There goes another hour of my week

I may regret this, but I have a confession to make: I used to watch The OC. And really, it was for more than the music (though I did like it, as evidenced by my previous mentions of McG and also not just a little for the lovely and talented Rachel Bilson). Admittedly, I didn't stick with it to see how it all ended (it ended, right?) because I thought it got a little out of hand with the manufactured frustration and the comical "never say what you're thinking and I bet things will still work themselves out" strategies employed by the main characters. At some point I had to graduate from teen dramas. (Right?) Besides, I was so over Dawson's Creek by then.

Back in those days, I used to "tape" it on the "VCR" (if you don't know what that means, ask your mom and dad) and watch it when The Lovely Wife wasn't at home. Not because she didn't like the show; she'd never seen it, but I couldn't stand getting mocked for my inability to graduate to a slightly more sophisticated show. At least now I have the iPod Video / iPhone to with which to indulge my secret television habit while riding the bus or during other daytime downtime (Lost, Heroes, 30Rock and Chuck, I'm looking at you.) But I never did download the rest of The OC.

That said, the fine folks at YouCast offered me a sneak peek of the new season of Southland, which stars (among many others) Benjamin MacKenzie ("Ryan" from the OC, for the proud and/or outed). Evidently NBC had dumped the show after a successful first season, and even after the second season was completely in the can, but happily for Southland fans, TNT has picked it up.

In our house, we're hesitant to pick up any new dramas in our nightly (I mean prior to 10:00) TV schedule, but honestly, I think I can see myself getting into this. I managed to also procure the first couple of episodes from the first season and really quite enjoyed the mixture of police procedural drama and, well, the more "drama" aspect of the show. The characters are quite believable and the issues, while shockingly frightening in nature (including but not limited to a LOT of gang violence, it seems). And really, I'm not sure I needed to see the first season to "get" the sneak peek into the second season, but now that I've seen what I've seen, I think I'll rent the first season on DVD and get caught up as soon as I can.

I should also mention that, in the spirit of getting asked to review things, I am not compelled to like the things I review, but y'know, this show looks good. If you miss the police dramas of the past (at the moment all I can come up with is Hill St. Blues, what?) and enjoy shows like Law and Order, Criminal Minds and NCIS, you'll probably get into this show. Heck maybe you're already a fan. If so, how come you haven't told me to watch it already??

And now for the plug: Southland Season 2 premieres March 2nd on TNT. In the immortal words of Chef Perry (no reference available), "There I said it!" Seriously, though. This is good stuff.

Posted bythemikestand at 8:25 PM  

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