TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Unholy Alliance”

Joel Gretsch, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jay Karnes in V - Season 2 - "Unholy Alliance" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

Something strange and wonderful happened with V last night taking its regular story about aliens and the human resistance fighters trying to take them down and mixing it with the hot button issue of “religion.”

Religion in science-fiction is a no brainer (not without its own controversy), and to find such an intelligence, smart and still entertaining way of integrating it into a network show takes balance and tact which writer Rockne S. O’Bannon handles effortlessly.

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Exclusive Interview: Former DEXTER star Julie Benz is a super-mom on NO ORDINARY FAMILY

Julie Benz in NO ORDINARY FAMILY | &Copy 2010 ABC/Bob D'Amico

The title of ABC’s NO ORDINARY FAMILY is accurate. After a plane crash and an encounter with strange glowing water in a remote part of the South American jungle, the Powell family is changed. Dad Jim (Michael Chiklis) now has super-strength, daughter Daphne (Kay Panabaker) can read people’s minds and son J.J. (Jimmy Powell) can make instant correct deductions. As for scientist mom Stephanie, played by Julie Benz, multi-tasking between home life and lab work has become so much more easier since she’s acquired super-speed. This isn’t Benz’s first brush with superpowers. After she appeared in a recurring role as […]Read On »

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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Laid Bare”

Rekha Sharma is dissected on V - Season 2 - "Laid Bare" | ©2011 ABC/Jeff Petry

It’s no surprise that V has struggled during its run to find its voice and remedy pacing issues. And the first two episodes of Season Two offered up promise, but still felt like the series was dealing with the wayward plotting ghosts of Season One.

However, “Laid Bare” has remedied many of those issues. A solid episode packed with action, revelations and some very cool effects, it’s one of the best episodes of the series to date and promises a major upheaval in the personal lives of all the characters.

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TCA 2011: ABC’s OFF THE MAP used LOST ending to its advantage

Martin Henderson in OFF THE MAP - Season One | ©2011 ABC/Bob D'Amico

What happened when LOST ended its run in Hawaii? ABC utilized the infra-structure to launch its new medical show OFF THE MAP there. “The genesis for the idea came just as LOST was ending,” explains creator Jenna Bans who executive produces the show with Shondra Rhimes. “So many areas in [Hawaii] could double for South America.” In terms of how different it will be from ABC’s other medical shows executive produced by Rhimes (GREY’S ANATOMY, PRIVATE PRACTICE) is it’s location. “What makes this show different from other medical shows on TV – these characters are not at the top of […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Why ABC thinks SKATING WITH THE STARS failed

Brooke Castile, Jonny Moseley in SKATING WITH THE STARS - Season One | ©2011 ABC/Adam Larkey

At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee revealed what he thinks went wrong with the ratings bomb of SKATING WITH THE STARS. Part of the problem: airing it right after a great season of DANCING WITH THE STARS. “Not everything works, but [the shows] were probably too similar,” he admits. “If you had just finished an absolutely brilliant novel, you don’t want to start another one that night. The DNA was really too close together. We have this fabulous, culturally defining show, we would like to extend. We did take aa [time-out] with WIPEOUT […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ABC talks about Wednesday’s forthcoming three-hour comedy block

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At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee spoke about the decision to program a three-hour comedy block on Wednesday night, with the addition of new comedies HAPPY ENDINGS and MR. SUNSHINE starring Matthew Perry paired up with its already solid performers of THE MIDDLE, BETTER WITH YOU, MODERN FAMILY and COUGAR TOWN. “It’s certainly a risk,” admits Lee. “There is an appetite for comedies. Do audiences have an appetite of comedy at 10:00 pm? Yes, we know that’s true. It’s certainly a risk. We thought that HAPPY ENDINGS, which is an adult show, had […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ABC talks about why it loves CASTLE & it’s 4th season renewal

Seamus Dever, Molly Quinn, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Tamala Jones, Jon Huertas, Susan Sullivan in CASTLE - Season 3 | ©2010 ABC/Bob D'Amico

At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee announced the fourth season renewal of CASTLE and spoke about why the show has proven to be such a success. “Like THE MIDDLE, I think CASTLE is an underrated show,” says Lee. “CASTLE showed its mettle and marks the target of our brand. It’s fun, entertaining, aspirational and bright. And it’s done fantastic against real competition.” CLICK HERE for more breaking TV news of the WINTER 2011 TCA’s

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TCA 2011: ABC hopes the ‘V’ lizards won’t die

Morris Chestnut, Laura Vandervoort, Logan Huffman, Morena Baccarin, Elizabeth Mitchell, Joel Gretsch, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure in V - Season Two | ©2010 ABC/photo by Bob D'Amico

At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee spoke about the strategy for V – Season 2 and hopes the numbers continue to be as strong as the season two premiere. “Those lizards just won’t die,” says Lee. “They keep coming back. We’re pleased with that. We wanted to give it space [by ordering] ten episodes, so we could quality control those episodes. We brought whole new ideas to it and amped up the adrenaline in that show to make sure it gets better and better.” CLICK HERE for ASSIGNMENT X’s exclusive interview with V […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ABC renews CASTLE, COUGAR TOWN, GREY’S ANATOMY, THE MIDDLE, MODERN FAMILY & PRIVATE PRACTICE for next year

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At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Group President Paul Lee revealed that CASTLE, COUGAR TOWN, GREY’S ANATOMY, THE MIDDLE, MODERN FAMILY and PRIVATE PRACTICE have all been renewed for another year Meanwhile, it looks like DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES is on the bubble (probably due to contract negotiations), as are BETTER WITH YOU, BROTHERS & SISTERS and the ratings challenged DETROIT 1-8-7 “We haven’t made our decisions yet on a second season of DETROIT 1-8-7,” says Lee. “I would like it to see higher numbers. Michael Imperioili is brilliant in that. For me, it’s great to see, […]Read On »

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