OK, it’s that time of year again. All the autumn run shows are coming to an end and we are finding out which ones have made it through to another season at the end of the year and which ones have been chopped.
There have been a few surprise chops this year.
House M.D – As good as it was it was getting a little stale.
The River – Didn’t make it to Season 2. It was supposed to be the new ‘Lost’ but just couldn’t hold a candle to it.
CSI Miami – All I can say is it’s about time! The first three series were great and then it completely lost the plot. How many rediculous shoot outs can Horatio survive?
Desperate Housewives!!! – Going to really miss this one. The finale was hilarious but it was also really sad.
But the surprise chop of the season was ‘A Gifted Man’ – This was such a classy show with so much potential I was really looking forward to a new season.
I believe that all of my other favourites have made the cut.
Vampire Diaries had an amazing finale. There was an OMG moment at the end of every scene and next season is going to be ‘really’ interesting.
Grey’s Anatomy’s finale cliffhanger had me squeeling at the screen. Poor Lexi, poor Mark for that matter. With one major cast member gone and a few more possibilities in the opening episode of the next series, just who is going to make the cast cut?!!!
But it’s not all doom and gloom.
White Collar, Covert Affairs and Suits all start again during June and July.
And that brings me nicely to my choice for Dish of the Week number 31.
I have decided that this is going to be a shared entry.
Last year saw the start of a series called ‘Suits’, a very sharp and witty show with an incredible cast.
I have a found a review of the first series written by Laurel Brown of BuddyTV.com
The basic premise of Suits has a ring of familiarity to it. A young quasi-criminal by the name of Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) runs straight from a drug deal into an interview with Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), a lawyer at one of New York City’s most prestigious firms. Thanks to Mike’s genius brain (he remembers just about everything he sees) and Harvey’s restless boredom, Mike Ross is quickly installed as the newest associate at the law firm of Pearson Hardman.
What separates Suits from the majority of summer shows is what happens next.
Mike gets his law job, but he’s not an immediate star. While the young man has passed the New York bar exam (on a dare) and is therefore legally-qualified to practice law, he doesn’t know anything about the day-to-day work of a lawyer. Mike botches witness interviews, gets scared by a mean supervising partner (played by Rick Hoffman, giving definition to the word “smarmy”) and doesn’t even know how to fill out paperwork.
And then there’s Harvey. Initially coming off as entertaining but two-dimensional, Harvey Specter rapidly gains character. His perfect-lawyer arrogance melts away during interactions with his secretary, Donna, and with the firm’s managing partner, Jessica Pearson (the always incredible Gina Torres of Firefly fame).
Mike may be the super-genius on Suits, but Harvey has the smarts to keep up with him. As it turns out, Harvey knows a lot more about what it’s like to be Mike than you’d think.
Strangely, the gimmick of Mike’s perfect memory doesn’t come up too often. He uses his memory to get out of a couple of sticky situations, but mostly the plot moves on problem solving and personal relationships. Also, when it comes to the law, Harvey really is every bit as smart (possibly even smarter) than his genius protege.
It’s refreshing. So often on TV — shows like Psych, House and White Collar come immediately to mind — the hero bests everyone using his unique skills. Everyone else just tries to keep up. In Suits, everybody is running at the same speed: lawyers outwit the opposition, the paralegal performs key research and even the secretary cracks the best jokes.
Although Suits has its serious moments, the two leads’ banter and the interactions between all of the characters keep the tone light and the pace quick. The result is an excellent summer show and — more than that — a truly high-quality piece of television.
So here they are…. Harvey Specter played by Gabriel Macht and Mike Ross played by Patrick J Adams
Roll on June 14th!