TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Commitment”

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Commitment" | ©2012 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie Director: Matt Earl Beesley Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: January 18, 2012 “Commitment” is one of those episodes of REVENGE that feels like the story is going all over the place and not really getting anywhere. Part of it may be that Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) plan for revenge against Victoria and Conrad Grayson for the wrongful conviction of her father David Clarke (James Tupper) is creating a certain amount of collateral damage, this time to Charlotte (Christa B. Allen), Victoria’s daughter and Jack (Nick Wechsler). […]Read On »


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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Dial M For Mayor”

Derek Webster in CASTLE - Season 4 - "Dial M For Mayor' | ©2012 ABC/Randy Holmes

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Christine Boylan Director: Kate Woods Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: January 16, 2011 If ever ABC did not do CASTLE any favors, it was with this episode, “Dial M for Mayor.” The promos made it look like Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and crime-solving author dilletant Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) were going to be facing a serious rift in their good friendship over Castle’s support of his buddy Mayor Robert Weldon (Derek Webster). Nope. Have to take note – this episode was […]Read On »


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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “True North”

Lana Parrilla in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - True North" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: David H. Goodman and Liz Tigelaar Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: January 15, 2012 It seems pretty clear from this episode, “True North,” that Regina’s grip on the modern day world of ONCE UPON A TIME is slipping. Her fairy tale counterpart The Evil Queen (Lana Parilla plays both) isn’t getting all that she wants, either, but she’s got a heck of a lot more power in the fairy tale land. Or maybe she can be more overt about it. As usual, we have a version of a fairy tale […]Read On »


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Exclusive Interview: Adam Horowitz chats about ONCE UPON A TIME

Ginnifer Goodwin in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Kharen Hill

ABC’s new series ONCE UPON A TIME, airing Sundays at 8 PM, is definitely a fantasy, but beyond that, it’s hard to compare to anything on the air, now or in the past. The short version of the premise is that the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) exiles many characters from Fairytale Land, including Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle), to the picturesque small town of Storybrooke, Maine. The erstwhile fairytale folk have no notion of their true identities but young Henry (Jared Gilmore), the adopted son of the mayor, has a glimmer of what […]Read On »


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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Infamy”

Ciara Hanna, Margarita Levieva and Nick Wechsler in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Infamy" | ©2012 ABC/Karen Neal

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie Director: Matt Earl Beesley Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: January 11, 2012 One of the issues of writing about REVENGE is that we have two characters who have switched names, and in “Infamy,” this becomes an issue. So to minimize confusion, please remember that since Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) is usually referred to as Emily even though she is really Amanda Clarke, she will be referred to as Emily throughout. The real Emily Thorne is currently in place as Amanda Clarke (Margarita Levieva), so […]Read On »


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TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Till Death Do Us Part”

Stana Katic and Tamal Jones in CASTLE - Season 4 - "Till Death Do Us Part" | ©2012 ABC/Adam Larkey

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: David Grae Director: Jeff Bleckner Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: January 9, 2011 For those who bemoaned the darker turn CASTLE had taken earlier this season, they have nought to complain about in “Till Death Do Us Part.” It is the final few days before Det. Kevin Ryan’s (Seamus Dever) wedding to Jenny Duffy-O’Malley (played by Seamus Dever’s real-life wife Juliana Dever) and a body has dropped out of a hotel window onto a fruit stand. Turns out the stiff has two names […]Read On »


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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “Desperate Souls”

Robert Carlyle in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "Desperate Souls" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Michael Waxman Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: December 11, 2011 One of the things that takes ONCE UPON A TIME well past the cartoony single-dimension of its fairy tale characters into something even more frightening and real is that the bad guys have real reasons for being bad. With most fairly tale characters, they’re bad because that’s who they are. In this episode, “Desperate Souls” we find out how Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) got to be the scary wheeler dealer that he is. Which makes the way he utterly manipulates […]Read On »


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TCA News: DON’T TRUST THE B IN APT. 23 lets James Van Der Beek be James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek in DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APT. 23 - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In the new ABC comedy DON’T TRUST THE B IN APT.23, James Van Der Beek plays a character named James Van Der Beek, although it’s a character that’s pretty far from himself. “I auditioned against six other James Van Der Beeks for this role,” Van Der Beek says with a laugh, while speaking at today’s ABC TCA press conference. “I was lucky that four of them were not actors, and two of them didn’t speak English.” While Van Der Beek still carries his first TV role DAWSON’S CREEK with him, he also enjoys getting the chance of making fun of […]Read On »


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TCA News: ABC says DANCING WITH THE STARS will be on the air for years to come

Karina Smirnoff and J.R. Martinez win the mirror ball on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 13 finale | ©2011 ABC/Adam Taylor

While reality show hits seem to wane and wax over the years, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee says he expects DANCING WITH THE STARS to remain on the schedule for years to come. “Obviously each year the casting sometimes tells you where it’s going to come out. Although, I have to say we started with a weaker cast this year, and with J.R. [Martinez] winning it, it was a wonderful storyline,” says Lee. “Look how much THE BACHELOR has lasted and done so strongly for us. It’s romantic. It’s right in the heart of our brand, so I personally […]Read On »


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TCA News: ABC talks about the eight episode THE RIVER order and its future beyond Season 1

Bruce Greenwood in THE RIVER - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

One of the most ambitious (and utterly different) series to air this season is the new ABC thriller THE RIVER which comes from PARANORMAL ACTIVITY creator Oren Peli and executive producer Steven Spielberg. The series follows a documentary crew going down the Amazon River to search for a missing in action TV personality adventurer. What they find could very well be not of this earth. At today’s ABC TCA panel, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee says the faux documentary series works perfectly as an eight episode first season. “Early on when we were about to pick it up, I […]Read On »


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