TV Review: REVOLUTION – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

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Cast: Billy Burke, Tracy Spirdakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Tim Guinee Writer: Eric Kripke Director: Jon Favreau Network: NBC, airs Mondays @ 10 p.m. Original Telecast: Sept. 17, 2012 What happens when you take the brains behind one of the most successful horror television series, SUPERNATURAL, and combine the brains behind LOST, ALIAS and the relaunch of STAR TREK and mix it with the guy who directed IRON MAN and IRON MAN 2 – a pretty damn good pilot. REVOLUTION is the interesting idea from Erik Kripe (SUPERNATURAL), JJ Abrams (LOST, ALIAS) and Jon Favreau (IRON MAN) about […]Read On »

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Interview: REVOLUTION director Jon Favreau gives the scoop on the new NBC series

Billy Burke, Elizabeth Mitchell, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tracy Spiridakos in REVOLUTION - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Nino Munoz

NBC’s new series REVOLUTION premieres tonight, Monday September 17, at 10 PM.  Created by Eric Kripke (SUPERNATURAL), who executive produces REVOLUTION with a team headed up by J.J. Abrams, the show opens with a mysterious event suddenly stops all electrical power around the planet. Fifteen years later, society has reformed sans electricity. A young woman named Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) must travel through the landscape with a small group of companions who want to find out exactly what happened – the more so because of a militia that intends to violently prevent them from doing so. The REVOLUTION pilot was helmed […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 – “Sofa’s Choice”

Georgia King, NeNe Leakes, Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Bebe Wood, Ellen Barkin in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Timothy White

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer:  Ryan Murphy & Allison Adler  Director: Ryan Murphy      Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 11, 2012 I do like THE NEW NORMAL in spite of myself. I can’t help it. The one-liners are fast and funny, and even though this series does nothing but perpetuate stereotypes to middle America, I still find a lot of it funny — and I hate sitcoms. In my last review I bitched long and loud about the various forms of stereotypes that this show reinforces, and with the […]Read On »

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TV Review: GUYS WITH KIDS – Season 1 premiere – “Pilot”

Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford and Zach Cregger in GUYS WITH KIDS | ©2012 NBC

Stars: Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford, Zach Cregger, Jamie Lynn-Sigler, Tempestt Bledsoe, Erinn Hayes Teleplay: Charlie Grandy based on story by Charlie Grandy, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Ozols Director: Scott Ellis Network: NBC, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: September 12, 2012 My expectations for the new NBC sitcom GUYS WITH KIDS were surprisingly not high. With three dads wearing babies as a fashion accessory, it just appeared like it would be a one-joke show that would be unbearable and quickly fade away. However, there’s a great comedic  pedigree behind the show. The series was created by Jimmy Fallon, Charlie Grandy and Amy […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 Premiere – “Pilot”

Ellen Barkin as Jane, Andrew Rannells as Bryan, Georgia King as Goldie, Bebe Wood as Shania, Justin Bartha as David in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer:  Ryan Murphy & Allison Adler   Director: Ryan Murphy       Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 10, 2012 THE NEW NORMAL was creating controversy just that started just by NBC announcing it as part of the fall line up. The creepy, crazy religious right group One Million Moms (you know the ones that protested JC Penny for having Ellen Degeneres in their ads) was vowing to boycott the network for having a series showing this type of “gay agenda” program on its network. So, […]Read On »

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Interview: BOOK OF MORMON star Andrew Rannells becomes THE NEW NORMAL

Andrew Rannells in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Timothy White

On NBC’s THE NEW NORMAL, which premieres tonight at 9:30 PM after several previews, Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha play Bryan and David, who turn to single mom Goldie (Georgia King) to be the surrogate mother for their child. Created by Ali Adler and Ryan Murphy (the latter of GLEE and AMERICAN HORROR STORY), the half-hour comedy also stars Ellen Barkin as Goldie’s ferociously disapproving grandmother, Bebe Wood as Goldie’s accepting young daughter and NeNe Leakes as Bryan and David’s friend and assistant. Rannells is new-minted Broadway royalty, having originated the role of Elder Price in the mega-hit musical THE […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: STARS EARN STRIPES contestant Dean Cain searches and destroys

Dean Cain in STARS EARN STRIPES - Season 1 | ©2012 NBCUniversal/Trae Patton

Actor Dean Cain famously appeared to do some extraordinary physical exploits while playing Superman and Clark Kenton four seasons of LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN and has been in any number of action roles since. However, in the reality competition show STARS EARN STRIPES, which has its first-season finale Monday at 8 PM on NBC, Cain is put through the action wringer for real. The format of STARS EARN STRIPES is that, at the outset, eight celebrities are each matched with a military/law enforcement specialist (Navy SEAL, SWAT and the like) to go on missions designed for […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: GRIMM star Russell Hornsby Talks Fairy-tales, Production and more

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

On NBC’s GRIMM, now in its second season Monday nights at 10 PM – the show moves back to its Friday 9 PM timeslot in several weeks – Russell Hornsby plays Portland, Oregon police detective Hank Griffin. Hornsby has previously been a series regular on GIDEON’S CROSSING as a medical doctor, on HAUNTED as a police detective who assists a private eye (played by Matthew Fox) who can see ghosts and on LINCOLN HEIGHTS as the father of a family involved in dramatic situations. On GRIMM, Hank has lately been cutting a lot of slack for the sometimes strange behavior of his […]Read On »

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TV Review: ANIMAL PRACTICE – Season 1 – “Pilot”

Monkey and Justin Kirk in ANIMAL PRACTICE - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Chris Haston

Stars: Justin Kirk, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Bobby Lee, Kym Whitley, Betsy Sodaro, Tyler Lebrine Writers: Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka Director: Anthony & Joe Russo Network: NBC Original Telecast: Aug. 21st, 2012 The new fall season is fast approaching and with it comes a deluge of new shows trying desperately to find an audience. Point in case – the new comedy ANIMAL PRACTICE starring Justin Kirk and JoAnna Garcia-Swisher. Kirk plays a veterinarian set on doing things “his way” to a fault. Garcia-Swisher is his ex who comes back into town after a two-year exit to lay claim on the […]Read On »

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DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX Highlights last week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

THE LORAX | (c) 2012 Universal 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: DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX – Some of the adaptations of the DR. SEUSS children’s books have been pretty good (THE GRINCH) and pretty bad (THE CAT IN THE HAT), luckily THE LORAX is actually animated, which seems to always make things better. Here the basic plot elements […]Read On »

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