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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 14 – “Optimism”

Maddie Phillips as Harper Sayles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 14 - "Optimism"| © 2018 The CW Network, LLC/Michael Courtney

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Alexander Calvert, Felicia Day, Maddie Phillips, Sam Robert Muik Writer: Steve Yockey, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Richard Speight Jr. Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 29, 2018 The SUPERNATURAL episode “Optimism” breaks up the formula a bit by having Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) teamed up with different partners. Sam is on a case with alt-universe Charlie (Felicia Day), while Jack (Alexander Calvert) convinces Dean to go Hunting with him. Jack in fact makes a persuasive pitch to Dean, who is feeling guilty about letting the evil […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 14 – “Mint Condition”

Barry Nerling as Hatchet Man/David Yaeger in SUPERNATURAL - Season 14 - "Mint Condition"| © 2018 The CW Network, LLC/Dean Buscher

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Genevieve Buechner, Aaron Paul Stuart, Kurt Ostlund, Barry Nerling Writer: Davy Perez, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Amyn Kaderali Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 1, 2018 You can generally tell that a SUPERNATURAL episode is going to be more or less standalone when the only two regular characters are Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles). Such is the case with the Season 14 Halloween installment, “Mint Condition.” “Mint Condition” begins promisingly in a horror comics and collectibles shop (think Dark Delicacies with less books and less shelf space), […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 14 – “Nightmare Logic”

Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester in SUPERNATURAL - Season 14 - "Nightmare Logic"| © 2018 The CW Network, LLC/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Samantha Smith, Katherine Evans, Leah Cairns, Chris Patrick-Simpson, Darcy Hula Writer: Meredith Glynn, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Darren Grant Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 8, 2018 Sam (Jared Padalecki) is running himself ragged, teaching classes for alternate-universe-refugees-turned-Hunters in the bunker, monitoring Hunter check-ins and watching their body-cam footage. Dean (Jensen Ackles) is worried that Sam isn’t getting enough sleep. When alt-universe refugee-turned-Hunter Maggie (Katherine Evans) disappears investigating a ghoul in Oklahoma, Sam and Dean try to find out what happened. Maggie’s body-cam footage shows she was […]Read On »

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THE L WORD: GENERATION Q: Leisha Hailey and Katherine Moennig on returning for the follow-up series – Exclusive Interview

Katherine Moennig as Shane McCutcheon in THE L WORD: GENERATION Q - Season 1 | ©2019 Showtime/ Kharen Hill

Showtime’s Sunday-night THE L WORD: GENERATION Q is a ten-years-later follow-up to the network’s long-running lesbian drama THE L WORD. Three of the original cast members are back: Jennifer Beals as now-politician Bette Porter, Katherine Moennig as heartbreaker Shane McCutcheon, and Leisha Hailey as upbeat Alice Pieszecki. They find themselves mentoring, arguing and becoming involved with some younger people, including characters played by Arienne Mandi, Sepideh Moafi, Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni, and Rosanny Zayasw. Hailey was born in Okinawa, Japan. She has produced two documentaries. Her other acting roles include gigs on SUPERNATURAL, BOSCH and SILICON VALLEY. Moennig, originally from […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 14 – “The Scar”

Misha Collin, Mark A. Sheppard, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 10 | ©2014 The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Kim Rhodes, Yadira Guavera-Pip, Natasha Calis, Catherine Lough Haggquist Writer: Robert Berens, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: October 25, 2018  The SUPERNATURAL episode “The Scar” divides its time about equally between the woods of Sioux Falls, where Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and their pal Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes) are tracking all sorts of things, and the bunker, where Jack (Alexander Calvert) is learning life lessons. Dean was possessed by the archangel Michael who, for seemingly no […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 14 – “Gods and Monsters”

Jensen Ackles as Dean/Michael in SUPERNATURAL - Season 14 - "Gods and Monsters"| © 2018 The CW Network, LLC/Robert Falconer

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Pellegrino, Alexander Calvert, Jim Beaver, Samantha Smith, Meganne Young, Ben Wilkinson, Fred Keating, Chilton Crane, Michael Bean Writers: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Richard Speight Jr. Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM In Duluth, Minnesota, Dean (Jensen Ackles) is having no success ejecting smug alternative-universe archangel Michael from his body. Michael is doing experiments mixing blood with angelic grace and feeding it to vampires. This is causing the vampires to die screaming with their eyes blown out, which is not the result Michael wants. Those […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 14 – “Stranger in a Strange Land” – Season Premiere

Danneel Ackles as Anael in SUPERNATURAL - Season 14 - "Stranger in a Strange Land"| © 2018 The CW Network, LLC/Bettina Strauss

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Jim Beaver, Samantha Smith, Mark Pellegrino, Danneel Ackles, Katherine Evans, Dean Armstrong, Shafin Karim Writer: Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: October 11, 2018 Alternative universe Archangel Michael-in-Dean’s-body (Jensen Ackles) – got all that? – is flying around our universe, testing and destroying any human who doesn’t meet his exacting standards. Sam (Jared Padalecki) is losing sleep while not finding Dean. (He’s also not shaving.) We learn that it’s been three weeks since Dean got possessed so […]Read On »

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NANCY DREW: Tunji Kasim talks playing a mechanic, murder suspect and boyfriend – Exclusive Interview

Tunji Kasim as Nick in NANCY DREW - Season 1 | ©2019 The CW/Miller Mobley

NANCY DREW, The CW’s freshman Wednesday-night series based on the long-lived small-town mystery novels, is set in Horseshoe Bay, Maine. Sleuth Nancy (Kennedy McCann) has just returned to town after some time away. Tunji Kasim plays Nancy’s boyfriend, mechanic Ned “Nick” Nickerson, who has moved to Horseshoe Bay from Florida. But when Kasim talks in real life, he sounds less like someone from the Sunshine State than like OUTLANDER’s Jamie Fraser. “I’m Scottish,” Kasim explains, “Scottish and Nigerian.” Kasim was seen earlier this year in the feature films THE GOOD LIAR, opposite Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, and THE KILL […]Read On »

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Year in Review: 10 BEST MOVIES OF 2019

1917 movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Yours truly doesn’t claim to be the ultimate arbiter of films, just a watcher and chronicler who has opinions. This list, then, is according to those opinions, with no claim to empirical scale. 1917 – This slightly dreamlike World War I drama is crafted so that it appears to take place in a handful of long tracking shots that swirl around the characters. We feel that we are there on the ground with a couple of young, determined English soldiers as they try to prevent an ambush, at the same time that we sometimes think we may be hallucinating. It’s […]Read On »

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THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO: Julie Graham on the sequel series – Exclusive Interview

Julie Graham in THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO |©2019 Britbox

THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE was originally produced in 2012 and 2014 by Britain’s ITV, airing on PBS in the U.S. The show was named for Bletchley Park, where a team of female code-breakers worked for the Allies in WWII. The series followed four of the women in their post-war lives in England of the 1950s, where the characters come together to use their skills to solve peacetime murders. THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO is a sequel series that brings two of the original characters, Julie Graham’s Scottish Jean McBrian and Rachael Stirling’s English Millie Harcourt, to the American city. Originally in […]Read On »

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