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TV Characters We'd Want As Our BFF

7/13/2013 10:03am EDT
King of the Hill
Countless scenes in FOX's King of the Hill showed Hank Hill and his three best friends standing around in the alley, drinking beer and talking about whatever they wanted to. It got us thinking: which TV characters would we want as our BFFs? Here's BFTV's list of the top 10 fictional folks we'd like to be best friends with.

Before you check out our picks, let us set them up for you with the rules of the game:

1) The King of the Hill test: is this character really someone you'd want to spend hours in the alley with?

2) No more than one character from the same TV series

3) No more than one...

Kristin Lehman Leads A Killer Show In ABC's 'Motive'

7/11/2013 12:14pm EDT
She's charismatic, she's beautiful, and now she's stopping killers. Kristin Lehman stars as Detective Angie Flynn in the Canadian 'whydunit' cop drama Motive, which airs stateside on ABC. BFTV recently caught up with the talented actress to get some clues about tonight's new episode, "Public Enemy," and chat about the highlights of her extensive TV career.

"It's really one of my personal favorites," she revealed. "Molly Parker, who of course your readers will know from Deadwood and The Firm and all kinds of other things, she guest stars in this episode and it's so good."

In addition to th...

BFTV's 12 Best TV Drama Series Ever

3/1/2013 1:46pm EST
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 "...

10 TV Cancellations Still Worth Raving About

12/30/2012 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...

5 Best and 5 Worst Live Action TV Series Based On Comics

8/30/2012 4:07pm EDT
The Walking Dead
Expectations are high for Joss Whedon's SHIELD live-action superhero series. While animated series based on comics have flourished ever since Batman: The Animated series broke onto the scene in the early 90s, live-action shows based on comic books are hit-or-miss. They require a larger budget to showcase super powers and outlandish costumes and mutants. Despite this, we were able to point out the five best live action TV shows based on comics - and managed to cut down the worst to five.

The Best:

1. The Incredible Hulk: This TV took its comic book source seriously, and the show profited...

My 10 Celebrity Valentines For 2012

2/13/2012 11:00am EST
Adam Levine
Valentine's Day is almost upon us. I don't have a valentine this year, but I'd like to give a few out to 10 celebs whose work I have particular affection for.

1. Adam Levine

My favorite The Voice coach is someone I'll always admire, and deservedly so: he has more hardware than a Home Depot. This past year alone, he and Maroon 5 scored their first American Music Award, a People's Choice Award and a Grammy nomination. I totally concur with my friend Jesse Blaze Snider, who referred to them as a band "with three near-perfect albums." (And a fourth on the way, reportedly due in June.)


BBC's 'Spooks' Signs Off After Nearly A Decade

10/23/2011 3:26am EDT
Today sees the final hour of Spooks, the BBC's long-running and critically acclaimed espionage drama. After ten series and almost a decade on the air, the show signs off after its 85th episode on BBC One at 9 PM tonight.

The show first aired on May 13, 2002, telling the stories of a crack team of agents for Britain's elite spy agency MI5. It rose to become an institution of British TV, its ten series (seasons) virtually unheard of for a serial drama and more than that of other feted shows like Waking The Dead and Wire In The Blood.

Along the way, it showcased a number of talented actors...

'Human Target's' Mark Valley Takes Aim At 'Harry's Law'

7/12/2011 8:43pm EDT
Human Target
Well, my fellow Mark Valley fans won't have to wait long for their next fix.

While we're still mourning the cancellation of Human Target on FOX, the show's leading man has signed on to become a series regular for the sophomore year of NBC's Harry's Law. Details on his role are scant thus far, but Entertainment Weekly reports that he'll be one of the new attorneys hired by main character Harriet "Harry" Korn (Kathy Bates).

The job reunites Valley with David E. Kelley; he was previously a regular for the first three seasons of Kelley's Boston Legal, playing the character of Brad Chase, w...

Dearly Departed: Eulogizing 'The Chicago Code' & 'Human Target'

5/11/2011 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...

'Human Target' Is Cancelled

5/10/2011 10:43pm EDT
Human Target
Entertainment Weekly has reported that Human Target has been cancelled. Unfortunately, thanks to my Human Target Fan Club position, I can verify that cancellation personally.

Target, which starred Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley, had long been considered unsure to return, despite a massive revamp between its first and second seasons. Despite changing showrunners and adding two new cast members (Indira Varma and Janet Montgomery), its numbers still struggled and it was roundly named as one of three shows that could be axed by the network, after narrowly escaping canc...

People That Aren't Doing It: Non-Romantic TV Relationships That Work

4/14/2011 12:00pm EDT
Hawaii Five O
(*Firstly, if you don't get the joke in the title, visit Failblog. I'll wait.)

There's been a tremendous response to my Tuesday article about the reasons why I'm not excited about TV romance. It's been really awesome to hear from fans of various shows and pairings, who wrote in with their own opinions and ideas, and helped create a great discussion of the topic and the issues surrounding it - most importantly, with respect for me and for each other.

As is natural and perfectly fine, there were some people who disagreed with my lack of enthusiasm. One reader suggested that romantic r...

Interview: Tracie Thoms Chats Stage, 'Wonder Woman' & 'Cold Case'

3/25/2011 4:19pm EDT
Tracie Thoms
Around these parts, we know Tracie Thoms best from her recent run as Detective Kat Miller on CBS' Cold Case. She's been busy since the show left the air last year, though: she turned up as Winston's ex-wife on our beloved Human Target, has a role in NBC's much talked about Wonder Woman pilot, and is currently gracing the Los Angeles stage in For The Record: Baz Luhrmann, which celebrates the music of the Moulin Rouge director. Tracie sat down with me recently to discuss the new ventures that are part of an already prolific career.

You're back on the theater scene again. What can you tell u...

Save 'Human Target,' Again

2/16/2011 3:00pm EST
Human Target
Stop me if you've heard this one before: FOX's Human Target is on death watch, and it needs the viewing public to save it.

Yes, the Mark Valley-led action series is in pretty much the same position it was this time last year. I still remember the waiting, the worrying, the rumors that the network was going to choose between Target and Lie To Me. It wasn't a pretty sight, and I knew that we were lucky to see a second season. Yet even after an overhaul both behind and in front of the camera, we're still back in the same tough position.

And I'm still of the belief that this show needs t...

Top 10 Current TV Character Crushes

2/14/2011 12:30pm EST
Fairly Legal
It's Valentine's Day, and that means love is in the air (for some of us, anyway). It's also a perfect time to pay tribute to the fictional men who've made my heart melt this TV season, for one reason or another, or oftentimes several. These are ten guys who, if they were real, would have no problem getting my phone number.

Warning: there are spoilers for certain series. Each show is listed in each character's heading. If you're waiting for the DVD's, I'd advise skipping those particular sections.

Before I get too mushy, here's the criteria for making my list:

1) They had to be from...

Ratings: Over 10 Million Viewers Check Out 'Mr. Sunshine'

2/11/2011 9:46am EST
Matthew Perry  | Photo Credits: Adam Larkey/ABC
How many friends does Chandler still have? Well, it turns out Matthew Perry had nearly 10.6 million who checked out the premiere of his new series, Mr. Sunshine.

Taking the timeslot (9:30/8:30c) usually occupied by fellow Friends alum Courteney Cox's sitcom, his show greatly improved on her numbers; last week, Cougar Town got 6.6 million. The last time ABC did so well during that half-hour was...

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'Human Target' 2.13 'Marshall Pucci' Recap And Review

2/10/2011 1:01am EST
Human Target
I'm having a really strong sense of deja vu. It's another Human Target season finale, and we're in the same place: wondering if the show is going to make it, watching as people speculate it's not long for this world. It's not a fun place to be in, but I console myself with remembering that we all thought the same thing last year and here we are in season two.

We semi-pick up from the end of last week's episode. Ilsa's still drunk, still brooding, and flashing back to a year earlier, when her husband (Steven Brand) told her not to come to Africa and in so doing, saved her life. We no...

'Human Target' 2.12 'The Trouble With Harry' Review

2/3/2011 1:04am EST
Human Target
Remember this picture? That's what happened the last time that Harry graced Chance and Co. with his presence. Needless to say, his return does not inspire confidence. Just the look on Chance's face as he waits for Harry at a bar tells us this is not going to go smoothly. Yet does Harry feel the same sense of dread we do? Of course not. That's because Harry doesn't know that there's a guy named Vaughn lurking behind both of them with a gun, and a bomb under Chance's barstool.

"It all started a few days ago with a client Winston brought in," Chance tells him, and us.

Flashback time,...

Interview: 'Human Target's' Mark Valley Takes Aim At Season 2

2/2/2011 3:30pm EST
Human Target
Human Target's sophomore season is almost over - which made it a perfect time to sit down again with one of my favorite people, series star Mark Valley. Continuing from our chat at the beginning of Season 2, Mark shared his thoughts on how different things have been since the end of Season 1, how Season 2 is finally putting the show in the public eye, and even what he might like to see should the series advance to Season 3.

Before we get started with the questions, I do have good news to share with you. Since we talked last, we've officially been able to launch the Human Target Fan...

'Human Target' 2.11 'Kill Bob' Recap And Review

2/1/2011 12:00am EST
Human Target
Tonight begins the week-and-a-half push toward Human Target's second season (potentially series?) finale. FOX is fast-tracking the final three episodes, starting with tonight and ending with the season finale just nine days away. That's a whole lot of Chance to enjoy in a short period of time. Let's get right to it, shall we?

Bob Anderson (Todd Grinnell) didn't get the memo that white guys shouldn't attempt dancing to rap music, even if it's in your car while stuck in traffic. Maybe that lack of taste is why a mysterious person on a motorcycle tries to kill him. After that, he turns ...

'Human Target' Is Still Getting Rescheduled

1/31/2011 4:54pm EST
Human Target
Programming alert, Human Target fans: our show is still getting rescheduled. After enduring the schedule changes due to the cancellation of Lone Star, and later the (completely understandable) preemption due to the Presidential speech regarding the tragedy in Arizona, the Mark Valley-led show is being shuffled yet again.

Even as it closes in on the end of season two, FOX is continuing to move the action series around the schedule. An all-new episode will replace House tonight at 8 PM ET/PT.

The series will also air on its usual day, this Wednesday, February 2 - but due to American Idol,...

'Human Target' 2.10 'Cool Hand Guerrero' Recap and Review

1/15/2011 12:57am EST
I have a feeling that a lot of anecdotes start with Guerrero in a cheap motel. This time, he's making a new ID for a friend, advising him to lay off the cigarettes, caffeine...and drug running. Sound advice.

The following day, Ilsa tells Winston and Chance that she believes Guerrero has gone missing, as she hasn't heard from him in two weeks. The boys are unconvinced, but as it turns out, he's being stopped by the cops in the middle of nowhere. They ask him to pop the trunk on the Cadillac, and his friend Jerry is inside, quite dead. "Dammit, Jerry," he says. "What'd you get me int...

'Human Target' 2.09 'Imbroglio' Recap and Review

1/15/2011 12:10am EST
Human Target
We open the first half of this week's Human Target event by being reminded that Ilsa still has issues from last week's event. Also, she knows everyone. She's meeting her sister-in-law Connie (Spooks' and All My Children's Olga Sosnovska, as great as ever, although I keep expecting her to jump into action because to me, she'll always be Fiona Carter). The two of them walk into the warehouse to find Chance and Guerrero testing out some new firearms, much to Ilsa's shock and Connie's disapproval. It's not just about that, but that Ilsa hasn't been in touch since her husband's funeral. "I'm...

The 'Human Target' Scheduling Carousel Continues

1/13/2011 11:57pm EST
Human Target
As if Human Target fans didn't have enough with the show's pre-second season schedule version of Musical Chairs, the show is once again getting bounced around the FOX calendar.

Last night's two-hour event ("Imbroglio/Cool Hand Guerrero"), which was preempted for coverage of the Presidential speech regarding the tragedy in Arizona, will now air tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 14) from 8-1o PM ET/PT.

After that, Target gets the shaft in favor of American Idol: to expand the singing contest's showing on Jan. 26, the network will preempt Target's next new episode, "Kill Bob." That episode then move...

'Human Target' 2.08 'Communication Breakdown' Recap and Review

1/6/2011 1:06am EST
Human Target
In the second part of this week's two-part adventure, we're right back where we left off. Chance and Ilsa are arguing when her jet is shot down courtesy of Victor Lopez, who's still ticked off that Chance killed his brother. (Anyone else hearing "My name is Victor Lopez. You killed my brother. Prepare to die"?) Chance helps the pilot try to bring the plane down in one piece, while deciding that if they have to start eating each other, Ilsa goes first. Once the plane crash-lands, he rescues a panicking Ilsa from the burning wreckage, while still sort of bickering with her. Of course...

'Human Target' 2.07 'A Problem Like Maria' Recap and Review

1/6/2011 12:10am EST
Human Target
The beginning of this episode sounds like a bad joke: Christopher Chance is in a bar.

He's being flirted with by a clueless young woman (not that I can blame her, because Mark Valley is ridiculously good-looking) when his old flame Maria (last seen being left behind in Season 1's "Salvage & Reclamation") appears seemingly out of nowhere. I was not thrilled to meet her then, and I'm not really thrilled to see her again now. She's sweet on Chance, but about as subtle as a hammer.

Meanwhile, Ilsa is throwing another fit because Chance hasn't turned up for a scheduled business meeting f...

'Human Target' 2.07/2.08 'A Problem Like Maria'/'Communication Breakdown' Advance Review

12/29/2010 6:03pm EST
I know, it's a downer that tonight's Human Target is a rerun (both of them). Don't worry, though, as I have a cure for you: a sneak peek at next week's two all new episodes, "A Problem Like Maria" and "Communication Breakdown." The episodes comprise a two-part event, the first for Human Target.

If you didn't guess it from the title, "A Problem Like Maria" involves the return of Chance's ex-flame Maria (Leonor Varela), last seen in "Salvage & Reclamation." She needs his help dealing with a South American dictator who's kidnapped a friend. (Not unlike the general premise of "The Return o...

'Human Target' 2.06 'The Other Side Of The Mall' Recap And Review

12/23/2010 12:05am EST
Human Target
I've quipped a time or two that I wouldn't mind getting Christopher Chance for Christmas - well, I finally got my wish. Kind of. Close enough.

Unlike me, Chance is not in the Christmas spirit (that's right, it's Chance and not Winston who's the cranky one), so he's glad to get a new case in the form of Richard Applebaum (John Michael Higgins), who's become a whistleblower against the pharmaceutical company that he works for, and has since found his life and the lives of his family in danger. How's the team going to handle this one? By integrating themselves into middle-class suburb...

'Human Target' 2.05 'Dead Head' Recap and Review

12/16/2010 12:19am EST
Human Target
This week's Human Target takes a pretty different tack. Chance and Winston are waiting to have an overdue meeting with a man who claims he's being targeted by just about everyone. As usual, Winston is disgruntled, and Chance is unbothered by Winston being disgruntled. Their new client's proven right, however, when they have to rescue him from a car bomb right in front of the restaurant where they're waiting for him. As a result of the car accident, the client has amnesia, meaning they have zero idea about what they're getting into. Yet since when has that ever stopped Chance? He fak...

'Human Target' 2.04 'The Return of Baptiste' Recap and Review

12/9/2010 12:02am EST
Human Target
Ilsa's gone and gotten herself into it again this week. She's in South America looking for her kidnapped friend. Chance is not impressed with this decision. Perhaps in order to keep her from being killed, he decides to step in and help her - even if it means relying on his former colleague turned nemesis, Baptiste (Lennie James), who is not a fan of Cervantes, the guy who's kidnapped Susan Connors.

While Chance goes to Siberia and reluctantly springs Baptiste from his dreary confines - just watch Mark Valley's facial expressions during their initial exchanges and you can see t...

TV On Blu-Ray: Sorting The Argument

12/6/2010 11:00am EST
Ever since TV shows began to be released on Blu-Ray, I've heard the same chorus of cries over and over again: "Why isn't there a Blu-Ray? I won't buy it until it's on Blu-Ray!" I always found myself wondering, "Is it really that big a deal?"

I decided to find out for myself.

Before I begin, a disclaimer is warranted: as you know if you're a regular reader of my TV on DVD column, I am not an audiovisual engineer or technical expert. That said, I do have the eye of someone who's watched way too much TV over the last quarter century, a reliable Blu-Ray player, and a brand-new 40" tele...