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'Rescue Me' Season Premiere: Tommy Shoots Up a Bar (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 14th 2011 6:09AM
'Rescue Me' - 'Mutha'The final season of 'Rescue Me' (Wed., 10PM ET on FX) kicked off in explosive fashion. After a five month jump, we're treated to almost a full hour where it seems like almost everyone is going to be happy and smiling.

Sheila and Janet are getting along like best girlfriends. We were convinced Sheila's advice about Janet not wanting sex during this pregnancy was some kind of scheme, but she was right on the money. How long can we really trust her, though? With that history, come on!

Everything was going well at the fire house -- hell, there weren't even any fires! -- and Black Shawn was ready to pop the question to Colleen. The only potential wrinkle was when Tommy found out Colleen was working at a bar; not the best idea for a recovering alcoholic.

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HBO Releases Extended 'Entourage' Final Season Trailer (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 7th 2011 5:30PM
The first episode of the final season of HBO's 'Entourage' premieres Sunday, July 24. Today the network released an extended trailer of the 8-episode season that features some mild spoilers about the series' swansong. So if you're trying to stay spoiler free, stop reading, and don't watch this trailer.

The trailer picks up with Vince 90 days clean and sober, out of rehab after dealing with his Sasha Grey-induced cocaine problem. Drama is recording his gorilla-fronted cartoon series 'Johnny Bananas,' which co-stars Andrew Dice Clay. Turtle looks like he's lost about 35 pounds, and is working on his tequila project, trying to make his business moves without Vince's help. Sloane sends Eric back his engagement ring in the mail. Ari's separated and it looks like his marriage is falling apart. Vince writes a script for Drama that nobody except the Chase brothers seems particularly enthused about. Something shocking happens and everyone gasps!

Check out the video after the jump.

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'Lost' - 'Everybody Loves Hugo' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 14th 2010 5:40AM
'Lost' - 'Everybody Loves Hugo'
(S06E12)
You can certainly tell that we've turned the corner on this final season of 'Lost.' Suddenly, the alpha-verse and beta-verse seem to be on a collision course with one another, and I'm very intentionally using that expression. With Desmond on the loose in both universes now, things have gotten a lot more interesting, even if I'm still not 100% clear what either of his motivations are.

As expected, the beta-verse Hurley is every bit the financial success with Mr. Cluck's that the alpha-verse Hurley could never quite manage. What was alpha-Hurley's deep-rooted desire, if I'm going to continue that theory, that the beta-verse fulfilled? He said many times that he didn't want the millions he won in the lottery, but I think it was his never-ending plague of bad luck that he really wanted to get rid of. Trying to shed his winnings was just a means to his desired end.

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'Nip/Tuck' - 'Christian Troy II' Recap

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 17th 2010 11:00PM
Julian McMahon stars in FX's 'Nip/Tuck.'
(S07E07) "Am I really this ugly?" - Christian

As 'Nip/Tuck' winds down (if you can believe it, there's only two episodes left), an episode like 'Christian Troy II' (the first Christian-as-patient episode was in season two) was inevitable. Despite their numerous similarities, the one thing that Christian has always had more of than Sean is feelings of inadequacy. Granted, when you consider the tragedies he's endured (being molested by his father and getting sodomized by The Carver both come to mind), it's not like he lacks a reason for not always feeling 100% about himself.

For the most part, Christian has risen above these feelings by becoming one of TV's most superficial characters. But it's good to know that even he still has doubts about himself, and more importantly, what he does for a living.

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'Nip/Tuck' - 'Dr. Griffin' Recap

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 11th 2010 12:42PM
Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon
(S07E06) "It's not like we're a couple or anything." - Sean

Saving the best for last, the final season of 'Nip/Tuck' is firing on all cylinders right now and 'Dr. Griffin' easily stands out as one of the final run's, and possibly the series', finest episodes. Highlighting the symbiotic, and often parasitic, relationship that Drs. McNamara and Troy have shared over the years, 'Dr. Griffin' could have been a boring romp as our two favorite plastic surgeons sat on a therapist's couch and laid their feelings bare. Instead, what resulted, was a charged exploration of how these two people really feel about each other.

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'Lost' - 'What Kate Does' Recap

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 10th 2010 12:46AM
Evangeline Lilly as Kate Austen on ABC's 'Lost.'
(S06E03) "It's the Others, dude. They caught us ... again." - Hurley

As 'What Kate Does' unfolded, I couldn't help but shake the feeling that everything we're witnessing in the "post-Jughead worked" 2004 time-line is going to end up being very important. Of course, that could have been due to the fact that in this past week's Official 'Lost' Audio Podcast, Cuse and Lindelof essentially laid it bare for us -- there is no alternate reality happening here. What's going on in LA in 2004 and what's going on in 2007 on the island are both very real.

The question to ask is what effect actions in one time-line will have on the events in the other. As far as 'Lost' mindf#%ks go, this one is a doozie, because it's forced us to reevaluate everything we remember about these characters, right back to the pilot episode.

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Review: 'Nip/Tuck' - 'Virginia Hayes'

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 4th 2010 12:10AM
Dylan Walsh and Robert LaSardo
(S07E05) "I dropped out in the second grade and I even know that this thing is a metaphor." - Escobar

As some shows reach the end of their run, they often aren't able to properly address many of their most important lingering plots. Either the show is canceled abruptly and hardly anything gets answered or if it was a hit, network economics kick in and the show runs so long that what does or doesn't get answered is never enough for the fans that stuck it out.

'Nip/Tuck,' however, seems to have entered its final season with a bit of a happy medium -- seven seasons is still a long run for a drama, but Ryan Murphy and Co. have never let fans forget about the original sin that started it all. In the same way that the bullet Vic Mackey put in Terry Crowley's face in the pilot episode of 'The Shield' became crucial during that show's final season, it's looking more and more like all those hams that Sean and Christian bought in the 'Nip/Tuck' series premiere might be the very thing that ends up driving them apart.

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Review: 'Lost' - 'LA X, Parts 1 and 2' (Season Premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 3rd 2010 1:43AM
Lost premiere
(S06E01/S06E02) "We're back." - Kate

Did you hear that? That was the collective sound of TV fans across the country all brain-farting in unison. 'Lost' is back for its final season and I've gotta be honest -- I'm not really sure what to think about 'LA X.' In four or five months time, once the series has concluded, I'm positive I'll think differently about it. However, right now, 'LA X' was easily one of the most confusing hours of 'Lost' yet, and despite ABC's promos promising that "questions would be answered," all it gave us was a jumbo-jet (literally) chock full of new ones. Whatever ... I still loved every second of it.

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A Lost Television Moment

by Stephanie Earp, posted Feb 2nd 2010 10:17AM


In 2000, I decided to go back to school and finish my degree. In case you're wondering, I took classics and women's studies, and I'm sure you can tell it served me well. That summer I arrived on campus about three weeks before school started, and one Sunday I headed to the campus pub hoping to make some new friends.

It was August 23, 2000, just a little after 8 pm.

I made no friends that night. Instead I practically had to jump up and down in front of the bartender to get her attention away from the television. The bar was packed and utterly silent. Everyone was watching what I now know was the second-highest rated finale of the decade, that the people in bar were only a handful of approximately 51.7 million viewers watching the 'Survivor' season finale. And I knew I was completely and hopelessly out of it.

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Join Our 'Lost' Season Premiere Live Chat Tonight!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 2nd 2010 8:01AM
LostThe day has finally arrived! February 2, 2010, marks the beginning of the end for one of the most compelling and popular drama of the past decade: ABC's 'Lost.'

The final chapter in the story of the Losties, Tailies, Others, and others, begins tonight. To celebrate this special event, we are hosting a live chat during the one-hour recap (8 pm ET) and two-hour season premiere (9 pm ET).

The chat will start 15 minutes before the recap begins and will be accessible via our "TV Squad Live Blogs the 'Lost' Premiere" post. If you would like to receive a reminder via email before the chat begins, go to the link I just provided and follow the instructions in the chat screen. This live chat will give you a great opportunity to discuss the episode's surprises, twists and turns with fans as well as allow you to instantly share your opinions with other TV Squad readers.

See you tonight when we will finally start getting answers to questions we've been asking since the pilot episode!

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ABC Releases Trailer and Clips for 'Lost'

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 1st 2010 12:02PM
Terry O'Quinn as John Locke on 'Lost.'After what seemed like an eternity, ABC's embargo on any new footage from the sixth and final season of 'Lost' was lifted on Friday as video from the network's "Message in a Bottle" contest hit the web. The first four minutes of tomorrow night's premiere became one of the most buzzed about stories over the weekend.

After 48 hours of back-and-forth, "will I or won't I" arguments with myself, I finally caved late last night and not only watched that clip but two others that ABC released on their press site. Oh, and the trailer. Yes... I watched it all. Chastise me if you will (maybe in some way I've wrecked the purity of seeing the show tomorrow), but guess what? After seeing all this, I'm even more excited.

So, if you're like me, and can't wait another 48 hours, video of the trailer and analysis of that and the other clips is after the jump. (In case that isn't clear enough for you, that means SPOILERS.)

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Review: Nip/Tuck - Sheila Carlton

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 28th 2010 12:02PM
Melanie Griffith and Julian McMahon
(S07E04) "I think, in a way, we all feel responsible." - Sean

Just when it looked like we were on our way to a major break-up, Nip/Tuck threw fans a curve ball last night as we head in to the series' final five episodes. For as much as Sean may despise Christian, what he's done, and how he acts, sticking with him for 25 years has left a scar -- Sean may see himself as the opposite of Christian, but the rest of the world views them as one and the same.

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Review: Nip/Tuck - Joel Seabrook

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 21st 2010 12:32PM
Kelly Carlson and Dylan Walsh
(S07E03) "This is something I want to do. Something I probably should've done a long time ago." - Sean

Nip/Tuck's final season continued last night and the deep examination of Sean and Christian's relationship got fleshed out even further as the rift between the two of them continued to grow. These two are set on a collision course by the end of the season, though Sean seems to be doing everything in his power to just walk away.

It's becoming increasingly clear that Sean is the key to all McNamara/Troy's success and the closer he gets to reclaiming the life he always wanted, the more on edge Christian is becoming. The problem with that? Their conflict is starting to spill over into the lives of their loved ones.

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Review: Nip/Tuck - Willow Banks

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 14th 2010 1:10AM
(L-R): Mini Anden and Julian McMahon
(S07E02) "For once in my life, I just want to be able to walk down the street and be ignored." - Willow Banks

Imperfection. Though it's something that Nip/Tuck has tried to buck since its inception, and despite the claims of Drs. McNamara and Troy being able to make you perfect, the notion of imperfection has, in a way, always been the core issue of this show. But just like the surgeries performed week in and out, there are layers upon layers that make up the idea of perfection vs. imperfection and, more importantly, how different people perceive that battle.

This week's episode of Nip/Tuck tackled that issue in what was arguably one of the most nuanced and, yes, layered, episodes in the series yet. Considering that we're in the midst of Nip/Tuck's swan song, "Willow Banks" might very well turn out to be one of the show's most important installments when we finally have the opportunity to look back on the series as a whole.

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Harold Perrineau and Cynthia Watros to appear in Lost's last season - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 12th 2010 1:01PM
Lost: The Final SeasonDuring the fun session for Lost this morning, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse announced that two favorite cast members will be seen on the show's last season. And since they announced this in front of a room full of 200 reporters, it's safe to talk about it here:

Cynthia Watros, who played Libby, and Harold Perrineau, who played Michael, will both be appearing on the show this season. How and why they will appear, of course, is a secret. Cuse and Lindelof even joked about it, with Cuse going "All your Libby questions will be answered," and Lindelof countering, "No, they won't."

More on the lively panel later.

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