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"X" marks the heroic spot for a smal-town guy


Lately, the "heroes" of cable shows have included a Mob boss, a drug kingpin, a serial killer and more. So it's refreshing to see that "Agent X" gives us a true hero ... and that Jeff Hephner, who has the title role, seems to fit that neatly. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

At times, Jeff
Hephner is your average Midwesterner.

Sean Bean -- yes, he alive again -- is ready for the role(s) of a lifetime


Time after time, Sean Bean has given quietly perfect performances. That's something that seems to fit the actor and his roles, including "Game of Thrones" hero Ned Stark. "He exemplified Ned, that quiet strength," Michelle Fairley, who played his wife, said in "Inside Game of Thrones" (Chronicle Books, 2012). "He may not be much of a talker, but he can do a lot with a look."

This summer, Eric Dane (and others) safe the world


Bochco's back ... so is quality cop drama


It's definitely good to see Steven Bochco back to producing TV shows -- and to doing the kind of quality he shows with "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue." The opener of his new show, "Murder in the First," is a gem; here's the story I sent to papers:


By MIKE HUGHES


"Mob City" finds gutteral drama


Even before the tommyguns start to blaze -- which is very early -- you can tell that "Mob City" is something special. The first season (three weeks, six hours) starts Wednesday and repeats often . Here's the story I sent to papers:


By MIKE HUGHES


This cop keeps trudging, solving major crimes


Being a TV viewer isn't easy, you know. Shows appear and vanish semi-instantly. Some pretty good ones -- "Happy Endings," "Body of Proof" -- die young.

So it's nice to see an exception, a show and an actor that keeps trudging along. On Monday (June 10), G.W. Bailey has his 120th episode of "The Closer" or "Major Crimes"; here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

A great TV show flows with many (or hardly any) words


This is a busy TV time, so please read the previous blogs. There's one on the "Shakespeare Uncovered" on Friday (Feb. 1) and several on the Super Bowl and the shows that come before and after it.

But now we'll jump ahead to Monday (Feb. 4). I think "Monday Mornings" is the best new show since HBO's "The Newsroom." Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

For actors, words can be streaky
things.

Bad guys can relax; our protectors may be finished


One of TV's smarter shows may be leaving soon. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

For five years, the “Leverage”
people have been smiting bad guys.

They've scammed the scammers, cheated
the cheaters. They've made life fair again, fictionally.

And now they may be ending. On
Christmas Day, the show airs what it expects to be its final episode.

Cable is boomig, but Kyra is leaving


Tonight (Monday, July 9) is a boom time for TNT's scripted dramas. "The Closer" returns at 9 p.m., starting its final six episodes; then comes the debut of the terrific "Perception."

My previous blog has the story I sent to papers on Eric McCormack and "Perception"; here's the one I sent on Kyra Sedgwick and "The Closer."

By MIKE HUGHES

Cable's big night: "Perception"


This is a huge night for TNT and a big week for cable dramas in genteral. Here's the story I sent to papers on Eric McCormack and "Perception," which I think is the best of the bunch. Next, I'll pust the story I sent onf Kyra Sedgwick and "The Closer."

By MIKE HUGHES

Eric McCormack manages to inhabit
multiple worlds.