TV Review: BENT – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

BENT - Season 1 poster art | ©2012 NBC

Stars: Amanda Peet, David Walton, Margo Harshman, Joey King, Jeffrey Tambor  Writer:  Tad Quill Director: Craig Zisk Network: NBC, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: March 22, 2012 As much trouble as NBC has been in this season with ratings, the quality of its programs have actually been quite interesting – even when they do seriously fail in nabbing viewers. And while we’ve had to suffer through the abysmal WHITNEY and ARE YOU THERE CHELSEA?, they also hit a double with UP ALL NIGHT and I would even say a triple with the surprisingly well done quirky comedy BENT. If you […]Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “The Workshop”

Bernadette Peters in SMASH - Season 1 - "The Workshop" | ©2012 NBC/Eric Liebowitz

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Jason Grote Director: Mimi Leder Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: March 19, 2012 I have written repeatedly that it’s the singing and dancing that makes SMASH so fun to watch, and while “The Workshop” proves my point quite neatly, I think I am going to have to revise my thesis a little. When the show becomes about who is sleeping with whom and the petty in-fighting, well, then it loses what makes it special and unique – it becomes just like any other mildly soapy series […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “Heart of Darkness”

Ginnifer Goodwin in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "Heart of Darkness" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 18, 2012 At last, we’re getting somewhere. Last week, I complained that ONCE UPON A TIME was getting bogged down in back stories. Not this week. In “Heart of Darkness,” we’re actually moving the plot along – to a very scary and odd place, admittedly. So maybe the writers haven’t written themselves into a corner, after all. The episode starts with Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) on the run from King George, searching for Snow […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “Guilty”

Laura Allen, Jason Isaacs and Dylan Minnette in AWAKE | ©2012 NBC

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Howard Gordon & Evan Katz Director: Jeffrey Reiner Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: March 15, 2012 I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when when I heard about the premise to AWAKE and how it was going to be able to sustain itself, in two different realities, week after week. Yet, here we are in Week 3, and the show continues to stay on the right path. It’s complicated, complex, but thoroughly engaging with a plot device that brings its […]Read On »

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TV Review: AWAKE – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Dylan Minette, Jason Isaacs and Laura Allen in AWAKE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Jim Fiscus

Stars: Jason Issacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong Writer: Kyle Killen Director: Jeffrey Reiner Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: March 1, 2012 With NBC struggling to find anything to jump start its anemic ratings, it bet big on SMASH with some okay results. Now they have AWAKE to potentially goose their struggling Thursday nights at 10:00 pm slot. A police procedural with a genre twist, AWAKE is a promising and interesting drama about a cop and loving husband Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) who gets in a horrible car crash with his […]Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Chemistry”

Katharine McPhee in SMASH - Season 1 - "Chemistry" | ©2012 NBC/Patrick Harbron

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Jacquelyn Reingold Director: Dan Attias Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: March 12, 2012 Oh, for crying out loud! If there was ever a storyline that would make me want to dump SMASH, the affair between lyricist/book writer Julia (Debra Messing) and actor Michael (Will Chase), now heating up in “Chemistry,” would make me do it. Because there isn’t any chemistry between Messing and Chase. Because it’s just too tiresome that the one married character has to have an affair. Because it’s just too creepy the […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “Red-Handed”

Meghan Ory in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "Red-Handed" | ©2012 ABC/Jack Rowand

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Jane Espenson Director: Ron Underwood Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 11, 2012 There is something vaguely unsatisfying about the “Red-Handed” episode of ONCE UPON A TIME. It could be my mood, but the episode feels like more back story than actual moving along of the plot. Yes, I get that when you’re trying to spin a tale over the course of multiple seasons, you don’t want to play your cards too fast. Fair enough. But after a while, the returns start diminishing. Sure, it’s nice to know how Grumpy got […]Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Let’s Be Bad”

Megan Hilty in SMASH - Season 1 - "Let's Be Bad" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Julie Rotenberg & Elisa Zuritsky Director: Jamie Babbit Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: March 5, 2012 “Let’s Be Bad,” as an episode, is all over the place, but on the plus side, the SMASH writers have backed off on a couple cliches. They went hog wild on the others, though, including a final scene you could see coming from the back balcony far corner with restricted sight lines in that sound dead corner of the auditorium. We start out with Julia (Debra Messing) still behind on pages […]Read On »

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TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “Dreamy”

Emilie De Ravin in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "Dreamy" | ©2012 ABC/Chris Helcermanas-Benge

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz Director: David Solomon Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 4, 2012 Did you know Grumpy’s original name was Dreamy? I don’t know why all the Disney references in ONCE UPON A TIME are so jarring, but they really go overboard in this episode called, appropriately enough, “Dreamy.” And you know it’s a key one because it’s written by the show’s creators. In Storybrooke, we’ve got Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) still reeling from the effects of the town’s gossip over her relationship with David (Josh Dallas), […]Read On »

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TV Review: GCB – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Miriam Shor, Mark Deklin, Jennifer Aspen, Brad Beter, Leslie Bibb, Annie Potts, Kristin Chenoweth, David James Elliott, Marisol Nichols in GCB - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth, Annie Potts, Jennifer Aspen, Miriam Shor, Marisol Nichols, Mark Deklin, David James Elliott, Brad Beyer Writer: Robert Harling based on the novel “Good Christian Bitches” by Kim Gatlin Director: Alan Poul Network: ABC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: March 4, 2012 With DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES leaving the air after eight seasons later this Spring, ABC looks like they’ve hit pay dirt with the perfect heir to that show with GCB. GCB (otherwise known as GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES or GOOD CHRISTIAN BITCHES if you want to use the title of the Kim Gatlin novel that this is […]Read On »

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