I have said it before, but I love Sundays on TV. As I get ready to settle in for a few of my favorite shows, there is an additional treat for me. For those of us who loved the movie Jaws, and love the water, it is Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Once a year the Discovery Channel presents a whole week, of different shows of sharks, their attacks on humans, their feeding habits and their patrols. Sharks, Sharks, Sharks!!
TV guide says Shark Week starts at 9pm today. However there have been shows on about sharks from 9am. In fact my favorite was at 1pm pacific standard time, called “The Summer of the Shark”. It was filmed in Australia, about the summer of 2008 when 18 shark attacks happened in Australia. 15 of them were great white sharks. I love watching the gigantic white shark leap from the water and grab at a seal in mid air. So I am having a shark fest all week long. I have always wanted to say this. I have an issue when scientists say they are just biting us to see if we are edible, they don’t feed on humans. I don’t believe it matters. It is minimizing a behavior that can kill us. I don’t think I care what their motivation is. They are still biting us. With their steel trap jaws.
Enough shark week, I want to talk about Drop Dead Diva
, one of my Sunday faves. Brook Elliot
stars as Jane Bingum
a Los Angeles attorney. Jane
died protecting her boss, Jay Parker (Josh Stamberg),
and she was revived. Now shehas the spirit of Deb Dobkins
living in her, the original Jane
passed on. Deb
was a model/actress killed in a traffic accident. Deb
hits the button for return and comes back to earth. Jane Bingum
is a plus sized attorney who is brilliant, charitable, and a productive attorney. Watching Jane
morph into the shallow Deb
, and back to Jane
is hilarious. She becomes more clothes conscious, and I love to watch her flip her hair back, with a flick of her wrist. That shows Deb
is still alive and well in Jane
. You really can’t keep a good shopper down.
One twist, is that Deb was engaged to Greyson Kent (Jackson Hurst), a handsome, very sad attorney who works in the same office as Jane. He and Jane are good friends. He started to catch on that Jane could be Deb, and so Jane had to throw him off. One of the provisions of her return is that she doesn’t get the guy. Jane is now engaged to Owen French (Lex medlin) a court judge with a heart problem. Deb’s best friend was Stacy (April Bowlby), and she is also the only person, besides Jane’s guardian angel who knows her secret. Stacy is a slightly vapid blond, with a good heart. She is Jane’sroommate and best friend (obviously, after all she very loyal).The premise of the show is that Deb assumes Jane’s life and develops herself. One character I love is Jane’s secretary, Teri Lee, who is always up to something wacky. Her goal now is to become a singer, so she is donning wacky clothes. She is played by comedienne Margaret Cho. This week was great, they had cast members from Abby Lee Millers Dance Studio, in particular, Abby Lee, and Maddy. You know them from the reality show on Lifetime, Dance Moms!! I still hold out hope that Greyson and Jane will get together, damned be the guardian angel. I liked the old one Fred (Ben Feldman- he left when he got a job on MAD MEN). Who can blame him? I don’t like the new one.
The other show I love on Lifetime Sundays is Army Wives.
Now I have absolutely no ties to the American military. I have never been that interested. That is until this show. It shows the nobility of the military that keeps us safe, and the wives who sacrifice to be their mates. I have a whole new view on patriotism and the military. The wives, Claudia Joy Holden (played by a fave Kim Delaney-NYPD), Denise Sherwood (the famous Catherine Bell), Roxy LeBlanc (Sally Pressman), Pamela Moran (Brigid Brannagh, who has moved to California), new transplant Jackie Clark (Kelli Williams), Joan Burton (Wendy Davis- Joan is actually an officer, it is her husband that hangs out with the wives), Roland Burton, (Sterling K.Brown, therapist on base-civilian), and the privates wife, Gloria (Alyssa Diaz).
Wow, a lot of cast mates, and I didn’t even include the husbands, well except Roland.
The focus of the show is the wives, how they band together and their experiences in the military. They deal with many topics the real military faces from terrorism to the closure of bases due to budget cuts, deployment, post traumatic stress disorder, addictions and Denise Sherwood loses her son in battle, as he enlisted like his father. One of my favorite story lines is gay soldier Army Captain Nicole Galassin (Kelli Martin), and her girlfriend Tonya (whom I could not find the name of). Kelli Martin was in a wonderful show in the 1990’a called Life Goes On, with Patty LuPone as her mother. There is an episode where Captain Galassin comes out to her mother, and they bring in Patty LuPone. I loved it.
Well that’s it for tonight. As I sit with popcorn on lap, watching my shows, I know tomorrow I must rise to the occasion of a new week, bright eyed and bushy tailed. Tonight I am TV girl. I now disappear into Fort Marshall, home of Army Wives. Have a good week.