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November 22, 2014

Big Love: Vision Thing

(S02E05) The Wild Thyme Cafe & Bakery. That's where this installment of Big Love started. With Bill Henrickson's right-hand man and confidant telling him not to keep his frustrations about his personal life all bottled up inside. Then, as if on cue, a waitress named Ana, in a frilly pink and black uniform descended upon Bill's table and offered a sympathetic ear to listen to his troubles. And...

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Once and Again's Season 3 on DVD?

Way back on September 30, 2005, the web site TV Shows on DVD announced that the third season of one of my favorite TV shows, Once and Again, would be available for sale in a 19-episode, multi-disc set, complete with actor commentaries and a blooper video. They even released an image of the DVD box. Then a funny thing happened on the way to the DVD shelves. Disney pulled the plug and indefinitely...

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Big Love: Rock and a Hard Place

(S02E4) Imagine a giant, sticky spider web. No matter where you get stuck -- whether it's over in the upper-left-hand corner, or along the edges on the right -- you're still essentially, trapped in that same large web. The many disparate storylines that flowed through the fresh episode of Big Love reminded me, for some reason, of a spider web, with the Henrickson family playing the role of the...

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What I'm watching this summer: Meredith's list

Summertime and TV in my house means three things: Watching new summer programming, catching up on TV shows I missed during the conventional September-through-May TV season and baseball, specifically Boston Red Sox baseball. In fact, on summer evenings, my TV is most likely tuned in to a baseball game. But when the Sox are not playing -- or when they're getting clobbered or if they're playing a...

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Hillary Clinton as Carmela Soprano? - VIDEO

Several weeks ago, Senator Hillary Clinton asked the public to help her come up with a theme song for her presidential campaign. And then The Sopranos ended its historic run. And it was too much of a good opportunity to pass up. So Hillary and hubby Bill made a video for her web site discussing what song the Senator had selected. Only the video is a parody of the Sopranos' last scene in the diner,...

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Big Love: The Writing on the Wall

(S02E2) Poor Barb. While reeling from cancer treatment years ago, she agreed to let her husband Bill plunge the pair into polygamy, even though she really wasn't keen on the notion. Then she was publicly humiliated when her family's polygamy became quasi-public and she was disqualified from a state Mother of the Year contest. Ashamed, she withdrew from the world in order to figure out where she...

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Picket Fences Season One -- DVD Review

It won Emmys for the best dramatic series, best dramatic actor and best dramatic actress. Right out of the box. In season one. Nearly 15 years ago. So how does the first season of the controversial Picket Fences stand up to time, in its new DVD collection? After watching the pilot episode, seeing all those shoulder pads, hearing the heavy-handed background music during some of the scenes and...

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Are you envious of Big Love's wives?

Ever watch HBO's Big Love and feel a tad bit envious of the wives? Ever find yourself wishing there was another wife kicking around the house with whom you could talk, whose refrigerator you could raid and with whom you could watch repeats of the Sopranos and curse the series' ending? Well, a Michigan woman does. In fact, Michele Gazzolo said in a Chicago Tribune essay that she covets the...

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Bradley Cooper gets a Nip/Tuck

So that Kitchen Confidential thing didn't quite work out. And Sydney Bristow has retired from the spy business. So what's a former Alias regular and erstwhile competitive (TV) chef to do? Get a Nip/Tuck, of course. According to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello, Bradley Cooper will appear in five episodes of the fifth season of the FX plastic surgery drama. "What I can tell you," Ausiello wrote, "is...

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thirtysomething actresses talk about being fiftysomething

Despite the pleadings of many fans, DVDs of the 20-year-old Emmy-winning dramatic series thirtysomething have yet to be (officially) released. While fans (like yours truly) patiently wait for thirtysomething DVDs to go on sale, the four actresses who starred in the yuppie-focused show spoke with People magazine about being in their 50s, about cosmetic surgery, about the fact that they're...

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