TV Review: CASTLE – Season 6 – “Dreamworld”

Stana Katic and Lisa Edelstein in CASTLE - Season 6 - "Dreamworld" | ©2013 ABC/Richard Cartwright

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  David Grae Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: September 30, 2013 If you  have ever watched a TV show or movie that dealt with a topic you know particularly well, and groaned repeatedly when the writers messed up details that if they’d only bothered to do a modicum of research wouldn’t have been messed up, then you’ll understand how I reacted to the “Dreamworld” episode of CASTLE. You see, some years ago, I co-wrote a book on poisons for […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 6 Premiere – “Valkyrie”

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic in CASTLE - Season 6 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  Rob Hanning Director: John Terlesky Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: September 23, 2013 So we were left hanging at the end of last season, with Castle (Nathan Fillion) down on one knee, proposing marriage. Fade in on “Valkyrie” with Beckett (Stana Katic) thrilled that he proposed. It’s CASTLE, of course it’s not clear cut. Turns out she was afraid he was trying to break up. But here’s where it gets good. Instead of being a jerk about her new job and insisting […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ORPHAN BLACK stars Dylan Bruce and Jordan Gavaris on Season 1

Jordan Gavaris in ORPHAN BLACK - Season 1 | ©2013 BBC America/Steve Wilkie

ORPHAN BLACK, created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, was a hit with audiences and critics alike when it its first ten-episode series ran on BBC America earlier this year. BBCA is now re-running ORPHAN BLACK Saturdays at 10 PM, with Season 2 due in April 2014. The extraordinarily versatile Tatiana Maslany stars – and stars – and stars – as a number of extremely dissimilar young women who discover that they are clones caught up in a sinister conspiracy. Two men closely involved with Sarah, Tatiany’s primary character, are Felix, played by Jordan Gavaris, and Paul, played by Dylan […]Read On »

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TV Review: HOSTAGES – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Dylan McDermott in HOSTAGES - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2013 CBS/Nicole Rivelli

Stars: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Rhys Coiro, Quinn Shephard, Mateus Ward, James Naughton Writers: Alon Aranya & Jeffrey Nachmanoff, original idea by Omri Givon Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff Network: CBS, Mondays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: September 23, 2013 It’s not right to compare every serialized TV thriller series to 24, but HOSTAGES makes such an analogy tempting, particularly to the previous series’ first season. There is the central story element, with a doctor being blackmailed by a rogue FBI agent, there’s the pacing, there are the twists. There are also conflicted people with guns […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: RAY DONOVAN star Jon Voight on the Showtime series

Jon Voight in RAY DONOVAN | ©2013 Showtime/Suzanne Tenner

On Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, now in its first season Sundays at 10 PM and already renewed for Season 2, Liev Schreiber’s title character is a professional fixer. If you can pay his fee, he can take care of that cocaine bust or the dead prostitute in the bed. However, even Ray can’t find a fix for his father Mickey, played by Jon Voight. Mickey has just gotten out of prison after serving time for murder and he insists on getting back into the lives of his sons, much to the fury of distrustful Ray. Voight, a New York native and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The scoop on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY from executive producer Howard Gordon

24 - SEASON 8 - THE COMPLETE FINAL SEASON DVD | ©2010 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Producer/writer Howard Gordon is a very busy man, what with last year’s truckload of Emmys for the first season of Showtime’s HOMELAND, an even bigger slate of nominations for the second season of HOMELAND, the series TYRANT in development at FX and LEGENDS, an espionage series starring Sean Bean, at TNT. This last is likely why Gordon is at TNT’s twenty-fifth anniversary party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. We talked with Gordon about all his projects (see our upcoming separate interview), but while we’re at it, we got an update on next year’s anticipated mini-season of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Mia Kirshner tricks out DEFIANCE

Mia Kirshner in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

In Syfy’s DEFIANCE, which has its first-season finale Monday July 8 at 9 PM – it’s been renewed for a second season – Mia Kirshner plays Kenya Rosewater, the human proprietor of a bar/brothel that caters to humans and aliens of all genders.Kenya’s sister Amanda (Julie Benz) is the new mayor of the town of Defiance, formerly St. Louis,Missouri, and both women have an interest in the recently appointed town Lawkeeper, Jeb Nolan (Grant Bowler). Kirshner, who hails from Toronto, is no stranger to the science-fiction and fantasy genres – her first on-camera work was in an episode of WAR […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Elyes Gabel on BODY OF PROOF and GAME OF THRONES

Elyes Gabel in BODY OF PROOF | (c) 2013 ABC/Richard Foreman

Elyes Gabel (pronounced EL-ee-as Ga-BELL) will be known to fans of various genres. The London-born actor, who also lived for a time in Canada, is familiar to GAME OF THRONES viewers as the loyal but ill-fated Dothraki Rakharo. Zombie aficionados may have seen him in Britain’s Channel Four miniseries THE DEAD SET and will soon see him playing a virologist in WORLD WAR Z. Medical show enthusiasts may know Gabel from his seven years as Dr. Gurpreet “Guppy” Sandhu on the BBC’s CASUALTY. Now Gabel has his first regular role on a U.S. network series, ABC’s BODY OF PROOF, which […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 Finale – “Watershed”

Nathan Fillion as Castle in CASTLE | (c) 2013 ABC/PETER "HOPPER" STONE

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  Andrew W. Marlowe Director: John Terlesky Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: May 13, 2013 I simply do not understand why the producers of CASTLE seem to feel the need to jerk their viewers around with this constant will they/won’t they game between Castle (Nathan Filion) and Beckett (Stana Katic). They spent four season playing with getting the two together – not only taking a miserably long time, but doing it in the most excrutiating way. Then they spent a good chunk of last season […]Read On »

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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 5 – “The Wild Rover”

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic in CASTLE - Season 5 - "Murder, He Wrote" | ©2012 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer:  Terencce Paul Director: Rob Bowman Network: ABC, Monday nights, 1o p.m. Original Telecast: March 25, 2013 “The Wild Rover” starts out as your standard CASTLE episode, with light-hearted banter between Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic), a weirdly positioned stiff and the usual odd clues. But it quickly turns into something really extraordinary – namely CASTLE at it’s best. The victim is a cupcake baker found shot to death in a mixing bowl of his batter. But, lo, there’s a magic briefcase filled with $50,000 […]Read On »

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