Entries from September 2010

REVIEW: Life Unexpected “Criminal Incriminated”

September 29th, 2010

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Last night, this TV Chick was exhausted and in a terrible mood. And then I watched Life Unexpected, and everything was better. Just when I was a bit frustrated in television (if you wondered, I didn’t love The Biggest Loser last night which is unusual — new format was not working for me), Life Unexpected restored my faith.

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REVIEW: Glee “Britney/Brittany”

September 29th, 2010

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We all knew the Britney Spears episode of Glee was coming. I expected epic, and epic is what I got. Perhaps not epic plot-wise but we all watch Glee for the music right? So in that sense, I was blown away. The Glee kids (mostly Kurt) is advocating for New Directions to perform Britney Spears, but Schue won’t have it. Brittany, the character, not the pop star was the real star of this episode that centered around Spears music. She had the best dance moves (seriously AMAZING), the best songs and the best one-liners. One of those was that her name is really Brittany Spears because her name is Brittany Susan Pierce and she has constantly been tormented by living in the shadows of the musician. Oh man, amazing!

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Tuesday Night TV is EPIC! (New shows, Old shows, GLEE!)

September 28th, 2010

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I usually don’t do any sort of posts about what’s on TV. I figure there are lots of other sites that do the trick and also your good old fashioned menu on the TV. But tonight there is just so much amazing stuff on TV, I wanted to share everything I’ll be watching and my thoughts on one new show premiering┬áthat I think is most certainly worth watching.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Jayma Mays (Emma) from Glee (and Audio from the Interview)

September 28th, 2010

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In my mind, Glee changed the face of television as we know it. I know that musical episodes have been done before (Buffy The Vampire Slayer set the bar high) but never has there been a show like this. If you don’t know by now, it centers around McKinley High School’s show choir New Directions which features students from all over the social spectrum. This unlikely group of people came together last season to form a singing powerhouse. But the show’s not just about the incredibly talented kids. The faculty at the school are just as amazing and talented. Jane Lynch’s portrayal of Sue Sylvester has become a pop culture icon, and everyone fell in love with quirky Emma Pillsbury (the guidance counselor, played by Jayma Mays) and Will Schuester (the tireless leader of Glee Club, played by Matthew Morrison). Their on again/off again relationship is slowly becoming the modern day Ross and Rachel. From the very beginning, Emma was one of my favorite characters. Her incredible sense of style, her desire to keep everything clean and her expressions that light up the screen caused me to take notice from episode one. I recently had the chance to chat with Jayma Mays about everything from the Emmys, to the reason why Emma didn’t go running back into Will’s arms in the season finale last year, to the upcoming Rocky Horror episode where she sings and of course her new love interest played by John Stamos. She is one of my absolute favorite people to talk to ever and I know I’m not the only one who hopes she’s in a ton of episodes in season two. Also, in a TV Chick FIRST (of many I hope), there is a link after the interview to download a (very long) portion of the audio from the interview!

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REVIEW: The Vampire Diaries “Bad Moon Rising”

September 24th, 2010

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In “Bad Moon Rising,” we’ve got some movement on this whole werewolf situation, which is pretty good stuff.

So we start with my question from last week getting answered. Alaric has apparently been around because he’s at the Salvatore Estate at the beginning of this episode because it’s time for a little pow-wow to figure out what the deal is with the Lockwood Men. He mentions that Isobel definitely did a little research on Lycanthropes (werewolves for those not in the know). It’s decided that Alaric (I know people call him Ric(k?), but I don’t like that, Alaric has a lot more pizazz so we’ll stick with that), Damon, and Elena are going to road trip it to Duke to do a little digging into Isobel’s research. Stefan is going to hang back at the ranch because someone has to keep Caroline out of trouble. Elena and Stefan lament that he can’t come, and Elena is not thrilled to have to spend extended time with Damon. Good thing that her sort of, not really though stepdad will be there. Elena and Stefan do a little making out in front of Damon because it’s only right to mark your territory.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Taylor Spreitler (Lennox) from Melissa & Joey

September 24th, 2010

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Melissa & Joey stars two of my favorite sitcom actors from my youth: Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. It’s a quirky show about a “manny” who comes into Mel Burke’s (a former wild child now local politician) family and shakes things up a bit. Burke’s niece and nephew moved in because their mom got sent to jail and it makes for an interesting family dynamic. I recently had the chance to chat with Taylor Spreitler, who plays Lennox (the niece). The former daytime television star is having a blast working with Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence and she talked about working in front of a live studio audience, some funny fan encounters and what makes this show unique.

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FALL PREVIEW: Blue Bloods

September 24th, 2010

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For all intents and purposes, Blue Bloods is just another procedural drama about cops. And it has no real competition on a Friday night at 10 pm. However, this show about a family in the police force in New York City is quite intriguing. Tom Selleck stars as Frank Reagan, the chief of police which was a position once held by his father, who left for perhaps some shady reasons. The oldest son is Danny (played by Donnie Wahlberg), a detective with some interesting methods of solving cases. Adding a much needed female voice to the show is Bridget Moynihan (of Sex and the City fame) who plays Erin, a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office who often finds herself mixed up in the family business. And then there’s the youngest son Jamie (played by Will Estes from American Dreams), who in the pilot episode decides to forgo taking the bar exam and become a police officer.┬áThere is also the mysterious death of an older brother which seemingly inspires Jamie to join the force.

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REVIEW: Life Unexpected “Parents Unemployed”

September 22nd, 2010

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After an outstanding premiere, Life Unexpected returned last night to take on the struggles of Baze and Cate in “Parents Unemployed. Cate being Cate has no idea what to do with herself and she’s up early to listen to the new Morning Madness. This of course leads to a bit of a breakdown. Oh, Cate, it’s okay! Lux goes to school looking really good for Eric/Mr. Daniels/the hot teacher. And Math is back! Which of course leads Lux to lie to him about the reasons she’s talking to hot teacher. Yes, I will hereby refer to him as hot teacher.

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INTERVIEW: Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw from Undercovers & Video Preview

September 22nd, 2010

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Undercovers is a new NBC drama premiering tonight at 10 pm. I wasn’t sure what to think of this new JJ Abrams spy thriller, because I don’t tend to go for this type of show. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The pilot episode focuses on Steven and Samantha Bloom — two former spies who have left that world to run a restaurant. Of course, there’s a new mission that they are experts on, and the super sexy pair are recruited to come back to the spy world. The two main actors, stage veterans Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw have incredible chemistry, and I really found myself loving the show. I recently had the chance to chat with the two leads on a conference call and they talked about the big differences between stage and screen, the physical challenges of the role and what initially attracted them to the roles.

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FALL PREVIEW: Better With You

September 22nd, 2010

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Traditional multiple camera sitcoms with laugh tracks seem to be few and far between these days. Most shows tend to stray away from these 90s mainstays, leaning more towards documentary style filming or at the very least single camera. However, the sitcom is what started this TV Chick on her TV loving journey. Friends is one of my all time favorite shows and it is as sitcom as they come. This is not to say that the recent trend in the comedy format isn’t a welcome and wonderful change, but I still see the merit in a laugh track (as long as it’s not too distracting) and multiple cameras.

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