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'Shameless' Review: The Best And Worst Of 'The Two Lisas'

January 26th, 2015 8:38am EST
'Shameless' Review: The Best And Worst Of 'The Two Lisas'
Shameless is always filled with incredible moments. It can take something wacky and turn it into a beautiful moment that defines characters and relationships in an honest way. But sometimes it can go so over the top that it hurts the characters irrevocably. The scene where Lip is finally kind to Mandy is sweet until you remember that she literally tried to murder Karen and destroyed her life forever. Any honest moment with Frank is destroyed by his various inhuman acts, including keeping a woman from a heart transplant. So many characters have had moments they can’t come back from and “The ...
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'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Trust' - Won't Get Framed Again

January 25th, 2015 9:15am EST
'Transporter: The Series' Recap And Review: 'Trust' - Won't Get
Frank Martin gets framed for a lot of things. Last season, he was a suspected terrorist after he got duped into carrying a bomb, and this week he's the prime person of interest in the disappearance of a former client. It just goes to show you that the life of a transporter has a certain number of recurring concerns. Yet even on the second try, Transporter: The Series can't quite get this one to work at full speed.

You see, nine months ago, Frank was in Toronto - on a motorcycle, which is a change of pace for him - taking a very long drive to help the girlfriend of a corporate CEO escape hi...
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'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: 'Woke Up With A Monster'

January 23rd, 2015 9:55am EST
'The Vampire Diaries' Season 6 Recap: 'Woke Up With A Monster'
The Vampire Diaries season 6 returned last night with yet another strong episode. Season 6 still lacks the charm and excitement from seasons 1-3, but it's definitely an improvement from seasons 4 and 5. The second Paul Wesley directed episode, "Woke Up with a Monster," showed clear growth and confidence. Lots of little wonderful visual tricks we don't usually see on the show.

This Vampire Diaries episode had a strong focus and vision. There were loads of parallels throughout the varying storylines. The season is also making sure no man is left behind when it comes to storylines, even if so...
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Will FOX's New Crime Drama 'Backstrom' Starring Rainn Wilson Be Any Good?

January 22nd, 2015 1:56pm EST
Backtrom - Rainn Wilson
Rainn Wilson has a new job as the lead in the new Fox drama "Backstrom."

The 13-episode drama is based on the Swedish book series by criminologist/novelist Leif G.W. Persson. The hourlong crime drama centers on an overweight, offensive, irascible detective as he tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior.

"Hart Hanson and Rainn Wilson are the perfect combination of creative vision and onscreen talent to bring this one-of-a-kind character and story like 'Backstrom' to Fox,” said Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly.

“I’ve been in business with Hart for a long time, and no...
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6 Pearl-Clasping Moments Of Showdown On 'Empire's' 'The Devil Quotes Scripture'

January 22nd, 2015 10:05am EST
'Empire' Recap: 6 Pearl-Clasping Moments Of Showdown - 'The Devi
Heavy is the head that wears the crown and Lucious’ (Terence Howard) throne was really tested in “The Devil Quotes Scripture;” third episode of “Empire.” It’s him versus the world. And the world being a pesky manager, a disloyal ex-wife and rebellious son. We countdown the six most shade-worthy showdowns in “The Devil Quotes Scripture.”

“Now, Who Needs Protection”

Within the first 15 minutes of the episode Lucious is threatened by one of his artist’s (Veronica, the bald-headed balladeer we were introduced to in the pilot episode of “Empire.”) manager. The confrontational manager sticks hi...
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Were You Disappointed With The Season Finale Of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'?

January 22nd, 2015 9:27am EST
'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Season Finale: Rundown On 'C
Finally! Ryan Murphy has freed us from the torture that was American Horror Story: Freak Show. Like most AHS finales, “Curtain Call” wrapped up dozens of storylines and even more character arcs in the most ridiculous and least sufficient way possible. You’d think by now we’d be use to the insane twists and turns that ultimately amount to nothing, but somehow this ending still managed to disappoint. It didn’t quite reach the borefest levels of the Coven finale, but the entire episode was ill paced and unsatisfying.

Finally! At last Ryan Murphy has freed us from the torture that was American...
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'Arrow': Blake Neely Tells Us How He Makes Everything Sound Super

January 21st, 2015 12:05pm EST
'Arrow': Blake Neely Tells Us How He Makes Everything Sound Supe
The CW's Arrow returns tonight with Oliver Queen continuing to save Starling City, but his heroics wouldn't sound nearly as good if not for Blake Neely, the man tasked with composing the score you hear every week on the hit television series.

Following the release of his second Arrow soundtrack album, Blake sat down with us for a second time (here's the first) to discuss the evolution of his score and how he separates the music of Arrow and its sibling The Flash from his many other television projects.

"I try to evolve the sound a little bit each season, just because I think you can get d...
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'Supernatural' Midseason Premiere Recap: Let The Power Be With You

January 21st, 2015 10:30am EST
Supernatural
After a lengthy hellatus (that had the silver lining of an early renewal for "Supernatural"), the sci-fi drama belly-flopped right back into the action. "The Hunter Games" was a mostly stellar episode that showed our heroes bungling through difficult situations, Sam and Dean both proving why they are the creatures demons fear, and a crapload of manipulation and trickery.

Grab your best axe and let’s dive in, shall we?

Claire and Castiel | Claire admittedly tapdanced on my nerves in the winter finale as it was the wrong time to introduce a new character. In "The Hunter Games," Kathry...
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'Justified' Premiere Recap And Review: 'Fate's Right Hand' - In With A Bang

January 21st, 2015 9:11am EST
'Justified' Premiere Recap And Review: 'Fate's Right Hand' - In
So, here we are: the beginning of the end of Justified. There's sadness that comes with that, obviously, given that this has been one of television's consistently excellent shows from the day it went on the air a little less than five years ago. But there's also a sense of excitement, because "Fate's Right Hand" proves that this show is not screwing around, and is going to finish things off as strong as it's ever been.

Winona is still raising Raylan's daughter Willa, and wondering why he's not there considering that he was supposed to be headed their way. But the reason why is obvious: it'...
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'Justified' Season 6: What Does Jere Burns Say About Wynn Duffy's Longevity?

January 20th, 2015 12:04pm EST
'Justified' Season 6: Jere Burns Talks Wynn Duffy's Longevity
Wynn Duffy keeps finding a way to not die. The charismatic lieutenant of the Dixie Mafia has been working his criminal ways for the entirety of Justified's tenure, whether it's on his own or by allying himself with the person most likely to keep him alive.

And that's actually a very good thing, because Duffy is played by the charming and talented TV veteran Jere Burns. Because he's such a joy to watch, you almost don't mind that Duffy never quite seems to get what he deserves.

We sat down with Jere on Sunday at FX's Television Critics Association presentation to discuss Duffy's surprising...
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