Two of my favorite TV shows air on Monday night.
So why chose Wednesday to talk about ’em?
Because they air head-to-head at 10pm — and no, one of them isn’t Leno — which means I normally end up watching one or both of them on Tuesday, so they are very much top of mind today.
(Plus, I want to give them both a shout-out in hopes they get enough viewers to get renewed next season. If only The Sticky Egg had such power…)
The two shows in question? “Castle” on ABC — now in its second season — and “Men of a Certain Age” on TNT. They couldn’t be more different, and yet, are both so worthy of your DVR programming allotment.
Both shows revolve around appealingly flawed characters portrayed by amazing actors. Both are well-written and directed with pitch perfect timing. And both know exactly what they are and who’s watching. Obviously “Castle” has had more time to find its way, but in its first season, “Men” feels like a series that has been around for years…and that is the highest form of praise.
For the uninitiated, “Castle” is a mystery writer paired with a police detective who together solve crime as inspiration for his novels — pure fiction, pure fun. “Men” is grounded in the day-to-day reality of middle age. You feel you know these men, and you probably have (or are) experiencing some aspects of their lives.
If you enjoy great acting, superb writing, stories told with a sense of humor, and good looking men in all shapes and sizes — and I’m including Ray Romano who I love (but in a very different way than I love Nathan Fillion) — give both shows a watch.
We don’t want to give their networks any ideas.