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'Once Upon A Time': Lost Girl (3x02)

10/8/2013 8:22pm EDT
Once Upon A Time
Another strong episode. They are really picking up the pieces from a rather weak end to Season Two. This new Neverland plot has really invigorated the story and the characters.

So, in Neverland there are two plots occurring. One of them was probably the weakest part of the episode for me. Rumplestiltskin is still searching for Henry. He makes preparations for his journey by disconnecting himself from his shadow and having it hide his dagger from everybody - including himself. Then, a vision of Belle appears. At first Rumple suspects that she may be a trick of Pan, but we then learn that he...

2013 Fall TV Season: What Will Be The Second Cancellation?

10/8/2013 6:00pm EDT
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...

'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'Lost Girl'

10/7/2013 8:58am EDT
With an episode title like “Lost Girl,” Once made a clever play on itself with more than just a reference to the well known “lost boys.” As I mentioned in my review of the premiere, it seems that acceptance is going to be the overarching theme of this season, a hunch that was quickly established throughout the course of the hour, which focused largely on Emma facing, accepting, and owning her “lost girl” past.

We picked up where we left off, with our unlikely band of heroes in Neverland on their quest to rescue Henry, still very much in conflict with each other (my favorite thing to come o...

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 ...

'Once Upon A Time' Season 3 Premiere: 'Heart Of The Truest Believer'

9/30/2013 9:20am EDT
Having had a chance to screen both the season premiere and second episode of Once Upon A Time’s third season, I can safely say that we’re off to a start reminiscent of where we were when the series premiered in 2011. It’s not that last season wasn’t enjoyable, or that episodes didn’t hit their mark. But the darker storytelling and the change in scenery by moving the primary focus to Neverland was a welcome revitalization that was, in hindsight, sorely needed.

I’ve talked about how sometimes it’s been hard for the show to maintain a sense of linear storytelling because of the way the worlds...

2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On ABC

9/3/2013 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...

'Once Upon A Time' Season 2 Finale Recap: 'And Straight On Til Morning'

5/13/2013 1:54pm EDT
Once Upon A Time
What do you do when you’ve got an over abundance of characters, a few mythology based plotlines and 22 episodes worth of story to tie up? If you’re Once Upon A Time, you open a portal and…send your main characters on a pirate ship to Neverland.

My prediction for the end of the season (bold might it have been) was that the fail-safe for the curse would be activated, Storybrooke would be destroyed, and everyone would be saved but also be forced to start over - say, in Neverland. Despite Greg and Tamara’s best efforts (and a rather close call), Storybrooke didn’t get destroyed, and Regina (wi...

'Once Upon A Time': 'Second Star To The Right'

5/6/2013 8:34am EDT
Once Upon A Time
The penultimate episode of Once found us exploring a new world – Neverland – as well as mourning the death of a character that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in Storybrooke. Though there’s no real proof that Neal is actually, 100% dead (I’ve learned to be skeptical when it comes to showrunners who previously were involved in a series that showed characters cheating deaths quite often), his sacrifice was enough to shake Emma, who now has to deal with something no parent should ever have to deal with  - telling their son his father is no longer alive.

Neal’s death, while possibly predicted...

'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'The Evil Queen'

4/30/2013 11:47am EDT
once evil
In preparation for next week’s first of the two-part finale, “The Evil Queen” took us back to where it all started – both in terms of the series and in terms of the season as a whole. Once began its second season with a clear focus on redemption -specifically, redemption for such “evil” characters as Regina and Rumple. Throughout the past few months, we’ve watched Regina’s continued struggle between good and evil and this episode brought that conflict to a head, showing how far Regina has fallen among her peers.

We know Regina as the “Evil Queen,” yet we also know (and have been shown) tha...

'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'Lacey'

4/22/2013 8:25am EDT
Once Upon A Time
After a month long break, Once Upon A Time kicked off its run of the final four episodes of season two by laying new ground with plotlines and developments that will certainly become vital to the culmination of most of the main characters’ journeys this season. “Lacey” gave us a bit of everything – a fun (and sexy!) Emilie de Ravin, a new character (hi, Robin Hood) and more backstory on the history of Belle and Rumple when Rumple was still a “beast” of a man. But at the heart of it all, “Lacey” was really about setting the stage for the crumbling of what has been somewhat of a redemption ar...

'Once Upon A Time' Recap: Selfless, Brave And True

3/25/2013 9:28am EDT
selfless brave and true
With the story of Eion Bailey’s August/Pinocchio largely unexplored after he began turning back into wood, we were left wondering exactly what became of everyone’s favorite non-real boy (apparently he’s been hiding out in an abandoned VW-like trailer in the middle of the forest.) While “Selfless, Brave and True” was one of the weakest episode of the season so far, the last hour before a 3-week hiatus did finally give us some insight into August’s past life, as well as the life of mysterious Tamara (Sonequa Martin-Green.) We’ve wondered from the beginning if Neal’s fiancée is more than what ...

'Once Upon A Time' Recap: Welcome To Storybrooke

3/18/2013 9:29am EDT
Since we were dropped into the Once Upon A Time world last season, we’ve known little about the history surrounding Storybrooke’s days before Emma found her way over. “Welcome To Storybrooke” served as an introduction to the past, showing us the town in the time directly following Regina’s curse, while giving us further history into the life of Madam Mayor.

After a few weeks of intense episodes centering on familial relations, it was nice to return to an hour more grounded in characters and relationships that we’ve been familiar with since the beginning – and to see Regina happy, even if i...

'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'The Miller's Daughter'

3/11/2013 9:16am EDT
The Miller's Daughter
The crux of Once Upon A Time has always centered on the battle between good and evil and “The Miller’s Daughter” brought that to the forefront with an episode that was a game changer for both a major character and the show itself.

Prior to the episode’s airing, it was teased that “one would die” – and while there were a few cast members who could have fit this bill given their circumstances, in the end, it was Regina’s mother who was the hour’s casualty. With this development, “The Miller’s Daughter” effectively closed out Cora’s storyline as well as the parental storyline that had been ha...

'Once Upon a Time': Season Two Premieres With Magic and Angst

10/2/2012 9:38am EDT
The cast of Once Upon a Time.
The second season of the hit TV show “Once Upon a Time” premiered on Sunday, September 30th, with a new character walking the rainy streets of a busy city – obviously, not the sleepy town of Storybrooke. A post card on his windowsill from Storybrooke read “Broken,” cuing the opening credits and a Dementor-looking creature of Harry Potter fame in the familiar woods behind the show title.

The premiere story begins with two riders traveling through rugged terrain, towards an Arabian-style castle complete with yet another sleeping woman. “If this works, we don’t tell anyone right away,” the da...

5 TV Villians We Love To Hate

9/29/2012 4:00pm EDT
Joffrey Baratheon
Ah, the villain. Where would our hero be without this pesky nemesis? A well-crafted villain is essential to a compelling story; characters like Montgomery Burns ("The Simpsons") and Ben Linus ("LOST") help create a rich universe we lose ourselves in.

But what of those other villains? You know the ones…those wretched little knaves that are just begging to be stabbed in the cornea with a rusty thumbtack. We love them! In honor of the delectably flawed, we're sharing our picks for the top five TV villains we just love to hate:

1. Joffrey Baratheon, "Game of Thrones"

Yeah, we know this is...

'Once Upon A Time' Season 2: 5 Spoilers You Need To Know

9/18/2012 1:00pm EDT
Cast of Once Upon A Time
“Once Upon A Time,” the fantasy drama that saw fairytale characters cursed with ordinary lives, became last year’s most successful freshman television show. The second season will explore what happens after the curse was lifted; Regina was exposed as a true villain, and when Operation Cobra is kicked into overdrive. Before the premiere bows on Sept. 30, here are five spoilers you need to know…

Magic and memories return. Life will be even more “complicated” for Storybrookers, especially for one Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison). TVLine.com reports that the normally tough-as-nails Sherif...

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, ...

10 TV Series You Must Catch Up On Before Fall 2012

7/17/2012 4:00pm EDT
The Walking Dead
You know the feeling. Everyone at the office talks about how great (insert TV show here) was, and you don't watch it. By the time you figure out how good the show is, it's too late to catch up.

Well, there's still time to watch some of last season's popular shows on DVD, Netflix, on demand or online, particularly if they're only half-hour comedies or 10-episode seasons.

First, check out AMC's "The Walking Dead." As the show progresses, more people are tuning in. About 9 million viewers tuned in to see the second season finale in March - 50 percent more than those who watched the first sea...

Ginnifer Goodwin And Josh Dallas Crusade For Arts Funding

4/27/2012 1:41pm EDT
Ginnifer Goodwin
Once Upon A Time co-stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas jetted to Washington, D.C. on Thursday to fight for arts funding.

Actor Omar Epps joined the couple as they visited Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to increase spending for the arts in schools across the U.S.

Goodwin took to Twitter.com to share photos of her trip, while encouraging fans to help keep educational arts programs alive by contacting their local representatives.

Her boyfriend Dallas also tweeted, "Day 1 on Capitol Hill... asking for Congress and Senate to support arts spending... The Arts are a KEY DRIVER of our eco...

Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White) & Josh Dallas (Prince Charming) Go Public With Their Romance

4/16/2012 8:53am EDT
Ginniver Goodwin ONce Upon a Time
"Once Upon A Time" co-stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas have gone public with their new romance after making their red carpet debut together on Friday.

Recent reports have suggested Goodwin is dating her on-screen love interest after the pair was spotted enjoying lunch in Vancouver, Canada, where the show is filmed.

Now they have appeared to confirm the rumours by stepping out as a couple at Paul McCartney's star-studded My Valentine music video premiere party in West Hollywood, which drew the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Orlando Bloom.

A source tells UsMagazine.c...

'Once Upon a Time' Recap: 'Dreamy'

4/4/2012 10:00am EDT
Once Upon a Time
In Fairy Tale Land, a clumsy fairy-in-training is cautioned by the Blue Fairy to guard her fairy dust carefully. As the two fly off, the clumsy fairy spills some of her dust, which finds its way into an underground hatching facility. The dust causes the egg to hatch early, revealing the dwarf we know as Grumpy.
Leroy, the town drunk, eats breakfast in Granny's Diner when Mary Margaret walks in to announce the need for volunteers for Storybrooke's annual Miner's Day festival. she gets no takers to help sell candles to support the town's convent.

Mary Margaret explains to Emma about the ...

Ginnifer Goodwin Dating 'Once Upon A Time' Co-Star Josh Dallas?

3/29/2012 11:30pm EDT
Ginnifer Goodwin
Actress Ginnifer Goodwin has reportedly fallen for her on-screen love interest Josh Dallas.

The star split from her fiance Joey Kern last spring, just months after becoming engaged, but Us Weekly magazine reports Goodwin has put the heartbreak behind her and has started dating her Once Upon A Time co-star.

The He's Just Not That Into You actress plays Snow White opposite Dallas as her Prince Charming, and their on-screen chemistry has allegedly spilled over into real life.

A source tells the publication, "They really hit it off. Instant chemistry."

The new couple attended the Vanity Fai...

TV Ratings: 'American Idol' On Top, But CBS Dominates

3/14/2012 9:35am EDT
Person of Interest
‘American Idol’ returned to the top two perches on the weekly ratings chart this week. It seems that the live competition may be helping the sagging series, although a lot of programs were in repeats for the week.

Both editions of ‘Idol’ held off ‘The Voice.’ Wednesday’s ‘Idol’ placed first with 18.7 million viewers, followed by Thursday’s episode with 17.3 million. ‘The Voice’ followed with 16.8. Not too far behind, folks!

‘Person of Interest’ is turning into the “little engine that could” for CBS. With ‘NCIS’ in repeats, ‘Person of Interest’ ranked in the Number 4 slot, the network’s hi...

10 Favorite Small Screen Scene-Stealers

3/12/2012 2:00pm EDT
neil patrick harris
I once had dreams of becoming an Emmy-Winning actress, but thanks to a traumatizing audition for a middle school drama club and being roughly a few inches shy of Snooki-esque shortness, those dreams never panned out. I’m happy to leave the acting to the professionals, and admire their work as a fan and critic. For this television-aholic, there’s nothing better than beholding a great actor who steals every frame of their scenes.

Here is a list of my favorite scene-stealers:

Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”

Neil Patrick Harris’ portrayal of Barney Stinson, the suit-lovi...

TV Ratings: 'American Idol' Reclaims Top Spot

3/6/2012 8:56pm EST
American Idol
It’s like watching Wimbledon. In a back and forth match, ‘American Idol’ gained last week to take three of the top four spots, outpacing ‘The Voice,’ albeit by a small margin. The top ‘Idol’ garnered 18.5 million sets of eyeballs, while ‘The Voice’ had to settle for 14.9 million. The tables may be turned next week, however. Stay tuned.

FOX could also be pleased with the performance of Nascar Daytona 500, with two placements in the Top 10. NBC had only ‘The Voice’ to sing about, while ABC saw its fortunes turn with ‘Modern Family’ in 11th place and the return of ‘Once Upon a Time’ on Sunday...

Jennifer Morrison Makes A Statement With Menswear, Braided Hair

3/5/2012 10:00am EST
Jennifer Morrison
Jennifer Morrison attended PaleyFest 2012 Presents "Once Upon A Time" in Beverly Hills yesterday. Done right, menswear can be striking.We're on the fence about Jennifer's look.

She softened the manly attire with a braided updo and ruby red lips.

Her ABC series was a surprise hit when it debuted in the fall and is one of Sunday night's most popular programs.

Check out more photos of Jennifer, and tell us what you think of her ensemble...

'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'What Happened To Frederick'

2/22/2012 1:47pm EST
Once Upon a Time
In this episode, the story becomes more complicated when it is literally rewritten. Princess Abigail and Prince James part ways.

Author’s note: Lines between paragraphs indicate scene changes between Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke/present day.

In Fairy Tale Land, King George greets Princess Abigail in the days leading to her wedding. Prince James, however, has escaped and the royal guards are giving chase. Just when James thinks he's lost them, he is accosted by two hooded men.
At the Nolan house, David and Kathryn eat supper. Kathryn announces that she's been accepted into law schoo...

'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'Skin Deep'

2/14/2012 9:06am EST
Once Upon a Time - Belle
In this episode, we meet Belle and her father, and learn more details about the Evil Queen's entanglement with Rumpelstiltskin.

Author’s note: Lines between paragraphs indicate scene changes between Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke/present day.

In Fairy Tale Land, a king receives bad news: his kingdom is succumbing to war. All seems lost, when Rumpelstiltskin arrives, having been summoned by the king; he promises to help them, for a price. He refuses the king's offer of gold in favor of taking his daughter, Belle, as a housekeeper. The king refuses, but Belle agrees to go with him ("No one...

'Once Upon A Time' Recap: 'Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree'

2/2/2012 1:55pm EST
Once Upon a Time - The Genie of Agrabah
In this episode, we discover how Sidney Glass became the Magic Mirror and are introduced to another non-Grimm fairy tale. Emma is duped yet again by Regina.

Author’s note: Lines between paragraphs indicate scene changes between Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke/present day.

In Storybrooke, Henry arrives at his play castle only to find it partially destroyed by the storm from episode ten. Henry reveals to Emma that he keeps his fairy tale book in a lockbox buried beneath the play structure. After he ensures its safety, Regina arrives and orders Henry into the car so he can attend a session w...

'Once Upon a Time' Recap: '7:15 A.M.'

1/23/2012 10:19am EST
Once Upon a Time - Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
In this episode, we learn more about how Snow White and Prince James came to be together (and drawn apart); more details about Storybrooke's mysterious stranger are revealed.

Author’s note: Lines between paragraphs indicate scene changes between Fairy Tale Land and Storybrooke/present day.

In Storybrooke, Henry confronts the mysterious stranger about why he's in town. He's got a wooden box strapped to the back of his motorcycle and speeds off before Regina can speak to him. A storm approaches.

Mary Margaret rushes out the door, claiming she's late for school, but instead of going to work...