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STEELE PICKS: 12 Best Television Programs of 2014

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Perfectly written and acted. dark. intense. riveting. Excellent cast and complicated story-lines. A thinking-person’s program.

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Homeland

S4 excellent. Now in Pakistan where Carrie Mathison [Claire Danes] serves as deputy director of the CIA. Claire Danes dazzles as Carrie Mathison. She depicts mental illness better than anyone I’ve ever seen. It’s not a crutch. It’s not a disability. It’s part of Carrie’s personality.

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Justified

there’s something off-the-reservation wild [and inherently sexy] about this show about U.S. Marshals in Kentucky. It’s quite masculine. It’s a male-dominated setting but there’s nothing sexist about it. Timothy Olyphant superb. Also I enjoy Alicia Witt’s turn as a bold, kick-ass law student who keeps defending her deadbeat trouble-maker redneck brothers.

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The Knick

medicine in the early 1900s. I’m in. It’s early days at the Knickerbocker hospital in Manhattan.

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Orphan Black

generally I don’t like sci-fi however this series about clones fascinates me. Plus Tatiana Maslany vividly acts out all the clones. They all have peculiarities that make it fun to watch.

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Orange is the New Black

everything to say about this show has been said. diversity, humor and pathos.

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Call the Midwife

Child-free by choice. Never wanted children. No interest in being pregnant but this female-centric show is wonderful. written by women, directed by women, centered on stories about women. friendships and careers.

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Mad Men

almost over and it’s as brilliant as ever.

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The Honourable Woman

a twitter friend asked me how this show was and I said it was complex and confusing. Stylish and powerful. In college I majored in Political Science and English. Took a class called The Arab/Israeli Conflict. That helps a bit. Maggie Gyllenhaal is phenomenal. All the women are power players and run this show from Gyllenhaal as CEO Nessa Stein embroiled in the Arab-Israeli conflict to Eve Best [Nurse Jackie] and Janet McTeer and Lindsay Duncan.

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Happy Valley

Sarah Lancashire is a genius. Here she’s a police officer in a small UK town. See also: Last Tango in Halifax a sweet and funny show about an aging couple who rekindle a high school romance.

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Nurse Jackie

flawed and caring Jackie. the outstanding Edie Falco. excellent writing by women because honestly who better to write such a layered, complicated female character than women.

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Getting On

Dry comedy about the day-to-day in a rehab facility. Aging and death couldn’t be handled any better than this. Maybe I can relate because I’ve worked in healthcare/eldercare. It’s smart and the troupe of actors including Niecy Nash, Laurie Metcalf and Alex Borstein is fantastic.

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Lifetime TV movie review: A Snow Globe Christmas

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Not terribly thrilled about the impending holiday and on a tight schedule, television writer/producer Meg (Alicia Witt) gets knocked out and wakes up inside a “tiny little perfect snow globe town.” In this quieter existence [that looks like a ski resort or film set] she’s married to her college boyfriend Ted (Donald Faison) with two children. She freaks out that she’s been drugged and kidnapped or on the set of a movie. Then she just relaxes a bit and thinks she’s in a dream. “I don’t want to wake up,” she tells her husband as they get in bed. “You chose to be here. You chose to be with me,” he reminds her.

However the next morning when she sees Ted she screams and runs outside yelling “This is no dream. Wake up Meg, wake up.” On further examination, she realizes there’s no way out. The picturesque town makes her question its authenticity. There’s also a cryptic angel/guardian figure (Christina Milian) allocating guiding tidbits to Meg.

When Ted takes her to the spot where he proposed to her she tells him that he’s like a character she wrote. Meg’s found herself in a situation where art imitates life or just amalgamated. While Meg tries to prove that this town and this life isn’t her new reality, Ted sets out to prove that their marriage and their life are in fact real. But will it be enough for Meg to stay?

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Witt and Faison have splendid chemistry. They’re talented actors who easily mix comedic moments with touching scenes. Milian plays the sage cupid/ spirit with a sweet demeanor. Seems to be a fun part. It’s an engaging movie for a Saturday night on television.

A Snow Globe Christmas airs Saturday, December 14 at 10 pm EST/PST on LIFETIME.

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“It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” Holiday Programming LINE-UP

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Twelve Trees of Christmas
Saturday, November 16, at 8pm ET/PT

Local librarian Cherie (LINDY BOOTH) is ecstatic to celebrate the holiday season until she learns that real estate developer Tony (ROBIN DUNNE) plans to demolish her library. Cherie establishes a Christmas tree decorating contest to save the library. Tony joins the competition and recruits professional interior designer, Cordelia (MEL B), to help him beat Cherie. Will Cherie’s devotion be enough to save her beloved library?

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Kristin’s Christmas Past
Saturday, November 23, at 8pm ET/PT

Estranged from her family, Kristin (SHIRI APPLEBY) falls asleep alone on Christmas Eve only to wake up and discover it’s Christmas morning 1996 and she has to relive the worst Christmas of her life! But this time, Kristin decides to do things differently to change not only her imperfect past, but also her less- than-perfect future. ‘80s icon and Golden Globe nominee JUDD NELSON returns to the screen alongside DEBBY RYAN and Revolution’s ELIZABETH MITCHELL.

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Dear Secret Santa
Saturday, November 30, at 8pm ET/PT

After breaking up with her boyfriend, Jennifer (TATYANA ALI) moves back to the house she grew up in, bringing back memories of her recently deceased friend Jack (LAMORNE MORRIS). But after receiving a Christmas card from a secret admirer, she is stunned when she discovers the truth. JORDIN SPARKS, BILL COBBS, DELLA REESE and ERNIE HUDSON headline the star-studded cast.

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Christmas in the City
Saturday, December 7, at 8pm ET/PT

After closing down her small-town family business, Wendy (ASHLEY WILLIAMS) and her six-year-old daughter Grace move to the big city where an old friend offers her a job in the toy department of Wolmans. But her excitement is short lived when the store’s new consultant, Teanna (ASHANTI), ruins the holiday spirit throughout the store by replacing Santa with a hunky male underwear model. It’s only when Grace begins to lose faith in the holiday that Wendy realizes she must bring the true meaning of Christmas back to Wolmans before it is too late.

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Christmas on the Bayou
Saturday, December 14, at 8pm ET/PT

One Tree Hill alums HILARIE BURTON and TYLER HILTON reunite in this charming love story. When successful New York marketing executive Katherine (BURTON) discovers her workaholic ways are taking a toll on her eight-year-old son, Zac, she decides to spend Christmas with him and her mother, Lilly (MARKIE POST) in her home town on the bayou. When Caleb (HILTON) tries to rekindle a childhood romance and convince her to move back home, Katherine is torn between the bright lights of the big city and the quiet, gentler rhythms of her Southern roots. Only a Christmas miracle orchestrated by Papa Noel (ED ASNER) can steer her heart to her true home. Also stars RANDY TRAVIS.

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A Snow Globe Christmas
Saturday, December 14, at 10pm ET/PT

A cynical television executive (ALICIA WITT) looks at the perfect world inside a snow globe and rants about how the Christmas movies she produces fall short of real life. Upset, she tries to smash the globe in to pieces, but instead, ends up knocking herself in the head. She wakes up in a perfect snow-covered town, married to her ex, Ted (DONALD FAISON), with two kids. Trying desperately to return to her old life, she slowly realizes the importance of family and begins to find happiness. Also stars CHRISTINA MILIAN and TREVOR DONOVAN.

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