Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fall tv : great returns

Fall season has started with so many shows that I can hardly keep track.

Premieres,new seasons,sitcoms,dramas,soaps,there is something for everyone.

First let me praise my favorites from previous seasons.

1."Boardwalk Empire" is back and it's as good as ever.Excellent cast,Steve Buscemi will follow Tony Soprano and Walter White,Michael Shannon and She Whigham are brilliant as well as Michael K.Williams and Jack Huston.
I am not that thrilled with Jeffrey Wright who is over playing it a bit but let's give him the benefit of the doubt.All in all excellent homogeneous cast and I hope I 'll see more interesting new faces this season.

Casting directors: Meredith Tucker,Ellen Lewis.

2."The Good Wife" had a very good premiere,tragic and intriguing story about death penalty.The cast is strong as always,Julianna Margulies getting better and better as well as  all of her co-stars,especially Christine Baranski and Alan Cumming.New faces would be welcome but not necessary.

Casting director : Mark Saks.

3."Revenge" is back with a vengeance,great prime time soap,my guilty pleasure.The old cast looks good,it seems Gabriel Mann has calmed down,Barry Sloane and Emily Van Camp are still the best and I like the newcomers Justin Hartley and Karine Vanasse. Good soap requires good looking cast,strong chemistry between romantic partners and convincing supporting actors.With the exit of Connor Paolo it seems that they follow those lines.

Casting directors : Elisabeth Barnes,Corbin Bronson and Lisa Soltau.

4."Homeland" one of the best shows on tv,Emmy awarded for great acting performances and praised by critics.The acting ensemble is very well rounded,excellent roles for Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, brilliant veteran  Mandy Patinkin and my personal favorite,the guy I never liked before,Rupert Friend.

Casting directors : Junie Lowry Johnson,Libby Goldstein,Judy Henderson,Craig and Lisa Mae Fincannon.

5."Nashville" is also back and the first episodes are very good.This show shows the real force of great cast,with talents like Connie Britton,Hayden Panettiere,Powers Boothe,Charles Esten and Ed Amatrudo. They pull the weight and save the story that sometimes lacks imagination.Sam Palladio is also good but Clare Bowen not so much.Oliver Hudson is a very welcome addition.

Casting director Jeanie Bacharach.

6."Hart of Dixie" is a shining example of how great cast can save an average show.They are an excellent group with enough quirky faces,handsome men and irritating characters.In a homogenous cast my favorites are Jaime King and Cress Williams.

Casting directors : Molly Lopata,Liz Martinez-Nelson,Erica Berger,great work.

7."Downton Abbey", last but certainly not the least,is one of those television products that every network in the world would like to have.The charm of British upper classes has sold all over the world,this highly refined soap is one of the best UK imports in recent years.The cast is almost flawless,the legends like Maggie Smith rubbing shoulders with exquisite supporting actors Kevin Doyle or Rob James Collier.The Downton cast is simply superb and they keep bringing  in great new faces,like the young Lily James.

All the opulence of British and Irish acting talents can be savoured indefinitely in this perfect tv product.

Casting directors : Jill Trevellick,Daniel Hubbard.

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