Television

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

Josh Dallas in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "The Shepherd" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Paul Edwards Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: December 4, 2011 Funny how this episode “The Shepherd,” while interesting, didn’t seem to do much to advance the overall story of ONCE UPON A TIME. It wasn’t a bad episode. It just didn’t seem to do much. Now that John Doe (the Prince Charming who came through the evil spell that sent all the fairy tale characters to present day Storybrooke, Maine, and landed there in a coma) has woken up and been identified as David Nolan (Josh Dallas), we get …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Death’s Door”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Death's Door" | ©2011 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, James Patrick Stuart, Steven Williams, Henri Lubatti Writer: Sera Gamble, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: December 2, 2011 How do we know the prognosis for Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver) is dire on this episode of SUPERNATURAL? It’s not because he’s got a bullet lodged in his brain, thanks to getting shot by Leviathan big boss Dick (James Patrick Stuart). Instead, it’s because show runner Sera Gamble wrote “Death’s Door” and producer Robert Singer (yes, Bobby is named after him) is the …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 7 – “The Male in the Mail”

Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 7 - "The Male in the Mail" | ©2011 Fox/Richard Foreman

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Ralph Waite, Eugene Byrd, Tina Majorino Writer: Pat Charles, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Kevin Hooks Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 9 PM Airdate: December 1, 2011 “Dead letter office” gets new meaning in the BONES episode “The Male in the Mail,” with human remains discovered in a postal facility for undeliverable packages. This is intriguing, as is the realization that a great way to dispose of a body is to mail it to a nonexistent address …Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks for the week including SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE SERIES

SMALLVILLE THE COMPLETE SERIES | © 2011 Warner Home Video

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: TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL – Now this is what I am talking about in the realm of horror-comedy. Something completely different and fun. Two good ole boys take a trip to the country in order to check out Tucker’s (Alan Tudyk) new vacation home – his …Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Spooky Little Girl”

Matt Ross in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Spooky Little Girl" | ©2011 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Kate Mara, Alexandra Breckinridge, Morris Chestnut, Mena Suvari, Sarah Paulson, Matt Ross, Michael Graziadei Writer: Jennifer Salt, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: John Scott Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: November 30, 2011 Should we not have realized before, the AMERICAN HORROR STORY episode “Spooky Little Girl” reminds us that even ghosts can be self-defeating and work against their own best interests. Tate (Evan Peters), as we learn, has not only committed a violation by raping Vivien (Connie Britton) …Read On »

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THE X FACTOR Season 1 Recap: Astro beats it, and sadly, Drew does too

Drew (next to her mentor Simon Cowell) is eliminated on THE X FACTOR - Season 1 - "The Top 7 elimination" | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Network: Fox Original Telecast: November 30, 2011 THE X FACTOR did its second week of double eliminations during “The Top 7 Perform – Michael Jackson Tribute Week,” with one person who you expected to be booted off and another who was a complete surprise. The four people that made it through easily – Chris Rene, Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik, Rachel Crow. Then, came the automatic booting off of Astro. It was finally his time and surprisingly he was grateful, even as he was ushered off the stage (a complete about face from his attitude two weeks ago). This left Marcus …Read On »

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TV Review: THE X FACTOR – Season 1 – “The Top 7 Perform” Recap of Michael Jackson week

Drew in THE X FACTOR - Season 1 - "The Top 7 Perform" | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Network: Fox Original Telecast: November 30, 2011 I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. PLEASE put a moratorium on “Beatles” week and “Michael Jackson” week on these competition shows. It’s overdone. Yes, there’s a Michael Jackson Vegas Cirque du Soleil thing going on in Vegas right now, but do we really need to need more butchering of Jackson’s music? Thankfully, there weren’t a lot of obvious songs in the mix on this week’s THE X FACTOR which is now whittled down to The Top 7, but where was the singing? Once again Astro raps (yes, I get that’s all …Read On »

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TV Review: I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER – Season 1 “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Chad L. Coleman, Aisha Dee, Katie Finneran, Jaime Pressly, Kristi Lauren, Eric Sheffer Stevens and Kevin Rahm in I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2011 Fox/Gavin Bond

  Cast: Jaime Pressly, Katie Finneran, Kristi Lauren, Aisha Dee, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Kevin Rahm, Chad L. Coleman Writers: Sherry Bilsing Graham, Helen Kreamer Director: Andy Ackerman Network: Fox, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: November 30, 2011 I did not have high hopes for I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER. The premise sounded unlikable and atrocious and  Fox hasn’t had much luck with traditional multi-camera sitcoms in decades. That said, the series took me completely by surprise. I’m not the ideal viewer of the show, but I found myself suckered in. The ensemble cast is quite good and there are some …Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “I Kissed A Girl”

Dot-Marie Jones and Jane Lynch in GLEE - Season 3 - "I Kissed a Girl" | ©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: Matthew Hodgson Director: Tate Donovan Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: November 29, 2011 Consistency, that’s what I’m talking about and that’s finally happened with GLEE the last couple of episodes. And with “I Kissed A Girl” we get another strong episode paying off the many story strands that have been set up over the first part of the season. The primary focus is the de-icing …Read On »

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TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD – Season 2 – “Pretty Much Dead Already”

Andrew Lincoln in THE WALKING DEAD - Season 2 - "Pretty Much Dead Already" | ©2011 AMC/Gene Page

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Melissa Suzanne McBride, Lauren Cohan, Madison Lintz, IronE Singleton, James Allen McCune, Scott Wilson, Emily Kinney, Jane McNeill Writer: Scott M. Gimple Director:  Michelle MacLaren Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights  Original Telecast: November 27, 2011 In the seventh and mid-season cliffhanger episode of THE WALKING DEAD Season 2, “Pretty Much Dead Already,” tensions reach the breaking point and beyond as Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group struggles with the prospect of leaving the relative security of Hershel’s (Scott Wilson) farm. Shane (Jon Bernthal) stands up …Read On »

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