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A new off-shoot species of humanity is starting to assert themselves in world affairs, and the son of their most prominent leader is thrown into the fray when he starts to exhibit his latent abilities.  Caught between his loyalty to his family and the need to understand more about who and what he is, Stephen explores the new world set before him while trying to maintain ties to what he thought was a normal life.  The show airs on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) on The CW.


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New on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.


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Roberts & Roberts, an advertising agency headed up by a father and daughter team, is in dire straits as some of their clients begin dropping them. The unorthodox, out-of-the-box thinking of Simon Roberts envisions some interesting ideas for the agency, but the down-to-earth ways of his daughter Sydney clashes. Because of Simon’s known success for spectacular advertising events, Sydney tries to one-up her father in an effort to bring in big business, often with disastrous results. The show airs on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) on CBS.

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New on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.


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Jason, the son of an explorer, seeks out his father’s remains and ends up transported to the fabled city of Atlantis, but in ancient times.  While trying to figure out how he got there, and what it has to do with his father’s death, Jason encounters two individuals who become unlikely friends in the face of some very unusual circumstances.  Unsure of what he’s going to do, Jason and his comrades make a living in Atlantis while trying to find his place in this new, but old, world.  The show airs on Saturdays at 8:20 p.m. (GMT) on BBC One.

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Psych is like a fresh pineapple on a hot, summer day. Cool, sweet, and refreshing. (I'm sure Shawn would say that a pineapple a day keeps the doctor away.) The show centers around Shawn Spencer (James Roday), a "psychic" consultant with the Santa Barbara Police Department and his best friend and reluctant partner Burton 'Gus' Guster (Dulé Hill) or Gee Buttersnaps, Squirts Macintosh, Ovaltine Jenkins, or whatever odd/hilarious name Shawn makes up for him. With Shawn's photographic memory, detective instincts, heightened observational skills, and charming personality, he's able to convince people that he's able to solve cases with psychic ability. "Oh, so it's The Mentalist?" C'mon, son! The Mentalist came out two years after Psych. Plus, Simon Baker wishes he had Shawn's exquisite hair.

If you’ve not heard of the BBC TV series Luther, do yourself a favor and Netflix the first two seasons and force your friends with satellite cable into having a Luther viewing party at their place for the third season, premiering September 3rd. If they don’t agree, they’re not really your friends, and you should look for new ones. Remember kids: friends don’t let friends miss Luther.

The moment Luther fans have been waiting for is finally here. DCI John Luther (the incomparable Idris Elba) is back to take down some of London’s most ruthless and vicious killers, anyway possible. By his side, taking out London’s trash, is his trusted partner-in-crime (solving), DS Justin Ripley (Warren Brown). Lutherans (a term I coined just now for fans of the show) will also be pleased to know that all four episodes of the third season (or series, for BBC fans) will be released over four sequential days. That’s right, four straight nights of Luther! Boosh!

Friends, Lutherans, Countrymen! Lend me your ears! Last night marked night number two of the four-night Luther marathon.  After everything that happened in the premiere, I was on pins and needles waiting to find out what happens next to London’s favorite gruff, but lovable, copper.  To say Luther has a lot on his plate would be the understatement of the century. He’s got a blossoming relationship with the lovely Mary Day, he’s working TWO cases for London’s Metro, one of which was handed to him, so that Internal Affairs can keep tabs on him. The other case is much more brutal and involves a creepy serial killer breaking into people’s homes and brutally murdering them, which may have connections to a string of murders throughout London years ago. Never fear, though, DCI John Luther is on the case.

Last night, Luther premiered its penultimate episode, and, boy, was it a heart pounder. After having nabbed the creepy, toothbrush-sucking serial killer Paul Ellis, Luther must now catch a sawed-off shotgun-wielding, vigilante serial killer (Elliott Cowan) who is using social media to drum up support for his cause. Now, Luther is in a race against the clock to stop him before he kills again. Things don’t start off so white-knuckled, though, as John is settling in to his relationship with Mary, a side of John we’ve rarely seen in the series. The moment where Ripley shows up at his door and John invites him in is one of the most endearing of the entire series in my opinion. It shows how far the two have come as partners over the years. It isn’t long before that moment is gone and things return to the roller-coaster ride of emotion we’re used to in Luther.

This is it. Luther is over. No more tweed jacket. No more blood red tie. No more villains that make your skin crawl. At least until they do a Luther movie. I hope they do. If it’s ever announced, I will be camped out like a Star Wars fan in anticipation of The Phantom Menace, but without the disappointment of finding out that midichlorians are what make Luther such a good detective.

New on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better.


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Based on the 1820 American folk story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the show focuses on a soldier with the Colonial Army who killed a Hessian mercenary in battle, but is mortally wounded as well and seemingly dies. He later awakens in modern-day Westchester County, New York, and investigates strange occurrences in the area with a somewhat skeptical police officer. The show airs on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern) on FOX.

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