TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Signal 30”

Alison Brie in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Signal 30" | ©2012 AMC/Ron Jaffe

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 & Frank Pierson, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: John Slattery    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 15, 2012 Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat about MAD MEN…I HATE Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser). Part of that is because he is such a loathsome character, and part is because I’ve never been fond of the actor playing him. I will freely admit that the first place I encountered […]Read On »


TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Mystery Date”

Christina Hendricks and Christine Estabrook in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Mystery Date" | ©2012 AMC/Michael Yarish

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 & Victor Levin, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Matt Shakman    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 8, 2012 MAD MEN is such a unique show for me. There really aren’t any other straight up dramas that you can get me to sit down and be completely glued to the TV for a full hour. Pretty much all of the other ‘dramas’ that I watch involve vampires, zombies, or some […]Read On »


TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Headhunters”

Adam Baldwin in CASTLE - Season 4 - "Headhunters" | ©2012 ABC/Randy Holmes

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Alexi Hawley Director: John Terlesky Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: April 14, 2012 It’s a little more back to business, as usual, on CASTLE, with a nice balance of comedy and some angst.  And it’s always fun to see Adam Baldwin doing his thing and he doesn’t grunt this time. Plus, the producers guiding the writers have offered us some hope that we will see Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and author Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) get their act together in the […]Read On »


TV Review: EUREKA – Season 5 – “Lost” – Season Premiere

Kavan Smith in EUREKA - Season 5 - "Lost" | ©2012 Syfy/Eike Schroter

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, Kavan Smith, Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton Writer: Jaime Paglia Director: Matt Hastings Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: April 16, 2011 There are so many things to love about EUREKA that it’s kind of bittersweet that “Lost” is actually the Season 5 premiere of the final season. Here is a show that celebrates genius and being smart, but also respects each character’s gifts. It is one of the most diverse shows on television, with two African Americans in prominent roles as scientists, including one woman. And women here are just […]Read On »


TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 14 – Week 4 – “Latin Night” sizzles

Cheryl Burke and William Levy in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 14 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Gavin DeGraw, Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert, Katherine Jenkins, Gladys Knight, William Levy, Maria Menounos, Jaleel White Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: April 16th, 2012 It was Latin night on DANCING WITH THE STARS: S14 – Week Five and the couples were heating up the dance floor. After a disappointing Rock Week last week, everyone up’ed their game this time and performed their asses off. Four couples, in particular, came to play tonight – Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas, William Levy & Cheryl Burke, Maria Menounos & Derek Hough and Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd. Others […]Read On »


TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 2 – “What Is Dead May Never Die”

Peter Dinklage in GAME OF THRONES - Season 2 - "What Is Dead May Never Die" | ©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, 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 Writer: Bryan Cogman, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Alik Sakharov Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 […]Read On »


Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including THE DARKEST HOUR

THE DARKEST HOUR | © 2012 Summit Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: THE DARKEST HOUR – This is an interesting take on the alien invasion/apocalypse genre from producer Timur Bekmambetov (who directed WANTED as well as the awesome NIGHTWATCH series). Set in Moscow, two friends try to get their Internet business off the ground but get shafted instead. They […]Read On »


TV Review: BONES – Season 7 – “The Bump in the Road”

Luke Kleintank in BONES - Season 7 - "The Bump in the Road" | ©2012 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Tina Majorino, Luke Kleintank, Tiffany Hines, David Andriole, Missy Doty, Mary Pat Gleason, Mark Saul, Brandon Molale Writer: Keith Fogelsong, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writers of Kathy Reichs Director: Dwight Little Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: April 9, 2012 It was probably a safe bet that many BONES fans wanted to see new parents Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) adoring their baby Christine, so the episode “The Bump in the Road” opens with that. It’s fine […]Read On »


TV Review: FRINGE – Season 4 – “The Consultant”

Jared Harris in FRINGE - Season 4 - "The Consultant" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Anna Torv, Seth Gabel, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole Writer: Christine Lavaf Director: Jeannot Szwarc Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: April 13, 2012 It’s more “Over There” action with FRINGE as “The Consultant” finds Walter (John Noble) traveling to the other side to help Bolivia (Anna Torv) and Lincoln (Seth Gabel) figure out why people dying in one universe, are resulting in similar deaths in the other universe. Naturally, David Robert Jones (Jared Harris) is at the heart of this – essentially creating a device that tests out whether events in both universes can […]Read On »


TV Review: TOUCH – Season 2 – “Entanglement”

Danny Glover and Kiefer Sutherland in TOUCH - Season 1 - "Entanglement" | ©2012 Fox/Kelsey McNeal

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Mazouz, Danny Glover Writer: Chris Levinson Director: Milan Cheylov Network: Fox, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: April 12, 2012 One of the realities of TOUCH is that there’s generally a lot going on as the story paths weave and interchange. “Entanglement” may be this episode’s title, but it could just as easily have been the series title, as well. Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland), who lost his wife when the World Trade Center came down during the 9/11 attacks, is trying to raise his autistic son Jake (David Mazouz) who can’t speak. The trick is that Jake “sees” and apparently “feels” […]Read On »

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