What I’m Watching …

So I‘ve been a bit bummed lately with some of my favorite shows coming to an end, such as Parenthood and Cougar Town and very disappointed in the way Revenge is heading.  Luckily, I’ve picked up a few new ones. I have now added The Slap, Secrets & Lies and The Affair to my weekly rotation of programming. First let me say, it’s very odd for me to watch any of these three shows, because I would normally be very turned off with topics such as, child abuse, child murders and infidelity. But these shows are like a bad train wreck that everyone stops to look at.

After watching the trailer for The Slap, I thought it looked ridiculous, (especially since it was replacing my beloved Parenthood). But I was intrigued, after all, who in today’s world would dare touch someone else’s child, much less, slap them?!  So, I watched the first three episodes, and I must say, I find it very interesting, and I can’t wait to see how this story develops. It also feels as if you’re watching an HBO or Showtime series, instead of a primetime NBC program. This is about more than just a child being slapped…this show deals with the intricacies of a large Greek-American complicated family, and their close friends. But primarily it examines how ordinary lives can be derailed in an instant with a quick, unplanned act. There’s also a great cast here, starring Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton and Uma Thurman.

The Slap, Thurday nights at 8PM on NBC

The Slap, Thursdays at 8PM on NBC

Secrets & Lies is relatively new, I have only watched the first two episodes. The story follows Ben Crawford, a family man who discovers the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime suspect in his death. Ben then goes in search of the real killer in order to clear his name. I am very curious, because I do believe Ben, played by Ryan Phillippe is innocent (but I could be wrong). There are many other secrets involved in this story, aside from just finding who the killer of the young boy is. Great casting here too with Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis as the stars of the show.  Stay tuned…

Secrets & Lies, on Sundays at 9PM on ABC

Secrets & Lies, Sundays at 9PM on ABC

And last but not least, The Affair. To be honest, I hated this show the first time I watched it. The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between Noah Solloway, played by Dominic West and Alison Bailey, played by Ruth Wilson, after the two meet in the resort town of Montauk on Long Island.  Although, after having watched the entire first season, I have to say, the storyline grows on you and you start to understand all of the characters’ point of view. Perhaps what I enjoy most, is that the story of the affair is told separately, complete with distinct memory biases, from Noah’s and Alison’s perspectives. It’s very well written and the season left us wanting more, with a fantastic season ending cliff hanger. I also love the roles played by Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson. The series recently won the Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama Series and Ruth Wilson won for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama.  Looking forward to Season 2.

The Affair, Sundays at 10PM on Showtime

The Affair, Sundays at 10PM on Showtime

Have you been watching any new shows lately?  Any that you would recommend?

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69 thoughts on “What I’m Watching …

  1. I don ‘t watch that much tv, but the two shows I can’t miss are How to get Away with Murder and The Walking Dead. When they’re on that is 🙂

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  2. I watch way too much TV to possibly list them all, lol. Or even my favorites. I may actually catch Secrets and Lies now though on Demand based on your thoughts. I was on the fence about that one, not sure if I wanted to add another show to my DVR. Then again, Parenthood ended, so I do have space!

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  3. Ok I haven’t heard of any of these shows (I know… where have I been…) but I’d give them all a chance just based on the casts – all actors I like! Thanks for your reviews and I’ll be tuning in.

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  4. I was so bummed that Parenthood is over! It was a great show and they even ended the series well. Time for me to find a few new tv show favorites! I’ll have to check out The Affair…like you said, not generally an interest, but it seems less soap opera-ish and like there’s more to it.

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  5. My husband and I just started Secrets and Lies and we are loving it so far! We also watch Blacklist, Brooklyn 99, The Amazing Race, and we are catching up on Modern Family. Guilty pleasure = The Bachelor…still need to watch the finale!

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  6. None of my family members watch TV…I know that sounds crazy but we are all internet geeks. We do Netflix a lot, however, but that means we get to watch reruns of older shows. But thanks for letting me know what to look out for in the future 🙂

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  7. I will forever know Joshua Jackson as Pacey (Dawsons Creek) and it drives my husband crazy that I still call him that. I love this show. I havent watched the Slap but I have started watching that Secret and Lies. So far, really liking it.

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  8. I’ve followed Cougar Town up until last season and I will be starting this season soon. I’ll check on this series if we have them here. It all looks interesting with established stars.

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  9. I used to love Cougar Town. I never watched Parenthood much (well a couple of times) But these new shows look very interesting. I like the sound of The Slap. It seems different and a peculiar premise but sounds like it works.

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  10. Sounds like you’ve got your DVR full. I am not much of a TV watcher but when I do, I like the Voice, Shark Tank and The Profit.

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  11. Myself I haven’t seen any of those shows. I like to watch all the NCIS Shows. Mike and Molly, 2 Broke Girls and I can’t forget American Idol.

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  12. The only show me and the whole family do always watch is TWD. Well, maybe it’s because of the Zombies. Will check out the shows you listed though. They look interesting.

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  13. I have been watching The Slap and it is interesting indeed. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next episode either. This is the only new one I have been watching. I was watching the Black List. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Ohhh…I want to see The Slap. My Mom has it on DVR, and I hope to get around to seeing it. When I saw the preview, I thought to myself that it was going to be a fun (and interesting) one. I saw the promo for Secrets & Lies, and that looks interesting. Wonder how Ryan Philippe does in a TV show. I don’t watch TV shows when they first come out…I don’t have time to keep up, and I hate missing an episode. I usually catch up when I can see a whole season all at once.

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