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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 3 – “Introduction To Finality” – Season Finale

Danny Pudi is Evil Abed in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Introduction to Finality" | ©2012 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash Writer: Steve Basilone & Annie Mebane Director: Tristram Shapeero Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 17, 2012 With NBC airing the last three episodes of COMMUNITY in a sort of marathon block, it’s hard to grade the episodes fairly. Each week of COMMUNITY is a treat unto itself – and not knowing what’s coming next or what they’re attempting to parody is part of the fun. Watching them in three big lumps (while cool), takes some of the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: GRIMM star Silas Weir Mitchell is not Blutbad to the bone

Silas Weir Mitchell in GRIMM - Season 1 - "Last Grimm Standing" | ©2012 NBC/Scott Green

On NBC’s GRIMM, which has its first-season finale tonight at 9 PM, David Giuntoli plays Portland, Oregon police homicide detective Nick Burkhardt. In the opener of the series, created by Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, Nick discovers that he is a Grimm, someone who can see the true nature of supernatural entities living among oblivious humans. Nick’s initially reluctant guide to the world of the Wesen (pronounced “Vessen”), as the supernatural beings are called, is a Wiesen Blutbad named Eddie Monroe, played by Silas Weir Mitchell. Blutbads are the basis for werewolf myths, we are told, but Monroe […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Recap: Joshua Ledet kicked off with Phillips and Sanchez the Final 2

Joshua Ledet is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 | ©2012 Fox/Frank Micelotta

In what has become one of the most boring AMERICAN IDOL competitions since Lee Dewyze and Crystal Bowersox battled it out on Season 9, the reality show competition whittled down the contestants from three to two with Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez. That meant the powerhouse singer with the golden Gospel voice Joshua Ledet was eliminated. Jennifer Lopez was in tears as Ledet sang his swan song, “It’s A Man’s, Man’s World” and brought his mom up on stage. Meanwhile, Phillips and Sanchez breathed a sigh of relief going into next week which, not surprising, will see Phillips take the […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “There Will Be Blood”

Mark Sheppard in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "There Will Be Blood" | ©2012 The CW/Jeff Weddell

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Mark A. Sheppard, James Patrick Stuart, Laci J. Mailey, Benito Martinez, Osric Chau, Larissa Gomes, Rick Worthy Writers: Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Guy Bee Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 11, 2012 While the efforts of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) to kill chief Leviathan Dick Roman (James Patrick Stuart) remain deadly serious, SUPERNATURAL’s penultimate Season 7 episode “There Will Be Blood” has a lot of fun with both real-life news and elements it has established. Heard of high-fructose corn […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Nationals”

Lindsay Lohan in GLEE - Season 3 - "Nationals" | ©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: Ali Adler Director: Eric Stoltz Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: May 15, 2012 In the second half of the two-hour GLEE marathon, “Nationals” finally finds New Directions coming together for the big event they’ve been waiting three years for. After last year’s disastrous Nationals, the group is doing everything they can to win in order to have that lasting victory lap after being called losers […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Dark Shadows”

January Jones in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Dark Shadows" | ©2012 AMC/Jodrin Althaus

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Erin Levy, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Scott Hornbacher      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: May 13, 2012 “Dark Shadows” is an interesting episode of MAD MEN since, in a way, it revolves around Betty (January Jones). Betty has had a long journey from being the innocent wife that most of us felt sorry for in the first season of the series. Her character was perfectly justified in wanting a divorce from […]Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 7 – “The Past in the Present” – Season Finale

Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 7 - "The Past in the Present" | ©2012 Fox/Patrick McElhenney

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Ryan O’Neal, Patricia Belcher, Michael Grant Terry, Andrew Leeds, Reed Diamond, Nadine Ellis, Annie Telesco, Nancy Linari Writer: Carla Kettner, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: David Boreanaz Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: May 14, 2012 “This time, it’s personal” is painfully overused as both a tagline and a premise, but once in awhile, it works. With the BONES Season 7 finale, “The Past in the Present,” the show runners – the script is credited […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “A Land Without Magic” – Season Finale

Lana Parilla and David Anders in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "A Land Without Magic" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge, Eion Bailey Writer: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: May 13, 2012 What a season finale. There may have been times when I questioned the writers, but “A Land Without Magic” does nothing but prove just how well-crafted ONCE UPON A TIME is. This is exactly where the story was headed way back last spring when they presumably shot the pilot that became the first episode. Not only that, you’ve got pay-off, wonderful tension and performances. It’s just a great episode and a lovely end […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Props”

Jenna Ushkowitz in GLEE - Season 3 - "Props" | ©2012 Fox/Mike Yarish

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: Ian Brennan Director: Ian Brennan Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: May 15, 2012 More GLEE goodness arrives with one of the season’s most inventive episodes – “Props.” Taking a cue a FREAKY FRIDAY cue, the put-upon Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) who rarely gets to sing or gets noticed, bumps her head and for about ten minutes every GLEE cast member is suddenly embodying somebody else. This […]Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Legacy”

Amber Valletta in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Legacy" | ©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: Sallie Patrick & Liz Tigelaar Director: Bobby Roth Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: May 9, 2012 Remember that picture Lydia (Amber Valleta) found that had a long-haired Emily (Emily VanCamp) serving at a New Year’s Eve party? In “Legacy,” we get to see how that picture happened and what sets Emily (well, Amanda Clarke at that point) on her quest for REVENGE. It’s 2002 and Nolan (Gabriel Mann) is pulling Amanda out of a club. As it turns out, Amanda is a mess and hasn’t read her father’s journals […]Read On »

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