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Laura. 22 years old. Writer, reader, soda drinker.

Our Favorite TV Moms: A Mother's Day Special

May 6th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Home Improvement
Let’s be honest: I doubt that any of the moms on this list are as awesome as your own mother (suffice it to say that none of them are as amazing as mine). But these women, these television moms, are certainly worthy of mention. You may have grown up with some of them or you may have watched them last week, but one thing’s for sure: they’re moms, and they’re pretty terrific. So, in honor of Mother’s Day (and in no particular order) I present our favorite TV moms.

1. Joyce Summers (Kristine Sutherland) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Was Joyce kind of clueless? At first, yeah, but her clueless na...
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'Castle' Recap: 3x22 - 'To Love and Die in LA' Takes A Field Trip To Sunny California

May 3rd, 2011 1:55pm EDT
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Mike Royce, Beckett’s former mentor returned last night on Castle! For those who had forgotten, in Royce’s last episode, he turned out to be a dirty cop that took bribes and impeded Beckett’s progress on a case. She was also in love with him, so his betrayal was especially harsh. Royce drags himself across pavement while an ominous man stalks him with a gun and a silencer. The man shoots Royce.

Jump ahead to the crime scene: Captain Montgomery looks grim, Castle looks unsure and Beckett just looks sad. No one wants Beckett to see Royce’s body, but she’s made of tougher stuff and she wants ...
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'Castle' Recap: 3x21 - 'The Dead Pool' Wades Into The World Of Swimming, Drugs And Murder

April 12th, 2011 12:54pm EDT
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If there’s one thing the Olympics taught us, it’s that the competitive world of swimming is cutthroat, fierce, and populated with attractive men. ‘The Dead Pool’ starts with a young swimmer doing what he does best. Suddenly a dark figure approaches him. Cut to Castle, discussing his young writer friend Alex Conrad who is going to be in town. Castle wants Alex to follow him and Beckett around. Predictably, Beckett is not into this scenario at all. My prediction: Beckett is going to be charmed by Alex. Or Alex is actually the murderer.

Castle and Beckett arrive at the crime scene. The swimme...
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'Castle' Recap: 3x20 - 'Slice Of Death' Combines Pizza, Drugs And Film Noir

April 5th, 2011 2:07pm EDT
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“Slice of Death” opens with a body reveal worthy of Bones. A man and woman stumble into a restaurant, kissing passionately. The woman squeals a requisite “I have to tweet this” to inform us that the man she’s currently making out with is some sort of celebrity. She refers to him as “Terrific Nick,” but he corrects her: “Authentic Nick.” Seeing as this is New York, they can only be one place: a pizza restaurant. The girl comments on the (wonderful) smell in the restaurant. They investigate and discover (gross) a body in the pizza oven. Cut to (grosser) Castle frying bacon for Alexis.

The B ...
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'Castle' Recap: 3x19 - Law And Murder Is An Homage To The Original Police Procedural

March 31st, 2011 10:16am EDT
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If last week’s episode was an homage to soap operas, this week was all Law and Order all the time. Joe Mcusic, a jury member, drops dead from cyanide poisoning in the middle of court. The case he was sitting on was the high profile murder of a socialite. While Castle and Beckett untangle the juror murder, Castle has to deal with the ramifications of snooping on Alexis’ phone and her consequential loss of trust.

Beckett and Castle meet the victim’s brother, and we learn more about his background. He was a former juvenile offender who ran a half-way house to help others pick up their lives. ...
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'Castle' Recap: 2x18 - 'One Life To Lose' (Lovingly) Mocks Soap Operas

March 23rd, 2011 7:21am EDT
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The most exciting part of “One Life to Lose” was that Jane Seymour (or as she was referred to in my house while I was growing up, Dr. Quinn) guest starred. The second most exciting part is the entire episode centered around the gruesome murder of the head writer on “Temptation Lane,” the soapiest soap opera of all time.

The first scene set up the episode to a T: a young, attractive woman is in bed with her older suitor. As they kiss, her (dashing, European) husband comes home. When the young attractive woman opens the closet door to hide her older, distinguished (read: graying) lover, a ...
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Top 10 Romantic Songs To Listen To This Valentine's Day

February 13th, 2011 1:33pm EST
Top 10 Romantic Songs To Listen To This Valentine's Day
It’s February, and everyone who has to leave their house for any reason knows what that means: Valentine’s Day. It’s on the radio, it’s in the stores, it’s all over. Valentine’s Day serves two purposes: it reminds people to pay special attention to the people they love, and it gives the radio DJs an excuse to play more love songs than usual.

For your consideration, I give you my Top 10 Romantic Songs. Some are overplayed, some are classic, most are beautiful pieces of music. But they’re all about love. And yeah, I like to complain about Valentine’s Day as much as the next person, but ...
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'Grey’s Anatomy' + 'Lost' - Mysteries That Will Never Be Solved = 'Off The Map'

February 10th, 2011 11:40am EST
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Which is not necessarily a bad thing: The first time I watched “Off The Map,” I dismissed it as just another sexy doctor show produced by TV superstar Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes created “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” redefining our idea of medical dramas and prime-time soap operas. Rhimes didn’t create “Off The Map” (that credit belongs to Jenna Bans, who is a producer and writer on “Grey’s”), but she is executive producing it. And her influence is all over this new show.

At first, I amused myself by looking for character counterparts to my (I’ll admit it) beloved Seattle Grace doc...
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Five Influential African-Americans On Television

February 7th, 2011 1:33pm EST
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Happy Black History Month, everyone! Every since I graduated high school, Black History Month (and President’s Day) has had a tendency to slip past my notice. This month, however, I wanted to draw your attention to two of my favorite things: influential people, and television. And since it’s February, I wanted to give it an African-American history spin. Here is my list of five influential African-American television characters.

1. Clair Huxtable - The Cosby Show (played by Phylicia Rashād)
I know. When someone says “The Cosby Show,” the first person you think of is Cliff Huxtable, rig...
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Must-See Movies In 2011 - What To Watch And Why

January 18th, 2011 3:23pm EST
no strings attached
2011 is going to be a big year for movies, and if you’re anything like me, you tend to forget what’s coming out and wind up missing everything. So I took the liberty of compiling a list of movies that, in my opinion, are must-sees for 2011. In chronological order of release dates, we’ll start with...

The Green Hornet (Now playing)
The only superhero movie on this list, and it’s only on this list because it looks funny (like “Ironman”) instead of trying to be a cross between “Batman Begins” and “Watchman’ (I’m looking at you, “Thor”...). If you don’t know anything about “The Green Hornet...
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