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Move Over NBC, USA Is Stealing Your Glory

July 10th, 2009 12:02pm EDT
USA
In the world of television, the big networks - NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX - are typically considered to be the "A" team, or the major leaguers of TV stations. Now they have a bit of competition.

The network we are most confused by is NBC. NBC used to be a ratings powerhouse with its "Must See TV" marketing campaigns. Weeknights were appointment television nights for millions of viewers tuning in first in the genesis of it all, the 1980s with Hill Street Blues, The Cosby Show, Cheers, and LA Law. The 1990s came in strong with ER, Friends, Frasier, Mad About You, Seinfeld, and the last of...
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TV Honorees That Don't Deserve Recognition At The Emmy Awards

June 9th, 2009 10:12am EDT
Emmy Awards
Nominations for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced Thursday, July 16. The Emmy Awards are a bit like the Gold Glove Award in baseball: There's no apparent reason behind the process of selecting recipients, and once you make the short list you're virtually guaranteed a spot for life.

Many blame the Television Academy's awkward way of determining television's best for the pallid variance between what's actually good and what the nomination list purports. Academy members (terribly busy producers, writers, directors and actors) are sent scant screeners by agents representin...
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Give USA Network's 'Royal Pains' A Try

June 2nd, 2009 9:30am EDT
Royal Pains
On Thursday, June 4, a new original series on USA will premiere titled Royal Pains, starring Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, and Jill Flint. I got a chance to see the pilot episode a little early, and the show might not quite join the "Characters Welcome USA" slogan right at first. Hank Lawson (Feuerstein) is not as memorable or charismatic as Adrian Monk or Michael Weston, but he's a good man you want to like put in an unfair position.

As a rising star in the medical world, Hank makes a call to save the life of a young man instead of focusing on a powerful hospital pa...
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Bitty Schram Returns To Guest Star In Final Season Of 'Monk'

March 25th, 2009 8:48am EDT
Monk
USA Network has announced that original show cast member Bitty Schram will guest-star in an episode of the eighth and final season of the critically acclaimed original series Monk.

The last season of the hit show, which stars Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG winner Tony Shalhoub, started production this week in Los Angeles and will debut this summer.

Schram co-starred on the show from its inception as Monk's beloved nurse and "Girl Friday" sidekick, Sharona Fleming. During season three, her character moved back to New Jersey with her son to re-marry her ex-husband.

"We couldn't th...
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Underrated & Overrated Films Based On Graphic Novels

March 6th, 2009 9:41am EST
300
It's rare that commercials are actually right, but today they are when they claim that a film based on the "Most-Acclaimed Graphic Novel of All Time" will be released.

That film, and novel, is "Watchmen" of course. The movie comes from the 12-part comic series from Alan Moore ("From Hell", "V for Vendetta") that was quickly packaged into a graphic novel upon its completion. Many consider this series the greatest in the history of comics and the subsequent novel actually made it onto Time Magazine's 100 Greatest Novels of the Century List. Needless to say, there's no doubting its acc...
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'Monk' Recap: Mr. Monk Fights City Hall

February 25th, 2009 1:54pm EST
Monk
When you remember that Trudy Monk has been dead for eleven years, it starts to make Adrian Monk a little less sympathetic and a little crazier.

Then again there are people who never get over their spouses, and Monk has a tendency to obsess over things (understatement of the year) so it makes sense. Last week's episode of "Monk" was the finale of season seven, and now it is just a matter of time before season eight begins and the show officially ends. That thought is more depressing than Monk never finding Trudy's killer, so let's move on.

In "Mr. Monk Fights City Hall," Monk can'...
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What's On? This Week In Television

February 23rd, 2009 3:52pm EST
The Closer
Last night wrapped up an excellent week in the entertainment world with favorite Slumdog Millionaire taking top honors with the Best Picture Oscar. Tuesday night there will be an address from President Obama, and many shows will either not be airing or be in reruns. Check here to see if your favorite shows are new this week.

Monday

Pick of the Night: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, "Disappearing Manhattan." Travel Channel 10/9c. Snarky host Tony Bourdain takes a look at the surviving gems in what is becoming a very commercialized urban center of the world.

Other new ep...
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'Monk' Recap: Mr. Monk And The Magician

February 17th, 2009 9:10am EST
Monk
The seventh season of "Monk" is rounding down now with only one more episode left to go, and then the eighth will be the final season of this phenomenally charming show. Thinking about it ending is too depressing, so instead let's talk about the newest episode, 'Mr. Monk and the Magician.' A secondary character Monk has come to know and somewhat loath/love dies, and it is up to Monk to solve the case for his friend.

Kevin (Jarrad Paul) is Monk's annoying neighbor who just never shuts up, and he has appeared in several episodes of the show before this one. He is a sweet tempered ...
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What's On? This Week In Television

February 16th, 2009 1:54pm EST
Dollhouse
This Monday night starts off a new week of television with a lot of reruns. The week culminates in the 81st Annual Academy Awards show, where favorites Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button vie for the coveted best picture Oscar.

Monday

Pick of the Night: House, FOX 8/7c.

"Unfaithful," a priest checks in to the hospital and claims to have seen Jesus floating above him.

Other new episodes worth watching: The Closer TNT 9/8c

Rerun alert: Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Two And A Half Men, CSI: Miami Nights, Chuck.

Tuesday

Pick of the N...
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'Monk' Faces His Childhood Bully

February 9th, 2009 11:12am EST
Monk
Everyone has known a bully at one point in their life, even if the bully's attention was not focused on them. Perhaps it was that tiny kid in Geometry that got his or her wrath, or maybe it wasn't even overt physical bullying but mean girl taunting and insulting. In any case, someone like Adrian Monk is a stereotypical - and classic - example of an easily bullied child. He was too smart, weak, fearful of other people, and practically had a bulls-eye tattooed on his forehead. Now, years later Monk is a famous detective, but can he ever forgive one of the people who made his life miserable? P...
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What's On? This Week In Television

February 9th, 2009 8:34am EST
Barack Obama
Monday night kicks off a new week of primetime TV. President Barack Obama plans on giving an address, and nearly all of the major networks will be airing it during primetime. This means some of your favorite Monday night shows may not have episodes this week, or they may me airing in a different time slot than normal. Check your local listings for details.

Monday

Pick of the Night: The Big Bang Theory, Special Time CBS 9:30/8:30c.

"The Maternal Capacitance:" both Penny and Leonard are having a rough week and turn to a bottle of tequila for comfort. Raj receives criticism for h...
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'Monk' Recap: Mr. Monk Makes The Playoffs

February 2nd, 2009 10:28am EST
Monk
Last week on "Monk," everyone's favorite OCD detective found and lost a mother figure due to his trust issues.

Every once and awhile the show really does delve into the tragic psyche of its hero, such as his abandonment emotionally and physically from his parents, and how truly devastating Trudy's death was. Occasionally the audience gets clues that Monk was a different person before the explosion; perhaps still quirky and troubled, but happy too. No one on the show currently remembers that man except for Leland Stottlemeyer, which may be why he is such a consistently fascinating and h...
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What's On? This Week In Television

February 2nd, 2009 8:55am EST
How I Met Your Mother
This week begins a new sweeps month, which means the networks will be trying to get your attention with a lot of new episodes and big events. The month kicked off with Super Bowl XLIII, and here's what to watch for the rest of the week:

Monday

Pick of the Night: How I Met Your Mother, CBS 8:30/7:30c

"Barney Stinson: That Guy's Awesome:" Robin faces deportation back to Canada if she doesn't find work, and Barney helps with a video resume.

Other new episodes worth watching: The Big Bang Theory CBS 8/7c, House FOX 8/7c, CSI: Miami 10/9c, The Closer TNT 9/8 c, Anthony Bourda...
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'Monk' Recap: Mr. Monk and the Lady Next Door

January 26th, 2009 9:51am EST
Monk
Following up an episode where Adrian Monk is a jerk the entire time, the newest one brings out the sweetest - and most painful - side of everyone's favorite obsessive compulsive detective. In the past seven seasons, Monk has met a great deal of people, some who used him for their own means or pretended to be his friend for nefarious purposes. Other than those who surround him (Natalie, Stottlemeyer, Disher), he has no one in his life, and even those friends do use him for solving cases or their livelihoods. Monk finally meets someone who might just love him for him ... and can't believe in ...
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'Monk' Recap: Mr. Monk on Wheels

January 19th, 2009 11:07am EST
Monk
There are times when Adrian Monk goes too far, or rather that the show "Monk" lets him go too far. He is a quirky and disturbed character, but generally very likable and sympathetic. Usually if he does something callous or inconsiderate, especially to his assistant Natalie, it is played for laughs. In the last episode, "Mr. Monk on Wheels," he pushes her one step too far and walks over the edge of weirdly funny to straight out jerk. Monk was not enjoyable to watch, but the show got back on track after acknowledging what a fine line the writers have to walk between 'eccentric' and 'annoying....
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'Monk' Recap: Mr. Monk's Other Brother

January 14th, 2009 11:16am EST
Monk
It is time to watch the last of "Monk" season seven and mournfully await the last season beginning in the summer. It really is time for the show to end; better now than years down the line when it is unwelcome. Still, what will everyone do without the best detective in the world?

There's one person who needs Adrian Monk this week, and that is Jack Monk Jr. That's right, Monk has a little half-brother played by Steve Zahn who is a convict escaped from prison. He is wanted for the murder of a female prison guard, but he swears he did not do it. Zahn plays much the same role as he always...
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Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

January 6th, 2009 1:40pm EST
Pulse Patrol
Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week's most rousing and humorous remarks were made on the latest stories on New Year’s resolutions, Rip Torn’s latest run in with the law and Woody Harrelson’s wedding.

Topic Highlights = There were some gracious and pleasant comments made about actresses Jessica Simpson and Dihann Carroll as well as retired football star Michael Strahan. However, there was no love or fondness for Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Par...
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Golden Globes 2009 - Who Will Win, Who Should Win, And Who Got Snubbed

January 5th, 2009 11:49am EST
Golden Globes 2009
After being deprived of the biggest night in Hollywood last year, we're more than ready for some delicious, celebrity-rich Golden Globes goodness! Read on for our predictions of the winners, the losers, and those who sadly won't be attending.

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Will win: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Should win: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Why: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) can't resist the whimsical, weepy romance; plus, its sheer star power ups its chances, and apparently it's a pretty good film to boot. It's the most well-rounded an...
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TV Wish List for 2009

December 29th, 2008 12:37pm EST
True Blood
It is time to bid farewell to the television of 2008 and welcome 2009 with open arms, but let it be with a sweet, friendly warning. TV viewers are fickle. One day we'll love your show, and the next we'll hate it. Sometimes all you have to do is steer a little off course, or introduce an irritating character, and then we abandon you to the cold. Yet TV viewers can be fiercely loyal, sticking to a show through seasons of awful dialogue just because we remember when it was great. The Writer's Strike put a real damper on new shows and old shows alike this year, but 2009 has a clean new slate to...
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Spotlight On 10 Top Basic Cable Shows

December 26th, 2008 10:12am EST
Mad Men
Last September marked a new era when AMC's Mad Men became the first basic cable show to win the best drama award at the Emmys. For the last several years, the original programming on basic cable has been catching up to the broadcast networks, and now it has arguably surpassed it.

Check out our list of top 10 cable shows, which contains some old favorites, some obscure cult hits, and a couple new arrivals.

10. Burn Notice returns to USA this January 22 at 10/9c for a third season. Burn Notice offers up a unique brand of action and spy thrills.

9. Raising the Bar had an exc...
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Mr. Monk And The Miracle

December 1st, 2008 10:02am EST
Monk
Every once in a while on the hit USA show "Monk," the writers get together to write a happy Christmas episode to sate the fans as they wait for it to return in January. Former episodes have been the excellent "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa," or last year's "Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa Claus," and this year another has been added titled "Mr. Monk and the Miracle." While this episode does deal with Adrian Monk and his wacky OCD tendencies, the main story actually revolves around Captain Stottlemeyer.

For years Stottlemeyer has provided Monk with a supportive and kind friend and ...
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Who Will & Who Should Win An Emmy

September 18th, 2008 9:22am EDT
30 Rock
Ah, the Emmys, the most entertaining awards show and often the most frustrating. Why is it so frustrating? Because the voters get it wrong. They get the winners wrong more often than casual sports bettors. In fact, they get it so wrong that predicting the winners is often a fool's errand since it's impossible to determine what will strike the Academy's fancy as the reasons for their choices are as mystifying as the results.

Luckily, Starpulse.com has one such fool. So it's time for a round of everybody's favorite game: Who Will Win and Who Should Win?

Best Comedy Series Nomine...
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Is 'Monk' Losing Momentum?

September 15th, 2008 9:34am EDT
Monk
Considering this was the last episode viewers were going to see of "Monk" until at least December for a holiday special, "Mr. Monk Gets Hypnotized" was far from impressive. As an ordinary episode it may have been amusing, but for a half-season finale it really fell flat - especially after the excellent 100th episode. Monk has to solve the disappearance of a wealthy actress, but he regresses during hypnotism to a childish state of mind. Can he solve the case even as a child? Of course he can, this is Adrian Monk!

It starts out with the actress Sally Larkin selling her jewelry at a small...
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'Monk' Recap: 100th Episode Was Worth Watching

September 8th, 2008 10:51am EDT
Monk
One hundred episodes of "Monk" have been aired, and the special 100th episode may have been one of the very best. Loaded with guest stars, a unique set of cases, and nostalgic reminders of the past, "Mr. Monk's 100th Case" showcased the best of its writers and actors. Here's to another 100 cases, Mr. Monk!

The episode surrounds the story that a television news magazine has done on Adrian Monk. His 100th case was a serial killer murdering actresses in San Francisco, and to mark this event the show "In Focus" does a piece on Monk. They follow him around the crime scenes and interview his...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

September 8th, 2008 9:14am EDT
One Tree Hill
Monday, Sept 8

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox, 8 p.m.) - Happy 16th Birthday, John Connor! Your terminator friend just blew up, there's some really bad guys after you and Shirley Manson appears to have something up her sleeve.

Gossip Girl (The CW, 8 p.m.) - We're still angry that the promo last week spoiled the Duchess reveal. It's still juicy though.

One Tree Hill (The CW, 9 p.m.) - Brooke's got revenge on her mind after being attacked.

Prison Break (Fox, 9 p.m.) - Smart move resurrecting Sara. Now, if only we knew what was going on, but we kind of forgot ...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

September 2nd, 2008 9:09am EDT
90210
Tuesday, Sept 2

90210 (The CW, 8 p.m.) - It's finally here. Maybe now The CW can stop with the non-stop commercials.

Greek (ABC Family, 9 p.m.) - Ashleigh and Casey both have their eye on the same boy.

The Shield (FX, 10 p.m.) - The show that helped put FX on the map kicks off its final season.

Wednesday, Sept 3

America's Next Top Model (The CW, 8 p.m.) - The newest cycle includes a transgendered contestant, so you know there's going to be plenty of special Tyra moments.

Bones (Fox, 8 p.m.) - Oh, blighty! Booth and Brennan meet their British counterparts when t...
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Can Monk Ever Love Again?

August 25th, 2008 2:55pm EDT
Monk
After watching last week's episode of "Monk" titled "Mr. Monk Falls In Love," the viewers have to be wondering how Monk ever got involved with his wife in the first place. He seems incapable of coherent speech in the presence of a woman he likes, and yet that could be charming to the right woman. Probably. It certainly seemed to work for Trudy and now for a beautiful Eastern European woman named Leyla. But can Monk ever love again, and what's more, can anyone love him in all his quirky glory?

The episode starts out with Lt. Disher on a date, and he is surprisingly smooth. Except for th...
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Natalie Has Problems Moving Forward On 'Monk'

August 19th, 2008 10:34am EDT
Monk
Poor, poor Monk. Last week's "Monk" episode probably traumatized him worse than the time the trashmen went on strike, or the time he was forced to teach children, or the thousands of other times he had mental breakdowns due to the surrounding world. This time, however, he faced something that would scare many people: being stuck in a submarine underwater for days! On top of that, there is a killer on board and a case to solve.

"Mr. Monk Is Underwater" starts out with a submarine crew finding their second in command locked inside his room, and then they hear a gunshot. The Captain knoc...
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'Monk' Tries To Rejoin The Police Force

August 12th, 2008 10:13am EDT
Monk
There are three things that drive Adrian Monk to continue on his struggling path: the memory of his wife Trudy (and the mystery of her murder), being the best at what he does, and the possibility he could one day rejoin the police force.

Years ago, before "Monk" began, he had a loving wife, his OCD was under control, and he had a police badge that he honored. One of the most tragic episodes of "Monk" was when he thought he could be reinstated, and Captain Stottlemeyer 'betrayed' him by telling the committee he was not ready. A great deal has changed since then, and the subject was rev...
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Sidekicks Are Important On 'Monk'

August 4th, 2008 1:46pm EDT
Monk
When Adrian Monk is at his most vulnerable, he can be pitiful, selfish, heartbreaking, and vicious. He is also the sanest and most human, because his obsessive-compulsive traits are merely a footnote amongst the genuine fear and sorrow.

Take for example last Friday's "Monk" episode "Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever" when he is faced with the possible departure of his assistant Natalie. He sits with his new therapist and discusses how she will leave him, how everyone leaves him, reminding the audience of Sharona (a deeply missed presence for early "Monk" fans). Things are never simple for a c...
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