New TV on DVD Releases for the Week of May 5 2009

Here is a list of the new TV DVD Releases for the week of May 5 2009 (for movie releases head over to Daemon’s Movies):

Must Buy

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Gavin & Stacey (Season One)

Synopsis: With long distance love, it’s never as simple as boy meets girl.
Gavin is an ordinary boy from Billericay, Essex in southeast England.
Stacey is an ordinary girl from Barry Island, south Wales.
For months, they have spoken every day on the phone at work, and yet they have never met. After countless conversations long-distance, Gavin and Stacey have become quite obsessed with each other: Stacey’s desk is littered with photos of Gavin, and Gavin has been counting the days until he will finally get to meet his Barry Island babe in the flesh. But when Gavin and Stacey finally meet and their ordinary worlds come together, we see – through their families, their friends, and their differences – that there is no such thing as “ordinary” after all. Will the course of true love run smoothly for our lovebirds, or will their family, friends and acquaintances bring everything crashing down?

Cast: Matthew Horne, Joanna Page, James Corden, Ruth Jones, Larry Lamb, Alison Steadman, Rob Brydon, Melanie Walters

Recommendations: If you haven’t seen Gavin & Stacey yet, then go out and get. This is one of the best half hour show about two people falling in love that I have ever seen. It’s so simple and funny, plus it doesn’t rely on cliches we’ve seen over and over again. You will fall in love with Gavin and Stacey and their crazy families and friends.

Buy it: GAVIN & STACEY on Amazon

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Must Rent

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Boston Legal (Season 5)

Synopsis: A spin-off of the long-running series “The Practice”, “Boston Legal” follows the personal and professional exploits of a group of attorneys working at the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt.

Cast: James Spader, Monica Potter, Rhona Mitra, Candice Bergen, William Shatner, Lake Bell, Mark Valley, Rene Auberjonois, Julie Bowen, Betty White, Michael Ensign, Aisha Hinds, James Eckhouse, Patrick Renna, Joel Polis, Melora Hardin, Ana Ortiz, Kevin Chapman, John Larroquette, Angela Goethals, Ivar Brogger, Chris Diamantopoulos

Recommendations: I have never really followed the show very closely, but I always enjoyed the episodes that I did see. It’s definitely worth a rental, especially if you enjoy lawyer shows.

Buy it: BOSTON LEGAL (Season 5) on Amazon

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October Road (The Complete Second Season)

Synopsis: After leaving home, writing a bestselling book that is about to be turned into a movie, and suffering from a major case of writer’s block, Nick Garrett returned to his hometown after 10 years.
Upon his return home to Knights Ridge, Massachusetts, Nick found that his circle of friends weren’t exactly thrilled to have him back and his ex-girlfriend had a little boy — who happened to be nine-years-old. Nick had used his friends and family as characters in his book and as such, they all had a very difficult time welcoming Nick back into their world.
Determined to win back his friends, family and perhaps even the love of his life, Nick decided there were too many reasons to stay in Knights Ridge. Will they ever forgive him? Is the little boy Nick’s son? Once Nick gets past his writer’s block, will he leave these people behind for the big city again?

Cast: Bryan Greenberg, Laura Prepon, Warren Christie, Geoff Stults, Tom Berenger, Rebecca Field, Brad William Henke, Evan Jones, Jay Paulson, Slade Pearce, Odette Yustman, Lindy Booth

Recommendations: I never watched October Road, but have always wanted to, so now it’s the perfect time to rent it.

Buy it: OCTOBER ROAD (The Complete Second Season) on Amazon

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Lipstick Jungle (Season Two)

Synopsis: Based on the best-selling book by Candace Bushnell, this sexy drama follows three high-powered friends as they weather the ups and downs of lives lived at the top of their game.
Movie exec Wendy (Brooke Shields) does everything she can to balance career and family. Nico (Kim Raver), editor-in-chief of a hot fashion magazine, has her eye on becoming CEO. And free-spirited designer Victory (Lindsay Price) longs to make her dreams come true — and maybe find “Mr. Right” along the way.
Armed with humor and strength, these three modern New York women support one another through the triumphs and tears that are all part of making it big in the Big Apple.

Cast: Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, Lindsay Price, Paul Blackthorne, Robert Buckley, Andrew McCarthy

Recommendations: The more I watched this show, the more I loved watching all three girls and the trouble in their lives. Lipstick Jungle is a great show especially for women.

Buy it: LIPSTICK JUNGLE (Season Two) on Amazon

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Living Proof

Synopsis: Living Proof tells the true story of Dr. Dennis Slamon, the UCLA doctor who helped develop the breast cancer drug, Herceptin. The movie shows how his fight to keep the drug trials running saved and changed numerous lives.

Cast: Harry Connick, Jr., Tammy Blanchard, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, Angie Harmon, John Benjamin Hickey, Regina King, Swoosie Kurtz, Paula Cale Lisbe, Amy Madigan, Bernadette Peters, Trudi Styler

Recommendations: I remember really enjoying this movie, it was such an inspiring story and if you get a chance, you should definitely rent it. You can read my review of Living Proof here.

Buy it: LIVING PROOF on Amazon

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Flirting with Forty

Synopsis: Fliring with Forty is based on Jane Porter’s book about a divorced mother (Heather Locklear) of two, Jackie Laurens, who on the brink of her 40th birthday goes on vacation in Hawaii and begins a romance with a younger man, Kyle (Robert Buckley).

Cast: Heather Locklear, Robert Buckley

Recommendations: I think this is one of my favorite Lifetime movie. It’s a definite feel good movie for all you ladies out there. You can read my review of Flirting with Forty here.

Buy it: FLIRTING WITH FORTY on Amazon

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Crusoe (The Complete Series)

Synopsis: From Power, Muse and Moonlighting Films comes an ambitious adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s masterpiece, “Crusoe,” a new primetime series for a 21st Century audience. Following the novel and its treasured tale of adventure, this high-action, fast-paced, thirteen-part series will combine for the first time the pace and energy of network television while remaining faithful to the author’s original classic story.
The drama explores the perils and challenges facing the world’s most famous castaway as Crusoe (Philip Winchester) and his native friend Friday (Tongayi Chirisa) struggle to survive on a desert island with little more than their wits. Overcoming marauding militias, hungry cannibals, wild cats, starvation and apocalyptic lightning storms, Crusoe dreams of the day he will be reunited with his beloved family.
Allowed to develop away from the bonds of 17th Century life, the ingenious Crusoe builds a breathtaking and altogether modern home high up in the trees to elude his enemies. Friday and Crusoe’s deep friendship is pushed to the limit as opportunities to escape their island paradise, and the people they meet there, consistently challenge them to choose between loyalty and freedom.
As the series develops, the love story between Crusoe and his wife Susannah (Anna Walton) left behind in England will unfold from meeting to marriage, as will his relationship with his mentor and patron, the mysterious Jeremiah Blackthorn (Sam Neill).

Cast: Philip Winchester, Tongayi Chirisa, Anna Walton, Sam Neill

Recommendations: I originally enjoyed the first episode of Crusoe, but as it went along, it started to lose my attention and I sort of gave up on it after the third episode.

Buy it: CRUSOE on Amazon

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The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love

Synopsis: The Note II is the sequel to Hallmark’s The Note starring Genie Francis and Ted McGinley, who are reprising their roles as a columnist and a sports writer. This time, Peyton deals with a note from one of her loyal reader, Eve, who disagrees with one of her advices. This actually leads to a new friendship between the two, which will challenge not only Peyton but Eve to live their lives fully.

Cast: Genie Francis, Ted McGinley

Recommendations: The Note II was not really my thing, but I do think that some people might enjoy it. You can read my review for The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love here.

Buy it: THE NOTE 2: TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE on Amazon

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