Best of the Small Screen, Limited Run Series No. 3

Over the next 23 weeks I'll be taking a look at some of my favorite TV series, broken down into three groups (Limited Run Series, Comedies, and Dramas). In my post on March 1 I laid out the ground rules for these categories and this exploration, the biggest of which is no series that are currently airing. To read the whole thing, check out the post "Best of the Small Screen" from March 1.

Today the countdown continues with an early 1990s dramedy.

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993-1994)
Number of Seasons/Episodes: 1/27
Network: FOX
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Julius Carry, Christian Clemenson, and Kelly Rutherford
Creator: Jeffrey Boam and Carlton Cuse
Favorite Season/Episode: 1.04, "Brisco in Jalisco"
About: In the fall of 1993, on FOX a pair of shows debuted as part of the new Friday night. The first was a delightful dramedy set in the Old West starring Bruce Campbell. The second was a little sci-fi drama called "The X-Files." One went on to become …

Winter TV Roundup, Week 12

Spring sprung on Monday, but before it did we got a few more new shows this winter. In these weekly posts I look at the pilot and second episode of new scripted series this winter. Don't see a new show listed below? Check previous weeks.

Tuesday Nights:
Trial & Error, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC (Premiered March 14)
About: This is the latest comedy from NBC. It got a two-episode premier after the finale of the NBC hit "This Is Us" last Tuesday, and now it will be airing two episodes a week in that timeslot. So it's a compressed season. The comedy stars John Lithgow as a poet accused of killing his wife. Nicholas D'Agosto is the junior lawyer attached to his case and Jayma Mays is the upward clawing DA aiming to put him away. The whole season will follow the trial documentary style. Consider this the comedic version of "Making a Murderer." The pilot was uneven, but the second episode made me smile quite a bit. Not too many people tuned into the show, and…

Amazon Pilot Season

Amazon has renewed an annual tradition — Pilot Season. They produce a crop of new pilots then open them up for the public to watch and vote on. This year's pilot season features two 60-minute series and three 30-minute offerings (due to the fluid nature of TV it's impossible to classify series as drama or comedy based on run times). Below is my take on all five. Be sure to check them out and vote for yourself!

60-Minute Series:
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
About: This show hails from Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls"), who wrote and directed the pilot. It boasts a strong cast led by Rachel Brosnahan, Tony Shaloub, Marin Hinkle and Alex Borstein. It's set in the 1950s and kicks off at the wedding for Miriam "Midge" Maisel (Brosnahan). The opening gives you a feel for Midge and her personality, as well as the template for the style of the series. Flash forward four years, and Midge is happily married with two kids and a husband who dabbles in stand up com…

Different Points of View

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.  But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’" — Luke 15:28-30

We're in the midst of a series on the Prodigal Son. Often, when we look at this story we focus on the Prodigal Son. That's natural. There is plenty to learn from his actions, arc and story. And there's a rich narrative on God's forgiveness to be considered with the story.

But what about the other characters? One of the most compelling, and probably most apt for us, is the older brother. We might not all fave a story like the Prodigal, but we can all identify with the older brother more than we'd care to admit.

The beauty of grace is that…

2017 Broncos Season, Free Agency Check In

We're 10 days into Free Agency, but there have been few splashes for the Broncos. We're a month from the draft, Tony Romo is still a Cowboy and there's plenty of question marks. But it's time to look at the Broncos' two biggest areas of need, and how things have gone so far.

The Broncos' biggest areas of need are the offensive and defensive lines. While the media likes to speculate about quarterback, and that's fair, the lines are where games are won and lost. The Broncos needed work. Let's see how we're doing.

Offensive Line:
Departures: Russell Okung, LT, to the Chargers
Additions: Ronald Leary, OG, and Menelik Watson, RT
Thoughts: The signing of Leary is great. Presuming center Matt Paradis returns fully healthy, the Broncos interior could be fierce with Leary, Paradis and Max Garcia across the front. The tackles remain a work in progress. The biggest work is left tackle since the Broncos don't really have one. Conventional wisdom heading into t…

Race for the Oscars Begins

There's this stigma to Awards season that the most important movies of the year come in the final quarter. If you're released in late October, November or, especially, December, you've got a shot at Oscar's biggest prize. If not, well, better luck next year.

And while that seems to have been the case in recent years, it wasn't always this way. And it might not be that way going forward. March, 10 months before the end of the year, has seen some early Oscar buzz. You heard that right, Oscar buzz before the official end of winter.

Last year we saw "Deadpool," released in mid-February, generate serious consideration for Oscars. It was a Golden Globe nominee, but didn't make the Oscar pool. Well, this year there's two films that have already been released in March that could both make a play.

"Logan," which was released on March 3, is a film many feel could be a Best Picture contender. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are also earning buzz …

Now Playing

Here's a look at the new movies I saw this week.

Kong: Skull Island
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Corey Hawkins
Synopsis: It’s been more than 80 years since King Kong, the giant, powerful gorilla first swung into our lives. He famously made his debut in 1933 in a feature film, and has been part of the cultural landscape ever since. King Kong has been on the stage, a part of the studio tour for Universal Studios, in the comics, in video games and a featured player in subsequent films in 1962, 1967, 1976 and 2005. Each time the stories have changed but the basic essence of King Kong has remained the same. And he’s remained a vibrant cultural symbol since his first appearance in 1933. Now, Kong is back in another feature film — “Kong: Skull Island,” which opened last Friday. The film, set in 1973 at the tail end of the Vietnam War, takes a group of soldiers, scientists and explorers to a previously unknown island where they find more than t…