SMALL SCREEN – Kyle Wells

I suppose it’s time to find something new to get excited about on the boob tube.

Now that we’ve all marathon watched the new season of House of Cards, I suppose it’s time to find something new to get excited about on the boob tube.

First off, there’s Fargo, now in TV series form and premiering on FX April 15. For everyone who loves the Coen Brothers 1996 movie of the same name, be excited to know the Coens are producing this new series, even though it doesn’t follow the original story of the movie.

Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kate Walsh and Bob Odenkirk, among others, hopefully the show will capture the same crime-soaked quirkiness of the Coens’ original vision.

HBO comedy Silicon Valley looks like a potential hit. The Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Office Space) created show centres around six programmers living together and trying to make it big in the computer world. The trailer has some laughs with its rip on Steve Jobs and quick-witted dialogue, typical for Mike Judge.

I’ve grow tired of environmental documentaries, as they often have nothing new to say, but James Cameron’s new Years of Living Dangerously series premiering on Showtime on April 13 might change my mind. The nine-episode series will follow celebrity correspondents such as Matt Damon and Harrison Ford as they explore the impact of global warming on real people throughout the world.

With Cameron at the helm the show is sure to be well-crafted at the least.

With an eye to ongoing shows, there are a couple of notable season premieres and finales to take a look at. For those of us who love Mad Men – and that should be everyone because it’s fantastic – the first episode of the first part of the sixth and final season premieres on April 13 on AMC. This new trend of breaking up the final seasons of shows and stretching them out over two years irks me to no end, but I’m going to be tuning in with two fingers of Canadian Club regardless.

One show I used to love but fell off watching a couple of seasons back is How I Met Your Mother, which has its one-hour series finale “Last Forever” on March 31 on City TV. I think most would agree the show outstayed its welcome, but when it was good, it was one of the best comedies on TV. I still have enough affection to be interested to see how it ends.

In other TV news, Netflix has announced it will release the second season of Small Screen’s pick for best show of 2013 Orange is the New Black on June 6 to subscribers. Clear your calendar for some binge watching.

 

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