TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Christmas Waltz”

Jessica Pare and Jon Hamm in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Christmas Waltz" | ©2012 AMC/Jordin Althaus

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: Victor Levin & Matthew Wiener, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Michael Uppendahl       Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: May 20, 2012 “Christmas Waltz” is such an odd episode of MAD MEN to me. It feels like little bits and pieces of various characters’ stories without any kind of a central through line to tie them together as well as some episodes in the past. There are so many significant moments in this […]Read On »


AMERICAN IDOL recap: Phillip Phillips Wins Season 11 – Season Finale

Phillip Phillips wins AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 | (c) 2012 Michael Becker / FOX

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: May 23, 2012 So we are mercifully at the finale of the 11th season of the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. I missed last week because I had a serious case of IDOLitis, meaning I simply could not watch the show last week it was something in my blood. This is roughly the 40th review I have done this year and so yes it grates on you after many, many weeks. Anyway, just to get this out of the […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: James Van Der Beek chats about DON’T TRUST THE B—- IN APARTMENT 23

James Van Der Beek in DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APT. 23 - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s DON’T TRUST THE B—- IN APARTMENT 23, which was recently renewed for a second season, Krysten Ritter plays Chloe, the devious “B” in question. Chloe makes life very interesting for her new roommate June, portrayed by Dreama Walker. Within the story, Chloe’s BFF is former DAWSON’S CREEK star James Van Der Beek, who is played by … James Van Der Beek, in a case of a performer showing a remarkably good sense of the absurd about himself, his career and life in general. At a party thrown by ABC for the Television Critics Association, Van Der Beek takes […]Read On »


AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Recap: Phillip Phillips slays Jessica Sanchez to become the frontrunner for the Season 11 victory

Phillip Phillips in the AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 finale | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

AMERICAN IDOL has become more predictable as it ages. And if anyone thinks Jessica Sanchez is going to win over Phillip Phillips is seriously mistaken. The Tween girls rule IDOL, which is why cute guys tend to win the show over cute girls. This year however, if you compare the two finalists and the songs they sang, it was obvious, one was the clear winner. And your winner, though not yet crowned, is Phillip Phillips. Yes, there could be some producer trickery and Sanchez could pull an upset, but it would be insincere to say the least. The rundown of […]Read On »


DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 14 Recap: Touchdown for Donald Driver as he wins the Mirror Ball

Donal Driver and Peta Murgatroyd win DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 14 | ©2012 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Donald Driver, Katherine Jenkins, William Levy Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: May 22nd, 2012 The footballer takes it all! Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd are DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 14 champs! Wow! OMG! You’re kidding, right? Never before have I been so surprised about the winner of DWTS than I was tonight. Not that Driver & Murgatroyd didn’t deserve it. He rocked the house last night and tonight, but he didn’t always impress. Still, it was a well-deserved win. I just had my money on William Levy & Cheryl Burke to take it all. I would […]Read On »


TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Goodbye” – Season Finale

Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale in GLEE - Season 3 finale - "Goodbye" |©2012 Fox/Adam Rose

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: Brad Falchuk Director: Brad Falchuk Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: May 22, 2012 In what feels more like a series finale rather than a season finale, the “Goodbye” episode of GLEE is another strong showing from a series that has really been firing on all cylinders the last few weeks. With so many of the “senior” class splintering off, this episode is about our core […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: GLEE creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan on the hit Fox series

Lea Michele, Vanessa Lengies, Jenna Ushkowitz, Naya Rivera, Amber Riley, Heather Morris and Dianna Agron in GLEE - Season 3 - "I Kissed a Girl" | ©2011 Fox/Adam Rose

GLEE’s third-season finale airs tonight, Tuesday May 22, on Fox. We caught up with two of GLEE’s creators/executive producers, Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan (the third creator/executive producer is Brad Falchuk) for a short chat about the journey so far. ASSIGNMENT X: At what point in GLEE’s life did you realize you had not just a TV series, but a pop culture phenomenon? RYAN MURPHY: I was out of the country shooting [EAT PRAY LOVE starring Julia Roberts] when it sort of all happened. I think it was the episode [“The Rhodes Not Taken”] that was the first Kristin Chenoweth […]Read On »


TV Review: HOUSE – Season 8 – “Everybody Dies” – Series Finale

Hugh Laurie in HOUSE - Season 8 - "Everbody Dies" - Series Finale | ©2012 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer, Peter Jacobson, Odette Annable, Charlyne Yi Writers: David Shore, Peter Blake, Eli Attie Director: David Shore Network: Fox, airs Mondays Original Telecast: May 22, 2012 Anyone checking into the Series Finale of HOUSE expecting Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) to change his colors was given a little bit of a surprise. “Everybody Dies” is a puzzle, the one’s House loves to solve, but it’s a different kind of puzzle – one that House needs to solve about himself. When a resourceful drug addict shows up (James LeGros) with a strange […]Read On »


DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 14 Recap: Katherine Jenkins gets a perfect score in a tight race

Cheryl Burke and William Levy perform on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 14 - "The Finals" | ©2012 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Donald Driver, Katherine Jenkins, William Levy Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: May 21st, 2012 DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 14  – The finals did not disappoint! Lifts, jumps, kicks and screams, the trio of duo finalists gave it all they got! Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas received a perfect 60 when their two dance scores were combined. All couples first performed a dance from the season chosen by the judges who wanted to see it remastered. Then, came the freestyle, known to single handedly make or break a champ in a 2-minute heartbeat. This time, however, two […]Read On »


TV Review: GRIMM – Season 1 finale – “Woman in Black”

Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch in GRIMM - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Eric Ogden

Stars: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee Writers: David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf Director:  Norberto Barba Network: NBC, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: May 21, 2012 The Season 1 finale of GRIMM is here, and the mythology of the series firmly takes over by scattering tons of intriguing plot threads that will need to be resolved when the series returns in the fall. Throughout the season, cop Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) has been dealing with his newfound ability to see Vessen – creatures that we thought only existed in […]Read On »

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