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Reality tv, sitcoms and dramas on today’s cable stations are varied across the board. From shows such as Franklin & Bash, a dynamic legal duo with a mixture of drama and comedy, to shows that have been on for decades such as Law & Order, the myriad of options for those who enjoy legal shows on TV can fill up your DVR in no time. But how accurate are these comedies and dramas on TV?
Law & Order
Although some of the plot lines for this TV series are a bit far fetched, overall the accuracy of a show like Law & Order is pretty spot on. Of course, it’s darn near impossible for a case to close so quickly like it does on the show, the series of events, detective work involved, intricacies of the case, and procedure of law is very well scripted. It’s obvious this is the work of a few legal experts and writers. Many of the cases featured are literally ripped from the headlines. The show has been running strong since 1990, providing 23 years of episodes to enjoy.
The Good Wife
Another legal drama that relies on headlines to make up it’s story lines, thus creating at least somewhat accurate portrails of real crime. Some experts have said that the show really doesn’t portray judges accurately, often casting them as unreasonable and illogical. LawSchoolPodcaster.com listed it as one of their favorites, and I tend to agree. The show is fairly accurate, identifies with a core audience both male and female and provides accurate depiction of how the courtroom and outside courtroom proceedings are conducted. Although many of the situations presented “rarely happen”, they are good for TV as they showcase off-the-wall types of cases similar to other law dramas such as Law & Order.
Franklin & Bash
What does TNT have to offer in the way of legal dramas and comedies? Franklin & Bash as well as repeats of Law & Order. This show provides a unique and funny take on how thirtysomething year old attorneys deal with interesting cases. With a certain flair exuded in the courtroom, the two main characters lead quite interesting lives in this LA based comedy sitcom. While the cases are somewhat accurate, this show does utilize a bit of the imagination when coming up with legal scenarios. In most courtrooms their antics and banter might not be appreciated, and frankly may cause some judges to hold them in contempt. Overall, however, if you want a good laugh watch Franklin & Bash.
Drop Dead Diva
This show is a big hit on Lifetime and after a few seasons has garnered quite the following. The main characters story line, she’s an ex model who died and was reincarnated into Jane a successful attorney, is very far fetched however the cases that she has are very much real. Hitting the female demographic, the show has seen cases that deal mostly with women’s rights and issues specific to female interest groups. Lots of laughs in this drama comedy on Lifetime, the accuracy of cases is pretty good. However, similar to Franklin & Bash some of the antics in the courtroom certainly wouldn’t be accepted in today’s court of law.
What are your favorite legal dramas today? Do you think they portray the legal community accurate? Share your comments below!
Creating these lists is a tricky affair since “best” is such an objective term, and “all time” is sort of a misnomer; a child of the Internet Age can scarcely appreciate the achievement of 1950s television, given how much the medium has evolved. Comparing I Love Lucy with Seinfeld is about as reasonable as comparing caterpillars to butterflies.
Since great television does not exist in a vacuum, the best way to classify a quintet of the best all-time season finales is by working with five separate categories. Note that some of the explanations will seem vague; this is to spare any spoilers for those who have yet to watch the shows included and would like to do so without knowing the ending to a season or series.
The most-watched broadcast in the history of TV is bound to end up on list of this sort. It did a fantastic job of wrapping up the 11 seasons of character development, main plot lines and subplots. Going into this finale, it was well understood that the show was over, and it drew more than 120 million viewers, the most for any broadcast until the 2010 Super Bowl. This finale holds a place in the hearts of many, a brilliant close to a show that exists at the middle point between classic and modern TV.
Best Comedic Finale
2006, Season 3 of 3
Ron Howard’s hilarious and reflexive masterpiece is said to have ended too early by some, though it is tough to see what else the show could have done while remaining fresh and funny throughout (just look at how bloated and dull The Office grew). The series finale included great use of in-jokes and wrapped up the various stories of each character, and it ended with one of the best open doors ever: Ron Howard’s joke about a possible movie has long been in buzz as a possibility, one that currently seems all but certain.
Several Emmy Awards were earned by this forerunner of action crime dramas, with plenty of crossover ties to other shows and a lead character who would break the fourth wall. Magnum’s life was posh, and while the eighth season was a bit forced after the fantastic finale of Season 7 (watch the show and the meaning of that becomes clear), the wrap up to his slick life was a spectacular send-off.
Best Finale Featuring a Song
2003, Season 2 of 5
Steve Earle’s “I Feel All Right” was a splendid choice for a wrap-up montage of life on the Baltimore docks. Several stories died down as others were left open, and the bittersweet feeling of the show and the song are perfectly paired here. It captured the energy of the show and sunk hooks into the emotional gills of viewers while displaying the unfortunate result of so much corruption, all while Earle grooves on a harmonica.
OK, so this pick might be a bit objective, since the aggravation of this cliffhanger still stings as viewers wait for the next season. But the last five seconds of the most recent Dexter finale are driving fans bonkers. Expect viewership of the Season 7 premiere to break some records, answer many questions and be generally spectacular television. Expect riots if the show is somehow canceled.
Every fall season, movie theaters are littered with a slue of horror movies. Many times, there is a handful of predictable slasher movies that have mediocre acting, mediocre plot lines and make a mediocre amount of money. However, this Halloween season there has been a breath of fresh air to the fall movie scene, with Paranormal Activity 3. While many times, third installments in movie series are not known for their success, this Paranormal Activity has not only been the most lucrative film in the series (it had the biggest September-October opening debut of any movie ever) but it is also by far the best film in the series yet.
Paranormal Activity 3 is followed by two other low-budget horror films that documents a family’s suspicions that their home may be haunted so they videotape themselves to see if they can gather any proof. As if the creepy night vision videotaping, that was a staple of the first two films, isn’t enough to scare audiences some of the over-the-top terrifying footage captured will.
The focus of this film is two young sisters, Katie (Chlose Csengery) and Kristi Rey (Jessica Tyler Brown) that were featured in the earlier films, when they were children. The purpose of the film is to explore the beginning stages of the hauntings that these two sisters faced when they were growing up in an attempt to explain why these two were the victims of such intense paranormal activity in the first two films. Fans of the first two films will appreciate the raw looking footage of this film that is similar to the first two installments; however this film has a much higher production quality. For the first time, the film goes outside the walls of the haunted home, and explores other locations and even introduces secondary characters to the plot while adding some minor character development, which was frankly absent in the first two films.
Paranormal Activity 3 beings by depicting Katie and Kristi Rey’s childhood with their mother Julie (Lauren Bittner) and her boyfriend Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith), a videographer who starts filming the family 24/7 after seeing a mysterious person appear in a intimate video he shot with his girlfriend. As Dennis begins to take the house to catch paranormal sightings, Kristi develops a friendship with an invisible presence, who begins to turn on the young girl and starts wreaking havoc on Kristi and her sister by bullying the two young girls and threatening their family.
Throughout the film, the audience sees the standard home video footage that first put the Paranormal Activity franchise on the map. However, there are even more thrills in this rendition and the higher production value makes the movie even more frightening. Perhaps one of the most disturbing parts of the film is that most of the action occurs during the day time again added to the realistic nature of the film. This is not your typical slasher film where everything happens under a full moon.
As Paranormal Activity 3 begins to unfold, it looks and feels much like the rest of the Paranormal Activity movies. However, the third portion of the film switches gears in a way that will surprise audiences and in a method that not only keeps this movie fresh but separates it from its two predecessors.
Overall, as this movie captures Katie and Kristi Ray’s childhood and how the paranormal taunting, that would haunt them for the rest of their lives, first came about audiences will enjoy more plot and character development that ultimately makes this movie even more frightening.
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Vera is a freelance writer and regular blogger in the entertainment field. She’s an avid movie/TV watcher, and would be lost without her digital cable!
Some people have to have the newest devices the second they are on the market. While this may satisfy the early adopter’s craving, it can be frustrating waiting for the rest of the world to catch up. Cable TV has high tech options that can make the most of those new gadgets.
Cable TV offers the opportunity to see many favorite channels in high definition, at no extra cost to customers. Some cable companies are also offering the ability to watch shows and movies in 3D, an option most satellite companies don’t have yet. Make the most of HD and 3D televisions with programs shown the way they are meant to be seen.
Androids, iPads, and windows phones have capabilities that can’t always be used. With cable TV, you can make smart phones and tablets realize more of their potential. Most cable companies allow you to view programming on these devices. You can also program your television and even use your device as another remote. This can make your devices useful, fun and a great way to pass the time when you are waiting at the doctor’s office.
There are cable companies high quality streaming of television shows and offer a wide selection of channels. Research the different offerings to find the one that suits you the best when it comes to Internet and streaming choices.
The ability to watch movies is becoming more flexible. It is no longer a decision between blu ray and cd, it is the versatility available. The ability to watch a movie on your TV, your desktop, and your smartphone is expected, not the exception.
In order to watch streaming TV and movies on tablet devices, you need to have a high speed Internet connection. Satellite Internet doesn’t offer this, and neither does DSL. Cable TV offers the ability to have Internet speeds fast enough to deliver the quality you want. The ability to watch shows without buffering is worth it for many early adopters.
With all of these different options available, those who like to purchase high tech gadgets have a way to make the most out of their devices. Another option that cable TV offers is linking your devices together. Not only can you start watching a movie in one room and continue it in another, you can start watching a television show at home and finish it on the bus ride to work.
Continuity, flexibility, convenience and innovation are some of the benefits you can enjoy with cable TV that offer television services can’t offer. And unlike many beta testing devices, this option doesn’t have as many kinks to work out.
You spend a lot of money for your high tech devices. The fact that you can’t watch your favorite shows in HD or use your smart phone the way you want to can be very frustrating. While cable TV can’t fix all of your problems, it can help you get more enjoyment out of some of those gadgets. Don’t waste your time and your money thinking that you have to buy the latest device only to wait for other services to catch up. Research cable TV options to find the one that fits your lifestyle, budget, and android tablet and watch Eureka the way it is meant to be seen, in HD on your new smart TV or streaming on your iPad.
Fall television is arguably the most exciting time of year in terms of at-home entertainment. All of the favorite shows that you missed all summer long return to your living room. Plus there are always a bunch of neat new shows that spring up on the schedule. This year some of the coolest new shows are spinoffs of your old favorites especially if you tend to be a fan of TV crime dramas.
The first new crime drama to take the stage on the little screen this year is Law and Order: Los Angeles. The original Law and Order aired over twenty years ago and has had multiple successful spinoff shows including Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Of course, there have also been less successful spinoffs of the show such as Law and Order: Trial by Jury.
The new Los Angeles version of the show is the first Law and Order spinoff that focuses specifically on a location (rather than a branch of the NYPD). Of course, it’s not the first crime shown spinoff to head to LA since NCIS: Los Angeles launched last fall and has returned again for this fall television season. It will be interesting to see whether or not the new LA Law and Order succeeds as well as some of the show’s other spinoffs. A strong cast and a great setting suggest that it certainly has that potential.
The other big crime drama spinoff that airs this fall is a new version of Criminal Minds. It won’t air for a couple more months but fans of the original series are definitely keeping an eye out for that premiere. It’s called Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Viewers got a glimpse of some of the characters in one of last season’s shows of the original series last spring (seen in the trailer below). One exciting tidbit of news is that one of the core characters of the main show, Penelope Garcia, will now be in both shows.
It’s definitely going to be a fun fall season for people who love their creepy crime dramas!
More than 200 dancers were performing there version of “Do Re Mi”, in the Central Station of Antwerp. With just 2 rehearsals they created this amazing stunt! Those 4 fantastic minutes started the 23 of March 2009, 08:00 AM. It is a promotion stunt for a Belgian television program, where they are looking for someone to play the leading role, in the musical of “The Sound of Music”.