'NY Med' brings medical procedures you probably don't want to witness
Published: July 3, 2012
The Closer (8pm Mon, TNT)
The series returns for one more season of detective work, and it looks to be a doozy. Deputy chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick), of the LAPD’s major crimes division, burns a hole in the TV screen in the very first scene of the premiere episode. She’s on the witness stand in a rape-murder trial, steaming under cross examination by her nemesis, Philip Stroh (Billy Burke). Stroh is not only a sleazy defense lawyer, but also a suspect in the crime itself — at least in Brenda’s mind. To ensnare him, she pulls a stunt that confuses and angers even the people on her side. That only causes her to redouble her already fierce commitment to the case.
Stroh is a worthy villain, taunting Brenda every chance he gets. “Lighten up,” he drawls in the face of her righteous anger.
Lighten up? I don’t think that’s in the cards for The Closer’s last six episodes. In fact, I worry that Brenda might bust a blood vessel before the series finale next month.
Queen & Country (7pm Sun, PBS)
In honor of Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee, this series allows us Americans to do what we’ve always done — gawk at her. We watch Elizabeth dedicate things, attend things, and inspect things, with the camera maintaining a respectful distance. No, the series does not rip the lid off the monarchy, but rather keeps the lid primly in place. Earnest commentators with perfect elocution seem like characters from a Monty Python sketch, minus the humor. The biggest thrill is the occasional clip of the queen making a speech, in which she refers to herself in that odd royal “we.”
Indeed, the whole production is odd. But as a devotee of the monarchy myself, I — we? — will not miss a minute of it.
Hoarding: Buried Alive (8pm Sun, TLC)
I’m an obsessive collector of Elvis memorabilia, so I can relate to Cary, the subject of the fourth-season premiere. But I’ll admit that Cary loves Elvis even more than I do. Along with being a professional impersonator, he has stuffed his small Manhattan apartment with Elvis-related newspapers, trinkets, and other junk.
It’s a terrifying image of hoarding, and it has encouraged me to part with about a dozen of my own Elvis figurines. Well, maybe not that many. I’ll start with one and see how it feels.
Perception (9pm Mon, TNT)
Eric McCormack of Will & Grace affects a scruffy beard, a mumbling delivery, and a squint to play Daniel Pierce, a neuroscience professor who solves crimes on the side. He himself suffers from neurological disorders, but that’s what makes him a brilliant detective, you see. “Sometimes these hallucinations tell you things your conscious mind can’t make sense of!” says the FBI agent (Rachael Leigh Cook) who lets Daniel tag along on investigations, despite the fact that he’s liable to jump on a desk and start conducting an imaginary orchestra.