"Siberia" -- It may not have the built-in fan base of "Under the Dome," but
Both of which I loved, by the way, flaws and all. Although bloody horror abounds on television these days, there aren't too many shows that provide good old-fashioned scare tactics. "Siberia" may wind up going bloody and gross (I hope not), but the pilot leans heavily on things that rustle and howl in the dark. The reality angle gives the show a playful edge, with the contestants clearly representing the various types these shows inevitably have, but Arnold is so sincere in his writing that it's easy to forget there is a traditional script at work.
If you're the sort of viewer who cannot understand why anyone would continue on a spooky quest or if you're put off by scenes of a vague shape scuttling out of frame from a dropped camera, then "Siberia" is probably not for you. Me, I was hooked the moment the Adonis-like Aussie host explained that the players would be housed in a settlement from which the inhabitants had mysteriously vanished 100 years ago, leaving food on tables and fires burning etc, etc. If only "Croatoan" had been carved into a post, as it was at the lost colony of Roanoke (and then again in
"Ray Donovan" -- Showtime battles back to the big leagues with a dark and astonishingly multifaceted drama about an L.A.-based super fixer and all the very broken people that he loves. As the tough but essentially decent guy who A-listers call when a hooker overdoses in their bed, Liev Schreiber's Ray Donovan is, unarguably, the latest in a long line of complicated heroes. But for all its voyeuristic pleasures, "Ray Donovan" is a family drama. Ray is not only devoted to his wife and kids, he's still playing big brother to Terry (
"Endeavor" is back on Masterpiece and that's a good thing, especially for the many "Inspector Morse" fans. A prequel to the beloved television adaptations of the Colin Dextor novels, the pilot, starring
And keep watching: