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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Always” – Season Finale

Stana Katic as Beckett and Nathan Fillion as Castle in the CASTLE episode Always | (c) 2012 ABC/VIVIAN ZINK

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Terri Edda Miller & Andrew W. Marlowe Director: Rob Bowman Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: May 7, 2012 It’s not enough, apparently, that the producers of CASTLE spent most of Season Three teasing us with the will they/won’t they relationship between author and dilettante crime fighter Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Det. Kate Beckett. It’s not enough that they spent this entire season doing the same. They had to spend the entire season finale needlessly and ridiculously teasing us with “Always.” We do […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “An Apple Red As Blood”

Ginnifer Goodwin as Mary in ONCE UPON A TIME An Apple Red as Blood | (c) 2012 ABC/JACK ROWAND

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Jane Espenson Director: David H. Goodman Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: May 6, 2012 We’re at the penultimate episode of the season for ONCE UPON A TIME, and it’s all about “An Apple Red as Blood,” as Regina (aka The Evil Queen, played by Lana Parilla) decides to use James/Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) as bait to get Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) to eat the fateful apple, then in the modern world, gets Jefferson (aka The Mad Hatter, Sebastian Stan) to get that same apple to bring down Emma […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 14 Recap: Roshon Fegan and Melissa Gilbert both get kicked off DWTS

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 14 - Week 8 | ©2012 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert, Katherine Jenkins, William Levy, Maria Menounos, Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: May 8th, 2012 Well, partly surprisingly and partly not, DANCING WITH THE STARS: The Results double elimination show once again demonstrated the importance of the fans’ votes. Taken out too early, perhaps, were Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower who were in second place after Monday’s show but were untimely dismissed tonight. Not so shocking was the elimination of Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She had landed at the bottom of the judges’ scores time and time again so even though […]Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Previews”

Katharine McPhee in SMASH - Season 1 - "Previews" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writer: David Marshall Grant Director: Robert Duncan McNeill Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: May 8, 2012 As SMASH nears next week’s Season 1 finale, one can’t help but scratch their head at how a once promising show sunk so low, so fast. While I still admit to being fascinated by a handful of characters and the backstage antics pertaining to the Broadway music itself, it’s the misguided decisions where the writers have forced their generally well-written characters to partake in that just strips the show of […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Reading is Fundamental”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Reading is Fundamental" | ©2012 The CW/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Rachel Miner, Osric Chau, Benito Martinez, Emily Holmes, Adrian Glynn McMorran Writer: Ben Edlund, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Ben Edlund Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 4, 2012 Since SUPERNATURAL staffer Ben Edlund is the creator of THE TICK and scripted some of the funniest episodes in modern dramatic series television (“Jaynestown” on FIREFLY and “Smile Time” on ANGEL), when he writes and directs an installment of something, it automatically merits watching. “Reading is Fundamental” isn’t an all-out laugh fest, but it has a ribbon of humor […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Choke”

Mark Salling in GLEE - Season 3 - "Choke" | ©2012 Fox/Mike Yarish

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: Michael Uppendahl Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: May 1, 2012 With graduation looming for many of the students at McKinley High, the recent stories for GLEE have become more focused. Whereas most TV shows would deal with graduation and the end of high school during the last couple of the episodes, GLEE has made it a point to wring every kind of […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 14 Recap: William Levy leads, Driver disappoints

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

It was game on tonight on DANCING WITH THE STARS. All couples brought out their best moves and tricks. Some worked, some faltered. But, with a double elimination coming their way Tuesday, this wasn’t the time to play it safe. William Levy & Cheryl Burke topped the leader board tonight with a perfect 30 in their first round. The couples’ second round dances were accompanied by another male or female pro of their choice. Levy & Burke choose Tony Dovolani to grace the floor with them during their Paso Doble, keeping them in first place at the end of the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: CASTLE star Tamala Jones examines Lanie Parish

Ed F. Martin and Tamala Jones in CASTLE - Season 4 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

CASTLE has its fourth-season finale tonight, Monday at 10 PM on ABC, but never fear – the Nielsen Top 20 series has been renewed for a fifth season. Created by Andrew W. Marlowe, CASTLE follows the adventures of Nathan Fillion’s character, popular mystery writer Richard Castle, who has teamed up with NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and helps her solve cases while the two deal with their growing deep personal interest in one another. However, Castle and Beckett wouldn’t get very far in their investigations without knowing how the victims died. Enter medical examiner Lanie Parish, played by […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 4 – “Brave New World – Part 1”

Joshua Jackson in FRINGE - Season 4 - "Brave New World - Part 1" | ©2012 Fox/Michael Courtney

Cast: Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Anna Torv, Seth Gabel, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole Writer: J.H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner, Akiva Goldsman Director: Joe Chappelle Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: May 4, 2012 As FRINGE enters its Season 4 homestretch with the first of a two part season finale “Brave New World – Part 1,” the series finally brings all the season’s disparate pieces to the fore and the real villain finally emerges. Before we get to the nitty gritty, here’s a brief recap. For some time, we’ve known that villainous David Robert Jones (Jared Harris) has been up to […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 recap: Skylar Laine Kicked Off, Four Left

Skylar Laine and Hollie Cavanaugh wait for the final results on AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 | (c) 2012 Fox

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: May 3, 2012 After tonight there were only four contestants left on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. But who got the boot? By now, you know that Skylar Laine was kicked off the show with Hollie Cavanaugh also in the bottom. I’ll get to how the results were broken down and as usual I will spare you all the fluff including two performances from Coldplay (which is actually pretty cool), a performance from former IDOL winner Carrie Underwood, […]Read On »

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