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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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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY – Season 1 – “Halloween Pt. 1”

Dylan McDermott in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Halloween Pt. 1" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Jamie Brewer, Kate Mara, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Teddy Sears, Morris Chestnut, Christine Estabrook Writer: James Wong, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: David Semel Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: October 24, 2011 According to lore, Halloween is when the wall between the worlds of the living and the dead become thin, allowing the two to mingle. Gee, like the Harmon house needs any help in that department. All sorts of entities turn up and things get even spookier …Read On »

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TV Review: GOOD VIBES – Season 1 premiere – “Pilot”

Mondo and Lonnie in GOOD VIBES - Season 1 | ©2011 MTV

Network: MTV, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: October 27, 2011 With so many animated series vying for audience attention on network and cable television, GOOD VIBES feels like it’s come a little too late to the party. It’s MTV’s companion piece of the return of BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD and it’s a nice fit – it has  similar scatological humor, but it also doesn’t break any new ground either. The premiere episode introduces us to the overweight Mondo (voice of Josh Gad). He’s just moved to the Sunny California beach town of Playa Del Toro with his hot mom Babs (Debi …Read On »

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TV Review: Mike Judge’s BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD – Season 9 – “Werewolves of Highland” / “Crying”

Beavis and Butt-Head in BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD - Season 9 - "Crying" | ©2011 MTV

Network: MTV, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: October 27, 2011 After 13 seasons of KING OF THE HILL and three live action feature films, Mike Judge has resurrected his seminal 1990s MTV animated series BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD. For eight years, Mike Judge voiced these  dunder-headed creations – simpleton rockers who critiqued music videos and had an affinity for fire and frog baseball. The insidious laughter, the simple observations – it was actually quite funny and it got Judge in a lot of trouble when kids started taking their antics a little too literal. Now, with JERSEY SHORE and TEEN MOM all …Read On »

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TV Review: THE SECRET CIRCLE – Season 1 – “Wake”

Chris Zylka and Britt Robertson in THE SECRET CIRCLE - Season 1 - "Wake" | ©2011 The CW/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Shelley Henning, Phoebe Tonkin, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Louis Hunter, Natasha Henstridge, Gale Harold, Ashley Crow Writer: Andrea Newman, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: Guy Bee     Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: October 20, 2011 After Nick’s (Louis Hunter) untimely demise last week on THE SECRET CIRCLE, I didn’t expect anything too terribly upbeat this week. There are some interesting additions to the interweaving plot that is building towards something big in the new episode “Wake” and of course another wave of new characters is introduced. So let’s start off …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 3 – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "Smells Like Teen Spirit" | ©2011 The CW/Bob Mahoney

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Julie Plec & Caroline Dries, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: Rob Hardy    Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: October 20, 2010 I am consistently pleased with the way that THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is re-writing its own rules and making all kinds of changes in practically every episode. It seems like every single week the cliff-hanger this season is something completely unexpected and I love that about this show! “Smells like Teen Spirit” is no exception to the way the show is bending and twisting this season to …Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Intrigue”

Madeleine Stowe in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Intrigue" | ©2011 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 and Jay Beattie Director: Tim Hunter Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 27, 2011 First off, let me make a correction to last week’s episode, it turns out that when Lydia took that fall off her rooftop after fighting with the Grayson family bodyguard/hit man Frank (Max Martini), she survived. She’s in a coma, but alive. Whodathunk that? And Nolan (Gabriel Mann) does point out to Emily (Emily Van Camp) that it was kind of her fault. See, Emily had set it up so that it …Read On »

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