TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 2 – “Garden of Bones”

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in GAME OF THRONES Garden of Bones | (c) 2012 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Liam Cunningham, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Jack Gleeson, Charles Dance, Rory McCann, Stephen Dillane, Carice Van Houten, James Cosmo, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, Sibel Kekilli, Robert Pugh, Gethin Anthony, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie, Patrick Malahide, Gemma Whelan, Donald Sumpter, Finn Jones, Julian Glover, Francis Magee, Joe Dempsie, Nonzo Anozie, Nicholas Blane, Oona Chaplin Writer: Vanessa Taylor, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” …Read On »


CD Review: SHERLOCK soundtrack

SHERLOCK soundtrack | ©2012 Silva Screen Records

The music is afoot over two series (and gradually counting) of this 21st century take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed characters, as given the revamp mojo by the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO team to equal international acclaim, and an Emmy nomination (among the show’s many) for composers David Arnold and Michael Price. It’s elementary that these two would hip up Holmes’ sound for its new takes on such classic Doyle stories as “A Scandal in Belgravia” and “The Reichenbach Fall,” pretty much wiping away the once-traditional, solo orchestral sleuthing to combine strings with such neo-futuristic sounds as sampled percussion synth samples …Read On »


AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 recap: Elise Testone Kicked Off, Five Left

Elise Testone is kicked off of AMERICAN IDOL | (c) 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 26, 2012 It was once again time to lose another contestant on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, leaving just the Top 5. By now, you know that Elise Testone was eliminated from the show. Hollie Cavanaugh and Skylar Laine were also in the bottom three this week. Once again, Jimmy Iovine’s comments continue to be the best freaking part of IDOL and probably the most honest that anyone is on the show since Simon Cowell left. They …Read On »


TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 16 – “Cartman Finds Love”

Nichole and Cartman in SOUTH PARK - Season 16 - "Cartman Finds Love" | ©2012 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: April 25, 2012 The mid-season finale of SOUTH PARK is here, and while last year set the bar high for a mid-season closer (the brilliant “You’re Getting Old”), this year ends on a soft note with an okay, but unspectacular Cartman-centric episode “Cartman Finds Love.” First off, when you hear the title, you think, finally, someone is going to tame Cartman – but that’s not the case. It’s just another episode where Cartman falls in love with himself. When the new black girl Nichole arrives in …Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Daniel Gillies talks THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and new series SAVING HOPE

Daniel Gillies at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day | ©2012 Sue Schneider

ASSIGNMENT X got a chance to catch up with THE VAMPIRE DIARIES star Daniel Gillies recently at the NBC SUMMER PRESS DAY at the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena. Daniel was there to promote his new NBC series  SAVING HOPE (debuting this summer), and although his storyline on THE VAMPIRES DIARIES is not over yet. In SAVING HOPE Daniel stars as Dr. Joel Goran, along with Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE) and Michael Shanks (STARGATE ATLANTIS). ASSIGNMENT X: Your character, Elijah on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is considered the ultimate gentleman and while you have brotherly love for Klaus (Joseph Morgan), …Read On »


DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 14 Recap: Gladys Knight kicked off DWTS, Roshon Fegan saved

GLADYS KNIGHT, TRISTAN MACMANUS compete on Dancing with the Stars | © 2012 ABC/ADAM TAYLOR

Stars: Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert, Katherine Jenkins, Gladys Knight, William Levy, Maria Menounos, Jaleel White Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: April 24th, 2012 Well, Gladys Knight made it through Motown Week, fittingly, and now she bids DANCING WITH THE STARS adieu. Knight and her partner Tristan MacManus were eliminated eighth tonight on DWTS, leaving just seven couples and four weeks left for Season 14. A Motown Medley opened the show while the DWTS Troupe, along with Val Chmerkovskiy, Louie Van Amstel and partners, danced in accompaniment. At the beginning of a very long and stretched out …Read On »


TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Faraway Places”

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on MAD MEN "Faraway Places" | © 2012 Michael Yarish/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 & Semi Chellas, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Scott Hornbacher      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 22, 2012 “Far Away Places” is a unique episode in MAD MEN’s history. I love the storytelling device of showing the same day through the eyes of Peggy (Elisabeth Moss), Don (John Hamm), and Roger (John Slattery). I like the sort of GROUNDHOG DAY feel that we keep looping back on the …Read On »


TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 3 – “Heart of Darkness”

Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Heart of Darkness | © 2012 The CW/Quantrell D. Colber

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Brian Young & Evan Bleiweiss, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: Chris Grismer     Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: April 19, 2012 With “Heart of Darkness”, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES returns from yet another break. Anyone remember them taking this many breaks in past seasons? Anywho, this episode saw not just the return of one of my favorite guilty pleasures, but also the return of two of my favorite boys on the show, Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen). Not that Mystic Falls has had a …Read On »


TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Publicity”

Katherine McPhee stars in SMASH Publicity on NBC | © 2012/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Theresa Rebeck Director: Michael Mayer Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 23, 2012 You can’t help wondering, sometimes, if SMASH creator Theresa Rebeck, who is also a playwright, has had more than one run-in with a movie actor. In “Publicity,” an episode she wrote, she’s got more fun and games going with Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman), the movie actress brought in to play Marilyn in order to attract investors and an audience. But once again, the story line moves away from the show and more into the …Read On »


TV Review: EUREKA – Season 5 – “The Real Thing”

The cast of Eureka Season 5 | © 2012 Art Streiber/Syfy

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, Kavan Smith, Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton Writer: Bruce Miller Director: Michael Robison Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: April 23, 2012 We’ve got the 20-member crew of the Astraeus kidnapped by Beverly Barlow (Debrah Farantino) and being kept in some sort of trance state in which they think they’re back in EUREKA four years after the launch. Only because Allison accidentally found herself locked on board when the launch was taken over, there are actually 21 people under Barlow’s control and care. So now we find out in “The Real …Read On »

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