American Gothic

CBS      Wednesday 9 pm EST   (Summer 2016)  suspense, mystery, Thriller   more on IMDBMotvision seal of approval

Megan Ketch, Justin Chatwin, Juliet Rylance, Antony Starr, Virginia Madsen

set in Boston 14 years after the Silver bells Killer reign from 1999-2000.

WOAH! That house, I love that blue and the set design, I think I felt my eye grow 3x bigger!

The couple who is driving and talking about visiting the woman’s family, well the way it was filmed I thought they were the ones in the bridge collapse; a few minutes later they arrive at the house? Nah.. had to just have looked that way.. cause those people either have had to die or severely injured at least

The secret of what character committed the crime has been kept from the cast in which the actors and crew have made bets to whodunit.


-a belt is found in the rubble

-During a press conference the Patriarch has a heart attack

-Tessa (sister #2) and Cam find a box of silver bells and news clippings in the shed.

-Alison’s daughters were under the hospital bed when Garrett tells his father something. They tell their mother that he said “I’m gonna tell them it was you”

-Mother takes box of bells “They’re gone. I had Gunther get rid of the stuff from the shed”

-Father was always into true crime stories

-DNA test  (sorry NOT revealing if positive or not of the family’s)


Introducing the Hawthorn clan

Cam Hawthorrn (played by Justin Chatwin) – recovering addict cartoonist is the family’s scapegoat. He’s estranged from wife Sophie (played by Stephanie Leonidas) their son Jack (played by Gaberiel Bateman)has short and long term memory loss. Saw a shrink as a kid and has hallucinations, and things start to come back. In an old photo is wearing the belt in question. Could Cam be the SBK?

Sophie– Cam’s drug addled wife (or ex)

Jack Hawthorn– has a talent for drawing like his daddy, but wants to be a mortician and draws various deaths. As creepy and morbid as I can be, this kid creeps me the hell out! He doesn’t need a shrink, he needs a wing of the local asylum (or a seat with the suicide squad). He starts showing some serious psychopathic behavior ie: experimenting on cutting a cats tail off just to see something with the nerves. The Grandmother finally tells Cam just that.  So at the shrink’s  The shrink they get him, after I think it was just one session tells his parents she can’t see him anymore; Cam then says “our son has been fired by his therapist”  If you have a good dark sense of humor, be ready to utter a few uncomfortable laughs, when this kid is around.

Tessa Ross (Megan Ketch) The Youngest of the Hawthrone clan at 27 is the peacemaker and moral voice of the family, she’s married to detective Brady Ross (Elliot Knight) who may benefit from solving the case. Had nightmares as a kid and suffers anxiety, and possibly starts to unravel at the seams?

Alison Hawthorne-Price – (Juliet Rylance)  power seeking council woman campaigning to become mayor . Remembers family life before they became millionaires and needs to make up for the fact her parents gave her everything. she compartmentalizes  her life which is psychologically interesting in terms of someone who is able to commit horrific crimes. Has 2 daughters Halley & didn’t catch the other’s name.

Garrett Hawthorne-(Antony Starr The eldest child disappeared 14 years ago and returns after his father’s health scare. He looks like a lumberjack and kinda scary looking when he first arrives so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was the killer. Could he be the culprit? He’s not confortablke being back it. The family is curious and terrified at the same time with what information he may or not have. Reads lots of books, was living in Maine

Madeline Hawthorne-(Virginia Madsen)  The now widow is both protective and manipulative at the same time. She had some creepy vibes of her own but I can’t place why yet. Gerrett re-appearing has led to a few dark mother son moments. COuld she be physically strong enough to strangle six people? Finally mama H tells Cam the boy needs therapy!~

Mitchell Hawthorne – (Jamey Sheridan) During the press conference, seems to be a little uncomfortable when talk of the Silver Bells killer comes up. He ‘faints’ which ultimately was actually a heart attack. Owns a construction company that build previously mentioned bridge that collapsed (but how long ago was it built?) that belt was found in. Was into True Crime, watched unsolved Mysteries religiously. The mother said he hobby tok control and he got dimentia. He told her “Mary, I think I’m a bad guy” when he found the S.B.K. box of clippings.

Gunther The Gardener- creepy, grouchy and     the boy.  Mama Hawthorne noticed he’s become weirder lately. Had access to the belt in question. Tells the younger daughter that he was playing chess with her father still just the week before, meanwhile her mother says her father as basically in the stages of Dementia (he didn’t look that old).

Brady Ross (Elliot Knight)- Detective who oddly enough is actually working on the case even though his step family is involved… Conflict of interest anyone? However just as I thought that this past episode (July 20th) wouldn’t ya know just as they were thinking of taking him off the case, someone else thinks being he has an in to keep him on it. Not sure how I feel about him yet, sure the family is in a way both the Protagonist as well as antagonist if one of them really is the killer

My initial Suspects 

The Father– but he’s the obvious choice right?

Gerret– who has been gone since the SBK was originally around plus tells his father he’s going to tell ‘them’ it was him. Also, I think he creeps me out more than the kid does.

Mother– There’s something about her I don’t like, and its not just the manipulative part (I think all the characters are so in a way anyhow)

New suspects

……Cam –well he has been to therapy before but I don’t recall if mentioned for what.  Has a weird ass son (is there a serial Killer gene, and does it run in this family?) Is found in a photo wearing a belt, but he was (or looked) only a teen then.

Zi Approved TV seriesCompelling story and mystery at that, with some clues dropped and maybe others I’ve missed. Have I possibly figured WHO already, with My list of suspects? I mean in the first episode alone I thought the father or Gerret, could I have figured it out before the authorities have?  Great ensemble cast, but not too many, of course each character has a subplot (more or less) but its not hard to follow, that they feed a bit at a time) oh and hey look the mother’s momBinge worthy is the actress from Insidious that played the paranormal investigator~

Whichever way you prefer to watch, weekly or as a binge (of some form) I highly recommend. Aside from Animal Kingdom this is my favorite show of the summer. (but for me neither can still beat Zoo my #1 favorite summer show from last year, but then they are all different types of shows.)

After quite a few Red Herrings, they kept the who and why for the 2 hour season finale, and  It was NONE of my suspects.


*as always I will update this as I come up with more info   Watch season 1 here on Amazon Video

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