TV Review: ARROW – Season 1 – “Honor Thy Father”

Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 1 - "Honor Thy Father" | ©2012 The CW

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 Marc Guggenheim Director: David Barrett Network: CW, airs Wednesday Nights Original Telecast: October 17, 2012 ARROW is a show about a superhero who shoots people with arrows.  I’m not an emergency room physician, but I suspect that’s not a lot different than a superhero who shoots them with a gun or stabs them with a hunting knife.  Since most of the superheroes who dominate today’s movie and TV landscape don’t tend to […]Read On »

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TV Review: LAST RESORT – Season 1 – “Captain” – Series Premiere

Camille De Pazzis, Sahr Ngaujah, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram, Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Daniel Lissing, Daisy Betts, Dichen Lachman in LAST RESORT - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Robert Patrick, Dichen Lachman, Daniel Lissing, Sahr Ngaujah, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram, Omid Abtahi, Darri Ingolfsson Writers: Karl Gajdusek & Shawn Ryan, series created by Shawn Ryan & Karl Gajdusek Director: Martin Campbell Network: ABC, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: September 27, 2012 In its opening episode “Captain,” LAST RESORT blends the best of several worlds – and not just the interior of a submarine, a lush tropical island (played by Hawaii) and the political trenches of Washington, D.C., although those are its primary settings. LAST RESORT’s basic premise is that the […]Read On »

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

Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid in VEGAS - Season 1 | ©2012 CBS/Kevin Lynch

Stars: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie Anne-Moss, Jason O’Mara, Taylor Handley, Sarah Jones Writers: Greg Walker & Nicholas Pileggi Director: James Mangold Network: CBS, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 26, 2012 As network TV tries desperately to keep up the pace with cable dramas, every once and awhile a network show will give cable a run for its money. This season it’s CBS with the exceptional VEGAS. From its feature film cast, its unconventionally storytelling ways and luscious good looks, this is one fabulous show and it can only get better from here. Written by Greg Walker and GOOD […]Read On »

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

PARTNERS poster - Season 1 | ©2012 CBS

Stars: Michael Urie, David Krumholtz, Sophia Bush, Brandon Routh Writers: David Kohan, Max Mutchnick Director: James Burrows Network: CBS, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: September 24, 2012 One of the biggest surprises about the new CBS comedy PARTNERS is how safe it plays its premise. That turns out to be both a good and a bad thing. It follows architects Louis (Michael Urie) and Joe (David Krumholtz) as they navigate their long-term professional career and their own personal love lives. The twist (if you can call it that) is Louis is gay and Joe is straight. In the pilot, Joe […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DALLAS producer Michael M. Robin talks Season 1 and teases Season 2

Larry Hagman Linda Gray Patrick Duffy Brenda Strong in DALLAS - Season 1 | ©2012 TNT/Martin Schoeller

With Season 1 of DALLAS just wrapped, the successful TNT continuation of the classic CBS series, we’ve seen one of the rare instances where characters from an original series have been expertly integrated into a next generation saga. As executive producer and occasional director of DALLAS, Michael M. Robin knew the risks and rewards of bringing such an iconic show back. We spoke with Robin at a recent Paley Center event in Beverly Hills promoting the THE TELEVISION OUT OF THE BOX exhibit featuring props, wardrobe and sets from classic Warner Bros. Television projects. Here’s what he had to say […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 1 – “Revelations” – Season Finale

Larry Hagman in DALLAS - Season 1 - "Revelations" | ©2012 TNT/Bill Matlock

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writer: Cynthia Cidre & Robert Rovner Director: Steve Robin Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: August 8, 2012 The build up was intense, the results, not quite what I expected. Still, the DALLAS Season One finale “Revelations” was only partially intriguing, somewhat suspenseful and not hardly at all surprising. Perhaps, it was because my expectations were too high. Or maybe it was because I was led to believe I could expect above average greatness, every time, ever week. This week, arguably, the […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 1 – “Family Business”

Larry Hagman in DALLAS - Season 1 - "Family Business" | ©2012 TNT/Zade Rosenthal

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writer: Bruce Rasmussen Director: Michael M. Robin Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: Aug 1st, 2012 As we reach the end of Season 1 DALLAS, I can’t help but feel sad, TV depressed that is. After all, a show finally comes around that can not only peak my interest but also keep it throughout the entire season. Now, granted the season is only ten episodes – note to producers: that’s not enough – but still after one episode of ANGER MANAGEMENT and […]Read On »

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TV Review: ANGER MANAGEMENT – Season 1 – “Charlie Dates Kate’s Patient”

Shawnee Smith, Kristen Renton and Charlie Sheen in ANGER MANAGEMENT - Season 1 - "Charlie Dates Kate's Patient" | ©2012 FX/Prashant Gupta

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Noureen DeWulf, Michael Arden, Derek Richardson, Writer: Shauna McGarry Director: Sam Simon Network: FX, Thursday nights Airdate: July 28, 2012 Several weeks in and ANGER MANAGEMENT is still struggling to find its voice and tone. There are sparks of potential here and there, but it’s a series that still has an identity crisis. With “Charlie Dates Kate’s Patient” the premise is pretty much laid out in the title. Charlie (Charlie Sheen) has been sleeping with his long time booty call Kate (Selma Blair) for some time. Even after she started to […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 1 – “No Good Deed”

Josh Henderson in DALLAS - Season 1 - "No Good Deed" | ©2012 TNT/Zade Rosenthal

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writer: Julia Cohen Director: Michael Katleman Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: July 25th, 2012 It’s only episode number eight of DALLAS and yet we are at cliffhanger number 33 already. We last saw John Ross being driven away in a police car. Not able to explain his DNA under Veronica Martinez’s fingernails, John Ross (Josh Henderson), no surprise, is arrested for her murder. But, as always, there is more to this case than meets the eye. John Ross refuses to give […]Read On »

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TCA 2012: NBC talks about SMASH Season 2 and why changes were made

Brian d'Arcy, Frank Houston, Jaime Cepero, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Raza Jaffrey in SMASH - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Mark Seliger

Despite an uneven first season, NBC renewed SMASH for a second season and brought in new showrunner Josh Safron to get the show focused. At the NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour, Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt discussed the changes on the horizon and why they were made. “I’m inordinately proud of SMASH on so many levels,” explains Greenblatt. “The complexity of producing that show every week is just incredible. And as a television producer and as a Broadway producer, which I once was, I am in awe of what we can do on that show every week. It’s a big soap […]Read On »

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