On cable tonight, A&E has the series premiere of The Glades, Cartoon Network has the series premiere of Children’s Hospital, Comedy Central has a Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny comedy special, Food Network has the series premiere of Kid in a Candy Store, Syfy has a Inside Secret Government Warehouses: Shocking Revelations special, TLC has a couple Kate Plus 8 specials and a The Bakery Bunch special, truTV has the second season premiere of Las Vegas Jailhouse, and VH1 has the series premiere of Ocho Cinco and the second season premiere of The To Show.
In late night, Comedy Central has the series premiere of Russell Simmons Presents: Stand-Up at the El Rey.
Unnatural History (Cartoon Network): New. A stolen ruby that is said to be cursed has Henry and the gang searching for it. Plays twice. The first three episodes of the series replay leading up to this episode, so you can catch-up, if you so desire.
Leverage (TNT): New. The team is out to stop a dirty CEO from releasing a drug to the public that will end up killing more than it helps. Plays again later.
The Glades (A&E): Series Premiere. A former Chicago police detective that was forced out now works as a cop down in Florida, where he is investigating the murder of a decapitated woman found in a creek. Plays twice and again later twice. Review: I quite enjoyed the “Pilot” episode. It’s not perfect, but this is my kind of show. Given all that I had read and seen about the show going in, I thought that where it starts was much further into the story than it should have. Australian actor Matt Passmore (McCloud’s Daughters), sans accent, plays Det. Jim Longworth. He is my favorite type of character, one that pokes and prods until he finds out what he pretty much new all along. He’s kind of like a younger, more charming (at least he thinks so), Columbo. You know, one of those characters that are always a step ahead, but most people just find them to be a pain in the ass. He really reminded me of Jeff Fahey’s character in the short-lived, but very good, The Marshal, but with more humor. Or, more recently, like Timothy Olyphant’s Deputy Marshal Givens in Justified, but with less anger issues. We learn a little bit about why he was forced out in Chicago, but not really why he ended up down in Florida where he is, other than they have a lot of great golf courses, which as a golfer, I can also get behind that part of the storyline. Hopefully, we will learn more about that in future episodes. He has been down in Florida long enough to annoy his new boss and make friends with the medical examiner. But, while I think the case works well to present his character, the story’s result would’ve had a bigger impact had it taken place a handful of episodes in. Yes, the show is a cop/detective procedural, but with a strong lead, an interesting setting, and a sense of humor that meshes quite well with mine. Plus, Kiele Sanchez (Lost, Related) plays a local nurse that Longworth finds intriguing, cause she doesn’t put up with his shtick and gives it back to him a little bit, which provides some of the fun of the episode. Overall, given that it’s only one episode in, it’s one of my favorite new shows of the summer. I’m already looking forward to next week.
A&E has 10 episodes of Criminal Minds.
ABC Family is playing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix today.
Discovery Channel has 12 episodes of MythBusters.
Oxygen has seven episodes of America’s Got Talent.
Spike TV has six episodes of The Deadliest Warrior.
Travel Channel has eight episodes of Ghost Adventures.
USA has eight episodes of NCIS.
WE has six episodes of Bridezillas.