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Con Man Season 1

Con Man Screen_Shot_2015-09-16_at_9.38.49_AM-77de8511e9c2efe7495232ff56accf93John Mayo, of ComicBookPage, and Kay Kellam, of PopArtsPlace, have a spoiler filled discussion about the first season of Con Man.

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How To Get Away With Murder – ABC

How To Get Away With Murder is one of those shows that has a trailer that makes a person stop and pay attention.  The moment you hear Viola Davis, as Annalise Keating, say “or as I like to call it, How To Get Away With Murder,” something in the air seems to change.  Her delivery of the line is so perfect, so captivating, you want to be student in her classroom, and for a brief moment you want the world being created on that screen to be real, because there is something almost hypnotic going on.

HTGAWM600x800Then you remember this is a Shonda Rhimes show.  As in Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy.  Suddenly, with that realization in mind, it is all too easy to go from wishing this world was real to being grateful it is not!  After all, would you want to live in a world where Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwynwas President of the United States?  Where Sally Langston (Kate Burtonwas Vice-President?  Stop and really think about the Washington goings-on of Scandal and ponder if you want that reality?  Take a deep breath and remind yourself that is just the creative workings of Shondaland, and her amazing team.  Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her team are fantastic characters that do not really exist — to our knowledge.

And now, think again about How To Get Away With Murder.   What is the mind that brought us Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal going to do to Law School and the legal system?  I for one can not wait to find out!

The twists and turns of Scandal are so often believable because the show plays fair, leaving bread crumbs, planting clues along the way, and twisting in ways I really do not want them to go and yet, when they do, even as my mind boggles at what comes next, it works.

More than once I have found myself wishing Shonda Rhimes had time to teach a few lessons on plotting twists and turns to the writers of other shows I am watching, shows that are coming close and then falling short of the bar she has set.  Shows that are not bad, but lack that “oh wow” moment that she so often delivers, and credibly at that.

Early in the first season, student Wes will become entangled with his mysterious neighbor, Rebecca (Katie Findlay), after she becomes the main suspect in the murder of a beautiful university coed. Professor Annalise Keating’s involvement with Rebecca’s case will challenge her students’ values, convictions, and dreams, as she teaches them the dark truth about the law and our justice system. It’s worth it though. Working for Annalise is the opportunity of a lifetime, one that can change the course of our students’ lives forever, which is exactly what happens when they find themselves involved in a murder plot that will rock the entire university.


How To Get Away With Murder premieres Thursday Sept 25, on ABC at 10 PM ET/ 9 PM CT

A two and a half minute first look at the show from ABC:

Red Band Society – Fox

It is entirely possible that the strength of this show may be the reason I find it hard to tune into week after week.  Watch the promo and you will find this is a well acted, heart tearing show about teenagers dealing with life-altering illnesses and the hospital caregivers who somehow help them cope with these life changing events.

Starring  Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” “Fruitvale Station”), Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” “666 Park Avenue”) with a selection of very talented young actors as the patients, the clips already available on the FOX website show scenes that tear at the heart-strings, and characters with strength, and grit.

What I hope to find when I tune in is a strong sense of humor and selection of lighter moments that balance the intense plot lines that the show will obviously feature.

The fact the show is narrated by a boy in a coma does offer some hope that the lighter side of life will be featured just as prominently, but the gallows sense of humor is not for everyone, and most of these clips from the first episode seem to lean towards the darker side.

All of that said, what keeps catching my eye, and drawing me back to wanting to watch this new show is the clearly character-centric feel of the promos and pitch.  Some much of the most compelling drama comes not from the ticking clock in the operating room, but the trials and tribulations of the patient before they even make it to the operating table.

Twelve-year-old narrator CHARLIE (Griffin Gluck, “Back in the Game,” “Private Practice”) is in a coma and introduces us to this band of unlikely friends, including the “new kid,” JORDI PALACIOS (Nolan Sotillo, “Prom”), a 16-year-old who comes to California to seek out treatment at the renowned hospital. What Jordi soon discovers is that it’s not his illness that’s going to change his life, but his new friends. Also at Ocean Park is LEO ROTH (Charlie Rowe, “Neverland,” “Pirate Radio”), the 16-year-old, charming and independent “leader” of the group. Leo’s best friend is DASH HOSNEY (Astro, “The X Factor”), a 16-year-old “rebel” with a big personality, who is determined not to let his cystic fibrosis stop him from living his life. Also on the ward is 15-year-old “know-it-all” EMMA CHOTA (Ciara Bravo, “Big Time Rush”), Leo’s on-again-off-again girlfriend who is coping with an eating disorder. Rounding out this group of patients is KARA SOUDERS (Zoe Levin, “Arrested Development,” “The Way Way Back”), a “mean girl” cheerleader who shares a room with Charlie. Although her heart is failing, she is realizing for the first time that she actually has one and begins opening it up to her new friends.

The pediatric ward is run by NURSE JACKSON (Spencer), a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives. Little do they know that she puts her own life second, and her stern manner hides her incredible heart that secretly makes their lives more ordinary. Overseeing much of their treatment is DR. JACK McANDREW (Annable), the country’s top pediatric surgeon. Also attending to the patients is the naïve and gullible Nurse BRITTANY DOBLER (newcomer Rebecca Rittenhouse), who allows the teens to get away with things they probably shouldn’t. These mentors’ lives are more complicated than they seem. They are the guiding force for these teens, but in their own personal lives, things might not be so easy.

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