TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM – Season 2 – “Nor’easter”

Lily Rabe as Sister Mary Eunice in AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM - "Nor'easter" | ©2012 FX/Byron Cohen

Stars: Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Lizzie Brochere, James Cromwell, Jessica Lange, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Clea DuVall Writer: Jennifer Salt, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Michael Uppendahl Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: October 31, 2012 The first season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY was OK. It had a lot interesting elements, mostly trying to figure out who was a ghost and who wasn’t, and there were plenty of creepy moments and enough gore to entertain a lot of fans of the genre. The series also […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM – Season 2 – “Welcome to Briarcliff” – Season Premiere

Jessica Lange in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - ASYLUM - Season 2 - "Welcome to Briarcliff" | ©2012 FX/Michael Yarish

Stars: Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Lizzie Brochere, James Cromwell, Jessica Lange, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Clea DuVall Writer: Tim Minear, series created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Director: Bradley Buecker Network: FX, Wednesdays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: October 17, 2012 The second season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, aka the first season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM (since last year’s storyline has nothing to do with this year’s storyline, the Emmy committee deemed the first year a miniseries – don’t worry about it too much, or you’ll wind up as […]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: 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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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: GLEE – Season 4 – “Britney 2.0”

Jenna Ushkowitz and Jacob Artist in GLEE - Season 4 - "Britney 2.0" | ©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: Brad Falchuk Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: September 20, 2012 It’s not surprising that GLEE would offer up a second batch of Britney Spears songs for their latest episode “Britney 2.0” and why not? Britney just so happens to be a judge on THE X FACTOR, so milking her songbook is a no brainer and can offer up some nice synergy […]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: GLEE – Season 4 – “The New Rachel” – Season Premiere

Melissa Benoist in GLEE - Season 4 - "The New Rachel" | ©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: Ryan Murphy Director: Brad Falchuk Network: Fox, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: September 13, 2012 A lot has changed for GLEE and the show choir New Directions as Season 4 begins. After a Nationals win last season, the Glee club has become surprisingly “popular.” Always on the outside, they’re now on the inside and it’s affected everyone’s ego. They’ve become monsters! And everyone wants to be […]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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