Now in its sixth season, Southern-fried vampire drama True Blood (9
p.m. Sundays, HBO) has truly “turned.” What started as a somewhat
realistic take on the genre, suspenseful and sexy with a wink of camp,
is now a full-blown supernatural soap opera.
When selecting television bits to feature in this column, I’m
constantly trying to balance out all the funny programs I love with
dramas and other options. To me, comedy is like pizza — whether it’s
simple or sophisticated, cheesy or over-the-top, there’s something for
everyone and it’s usually pretty good.
If I had to pick fictional television characters to represent 2000s-era humans for a future generation, 30 Rock’s
Liz Lemon would be my No. 1. Tina Fey’s character, while over the top,
really represents the average snack food-loving workaholic.
Premium cable’s apparent answer to Mad Men, Magic City
(10 p.m. Friday, Starz) opens on New Year’s Eve 1958 in Miami Beach,
Fla. Ike Evans (played by Javier Bardem-lookalike Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
owns the luxurious Miramar Playa Hotel, the pinnacle of Miami
vacationing and nightlife.