TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Betrayal”

Christa B. Allen in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Betrayal" | ©2011 ABC/Eric McCandless

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Salvatore Stabile Director: Matt Earl Beesley Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 5, 2011 One of the devout wishes I had for REVENGE, a supposed modernized look at THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO in which Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) seeks to trash everyone connected with her father’s wrongful arrest and conviction for crimes he did not commit, was that it would not turn into Emily’s victim of the week. Alas, the show seems to be headed in just that direction. The show is set in the Hamptons, where […]Read On »


TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Head Case”

Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic and Jon Huertas in CASTLE - Season 4 - "Head Case" | ©2011 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Writer: David Grae Director: Holly Dale Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: October 3, 2011 The case latest CASTLE case starts with a lot of blood – enough that it’s pretty obvious that a stiff is involved. And Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and author Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) are, for the moment, more absorbed in Castle’s daughter’s latest crisis. It seems Alexis (Molly Quinn) is learning the hard way the truth of that great Rolling Stones anthem, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Things […]Read On »


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

Alan Tudyk, Allie Grant, Jeremy Sisto, Jane Levy, Carly Chaikin and Rex Lee in SUBURGATORY - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Jane Levy, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines, Carly Chaikin, Alan Tudyk, Allie Grant Writer: Emily Kapnek Director: Michael Fresco Network: ABC, Wednesdays @ 8:30 PM Original Telecast: September 28, 2011 If you’ve read books aimed at teens and tweens (the main characters are teenagers, but the readers are sometimes a little younger), you know the tone of SUBURGATORY – wry and snarky but not mean-spirited, watching peers in a new territory as though they’re aliens and viewing adults as though they are from another dimension altogether. In SUBURGATORY’s pilot, our narrator, fifteen-year-old Tessa Altman (Jane Levy), is uprooted from her […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Alan Tudyk on SUBURGATORY, GOOD VIBES and TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL

Alan Tudyk in SUBURGATORY - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Bob D'Amico

This is a good time to be Alan Tudyk, or at least a fan of Alan Tudyk. The actor is just about everywhere right now. On the big screen, he’s one of the title characters in the horror comedy TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL, which opens Friday. On television, he can be seen as a series regular on ABC’s new sitcom SUBURGATORY, premiering Wednesday, and heard as multiple characters on MTV’s new animated comedy GOOD VIBES, about a teenaged boy who moves to a beach community in Southern California, which debuts Oct. 27. On recent home video releases, Tudyk has […]Read On »


TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Heroes and Villains”

A trip to the comic book store in CASTLE - Season 4 - "Heroes and Villains" | ©2011 ABC/Adam Taylor

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas Writer: Andrew W. Marlowe, David Amann Director: Jeff Bleckner Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: September 26, 2011 This is your classic CASTLE episode – a little flirting between Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Becket (Stana Katic), a family issue with Castle’s daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn), and his mom Martha (Susan Sullivan) doing something weird that oddly complements the case that Castle and Beckett are working. Fair warning – the opening scenes are pretty gross. The victim – a complete no-goodnik name Tyler Faris (James Ferris) – […]Read On »


TV Review: PAN AM – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Karine Vanasse, Michael Mosley, Margot Robbie, Mike Vogel, Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner in PAN AM - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley, Karine Vanasse, Mike Vogel, Kelli Garner Writer: Jack Orman Director: Thomas Schlamme Network: ABC, Sundays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: September 25, 2011 To say that ABC’s new series PAN AM is better than the network’s remake of CHARLIE’S ANGELS or NBC’s THE PLAYBOY CLUB is not necessarily high praise. However, PAN AM at least has a sense of real fun and genuine nostalgia for an era when flying was fun and a job that took somebody around the world for free seemed truly adventurous. Let us remember that back in 1960, the […]Read On »


TV Review: CHARLIE’S ANGELS – Season 1 – “Angel With a Broken Wing” – Series Premiere

Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh and Rachael Taylor in CHARLIE'S ANGELS - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Rachael Taylor, Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, Ramon Rodriguez Writers: Alfred Gough & Miles Millar Director: Marcos Siega Network: ABC, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Telecast: September 22, 2011 Watching ABC’s remake of CHARLIE’S ANGELS, which ran as a series from 1976 through 1981, launching the careers of Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith in the process, is to wonder who exactly the target audience is imagined to be. It would seem that the wink-wink sex appeal (called “jiggle” at the time) and the almost Saturday-morning earnestness of the hot female crime-fighting trio would be too retro to work, but new ANGELS […]Read On »


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

Emily VanCamp in REVENGE - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Antony Platt

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Joshua Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Max Martini Writer: Mike Kelley Director: Philip Noyce Network: ABC, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Telecast: September 21, 2011 REVENGE is the kind of glossy nighttime soap that the major broadcast networks used to produce with flair in the ‘80s. Less camp than DYNASTY or the more contemporary DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, REVENGE nevertheless seems to be centered around the potential for the mother of all catfights, with the difference that the person stirring up all the misdirection and havoc is actually our heroine. Emily VanCamp plays […]Read On »


Exclusive Photos from the CRIMINAL MINDS Evening at the 2011 PaleyFest Fall TV Preview

Criminal Minds Cast - Shemar Moore, Paget Brewster, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Matthew Gray Gubler at the 2011 PaleyFest Fall TV Preview presents Criminal Minds | ©2011 Sue Schneider

The Paley Center for Media is holding for the seventh consecutive year, the PaleyFest: Fall TV Preview Parties at their Beverly Hills location. Starting off this year’s PaleyFest, was a night with the cast of CBS’s CRIMINAL MINDS, on September 6th. Walking into the Paley Center were the cast of CRIMINAL MINDS, which included: Kirsten Vangsness, Paget Brewster, A.J. Cook, Matthew Gray Gubler, Shemar Moore, Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna and Executive Producer Erica Messer. The PaleyFest: Fall TV Preview Parties is a week-long series of free public screenings, parties and panels. TV Guide Magazine and TV is this year’s […]Read On »


TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 Premiere – “Rise”

Stana Katic in CASTLE - Season 4 - "Rise" | ©2011 ABC/Karen Neal

Stars: Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Jon Huertas, Seamus Deaver, Molly Quinn, Susan Sullivan Writer: Andrew W. Marlowe Director: Rob Bowman Network: ABC, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: September 19, 2011 When last we left Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) during the Season 3 finale of CASTLE, she’d been shot – presumably by the same cabal behind her mother’s death – with Castle holding her and telling her he loves her. So, obviously, she survives. We knew that going in – although kudos to writer Andrew Marlowe (who created the series) and director Rob Bowman for granting us just a little […]Read On »

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