Entries from November 2010

VIDEO PREVIEW: Pretty Little Liars Returns January 3

November 29th, 2010

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Pretty Little Liars was one of my favorite shows last season and it returns in January to ABC Family! Who is A? Is Alison still alive? I visited the mysterious town of Rosewood (or the Pretty Little Liars set to be exact) so keep your eyes out closer to the premiere for interviews and an advance review of the premiere. But until then check out these promos! And if you are behind on the first part of season one (seriously?!) watch the season one catch-up video so you are all set to watch the premiere.

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REVIEW: Glee “Furt”

November 24th, 2010

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For me, last night’s episode of Glee started out a bit slow. But once it picked up, it had some amazingly wonderful heartbreaking and touching moments. The episode started off with the big news of Kurt’s dad Burt and Finn’s mom Carol getting engaged. Kurt takes on the entire wedding himself and decides New Directions will be their band (Burt wants to dance a lot now that he’s feeling better). My first thought: Can I hire New Directions to play at my wedding in the future? But apparently there’s also another wedding in the Glee future. Sue Sylvester. Sue tries online dating and decides to marry herself! AMAZING! This is totally reminiscent of Sex and the City, where Carrie decides to marry herself and registers at Manolo Blahnik to get back the shoes someone stole from this woman’s horrible party. But I digress. Perhaps Ryan Murphy likes Sex and the City? The Sue thing was a bit more hyperbolic and ridiculous though. And in even more relationship news, Sam tells Quinn he thinks he loves her. Whoa. He proposes! Haha! Except it’s a promise ring and he makes a super sweet speech that he will promise never to pressure him and to be there for her. She says maybe. I adore this couple together so much. Maybe it’s the fact that I love anything Dianna Agron does (seriously she is so amazing) but I think these two are meant to be together.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sarah Ramos (Haddie Braverman) from Parenthood

November 23rd, 2010

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I adore “Parenthood.” Any show that puts Lauren Graham back on my television on a weekly basis will automatically win me over. But what started as a show with an enormous cast and too many stories to tell has really blossomed into something I love and look forward to every week. It has found its voice and perfect balance of drama and comedy, and week after week, The Braverman clan touches my heart. One thing I really love about this show is that the kids have a presence on the show and they don’t necessarily fit into the typical kid mold. Max (played by Max Burkholder) has Aspbergers (a form of Autism) which affects his entire family in different ways. His sister Haddie (played by Sarah Ramos), appears to be well-adjusted for someone going through her family life, but there’s a lot of dimension to her as well. I recently had the chance to chat with Sarah Ramos who talked about what drew her to the role, being a big “Friday Night Lights” fan and what she wants to see from her character going forward. She even teased what’s coming up for her and her new love interest.

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FROM THE SET: INTERVIEW: Jennifer Finnigan (Maddie) and Josh Cooke (Ben) from Better With You

November 22nd, 2010

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In a pack of weak freshman shows, “Better With You” stood out to me. It even made me laugh out loud a few times at the pilot, which is a rarity. The show centers around 3 couples — a married one, one who has been together a long time but has made a “valid life choice” not to be married, and a new couple who got engaged very fast. And of course, they are all related. Vicky and Joel are the parents of Mia and Maddie. Mia is newly pregnant and engaged to her not so long-term boyfriend Casey. And Maddie has been with Ben for nine years but they are choosing not to get married. The creator of the show is Shana Goldberg-Meehan, one of the Executive Producers of “Friends,” and this show is definitely reminiscent of one of my favorites. I recently had the chance to visit the set of Better With You, and chat with all the cast. Jennifer Finnigan and Josh Cookie (Maddie and Ben) teased the upcoming Thanksgiving episode, talked about really finding their characters’ voices and those pesky ratings that the entire cast pays attention to.

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REVIEW: Life Unexpected “Homecoming Crashed”

November 18th, 2010

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This week’s episode of Life Unexpected was amazing. I realize I say that virtually every week, but “Homecoming Crashed” delved deep into Lux’s past which is something I have wanted to see more of since the beginning. Of course it’s all in the setting of a homecoming dance which makes sense because a dance is the setting of any Life Unexpected disaster (see: Cate and Baze, Winter Formal). In this episode, we find out Lux has a neurological disorder. She is going to get her an MRI, but the analyst thinks her decline in school is related to some sort of trauma. Lux suffered a stroke when she was younger. First of all, oh my goodness. This is so sad and heartbreaking. Apparently the stroke and her heart defect might be related. If she had some sort of trauma to the chest, the clot could have spread to the brain. Lux says she doesn’t remember anything happening but there’s clearly something else going on that she’s not saying. Hot teacher promises to throw her a homecoming to make up for all the testing.

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REVIEW: Glee “The Substitute”

November 17th, 2010

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Last night’s Glee wasn’t my favorite episode of all time but there were some major highlights for me. A few of the musical numbers were phenomenal, Terri returns (yay crazy awesome Terri!), and Gwyneth Paltrow guest stars as Holly Holliday, a substitute teacher. A lot of people are hating on Gwyneth but I have loved her since her “Duets” and “Sliding Doors” days and the lady can sing and act. I don’t really pay attention to her persona outside of acting, I just think she has a ton of talent and to see her on Glee was great. I hope she returns. So where do we begin…Sue becomes principal because Figgins is sick and she wants to destroy Glee Club. I love Sue in this episode. Schue hallucinates mini Glee kids because he’s sick with a fever as well. The mini glee kids were absolutely adorable. Terri takes care of Schue, and she quite unfortunately talks baby talk and he kicks her out. She remembers that “Singing in the Rain” makes him feel better when he’s sick. Naturally, Rachel takes over Glee club in Schue’s absence, much to the chagrin of all the Glee Club members.

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FROM THE SET: INTERVIEW: Joanna Garcia (Mia), Jake Lacy (Casey) and Reba McEntyre from Better With You

November 17th, 2010

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In a pack of weak freshman shows, “Better With You” stood out to me. The show centers around 3 couples — a married one, one who has been together a long time but has made a “valid life choice” not to be married, and a new couple who got engaged very fast. And of course, they are all related. Vicky and Joel are the parents of Mia and Maddie. Mia is newly pregnant and engaged to her not so long-term boyfriend Casey. And Maddie has been with Ben for nine years but they are choosing not to get married. The creator of the show is Shana Goldberg-Meehan, one of the Executive Producers of “Friends,” and this show is definitely reminiscent of one of my favorites. I recently had the chance to visit the set of Better With You, and chat with all the cast. Reba McEntire guest stars in this particular episode as Lorraine Ashley, a sassy wedding planner. Joanna Garcia (Mia), Jake Lacy (Casey) and Reba McEntire discuss the episode as well as the holiday episodes coming up and whether we might see the baby delivered this season.

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FROM THE SET: INTERVIEW: Debra Jo Rupp (Vicky) and Kurt Fuller (Joel) from Better With You

November 15th, 2010

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In a pack of rather weak freshman shows, Better With You stood out to me. It’s a traditional four camera sitcom that tapes in front of a studio audience, but I don’t find that distracting. The show centers around 3 couples — a married one, one who has been together a long time but has made a “valid life choice” not to be married, and a new couple who got engaged very fast. And of course, they are all related. Vicky and Joel are the parents of Mia and Maddie. Mia is newly pregnant and engaged to her not so long-term boyfriend. And Maddie has been with Ben for nine years but they are choosing not to get married. The show follows their adventures, but what I really love about it is that it reminds me of one of my favorite sitcoms of all time, “Friends.” Shana Goldberg-Meehan, the creator of this show was an Executive Producer on “Friends” so it’s natural that her new show would be reminiscent of the classic. I think it has really fallen into a good rhythm and I find myself laughing out loud and enjoying it every week. I recently had the chance to visit the set of “Better With You” and talk to the entire cast of the show. Big TV veterans Debra Jo Rupp and Kurt Fuller (Vicky and Joel) were hilarious as they talked about their chemistry, what attracted them to the roles and teased some upcoming holiday episodes.

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INTERVIEW: Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes) from The Walking Dead

November 14th, 2010

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The Walking Dead has only aired two episodes on AMC and it’s already been picked up for a second season. I think I was right when I said the network had another hit on their hands. The zombie apocalypse drama based on the graphic novels stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, a guy who gets shot one day and wakes up in the middle of an apocalypse days later. He goes on a quest to find his family, and any possible survivors of the human variety. Meanwhile, outside of Atlanta, there’s a camp of survivors trying to stay alive. Their paths will mostly likely intersect in this week’s episode, and while Rick might find his family, it probably won’t be all he hoped for. His wife, Lori, (played by Sarah Wayne Callies) has been cheating on him with his former partner and best friend Shane (played by Jon Bernthal). In her defense, she thought Rick was dead, but my guess is that their reunion isn’t going to be the happiest of ones. I have to say that I am not usually into this type of show that forces you to suspend disbelief a little bit, but I have really loved The Walking Dead so far. I recently had the chance to chat with Sarah Wayne Callies, who talked about why you shouldn’t be too quick to judge Lori (and some not so pleasant words aimed towards her at Comic Con), working with Frank Darabont, and why this is the best project she’s ever been a part of.

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REVIEW: The Vampire Diaries “Katerina”

November 12th, 2010

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E here with some more Vampire Diaries action! Our episode this week is “Katerina.” I’ve been waiting patiently for this episode because I’ve wanted some Katherine back story, and now we’re gonna get it. We start our episode back in 1490 with the artist formerly known as Katerina giving birth to a baby. She learns it’s a girl, but she’s not even allowed to hold it as she shamed her family by having a baby out of wedlock. Man, I totally would have watched this episode of Sixteen and Pregnant.

Back in modern day, our boys invite Elena over so that she can hear a little more about the Originals situation from Rose who is still chilling in Mystic Falls. She tells them how powerful Klaus is and how Elijah was just a foot soldier (dang, we’re in trouble now). Elena is not in the mood to deal with Vamp Drama so she tells them she’s going to school. And she doesn’t want Stefan to accompany her.

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