TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes”

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 - "We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes" | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Evan Bleiweiss & Julie Plec, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Wendy Stanzler      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: Nov 15, 2012 At least in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes” we find out that Elena (Nina Dobrev) isn’t really just losing her mind after taking her first human life. Mystic Falls’ resident vampire hunter Connor Jordan (Todd Williams) actually had a death curse that released when Elena killed him last episode and he is haunting her in an effort to get her […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “The Killer”

Candice Accola in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 - "The Killer" | ©2012 The CW/Bob Mahoney

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Michael Narducci, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Chris Grismer      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: Nov 1, 2012 You might think that the title of the latest episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “The Killer” would be a nod to Mystic Falls’ resident vampire hunter Connor Jordan (Todd Williams), but I really feel that it is referring to the killer inside of Elena (Nina Dobrev) that breaks the surface in this episode and shows us all just how close to coming apart she really is. I love […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “The Five”

Kat Graham in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Bret Matthews & Rebecca Sonnenshine, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Joshua Butler      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: Nov 1, 2012 With the latest episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “The Five”, we’ve entered the dangerous territory of too much mythology layered in upon itself. This is a trap that a lot of genre television falls into where the writers have painted themselves into a corner and need to create new mythology to get them out of it and move forward. It kind of reminds me of […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “Memorial”

Candice Accola in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 - "Memorial" | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Jose Molina & Julie Plec, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Rob Hardy      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: October 18, 2012 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES continues the evolution of Elena (Nina Dobrev) in the new episode “Memorial”, and while that is the central point of this one, there’s a lot going on in and around a few other storylines as well. This show has had its fair share of Vampire hunters and the like, and the supernatural population of Mystic Falls has always had the town council […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “Growing Pains” – Season Premiere

Claire Holt in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 5 - "Growing Pains" | ©2012 The CW/Bob Mahoney

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Caroline Dries, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: Chris Grismer      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: October 11, 2012 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is finally back for a fourth season, and the first episode “Growing Pains” is a nice dénouement to the cliff hanger from season three, and also opens all kinds of interesting doors for this new seasons to pursue. Last we saw Elena (Nina Dobrev) she was opening her eyes on a slab in Mystic Falls’ hospital morgue. So this episode starting with her in her […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 – “Bryanzilla”

Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 - "Bryanzilla" | ©2012 NBC/Trae Patton

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer: Mark Kunerth   Director: Ryan Murphy       Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: October 9, 2012 Ryan Murphy is once again at the helm of this new episode of THE NEW NORMAL, and with “Bryanzilla” we have a return to the rigid stereotypes and beating over the head of messages that the series started out as. The idea for the episode is cute but absurd with Shania (Bebe Wood) getting pretend engaged and wanting to have a pretend wedding. Enter Bryan (Andrew Rannells) with clearly plenty of […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 – “Obama Mama”

Georgia King and Bebe Wood in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 - "Obama Mama" | ©2012 NBC/Justin Lubin

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer: Allison Adler  Director: Scott Ellis      Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 25, 2012 It’s interesting to me that the first episode of THE NEW NORMAL, “Obama Mama”, that Ryan Murphy didn’t write and direct is the first episode to really move away from the God awful stereotypes that have been plaguing this show since the pilot. I like the show, but it’s been a big bone of contention for me that every single episode is chock full of cliché stereotypes all across the board, […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 – “Sofa’s Choice”

Georgia King, NeNe Leakes, Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Bebe Wood, Ellen Barkin in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Timothy White

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer:  Ryan Murphy & Allison Adler  Director: Ryan Murphy      Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 11, 2012 I do like THE NEW NORMAL in spite of myself. I can’t help it. The one-liners are fast and funny, and even though this series does nothing but perpetuate stereotypes to middle America, I still find a lot of it funny — and I hate sitcoms. In my last review I bitched long and loud about the various forms of stereotypes that this show reinforces, and with the […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE NEW NORMAL – Season 1 Premiere – “Pilot”

Ellen Barkin as Jane, Andrew Rannells as Bryan, Georgia King as Goldie, Bebe Wood as Shania, Justin Bartha as David in THE NEW NORMAL - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

Stars: Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin Writer:  Ryan Murphy & Allison Adler   Director: Ryan Murphy       Network: NBC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 10, 2012 THE NEW NORMAL was creating controversy just that started just by NBC announcing it as part of the fall line up. The creepy, crazy religious right group One Million Moms (you know the ones that protested JC Penny for having Ellen Degeneres in their ads) was vowing to boycott the network for having a series showing this type of “gay agenda” program on its network. So, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Cassidy Freeman talks about dying on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

Cassidy Freeman in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "Break on Through" | ©2012 The CW/Quantrell D. Colbert

Actress Cassidy Freeman has another hit series on her hands. The talented and beautiful young woman can currently be found on A&E’s top rated cable series LONGMIRE. In this series, Cassidy plays Walt Longmire’s (Robert Taylor) daughter Cady, who is a lawyer in a small town in Wyoming. Once the LONGMIRE pilot was shot, the actress had about a year in between that and the second episode to fill. During that time she did a guest star run on the popular CW show THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. ASSIGNMENT X chatted with Freeman about LONGMIRE, but also got the chance to see […]Read On »

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