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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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 3 – “Pillows and Blankets”

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

Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash Director: Tristram Shapeero Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: April 5, 2012 This week’s COMMUNITY is essentially the second part of last week’s cliffhanger where long time friends Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) start a war against each other when one wants to build a pillow fort in the school and the other a blanket fort. So how does this all pan out? Well, “Pillows and Blankets” becomes a faux Kevin Burns-esque documentary on the battle lines …Read On »

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Interview: COMMUNITY star Yvette Nicole Brown on Shirley and Season 3 teases

Yvette Nicole Brown and Gillian Jacobs in COMMUNITY - Season 2 - "A Fistful of Paintballs" | ©2011 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Playing the religious and uber-positive Shirley on COMMUNITY is comedienne Yvette Nicole Brown who has found the experience on the quirky NBC series to be an absolute blast. There are many layers to Shirley, who has proven that she’s not as holy as she might appear. And from discovering she has hidden talents like being a foosball expert to her recent re-marriage to former husband Andre (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), the series has been having fun exploring the many different dynamics of her character. While at Wondercon, Brown spoke to the press about COMMUNITY and even teased about a couple of upcoming …Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Hell On Earth”

Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty in SMASH - Season 1 - "Hell On Earth" | ©2012 NBC/Craig Blankenhorn

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Anjelica Houston Writers: Scott Burkhardt Director: Paul McGuigan Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 4, 2012 After the nosedive SMASH took last week, the only place to go was up which is what “Hell on Earth” does, but only marginally. It’s another wading water episode until we get some movie star power with Uma Thurman next week. The big news this week is watching Ivy (Megan Hilty) go on a downward spiral into self-pity and heavy medication (shades of Marilyn?). It’s already been established she has adverse reaction …Read On »

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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 3 – “Digital Exploration of Interior Design”

John Goodman in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Digital-Exploration-of-Interior-Design" | ©2012 NBC

Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash Writer: Chris McKenna Director:  Dan Eckman Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: March 29, 2012 CHUCK was shameless and appreciative of their association with Subway. The sandwich company was incorporated into the fabric of the show – which, along with the fans, was integral in keeping the series on the air as long as it did. Now COMMUNITY is biting the Subway hand that feeds with its hilarious new episode “Digital Exploration Of Interior Design.” A new sandwich shop …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Chevy Chase is on COMMUNITY and you’re not

Chevy Chase in COMMUNITY - Season 3 | ©2012 NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

To the delight of its devoted fans, COMMUNITY has resumed its third season on Thursday nights at 8 PM. Created by Dan Harmon, the half-hour comedy started with the premise of young lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) having to return to community college to shore up his law degree, but as it proceeded, the show has taken on movie parodies, Claymation and all manner of other unpredictable content. Chevy Chase co-stars as Pierce Hawthorne, who made a fortune in the moist towelette business but joins the central study group as a way to make friends, even though he’s not very …Read On »

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Interview: Jeffrey Tambor gets BENT and talks ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT reboot and HELLBOY

Jeffrey Tambor in BENT - Season 1 - "Smitten" | ©2012 NBC/Neil Jacobs

In NBC’s new half-hour comedy series BENT, airing in a limited run Wednesdays with back-to-back episodes at 9 and 9:30 PM, Amanda Peet plays straight-arrow, hardworking divorced mom Alex Meyers, who hires David Walton’s carefree contractor Pete Riggins to fix her kitchen.Sparks fly, and not just from the equipment. Pete has some eccentric coworkers, but the most outstandingly peculiar person in his life is his father, James Riggins. Played by Jeffrey Tambor, James still aspires to an acting career, even though he’s on the far side of fifty and his showbiz success currently consists of playing piano at a department …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Molly Parker has THE FIRM in her grasp

Molly Parker in THE FIRM | ©2012 NBC/Steve Wilkie

In John Grisham’s novel THE FIRM, as well as in the 1993 movie version, Mitch McDeere is a cocky young lawyer who gets on the wrong side of the sinister law firm that employs him. In NBC’s series THE FIRM, Saturdays at 9 PM, ten years have passed since those events, with Mitch (Josh Lucas), his wife Abby, played by Molly Parker, and their young daughter in Witness Protection during that time. When Mitch decides to resume his real life, he accepts a job with another big law firm, which may be even more malevolent than the one he fled. …Read On »

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