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Review: 'NCIS' - 'Masquerade'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 3rd 2010 2:00AM
NCIS_masquerade_CBS
(S07E14)
As the title suggests, what we witnessed going on for much of this episode was not reality, but a 'Masquerade.' If you pay attention to titles, you can have an edge figuring out what's what. Meanwhile, beyond the action, there was more character interaction as 'NCIS' continues to weave a few mystery threads, including M. Allison Hart's fascination with Mr. Gibbs.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm, season seven -- An early look

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 16th 2009 9:02AM
(L-R): Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jason Alexander
The beauty of Curb Your Enthusiasm has always been its roots. Born from the mind of a man who launched a show about nothing, Curb is little more than an edgier version that's still... about nothing. It only makes sense that one day we would witness the colliding vortex created by those two masses of nothingness and that day has finally arrived. Well, almost. Season seven of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm premieres on HBO this Sunday night, September 20, at 9 p.m. ET and having seen the first three episodes, I'll say this about the long-awaited Seinfeld reunion - it's real and it's spectacular.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm preview: Larry David vs. Plastic

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 20th 2009 5:29PM
Oh, we've all been there. It happened to me a few months ago when I bought a new set of head phones. I almost sliced my hand off trying to open the plastic packaging surrounding the head phones. I'm glad that the company makes these things so SECURE, but opening a package shouldn't require sharp objects, the strength of Lou Ferrigno, and Band-Aids.

Season 7 of Curb Your Enthusiasm starts on September 20.

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24: 6:00AM - 7:00AM / 7:00AM - 8:00AM (season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 18th 2009 11:59PM

Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) recovers some important evidence in the two-hour season finale of '24.'
(S07E23/S07E24) "You don't know what I've done." - Jack

When 24 first premiered back in 2001, we were all taken off guard. It was so different, innovative, and action packed - like nothing we'd seen on TV ever before. But do you remember why it worked so well? Sure, there was a vast conspiracy that enshrouded the whole day in darkness, but for the most part, it was all about Jack and his family. The Bauers were what made Day 1 so memorable.

You felt horrible when Jack held Teri's lifeless body in those final seconds, and it was because the season focus was weighted towards them and not Drazen or Nina. Because of that formula, the show took off and with each season from then on, 24 became bigger than itself and so did the conspiracies. Then the bubble burst with Day 6 when it all came crashing down - we'd seen enough nukes, bio-pathogens, and Middle Eastern terrorists. The difference? All of that became more important than Jack. After Day 7's stellar finale, I think we can all agree that 24 has found its roots again.

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24: 5:00AM - 6:00AM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 11th 2009 10:01PM

Kiefer Sutherland
(S07E22) "Why did you betray me?" - Jack

Since next week's finale is actually the last two hours of the season back-to-back, I think it's safe to refer to tonight's hour as Day 7's penultimate episode. As is so often the case with pivotal installments that precede a finale (especially with 24), going into it, I couldn't help shake the feeling that the bio-terror threat would be erased for good only to reveal one more crisis ready to spill over into next week. I'm not trying to say that it was predictable, but ... well ... nevermind. It was predictable.

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24: 4:00AM - 5:00AM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 5th 2009 8:26AM

Jack (Kiefer Sutherland, second from L) and Renee (Annie Wersching, second from R) rescue Hamid (Rafi Gavron, R).
(S07E21) "I have to see this through." - Jack

After a run of so many good episodes, it had to happen sooner or later - the calm before the storm. Hour 21 wasn't much more than that. A lot of filler and only a little bit of action.

All the events that are going to play out over the season's final three episodes were set in motion, but it was done with such a deliberately slow pacing that you probably would have been fine just watching next week's "Previously on 24" clip.

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24: 3:00AM - 4:00AM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 28th 2009 8:03AM

Jon Voight as Jonas Hodges on '24.'
(S07E20) "Another attack today is all we need to push this thing right over the edge." - Tony

Only four hours left. All the pieces are in motion and sides have been chosen. Following Tony's betrayal last week, things have progressed quickly - his cohorts aren't exactly the waiting type. As tense as the plot has become, I have to say that I'm a little disappointed. Essentially, the plan is exactly the same and Hodges has just been replaced with the dozen or so people in that bad guy summit ... not sure what else to call it.

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24: 2:00AM - 3:00AM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 21st 2009 8:22AM

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer(S07E19) "I would think you'd know by now that no one can change my father's mind when it's made up" - Kim

Wow - talk about a complete 180°. A lot of this season has played it safe, but after last week's shocking final minutes, Day 7 has kicked into overdrive. During last night's episode, at times it felt like we were watching something out of season five. It was that tense. New conspiracies, new players, and confirmation of the one thing we've all assumed but couldn't bring ourselves to admit - Tony has been lying to Jack all day.

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24: 1:00AM - 2:00AM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 14th 2009 8:03AM

Elisha Cuthbert as Kim Bauer on '24.'
(S07E18) "Kim, I'm dying." - Jack

That, my friends, is what you call a game changer. Initially, I wasn't feeling the vibe of this episode. It was slow, predictable, and the Kim/Jack reunion that we've known about for ages was about as anti-climactic as you can get. But it worked. Kim's return created precisely the distraction we needed so that hour eighteen's final minutes made our jaws drops. When I spoke with Carlos Bernard recently, he said that production was shut down for over a month at one point to reassess the direction of one episode. I'm guessing this was it.

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24: 12:00AM - 1:00AM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 7th 2009 8:21AM

Dr. Macer (Christina Chang, L) treats Jack (Kiefer Sutherland, R) to mask his escalating symptoms.
(S07E17) "I'm not giving up on you." - President Taylor

Not a bad pep talk to get from your President after being indicted, considered a federal fugitive, and becoming infected with a bio-engineered virus all in the same day. However, if I know Jack (and speaking of "knowing" Jack, check out this 24 quiz that TV Squad's own Joel Keller put together for Parade), then those words probably meant the world to him. That was until Dr. Macer gave Jack a pouch full of pre-loaded syringes. She looked at his file! She knew he had a daughter. I guess she glossed over the part about that raging heroin addiction he picked up in Mexico while undercover in the Salazar organization.

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24: 11:00PM - 12:00AM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 31st 2009 8:03AM

Carlos Bernard
(S07E16) "But I don't know anything... Mr. Hodges." - Tony

Nooooo! Jack Bauer cannot die! After last week's shocking conclusion, two questions have been on everyone's mind - just what exactly was Jack exposed to and more importantly, is he actually infected? Now that we have our answer, something tells me 24 might never be the same again.

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24: 10:00PM - 11:00PM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 24th 2009 7:30AM

Bob Gunton
(S07E15) "Because we're fugitives Tony! No one's gonna believe us!" - Jack

Maybe I'm just far too optimistic, but I'd like to think that if Lockheed Martin (or some other major defense contractor) started making a bio-weapon with plans to release it in say, rural Tennessee, we'd know about. Well, not you and me, but someone up high. That's been my biggest gripe with this season and I've mentioned it before - even in the world of 24, far too much is happening that shouldn't be happening. I'm starting to think that maybe next season, Day 8, 24's clock should be punched for good.

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24: 9:00PM - 10:00PM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 17th 2009 8:02AM

Kiefer Sutherland
(S07E14) "What we're doing is fundamentally and absolutely necessary." - Hodges

After all that, is it really that simple? Does it really just boil down to survival of the fittest? Fourteen hours into Jack Bauer's very bad seventh day and we finally found out the motivation behind the day's terrorist attacks. Like everyone else, I've been on the edge of my seat, but after that revelation... well, it's going to take another crazy twist for me to really care about Jonas Hodges.

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24: 8:00PM - 9:00PM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 10th 2009 7:35AM

24: 9:00PM - 10:00PM (S07E13)
(S07E13) "It was supposed to be me." - Jack

Just past the half-way point in Day 7, and as everyone predicted would happen, the threat has changed drastically. General Juma was neutralized (he's gone just as quickly as he appeared) and Jonas Hodges has taken on the role of main baddie now. However, despite all the fanfare that put him in that infamous position, it's going to take a few episodes before I buy into whatever it is he has planned. Right now, he's just some old dude with a big mahogany desk.

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24: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 3rd 2009 8:24AM

Tony Todd(S07E12) "Madame President, right now your life is a priority whether you like it ot not." - Jack

That wasn't as gripping as I thought it would be. After all the set-up in last night's first hour, I assumed there'd be a lot more pay-off. Instead... it was more set-up.

Yes, the taking of the White House was exciting and I loved how we got to see more of Agent Pierce in action, but overall I'm left wanting more and we just didn't get it.

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