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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 Premiere – “Surviving Death”

Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) in COPPER "Surviving Death" | © BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc.

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos    Director: Jeff Woolnough      Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 19, 2012 So BBC America is now getting into the period drama game as well as networks like A&E and AMC, with their new show COPPER. Set in the Five Points slum area of New York in 1864, this ambitious series chronicles the lives of a group of policemen and the people that are part of their world and everyday lives. I like this series …Read On »

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Interview: THE NEWSROOM’s Alan Poul Provides Insight into Season 1

Jeff Daniles in THE NEWSROOM | (c) 2012 Melissa Moseley/HBO

Created by Aaron Sorkin, THE NEWSROOM is set at a fictional cable news network, but the stories it deals with – theLouisiana oil spill, the killing of Osama bin Laden – are real. Jeff Daniels stars as news anchor Will McAvoy, who goes from bland to searingly opinionated in the opening episode, with Emily Mortimer as Mackenzie MacHale, his former lover and current producer, and Sam Waterston as their boss. The series airs Sundays at 10 PM, with the season finale airing August 26; the show has already been picked up for a second year. Alan Poul, one of NEWSROOM’s …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Barry Levinson gives the scoop on COPPER on BBC America

COPPER - Season 1 | ©2012 BBC America

COPPER is the first original series made by BBC America (as opposed to those it acquires from the BBC). Premiering Sunday August 19 at 10 PM, COPPER is set in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood of New York in 1864. Irish immigrant and Civil War veteran Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) is a police detective there, who relies on his erstwhile Union Army buddies, wealthy Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid) and Dr. Matthew Freeman (Eto Essandoh), as well as fellow detective Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan), in solving crimes. The series is executive-produced by Barry Levinson and co-creator Tom Fontana, who previously collaborated …Read On »

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TV Review: TRUE BLOOD – Season 5 – “Gone, Gone, Gone”

Kristen Bauer in TRUE BLOOD "Gone Gone Gone" | (c) 2012 HBO

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll, Michael McMillian, Denis O’Hare, Jim Parrack, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Todd Lowe, Lauren Bowles, Valentina Cervi, Janina Gavankar, Lucy Griffiths, Tina Majorino, Giles Matthey Allan Hyde, John Billingsley, Dale Raoul, Jessica Clark, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Kristina Anapau, Chloe Noelle Writer: Alexander Woo, series created by Alan Ball, based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels Director: Scott Winant Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: August 12, 2012  There are moments in the TRUE BLOOD episode “Gone, Gone, Gone” where we …Read On »

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TV Review: LONGMIRE – Season 1 Finale– “Unfinished Business”

Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) has a lot on his mind. He stops in at the Red Pony to throw some darts and get advice from his close friend, Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips). | (c) 2012 A&E

Stars: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman, Bailey Chase, Adam Bartley, Louanne Stephens  Writer:  Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny, Series created by Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny, Based on the novels by Craig Johnson Director: Nelson McCormick     Network: A&E, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 12, 2012 Wowee! Now that’s the way a season finale should be done! LONGMIRE rounds out its tenth episode and season finale with a deeply satisfying episode on so many levels, and teases a LOT more to come for the second season. “Unfinished Business” is again a bit of an adaptation …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Genie Francis on NOTES FROM THE HEART HEALER

Genie Francis in NOTES FROM A HEART HEALER | ©2012 Hallmark Channel

Genie Francis is happy to be returning to a role she’s played before – and no, it’s not Laura Spencer on GENERAL HOSPITAL. Francis, who continues in her regular run on CBS’s THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, is back as Peyton in the third NOTES movie from Hallmark Channel, entitled NOTES FROM THE HEART HEALER, which has just been released on DVD. The actress talks about the series of telefilms at a party thrown by Hallmark in honor of its stars at the Tournament House inPasadena. ASSIGNMENT X: Collectively, what are the NOTES films? GENIE FRANCIS: It’s a franchise of movies. …Read On »

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TV Review: WAREHOUSE 13 – Season 4 – “Personal Effects”

A scene from WAREHOUSE 13 Personal Effects | (c) 2012 SyFy

Stars: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Genelle Williams, Allison Scagliotti, Aaron Ashmore, Jaime Murray, Ashley Williams, Kate Mulgrew, Alessandra Torresani Writer: Ian Stokes   Director: Andrew Seklir Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: Aug 6, 2012 In the third episode of this new season of WAREHOUSE 13, the specter of Walter Sykes (Anthony Michael Hall) rears his ugly head again. Seems in “Personal Effects”, the team has to contend with multiple breakouts of artifacts that Sykes had acquired in his grab for power and revenge. Of course, all of the artifacts turn up in one town, Devil’s Lake, …Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 Premiere – “Viva La Mexico”

HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 Key Art | ©2012 AMC

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Tony Gayton & Joe Gayton  Director: David Von Ancken    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 12, 2012 Time for another of my favorite shows to return this week! With “Viva La Mexico,” HELL ON WHEELS makes its end of summer return. This gritty and entertaining Western series is a great filler for the void left in anybody’s life by Deadwood. The langue isn’t as rough as Deadwood, but the production value, writing, and characters are engaging. I’m not a huge fan of westerns in particular, …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Creator James Duff on the end of THE CLOSER and the beginning of MAJOR CRIMES

Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, Jonathan Del Arco, Ransford Doherty, Tony Denison, G.W. Bailey, Mary McDonnell, Michael Paul Chan, Robert Gossett, Phillip P. Keene, Raymond Cruz, Jon Tenney in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 | ©2012 TNT

It was a bittersweet night for writer/executive producer James Duff. THE CLOSER, the series Duff created starring Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Leigh Johnson, a Southerner who comes to Los Angeles to be Deputy Chief of the LAPD, finished its seven-year run last night on TNT. Immediately afterwards, the new series Duff created, MAJOR CRIMES, headed up by Mary McDonnell reprising her CLOSER character of former Internal Affairs operative Sharon Raydor and featuring much of THE CLOSER’s cast, had its series premiere on TNT. The Paley Center for Television in Beverly Hills is having a special event to honor its exhibit …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TEEN WOLF showrunner Jeff Davis talks Season 2 finale and Season 3

Tyler Posey in TEEN WOLF - Season 2 premiere - "Omega" | ©2012 MTV

One of the most engaging and exciting genre series on television is MTV’s re-envisioning of the classic 1980s comedy TEEN WOLF. Stripping away the silliness and playing it straight, executive producer and showrunner Jeff Davis has crafted one of the best genre TV shows set in high school since BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. With TEEN WOLF concluding its summer season tonight, we caught up with Davis to talk about the Season 2 finale and teases where our titular teen wolf Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) and his makeshift Scooby Pack will be heading in Season 3. ASSIGNMENT X: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE …Read On »

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