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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 16 – “I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining”

Kyle in SOUTH PARK - Season 16 - "I Should Never Have Gone Ziplining" | ©2012 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: April 18, 2012 SOUTH PARK has been so weird and crazy during Season 16, it’s hard what to make of it week to week. Sometimes it’s really funny, other times it’s been getting really weird. And this week, it goes off-the-rails weird – so much so that even though it wasn’t that funny, it still was more interesting than just about anything else on TV this week. “I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining” is set up like one of those reality shows about horrible things happening …Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 recap: Hollie Cavanaugh Rocks, Joshua Ledet Sinks

Hollie Cavanaugh sings the first of two songs on Season 11 of AMERICAN IDOL | © 2012 Fox/ Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 18, 2012 After American had a brain fart last week or it was all rigged for ratings on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, we get a double dose of karaoke with each singer performing twice. It’s fitting then that two will go home this week without any saves from the judges. That’s because the judges saved Jessica Sanchez from elimination last week in case you forgot after she placed inexplicably last in votes. This week they are …Read On »

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Breaking News: Daniel Gillies still on VAMPIRE DIARIES despite new show SAVING HOPE

Daniel Gillies in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 2 - "Klaus" | ©2011 The CW/Bob Mahoney

While at today’s NBCUniversal Summer Press Day 2012, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES actor Daniel Gillies hinted that he’s not completely done with THE VAMPIRE DIARIES even though his character Elijah Mikaelson had left town at the end of “All My Children” and he is also starring in the new NBC medical drama SAVING HOPE debuting on June 7. “I have not entirely left THE VAMPIRE DIARIES,” says Gillies. “Fortunately we film at different times during the year. I’m deeply indebted to what [THE VAMPIRE DIARIES] has given me, but this show [SAVING HOPE] takes precedence. I love [DIARIES executive producers] Julie …Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Saturday Night Glee-ver”

Alex Newell in GLEE - Season 3 - "Saturday Night Glee-ver" | ©2012 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz Writer: Matthew Hodgson Director: Bradley Buecker Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: April 18, 2012 Watching the latest episode of GLEE, you couldn’t help but feel like the show was out of ideas and episode titles. Paying homage to one of the best selling soundtracks of all time – SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER – the episode is dubbed “Saturday Night Glee-ver” because, well, no one could have come …Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 14 Recap: Gavin DeGraw kicked off as Jaleel White saved by duel on Week 5

Karina Smirnoff and Gavin DeGraw perform on "Latin Night" on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 14 - Week 5 | ©2012 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Gavin DeGraw, Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert, Katherine Jenkins, Gladys Knight, William Levy, Maria Menounos, Jaleel White Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: April 17th, 2012 Class and graciousness left the building tonight on DANCING WITH THE STARS when Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff were voted out fourth on the show. DeGraw couldn’t have been more gracious and kind with his exit, hugging and thanking each judge with a smile so broad you would have thought he had won the whole darn thing. But, he did not and Smirnoff did not walk away with her second consecutive …Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “The Movie Star”

Uma Thurman in SMASH - Season 1 - "The Movie Star" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky Director: Tricia Brock Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 17, 2012 SMASH course-corrects and gets a little bit on track with “The Movie Star” which brings Uma Thurman in as pampered Hollywood star Rebecca Duvall. There’s still tons of soapy irritants, but the ingredients that keep the show interesting is when the series focuses on putting on a show. The struggle this episode concerns Duvall, who proves to be flighty, unreliable, bossy and not a very good singer. In fact, …Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Signal 30”

Alison Brie in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Signal 30" | ©2012 AMC/Ron Jaffe

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Matthew Wiener & Frank Pierson, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: John Slattery    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 15, 2012 Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat about MAD MEN…I HATE Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser). Part of that is because he is such a loathsome character, and part is because I’ve never been fond of the actor playing him. I will freely admit that the first place I encountered …Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Mystery Date”

Christina Hendricks and Christine Estabrook in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Mystery Date" | ©2012 AMC/Michael Yarish

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Matthew Wiener & Victor Levin, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Matt Shakman    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 8, 2012 MAD MEN is such a unique show for me. There really aren’t any other straight up dramas that you can get me to sit down and be completely glued to the TV for a full hour. Pretty much all of the other ‘dramas’ that I watch involve vampires, zombies, or some …Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Headhunters”

Adam Baldwin in CASTLE - Season 4 - "Headhunters" | ©2012 ABC/Randy Holmes

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Alexi Hawley Director: John Terlesky Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: April 14, 2012 It’s a little more back to business, as usual, on CASTLE, with a nice balance of comedy and some angst.  And it’s always fun to see Adam Baldwin doing his thing and he doesn’t grunt this time. Plus, the producers guiding the writers have offered us some hope that we will see Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and author Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) get their act together in the …Read On »

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TV Review: EUREKA – Season 5 – “Lost” – Season Premiere

Kavan Smith in EUREKA - Season 5 - "Lost" | ©2012 Syfy/Eike Schroter

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, Kavan Smith, Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton Writer: Jaime Paglia Director: Matt Hastings Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: April 16, 2011 There are so many things to love about EUREKA that it’s kind of bittersweet that “Lost” is actually the Season 5 premiere of the final season. Here is a show that celebrates genius and being smart, but also respects each character’s gifts. It is one of the most diverse shows on television, with two African Americans in prominent roles as scientists, including one woman. And women here are just …Read On »

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