TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”

Jenna Ushkowitz, Lea Michele and Dianna Agron in GLEE - Season 3 - "Extraordinary Christmas" | ©2011 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:  Marti Noxon Director:  Matthew Morrison Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: December 13, 2011 Yes, it’s official – being meta with a Christmas special has officially jumped the shark. TV shows must stop the madness now. How many times can you pay homage to HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS?, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER and countless …Read On »


TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Smoldering Children”

Dylan McDermott and Rubber Man in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Smoldering Children" | ©2011 FX/Lewis Jacobs

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, Michael Graziadei, Charles Dutton Writer: James Wong, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Michael Lehmann Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: December 7, 2011 SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen the episode, don’t read this synopsis. With all the other crazy stuff going on in AMERICAN HORROR STORY, perhaps we can be forgiven for not having realized until now the “Duh!” revelation within “Smoldering Children,” which explains why Violet (Taissa Farmiga) and Tate (Evan Peters) have been able to finally …Read On »


TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Cuffed”

Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion in CASTLE - Season 4 - "Cuffed" | ©2011 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe Director: John Terleskey Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: December 5, 2011 I have to give writers Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe a lot of credit for finding a legitimate way to tell a story in flashback (a tactic I usually find lazy and abhorrent). They start the “Cuffed” episode of CASTLE with crime-solving author Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) waking up hand-cuffed together. The flashback scenes happen …Read On »


TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Talk to the Hand”

Colin Hanks in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Talk To The Hand" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke, Jordana Spiro, Rya Kihlstedt Writers: Manny Coto & Tim Schlattman, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: December 11, 2011 DEXTER has been known for its intriguing twists, and “Talk to the Hand” has a few, starting with Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) notion to call out the annoying religious maniac Travis (Colin Hanks) by playing his game. SPOILER ALERT Deborah (Jennifer Carpenter), …Read On »


TV Review: BONES – Season 7 – “The Twist in the Twister”

Billy F. Gibbons in BONES - Season 7 - "The Twist in the Twister" | ©2011 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Joel David Moore, Billy F. Gibbons Writer: Karine Rosenthal, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Jeannot Szwarc Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 9 PM Airdate: December 8, 2011 “The Twist in the Twister” is a BONES episode that brings in some Weather Channel-esque action to spin an intriguing A story, with subplots for Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz), Angela (Michaela Conlin) and Jack (T.J. Thyne), and even recently-released psych patient squintern Fisher (Joel David Moore). The …Read On »


TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”

Raphael Sbarge, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Jamie Dornan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas in ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Karen Hill

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Director: David M. Barrett Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: December 11, 2011 When you see that an episode is written by the show’s creators, you have to figure it’s going to be a pretty key episode, especially if you’ve got an ongoing story arc, like this show does. “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” pays off big time. In this episode from ONCE UPON A TIME, we not only find out that Sheriff Graham (Jamie Dornan) does have a fairy tale counterpart, we see that Regina …Read On »


TV Review: CHUCK – Season 5 – “Vs. The Hack Off”

Scott Krinsky, Danny Pudi and Joshua Gomez in CHUCK - Season 5 - "Vs. The Hack Off" | ©2011 NBC/Matt Kennedy

Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Ryan McPartlin Writer: Craig DiGregorio Director: Zachary Levi Network: NBC, Friday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: December 9, 2011 “Chuck vs. the Hack Off” is star Zachary Levi’s third time behind the cameras on CHUCK, and I’m thinking he’s got his next career move lined up for himself. It truly helps that he gets the show from its DNA, but this was one slick episode, filled with those little bits that leave you smiling when you catch them. So, when we last left the independent spies of Carmichael Industries, Casey had just …Read On »


THE X FACTOR Season 1 Recap: Nothing to Crow about as Rachel Crow gets her heart ripped out by Nicole Scherzinger

Rachel Crow (pictured here with host Steve Jones) is eliminated from THE X FACTOR - Season 1 - Top 5 week | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Network: Fox Original Telecast: November 30, 2011 Here’s the problem with having 13, 14, or 15 year olds competing on reality programs – they’re not mature enough and emotionally not ready to take on the big hurdles these kind of shows present. And THE X FACTOR has proven all season, its youngest contestants may be talented, but to be thrust into the dog eat dog world of the entertainment industry is a dangerous, slippery slope. First, we had the arrogance of Astro refusing to perform when he was in the bottom one week. Last week, the judges unfairly ousted Drew …Read On »


TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Loyalty”

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Loyalty" | ©2011 ABC/Michael Desmond

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Wendy Calhoun & Nikki Toscano Director: J. Miller Tobin Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: December 7, 2011 It almost seems as thought the various plotlines of REVENGE are spinning out of control in this week’s episode, “Loyalty.” Of course, the problem with being angry is that you tend to alienate the people you can least afford to, and Emily (Emily VanCamp) is certainly heading that direction, having issues with her mentor Satoshi Takeda (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Nolan (Gabriel Mann). Just a refresher to (hopefully) eliminate confusion – Emily Thorne …Read On »


TV Review: EUREKA – Season 4 – “Do You See What I See?”

Animation takes over the EUREKA world for the Season 4 Christmas episode - "Do You See What I See?" | ©2011 Syfy

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Kavan Smith, Jordan Hinson, Trevor Jackson, Christopher Gauthier, Matt Frewer, Jim Parsons, Edward James Olmos Writers: Amy Berg & Eric Tuchman Director: Matt Hastings Network: Syfy, Tuesday @ 8 PM Original Telecast: December 6, 2011 Once in awhile, a TV show makes an episode that is both so good and so completely insane that one feels safe in showing it to people who have never seen the series before and may never see it again. EUREKA can now proudly join that select company with its fourth-year Christmas special, “Do …Read On »

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