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The X List: Assignment X’s Best of 2010 – Movies

TRUE GRIT poster | ©2010 Paramount Pictures

The best films of 2010, in the opinion of this reviewer (who still has to catch up with THE FIGHTER, WINTER’S BONE and several other acclaimed releases): THE SOCIAL NETWORK Normally, people working with computers is one of the most boring things that can be put on screen. Director David Fincher, writer Aaron Sorkin and an across-the-board brilliant cast headed up by Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake leave the computers in the background and illustrate the dynamics of friendship and ambition in a way that is remarkably compelling and universal. The fact that the film is about 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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TCA 2011: Are aliens going to invade? NatGeo reveals they won’t be friendly

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The National Geographic Channel (NatGeo, for short), will be debuting two specials this Spring – ALIEN INVASION and AREA 51 DECLASSIFIED that deals with the oft covered subject of what if aliens were among us. ALIEN INVASION talks about how earth should prepare if there were an alien attack, while AREA 51 DECLASSIFIED deals with information finally being released from the government about this top secret facility rumored to be in the Nevada desert. At today’s Winter TCA in Pasadena, CA, S.E.T.I. astronomer Seth Shostak says that history shows, if aliens are out there, chances are they’re not going to […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: TOSH.O star Daniel Tosh goes viral – on himself!

Daniel Tosh in TOSH.O | ©2011 Comedy Central

First THE SOUP took to task talks shows and reality TV, now Daniel Tosh is doing the same for viral web videos with his hit Comedy Central series TOSH.O which begins its third season on January 11. Setting it apart is Tosh’s ability to poke fun at himself, while also doing self-deprecating skits with the stars of some of these web clips. “We don’t see ourselves as making fun of people who come on the show,” says executive producer Charlie Siskel speaking at today’s TCA Winter 2011 press tour. “Daniel is always making fun of himself. These people have heard […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ONION SPORTSDOME sends up sports news shows

Matt Oberg and Matt Walton in ONION SPORTSDOME - Season One | ©2011 Comedy Central

One of the most influential satirical forces has been THE ONION newspaper and website and now Comedy Central is bringing the news organization’s comedic bent to the small screen with ONION SPORTSDOME. Making its debut on January 11, the series is a weekly send-up of the latest sports news, analysis and more featuring actors Matt Walton and Matt Oberg playing fictitious anchors Alex Reiser and Mark Shepard, respectively. While speaking at today’s TCA Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, CA, executive producer Will Graham says the same team that puts together the online sports web videos, are also part of the […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: WORKING CLASS star Ed Asner still thinks Betty White is hot

Ed Asner and Melissa Peterman in WORKING CLASS - Ed Asner and Melissa Peterman | ©2011 CMT

While speaking at today’s TCA Winter 2011 press tour, Ed Asner, while promoting his new CMT sitcom WORKING CLASS (which premieres January 28) admits that his former THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW co-star Betty White is still hot (she was on the previous panel for her TV Land sitcom HOT IN CLEVELAND). “I just had cataracts, still adjusting, but what I see is looking pretty good,” says Asner with a laugh. WORKING CLASS is the first scripted sitcom for CMT and stars Melissa Peterman as a single mom striving for a better life with her kids and befriending a cranky […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Mary Tyler Moore and an ALL MY CHILDREN crossover on HOT IN CLEVELAND

HOT IN CLEVELAND - Season Two poster

The second season of TV Land’s hot new sitcom HOT IN CLEVELAND will get even hotter with the addition of some cool crossovers and guest stars. While speaking at today’s Television Critics press tour, TV Land President Larry W. Jones announced that there will be an ALL MY CHILDREN crossover with an appearance by Susan Lucci. The show features Wendie Malick as soap actress Victoria Chase. “Last season ended where my character won her first Emmy on a soap opera, unfortunately we had a tornado [and I couldn’t attend],” says Malick. “Susan Lucci accepted it on behalf and she’s my […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: RETIRED AT 35 brings back the old-fashioned sitcom (with a modern twist)

George Segal and Johnathan McClain in RETIRED AT 35 | ©2011 TV Land

Today’s TCA press tour event kicked off today with TV Land bringing out their latest sitcom RETIRED AT 35 which debuts on January 19th. Hot on the heels of the success of HOT IN CLEVELAND, RETIRED AT 35 is a sitcom about a 35 year old (Johnathan McClain) who quits his job and moves in with his parents (George Segal, Jessica Walter) in Florida. Of course, he’s arrived just as his parents are breaking up. The show is also shot in the multi-camera format that many networks have since abandoned for the single camera. “People miss this form,” says executive […]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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The X List: Assignment X’s Best of 2010 – Albums and Singles

Gaslight Anthem - AMERICAN SLANG

10 FAVORITE ALBUMS (in alphabetical order) Daft Punk – TRON: LEGACY soundtrack There were some great soundtracks this year, but damn, these techno boys created the best John Carpenter/Alan Howarth score that the never wrote. The movie may be polarizing, but this soundtrack will make you appreciate being a user. Frightened Rabbit – THE WINTER OF MIXED DRINKS A wonderful, alternative rock find. A group whose music seeps with angst and emotion, while not sounding mainstream. This is everything Arcade Fire’s THE SUBURBS album should have been. Gaslight Anthem – AMERICAN SLANG A Jersey band with a heavy Boss influence, […]Read On »

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