Best Salsa Club

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Arts & Culture: In one of the final chapters of his book To Selena, With Love (out March 6), Selena's widower Chris Perez mentions that Abraham Quintanilla, his former father-in-law, once... By Enrique Lopetegui 3/7/2012
A Look Back at SA\'s Homebrew History

A Look Back at SA's Homebrew History

The Beer Issue: Homebrewing is a foundational American virtue. Not just Sam Adams smiling back from the bottle that bears his name—virtually all the... By Lance Higdon 10/15/2014

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Primal Screen

Primal Screen: Ashley Judd is our new, favorite undercover mother

Photo: , License: N/A

Missing (7pm Thu, ABC)
Becca (Ashley Judd) is a normal middle-aged mom who sends teenage son Mike (Nick Eversman) off to school in Rome. We feel their strong bond as Becca talks to Mike long-distance from the flower shop where she works. Then Mike uncharacteristically stops returning her calls. In a panic, Becca flies to Rome and stumbles on an armed intruder in Mike’s apartment. To our shock, she disarms and strangles him in a jiffy.

The normal middle-aged mom, it turns out, has skills. She’s an ex-CIA agent who can speak multiple languages, handle a firearm, and ride a motorcycle through a glass window.

Becca can apparently do anything, and that includes worming her way into our hearts. Judd has movie-star presence, and she creates a character who is both believably tough and believably vulnerable. She’s the kind of superwoman who smarts from bruises after her fistfights.

The production, meanwhile, efficiently establishes its premise. Every scene is assured, whether aiming for humor, pathos, romance, or action. The pilot ends with a cliffhanger, but Missing had me hooked long before then.

Bent (8pm Wed, NBC)
Alex (Amanda Peet) is a beautiful newly divorced single mom/harried lawyer looking for a fresh start in life. Pete (David Walton) is a handsome recovering gambling addict/cocky contractor looking for a fresh start himself. When Pete gets the job of renovating Alex’s house, romantic sparks fly, even though the two of them hate each other at first.

I realize I’ve just described the plot of nearly every sitcom. But Bent is something altogether different. When I say “sparks,” I’m talking about the kind that can melt your TV screen. Peet and Walton have extraordinary intensity, hurling insults at each other like thunderbolts. The script delivers up-to-the-minute irony, but also real emotion. And the supporting cast offers exquisitely absurd touches, including Jeffrey Tambor as Pete’s Fleetwood Mac-loving dad.

I hope Alex’s renovation takes at least five years and 100 episodes.

Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (8pm Wed, Bravo)
We’ve developed a love-hate relationship with obsessive-compulsive house-flipper Jeff Lewis after five seasons of his reality series Flipping Out. And the new Interior Therapy gives us more reasons to both love and hate him. As usual, Lewis holds the screen, this time while moving in with families who live in ugly homes. The premise is that he has five days to redo the house and the family’s life. He rides herd on the project with assistant Jenni Pulos, taking care of business with his amusing perfectionism.

On the other hand, Lewis’ self-satisfaction can be off-putting. “I’m known for two things,” he brags. “Beautiful design and brutal honesty.”

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus