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Lucy Liu Goes Behind The Camera On Her CBS Show

3/10/2015 1:11pm EDT
Lucy Liu Says Directing 'Elementary' Changed The Way She See Thi
Thursday's episode of "Elementary" is particularly special for Lucy Liu because she directed the episode. The actress, who plays Dr. Joan Watson in the series, told the Associated Press she had to push to make it happen.

"It's harder for women in general. You have to ask and ask and ask. You have to break the door down. ... and come in with a real belief in what you're doing," she explained.

The work was challenging because Liu had to balance acting with her job behind the camera as well as the speed at which TV shows are produced.

She said: "Television is a machine. You jump on to this ...

Spoilers for "Castle," "Arrow," "New Girl" and more...

11/3/2014 1:48pm EST
For TV fanatics, the only thing that's sweeter than your favorite shows are spoilers about your favorite shows. Consider '5 Scoops' as your weekly dessert doling out delicious spoilers for your favorite shows. Here are scoops for "Castle," "Arrow," "New Girl" and more...

Why so serious? After a string of light-hearted episodes, "Castle" will return to the nail-biting suspense that kickstarted its seventh season. TVline.com reports that episode 8 will involve a "deadly" case involving a gunman, the subway and a hostage from the 12th precinct. Who you do think will be trapped? Sound off ...

Call 911: Cop Shows Have Officially Taken A Turn For The Absurd

8/3/2014 12:25pm EDT
Call 911: Cop Shows Have Officially Taken A Turn For The Absurd
Who’s solving crime on television these days?

On one hand we’ve got “Detectives Olivia Benson” (Mariska Hargitay) and “Fin Tutuola” (Ice-T) careening up, siren blaring with the red light spinning on top of the car; the ubiquitous ‘Blue Bloods’ clan; the squads from ‘Rookie Blue’, ‘Major Crimes’, ‘Hawaii Five-0’, ‘Longmire’ and ‘Chicago PD’; plus those two from ‘Motive’, not to be confused with the other two from ‘The Bridge’ or ‘The Killing’ or ‘Murder In The First’.

What they all have in common is that, at least in these procedural dramas, all the characters are “on the job.” The down si...

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

5/15/2014 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.


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...

'Elementary': No Lack of Void (2x20)

4/17/2014 4:50pm EDT
'Elementary': No Lack of Void (2x20)
I'm on a serious time crunch and I'm behind on my reviews and also I have a life outside of watching TV, believe it or not, so this is going to be an exercise in speed-typing.

Joan is asked to examine someone who collapsed in a holding cell, and she finds that the man is dead, from anthrax poisoning. The hunt is on to find the people responsible. Through many twists and turns, Joan and Sherlock first think the anthrax is tied to a radical political organization, but eventually discover a simpler truth: two brothers wanted to poison their cows with anthrax so they could make millions on the...

'Elementary' Recap: The Hound of the Cancer Cells (2x18)

3/18/2014 10:12pm EDT
'Elementary' Recap: The Hound of the Cancer Cells (2x18)
First of all, kudos to the writers on the name for this episode... it made me chuckle. There were two plots in this episode, both of which I actually found very interesting. Let's take a look at each of them.

The case of the week involved a new Breathalyzer, nicknamed "the hound," which could identify cancer in patients. The scientist working on the drug was found dead, in a staged suicide. There are a lot of suspects for the crime. At first they're suspicious of one of the other people working on the drug, but then they find out about an anonymous tipper who was trying to discredit "the h...

CBS Renews A Ton Of Shows

3/13/2014 3:16pm EDT
The Good Wife
CBS issued renewals to NCIS, NCIS: LA, CSI, Criminal Minds, Person Of Interest, Elementary, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, Mom, Mike and Molly, Two and a Half Men, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes, and 48 Hours. Add to that the renewal of The Big Bang Theory, and CBS just renewed a whopping 20 shows.

Not being picked up, but still not cancelled, are The Mentalist, Intelligence, Hostages, and The Crazy Ones. I would definitely rule out Intelligence and Hostages. Both failed to grab huge audiences. I think The Mentalist will prob...

'Elementary' Recap: Tremors (2x10)

12/12/2013 12:03am EST
You know, ordinarily I hate episodes like this one, where it's all told in flashbacks and we're not given all of the information at the beginning simply for shock value. But... surprisingly... I loved this episode. Once again, Elementary has surprised me by doing something new and fresh with an idea I've seen several times.

The framing device of this episode is that Sherlock must testify at a hearing to determine whether or not he and Joan can continue working with the NYPD. Why should such a question come up? Well, when working on a case, Sherlock provoked a man who then attempted to shoo...

'Elementary': On the Line (2x09)

11/26/2013 2:47pm EST
This week on Elementary, we're pulling back from the crazy Mycroft-related shenanigans of the last two episodes and getting more of your typical case-of-the-week. However, as is often the case with this show, they found a way to keep it fresh and interesting.

The episode starts with our victim, Samantha Wabash, faking her own murder. She shoots herself with a gun tied to a weight that then fell into the water while she fell back from the railing of a bridge and onto the ground. Sherlock immediately figures out that it was an elaborate suicide, and they put together that she was trying to f...

'Elementary': Blood Is Thicker (2x08)

11/17/2013 8:08pm EST
We have more Mycroft Holmes this week, which is all sorts of awesome. Let's take a look at the case first, because it actually didn't interest me all that much. The stuff about our main characters, however, was excellent, and the focus was well balanced. Plus, we have a very surprising twist! If you haven't seen the episode, don't read this, because I actually wouldn't dare giving away this spoiler to anyone.

So, the case started with a dead girl, and then it connected to a technology mogul who ended up being the victim's estranged father. There were some twists and turns, and the entire t...

'Elementary': The Marchioness (2x07)

11/8/2013 11:30pm EST
Yes, loved it. Great episode all around. The case itself was nothing special, but it was interesting enough, and it served as a great vehicle for a lot of important character development. Let's dive right in.

Mycroft Holmes is in town, to Sherlock's endless displeasure. He's here to open a new restaurant, but also because his ex-fianceé Nigella is in need of help. Her boyfriend has been murdered. I'll just go through the case really briefly... it involves horse breading, a decoy horse, a notorious cartel hit man, multiple murders, swindling, and more. It's a pretty fun case, if nothing rem...

'Elementary': An Unnatural Arrangement (2x06)

11/3/2013 11:18pm EST
Somehow, the writers of Elementary found my blog and decided to answer my prayers. The last few reviews, I've been complaining about how Gregson and Bell haven't had enough to do this season. And now? We get an episode with a focus on Gregson! Woo! I'll just go through the plot really quick.

Gregson's wife comes home to find a man in a mask with a gun, asking for her husband. She manages to run upstairs and shoot at him through the door, but the mysterious man gets away with only a minor wound. Their first lead is a man who has been stalking Gregson, but when another person is attacked and...

Elementary: Ancient History (2x05)

10/28/2013 12:43am EDT
So, there were two main plots going on in this episode. One of them was pretty neutral for me. Nothing bad, nothing amazing. The other one was freakin' awesome. I'll start with the lukewarm stuff and move on to what I really loved.

Sherlock is bored, and decides to go try and find a case by looking for unsolved mysteries in corpses. This I liked. It was a funny setup. Rather than a case dropping into their laps, they really had to seek it out. The case itself was a bit of a mess in my opinion. Basically, it all had to do with the Russian mafia. There were multiple twists and the criminal i...

'Elementary' Recap: Solve For X (2x02)

10/7/2013 8:09pm EDT
This was a fantastic episode. There were two main plots:

The first was the case of the week, which involved mathematicians attempting to solve P vs. NP, a famous math problem that, if solved, would greatly affect the real world. Two mathematicians working on the equation were killed, and Sherlock and Joan are on the case to figure out what happened.

There were some good guest characters here, and some nice misdirection. Nothing so dazzling as to stick out of the texture of the average procedural, but it was a particularly good example of procedural television. I had trouble figuring out w...

Fall 2013 TV Report (So Far)

10/5/2013 2:06pm EDT
Sleepy  Hollow
Here’s how the Fall TV season has been shaping up.


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 ...

'Elementary': Step Nine (2x01)

9/30/2013 12:54am EDT
Yay!!! Elementary! I really love this show. I'll admit to some skepticism coming in to the first season, and it did have its shaky moments starting out, by the end of Season One I was officially a fan. Now, we're starting off the second season. After the chaos of the finale several months back, this premiere took a smart tack and started with a fresh story, moving away from the Moriarty/Adler business and towards some other familiar canon faces.

As we start out, Sherlock and Joan are working on a case involving carrier pigeons. It's silly and quirky and Joan gets to be a martial arts bad a...

2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On The CW & CBS

9/4/2013 6:00pm EDT
The CW and CBS are complete opposites. The CW shouldn't be in business, and CBS is THE business. The CW aims for teenagers to lose their sh!t on social media. CBS aims for the median age of the people in my office. I've never understood the Blue Bloods audience more than in the last year. My interest in The CW is odd and possibly unhealthy. I'm endlessly fascinated with its shows and attractive actors. I'll watch Reign just for Adelaide Kane. I'm not endlessly fascinated by CBS. CBS lulls me to sleep. I never wrote about Elementary's "Pilot" because I went to sleep mid-episode. I never watc...

'The Great Gatsby,' 'Elementary' Season 1 & More Available On DVD, Blu-ray, Or VOD Aug. 27

8/25/2013 5:37am EDT
The Great Gatsby
Elegant costumes, colorful and flashy scenary, and contemporary music are infused in "The Great Gatsby," based on the iconic book by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The film centers on would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), who leaves his midwestern roots behind and travels to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings and sky-rocketing stocks.

Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) and ...

Rhys Ifans To Join 'Elementary' As Sherlock Holmes' Brother

6/27/2013 8:24am EDT
Rhys Ifan
When "Elementary" returns for its second season, new cast member Rhys Ifans will come on board as Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's brother.

The CBS series debuted last year and is a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. The show is set in New York City and stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, while Lucy Liu plays his sidekick.

Ifans will make his first appearance in the season two premiere, which will be set in London. His role will be recurring.

The Welsh actor and Miller co-starred in 2001 film "Love, Honor & Obey." Ifans is also kno...

5 Season Finale Spoilers You Need To Know On 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Supernatural' And More

4/28/2013 3:08pm EDT
Hawaii Five-0
Unfortunately for all tv-aholics April showers bring May cliffhangers.  All of your favorite TV shows are gearing up for their season-ending swan song, and this one looks like it will be a mishmash of deaths, pregnancies, proposals and gasp-worthy shockers.  Here are five season ending spoilers you need to know on “Hawaii Five-0,” “Supernatural,” and more...


Law enforcement's most badass taskforce will have their hands full in the May 20 season finale of “Hawaii Five-0.”  Not only will the team have to thwart a terrorist attack, but Kono will also be framed for a murder...

CBS's 'Elementary' Review: Much Ado About Nothing

9/27/2012 1:00pm EDT
Ever since USA’s “Monk” nabbed a bunch of a viewers and a trunk-load of Emmys for lead actor Tony Shalhoub, shows that delve into the anti-hero hero have cluttered the television landscape. There was the painfully acerbic crippled doctor who compulsively diagnosed the undiagnosable in “House”; the former con-man turned consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation in “The Mentalist”; and now there is “Elementary,” CBS’s new show about a vaguely familiar genius British detective who is a slave to his crime-solving compulsions.

After watching the pilot, an alluringly shot series sta...

2012 Television Premiere Dates

9/8/2012 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, ...

New Sherlock Holmes And Female Watson Introduce 'Elementary' On CBS

7/30/2012 2:02pm EDT
Elementary - Jonny Lee Miller & Lucy Liu
Sherlock Holmes has returned to popularity, thanks to two blockbuster movies starring Robert Downey Jr. and an acclaimed British series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Now Sherlock Holmes comes to present day New York in CBS’s new fall show Elementary. Jonny Lee Miller plays Sherlock Holmes. He actually performed Frankenstein on stage with Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Holmes in the series Sherlock.

“Even before this project came along, I loved the work that Benedict has done on the show so I’d call him up like a groupie after every episode came out, want to talk to him about it,” Miller...

Lucy Liu Defies Age At CBS Upfronts In A Low-Cut Maroon Dress

5/17/2012 1:17pm EDT
Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu is back on televsion, and we couldn't be more excited about it. The actress stars in the fall CBS TV series "Elementary" opposite Jonny Lee Miller. The show is a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and takes place in New York City. In a gender twist, Liu plays Dr. Watson.

The former "Ally McBeal" star attended the CBS upfronts in New York City yesterday looking incredible in a low-cut Marios Schwab maroon dress. For 43, she certainly knows how to flaunt it!

Fun fact: her first professional acting job was playing a waitress on the popular 1990s series "Bev...