For Monday, November 12, 2012 here are network shows that feature some women worth watching on television. Apparently there is not as much to be had on cable in terms of women worth watching, but there are repeats of “Dexter” and “Homeland” on Showtime. If you happened to miss last night’s episode of “Dexter” and you are a fan that should be a top priority.
Why is there no reality television here?
The list is woefully short for Monday, which should be a signal to all networks they need to think about their programming choices and featuring more complicated female roles in television. LA Media Examiner is not a personal fan of reality television. If readers wonder why, it is because it is not actually reality. There are writers, directors, producers and network executives making creative choices constantly. There is nothing wrong with it and it provides an obvious amount of entertainment for people worldwide. It is just not something this Media Examiner recommends. That said, sure there are a few shows on cable channels that involve cooking, decorating and traveling that the LA Media Examiner does watch, but for the moment the focus here is on scripted television without judges and competitions.
What Monday night shows work
While some might be shocked at this choice, Fox’s “The Mob Doctor” is one of the highlights on Monday night. Yes, it is struggling with ratings and that is most likely because the name of the show itself could have been better. That aside, this is actually a compelling drama with characters that are usually far more bad than good. They are dark, the subject matter is dark, and it is too bad more viewers have not given this show a chance.
ABC’s “Castle” is always a favorite with not only a strong fan base and solid ratings, but with female characters that actually have backbone and a sense of humor when dealing with their male counter-parts. It is also a show that makes the males far more effeminate for a cop show than anything else out there except for possibly the cancelled USA show, “Common Law.”
Finally, “Revolution” made this list, not because the LA Media Examiner is a rabid fan, but because there are women who fight and are revolutionaries. It is just a nice change rather than watching 20-something girls on sitcoms lament about their love lives. Sure those shows are about female friendship and that is great but many of those shows are interchangeable. L.A. Media Examiner’s top pick tonight is “Castle” because if nothing else, it is excellent at humor while throwing in a twisted murder every week.
Monday night picks with details
“The Mob Doctor” (FOX, 9 p.m.) “Complications”—Grace (Jordana Spiro) finds herself in a very dangerous situation when Moretti (Michael Rapaport) decides to take matters into his own hands, while her relationship with Brett (Zach Gilford) begins showing strains due to her double-life. This episode looks like something very bad might happen to Franco (James Carpinello) while Constantine (William Forsythe) might have to either save Grace or kill Moretti.
“Castle” (ABC, 10:01 p.m.) “Swan Song”—Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) investigate the murder of a rock star being filmed by a documentary crew. The crew decides to add the murder investigation into the documentary. “Castle” fans can only imagine the complications that will ensue. It is always fun to watch the self-reflexive film-within-a-film episode. Thanks, French New Wave. With Castle and Beckett headlining, it should be a good watch.
“Revolution” (NBC, 10 p.m.) “Ties That Bind”— When Nora (Daniella Alonso) encounters a close relative, she must make a difficult choice between family and a promise. Hence, the title of the episode. Meanwhile, one of the most ruthless members of the Militia is tracking Miles (Billy Burke), Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and the gang and General Monroe (David Lyons) hands Major Neville a stern warning. There is sure to be at least a bit of violent behavior and emotional betrayal. J.J. Abrams escapism.