TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Uneasy Lies the Hand”

Joel Gretsch and Elizabeth Mitchell in V - Season 2 - "Uneasy Lies the Hand" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writer: Cameron Litvack, Gregg Hurwitz Director: Jeff Woolnough Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: March 1, 2011 Maybe I’ve been wanting V to turn itself around so badly,  that I completely overlooked how campy it’s become. With “Uneasy Lies the Hand”, the show has somehow devolved into a silly soap opera with hokey dialogue, ridiculous reaction shots and a wholly unbelievable romantic hook-up that was worth it only to see Elizabeth Mitchell (who plays FBI agent Erica Evans) undressed and sporting a […]Read On »


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Former LOST star Michelle Rodriguez was disappointed with finale

Michelle Rodriguez in BATTLE: LA | ©2011 Sony Pictures

While chatting with actress Michelle Rodriguez yesterday to promote her new alien invasion flick BATTLE: LA (which opens March 11), we couldn’t resist asking her what she thought about the finale of LOST (a show in which she played Ana Lucia Cortez). “Come on – heaven and hell, man?” says Rodriguez. “I thought you guys were going to get scientific with it, other dimensions with it, like [Stephen]  Hawking’s with it, but no man,  you had to go the heaven and hell route.  It really gnarlied me out.  I was saddened by that. I thought they were going to go […]Read On »


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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Birth Pangs”

Ash Lee and Zak Santiago in V - Season 2 - "Birth Pangs" |©2011 ABC/Sergei Backlakov

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writer: Cathyrn Humphris Director: David Barrett Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: February 22, 2011 It’s taken one and a half seasons, but it looks like V is finally on a roll and heading into the right direction. At the end of last week’s episode, Fifth Column leader Eli Cohn (Oded Fehr) was killed and FBI Agent Erica Evans was named as his replacement. With her ex-husband dead and Anna stealing her son Tyler (Logan Huffman) away from her, “Birth Pangs” showcases […]Read On »


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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Siege”

Elizabeth Mitchell and Nicholas Lea in V - Season 2 - "Siege" |©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writer: Dean Widenmann Director: John Behring Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: February 15, 2011 All I can say is, “it’s about friggin’ time.” After a low point last week with the utterly lifeless “Concordia” episode of V, the show finally grows some alien balls to shake things up, kill off some characters and deliver a mission statement that probably should have happened a little earlier in the season. Yes, “Siege” is what V has desperately needed – a cleaning house episode […]Read On »


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TV Review: V – Season 2 – “Concordia”

Elizabeth Mitchell in V - Season 2 - "Concordia" | ©2011 ABC/Sergei Backlakov

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Charles Mesure Writer: David Rambo Director: Jesse Warn Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: February 8, 2011 There’s only so much planning an audience can take when it comes to aliens getting ready to take over earth and V is severely testing that patience. It’s clear Season Two is going to end on the V’s true intentions finally being revealed to the world – but that means any remaining fans have to suffer through a bunch of filler episodes that lead nowhere fast. With […]Read On »


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Exclusive Interview: V star Joel Gretsch doesn’t let those lizards get under his collar

Joel Gretsch in V - Season 2 - "Unholy Alliance" | ©2011 ABC/Jack Rowand

In Season Two of V, it’s become pretty clear that the alien Visitors, lead by Morena Baccarin’s stern Anna, do not have the best interests of humanity at heart. What the Vs do have is an enormous amount of high-tech weaponry. Standing against them are a small group of mixed humans and Vs known as the Fifth Column. Joel Gretsch plays Father Jack Landry, a key member of the Fifth Column whose faith is powerfully tested by both the existence and actions of the Visitors. Gretsch is something of a genre veteran – he was in the extraterrestrial miniseries TAKEN […]Read On »


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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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