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October 13, 2015


TV Squad Soap Report: Evil abounds

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 3rd 2008 10:03AM
TVS logo soapIt was big news in the world of daytime when Joseph Mascolo exited Days of Our Lives a few months ago. After all, Mascolo's Stefano Dimera was hailed as the number one villain of all time in daytime by Soap Opera Digest.

His return to Days was supposed to be long-term, but it didn't work out that way. In a surprising, some would say typical, soap way, the phoenix will rise again. Stefano Dimera, in the form of Joseph Mascolo, is coming back to Days of Our Lives. His reign of terror will commence once more -- in early August. Meanwhile, the other big time evil-doer on the show, Victor Kiriakis, will become more moderate and good by comparison.

Evil on the soaps is, well, a necessary evil. You can't have characters who are happy and blissful all the time. You need the selfish, the greedy, the vengeful, all those evil types to keep the stories interesting.


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Nine reasons why Ryan is a villain (or, how not to be the office d-bag)

by Jay Black, posted Oct 9th 2007 11:04AM
Yes, this is the face of evil.In my review of The Office last week, I called Ryan one of the best villains on TV today. I thought it was obvious that the producers were taking Ryan in this direction and that my comment was a compliment to the fine acting and writing on the show. I was met with a bit of resistance, however. Some of our readers felt that Ryan's ideas made a lot of sense and that, if anything, Michael's overall incompetence is the real villain on the show.

I thought a post was in order to further explain why I thought Ryan was a villain. And what's the best way to explain a point? Well, considering the direction that the internet is moving, the answer is, of course, a numbered list! The nine reasons why Ryan is a villain after the jump.

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Telly vs. the doll

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 20th 2006 11:52AM
living dollBored on this lazy Sunday? Of course you are, so why not click here to watch the classic Twilight Zone episode "Living Doll" featuring the late Telly Savalas? In this episode, Savalas plays a man who isn't very nice to his wife or his step-daughter, and it seems his step-daughter's new doll doesn't care much for him, either. In fact, the doll is eeeeeeeeeeeevil. I mean, of course it is, this is the freakin' Twilight Zone. This episode was spoofed in the Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror segment "Clown Without Pity" in season four. I'm pretty sure the doll in this episode doesn't have a GOOD/EVIL switch on her back, though. That would have made things much easier.

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Drowning kittens is funny?

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 14th 2006 1:53PM

tom and jerryActually, drowning kittens isn't funny at all. Dressing them like pirates is funny, but not drowning them. That's just cruel. What the heck am I talking about? Well, the other night while working on my computer I had an episode of Tom and Jerry that I had Tivoed playing in the background, so I was only sorta paying attention to it. The short was called "Heavenly Puss," some of you may remember it as the one where Tom goes to heaven but can't get in until he gets Jerry to sign a certificate saying he forgives Tom for all the torture Tom put him through. There's a scene where different cats are going past the "ticket taker" to get into heaven, each one having been killed in a funny way (one was flattened by a steamroller, for example). Then, at one point, a wet bag comes bouncing along, and three kittens crawl out. The ticket taker (also a cat, cause this is cat heaven) shakes his head and says sadly, "What some people won't do."

I did a double take, hit rewind, and watched it again. Yes, they actually made a joke about drowning kittens in a sack. That probably goes to show something, but I'm not sure what. Have any of you ever watched something from your childhood and realized it was actually a lot more morbid than you remembered?

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Korgoth of Barbaria: Pilot

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 5th 2006 3:42PM

(S01E01) korgoth of barbariaThe new Adult Swim series from SpongeBob SquarePants writer and storyboard artist Aaron Springer, Korgoth of Barbaria, which also features the talents of Bill Wray (Ren and Stimpy, Mad Magazine) and Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack) does not officially debut until September, but last night a sneak peek was shown. Actually, I don't think this is the first time the pilot has been shown, but it was the first time I saw it, and I have to say I thought it was pretty good, especially if you like creative violence.

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TV Land's marathons are evil

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 3rd 2006 5:02PM
BensonHere's a piece of advice: don't ever, ever tune into TV Land on a Saturday when you don't have anything planned. If they're playing the right show, you'll get completely sucked in to the point where the sun will go down and you'll have never gotten out of your pajamas.

How do I know this? Because I've been watching the Benson marathon since about 10 AM, and have barely switched away from it since. I was going to pick up dry cleaning and go out for a nice lunch, maybe get some writing work done. But here it is, 5:00, and all I've done is laugh my ass off at one of my all-time favorite shows (one I haven't seen in many years). God, Kraus was funny. And Benson's insults towards her and Clayton were legendary, and... oh, crap. I need to go out for dinner tonight. Guess I'll actually need to leave the apartment...

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Transformers the Movie special edition DVD coming in November

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 1st 2006 1:03PM
optimus primeI was a pretty big fan of the original Transformers cartoon, but never saw the feature film based on the same line of Hasbro toys. The movie has developed an odd kind of cult following, and has even been subtly alluded to in the mainstream in films such as Boogie Nights. It was also the last movie Orson Welles did before his death. The new 20th anniversary DVD set comes out in November, and will include behind-the-scenes footage and other premium content compiled with the help of Transformers fans. According to a plot synopsis, the movie takes place in 2005, twenty years after the TV show, and deals with the struggle between the Autobots and the Decepticons back on their home planet of Cybertron. Also, look for "updated" versions of the original toys around the same time the DVD comes out.

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Short-Lived Shows: The Charmings

by Adam Finley, posted May 4th 2006 10:02AM

charmingsThere's a whole sub-genre of sitcoms which I suppose could be called the "fish out of water" sub-genre. These were sitcoms whose whole comedic premise was based on taking the main characters out of their element and putting them into an entirely new one with the hope that comedy would ensue. The 1980s were rife with these types of shows. Some found an audience, such as ALF, and others, like The Charmings, well, didn't.

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God is gonna throw down

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 18th 2006 2:07PM

cloudI went through a brief professional wrestling phase in junior high. This was when Hulk Hogan was in his prime and you could also see the likes of Rowdy Roddy Piper, the Iron Sheik, and Hillbilly Jim, among others. Eventually I got over watching men in tiny pants strutting around the ring and gesticulating, but professional wrestling kept going on without me, turning into a huge phenomenon and becoming, as one friend of mine put it, "a male soap opera."

He's right. The storylines have become more complex, and sometimes downright silly. This time, however, Vince McMahon may have topped himself. On April 30, during the WWE pay-per-view special "Backlash," Mr. McMahon will wrestle God. Wrestling fans already know that this is the culmination of an ongoing storyline which involved the sinister McMahon getting beat by Shawn Michaels, a born again Christian. I don't have pay-per-view, so I won't be able to watch, but here's what God had to say:

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Whoopi's Criminal Intent

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 10th 2006 1:58PM
whoopiWhoopi Goldberg will be returning to television for the first time since Whoopi was on NBC a couple years ago. She'll be guest starring in an episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent for May sweeps in a role that will most likely be recurring. Goldberg will play Chelsey Watkins, an evil foster mother who goes up against Detective Mike Logan, played by Chris Noth. Goldberg seems to be playing this up, insisting her role will be the baddest ever on Criminal Intent. I assume she means the character will be bad, not her acting. Though maybe she did mean her acting, and she's going for some kind of award for bad acting. You never really know, you know? This sounds promising, but Criminal Intent still remains my least favorite series of the Law and Order franchise.

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