TV Review: PARKS AND RECREATION – Season 4 – “Win, Lose, Or Draw” – Season Finale

Amy Poehler in PARKS AND RECREATION - Season 4 - "Win, Lose, Or Draw" | ©2012 NBC/Tyler Golden

Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: May 11, 2011 As NBC mulls the fate of PARKS AND RECREATION (it would seem an impossibility that they wouldn’t bring it back, even for a truncated season), the fourth season finale “Win, Lose Or Draw” proves why the show shouldn’t be on the bubble, and deserves a few more seasons of its well-oiled comedy. Like THE OFFICE, PARKS AND RECREATION derives its humor from the mockmentary approach. There’s a little more fluidity with the PARKS …Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Previews”

Katharine McPhee in SMASH - Season 1 - "Previews" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writer: David Marshall Grant Director: Robert Duncan McNeill Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: May 8, 2012 As SMASH nears next week’s Season 1 finale, one can’t help but scratch their head at how a once promising show sunk so low, so fast. While I still admit to being fascinated by a handful of characters and the backstage antics pertaining to the Broadway music itself, it’s the misguided decisions where the writers have forced their generally well-written characters to partake in that just strips the show of …Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Publicity”

Katherine McPhee stars in SMASH Publicity on NBC | © 2012/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Theresa Rebeck Director: Michael Mayer Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 23, 2012 You can’t help wondering, sometimes, if SMASH creator Theresa Rebeck, who is also a playwright, has had more than one run-in with a movie actor. In “Publicity,” an episode she wrote, she’s got more fun and games going with Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman), the movie actress brought in to play Marilyn in order to attract investors and an audience. But once again, the story line moves away from the show and more into the …Read On »

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Interview: Eva Longoria on the end of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

Eva Longoria in the upcoming episode of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES entitled "Lost My Power" | © 2012 ABC/Danny Feld

Eva Longoria shot to fame in the first year of what’s turned out to be her eight-season run as well-to-do Gabrielle Solis on ABC’s DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, which airs Sundays at 9 PM. The Texas-born Longoria, who has a Bachelor’s degree in science from A&M University, has a healthy film career outside of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES – she’s in four features scheduled for release, including FOR GREATER GLORY with Peter O’Toole and Andy Garcia, THE BAYTOWN DISCO with VAMPIRE DIARIES’ Paul Wesley, THE TRUTH with Forest Whitaker and LONG TIME GONE – she also wrote a cookbook with Marah Slets entitled EVA’S …Read On »

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Breaking News: Joel McHale comments on the Chevy Chase COMMUNITY feud and voicemail

Joel McHale in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Pillows and Blankets" | ©2012 NBC/Tyler Golden

While it’s hard to get a straight answer out of COMMUNITY star Joel McHale, while speaking at today’s NBCUniversal Summer Press Day 2012, he did address the recent voicemail of Chevy Chase chewing out creator Dan Harmon for chewing him out during the wrap party for not shooting a scene in the finale. “There are four more voicemails coming out,” says McHale dead-pan. “That will make it a nice series. There is going to be a book on tape … or CD and it will be read out loud by Samuel L. Jackson.” McHale then goes on to say, again …Read On »

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Breaking News: Daniel Gillies still on VAMPIRE DIARIES despite new show SAVING HOPE

Daniel Gillies in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 2 - "Klaus" | ©2011 The CW/Bob Mahoney

While at today’s NBCUniversal Summer Press Day 2012, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES actor Daniel Gillies hinted that he’s not completely done with THE VAMPIRE DIARIES even though his character Elijah Mikaelson had left town at the end of “All My Children” and he is also starring in the new NBC medical drama SAVING HOPE debuting on June 7. “I have not entirely left THE VAMPIRE DIARIES,” says Gillies. “Fortunately we film at different times during the year. I’m deeply indebted to what [THE VAMPIRE DIARIES] has given me, but this show [SAVING HOPE] takes precedence. I love [DIARIES executive producers] Julie …Read On »

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Breaking News: Jenny McCarthy bringing SINGLED OUT vibe to LOVE IN THE WILD

Jenny McCarthy at NBCUniversal Summer Press Day 2012 for LOVE IN THE WILD - Season 2 which she hosts | ©2012 NBC/Chris Haston

The second season of the reality dating show LOVE IN THE WILD premieres June 7 on the NBC with a new addition – host Jenny McCarthy. “Since SINGLED OUT, people have coming up to me – ‘couldn’t you do that show again. Bring that Jenny back,’” says McCarthy at today’s Summer Press Day 2012.  “There can’t be a show as perfect as that where I can be all those elements. When NBC contacted me and said we want you to host starting second season I thought maybe this is a dating show I could implement all those things we did …Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “The Movie Star”

Uma Thurman in SMASH - Season 1 - "The Movie Star" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky Director: Tricia Brock Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 17, 2012 SMASH course-corrects and gets a little bit on track with “The Movie Star” which brings Uma Thurman in as pampered Hollywood star Rebecca Duvall. There’s still tons of soapy irritants, but the ingredients that keep the show interesting is when the series focuses on putting on a show. The struggle this episode concerns Duvall, who proves to be flighty, unreliable, bossy and not a very good singer. In fact, …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Gentlemen prefer SMASH star Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty in SMASH - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Patrick Randak

While Megan Hilty is best known for her Broadway turns in 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL and WICKED, moving to TV was much easier than expected when she landed the role of Ivy Lynn on NBC’s new hit series SMASH. It’s set in the world of Broadway, with Ivy being a long-time chorus girl on Broadway who is given the chance to workshop the role of Marilyn Monroe on the series’ fictitious play BOMBSHELL. Of course things don’t go as planned, with unexpected rivalry with newbie Karen (Katharine McPhee) and now, with a movie star (Uma Thurman) coming in to …Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Understudy”

Uma Thurman in SMASH - Season 1 - "Understudy" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Jason Grote Director: Mimi Leder Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 9, 2012 Sometimes you just wish you could holler at the writers of SMASH ”the play’s the thing.” This episode, “Understudy,” gets it, well, almost. We’ve still got lyricist Julia (Debra Messing) still dealing with her husband leaving her, which is sad and all, but we’re not seeing its affect on the show. Dev (Raza Jaffrey) is having a really, really bad day, being passed up for a much-wanted promotion to a scumbucket – but again, just …Read On »

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