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PREVIEW: MTV’s Girl Code

April 23rd, 2013

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In the vein of MTV2’s big hit Guy Code comes Girl Code, which is debuting on MTV tonight. It’s sort of like Best Week Ever meets The World’s Dumbest with a girly angle to it. Here’s what MTV has to say about the show: MTV’s new series Girl Code is a strong and smart female driven comedy series bringing millennial viewers a new, hilarious how-to manual full of over the top tips to push the envelope and open the dialogue about the wonders and woes of womanhood. In the same style of irreverent commentary that fans have come to love on MTV2’s top rated series Guy Code, the new MTV series calls on female stand-up comics, actresses and musicians—and even a few guys—to weigh in on the sisterhood that all girls share. I got a chance to screen the premiere and it’s quite amusing and worth checking out.

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Season Three Premiere of Awkward “Cha-cha-cha-changes” & “Responsibly Irresponsible”

April 16th, 2013

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When last we left our favorite “skitches,” Jenna finally chose (Team Matty vs. Team Jake) and she decided to stay in town for the summer with her beau of choice (Matty), and give her space on the Europe trip to Tamara. We pick up with everyone returning to school. Side note for a moment: Awkward is one of the few shows with high school age students actually GOING to school. I’m kind of amazed by this. But I digress. We learn that Jenna and Matty have basically spent the summer doing a whole lot of making out. Tamara and Jake also seem to have done a whole lot of making out over the summer in Europe, but are still working on the whole DTR situation. But Jenna has been in her own world this summer with Matty, and she has to work to get her friendship back up to speed with Tamara and Ming. And our favorite bitch Sadie is going through a crisis of her own at the beginning of the season. There’s lots of speculation as to what the crisis could be, but I’ll let you watch and find out.

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Hannibal

April 4th, 2013

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We’re all familiar with the character Hannibal Lecter. Most of us have seen Silence of the Lambs, and perhaps the less popular sequel Hannibal. There are also the novels written by Thomas Harris, that focus on FBI special agent (and criminal profiler) Will Graham and Lecter. And that’s the world that Bryan Fuller’s new series Hannibal is going to explore. Despite the title of the series, the show is more focused on Will Graham and now he gets into the mind of serial killers. Hugh Dancy plays a rather perfect Graham, falling on some end of the Autism spectrum, which is always a hard role to play. Mads Mikkelsen plays Dr. Hannibal Lecter with a great subtlety that is necessary for the role. Rounding out the cast is Laurence Fisburne as Special Agent Jack Crawford (Will’s boss) and Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Alana Bloom, a psychology professor and a profiler for the FBI. I can only assume Dr. Bloom will get more into the fold after the pilot, and possibly act as a love interest. I’m interested to see how she will get more involved.

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Bates Motel

March 18th, 2013

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I am a big Hitchock fan. “The Man Who Knew Too Much” is one of my favorite movies, and I am a fan of how cleverly creepy Hitchock always manages to be. So I was obviously intrigued by A&E’s new show “Bates Motel,” which is a modern day story of Norman Bates in his teenage years. Freddy Highmore plays a appropriately disturbed Norman Bates, who is starting to show signs of major psychological problems. Vera Farmiga plays a rather put together on the outside, but completely insane on the inside, Norma Bates. Add to the equation a half brother, Dylan Massett, played by Max Theiriot (who was not in the movie). Dylan despises his mother, but ends up back home because he has nowhere else to go.

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5 Things to know about tonight’s Arrow “The Odyssey”

February 13th, 2013

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Arrow has been so consistently fantastic in its freshman season, and I am so excited it’s been picked up for a season two. I have especially loved the increased role of Felicity Smoak (played by the super talented newcomer Emily Bett Rickards). And good news for all the Felicity Smoak fans out there, she has been promoted to series regular for season two! But I digress. Tonight’s episode, “The Odyssey,” is about a piece of Oliver’s journey, like the title would suggest. Oliver is shot (as all the previews imply, so no big spoilers here) and he is unconscious for most of the episode (and shirtless, if you know, bloody gunshot wounds are your thing), which makes for an interesting look into his psyche.

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PREVIEW: Season 3 of Downton Abbey

January 6th, 2013

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Season three of Downton Abbey is in a word, magical. I know there’s all this internet hate going around about the season, but don’t believe it. Tune in for yourself and come to your own conclusions. It’s going to be a rough ride. There are some major ups and downs (I’m sure many of you have read spoilers by now, but for your sake, I hope you have remained unspoiled) and it may not be an easy season to watch, but overall, Downton still transports me to a different world. It is escapism television at its finest. The acting is brilliant, the writing superb and it still feels modern to me…even if they just got electricity last season. Season three focuses on a few things — the way Downton is run and maintained and how that might need to be fixed (and fast), getting Mr. Bates out of jail, and Mary and Matthew post-wedding. There are also a few new faces who come to Downton. Most notably, Shirley Maclaine plays a rather small (but fun) role as Cora’s mother, Martha. Her scenes with Maggie Smith are fantastic. There is also a new kitchen maid (Ivy) and new footmen (Jimmy and Albert). We also get introduced to a young, rebellious relative, Rose, who will inevitably become a part of the Downton crew for next season.

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Five Things To Know About Arrow “Legacies”

November 14th, 2012

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Arrow started off as one of my favorite fall dramas and it has kept up its amazing momentum. The story of our hero, Oliver Queen, continues to unfold through flashbacks and we are slowly beginning to realize just how much he went through on the island and how he became the crime fighting “vigilante” he is today. There’s romance, teen issues (Thea, pull yourself together) and all the makings of a wonderful CW drama. I had the chance to screen tonight’s episode “Legacies,” and it was fantastic, as usual. Keep reading for 5 Things to Know About “Legacies.” A special shout-out to Josh for helping me piece this together. Not to worry, there are only very minor spoilers!

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Suburgatory “The Witches of East Chatswin” & Cheryl Hines Previews Season 2

October 23rd, 2012

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is one of my favorite comedies on TV. I adore all of the crazy Chatswin residents. If you aren’t watching yet (seriously, get to it!), here is the basic premise of the show: Single father George Altman is doing his best to raise his sixteen-year-old daughter Tessa in the big city. When he discovers a box of condoms in her bedroom, though, he decides the time has come to move her to a more wholesome and nurturing environment: the suburbs. The Halloween episode of Suburgatory “The Witches of East Chatswin” is fantastic. Rachel Dratch guest stars as Paula (a “witch”) who isn’t exactly what she seems. But that doesn’t stop Tessa and Lisa for thinking she is out to get them.

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PREVIEW: My Life Is A Lifetime Movie

October 17th, 2012

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For nearly three decades, Lifetime original movies have been a part of America’s cultural fabric. Uniquely capturing shocking scenarios involving scandal, deception, love gone bad, dark secrets, murder and other unscrupulous behaviors, what has made these movies so resonant is the fact many of them are true and now, for the first time, viewers will be hearing from the real people behind these fascinating stories. I adore Lifetime movies. They are such a wonderful escape. But sometimes life can definitely feel like a Lifetime movie.

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Five Things To Know About The Vampire Diaries Season 4

October 11th, 2012

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I have seen the first two episodes of The Vampire Diaries and they are fantastic. We have a new vampire hunter in town (Connor) who is most definitely going to wreak havoc on Mystic Falls, and a new Mystic Falls temporary resident, April Young (the Pastor’s daughter, played by Nine Lives of Chloe King star Grace Phipps). Season four is going to have a lot of adjustment. Elena has to transition to become a vampire and once she becomes one, how will her life change? I have been given very explicit directions as to what I can’t spoil for everyone (and no one wants to be spoiled on this fantastic show), so here are five things to know about season four that contain only very minor spoilers.

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