Entries from September 2012

Five Things To Know About The Good Wife Season 4

September 30th, 2012

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The Good Wife is back, in what is sure to be a Sunday night lineup of television that will make your head spin. But I for one, am curious to see what the fate of Lockhart Gardner is, and obviously if Alicia will come any closer to making a choice between Will and Peter (pick Will!) I have seen the first three episodes of the season and I can tell you that it is just as dramatic, intense and fantastic as the previous seasons have been. Here are five things to know about the new season, but don’t worry, only minor spoilers are included.

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My Love Letter to Homeland & A Preview of Season 2

September 30th, 2012

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I will admit it was a slow sort of love, Homeland. It took me three episodes to fall deeply in love with you, but now, I’m so far in, I never want to get out. There was no pun intended there. Let’s first talk about the acting. From the moment Claire Danes appeared on screen at the beginning of season one, I said to many of my friends and colleagues that you may as well just hand her the Emmy. But what I was not expecting was the absolutely unreal performance of Damian Lewis. I’ve interviewed a ton of people for this site, but never has The TV Chick’s mom been excited about an interview subject until Damian Lewis, or Sohms as she and my late stepfather called him. He plays an evil, evil character, yet somehow, we feel deeply for him and root for his success. At the start of season two, Sergeant Brody (Lewis) has found himself in a congressional seat and plans to uproot the government from the inside out, yet we still have the utmost sympathy for him. That is a feat that is not easily accomplished, yet Homeland takes us to an intricate and complex world that is never simple or black and white. The line between right and wrong and good and evil are blurred in the best possible of ways. The show is brilliant and original and surprising and shocking, and this is not the norm for television these days. Season two is just as fantastic.

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

September 30th, 2012

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Former LOST EPs Eddy Kitis and Adam Horowitz write about fairytales for a living, but the duo themselves might as well be considered a fairytale of their own. Case in point: their drama Once Upon A Time not only shattered ratings last season, it also became one of the most popular new shows of the season. And as we head into the second season, it’s also a series that fans are eagerly anticipating its return.

That’s not surprising, considering the show left off with Emma embracing her fairytale destiny as Regina’s curse was shattered, which in turn left all the residents of Storybrooke remembering their true identities – while a thick cloud of mysterious purple smoke became a new threat all together. True to form, Kitsis and Horowitz were tight lipped when pressed about second season secrets at Comic Con, but they did let a few interesting details slip. Watch the video below to hear more about what they learned from last season, and what characters they hope to see in the coming year.

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INTERVIEW: Terry O’Quinn (Gavin Doran) from 666 Park Avenue

September 30th, 2012

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Sunday night is an insane night full of television goodness. 666 Park Avenue premieres tonight as part of ABC’s new killer Sunday lineup and it’s an intense, scary, dramatic show that focuses on life (and death) in the historic Drake building in New York City. Terry O’Quinn plays Gavin Doran, owner of the Drake and from the pilot, it’s pretty clear he is a very bad guy. We’re not sure why or if he’s truly evil, but he definitely holds the power at the Drake, with his wife Olivia (played by Vanessa Williams). I recently had the chance to speak with O’Quinn at Comic Con about his character, the new show and going from Lost to 666 Park Avenue.

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Sarah’s Snap Shots: Crystal The Monkey Edition

September 28th, 2012

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I am super thrilled to introduce a new weekly column by my awesome writer, Sarah Maines. You may remember her super funny (you had to find humor somewhere) reviews of The Secret Circle and now she will be writing about her favorite moments of the week with some amazing snap shots and captions (hence the title). I laughed out loud at a lot of these snap shots and I know you will, too!

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INTERVIEW: Jasika Nicole (Astrid) from Fringe

September 28th, 2012

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It was a pretty good year for Fringe’s Jasika Nicole – not only did her character get her hands dirty out in the field, but Astrid Farnsworth finally received her very own episode, an hour that was both long overdue and well-deserved.

When we pick up with the season five premiere, we’ll be transported back to the world as it exists in 2036, where Astrid and Walter were trapped in amber for a number of years before being rescued by Etta and Simon.

“She is the same Astrid that we know…she’s just been frozen in time. So she’s in a completely different environment,” Nicole shares when asked what Astrid will be like in this new Observer-filled world. Want to hear more? Watch the video from Comic Con below, where Nicole talks more about what she thinks Astrid will experience this season, and what some of her favorite moments have been over the past five years.

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INTERVIEW: Anna Torv (Olivia) from Fringe

September 28th, 2012

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This week, the little “science fiction show that could” begins its final 13-episode run – and make no mistake, the cast isn’t ready to say good-bye anymore than the fans are, particularly fan favorite Anna Torv. Torv, who has played a total of no less than eight characters throughout the run of the series says the character of Bolivia is the one she’ll miss the most. “That was hard and sad,” she shares. I loved the alternate universe and I loved Bolivia…we’ve said goodbye and I’m hoping she may pop back in some capacity.”

Watch the video for more with Anna from Comic Con about what she’s looking forward to this season, what her feelings are about leaving her alternate self with Lincoln (clue: she’s happy!) and what she thought when she first read the season four finale.

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INTERVIEW: Jonny Lee Miller (Sherlock Holmes) and Lucy Liu (Watson) from Elementary & Executive Producers Rob Doherty and Carl Beverly

September 27th, 2012

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Elementary premieres tonight and it is a lovely new twist on the Sherlock Holmes story. Watson is female (played by Lucy Liu), Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) is a recovering cocaine addict, living in New York City. Of course there are crimes to solve, but Elementary is not your every day procedural. The focus of the show is the relationship between Holmes and Watson (strictly platonic, for now and probably for a while), which is refreshing. The acting is great, the writing is sharp and I’m excited to see how the season evolves. I recently had the chance to talk with the stars of the show (Liu and Miller) as well as the Executive Producers (Rob Doherty and Carl Beverly), at Comic Con. They discussed the Watson/Holmes relationship, the iconic characters, casting a female Holmes and much more.

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Season 2 Premiere of New Girl “Re-Launch” and “Katie” & Zooey Deschanel Previews The 2nd Season

September 25th, 2012

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New Girl is back and all is right in my TV world! There are two new episodes on FOX tonight — one at 8 and one at 9, in its usual time-slot. “Re-Launch” is all about Schmidt’s self-planned re-branding party because his penis is no longer broken. Yeah, seriously. He also definitely shows us what his penis cast looks like and it is not pretty. But not all is right in the loft. Schmidt invites Cece to his re-launch, clearly not over her. But she has this normal boyfriend, who Schmidt deems unworthy of Cece (and lesser than him obviously). And Jess gets laid off from her job and is left with no direction in her life. She becomes a shot girl at Schmidt’s party and let’s just say it doesn’t go as planned. The season premiere had me laughing for the first eight minutes straight, proving there is certainly no sophomore slump for this show.

In the second episode of the night, Jess pretends she is Katie, when new guy Sam (played by the super funny and charming David Walton) comes to the bar looking for his date he set up online. Hilarity ensues when she has to tell Nick, Schmidt and Winston to call her by a different name. To add to Jess’ romantic drama, she had asked Nick to set her up with a guy who works at the bar. Nick thinks Jess was referring to this guy who goes by the name of Bear Claw (played by Josh Gad), and they have a pretty ridiculous first date. Meanwhile, Schmidt tries to seduce Winston’s sister who plays for the WNBA. We find out why Winston’s family hates Schmidt, and there a one-on-one laugh so hard you will cry scene. But I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet. We are introduced to “Old Nick,” who claims to have come from the future. He gives Nick cryptic advice about his life and the whole thing is completely hilarious.

It is an understatement to say I am excited about New Girl’s return. I love seeing Nick and Jess get closer in a fairly platonic way (even though, yes I ‘ship this) and I am interested to see how Jess is going to deal with everything. I recently had the chance to participate in a media Q&A with Zooey Deschanel, and here is what she had to tease about the new season.

On Jess’ unemployment: “You know she’s been looking for a job for a little while and so they’re throwing out different jobs. It definitely affects her life pretty deeply because this is something she’s wanted to do her entire life and considered teaching to be her calling. So, it definitely is a blow to her. But, I like how Jess is sort of open to new things and although she’s upset about it, she throws herself into to trying to find a new job and is pretty positive about things, which is a quality I like in the character.”

On Nick and Jess getting together: “There’s no danger of that happening. They’re not getting together anytime soon. I think that they’re not ready for each other and nobody is going to push them together. So, I think Nick and Jess have a great chemistry and I work really well with Jake Johnson. I think it’s nice the sort of love-hate-but love relationship they have. They’re not going to throw them together or anything soon. They might tease it out.”

Be sure to tune in tonight at 8 PM and 9 PM for a double dose of New Girl on FOX.

FALL PREVIEW: The Mindy Project

September 25th, 2012

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The Mindy Project is in a word, brilliant. Perhaps not everyone will fall in love with this show and Mindy Kaling’s amazing sense of humor, but I certainly did. Mindy (the character, Dr. Mindy Lahiri) is not perfect. She has flaws like everyone else, which makes this show incredibly grounded. Mindy’s behavior and commentary are things I certainly think of doing and saying all the time. She tells her best friend’s child that she is boring and she spent most of her nights in college watching romantic comedies (for me, it was TV. Holla, TV Chick writer E!). She has a very successful career as an OBGYN but her her dating life is in shambles. She decides to change her love life for the better, and the Mindy Project is born. No pun intended.

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