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TCA 2011: Randy Jackson says AMERICAN IDOL judging panel will be very different

Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, the AMERICAN IDOL judges and executive producers spoke about what Season 10 will be like. The big question, judge Randy Jackson says, has been who of the judges (Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and himself) are going to be the mean one like former judge Simon Cowell. “I’ve heard a lot of talk of who is going to be the tough one or the mean one,” says Jackson. “You still hear that from all three of us. We give them a full read. If it’s terrible, it’s terrible.” Jackson says […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ABC talks about why it loves CASTLE & it’s 4th season renewal

Seamus Dever, Molly Quinn, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Tamala Jones, Jon Huertas, Susan Sullivan in CASTLE - Season 3 | ©2010 ABC/Bob D'Amico

At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee announced the fourth season renewal of CASTLE and spoke about why the show has proven to be such a success. “Like THE MIDDLE, I think CASTLE is an underrated show,” says Lee. “CASTLE showed its mettle and marks the target of our brand. It’s fun, entertaining, aspirational and bright. And it’s done fantastic against real competition.” CLICK HERE for more breaking TV news of the WINTER 2011 TCA’s

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TV Review: PRIMEVAL – Season 4 – “Episode Two”

Andrew-Lee Potts and Hannah Spearritt in PRIMEVAL - Season 4 - "Episode 2" | © 2010 Impossible Pictures

Stars: Andrew-Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, Ciaran McMenamin, Ruth Kearney, Ben Mansfield, Ben Miller, Alexander Siddig, Anton Lesser, James Bradshaw Writer: Steve Bailie Director: Mark Everest Network: BBC America Original Telecast: January 8, 2011 Connor (Andrew-Lee Potts) and Abby (Hannah Spearritt) are still readjusting to being back in the present following the events of the PRIMEVAL fourth series premiere, even though they already seemed pretty well over it last week. But never mind, they’re determined to pick up where they left off and carry on with the late Professor Cutter’s work on the anomalies. The problem is that Lester’s (Ben Miller) […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – Season 1 – ‘Pilot’ – Series Premiere

David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season One | ©2011 NBC/Paul Drinkwater

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, James Frain, Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott Writer: Tom Wheeler Director: Deran Serafian Network: NBC, Mondays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: January 9, 2011 In all of the recent incarnations of TV superheroes, some sort of powers have come into play. The rights to BATMAN being tied up as they are at another studio, writer Tom Wheeler has come up with a new completely human hero, the Cape, who fights crime in fictitious Palm City. Of course, the Cape wasn’t always the Cape. He started out, and remains in his heart, Vince Faraday (David Lyons), loving […]Read On »

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TV Review: BOB’S BURGERS – Season 1 – “Human Flesh” – Season Premiere

The Belchers on BOB'S BURGERS - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox

Created by Loren Bouchard, BOB’S BURGERS is the latest attempt to find something new, within the familiar family comedy dynamic, but the show tries to hard to be crude and not hard enough to be funny.

This is the kind of comedy that would feel right at home on Comedy Central., but on network television, it feels dragged out and desperate.

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Clip of the Day: Jim Carrey gets freaky on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Jim Carrey and Taran Killam in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 36 | ©2011 NBC

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE has always been hit and miss, but with the usually hilarious Jim Carrey hosting, one only hoped the show would have been better than it was. However, among the mediocrity, there was this deranged, short sketch that got it right.  Set in an amusement park ride, it used Carrey (and SNL cast members Taran Killam and Bill Hader) in a weird, nightmarish scenario. The sketch didn’t drag, it wasn’t redundant, it got in, and got out – with tons of laughs. Check it out below to see what we mean:

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CD Review: Christian Kane – THE HOUSE RULES

Christian Kane - THE HOUSE RULES

Distributor: Bigger Picture Group/Outlaw Saints Music Suggested Retail Price: $13.99 Although THE HOUSE RULES is his first major label release, Christian Kane has been around a good while now as a singer/songwriter. Those familiar with his music via live performance and/or independently-produced earlier records can testify that he is consistently passionate, entertaining and smooth on the ears. Good news: THE HOUSE RULES adds big-league production value to the tracks without in any way diluting Kane’s essential sound or sense of fun. Produced by Bob Ezrin and Jimmie Lee Sloas, both of whom do double-duty as musicians on the album, THE […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 Exclusive: LOVE THAT GIRL! star Phil Morris says he’s hopeful Martian Manhunter will return for SMALLVILLE’s final season

Phil Morris in SMALLVILLE - Season 9 - "Absolute Justice" | ©2009 The CW Network/Jack Rowand

While talking about his new sitcom LOVE THAT GIRL! set to debut January 10 on TV One, ASSIGNMENT X caught up with star Phil Morris to chat about the new series as well as his character of John Jones/Martian Manhunter on the CW’s SMALLVILLE. Currently in its final year, we asked Morris if he’d like to return to SMALLVILLE and wrap out his arc, which he admits he’d love to do. “I’ve called them a few times,” he admits. “They love my character and love me. I’m not an integral part of that show as far as they’re concerned. After […]Read On »

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TV Review: V – SEASON 2 – “Red Rain” – Season Premiere

Logan Huffman and Elizabeth Mitchell in V - Season Two - "Red Rain" |©2011 ABC/Marcel Williams

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Morena Baccarin, Laura Vandervoort, Scott Wolf, Logan Huffman, Charles Mesure Writers: Scott Rosenbaum and Gregg Andrew Hurwitz Director: Bryan Spicer Network: ABC, airs Tuesdays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 4, 2011 I had high hopes for the reboot of V when it aired last year. The classic series was fun and had some great moments but it was always cheeseball with lousy special effects and props. However, what made up for it was great storytelling and of a resistance that actually was organized, motivated and did something. The first season of the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: CAPRICA’s Sasha Roiz gets into mob mentality

Sasha Roiz in CAPRICA - Season One | ©2010 Syfy/photo by Jeff Weddell

The storyline is blowing up – literally – on Syfy’s CAPRICA, the prequel series to the network’s acclaimed remake of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. There are monotheistic terrorists from Gemenon running amok, the persona of one dead girl wandering through cyberspace as an immortal, another girl in the giant body of a prototype Cylon – and then there are the Adama brothers, Joseph, played by Esai Morales, a very conflicted lawyer (and father of young William, who will grow up to be played by Edward James Olmos on BSG), and his brother Sam, played by Sasha Roiz, who is a professional mobster. […]Read On »

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