TV Review: GROUND FLOOR – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Skylar Astin and Briga Heelan in GROUND FLOOR - Season 1 | ©2013 TBS

Stars: Skyler Astin, Briga Heelan, James Earl, Rene Gube, Alexis Knapp, John C. McGinley Writer: Bill Lawrence, Greg Malins Director:  Gail Mancuso Network: TBS, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: November 15, 2013 The premise for GROUND FLOOR is simple. A young, rising banker Brody (Skylar Astin) spends all his time living the corporate high life, by working hard and playing very little. During an office party, he meets a charming, somewhat brash woman on the ground floor named Jennifer (Briga Heelan) who has a one stand with him. The two of them shouldn’t be together, but they have chemistry and […]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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Breaking News: HOSTAGES is a CBS experiment in shorter episode runs and a more serialized format – TCA 2013

HOSTAGES Season 1 poster art | ©2013 CBS

With the new CBS fall drama HOSTAGES, CBS is now embracing the concept of shortened episode runs and more serialized storytelling according to CBS Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves. “HOSTAGES, more than anything else, is a very different kind of show,” says Moonves of the series a surgeon (Toni Collette) whose family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent (Dylan McDermott). “We’ve generally avoided serialized shows in those shortened orders, although we watched with great interest at the success of, obviously, a 24. THE FOLLOWING did very well. So when the [Jerry] Bruckheimer people brought us […]Read On »

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News: The Scoop on REVOLUTION and the rest of Season 1 – TCA 2013

Billy Burke in REVOLUTION - Season 1 - "Sex and Drugs" | ©2012 NBC/Brownie Harris

At NBC’s Winter 2013 TCA session today for their hit new action-drama series REVOLUTION, the cast and executive producers revealed what to expect during the second half of Season 1 when it returns in March. Here was what was revealed … The show will pick up the pace with  more revelations according to creator Eric Kripke. “I felt we could have picked up the pace of the stunning revelations,” says Kripke. “Maybe the pace of the shocking surprises were a bit too slow in the first half, if I was being hard on myself. We have a second half that […]Read On »

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News: Christopher Guest gives the scoop on HBO series FAMILY TREE – TCA 2013

Chris O'Dowd in FAMILY TREE - Season 1 | ©2012 HBO

Writer-director Christopher Guest has made a career out of doing his quirky, mockumentary comedies like BEST IN SHOW and FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION and now he’s bringing the same aesthetic to television with the new HBO series FAMILY TREE. Co-created with Jim Piddock, the two of them have fashioned a story about Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd) who decides to pursue his family roots that will take him from the U.K. to America. “This is different, obviously, because it’s done specifically for television,” says Guest while speaking at the Winter Cable TCAs. “When I approached Jim to help me work on this, […]Read On »

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CD Review: BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: VOLUME 2 (3,500 edition)

BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES: VOLUME 2 soundtrack | ©2012 Nathan Furst

Shirley Walker was a woman who shattered the stereotype that no female composer could assume the musical costume of a male superhero, let alone a major Hollywood action score. Walker’s dynamic orchestral sound proved them wrong from THE FLASH to TURBULENCE. But if there’s one identity that she’ll likely be remembered for assuming, then it’s the darkly heroic music of the animated Batman, a lavish, film noir sound that embodied the WB network’s retro vision of the Caped Crusader, one that many fans still view as the finest representation of their DC icon. Walker’s work wasn’t simply “cartoon” music that […]Read On »

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

Mindy Kaling in THE MINDY PROJECT - Season 1 | ©2012 Fox/Mary Ellen Matthews

Stars: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Anna Camp, Zoe Jarman, Amanda Setton, Stephen Tabolowsky, Ike Barinholtz Writer: Mindy Kaling Director: Charles McDougall Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: September 25, 2012 Mindy Kaling is a love her or hate her performer. As a writer and actress on the long-running THE OFFICE, she was great in short spurts as the self-absorbed Kelly Kapoor. Now that’s she’s branched off and created a new series for herself with THE MINDY PROJECT, it’s clear Kaling is sometimes better in those small spurts. I know there are many people who absolutely love this […]Read On »

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TV Review: LONGMIRE – Season 1 Finale– “Unfinished Business”

Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) has a lot on his mind. He stops in at the Red Pony to throw some darts and get advice from his close friend, Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips). | (c) 2012 A&E

Stars: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman, Bailey Chase, Adam Bartley, Louanne Stephens  Writer:  Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny, Series created by Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny, Based on the novels by Craig Johnson Director: Nelson McCormick     Network: A&E, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 12, 2012 Wowee! Now that’s the way a season finale should be done! LONGMIRE rounds out its tenth episode and season finale with a deeply satisfying episode on so many levels, and teases a LOT more to come for the second season. “Unfinished Business” is again a bit of an adaptation […]Read On »

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TV Review: LONGMIRE – Season 1 – “Dogs, Horses, and Indians”

Robert Taylor in LONGMIRE - Season 1 - "Dogs, Horses and Indians" | ©2012 A&E

Stars: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman, Bailey Chase, Adam Bartley, Louanne Stephens  Writer:  Sarah Nicole Jones, Series created by Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny, Based on the novels by Craig Johnson Director: Steve Robin   Network: A&E, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: August 5, 2012 “Dogs, Horses, and Indians” is not a play on the old WIZARD OF OZ song…just in case that’s where your brain goes when you see or hear the title of the latest episode of LONGMIRE; rather it refers to an archaic government term called a Blood Quantum Law that is used to […]Read On »

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TV Review: LONGMIRE – Season 1 – “An Incredibly Beautiful Thing”

Robert Taylor in LONGMIRE - Season 1 - "An Incredibly Beautiful Thing" | ©2012 A&E

Stars: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman, Bailey Chase, Adam Bartley, Louanne Stephens  Writer:  Daniel C. Connolly, Series created by Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny, Based on the novels by Craig Johnson Director: J. Michael Muro   Network: A&E, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 22, 2012 “An Incredibly Beautiful Thing” is yet another episode of LONGMIRE where you really don’t have a specific idea of where the story is going to go. I like the fact that this series, even though it’s set in a small town, has a width and breadth of diversity for the types […]Read On »

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