TV Review: CONSTANTINE – Season 1 – “Non Est Asylum” – Series Premiere

Matt Ryan stars as John Constantine in CONSTANTINE | © 2014 Quantrell Colbert/NBC

Cast: Matt Ryan, Angelica Celaya, Charles Halford, Harold Perrineau, Michael James Shaw, Emmett J Scanlan Writer: David S. Goyer, Daniel Cerone Director: Neil Marshall Network: Airs on NBC, Fridays @ 10p.m. Original Telecast: Oct. 24, 2014 So CONSTANTINE’s premiere episode isn’t entitled “Pilot” for the reason that the Pilot episode is something completely different than what was delivered in “Non Est Asylum.” Hopefully, for the better. CONSTANTINE is based on the comic book HELLBLAZER (that also spawned a movie of the same name starring Keanu Reeves) about John Constantine, a damned demon hunter and master of the occult that fights […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE LEFTOVERS – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

THE LEFTOVERS - Season 1 poster | ©2014 HBO

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston Writers: Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta based on the novel by Perrotta Director: Peter Berg Network: HBO, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 29, 2014 THE LEFTOVERS is another in TV’s recent fascination with genre stories that show society on the brink of extinction, aduction or tragedy and how they deal with these seen and unseen forces. From REVOLUTION, FALLING SKIES, the TNT series THE LAST SHIP and last summer’s UNDER THE DOME, there’s a similarity in tone and execution in all these stories with their success pending on how they keep the […]Read On »

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TV Review: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY – “11:00AM to 12:00PM” / “12:00PM to 1:00PM” – Season Premiere

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY poster | ©2014 Fox/Harley Evans

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Yvonne Strahovski, Tate Donovan, Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Devane, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Giles Matthey, Michael Wincott, Benjamin Bratt, Kim Raver Writers: “11:00AM-12:00PM” – Evan Katz, Manny Coto, “12:00PM to 1:00PM” – Robert Cochran, David Fury Director: Jon Cassar Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: May 6, 2014 Very few TV series warrant a return to television, especially after being off the air for only four years, but 24 is the exception to the rule. It’s a series that broke the television model with its innovative format (a real time story told in 24 episodes) and it went […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Michael J. Fox and Betsy Brandt in THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Wendell Pierce, Juliette Goglia, Jack Gore, Conor Romero Writer: Sam Laybourne, created by Will Gluck & Sam Laybourne Director: Will Gluck Network: NBC, Thursdays nights Original Airdate: September 26, 2013 (at 9 PM) First, viewers should note that THE MICHAEL J. FOX show premieres in a one-hour block at 9 PM with two episodes, “Pilot” (reviewed here) and “Neighbors,” before settling into its regular Thursdays at 9:30 slot next week. Everybody knows what a biographical drama is, but this season, network TV is having a mini-boom in biographical comedy. There’s THE GOLDBERGS, about the […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CRAZY ONES – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Robin Williams in THE CRAZY ONES - Season 1 | ©2013 CBS

Stars: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk, Hamish Linklater and Amanda Setton Writer: David E. Kelley Director: Jason Winer Network: CBS, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: September 26, 2013 There’s something fresh and exciting about the new CBS comedy THE CRAZY ONES. It doesn’t quite look or act like any other comedy series out there, and it features the TV comebacks of Robin Williams (who hasn’t been a regular on TV since the 1980s with MORK AND MINDY) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (who will forever be tied to her signature role as BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER). As created by […]Read On »

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TV Review: BACK IN THE GAME – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

James Caan, Lenora Crichlow, JJ Totah, Ben Koldyke, Maggie Lawson, Cooper Roth, Kennedy Waite, Brandon Salgado, Griffin Gluck in BACK IN THE GAME - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: James Caan, Maggie Lawson, Ben Koldyke, Griffin Gluck, Lenora Crichlow, JJ Totah, Kennedy Waite, Cooper Roth, Brandon Salgado Writer: Mark & Robb Cullen Director: John Requa & Glenn Ficarra Network: ABC, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: September 25, 2013 Wow! How many more of these horrible parent sitcoms do we have to endure this fall season (DADS, MOM, etc.). ABC takes another swing at the bat with BACK IN THE GAME which, like THE GOLDBERGS features a rough around the edges dad who doesn’t know how to communicate, comes off as a total ass, but deep down means well. […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE GOLDBERGS – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, George Segal, and Jeff Garlin in THE GOLDBERGS - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: George Segal, Jeff Garlin, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia Writers: Adam F. Goldberg Director: Seth Gordon Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 24, 2013 There’s a lot to be said about the 1980s, especially if you grew up in them. The material is ripe for the picking in the appropriate hands, in this case those hands would be that of Adam Goldberg whose THE GOLDBERGS is loosely based on his own life growing up in during that decade. The premise is simplistic in its rarest form. A family of five dealing with everything a […]Read On »

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TV Review: TROPHY WIFE – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Malin Akerman in TROPHY WIFE - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Michaela Watkins, Natalie Morales, Ryan Lee, Bailee Madison, Albert Tsai, Marcia Gay Harden Writers: Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern Director: Jason Moore Network: ABC, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 24, 2013 Face it, TROPHY WIFE is a terrible concept for a TV series. A hot young blonde named Kate (Malin Akerman) falls for an older man Pete (Bradley Whitford) and marries him. A year later, she’s not part of an integrated family that involves his two ex-wives and his brood of three kids. Now the hot blonde has to be mommy and peacekeeper. Ugh! […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE BLACKLIST – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Megan Boone as Elizabeth Keen in THE BLACKLIST | (c) 2013 NBC/Patrick Ecclesine

Cast: James Spader, Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Diego Klattenhoff, Parminder Nagra Writer: Jon Bokencamp Director: Joe Carnahan Network: Airs on NBC, Mondays @ 10 p.m. Original Telecast: Sept. 23, 2013 THE BLACKLIST’s premiere episode was surprisingly brutal. That’s a refreshing comment given all the milquetoast police dramas and detective shows that have come and gone over the years. There is a lot of meat here. The premise alone is wildly entertaining – one of the world’s most sought after criminals gives himself up in order to aid the FBI in capturing other high value targets that he has […]Read On »

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

Dylan McDermott in HOSTAGES - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2013 CBS/Nicole Rivelli

Stars: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Rhys Coiro, Quinn Shephard, Mateus Ward, James Naughton Writers: Alon Aranya & Jeffrey Nachmanoff, original idea by Omri Givon Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff Network: CBS, Mondays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: September 23, 2013 It’s not right to compare every serialized TV thriller series to 24, but HOSTAGES makes such an analogy tempting, particularly to the previous series’ first season. There is the central story element, with a doctor being blackmailed by a rogue FBI agent, there’s the pacing, there are the twists. There are also conflicted people with guns […]Read On »

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