On September 25, the Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire returns for a second season, and from the looks of the premiere, the show has lost none of its luster. The powerful writing, acting, and direction that made it a breakout hit are still very much in evidence as it begins a new season of criminal mayhem.
If you are not already aware, The Killing, which is based on the Danish show with the same name, is a murder mystery with a difference. Unlike most crime procedurals, the show focuses on a single case for the entire season rather than one per week. It works.
NBC's upcoming version of Prime Suspect raises hope that complex, credible women detectives will continue to flourish on primetime. However, the inauspicious trailer featuring close-ups of Maria Bello running wind sprints is grounds for concern.