Entries from November 2011

REVIEW: Glee “I Kissed A Girl”

November 30th, 2011


Last night’s episode of Glee titled “I Kissed A Girl” centered around Santana and the campaign video that was about to out her. There’s also the matter of the elections — both for Class President and a Congressional seat. It was a decent episode with a few catchy musical numbers, but overall it felt like a filler episode. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the Santana scenes were moving and fantastic (even if in a slightly emotionally manipulative way). I even liked Finn in this episode for trying to raise Santana’s spirits and make her realize she has a ton of support from those who love her. It just felt like there was a ton of music and very little plot. But I won’t give up Glee. I know a lot of people who have, but I have always said that the music makes me happy and this season has really been pretty great in the plot department.

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INTERVIEW: Raphael Sbarge (Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper) from Once Upon A Time

November 27th, 2011

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When I watched the pilot for Once Upon A Time, I was instantly hooked. But I wasn’t sure how well a modern-day fairy tale would catch on. I was quickly proven wrong though, as the audience came out in full force and were won over by the show’s charm and great storytelling. I am so happy it caught on the way it has and I can’t wait to see what is to come of the curse, Henry, Emma and the great supporting cast of characters. Tonight’s episode of Once Upon A Time focuses on Jiminy Cricket, who is now Archie the therapist, in present day. I recently had the chance to chat with Raphael Sbarge, who plays Jiminy Cricket, and he had some great things to say about the episode, playing a fairy tale character and how the show has redefined a demographic.

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INTERVIEW: Gabriel Mann (Nolan) from Revenge

November 23rd, 2011


I don’t think I can ever say enough good things about Revenge. The story of Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke and her plot to take down the powerful people of the Hamptons who wronged her and her father is just so soapy and wonderful. Each week, I find myself legitimately craving more. Crucial parts of her plan have come to involve the help of Nolan Ross — the quirky, young billionaire, who knows Emily’s true identity — played by Gabriel Mann. I recently chatted with Mann about Nolan and his many relationships, Nolan’s backstory and just how crazy things are about to get on the show.It was seriously one of my favorite interviews to date, because there’s obviously so much more to Nolan that we haven’t even touched on yet.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Ashley Madekwe (Ashley) from Revenge

November 22nd, 2011

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“Hi, I’m here for Revenge,” says Ashley Madekwe as she pulls into set. I couldn’t help but smile at this statement as she kindly asked me to hold on for a moment. Madekwe plays Ashley Davenport, the party planning assistant to Victoria Grayson (the Queen of the Hamptons). In real life, she runs a ridiculously awesome blog (I’m seriously jealous of the clothes she models) and has been on shows from The Beautiful Life to Secret Diary of A Call Girl. I absolutely adore Revenge so I was excited to chat with the one who is seemingly on the outside. Madekwe had a bit of a different take on it, though. We talked about what’s coming up on the show, her relationship with Tyler and what she would like to see from Ashley going forward.

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REVIEW: Glee “Mash Off”

November 16th, 2011


I want to believe Glee is back to its old season one self, but I’m not all the way convinced yet. “Mash Off” was a pretty decent episode, but it was decent because some of the musical numbers (mainly one) gave me chills. And that knocked it up in the rankings. But was it anywhere near “Asian F” or “The First Time”? Not really, sadly. The episode focuses on a Glee assignment (and one of my favorites) — mash-ups. But because the groups are split (The Troubletones are great and all but can we please just all get along?!), they are going to have a Mash Off, a mash-up competition.

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ADVANCE REVIEW: New Girl “Thanksgiving”

November 15th, 2011


Last week’s episode of New Girl was probably my favorite of the series. I have watched it about five times already and it’s still on my DVR. This week’s episode, “Thanksgiving” is also fantastic, even if it’s not in a laugh out loud way. But I still love it just as much. Jess invites a Paul, a teacher from her school, over for Thanksgiving. Paul is played by Justin Long, and him and Jess are pretty much the same exact person. They also have great chemistry. Jess invites him over to impress him, but of course, the guys didn’t want to make Thanksgiving dinner at all. They want to watch football and relax and not have to entertain anyone. Jess gets Schmidt (who is some sort of OCD cook) to agree to do all the cooking by promising that CeCe will come over. Love this!

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Creators) from Once Upon A Time

November 13th, 2011


Once Upon A Time was one of those pilots that I watched and I was immediately entranced by. It was different. It was something that I hadn’t seen before. It’s a modern-day fairy tale that focuses on Emma Swan who meets her son, Henry, who she gave up for adoption. Henry lives in Storybrooke, Maine, a town that he’s convinced has been cursed and that everyone living there is a fairy tale character, they just don’t know it. The show premiered to great success and has kept up its strong ratings ever since, and I’m so glad it has. I recently had the chance to chat with the show’s creators, Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (both former “Lost” scribes) about the show, what fascinates them about fairy tales and even the similarities with Lost.

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REVIEW: The Vampire Diaries “Homecoming”

November 11th, 2011


Okay, people. Were you ready for the ‘fall finale’ of The Vampire Diaries? I wasn’t. But, ‘Homecoming’ happened anyways (BTW, as I was preparing to watch it, I was like, I bet this episode is entitled Homecoming. And then it was. And I am awesome).

We start with Stefan and Klaus having a little chit chat on the phone where Stefan is like, oh hiii, your dad’s dead. Come to Mystic Falls, it will be rich! So, one hour earlier, Mikael, Elena, Stefan, and Damon cooked up a plan. They needed to be legit for Klaus because Stefan’s lying skills are off nowadays. Because of this (and the fact that vamps can’t kill originals without dying), Elena stabs him. Back to the phone call. Klaus is all, uhh, don’t really believe you, let me talk to my sissy. And sissy Rebekah sort of hates her brother now, so she’s like, yep, dad is totes dead. And Klaus is on his way! They pull the stake out of Mikael so they can continue hatching the plan. When Mikael wakes, Rebekah is there doing her nails. He’s like, hey daughter. And she’s like, you destroyed our family. You made us this, I hate you! You know, normal teenager stuff.

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REVIEW: The Secret Circle Mid-Season Finale “Balcoin”

November 11th, 2011


Secret Circle fans, please join me in a moment of silence to mourn the CW’s long winter hiatus. This week’s mid-season finale was a solid, plain old awesome hour of television. I need more now.

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Looks like Cassie’s evil. Well, at the very least she has the potential to be evil. Cassie and Jake learn that Cassie’s father, John Blackwell, or J.B. as he’s listed on Calvin’s secret family tree, comes from a line of super evil magic. This is the first we’re hearing any details about Cassie’s father and the revelation just raises a whole new host of questions. What was Amelia doing with someone so full of dark magic? And also Dawn, who alluded to a past relationship with Blackwell. Clearly, the ladies of Chance Harbor have a bad boy complex. But did Dawn ever follow through with that old attraction to Blackwell? Could Faye be the second Blackwell descendant in the circle? We don’t know much about Melissa or Jake’s parents, so it’s hard to make an educated guess without a little more backstory from those two. Just for fun, I’d like the second Blackwell descendant to be Diana. I have a feeling a dark magic showdown between Cassie and Diana could be epic.

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Glee “The First Time”

November 8th, 2011


So, how about we just forget about last week’s episode of Glee, shall we? I had some big issues with “Pot O’ Gold” and I’m happy to say it was just one little blip in the radar of what has been a pretty great Glee season so far. “The First Time” was fantastic. The main focal point is the Glee Club putting on “West Side Story.” But Artie gets in Blaine and Rachel’s head by suggesting that they can’t truly get into the mindset of Tony and Maria if they have never had sex. As slightly ridiculous as that may sound, it drives the plot forward.

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