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TV Review: TERRA NOVA – Season 1 – “Bylaw”

Jason O'Mara and Stephen Lang in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 - "Bylaw" | ©2011 Fox/Brook Rushton

Cast: Jason O’Mara, Christine Adams, Byron Brockmann, Shelly Conn, Stephan Lang, Simone Kessell, Landon Liborion, Allison Miller Director: Nelson McCormick Writers: Paul Grellong Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 8pm Original Telecast: Oct. 31, 201 Adultery and crimes of passion … is this really what TERRA NOVA should be focusing on five episodes into its 13 episode run in the first season? I don’t think so as the show has already struggled with finding its core mythology and sustaining entertaining ideas and storylines in the first few episodes. Instead shouldn’t we be learning more about why the Sixxers are banished …Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “The Angel of Death”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 - "The Angel of Death" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Rating: TV-MA Stars:Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Mos, Billy Brown, Mariana Klaveno Writer: Scott Reynolds Director: CJ Clarkson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: October 30, 2011 Poor Dexter just can’t keep a friend. Either they turn out to be substantially more messed up than him (the characters played by Christian Camargo, Jaime Murray and Jimmy Smits in, respectively, Seasons 1, 2 & 3) and he has to kill them, they stop being messed up and leave (Julia Stiles’ Lumen in Season 5) …Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 13 – Week 7 Recap – “Halloween Celebration”

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 13 | ©2011 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: David Arquette, Nancy Grace, Robert Kardashian, Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez, Hope Solo Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: October 31, 2011 It was a spooky night on DANCING WITH THE STARS. Point in case, J. R. Martinez, because of a so-so group dance, is in 4th place out of 6 couples! Say it ain’t so…oh, it is so. Team Paso (Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke, Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy, Ricki Lake & Derek Hough) kicked Team Tango’s (J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff, David Arquette & Kym Johnson, Nancy Grace & Tristan Macmanus) butt! The couples had one …Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “The Thing You Love Most”

Lana Parrilla and Jennifer Morrison in ONCE UPON A TIME - "The Thing You Love Most" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis Director: Greg Beeman Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: October 30, 2011 Like the good disciples of LOST creator Damon Lindelof they are, writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are happily dropping little hints here and there about the fairy world and the supposed real world of Storybrook, Maine in the new ABC series ONCE UPON A TIME, but are raising just as many, if not more, questions. In tonight’s episode “The Thing You Love Most”, as Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and Regina (Lana Parilla) go head to …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Slash Fiction”

Mark Sheppard in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Slash Fiction" | ©2011 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Kevin McNally, Sean Owen Roberts, John Patrick Stuart, Kim Rhodes, Shaun Smith Writers: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: October 28, 2011   SUPERNATURAL has done some crazy things in its time, but would an episode called “Slash Fiction” really be about what the title implies? For those unfamiliar with the term, “slash fiction” refers to fiction written by fans about a particular TV series or film or book, with the specific premise of that fiction in getting two …Read On »

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TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD – Season 2 – “Save the Last One”

Jon Bernthal in THE WALKING DEAD - Season 2 - "Save the Last One" | ©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, IronE Singleton, Madison Lintz, James Allen McCune, Scott Wilson, Pruitt Taylor Vince Writer: Scott M. Gimple Director:  Phil Abraham Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights  Original Telecast: October 30, 2011 In the third episode of THE WALKING DEAD Season 2, “Save the Last One,” Shane (Jon Bernthal) and Otis (Pruitt Taylor Vince) are trapped by a horde of zombies, unable to return to Herschel’s (Scott Wilson) farm with the much-needed medical supplies that might save Carl’s (Chandler Riggs) life. While time …Read On »

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TV Review: GRIMM – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli in GRIMM - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Eric Ogden

Stars: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz Writers: David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf and Stephen Carpenter based on a story by David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf and Stephen Carpenter Director: Marc Buckland Network: NBC, airs Fridays Original Telecast: October 29, 2011 NBC has taken so many hits lately from the abysmal THE PLAYBOY CLUB to the under-performance of its other new series, that the premiere of the final new show of their season looked pretty grim. Luckily, the show itself is called GRIMM and thankfully it’s anything but. GRIMM is from ANGEL co-creator …Read On »

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TV Review: CHUCK – Season 5 premiere – “Vs. The Zoom”

Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski in CHUCK - Season 5 | ©2011 NBC

Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Ryan McPartlin Writer: Chris Fedak and Nicholas Wooten Director: Robert Duncan McNeill Network: NBC, Friday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: October 28, 2011 At the end of Season Four of CHUCK, we were left hanging with Chuck (Zachary Levi), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovsky) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) going into the private spy business after CIA super agent Clyde Decker (Richard Burgi) shuts down their operation and takes the Intersect – a database filled with all the intel from everywhere that resides in the brain – from Chuck. Then, Chuck’s best bud Morgan (Joshua …Read On »

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DVD Review: CHUCK – THE COMPLETE SEASON 4

CHUCK - THE COMPLETE SEASON 4 | ©2011 Warner Home Video

Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Joshua Gomez, Vic Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Sarah Lancaster, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Bonita Friedericy Distributor: Warner Home Video Suggested Retail Price: $59.98 It’s hard to hate CHUCK, even when it sometimes veers wildly off course. Yet, when all is said and done, CHUCK – THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON still provided some pretty great episodes during a massive (and occasionally uneven) 24-episode season. Season 4 gets off to a rocky start with Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) constantly having relationship woes as they deal with their forthcoming wedding. This is where …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DOUBLE

THE DOUBLE movie poster | ©2011 Image Entertainment

Stars: Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Odette Yustman, Stephen Moyer, Stana Katic, Martin Sheen Writers: Michael Brandt & Derek Haas Director: Michael Brandt Distributor: Image Entertainment Release Date: October 28, 2011 THE DOUBLE is a thriller set in Washington, D.C. that involves both the CIA and the FBI, yet is virtually apolitical. The movie indeed invokes the kinds of spy dramas of yore, like THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and NO WAY OUT, where a search for an enemy agent leads to all sorts of twists and turns. Writers Michael Brandt & Derek Haas make a concession to present-day filmmaking expectations and pack …Read On »

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