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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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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Pilot”/“Earnest Cobb” – Series Premiere

Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 Fox/James Dittiger

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra Writers: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Jack Bender Directors: Danny Cannon, Steven Lilen, Bryan Wynbrandt Network: Fox, Airs Mondays at 9 p.m. Original Telecast: January 16, 2012 Whenever I see something about Alcatraz, I can’t help but think of THE ROCK. Just because it was sooo Michael Bay at his explosive finest and sooo over-the-top Sean Connery (and his quotes about doing the prom queen and generous use of expletives) that it makes for a great watch – not to mention batsh** crazy Nicolas Cage. So throughout the two hour season premiere for ALCATRAZ …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 3 – “Our Town”

Nina Dobrev, Candice Accola and Kat Graham in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "Our Town" | ©2012 The CW/Bob Mahoney

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Rebecca Sonnenshine, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: Wendy Stanzler Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: January 12, 2012 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is still one of my favorite guilty pleasures on television. The series is such a soap opera with supernatural elements that you can’t tear yourself away for fear of missing something important (or something tiny that will turn out to be important). “Our Town” continues the power play between Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Stefan (Paul Wesley); each one seeing how they can out maneuver and out …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Adventures in Babysitting”

Meghan Ory and Madison Mclaughlin in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Adventures in Babysitting" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Kevin R. McNally, Madison McLoughlin, Ian Tracey Writer:Adam Glass, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Jeannot Szwarc Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: January 6, 2012 In a note that is both poignant and funny, SUPERNATURAL‘s first new episode of 2012 – “Adventures in Babysitting” – shows that Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) do literally almost nothing for three weeks after the death of father figure Bobby. Dean, drinking more heavily than usual, decides to go visit Bobby’s conspiracy-monger associate Frank (Kevin R. McNally) to find out the meaning of …Read On »

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TCA News: The Scoop on WILFRED Season 2

Elijah Wood and Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 1 - "Sacrifice" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

At today’s TCA session for the FX Network, details were revealed on the second season of the popular comedy WILFRED starring Elijah Wood as Ryan, who may or may not be hallucinating that his girlfriend’s dog Wilfred (Jason Gann) is talking to him and getting him in massive trouble. Creator and star Gann reveals that Season 2 will “continue to explore Ryan’s journey toward enlightenment with Wilfred leading the way and tripping him up along the way as well.” As for resolving Season 1′s cliffhanger, executive producer David Zuckerman says that will be resolved pretty quickly at the start of …Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Infamy”

Ciara Hanna, Margarita Levieva and Nick Wechsler in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Infamy" | ©2012 ABC/Karen Neal

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 11, 2012 One of the issues of writing about REVENGE is that we have two characters who have switched names, and in “Infamy,” this becomes an issue. So to minimize confusion, please remember that since Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) is usually referred to as Emily even though she is really Amanda Clarke, she will be referred to as Emily throughout. The real Emily Thorne is currently in place as Amanda Clarke (Margarita Levieva), so …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: CHUCK star Vik Sahay on five years of being Lester

Vik Sahay in CHUCK - Season 5 - "Vs. The Hack Off" | ©2011 NBC/Matt Kennedy

For five years on CHUCK, our title hero, played by Zachary Levi, has had to juggle his secret spy life with his work life at the big-box Buy More store. All of Chuck’s work mates at the Buy More are a little eccentric, but Lester Patel, played by Vik Sahay, is borderline diabolical. At various times, Lester and his now-reformed erstwhile partner-in-crime Jeff, played by Scott Krinsky, have staged rebellions, tried to blow up the Buy More and formed the two-man band Jeffster. This season, Lester has gone to jail for trying to poison Jeff back to his old weird …Read On »

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