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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TV Review: THE FOLLOWING – Season 1 – “Let Me Go”

Emma (Valorie Curry) protects Joey (Kyle Catlett) in "Let Me Go" on THE FOLLOWING | (c) 2013 Fox

Stars: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Natalie Zea, Shawn Ashmore, Annie Parisse, Billy Brown, Valorie Curry Writers: Seamus Kevin Fahey Director: Nick Gomez Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: March 4, 2013 Now that THE FOLLOWING has been picked up for a Season 2 probably what they had in store for the finale of the show may be changing. Then again, maybe they were confident enough to leave it open from the get-go. I just hope they re-examine in Season 2 how to treat members of the criminal justice brotherhood going forward because someone on the show […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE FOLLOWING – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Season Premiere

Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is brought in to track down Joe Carroll in THE FOLLOWING | (c) 2013 Fox

Stars: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Natalie Zea, Shawn Ashmore, Jeananne Goossen, Billy Brown Writers: Kevin Williamson Director: Marcos Siega Network: Airs on Fox, Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Jan. 21, 2013 Having watched every episode of the excellent Fox series 24, I wasn’t sure how THE FOLLOWING might follow in its footsteps (if at all) or if it would be an altogether new series. Turns out from the initial “Pilot” episode, it will be a bit of both. First off, THE FOLLOWING appears it won’t be for the faint of heart. There were literally dead bodies everywhere in the […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 finale – “This Is the Way the World Ends”

Jennifer Carpenter in DEXTER - Season 6 - "This is the Way The World Ends" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke, Jordana Spiro, Rya Kihlstedt Writers: Scott Buck & Wendy West, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: John Dahl Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: December 18, 2011 Season Six of DEXTER hasn’t been one of its best, but it largely makes up for this with its biggest cliffhanger ever. Wait, we have to wait until September to see what happens next? Say it ain’t so! SPOILER ALERT In “This […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Talk to the Hand”

Colin Hanks in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Talk To The Hand" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke, Jordana Spiro, Rya Kihlstedt Writers: Manny Coto & Tim Schlattman, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: December 11, 2011 DEXTER has been known for its intriguing twists, and “Talk to the Hand” has a few, starting with Dexter’s (Michael C. Hall) notion to call out the annoying religious maniac Travis (Colin Hanks) by playing his game. SPOILER ALERT Deborah (Jennifer Carpenter), […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Ricochet Rabbit”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Ricochet Rabbit" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke Writers: Jace Richdale & Lauren Gussis & Scott Reynolds, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Michael Lehmann Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: December 4, 2011 DEXTER has had a slow build through its sixth season, but with “Ricochet Rabbit,” it finally hits its stride. Although the journey hasn’t been as smooth as we might have wished, with “Ricochet Rabbit,” we’re at the point where the […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Get Gellar”

Jennifer Carpenter, Michael C. Hall, C.S. Lee and David Zayas in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Get Gellar" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke Writer: Karen Campbell, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Seith Mann Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: November 27, 2011 Magic is the art of misdirection, so one could call this season of DEXTER a bit magical, given the revelation at the end of the episode “Get Gellar.” Certainly, Edward James Olmos as Gellar has seemed far too fierce and solid to be anything […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Sins of Omission”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Sins of Omission" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke, Molly Parker, W. Morgan Sheppard Writer: Anika Lisette Mittman, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: November 20, 2011 In DEXTER, it’s rare for the title character (Michael C. Hall) to be brought up totally short, but that’s what happens in a scene in “Sins of Omission,” which provides an unexpected grace note. Dexter is searching for the whereabouts […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Nebraska”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Nebraska" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Christian Camargo, Molly Parker, Brando Eaton Writer: Wendy West, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Romeo Tirone Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: November 13, 2011 Thanks to a mixture of facts and mythology, including a Bruce Springsteen album using the state as a title, Nebraska has become famed for its bleakness and its production of serial killers. It therefore makes sense that DEXTER the show and Dexter […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Just Let Go”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 | ©2011 Showtime

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Mos, Billy Brown, Mariana Klaveno, Germaine De Leon, Christian Camargo Writer: Jace Richdale, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: John Dahl Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: November 6, 2011 Maybe the idea all along is to have Dexter (Michael C. Hall) simply going through his own journey of faith parallel to the depredations of religious fanatic Professor Gellar (Edward James Olmos) without actually intersecting with it on […]Read On »

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