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October 20, 2014

True Blood: Strange Love (series premiere)

(S01E01) True Blood is definitely a show after my own heart. I love any high concept drama that lays out the entire idea in the first five minutes. In case you didn't get it, here's the short version. Synthetic blood is now available for vampires to buy, therefore they no longer need to kill to survive. So, as a society, they decide to live out in the open and are met with the kind of fear and...

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Stump the King: The Alvin Show - VIDEO

I got a great letter this week from a fan named Harold Dickinson. He writes, "I'm trying to get the name of a cartoon from the late 50's or early 60's. It had two characters who -- at least in my memory -- remind me of Penn and Teller. The one character was tall and bombastic, the other was shorter and never spoke- although he would whisper to the other character. I believe the smaller character...

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Burn Notice: Rough Seas

(S02E07) "Sounds like the world's worst game show." - Sam Axe Finally, Michael gets himself involved in someone else's problems in a truly organic way. Like most of you, I was tired of people seeking Michael's help like he was Robert McCall Jr. So when he came to the defense of Seymour, it was really refreshing to see. Speaking of Seymour, I was surprised to see Silas Weir Mitchell playing a...

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The Middleman: The Vampiric Puppet Lamentation

(S01E10) "I'd rather lick money." - Lacey Thornfield As exciting as the idea of Lacey having a sexy dream is, the feeling was immediately counteracted when she revealed that the dream involved Pip. The saving grace is that anyone who took Psych 101 in college could figure out that Pip was just a substitution for The Middleman. The uniform was a dead giveaway. One thing that keeps me watching this...

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Stump the King - Sci-Fi

I got a great letter this week from a TV fan named Jim R. "Dear TV Squad, About 15 years ago, I watched an episode of a scifi/fantasy TV show wherein an Elvis impersonator traveled back in time to meet (and eventually kill) the real Elvis. Could you please tell me the name of this program? Thanks"...

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Burn Notice: Bad Blood

(S02E06) You have to admire the stones on a guy who can insult someone else's wardrobe while he himself is wearing a Daiquiri Ice colored polo. As much as I love the larger than life characters on this show, Victor the Wrangler was a little too much for me. I never enjoy seeing brand new characters who talk to the regulars like they are old buddies. I know that's how TV works but if a guy is...

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Stump the King - Bernie Mac

One day in 2001, I was having lunch with a friend and we were talking about the new fall shows. We discussed shows that we thought weren't going to make it as well as shows we really enjoyed. Towards the end of the meal we started to discuss The Tick and how we were both excited to see the live version that was premiering later in the season. I remember turning to my friend and saying, "Isn't...

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Burn Notice: Scatter Point

(S02E05) "Sammy's gettin' some hammy tonight." - Sam Axe How great was it seeing Michael and Fi still sitting in that car? I like to imagine that they were sitting there for an entire week while we waited for the new episode. Not that I didn't enjoy Michael's how-to on exposing covert security but I feel bad for the delivery guy. As if it isn't bad enough to get to the delivery and realize you've...

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The Middleman: The Ectoplasmic Panhellenic Investigation

(S01E08) "Guy I Don't Know is starting to look like Guy I've Known My Whole Life." - Noser Yo, Wendy Watson. Thanks for wearing the skimpy dress in the very first scene of the show. For the most part, scenes with two attractive young people flirting with each other while spouting flippant duologue has been done to death. For some reason that I can't quite identify, the scenes in tonight's show...

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Stump the King - Barney Martin

This week, I got a question from Jonathan Myers that reads... "There was a short lived television show in the late 60's or early 70's - sitcom - where the characters dressed in dog outfits. Part of me thinks it was related to Rob Reiner? Any idea what show this is?" Well, after scouring my memory and doing a little research, I was able to dig up some info on an unsold pilot called McGurk....

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