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9 TV Shows We Were Instantly Hooked On

July 26th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
9 TV Shows We Were Instantly Hooked On
There are a lot of great television shows, but there aren't many that are immediately addictive. Most shows take a few episodes before they find their characters or their most interesting story. Every once in a while, though, there's that show which grabs you right away - and that's what we're celebrating this week.

Here's our short list of nine shows that turned us into fans before the end credits rolled on their first installment. See if you recognize any of them, and leave your own picks at the end of the article.

24: We were sold on 24 before we ever saw the pilot. Created by Joel Sur...
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'Graceland's' Jamie Gray Hyder: Rest Of Season 2 Is 'A Whirlwind'

July 23rd, 2014 2:01pm EDT
'Graceland's' Jamie Gray Hyder: Rest Of Season 2 Is 'A Whirlwind
Jamie Gray Hyder is keeping things interesting on Graceland. The True Blood actress plays Lucia Solano, the sister of Carlito Solano (Erik Valdez) and daughter of the head of the Solano drug cartel, who doesn't know that Johnny (Manny Montana) is actually an undercover agent. We caught up with Jamie last Wednesday to talk about her Graceland experience and how it stacks up against playing a werewolf.

"What I love about this part - and something that's super important to me - is to make her a real person and not a caricature of herself," she told us. "[Lucia]'s got such a cool, complicated ...
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Marin Ireland: Meet 'The Divide's' Dynamic Leading Lady

July 23rd, 2014 12:05pm EDT
Marin Ireland: Meet 'The Divide's' Dynamic Leading Lady
Last week, The Divide arrived on our screens with a thought-provoking. emotionally wrenching story that all started with Christine Rosa. To get further into the story, we sat down with the woman who brings Christine so beautifully to life: Marin Ireland. Here's what the Tony Award-nominated actress had to say about co-leading this complex and challenging series.

Even though she's one of the show's two main protagonists, Christine is far from likeable; in fact, on multiple occasions, she's been downright infuriating. Was her character's thorniness ever a concern for Marin? "It never is," sh...
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'Hotel Hell': Season 2 Of Gordon Ramsay's Hospitality Series Still On Fire

July 21st, 2014 1:07pm EDT
'Hotel Hell': Season 2 Of Gordon Ramsay's Hospitality Series Sti
With the concluding of Kitchen Nightmares, Hotel Hell is the only chance US TV audiences have to see Gordon Ramsay helping people. Sure, Hell's Kitchen, MasterChef and MasterChef Junior are good entertainment, but those are competitions. Winners are crowned and prizes handed out. Watching Hotel Hell, you get a sense of the real Chef Ramsay: a brilliant, articulate, and yes, very truthful businessman who gets a different kind of satisfaction out of helping businesses in need.

In tonight's second season premiere, Ramsay travels to Las Cruces, New Mexico to help out Meson de Mesilla, a hotel ...
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'Rookie Blue' Recap And Review: 'Two Truths And A Lie' - Sam's Father Comes Back To Haunt Him

July 18th, 2014 8:54am EDT
'Rookie Blue' Recap And Review: 'Two Truths And A Lie' - Sam's F
Sam Swarek hasn't had a lot to do so far in the new season of Rookie Blue, so we're due for an episode that puts him back in the spotlight. And given that the series made a point of introducing Sam's estranged sister to us in the first few installments, it's no surprise that Sam's A-story also involves his family - namely, his ne'er do well father. It's time to get a big glimpse into what makes Sam tick.

Picking up where last week's episode left off, it's up to Sam to discover who killed Brian Gowdy, the man we previously just thought was in Costa Rica. Oliver thinks we're looking at "a se...
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Laurie Fortier On Season 2 Of Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove': 'Expect The Unexpected'

July 17th, 2014 12:11pm EDT
Laurie Fortier On Season 2 Of Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove': 'Expect
Netflix audiences are now sinking their teeth into season two of Eli Roth's supernatural series Hemlock Grove, but is it as crazy as the first? To get the lowdown on the sophomore cycle, we checked back in with actress Laurie Fortier, who stars as Marie Godfrey. Here's what she had to say about where we find her character, and what it's like for her to be back in the acting game.

SPOILER ALERT - If you haven't seen season one of Hemlock Grove, this interview reveals a major spoiler as to what happens by the end of season one.

The fictional town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania was never a n...
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'Motive' Recap And Review: 'Angels With Dirty Faces' - Murder In Two Tries

July 17th, 2014 10:05am EDT
'Motive' Recap And Review: 'Angels With Dirty Faces' - Murder In
Motive is always good at taking obvious stories and busting them open. This week's episode, "Angels With Dirty Faces," is a prime example of that. Angie and Oscar stumble on what seems like the worst date ever and find out that the problem is much closer to home.

James Dent was living high on his mother's money, until he ended up braindead. The person responsible is his mother's nurse, Peter Ward (Paul Campbell). Angie and Oscar arrive just as James is being taken into an ambulance, having been found handcuffed to a chair with a belt around his neck. It seems like a pretty open-and-shut ca...
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'Suits' Recap And Review: 'Pound Of Flesh' - Rachel Pays The Price

July 17th, 2014 9:06am EDT
'Suits' Recap And Review: 'Pound Of Flesh' - Rachel Pays The Pri
In this week's episode of Suits, we witness the metaphorical eye of the hurricane. While Mike and Harvey find themselves able to get along for a brief while, everybody else's machinations make that truce short-lived before an even bigger wedge is driven between them, and Rachel finally cracks under the pressure. It raises an important question: how much can all these people take? Or did everyone finally pick a fight that nobody can win?

Rachel is woken up by the buzzing of her cell phone; it's Logan. She ignores the call (avoiding him after last week's near-kiss), but then realizes that Mi...
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Tony Goldwyn Takes Us Inside 'The Divide'

July 16th, 2014 12:06pm EDT
Tony Goldwyn
It's no wonder that Tony Goldwyn has co-created a TV series. Over his acting career, most recently as President Fitzgerald Grant on Scandal and Andrew Prior in Divergent, he's consistently been at the top of the game. As the director of films like Conviction and shows like Justified, he's made sharp choices that have enabled projects to shine. Teaming with Richard LaGravenese to create The Divide, then, is a natural progression for one of entertainment's smartest and most thoughtful voices. We sat down with Tony at the recent Television Critics Association press tour to take a closer look i...
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Is 'The Divide' Television's Next Great Series?

July 15th, 2014 12:03pm EDT
Is 'The Divide' Television's Next Great Series?
Television audiences are always looking for the next great series. We're hungry to find our Sopranos, The Wire, The West Wing, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, or Game of Thrones. Come Wednesday, you can add The Divide to that list.

WEtv's serial drama about a tireless Philadelphia law student (brilliantly played by Marin Ireland) who won't let go of an eleven-year-old murder case and ends up on a collision course with the city's tough District Attorney (a remarkable Damon Gupton) is the kind of television that you can't turn away from. Establishing a deadline early on in the pilot, the series sets ...
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