A quiet week for film releases will give renters a little extra time to catch up on television.
SUPERGIRL – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON – DC Comics may be having a little trouble jump starting their movie franchise but their TV shows still rule. Here they add their first female led series since ‘Wonder Woman.” Melissa Benoist is perfectly cast as the super sister who takes on all comers with powers just like the guy in the red/blue uniform. A great supporting cast includes Calista Flockhart and two other actresses who have played the same role ,Helen Slater(from the 80’s film) and Laura Vandervoort, who essayed the role on ‘Smallville.”
11/22/63- This Hulu series does a fine job of adapting Stephen King’s novel(in 8 one hour episodes) about a history teacher who discovers a door through time that leads to 1960. He decides to use the portal to go back and attempt to stop the assassination of JFK. Smart time travel stuff with James Franco as the teacher and Cherry Jones, Chris Cooper, and Kevin J. O’Connor in supporting roles.
PERRY MASON: THE COMPLETE MOVIE COLLECTION – All of the made for television films that continued the cases of Erle Stanley Gardner’s attorney hero . He is played ,once again, by Raymond Burr who still has Barbara Hale as his secretary, Della Street. they are assisted by a young investigator, played by William Katt (Hale’s actual son). Good writing and excellent actors kept these films popular and now all 30 of them are available. Guest stars include Jerry Orbach, Angela Basset, Linda Blair, Patty Duke, Hal Holbrook, Paul Sorvino and Tippi Hedren (The Birds).
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.