For this latest edition of Celebrity High-Five, we welcome Bones' T.J. Thyne, who plays Dr. Jack Hodgins—a brilliant entomologist with a wry sense of humor—on the long-running Fox procedural. When T.J.'s not hard at work making TV he spends a fair amount of time watching it; after we asked him via email to name his top five shows, he easily rattled off Friday Night Lights, The Wire, The West Wing, The Sopranos, and Dexter as some of his all-time favorites. "But when Bones and The Finder, which are givens, are finished in my DVR, what do I switch to?" he wrote as if asking aloud. "Those shows look a little something like this..."
"Have never missed an episode. Tuned into the first episode out of support for Zooey, and I have been hooked ever since. New Girl is that show that I call my family every Tuesday night howling, saying, "Did you see it?! Oh man, when Schmidt did this or that, I died!' The actors are so good that you don't feel like you are watching TV, you feel like you are out on a Saturday night with a car full of friends, and something hysterical, yet common amongst the group, takes place. That's the humor, that's the brilliance. I love it. I'm a big fan."
"Parenthood could quite possibly be one of my favorite television shows of all time. The cast is genius, nothing shy of genius, they are a crazy talented bunch. I swear half the time I'm watching this show more as an acting class for myself than entertainment. I crack up and bawl in some capacity every episode. The directing is amazing, the writing by Jason Katims and his team is flawless, really, flawless. It kills me that the ratings aren't higher on this show, I stress every season praying it comes back for another. Yup, that's how much I like it."
"Come on! Who isn't watching Southland? And if you aren't, WHY?! So good. This puts "cop drama” into a whole new territory. Incredible. The cast kills it every episode (and I mean that in a good way). It's like an amazing book, you watch an episode and you think...well...maybe just one more chapter. And you eat it up in one sitting. I can't watch them fast enough. So good. So so good."
"It's on the BBC. It stars Idris Elba from The Wire. I worked with Idris in a film that Jada Pinkett Smith directed, and out of support I tuned into Luther much like when I watched New Girl for Zooey, and WOAH! OH MAN! Not a lot of people have seen this. Do yourself a big favor, if you like highly entertaining, brilliantly acted shows with incredible twists and turns, tune into Luther. Jump on Netflix and watch! There are only like eight episodes, you can catch up fast. So good, ridiculously good! The acting blows me away. And every episode gets better, and better and better, if you aren't hooked by the end like I was, I would be shocked!"
"I'm already at number 5?! Too hard! Hmm...what do I choose! Do I go with one of my guilty pleasure reality shows like Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares? (If you haven’t watched it, you have to, it's amazing how he turns these peoples’ lives around. Yes, he saves their restaurants, but he really changes their lives by showing them who THEY are.) Or my most favorite heart-pulling reality show with an incredible message, Undercover Boss? Check it out, you will see what I mean. OR do I make number five my summer favorite, So You Think You Can Dance? Come on, how good is that show! How do they do that with their bodies?! WOW! Hmmm...I'm going to have to go with my nighttime standby The Daily Show. Funny, informative, playful, and fast."
What do you think of T.J.'s picks? Did any of them surprise you?
Bones airs Monday nights at 8pm on Fox.