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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 3 – “The Ties That Bind”

Persia White in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "The Ties That Bind" | ©2012 The CW/Quantrell D. Colbert

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Brian Young, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: John Dahl Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: January 19, 2012 I appreciate that THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is constantly evolving their characters and the characters relationships to each other. I really do. I don’t like tuning into a show every week to find the same old stagnant relationships that we’ve seen for a couple of seasons continue to limp towards some kind of inevitable confrontation or goal. The writers on this show consistently try to up the ante and to …Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including ABDUCTION

ABDUCTION | © 2012 Lionsgate Home 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 ABDUCTION – This is the film that was supposed to launch Taylor Lautner into a new role of being an action star. Unfortunately, if it doesn’t have TWILIGHT in front of it, no one apparently gives a rat’s hairy ass. The few tweens that actually would spend …Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 11 – “Auditions No. 1 – Savannah” – Season Premiere

Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 - Savannah Auditions | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest Network: Fox, airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 18, 2012 I found the premiere episode of the 11th season of the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, extremely amusing. No, not because of the lack of talent that was displayed traditionally, but because they focused on how many talents have come through the show in that span. I’m amused because it has been 10 years of going through these painfully bad auditions – again, not talking about the lack of talent, but the very fact that they …Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Commitment”

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Commitment" | ©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: Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie Director: Matt Earl Beesley Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: January 18, 2012 “Commitment” is one of those episodes of REVENGE that feels like the story is going all over the place and not really getting anywhere. Part of it may be that Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) plan for revenge against Victoria and Conrad Grayson for the wrongful conviction of her father David Clarke (James Tupper) is creating a certain amount of collateral damage, this time to Charlotte (Christa B. Allen), Victoria’s daughter and Jack (Nick Wechsler). …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Time After Time”

Jensen Ackles and Nicholas Lea in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Time After Time" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Kim Rhodes, Nicholas Lea, Jason Dohring, Melissa Roxburgh, Linda Darlow Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: January 13, 2012 Time travel isn’t exactly new on SUPERNATURAL, but seeing Dean (Jensen Ackles) go all fanboy over the one and only Eliot Ness (Nicholas Lea, who was Alex Krycek on THE X-FILES) puts an entertaining spin on it. “Time After Time” splits its point of view between Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean after the brothers tangle with Chronos (Jason Dohring), God of Time. …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 7 – “The Crack in the Code”

Tamara Taylor in BONES - Season 7 - "The Crack in the Code" | ©2012 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Patricia Belcher, Michael Grant Terry, Andrew Leeds, Robert Cicchini Writer: Carla Kettner Director: Ian Toynton Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: January 12, 2012 With “The Crack in the Code,” BONES delivers an intriguingly macabre case at the same time it eases forward the relationship (and housing) negotiations of Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) as the birth of their daughter looms ever closer. When a gore-covered spine and skull are found at the site of a (fictional)Washington,D.C.monument, with the words “Where’s the rest …Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Dial M For Mayor”

Derek Webster in CASTLE - Season 4 - "Dial M For Mayor' | ©2012 ABC/Randy Holmes

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Christine Boylan Director: Kate Woods Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: January 16, 2011 If ever ABC did not do CASTLE any favors, it was with this episode, “Dial M for Mayor.” The promos made it look like Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and crime-solving author dilletant Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) were going to be facing a serious rift in their good friendship over Castle’s support of his buddy Mayor Robert Weldon (Derek Webster). Nope. Have to take note – this episode was …Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “True North”

Lana Parrilla in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - True North" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: David H. Goodman and Liz Tigelaar Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: January 15, 2012 It seems pretty clear from this episode, “True North,” that Regina’s grip on the modern day world of ONCE UPON A TIME is slipping. Her fairy tale counterpart The Evil Queen (Lana Parilla plays both) isn’t getting all that she wants, either, but she’s got a heck of a lot more power in the fairy tale land. Or maybe she can be more overt about it. As usual, we have a version of a fairy tale …Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Yes/No”

Chord Overstreet in GLEE - Season 3 - "Yes/No" | ©2012 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:  Brad Falchuk Director:  Eric Stoltz Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: January 17, 2012 It’s amazing to me how much better GLEE has become over last year and the latest episode “Yes/No” really digs deep into characters and comes out on top with a wonderfully touching and emotive episode. The theme, if you hadn’t guessed from the title is “Yes/No” – which deals with various characters …Read On »

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TV Review: CHUCK – Season 5 – “Vs. Bo”

Adam Baldwin in CHUCK - Season 5 | ©2011 NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Ryan McPartlin Writer: Kristin Newman Director: Jeremiah Chechik Network: NBC, Friday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: January 13, 2012 “Chuck Vs. Bo” starts out with Sarah (Yvonne Strahovksi) telling Chuck (Zachary Levi) that she’s had it with spying. What? The world of CHUCK without evil forces out for world domination? Not for long because Chuck makes the fatal error – he says, “one last mission.” This time it’s to recover something Morgan (Joshua Gomez) left behind while partying in Vail, Colorado, back when he was still in his buggy Intersect phase. …Read On »

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