'Homeland' 3.2: Sneak Preview Review

October 2nd, 2013 4:24pm EDT
Homeland 3.2
Just saw Homeland 3.2, to be aired this Sunday, courtesy of a screener provided by Showtime. Herewith a review, with some spoilers.

The main theme, as far as the central story goes, is Saul's continuing lack of support aka betrayal of Carrie. Saul insists to everyone who questions him about this - Carrie's family and Quinn - that he has something bigger in mind, and he's doing this to protect Carrie.

But it's hard to see how that would work. Carrie's being locked up against her will, prevented from pursuing her drug-free approach which seemed to be working, doesn't ring true as a way of h...

'Homeland' Returns With Lots Of Action And Surprises

September 30th, 2013 9:45am EDT
I just watched the first episode of the new season - #3 - of Homeland, courtesy of a screener from Showtime. Here is a review, with some spoilers.

The action starts some two months after the deadly attack that took out the CIA and 219 people, including Counterterrorism Director David Estes. He's been replaced by Saul - which might seem like a good thing, because he has implicit faith in Carrie, and is smarter than Estes. In fact, Saul's the smartest non-bipolar thinker on the show.  But he's subject to incredible pressure when he makes decisions, even though he strives mightily to do the r...

'Homeland' Returns: Season 3, 'Simpsons' Parody, Blu-Ray

September 29th, 2013 12:14pm EDT
This is a huge week if you're a Homeland fan. Not only does Season 3 launch tonight, but The Simpsons kicks off its 25th season with a parody of the hit Showtime series, and Season 2 has already arrived on Blu-Ray in spectacular form.

Season 3 resumes the action two months after Season 2's attack on Langley, with the CIA simultaneously targeting the responsible parties and still searching for the fugitive Brody (Damian Lewis). Saul (Mandy Patinkin), as the acting director of the Agency, finds himself in hot water when a Senate investigation into CIA practices is launched. And Carrie (Clair...

TV Ratings: End Of 'Dexter' Kills Rivals

September 28th, 2013 10:46am EDT
During the first week of some season premieres, no show could top football or the Emmys. The latter show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, was up by several million viewers, to 17.76 million, ranking #2 for the week behind NFL Football.

FOX’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ was the first big debut, and it didn’t disappoint: The drama took in a very promising 10.1 million viewers on Monday. The season premiere of ‘New Girl’ did fine with 5.5 million viewers, but ‘The Mindy Project’ tanked with 3.8 million.

There were finales galore, too, mostly on cable: The end of ‘Dexter’ set a Showtime record with 2.8 mi...

'Masters Of Sex' Stars Lizzy Caplan And Michael Sheen Unfazed By Show's Nudity And Sex Scenes

September 27th, 2013 3:58pm EDT
Masters Of Sex
Showtime's new series Masters Of Sex, which premieres on Sunday, September 29, focuses on the real life studies of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who in the 1950s began to revolutionize the way people view the things that go on between couples in the bedroom.

The show, based on the book of the same name by biographer Thomas Maier, stars Michael Sheen as Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Johnson, both of whom had to get comfortable with a lot of nudity and simulated sex acts.

"We've seen so many people do bizarre things in front of you, you get used to it," Sheen said at t...

Dexter Series Finale Recap: Solitude, Style, A Small Amount Of Hope

September 23rd, 2013 8:26am EDT
One of the first reviews I ever wrote about any television show on Infinite Regress was First Place to Dexter in December 2006, where I said Dexter was the best show on television that Fall. And it's never disappointed since.

This last season and very last episode in particular was graced by brilliant, darkly logical plot development, as has been the entire series.  A hurricane is hitting Miami, which gives Dexter cover to do all kinds of things.
I hated to see him take Debra off life-support, but I can understand how he couldn't bear to leave her in Miami in that vegetative state.  And I ...

'Dexter' Season 8 Episode 11: 'Not the Old Dexter'

September 16th, 2013 10:56am EDT
Dexter Season 8 Episode 11
"Maybe I'm not the old Dexter," Dexter says is this fabulously harrowing and satisfying penultimate episode 8.11 of the series, and he's right.  And that may prove the undoing of all of his plans.

Because Dexter has the psycho Daniel Vogel on his table, in a perfect last kill, all set for Dex and Hannah and Harrison to make way to Argentina, and Dex instead calls in Deb to arrest Daniel all legal-like.  That's not a bad plan, since Daniel can also be credited with all Dex's killings, but it's not as good as the original plan.

Because Marshall Cooper - having been tailing Dexter - walks in...

'Homeland' Season 3: Five Spoilers You Need To Know

September 6th, 2013 3:39pm EDT
Fans are eagerly waiting for the next riveting season of "Homeland" on Showtime, which will focus on the aftermath of the terror attack at Langley and prompt a massive manhunt for Nick Brody (Damian Lewis).

According to the network, "As Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for Brody’s whereabouts."

Spoiler #1: At the start of season three, Carrie and Saul will be on trial, testifying for th...

2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On Cable & Premium

September 3rd, 2013 8:30pm EDT
The Walking Dead
The fall television season for cable begins tonight, actually. Luther's four night run premieres at 10PM on BBC America. There are plenty of options for primetime entertainment until Christmas, including reality television, which I do not preview.


CHINA, IL returns Sunday, September 22 at 11:30PM

THE HEART, SHE HOLLER returns Wednesday, September 11 at 12:15AM


THE WALKING DEAD returns Sunday, October 13 at 9PM (and TALKING DEAD returns the same night at 11PM, which is then followed by Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men at 11:30pm)

The Walking Dead's third season received trem...

CBS & Time Warner Deal Ends NY, LA, Dallas Television Blackout

September 3rd, 2013 8:10am EDT
CBS and Time Warner Inc. have reached a deal that will allow viewers in New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles to once again watch CBS or CBS-owned channels in their homes.

These cities haven't been able to view programming from CBS-owned networks since Aug. 2. Popular shows on these networks include "NCIS," "How I Met Your Mother," "Under The Dome" and "Dexter."

According to the AP, the companies were in disagreement over how much Time Warner Inc. would pay for programming on CBS and other channels such as Showtime, CBS Sports Network, and the Smithsonian channel.

The cities are three of the...