Monday, March 18, 2013

Come Monday...Boston's Finest

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about,  websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

[Boston’s Finest] could be called TNT’s Finest—if not Television’s Finest.  For it is about a camera crew following certain members of the Boston Police Department as they go about their regular duties, along with some off-duty coverage filling in some blanks, with executive producer [Donnie Wahlberg] providing matter-of-fact narration.

Alas, does it not speak volumes about the general condition of recent television programming that a show about real-life is not considered to be a reality show?  Yeah, I really need to let it go, but “they” keep coming out with more [Honey Boo Boos] and [staged world record attempts].

No, there does not appear to be anything staged about Boston’s Finest.  For even during the off-duty scenes, the viewer is treated to a fly on the wall perspective, and Wahlberg’s narrative is kept to a bare minimum.  Oh, and it does not take anything away from the show that he is doing it in his native Boston accent.

Okay, it could be argued that it must not take much to keep me entertained—despite my disgust with Honey Boo Boos and staged world record attempts, but as Arlynda pointed out during our watching of the first episode, Boston’s Finest has the feel of a true documentary.  Similar shows have been [Hopkins], [Boston Med] and [NY Med], all of which we both enjoyed immensely.

Hmm, Hopkins, Boston Med and NY Med were all first aired on [ABC] while Boston’s Finest got stuck airing new episodes on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. Central on a basic cable channel.  Yeah, it is time for a new season of [Dancing With The Stars] to air, and with [Survivor], [The Amazing Race], [The Biggest Loser], [Celebrity Apprentice] and [American Idol] still going gangbusters, there are just not enough prime-time hours left in a day to accommodate a show like Boston’s Finest on the big networks.   Sigh.

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  1. I am at a loss when it comes to any reality shows, I many know a few names, my son just told me about Honey Boo-Boo and her mad and kind of shellfish attempt to sell girl scout cookies- my daughter used to sell them, fairly! But in the end I don't think that I'm really missing much!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Karen!!! There is one reality show that I can enthusiastically stomach and Arlynda is absolutely addicted to. It is A&E's Duck Dynasty, which is currently airing new episodes at 9:00 p.m. Central on Wednesdays. For the scenarios are obviously staged, but they are very believable as being rooted in real-life reactions by the cast of characters to similar situations. I have a piece about it percolating in my brain that should be ready to serve in the near future.

  3. I prefer to keep watching reruns of the good old programs. They just don't know how to make a good tv show any more

  4. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Ann!!! Yeah, that is a good line for someone who cannot remember watching an episode of some old show 46 times before.

  5. Donnie Wahlberg is great...I always watch "Blue Bloods". His brother Mark is always good, too.

    Dancing with the Stars and Idol I watch, but none of the others.

  6. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Lee!!! I have a really hard time telling Donnie from Mark, and I was surprised to find that it was Donnie behind this project (instead of Mark) on account of him being on Blue Bloods. By the way, Blue Bloods is must see TV for us--despite it being on CBS and not NBC. (LOL?) Kinda speaking of Blue Bloods, Quigley Down Under is one of our all-time favorite "westerns."

  7. Tom Selleck has always been good...he's been a steady, dignified kind of actor throughout his career...if you understand what I'm say.

    Yes...Quigley is a good comes back on TV every now and then.

  8. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Lee!!! Yes, I know exactly what you mean, and we love him for it! Although it has nothing to do with Tom Selleck, I plan on having something about The Man From Showy River later on. Now, if that is not one of your all-time favorite movies, there is something seriously wrong somewhere. (Just sayin'...)


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