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Interview: Katharine McPhee makes a SMASH with the Season 1 finale

Katharine McPhee in SMASH - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Patrick Randak

NBC’s SMASH, set in the world of Broadway musicals, has its first season finale tonight at 10 PM. Never fear – the show has been renewed for a second season. This year, one of the main plotlines has been the rivalry between veteran musical chorus member Ivy Bell, played by musical theatre veteran Megan Hilty, and New York newcomer Karen Cartwright, played by Katharine McPhee in her first scripted TV series lead. McPhee, a Los Angeles native, shot to pop fame as the runner-up in the 2006 fifth season of AMERICAN IDOL. Since then, she’s appeared in feature films, including …Read On »

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Interview: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES creator Marc Cherry talks series finale and eight years on Wisteria Lane

Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longira, Felicity Huffman in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - Season 8 - "Finishing the Hat" - Series Finale | ©2012 ABC/Ron Tom

After eight seasons, ABC’s drama-with-comedy DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES concludes its run tonight, Sunday May 13, with a special two-hour episode that begins at 9 PM. Marc Cherry, the show’s creator and executive producer, talks about various aspects of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES over the years, as well as how long he’s known how it would end and what to look for in the final episode. ASSIGNMENT X: The friendships between the women of Wisteria Lane are deep but tend to be very conflicted … MARC CHERRY: One of the things that I learned on THE GOLDEN GIRLS is you want your ensemble of …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 7 – “The Suit on the Set”

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 7 - "The Suit on the Set" | ©2012 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Scott Lowell, John Ducey, Rosalind Chao, Hal Ozsan, Ashley Jones, Jordan Belfi, Chris Williams, Amy Landers, Michael Charles Roman, Rene Rosado, Abhi Sinha Writer: Karine Rosenthal, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Emile Levisetti Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: May 7, 2012 As with so many shows about celebrity sleuths, BONES finally gets around to the episode, “The Suit on the Set,” where somebody is making a movie of one of Brennan’s (Emily Deschanel) books, …Read On »

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Movie Review: DARK SHADOWS

Dark Shadows movie poster | ©2012 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Grace Moretz, Gully McGrath Writer: Seth Grahame-Smith, story by John August and Seth Grahame-Smith, based on characters created by Dan Curtis Director: Tim Burton Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 11, 2012 DARK SHADOWS, the supernatural soap opera created by Dan Curtis that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971 (it also spawned two feature films and a short-lived 1991 TV remake). Part of the show’s charm was that, in its day, there was nothing like it in terms …Read On »

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Interview: Leonard Nimoy rings Bell again for FRINGE, talks Season 5 and STAR TREK 2

Leonard Nimoy in FRINGE - Season 4 - "Brave New World - Part 2" | ©2012 Fox/Cate Cameron

While Leonard Nimoy will forever be tied to his role of Spock in the seminal STAR TREK franchise, the actor has managed to eke out a whole new fanbase with his on again/off again portrayal of genius William Bell on the Fox sci-fi series FRINGE. As the series enters its fourth season finale tonight, Nimoy makes a return appearance as Bell whose desire to destroy both universes on the series to create a new third once has lead the series to this potentially ground-breaking new territory. “FRINGE is a wildly imaginative show,” says Nimoy while talking about FRINGE to the …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 3 – “The Departed” – Season Finale

Matt Davis in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "The Departed" | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Story by Elizabeth R. Finch & Brett Matthews, Teleplay by Julie Plec,   Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: John Behring     Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 10, 2012 I love it that THE VAMPIRE DIARIES can still have a season finale that not only shakes up most of the lives of the characters, but changes the game in significant ways. “The Departed” is a great example of how to get rid of unwanted or tired storylines, add new elements to existing storylines, and generally re-boot your …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Michael Clarke Duncan locates THE FINDER

Michael Clarke Duncan in THE FINDER - Season 1| ©2012 Fox/Patrick Ecclesine

On Fox’s THE FINDER, which has its series finale tonight at 8 PM, Geoff Stults plays Walter Sherman, an Iraq war veteran who has survived a traumatic brain injury and is able to find anything or anyone. Developed from Richard Greener’s THE LOCATOR series of novels by Hart Hanson, who also brought BONES to television, THE FINDER was introduced on BONES as a backdoor pilot, with Walter as an old frenemy of the older show’s Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). In THE FINDER, Walter’s best friend/lawyer/protector is Florida bar owner Leo Knox, who is played by Michael Clarke Duncan. Duncan, who …Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 2 – “The Old Gods and the New”

Richard Madden in GAME OF THRONES - Season 2 - "The Old Gods and the New" | ©2012 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Liam Cunningham, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Jack Gleeson, Charles Dance, Rory McCann, Stephen Dillane, Carice Van Houten, Natalie Tena, James Cosmo, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, Sibel Kekilli, Robert Pugh, Gethin Anthony, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie, Patrick Malahide, Gemma Whelan, Donald Sumpter, Finn Jones, Julian Glover, Francis Magee, Joe Dempsie, Nonzo Anozie, Nicholas Blane, Oona Chaplin, Rose Leslie Writer: Vanessa Taylor, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song …Read On »

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Interview: THE AVENGERS star Jeremy Renner targets Hawkeye

Jeremy Renner in THE AVENGERS | ©2012 Marvel Studios

Jeremy Renner is no stranger to playing men caught up in violent activity on the streets or in war. He got a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his work as a military bomb-defusing expert in THE HURT LOCKER and he’s had key roles in SWAT – alongside THE AVENGERS colleague Samuel L. Jackson – THE TOWN, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL and 28 WEEKS LATER. Renner also gave a mesmerizing performance as the title character in the fact-based film DAHMER and has even played a vampire in an episode of THE AVENGERS writer/director Joss Whedon’s TV series ANGEL back in 2000. …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 3 – “Before Sunset”

Joseph Morgan in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "Before Sunset" | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Story by Daphne Miles & Charlie Charbonneau, Teleplay by Caroline Dries,   Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: Chris Grismer     Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 3, 2012 “Before Sunset” is the next to the last episode of this third season of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on THE CW. This series has had some interesting ups and downs, but one thing is for sure, it never ceases to be one of my favorite “guilty pleasures” on television. I’ve been bitching for most of the season that I wanted …Read On »

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