TV Review: DALLAS – Season 1 – “Collateral Damage”

Charlene Tilton in DALLAS - Season 1 - "Collateral Damage" | ©2012 TNT

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: July 18th, 2012 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again the DALLAS theme is one of the best TV theme songs ever, instrumental or lyrical. And to boot, the show, too is one of the best ever. I wouldn’t be surprised if the new DALLAS inspired other ’80s nighttime soap operas – as they were once called – to be revamped. The return of FALCON CREST and KNOT’S LANDING may be just around the […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 1 – “The Enemy of My Enemy”

Linda Gray in DALLAS - Season 1 - "The Enemy of My Enemy" | ©2012 TNT

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: July 11th, 2012 Not many shows can be resurrected so beautifully as DALLAS has been. The new cast fits nicely in with the old cast and together they are creating one of the best new dramas in years. Josh Henderson leads the cast as John Ross perfectly. He has the sinister DNA and charming personality of his dad J.R. (Larry Hagman) which allows him to woo those around him and yet he’ll be the first to […]Read On »

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TV Review: ANGER MANAGEMENT – Season 1 – “Charlie Tries Sleep Deprivation”

Charlie Sheen and Shawnee Smith in ANGER MANAGEMENT - Season 1 - "Charlie Tries Sleep Deprivation" | ©2012 FX/Prashant Gupta

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Noureen DeWulf, Michael Arden, Derek Richardson, Writer:  Dave Caplan Director:  Bob Koherr Network: FX, Thursday nights Airdate: July 7, 2012 It’s no surprise why the Sheen (pun intended) is off in the second week of the new FX series ANGER MANAGEMENT. Everyone wanted to see what happened after Charlie Sheen was fired from TWO AND A HALF MEN and what jumping into a brand new sitcom would bring. The results were so-so in its first week – nothing earth-shattering funny, some potentially interesting characters yet it was a sitcom still in […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 1 – “Truth And Consequences”

Josh Henderson and Larry Hagman in DALLAS - Season 1 - "Truth and Consequences" | ©2012 TNT/Zade Rosenthal

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writer: Robert Rovner Director: Randy Zisk Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: July 4th, 2012 When we last left Southfork Ranch, Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo) was about to confess to Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) that her brother Tommy sent an email to his betrothed at the time Elena (Jordana Brewster) saying he wasn’t going to show up for their wedding. DALLAS jam-packs so much material in its 45-minute telecasts, and “Truth and Consequences” is no different. It’s amazing how much is covered in such […]Read On »

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TV Review: ANGER MANAGEMENT – Season 1 – “Charlie Goes Back To Therapy” – Series Premiere

Charlie Sheen in ANGER MANAGEMENT - Season 1 | ©2012 FX/Frank Ockenfels

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith, Daniela Bobadilla, Noureen DeWulf, Michael Arden, Derek Richardson Teleplay and Television Story:  Bruce Helford Director:  Andy Cadiff Network: FX, Thursday nights Airdate: June 28, 2012 All eyes have been on former TWO AND A HALF MEN star Charlie Sheen ever since last year’s meltdown and his subsequent rehabilitation tour which culminates with the debut of his new comedy on FX called ANGER MANAGEMENT. After getting fired from MEN in one of the most deranged downward spirals in history, Sheen has somehow found a way to rise from the ashes and work through his […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 1 – “The Last Hurrah”

Josh Henderson and Julie Gonzalo in DALLAS - Season 1 - "The Last Hurrah" | ©2012 TNT/Zade Rosenthal

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writer: Taylor Hamra Director: Marc Roskin Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: June 27th, 2012 The revamping of DALLAS can be summed up in one phrase – if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! Like in the first version of DALLAS, this DALLAS is one full of interwoven subplots and drama, including – the best part – cliffhangers! While John Ross (Josh Henderson) and J.R. (Larry Hagman) conspire to steal Southfork from right underneath Bobby (Patrick Duffy), J. R. schemes to cut […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 1 – “The Price You Pay”

Brenda Strong and Patrick Duffy in DALLAS - Season 1 - "The Price You Pay" | ©2012 TNT/Zade Rosenthal

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writers: Bruce Rasmussen Director: Michael M. Robin Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: June 20th, 2012 It takes no time at all for all the power playing and scheming to begin on DALLAS, just like where it left off 20 years ago. Quickly things become apparent that although nearly two decades have passed, very little has changed. There are a few new faces but the game is the same and oh what a game to be played. J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) confronts […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 1 – “Hedging Your Bets”

Larry Hagman in DALLAS - Season 1 - "Hedging Your Bets" | ©2012 TNT/Zade Rosenthal

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writer: Cynthia Cidre Director: Michael M. Robin Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: June 13, 2012 It wouldn’t be DALLAS without backstabbing, betrayal and blackmail but this is ridiculous. As the depths of the characters’ relationships are slowly revealed in “Hedging Your Bets” (the second of the two hour series premiere) we see one twist after another, which begs the question, is anyone being truthful? J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) suddenly comes out of his comatose state when his son John Ross (Josh […]Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 1 – “Changing of the Guard” – Series Premiere

DALLAS - Season 1 teaser poster | ©2012 TNT/Mark Seliger

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Writers: Cynthia Cidre Director: Michael M. Robin Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: June 13, 2012 Growing up watching the original DALLAS series and just hearing the theme music play again for the newly rebooted DALLAS, I have to admit it put a smile on my face. Back in the ‘80s I anxiously waited ‘til Friday every week to get my Ewing family drama fix and the thunder of the theme song booming through my TV speakers only accelerated my excitement. It […]Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Bombshell” – Season Finale

Katharine McPhee in SMASH - Season 1 - "Bombshell" | ©2012 NBC/Eric Liebowitz

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Theresa Rebeck Director: Michael Morris Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: May 15, 2012 My biggest regret of the entire 2011-2012 TV season – sticking with NBC’s Broadway musical series SMASH to the bitter end. And it’s been a hard pill to swallow. It’s a show that started off strong, and then, through a series of bad decisions and one awful storyline after another, destroyed the show’s entire existence. The story was all about finding the right Marilyn Monroe for a new Broadway production – and […]Read On »

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