Exclusive Interview: FREE AGENTS helmer Todd Holland on the new NBC comedy series

Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn in FREE AGENTS | ©2011 NBC

In NBC’s Wed. 8:30 PM half-hour comedy FREE AGENTS, adapted from a British series of the same name (which airs Saturdays on BBC America), Hank Azaria plays Alex, who is absolutely miserable about his divorce. His friend Helen, played by Kathryn Hahn, is still reeling from the death of her fiancé. Alex and Helen wind up sleeping together, which Alex thinks might be a good first step, but Helen considers it disastrous, particularly because they both work together at a corporate PR firm. Todd Holland, a producer/director who famously shepherded MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, serves as the directing executive producer …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 3 – “The End of the Affair”

Joseph Morgan in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "The End of the Affair" | ©2011 The CW/Bob Mahoney

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Caroline Dries, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: Chris Grismer   Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: September 29, 2010 Once again, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES delivers with another fine episode. “The End of the Affair” is packed with lavish 1920’s flashbacks, and all kinds of cerebral goodies to chew on in the present. Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) hit Chicago in an effort to find out why Klaus can’t properly create his hybrid army. Of course Stefan knows the real reason, simply that Elena (Nina Dobrev) …Read On »

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

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "The Hybrid" | ©2011 The CW/Quantrell D. Colbert

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Joshua Butler, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: Al Septien Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: September 22, 2010 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES never fails to please in terms of cliffhanger endings and surprises rolling in that are rarely suspected or even hinted at. Last week’s cliffhanger saw Caroline (Candice Accola) gunned down by Carol Lockwood (Susan Walters) with a Vervain tranquilizer, that was a brilliant ending but I think the new episode “The Hybrid” has an even better one (SPOILER ALERT) bringing back Caroline’s father played by Jack …Read On »

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TV Review: RINGER – Season 1 – “She’s Ruining Everything”

Sarah Michelle Gellar in RINGER - Season 1 - "She's Ruining Everything" | ©2011 The CW/Michael Desmond

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd, Nestor Carbonell, Mike Colter, Tara Summers, Zoey Deutch Writers: Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder Director: Rob Bailey Network: The CW, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 20, 2011 Here’s the problem with RINGER, the new CW soap opera/thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as twin sisters who invade each other’s lives. A) It’s not very good. B) As much as it’s commendable that Gellar wants to do something that’s not BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, picking a project where she’s not allowed to kick-ass and take names is incredibly hard to get used to. She …Read On »

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

Matt Davis, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "The Birthday" | ©2011 The CW Network/Quantrell D. Colbert

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: September 15, 2010 YAY! The wait is finally over and one of my favorite guilty pleasures is back! THE VAMPIRE DIARIES left us in a bit of a lurch last season with Stefan (Paul Wesley) taking off to join Klaus (Joseph Morgan) as he plots for the next phase in his supernatural vendetta. Poor Elena (Nina Dobrev) was left with only Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to make the pain go …Read On »

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TV Review: FREE AGENTS – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn in FREE AGENTS - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2011 NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

Stars: Hank Azaria, Kathryn Hahn, Mo Mandel, Al Madrigal, Natasha Leggero, Anthony Head, Joe Lo Truglio Writers: John Enbom & Chris Niel Director: Todd Holland Network: NBC, Wednesdays @ 9:30 PM Airdate: September 14, 2011 The U.S.networks continually make American versions of shows that do well in their home countries, with Great Britain being a favorite venue for acquiring fare for adaptation. On the successful end, there’s THE OFFICE. On the other end, there’s COUPLING. FREE AGENTS is somewhere on this scale, but it starts out with a lot of promise. Not only does it have a great cast, led …Read On »

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TV Review: RINGER – Season 1 – “Pilot”

Sarah Michelle Gellar in RINGER - Season 1 | ©2011 The CW Network

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd, Nestor Carbonell, Mike Colter, Tara Summers, Zoey Deutch Writers: Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, series created by Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder Director: Richard Shepard Network: CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Airdate: September 13, 2011 RINGER fulfills the first duty of a nighttime soap opera, which is to make the viewer curious about the reasons for what’s happening and about what will happen next. Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder have created a series with potential and a likeable leading actress – that would be Sarah Michelle Gellar. Gellar has been much missed …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Ioan Gruffudd gets the call for RINGER

Ioan Gruffudd in RINGER - Season 1 | ©2011 The CW Network/Art Streiber

In the CW’s new series RINGER, premiering tonight at 9 PM, Sarah Michelle Gellar (of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) makes her long-awaited return to TV in a dual role. Gellar plays both the devious, wealthy Siobhan and her twin sister, downtrodden prostitute Bridget, who winds up assuming Siobhan’s identity. Ioan Gruffudd  (pronounced YO-an GRUFF-uth) plays Siobhan’s husband Andrew, who has quite a few secrets of his own. The Welsh actor sprang to international fame as the title character in the remake of POLDARK and the HORATIO HORNBLOWER telefilms, and subsequently has worked often on both sides of the Atlantic. Genre …Read On »

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Exclusive: Set visit to new comedic web series HUSBANDS – Part 1

Cheeks and Sean Hemeon in HUSBANDS

In a pleasant one-story house on a quiet street in North Hollywood, two handsome young men walk down a hallway, have a friendly argument, then get into bed together. Then they do it again, and again. This is because this is a scene from HUSBANDS, the first known Marriage Equality sitcom for the Web. Produced and written by Jane Espenson, who also financed, and Brad Bell, HUSBANDS is the story of what can happen when marriage equality has passed in the U.S. at the federal level. All over the country, same-sex couples now have the same rights as opposite-sex pairs. …Read On »

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Sneak Peak teaser clip of HUSBANDS, Jane Espenson’s new web series

HUSBANDS, a new web series from Jane Espenson

Jane Espenson is known for her work in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. Most people with an interest in the works of Joss Whedon know that Espenson has been a writer/producer on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL, FIREFLY and DOLLHOUSE. She also worked on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and CAPRICA, co-created WAREHOUSE 13, and this year wrote episodes of GAME OF THRONES and TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY. However, in HUSBANDS, Espenson’s first foray as an independent producer and Internet entrepreneur, there’s only one futuristic element. In the show, which consists of 11 two-minute episodes and premieres at www. husbandstheseries.com on September 13, the Marriage Equality …Read On »

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