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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 17 – “Black Friday”

Randy Marsh and the security guards in SOUTH PARK - Season 17 - "Black Friday" | ©2013 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: November 13, 2013 After last week’s dreadful “Ginger Cow” episode, SOUTH PARK bounces back with what may very well be their next multi-episode epic currently dubbed “Black Friday.” Paying homage to GAME OF THRONES, the story follows Cartman and his friends rallying together to be the first inside the mall stores on Black Friday. The first 20 people inside, get 80 percent off of anything, which means they can be the first to get the new next gen gaming console – an Xbox One or Playstation […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Paul Blackthorne on ARROW Season 2

Paul Blackthorne in ARROW - Season 2 | ©2013 The CW/Mathieu Young

On ARROW, now in its second season Wednesday nights at 8 PM on the CW, Stephen Amell stars as the character first seen in D.C. Comics as the Green Arrow. To the world, Oliver Queen is the wealthy heir to the family fortune, returned to claim his birthright after spending years supposedly lost at sea (actually, going through hard times and a warrior’s education on an island). To those in the know, Oliver is really a vigilante, cleaning up big-time corruption and peculiar evildoers. Oliver is still in love with Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), whose father is law officer Quentin […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Lenora Crichlow on BACK IN THE GAME and BEING HUMAN U.K.

Lenora Crichlow in BACK IN THE GAME - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s BACK IN THE GAME, Wednesdays at 8:30 PM, Maggie Lawson plays Terry Gannon, Jr., a single mom who’s had to move back in with her dad, former pro baseball player Terry “The Cannon” Gannon (James Caan). Terry was a talented player herself in college, but anger at her often-absent and perpetually cranky dad has made her resent baseball. However, when her young son Danny (Griffin Gluck) isn’t allowed onto his school’s team, Terry fills the vacant position of school coach. Funding the team and cheering from the sidelines is Lenora Crichlow’s character, Gigi Fernandez-Lovette, whose son Michael (J.J. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Ex marks the spot for TROPHY WIFE star Michaela Watkins

Michaela Watkins in TROPHY WIFE - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

On ABC’s new half-hour comedy TROPHY WIFE, Tuesdays at 9:30 PM, Malin Akerman plays Kate, a free-spirited young woman who falls for and marries Pete. Pete, played by Bradley Whitford, comes with some baggage, namely three children all under eighteen, and two ex-wives. Michaela Watkins plays Jackie, Pete’s free-spirited but anxious second ex-wife (Marcia Gay Harden plays first wife Diane). Watkins, originally from Syracuse, New York, is a member of the improvisational troupe the Groundlings in Los Angeles. The actress was a regular on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in the 2008-2009 season and ENLIGHTENED and has a batch of feature films […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Mark A. Sheppard on SUPERNATURAL Season 9 and more

Mark A. Sheppard in SUPERNATURAL - Season 9 | ©2013 The CW/Nino Mundashoz

There is an Internet meme that’s a collage of actor Mark A. Sheppard in some of his many recurring genre TV roles – as King of Hell Crowley in SUPERNATURAL, as interplanetary fence Badger in FIREFLY, as Romo Lampkin in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, as Tanaka in DOLLHOUSE, as Benedict Valda in WAREHOUSE 13, as insurance investigator Jim Sterling in LEVERAGE, as Canton Everett Delaware III in DOCTOR WHO, to name a few. There is an accompanying caption to the effect of, “If you don’t recognize this man, turn in your geek credentials.” London-born Sheppard also has feature film credits, including IN […]Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 17 Recap: Elizabeth Berkley is out in shocking elimination

Elizabeth Berkley in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 17 | ©2013 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Leah Remini, Elizabeth Berkley, Corbin Bleu, Bill Engvall, Amber Riley, Jack Osbourne, Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: Nov. 11th, 2013 The most shocking elimination this season came tonight  on DANCING WITH THE STARS with the ouster of Elizabeth Berkley & Val Chmerkovskiy. Their departure ironically came right after she scored a perfect 30 on her Salsa trio number. Somehow, last place couple Bill Engvall & Emma Slater slipped by again, making it to the semi-finals! Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff had the stellar night, landing in first place with an impressive 58 out of 60 points. Berkley & […]Read On »

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WHITE HOUSE DOWN Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

WHITE HOUSE DOWN | (c) 2013 Sony Pictures 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 WHITE HOUSE DOWN – I could have sworn I just watched this movie not too long ago. You know, a story about an attack on the White House and all of the highly trained guards and Secret Service can’t kill one person but one super bad ass […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “Dog Dean Afternoon”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 9 - "Dog Dean Afternoon" | ©2013 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Leslie Jordan, Steve Valentine, Al Rodrigo Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Tim Andrew Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: November 5, 2013 SUPERNATURAL tells us right up front that “Dog Dean Afternoon” is going to be one of its relatively light segments. The “Then” section, although it does have the bits necessary to keep us up to speed with the story arc, is mainly a montage of comedic bits that’s actually funnier than some of the episodes represented here. Dean (Jensen Ackles) is still worried […]Read On »

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Interview: Damian Lewis examines HOMELAND Season 3

Damian Lewis in HOMELAND - Season 3 | ©2013 Showtime/Kent Smith

British actor Damian Lewis won an Emmy for his first season as prisoner-of-war-turned-terrorist/Congressional candidate Nicholas Brody in Showtime’s CIA thriller HOMELAND, which airs Sundays at 9 PM. Lewis was nominated again for his second year on HOMELAND, when Congressman Brody is proved to be a terrorist by CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes, who won Emmys for both seasons), then is turned into a double agent by the CIA, then resumes his affair with the very conflicted Carrie, then is apparently framed for blowing up the CIA and ends the second season on the run. Now it’s Season 3. Carrie […]Read On »

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CD Review: HEMLOCK GROVE soundtrack

HEMLOCK GROVE soundtrack | ©2013 Varese Sarabande Records

While he’s more than shown his blunt orchestral adeptness with the shrieking torture-horror scores for his two unsettling stays in the European HOSTEL,Nathan Barr is a composer who’s most unsettling creative talents lie at home in rustic America. The vampire bayou of TRUE BLOOD has made him the horror-scoring equivalent of Flannery O’Connor, creating music whose dulcimers and stings enticingly reek of Southern gothic black magic. Even when Barr packs up and travels to the imaginary Pennsylvania town of HEMLOCK GROVE, it’s still hard to take the country-sounding horror out of the boy.HOSTEL creator Eli Roth has given this Netflix […]Read On »

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