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Review: Men of a Certain Age - Powerless

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 5th 2010 9:27AM
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As the title of this episode suggests, the guys were all feeling a big powerless and it looked for a time that it was a position overwhelming to each of them. What was reassuring, then, was to realize that with age comes experience and wisdom and a way to figure out how to deal with just these kinds of issues. Each of our men of a certain age were powerless in some way for a time, but not by the end of the hour. That's one for the old guys, if you're keeping score.

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Terry Meets Old Flame at School Fundraiser on 'Men of a Certain Age' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 29th 2009 10:45AM
While at a fundraiser for a local school, ladies man Terry meets a woman he had a fling with in the past on 'Men of a Certain Age.'

Terry approaches the woman and discovers that, although she's now engaged, she's receptive to the idea of a romp with the confirmed bachelor for old times' sake. Terry suffers an uncharacteristic pang of conscience, though, and decides against acting as a potential homewrecker.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: Men of a Certain Age - The New Guy

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 28th 2009 11:40PM
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(S01E04) As Men of a Certain Age progresses, it's becoming clear that things aren't as black and white as we might have thought they were. There are many more shades of gray among these three men, and I don't mean in the salt and pepper in their hair. For a while in this episode, it looked like nothing much was happening. There wasn't a lot of action. But like that whiskey sour that Owen probably shouldn't have drank, the impact hit later on. For more on that and which direction Terry took after the party, follow me after the jump.

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Scott Bakula on 'Men of a Certain Age,' Cable TV and Sci Fi

by Jenna Busch, posted Dec 28th 2009 4:20PM
Scott Bakula is making weekly visits to our living rooms again in the new TNT original series 'Men of a Certain Age.' Also starring Ray Romano (who is writing and producing, along with Emmy winner Mike Royce) and Andre Braugher, this surprisingly dark show explores the lives of three college buddies as they navigate their forties and the challenges of mid-life.

Bakula plays Terry, a not-quite-as-successful-as-he-planned actor working at a temp job and dealing with the dating scene. Romano's character is a compulsive gambler, while Braugher's battles diabetes and the disappointment of his father.

We got a chance to chat with Bakula, who gave us a peek at the even darker tone of the original pilot, the freedom of working on a cable network and the indie film style of the show. We also talked about his work on 'Chuck,' how disappointed his fans were to hear that he won't be back this season, and how Steven Soderbergh told him not to research his character in 'The Informant!'

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Review: Men of a Certain Age - Mind's Eye

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 22nd 2009 12:43PM
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If there was any doubt that this show's goal was too be completely authentic and realistic, I think a discussion about how many creams Owen uses on his ass just about seals the deal. I can only imagine what the waitress thinks of the bits and pieces she overhears of the boys' various conversations. But it does make it perfectly clear why that diner table has become the symbol of the show.

These boys have been a part of each other's lives for so long now that they're family. The fact that they're able to have conversations like we see each week, that certainly go deeper and more intimate than most "guy" friendships would ever be allowed, is a testament to that.

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5 Reasons to Watch Syfy's 'Chuck' Marathon

by Sharon Knolle, posted Dec 17th 2009 2:00PM

Salivating for the return of 'Chuck' on January 10? Then set your DVR for January 7, because Syfy is planning to air an eight-hour marathon of the cult NBC series.

Creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak have selected their eight "best of" episodes from season 2, including the premiere and the finale, which will air during the marathon.

Still not watching 'Chuck'? We're here to help. Below, check out our 5 reasons to watch Syfy's 'Chuck' marathon.

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Men of a Certain Age is kind of depressing

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 17th 2009 10:02AM
Men of a Certain AgeI've been hearing good things about Men of a Certain Age, the new TNT series starring Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher as three best friends in their 40s dealing with middle age. With those guys in the lead, I was thinking it would be funny, but it's really not. In his review of the pilot, Jason mentioned that it was "painting a pretty bleak picture of middle age," although both Jason and Allison have liked it in their reviews. I dunno. It might be a little too depressing for me.

I'm not sure I want to watch guys dealing with real-life stuff like the rest of us -- divorce, illness, family issues and the like. I can just look around me for that. After pondering the question, I decided that I watch TV to escape from the day to day realities of life. A lot of times life, you know, sucks. And it seems to suck especially bad for the three guys on Men of a Certain Age.

I'll watch a few more eps before I throw in the towel (or decide I really like it). What about you? Are you watching and liking Men of a Certain Age?

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Review: Men of a Certain Age - Let It Go

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 15th 2009 7:10AM
TNT_men_of_a_certain_age_Ray_Romano(S01E02) There's a possibility that Men of a Certain Age could become grumpy old men of a certain age. But I don't think that's going to happen because there's still enough irony and levity to keep the show from wallowing into a miserable experience. These guys aren't grumpy all the time and when they are, it feels justified. It's hard not to share their feelings. These are every American men in a lot of ways, well-off, spoiled to an extent, wondering what's going on in the world that's suddenly not as young as it used to be.

This was an episode about injustice and fairness, and it's not surprising that our men feel like they've been subjected to too many slights, too many instances when they've been dumped upon, and too many things that have them pissed off. Read on for more about how our three mess-keteers handled the weekly travails.

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Review: Men of a Certain Age - Pilot (series premiere)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 8th 2009 3:10AM
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I'm not even sure what I just watched. Here was a show about guys being guys, and yet there were no sexual exploits, and no drinking, watching sports or tinkering with cars. It's as if someone took all the stereotypes about men and threw them out the window. Instead what we got was a raw and honest look at manhood.

It was a revelation. More importantly, it was wonderful.

Ray Romano joined forced with one of his Everybody Loves Raymond cohorts, Mike Royce, to write and develop Men of a Certain Age. As if that wasn't a strong enough pedigree, he got the likes of Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula to join him as the three men at the centerpiece of this exploration of middle age.

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Men of a Certain Age -- An early look

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 4th 2009 2:02PM
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If you ever watched Everybody Loves Raymond -- or currently watch the reruns -- you might wonder what would Raymond become after a while. What would happen if he didn't have Deborah yelling at him and his family keeping him from being a self-indulgent slob who only thought of himself. Men of a Certain Age shows you the dark side of Raymond, only here Ray Romano is called Joe. Joe and his college buddies, Owen and Terry, are on the wrong side of 40 and they know it.

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Robert Loggia to play Ray Romano's dad on new TNT show

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 27th 2009 5:04PM
Have you seen the new ads for the new TNT comedy-drama Men of a Certain Age? It stars Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, and Andre Braugher as husbands and dads dealing with middle age. It has been announced that Robert Loggia will play Romano's dad on the show. He's one of those actors that's great in everything he does and it's cool to have him in this show and in that recent Apple ad.

But instead of that ad I'll post this classic from the early 90s. If you say so Mr. Loggia!

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Is Enterprise really the worst sci-fi spinoff of all-time?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 6th 2009 6:01PM
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Name a Star Trek show a "worst" anything and you're bound to get some feedback.

Topless Robot names the 9 worst sci-fi spinoffs of all-time, and number one on their list? Enterprise, the Scott Bakula Star Trek series that aired for four seasons. Is that accurate, considering other shows on the list include Baywatch Nights, V, and Ewoks?

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Syfy in talks to try and revive Quantum Leap as well

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 11th 2009 11:02AM
Dean Stockwell & Scott Bakula: Quantum LeapWe already know about the in-development reboot of Alien Nation at Syfy. What I somehow missed in all the hoopla about that is that Syfy is also in talks with creator Don Bellisario about a possible relaunch of Quantum Leap. Or a sequel or, really, whatever Bellisario would be interested in. Syfy is looking for a great time travel show, and other than Doctor Who, was there ever a better executed one than Quantum Leap?

Hell, with Scott Bakula all over our television screens on Chuck and The New Adventures of Old Christine among other appearances, and Dean Stockwell already familiar to SyFy's core fan-base, why not just go ahead and do a continuation of the original series with Sam's daughter in the lead role, or something like that?

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Chuck: Chuck Versus the Colonel

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 21st 2009 10:25AM
Chuck in tie(S02E21) If you were waiting all season long for an episode this power-packed, you finally got your heart's desire. You wanted action; you got it. Story line development? Check. More about Sarah and Chuck? Casey in the middle of everything? Guest stars? References to pop culture and old movies? Morgan's deepest dreams revealed? Yep. This was the episode for you. The penultimate Chuck for season two -- and hopefully not the next to last of all time -- was perhaps the best episode of the year.

For sheer dynamics, the team was not working together. Casey, who was promoted and thus became the colonel of the title, was put in the tough position of having to apprehend Chuck and Sarah. Since they all know each other so well, there was no advantage on either side, and Chuck's emotional appeal about finding his father seemed to have little effect on Casey.


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Chuck: Chuck Versus the Dream Job

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 7th 2009 10:27AM
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Chuck, Chuck, Chuck. Just when you think you're on the verge of getting answers, you wind up with a lot more questions. We knew going in that Chuck had finally tracked down his father, ostensibly to fulfill Ellie's dream of having her dad walk her down the aisle at her wedding.

On the most superficial level, Chuck achieved his goal. He did find his father, Steven J. Bartowski, but he also found all the craziness that sent him off in the first place. Only it wasn't really, really craziness. It was something far more nefarious.

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