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'House of Cards' Star Al Sapienza: An Unsung Player In Great Television

April 3rd, 2013 11:10am EDT
Al Sapienza
Netflix's House of Cards has been a step forward for television on the Internet - but even better, the series has given audiences another opportunity to enjoy a plethora of great actors. One such talented performer is Al Sapienza, who plays Marty Spinella, and who has previously appeared in some of TV's best series, including HBO's The Sopranos and Showtime's Brotherhood. BFTV recently caught up with Al to talk about not only House of Cards, but his thoughts on the developing landscape of television.

Given how many wonderful credits Al has to his name over decades in the business, it might...
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BFTV's 12 Best TV Drama Series Ever

March 1st, 2013 1:46pm EST
24
This week's issue of TV Guide featured that magazine's picks for the best dramas of all time. It's not a simple discussion, because there are and have been so many fantastic drama series on TV over the ages - some of which have gotten recognition and others that have flown largely under the radar. Here, then, is BFTV's list of the 12 best drama series I've seen over the last three decades - and why they've earned that recognition.

The following were the criteria for inclusion:

01) It had to be a series that I'd seen at least one full season of. It's not really fair to call something the "...
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10 TV Cancellations Still Worth Raving About

December 30th, 2012 8:29am EST
Sports Night
If you're a TV fan, you've experienced the pain of your favorite show being cancelled at least once. Probably more than once. Yet there are a rare few that sting more than others - the ones that still get on your nerves every time they come to mind. They're the shows you always miss and never forget. As we prepare to look forward to new TV, here's my list of the top 10 TV cancellations I'm still raving about.

In order of how upsetting their demise was:

1. Sports Night (ABC)

I am never, ever going to let this one go. Ever. I don't care that Aaron Sorkin went on to great success with The...
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'Awake' Star Jason Isaacs: 'I Would Have Been Resentful If I Passed Up This Job'

March 1st, 2012 11:00am EST
Awake TV Series
NBC's much talked-about show Awake marks the TV return of the very talented Jason Isaacs (whom you should remember from his compelling turn as Providence mobster Michael Caffee on Showtime's best kept secret, Brotherhood). What drew Isaacs to the role of Detective Michael Britten, who finds himself in two separate realities at the same time? How does he tackle dual storylines within one show? He recently talked with me about that and more.

For more Awake, you can also read my recent interview with executive producers Kyle Killen and Howard Gordon, and tune in for my review of the ...
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Q&A: Behind The Badge With 'Psych' Star Timothy Omundson

February 29th, 2012 11:00am EST
Psych
At the beginning of this season of Psych, I chatted with Maggie Lawson -- now, as the show returns, it's time for her partner Timothy Omundson (also known as the infamous Detective Carlton Lassiter) to have his say.

While I enjoy the talents of every member of Psych's fun and funny cast, I have a certain affection for Omundson, who's made Lassiter my favorite disgruntled detective on television. His deadpan delivery and expressions are always spot-on, and he's a great straight man for the oft-hyper antics required of star James Roday.

What you might not know is that in addition to...
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Q&A: 'Person of Interest' Star Kevin Chapman

January 26th, 2012 11:00am EST
Kevin Chapman
Veteran actor Kevin Chapman is one of the stars of CBS' new hit Person of Interest, but that's just scratching the surface of his lengthy resume.

Chapman plays Detective Lionel Fusco, a corrupt cop who functions as an NYPD source for John Reese (Jim Caviezel). It's a role that has brought Chapman some much-deserved attention. But die-hard TV fans will have seen his face a dozen times before.

It was Chapman who brought real menace (and yet, surprising humanity on at least one occasion) to the role of an Irish mob boss on Showtime's underrated drama series Brotherhood. He's also appeared on...
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Commentary: The 5 Things I'm Thankful For In 2011

November 23rd, 2011 11:00am EST
The Voice
With Thanksgiving tomorrow, many Starpulse writers are giving thanks for our favorite pop-culture moments. Here's what's on my list, from a reality show to a play that was all too real.

My list is a bit different from those of my colleagues. I've had a very blessed - and also very difficult - year that has had amazing highs and been marred by literally life-changing lows. When I look back on 2011, I'm not thinking just about things I enjoyed, but experiences and people that made a difference.

It goes without saying that I'd like to thank my loved ones and the doctors, surgeons, nurses, ...
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TV on DVD: 'Case Histories' & 'Fortysomething'

November 10th, 2011 1:12pm EST
Case Histories
Here's the latest in TV on DVD: Acorn Media brings us the fantastic Case Histories, and revisits the Hugh Laurie comedy Fortysomething via Acorn TV.

I haven't read the Kate Atkinson novels that Case Histories is based on, but thanks to the series, now I'm going to. As recently seen on PBS' vaunted Masterpiece Mystery! series, this is a cracking six-episode set. That's largely because it stars the very talented Jason Isaacs (of Brotherhood and The State Within fame), who has never given a bad performance in my book. He has an intensity about him coupled with physical presence that just m...
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Fall Preview: 'Homeland'

October 2nd, 2011 1:32pm EDT
Homeland
For those of you who want really smart TV: watch Showtime's Homeland tonight. You'll thank me later.

Homeland features the underrated Damian Lewis - proving his stellar work in NBC's Life was the rule and not the exception - as Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody, rescued from Iraq after eight years missing. I always felt like I couldn't say enough about Lewis when Life was on, and I feel that way about his performance here. There's something in his eyes that allows you to read remarkable depth of character, yet looking into them you really can't tell if he's good, evil or if he even knows. ...
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Fall Review: 'Unforgettable'

September 21st, 2011 2:08am EDT
Unforgettable
Watching CBS' new series Unforgettable gave me a hint of deja vu.

The procedural reunites former Without A Trace star Poppy Montgomery with that show's network and its executive producer, Ed Redlich. Montgomery, who's become a redhead but still looks better than most of us, stars as former Syracuse cop Carrie Wells. Carrie has the gift (or the curse) of remembering almost everything - except for the murder of her sister.

It sounds familiar, doesn't it? A main character with a tragic past, not to mention that she used to be sleeping with her new partner - former Nip/Tuck lead Dylan Walsh...
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Dearly Departed: Eulogizing 'The Chicago Code' & 'Human Target'

May 11th, 2011 9:45am EDT
The Chicago Code
FOX, I'm not talking to you anymore. Not after you cancelled my two favorite series, The Chicago Code and Human Target.

No, this article is directed at the people still coming to terms with the network's decision to bring the hammer down on those two series Tuesday night. This is for the dismayed fans, for the casts and crews that are now in need of other jobs. I had the pleasure of working on both Code and Human Target for their entire runs. (In addition to fellow victim Lie To Me this season.) I wasn't just a critic, I was also a fan. I'm just as upset as the viewers, and I sure a...
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Rewind Recaps - Brotherhood: "Things Have Changed 1:7-8"

April 23rd, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Brotherhood
The first season of Brotherhood had a finale that was pretty much perfect. The end of season two couldn't quite meet that high standard, but in a way, that belies the more tumultuous nature of the show's sophomore year.

When last we left Providence, things had gotten kind of ugly. They've only gotten worse since then. The one-time informant Marty Trio is no longer with us thanks to Colin, Freddie Cork is on the run, and everyone else is up in arms. Moe Riley (I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm amazed this guy has a pulse) meets with Michael, who wants to know where Fr...
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Rewind Recaps - Brotherhood: 'Only A Pawn...1:7-8'

April 16th, 2011 6:55pm EDT
Brotherhood
The biggest episode of Brotherhood's second season is episode seven. It's election day, and when things don't go smoothly, Tommy is forced to take desperate measures to secure his position. On the other side of the equation, Michael shoots a hitman point-blank in the head. It's not a docile episode by any means.

While everyone's out trying to get Tommy reelected, Michael is asked by the Italian mobster Alphonse Nozzoli to escort an incoming hitman to and from his job. When Michael asks what the intended target did to deserve being murdered, he gets the vaguest of vague answers. Th...
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Rewind Recaps - Brotherhood: "One Too Many Mornings 3:4-8"

April 9th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Brotherhood
Last month, we cracked season one of Brotherhood. Welcome to season two.

The near-perfect conclusion to season one is a tough act to follow. In fact, the entirety of season one is one of the best self-contained stories I've ever seen told on television; if the creative team had wanted to quit while they were ahead I would have understood. Thankfully, they didn't.

It's a few months after season one. Tommy (Jason Clarke) has a lot of anger to deal with over wife Eileen's (Annabeth Gish) infidelities, so he decides to take it out on a wall with a sledgehammer. Though he and Eileen tr...
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Rewind Recaps - Brotherhood: 'Matthew 22:10'

April 2nd, 2011 4:53pm EDT
Brotherhood
We've come to the end of season one of Brotherhood. This is the episode that's affectionately referred to as the show's "[Robert] Altman film." I call it a season finale that is not a season finale.

What do I mean by that? I've noticed a trend over the years, wherein season premieres and season finales are expected to be huge affairs. Things explode, mysteries are created, cliffhangers are written, et cetera. For some shows, that works. At other times, the need for a huge event comes dangerously close to eclipsing the actual point. Thankfully, Brotherhood's first-season finale is no...
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Interview: Blake Masters Revisits 'Brotherhood'

April 2nd, 2011 4:36pm EDT
Brotherhood
I've been unable to stop raving about Brotherhood since I started watching the Showtime series earlier this month. And I'm not alone in thinking it an amazing piece of drama. To share my joy and further dissect three brilliant seasons, I went to the source: Blake Masters, the man who created the series and wrote half of it. Here's what Masters, who went on to help develop NBC's Law & Order: Los Angeles, had to say about his Peabody Award-winning first TV series.

Spoiler alert: This interview discusses all three seasons of Brotherhood. If you're planning on watching the show (which ...
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People Who Are Awesome: Jason Clarke Of 'The Chicago Code'

March 28th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
The Chicago Code
If you've been listening to me at all in March, was there any doubt who this month's member of People Who Are Awesome was going to be?

I know that I've already used a lot of superlatives to heap praise on The Chicago Code star Jason Clarke, but when he's vaulted himself from "that guy I ran into once" to one of my favorite actors of all time, I have to recognize that. After all, that in and of itself is fairly awesome.

Let me get the shallow part out of the way first. He's good-looking, and I can personally attest that this is not one of those cases where the camera flatters. He has ...
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Rewind Recaps – Brotherhood: “Vivekchaudamani: 51″

March 26th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Brotherhood
It's one thing to produce one great episode. It's entirely another to have a great arc of episodes. Brotherhood's ninth episode was near-perfect - and the tenth episode continues a sterling conclusion to the first season of the Showtime drama.

Firstly, the episode has another shocking opening. I somewhat choked on my soda when I was greeted with the image of an unfortunate soul who's been thrown to his death off the roof of a building. Pete doesn't like the guy very much. Not that it matters as he's now in a pool of his own blood on the sidewalk below.

Rose and her friend later stum...
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Rewind Recaps - Brotherhood: "Ecclesiastes 7:2"

March 19th, 2011 2:21pm EDT
Brotherhood
Grief is one of the hardest things in human existence to deal with. It's also one of the most universal. Brotherhood's ninth episode tackles it head-on, weaving an emotionally moving story without shying away from the more suspect undertones that have always colored the series.

The episode starts with a horrific bang, when Freddie Cork's son Ricky jumps from an overpass, causing a vicious traffic accident that claims several lives, including those of Marty Trio's wife and Carl Hobbs, the mailman with whom Eileen had been cheating on Tommy. As far as huge accident scenes go, I don't...
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Rewind Recaps - Brotherhood: 'Matthew 5:6'

March 12th, 2011 5:00pm EST
Brotherhood
Before he was taking back a city on FOX's The Chicago Code, Jason Clarke was taking over a different one, starring as Rhode Island politician - and sibling to a gangster - Tommy Caffee in Showtime's Peabody Award-winning family drama Brotherhood (2006-2008).

And "Matthew 5:6," the series' fourth episode, was my lightbulb moment.

I'd watched the first three episodes with interest, seeing characters develop and plots emerge, but I wasn't entirely sold. That is, until the Secret Service executed a raid during the Caffee family's Sunday dinner. Then I couldn't stop watching.

You see, t...
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New TV On DVD, Sept. 22

September 22nd, 2009 8:00am EDT
The Mentalist
A celebrated psychic-turned-detective with a powerful gift for observation investigates crimes for the California Bureau of Investigation in The Mentalist. Season 1 is now available. Also on DVD: 30 Rock season 3, Brotherhood season 3, Castle season 1, Ghost Whisperer season 4, Law and Order: SVU season 10, Taxi season 4, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles season 2, Ugly Betty season 1.
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What's New On Showtime?

May 12th, 2009 9:51am EDT
Nurse Jackie
Showtime has been around for a few decades, but for some time it never quite managed real competition against its rival, HBO. Things have changed. In the past few years it has definitely blossomed with movies, both famous and independent, and quality television programming.

Past popular shows "The L Word" and "Queer As Folk" paved the way for current programming like "Dexter," "Weeds," and "The Tudors." So what's up for Showtime this year? Let's take a look!

Nurse Jackie

Premiering on Monday, June 8 at 10:30 PM, "Nurse Jackie" stars Edie Falco as the title character. Exhaust...
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New TV On DVD, Oct. 28

October 28th, 2008 8:00am EDT
The 4400
There are several releases this week, likely in anticipation of the holiday season: The 4400 the complete series, Brotherhood season 2, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman the complete series, The Donna Reed Show season 1, Freaks & Geeks the complete series, Girlfriends season 5, Good Times the complete series, JAG season 7, Millennium the complete series, Newsradio the complete series, Sanford & Son the complete series, Sister, Sister season 1.
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New TV On DVD, Aug. 19

August 19th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Terminator
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles season 1 is now on DVD. Fighting fire with fire, the Connors became fugitives from the law, dedicating themselves to preventing Skynet from being created and, ultimately, from devastating the earth in a nuclear holocaust. Also on DVD: Brotherhood season 2, Dexter season 2, and Gossip Girl season 1.
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New TV On DVD, Feb. 5

February 5th, 2008 8:00am EST
Third Watch
Third Watch centers on the professional and personal lives of New York City police officers, firemen, and paramedics. Season one is now on DVD. Also in stores: seasons one and two of Perfect Strangers, season two of Brotherhood, and seasons three of Beauty & The Beast and Soul Food.
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Showtime's 'Brotherhood' To Return For A Third Season

January 23rd, 2008 1:05pm EST
Brotherhood
Showtime has ordered a third season of its critically-acclaimed one-hour drama series "Brotherhood." Eight one-hour episodes have been ordered of the gritty, political-crime drama starring Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke and Annabeth Gish.

The series will continue to shoot on location in Providence, Rhode Island. "'Brotherhood' is one of our shining hours at Showtime -- a drama series that is among the highest quality shows offered anywhere on television, and we're proud to keep it firmly in our portfolio," said Greenblatt.

One of the most critically praised television series of the l...
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Fall TV Premiere Dates

August 24th, 2007 11:01am EDT
House
Even though summer TV was unusually entertaining this year with shows such as Dancing With The Stars, The Closer and Damages, viewers everywhere are gearing up for the new season. See the following list to find out when your favorite returning and new series makes their fall debuts:

Sunday, Sept. 9

9 pm Tell Me You Love Me (series premiere) (HBO)

10 pm Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Tuesday, Sept. 11

8 pm The Biggest Loser (NBC)

Thursday, Sept. 13

10 pm It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FX)

Friday, Sept. 14

9 pm Nashville (series premiere) (FOX)

Monday, Sept....
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Janel Moloney Joins Showtime's Drama Series 'Brotherhood' For Four Episodes

May 11th, 2007 4:45pm EDT
Janel Moloney
Showtime's critically-acclaimed original series Brotherhood, which was recently honored with a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, brings acclaimed actress Janel Moloney to the series for four episodes. Ten new one-hour episodes of Brotherhood are scheduled to premiere this fall.

The series currently stars Jason Isaacs, Jason Clarke, Annabeth Gish, Ethan Embry, Kevin Chapman, Fiona Erickson with Bran F. O'Byrne and Fionnula Flanagan.

Moloney will play Dana Chase, an attractive, professional woman who mysteriously strikes up a relationship with Tommy Caffee (Jason Clarke) tha...
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'Friday Night Lights,' 'Ugly Betty,' 'The Office' & More Win Peabody Awards

April 4th, 2007 11:38am EDT
Ugly Betty
Thirty-five recipients of the 66th Annual Peabody Awards were announced today by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Entertainment series selected included ABC's Ugly Betty, a telenovela makeover that explores clashing concepts of beauty, class, race and footwear with intelligence, warmth and wit; NBC's The Office, a British comedy of workplace manners that has been transferred with pitch-perfect brilliance to Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA; and Scrubs, a unstintingly creative, sixth-season NBC comedy that never loses its respect for humanity despite...
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