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Exclusive Interview: It’s all in the family for WILFRED star Dorian Brown

Dorian Brown in WILFRED - Season 2 | ©2012 FX/Frank Ockenfels

In FX’s WILFRED, Elijah Wood plays Ryan Newman, whose mother is sweet but institutionalized, whose father is scarily intimidating, and whose sister Kristen, played by Dorian Brown, is often demanding, disapproving and imperious. Perhaps this is why Ryan sees his neighbor’s [Fiona Gubelmann] dog Wilfred – played by Jason Gann, who co-created the series with Adam Zwar – as an Australian man in a dog suit. Then again, who knows why Ryan sees Wilfred that way? Brown says she’s among those who are speculating about this question. The actress, born in North Carolina, was previously a series regular on the …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Brad “Cheeks” Bell chats HUSBANDS THE SERIES

Sean Hemeon and Cheeks in HUSBANDS

HUSBANDS THE SERIES is the hit Web series created by Jane Espenson and Brad “Cheeks” Bell. Directed by Jeff Greenstein, HUSBANDS stars Bell under his performing name Cheeks as the character Cheeks, an entertainment figure who is married to less free-spirited star baseball player Brady, played by Sean Hemeon. Now in the middle of its second season, HUSBANDS THE SERIES posts a new episode every other Wednesday, alternating with behind-the-scenes and making-of footage for the three-part show, which can be found online at LoveHusbands.com, with first season and publicity materials still at HusbandsTheSeries.com. Among the many other doors it has …Read On »

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TV Review: THE X FACTOR – Season 2 premiere – “Auditions No. 1” (Austin and San Francisco)

Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid are the judges of THE X FACTOR - Season 2 | ©2012 Fox/Nino Munoz

Stars: Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: September 12, 2012 Well, here’s a big surprise – THE X FACTOR Season 2 is actually pretty damn good. In fact, it’s the show THE X FACTOR should have been in Season 1. Yes, there are many tropes of the genre still hanging around that prove to be annoying (like purposely bad singers allowed on stage), but with a refreshed judging panel and a different approach in showcasing talent, THE X FACTOR is starting to feel more like an original show called THE …Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “The Railroad Job”

Common and Anson Mount in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "The Railroad Job" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Mark Richard  Director: Michael Nankin      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 9, 2012 Wow is “The Railroad Job” one of the biggest shoot ‘em up, bang ‘em up episodes of HELL ON WHEELS yet? All of Bohannan’s (Anson Mount) sins from the first episodes of this season definitely have come home to roost, and now it’s a question of who gets out alive when a town robbery gets botched. This is one of those ‘crisis’ episodes of a series, where writers get to define who …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Rachael Leigh Cook gains PERCEPTION

Rachael Leigh Cook in PERCEPTION - Season 1 - "Faces" | ©2012 TNT/Doug Hyun

In PERCEPTION, TNT’s freshman series airing Monday nights at 10 PM, Eric McCormack plays college professor Daniel Pierce, who is a high-functioning schizophrenic. Rachael Leigh Cook plays Kate Moretti, one of Daniel’s former students who has become an FBI special agent. Kate enlists Daniel’s help in solving crimes; she’s aware that he has psychological problems, but not how extensive the issues are. Cook, who hails from Minnesota, has been acting almost all her life. In 1995, she started her film career in the feature version of THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB and as Becky Thatcher in a new adaptation of TOM SAWYER. …Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 Premiere – “Pilot”

Ellen Barkin as Jane, Andrew Rannells as Bryan, Georgia King as Goldie, Bebe Wood as Shania, Justin Bartha as David in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer:  Ryan Murphy & Allison Adler   Director: Ryan Murphy       Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 10, 2012 THE NEW NORMAL was creating controversy just that started just by NBC announcing it as part of the fall line up. The creepy, crazy religious right group One Million Moms (you know the ones that protested JC Penny for having Ellen Degeneres in their ads) was vowing to boycott the network for having a series showing this type of “gay agenda” program on its network. So, …Read On »

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Interview: BOOK OF MORMON star Andrew Rannells becomes THE NEW NORMAL

Andrew Rannells in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Timothy White

On NBC’s THE NEW NORMAL, which premieres tonight at 9:30 PM after several previews, Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha play Bryan and David, who turn to single mom Goldie (Georgia King) to be the surrogate mother for their child. Created by Ali Adler and Ryan Murphy (the latter of GLEE and AMERICAN HORROR STORY), the half-hour comedy also stars Ellen Barkin as Goldie’s ferociously disapproving grandmother, Bebe Wood as Goldie’s accepting young daughter and NeNe Leakes as Bryan and David’s friend and assistant. Rannells is new-minted Broadway royalty, having originated the role of Elder Price in the mega-hit musical THE …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 7 – “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” – Review #2

Matt Smith and Mark Williams in DOCTOR WHO - Series 7 - "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" | ©2012 BBC America

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill Writer: Chris Chibnall  Director:  Saul Metzstein  Network: BBC America, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: September 8, 2012 So after last week’s premiere of DOCTOR WHO, there are a lot of plot elements  left hanging in the air. This is typical of the more modern incarnation of WHO, where through lines are established in the first episode of a new series, and then carried until the end of that series, and sometimes beyond. But, now that we had a slightly darker and heavier hand in the “Asylum” it’s time to lighten things up a …Read On »

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Interview: Kenneth Branagh returns for WALLANDER III on Masterpiece MYSTERY!

Kenneth Branagh in MASTERPIECE Mystery - WALLANDER III | © Laurence Cendrowicz/ Left Bank/BBC for MASTERPIECE

Kenneth Branagh is famous for a whole lot of things. He’s a noted adapter of the works of William Shakespeare for film, having produced, directed and starred in feature adaptations of HENRY V, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, HAMLET and AS YOU LIKE IT (all of which he’s also done on stage). He also directed last year’s summer blockbuster THOR and is currently embarked on directing and costarring in JACK RYAN, a reboot of the franchise with Chris Pine as the hero who’s already been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. Branagh is also active in the community …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 7 – “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”

DOCTOR WHO - Season 7 - "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" poster | ©2012 BBC

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Riann Steele, Sunetra Sarker, Rupert Graves, Mark Williams, David Bradley, Noel Byrne, Richard Garaghty, Richard Hope, Rudi Dharmalingam, David Mitchell, Robert Webb   Writer: Chris Chibnall Director:   Saul Metzstein Network: BBC America, airs Saturday night  Original Telecast: September 8, 2012 In the second episode of DOCTOR WHO Series 7, “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” the Doctor gathers a rather unique “gang” composed of Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) ten months after their adventure in the Dalek asylum, Rory’s dad Brian (Mark Williams), Queen Nefertiti (Riann Steele) – yes, that one, and arrogant but …Read On »

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