Fox executives said Monday that its drama “24″ is returning next May for a limited run that will stretch into the summer. The adventure series with Kiefer Sutherland starring as Jack Bauer ended its original run in 2010.
While I admit that the last few seasons weren’t very good (they still brought us moments like this), I’m excited to see Jack Bauer on my television again. 12 episodes is perfect because one of the biggest problems with 24 was all the filler that was required to make this show last for 24 hours. With half that number, we can get to the heart of the matter quickly (at least that’s the hope).
I think I’ll have to end my retirement from recapping 24 episodes.
Netflix announced today that the upcoming season of Arrested Development will debut on May 26 at 12:01 am PT, which marks the cult comedy’s return to TV after a three-season run on Fox from 2003 to 2006. Similar to its strategy with original series House of Cards, the streaming service will release all 15 new episodes of Arrested simultaneously. (Netflix joked that it had made a “huge mistake” in the number of episodes, a reference to its January announcement that the new season would consist of 14 installments, which was already an upgrade from the original tally of 10.)
10:00 PM – Portlandia (IFC; 1/8)
Like most skit shows, it’s hit or miss. I could probably not watch this figuring if anythign really funny happens, it will end up on YouTube. This rule could probably be applied to Key & Peele too.
10:00 PM – Spartacus: War of the Damned (STARZ; 1/25)
The final bloody season! I wonder if they’ve run out of creative ways to kill people in slow motion. I can’t wait to find out.
House of Cards (Netflix; 2/1)
Time to find out if this was worth all the money Netflix spent outbidding HBO for the political drama staring Kevin Spacey (with the first episode directed by David Fincher). Who am I kidding? This sounds amazing.
8:00 PM – Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family; 1/8)
Look. I’m not proud of this but thanks to Netflix, I became hooked on this cheesy show about four girls being stalked by a bunch of people in hoodies in a town that apparently has no security cameras. I guess this will fill the void of shame I felt watching the recently concluded Gossip Girl.
10:00 PM – Cougar Town (TBS; 1/8)
The little show that refuses to die. I hope the show doesn’t drag because it could have easily ended with last season’s finale. This could be one of those “Now what?” seasons.
10:00 PM – Justified (FX; 1/8)
Season three was a little disappointing if only because season two was so perfect. There were just too many villains, too many schemes and not enough Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) bring Raylan. Hopefully, season four will be a return to form.
8:00 PM – Raising Hope (FOX)
8:30 PM – Ben and Kate (FOX)
9:00 PM – New Girl (FOX)
9:30 PM – The Mindy Project (FOX)
10:00 PM – Parenthood (NBC)
9:00 PM – Being Human (SYFY; 1/14)
I’ve almost quit this show four times but then someone will convince me to go back. The finale was so bleak that I have to know how they are going to write their way out of it.
9:00 PM – The Following (FOX; 1/21)
I’ve been anticipating this show since the summer. It looks a little intense for network television (even if it’s Fox). I’m terrfied it will be a great show, no one will watch it and it will get cancelled like Lone Star. I always thought James Purefoy (serial killer Joe Carroll) would become a huge star after playing Marc Antony in HBO’s Rome. It didn’t work out that way but better late than never.
10:00 PM – Lost Girl (SYFY; 1/14) Lost Girl is one of my unempplyment shows. If I had been working, I would have never had time to watch seasons one and two. But I wasn’t. So I did. Now I’m looking forward to season three.
8:00 PM – How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
8:00 PM – Bones (FOX)
10:00 PM – Castle (ABC)