TV Review: THE X FACTOR – SEASON 1 – “Auditions No. 1” – Series Premiere

Steve Jones, Nicole Sherzinger, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid in THE X FACTOR - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox/

Cast: Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Antonio Reid, Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger Network: Fox, airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: Sept. 21, 2011 I’ve got a funny feeling going here … Simon Cowell (and his too-tight shirts and new eyeliner) and Paul Abdul (and her crying and weird clapping) doing a music competition/reality show. A bunch of talented singers and a bunch of crazies and losers. Similar audition stories and a pompous host that is more annoying than anything else. But wait … it’s still hot outside? So yeah there are a little too many familiarities to THE X FACTOR […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: TRUE BLOOD: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON

TRUE BLOOD SEASON 3 © 2011 HBO Home Video

Cast: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgard, Deborah Ann Woll Writers: Alan Ball, Brian Buckner, Raelle Tucker, Alexander Woo Directors: Daniel Minahan, Scott Winant, Michael Lehmann, David Petrarca Distributor: HBO Home Video Suggested Retail Price: $79.98 TRUE BLOOD took a break from the weird cult rituals and strange otherworldly characters from Season Two and went back to doing what it does best in the third season – focus on vampire mythology and the interesting (and oft strained) relationship between Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer). The main crux of the third season had […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 10 – “Two Finalists Compete”

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina on the Season 10 Finals of AMERICAN IDOL |©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Tuesday and Wednesday Original Telecast: May 24, 2011 It is the last chance to impress on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. Either it will be country singing Scotty McCreery or country and adult contemporary singing Lauren Alaina? Maybe a better question is: Why is Seacrest is a tuxedo? Is this that big of a deal? I don’t see anyone else decked out to the nines. The three rounds are divided into 1) the favorite song of the season from the contestants 2) a song picked by […]Read On »

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FRINGE Season 4 will likely remain on Friday nights

©2010 Fox | Anna Torv in FRINGE - Season Three - "The Abducted"

While speaking with FRINGE executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman this morning, they admitted that Season 4 of the series will likely remain on Friday nights. “Fox has not officially told us we’re on Friday,” says Pinkner. “We’re assuming we’re on Friday and our pick-up implies they’re happy with us there. They will do all their scheduling things and we’ll continue our storytelling regardless of where we are on the schedule.” Follow us on Twitter at ASSIGNMENT X Fan us on Facebook at ASSIGNMENTX CLICK HERE to read about FRINGE – Season 4 plans CLICK HERE to read about […]Read On »

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Breaking News: FRINGE producers reveal Season 3 finale plans

Anna Torv in FRINGE - Season 3 - "Immortality" | ©2011 Fox /Liane Hentscher

While speaking with FRINGE executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman this morning, they revealed a tiny bit about what the Season 3 finale plans will be. “We have sort of approached each end of season to be the end of story for year and also open up the door and imply and be first taste of what next seasons story telling would be,” says Wyman. “We believe this season finale does that. Hopefully it will be wholly unexpected and recontexualize the story of Season 3 in a way and be mind-blowing.” Wyman does confirm an important character will die, […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Could FRINGE be looking for a series end game?

Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble in FRINGE - Season Three | ©2010 Fox/Smallz and Raskind

Could FRINGE be pulling a LOST and charting its end game now? While speaking with FRINGE executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman this morning, they won’t be going the LOST route, but they do have plans for where this is all heading. “I think we have an ending in mind,” says Wyman. “And we’ve said this before. We have this  file folder. There are chapters we can tell to round out that ending and we can drop in to get to that ending that aren’t required for the storytelling to work and be satisfying. One of the advantages to […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Some FRINGE Season 4 plans revealed by producers

John Noble in FRINGE - Season 3 - "Subject 13" | ©2011 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Now that Fox has greenlit a fourth season of FRINGE, it was time to find out what exactly that means for the venerable Fox science-fiction series and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman revealed this morning some more tidbits. “We are always percolating ideas for next season, but haven’t formally sat down to talk about them,” says Pinkner. “We’re finishing this season.” As for what will happen with our world and “Over There,” Wyman confirms that storytelling for “Over There” will not be over next year. “It’s not going to end, our plan is to go forward,” says Wyman. […]Read On »

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CD Review: Miranda Cosgrove – HIGH MAINTENANCE

Miranda Cosgrove - HIGH MAINTENANCE E.P. | ©2011 Sony Music

Distributor: Sony Music Suggested Retail Price: $9.78 Out of all the tween singing princesses spawned from Disney Channel/Nickelodeon shows, Miranda Cosgrove has the most potential to break out and have a pretty sturdy musical career long after her core audience has moved on. Last year’s SPARKS FLY was an excellent debut CD from the iCARLY star that mixed 1980s pop and techno with a modern sensibility. There were a bunch of great tunes on that disc including “Sparks Fly,” “Disgusting” and “Shakespeare” and now she’s looking to take things to the next level with her five-song E.P. HIGH MAINTENANCE. Avril […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 3 – “Stowaway”

Anna Torv in FRINGE - Season 3- "Stowaway" | ©2011 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole Writers: Danielle Dispaltro from a story by J.H. Wyman, Jeff Pinkner and Akiva Goldsman Director: Charles Beeson Network: Fox, airs Fridays Original Telecast: March 18, 2011 “Stowaway” was certainly a bi-polar episode of FRINGE. On one hand we had the invasion of William Bell into the body of Olivia (Anna Torv), where we had epic reactions from Peter (Joshua Jackson), who of course is in love with her and in a relationship, and a number of buddy comedy moments with Walter (John Noble). On the other hand, we had […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – SEASON 3 – “Os”

Anna Torv in FRINGE - Season 3 - "Os" | ©2011 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole Director: Brad Anderson Writer: Josh Singer, Graham Roland Network: Fox, Airs on Friday Original Telecast: March 11, 2011 I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it many times again, no other show delivers the “WTF” moments like FRINGE does. The opening scene where some dude literally floats on air for no apparent reason was just one of many moments in “Os.” This was definitely the type of episode of FRINGE that we haven’t seen in quite a while on the show – just brutal with ample amounts […]Read On »

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