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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 – “After the Storm” – Season Premiere

Stana Katic in the Season 5 premiere episode of CASTLE - "After the Storm" | ©2012 ABC/Vivian Zink

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: David Amann Director: Rob Bowman Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: September 24, 2012 Think of “After the Storm” as the part two of last season’s CASTLE finale “Always,” which you may recall I was decidedly miffed about. And still am.  Yet, despite teases from the network, it does look like we finally have a couple working out their relationship rather than the whole will they/won’t they routine. And this is one jam-packed episode. I speculated last spring that the planned hit on Det. …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 7 – “The Power of Three” – Review #2

Arthur Darvill, Matt Smith, and Karen Gillan in DOCTOR WHO - Series 7 - "The Power of Three" | ©2012 BBC America

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill Writer: Chris Chibnall Director:  Douglas Mackinnon   Network: BBC America, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: September 22, 2012 Not every episode of DOCTOR WHO can be absolute gold. There have to be slow episodes, talking heads episodes, and yes even somewhat dull episodes. “The Power of Three” is not the best episode in the new run, but it’s not the worst since the series restarted in 2005. It’s just kind of a yawn episode with some amusing moments here and there. I really feel that since the Ponds are leaving next episode that this …Read On »

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TV Review: PARTNERS – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

PARTNERS poster - Season 1 | ©2012 CBS

Stars: Michael Urie, David Krumholtz, Sophia Bush, Brandon Routh Writers: David Kohan, Max Mutchnick Director: James Burrows Network: CBS, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: September 24, 2012 One of the biggest surprises about the new CBS comedy PARTNERS is how safe it plays its premise. That turns out to be both a good and a bad thing. It follows architects Louis (Michael Urie) and Joe (David Krumholtz) as they navigate their long-term professional career and their own personal love lives. The twist (if you can call it that) is Louis is gay and Joe is straight. In the pilot, Joe …Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS: ALL-STARS – Season 15 – Week 1 – Season Premiere

Shawn Johnson, Derek Hough, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Kelly Monaco, Sabrina Bryan, Louis Van Amstel, Peta Murgatroyd, Gilles Marini, Helio Castroneves, Chelsie Hightower, Cheryl Burke, Emmitt Smith, Karina Smirnoff, Apolo Anton Ohno, Tristan MacManus, Pamela Anderson, Melissa Rycroft, Tony Dovolani, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Kirstie Alley, Joey Fatone, Kym Johnson, Bristol Palin, Mark Ballas, Anna Trebunskaya, Drew Lachey in DANCING WITH THE STARS: ALL-STARS | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith, Gilles Marini, Pamela Anderson, Kelly Monaco, Melissa Rycroft, Joey Fatone, Bristol Palin, Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves, Kirstie Alley, Shawn Johnson, Sabrina Bryan Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: September 24th, 2012 The season premiere of DANCING WITH THE STARS: ALL-STARS proved to be more serious than frivolous. Boy, the judges aren’t kidding when they said they expect more from these “dancers”. I have never seen them score so harshly for the very first show of a season. It’s clearly evident that past champs and runners up aren’t being giving a free pass this …Read On »

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Sneak Peek Clip of SOUTH PARK midseason premiere “Sarcastaball”

Randy in SOUTH PARK - Season 16 - "Sarcastaball" | ©2012 Comedy Central

Yes, the second half of SOUTH PARK – Season 16 arrives this Wednesday, September 26 on Comedy Central, and we already have a sneak peek of the first episode – “Sarcastaball”. Stan’s dad Randy finds a revolutionary way of how football is played at South Park Elementary and it could be a very sarcastic episode indeed. Check out the sneak peek clip below. Click on Link: Purchase South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season [Blu-ray] AGREE? DISAGREE? LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD – COMMENT BELOW Related Link: TV Review – SOUTH PARK – Season 16 – “Cartman Finds Love” Related Link: …Read On »

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TV Review: COPPER – Season 1 – “La Tempête”

Anastasia Griffith in COPPER - Season 1 - “La Tempête” | ©2012 BBC AMERICA/Cineflix (Copper) Inc./George Kraychyk

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kevin Ryan, Ato Essandoh, Anastasia Griffiths, Tanya Fischer, Kiara Glasco, Franka Potente Writer:  Tom Fontana & Will Rokos, Teleplay by Brant Englestein    Director: Jeff Woolnough        Network: BBC America, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 16, 2012 “La Tempête” the latest episode of COPPER, official starts the all out battle for rutting rights with Detective Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones). Last episode we saw how far Eva (Franka Potente) is willing to go to keep Corky all to herself, when she slashed the neck of one of her own prozzies, Molly (Tanya Fischer). But that was just the grubby …Read On »

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TV Review: HELL ON WHEELS – Season 2 – “Purged Away with Blood”

Christopher Heyerdahl and Tom Noonan in HELL ON WHEELS - Season 2 - "Purged Away With Blood" | ©2012 AMC/Chris Large

Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl Writer:  Tony Gayton & Thomas Brady  Director: Joe Gayton       Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: September 16, 2012 HELL ON WHEELS is a tough show to watch sometimes. Not because of bad writing or anything negative, but because the subject matter is so visceral and harsh that it takes a bit to sit and watch it through to the terminus point. A perfect example of that for me is last episode when they were digging the bullet out of Durant (Colm Meaney). I’m weird. I can handle …Read On »

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TV Review: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Season 38 – Host Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosts SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 38 | ©2012 NBC/Dana Edelson

Stars: Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Nasim Pedrad, Jay Pharoah, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong Network: NBC, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: September 23, 2012 We’re knee deep into the Presidential political campaign and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE is floundering with its political sketches and overall comedy – and this is only the second episode this season. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosting (he did a fabulous job the last time he appeared on SNL), delivering something funny should not have been a problem. Yet, with all the good …Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 7 – “The Power of Three”

DOCTOR WHO - Season 7 - "The Power of Three" poster | ©2012 BBC

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Mark Williams, Steven Berkoff, Stephen Blything, Jemma Redgrave, Selva Rasalingham, Alice O’Connell, Lord Sugar, Brian Cox   Writer: Chris Chibnall Director:   Douglas Mackinnon Network: BBC America, airs Saturday night  Original Telecast: September 22, 2012 In the fourth episode of DOCTOR WHO Series 7, “The Power of Three,” the Doctor (Matt Smith) faces one his most unusual adventures: living at home with Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill). Mysterious black cubes have turned up all over the world, people have collected them and taken them to work and to their homes, and the …Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Britney 2.0”

Jenna Ushkowitz and Jacob Artist in GLEE - Season 4 - "Britney 2.0" | ©2012 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson Writer: Brad Falchuk Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: September 20, 2012 It’s not surprising that GLEE would offer up a second batch of Britney Spears songs for their latest episode “Britney 2.0” and why not? Britney just so happens to be a judge on THE X FACTOR, so milking her songbook is a no brainer and can offer up some nice synergy …Read On »

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