Emmys 2013: 5 US TV Shows That I’m Addicted To

Yes folks, that time of year is almost upon us again…it’s the Emmys!

The nominations have already been revealed, and to be honest most of them are predictable (well deserved, but predictable nonetheless) and others were a nice surprise. If you want to see the full list, you can check it out here.

Since last year’s awards there has been a wave of new and exciting shows, and I’m just as impressed as I was last year. TV seems to be getting cleverer and more interesting. Of course there are some shows that are just ridiculous (Do No Harm? I mean really?!) but they’re easy to overlook when there are so many fantastic ones around right now, and to come.

Here are 5 of my favourites (this year!):

N.B. Some of these posts do contain potential spoilers so if you haven’t seen any of these shows and would like to, I recommend you don’t read on…AND JUST WATCH THEM ALREADY.

Hannibal

dtsft hannibal

What’s it about? Based on the novel ‘Red Dragon’ by Thomas Harris, crazy-genius FBI investigator and college professor Will Graham is asked to work with the FBI on their most grizzly cases, particularly the crimes of the Chesapeake Ripper, but to make sure that he doesn’t lose himself in his work, psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter is asked to join him, unaware to Graham that he is indeed the serial killer that the FBI are after.

LOVE this show. I didn’t think it was going to work at first, but when I watched the first episode it left me feeling intrigued. It’s very, very dark, very, very gory, and in a way artistic, especially with the crime scenes and the way they find the victims (one that sticks out for me in particular is a killer who peeled back the skin on his victims’ backs to make them look like wings – sheesh) so if you’re not very good with gore then I recommend you don’t watch it. But it’s very well written and very well acted, and the ‘bromance’ between Graham and Hannibal (whom I find strangely alluring with his pleasant manners and soft voice) definitely stands out. Oh yeah, and Mads Mikkelsen is straight stuntin’ in all those suits he wears. DTSFT indeed.

Hannibal - Season 1

The Following

dtsft the following

What’s it about? Famous serial killer Joe Carroll escapes from prison after Agent Ryan Hardy put him there a few years ago, and he has started up his own cult who he has brainwashed to commit murders in his name. Hardy is brought back in to work for the FBI and bring him and his ‘followers’ down (I’m surprised they didn’t call themselves ‘Carollers’ or something, what with all these names fans give themselves these days).

The concept had me interested right away, and it was good to see Kevin Bacon back on our screens (right, Helen? ;)). Again, it’s quite gory, but not on the same level as Hannibal.

Both Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy are great as Hardy and Carroll respectively, but for me it was the secondary characters that stood out. The twisted love triangle between Emma, Jacob and Paul was refreshing, and I love the character of Emma – it’s very interesting to see a woman play that type of role, which isn’t done very often. I also really, really liked faux-sheriff and legit fruit and nut cake Roderick (played by the lovely Warren Kole – bit more about him later). It was such a shame that he got killed off in the first season, I felt that so much more could’ve been done with his character, like backstory and relationships etc.

dtsft the following roderick

The finale of the first season was completely unexpected, and it did make me wonder where they could possibly go from there (maybe it would have been good to end it there?) but since there’s going to be a second season, we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

Fringe

dtsft fringe

What’s it about? When Detective Olivia Dunham’s partner/lover John goes into a sort of coma, she tracks down mad scientist Dr. Walter Bishop and his sardonic son Peter to help her solve the closed cases that John was working on, all of which involve experiments that are on ‘the fringes of science’ and all lead back to a shady organisation called ‘Massive Dynamic’.

Yes, I know it ended, like, a year ago, but my fellow DTSFT-er Sophia highly recommended the show and I decided to give it a try. It’s typically JJ Abrams with the whole ‘unexplained mysteries’ kind of thing, but the quirky humour (i.e. the cow) and Peter’s sharp tongue is reminiscent of Joss Whedon’s style (in my opinion). At first I didn’t find the characters very likeable: Olivia was a try-hard tough chick and Peter was just being bitchy for the sake of it, but a few episodes and I grew to love them. I’ve still got about four seasons to get through, but the show is a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see how it all ends.

White Collar

White Collar

What’s it about? In exchange for his ‘freedom’, professional art thief and con artist Neal Caffrey works as a consultant for FBI Agent Peter Burke and his team to take out the city’s biggest criminals.

I’ve only just got into this show after I came across it while looking for something to watch in the morning before work (I used to watch Regular Show but then it got moved to a later time). It’s a lot of fun with some great characters (although in my opinion most of their female characters are two-dimensional i.e. ridiculously pretty and skinny and don’t seem to mind being screwed over by men – Neal in particular), but it’s the relationship/bromance between Neal and Peter (played by the b-e-a-utiful Matt Bomer and the equally handsome and hilarious Tim DeKay respectively) that I love the most. They both know what they are (a cop and a criminal) and that they’re on opposite sides of the law, but they still care about each other and are almost like brothers. Every scene they’re in is both funny and touching.

I’m trying to watch all four seasons so that I’m up to speed in time for the fifth (coming this October in the US, not sure about the UK, but seeing as we’re on Season 3 here it’ll be quite a while) – in which Neal gets a new handler in the form of Agent David Seigal, who is played by…Warren Kole! I’m really excited about his character and how he fits into (or possibly disrupts?) the Caffrey-Burke partnership. And check Warren Kole’s Twitter account: he’s got a picture of the three of them on set and they all look HOT AS in those suits. It’s all about the SUITS baby!

dtsft white collar suits

Hell’s Kitchen USA

hell's kitchen

I’ve never watched this show before, but when I saw an advert for the most recent series I thought it looked hilarious – and it really was. Every episode was so OTT, with unnecessary cliffhangers and music so dramatic you thought someone was about to commit murder, and all of the contestants (with their 90s boyband bandanas) were so desperate to work with Ramsay that they were even swearing just as much as him. And speaking of the contestants, there were a few of them who stood out: there was Mary, a doe-eyed butcher with a voice that could crack glass, Zach, the sneaky underhanded one who deliberately set out to mess everything up during service, and lastly, but most definitely not least… NEDRA.

nedra

NEDRA.

GIRL.

I LOVE YOU.

She was straight-talking and didn’t take any BS from aaannnyyyooone. She also couldn’t cook very well, but she hyped herself up so much and cussed everyone else out so badly you started to believe she actually should win Hell’s Kitchen and that everyone else was just little bitchasses fo’ real doe. I tried to find a video of all of her best bits and couldn’t find one (but there really, really should be) but this clip is just as great:

Hannah

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