For Sunday, November 25th 2012, here are network and cable shows that feature some women worth watching on television. “Once Upon a Time” and “Revenge” are back—far better than watching Justin Bieber on the “American Music Awards.” CBS’s the “The Good Wife” is hanging in there, although the Grace story is not that compelling. She just is not that convincing as a bad girl. Lucky for us Alicia’s mother is in town for the holidays. LA Media Examiner’s pick for the top strong women for Sunday night still goes to the Showtime duo of Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) in “Dexter” and Carrie (Claire Danes) in “Homeland” because nothing is more compelling than these psychically wounded but usually highly functioning women.
“Once Upon a Time” (ABC, 8 p.m.) – “Into the Deep” – Cora (Barbara Hershey) tries to snatch the compass from Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison). Cora also has a showdown with Hook (Colin O’Donoghue). Will there be a winner? And there is some talk that Cora creates a zombie from one of her hearts to do some of her evil. Is this just a rumor or is it true? How could Regina not become the Evil Queen after that heartless monster for a mother?
Back in Storybrooke, Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) purposely put Henry (Jared Gilmore) in danger hoping it will be a catalyst to get him to connect to Mary Margaret and Emma with finding a way back to the present.
“Revenge” (ABC, 9 p.m.) – “Lineage“ –This flashback episode takes place in 2006 where viewers get a chance to see the second evil mother of the evening on ABC—Victoria’s mom, played by guest star Adrienne Barbeau. Victoria’s (Madeleine Stowe) estranged mother visits and brings back some unhappy childhood memories for Victoria. Can they be worse than Emily’s (Emily VanCamp)?
In the meantime, since it is 2006, Emily begins her mission under Takeda (Hiroyuki Sanada) and meets Aiden (Barry Sloane). Nolan’s (Gabriel Mann) company goes public and Jack’s dad upsets some criminal types. Obviously these storylines are setups for the stories now unfolding so they will make a bit more sense to the loyal “Revenge” viewers. Too bad Emily, Victoria and essentially all the females on the show can’t start a support group for daughters traumatized by bad mothers. Of course Victoria would have to admit to being a victim and perpetrator, which is not necessarily in her character.
“The Good Wife” (CBS, 9 p.m.) – “A Defense of Marriage” – Diane (Christine Baranski) and Alicia (Julianna Marguiles) agree to let a famous liberal lawyer assist them on a case, but they soon realize he may not have their client’s best interest in mind. Meanwhile Alicia’s mother (Stockard Channing) arrives seeking legal and moral support from her son and daughter. It truly is a night for mother/daughter issues on network television.
“Liz & Dick” (LIFETIME, 9 p.m.) – Why would L.A. Media Examiner list this? Because everyone is curious if Lindsay Lohan can remotely pull of Elizabeth Taylor after all the rumors of so much trouble on the set of this made-for-TV movie. If it does not work as a television movie, perhaps it can become a drinking game.
“Dexter” (SHO, 9 p.m.) – “Helter Skelter” – Isaak (Ray Stevenson) has Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski). Will Dexter (Michael C. Hall) save her or let her meet her fate? According to Dexter’s code, she does need to be punished. More compelling, perhaps, is how Dexter will cope with what Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) revealed to him last week. Does Showtime have the guts to go down that road? Maybe…
“Family Guy” (FOX, 9:30 p.m.) – “Lois Comes Out of Her Shell” – Lois (Alex Borstein) has a mid-life crisis and adopts a wild persona leaving Peter (Seth MacFarlane) trying to catch up. Since Lois is so repressed in this show, it would be great to see the females actually get a bit of personality. The guys and dog seem to have all the fun. Stewie (Seth MacFarlane) adopts an evil turtle he found in the park who seems to want to ruin his life.
“Homeland” (SHO, 10 p.m.) – “Two Hats” – Things for Brody (Damian Lewis) are spiraling out of control. Isn’t that what happens when you are a terrorist? Carrie (Claire Danes) preps for a critical meeting. This can only mean something will go very wrong as Carrie always wings it no matter how prepared she is. Saul (Mandy Patinkin) teams up with Virgil (David Marciano) and Max (Maury Sterling) for a new assignment. When will Carrie move on from Brody to Quinn (Rupert Friend)? Most likely by the end of the season the way she’s going—that is unless she gets Quinn killed with her record.