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Leave Them Hanging: Favorite TV Cliffhangers

April 2nd, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Lost
Television is a medium that thrives on manipulating audiences into tuning in, and no narrative device is more effective at accomplishing that task than the cliffhanger. With the end of the 2007-08 season rapidly approaching and new cliffhangers waiting in the wings, we have decided to celebrate our favorites from years past.

5) The Simpsons: "Who Shot Mr. Burns?"

The Cliffhanger: It didn't provoke quite the fervor of the "Dallas" storyline that it parodied, but this two-part episode did warrant a special "America's Most Wanted" and was discussed often during the summer of 19...
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A Celebrity 'Spring Fling' Wishlist

March 20th, 2008 1:00pm EDT
Ashley Tisdale
Today is the first day of spring. The temperature is rising, birds are singing, and the excuse that you needed the extra weight for winter padding is becoming less believable. These signs point to the change of seasons, and more importantly, the coming of spring.

So while some people are planting flowers or taking walks around their neighborhoods, I'm focusing on one thing, sex. Well maybe not strictly sex, but come on, it has been a long winter. So if I were to have a spring fling of sorts, it would obviously have to be with a celebrity. Hmm, but who would I choose?

Top 3 Gals

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A Salute To Irish Actors On St. Patrick's Day

March 17th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Colin Farrell
There’s something undeniably sexy about an Irish accent. Add celebrity into the mix, and you have a pretty powerful combination. Here are some of the Irish actors whose charisma, talent and lilting speech have made them favorites among moviegoers and TV fans:

When you think "Irish actor," Colin Farrell immediately comes to mind. A reformed bad boy who reportedly dated Britney Spears and made an infamous sex tape with former girlfriend and Playboy model Nicole Narain, Farrell has altered his priorities in the past few years.

Farrell recently showed his tender side when he opened...
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Torchwood Recap: Dead Man Walking

March 10th, 2008 12:23pm EDT
Torchwood
Where we left our heroes:

Owen had been shot and pronounced dead by guest Torchwood member Martha Jones. Everyone is sad and stuff, forgetting that they live in the land of sci-fi.

So what happens next?

Jack and this creepy little girl have a meeting, during which I realize I could write a book comparing Torchwood to Angel, then I conclude I don't have the time and keep watching. The creepy little girl with the Tarot fetish sends Jack to church, which houses what can only be described as a Weevil slumber party. It is here that Jack finds what he has been searching for, a second res...
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In The End: Best Series Finales

February 20th, 2008 1:15pm EST
Star Trek The Next Generation
The series finale. There is nothing quite like it in television. Many shows aren't given the luxury of a proper final episode, instead they are canceled prematurely and often without advanced notice. Often times those series exit after airing just a normal episode, or even worse - a cliffhanger. Then there is another group, and it consists of popular and long running series' that either go out on their own terms or are given warning of their impending doom.

We are not going to concern ourselves with the first group; after all it is hard to criticize the creative decisions of writ...
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TV Spotlight: Joss Whedon

February 12th, 2008 12:00pm EST
Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon is the 43-year-old writer/director/producer who is best known for creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The son of Golden Girls scribe Tom Whedon, Joss followed in the family business when, after receiving his film degree from Wesleyan University in 1987, he found work as a writer on Roseanne. It wasn't until the early 90s that Whedon would begin walking the path to becoming the creative force he is known as today.

A Ditzy Cheerleader with a Destiny

In 1992, Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Kristy Swaonson hit theaters, with a resounding thud. Scripted by Whedon, the mov...
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Supernatural Horror: So Bad It's Good

January 31st, 2008 1:43pm EST
Underworld
A recent conversation involving the short-lived, obscure (but highly entertaining) Fox television series "Werewolf" prompted us to take a closer look at some of the failures peppered throughout the history of supernatural horror in television and film. And there are a lot of them.

The genre has always been somewhat popular (especially in literature), and projects continue to appear on screen with some regularity. Unfortunately, the quality of those productions remains quite low. Sure, there are exceptions. Television shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" and films lik...
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The Ultimate TV Lineup: 'Star Trek,' 'Cheers,' 'Buffy' & Much More

January 29th, 2008 2:58pm EST
Get Smart
Imagine this: through some temporal anomaly, rift in the space time continuum, or other such unique phenomenon, we are transported to an alternate reality. This new world is strikingly similar to our own, with one major exception. The television industry.

In this time-compressed universe, every show in the history of television is currently in production. All original actors/writers/producers are alive. Each show is exactly as it was in its prime, although the number of episodes in each show's original run is irrelevant.

In this brave new world, where every series is in ex...
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'Torchwood' Season 2 Premiere: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

January 28th, 2008 11:45am EST
Torchwood
When last we left our heroes at "Torchwood" the team had survived an attack by one giant ass alien from the rift. Everyone hugged and kissed and was happy, and then Captain Jack Harkness heard a familiar noise and disappeared from Torchwood headquarters.

What's going on now?

Gwen took on the role of the team leader and seems to be doing well with teammates Ianto, Toshiko, and Owen. They end up in a relatively polite car chase with a fish-headed alien that ends with a hostage situation and the return of Jack.

Wait, didn't I see Spike in the previews?

That's right, Buffy/...
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'Buffy' and 'Angel' Take Up Residence In Comic Shops

January 22nd, 2008 10:50am EST
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Five years ago Buffy Summers stood at the edge of the crater where the town of Sunnydale had stood only moments before and let out a relieved smile. One year later Angel, the vampire with a soul, led his team into battle against hell itself. What followed these scenes was silence, leaving fans to ponder what might have been.

Did Buffy go on to lead a quieter life, training slayers and finding comfort in the arms of The Immortal? Did Angel slay a dragon? The answers to both of these questions is no. How do I know that? Because a little less than a year ago series mastermind Joss Whedon...
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TV's 10 Most Unrealistic Couples

January 22nd, 2008 10:14am EST
CSI
Reality is not always a factor when it comes to TV relationships. Actually, it usually isn't. Often, two characters that would never come together in real life are forced into a relationship for any number of reasons. It's not really a problem for most TV viewers because they understand that entertainment value will always trump reality.

That being said, there are some on-screen relationships that make perfect sense. Then there are the head scratchers. Below is a sampling of the latter. Please note, just because these relationships are unrealistic doesn't necessarily mean they ...
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A Lost Art: Top TV Opening Credit Sequences

January 11th, 2008 11:23am EST
The Cosby Show
The television opening credit sequence is truly an art form. Frankly, it is hard to believe that it has never been considered as a category for any of the major award shows. It should be. An excellent sequence can make a mediocre series good, a good series great, and a great series…well, you get the idea.

Okay, so maybe the above statement is a little bit of a stretch. Still, opening sequences can be pretty entertaining. They may be a dying art form these days, but that is all the more reason to celebrate the very pinnacle of achievement in the field. There have been many great ...
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Top 10 TV Bad Guys

December 27th, 2007 10:06am EST
Prison Break
They're sneaky and snarky. They scheme and slay. TV is full of bad guys (and girls), from those who make being bad look like fun to those who make us clutch the pillow to our chests.

It takes some excellent writing and an excellent performance to make a bad guy who is a worthy opponent but also one that the fans don't want to see defeated. It's no easy job, but these guys and girls met the task:

1.) Angelus (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) - Buffy was full of bad guys and villains - vampire duo Spike and Drusilla, rogue slayer Faith, Angel's sire Darla and a new Big Bad every season li...
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Starpulse TV Season In Review

December 5th, 2007 9:20am EST
Private Practice
It's been a bumpy television season full of winners, disappointments and a lot of forgetful folks. Some shows stumbled right out of the gate while others took steady steps towards a full-season pickup.

The TV season is nearing the halfway mark when most of the shows go into reruns, an indefinite period of torture this year thanks to the writers' strike. At least the respite provides the perfect time to take a look back at the season so far. This TV season, the TV gods brought us...

...9 new winning series.

The delicious guilty pleasure Gossip Girl redefined what it means to ...
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TV Shows Venture Into Comic Territory

November 27th, 2007 9:44am EST
Heroes
When Spider-Man broke box office records in 2002, it ushered in a wave of comic book movies into the mainstream. Watching the dollars roll in, movie studios jumped on every comic book character they could think of and, for the most part, regular folks young and old (comic aficionados or not) have been eating it up.

Comic book fans are now free to express their love in all different spaces, and the evidence is in the numbers. Last year, the annual Comic-Con International convention in San Diego sold out of passes before the doors even opened through online and mail-in registration. Bei...
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Starpulse Holiday Gift Guide: TV Goodies

November 23rd, 2007 12:19pm EST
Gilmore Girls
With no end to the writer’s strike in sight, viewers are going to be stuck with dozens of repeats and reality shows. Blech. One way to battle the TV blues is to turn to DVDs for entertainment. The holidays are quickly approaching, so it’s perfect timing to watch, buy, or put on your wish list some of your favorite TV shows while waiting for new episodes to air.

DVDs:

Have you had a chance to catch the new CBS drama “Moonlight?” If you’re a new vampire voyeur, or a longtime fan of the fanged persuasion, the “Angel” 30-disc collector’s DVD set is a must-see. The collection feature...
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Gone But Not Forgotten: Starpulse Highlights The Best TV On DVD

October 31st, 2007 10:33am EDT
Wonderfalls
The beauty of TV on DVD is that it lets small gems of television history continue to exist, allowing them to be found again and again. Swiftly canceled before their time, cult classics live on in DVD format for new generations of television lovers to happen upon.

Following is a list of some of the best TV on DVD you probably never watched. Discovering something new is always more fun and fulfilling than watching a rerun.

From the Unusual Mind of Bryan Fuller

If you've fallen in love with Bryan Fuller's charming new show Pushing Daisies, here's some good news. Fuller's previou...
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New TV On DVD, Oct. 30

October 30th, 2007 8:00am EDT
Angel
Faith will be restored and souls will be saved when the vampire cursed with a human soul returns to fight demons on the dark side in the Angel Collector's Set DVD, featuring all 110 episodes. Also on DVD: Twin Peaks the complete series, Everybody Loves Raymond the complete series, CSI: Miami season six, and Scrubs season six.
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'Angel' 30-Disc Collector's DVD Set Features Series' Entire 100-Plus Episodes

October 7th, 2007 10:00am EDT
Angel
Faith will be restored and souls will be saved when the vampire cursed with a human soul returns to fight demons on the dark side in the Angel Collector's Set DVD arriving October 30, 2007 from Fox Home Entertainment.

For the first time ever, all five seasons of the hit supernatural drama will be packaged together in a 30-disc special collector's box uniquely designed for the ultimate fan. The collection features all 110 episodes, a personally signed letter to fans from creator Joss Whedon and a collectible companion booklet. The sci-fi action-thriller, created by Whedon as a "spin-o...
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'Veronica Mars' Star Joins CBS Fall Series 'Moonlight'

June 29th, 2007 3:57pm EDT
Jason Dohring
Veronica Mars fans take note! Jason Dohring is back this fall in the new CBS drama “Moonlight.” From Joel Silver and the creators of “Angel” and “Beauty and the Beast,” the series is about Mick St. John, a Los Angeles private investigator (Alex O’Loughlin) whose clients don't know his dark secret – he’s a vampire.

Dohring will play Josef, an ancient vampire who is confidante to Mick. Unlike Mick, the eternally young, wealthy and mischievous Josef relishes his immortality.
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 16

May 16th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Janet Jackson
Happy Birthday to TV actress Tori Spelling (1973), "Angel" star David Boreanaz (1971), Aussie singer/actress Danielle Spencer (19780), pop icon Janet Jackson (1966), Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic (1965), "White Men Can't Jump" actress Rosie Perez (1963), "Terms of Endearment" star Debra Winger (1955), "The Matador" star Pierce Brosnan (1953), flamboyant pianist Liberace (1919; d. 1987), and prolific screen legend Henry Fonda (1905; d. 1982).
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The WB To Pay Tribute To Signature Series

June 30th, 2006 1:57pm EDT
Dawson
On Sunday, Sept. 17, the WB will end its 11-year run by rebroadcasting the pilots of Felicity, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dawson’s Creek. The farewell will include promos from years gone by as well as a tribute recounting the celebrities who have appeared on the network, according to Variety.

The schedule is as follows:

5 pm/ET: Felicity

6 pm: Angel

7 pm: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (two hours)

9 pm: Dawson's Creek
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 16

May 16th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Krist Novoselic
Happy Birthday to TV actress Tori Spelling (1973), "Angel" star David Boreanaz (1971), Aussie singer/actress Danielle Spencer (19780), pop icon Janet Jackson (1966), Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic (1965), "White Men Can't Jump" actress Rosie Perez (1963), "Terms of Endearment" star Debra Winger (1955), "The Matador" star Pierce Brosnan (1953), flamboyant pianist Liberace (1919; d. 1987), and prolific screen legend Henry Fonda (1905; d. 1982).
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James Marsters & Nick Lachey Among Guests on WB Shows

January 16th, 2006 3:44pm EST
Nick Lachey
The WB Network welcomes a sexy and intriguing celebrity guest roster to kick-off its midseason, including Nick Lachey, James Denton, Kelly Carlson and James Marsters. The announcement was made today at the network's Winter 2006 Television Critics’ Association Press Tour.

Actor Nick Lachey guest stars on TWINS in an episode entitled "Himbo," which will air February 24 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET). Lachey will play Charlie Solik, a former underwear model and Arnold Undergarments’ new Marketing Director, hired by Farrah (Molly Stanton). This is Lachey's second guest appearance on the network afte...
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Sloan Still Seeks Cure for Nadia on Alias, Nov. 17

November 3rd, 2005 1:00pm EST
Coming up on Alias:

"Fait Accompli" - Sydney and APO attempt to discover whom Gordon Dean is working for and what their end game is. Meanwhile, when the group claiming to have a cure for daughter Nadia continues to play mind games with him, Sloane struggles for control. Mia Maestro and Amy Acker (Angel) guest star, on Alias, Thursday, Nov. 17, on ABC.
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Alias This Week (Oct. 20)

October 17th, 2005 3:20pm EDT
Episode Title: Mockingbird

Sydney's life hangs in the balance when Gordon Dean discovers that Rachel -- aka Mockingbird -- is still alive. Meanwhile, Sloane awaits the outcome of his sentencing. Amy Acker (Angel) guest stars, on Alias, Thursday, October 20 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Alias stars Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, Victor Garber as Jack Bristow, Ron Rifkin as Arvin Sloane, Carl Lumbly as Marcus Dixon, Kevin Weisman as Marshall Flinkman, Balthazar Getty as Thomas Grace, Rachel Nichols as Rachel Gibson and Ilodie Bouchez as Renie Rienne.

Gu...
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