TV Review: MASTERS OF SEX – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in MASTERS OF SEX - Season 1 | ©2013 Showtime

Stars: Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Beau Bridges, Caitlin FitzGerald, Nicholas D’Agosto, Teddy Sears Writer: Michelle Ashford, series created by Michelle Ashford, based on the nonfiction book by Thomas Maier Director: John Madden Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: September 29, 2013 There’s a nice duality in the title of MASTERS OF SEX. On the one hand, it refers, a little ironically, to its main characters, William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia E. Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), who were real-life pioneers in researching and writing about human sexuality. Then there’s Masters himself, who is “of Sex” the way, say, the […]Read On »

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TV Review: HOMELAND – Season 3 – “Tin Man is Down” – Season Premiere

Claire Danes in HOMELAND - Season 3 | ©2013 Showtime/Frank Ockenfels 3

Stars: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Morena Baccarin, Rupert Friend, Morgan Saylor, Jackson Pace, Sarita Choudhury, Tracy Letts, F. Murray Abraham Writers: Alex Ganza & Barbara Hall, developed for American television by Howard Gordon & Alex Ganza, based on the series HATUFIM created by Gideon Raff Director: Lesli Linka Glatter Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: September 29, 2013 With Claire Danes two for two in Emmy wins for her portrayal of conflicted CIA agent Carrie Mathison in the first two seasons of HOMELAND (not to mention Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Actor for Damien Lewis wins for […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Howard Gordon on HOMELAND Season 3

HOMELAND - Season 3 Key Art | ©2013 Showtime

Showtime’s HOMELAND returns for its third season on tonight at 9 PM. Its first season won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Damien Lewis as Nicholas Brody), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison) and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff for the pilot), along with Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series. On Sunday, September 22, HOMELAND and Danes received a second Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Emmy, and the […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 8 – “Remember the Monsters?” – Series Finale

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan and Jennifer Carpenter as Debra Morgan in DEXTER - Season 8 - Series Finale - "Remember the Monsters?" | ©2013 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Yvonne Strahovski, Geoff Pierson, Sean Patrick Flaherty, Darri Ingolfsson, Jadon Wells Writers: Scott Buck & Manny Coto, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Steve Shill Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: September 22, 2013 What’s perhaps most surprising about DEXTER’s series finale, “Remember the Monsters?,” which wraps up eight years of the show, is the huge question left unanswered – after dealing for all this time with why Dexter (Michael […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 8 – “Monkey in a Box”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 8 - "Monkey in a Box" | ©2013 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Yvonne Strahovski, Geoff Pierson, Sean Patrick Flaherty, Darri Ingolfsson, Jadon Wells, Kenny Johnson Writers: Tim Schlattmann & Wendy West, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Ernest Dickerson Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: September 15, 2013 With only one episode left, it’s hard to assess DEXTER’s penultimate hour, “Monkey in a Box.” Are the changes in characters evolution, or just ways to get our people to screw up in order […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Creator Ann Biderman on RAY DONOVAN Season 1

Liev Schreiber as in Ray Donovan in RAY DONOVAN - Season 1 | ©2013 Showtime

On Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, Sundays at 10 PM, Liev Schreiber plays the title character, a Hollywood fixer who has brought his wife (Paula Malcomson) and kids (Kerris Dorsey as daughter Bridget, Devin Bagby as son Conor). Ray is good at his job, not so good with his often exasperated spouse and apoplectic that his father Mickey (Jon Voight) has been released from prison and is here to check in with the family. Ray’s brother Terry (Eddie Marsan) is a boxing trainer coping with Parkinson’s, while Bunchy (Dash Mihok) has a drug problem, stemming from the fact that, as a child, he […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 8 – “Goodbye Miami”

James Remar and Michael C Hall in DEXTER - Season 8 - "Goodbye Miami" | ©2013 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Yvonne Strahovski,  Charlotte Rampling, Geoff Pierson, Sean Patrick Flaherty, Darri Ingolfsson, Jadon Wells Writers: Jace Richdale & Scott Reynolds, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Steve Shill Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: September 8, 2013 In another season of DEXTER, the events of “Goodbye Miami” might not seem so ominous, but two episodes from the series finale, we have to hope that the climax will be built on something […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE ORIGINALS star Joseph Morgan gives the scoop on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES spin-off

Charles Michael Davis, Claire Holt and Joseph Morgan at the CBS/CW/Showtime Summer 2013 Television Critics Party | ©2013 Sue Schneider

At this year’s CBS/CW/Showtime Summer Television Critics Party, ASSIGNMENT X was able to catch up with Joseph Morgan who stars as Klaus Mikaelson on the new CW show THE ORIGINALS, which is a spin-off for the hit show THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. In the new series, Klaus, along with his brother Elijah (Daniel Gillies) vow to reclaim what was once Klaus and his families city…New Orleans, and along with his sister Rebekah (Claire Holt) they will get it back – the power, the city and his family. Of course, there will be obstacles…Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) owns the city. Marcel has […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: RAY DONOVAN star Jon Voight on the Showtime series

Jon Voight in RAY DONOVAN | ©2013 Showtime/Suzanne Tenner

On Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, now in its first season Sundays at 10 PM and already renewed for Season 2, Liev Schreiber’s title character is a professional fixer. If you can pay his fee, he can take care of that cocaine bust or the dead prostitute in the bed. However, even Ray can’t find a fix for his father Mickey, played by Jon Voight. Mickey has just gotten out of prison after serving time for murder and he insists on getting back into the lives of his sons, much to the fury of distrustful Ray. Voight, a New York native and […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 8 – “Are We There Yet?”

Yvonne Strahovski in DEXTER - Season 8 - "Are We There Yet" | ©2013 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia,Yvonne Strahovski,  Charlotte Rampling, Geoff Pierson, Sean Patrick Flaherty, Sam Underwood Writer: Wendy West, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Holly Dale Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: August 18, 2013 As a series, DEXTER is very good with misdirection, getting the audience to focus so intently on one set of looming perils that we forget all about another menace poised to smack the characters (and us) in the head. So […]Read On »

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