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Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May Not Work

May 15th, 2014 2:40pm EDT
Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May No
Now that all the big networks have revealed what they’ll be showing us this fall, let’s take a look at what may or may not work.

SUNDAY:

ABC is essentially playing it safe, and keeping Sunday Night intact. American Crime will swap for Resurrection at midseason. Resurrection was a buzzy drama that started seeing a ratings decline. Not waiting till midseason is probably a smart move. You don’t want to lose any more audience. It’s not a winning strategy, but ABC just doesn’t want to be in last place.

NBC has football, another super safe move. CBS is shaking things up, banishing Amazing Race...
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'Castle' Star Penny Johnson Jerald Previews Tonight's Episode

March 24th, 2014 12:10pm EDT
'Castle' Star Penny Johnson Jerald Previews Tonight's Episode
Tonight's episode of Castle throws the spotlight on Penny Johnson Jerald. In her third season playing Captain Victoria 'Iron' Gates, we also know and have loved her as level-headed Beverly on The Larry Sanders Show and villainous Sherry Palmer on 24. Penny joined BFTV on Thursday to chat about tonight's episode, which involves Gates' estranged sister, played by Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and also includes Laurie Fortier.

How did the reveals about Gates' backstory match up with what Penny had considered for her character? "I think it jumped ahead of what I thought it might be," she told us...
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'Castle' Recap: Disciple (6x09)

November 22nd, 2013 2:34am EST
Castle
I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. It was creepy, it was intense, and it made me excited for the extended story line of the season for the first time since Beckett left her DC job. Let's go through the plot.

Our murder victim was found strung up by clear fishing line, her feet just above the ground. That gave the illusion that she was just standing on the ground, rather than actually hanged. That's not the only thing that makes this victim creepy: she looks just like Lanie. As the team starts to look into the case, we learn that the victim has gotten plastic surgery to make her look more l...
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'Castle': Get a Clue (6x06)

November 2nd, 2013 12:01am EDT
Castle
This episode was basically National Treasure, and I don't mean that in a bad way. God, that movie is full of more stupidity than I could possibly enumerate for you here, but it's still ridiculously entertaining. And that's the same thing that's going on in this episode. The main case of the week is very silly, but very fun to watch.

So, basically this woman is found dead in a Crucifixion position, and while trying to solve the murder, Beckett and Castle get caught up in this giant Freemasons treasure hunt. Castle is of course very excited, and Beckett is rolling her eyes at all the conspir...
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'Castle': Time Will Tell (6x05)

October 26th, 2013 2:31am EDT
Castle
Brief summary. Brief. I can do this.

Basically, the primary murder suspect in Beckett and Castle's case says he's from the future... Beckett thinks it's silly, Castle thinks it's amazingly interesting. Things get more and more complicated when another supposed time traveler enters the picture. Apparently, some big event from this time period will cause a ripple effect into the future and kill millions of people. Blah blah blah, the usual cliched time travel story.

I liked Ryan and Esposito in this one, because they thought the whole thing was as ridiculous as Beckett did, and they didn't ...
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'Castle' Review: Number One Fan (6x04)

October 17th, 2013 7:27pm EDT
Castle
I liked this one. Unlike a few episodes back when Castle was dying from exposure to poisonous gas, the threat to Castle's life here was much more immediate, and thus more believable. I want to say that this was a stronger episode than the average fare on this show. However, when looking at how the episode fits into a larger whole, I see a lot of problems. Let's take a look.

Beckett is bored without her job, since the FBI firing thing is apparently sticking, and she can't get her job at the precinct again because of a hiring freeze. Then, Captain Gates calls Castle, asking for him to come i...
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'Castle' Recap: Need to Know (6x03)

October 10th, 2013 8:38pm EDT
Castle
This was a fun episode. It knew exactly what it was trying to do, and it accomplished its goal by being really light hearted all the way through, but still touching on some more serious elements as well.

Basically, the premise is that a child star has died, and the Feds are assigned the case for some reason. Beckett and McCord come down and basically block Esposito and Ryan from investigating. Castle ends up mixed up in the case as well, since he's looking for something to get him out of the apartment and away from Pi and Alexis.
Part way through the case, a CIA agent also shows up and com...
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2013 Fall TV Season: What Will Be The Second Cancellation?

October 8th, 2013 6:00pm EDT
Ironside
NBC- The Voice is still doing good numbers on Monday/Tuesday. The Blacklist is winning its timeslot, and was the first show (technically) to be rewarded with a back-nine pickup. Chicago Fire is also doing solid numbers on Tuesday. Revolution needs to regain some audience members if it wants a second season. With the success of The Blacklist, and Chicago Fire doing OK, Revolution is looking to be one of NBC’s weaker points right now. I can’t see it not running the full second season, but it might not get a third. Also, Ironside is definitely going to get cancelled. The premiere was so low, a...
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Fall 2013 TV Report (So Far)

October 5th, 2013 2:06pm EDT
Sleepy  Hollow
Here’s how the Fall TV season has been shaping up.

Sunday:

ABC doesn’t have a lot to celebrate about. Once Upon A Time and Revenge are both down season-to-season, yet up from last season’s finales. So, really, you could say they are even for the night. Their new drama, Betrayal, however is a disappointment. Low ratings. Does ABC have anything ready to replace Betrayal though? They’re already definitely going to cancel the much lower rated Lucky 7 (an almost certainty), can they afford to axe two shows?

CBS has a nice strong lineup of returning shows, all performing well. FOX’s shows are ...
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'Castle' Recap: Dreamworld (6x02)

October 3rd, 2013 7:22pm EDT
Castle
Yeah, this episode had all the problems I anticipated. The plot surrounding Castle's impending death was... well, it lacked heart. There was no real possibility of him dying, so it felt totally unnecessary to waste an episode with that hanging over it. It might have been worthwhile had it revealed something new about any of the characters, but that wasn't really the case.

The case itself kept up its momentum from the premiere. The intrigues continue to grow as important government members get drawn into the mix. In the end, it turns out that a US operative was killed in a bombing (her code...
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'Castle' Season 6: 5 Spoilers You Need To Know

September 20th, 2013 1:30pm EDT
Castle
Last season of ABC's "Castle" was a cliffhanger worthy of a series about an eccentric crime novelist and the fiercely beautiful detective muse he shadows.  Beckett (Stana Katic) secretly pursued a fancy job in Washington D.C. and an unaware Castle proposed in the closing just before credits rolled.  On Sept. 23, "Castle" will begin its sixth season on ABC at 10pm EST, so here are five spoilers you need to know...

Beckett is moving on up.  All signs are pointing to Beckett accepting the job in our nation's capital.  The evidence: TVLine.com reports that the 12th will get a new ambitious...
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2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On ABC

September 3rd, 2013 11:46am EDT
Modern Family
Welcome to Week 2 of the 2013 Fall TV Preview. ABC kicks things off for the third year in a row. I wrote about the critics disdain for ABC president Paul Lee last week, but they acknowledge ABC's success with its veteran shows. Revenge and Once Upon A Time enter season three this month. Grey's Anatomy is entering its tenth season. Castle's on season six. The Neighbors and Nashville got a second season. ABC struggles to develop and maintain new shows. I don't know why. How futile is network analysis with the growth of streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix? Network analysis is interesti...
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5 Season Finale Spoilers You Need To Know: 'Scandal,' 'Castle' And More

May 6th, 2013 3:02pm EDT
Scandal
With roughly two weeks left before the final curtain of the 2012-2013 television season, avid television fans are bound to be curious about the finales of their favorite shows.  I, your faithful TV addict, am here to guide through the minefield of deaths, break-ups, and the cliffhangers that will haunt you all summer.  Here are five spoilers you need to know on “Scandal,” “Castle” and more…

Scandal

Shonda Rhimes’ twisty, crazy, sexy sudser has turned in two fantastic seasons packed with “WTF?” twists, and the May 16 finale will reportedly out scandal “Scandal.”  Not only will Albatros...
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ABC Postpones Bomb-Themed 'Castle' Episode

April 19th, 2013 10:32am EDT
Castle
Due to the recent bombings in Boston, Mass., producers of the ABC crime series "Castle" have postponed an upcoming bomb-themed episode.

On Monday, three people died and over 100 were injured after two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon, prompting fears of a massive terrorist plot.

ABC executives decided to push up an episode that was scheduled to air on Monday, April 22, so as not to offend those still in mourning.

The episode, "Still," features Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) deactivating a bomb. It will air on April 29 instead.

Stanic wrote on Twitter: "ABC Pulls Monday's ...
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Gail O'Grady is a 'Wife of Wall Street' on Tonight's 'Castle'

February 11th, 2013 11:20am EST
Castle
"It was a pretty easy yes," actress Gail O'Grady said of her guest-starring role in tonight's episode of Castle. "I actually did it without even seeing a script. The producers called and kind of pitched the show to me, because they were still writing it, and I thought it sounded like a great time."

The TV veteran, who most recently played Wanda Perkins on The CW's cheerleading comedy-drama Hellcats, appears on Castle as a reality TV star named Margo Cowan - one of the members of a Real Housewives-esque show called "Wives of Wall Street." When one of the other ladies is murdered, Beckett an...
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Jack Coleman Teases 'Loaded' Confrontation on 'Castle'

February 4th, 2013 11:40am EST
Jack Coleman
Castle fans, you do not want to miss tonight's episode. In "Recoil," Detective Kate Beckett is going to throw down with the man ultimately responsible for her mother's murder - Senator William Bracken, played by Jack Coleman. The actor recently chatted with BFTV about what it's like to play the person behind one of Castle's biggest plotlines, and going head-to-head with his former Heroes co-star Stana Katic.

"Anytime you get a chance to play a mythological character it's always intriguing," said Coleman, who made his first appearance in the fifth-season premiere. "When they said 'You're th...
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Fall TV Report Card: Grading 7 New and Returning Shows

November 21st, 2012 2:00pm EST
New Girl
Around this time of year, it’s important to give thanks for everything we have—good food, good family, and a cornucopia of new and returning television shows to love, like or downright hate, so I’m grading seven new and returning television shows...

"New Girl"

What sophomore slump? If you thought the comedy about the most adorable of dorks living with three guys was ripe with cleverness, eccentric humor and GIF-able moments in its first season, you weren’t prepared for the second. Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, and Lamorne Morris have bought the heat, the funny and...
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2012 Television Premiere Dates

September 8th, 2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...
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'Castle' Season 5: 5 Spoilers You Need To Know

August 14th, 2012 11:06am EDT
fillion; katic
Thankfully, the London 2012 Olympics have provided an exhilarating and lengthy distraction during the arduous wait for our favorite fall TV shows to premiere. Autumn is just around the corner, and even more gold medal-worthy spoilers are leaping to light.

Now that “Castle's” will-they-won’t-they romantic tension has decidedly shifted into “they will” territory, season 5 could shape up to be the steamiest and quirkiest yet. Check out five spoilers you need to know before the Sept. 24 premiere...

There will be a teeny time jump. The “Castle” writers may have taken a page from “Bones”...
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'Desperate Housewives' Goes Out On A (Relatively) High Note

May 17th, 2012 9:43am EDT
Desperate Housewives
One of the final weeks of the TV season was a mixed bag for the networks. CBS, FOX and ABC had a few things to croon about, while NBC had to settle for, well, just a couple.

‘NCIS’ continues to outperform its rivals, taking in over 18 million viewers to rank first for the week, which had to make CBS happy. FOX was in the game with both installments of ‘American Idol,’ which placed second and fourth, respectively. And ABC got good numbers from ‘Castle’ and, of course, ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ To boot, ‘Desperate Housewives’ went out on a high note on Sunday, attracting over 11 million view...
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TV Ratings: CBS, FOX Dominate, PBS Impresses With 'Sherlock'

May 8th, 2012 8:36pm EDT
Sherlock
CBS dominated the ratings last week with 14 of the Top 25 programs. But FOX managed to tie it in the 18-49 demo with a 2.2 rating. ‘NCIS’ was tops again, while ‘American Idol’ performed quite strongly, particularly on Wednesday.

‘The Big Bang Theory’ performed well for CBS, making it the most-watched comedy and the third-most watched scripted program after both ‘NCIS’ shows. ‘Person of Interest’ and ‘The Mentalist’ also placed in the Top 10 for the network.

NBC had to settle for 20th place for ‘The Voice,’ its only program to crack the overall Top 20. ABC, meanwhile, found success with ‘M...
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TV Ratings: Hoops Are Tops, 'Person Of Interest' Stays Strong

April 11th, 2012 10:08am EDT
Dancing With The Stars
Boy, this was a pretty uneventful Ratings week. The NCAA finale was tops, not surprisingly. In a sea of repeats, ‘American Idol’ fared well, while CBS’ ‘Person of Interest’ continues to climb, and was in fact the network’s top-rated scripted show last week.

On the reality side, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ continues to perform fairly well, and is obviously a boon to ABC. The network didn’t have much to cheer about, aside from ‘Castle’ riding the former show’s lead-in. And NBC has cause to be worried about ‘The Voice,’ which continues to fall. Once competitive with ‘American Idol,’ this week it...
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TV Ratings: 'NCIS' Tops, 'Mad Men' Sets Record

March 29th, 2012 10:10am EDT
Mad Men
The return of fresh episodes of ‘NCIS’ vaulted CBS to the top of the ratings heap this week, but every network had something to cheer about. For the first time in who knows how long, each network had at least one show in the Top 7. You might guess that NBC’s top entry was ‘The Voice.’

FOX, of course, had two editions of ‘American Idol’ in the Top 5, and the return of ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ while down from the last installment, was the Number 2 program for the week. Its performance propelled ‘Castle’ into the Top 10. Likewise, FOX’s Kiefer Sutherland drama ‘Touch’ eked out a spot i...
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Michael Trucco: 'Fairly Legal's' Secret Weapon

March 16th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
Michael Trucco
USA's Fairly Legal returns for its second season tonight with one big ace up its sleeve: co-star Michael Trucco.

When is a series regular a secret weapon? When he's doing fantastic work and still playing second chair. Yes, Fairly Legal belongs to the character of Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi), but there's something about her not quite ex-husband that sticks.

As played by Trucco, Justin Patrick is that hard-working, dedicated Assistant District Attorney that you'd want fighting for you in court, and he's also the voice of reason in his complicated relationship with Kate. In a conventional legal ...
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Top 5 TV Hook-Ups We'd Like To See For Valentine's Day

February 11th, 2012 3:00pm EST
Andy & Erin the Office
Sexual tension is the essence of situational comedy and drama. What characters are you dying to see hook up? Here’s our top 5.

5. Andy and Erin, "The Office"

Ed Helms has made the post-Steve Carell era of "The Office" surprisingly good. Andy is currently dating Jessica, but everybody is rooting for Andy and Erin (Ellie Kemper) to get together. Erin just left for a three week business trip, and Andy is thinking about proposing to Jessica. Will these two ever get together?

4. Jess and Nick, "New Girl"

"New Girl" has been one of the best new shows of the year, and most of that i...
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Join ABC's 'Club Castle' For Exclusive Rewards

February 8th, 2012 1:50pm EST
Club Castle
ABC is rewarding "Castle" fans for interacting with online content.

When fans watch videos online, view galleries, answer trivia and more, they’ll be handsomely rewarded with exclusive content, points, badges and other attractive prizing!

Fans will also have the opportunity to prove that they’re the biggest fan of the show by checking the leaderboard.

Check it out HERE!

On the Feb. 23 episode, Castle and Beckett discover the killer they are pursuing is part of an international conspiracy and they must work with a CIA agent with whom Castle has a history.
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Katy Perry & Emma Stone Were Big Winners At 2012 People's Choice Awards

January 12th, 2012 8:24am EST
Emma Stone
It was a huge night for Katy Perry at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday - even though the pop star's marriage break-up prevented her from attending.

The I Kissed a Girl star pulled out of the event earlier this week via a tweet but it was still very much her night as she picked up five awards, including one for her guest spot on TV comedy How I Met Your Mother.

Perry also claimed trophies for Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Song of the Year (E.T.), Favorite Music Video (Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)) and Favorite Tour Headliner.

It was also a great evening for the ...
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Ratings: 'Downton Abbey' Debuts Strong; 'The Bachelor' Down Again

January 10th, 2012 4:28pm EST
Downton Abbey | Photo Credits: PBS
What's this?!? There is some accounting for taste?!? Downton Abbey's Season 2 premiere averaged 4.2 million viewers.

Nielsen data on Tuesday showed that the Emmy-winning series' return Sunday night doubled the average PBS prime-time rating, and marked an 18 percent jump over the show's first-season average — which made PBS ecstatic.

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TV on DVD Roundup: 'Big Bang,' 'Castle,' 'H5O' and More Recent Releases

September 22nd, 2011 7:55pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
With the new fall season starting in September, a lot of TV on DVD titles have turned out over the last few months to help fans catch up with favorite shows. I do mean a lot. So many that it'd be a deluge of reviews if we were to write them all up individually. To keep from drowning you in print, but still keep you up to date, here's a quick look at many of the new titles that have arrived recently.

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fourth Season (Warner Home Video)

The Show: CBS's hit sitcom reveals in its geekdom, with a fourth season peppered with more pop culture references and...
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Check Out 'Castle: The Complete Third Season' On DVD Sept. 20

September 18th, 2011 7:18am EDT
Castle
ABC is releasing the third season of ABC hit series "Castle." The series is all about the will-they--or-won't-they chemistry between the two romantic leads, played by Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic.

In season three, fictional crime novelist Richard Castle confessed his love to his partner, Detective Kate Beckett (Katic) after she was struck by an assassin’s bullet at Captain Roy Mongtomery’s (Ruben Santiago-Hudson) funeral.

Special features of season three include:

- A roundtable featuring Nathan Fillion, New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly and more

-Cast and crew comm...
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