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TV Review: WAREHOUSE 13 – Season 2 – “Secret Santa”

Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly in WAREHOUSE 13 - Season 2 - "Secret Santa" | ©2010 NBC Universal

When Los Angeles businessman Larry Newley (Paul Blackthorne, erstwhile star of Syfy’s THE DRESDEN FILES) has his home vandalized by an apparition that twinkles and swooshes, it means Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) have to say goodbye to their separate plans to spend Christmas with their respective families.

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TV Review: EUREKA – Season 4 – “O Little Town”

Colin Ferguson and Erica Cerra in EUREKA - Season 4 - "Oh Little Town" | ©2010 NBC Universal

From its one-off holiday title sequence to the series-specific jokes about fruitcake (and of course the fruitcake does come to menace the town’s inhabitants), “O Little Town” is a uniquely EUREKA Christmas episode. Some plot elements are a bit too wacky even for EUREKA, which is why we get the framing device of Jack (Colin Ferguson) telling four cynical snowbound kids of a Yuletide when it was unseasonably sweltering in Eureka. The town’s electromagnetic shield has gone haywire, trapping everybody inside. Taggart (Matt Frewer) is visiting town in an actual flying sleigh, determined to find Santa, while at Global Dynamics, an energy project gone amok and Taggart’s gift-shrinking technology are causing the town to get smaller and smaller. On the upside, there’s a Secret Santa running around, giving everyone the perfect present. Who can it be? Maybe … Santa?

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 2 – “A Very Glee Christmas”

Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith in GLEE - Season 2 - "A Very Glee Christmas" | ©2010 Fox/Justin Lubin

Not surprising, GLEE’s “A Very Glee Christmas” looks and feels like every other Christmas special out there (hitting all the major beats above), but also manages to put its own twists on the formula as well. We get a major break-up between Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) – with no happy resolution by episode’s end. And the very important line by Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) at the end of the episode to Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) is the very un-Christmas-like “I hate you.”

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Exclusive Interview: KIDS IN THE HALL member Dave Foley gets his Christmas jollies on LEVERAGE

Dave Foley in KIDS IN THE HALL: DEATH COMES TO TOWN | © 2010 IFC

Is it the winter season or the extra special Christmas bonus to Season Three? That’s the question surrounding the last three episodes of LEVERAGE, which begin airing this Sunday night (December 12) on TNT. First up is the official Christmas-themed episode “The Ho, Ho, Ho Job” where the Leverage team spearheaded by mastermind Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton) take down a shady department store Santa operation followed by the two-hour season finale airing December 19 that finally reveals the season’s Big Bad Damien Moreau (played by ER’s Goran Visnjic). To kick off the holiday spirit with a comedic chaser, ASSIGNMENT X […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: LIFE UNEXPECTED actor Kerr Smith grows up

Kerr Smith in LIFE UNEXPECTED - Season 2 | © 2010 The CW/Richard Phibbs

On CW’s LIFE UNEXPECTED, now wrapping out its second and (most likely) final season on Tuesdays, former high school sweethearts Cate (Shiri Appleby) and Nate (Kristoffer Polaha) are brought back together when their now sixteen-year-old daughter Lux (Brittany Robertson) – given up for adoption by Cate at birth – comes back into their lives. Cate’s now-husband Ryan, played by Kerr Smith, does his best to be the grown-up in the situation, since Lux is chronologically a teenager and Cate and Nate both still sometimes act like they are. Smith spoke with ASSIGNMENT X about playing it relatively straight on the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: CASTLE Executive Producer LAURIE ZAKS talks about the hit ABC series

Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic and Tamala Jones in CASTLE - Season 3 - "Murder Most Fowl" | © 2010 ABC/Adam Larkey

For those that haven’t caught up with the pleasures of ABC’s Monday night crime drama CASTLE, you’re missing out on one of the freshest procedurals currently on network TV. Nathan Fillion stars as best-selling mystery writer Richard Castle on the series, who met NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) when he was wrongly suspected of committing murders based on his books. By the time that was cleared up, Castle decided Beckett would make a great basis for his next fictional series and has been tagging along with her to crime scenes ever since. The friction between his fictional musings […]Read On »

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Book Review: NAKED HEAT

NAKED HEAT novel by Richard Castle | © 2010 Hyperion Books

Author: Richard Castle Publisher: Hyperion Books Price: $24.99 Page Count: 304 pgs. This is all very meta, so please bear with the following. In the ABC TV series CASTLE, Nathan Fillion plays superstar crime novelist Richard Castle, who follows around NYPD detective Kate Beckett (Stana Kovic) to get inspiration for his books. The hardcover novel NAKED HEAT by Richard Castle is ostensibly the second product of this inspiration (the first, HEAT WAVE, was released last year in paperback). It is a real book that you can go out and buy, with a picture of Castle – who looks just like […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD – Season 1 – “TS-19”

Jeryl Prescott, Laurie Holden and Noah Emmerich in THE WALKING DEAD - Season 1 - "TS19" | ©2010 AMC

In the action-packed season finale of THE WALKING DEAD, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group have found a temporary haven at the CDC, where Dr. Edwin Jenner (Noah Emmerich) is the lone survivor of the team that was attempting to find an answer to the horrific plague or…whatever it is…that turned the world into a zombie nightmare. Hot water and chilled wine offer a temporary respite from terror, but really folks, this is the last episode – how happy an ending do you think this is going to be?

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – “Hop a Freighter”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 5 | © 2010 Showtime

In “Hop a Freighter,” things come to a head, with Dexter (Michael C. Hall) discovering the surveillance equipment ex-cop Liddy (Peter Weller) has planted in his apartment. Wrongly believing the spy cameras were planted by Deb’s (Jennifer Carpenter) current partner/love interest Quinn (Desmond Harrington), Dexter tries to catch him in the act. Instead, Liddy catches Dexter, but of course Liddy seriously underestimates the table-turning abilities of our guy.

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TV Review: SMALLVILLE – Season 10 – “Luthor”

John Glover in SMALLVILLE - Season 10 - "Luthor" | © 2010 The CW/Jack Rowand

At first I thought I was watching another filler episode, one that had no bearing on what actually happens on SMALLVILLE. Parallel universes are the best way for writers to do whatever they want without fear of any real. Why is that? Well, because it doesn’t matter what happens in the other universe as long as there is no crossover.

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