TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Guilty Pleasures”

Darren Criss and Chord Overstreet perform WHAM in GLEE - Season 4 - "Guilty Pleasures" | ©2013 Fox/Adam Rose

  Writer: Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner Director: Eric Stoltz Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: March 24, 2013 Let’s just face it – GLEE is running on fumes. Story has become secondary, almost arbitrary and now the show feels like it only exists to sell songs and CDs. The storylines have become ridiculous during the second half of the season, the transition with the graduating glass (most of them conveniently enough in New York) and the remaining McKinley High students has been awkward and the characters continue to do things that make no sense whatsoever (Finn kissing Emma, huh?). […]Read On »

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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 4 – “Conventions of Space and Time”

Donald Glover and Danny Pudi in COMMUNITY - Season 4 - "Conventions of Space and Time" | ©2013 NBC/Vivian Zink

Stars: Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong Writer: Maggie Bandur Director:  Michael Patrick Jann Original Telecast: February 21 2013 Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights I keep coming back to the reconstituted COMMUNITY without creator Dan Harmon at the helm, and the third week in, and I’m still not sold that this is the same show I once loved. COMMUNITY created its own DOCTOR WHO-like show within the show called INSPECTOR SPACETIME which has slowly become a major player in the actual show. Naturally, the new showrunners thought […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Naked”

Lea Michele in GLEE - Season 4 - "Naked" | ©2013 Fox/Eddy Chen

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson Writer: Ryan Murphy Director: Ian Brennan  Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: January 31, 2013 GLEE continues to prove why it’s more interesting to follow the characters at McKinley High than the New York storylines. Once audiences warmed to the new characters and dynamics at McKinley, it’s become very difficult to even care about Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) as they’re living out their […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Glee Actually”

Cory Monteith, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Melssa Benoist, Blake Jenner, Becca Tobin, Samuel Larsen in GLEE - Season 4 - "Glee, Actually" | ©2012 Fox/Eddy Chen

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson Writer: Matthew Hodgson Director: Adam Shankman Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: December 13, 2012 Is it me, or does it appear that GLEE may actually be building toward a Season 5 (if there is one) where NYADA becomes the new “Glee Club” and McKinley high is completely torpedoed? There are some clues, particularly with Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) there, and the hint […]Read On »

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TV Review: TAKE IT ALL – Season 1 premiere

Howie Mandel in TAKE IT ALL - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Chris Haston

Host: Howie Mandel Network: NBC Original Telecast: December 10, 2012 The best game shows are ones where you’re rooting for the contestants to win, you’re learning something (sometimes) in the process and you can escape from the harsh realities of the world watching someone “succeed” in actually winning something cool and expensive (while dreaming it could be you too). Unfortunately, TAKE IT ALL provides none of those things. Howie Mandel is the host of this tacky (and mean-spirited) new series that brings back fuzzy memories of his stint on NBC’s DEAL OR NO DEAL, unfortunately none of the warmth or […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Swan Song”

Lea Michele in GLEE - Season 4 - "Swan Song" | ©2012 Fox/Eddy Chen

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson Writer: Stacy Traub Director: Brad Falchuk Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: December 7, 2012 For the first time, in a long time, I’m not quite sure what GLEE is up to. After Marley (Melissa Benoist) passed out during Sectionals because of her eating disorder, New Directions lost to the Warblers. They’re done for. No more competition for the Glee club this year. They screwed up […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Glease”

Blake Jenner, Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist and Jenna Ushkowitz in GLEE - Season 4 - "Glease"| ©2012 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Director: Michael Uppendahl Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: November 15, 2012 How do you screw up GREASE, the excellent musical and 1970s film that celebrated young romance in the 1950s? Well, you hand it over to GLEE. With “Glease” we get the kids at McKinley High putting on their latest fall musical, and the musical part, yes, is pretty damn good. It’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “The Role You Were Born to Play”

Amber Riley, Chord Overstreet, Jacob Artist, Melissa Benoist, Alex Newall in GLEE - Season 4 - "The Role You Were Born to Play" | ©2012 Fox/Mike Yarish

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson Writer: Michael Hitchcock Director: Brad Falchuk Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: November 8, 2012 After a month-long hiatus, GLEE finally returns with its identity crisis still in check. Is it a show about moving forward or moving backwards? How can it keep its graduating class a part of the show, yet introduce new characters to replace them with. Ironically, I’ve been more engaged with the […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “The Break Up”

Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Darren Criss and Cris Colfer in GLEE - Season 4 - "The Break Up" | ©2012 Fox/David Giesbrecht

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson Writer: Ryan Murphy Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: October 4, 2012 “Break Up” episode of GLEE was inevitable, as the series begins dividing its time between New York and Ohio – and having couples dealing with long-distance relationships. However, like many noble GLEE attempts, there’s a heavy-handedness to it all – and with five couples feeling the burn of moving apart, it’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 4 – “Makeover”

Sarah Jessica Parker in GLEE - Season 4 - "Makeover" | ©2012 Fox/Mike Yarish

Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson Writer: Ian Brennan Director: Eric Stoltz Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: September 27, 2012 Like last week’s episode “Britney 2.0,” the latest episode of GLEE dubbed “Makeover” is wading in familiar waters rehashing old stories and trying to find a way to move forward. The thing that’s fascinating about the series though, is that it’s more than aware of the mistakes and troubles it faces […]Read On »

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