TV Review: THE LEFTOVERS – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

THE LEFTOVERS - Season 1 poster | ©2014 HBO

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston Writers: Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta based on the novel by Perrotta Director: Peter Berg Network: HBO, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 29, 2014 THE LEFTOVERS is another in TV’s recent fascination with genre stories that show society on the brink of extinction, aduction or tragedy and how they deal with these seen and unseen forces. From REVOLUTION, FALLING SKIES, the TNT series THE LAST SHIP and last summer’s UNDER THE DOME, there’s a similarity in tone and execution in all these stories with their success pending on how they keep the …Read On »

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TV Review: HELIX – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Season Premiere

Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) investigates what's happening at the arctic complex in HELIX "Pilot" | (c) 2014 SyFy

Cast: Billy Campbell, Jordan Hayes, Kyra Zagorsky, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Ghanime, Neil Napier Writer: Cameron Porsandeh Director: Jeffrey Reiner Network: Airs on SyFy, Fridays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 10, 2014 SyFy is back in the science business of science fiction with HELIX, a new series on the network with the backing of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA creator Ronald D. Moore. HELIX is a slick show. From the get-go, you can see the amount of money they spent bringing such a series to television with high production values, decent special effects and an interesting script that by the end of the …Read On »

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TV Review: ALMOST HUMAN – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Season Premiere

Karl Urban stars in ALMOST HUMAN "Pilot" | (c) 2013 Liane Hentscher/FOX

Cast: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook Writer: J.H. Wyman Director: Brad Anderson Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Nov. 17, 2013 ALMOST HUMAN plays very much like a modern BLADE RUNNER in a variety of ways. It is the future where man and machine are intertwined like never before. There are synthetics that exist in our daily lives – this time, however, as part of the police force rather than outlaws. Crime is at an all time high. There is a blend of cultures on the streets. The drama doesn’t play …Read On »

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TV Review: GROUND FLOOR – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Skylar Astin and Briga Heelan in GROUND FLOOR - Season 1 | ©2013 TBS

Stars: Skyler Astin, Briga Heelan, James Earl, Rene Gube, Alexis Knapp, John C. McGinley Writer: Bill Lawrence, Greg Malins Director:  Gail Mancuso Network: TBS, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: November 15, 2013 The premise for GROUND FLOOR is simple. A young, rising banker Brody (Skylar Astin) spends all his time living the corporate high life, by working hard and playing very little. During an office party, he meets a charming, somewhat brash woman on the ground floor named Jennifer (Briga Heelan) who has a one stand with him. The two of them shouldn’t be together, but they have chemistry and …Read On »

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TV Review: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – SEASON 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson in AGENTS OF SHIELD | (c) 2013 ABC/Justin Lubin

Cast: Clark Gregg, Colbie Smulders, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ron Glass, J. August Richards Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen Director: Joss Whedon Network: Airs on ABC, Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Sept. 24, 2013 So THE AVENGERS happened. Obviously, that’s the understatement of the century considering it stands as one of the highest grossing movies of all time and launched a whole new generations to the characters that so many of us have already known and loved for many years. Now comes MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, a television sequel to …Read On »

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TV Review: THE BLACKLIST – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Megan Boone as Elizabeth Keen in THE BLACKLIST | (c) 2013 NBC/Patrick Ecclesine

Cast: James Spader, Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Diego Klattenhoff, Parminder Nagra Writer: Jon Bokencamp Director: Joe Carnahan Network: Airs on NBC, Mondays @ 10 p.m. Original Telecast: Sept. 23, 2013 THE BLACKLIST’s premiere episode was surprisingly brutal. That’s a refreshing comment given all the milquetoast police dramas and detective shows that have come and gone over the years. There is a lot of meat here. The premise alone is wildly entertaining – one of the world’s most sought after criminals gives himself up in order to aid the FBI in capturing other high value targets that he has …Read On »

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TV Review: SIBERIA – SEASON 1 – “Pilot” – Season Premiere

Jonathon Buckley stars as the host on SIBERIA "Pilot" | (c) 2013 NBC

Cast: Joyce Giraud, Johnny Wactor, Neeko Skervin, Natalie Scheetz, Sam Dobbins, Esther Anderson, Anne-Marie Mueschke, Jonathon Buckley, Victoria Emilie Hill Writer: Matthew Arnold Director: Matthew Arnold Network: NBC, airs Mondays @ 10 p.m. Original Telecast: July 1, 2013 I am a self-confessed reality show junkie. I am also a fan of horror, science fiction and action films and television. So naturally, I was über excited about the whole idea of SIBERIA. The show is a blend of reality show backdrop with a twist that there is something sinister going on that is not part of the show. There is no …Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Darkness on the Edge of Town”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:  Drew Z. Greenberg & Wendy Mericle Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: May 8, 2013 ARROW is normally at its strongest when it operates in shades of grey, but “Darkness on the Edge of Town” gives us a black & white, good vs. evil battle between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman).  This is not necessarily a bad thing, though, because, while both men are hood-wearing vigilantes …Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “The Undertaking”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:  Jake Coburn & Lana Cho Director: Michael Schultz Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: May 1, 2013 ARROW surprises a little this week by revealing the entire conspiracy that’s driven its narrative throughout its debut season.  With another two episodes remaining, I didn’t expect this big reveal until the season finale, but since what they were revealing was not particularly unexpected, I didn’t have a problem with the refusal to let it continue …Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Home Invasion”

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Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett Writer:  Ben Sokolowski & Beth Schwartz Director: Ken Fink Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: April 24, 2013 Despite the high body count, “Home Invasion” is an episode dedicated to romance.  Specifically, it delves deeper into Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell’s) romantic feelings for his ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) and how they’ve been complicated by his secret life as the hooded vigilante, and the fact that his best friend Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) is …Read On »

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