Just a few things worth watching this week, or at least worth watching and then ridiculing, as the case may be….
Fans of “Gilmore Girls” of which I count myself included, should be sure to watch tonight’s premiere of “Bunheads,” a new series from “GG” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. And no, it’s not about Princess Leia fans. The “bunheads” in this case are dancers, and Emily Gilmore herself, (well, actress Kelly Bishop), is amongst those bun-donning heads. Actually, the presence of Mrs. Gilmore, paired with a quirky small town setting, and a lot of rapid paced dialogue are probably going to give “Gilmore Girl” fans a serious case of the deja vus. But you can’t watch those re-runs forever, right? 9 P.M. on ABC Family.
Speaking of deja vu, on Wednesday, June 13th, the king of nighttime soaps returns, with the premiere of an all new “Dallas.” Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, and Linda Gray are all reprising their famed roles. I guess I should admit I never actually watched a single episode of “Dallas” when I was growing up. Didn’t someone shoot J.R.? 9 P.M. on TNT.
On Thursday, June 14th, PBS airs the documentary We Were Here on “Independent Lens.” The film looks at the early days of the AIDS epidemic, with a focus on five San Franciscans and their experiences with the disease. 10 P.M. on KQED.
There’s no good segue from that to something as dumb as Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, so I won’t even try. But if you’re home on Saturday, June 16th, turn it to Lifetime at 9 P.M. for this remake of the 1981 Brooke Shields classic. (Yes, I said classic.) Of course, since this one takes place in modern times, the odds that the girl is going to get pregnant and have no idea what that means until she squats out a baby are pretty slim. BUT! Christopher Atkins will be making a cameo, hopefully with a full head of curly locks….
Finally, on Sunday, June 17th, we have the season premiere of “Falling Skies” at 9 P.M. on TNT. As much as I love a post-apocalyptic story about alien invasions, (seriously, there are only two recurring nightmares I have: one is that I have a math final and haven’t gone to class all semester, and the other is that the San Francisco skyline is swarming with UFOs bent on our destruction), but there was something about this series that was just plain dull and off-putting that I gave up on it after about five episodes. Maybe it got better?
Speaking of giving up, that brings us to the season finale of “The Killing.” I haven’t watched the penultimate episode yet, but I can’t imagine they somehow saved the series in that one. Does anyone even care who killed Rosie any more? Oh, “The Killing.” So much potential. So little payoff. 9 P.M. on AMC.