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David Rancken’s Top TV Shows For 2012

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It’s the end of the year, and here at Lite FM we are reminiscing on the year that was 2012.

So we asked our resident couch potato, David Rancken, to recap the best shows for 2012.

Here is his list, in no particular order:

Homeland (SHOWTIME)

I got into Homeland late after the first season ended. I saw a marathon on Showtime and got immediately hooked.

X-Factor (FOX)

There is one thing that Simon Cowell knows and that’s TV talent shows. He’s brilliant with them until he gets bored and moves on, kinda like what happened to American Idol. He’s still “into” X-Factor this season. Bringing in North Texas’s own, Demi Lovato, was a great addition. Britney Spears didn’t add too much, but she seems to have bonded nicely with Demi. L.A. Reid decided to leave after this season, so he goes out on top with his champion Tate Stevens. The one thing about all these singing competitions that sticks out to make it best for me, it’s still Simon Cowell.

Burn Notice (USA)

“My name is Michael Westen, I used to be a spy”. The opening line for the best series on USA. Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar and Bruce Campbell star. It’s the story of an ex-CIA agent whose been burned by someone. He’s trapped in Miami (tough place to be “trapped”) and he helps people who need help, using his special training.

Leverage (TNT)

Sad to hear this one has been canceled.

Elementary (CBS)

Jonny Lee Miller portrays Sherlock Holmes in 21st century New York City. We first met him in the movie HACKERS, where he met the woman he would marry. Some actress named Angelina Jolie. He also starred in a ABC terrific series called Eli Stone. He’s played so many American characters, a lot of people are surprised to find that he’s actually British. Lucy Liu plays Joan Watson, Holmes “sober companion”, she’s also a former surgeon who left the profession after she lost a patient. Yes, Dr. Watson is a woman. Really well cast with Lucy Liu, too.

Person of Interest (CBS)

James Caviezel is in his second season as John Reese, “the man in the suit”. Michael Emerson as “Harold Finch” is his handler as they try to prevent crimes before they happen thanks to a super-computer that Finch designed.

The Amazing Race (CBS)

More than 20 seasons of sending teams around the world doing challenges, this show is STILL appointment TV. It has won almost every single EMMY award for Best Reality Show since the category was created. Phil Keoghan hosts.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)

This is a remake that has worked and worked well. Alex O’Loughlin plays Steve MacGarrett and Scott Caan is Danny Williams. Love the show, love the scenery.

Big Bang Theory (CBS)

FUNNIEST SHOW ON TV, bar none. Geeks of the world, my people!

Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)

I know there are others who are Kimmel people or Fallon people. i’m a Fergatroyd (I just made that word up)

What shows did David miss? Let us know in the comments below.

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