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Top Reality TV Gretchens

by Jane Murphy, posted Oct 29th 2010 1:30PM
Gretchen. It's an old fashioned, salt-of-the Earth name. Of German derivation, it means "reality show star." OK, it means "pearl," but are we the only ones who've noticed that some of reality's highest profile provocateurs over the years have gone by the name "Gretchen"?

We don't know if producers actually seek out potential cast members with this admittedly memorable name (not as memorable as "Mondo" or "Omarosa", but pretty memorable). Whether or not Gretchens have an inside track when it comes to casting, they almost always deliver the drama.

Attention-grabbing Gretchens. Fetching Gretchens. Designing Gretchens. Here's a list of some Gretchens whose lives you may have have followed on network TV or basic cable.

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Behind the scenes of tonight's big Heroes "moment" (SPOILERS)

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 12th 2009 3:06PM
I don't know if this really counts as a spoiler since NBC is showing the scene in promos, but something happens to Claire tonight that you might not expect. Here's an extended, behind the scenes look at the filming of the scene. Good plot or just attention-seeking cheese? (Not sure if this is how the scene will air tonight or a web-only remix.)

I still don't trust Claire's new friend. It's almost as if she killed Claire's roommate so she could get to this moment. Or maybe I just want there to be more to this story than "Claire's roommate killed herself suddenly."

[Watch episodes and clips of Heroes and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Prison Break: Rate of Exchange / Killing Your Number (series finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 15th 2009 10:00PM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, R) dreams of a happily-ever-after with Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies, L) in the PRISON BREAK series finale.
(S04E21/S04E22) "I don't want to run anymore." - Michael

I'm happy that Prison Break is over. I've been a fan since the beginning, and even though it tested your threshold for absurd and ridiculous TV moments on more than one occasion, Prison Break was still one helluva ride. While part of me wishes that it had gone out on a creative high after maybe a season or two, I still appreciate what Paul Scheuring, Matt Olmstead, and Co. tried to do in season three and on some level, I even respect what went down here in the final season - arguably the drama's worst. That being said, tonight's two-hour finale offered some solid closure while wrapping up most everyone's story in ways that actually felt believable.

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Prison Break: Cowboys and Indians

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 9th 2009 1:05PM

As time runs out, Michael (Wentworth Miller, R) and Lincoln (Dominic Purcell, L) are left with few options to save themselves and Scylla.

(S04E20) "What kind of loser gets set up for two high profile assassinations within five years?" - Lincoln

That's a question I've been asking myself for some time now, except that my query was a bit more broad - what kind of loser gets messed up in this many conspiracies period? Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield (Quick sidebar: different last names. Obviously they weren't brothers.) haven't exactly had it easy, but it's finally starting to look like there might be a light at the end of the tunnel ... at least for Michael anyway.

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Prison Break: S.O.B.

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 2nd 2009 2:20PM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, L) and Christina (Kathleen Quinlan, R) have an uneasy reunion.

(S04E19) "Maybe I can meet my grandson one day." - Cristina

With only three original hours left in Prison Break's run (not counting the two hour telepic that may or may not air), it's about time we got some solid answers. Despite her plea saying otherwise, I feel pretty confident now in believing that Cristina ain't one of the good guys. While General Krantz isn't much better, he's starting to look like a saint compared to Michael and Lincoln's mother.

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Prison Break: Vs.

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 25th 2009 10:33AM

Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller
(S04E18) "I warned you not to come Michael." - Lincoln

Eighteen episodes into Prison Break's final season and we finally got some solid explanation as to what exactly The Company has been up to all this time. Answers are a good thing - except when they create more questions. After learning about Scylla's true contents (at least some of it anyway), I'm more confused than ever.

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Prison Break: The Mother Lode

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 18th 2009 1:23PM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, L) and Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies, R) learn the dangers of hitchhiking as they make their way to Miami.
(S04E17) "She used to bake cookies when we came home from school." - Michael

For some reason all I could about during this episode was Cartman whining, "But Mooooommmm." Life sucks when your mother tries to kill you, huh? Prison Break's return saw a lot of action, but like most episodes, a lot of it was filler. It's still unclear as to what the precise end game for Scylla is going to be, but one thing is certain - the addition of Kathleen Quinlan as Lincoln and Michael's mother Christine has added a new layer of tension to the show that had been sorely lacking for the first leg of the final season.

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Prison Break: Eagles and Angels

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 16th 2008 9:03AM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, L) and Lincoln (Dominic Purcell, C) come face to face with T-Bag (Robert Knepper, R) for the first time since escaping from Sona.
(S04E04) "I was thinking about maybe getting me a career in pictures." - T-Bag

Here we go - get ready for it. The hunt for the remaining Scylla cards continues! Boooooring. I don't feel like there's any challenge to obtaining these cards at this point when Roland's device makes it so simple. Stand next to someone holding the card for two minutes and you're done. Don Self could do this...himself. He doesn't need Scofield and Burrows. As was the case last week, the Scylla plot paled in comparison to what T-Bag is up to. It's the only solid mystery Prison Break has right now.

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Prison Break: Shut Down

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 9th 2008 8:01AM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, R) relies on Roland (James Hiroyuki Liao, L) and his computer skills.
(S04E03) "Not every geek with a Commodore 64 can hack into NASA." - Roland

I think we're already starting to see how much of this season of Prison Break is going to play out. A constant struggle for Scofield and his team to deliver while pressure from Don and his Homeland Security buddies continues to weigh them down. I doubt very much that this is the last time the threat of being shut down will be used. It wouldn't surprise me if there was a mention of it every week - we are talking about their freedom after all. With that in mind, get ready to hear something that I imagine I'll probably be typing a lot as I review this season: the hunt for the remaining Scylla cards continues!

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Prison Break: Scylla/Breaking and Entering (season premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 2nd 2008 12:03AM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, L) and Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies, R) reunite on the two-hour Season Four premiere episode of Prison Break.
(S04E01/S04E02) "Yeah well, a lot of people that believed in me in the last few months Agent Self... not all of them are alive today." - Scofield

I've always loved Prison Break. I still do. We're four seasons deep now and I've fully accepted the fact that this show is constantly reinventing itself and as a result, the level of ridiculousness that you as a viewer need to be willing to eat is absurd. I'm not sure if I laughed louder when T-Bag adopted a cannibalistic lifestyle or Linc called the new guy Roland a douche. Oh right... and Sara is alive. So don't act surprised by the picture. But we knew that anyway. FOX didn't even try to keep that one a secret for us.

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Prison Break: The Art of the Deal (season finale) - VIDEO

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 18th 2008 9:01PM

Lincoln (Dominic Purcell, L) and Michael (Wentworth Miller, R) plot their next move in the PRISON BREAK finale episode 'The Art of the Deal.'
(S03E13) "You know, you're the first person to ever break out of Sona." - Gretchen

This was a great episode. Really solid and enjoyable. However, you can see why it was originally meant to be the mid-season finale and not a season ender. There are just simply too many questions left hanging and, for lack of a better way to put it, it just doesn't feel right. Fans of Prison Break, you know what I mean. As far as finales go, this wasn't satisfying. While it left me yearning for more, I'm equally annoyed. Plenty of other shows are coming back with four or five new episodes starting in about a month, so why not Prison Break? What really worries me? No word on any sort of renewal from FOX. This very well could be the last we'll see of Michael and Lincoln.

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