New Television shows that I really love....
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Mar. 2nd, 2009 | 03:29 pm
location: My Kitchen
From the website:
"Life," from Rand Ravich ("The Astronaut's Wife") and Far Shariat ("Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"), focuses on a detective who is given a second chance. Golden Globe nominee Damian Lewis ("Band of Brothers") plays complex, offbeat Detective Charlie Crews, who returns to the force after serving time in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
Crews' new lease on life has provided him with a Zen-like outlook, peace of mind and no need for vengeance, an attitude which can be challenging to maintain when someone he cares about is threatened -- or when he is investigating the mystery surrounding the murder he was falsely accused of.
Lewis is joined by cast members Sarah Shahi ("Rush Hour 3") as Dani Reese, Charlie's skeptical and demanding partner; Brent Sexton (HBO's "Deadwood") as Officer Bobby Stark; Donal Logue ("Grounded for Life)" as Captain Kevin Tidwell, and Adam Arkin ("Chicago Hope") as Crew's former cellmate Ted Earley.
Life is in my opinion one of the most original crime dramas to ever grace network television. It's quirky approach is reminiscent of shows such as Dead Like Me, and Six Feet Under. The crimes are interesting and often the outcome is unexpected but more important than the weekly case is the underlying mystery of who framed Charlie Crews and why. The character of Crews is mesmerizing in his approach to solving cases and his interaction with partner Dani Reese is humorous, conflicted, and touching. Their relationship echoes the chemistry between Molder and Scully of the X-Files without the romantic chemistry. They are truly just friends and partners something I find refreshingly different from the constant will they or won't they classic television setup. The rest of the supporting cast are more than just background characters they are important to the main characters and lend depth to the stories and the relationships. If you haven't yet watched Life please add it to your weekly television viewing schedule you will not be disappointed.
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