"The Missing": On the heels of its first genuine hit, the crowd- and critic-pleasing "Outlander," Starz delivers an anguished, performance-driven mystery that is both a return to the conventional definition of cable drama and an elevation of it.
The always affecting
I confess that, as a parent, I approached "The Missing" with great reluctance, only to find my fears unnecessary. Working in present time and flashback, "The Missing" carefully balances a compelling mystery with a post-personal-devastation character study and miraculously avoids gratuitous damage to the heartstrings in favor of a more measured approach. Tony is wrecked but desperately hopeful while Emily is wrecked but attempting to move on. Aiding in the continued search is retired French investigator Julien Baptiste, played by
Now, six seasons later, "White Collar" has entered its final, six-episode lap (and the sound you hear is the keening of Bomer/McKay fans everywhere.) Creator Jeff Eastin eschewed blood and gore for wit, style and a connoisseur's guide to the heist -- what Neil doesn't know, his buddy Mozzie (
But after five years helping the feds, Neil is overdue his freedom; Burke agrees if his bosses don't. In last week's premiere, Neil offered one final deal: He'll catch a ring of uber thieves but the FBI must let him go. But is that possible? And has Neil truly reformed? Will Burke share the news that he's about to become a father? Will they still be friends when whatever is about to go down does.
And how will we ever replace "White Collar"? USA, Thursdays, 9 p.m.
"Getting On": From the team that brought us
The staff of the Billy Barnes geriatric facility could not be more dysfunctional. Nurse Dawn (