This week in: TV

There are three exciting shows to talk about this, two returning and one in the middle of an absolutely breathtaking season of television.

First off – Sons of Anarchy (FX, Tuesdays 10pm) returns on September 6th for its fourth season.  For those new to the show, the story centres on Jax Teller and his motorcycle club (the titular Sons of Anarchy).  Initially styling itself as “Hamlet on Motorcycles”, last season veered from this premise with a trip to Belfast and encounters with the Irish Republican Army. This year promises to return to the more familiar strife of Charming, CA, SAMCRO’s (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club – Redwood Original) hometown. Finale apart, the third season was clearly the weakest for the show thus far, so a return to Charming and hopefully a return to form, is much anticipated.

(If you have not yet seen SOA, Netflix has the first two seasons available on its Instant Streaming feature)

Tonight, Tuesday September 6th, also sees the return from a two week haitus of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central 11pm) – which has become the go-to source for anyone wanting to cut through the propaganda of other news organisations.  During the time The Daily Show was off the air, New York City (where it is filmed) has experienced an earthquake and a tropical storm/hurricane.  Meanwhile the race for the GOP Nomination has heated up with “George Bush III”, Rick Perry now leading Soap Opera’s very own, Mitt Romney in the polls and reality TV star Palin still neither officially in or out.  Needless to say, there is plenty for them to catch up on.

Sunday, September 11th, sees the latest episode of Breaking Bad (AMC, Sundays 10pm).  I’m hesitant to say too much, as I know not many people have been watching the show, but this season has once again been unbelievably brilliant.  The show

Heisenberg AKA Walter White

follows Walter White (played by the amazing Bryan Cranston who has won an Emmy for every year he has been eligible in this role) as a Chemistry teacher who turns to cooking meth in order to provide for his family after being diagnosed with lung cancer.  While Walt is the main character, the supporting cast is absolutely incredible – Dean Norris (Walt’s DEA agent Brother-in-Law, Hank) and Aaron Paul (Walt’s partner in crime, Jesse) have put in particularly stunning performances in recent weeks.  This show is unmissable. If you have not seen it, order the first three seasons and watch them right now.  You will want to be ready for the final 16 episodes which start next year.  Have you ordered them yet? Do you need the link?  In the UK? Okay then go here.  Just do it, trust me!

I do hope that season 5 starts with lawyer “Better Call” Saul suing Sarah Palin for stealing the design of his office for her mega-bus tour…

Sarah Palin's bus
Saul Goodman's office