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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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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Lady Lazarus”

Jon Hamm in MAD MEN - Season 4 - "Lady Lazarus" | ©2012 AMC

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, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Phil Abraham      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: May 6, 2012 “Lady Lazarus” is a good episode for all of the MAD MEN Megan (Jessica Pare) haters out there.  Clearly we weren’t meant to be kept in suspense as to what her father last episode was referencing when he asked her not to give up on her dream. Megan wants to be an actress. So …Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Prom-asauras”

Dianna Agron in GLEE - Season 3 - "Prom-asauras" | ©2012 Fox/Mike Yarish

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: Ryan Murphy Director: Eric Stoltz Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: May 8, 2012 Sometimes GLEE hits an almost giddy high of capturing the essence of 1980s teen angst films while also living up to the potential of the first half of its own Season 1. With “Prom-asauras” there are still remnants of the things that frustrate long-time fans (myself included), but it’s made up by …Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Always” – Season Finale

Stana Katic as Beckett and Nathan Fillion as Castle in the CASTLE episode Always | (c) 2012 ABC/VIVIAN ZINK

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Terri Edda Miller & Andrew W. Marlowe Director: Rob Bowman Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: May 7, 2012 It’s not enough, apparently, that the producers of CASTLE spent most of Season Three teasing us with the will they/won’t they relationship between author and dilettante crime fighter Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Det. Kate Beckett. It’s not enough that they spent this entire season doing the same. They had to spend the entire season finale needlessly and ridiculously teasing us with “Always.” We do …Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “An Apple Red As Blood”

Ginnifer Goodwin as Mary in ONCE UPON A TIME An Apple Red as Blood | (c) 2012 ABC/JACK ROWAND

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Jane Espenson Director: David H. Goodman Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: May 6, 2012 We’re at the penultimate episode of the season for ONCE UPON A TIME, and it’s all about “An Apple Red as Blood,” as Regina (aka The Evil Queen, played by Lana Parilla) decides to use James/Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) as bait to get Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) to eat the fateful apple, then in the modern world, gets Jefferson (aka The Mad Hatter, Sebastian Stan) to get that same apple to bring down Emma …Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 14 Recap: Roshon Fegan and Melissa Gilbert both get kicked off DWTS

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 14 - Week 8 | ©2012 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert, Katherine Jenkins, William Levy, Maria Menounos, Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: May 8th, 2012 Well, partly surprisingly and partly not, DANCING WITH THE STARS: The Results double elimination show once again demonstrated the importance of the fans’ votes. Taken out too early, perhaps, were Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower who were in second place after Monday’s show but were untimely dismissed tonight. Not so shocking was the elimination of Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She had landed at the bottom of the judges’ scores time and time again so even though …Read On »

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CD Review: CASA DE MI PADRE soundtrack

CASA DE MI PADRE soundtrack | ©2012 Lakeshore Records

It’s one thing to do a clever spoof of an inane genre, but it’s a whole other feat to pull off a soundtrack that’s at once the real musical deal (en Espanol no less) while letting the listener know its tongue is firmly planted in its ear. Will Ferrell’s hilarious “Mexican” movie pulls this feat off on all fronts, particularly with this song/ score compilation that leads with the one-two punch of having Kris Kristoferson’s narration jump into Christina Aguilera’s full-blast title ballad. The earnest, well-produced tune jokes keep on coming, from El Puma’s Spanish spin on “A Whiter Shade …Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Previews”

Katharine McPhee in SMASH - Season 1 - "Previews" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writer: David Marshall Grant Director: Robert Duncan McNeill Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: May 8, 2012 As SMASH nears next week’s Season 1 finale, one can’t help but scratch their head at how a once promising show sunk so low, so fast. While I still admit to being fascinated by a handful of characters and the backstage antics pertaining to the Broadway music itself, it’s the misguided decisions where the writers have forced their generally well-written characters to partake in that just strips the show of …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Reading is Fundamental”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Reading is Fundamental" | ©2012 The CW/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Rachel Miner, Osric Chau, Benito Martinez, Emily Holmes, Adrian Glynn McMorran Writer: Ben Edlund, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Ben Edlund Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 4, 2012 Since SUPERNATURAL staffer Ben Edlund is the creator of THE TICK and scripted some of the funniest episodes in modern dramatic series television (“Jaynestown” on FIREFLY and “Smile Time” on ANGEL), when he writes and directs an installment of something, it automatically merits watching. “Reading is Fundamental” isn’t an all-out laugh fest, but it has a ribbon of humor …Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Choke”

Mark Salling in GLEE - Season 3 - "Choke" | ©2012 Fox/Mike Yarish

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: Marti Noxon Director: Michael Uppendahl Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: May 1, 2012 With graduation looming for many of the students at McKinley High, the recent stories for GLEE have become more focused. Whereas most TV shows would deal with graduation and the end of high school during the last couple of the episodes, GLEE has made it a point to wring every kind of …Read On »

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