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Sunday, November 4, 2012

M\y Top 4 TV Shows in the Drama Category

TV Ratings and Networks

The following four TV shows are my favorite drama shows for the Fall Season, 2012. In case, you have not been watching these four shows, here are brief summaries from the network ads and promotion. I have no order of preference, I love the four shows all at the same level, fervor and devotion. If you are also watching these shows, please feel free to make a comment.

1.American Horror Story(FX) is a horror-drama television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a disparate set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own "beginning, middle and end." The first season takes place in the present day and follows the story of the Harmon family, who move into a restored mansion, unaware that the home is haunted by its former inhabitants. The second season, titled American Horror Story: Asylum, takes place in 1964 and follows the stories of the patients, doctors and nuns who occupy an institution for the criminally insane.

The series is broadcast on the cable television channel FX in the United States. The first season premiered on October 5, 2011, and concluded on December 21, 2011. The second season premiered on October 17, 2012. American Horror Story has been well received by television critics and fans. The cast has been generally praised, particularly Jessica Lange. The series draws consistently high ratings for the FX network, with its first season being the biggest new cable series of 2011.

2. Revenge (ABC) is an American television drama series that airs on ABC starring Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp. It debuted on September 21, 2011, and aired on Sunday nights at 9 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central. The pilot was screened early on ABC's website during a promotional tie-in with Amazon Kindle. The series was picked up for a full season by ABC after garnering a high 3.3 Nielsen rating in the all-important 18-49 age advertising demographics for its pilot episode and regularly winning its time slot against every other television network (CBS, Fox, The CW, and NBC) in 18-34 demos. Madeleine Stowe was nominated for the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a TV Drama, while the series was nominated for Favorite New TV Drama at the 2012 People's Choice Awards. The series currently airs in 39 countries worldwide.

Revenge has become ABC’s highest-rated series in Wednesday’s 10 p.m. Time slot since Lost's 2006–2007 season and has become the only new series in more than four years to replicate the 18–49 demo ratings success that Lost had in its time slot since leaving the air. On May 10, 2012, ABC renewed the series for a second season which airs on Sundays at 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central beginning on September 30, 2012, in the time slot previously occupied by Desperate Housewives.

3. 666 Park Avenue (ABC) is an American supernatural drama series starring Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Vanessa Williams and Terry O'Quinn. The series was created and produced by David Wilcox, and was loosely based upon the novel of the same name by Gabriella Pierce. The series follows a couple who learns that the Manhattan apartment building that they just moved into, including its upscale tenants, might be possessed by a mysterious demonic force. ABC ordered the pilot on January 20, 2012, and it was picked up for a full first season of thirteen episodes on May 11, 2012. It currently airs on Sunday evenings at 10:00 pm, with the series Revenge serving as its lead in. The first season premiered on September 30, 2012. The elaborate Beaux-Arts building located on the fashionable Upper East Side of Manhattan called "The Drake" in the series is an actual apartment building, The Ansonia in New York City.

Typhoon Sandy just a couple of days ago damaged the sets of this TV show. ABC is expected to announce the future status of one of my favorite drama shows this Fall Season, 2012.

4. Revolution (NBC) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television drama series created by Eric Kripke. It is produced by J. J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions for the NBC network. It debuted on September 17, 2012 and airs on Mondays at 10:00 pm (ET). The network placed a series order in May 2012. Film director Jon Favreau directed the pilot episode. The pilot episode was viewable on Hulu and NBC.com, prior to the series' broadcast premiere. On October 2, 2012 NBC picked it up for a full season making the first season consist of 22 episodes.

Revolution takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future. Fifteen years earlier, an unknown phenomenon disabled all technology dependent on electricity on the planet, ranging from computers and electronics to car engines, jet engines, and batteries. People were forced to adapt to a world without functioning technology. Due to the collapse of government and public order, many areas are ruled by warlords and militias.

The series focuses on the Matheson family, who possess a special device (a flash drive-like pendant) that is the key to not only finding out what happened fifteen years ago, but also a possible way to reverse its effects. However, they must elude Sebastian Monroe, the General of the Monroe Militia and President of the Monroe Republic who wants to possess that power for himself for conquest of the former United States of America.

Do you have another favorite TV show in the Drama category besides the above four? Note that in the dance and singing categories, my favorites are Dancing with the Stars, Glee, the Voice and the “X” Factor. In the adventures and reality TV show category, my two favorites are Survivor Philippines and the Amazing Race, both from the CBS network.

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