The Glades has been renewed for a fourth season, A&E announced on Wednesday.
The third season averaged 4.1 million total viewers, up 5 percent from Season 2. Paired with the network’s new series Longmire, which has already been renewed for a second season, the dramas made A&E the No. 1 ad-supported cable network in total viewers on Sunday nights this summer.
The Season 4 Premiere of The Glades will be called “Yankee Dan”, but we’ll see.
Callie (Kiele Sanchez) discovers that she will be required to appear in court.
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Release date: July 10th, 2012
At first, I was pretty critical of THE GLADES. It was cutesy and felt, to me, lazy. I never really felt they took advantage of the exotic locale and the scripts were mediocre at best. On the upside, stars Matt Passmore and Kiele Sanchez did a solid job with what they had.
But for season two, the overall quality has improved. I think the writers realize they have something special in the form of Callie (Kiele Sanchez) and Jim (Matt Passmore). Callie is a single mom that is struggling between school, raising her son and making ends meet. She is a lovely, strong lady that is just barely keeping her head above water.
Set in Palm Glade, the show is about Jim Longworth, a cocky detective that, after a scandal in Chicago that resulted in him getting shot and receiving a big settlement, has relocated to the Florida town to relax, work on his golf game and solve the occasional crime. Jim initially comes across as a smug ass, but soon meets nurse Callie and is smitten.
And her presence makes Passmore’s Jim a little more unsure of himself, a little less cocky. That goes a long way towards humanizing him and making him less of an ass. Don’t get me wrong, cockiness is fine and good, but showing his softer side makes him easier to relate to. Yes, he loves her and wants to be with her, but he also likes both her and her son and wants to make her life a little easier. So instead just the basic story of building towards romance between the two principals, we get a genuine friendship. And that friendship makes the cliched dance around romance more tolerable. Almost every show on TV does this dance and it tired and, in some cases (CASTLE), damn irritating.
Season two, in addition to catching killers, finds Jim and Callie working to overcome the obstacles that keep them apart. Much of the season finds them simply getting to know one another. As I said, Jim does his best to lighten her load and clearly respects her and difficulties that fill her life.
Subtitles: Subtitles are available in English, Spanish and French.
Extras: Commentary track is provided for the episode MOONLIGHTING. We get two featurettes that are standard fare (Jim Longworth”s Guide to Police Work, Love Triangles: Relationship Complexities and The Glades)and a gag reel as well as deleted and extended scenes.
With the improved writing and the growing chemistry between Passmore and Sanchez, THE GLADES has taken a large step up in quality. Fans of season one will have plenty of fun and those that fell by the wayside may want to take another look. Not complex weighty fare, THE GLADES offers charming, simple crime solving with likeable characters standing front and center.
This week on ‘The Glades‘: The dead body of a naked woman leads Jim and Carlos to investigate a close knit nudist colony fighting against expansion by a luxury condo development. Jennifer begins interviewing the substation employees and finds its high case closure rate seems directly related to Jim, in whom she takes an interest that may be more than just professional.
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The Glades, ‘Longworth’s Anatomy’, Episode Breakdown
Detective Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore) assembles a bookshelf in Callie Cargill’s (Kiele Sanchez) new, one-bedroom Atlanta apartment. Callie enters with two coffees, admiring Jim’s work. Jim tells her now she’ll have something to remember him by. They share a smile and she hands him a chicken sandwich for the plane ride. Jim asks Callie how Jeff is handling the move and Callie tells him he’s fine; it seems that she’s the only one experiencing separation anxiety. But he’s in good hands with his grandma watching him. Callie tells Jim to hurry up and get ready to go because he’s going to miss his plane back to Florida. She looks upset to see him go, though she knows he has to. He grabs his overnight bag and they’re about to leave, when Callie turns around and tells Jim she needs one more thing. She slips off his T-shirt, bringing it close to her nose and tells him that she wants it to remember him by. Jim smiles, and leans in for a kiss. They kiss harder. They’re not going anywhere. Jim’s flight will have to wait.
On the Tampa Tech’s campus, Medical Examiner Carlos Sanchez talks to Jim on the phone, who has called to tell him that his flight home was delayed because of a “storm.” Carlos said there’s perfect weather up and down the eastern seaboard, so he doesn’t buy the excuse. He tells Jim that Daniel Green wrangled him into doing a guest autopsy for his pathology class. He spots Daniel, who’s grinning like a nervous teenager while talking to a girl, and heads toward him. Daniel introduces Carlos to his lab partner, Erica. Carlos can tell Daniel is sporting a major crush. In the spirit of brotherhood, he throws Daniel a bone, and tells Erica that Daniel is a huge asset to the FDLE team. Erica smiles, and looks at Daniel, clearly impressed. They all head into the building. A stainless steel gurney, pushed by an eccentric looking anatomy lab TA, rolls toward the lab. On it is a human cadaver, covered by a blue plastic blanket. The TA gives Carlos the cadaver for his autopsy.