TV Review: DO NO HARM – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Steven Pasquale in DO NO HARM | ©2013 NBC/Matthias Clamer

Stars: Steven Pasquale, Alana De La Garza, Michael Esper, Ruta Gedmintas, Phylicia Rashad, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Samm Levine, John Carroll Lynch Writer: David Schulner, series created by David Schulner Director: Michael Mayer Network: NBC, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: January 31, 2013 Four and a half years after the schizophrenic spy drama MY OWN WORST ENEMY came and went, NBC is trying another split personality story with DO NO HARM. This one is closer to DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (considered the wellspring of the genre), as the good side, Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale), really is a doctor and the bad […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Burned”

Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 1 - "Burned" | ©2012 The CW/James Dittiger

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland, David Ramsey Writer:  Moira Kirkland & Ben Sokolowski Director: Eagle Egilsson Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: January 16, 2013 When we last left ARROW at its midseason break, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) had just found himself on the receiving end of a brutal beat-down at the hands of a mystery villain in another hooded archer costume, and Oliver’s stepfather, Walter Steele (Colin Salmon) had just been abducted by the cronies of Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), who, not coincidentally, was also revealed to […]Read On »

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

AnnaSophia Robb in THE CARRIE DIARIES | ©2012 The CW/Giovanni Rufino

Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Ellen Wong, Katie Findlay, Stefania Owen, Brendan Dooling, Chloe Bridges, Freema Agyeman, Matthew Letscher Writer: Amy B. Harris Director: Miguel Arteta Network: CW Original Telecast: Jan. 14th, 2013 As a fan of SEX AND THE CITY no one could be more excited to see a new extraction from that series, until well, I actually did see that painful extraction. THE CARRIE DIARIES has no semblance to SEX and the characters are as abstract as they come. The show is a prequel and takes place in 1984 during the beginning of Carrie Bradshaw’s (AnnaSophia Robb) junior […]Read On »

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TV Review: 1600 PENN – Season 1 – “Putting Out Fires” – Series Premiere

Andre Holland as Marshall Malloy, Josh Gad as Skip, Jenna Elfman as Emily, Amara Miller as Marigold, Bill Pullman as Dale, Benjamin Stockham as Xander, Martha MacIsaac as Becca in 1600 PENN | ©2012 NBC/Chris Haston

Stars: Josh Gad, Jenna Elfman, Martha MacIsaac, Andre Holland, Amara Miller, Benjamin Stockham and Bill Pullman Writer: Jon Lovett Director: Jason Winer Network: NBC Original Telecast: Dec. 17th, 2012 Chris Farley tried hard to emulate John Belushi before breaking out on his own in the 1990s and now Josh Gad (from the hit Broadway musical BOOK OF MORMON) is trying desperately to mimic Farley, only coming off as a third rate Belushi, without any of the charm both Belushi and Farley embodied. The format Gad is using is an ineptly scripted sitcom named 1600 PENN (which got a sneak preview […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Year’s End”

Colin Salmon in ARROW - Season 1 - "Year's End" | ©2012 The CW/Cate Cameron

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Teleplay: Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim Writer:  Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim Director: John Dahl Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 12, 2012 I was worried when “Year’s End” began with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) spending most of the first quarter of the episode asking his family members why they stopped celebrating Christmas after he and his father were lost at sea and presumed dead.  I was worried because A) the answer was bleeding obvious, (family gatherings were suddenly kind of a […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Vendetta”

Jessica De Gouw as Huntress in ARROW - Season 1 - "Vendetta" | ©2012 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writer:  Beth Schwartz & Andrew Kreisberg Director: Ken Fink Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: December 5, 2012 This week’s episode of ARROW focuses on the love life of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).  Now that Laurel Lance, (Katie Cassidy), the ex-girlfriend Oliver is not-so-secretly still in love with, is dating his best friend Tommy Merlyn, (Colin Donnell), the path is clear for him to start dating Helena Bertenelli, (Jessica De Gouw) the damaged daughter of a mob boss who’s also a gun-wielding vigilante […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Legacies”

Kyle Schmid as Ace in ARROW - Season 1 - "Legacies" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writers: Moira Kirkland & Marc Guggenheim Director: John Behring Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 14, 2012 This week’s episode of ARROW, “Legacies,” has its moments, but mostly I experienced it as a missed opportunity.  After making some headway last week by revealing more of Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell’s) experiences as a left-for-dead castaway on the mysterious island, as well as illuminating more of the criminal conspiracy that surrounds Oliver’s mother Moira (Susanna Thompson), ARROW decided to leave both of those storylines […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Damaged”

Byron Mann and Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 1 - "Damaged" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writers: Wendy Mericle & Ben Sokolowski Director: Michael Schultz Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: November 7, 2012 Just when I was starting to get down on ARROW,  “Damaged” put things back on track. By emphasizing some of the show’s more interesting storylines and de-emphasizing it’s lesser elements, (i.e. tepid warehouse fight scenes with generic, disposable bad guys), ARROW has lived up to a lot more of its early potential this week. When we last saw Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) he was being […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “An Innocent Man”

Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 1 - "An Innocent Man" | ©2012 The CW/Marcel Williams

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writers: Moira Kirkland & Lana Cho Director: Vince Mislano Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 31, 2012 Is vigilante justice ever a bad thing?  In the world of ARROW the answer to that question is, unambiguously, “No.”  Despite Detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) complaining incessantly about the dangers of the mysterious hooded vigilante, (whom no one in the series has yet addressed as either “Arrow” or “The Green Arrow”), this vigilante has so far never targeted the wrong person, nor done any […]Read On »

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TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Lone Gunman”

Michael Rowe in ARROW - Season 1 - "Lone Gunman" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars:  Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Colin Salmon, Willa Holland Writers: Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim from a story by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg Director: Guy Bee Network: The CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 24, 2012 “Lone Gunman” is the most satisfying and successful episode of ARROW to date, and yet it’s the episode that also reveals some of the show’s biggest limitations. Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) maintains a secret life as a vigilante superhero who pursues villains from a list of the most corrupt, wealthy residents of Starling City.  Once he’s […]Read On »

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