During Comic Con this past weekend, several new trailers were released promoting those wonderful fresh and daring, big budgeted, high production value American cable TV shows that I love so much. You know, those Showtime, HBO and AMC series; the ones that have such outstanding scripts, actors, directing, cinematography and art direction that they seem more like a great 12-hour movie split into 12 episodes than a prime-time TV show; the ones that dare to introduce multi-layered characters, provocative storylines and a fresh perspective.
Then there was “Weeds“, “Californication“, “Entourage” and of course “Breaking Bad”. I have yet to catch up on “Rome“, “Deadwood” and “Carnivale“. And somewhat in the same vein was “Battlestar Galactica“(even though they did have more episodes per season, some of which were clearly filler episodes). Too bad “Caprica” didn’t quite live up to it.
Right now I’m hooked on Alan Ball’s “True Blood” (vampires), which is already half-way through the season – so that new trailer is all about the second half of the season.
Matthew Weiner’s AMC show “Mad Men” (1960s ad agency) just started again a few days ago and is off to a solid start. The commercial for it is a little lame, but it gets you an idea if you haven’t watched the show.
Last but not least, I’m thrilled to know that “Dexter” (serial killer) will continue with a new twist in fall. The last season was full of surprises and didn’t feel as formulaic as some shows tend to get after so many season. Although I’m a bit concerned that if the show ends up following one of its usual patterns, officer Quinn might have to die by the end of the season.
And then in less than a year I hope we’ll see the return of what turned out to be another outstanding show by David Simon and Eric Overmyer: “Treme” (post-Katrina New Orleans). Below the trailer for the first season.