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Exclusive Interview: V producer Steve Pearlman join the Resistance

Morena Baccarin and Christopher Shyer in V - Season 2 - "Mother's Day" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

In ABC’s series V, which has its season finale this Tuesday at 9 PM, the alien Visitors trying to take over Earth are challenged on screen in their rampage by the heroic Fifth Column. Behind the scenes, executive producer Steve Pearlman, the production team member who supervises filming in Vancouver, stands up for the forces of budget, schedule and special effects. He talks to us about some of the complications of making the otherworldly aspects of the show look good, and also hints at what’s to come. ASSIGNMENT X: What do the Visitors do when they reach a new planet? […]Read On »

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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Devil in a Blue Dress”

Morena Baccarin and Martin Cummins in V - Season 2 - "Devil in a Blue Dress" | ©2011 ABC/Sergei Bachlakov

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writer: Hans Tobeason Director: Ralph Hemecker Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: March 8, 2011 V heads toward its second season finale next week with “Devil in a Blue Dress.” The title is an allusion to the Vs blue energy that will be used to not only power all the mother ships that are waiting (in stealth mode) right outside of earth’s orbit, but also the ability for the blue energy to destroy earthlings with a single swoop. This is all part […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: V and SMALLVILLE actress Laura Vandervoort is used to being alien-ated

Laura Vandervoort in V - Season 2 | ©2011 ABC/Bob D'Amico

On ABC’s V, the humans may think they have problems with the invading Visitors, but there’s a lot of internal strife going on with the extraterrestrial reptiles as well. Anna, played by Morena Baccarin, is fighting to hold on to her position as supreme leader, while her mother Diana (played by Jane Badler of the original V series) forms an alliance with Anna’s daughter Lisa, played by Laura Vandervoort (pronounced VAN-der-vort). Before she was ever cast as Lisa, the Toronto Vandervoort was already familiar to audiences from her role as Kara, aka Supergirl, on the CW’s SMALLVILLE. The actress talks […]Read On »

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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Uneasy Lies the Hand”

Joel Gretsch and Elizabeth Mitchell in V - Season 2 - "Uneasy Lies the Hand" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writer: Cameron Litvack, Gregg Hurwitz Director: Jeff Woolnough Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: March 1, 2011 Maybe I’ve been wanting V to turn itself around so badly,  that I completely overlooked how campy it’s become. With “Uneasy Lies the Hand”, the show has somehow devolved into a silly soap opera with hokey dialogue, ridiculous reaction shots and a wholly unbelievable romantic hook-up that was worth it only to see Elizabeth Mitchell (who plays FBI agent Erica Evans) undressed and sporting a […]Read On »

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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Birth Pangs”

Ash Lee and Zak Santiago in V - Season 2 - "Birth Pangs" |©2011 ABC/Sergei Backlakov

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writer: Cathyrn Humphris Director: David Barrett Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: February 22, 2011 It’s taken one and a half seasons, but it looks like V is finally on a roll and heading into the right direction. At the end of last week’s episode, Fifth Column leader Eli Cohn (Oded Fehr) was killed and FBI Agent Erica Evans was named as his replacement. With her ex-husband dead and Anna stealing her son Tyler (Logan Huffman) away from her, “Birth Pangs” showcases […]Read On »

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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Siege”

Elizabeth Mitchell and Nicholas Lea in V - Season 2 - "Siege" |©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writer: Dean Widenmann Director: John Behring Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: February 15, 2011 All I can say is, “it’s about friggin’ time.” After a low point last week with the utterly lifeless “Concordia” episode of V, the show finally grows some alien balls to shake things up, kill off some characters and deliver a mission statement that probably should have happened a little earlier in the season. Yes, “Siege” is what V has desperately needed – a cleaning house episode […]Read On »

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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Concordia”

Elizabeth Mitchell in V - Season 2 - "Concordia" | ©2011 ABC/Sergei Backlakov

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writer: David Rambo Director: Jesse Warn Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: February 8, 2011 There’s only so much planning an audience can take when it comes to aliens getting ready to take over earth and V is severely testing that patience. It’s clear Season Two is going to end on the V’s true intentions finally being revealed to the world – but that means any remaining fans have to suffer through a bunch of filler episodes that lead nowhere fast. With […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: V star Joel Gretsch doesn’t let those lizards get under his collar

Joel Gretsch in V - Season 2 - "Unholy Alliance" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

In Season Two of V, it’s become pretty clear that the alien Visitors, lead by Morena Baccarin’s stern Anna, do not have the best interests of humanity at heart. What the Vs do have is an enormous amount of high-tech weaponry. Standing against them are a small group of mixed humans and Vs known as the Fifth Column. Joel Gretsch plays Father Jack Landry, a key member of the Fifth Column whose faith is powerfully tested by both the existence and actions of the Visitors. Gretsch is something of a genre veteran – he was in the extraterrestrial miniseries TAKEN […]Read On »

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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Unholy Alliance”

Joel Gretsch, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jay Karnes in V - Season 2 - "Unholy Alliance" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

Something strange and wonderful happened with V last night taking its regular story about aliens and the human resistance fighters trying to take them down and mixing it with the hot button issue of “religion.”

Religion in science-fiction is a no brainer (not without its own controversy), and to find such an intelligence, smart and still entertaining way of integrating it into a network show takes balance and tact which writer Rockne S. O’Bannon handles effortlessly.

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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Laid Bare”

Rekha Sharma is dissected on V - Season 2 - "Laid Bare" | ©2011 ABC/Jeff Petry

It’s no surprise that V has struggled during its run to find its voice and remedy pacing issues. And the first two episodes of Season Two offered up promise, but still felt like the series was dealing with the wayward plotting ghosts of Season One.

However, “Laid Bare” has remedied many of those issues. A solid episode packed with action, revelations and some very cool effects, it’s one of the best episodes of the series to date and promises a major upheaval in the personal lives of all the characters.

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