What have you been watching this week (w/e June 25)

Lots of new shows in the US, and I’ve Memphis Beat, Boston Med, Rookie Blue and Rubicon still to watch, as well as the second ep of the uninspiring Hot in Cleveland. Otherwise, here’s what I’ve been watching:

  • Burn Notice: Still a week behind, but last week’s was a bit throwaway and lacked Robert Wisdom. All the tradecraft stuff was fun, but Jesse grates and the relationships among the regulars and their development appears to have been put on hold in favour of Jesse’s development.
  • Leverage: I was so unenthused by the first episode that I actually gave up on the idea of writing a review. Woo hoo, “Sophie” is back, but the first episode felt like a by the numbers bit of plot mechanics to get the show back to its standard format, with the same old tricks being used time and again. The arrival of the Italians is an interesting move although doesn’t look like its going to affect every episode. The second episode, a slight riff on Gross Point Blank was a lot better though, with the chemistry between the regulars returning and something looking like character development manifesting as well. There were also some new tricks that look like they were cribbed from a Derren Brown show, but hey I’m not complaining and it’s always good to see Arye Gross getting work.
  • Royal Pains: Pretty painful stuff – a Royal Pains/WWE Raw crossover with one of the WWE’s wrestlers playing the star of some really, really dreadful movies that for some reason, everyone in the Hamptons likes. The one redeeming feature was the arrival of Anastasia Griffith from Trauma as (spoiler)Boris’s new concierge doctor. Nice to see they’re making Evan less of a tit, too.

But what have you been watching?

As always, no spoilers unless you’re going to use the <spoiler> </spoiler> tags, please. If you’ve reviewed something on your blog, you can put a link to it here rather than repeat yourself (although too many links and you might get killed by the spam filter).