Posts tagged "television"

What Are Your Movie and TV Dealbreakers?

What Are Your Movie and TV Dealbreakers?
Last week, Vince Mancini over at Uproxx wrote a piece about movie “dealbreakers” – those films that you use to gauge your compatibility with others in relationships or friendships.  It came in the wake of a story about a woman who divorced her husband because he didn’t like Frozen. That seems like a questionable move... Read more »

Movie Review: Veronica Mars

Movie Review: Veronica Mars
VERONICA MARS Genre: Comedy/Mystery Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 107 mins. Premise: On the verge of accepting a prestigious job at a law firm, and just when she thought she was out of the private investigator business, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) finds herself drawn back to her hometown of Neptune, CA to help clear the name of... Read more »

Fall TV Pilot Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Fall TV Pilot Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Airs: Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c on FOX Premise: Workplace comedy about a ragtag crew of police officers cutting up and catching crooks. Behind the Scenes: Creators Dan Goor & Mike Schur come from Parks & Recreation.  The pilot was directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller (21 Jump Street). The Good: The cast is... Read more »
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TV Review: Should Your DVR Follow "The Following"?

TV Review: Should Your DVR Follow "The Following"?
THE FOLLOWING Airs: Mondays at 9/8c on FOX Stars: Kevin Bacon, Natalie Zea, Shawn Ashmore, James Purefoy Premise: A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command. The Good: The pilot makes for a dark, intense and action-packed hour.  The plot... Read more »

Fall Pilot-Palooza: Elementary, Mindy Project, Ben & Kate, Vegas, Mob Doctor, Neighbors

ELEMENTARY (Thurs. at 10/9c on CBS)  A smart and handsomely shot re-working of Sherlock Holmes.  Yes, it's a procedural and I usually hate those, but Sherlock is like the ultimate procedural character. Johnny Lee Miller does a terrific job.  The New York setting is nice change of pace, and Lucy Liu proves to be a surprisingly effective Watson.  It's no BBC Sherlock, but, hey, few things are.  Grade: B+
This week was a crazy one for TV fans.  Returning shows are back.  New shows are starting.  And viewers are just trying to deal with the madness and schedule their DVRs accordingly.  Hammervision is here to help.  The bottom line: The Mindy Project and Elementary are worth watching.  You can pass on all the rest.  Check back on Monday... Read more »

New Fall TV: This "Revolution" Will Be Televised

New Fall TV: This "Revolution" Will Be Televised
REVOLUTION (Mondays at 9c on NBC). It should come as no surprise that one of the most ambitious television shows of the new fall season has J.J. Abrams behind it.  Here, he partners with co-executive producer (and director of the pilot) Jon Favreau, and creator Eric Kripke (Supernatural).  If you know me, you know that... Read more »
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New Fall TV: NBC Sitcoms (Go On, The New Normal, Men With Kids)

GO ON (Tuesdays, 8:00c on NBC). Is it nice to see Matthew Perry back on the small screen again? Yes. Is this the best possible vehicle for his unique talent? No. The cast is decent enough, but the show feels both too manic and too trite. And the laughs are sparse. Going up against New Girl and Happy Endings (in its new slot) will not help this show's survival (unless everyone in the world sticks around to watch this show after The Voice, in which case, go on with your bad self, Go On). But hopefully the show will be cancelled and Miss Chanandler Bong can focus on finding himself a decent cable dramedy on which he can provide some comic relief. Grade: C
TV is delicious. That was our placeholder text and I’m keeping it. We’re finally getting around to talking about the new NBC sitcoms, some of which you may have watched when they aired during the Olympics. I’ll say this about NBC, they know what the kids want! “What the kids want” being: MONKEYS! CHANDLER BING,... Read more »

"Alcatraz" Is The Love Child Of Lost and Fringe, And That's A Good Thing

"Alcatraz" Is The Love Child Of Lost and Fringe, And That's A Good Thing
ALCATRAZ Genre: Hour-long mystery thriller Airs: Mondays at 9/8c on Fox Premise: Before shutting down its prison operations in 1963, all of the Alcatraz inmates were transported off the island.  Only that’s not what happened.  Instead, they all mysteriously disappeared.  Cut to some 40 years later, and the missing inmates are now resurfacing and wreaking havoc.  It’s... Read more »

FX's "American Horror Story" Is Batshit Crazy...In a Good Way...I Think...

FX's "American Horror Story" Is Batshit Crazy...In a Good Way...I Think...
AMERICAN HORROR STORY Genre: Horror, duh Airs: Wednesdays at 9pm central on FX Premise: Boston family of three (headed by mom Connie Britton and dad Dylan McDermott) relocate to a spooky house in L.A. to escape their troubled past, only to find a more sinister trouble inside their new house. Behind-The-Scenes: Creators Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy previously collaborated... Read more »
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FOX's "Terra Nova" Wants To Be TV's Next "Lost"

FOX's "Terra Nova" Wants To Be TV's Next "Lost"
TERRA NOVA Genre: Hour-long sci-fi action mystery Airs: Mondays at 7pm central on Fox Premise: A ragtag group of humans escape a bleak, desolate future by transporting 85 million years back to prehistoric times in an effort to reboot Earth and save mankind.  Easier said than done given the constant threat of death by dinosaur.... Read more »