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PALEYFEST 2014: 9 Things We Learned From The Cast Of Veep

March 28th, 2014

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Last night at the Dolby Theater, PaleyFest hosted a screening of the hilarious “Veep” Season 3 premiere followed by a conversation with the cast and creative team. In attendance were Reid Scott, Gary Cole, Timothy Simons, Armando Iannucci, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matt Walsh, Kevin Dunn, Sufe Bradshaw and Tony Hale. Here are 9 things we learned:

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PALEYFEST 2014: Pretty Little Liars

March 18th, 2014

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PaleyFest coverage continues, this time with Pretty Little Liars. I adore this cast and show and I was hoping we’d get some big questions answered on this panel, which took place right before tomorrow’s big winter finale. And even over the screams of adoring fans, and questions about various cast members’ abs, we were able to learn some fun tidbits. Keep reading for the top five things I learned from the Pretty Little Liars panel.

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PALEYFEST 2014: Veronica Mars

March 14th, 2014

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Every year I would look at the PaleyFest lineup like it was Christmas morning, and finally this year I was able to attend. Veronica Mars ranks up there as one of my favorite television shows of all time, and on the day of the movie’s release, the show kicked off 2014 PaleyFest in style. The panel began with a screening of the behind-the-scenes documentary that was shot on set, and throughout the whole evening, one thing was evident — this movie (and show and event) was all about LoVe for the fans (see what I did there?) Keep reading to see five key things I learned at the panel.

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The Brilliant, Brutal, Beautiful World of Breaking Bad

August 8th, 2013

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To challenge conventions. To defy authority. To break bad. Creator Vince Gilligan couldn’t have picked a better title for a series that does just that. Walter White (the series’ lead character) isn’t the first anti-hero portrayed on television nor will he be the last. In fact, featuring an anti-hero as the lead character on a television series is something of a trend these days. So what is it that makes the story of Walt unique? It’s honestly hard to put into words the answer to that question. Breaking Bad is so chock full of goodness that I would have to write an 100 page piece to accurately touch on everything the show has done right. Breaking Bad strays from the conventional and completely reverses the traditional storytelling evolution from good to bad as we follow Walt’s transition from his mundane life as a family man and high school chemistry teacher to a full blown meth producer and drug dealer. The show is brilliant, poetic, edgy, and fun. And if you’re not watching it, you’re seriously missing out. To properly explain why, let’s start at the beginning.

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DEXTER: Countdown to the Bloody End – Season 7 & Predictions for Season 8

June 30th, 2013

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Season 7: The Koshka Brotherhood

Season 7 begins immediately after the most anticipated moment of the series has occurred. Having just witnessed her brother murder Travis Marshall, Deb is dumbfounded. She immediately bombards him with questions. Dexter initially tells her that it was self-defense but, unfortunately for him, Deb is a better detective than that. She observes that Travis is tied to the table, naked, and wrapped in plastic. And that Dexter is wearing a smock and rubber gloves. If it wasn’t planned, she asks, why is he wrapped up like that? And why are you wearing rubber gloves? Dexter, knowing he’s been caught, confesses a bit more.

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DEXTER: Countdown to the Bloody End – Seasons 5 & 6

June 30th, 2013

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Today’s the day, Dexter fans! The end begins tonight when Dexter’s final season premieres at 9 PM on Showtime. Kicking our countdown into high gear, I will be posting two separate pieces today. Season five and six follow below. Season seven and my predictions and expectations for the eighth and final season will be posted around 8pm ET to make sure the events of last season are fresh in your mind for the premiere. Let the final countdown begin!

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DEXTER: Countdown to the Bloody End – Seasons 3 & 4

June 29th, 2013

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Season 3: The Skinner

After two fantastic seasons, I felt cautiously optimistic about Dexter’s third. While it’s nearly impossible to remain in the honeymoon stage with a new show, Dexter had done a killer (pun intended) job so far. But as with every relationship, you start to see the cracks at some point and, for me, that began with the third season. While there are new complications that arise and give us an introduction to a side of Dexter we haven’t seen before, it’s still much of the same. Dexter sticks to the formula that has been working for the past two seasons: one “big bad” that is being hunted over the course of the season and is taken down in the season finale (usually by Dexter). That being said, although not as captivating as seasons one and two, the formula still works here and I feel fulfilled with the way the storyline progresses.

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DEXTER: Countdown to the Bloody End – Seasons 1 and 2

June 27th, 2013

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Break out the bloody cupcakes and the creepy, well manicured doll parts, Dexter fans. We’re only a few days away from the last Dexter premiere we’ll ever see. For better or worse, Dexter has been a part of our lives for the past seven years and, in a few short months, we will have to say goodbye. No more dirty Masuka jokes and blood slide collections. No more f-bombs from Debra and doomed, plastic-wrapped naked bodies. Whether you are relieved the series is finally ending or sad to see it go, the past seven years have been a rollercoaster ride with lots of exhilarating highs and some scraping-the-bottom lows. To gear up for the final season, and provide a refresher on the past seven seasons, I will be posting a recap of each of the previous seasons of bloody goodness (and not-so-goodness) along with my thoughts on that particular season in the coming days before the finale. The seventh season recap and some thoughts on what I’d like to see in the final season will be posted on the premiere date, this Sunday June 30th. With that, let’s dive into our crash course on the past happenings in the life of our favorite serial killer.

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Pure unadulterated friendship: A love letter to New Girl

May 6th, 2013

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Before I begin, I have a few confessions to make. Confession number one: this is my first post of any kind ever. I’m a blogging newbie. So please be patient with me as I attempt to flesh out the many thoughts floating around in my head into one cohesive piece. Confession number two: Not only am I a blogging newbie, I’m also a New Girl newbie. I avoided the show like the plague due to an unidentifiable qualm with Zooey Deschanel. Maybe I was intimidated by her intense blue eyes and in-your-face “adorkableness.” Or maybe I just saw that damn “Is that rain?” iPhone commercial one too many times. (Oh Zooey. It’s obviously raining!) Something about her rubbed me the wrong way and, because of that, I scoffed at all of the critics who insisted the show was brilliantly funny and Deschanel actually made the adorkable thing work. Confession number three: I finally caved and watched an episode in late January. I’m not sure what made me give in on that fateful evening. Perhaps it was the post-holiday, mid-winter depression that was setting in. Perhaps it was the increasing adoration from critics I respected that plastered my Twitter feed every Tuesday. Or maybe I was just looking for something to fill the void that the too-soon Parenthood finale left in my TV-loving heart. Whatever the reason was, I turned on the TV at 9pm on January 29th and watched my very first episode of New Girl. January 29th. Card-carrying members of the Nick and Jess fan club may recognize that date. That’s right; the first episode I watched was “Cooler.”

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PALEYFEST: New Girl

March 13th, 2013

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During Monday’s meeting of Nick/Jess Shippers Anonymous (aka this year’s PaleyFest event), that kiss was a hot topic of discussion. BUT SERIOUSLY, HOW HOT WAS THAT KISS?! Ba-dum chhh. I’ll show myself out…

Before I get into last night’s event, I need to confess something: I didn’t like New Girl in its first season. It wasn’t a bad show, but a deeply flawed one. They didn’t know how to tone down Jess’ annoying quirks, or how to make Schmidt more than a one-note joke, or have any idea what the hell to do with Winston. But somewhere between the end of Season 1 and the start of Season 2, creator Liz Meriwether and her talented group of writers figured it out. Not only did they figure it out, halfway through this season they knocked out of the damn park.

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