DVD Review: THE RIVER – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

THE RIVER - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON | ©2012 ABC Studios

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Jeff Galfer Distributor: Buena Vista Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 Release Date: May 22, 2012 ABC took a big chance on the found footage series THE RIVER. With only eight episodes, it was a perfect amount of time to create a mythology and tell a story without too much filler. Of course, the format didn’t hook audiences, but I suspect that had more to do with the need to see the whole series in one big eight-hour chunk. Now, THE […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” – Season Finale

Joe Anderson in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Scott Michael Foster, Katie Featherston Writer: Aron Eli Coleite & Michael Green Director: Gary Fleder Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: March 13, 2012 As THE RIVER leaves us with its first season finale, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” several things have become very clear. One, the central mystery of finding Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) has been resolved. Done. Two, the series seems to have found a way to do a different horror movie each week while still dealing […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Daniel Zacapa on THE RIVER and the Season 1 Finale

Daniel Zacapa in THE RIVER - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s THE RIVER (which airs its Season 1 finale tonight), a mixed group of documentary filmmakers and other personnel voyage along the unknown byways of South America’s mighty Amazon in search of a missing naturalist. They find plenty of supernatural peril along the way. Of course, they wouldn’t get very far without an engineer, which is where Daniel Zacapa’s character Emilio Venezuela comes in. Zacapa in reality was born in Honduras and employs a Honduran accent as Emilio. It’s therefore a little startling to meet Zacapa and discover that his everyday accent is standard U.S. Zacapa is attending ABC’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “The Experiment”

Shaun Parkes and Thomas Kretschmann in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "The Experiment" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Scott Michael Foster, Katie Featherston Writer: Soo Hugh Director: Kenneth Fink Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: March 13, 2012 Now here’s THE RIVER as it should be – a harrowing, complicated cross-cutting horror nightmare with fast-paced scares and more mysteries thrown in to the mix. “The Experiment” lives up to the promise of what the series should have been from the start – a non-stop thrill ride filled with scares and well-placed gore. At the end of “Doctor […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “Doctor Emmet Cole”

Bruce Greenwood in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "Doctor Emmet Cole" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Scott Michael Foster, Katie Featherston Writer: Michael Green Director: Michelle MacLaren Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: March 7, 2012 It’s a complete shame what’s happened with THE RIVER. What started off as a promising and groundbreaking series as de-volved into an incredibly frustrating exercise in style over substance. Each week, there’s a promise of something big and major and each week, it ends up being a disappointment. Finally, a big mythology play happens with “Doctor Emmet Cole”. We […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “Peaches”

Eloise Mumford in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "Peaches" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Scott Michael Foster, Katie Featherston Writer: Wendy Battles Director: Robert Bailey Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: February 28, 2012 Five episodes in (with only three more to go), it’s still a mystery if THE RIVER is finally going to jump start itself and find a way to satisfy casual viewers as well as fans (I think there are some others of you out there). It’s a short run, yet the latest episode “Peaches” feels so belabored and unnecessary […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “A Better Man”

Scott Michael Foster and Joe Anderson in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "A Better Man" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Scott Michael Foster, Katie Featherston Writer: Aron Eli Coleite, series created by Michael R. Perry & Oren Peli Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: February 21, 2012 The jungle wants you to behave yourself. This seems to be the message so far of THE RIVER. Last week’s episode, “Los Ciegos,” had two regulars having epiphanies about what jerks they were being. This week’s episode, “A Better Man,” has more of the same with different characters, while […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “Los Ciegos”

Eloise Mumford and Joe Anderson in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "Los Ciegos" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan Writer: Glen Morgan, series created by Michael R. Perry & Oren Peli Director: Michael Katleman Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: February 14, 2012 Too much character development is normally not a complaint for an episode of a TV series – the problem is usually the reverse. “Complaint” and “problem” are perhaps words too strong for what happens in THE RIVER’s third episode “Los Ciegos,” but it starts feeling like a bit of overkill when both of the show’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “Marbeley”

Joe Anderson in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "Marbeley" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan Writers: Michael Green & Zack Estrin, series created by Michael R. Perry & Oren Peli Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: February 7, 2012 You know how creepy old dolls can look? Yeah, so do the makers of THE RIVER, who give us a whole tree grove full of the things in the second episode “Marbeley.” Flashbacks via video clips show us Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) with his then-young son Lincoln. Emmet is an adoring dad […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “Magus” – Series Premiere

Paul Blackthorne, Daniel Zacapa, Thomas Kretschmann, Paulina Gaitan, Shaun Parkes, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Joe Anderson and Bruce Greenwood in THE RIVER - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Jeff Galfer Writers: Michael Green and Michael R. Perry, series created by Michael R. Perry & Oren Peli Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: February 7, 2012 At this point, “found footage” horror is a genre unto itself, but Oren Peli, who made the first PARANORMAL ACTIVITY film and has produced the franchise since then, knows how to make it work long-term. THE RIVER, which Peli created with Michael R. Perry, is proof of this. It […]Read On »

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