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TV On DVD: 'Off The Map: The Complete Series'

August 25th, 2011 3:15pm EDT
Off The Map
This week, ABC Home Entertainment released the complete series of Off The Map, the next show from the people who brought you Grey's Anatomy. Here's my review of the three-disc set.

The Show

I'm going to be bluntly honest here: I don't like Grey's Anatomy. As such, I never watched its spinoff Private Practice. And knowing that it came from the same creative team, I didn't have high hopes for Off The Map.

Having watched the show now, I can see why it only lasted one season. It feels more like a shell of a program than a fully fleshed out one, even if you allow for it being a new serie...
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Check Out 'Off The Map' On DVD Aug. 23

August 16th, 2011 7:00am EDT
Off The Map
"Off the Map" is a medical drama from the producers of “Grey’s Anatomy,” but it's different.

"Map" offers a rich, new cast of characters and the added trouble of a difficult location for the team of doctors. Theorized as Seattle Grace meets the South American rainforest, it stars Zach Gilford as a cocky plastic surgeon.

Valerie Cruz plays Zee, a feisty Hispanic doctor who acts as the mother hen to the group. Mamie Gummer plays Menard, the blonde version of "Anatomy's" Cristina Yang.

Why tune in? The scenery is gorgeous - and we're talking both plant and human. Waterfalls, the jungle a...
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'Grey’s Anatomy' + 'Lost' - Mysteries That Will Never Be Solved = 'Off The Map'

February 10th, 2011 11:40am EST
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Which is not necessarily a bad thing: The first time I watched “Off The Map,” I dismissed it as just another sexy doctor show produced by TV superstar Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes created “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” redefining our idea of medical dramas and prime-time soap operas. Rhimes didn’t create “Off The Map” (that credit belongs to Jenna Bans, who is a producer and writer on “Grey’s”), but she is executive producing it. And her influence is all over this new show.

At first, I amused myself by looking for character counterparts to my (I’ll admit it) beloved Seattle Grace doc...
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'Off the Map' Review: Not Just 'Grey’s Anatomy' In The Jungle

January 14th, 2011 9:34am EST
The cast of 'Off the Map.'
The season premiere “Off the Map," a new medical drama from the producers of “Grey’s Anatomy,” aired this week on ABC. Theorized as Seattle Grace meets the South American rainforest, can this new TV show keep up with the standards set by “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice" to hook its own set of loyal fans?

Series creator and writer Jenna Bans, executive producer Shonda Rhimes (of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Private Practice’ fame), and actor James George, who plays Otis Cole on the show, participated in a live Web chat via Facebook two days before the series premiere. The trio offered count...
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Actress Valerie Cruz Engaged To Mystery Man

January 10th, 2011 9:20pm EST
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Actress Valerie Cruz rang in the New Year as a bride-to-be - she's engaged to a mystery man.

The Cuban beauty, who has appeared on dramas True Blood and Dexter, confirmed her engagement to Latina.com, but she refuses to name her future husband, who proposed over the holiday season.

She tells Latina.com, "It just kind of happened at Christmas.

"He's English and he's from London, so it's an interesting journey. Cultural differences - they are definitely vast in some ways. But I think that Europeans in general have a more global view of the world because they are in such proximity to other ...
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'Nip/Tuck' Finale Gives Fans Closure

March 4th, 2010 11:24am EST
Nip/Tuck Finale
The controversial and critically acclaimed television show Nip/Tuck ran its final episode on FX Wednesday night, leaving fans feeling bittersweet about the show’s demise. Although most Nip/Tuck viewers will truly miss the series, even the die-hard fan can sense that the storylines had nowhere else to go and now was as good a time as any to send these plastic surgeons off into retirement.

As Nip/Tuck ended with its final chapter of love, lust, and vanity on Wednesday night, there weren’t any earth shattering announcements, over the top surgeries, or that typical Nip/Tuck shock value in this...
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'Nip/Tuck' Season Seven Hints

May 19th, 2009 11:05am EDT
Nip-Tuck
While Ryan Murphy was promoting the preview of his new show Glee, I slipped in some Nip/Tuck questions. The last episode left us with Christian married to Liz, but finding out his cancer scare was a clerical error, so he could have been free to manipulate and emotionally abuse superficial women this whole time.

"I will tell you, he goes through a horrifying divorce," Murphy said. "People love those characters. They're so good together so that we kind of have a whole season based on their [dynamic]. The whole season doesn't revolve around it, but it does involve, to a high degree, in th...
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'Nip/Tuck' Recap: Allegra Caldarello

February 25th, 2009 2:09pm EST
Nip-Tuck
As "Nip/Tuck" nears the end of its season, loose ends are beginning to come together as the characters are seemingly preparing for Christian's (Julian McMahon) death. But as we all know you can't have "Nip/Tuck" without Christian.

Liz's mother comes to visit to help with wedding preparations and to talk to Christian. She asks him if he's gay, still surprised that her daughter is getting married to a man, and not just any man, a man that "still has his looks."

Liz's mother brings her old wedding dress along and expects Liz (Roma Maffia) to wear it since it's been passed down ...
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'Nip/Tuck' Recap: Budi Sabri

February 18th, 2009 9:46am EST
Nip-Tuck
"Nip/Tuck" took an emotional turn in the latest episode, a change from the usual style of the show. A patient covered in warts (resembling tree bark) waits to heal and regain mobility after receiving multiple surgeries. Sean (Dylan Walsh) and Christian (Julian McMahon) worked to remove all of the warts covering the patient's entire body pro bono.

Kimber (Kelly Carlson) brings Jenna into the office to have Christian plump her lips again, but he refuses. However, in the process, Kimber spills to Sean that Christian was the one who injected Jenna's lips with collagen the frist time.

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