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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Publicity”

Katherine McPhee stars in SMASH Publicity on NBC | © 2012/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Theresa Rebeck Director: Michael Mayer Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 23, 2012 You can’t help wondering, sometimes, if SMASH creator Theresa Rebeck, who is also a playwright, has had more than one run-in with a movie actor. In “Publicity,” an episode she wrote, she’s got more fun and games going with Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman), the movie actress brought in to play Marilyn in order to attract investors and an audience. But once again, the story line moves away from the show and more into the […]Read On »

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TV Review: EUREKA – Season 5 – “The Real Thing”

The cast of Eureka Season 5 | © 2012 Art Streiber/Syfy

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, Kavan Smith, Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton Writer: Bruce Miller Director: Michael Robison Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: April 23, 2012 We’ve got the 20-member crew of the Astraeus kidnapped by Beverly Barlow (Debrah Farantino) and being kept in some sort of trance state in which they think they’re back in EUREKA four years after the launch. Only because Allison accidentally found herself locked on board when the launch was taken over, there are actually 21 people under Barlow’s control and care. So now we find out in “The Real […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including THE DIVIDE

THE DIVIDE | (c) 2012 Anchor Bay 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: THE DIVIDE – This is not a movie for the faint of heart. It is a nightmare within a nightmare with nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, no hope of relief but where the human survival instincts won’t let go. After a nuclear explosion rocks New York […]Read On »

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

Robert Carlyle in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "The Return" | ©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: Paul Edwards Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 22, 2012 For all the teasing ABC has been doing, it looks like we’re going to get some answers about the dual worlds of ONCE UPON A TIME. The problem is, in “The Return,” we’re getting more questions. We’ve often noted that August (Eion Bailey) does not appear to have a fairy tale world counterpart, but that he does seem to be in on what’s going on in Storybrooke, Maine. And the episode leads us along to believe […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Of Grave Importance”

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Of Grave Importance" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Jamie Luner, Anthony Cupo, Elysia Rotaru Writer: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Tim Andrew Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: April 20, 2012 SUPERNATURAL has its conventions (i.e., plot devices, though it also has fan gatherings, but that’s another story). Some of these are good, some of these are bad, and some make many of us want to smack the TV screen. Among these last is the tendency among main characters to overlook everything that’s happened in the past seven seasons so they can […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 7 – “The Don’t in the Do”

David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 7 - "The Don't In The Do" | ©2012 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Pej Vehdat, Jai Rodriguez, Jamie Mann, Neil Hopkins Writer: Janet Lin, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Jeannot Szwarc Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: April 16, 2012 “The Don’t in the Do” is a decent if somewhat uneventful episode of BONES. The procedural element here concerns the corpse of a hairdresser found in a garbage heap where blue-painted seagulls have dropped out of the sky. It turns out the murder victim had been doused in […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 recap: Shocker! Colton Dixon Kicked off, Six Left

Colton Dixon is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 | ©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 19, 2012 In case you didn’t know it, there are no more second chances on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. I don’t know how you couldn’t, given how much they drilled it into our heads in this episode. Of course, by now you know that Colton Dixon got kicked off the show with Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanaugh also in the bottom three. Before we get to how it shook out, I’ll spare you all the fluff […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Doubt”

Emily VanCamp in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Doubt" | ©2012 ABC/Vivian Zink

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Teleplay by Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, Story by Mike Kelley Director: Matt Earl Beesley Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: April 18, 2012 After a brief hiatus, REVENGE is back not quite with a vengeance, but with a “Doubt,” technically the reasonable doubt Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman) needs to get off for Tyler’s murder, but also with doubts about how the producers are going to pull off multiple seasons of this show. It does seem that at some point, Emily (Emily Vancamp) is going to have to leave off […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 16 – “I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining”

Kyle in SOUTH PARK - Season 16 - "I Should Never Have Gone Ziplining" | ©2012 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: April 18, 2012 SOUTH PARK has been so weird and crazy during Season 16, it’s hard what to make of it week to week. Sometimes it’s really funny, other times it’s been getting really weird. And this week, it goes off-the-rails weird – so much so that even though it wasn’t that funny, it still was more interesting than just about anything else on TV this week. “I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining” is set up like one of those reality shows about horrible things happening […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 recap: Hollie Cavanaugh Rocks, Joshua Ledet Sinks

Hollie Cavanaugh sings the first of two songs on Season 11 of AMERICAN IDOL | © 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 18, 2012 After American had a brain fart last week or it was all rigged for ratings on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, we get a double dose of karaoke with each singer performing twice. It’s fitting then that two will go home this week without any saves from the judges. That’s because the judges saved Jessica Sanchez from elimination last week in case you forgot after she placed inexplicably last in votes. This week they are […]Read On »

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