Couple of shows to check out….

It’s late Sunday night, and I feel good. I’ve had a particularly excellent weekend, and I’m looking forward to a good week. I don’t really have a lot to post about tonight, but I did want to mention a couple of new television series I noticed this week. 

The first, Sons of Anarchy , on the FX network is about an outlaw motor cycle gang. The pilot episode was interesting, and it has some major talent in it. The main character, Jax, is played by someone I’ve never heard of, but his step father is played by Ron Pearlman, and his mother is played by Katey Sagal. That’s right, Peg Bundy, in this show, is a biker mama. I didn’t recognize her at first, and when I did finally realize where I had seen her before it was quite a suprise. The first episode was interesting enough that I’ll watch the next few episodes just to see if it maintains the same quality. If nothing else, it’s something to look forward to on Wednesday night.

Trueblood is the new HBO series based on Charlene Harris’s Southern Vampire series. I have to admit that I really don’t like much of the “vampire literature” published these days. Anne Rice and Laurel K. Hamilton have a great number of sins to answer for, but I do like this series. How can you not like a vampire series set in a small Lousianna town called Bon Temps? How can you not like a series that has vampires, were-creatures (my preferred monster), and a very interesting explanation for the reported sighings of Elvis over the last 30 years? I don’t claim Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas and the other books in the Southern Vampire  series are great literature, but they are fun, quick reads that are a good way to kill a few hours. 

I was kind of worried when I found out that HBO was making a series out the books; I was afraid they would change the setting, characters, etc. However, after watching the premier episode this evening, I was pleasantly surprised. A couple of the actors chosen for the main characters did not look as I had imagined them, but the casting of Anna Paquin as the main character, Sookie Stackhouse, was perfect. She played the character exactly as it is described in the books. I will definetly be watching the rest of the series, and I’ll be interested in seeing how far it progresses beyond the books. 

Now, if Showtime would just hurry up with the next season of Dexter.