TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 3 – “The New Deal”

Steven R. McQueen and Michael Trevino in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "The New Deal" | ©2012 The CW/Bob Mahoney

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Michael Narducci, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: John Behring    Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: January 5, 2012 Well, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is back from hiatus finally, and once again the clever writers of the series have found ways to change relationships, and flip a lot of things on their ears with “The New Deal” Before the break the big plan to kill Klaus (Joseph Morgan) was kiboshed by Stefan (Paul Wesley) who was trying to save Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) and really pretty […]Read On »

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Book Review: WHEDONISTAS! A CELEBRATION OF THE WORLDS OF JOSS WHEDON AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM

WHEDONISTAS! A CELEBRATION OF THE WORLDS OF JOSS WHEDON AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM

Editors: Lynne M. Thomas & Deborah Stanish Price: $14.95 Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press trade paperback (available in trade paperback and Kindle) It’s rare, though not as rare as it was, for a writer/director/producer to generate a fandom all his/her own. It’s inarguable that Joss Whedon resides at the pinnacle of this group. Should the title of WHEDONISTAS! A CELEBRATION OF THE WORLDS OF JOSS WHEDON AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM need explanation, it refers to female fans of the man and his released work so far: the television series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL, FIREFLY and DOLLHOUSE, the FIREFLY […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: GRIMM executive producer Todd Milliner on NBC’s new fairy tale procedural

Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch in GRIMM - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Eric Ogden

In NBC’s new supernatural procedural GRIMM, which airs Fridays at 9 PM, David Giuntoli plays Nick Burkhardt, who assumes he’s an ordinary police officer until he discovers that he’s actually a Grimm, descended from the brothers who wrote the Grimm fairy tales. Turns out the original Grimm siblings were writing about real entities and incidents. Their heirs have the ability to see the true inhuman nature of creatures who blend into the real world, disguised as regular humans. The basic premise of GRIMM was crafted by producing partners Sean Hayes (yes, the actor from WILL AND GRACE) and Todd Milliner. […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “The Mentalists”

Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "The Mentalists" | ©2011 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Dorian Brown, Johnny Sneed, Rukiya Bernard Writers: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Mike Rohl Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: November 4, 2011 Time for a little shout-out to the Los Angeles theatre scene. THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR (aka THE THRILLING ADVENTURE AND SUPERNATURAL SUSPENSE HOUR) is a stage parody of ‘40s radio series that has been running once a month for years now, lately at Largo at the Coronet on La Cienega. One of THRILLING’s staples is “Beyond Belief,” a send-up of THE THIN MAN […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Daniel Gillies gets a taste of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

Daniel Gillies in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 2 - "Rose" | ©2011 The CW/Quantrell Colbert

The vampires on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, now in its third season Thursdays at 8 PM on the CW, have a lot to write about in their journals, particularly when it comes to their family relationships. From the start, we’ve had the complicated sibling relationship between Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), both in love with the mortal Elena (Nina Dobrev). Last season, we met Daniel Gillies as Elijah, one of the Original vampires, whose brother Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is a half-vampire/half-werewolf hybrid. This might not be so bad if Klaus hadn’t killed the rest of the family and now keeps […]Read On »

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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: 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: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Shut Up, Dr. Phil”

James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Shut Up, Dr. Phil" | ©2011 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, Sean Owen Roberts Writers: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: October 21, 2011 When supernatural shows that are usually dark with hints of humor decide to be lighthearted without committing to going gonzo, the results are usually lightweight. That’s in one way the case with SUPERNATURAL’s episode “Shut Up, Dr. Phil,” but on the other hand, anything that brings together BUFFY and ANGEL alumni James Marsters (Spike) and Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia) automatically has worthwhile qualities. […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 3 – “The Reckoning”

Nina Dobrev and Steven R. McQueen in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "The Reckoning" | ©2011 The CW/Quantrell Colbert

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Michael Narducci, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: John Behring    Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: October13, 2010 “The Reckoning” definitely delivers on a LOT of levels as the new season of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES continues. It’s Senior Prank Night and despite the fact that their entire world has been flipped on its ear in the last year or so, Caroline (Candice Accola) is determined that Elena (Nina Dobrev), Bonnie (Katerina Graham), and Tyler (Michael Trevino) are going to have a normal night of fun. Of course, no […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 3 – “Disturbing Behavior”

Paul Wesley and Claire Holt in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "Disturbing Behavior" | ©2011 The CW/Quantrell Colbert

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Brian Young, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: Wendy Stanzler    Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: October 6, 2010 Why is THE VAMPIRE DIARIES like crack? I have no idea. I can’t get enough of this show. When I started watching it, I had finally decided to give it a shot, and I wasn’t all that hot to trot for it, but then after maybe two episodes I was hooked and was completely sucked in to all of the drama and multiple layered plots of the characters […]Read On »

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