TV Junkie: Showtime Premieres 'Nurse Jackie' & 'United States of Tara'
There's a lot of new TV on tonight with plenty of premieres and finales. Foremost among the premieres are Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" (see today's interviews w/Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, etc.) and "The United States of Tara" - both half-hour dramedies with more of an emphasis on drama than comedy. With "Nurse Jackie" (10pm) you have the incomparable multi-Emmy winning Edie Falco supported by a more than capable cast with Peter Facinelli in a role much better suited to him than you will ever see in the Twilight film series. We've seen most of season 2 and it inspired us to go back and re-watch the season 1 DVDs, it is that good.The chameleon known as Toni Collette has won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her role(s) as Tara Gregor in "The United States of Tara" (10:30pm) and those were well-deserved. In one scene of an upcoming episode, you will be treated to seeing her morph through all of her characters in about 2 minutes. This season will also feature a couple of Tara's personalities stepping way out of bounds with repercussions on the rest of her family. Unfortunately we don't think Patton Oswalt will feature as much this time around but cast mates John Corbett and Rosemarie DeWitt more than step up to the plate. Both of these series are must-watch if you have Showtime.
The "Breaking Bad" season premiere last night scored the series its biggest night yet with more than 2 million viewers on its first airing. This remarkable show deserves many million more viewers - tell your friends and family about it. Last night's premiere was directed by series star Bryan Cranston and it was a truly cinematic event. We can't wait for next Sunday. In the meantime, check out our interviews with Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and series creator (and "X-Files" dude) Vince Gilligan from last Friday.
We have a lot of connects with other shows tonight. At the end of our post, check out: our video interview with dancers from ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" which premieres tonight at 8pm; our interview with Brando Eaton whose "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" has a season finale tonight on ABC Family at 8pm; our interview with TLC series host, George Duran, whose "Ultimate Cake Off" has a season finale at 9pm;
The TV Junkie Plan: @aots, "Top Gear", "24", "Nurse Jackie", "The United States of Tara", "Chelsea Lately", Leno, Ferguson (John Cusack).