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Preview: Matt LeBlanc returns to series TV with Showtime’s EPISODES

EPISODES

With his new Showtime series EPISODES set to premiere January 9, former FRIENDS and JOEY star Matt LeBlanc explains why it took so long for him to return to series television and he admits it wasn’t because the offers weren’t coming in. “There was a few network shows that came and went that crossed my desk and I said ‘no’ to them,” says LeBlanc. “Working twelve years every day was a lot. I wanted to take some time off and spend time with my daughter and take some time with my daughter.” EPISODES follows LeBlanc playing a semi-fictional version of […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Why was the FX series TERRIERS cancelled? FX President John Landgraf reveals why it was put to sleep

Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James in TERRIERS - Season 1 | ©2010 FX/Patrick McElhenney

TERRIERS is one of those great shows that few people watched, but those who did, were passionate about it. The FX series concerned ex-cop Hank Dolworth (Donal Logue) and his best friend ex-thief Brit Morgan (Michael Raymond-James) who teamed up as unlicensed private eyes in San Diego and stumbled across a CHINATOWN-like scheme. The series finale aired Wednesday. Usually, when a TV series is canceled, the network lets it slip away as quietly as possible. However, when FX decided not to renew freshman series TERRIERS on Friday, network president John Landgraf took the rare step of organizing a conference call […]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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TV Review: FRINGE – SEASON 3 – “Entrada”

Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble in FRINGE - Season Three | ©2010 Fox/Smallz and Raskind

Is it possible to both love and hate Olivia (Anna Torv) in the same show? Anna Torv is sure making it so with her Season Three turn in FRINGE, quite possibly the best show on TV right now (with THE WALKING DEAD and SUPERNATURAL in that same group). And by that same token, is it possible to cheer for Broyles (Lance Reddick) in both universes? Yes. And the more we learn about “over there” the more we find out that they are not unlike “over here” more and more. Broyles is the biggest case in point.

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Music Review: Taylor Swift – SPEAK NOW

Taylor Swift - SPEAK NOW

Let’s clear the air about Taylor Swift and who she is, what she is and her legitimacy as a pop music force. First off, the young singer (now 20, soon to be 21 in December) hit the scene as a country music artist whose popularity grew in a grass roots sort of way. She was the anti-Britney Spears – someone vulnerable, sincere and innocent even if her lyrics proved to be biting and bitter at times.

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The X List: The 5 things they got right in the HARRY POTTER films, the 5 things they sadly left out

Emma Watson, Danieal Radcliffe and Rupert Grint HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PT.1 | © 2010 Warner Bros.

It’s hard to believe, but nearly a decade after J.K. Rowling’s massively successful fantasy series made the leap from page to screen with the 2001 release of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, we are finally reaching the end of one of the most popular movie sagas in cinema history. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 is already in theaters, with PART 2 – the conclusion – on its way early next year. And then we’ll have only memories … and books and DVDs and countless other bits of ephemera. As with all book-to-film adaptations, especially with a […]Read On »

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