'The Strain' Season 1 Episode 3 Recap: Dude, Where's My Crotch?

July 28th, 2014 9:15am EDT
The Strain
Before we begin, let's give a quick shout-out to everybody involved with that opening "Eichorst covers his horrible vampire features with simulated human" sequence. TV is not a medium known for the highest quality of special effects (and as nifty as "The Strain" is, the CGI tongue spikes can look a little dodgy sometimes). But that was some grade-A makeup work. Kudos, you vampire freaks!

Alright, now for the endless joy and squickyness of "Gone Smooth." Last night's episode was all about our four survivors (well, three, really, because Ms. Smarmy Lawyer Lady was too busy decomposing to mak...

Kurt Sutter Thought 'Outside The Box' When Casting Marilyn Manson In 'Sons Of Anarchy'

July 22nd, 2014 10:19am EDT
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"Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter talked about casting rockers Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love during the Television Critics Association summer tour on Monday.

He explained how he likes to mix things up with surprising casting.

"I tend to do this every season, I like to do some casting that's a little bit outside the box, you know, from Stephen King to David Hasselhoff – we try to do stuff that's fun," he explained.

Manson's friendship with Sutter helped him land the role of Ron Tully, a white supremacist prisoner who Jax [Charlie Hunnam] uses to expand his power base.

Sutter said:...

'The Strain' Episode 2 Recap: Nazi Secrets Revealed! (Hint: They Were Vampires)

July 21st, 2014 8:45am EDT
The Strain
We already know how "The Strain" fares with two hours' running time and a Guillermo del Toro manning the cameras. But how does it fair with just one hour and a distinct lack of del Toro?

The answer? Still pretty outstanding.

Because of the time crunch, we don't get nearly the same amount of "getting to know you" time that we did last week. Plus, we've got a new character to introduce- Vasiliy Fet, rodent hunter extraordinaire- meaning "The Box" has an even larger piece of bread on which to spread its perilously thin amount of butter.

But all in all, things work out. And if we've learned...

'The Strain' Series Premiere Recap: Cliches, Neglectful Fathers and Skull-Crunching Vampires

July 14th, 2014 8:47am EDT
'The Strain' Series Premiere Recap: Cliches, Neglectful Fathers
Few television shows begin with a series premiere roughly the length of a feature film.

But then, most television shows don't reward you at the halfway mark with a nine foot tall cloaked creature with a giant worm for a tongue that drains a man of all his blood and then pulverizes his face with its bare hands.

That should keep butts planted on couches.

The Strain, for those who don't know, is the hideously ugly love child of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Del Toro, of course, is the eccentric Mexican filmmaker behind films of varying degrees of whimsy and horrific disembowelment- "P...

Courtney Love To Join 'Sons Of Anarchy' As A School Teacher

July 9th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Courtney Love To Join 'Sons Of Anarchy' As A School Teacher
Hole rocker Courtney Love is set to appear on the seventh and final season of FX's hit show "Sons Of Anarchy". According to a new report from TVLine, Love will take the role of a preschool teacher by the name of Ms. Harrison. Her character will be part of a multi-episode arc that will see her taking a special interest in Jax Teller's eldest son Abel.

In what is being referred to as a "pivotal" arc, Love will be making her "Sons" debut in season seven's fourth episode. Her interest in Abel will spark an interesting reaction from his mother, Wendy (Drea De Matteo).

This isn't the first t...

'Tyrant' Recap: Memorable Moments From The 'Pilot'

June 25th, 2014 8:34am EDT
'Tyrant' Recap: Memorable Moments From The 'Pilot'
Tyrant, FX’s newest addition to its excellent roster, was brimming with controversy before it ever aired. Many brilliant creative minds put their hands on the show in the beginning stages, such as Ang Lee and David Yates, only to promptly exit. The show was originally supposed to shoot in Morocco, but was forced to move to Israel after the pilot. Recently, discussions about casting a white actor, Adam Rayner, to play the main character, a Middle Eastern man, also cast a shadow over the series. It’s always troubling when a show has many public creative shifts and controversies in its early d...

'Justified's' Cathy Baron On Season 5 And Dares For Charity

June 1st, 2014 4:01pm EDT
Cathy Baron
On Justified, Cathy Baron is playing a woman of ill repute. Yet off-screen, she's tirelessly working on behalf of a number of good causes. Last year, Cathy partnered with LifeKraze to promote healthy eating, and now she's on Darelicious raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She rejoined BFTV to talk about her latest venture - which involves a gangster rap video (?!) - and her return to Justified this past season.

Darelicious is a different kind of fundraising platform; instead of offering rewards for contributions, those raising money are, as the title suggests, dared to do ...

'Fargo' 1.7: The Bungling and the Brave

May 28th, 2014 2:14pm EDT
Fargo continues to pick up steam, with its second exceptional episode - 1.7 - in as many weeks.

Last week, in the blizzard, Molly gets shot by Gus at the end of a literally blindingly harrowing scene. This week, we learn that the shot went "clean through," and caused no lasting damage. But the time in the hospital gives Molly and Gus some good time to draw closer together, as well as leaving Molly isolated from the ground-changing developments back in Bemidji, which sets her up for another evocatively symbolic frame of her face at the end of the episode.

The most important action - and i...

Our 5 Favorite Wigs Keri Russell Wore In Season 2 Of 'The Americans'

May 25th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
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The second season of FX's Russian-spies-undercover-in-the-80s drama The Americans has come to a close. And what a season! I won't go into specific spoilers here but last night's finale revealed who killed Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip's (Matthew Rhys) fellow suburban spies way back in the premiere. And in other developments, Paige might be getting a whole different type of education next season. *shiver*

All due respect to talented thespian Keri Russell, but the real stars of the show are those hilarious wigs she wears for her undercover ops. To quote a number ("Wig In A Box") from...

'The Americans' Season 2 Finale: Second Generation

May 22nd, 2014 8:42am EDT
The Americans Season 2 Finale
The Americans Season 2 finale stunned us with unforeseen twists and surprises at just about every turn, and the most powerful and long-reaching at the end.

First, in a breathtaking scene in the woods, we find that Jared killed his parents and sister. Totally unexpected, but, like all good twists, makes perfect sense once explained. Jared was a teenage boy with a gun, who couldn't brook his father's opposition to what the Centre was bestowing on him: the manhood of being an operative in the cause. Tragically, his mother and sister just got in the way. And all of that was preceded by a sma...