For Wednesday, November 28, 2012 here are network and cable shows that feature some women worth watching on television.
What Wednesday night shows work
LA Media Examiner recommends two 10 p.m. shows that feature strong but fairly troubled women—“American Horror Story: Asylum” on FX and “Nashville” on ABC. Ironically, Connie Britton, the lead in “Nashville” starred in last season’s “American Horror Story” and this LA Media Examiner appreciates the irony of two networks pitting the former cast-mates against each other. Network vs. Cable. Jessica Lange vs. Connie Britton. Why does everything always have to be such a fight?
While “American Horror Story” this season is even more twisted than last, and certainly not for any prudish audience, it is hard not to watch a nun possessed by Satan, another nun who is an alcoholic about to lose her job, and finally, a lesbian who is forced to endure the sexual advances in addition to the familial needs of a serial killer who has fixated on her—all while tied up in a basement waiting to see if she is going to become his next skin outfit. The entire hour can be a stressful ordeal. Any viewer who gets nightmares should probably watch this before dark. Or watch a very happy show afterward that features happy cartoons animals frolicking in tall flowers and grass because it is hard to get some of the sick images out one’s head without a bit of help.
This is a far cry from the soapy world of “Nashville” where a 20-something rising star battles it out with a 40-something queen of country music. Both are balanced precariously in their careers and both are realizing that if they want to thrive, they might have to actually work together. It is hard enough to do that in an accounting office let alone the music scene—any music scene.
The LA Media Examiner does not like to think of this line up as Callie Khouri vs. Ryan Murphy. Instead, she likes to think, the DVR is the saving grace of many television shows. Networks, embrace it. Advertisers—work your products into the show better and then everyone will be much happier.
Monday night picks with details
“Modern Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.) “When a Tree Falls”—Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) reluctantly joins Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) in a campaign to save an old tree in a park. Jay (Ed O’Neill) and Manny (Rico Rodriguez) are out of their element at a kid’s party with an Olympics theme. Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) pregnancy makes a trip to a big-box store with Claire (Julie Bowen) a memorable one. Will Claire do something especially mean to the step-mother she resents? Probably.
“Castle” (TNT, 9 p.m.) “The Mistress Always Spanks Twice”—Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) investigate the murder of a woman whose body is found hanging from bondage cuffs and covered in caramel sauce. The investigation leads them into New York’s sexual domination scene. “Castle” fans can only imagine the comprising positions the co-stars will find themselves in.
“Nashville” (ABC, 10 p.m.) “Lovesick Blues”— Marshall (Todd Truley) pushes Rayna (Connie Britton) and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) to perform a duet. If that is not enough stress for Rayna, Peggy (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) pushes Teddy (Eric Close) to be honest with Rayna. Scarlett (Clare Bowen) tries to move on from the incredibly selfish Avery (Jonathan Jackson) and bond with Gunnar (Sam Palladio). ABC urges viewers to tweet about the duet: Join the Twitter conversation about Rayna and Juliette’s first duet. #NashvilleDuet
“American Horror Story: Asylum” (FX, 10 p.m.) “Dark Cousin”—Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) senses an evil presence at Briarcliff, which is almost comedic since she is supposed to be possessed by Satan at the moment. Kit (Evan Peters) tries to reunite with Grace (Lizzie Brochere). No description for what poor Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) might have to endure this episode but it is the main reason to tune in as far as the LA Media Examiner is concerned.