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ARROW Review – Season 1 – “The Huntress Returns”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett, Janina Gavankar Writer:  Jake Coburn & Lana Cho Director: Guy Bee Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: March 21, 2013 ARROW takes a break from its major storyline involving the list of Starling City’s criminals this week and instead spends an episode focusing on the love life of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).  Fortunately, the story of Oliver’s love life also involves crossbow murders and motorcycle chases, so “The Huntress Returns” doesn’t represent much of […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 16 Recap: Dorothy Hamill forced to leave DWTS

Tristan MacManus and Dorothy Hamill in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 16 | ©2013 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Wynonna Judd, D.L. Hughley, Jacoby Jones, Lisa Vanderpump, Andy Dick, Victor Ortiz, Zendaya Coleman, Aly Raisman, Ingo Rademacher, Kellie Pickler, Dorothy Hamill, Sean Lowe Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: March 26th, 2013 Well, DANCING WITH THE STARS never seems to be short on surprises. In a last minute notification right before one of the bottom two couples was about to be eliminated Dorothy Hamill steps up and says she must withdraw from the contest due to her injuries, doctor’s orders. So, the two bottom couples – Victor Ortiz & Lindsay Arnold and Lisa Vanderpump & Gleb Savchenko  […]Read On »

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TV Review: VIKINGS – Season 1 – “Trial”

Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) awaits judgement in VIKINGS "Trial" | (c) 2013 Jonathan Hession/History

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Gustaf Skarsgard, Jessalyn Gilsig, George Blagden Writer: Michael Hirst Director: Ciaran Donnelly Network: Airs on History, Sundays at 10 p.m. Original Telecast: March 24, 2013 Building on the theme that was established in the first raid out west in VIKINGS, “Trial” showed that these bearded band of bad asses are definitely not good people. Picking up after the previous episodes were Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his Viking sailors made land once again on England and dispatched the local sheriff and soldiers. They pressed on to the neighboring village and Ragnar, […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 16 – Week 2

Derek Hough and Kellie Pickler in Week 2 of DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 16 | ©2013 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Wynonna Judd, D.L. Hughley, Jacoby Jones, Lisa Vanderpump, Andy Dick, Victor Ortiz, Zendaya Coleman, Aly Raisman, Ingo Rademacher, Kellie Pickler, Dorothy Hamill, Sean Lowe Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: March 25th, 2013 After some of the lowest ratings ever to hit the high rated DANCING WITH THE STARS last all star season, I guess they figured people actually want to see people who can’t dance. So, here you go…voila – season 16. But, be careful what you wish for. Some of the scores are pretty low and some of the dancing is pretty…well, let’s just say there […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 2 – “Guilt and Innocence”

DALLAS - Season 2 - "Guilt and Innocence" | ©2013 TNT/Zade Rosenthal

Stars: Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writer: Robert Rovner Director: Jesse Bochco Network: TNT, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: March 25th, 2013 Explosive is more than one way to describe this week’s DALLAS episode “Guilt and Innocence.” Relationships implode while Ewing Enterprises is severely damaged by the destruction that almost cost the lives of many and put the lives of Pamela’s (Julie Gonzalo) and Christopher’s (Jesse Metcalfe) babies in harm’s way. Oh, but that isn’t half of it. The drama heats up between Harris (Mitch Pileggi) and his mother (Judith Light) […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 – “The Wild Rover”

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic in CASTLE - Season 5 - "Murder, He Wrote" | ©2012 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  Terencce Paul Director: Rob Bowman Network: ABC, Monday nights, 1o p.m. Original Telecast: March 25, 2013 “The Wild Rover” starts out as your standard CASTLE episode, with light-hearted banter between Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic), a weirdly positioned stiff and the usual odd clues. But it quickly turns into something really extraordinary – namely CASTLE at it’s best. The victim is a cupcake baker found shot to death in a mixing bowl of his batter. But, lo, there’s a magic briefcase filled with $50,000 […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD – Season 3 – “This Sorrowful Life”

Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan in THE WALKING DEAD - Season 3 - "This Sorrowful Life" | ©2013 AMC/Gene Page

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Michael Rooker, Melissa Suzanne McBride, Scott Wilson, Emily Kinney, Dallas Roberts Writer: Scott M. Gimple Director: Greg Nicotero Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights  Original Telecast: March 24, 2013 Well, THE WALKING DEAD does it once again. It manages to take a very important death and totally make it worth it, while making it heart-wrenching and heart-felt all in one. “This Sorrowful Life” is a superb episode written by Scott M. Gimple (who takes over as showrunner from Glen Mazzara next season) and directed by co-executive […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Guilty Pleasures”

Darren Criss and Chord Overstreet perform WHAM in GLEE - Season 4 - "Guilty Pleasures" | ©2013 Fox/Adam Rose

  Writer: Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner Director: Eric Stoltz Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: March 24, 2013 Let’s just face it – GLEE is running on fumes. Story has become secondary, almost arbitrary and now the show feels like it only exists to sell songs and CDs. The storylines have become ridiculous during the second half of the season, the transition with the graduating glass (most of them conveniently enough in New York) and the remaining McKinley High students has been awkward and the characters continue to do things that make no sense whatsoever (Finn kissing Emma, huh?). […]Read On »

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CD Review: GLADIATOR soundtrack

GLADIATOR soundtrack | ©2013 Intrada Records

Jerry Goldsmith was arguably the greatest composer to hit Hollywood. But that didn’t mean he wasn’t capable of producing delightful cheese as much as he was a true masterworks. Case in point is his score for 1992’s GLADIATOR, an inner city boxing melodrama long forgotten in the wake of the Russell Crowe picture whose stakes were life and death. In this case, it was a TKO for Goldsmith when ROADHOUSE director Rowdy Herrington kicked his score to the curb in favor of Brad Fiedel, a composer whose electronic abilities were likely more “with it” than the veteran musical fighter. Yet […]Read On »

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CD Review: HOUSE OF CARDS soundtrack

HOUSE OF CARDS soundtrack | ©2013 Varese Sarabande Records

Though he’s relatively young, it seems that composer Jeff Beal has been at TV series like FAMILY LAW, ROME, UGLY BETTY and MONK with the entrenched dependability of a continuously elected senator. If that’s an apt metaphor, then it’s no wonder that HOUSE OF CARDS just might end up being Beal’s biggest hit in the medium- even if the “network” it’s on happens to be Netflix. You might also find it hard to believe that the English came up with the idea first for such a distinctly American show about a devious politician out to step up the broken ladder […]Read On »

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