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Well gees! We’ve been knee-deep in season finales this week. Here some snappy reviews:

  • LOST: Whoa! What? Wait, what? We finally meet the mysterious, Jacob and lo and behold he’s handsome. Locke is dead but his body is alive an apparently inhabited by someone else. And did Juliet just ignite an H-Bomb? The season long pattern of providing more answers than questions is apparently over. These 8 months till the final season will be unbearable.
  • The Office: I think my brother and I are the only people who were unimpressed with the finale. Why didn’t I like it? It was hokey as all get out. I don’t watch The Office for that. If I wanted adorable I’d watch Puppy Bowl and call it a day. The Office was on a serious funny streak and this kind of put the kibosh on that. I am curious as to where they’ll take this “new development,” though.
  • Grey’s Anatomy: Speaking of Brother Bear, he’ll be writing a longer review sometime soon. I don’t watch Grey’s much anymore, but I read what happened. I’m not a fan of the show, but I am a fan of getting T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl out of the entertainment news cycle. I would be completely okay with killing both of them off in one fell swoop. That would also leave some holes for new people, new stories, etc. (And have I mentioned how much I hate Meredith’s whining? This might finally shut her up.)
  • Private Practice: Their finale was a few weeks ago but it was awesome! I know that crazy woman won’t actually kill Violet, but will they be able to save the baby? If the baby dies it could put her character on a collision course. Hopefully they’ll acurately portray the mourning period (if there is one). I’m optimistic.
  • 30 Rock: Unlike The Office, 30 Rock has been a little uneven this season but last night’s finale was strong. If you liked the kidney song, you can download it from iTunes. Proceeds go to the National Kidney Foundation.
  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: This show won me over from the beginning. The season finale didn’t disappoint. I hope this is not the last we see of Note Makoti, I hate what he does to Precious, but I love the intrigue and complexity he provides to her character.

Next week we’ve got finales for Ugly Betty, American Idol, and 24 among others. May is such a wonderful time of year!

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Not much going on the in the world of TV this week. We’ll keep it short, I actually have books I want to read. (Gasp!)

  • Jill Scott gave birth to her first baby, a boy named Jett. Adorbs! Speaking of Jill Scott, I’m still loving No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. In fact, I went to the library today to check out the first book in the series the show is based off of.
  • Guess who got a reality show? Rudy! Not the football playing one, the Cosby one.
  • And my favorite non-TV related link of the week: Neil Gaiman writes absolutely wonderful children’s books (he wrote Coraline, FYI). This video is an animation of his latest effort, Blueberry Girl. It’s a pretty magical picture book and the video makes me smile. It’s inspiring and whimsical and I plan on buying it for every friend, relative, etc who gives birth to a baby girl in the next 20 years.

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Last week I DVR’d the premiere of HBO’s newest offering, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Don’t let the two-hour opener scare you off. It’s an excellent program with a heart and a ton of potential.

The show is based off the novels of Alexander McCall Smith. Like the books, the show revolves around Mma Ramotswe, (played byR&B songstress Jill Scott) a young woman born and raised in Botswana. After the death of her father, she leavesĀ  her small rural community and opens up a detective agency in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital city.

Mma is a unique and intriguing character. She left her abusive husband after suffering physical abuse that lead to a miscarriage. Despite her challenges, she is a survivor. She’s witty, confident, and headstrong. She’s complemented by her uptight, dedicated, secretary Grace Makutsi (played by Anika Noni Rose).

It’s nice to see Black women (not to mention Africa) portrayed in such a positive light. Representations like this are not easily found on television. I found myself just as absorbed in the ornate fabrics, customs and landscape of Gaborone as I did with the mysteries of the pilot episode.

This could be a result of the late Anthony Minghella’s beatufiul direction. This was one of the last projects he worked on before his death last year. In fact, he wrote, produced and directed the pilot. The fingerprints of this exceptional artist coupled with the beautiful locations in Botswana make for a truly engrossing viewing experience.

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency has a little something for everyone. The mystery and intrigue you’d expect from a detective show, an adorable blossoming romance, some witchcraft, some solid one-liners and some incredibly engaging backstories.

After one episode, this show definitely proved itself DVR worthy, and I look forward to making it a permanent addition to my Sunday night line-up.

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