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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Exclusive Interview: Mark Sheppard gives the SUPERNATURAL Season 7 scoop on Crowley

Mark Sheppard in SUPERNATURAL - Season 5 - "The Devil You Know" | ©2010 The CW/Michael Courtney

Mark Sheppard is one of television’s reigning kings of returning characters. As CW’s SUPERNATURAL fans know, Sheppard’s character Crowley was also King of Hell for awhile, though he got demoted and then almost smote when angel Castiel (Misha Collins) ascended to godhood in the Season Six finale. The London-born Sheppard will be back in SUPERNATURAL’s upcoming seventh season and recently returned as Jim Sterling in the summer finale LEVERAGE. Right now, though, he’s talking about Crowley, who started out as a Crossroads Demon – or did he? The British-born Sheppard has some interesting theories about this – but he’s wary …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Marc Blucas gets NECESSARY ROUGHNESS on his new USA series

Marc Blucas in NECESSARY ROUGHNESS - Season 1 | ©2011 USA Network/Justin Stephens

In USA Network’s NECESSARY ROUGHNESS ,  psychotherapist Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) is in charge of seeing to the mental health of the pro football players on the Hawks football team, as well as treating other individuals in the sports world. However, the sanest person on the scene often seems to be Hawks trainer Matthew Donnally, played by Marc Blucas. Matthew actually gets Dani her job as team therapist after they sleep together – following this, Dani can’t date Matthew due to professional conflict of interest. Matthew is therefore less than pleased when he notices sparks between Dani and team fixer Nico …Read On »

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Movie Review: FRIGHT NIGHT

FRIGHT NIGHT (2011) movie poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Stars: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse    Writer: Screenplay by Marti Noxon Based on the story and film FRIGHT NIGHT by Tom Holland Director: Craig Gillespie Distributor: Touchstone Pictures & Dreamworks Pictures Release Date: August 19, 2011 I was too young to see the original FRIGHT NIGHT in theatres when it was released. I saw it like a lot of children of the 80’s, on VHS. I liked the original flick and thought it was fun and I had always loved Roddy McDowell, but I didn’t have any kind of deep attachment to …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Eric Balfour finds safety in Syfy’s HAVEN

Eric Balfour in HAVEN - Season 2 - "The Trial of Audrey Parker" | ©2011 Syfy/Chris Reardon

Based very loosely on Stephen King’s novella THE COLORADO KID, Syfy’s series HAVEN is now airing its second season Friday nights at 10 PM. The title enclave is a small town in coastal Maine where most of the residents are a bit more than human. FBI Special Agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) came to Haven in the first episode to investigate a murder, but has stayed on to look into various strange events, including the town’s ties to her own past. One of the few people Audrey meets who doesn’t seem to have some sort of supernatural ability is Eric …Read On »

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