Recap: FX’s Justified: Crossing The Point of No Return

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Review/Recap of FX’s Justified: Crossing The Point of No Return Episode 610 “Trust” Written by Benjamin Cavell Directed by Alan ArkinTonight’s episode, “Trust” could have easily been called the “Grand Guignol,” (a dramatic moment of horrifying nature) because to many longtime fans, the most feared event happened. Ava Crowder (Joelle Carter) called an audible at the end of the episode when she realized that all the work she had put in trying to extract information from Boyd (Walton Goggins) for Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) would not be the key to the unglamorous life spent in witness protection. Then she committed the […]

Vikings ‘Usurper,’ King Ecbert Not Such A Good Man After All, Some Thoughts

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SPOILERS GALOREIn tonight’s “The Usurper” episode for Vikings on History, a slightly defeatist attitude and tragedy trail Ragnar home to Kattegat, and Ecbert’s son Aethelwulf becomes all Viking-y himself as he sacks and murders the Northmen farming community. What a crock of shit last week’s English feast was where Ecbert and Ragnar get sloppy drunk and each say aloud that they are “good” men. We learn in a massive twist at the end that King Ecbert has orchestrated the whole Northmen village’s slaughter and decimation… and made it look like he had good reason. Both Ragnar and Aethelwulf also have […]

Jessica Brown Findlay Stars in Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic Drama Jamaica Inn

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Jamaica InnAcorn TV Streams BBC Miniseries Based on Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic Drama Mar. 16, Mar. 23, and Mar. 30Directed by Philippa LowthorpeStars Jessica Brown Findlay, Sean Harris and Joanne WhalleyRating 4/5 Life is grim on the Cornish coast of England in 1821. Windswept moors underline the loneliness and despair of the inhabitants with only two choices – to eke out a living from an unwilling ground and dangerous sea or join criminal gangs.It’s into this world that Mary (Brown Findlay) arrives. Her mother has died and she has journeyed to the seaside Jamaica Inn, a disused ramshackle hotel where […]

Recap: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, How Did Tyson Get Down The Aisle Edition

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“What we really learned most out of ‘Marriage Boot Camp’ is that reality television celebrities really are cray cray,” was Aviva’s deep thought in interview in the final episode of the WEtv series. Sort of an interesting ending to a show that began with Director Jim and Elizabeth Carroll discussing the way the other cast members ostracized Aviva and Reid.“They are so focused on Aviva and Reid they may not be paying attention to what they need to do,” Jim worries.“It’s like this whole group has projected all of their junk outside themselves instead of focusing inside themselves,” Elizabeth agrees. […]

Five Things We Love About NBC’s New Comedy ‘One Big Happy’ VIDEOS

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On March 17, NBC is where it’s at as two, thirty something besties (a lesbian and her best male hetero pal) decide to have a baby, but their plan becomes a little more complicated when one of them suddenly falls in love and gets married in the series premiere of One Big Happy (9:30/8:30). Check out some sneak peeks and previews below!We’re geeked out for this new, fun NBC comedy that producer, writer, actress, wunderkind Ellen Degeneres is fully behind and we love what we have seen so far… our top five highlights include:1. Liz Feldman! We love the talented writer, […]

History’s Vikings ‘Scarred’, Bad Penny Edition, Some Thoughts VIDEOS

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  SPOILERSVikings Recap – Season 3 Episode 4 “Scarred”“Scarred” – Thursday, March 12 at 10 p.m.The victorious Wessex/Viking forces return to Wessex but there is rancor in the Viking camp – Floki is angry over the alliance with Ecbert and is resentful the influence that he feels Athelstan has over Ragnar. Princess Kwenthrith makes some calculating political moves following the battle at the Hill of the Ash in Mercia. Visitors from the past arrive in Hederby, at Kalf’s invitation.Guilt. Loss. Love. Hubris. Regret. The Seer must be reeling with all the portentous moving parts in Kattegat, as we lose Siggy, […]

Recap: WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” The Commit Or Walk Away Edition

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Leave it to Heidi Montag to take a serious episode of WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” and turn it into a scene straight out of the movie “Mean Girls” while tormenting Aviva Drescher. I don’t even like Aviva and I thought Heidi was a complete and utter bitch this week. What became glaringly apparently during her drunken raging after the ladies’ returned from their “hall pass” night is that Heidi NEEDS to feel like she’s the popular one with all the friends. She needs her friends to prove their loyalty. She wants to be the popular one and when […]

Recap: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, Reid and Aviva Drescher Up To Bat

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If last week was all about Speidi, this week’s “Marriage Boot Camp” on WEtv was all about Reid and Aviva Drescher. And none of it was positive. Apparently after the big throw down last week, Aviva and Reid tried to go to bed while the rest of the crew stayed up to party and bond. Behaving like the badly-behaved, unsupervised teenagers that they are, Natalie and Heidi spent the night banging on their door yelling at them to come out and party. Pretty much all night long.“These people are drunk 2-4-7,” Aviva says. “I didn’t come to Marriage Boot Camp […]

Review: ‘The Last Man on Earth’ Detours From Network Norms, And We Love That

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Review: ‘The Last Man on Earth’ Detours From Network Norms, And We Love ThatCast: Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Cleopatra Coleman. The premiere episode airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on FOXThis review is based solely on the premiere.Bottom Line: Breaking away from formulaic sitcoms and network comedy is risky and quite brave, considering how much money (and how many jobs) is at stake to get a show developed these days. But NBC took a huge chance on “Welcome To Sweden,” a decidedly un-network-y comedy that works (very well in my opinion), so FOX goes with this interesting, […]

Review: ‘VICE Special Report: Killing Cancer’ Is Optimistic, Gut Wrenching, Logical

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VICE Special Report: Killing Cancer airs Friday night February 27th on HBO. Bottom Line: The poison that doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  Keep your friends close but your enemies closer. Both are true statements when it comes to beating up and killing cancer cells. VICE Special Report: Killing Cancer on HBO sees Shane Smith – like many of us – have a deeply personal stake and connection in the subject of cancer, the malady of all maladies (also the subject of PBS’ Ken Burns’ latest doc, a comprehensive report on the state of cancer today. Burns’ film premieres on […]

Recap: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, The Speidi Chronicles and Aviva Crosshairs

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Before this week’s episode of WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp,” I was pretty anti-Speidi. True confessions: I watched every episode of “The Hills” and I remember when it appeared that Spencer was isolating Heidi from her friends and family. And then they got married. I’ve always believed the press saying that most of what Speidi presented to the public was fake, and I blamed Spencer and Heidi. After watching the latest “Marriage Boot Camp,” I’m not so sure anymore. They were really young and reality television was still pretty new when Speidi jumped into the shark tank.“That was an exorcism, not […]

Recap: WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars,” The TMI Edition

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Alright, I just gotta say that I miss the original sex puppets. I wonder what happened to the taco, the donut, the hot dog and all the other furry critters that have appeared on previous seasons of WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp.” With that said, the puppets made to look like the reality stars on the show were pretty funny. They even gave Rachel’s puppet a flat chest. “Let’s talk about sex,” Marriage Boot Camp Director Elizabeth Carroll opens up the first drill of the day. They’re going to play spin the bottle but answer questions about sex that explore what […]

Recap/Review: FX’s Justified: Ava’s Kissing Her Troubles Away

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Episode 605: “Sounding”Written by Dave Andron and Leonard Chang Directed by Jon AvnetJustifiedAva went on the offensive in “Sounding,” driving this episode with her frustrated and poor mismanagement of the stress she’s feeling from Katharine Hale (Mary Steenburgen) and Boyd (Walton Goggins) in trying to be Raylan’s (Timothy Olyphant) criminal informant.She’s pulling out all the stops, like seducing Boyd with her body and her cooking. She’s even doing lines of cocaine with one of the meanest women in the crime world (and grandmothers to boot). For the first time we get some honesty out of Ava in her conversation with […]

Recap: FX’s Justified: Episode 604 “The Trash and the Snake”

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Written by Chris Provenzano and Ingrid Escajeda – Directed by Adam Arkin Seeing someone get blown to bits on Justified is never not-funny, and once again it was Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Wynn (Jere Burns) who were showered with blood and guts.The dearly departed was the Wiz (Jake Busey), one of Wynn’s loopy connections who was trying to show the boys how military-grade explosives work so that he can break into Avery Markham’s (Sam Elliot) vault below The Portal. Wynn’s associates and connections have always led to hilarious (and ghastly) results and we also learned he was a decorated surfer […]

Recap: WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars,” The Speidi Chronicles

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While I’m not a fan of violence in general, I was sorta fascinated as to how Natalie and Heidi’s battle would end up on WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp.” At the end of last week’s episode, Bad Girl Nat was storming through the house looking to beat up Barbie. “Just don’t fuck with me… I’m going to beat your fucking ass,” Natalie yells.Shockingly, Heidi stops hiding in a back room and comes out to face her down. And apologizes.“I honestly wouldn’t have taken it if …” Heidi tells Natalie she never would have taken pictures of a shirtless Jacob if she […]

FOX ‘Empire’ Best Network Drama, ‘Dangerous Bonds’ Reveals Brothers Divided

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 FOX has delivered what we consider to be the best new drama for 2015 on network television, and it holds its own with premium cabler dramas for the addictive qualities and growing audience that defies race, class and gender lines. The stars of the show, Terence Howard, never better as mogul papa Lucious, and Taraji P. Henson who is killing it as Cookie, the matriarch with a heavy past, are just the tip of a talented iceberg that reveals a secondary and tertiary cast that is written to perfection, allowing a wide swath of actors to have shining moments in […]

Recap: “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars,” The Rat You Guys Out Edition

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It’s hard to write a blog about this week’s “Marriage Boot Camp” on WEtv when the teasers for next week show Reid throwing a leg – literally – at Aviva during a boot camp drill. I’m still laughing so hard I’m crying. But now that I’ve shared that little ending nugget, we’ll go back to the beginning. We already knew that Natalie and Heidi are #MeanGirls and #BadGirls – but tonight we found out they’re also cheaters. Natalie and Heidi break into the “deal breaker” envelopes that contain each camper’s answer from the lie detector test on the first day. […]

Recap: FX’s Justified: All aboard the Choo-Choo Train

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Justified: Episode 602 “Cash Game” Directed by Dean Parisot Written by Dave Andron and VJ Boyd Directed by Dean Parisot Written by Dave Andron and VJ Boyd In last week’s premiere episode of Justified, we were left with the chilling image of Boyd (Walton Goggins) watching over a sleeping Ava (Joelle Carter). How much does Boyd suspect her? Does he love her so much that he could overlook a betrayal?Think about their relationship and how much they’ve confided in each other. Nearly all of Boyd’s remaining family (and cronies) betrayed him and Ava appears to be the one woman to […]

Recap: WEtv’s Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, The ‘I’m The Bad Girl’ Edition

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And tonight, ladies and gentlemen, WeTV’s “Marriage Boot Camp” treated us to a glimpse of what it would have looked like if Natalie had been on “The Hills.” And then as the night grew late and they all got drunk, we had a snapshot of how Heidi would have done on “Bad Girls Club.” It was absolutely terrifying. Alright, this is going to read a little bit like a Housewives blog tonight, but that’s how it felt to watch it.Natalie apparently thinks that by sticking up for Rachel in a previous conversation about her staying out too late and ignoring […]

Recap: Justified: Episode 601 “Fate’s Right Hand” Directed by Michael Dinner

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Justified: Episode 601 “Fate’s Right Hand” Directed by Michael Dinner – Written by Michael Dinner, Fred Golan, and Chris ProvenzanoIn the middle of the premiere of “Justified’s” final season premiere is sparked by an icy exchange between new fire starter Ty Walker (Garrett Dillahunt) and lead character Raylan Givens (Tim Olyphant) on the grounds of his late father’s home. Walker seems more assure of himself, but not like Robert Quarles. He doesn’t appear to misjudge his abilities like Daryl Crowe, but there’s heat between the two. Raylan has that effect on people. This particular standoff ends in a stalemate, as […]

Recap: BravoTV’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Whackadoodle Edition

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Kim Richards is officially off the wagon, as portrayed in reality color on BravoTV’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” tonight. But she didn’t just slip off it – she freakin jumped. Pain pills and making an ass of yourself in front of everyone including the cameras. Just makes you wonder what she’s like when the cameras aren’t around. Wow.So the girls go on a spa day at some resort that got a lot of free publicity for comping them, I’m sure. And what was supposed to be a “lunch” turns out to be a wine tasting with very little food. […]

Recap: BravoTV’s “Vanderpump Rules,” The No Ulterior Motives Edition

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So it’s official. Kristen on BravoTV’s “Vanderpump Rules” is cray-cray and it’s time for Ariana to get a restraining order. Or a bodyguard. Kristen’s interpretation of her conversation with Tom in Miami goes to show how totally delusional she is.“Tom and I finally spoke about our relationship and about the breakup – it was kinda like validation,” Kristen brags. “Obviously, these feelings are still here, and they’re very real. So if Ariana weren’t in the picture, Tom and I would still stand a chance of being together.”While she should be arming herself with pepper spray, Ariana is instead “cautiously optimistic” […]

Recap: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, The ‘Natalie’s A Social Media Whore’ Edition

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“Marriage Boot Camp” on WEtv was VERY revealing this week. We got a serious quickie look into all these relationships when they opened up the first drill the very first morning with Divorce Court. They even brought in Judge Lynn Toler, and she doesn’t cut cards! #Hilarious Directors Elizabeth and Jim Carroll are at the helm trying to get this motley crew of reality TV castmates to take thing seriously. It’s a challenge.“Divorce. Some of you use it as a threat… now you’re going to live it,” Jim says.“I should probably call my lawyer,” Spencer jokes.“Court for bad girls is […]

Syfy Time Travel Series, ’12 Monkeys’ Previews And Review!

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12 Monkeys – No SpoilersBottom Line: Make sure to catch the new Syfy time travel show, 12 Monkeys! Tune-In for the series premiere tonight at 9/8c. Make sure to catch this clever and well-written adapted TV version of the classic film “12 Monkeys” which is probably the best thing so far for us on the network’s lineup.Based on the classic 1995 Universal Pictures/Terry Gilliam film, “12 Monkeys” is a thought provoking adventure drama that tells the story of Cole, a time traveler from the post apocalyptic future in a high stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested […]

Recap: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, #SnotFest2015 Edition

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A really funny viewer on Twitter referred to this episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” as #SnotFest2015. Totally and completely accurate. We are all sick of two seasons now of watching these women boohoo their daughters off to college. There were more “snore” tweets than I’ve ever seen. BravoTV can’t possibly think these scenes make their talent look more normal because no “normal” parents gets their daughters their own apartment in New York or University of Arizona and then gives them $1800 a month for groceries as a freshman. Have you people heard of meal plans? Plus, I’ll […]