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Helen Confronts the Real Jack the Ripper on 'Sanctuary' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 10th 2011 7:30AM
'Sanctuary' - 'Tempus'In last season's finale of 'Sanctuary' (Fri., 10PM ET on Syfy), Helen Magnus followed Adam Worth through a time portal. In the premiere, she landed in 1898 London, where Adam was hoping to use modern technology to cure his daughter of a blood disease.

Helen was more concerned with disrupting the time stream, not only if Adam succeeded, but if either of them interacted with their past selves -- as both of them were around back then as well. In fact, the show did have a couple of scenes where both of their selves nearly crossed paths.

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When TV Works Online: Web Series We've Actually Heard Of

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 19th 2011 1:00PM


Lisa Kudrow's new comedy 'Web Therapy' debuts this week on Showtime, and if the title didn't tip you off, the show is a 30-minute reworking of a web series Kudrow started in 2008. The simple premise worked beautifully in the miniature format.

Kudrow plays Fiona Wallice, a therapist who thinks 50 minutes is too long for a therapy session, and conducts her mini-sessions via webcam. Of course, like most of Kudrow's characters, Wallice is self-centred, mean, and not all that well-informed. (I don't know why Kudrow insists on creating such unlikeable alter-egos for herself, but that's another column.) The trick will be to see if whatever charm the original held is maintained in a 30-minute format.

I'm going to be totally honest here -- I had never heard of 'Web Therapy' until it got picked up for television. Am I completely out of touch? Was the whole world watching this and nobody mentioned it to me? Or are you just as surprised as I am to hear that Kudrow has been regularly employed -- and winning Webby Awards -- for the last four years?

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'Sanctuary' Season 3, Episode 10 Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Dec 20th 2010 3:30AM
['Sanctuary' - 'Hollow Men']

The midseason finale of 'Sanctuary' introduced an entirely new world, a world of "holographic-projecting mushroom farmers" and "telepathic Hare Krishnas with ring guns." And although it ended on a righteous cliffhanger (does anyone really believe that these characters are dead?), this was probably the most exciting episode of the season so far.

'Hollow Men' centered almost entirely around the city, which, as it turns out is called Praxis, and we learned a bunch of nifty details about the place: For instance, don't piss off a basilisk because it'll spit venom and fire at you without a second thought.

If you do encounter such a creature, however, make sure to bring a holographic projection of yourself to throw it off the scent, like the magic mushroom farmers did when they rescued Will and Magnus.

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'Sanctuary' Season 3, Episode 9 Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Dec 13th 2010 4:45AM
'Sanctuary' S03/E09['Sanctuary' - 'Vigilante']

This week's episode of 'Sanctuary' continued with the momentum that has been building for the past few episodes; all leading up to next week's mid-season finale. Loose ends were tied up, new characters were introduced, and the missing piece of the Hollow Earth puzzle was finally put into place.

Magnus refused to face the fact that she's dying. Everyone around her tried to slow her down, but all she wanted to do was keep going. I think that if she stopped for even a moment, it would really sink in what's happening to her body.

I admire her drive to find the underground city and find a cure for the radiation sickness, but her haste and desperation could lead to carelessness, and if there's one thing that could topple the Sanctuary Network it's Magnus being careless (think, 'Kali').

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'Sanctuary' Season 3, Episode 8 Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Dec 6th 2010 5:00AM
'Sanctuary' S03/E08['Sanctuary' - 'For King and Country']

This season started off pretty slow post-'Kali', but the last few episodes have really put 'Sanctuary' back on track. Okay, where to begin? This was a definite "kitchen sink" episode. There was a lot going on and it would have been better if the writers had focused on one plot point instead of trying to cram a lot of exposition and mythology into one episode.

First off, I loved the flashback aspect of the episode in which we learned about Adam Worth's relationship with The Five. I have to say that their justification for excluding him from their research didn't make a whole lot of sense, but I suppose you can chalk it up to the fact that they were young and idealistic. It's all very high school lunch room.

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'Sanctuary' Season 3, Episode 7 Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Nov 29th 2010 5:30AM
['Sanctuary' - 'Breach']

The driving force of 'Sanctuary' is based on capturing abnormals, but there's another layer to the show that relies heavily on a certain mythology involving Helen Magnus and the other members of The Five: John Druitt, Nikola Tesla, James Watson and Nigel Griffin (The Invisible Man). This part of the show is always the most interesting, in my opinion, and this week's episode harkened back to this world.

First, we were introduced to a new character, Adam -- a.k.a. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- who first appeared dressed like a bona fide Tusken Raider. Later, we found out that Magnus had apparently killed him at some point in the past, but the circumstances were unclear.

So far, Adam is an interesting character and the writers did a good job of introducing him the way that they did. He pulled off the whole schizophrenia-paranoia bit nicely and there were definite, yet subtle, distinctions between his two personalities.

When he was Dr. Jekyll, he adopted a Scottish accent (a nice nod to the characters' creator, Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson), and it was obvious that he didn't want to hurt Magnus; Mr. Hyde was controlling the situation. As Mr. Hyde, he was crass and clearly unhinged.

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'Sanctuary' Season 3, Episode 6 Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Nov 20th 2010 2:00PM
'Sanctuary'
['Sanctuary' - 'Animus']

This week's episode was all about pairings. The team split up into pairs; each off on their own quest. Will and Henry channeled Butch and Sundance and ran off to Oldham, England to investigate a werewolf sighting and what they found was a seemingly normal hospital full of werewolves.

Magnus and Nikola Tesla (or the "Magnet", as Henry calls him) tried to unlock the secrets of the holographic city first introduced a few episodes back, but ran into a puzzle they needed to solve . Kate and the Big Guy, well, they were on a undetermined mission, but they'll be back Friday!

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'Sanctuary' Season 3, Episode 5 Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Nov 14th 2010 4:35PM
['Sanctuary' - 'Hero 2: Broken Arrow']

One of the things that makes 'Sanctuary' such a great show to watch are episodes like this one. This was a sequel of sorts to the episode 'Hero' from last season about a suit made up of abnormal insects attaching itself to a host.

This time around the host was Kate, who became a bad-ass superhero, but when things got a little wonky, it was up to Magnus and the gang to neutralize her before she caused any real damage.

Kate and Will went on a mission to transport abnormals to a temporary off-site facility after a security breach, but ran into trouble when a group of armed operatives highjacked their truck. Before the bad guys managed to steal the suit, it attached itself to Kate turning her into a bona fide superhero, or in this case more like super villain.

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'Sanctuary' Season 3, Episode 4 Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Nov 6th 2010 11:30AM
['Sanctuary' - 'Trail of Blood]

If 'Sanctuary' is modeling the series more in the vein of Indiana Jones, then this episode was 'Temple of Doom'. While the Big Guy and Kate played detective, Magnus and the rest of the gang traveled to the Columbian highlands to answer a distress signal from an old friend and ran into some mutant centipedes with a bad attitude.

Magnus followed a trail of blood that lead her to the Cabal. We haven't really heard much about the Cabal since they infiltrated the Sanctuary Network and corrupted Ashley, but this week we discovered that their influence still exists in certain parts of the world -- or, more specifically, in a dark and dank cave.

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'Sanctuary' Season 3, Episode 3 Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Oct 30th 2010 11:45AM
['Sanctuary' - 'Bank Job']

The first two episodes of season three were pretty heavy on the dramatics. 'Kali Part 3' and 'Firewall' dealt with the aftermath of the Big Bertha incident and the repercussions of Will's death and resurrection, so it's no surprise that 'Sanctuary' needed a bit of a breather and what better way to breathe after the apocalypse than a bank robbery?

The premise sounded heavy, but it was actually more fun than you'd expect -- a little Bonnie, Bonnie and Clyde action. The Sanctuary gang traveled to a small town bank to recover an abnormal that was locked up in a safety deposit box, but when Magnus discovered that the egg had hatched and took a host, it was up to Kate to improvise.

But, the episode didn't play out like your everyday run-of-the-mill bank robbery, because as it turned out the gang had a little competition. One of the hostages was also after the hatched egg to sell on the abnormal black market and once the hold up got out of control there was a reverse hostage situation.

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'Sanctuary' Season 3, Episode 2 Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Oct 23rd 2010 11:30AM
['Sanctuary' - 'Firewall']

If there's one thing that science fiction has taught us it's that there's always a price to pay for coming back from the dead, and the events that unfolded in 'Kali' will have ramifications that the Sanctuary crew have yet to discover, but we may have gotten our first glimpse into what that might entail.

This week, the Sanctuary crew dealt with the aftermath of the Big Bertha incident, especially Will who had been pretty much a zombie ever since his resurrection. Not only did he have insomnia, but he also suffered from amnesia and couldn't recall the events from his visit to the spiritual realm.

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'Sanctuary' Season 3 Premiere Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Oct 16th 2010 4:00PM
['Sanctuary' - 'Kali, Part 3']

Season 3 picked up right where season 2 ended with Big Bertha releasing a massive electromagnetic pulse across the Indian Ocean. She disabled every ship in the vicinity, including the Sanctuary network's, and sent a massive tidal wave toward the Indian sub-continent.

Terrence decided to go in for the kill to get rid of BB for good, but Magnus interfered. She jumped into her helicopter to try to distract Terrence and force BB back into the ocean, but crashed.

In Mumbai, Will was in pretty bad shape. I suppose dancing around like you're in a Bollywood movie would do that to some people.

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Sci-Fi TV Crossovers We'd Like To See

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 3rd 2010 3:45PM
warehouse 13It's a tech geek team-up as 'Eureka' uber-nerd Fargo (Neil Grayston) visits computer hacker Claudia (Allison Scagloitti) on tonight's episode of 'Warehouse 13.'

The Syfy crossover -- which continues with Friday's episode of 'Eureka' -- was inspired by Grayston and Scagliotti's real-life friendship, the pair told reporters recently.

"Our chemistry plays so well in life that I think our respective show runners and the good people over at Syfy realized what a commodity it could be to blend these shows," Scagliotti said during a conference call on Monday.

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Amanda Tapping Reveals 'Sanctuary' Season 3

by Bryan Reesman, posted Jun 22nd 2010 5:08PM
One of Syfy's top-rated series, 'Sanctuary' released its season 2 DVD recently and this fall, the third season will expand to 20 episodes. That's good news for fans of the Amanda Tapping show. TV Squad got the scoop from the actress about what's coming up for this intense adventure series.

"We survive the tidal wave, which is good," revealed Tapping of the cliffhanger ending season 2. "Because we have a 20-episode pickup, we have the luxury of doing really big story arcs this year, which is very exciting. So we have two major threads that we're pursuing throughout this season: one dealing with Helen's past a bit more, and one that is something that's much bigger than Big Bertha," the ginormous sea spider that plays a pivotal role in the season 2 finale.

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What's On Tonight: Ghost Whisperer, Ben 10, Sanctuary, Critics Choice Awards

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 15th 2010 12:15PM
  • Numb3rsAt 8, ABC has a new Supernanny, followed by new episodes of Shark Tank and 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8, then new episodes of Medium and Numb3rs.
  • NBC has new episodes of Law and Order, Dateline, and The Jay Leno Show.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • At 8:30, Cartoon Network has a new Ben 10: Alien Force.
  • At 9, FOX has a new Dollhouse.
  • Syfy has a the two-hour season finale of Sanctuary at 9.
  • VH-1 has The Critics Choice Awards at 9.
  • Also at 9: Hallmark has The Wishing Well.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new The Best Thing I Ever Ate.
  • At 11, Comedy Central has John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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