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 to […]

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, stark […]

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 March […]

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 a […]

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 they […]

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

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Episode 605: “Sounding”Written by Dave Andron and Leonard ChangDirected 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 Errol:Ava: […]

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 ArkinSeeing 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 in […]

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 knew […]

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 this […]

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. The […]

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 BoydIn 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 capture […]

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 Tyson, […]

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 both […]

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.Kim […]

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” that […]

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! #HilariousDirectors 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 nothing […]

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 method […]

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 bet […]

Recap: BravoTV’s “Vanderpump Rules” The Homo-erotic Undertones Edition

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Let’s not pussyfoot around about what went down on BravoTV’s “Vanderpump Rules” this week. I couldn’t live-tweet or blog that night because I was busy watching the Ohio State Buckeyes (my alma mater) trounce the Oregon Ducks. Thank God for the DVR.So Jax is at least bi, or bi-curious, or maybe even gay and not admitting it to himself because, as he told us on this episode, he grew up as “Jason” in the Midwest where gay was not okay at the time. That said, he’s a wanna-be model and bartender in Los Angeles, it’s not like he needs to […]

Recap: WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp” The Party Is Over Edition

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WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp” is back and this time I just can’t resist blogging it. If the first episode was any indication, I’m not going to be disappointed by the crazy-factor this season (really, somebody let Heidi and Spencer back on American television?).Heidi Montag (I know, it’s hard to recognize her because of all the plastic surgery) wants to have a baby with Spencer. Spencer isn’t ready (and probably never will be as it would result in him having to be less of a selfish asshole). They’re on the show to figure this out. And to get their faces back […]

Recap: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The “Keep Brandi in Time-Out” Edition

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This week’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” should have been called the “Keep Brandi in Time-Out” episode. She just managed to piss off or horrify literally everyone.Lisa has to go to lunch with her because she got backed into a corner at the fundraiser the previous day. Ken’s giving her shit because he’s just glad he doesn’t have to go.“These women have a habit of ganging up so I think it’s better I just sit down with her and find out what she has to say once and for all,” Lisa says.It’s uncomfortable to even watch them sitting down for […]

Nashville Family Values, AXS TV’s ‘Discovering Lucy Angel’ Gets It Done

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Bottom Line: AXS TV’s first original docu-series Discovering Lucy Angel airs Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9PM ET.  Hard work, entrepreneurial spirit and raw talent combines with a tenacity that rivals The Jackson’s. Meet Kate and daughters Lindsay and Emily Anderton, along with brothers Fletcher and Jake and the wildcard, father and band manager Doug (aka G-Man), who is an energetic cheerleader, hustler and mover and shaker, securing all kinds of deals for his women.Together they stand, despite a crowded Nashville music scene, and hone their beautiful melodies until their stage act is polished and perfect, ready to take on […]

Recap: Vanderpump Rules, We’re All Sick Of Jax Edition

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Here’s the thing, while I was thoroughly entertained by “Vanderpump Rules” on BravoTV tonight, nothing actually happened.Yes, they went on the bachelorette party to Miami but other than the boys all acting like a bunch of women (that’s why I didn’t call it a bachelor party), there was absolutely no storyline whatsoever. The entire show was just a series of one-liners.I’m sick of Jax. So, apparently, is Tiffany because she didn’t go to Miami with him after the San Diego fiasco the prior weekend. He tells everybody he told her not to come but we all know he’s lying.Lisa Vanderpump […]

Review: Make Sure To See ‘Incredible! The Story of Dr. Pol’ Jan. 10 On Nat Geo WILD

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“I became a vet because it was the only thing I ever wanted to do. There isn’t a type of animal I haven’t looked in the eyes and wondered how it was feeling.” – Dr. Jan PolIncredible! The Story of Dr. Pol Premieres Saturday, Jan. 10 at 10 PM ET/PT Following the Season Premiere at 9 PM ET/PT On Nat Geo WILDBottom line: “Incredible” is an overused word, but well applied here in describing the storied life of a caring man who left his Netherlands home for the love of an American woman and the career of a lifetime, thankfully […]

Recap: ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Double Header, The Pilfered Candles Edition

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Just forced myself to watch two episodes of “Vanderpump Rules” back-to-back in an effort to get all caught up for this week (damned Dish box succumbed the salt air on our tiny island here only five miles wide), and to some extent, the experience was painful. But maybe we should all have to watch a marathon because it gives a totally new perspective on what a big, lying, piece of shit Jax really is.No, seriously. He’s such a whore. And a liar. But he must have something magic about him because all of his “friends” are willing to have him […]