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The Goriest Deaths You Won't Believe They Got Away With On Network TV

January 4th, 2015 4:00pm EST
The Goriest Deaths You Won't Believe They Got Away With On Netwo
TV used to have rules. On pay cable- your HBOs, your Cinemaxes- anything and everything is fair play.

Want to turn a TV show into softcore porn? Watch a man's skull pop in the grip of a man-mountain? Replace an entire scene's worth of dialogue with nothing but F-bombs?

Go for it. It's pay cable- no one can stop you.

But the other TV stations- the kinder, gentler ones that don't cost a bundle on top of your normal cable bill each month- those are supposed to tone down the violence.

Not anymore. Now, the same network that once brought you "Friends" brings an assembly line of severed faces...

The Best TV Finales Of 2014

December 27th, 2014 3:00pm EST
The Best TV Finales Of 2014
All things must end- a film, a book, a refreshing, low-calorie Diet Dr. Pepper- but TV's different. On TV, a story grows over months (years, even), letting you build up a real, regular connection with those onscreen.

Then, when the ending hits, it slams into you with the impact of all those devoted hours that came beforehand.

It just feels so final, you know? Maybe that's why they call it a "finale."

2014 had its share of massive finales- maybe nothing on the level of "Breaking Bad" last year, but solid enders nonetheless. Shows that capped off their seasons with ridiculous cliffhangers...

2014: Television's Most Shocking Moments

December 26th, 2014 4:00pm EST
Television's Most Shocking Moments Of 2014
Television creators, writers, and producers are constantly attempting to grab headlines with shocking moments that outdo their previous seasons and outshine the competition. 2014 was no different, with dozens of jaw dropping and instantly unforgettable twists and turns. Here are the top moments that made us gasp, cry, cheer, and stayed with us long after our screens went dark. Beware there are tons of spoilers to be found within.

The Good Wife’s Shocking Departure

Alicia Florrick and Will Gardner were meant to be. Typically, a television series introduces a love interest and then takes ...

Deadly Dinner Chat With TV's 'Hannibal' Mads Mikkelsen

September 16th, 2014 10:08am EDT
Deadly Dinner Chat With TV's 'Hannibal' Mads Mikkelsen
Stepping into a role previously inhabited by others is in itself quite a daunting task, but when that role is the infamous part of Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter the chance to create something original seems impossible. Actor Brian Cox managed to portray and convey an inner intensity as the demented doctor in "Manhunter" and of course Anthony Hopkins brought a sense of big grandiose to the captive killer in "Silence of the Lambs" and the two following films. But could else anyone fill the shoes of such an iconic serial killer? Enter Mads Mikkelsen. As a more calculated and intellectually...

'Hannibal' Theory Of The Week: Hannibal Gives Will A Helping Hand?

March 10th, 2014 3:20pm EDT
'Hannibal' Theory Of The Week: Hannibal Gives Will A Helping Han
Perhaps. The promo for the next episode, “Hassun” previews a new crop of murders that are suspiciously similar to the ones Will Graham is accused of committing. The synopsis of the episode states as follows: ’S STRONGEST DETRACTORS ARE FORCED TO RECONSIDER THE CASE AGAINST HIM.

As suggested, the emergence of these crimes will bring up questions concerning Will’s possible innocence as well as the idea of there being a copycat killer out there. But there is also the possibility that the person staging these deliberately reminiscent and elaborate killings is Hannibal himself.

Dr. Lecter coul...

'Hannibal': Memorable Moments From The Season 2 Premiere 'Kaiseki'

March 1st, 2014 8:43am EST
Hannibal’s much anticipated season two premiere sure opened with a smash. Beginning 12 weeks in the future, we are treated with the sort of epic fight scene that only a food-obsessed, epically violent show like Hannibal could deliver.

We begin with Jack Crawford coming into Hannibal Lector’s kitchen during what was presumably a nice dinner meeting. (Hannibal smiles like they’ve been getting along.) But Jack’s face is filled with quiet anger. In Red Dragon, Will discovers that Hannibal is a killer by seeing his drawings and putting the clues together. Could Jack’s discovery be similar?


Top 5 Things We Want From 'Hannibal' Season 2

February 28th, 2014 10:20am EST
When season one of Hannibal ended, viewers were left with one major, baffling question: How were we going to survive the long hiatus? Will Graham, a unique and brilliant, was left behind bars, framed for crimes he didn’t commit and betrayed by people he trusted most. Hannibal Lector, one of the world’s most terrifying cannibalistic serial killers, managed to shift focus of his own crimes onto his fragile best friend. Meanwhile, the people Will was closest to, including Jack and Alana, were convinced of his guilt. Would Will be able to use his incredible mind to find a way out of his predica...

'Hannibal' Season 2 Trailer Drops–Plus Musings

January 20th, 2014 11:17am EST
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The Hannibal season 2 trailer has graced us with its presence and boy is it a doozy. The 1st season finale left Will behind bars, finally aware that Hannibal was his nemesis all along. Unfortunately, he was the only one with that information, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats for all of hiatus.

The second season trailer is packed with new information and hints about the direction of the season. Here are some thoughts on the trailer”

Jack Crawford seems obnoxiously committed to believing that Will is a serial killer. He says, “Will Graham is either delusional or a psychopath. Ne...

Blu-ray Review: 'Hannibal - Season One'

September 25th, 2013 12:10pm EDT
Can the vicious Dr. Lector be tasty on TV?  Let’s find out as we check out "Hannibal - Season One" out now on Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  We review the dinner meats below!



   Title: "Hannibal - Season One"

   Grade: 3

   Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne

   Director: Various

   Rating: Not Rated

   Runtime: 561 minutes

   Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

   Website: www.lionsgatebluray.com


The Flick: Good and bad on this pre-"Manhunter" serial.  The bad has more to do with dragging out a story that could be told i...

Utah Network Stops Airing 'Hannibal' Due To Its 'Extensive Graphic Nature'

May 1st, 2013 2:55pm EDT
Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen's new NBC drama "Hannibal" is no longer airing in part of Utah because network bosses feel it's too bloody..

After receiving "numerous" complaints from viewers about the show's violent scenes, Salt Lake City's KSL-TV has pulled the "Silence of the Lambs" spin-off from the air. The Church of Latter Day Saints owns the network.

A spokesman issued the following statement on Facebook: "After viewing the past few episodes, as well as receiving numerous complaints from viewers, KSL TV will cancel the airing of the NBC show Hannibal on Thursday evenings.
"This dec...

'This Week In Horror' Dissections: 'The Following,' 'Bates Motel,' 'Hannibal' – April 22-28

April 29th, 2013 9:12am EDT
Part II of my weekly ‘This Week In Horror’ column.  For mini-recaps of ‘The Following,’ ‘Bates Motel,’ and ‘Hannibal,’ see Part I.

So. We have one show hitting its low, one show hitting its high, and one show choosing not to air itself for fear of making people upset.

What is so different between events on ‘Bates Motel’ spiraling out of control in a good way versus events on ‘The Following’ spiraling out of control in a bad way?  There’s a fine line between brilliant chaos and just a chaotic mess.

‘The Following’ is filled with ineptitude on the part of the authorities, so shouldn’t one ...

'This Week In Horror' Recaps: 'The Following,' 'Bates Motel,' 'Hannibal' – April 22-28

April 29th, 2013 9:10am EDT
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Welcome to This Week In Horror!  In this two-part column I dissect (pun intended) the most popular blood-soaked shows on television.  Part I will be a series of mini-recaps outlining the highlights (and low-lights) of each episode that week.  Part II will be the ‘Dissection.’

But first, for the inaugural column, an introduction:

Nothing is hotter on television at the moment than horror.  Throughout the years there have been a few shining examples of much-loved horror shows (‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘The X-Files,’ ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’), but by and large the genre has been dominated by big scree...

NBC Pulls An Episode Of 'Hannibal' Following Marathon Bombings

April 21st, 2013 2:18pm EDT
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Producers at NBC have pulled next week's episode of hit show Hannibal over fears a child murder storyline would be too insensitive following the Boston Marathon bombings.

The forthcoming installment of the serial killer drama was set to show Molly Shannon's character brainwashing kids, leading them to kill other children - but it has now been pulled from the schedule. Series creator Bryan Fuller cited the December Connecticut school shooting and this week's tragedy at the annual race in Massachusetts for his decision to axe the episode.

He tells trade paper Variety, "I didn't want to ha...

Sink Your Teeth Into The 'Hannibal' Red Band Trailer

March 30th, 2013 8:00am EDT
Psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, comes to life on television for the first time on NBC's highly anticipated new drama.

"Hannibal" from Bryan Fuller, is based on the characters from Thomas Harris' classic novels. Viewers will finally be able see where the incredible story began.

Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham's unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone – even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick.

But when the mind of the twisted k...

New Midseason Shows To Check Out In 2013

December 25th, 2012 2:00pm EST
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Good morning and Merry Christmas everyone! Now that the holidays are just about behind us, it's time see what new Midseason shows are debuting. If you didn't get what you wanted for Christmas, maybe one of these new shows will be a welcome gift to look forward to.

Deception - Monday, January 7 at 10 p.m. E.T. on NBC

When wealthy socialite and notorious party girl Vivian Bowers is found dead of an overdose, no one is really surprised.  The heiress to the Bowers pharmaceutical empire has been tabloid fodder for years: wild, pretty, privileged… and now dead at the age of 32.  But for FBI age...