TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 18 – “The Cissy”

Cartman calls Stan a Cissy in SOUTH PARK - Season 18 - "The Cissy" | ©2014 Comedy Central

Voices: Trey Parker, Matt Stone Writer-Director: Trey Parker Original Telecast: October 9, 2014 Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesdays As I suspected last week, SOUTH PARK is experimenting with something they haven’t done before (except for their clear cut multi-parters) – they are establishing continuity throughout Season 18. Usually, the show is very willy nilly when it comes to its weekly scenarios. Something happens one week, next week continuity has completely changed and it’s a whole other story with little reference to what has come before. However, this year, it’s all changed. The Season Premiere ramifications led into “Gluten Free Ebola” […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Three Ghosts”

Danny Dworkis in ARROW - Season 2 - "Three Ghosts" | ©2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Kevin Alejandro, John Barrowman Teleplay by:  Geoff Johns & Ben Sokolowski Story by:  Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg Director:   John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 11, 2013 I’m impressed with “Three Ghosts,” the mid-season finale of ARROW’s second season, both for putting a Dickens reference into the show’s de facto Christmas episode, and for greatly exceeding the expectations I had coming in, based on last week’s underwhelming set-up episode.  […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “League of Assassins”

Caity Lotz and Navid Negahban in ARROW - Season 2 - "League of Assassins" | © 2013 The CW/Michael Courtney

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kevin Alejandro Writer: Jake Coburn & Drew Z. Greenberg Director: Wendey Stanzler Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 6, 2013 ARROW takes on issues of guilt, forgiveness and redemption in this week’s episode, “League of Assassins.”   And while the episodes’ two main storylines nicely illustrate the agony and self doubt that result from a guilty conscience, I find myself wondering once again whether it’s wise for ARROW to keep […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Crucible”

Caity Lotz in ARROW - Season 2 - "Crucible" | © 2013 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau, Caity Lotz, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Kevin Alejandro Writer: Andrew Kreisberg & Wendy Mericle Director: Eagle Egilsson Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 30, 2013 In case you’d forgotten ARROW was based on a comic book, this week’s episode, “Crucible,” went out of its way to remind you by doing something that usually only works in the comic books.  But even though this episode features more suspension-of-disbelief issues than normal, it does a fairly good […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 2 – “Broken Dolls”

Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 2 - "Broken Dolls" | © 2013 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Manu Bennett, Colton Haynes, Celina Jade, Summer Glau Writer: Marc Guggenheim & Keto Shimizu Director: Glen Winter Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 23, 2013 ARROW gives us a serial killer rather than a comic book super villain this week, but despite the much grittier undertones, “Broken Dolls” finds a way to be an entertaining episode that doesn’t overdo the ugliness. When we last left Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) he had donned the Hood of his crime fighting alter […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE RIVER star Shaun Parkes sees the series through a different lens

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

In ABC’s new series THE RIVER, Tuesdays at 9 PM, a group of documentary makers journey into uncharted offshoots of the Amazon River in search of missing naturalist Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood). The group is headed up by Emmet’s wife Tess (Leslie Hope), who refuses to turn back, even when it becomes clear that something deadly and supernatural is at work here. Shot in the documentary style utilized by series co-creator Oren Peli in his PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise, THE RIVER relies in narrative terms on footage shot by both mounted cameras and by the characters. Shaun Parkes plays Andreas Jude […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Identity” – Season Finale

Elijah Wood in WILFRED - Season 1 - "Identity" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Dorian Brown, Chris Klein, Ray Wise Writers: David Zuckerman, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: September 8, 2011 It seems somehow appropriate that the first season of WILFRED should end with main human character Ryan (Elijah Wood), along with the audience, more confused than when all this started. After all, once he and/or we start asking the questions that finally occur to Ryan about dog-who-appears-as-man-in-a-dog-suit Wilfred (Jason Gann) – “Who are you? What are […]Read On »

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BEING HUMAN – SEASON 3 is one of the Blu-ray and DVD Picks this week

BEING HUMAN: SEASON 3 | © 2011 BBC Warner

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. MOVIES GREEN HORNET – You’d think that given the talent involved in this action-comedy that it would be better than what was put on the screen. Jay Chou as Kato, Seth Rogen as the masked crime-fighter and some of the writers from SUPERBAD. Unfortunately, it never pays off. […]Read On »

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