Media savant T Tara Turk goes deep inside cable TV to reveal Video On Demand's Hidden Gems so even the busiest of our readers can get the most out of On Demand TV. Tell Tara what VOD shows you think deserves her attention.
6 Shows You'll Be Demanding Summer 2012 (VOD Hidden Gem)
Summer! It’s a time when we swear we’re going to get that six pack of abs, finally see the Amalfi Coast and run casually into George Clooney, read all the books on our Kindles and literally be the star in our own Heineken beach commercials. Even if you hit two from that list, you’re star. But don’t forget to make room for the excellent television that will surely be a necessity when either it’s too hot and your air conditioner is your steady, when the summer rain comes out entirely too much or those days when your bank account was not informed that you were trying to make a mad dash to Tulum.
What should you put on your radar as your Plan M (assuming you have Plan A - L covered)? I’m glad you asked. Here’s a quick list of my VOD Hidden Gems:
- I know. Don’t roll your eyes. It’s mostly sentimental since my mother got me hooked on it during grade school. It was all about Friday night TV at my house. A little “Dukes of Hazzard”, a little “Dallas”...I was out like a light by the time “Falcon Crest” came on but how sweet it was. This time Dallas isn’t so much a reboot as a “when we last saw Bobby and JR....” They have some sons who fight like they do, Sue Ellen is still around. Not sure the bitchy factor can match the cray cray that happens on reality TV now but it’s worth a shot.
2) Hit and Miss
- I know! I’d never heard of it either! Apparently it’s a Direct TV show with Chloe Sevigny (could she have been any better in “Big Love”?) as a transgendered Irish assassin. This is a reboot from a Euro franchise and with the “Downtown Abbey” and other sci-fi import love that’s happening, it might weird and interesting.
3) Breaking Pointe
- Everyone else is rah rah about “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman- Palladino’s “Bunheads” but I’m more interested in this ballet drama that apparently borrows a bit from the intensity of BLACK SWAN. It follows a group of kids fighting to keep their spots in the Salt Lake City Ballet. I know it’s the CW so you know there is going to be some dropped jaws.
4) Push Girls
- It’s a docusoap about four lovely women who are facing life being paralyzed from the waist down. It’s Sundance Channel so you know you’re not going to get the smut of society in this one but I’m sure it’s going to cause a gasp or a tear or several to fall. I still don’t forgive them for not renewing hot metro designer Oswald Botang’s show but they do still do Iconoclasts (Mike Meyers talking to Deepak Chopra?) and “All On The Line”, the gritty answer to “Project Runway” with Elle’s Creative Director, Joe Zee.
5) Hollywood Exes
- Just so you didn’t think I was trying to make you TOO highbrow over the summer, I include this show featuring the ex wives/or ex somethings of some famous Hollywood men. Mayte Garcia (Prince’s ex), Nicole Murphy (Eddie Murphy’s ex wife and mother of his tribe of children), Sheree Fletcher (before there was Jada Pinkett Smith, there was a Sheree Smith!) and Jessica Conseco will either dish secrets or not (gag orders anyone) but is worth a look to see what happens with the women behind some of Hollywood’s famous men. I hope to heavens they have some great businesses or real stuff going on. I do not want to see another thrown martini glass.
- The very thought of this GANGS OF NEW YORK type of cop crime drama from the BBC gets my blood flowing. The co-creater is Tom Fontana (“Homicide” and “Oz” if you wondering why his name sounds familiar) and it’s set in the 1860s in the Five Points neighborhood. I can practically feel the cobblestones under my feet now.
T. Tara Turk is a novelist/playwright/screenwriter, living in LA with her boyfriend and dog - all three successful TV addicts. You can find her at www.ttaraturk.com or follow her on Twitter @ttaraturk.