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First Trailer For WGN America's New Series 'Salem'

January 24th, 2014 8:24am EST
Salem
WGN America has just released the initial trailer for the network's first original series, Salem, starring Shane West (Nikita) and Janet Montgomery (Made In Jersey). You can watch the trailer at the end of this article.

Here's the network description of the show:

WGN America’s Salem enters the world of the most notorious witch trials in history, a period steeped in fear, suspicion, and hysteria. 

On an expansive set in Shreveport, LA, built to reflect volatile 17th century Massachusetts, Salem explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, s...
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'Nikita's' Final Season: An Interview With Shane West

November 21st, 2013 12:10pm EST
Shane West
Our preview of Nikita's final season continues with none other than Michael: the fantastic (and fantastically underrated) Shane West. We quizzed Shane about what the end feels like - and losing body parts.

"It's bittersweet," Shane said of Nikita coming to a close after four seasons. "It's been a good run. A lot of shows don't necessarily last past a year."

What did he think about the last run having an abbreviated episode order? "I feel bad for the writers," he commented. "They are going to have the hardest job for these six.

"I think it's a little bit more exciting, because we have a s...
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Tons Of Pics From The Teen Choice Awards: Bieber, Gomez, Lovato & More!

July 23rd, 2012 8:57am EDT
Demi Lovato
Hot, young Hollywood stars showed up at Sunday night's 2012 Teen Choice Awards in Universal City, California.

Demi Lovato wore a short, daring black, gray and yellow dress with a feathered hemline. Hayden Panettiere glittered in a gorgeous purple sequin gown and matching pumps, while Meagan Good showed off her abs in a sexy white and gray pantsuit.

"Glee" star Lea Michele sizzled in a short strapless number, while singer Jordin Sparks wore a flouncy black dress with a plunging neckline.

Fan favorites Justin Bieber and girlfriend Selena Gomez opted to walk the red carpet solo. Check out a...
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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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Brittany's Blog: A Crafty 'XIII' and My Top 5 Favorite Interviews

July 6th, 2012 2:49pm EDT
XIII
This is my viewpoint, from the far end of the couch...and this week I've stumbled across a gem in ReelzChannel's XIII: The Series, while this week's list is all about my Top 5 favorite people to interview.

Channel-surfing last week, I found a great new (to the US, anyway) action series on ReelzChannel, of all places. It's called XIII: The Series, and is based on the Belgian comic book of the same name, loosely following the mini-series that aired on NBC way back in 2008. The show aired last year in Canada, but this is the first time we Americans are getting to see it.

If that confuses y...
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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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My 10 Celebrity Valentines For 2012

February 13th, 2012 11:00am EST
Adam Levine
Valentine's Day is almost upon us. I don't have a valentine this year, but I'd like to give a few out to 10 celebs whose work I have particular affection for.

1. Adam Levine

My favorite The Voice coach is someone I'll always admire, and deservedly so: he has more hardware than a Home Depot. This past year alone, he and Maroon 5 scored their first American Music Award, a People's Choice Award and a Grammy nomination. I totally concur with my friend Jesse Blaze Snider, who referred to them as a band "with three near-perfect albums." (And a fourth on the way, reportedly due in June.)

Now,...
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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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TV's Sexiest Male Stars 2012 Edition

January 7th, 2012 2:00pm EST
TV's Sexiest Male Stars 2012 Edition
Yesterday we brought you TV's sexiest female stars 2012 edition and to follow suit and not disappoint the ladies - here's our list of the sexiest males on TV.

Some of these Hollywood hunks star on your favorite shows, and a few others are making fresh starts in some of the new midseason replacement series' that have been debuting.

Check them all out and don't forget to leave us a comment below to let us know who we left off our list and who's on your list!

Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars

Christian Kane, Leverage

Shane West, Nikita

Shemar Moore, Criminal Minds

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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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'Nikita' Recap: 'Clawback' (2.07)

November 5th, 2011 1:06am EDT
Nikita
It took seven weeks, but Nikita finally hit its mark this week with an episode that put the screws to nearly every major character. Now will it be the start of something?

Ryan Fletcher (Noah Bean, if you forgot) cannot catch a break. The ex-CIA agent is now in prison, but the suspicious death of a pharmaceutical company employee makes him call Nikita (via his mom, no less). He's cracked a Division operation known as "Grey Rain." Unfortunately for Ryan, Amanda has intercepted the call and has sent Roan (Rob Stewart) to take care of him.

He ends up in the bowels of Division at epi...
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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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The Television Balcony - 'The Presence'

October 14th, 2011 5:10pm EDT
The Presence
Shane West's choice of projects is really giving me mixed signals. First I wanted to hug him in Once & Again. That was before I realized he could inflict serious bodily harm thanks to Nikita. Now, with The Presence - which I stupidly made the mistake of watching in the middle of the night - he has scared the bejesus out of me, and I mean that as a compliment.

In the psychological thriller - to call it a horror movie would be inaccurate - he plays a spirit haunting a remote cabin (aren't they all remote?). And he's downright unsettling at points and heartbreaking at others. There wer...
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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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DVD Review: 'The Presence'

October 5th, 2011 11:14am EDT
The Presence
An isolated cabin. No electricity. Light by single candle. And Mira Sorvino. It sounds like a beautiful dream I had the other night, but it’s actually a new ghost story out on DVD this week from Lionsgate called “The Presence”. Light is shed below!

Title: "The Presence"

Grade: 2 1/2

Cast: Mira Sorvino, Justin Kirk, Shane West

Director: Tom Provost

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 87 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate

Website: www.lionsgtedvd.com

The Flick: "The Presence" definitely has its creepy heart in the right place, but all the elements just don’t come together in ...
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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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TV On DVD: 'ER: The Final Season'

July 15th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
ER
This week, Warner Home Video brought you the fifteenth and final season of NBC's long-running medical drama ER in a twenty-two episode, five-disc set. Here's my review.

The Show

As I talked about in my previous review of the fourteenth season set, ER began to show its age in its later seasons. Season fifteen is helped by the return of many familiar faces (really, what final run would it be if the series didn't try to bring some beloved characters back?) but it's clear that at this point, it's time for the series to end. The plots occasionally stretch a little too far, with one episo...
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