New on TV in May 2010

May is a month of season finales and renewal and pilot-to-series announcements. Not much new at least not scripted and science fiction. The only new non-reality series I found was this drama-comedy The Good Guy from FOX. It’s a a new action comedy about what happens when an old-school cop and a modern-day detective expose the big picture of small crime. It looks promising (more of it at the end of the post).

Returning tv series. Ashes to Ashes season two premieres May 11, but thats not a show I am following. Past Life is expected to return with the remaining episodes after it’s first run was prematurely canceled, expect it to suck.

Legend of the Seeker has its Series Finale Saturday May 22 since it’s been canceled (Read the post). I have really enjoyed the series even if it wasn’t perfect all the time. Richard, Kahlan and Zed, you will be missed.

It’s time for Season Finales now as spring hits nature here on the northern hemisphere. Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Smallville, Chuck, Castle, V, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Lost, The Big Bang Theory and FlashForward all spring their’s season finales in May. Most of them are expected to return but I doubt that FlashForward will and some other shows are still on the bubble Chuck and V for example.

Of the finales I am especially looking forward to the Apocalypse on Supernatural.

A few non SF shows I follow is also ending their season NCIS, House, Cougar Town, Bones, Gossip Girl, The Good Wife, Two and a Half Men and The Mentalist. Hmm, wonder if Two and a Half Men will be back, Charlie Sheen might want to get out according to the papers?

Recaps of April: Many of my favorite series returned after hiatus. Fringe came back with the truth about Peter arc, it’s better than ever. SGU picked up the pace and returned with aliens and a whole new positive beat, worth watching. Chuck and Sarah are finally together, and yes they are still spies (so are Morgan and Casey – on a mission together). Chuck has been fantastic this season. Two new shows you should try are Romantically Challenged, a comedy of four friends staring the talented and funny Alyssa Milano and Gravity, a comedy show about suicide and two star crossed and quirky people that meet through a suicide support group. Treme on sundays is also new and worth a non SF watch, great music. Happy Town is not a comedy, I am watching the premiere as I write this. It was okay, I will watch a few more episodes before I write a review. I also watched the first two episodes of Miami Medical but wasn’t impressed. Did I miss anything good?

The God Guy – A New Comedy on FOX

Premieres May 19, looks promising enough for me to give it a try.

From Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), comes THE GOOD GUYS, a new action comedy about what happens when an old-school cop and a modern-day detective expose the big picture of small crime.

Once upon the 1970s, DAN STARK (Bradley Whitford) and his partner, Frank Savage, were big-shot Dallas detectives. So big, in fact, that they were lauded as American heroes after saving the Governor’s son. Thirty years later, Dan Stark is a washed-up detective who spends most of his time drunk or re-hashing his glory days. A stranger to modern police work who would much rather trust his old-school police instincts, Dan has the reputation as being a bit of a wild card. Able to skate by on the heroic deeds of his yesteryear, he is still a semi-active presence on the force, and with the help of his liquor of choice, occasionally comes through to solve a petty crime.

Dan’s new partner, JACK BAILEY (Colin Hanks), is an ambitious, by-the-book and overall good detective, but is sometimes a bit too snarky for his own good. His habit of undermining himself has earned him a dead-end position in the department, and he is stuck solving annoying petty theft cases that nobody else wants. Worse, he’s been given the thankless task of babysitting Dan, the drunk pariah who can never keep partners for long. Jack may not see it, but he has little chance of getting out of his situation; his knack for making enemies at the station has assured he is not going anywhere.

His only ally is ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY LIZ TRAYNOR (Jenny Wade), a quick witted former girlfriend whom Jack hasn’t quite gotten over and the one person he turns to for help with his current professional predicament. Until Jack finds his way out of this situation, he is stuck awaiting the day when he can turn everything around, get back to solving actual cases and return to being a real detective.

On one fairly typical day, as Jack and Dan are pursuing a Code 58, the Dallas police code for routine investigations, which puts them hot on the case of a stolen humidifier, they inadvertently become engaged in a shootout over a stolen golf bag belonging to a notorious drug smuggler. This starts Jack and Dan on a wild chase to retrieve the bag, recover the contents inside and go after the drug smuggler – all while dodging his hired assassin!

The excitement of the case reminds Dan of the way he and Frank busted punks back in the good old days, and he convinces Jack to go along for the ride. Needless to say, many departmental rules are again broken in the reckless pursuit, showing their boss, LIEUTENANT ANA RUIZ (Diana Maria Riva), that Jack and Dan will be spending many more days in the Property Crimes Division, assigned to investigate seemingly minor crimes in order to keep them out of major trouble.

It”s going to be a fantastic month with all these season finales!