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Q&A: 'Hung' Star Stephen Amell

November 13th, 2011 11:00pm EST
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It's been said that a hero is only as good as their antagonist. On HBO's Hung, that juicy role falls to actor Stephen Amell, who recently sat down with me to dish about the series.

Amell plays Jason, who is the chief competition of Hung's main character, Ray Drecker. He's got a winning smile but a lot more going on behind it. Read on to find out what's in store for his character in season three and what it's like being the allegedly bad guy, as well as what type of role Amell would love to play.

Hung fans should also check out my previous Q&A with Charlie Saxton (Damon Drecker).

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'Blue Mountain State' Recap: 'One Week' (3.10)

November 10th, 2011 2:33am EST
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Art imitates life in this week's Blue Mountain State: the program gets a TV show made about it - and Coach Daniels puts a golf club through his TV upon seeing the end product. Ouch.

One can't really blame him, though. "One Week" is no "Hard Knocks" and this is no ESPN or NFL Network. It's full of bombastic narration and whoever wrote said narration is clearly interested in sucking up to offensive coordinator/coach in waiting Gilday (Anthony Lemke). But the device of sticking a camera in everyone's faces gives us the hilarity of them trying to come off much better than they all ar...
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TV on DVD Roundup: 'Blue Mountain State,' 'The Real L Word' And More

October 20th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
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Here's what's new in the world of TV on DVD: college mayhem, archaeologists, starship captains and lots of sex. Read on for looks at Blue Mountain State, The Captains, The Real L Word, Queer as Folk UK and more...

Blue Mountain State: Season Two (Lionsgate)

Spike's original series Blue Mountain State is one of my guilty pleasures. It's vastly inappropriate and doesn't always make sense, but it doesn't pretend to be anything other than a hilariously good time. In season two, slacker QB Alex Moran (Daytime Emmy winner Darin Brooks) is stuck trying to keep egotistical "star player" Ra...
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'Blue Mountain State' Recap: 'Blackout' (3.05)

October 20th, 2011 2:40am EDT
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It's time for a big rivalry game on Blue Mountain State - at least until a blackout forces a postponement and some ill-advised off-the-field competition.

This allows Alex to confront the girl he lost his virginity to, who's now a cheerleader for the rival school, dating the captain of their football team. Thad, of course, vehemently dislikes his opposite number, and so it comes to pass that there's a beer pong challenge thrown down between the four of them. Unsurprisingly, the rules of the game change about every two minutes, depending on what seems like a good idea at the time. Ev...
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'Blue Mountain State' Review: 'The Peak' (3.03)

October 6th, 2011 2:37am EDT
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This week's Blue Mountain State teaches us a proper lesson in a tasteless way: popularity is fleeting.

For a guy who was in his own version of hell at the beginning of this season, Alex Moran has come a long way in a short time -- he's riding high this week, having thrown seven touchdowns in an upset of the top-ranked team in the country. And with victory, everyone suddenly wants to be your best friend. "Alex played awesome today, which means I care about him now," Thad tells his teammates, perfectly summing up college popularity in a nutshell.

Reveling in the attention, Alex be...
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'Blue Mountain State' 3.01 'The Captain' Review

September 22nd, 2011 2:39am EDT
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Mayhem is back in session at Blue Mountain State. It takes about thirty seconds for the show to resume complete insanity on all fronts, which is what we watch it for, isn't it? I mean, this show is about football as much as Celebrity Deathmatch was about boxing.

How did Thad Castle become ineligible for the BMS football team? Well, it involves blabbing to reporters, a ton of cocaine, and something about possibly declaring himself for the NFL Draft. Thankfully, we only have to see him cry for a couple of minutes, because that's really uncomfortable.

Coach Daniels is back on decent t...
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'Blue Mountain State' 2.13 'Riot' Review

January 20th, 2011 2:34am EST
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We've come to the end of season two for Blue Mountain State, so why not end it with a riot?

After we learn very quickly that the football team won that game they were so worried about last week, everyone decides to riot. This is not uncommon in sports, though it continues to baffle me; I can see being upset and destroying things in frustration at a horrible loss, but what's up with breaking stuff over a victory? As Sammy says, "What the hell are they rioting for? We won!"

Sammy, Mary Jo and the cheerleaders hide inside the Goathouse from a big, unruly mob, and after noticing this on ...
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'Blue Mountain State' 2.12 'Trap Game' Review

January 13th, 2011 2:35am EST
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There are only two episodes left in Blue Mountain State's sophomore run. No wonder why Coach Daniels is feeling the pressure. Oh, plus there's this little thing called a perfect season on the line.

Radon makes the big mistake of opening his mouth and guaranteeing a win over the team's 1-10 opponent, and he gets what he deserves after Thad nearly injures him in practice. The hard hit makes him lose his self-confidence (at one point he nearly curls up in the fetal position on the field), and Coach Daniels decides that he needs mental help. The idea of Radon having severe "coach issues"...
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