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'Once Upon a Time' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 27th 2011 11:00PM
Archie and Regina['Once Upon a Time' - 'That Still Small Voice']

Though I had an embarrassingly extensive collection of Disney movies as a child (who am I kidding, I still have them), Pinocchio was never among the VHS tapes I wore out beyond repair. Because of this, the idea of an episode centered around Jiminy Cricket didn't exactly leave me hopping with anticipation.

Still, 'Once Upon a Time' already proved that it is adept at subverting expectations in its first four episodes, and 'That Still Small Voice' proved to be an undeniably satisfying hour of television, deepening our understanding of Archie/Jiminy's character and giving us some welcome development in Mary Margaret and David's tragic romance. I don't know about you, but I really could watch a whole hour of those two playing hangman and innocently flirting and need nothing else from the show.

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The Hauntings Drive Vivian to Shoot on 'American Horror Story' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 24th 2011 4:30AM
'American Horror Story' - 'Rubber Man''American Horror Story' (Wed., 10PM ET on FX) is coming together stronger each week, and it looks like things are only going to get worse for the Harmons now that Ben's ex-lover Hayden is dead and among the spirits haunting the house.

Not only is she dead, but she knows it and is reveling in it. She rallied the house's first mistress, Nora, to her side with the mission of driving Vivian insane so the two of them could each have one of her twins when they're born.

It turned out to be not that difficult a task, either. She was already worried when she saw a photo of Nora, who'd also been by to look at the house. Suddenly, she started questioning everything she saw, and Hayden made sure she had plenty to question. And then there's the rubber man.

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Cinemax Starts Production on New Spy Drama, 'Nemesis'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 23rd 2011 7:45AM
Melissa GeorgeCinemax has announced that production is underway on 'Nemesis,' its new drama series set in the world of international espionage. Created and written by Frank Spotnitz ('The X Files,' 'Strike Back'), 'Nemesis' stars Melissa George ('In Treatment,' 'Home and Away'), Adam Rayner ('HawthoRNe'), Stephen Dillane ('Game of Thrones'), Morven Christie ('The Young Victoria') and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ('Lost').

The eight-part series is is produced by Kudos Film & Television ('MI-5,' 'Life on Mars') for BBC One and HBO/Cinemax in association with Big Light Productions. It will shoot in Scotland, London and Morocco, and is slated to air on Cinemax in 2012.

Spotnitz will executive-produce along with Alison Jackson, Jane Featherstone and Stephen Garrett from Kudos Film & Television and Christopher Aird from the BBC. Eliza Mellor ('Albert Schweitzer,' 'Derek') produces, and SJ Clarkson ('Heroes,' 'Life On Mars') will direct the first two episodes.

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'NCIS: Los Angeles' Keeps Deeks Guessing Until It's Almost Too Late (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 23rd 2011 6:15AM
'NCIS: Los Angeles'Did you see the big reveal of the mole coming on 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (Tue., 9PM ET on CBS)? Don't feel bad if you didn't. We didn't either. The episode did a pretty good job of distracting us with the whole Deeks-Kensi dynamic, and that pesky shooting situation with Deeks.

We love that the Deeks shooting was all a ploy to flush out the real mole in the LAPD. That was a fun twist after putting us through a pretty emotional roller coaster, along with his partner.

Plus, the writers did a good job of pinning the mole status on Bates, all the way until the big reveal at the red sedan when Deeks came walking up and Bates was ready to point the finger at him. Suddenly, it all came together.

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Robert Wagner Back as DiNozzo's Father, and a Suspect, on 'NCIS' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 23rd 2011 1:00AM
Robert Wagner, 'NCIS' - 'Sins of the Father'It's always good television when Robert Wagner reprises his role as DiNozzo Sr. on 'NCIS' (Tue., 8PM ET on CBS), but his appearance brought a whole new dynamic to his character, and his relationship with his son. Especially because it also brought with it a dead body in the trunk of his car.

Making matters worse, Senior had threatened to kill the man after he got screwed by him on a deal. He also claimed no recollection of the events leading up to his being in the rented Rolls with a stowaway in the trunk. It showed a different, more desperate and less smarmy side to Senior that was nice to see.

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NBC Gives 'Grimm' a Full Season and a New Night

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 22nd 2011 7:45AM
Well, we were right: The ax-wielders over at NBC have decided to give fledgling drama 'Grimm' time to find its feet and develop an audience. 'Entertainment Weekly' reports that the network has placed a full series order, making 'Grimm' the only new NBC hour-long series to get a "back nine" episode order this fall.

NBC President, Robert Greenblatt, said "We are very pleased to be making a full-season commitment for 'Grimm.' This series is turning the traditional procedural drama on its head and is attracting a loyal following for us on Friday nights. We love where it's going creatively and we're excited to deliver more episodes to our audience."

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'Gossip Girl' Season 5, Episode 8 Recap: Top 5 OMG Moments (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 21st 2011 11:20PM
Serena and Blair['Gossip Girl' - 'All the Pretty Sources']

No-one throws a soiree like Serena van der Woodsen, but it wouldn't be an Upper East Side shindig without a healthy heaping of scandal. This week's 'Gossip Girl' once again brought all of our favorites together, but despite the verbal fireworks, it still felt like a spark was missing (perhaps because so much time was spent on Chivy and her snoozeworthy boy drama).

Still, some progress was made between Blair and Louis, and Queen B's dashing prince is turning out to be a right royal pain; when he was being sweet, he was simply dull, but now that he's trying to scheme, he's just plain irritating. Alas, we've been promised a royal wedding, so we sadly haven't seen the last of Louis yet, but it looks like we might get a break from Elizabeth Hurley's scenery chewing, after Diana's reluctant exit ...

Join us after the jump for our five favorite moments from this week's episode.

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Robert Wagner Cuffed on 'NCIS' as LA Cops Say He's Not a Suspect in Wife's Death

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 21st 2011 8:25AM
Last week the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. announced they are re-examining the drowning death of movie star Natalie Wood. The news led to frenzied speculation as to whether her husband, actor Robert Wagner, would now be named a suspect in her death, which has always been shrouded in mystery.

At a press conference Friday, a sheriff's spokesman told reporters that Wagner is not a suspect. "Her death was ruled an accident, an accidental drowing. And that's what it is. If, at the end of it, our investigation points to something else, then we'll address that."

However, over the last few days CBS viewers could have been forgiven for being rather confused about Wagner's status because he keeps appearing on screen in handcuffs. That's because, in a collision of art and life, the network's been promoting tomorrow night's episode of 'NCIS,' in which his character is accused of murder. After being asked if they'd considered postponing the episode, a CBS source told The Wrap that it "is running as scheduled."

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Brody Gets Angry Upon Discovering Walker Is Alive on 'Homeland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 21st 2011 6:55AM
'Homeland' - 'Achilles Heel'Did our own Michael Hogan retire the Brody-o-Meter too soon? Well, it isn't officially retired, but after this week's installment of 'Homeland' (Sun., 10PM ET on Showtime), it should definitely stick around for at least a while longer. The revelation that Walker is alive would seem to put Brody in the clear, but this thing appears to be way more complicated than that.

We already know Brody can pass a lie detector test, so when Carrie told him Walker was alive, sure he seemed shocked, but that could have been another lie, like his fidelity to his wife. But the clincher at the end revealed a truth of sorts.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 6 Recap

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 20th 2011 10:00PM
['The Walking Dead' - 'Secrets']



Somewhat surprisingly, Hershel makes some decent points about keeping a stable of barn zombies. I mean, if it were your loved ones, would you have it in you to kill someone who meant something to you? Even though he or she is still standing up and walking around? Sure, your loved one would now love to eat your thigh, but, still, maybe there is a cure? OK, as we learned at the C.D.C. last season, there's probably not a cure. But I can say that it would totally be my luck that as soon as I made the gut-wrenching decision to end the life of a former-loved-one-walker, the next day a cure would be announced. So, hey, as long as Hershel has enough chickens to feed them... eh, why not keep them around? OK, there's always the chance that they will escape, which would be bad. And I'm sure that will eventually happen, but not this week.

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'Bones' Cast To Earn Big Pay Rise For Potential Eighth Season

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 18th 2011 12:35PM
Bones castForget digging for 'Bones,' (Thurs., 9PM ET) the cast of the long-running Fox procedural has just hit buried treasure.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, supporting cast-members Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor and John Francis Daley have secured new deals that will see their salaries raised to the mid-five figures per episode, in exchange for an extra season on their contracts. The negotiations were particularly pressing for Conlin and Thyne, whose contracts were set to run out at the end of this season.

Now, if the show is picked up for an eighth season -- which seems likely, given this news -- fans can rest assured that all of the regular cast will return.

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PBS Confirms Season Premiere Dates for 'Downton Abbey' and 'Sherlock'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 17th 2011 8:50AM
Restive 'Downton Abbey' fans need fret no more: PBS has confirmed that Season 2 will (finally!) premiere in the US on Sunday January 8, 2012. The AP reports Paula Kerger, PBS president, as saying that the abrupt ending to Season 1 and the paucity of episodes -- there were only four -- led to angry phone calls from fans, many of whom worried that PBS might not even air a second season.

PBS also has good news for 'Sherlock' fans. The 21st-century twist on Conan-Doyle's deerstalker-wearing detective will start its second season on PBS on Sunday May 6, 2012. Alas, it's only three episodes long, but fans can be assured that it should be a case of quality triumphing over quantity.

Other gems from the PBS spring lineup include a two-part examination of Bill Clinton's presidency, a look at some celebrity family trees by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, and a series on American infrastructure, 'America Revealed,' hosted by winner of 'Survivor: Cook Islands,' Yul Kwon. More on these after the jump.

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The Truth Behind Larry's Burns Revealed on 'American Horror Story' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 17th 2011 5:30AM
'American Horror Story' - 'Open House'Larry Harvey has been one of the most enigmatic and mysterious characters on 'American Horror Story' (Wed., 10PM ET on FX). He isn't a ghost haunting Murder House, nor was his relation to it completely clear, until this week.

In fact, we gained a greater understanding of why Constance moved next door and has stayed so close to the house. We learned that Tate was her son, and we know that he haunts those halls. But she has a far more grotesque son she used to keep locked in the attic whose spirit lingers as well.

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'NCIS': Gibbs and Ziva Get into a War Zone Fire Fight to Bring Back a Marine (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 16th 2011 1:00AM
'NCIS' - 'Engaged, Part II''NCIS' (Tue., 8PM ET on CBS) continued its powerful tribute to the US Marines with this second half of a two-parter that saw Gibbs and Ziva heading to Afghanistan to bring back a Marine left behind. The episode showed the strengh and unity of the Corps, regardless of gender.

It was a beautiful thing to watch, and further proof why 'NCIS' stands in a league of its own compared to other procedurals on the air. With as much care and emphasis on its character than its cases, the writers and creative team know how to tell a story and make you care.

We wanted to see Lt. Gabriela Flores returned to her father alive and well just as much as Gibbs did. If we were to get a true military-based dramatic series, following our men and women in the armed forces across the globe where the danger is, we'd want it to feel like this episode.

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NBC Has Good News for 'Grimm,' Bad News for 'Prime Suspect'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 15th 2011 8:00AM
The annual programming reshuffle known as the mideason schedule launch is in full swing at the major networks. Since NBC unveiled its new lineup yesterday there's been much speculation as to the fate of cult fave comedy 'Community,' struggling newbie drama 'Prime Suspect' and brand new fairytale drama 'Grimm.'

It seems as though the cast and crew at 'Grimm' can rest easy for now. Deadline reports that the fairytale-based procedural has received an order for additional scripts. That doesn't mean it's out of danger yet, but it should avoid the ax for now at least. However, 'Prime Suspect' is still most definitely on the dreaded bubble, with Deadline quoting one source as saying NBC execs are "considering our options." Gulp.

Meanwhile, 'Community' stars took to Twitter to vent their spleen about the benching of their show.

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