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'Nurse Jackie' - 'Twitter' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 30th 2010 9:02AM
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(S02E02) When it comes to Jackie and her reliance on meds, what came first -- the stress or the drugs? You have to wonder. For those who think that Jackie is like House, there's one difference which is House had a serious injury that was the gateway to his Vicodin addiction. Jackie did allude to back problems last season, but now she just swipes pills and pops them like they're a crutch.

Anyway, this thought occurred as Jackie continues to be a mass of contradictions, especially to herself. This week was no different. More on that and the smoke alarms after the jump.

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Jersey 'Housewives' Are Coming Back May 3

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 26th 2010 10:47AM
real_housewives_of_new_jersey_standingIn anticipation of the new season of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey,' the restaurateurs in the Franklin Lakes vicinity have decided to anchor all dining tables to the floor like McDonald's and Burger King. That way, Teresa can't be doing any table-flipping unless she's wearing a cape with a giant 'S' in red and has an aversion to Kryptonite.

No seriously -- and table-flipping is hardly that -- those Jersey women are coming back. Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' returns Monday, May 3 at 10 PM ET. And unlike some editions of the 'Real Housewives,' all the principals are part of the action.

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'United States of Tara' - 'Yes' Recap (Season Premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 23rd 2010 3:38AM
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The united part of the 'United States of Tara' was served up handily in the season premiere, with the family looking like the model of normalcy. And yet even as there seemed to be nothing wrong, below the surface was that gnawing feeling that Buck, T, Alice and whoever, might be lurking, ready to pop out. When the pop finally went off, however, it wasn't what we anticipated. It wasn't even in their house. More on that and the purple carnations after the jump.

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Vince Gilligan on 'Breaking Bad' Season Three

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 17th 2010 11:02AM
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'Breaking Bad' comes back for its third season this Sunday on AMC (10PM ET / 9PM CT), and after watching the last few episodes of season two, the new season can't come soon enough. The dramatic ante was upped for meth-making science teacher Walter White (a role for which Bryan Cranston won another Emmy) and his partner Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), and the season ended with the fallout of Walter's actions spreading from his family to the greater Albuquerque area.

Creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan is the man behind the dark but wryly amusing world of 'Breaking Bad.' After watching the first two season three episodes while I was at the TCA tour in January, I got a chance to sit with Gilligan poolside at the Langham Huntington for a few minutes.

We talked about the "holy crap" moment of season two, on how he and Cranston see Walter differently, how many seasons he envisions the show running, how Walter might transform over the season's run, and what it's like to be on the same network as 'Mad Men.'

Stay tuned for interviews with the cast later in the week.

(SPOILERS AHEAD! Stop here if you haven't seen season two yet...)

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'Boondocks' Season Three Premieres in May

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 27th 2010 9:00AM
BoondocksIt's been more than three years since 'The Boondocks' invaded my TV, and now they are coming back for seconds. Well, thirds.

Aaron McGruder, creator of 'The Boondocks' comic strip and animated Adult Swim series, said on his Twitter page that the show will premiere its third season on May 2.

Last December, McGruder, who also serves as the show's executive producer, announced that a third season was in the works but he could not confirm the airdate.

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'The Boondocks' Will Return for a Third Season

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 28th 2009 12:35PM
'The Boondocks' is back. Variety reports that after nearly two years off the air, creator Aaron McGruder says his show will return for season 3 in early 2010.

Based on McGruder's 'Boondocks' comic strip, the animated series explores race tensions especially as they relate to the Freeman family. Ten-year-old Hugh Freeman, voiced by Regina King (pictured right with McGruder), usually narrates the story, radiating pride for his African-American culture and expressing criticism and concern for black media portrayals. He is kept in line by his younger brother Riley (also King) and his grandfather Robert (John Witherspoon). Riley's gangster rap influence provides the counterpart to his older brother's Afrocentrism.

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TNT Renews 'Dark Blue' for Season 2

by Daniel Frankel, posted Dec 9th 2009 8:53AM
TNT has said "yes" to a second season of cop drama 'Dark Blue,' ordering up 10 new episodes, the cable network confirmed Tuesday.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Dylan McDermott as the leader of undercover squad, 'Dark Blue' averaged just over 2 million viewers during its initial run over the summer.

'Blue' had been on the bubble, with TNT officials contemplating what has become a pretty crowded drama roster for 2010.

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Southland may yet find new life on cable

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 19th 2009 2:29PM
SouthlandJust when I'd added Southland to my list of shows to spotlight in upcoming editions of "Gone Too Soon," now there are glimmers of hope for its future. After NBC unceremoniously dumped it before it premiered this season, in favor of more Dateline, fans and television pundits were stunned.

Executive producer John Wells has reportedly been in contact with the cast to tell them he has at least two cable networks interested in picking up Southland. The good news comes in two ways. One, the series gets to come back. And two, a cable network is a lot less likely to tamper with the storytelling style Southland was developing in its first season. NBC already had them de-emphasizing the larger cast and the serialized nature of their storytelling in the episodes they were filming for the new season.

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Talking truth with Tim Roth of Lie to Me

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 28th 2009 10:02AM
Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) returns to expose the truth behind the lies in the Season Two premiere of LIE TO ME airing Monday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Lie to Me is not a show that grew on me last season. When it first premiered earlier this year, I didn't even bother watching it. I tend to shy away from mid-season replacements to begin with and something about seeing Tim Roth speaking in his normal British accent in promos for the show seemed weird to me.

Then summer arrived, TV viewing options started to dwindle, and suddenly Lie to Me became a viable option. I watched the pilot, was mildly amused, and then dropped it for over a month before I looked at another episode. At first, it wasn't that great, and now that I've had the opportunity to speak to Roth about it, it's good to know that I wasn't alone in thinking that.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars gets a subtitle and a premiere date

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 25th 2009 1:06PM
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Rise of the Bounty HuntersLucasfilms told us at Comic-Con that the new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars promised more sophisticated storylines and higher stakes. It is war, after all. And they promised us bounty hunters. One of the most popular classes of characters in the franchise was conspicuously absent during the first season.

To drive this point home, they've even added a snazzy subtitle to the title of the show for this season, as well as giving it a premiere date. The action starts Friday, October 2 with the one-hour premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Rise of the Bounty Hunters.

That follows the pattern of the films, if you think about it. While the first film was technically Episode IV: A New Hope, it was only branded as Star Wars. The stakes were raised and things got much better with the next installment, complete with official subtitle. Rise of the Bounty Hunters even sounds like an episode in the film franchise.

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The first scene of the new season of Fringe is...

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 21st 2009 12:37PM
... well I don't know. And neither will you after watching the clip below. It's a teaser for the new season that doesn't really do too much teasing as it's just a bunch of quick one-liners from the cast talking how great the show is.

That being said, the nondescript vagueness of the clip has me even more excited than a regular promo. After the way last season of Fringe ended with Olivia being transported to an alternate universe to meet William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) in the World Trade Center... well, my jaw has been on the floor for a few months now and this teaser picked it up. A little.

However, you can look at it this way too - why aren't we being shown anything? Is the premiere going to be disappointing? Was there nothing worth showing? Or... is the premiere just so damn top secret that seeing any part of it now, even with no context, would still ruin it for us? You be the judge. (Fringe returns to FOX on Thursday, September 17th, at 9PM ET.)

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Giveaway Monday: Mad Men season two DVD

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 13th 2009 12:31PM
Mad Men Season Two DVD coverWe haven't done a giveaway in a while, but we couldn't resist when we were offered this opportunity: We've got three copies of Mad Men: Season Two on DVD for three lucky, random commenters. The DVD is out in stores starting tomorrow.

To enter, leave a comment below before 5:00PM Eastern, Friday, July 17 simply telling us why you'd like to own this DVD set. As always, we'll randomly choose three winners amongst the eligible entries. Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating why you'd like to own the Mad Men DVD set.
  • The comment must be left before July 17, 2009 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Three winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Three winners will receive a Mad Men: Season Two DVD (valued at $49.98).
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
Click here for complete Official Rules.

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Breaking Bad: ABQ (season finale)

by Allison Waldman, posted May 31st 2009 11:22PM
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Cause and effect, random selection, grief, life and death... "My father is my hero, he's just decent." Breaking Bad covered all that and more in the season finale, setting up Walter White's life after successful surgery that bought him more time. The question was this when the end credits rolled, what will that life be for the New Mexico science teacher after all that's come before?

Anyone out there who thinks they know is lying because only creator Vince Gilligan has a handle on what's been going on and what's to come. What we do know after watching the season finale is this: Breaking Bad is as good as any other drama currently on television, and that includes Lost, Mad Men, House, 24 and the other potential Emmy nominees for Outstanding Drama Series.

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New shots from Sons of Anarchy's second season

by Jonathan Toomey, posted May 30th 2009 12:01PM

Charlie Hunnam stars in Sons of Anarchy on FX.With Rescue Me plowing through it's massive 22 episode fifth season, it's a little weird to think that we'll be tuning into Denis Leary's FDNY hijnks until September 8th - especially since we're used to having the show be over after about three months.

I'm not really sure what my point is mentioning that, because all I'm doing is piling good news on top of more good news - once Rescue Me ends, Sons of Anarchy is back.

The FX motorcycle drama began filming it's second season recently, with two notable cast additions - Henry Rollins and Adam Arkin. At the time of Rollins casting, nothing was known about his character other than his role as a "new antagonist." Now, according to Fancast, it turns out that both Rollins and Arkin will be playing neo-nazis. If you recall Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay's tumultuous relationship with Darby (Mitch Pileggi) and the Nords, then you know they ain't gonna get along with these two.

If you feel like being spoiled beyond that, pictures and more character info after the jump...

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Dollhouse gets a second season!

by Brad Trechak, posted May 15th 2009 11:22PM
DollhouseRejoice, Whedonites! His latest television venture, Dollhouse, has been renewed by Fox for a second season of 13 episodes, thus proving the existence of God.

Seriously, I'm very happy about this news, particularly since it shows that Fox learns from its mistakes and doesn't simply rely on pure ratings (which is an unreliable and outdated system to begin with) to make business decisions. Did I think Season 1 was the best series ever produced? No. However, I trust in Joss and really liked the ending of Season 1. Sometimes it takes the man until the second season to really produce great television, Buffy being the prime example.

I do wonder where the show will go for a Season 2, although the possibilities are endless. The return of Alpha would be redundant. It's difficult to have character growth for Echo since her mind is wiped every week. I suppose we will find out next year.

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