Like I said last week, the one good thing about September in Hollywood is the release of a bunch of TV shows on DVD. This week brings a bumper crop of those products and not a whole lot else.
Big Bang Theory - Season 3 (2009): Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco
Fringe - Season 2 (2009): John Noble, Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson
"Fringe" follows a father and son team of scientists (Noble and Jackson) and the FBI agent who escorts them (Torv) as they investigate all things paranormal. If you're AT ALL into science fiction and you're not watching "Fringe" then I want you to stop wasting time with this stupid blog and catch up RIGHT NOW! Season 3 is right around the corner. Seriously, "Fringe" is an outstanding show, easily the best sci-fi series on TV right now. It plays out like "The X-Files" but with a much more cohesive story line that carries from week to week. All the actors (even "Dawson's Creek" alum Jackson) play their characters perfectly and Noble in particular delivers a remarkable performance every single week. Just rent it and judge for yourself.
Letters to Juliet (2010): Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave
Something about a twenty-something who answers decades-old love letters while on a trip in Europe. Too cutesy for me but I've heard decent things.
Just Wright (2010): Queen Latifah, Common
Latifah plays a physical therapist who helps an aging NBA star (Common) recover from an injury. I can't stand Queen Latifah in anything, ever and I DESPISE sports action that looks unrealistic and is used only as a prop. So, in summation, I'm out.
Other New Releases
Private Practice - Season 3 (2009): I watched approximately 3 episodes of this show back in Season 1 before realizing that not only did I not like any of the characters, I was actively rooting for all of them to fail. Out.
The Good Wife - Season 1 (2009): I heard this was good but I never, EVER like ANY hour-long drama from CBS so I refuse to even give this a try. I can guarantee I would hate it.
Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Season 5 (2009): I can't believe this show is still on. I saw a couple of episodes when it debuted and loved them but assumed it wouldn't find an audience and would be off the air shortly. It might be next on my catch-up list.
Pick of the Week (a new semi-weekly feature that I'll run whenever I feel like it)
Mercury Rising (1998): Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin (on Blu-Ray)
A washed up cop (Willis) happens upon a young autistic boy whose murder was ordered by a government agent (Baldwin) after he cracks a billion dollar secret code. "Mercury" is a seriously underrated film that had the misfortune of being lost in a sea of mediocre Willis movies that premiered around this time before his "Sixth Sense" resurgence. I've very rarely spoken with anyone who has seen (or remembers) this movie and while it's far from Oscar caliber, it's totally worth a viewing.