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TV Ratings Report: Agents of SHIELD Slips

I watched this show later in the week On Demand and was surprised by the clever dialogue. I found it rather charming. I would never choose it over NCIS but I hope it isn't cancelled so I can watch it as a back up.

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NCIS Review: Farewell to Ziva

I liked the new maturity Tony showed in this episode. I hope he doesn't slip back into being the amiable doofus the rest of the season. I do think it is unfortunate that Ziva doesn't say good-bye to the whole team, but all in all I have no complaints. Considering the writers had to respond to her decision, they did a pretty good job of showing the emotional turmoil that was driving her.

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Blue Bloods Review: A Two Way Street

My God, doesn't anyone in this family watch Law & Order? Everyone in the civilized world knows you have top have better evidence than a questionable ID to win a case. This made the show seem like Law Enforcement for Dummies. Maybe that is the kind of simple drama people want in Blue Bloods and I should not expect subtleties, but it bothered me that the result was the impression that NYC cops didn't care about civil rights. I wish Danny could be allowed to outgrow the "hothead" stereotype he has been saddled with. And the same disgusted expression he wears when things don't go his way. I realize this show is not The Bridge or The Killing but it could still stretch itself a little.

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Hostages Review: Don't Give Up

Just watched the premiere episode On Demand and thought it was far more gripping and well-paced than The Blacklist. From the TV critics I read, it is likely that this one won't survive which is really unfortunate. I just hope they will allow all the episodes to run.

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Parenthood Review: This is Real

Loved the ending with the marriage proposal but basically I find this show with all its swirling, combining and recombining relationships to be exhausting. I started watching last season ans enjoyed it, but I think 1 year with this family is enough.

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Glee Review: All You Need Is Love

I think I have outgrown this show. Either that or it has outlived its natural life. After the tribute to Cory, I think I'll be letting this one go.

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The Blacklist Review: Scam or Second Chance?

James Spader is always great but he seems to be replaying the mannerisms and intonations of his last role on Boston Legal. And I wish he'd let his hair grow. This style makes him look just plain pudgy--not a good look for a master criminal. Also I am growing weary of all the conflicted but highly competent beautiful young women in law enforcement. This week I recorded Hostages and watched The Blacklist. Next week, I think I'll reverse the process.

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Dexter Finale Review: Goodbye

Meh.
The site rejected my one word review so I have to add something, but actually "Meh" sums up my feelings very well. The character of Dexter could not have a happy ending. I think all of us who have been along for the ride realize that. That does not mean we viewers are content with the ending. Actually I agree with the reviewer. Dexter should have taken his punishment and died. I guess now we are to believe he will continue his killing ways.
I do wonder if Hannah is OK with becoming Harrison's mother.

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Emily Wickersham Cast in Key NCIS Role

Socially awkward. Autism is the condition du jour. How predictable.

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Except for the excellent writing and the compelling characters, this show is mediocre. I know that sounds ridiculous, but here's what i mean. If the newsroom concept were actually significant, there wouldn't have to be office romances to keep our interest. But most importantly, go and watch a network news show. And tell me you care. Admit it, you barely look at the anchor and you certainly aren't worried if he or she gets the scoop on any of the other networks. Sorkin acknowledges this by loading each episode with romance. A sad trivialization of the news and yet I keep watching because of the sharp dialog. End of story.