Reviews

Breaking News: Mariah Carey officially joins AMERICAN IDOL as judge – TCA 2012

Mariah Carey joins AMERICAN IDOL as judge for Season 12 | ©2012 Fox/Mark Cant

One of the biggest surprises to come out of the Fox Summer TCA Press Tour was the announcement by Kevin Reilly, President of Fox Entertainment, that superstar singer Mariah Carey will be joining the judging panel on AMERICAN IDOL when it returns for Season 12 in January. “With all the speculation around show, I can’t confirm anything except for one thing which is we do in fact have one judge whose deal has closed very, very recently,” says Reilly. “She’s the biggest recording artist any of these show have had. She’s an artist many contestants have tried to emulate and …Read On »

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TV Review: TEEN WOLF – Season 2 – “Raving”

Crystal Reed in TEEN WOLF - Season 2 - "Raving" | ©2012 MTV

Stars: Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, Linden Ashby, JR Bourne Writer: Jeff Davis Director Russell Mulcahy Network: MTV, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: July 22, 2012 The stakes are raised once again with TEEN WOLF in the exceptional new episode “Raving” that sees even more twists tossed into the mix. At the forefront is Jackson (Coloton Haynes) still not understanding he’s become a psycho shape-shifting Kanima snake creature being controlled by someone even more nefarious. Scott (Tyler Posey) and his makeshift teen team get closer to the truth and learn that the person …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES final poster | ©2012 Warner Bros.

Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman Writers: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer, based on characters created by DC Comics, Batman created by Bob Kane Director: Christopher Nolan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 20, 2012 Few movies come with as many built-in expectations as does THE DARK KNIGHT, director/co-writer Christopher Nolan’s finale to the Batman saga he started with 2005’s BATMAN BEGINS and continued with 2008’s THE DARK KNIGHT. Christian Bale is as brooding and tortured as they come in the …Read On »

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TV Review: TRUE BLOOD – Season 5 – “Hopeless”

Denis O'Hare, Christopher Meloni in TRUE BLOOD - Season 5 - "Hopeless" | ©2012 HBO/John P. Johnson

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Christopher Meloni, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, Joe Manganiello, Carrie Preston, Deborah Ann Woll, Michael McMillian, Denis O’Hare, Jim Parrack, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Todd Lowe, Lauren Bowles, Valentina Cervi, Janina Gavankar, Lucy Griffiths, Scott Foley, Chris Heyerdahl, Alfre Woodard, Kevin Alejandro, Tina Majorino, Dale Dickey Writer: Alan Ball, series created by Alan Ball, based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels| Director: Daniel Attias Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: July 15, 2012 TRUE BLOOD promises to get a whole lot bloodier with the finale of “Hopeless,” …Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 1 – “Collateral Damage”

Charlene Tilton in DALLAS - Season 1 - "Collateral Damage" | ©2012 TNT

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: July 18th, 2012 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again the DALLAS theme is one of the best TV theme songs ever, instrumental or lyrical. And to boot, the show, too is one of the best ever. I wouldn’t be surprised if the new DALLAS inspired other ’80s nighttime soap operas – as they were once called – to be revamped. The return of FALCON CREST and KNOT’S LANDING may be just around the …Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 “Live Free or Die” – Season Premiere

BREAKING BAD - Season 5 poster | ©2012 AMC

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn Writer: Vince Gilligan Director: Michael Slovis Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: July 15, 2012 BREAKING BAD’s creator Vince Gilligan has described the remarkable metamorphosis undergone by the show’s protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston) as a transformation from MR. CHIPS to SCARFACE.  And for four seasons now, we’ve watched this play out in fits and starts, as Walt’s lung cancer diagnosis served as the catalyst to a chain of increasingly morally dubious decisions that would change him from an endearing family man and talented high school chemistry teacher into a vain, manipulative, and …Read On »

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TV Review: LONGMIRE – Season 1 – “8 Seconds”

Bailey Chase and Gerald McRaney in LONGMIRE - Season 1 - "8 Seconds" | ©2012 A&E

Stars: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman, Bailey Chase, Adam Bartley, Louanne Stephens  Writer:  Tony Tost, Series created by Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny, Based on the novels by Craig Johnson Director: Christopher Chulack  Network: A&E, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 8, 2012 “8 Seconds” is an interesting and very twisty turvy episode of LONGMIRE. This series never ceases to impress with the levels of intrigue for each week’s mystery, and even though I figured this one out – it was only a couple of minutes ahead of the big reveal. So many elements of this …Read On »

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TV Review: EUREKA – Season 5 – “Just Another Day” – Series Finale

Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Colin Ferguson in EUREKA - Season 5 finale - "Just Another Day" |©2012 Syfy/Eike SchroterSalli Richardson-Whitfield and Colin Ferguson in EUREKA - Season 5 finale - "Just Another Day" |©2012 Syfy/Eike Schroter

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, Felicia Day, Matt Frewer, Debrah Farentino, Jordan Hinson, Tembe Locke, Trevor Jackson, Kavan Smith, Christopher Gauthier, Christopher Jacot, Wil Wheaton, James Callis Writer: Jaime Paglia, story by Bruce Miller & Jaime Paglia, series created by Andrew Cosby & Jaime Paglia Director: Matt Hastings Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: July 16, 2012 “Just Another Day” wraps EUREKA up in true EUREKA style. Some TV series employ a scorched-earth policy when they finish. In some cases (as with serialized shows), they’ve earned it; at other times, …Read On »

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TV Review: LEVERAGE – Season 5 – “The (Very) Big Bird Job” – Season Premiere

Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge in LEVERAGE - Season 5 - "The (Very) Big Bird Job" | ©2012 TNT/Erik Heinila

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge Writer: John Rogers Director: John Rogers Network: TNT, Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 14, 2012 With the Leverage team’s operations in Boston in shambles after Season 4, Season 5 of LEVERAGE picks up as the team is regrouping once again – this time in the city of Portland, OR (where the show is actually filmed). All their aliases are moot, they have to lay low and they have a new headquarter base at a micro-brewery  — courtesy, as always, of Hardison (Aldis Hodge). With “The (Very) Big Bird Job, …Read On »

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Exclusive EUREKA Photos from An Evening With Syfy’s EUREKA

Eureka Cast - Neil Grayston, Colin Ferguson, Jaime Paglia, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Joe Morton at The Paley Center for Media Presents An Evening with Syfy's EUREKA | ©2012 Sue Schneider

The Paley Center for Media Presented An Evening with SyFy’s EUREKA  on July 9th at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. After five seasons Syfy’s EUREKA is saying goodbye, so this sold-out event featured a premiere screening of a new episode and a preview of the anticipated series finale, which airs tonight on Syfy. After the screening fans were treated to a conversation with the cast and creative team of this quirky and inventive series. Walking into the Paley on this special night was the cast and creative team, which included:  Joe Morton, Neil Grayston, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Colin …Read On »

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