|Mandy Patinkin, Claire Danes and Damien Lewis of Showtime's HOMELAND|
We who do not see the better shows on their original channels arrive at the party a little late. Still, late is just fine. It was a week that began with the season finale of BREAKING BAD, concluded with HOMELAND and housed numerous DR. WHO episodes from season six, one of which contained my favorite scripted quote in a long time.
"You have a time machine. I have a gun. What the hell, let's kill Hitler."
There are moments when I wonder at an involvement with fictional characters that is Pavlovian, salivating and everything. Then I listen to how much more truth there is in the words they are given to say by people who can write and who do not go all Uriah Heep when the truth is required. David Simon - creator of THE WIRE, TREME and GENERATION KILL - was a guest on Craig Ferguson's show Thursday night and mentioned the tiny audience he feels is attracted to his series. I say not so. Many of us miss them first-run in our cable-free existence but become zealots as they are made more available. The fan base for intelligent television is not small, it may just be a bit behind the overnight ratings. Which reminds me, BBC's THE HOUR will reappear this fall. See what you can learn from Vogue magazine's September issue? But it will be spring, I understand, before Mr. Cumberbatch returns as Sherlock Holmes. Based on my relationship with time, that could feel like a week from Tuesday. Meanwhile, we will prowl until we find new-to-us treasures with which to become obsessed. Can't wait.