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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Justice”

James Purefoy as Dominick Wright and Henry Czerny as Conrad Grayson in ABC's REVENGE Justice | (c) 2012 ABC/COLLEEN HAYES)

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Sallie Patrick & Liz Tigelaar Director: Bobby Roth Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: April 25, 2012 Either Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) is remarkably good at moving with the flow of others’ movement in her great quest to wreak REVENGE on Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) and Conrad (Henry Czerny) Grayson, or we’re supposed to believe that she’s able to manipulate everything. I believe the former, but in “Justice,” you have still have to stretch the old willful suspension of disbelief muscle. Some of it may be that there’s just too much […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 14 Recap: Melissa Gilbert fumbles, Maria Menounos shines

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Melissa Gilbert perform on DANCING WITH THE STARS Week 7 | (c) 2012 ABC/ADAM TAYLOR

It’s Classical Night on DANCING WITH THE STARS: Week Seven! Elegance, and grace were present on the dance floor tonight as the first perfect score was received by Maria Menounos & Derek Hough! For weeks Menounos had been lingering behind heavy weights William Levy, Katherine Jenkins and Donald Driver and now she has stepped it up finally, coming in first this week with an impressive total of 57 points for the night. After their individual dances, the seven DWTS couples divided up into two groups to do the team dances this week. The scores were then added onto their individual […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Stranger”

Tony Amendola as Marco in ONCE UPON A TIME The Stranger | (c) 2012 ABC/JACK ROWAND

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss Director: Gwynett Horder-Payton Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 29, 2012 You’d think “The Stranger” would have come closer to the season finale of ONCE UPON A TIME as it’s definitely rich in pay-offs. Oh yes, oh yes. Like the whole August Booth (Eion Bailey) storyline. Ever since he showed up at the tale end of “True North,” we’ve been wondering about him, especially as we find out that he does know more than he should about the fairy tale world. But as we saw […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo”

Felcia Day guest stars on SUPERNATURAL "The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo" | © 2012 JACK ROWAND/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Felicia Day, Kevin R. McNally, James Patrick Stuart Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John MacCarthy Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: April 27, 2012 SUPERNATURAL has been criticized a time or two for its female characters. For that matter, it sometimes struggles with introducing any new good guys – we wait impatiently for one or more of the regulars to show up. “The Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo” suggests what may have been wrong with previous efforts with such characters – they weren’t played […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 7 – “The Warrior in the Wuss”

Brennan (Emily Deschanel and Booth (David Boreanaz) investigate the murder of a tool salesman in the The Warrior in the Wuss episode of BONES | (c) 2012 Fox/ Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Eugene Byrd, Ty Panitz, Amy Stewart, Evan Helmuth, Robert Rusler, Roberto Sanchez, LJ Benet, Jeremy Glazer, Walker Howard, Peyton Roney Writers: Dean Lopata & Michael Peterson, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Chad Lowe Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: April 23, 2012 In the BONES episode “The Warrior in the Wuss,” the team investigates the murder of a short truck driver who was so defensive about his height that he wore lifts. On the home […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Lara Pulver Talks the New Season of SHERLOCK

Lara Pulver as Irene Adler in Sherlock on the BBC | (c) 2012 BBC

The literary figure Irene Adler lives up to her surname – she is the only woman ever to addle Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective Sherlock Holmes. With that sort of power, it’s no wonder the character turns up to bedazzle and bedevil Holmes in SHERLOCK, a contemporary take on the sleuth developed by writers/producers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for the BBC. Season Two begins nex Sunday, May 6, on PBS at 9 PM in the U.S. (Season Two previously ran on the BBC starting New Year’s Day). Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his companion, Afghan war veteran John Watson, soared […]Read On »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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