it out. AMC strives hard to defend its pedigree, the same that brings us Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. Three plots and a solid crew of character actors – Billy Campbell (Once and Again), Mirelle Enos (Kathy and Jodeen Marquart on Big Love), and of course MICHELLE FORBES! – make this a slow burning, tense, emotional must see. I just hope that like AMC’s Rubicon it’s too slow to be a smash like Walking Dead.
The Borgias “The Poisoned Chalice” & “The Assassin” 9:00 to 11:00 on SHO
Jeremy Irons leaps to TV for his first regular gig ever. He’s playing Rodrigo Borgia AKA Pope Alexander VI, the machiavellian Prince who served as the leader of the Catholics from 1492 to 1503. Because this is Showtime one can assume that it’ll be murder, incestuous sex and a smidge of history. Pretty much the Tudors. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The first two episodes are available online at Daily Motion. Did I mention it’s created by Academy Award Winner Neil Jordan? He directed Brad and Tom in Interview With a Vampire and Jodie Foster in The Brave OneIf anyone knows how to use sex to shock it’s that man, see the Crying Game if you doubt it.
America’s Next Great Restaurant 8:00 on NBC – Last week’s Chipotle challenge destroyed any will power I had to avoid it. I am yours high and mighty Chipotes!
Secret Millionaire 8:00 on ABC – Sorry ABC, I only cry at the end of Terms of Endearment – your emotional manipulation tactics do nothing. NOTHING.
The Kennedys 8:00 on REELZ – What the hell is Reelz? Why is this still even happening? I guess the combined powers of the Kennedy legacy and Tom Cruise was not enough to stop this. Katie Holmes is supposed to be terrible. I’m gonna watch the first hour at least – part of me wants to see what all the fuss was about.
The Celebrity Apprentice 9:00 on NBC – Meatloaf Meltdown. Actually that sounds delicious!
Army Wives 9:00 on Lifetime – Keep sticking together gals!
Desperate Housewives 9:00 on ABC – Paul tries to stop Susan from getting his dead wife’s kidney. Will his villainy never end?
Game of Thrones Preview 9:00 on HBO – Check out a new preview for HBO’s newest series. Ought to be hot.
Mildred Pierce 9:15 on HBO – I liked the first two enough that I can’t wait to see Evan Rachel Wood play manipulative ungrateful Veda, a role she was seemingly born to play. Tonight’s episode picks up after the death of her youngest daughter Ray.
Breakout Kings 10:00 on A&E – Jimmi Simpson (Liam McPoyle from It’s Always Sunny…, right) is amazing on this show. He totally makes up for a completely retarded Laz Alonso (Avatar). Tune in just for him and it’s worth it.
Body of Proof 10:00 on ABC – I’m on board for episode two and not only because Dana Delaney is one Foxy 55 year old.