Drama

'The Strain' Episode 9 Recap: The Master's Face Revealed, And It's... Just OK

September 8th, 2014 9:33am EDT
The Strain
Downtime must exist in every serialized drama (that is, a drama where each episode's story runs into the next, and doesn't do the "Law & Order" thing where a bad guy is introduced, tried, acquitted and then shot down on the courthouse steps by a justice-seeking victim every week).

TV stories move in stages; they have to structure smaller conflicts around a larger conflict that will inevitably burst in about three months' worth of episodes.

So there are bound to be lulls, entire episodes where the writers just shift around the pieces and wind things just tight enough for a giant conflict-s...
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'Masters Of Sex:' Best Moments From 'Story Of My Life'

September 8th, 2014 9:08am EDT
'Masters Of Sex:' Best Moments From 'Story Of My Life'
Here are the top 5 moments from Masters of Sex: “Story of My Life:”

Virginia the Amateur Therapist

Last week, Virginia once again made her intentions to expand her career prospects clear to Bill. He, in very Bill-like fashion, claimed to be supportive, while listing all of the reasons why it was a terrible idea. However, Virginia is determined to add a psychology aspect to the sex study, in order to help patients move past the sexual dysfunctions that are born through trauma. It’s the Barbara’s case of Vaginismus, caused by a childhood incestuous relationship with her brother, that real m...
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Prediction: Law & Order: SVU’s Olivia Benson Will Be One Badass TV Mom This Season

September 7th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Prediction: Law & Order: SVU’s Olivia Benson Will Be One Badass
A baby can change your life – or in the case of ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ it can breath new life into a series that is entering its sixteenth season.

Used to be, the show’s biggest difference from year to year was the hair color and cut of “Olivia Benson” (Mariska Hargitay). But on September 24th, the new acting commander will be pulling double duty as the court-appointed custodial guardian of “Noah Porter,” the baby who was orphaned at the end of last season.

For the trial period of one year, she will join the ranks of New York City mothers; and although we’re a tough bunch (I’ve been one for ...
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Best Unknown Book To Screen Adaptations

September 6th, 2014 4:05pm EDT
High Fidelity
With the release of Innocence yesterday and the home video debut of A Long Way Down this Tuesday, it seems like we're in another phase where books are making their way to the big and small screens. Adaptations have long been a Hollywood staple, but it's not always obvious when a movie or TV show started life as a book. Many of the programs you've loved probably have an equally entertaining book behind them; you just haven't discovered it yet.

To that end, we've compiled this list of six great books that you might not know were behind six great film and television projects - in the hopes th...
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'Under The Dome' Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: Egg Hunts, Earthquakes And A Slight Wintry Mix

September 2nd, 2014 10:09am EDT
'Under The Dome' Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: Egg Hunts, Earthqua
Oh, "Under the Dome." You crazy, magnificent bastard. You're like the uncle who shows up every Thanksgiving with a sack of pigeon carcasses and a cheery toothless grin. Frightening, unnecessary and potentially dangerous to your well-being, but he's so much fun you keep inviting him over every year.

And you've been on a roll lately- ever since a handful of characters were jettisoned outside the Dome and into the harsh conditions of human civilization, you've been playing fast and loose, and upping the insanity every week.

Now, with "The Fall," and the relocation of all those characters bac...
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'Teen Wolf' Season 4 Episode 11 Recap: Less Teen Melodrama, Please

September 2nd, 2014 8:37am EDT
Teen Wolf
After last week’s pretty disappointing “Monstrous,” Teen Wolf delivers a more character-focused episode that still leaves me feeling a little empty inside.

Maybe we’ve been spoiled for the past few season of Teen Wolf, but it’s generally around this time that the plot and energy kind of explodes into what I can only describe as 44 minutes of the characters scrambling around to dubstep as they try and find their footing. The stakes were always raised and they were always based in character. You can actually trace it back all the way to the beginning. In fact, I will break down penultimate e...
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'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: Cookie Blows the Lid off of 'Ray Donovan'- And Also a Character or Two

September 1st, 2014 10:25am EDT
'Ray Donovan' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: Cookie Blows the Lid of
Why, "Ray Donovan?" Why? Why do you do this to us?

Why do you trudge through seven episodes of ineffectual sludge, only for now- in "Sunny," the eighth episode of the season- to actually give us an undeniably terrific villain.

It's the same thing the show did last year. There was a bunch of jibber-jabber that didn't amount to much, and then in the latter half of the season- whoooooosh. Here's James Woods, to swoop in and terrorize the last couple episodes; a Big Bad that appeared out of nowhere and suffered greatly for the lack of introduction.

Now, Cookie Brown is doing the same. Had Co...
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'The Strain' Season 1, Episode 8 Recap: Insert Boxcutter, Remove Worm

September 1st, 2014 9:01am EDT
The Strain
Every television show in existence must do a bottle episode- it is written in the great cosmic TV code. Whether bound by a low budget (a "bottle episode" being an episode of a TV show that's filmed almost entirely in a single location) or just a sense of "hey, wouldn't it be cool if the whole cast was stuck in a walk-in freezer for a full hour?" the bottle episode must come.

"The Strain" is no different. Once "Creatures of the Night" gets going, it never leaves the confines of a lonely gas station convenience store (well, technically some people leave, but there's a 50% survival rate for t...
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'Masters Of Sex Recap:' The Best Moments From 'Mirror Mirror'

September 1st, 2014 8:25am EDT
'Masters Of Sex Recap:' The Best Moments From 'Mirror Mirror'
Here are a few of the top moments from a slow, but pivotal episode of Masters of Sex:

Christian Borle as Frank Mason

Tony winning Christian Borle, best known for his role on “Smash,” joins the cast of “Masters of Sex” as Frank Mason, a former medical school peer who has come from Kansas City with his wife to help get pregnant. The vibe between the two men is awkward from the start, with mentions of writing each other letters and an unspoken rift. Bill has never been the type of person to have friends, so the man’s presence is ominous throughout the episode, as Virginia and Betty try to gu...
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12 Female Television Characters We Can Relate To

August 30th, 2014 11:00am EDT
12 Female Television Characters We Can Relate To
It seems like we've turned a corner in the past year or so when it comes to female characters on television. There are not only more women in roles that are robust and meaty, but there are most diverse offerings, making characters that any person can relate to. In honor of television moving forward to create more and better roles for women, here are some of our favorite relatable female characters.

Peggy Olson, "Mad Men"

Peggy Olson wants to be a career woman and she won't let anyone stop her, despite her era's sexist views working against her. Starting out as a secretary at Sterling ...
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