TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Johnny McKee”

ALCATRAZ S1 Johnny McKee | © 2012 Fox

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne, Robert Forster Writers: Toni Graphia Director:  Brad Turner Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 20, 2012 I’m beginning to doubt the longevity of ALCATRAZ. This isn’t a show like FRINGE or SUPERNATURAL that can give us compelling and cool experiments and weird s*** happening all the time in a non-mythology story or even two or three episodes that will stand alone and we’ll be happy. The whole premise of the show is finding out why these inmates have traveled through time and are re-appearing and […]Read On »

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Interview: Neil Jordan explores THE BORGIAS historical crime saga

Jeremy Irons in THE BORGIAS - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime

Showtime’s THE BORGIAS, airing Sunday nights at 10 PM, concerns the fifteenth-century reign of Pope Alexander VI, aka Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), whose family name has become through the centuries a synonym for murder and treachery. The first season runs as a ten-episode miniseries and it has already been picked up for a second season. Filmmaker Neil Jordan, who has directed, written and/or produced such films as THE CRYING GAME, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and MICHAEL COLLINS, makes his first foray into series television as the creator of THE BORGIAS. He also serves as an executive producer, writer and some […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE BORGIAS – Season 1 – “Borgias in Love”

Francois Arnaud in THE BORGIAS - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime/Jonathan Hession

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Colm Feore, David Oakes, Joanne Whalley Writer: Neil Jordan Director: John Maybury Network: Showtime, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 24th, 2010 The last episode of THE BORGIAS that I reviewed I stated that the series was slowing down to a dreadful pace, and needed something to save it. Episode five, “Borgias in Love” seemed to quicken the pace and up the ante in the continuing various plotlines. Let’s start where we left off in episode four with Lucrezia Borgia (Holliday Granger) being married off to Giovanni Sforza (Ronan Vibert) to help secure […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE BORGIAS – Season 1 – “Lucrezia’s Wedding”

Holliday Grainger in THE BORGIAS - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime/Jonathan Hession

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Colm Feore, David Oakes, Derek Jacobi, Joanne Whalley Writer: Neil Jordan Director: Simon Cellan Jones Network: Showtime, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 17th, 2010 THE BORGIAS has officially slowed down to an agonizing pace. The rest of the season will determine whether or not I decide to watch the second season (if there is a second season). I am sad to say this has become a show that I find myself needing busy work to putter with so I can kind of stay focused, otherwise the urge to get up and wander […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE BORGIAS – Season 1 – “The Moor”

Lotte Verbeek and Jeremy Irons in THE BORGIAS - Season 1 -"The Moor" | ©2011 Showtime/Jonathan Hession

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Colm Feore, David Oakes, Derek Jacobi, Joanne Whalley Writer: Neil Jordan Director: Simon Cellan Jones Network: Showtime, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 10th, 2010 THE BORGIAS got off to such a promising start with the two hour premiere on Showtime, that I was a little bit concerned where the series would go from there. So much history involving the world’s “first” crime family still has to be covered, but it just depends on how writer Neil Jordan decides to tackle it. The third episode, “The Moor” still adds more pieces to the […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE BORGIAS – Season 1 – “The Poisoned Chalice” / “The Assassin” – Series Premiere

THE BORGIAS poster | ©2011 Showtime

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Colm Feore, David Oakes, Derek Jacobi, Joanne Whalley Writer: Neil Jordan Director: Neil Jordan Network: Showtime, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 3rd, 2010 Just because a series is a period drama doesn’t mean that it’s an instant win with me. I’ve supported a lot of different period shows over the last several years such as, DEADWOOD, ROME, SPARTACUS, and more recently CAMELOT. Now Showtime is bringing us the story of THE BORGIAS, one of the first ‘crime’ families known in history. THE BORGIAS is something akin to THE TUDORS, in the fact […]Read On »

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Book Review: NAKED HEAT

NAKED HEAT novel by Richard Castle | © 2010 Hyperion Books

Author: Richard Castle Publisher: Hyperion Books Price: $24.99 Page Count: 304 pgs. This is all very meta, so please bear with the following. In the ABC TV series CASTLE, Nathan Fillion plays superstar crime novelist Richard Castle, who follows around NYPD detective Kate Beckett (Stana Kovic) to get inspiration for his books. The hardcover novel NAKED HEAT by Richard Castle is ostensibly the second product of this inspiration (the first, HEAT WAVE, was released last year in paperback). It is a real book that you can go out and buy, with a picture of Castle – who looks just like […]Read On »

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