Archive for September 2013

Fall TV Pilot Review: We Are Men

Fall TV Pilot Review: We Are Men
WE ARE MEN Airs: Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS Premise: Boys will be boys.  In this case, the boys are a bunch of divorced guys (including Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell, and Kal Penn). Behind the Scenes: This is Shalhoub’s first return to television after eight successful seasons on USA’s Monk, which ended its run in... Read more »

Breaking Bad finale review: Felina

The series finale is rarely the best episode of a show. The finale never ends the way you want it to; and after the hour finishes, there are no more minutes left to make it right. For the past year, really, we’ve been tweeting and chatting and speculating about all the ways Breaking Bad could... Read more »

Movie Revue: Prisoners, Wizard of Oz IMAX

Movie Revue: Prisoners, Wizard of Oz IMAX
Movie Revue is a collection of capsule reviews of the week’s latest releases in theaters, On Demand, and everywhere in between. PRISONERS.  This is the kind of movie that was made for Fall viewing.  It’s a dark, adult drama about child kidnapping and the emotional toll that takes on the parents, the cops, and the suspects. ... Read more »
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How to Write 1000 Words in Under an Hour

How to Write 1000 Words in Under an Hour
Dear Julie, I know you’re sitting there in front of your computer trying to decide what to write about and how to write it and how you can make it funny and mostly inoffensive and all of that jazz, but today you’re writing for speed. You know how to do that. I’ve seen you do... Read more »

Fall TV Pilot Review: Back in the Game

Fall TV Pilot Review: Back in the Game
Airs: Wednesdays, 8:30/7:30 Central on ABC Premise: Terry, a recently divorced mother (Maggie Lawson) returns home to live with The Cannon, her ex-AAA coach father (James Caan). Terry’s son is cut from the town baseball league, and she opts to coach a team of the league castoffs herself. The Good: Maybe I’m a sucker for... Read more »

Fall TV Pilot Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Fall TV Pilot Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Airs: Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC Premise: Picking up where The Avengers left off, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is resurrected from the presumed dead to lead a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) agents to handle a series of strange cases involving people with super powers. Behind... Read more »
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Fall TV Pilot Review: Lucky 7

Fall TV Pilot Review: Lucky 7
LUCKY 7 Airs: Tuesdays at 10/9c on ABC Premise: A group of gas station employees find their lives changed after they win the lottery.  Money changes everything. Behind the Scenes: Steven Spielberg, who doesn’t have the greatest track record on TV, is an executive producer. The Good: Brought back fond memories of Hurley and Lost.  Isiah Whitlock Jr.... Read more »

Fall TV Premiere Review: Trophy Wife

Fall TV Premiere Review: Trophy Wife
Airs: Tuesdays, 9:30/8:30 Central Premise: Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Older man marries hot blond he met in a bar! Ex-wives and children are not pleased with this development! The Good: I’m always happy to have Malin Ackerman, Bradley Whitford, and Michaela Watkins on my TV screen. The Bad: This show is not worthy... Read more »

Fall TV Pilot Review: The Goldbergs

Fall TV Pilot Review: The Goldbergs
Airs: Tuesdays, 9/8 Central Premise: A family in the ’80s do ’80s things, yell a lot. Behind the Scenes: The series was created by Adam F. Goldberg, who (like the younger brother character in the show) used to follow his own family around with a video camera. The Good: The cast (led by Jeff Garlin,... Read more »
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Fall TV Pilot Review: The Blacklist

Fall TV Pilot Review: The Blacklist
THE BLACKLIST Airs: Mondays at 10/9c on NBC Premise: One of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Criminals, Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), turns himself in and offers to help catch terrorists on a “blacklist,” but only by working with rookie profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). Behind the Scenes: Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team, Narc) directed... Read more »