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'Justified' Recap And Review: 'The Kids Aren't All Right'

January 15th, 2014 8:21am EST
Justified
If you thought last week's episode of Justified was packed full of TV goodness, then you'll love this week. Not only do we have three actors who should be immediately recognizable to any small-screen aficionado, but we've also brought back the great (and greatly underused) members of the show's own supporting cast, in telling a mostly standalone story that serves as a fantastic anti-drug PSA.

Two very not-nice dudes (played by Wood Harris of The Wire and Steve Harris of The Practice, who are actually related) are beating up a third guy for screwing up their business, and then decide to sho...
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The 10 Most Underrated Cable TV Actors & Actresses

July 22nd, 2012 12:00pm EDT
Xander Berkeley
There are a lot of talented actors and actresses in Hollywood - probably a lot more than you think. For every big name you remember, there are five or ten who don't get their due. While we don't have the space to recognize all the actors we enjoy, here's a short list of the ten that are most glaringly overlooked...

In alphabetical order:

1. Xander Berkeley

Where You Should Know Him From: As Percy on CW's Nikita. Also George Mason on FOX's 24, and the flicks Gattaca, Air Force One, A Few Good Men and Terminator 2: Judgment Day...just to name a few.

Xander Berkeley is one of those acto...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Wrath' Claims A Significant Character

April 21st, 2012 12:10am EDT
Nikita
This week's Nikita takes us to Norway, where Percy and Roan are visiting a CIA "black site" in order to visit one nasty prisoner: Nicholas Brandt (Rick Ravanello). After having Nikita capture Brandt five years earlier, Percy is ready to set him free and sic him on her now. Yes, it's another case of history coming back into the present - the theme that's run through the entire second season.

After the last revelatory episode, everyone thinks it's going to be smooth sailing, but if it was, that would be a terribly uninteresting show. "It's like you guys need some kind of life and d...
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'Nikita' Recap: Amanda and Ari Make A Play For 'Power'

March 31st, 2012 12:04am EDT
Nikita
Last week, Nikita finally bumped off the much-maligned Sergei Semak, so it's no surprise that this week, Amanda and Ari (Peter Outerbridge) move to fill the void.

Action begins outside a DARPA research facility, where an unfortunate staffer ends up shot dead after swiping a nasty-looking device for an enigmatic woman. Michael explains to Birkhoff (and the audience) that the device synthesizes a rare isotope and allegedly "represents the future of clean energy." Nikita recognizes the shooter as a Division agent. It's up to the team to find her and retrieve the device.

Michael and N...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Arising' Brings A Death And Two Departures

March 24th, 2012 12:05am EDT
Nikita
This week's Nikita marks the third appearance of my least favorite character: foreign dignitary/Michael's baby mama/MI6 agent/Gogol mole Cassandra (Helena Mattsson). Unlike the first two, though, this one's pretty good.

The episode opens in London, where Cassandra is meeting Ari (Peter Outerbridge). He's handing her a new assignment that seems to momentarily throw her. Alex clues Michael and Nikita into the fact that Cassandra is a mole, causing Michael to blow a gasket. He breaks stuff and then decides to get his son back. (Wouldn't Shane West be awesome if he was in a movie like...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Doublecross' (2.16)

March 17th, 2012 12:05am EDT
Nikita
After a month of reruns, we finally get three new episodes of Nikita. This one's packed full of action, if not necessarily big surprises, although there is one unpleasant one in the final minutes.

Division has seen four agents killed in three days, which has made Amanda very unhappy, and the lower-level agents disgruntled. Michael and Birkhoff bring this information to Nikita, with Michael insistent that the targeted agents were members of a task force Percy had him assemble to deal with Gogol. "Not again with the rescuing and the saving of the enemy!" Birkhoff protests, but Nikita ...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Origin' (2.15)

February 18th, 2012 12:12am EST
Nikita
Picking up where last week's episode left off, we further probe Nikita's backstory and that of Division in this week's Nikita. There's a lot going on in both past and present...

We start in 1998, when Division is just an old missile silo with Percy giving Carla (Erica Gimpel) a tour of the place like a bad realtor. Yet we're only there for about thirty seconds before we go back to the present day, where Nikita tells Carla "I only survived because of my memories of you. And now all of my memories are a lie." Ouch. Carla says that Division was a good idea until Amanda "corrupted" it.
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Rogue' (2.14)

February 11th, 2012 12:14am EST
Nikita
The theme of this season of Nikita seems to be everyone's past crawling out of the woodwork (see: Alex's mom, Michael's son), so it's not surprising that this week we meet Nikita's mentor.

Things start in New Jersey, where Percy is having Roan off a Newark detective in an alley in the middle of the night, because that's where these things happen. The next morning, Nikita and Michael (who appears to have gotten a haircut since Percy's dig about his looks last week) are sparring, only to be interrupted by the arrival of Alex. "Amanda definitely has complete control of Division," sh...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Clean Sweep' (2.13)

February 4th, 2012 12:12am EST
Nikita
Nikita is back this week, and "Clean Sweep" was an episode worth the wait, because the show looks considerably different now.

Picking up where "Sanctuary" left off, Team Nikita overhears the conversation between Amanda and Patrick Miller (Patrick deVry), and makes their own plan to intervene. "It's about saving lives," says Michael to an incredulous Birkhoff. Convincing the group that he's needed, Sean teams with Nikita and Michael to rescue his mom (and the other members of Oversight) from the Guardians.

This puts them on a collision course with Percy, who is finally freed from hi...
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Q&A: Interrogating 'Nikita' Star Xander Berkeley

February 3rd, 2012 10:00am EST
Nikita
On Nikita, Xander Berkeley is calling the shots - but off-screen, I got him to answer a few of my questions about season two!

When we left the series, Xander's character Percy revealed his master plan for regaining control of Division: either he got his power back or his Guardians would execute the members of Oversight. After a brief hiatus, tonight we'll get to find out whether or not the devilish (literally and metaphorically!) man in the prison box succeeds.

Unlike his alter ego, Berkeley is an incredibly nice guy. He is also one of the best character actors of his generation. He's g...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Sanctuary' (2.12)

January 14th, 2012 12:08am EST
Nikita
This week's Nikita sees the band back together again, and they play well enough, but the greatest hits are yet to come.

Team Nikita is reunited, but it's not smooth sailing. Birkhoff tells Nikita that Alex (whom he refers to as "Occupy Beach House") tried to swipe his pain meds. Alex and Nikita again talk about what we learned last week - that Alex's mother was having an affair with Sergei Semak. Nikita tells Alex about Carla (whom we now know will be played by Erica Gimpel), who helped her before she ended up in prison.

At Oversight's meeting, while Sean sits awkwardly in the hallw...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Guardians' (2.10)

December 3rd, 2011 12:15am EST
Nikita
Last season's Nikita midseason finale was a stunner. This season's feels like an unfinished work - but hold on for the final few minutes, because those open up a world of possibilities.

We open in France, where there's a late-night raid, which includes Owen (Devon Sawa, last seen in "Falling Ash"). He and his strike team come up empty-handed, which does not please Ari. He wants the remaining black boxes found and destroyed yesterday or nasty things will happen.

Owen goes home to find Nikita hiding out in his place, wanting his help to recover another black box. They chat about Per...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Fair Trade' (2.09)

November 19th, 2011 12:06am EST
Nikita
Nikita went into a tailspin last week, largely because it jettisoned much of what made it a good show. Put the pieces back together, and the show gets good again. Who'd have thought?

"My boss doesn't need caffeine, she's high on life," Birkhoff tells a pretty girl named Allison - who happens to be Senator Madeline Pierce's aide - in a coffee shop, as he's putting a tracker in the Senator's coffee. Will Traveler would approve.

Nikita's hoping to get the drop on the remaining members of Oversight by crashing the emergency meeting they've called to discuss her. Division knows she's...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'London Calling' (2.08)

November 12th, 2011 12:12am EST
Nikita
In this week's Nikita, Michael heads to London to see Cassandra and Max - and unsurprisingly, the trip ends up being anything but a pleasant father and child reunion. It's painful for everyone, including the audience.

In the most awkward and yet least dramatic teaser in the history of this series, Cassandra (Helena Mattsson)'s got a new man in her life, which makes Michael wonder who's hanging around his kid, and she has to be pleaded with to let him see Max at all. Surprisingly, Michael isn't angry with her, but he's certainly ticked off with the two guys that have been following ...
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The 10th Anniversary Of '24'

November 6th, 2011 3:17pm EST
24
How time flies: 10 years ago today, 24 premiered on FOX, and television - not to mention pop culture and the world - was never the same.

The action-drama series, created by La Femme Nikita bosses Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as now-famous government agent Jack Bauer, was a groundbreaking piece of entertainment. It introduced the idea of a television series in real time (each episode was an hour in a day) and employed a distinctive visual style that included the widespread use of "boxes" to provide simultaneous glimpses at multiple storylines. In concept ...
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Q&A: Sarah Clarke - From '24' To 'Twilight'

November 4th, 2011 3:27pm EDT
Sarah Clarke
Sarah Clarke became part of the TV consciousness when she starred in the first season of 24. Since then, she's rightfully built an impressive career. You might have heard of this thing called Twilight...?

To Twilight fans, she's Bella Swan's mom, Renee. Yet the St. Louis native has made a lasting impression in many other projects, including strong guest appearances on shows like House, Las Vegas, and The Cleaner. When I caught up with her, it had just been announced that she'll be appearing on the hit CW series Nikita, which stars her husband, Xander Berkeley (who is himself a fantasti...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Looking Glass' (2.05)

October 22nd, 2011 4:30pm EDT
Nikita
This week's Nikita is a high and a low. Shane West can still turn in a performance like nobody's business - even if it's in another formulaic episode filled with plot concerns.

Apparently Michael shares my affinity for pina coladas. I approve. But wait, who's this blonde woman he's with? That's Cassandra Ovechkin (Helena Mattsson). Relax, kids - this was six years ago. And she's the First Lady of Belarus, and up until two seconds ago she thought that he was a cultural attache named Jonathan she was bedding, not an agent there to kill her husband.

While Michael's operation succee...
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Q&A: 'Nikita's' Shane West Talks Season 2

October 21st, 2011 4:09pm EDT
Nikita
The show may be called Nikita, but it's Shane West, as the title character's partner Michael, who is the backbone of the series.

Nothing against Maggie Q, but Shane's doing a lot of heavy lifting. In just over a full season, Michael has been Nikita's trainer, ally, one-time possible love interest, enemy, ally again, and now her current love interest. We've seen how he lost his wife and daughter, left his longtime post as right-hand man at Division after finding out that boss Percy was behind their deaths, and now he's ditched the concrete walls of the secret agency for a life on t...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Partners' (2.04)

October 15th, 2011 12:09am EDT
Nikita
This week's Nikita continues to dig up the past - but this week it has a specific name and a face, and a whole lot of festering anger.

We're in Turkey this week, and Kelly (Katheryn Winnick) is trying to make a quick escape. When that doesn't go as planned, she starts shooting and steals a getaway van. Yay for generic white vans.

This big, loud escape brings her to the attention of Amanda at Division, who decides to send a cleaning team - and Alex, because Kelly happens to be Nikita's former partner, presumed killed in action on the operation during which Nikita escaped Division. ...
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'Nikita' Recap: 'Knightfall' (2.03)

October 8th, 2011 12:03am EDT
Nikita
As a disabled person, I was pretty happy that we were represented in this week's Nikita. Unfortunately, the handicapped dude's a villain. Tough break - but regardless, "Knightfall" is still a pretty good episode.

In Quebec City, a mysterious figure on a motorcycle assassinates the Energy Minister. He's not mysterious for long: his name is Ramon (Simon Kassianides from the last James Bond film, Quantum of Solace), and his face is familiar to Michael and Nikita. She captured him six years ago, and now they find out that Division's decided to keep him on the payroll instead. Needless t...
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'Nikita' 2.02 'Falling Ash' Recap and Review

October 1st, 2011 12:12am EDT
Nikita
Nikita spent a little too much time laying out the changes in its game last week. Thankfully, this week it has the return of Owen (Devon Sawa) to give it a shot in the arm.

We begin the episode in - of all places - Connecticut, where there's an awkward conversation between a guy and his father, before a mysterious man drops off an unmarked package at the window of the guy's ice cream truck. It's got a gun in it, and the resulting phone call brainwashes the poor sap into using that weapon to trying to kill a Senator. His father is not too happy when he's cut down by the security det...
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Q&A: Devon Sawa Returns To 'Nikita'

September 30th, 2011 2:05pm EDT
Nikita
You can't keep Nikita's Owen down - and the fans are certainly glad for that. Devon Sawa's ex-Guardian has been so popular that tonight marks his fifth appearance on The CW's hit spy series. Before "Falling Ash" airs tonight, Devon came by to chat with me about Owen's popularity and what's ahead for his character.

(You can also check out our previous interview from season one.)

This is your fifth appearance and your first of season two. Not bad for a character intended as a one-off! What do you think is the secret to Owen's popularity?

I must be doing something right. I don't ...
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'Nikita' 2.01 'Game Change' Recap and Review

September 24th, 2011 12:11am EDT
Nikita
Nikita is back, and I've got a boatload of questions. What does the show's future look like after those drastic changes in the first season finale? Will it continue to break the stereotype we expect when we hear the phrase "The CW"? Can I make a Standoff reference somewhere in here?

Maybe, possibly, and I just did.

Ominous music swells as Nikita walks into a dimly lit store and asks for haggis, which turns out to be the password that gets her into an underground casino. Looking fabulous as ever, she throws a lucky seven for a guy who flirts with her. She tells him that she and her b...
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'Terminator 2': 20 Years Later

July 3rd, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Terminator 2
Can you believe that sci-fi epic Terminator 2: Judgment Day is now two decades old?

July 3, 1991, the sequel to 1984's The Terminator stormed into theaters, and has since become one of the biggest science-fiction films of all time. Fans and critics alike embraced the second chapter of the story, which took a unique tack: turn the villain of the first flick into the hero of the second. A T-800 model Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) was sent back in time again - not to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), but to protect her and her son John (Edward Furlong) from being killed by the ...
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'Nikita' 1.22 'Pandora' Recap and Review

May 13th, 2011 7:22am EDT
Nikita
Now we come to the end of the rollercoaster ride that is Nikita. I hated it, then I loved it, then my feelings got all lukewarm, and now...well, now I'm still kind of lukewarm.

Picking up where "Betrayals" left off, Alex has apparently killed Nikita. We know that's not the case, but Joey Greco tells Percy that cardiac arrest is what did our heroine in, which doesn't make him as happy as one might expect. Percy orders Alex back to Division, telling Amanda "that was unexpected," before leaving to visit Oversight.

Meanwhile, Michael is still hanging out in the basement. Birkhoff wal...
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'Nikita' 1.21 'Betrayals' Recap and Review

May 6th, 2011 6:09am EDT
Nikita
Last week's Nikita was fairly forgettable except for that awesome scene that saw Amanda expose Alex as a traitor. It's time to pick that mayhem up where we left off!

Michael and Nikita are discussing how much time they have before Percy enacts his plan for world domination. "Whatever it is, if it fails with Percy's fingerprints on it, then he burns, and he knows that," Michael says. They know they need Birkhoff to help them break the encryption of the black boxes. She expects him to get a hold of the hacker, but he knows doing so will expose him for good. Then there's a now-require...
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'Nikita' 1.14 'The Last Seduction' Recap And Review

February 11th, 2011 7:40am EST
Nikita
Nothing good ever happens at 2:13 AM. Yet a random American agent is taking a meeting in a deserted part of Berlin at exactly that time. No wonder why he ends up dead.

Back at Langley, Ryan (Noah Bean) stumbles upon the particulars of this failed meeting, and a little red flag goes up in his head. When his bosses won't listen to him (because whose bosses actually do on TV?) he swipes the file and takes matters into his own hands, setting up a meeting with Nikita. When Nikita gets this message back at the loft, as it's Valentine's Day, Alex asks Nikita if she has a thing for Ryan, w...
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Interview: Xander Berkeley Is 'Nikita's' Bad Guy (But I Still Like Him)

February 10th, 2011 12:10pm EST
Nikita
If you don't know who Xander Berkeley is, you haven't been paying attention for the last twenty-plus years. Currently playing very, very bad as Division's head honcho Percy on The CW's Nikita, Berkeley is an experienced character actor who seems to have been in literally everything (just to name a few: 24, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files, Gattaca). With all that history, there wasn't time to ask him all the burning questions that I've had since loving him on 24, but I managed to ferret out a few things about Nikita and grill him about his impressive career.

You stepped into a pre...
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'Nikita' 1.10 'Dark Matter' Recap And Review

December 3rd, 2010 1:02am EST
Nikita 1.10
Nikita certainly left us with a lot to think about almost a month ago. Not to mention, it teased us with the return of Owen (Devon Sawa), the rogue agent introduced in the "The Guardian"/"Resistance" two-parter. In other words, this episode has a lot on its plate from the word "go." Episodes with the highest expectations can also turn out to be the best for a series; look at last week, which certainly paid off what it promised.

We open with an excuse to show Maggie Q in a swimming pool. Nikita is obviously still struggling with betraying Michael at the end of "One Way," and she ends...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 6

December 6th, 2007 3:00am EST
Randy Rhoades
Happy Birthday to "Northern Exposure" actress Janine Turner (1962), film and television actor Xander Berkeley (1958), Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoades (1956; d. 1982), R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck (1956), comedian Steven Wright (1955), "Amadeus" actor Tom Hulce (1953), "Poltergeist" actress JoBeth Williams (1948), jazz musician Dave Brubeck (1920), "Cinderella Man" Jim Braddock (1905; d. 1974), baseball player Tony Lazzeri (1903; d. 1946), Bewitched matriarch Agnes Moorehead (1900; d. 1974), and prolific musical lyricist Ira Gershwin (1896; d. 1983).
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