New TV on DVD Releases for the Week of August 18 2009

Here is a list of the new TV DVD Releases for the week of August 18 2009 (for movie releases head over to Daemon’s Movies):

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The Beast (Season One)

Synopsis: The Beast centers on an unorthodox but effective FBI veteran, Charles Barker (Swayze), who takes on a rookie partner, Ellis Dove (Fimmel). Barker trains Dove in a hard-edged, psychologically driven approach towards undercover work, where a moment’s hesitation can lead to death.

Cast: Patrick Swayze, Travis Fimmel

Recommendations: I admit to only giving one episode of The Beast a shot, and although it was enjoyable, I think that I already had too many shows to watch to really get into a new one. But if you enjoy undercover cop shows, you might enjoy it.

Buy it: THE BEAST on Amazon

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Dexter (The Complete Third Season)

Synopsis: “Dexter” is based on the compelling novel “Darkly Dreaming Dexter” by Jeff Lindsay, a South Florida native. Orphaned at the age of four and harboring a traumatic secret, Dexter is adopted by a police officer who recognizes Dexter’s homicidal tendencies and guides his son to channel his gruesome passion for human vivisection in a constructive way – by killing those heinous perpetrators who are above the law or who have slipped through the cracks of justice. A respected member of the police force, a perfect gentleman and a man with a soft spot for children, it’s hard not to like Dexter. Although his drive to kill is unflinching, he struggles to emulate normal emotions he doesn’t feel, and to keep up his appearance as a caring, socially responsible human being.

Cast: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar, Julie Benz, Erik King, Lauren Vélez, Brad William Henke, Mark Pellegrino

Recommendations: Dexter is without a doubt one of the best shows on TV, but you probably already know this if you’re interested in checking out season 3. This is also perfect timing if you want to be ready for Season 4, which premieres on September 27.

Buy it: DEXTER on Amazon (also available on Blu-ray)

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Dirty Sexy Money (The Complete and Final Second Season)

Synopsis: After the death of his father in a helicopter crash, idealistic lawyer Nick George (Peter Krause) is convinced to take over his role as family attorney for the impossibly wealthy Darling dynasty: industrialist Tripp (Sutherland) and his socialite wife Letitia (Jill Clayburgh), plus their children Patrick (William Baldwin), Brian (Glenn Fitzgerald), Karen (Natalie Zea) and Jeremy (Seth Gabel.) Nick’s efforts to uncover the truth about his father’s death play second fiddle to his job as all-purpose fixer for the Darlings, whose little difficulties include keeping politician Patrick’s transgendered mistress under wraps, four-time divorcee Karen’s ill-advised engagement to her father’s most dangerous enemy and Letitia’s upcoming trial—for the murder of Nick’s father. The Second and Final Season of the juiciest hour-long drama on TV heats up as ruthless prosecutor Nola Lyons (Lucy Liu) hounds Letitia in and out of the courtroom, and scheming businessman Simon Elder (Blair Underwood) hatches a scheme that threatens to destroy Darling Enterprises.

Cast: Peter Krause (“Six Feet Under”), Donald Sutherland (“Path To War,” “Fool’s Gold”), William Baldwin (Noise, The Squid and the Whale), Natalie Zea (“Without A Trace,” “The Shield,” “CSI”), Glenn Fitzgerald (“Law & Order,” “Six Feet Under”), Seth Gabel (The Da Vinci Code, “Nip/Tuck”), Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angeles), Blair Underwood (“In Treatment”), Zoe McLellan (Conversations with God, “J.A.G”) and Jill Clayburgh (An Unmarried Woman, Running With Scissors)

Recommendations: Dirty Sexy Money was a fun, entertaining show, with a pretty good cast. I think this is worth renting if you feel like watching a relaxing show.

Buy it: DIRTY SEXY MONEY on Amazon

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Eli Stone (The Complete Second Season)

Synopsis: Corporate litigator Eli Stone (Johnny Lee Miller) went from legal barracuda to cockeyed optimist overnight after suffering a brain aneurysm. Now instead of representing deep-pocketed corporations in court, he has musical visions that awaken a newfound social conscience. In Season Two of the most original legal drama on television, Eli convinces his hard-nosed boss Jordan Wethersby (Victor Garber) that pro bono is the way to go. But there’s no way Wethersby’s daughter (and Eli’s former fiancée) Taylor (Natasha Henstridge) is going to let her dad change the firm’s direction without a fight. Eli Stone: The Complete Second and Final Season features guest appearances by Katie Holmes, Taraji Henson, Sigourney Weaver, Katey Sagal and Seal.

Cast: Johnny Lee Miller (Aeon Flux, Trainspotting), Victor Garber (Milk, “Alias”), Natasha Henstridge (“Commander in Chief,” Species), James Saito (Devil’s Advocate, Thomas Crown Affair), Matt Lestcher (“Brothers and Sisters”), Julie Gonzalo (“Veronica Mars”), Loretta Devine (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Boston Public”), Sam Jaeger (Catch and Release) and Thomas Cavanaugh (“Ed,” “Scrubs”) plus guest appearances by Katie Holmes, Taraji P. Henson, Sigourney Weaver, Katey Sagal and Seal.

Recommendations: Eli Stone is such a great show, and Johnny Lee Miller is perfect as Eli Stone. I would recommend if you’re in the mood for something new and enjoyable.

Buy it: ELI STONE on Amazon

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Everybody Hates Chris (The Final Season)

Synopsis: Inspired by his childhood experiences, comedian Chris Rock narrates the hilarious, touching story of a teenager growing up as the eldest of three children in Brooklyn, New York, during the early 1980s. Uprooted to a new neighborhood and bused into a predominantly white middle school two-hours away by his strict, hard-working parents, Chris struggles to find his place while keeping his siblings in line at home and surmounting the challenges of junior high. This responsible, resilient adolescent brings a distinct, funny spin to his everyday trials and traumas, in the critically acclaimed, single-camera comedy “Everybody Hates Chris.”

Cast: Tyler James Williams, Tichina Arnold, Terry Crews, Vincent Martella, Tequan Richmond, Imani Hakim

Recommendations: I have been a fan of Everybody Hates Chris since it first started. It is a really funny half hour comedy show.

Buy it: EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS on Amazon

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Gossip Girl (The Complete Second Season)

Synopsis: Gossip Girl revolves around the lives of privileged teenagers attending an elite private school in New York City’s Upper East Side.

Cast: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Taylor Momsen, Ed Westwick, Jessica Szohr, Kelly Rutherford, Matthew Settle

Recommendations: I don’t think I loved season 2 as much as season 1 of Gossip Girl, but you might want to check out the DVD anyway to be up to date for the season 3 premiere this Fall.

Buy it: Amazon

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Greek (Chapter 3)

Synopsis: The fun, the friendship, and a new kind of drama continue in the engaging ABC Family original series Greek. Chapter Three brings a new year with new pledges and new challenges. Rusty’s fraternity life takes some interesting twists when he moves into the Kappa Tau house. Meanwhile, in a battle for the pledges’ affections, Casey and Frannie spill each other’s past secrets, and Hell Week at Cyprus-Rhodes University creates havoc up and down Greek Row. The gossipy fun of Greek: Chapter Three comes complete with a captivating and talented ensemble cast as well as an irresistible soundtrack.

Cast: Clark Duke, Tiffany Dupont, Scott Michael Foster, Spencer Grammer, Paul James, Jake McDorman, Amber Stevens, Dilshad Vadsaria, Jacob Zachar

Recommendations: Greek is probably the show that surprised me the most by how good it was when I first saw it. And now, three season into it, I am still totally addicted.

Buy it: GREEK on Amazon

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The Simpsons (The Complete Twelfth Season)

Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer

Recommendations: This is for all The Simpsons fans out there.

Buy it: THE SIMPSONS on Amazon

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Sons of Anarchy (Season One)

Synopsis: FX Network’s original series, “Sons of Anarchy,” is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that. Charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC’s familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegally thriving arms business. The seduction of money, power, and blood.

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal,

Recommendations: Sons of Anarchy is such a brilliant show. The cast is amazing and the stories are really compelling. You should absolutely check it out before season 2 premieres on September 8.

Buy it: SONS OF ANARCHY on Amazon (also available on Blu-ray)

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