POP CULTURE: Lisha Hassanali on the blossoming spring TV season
The spring TV season is coming in with a bang this year. A number of high profile dramas and mini-series are ready to keep you glued to the couch.With so many series premieres - April has become the new September.
Our pop culture critic Lisha Hassanali.acted as our TV guide ot the new season and highlighted what to watch for.
-- "Body of Proof", a new ABC series starring Dana Delaney as a troubled medical examiner. which Lisha calls "a female version of House".
-- HBO's "Nurse Jackie" is also back for season 3 on HBO. She's the manipulative but caring pill popping nurse.
-- "The Killing" starts this weekend on AMC. This is based on a hit Danish drama and it looks at the investigation of a murder of a teenage girl over 13 episodes. Three plots interweave here: the homicide detective's journey for the truth, a focus on the family's grief, and then how it all may connect to local politics.
-- "Breaking In" premieres Thursday on Fox. It's a goofy caper show. Christian Slater plays Oz, a guy who runs a company that tests others' security system.
-- if you were fan of "Mad About You, then you'll want to check out, "The Paul Reiser Show". He plays a version of himself, Larry David-style, goofing on his post-TV career.
There are also some noteworthy miniseries to watch for, including:
-- "The Kennedys" , the controversial 8 hour epic that was dropped by the History channel, which commissioned it, after some groups questioned the factual accuracy of the story. See it for yourself on the History Television in Canada (April 10th).
-- "Mildred Pierce" premiered the first two parts last Sunday, three more to go.Oscar-winner Kate Winslet stars in this HBO remake of the Oscar -winning film. Pierce leaves her husband and starts her life from scratch during the Depression.
-- Showcase has a new drama called "Endgame". It's already started and is about a Russian chess grandmaster-turned-detective.
-- Canuck thrill seekers head to Buenos Aries to participate in "Wipeout Canada" (launching April 3 on TVTropolis). It's based on the popular American stunt/reality show.
Canadians feel the smack of landing face first in the muck after bouncing off giant red balls and thrusting boxing gloves.
-- Global has a new reality series, "Canada Sings". It's by the same folks that put together CBC's "Battle of the Blades". Glee clubs face off against each other for weekly prizes. They are still shooting this now but it is set to premiere sometime this spring.