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Mashup: A Salute to Butt-Kicking TV Women (VIDEO)

by Avaryl Halley, posted Apr 1st 2011 12:20PM
Yesterday was the last day of Women's History Month, bringing to an end AOL TV's month-long celebration of Women on TV.

We've had tribute lists and graphics, but we wanted to go out with a bang: a mashup! What better way to salute some of the most iconic and powerful woman in television history than with a video of them in action?

Below you'll find one awesome video -- if we do say so ourselves -- of fierce females in action. There's plenty of canceled Joss Whedon goodness and soapy slaps to satisfy everybody.

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FX Scoop: Elijah Wood's Talking Dog, 'It's Always Sunny' Gets Musical Again, Plus More 'Justified' and 'Sons of Anarchy'

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 30th 2011 2:45PM


See that photo? Sadly, it's probably as close as we'll get to our dream of a 'Justified'-meets-'Sons of Anarchy' crossover episode.

But there were plenty of other things to be excited about from last night's FX upfront presentation at the Lucky Strike Lanes in New York, which the network combined with bowling, libations, yummy snacks and an impressive lineup of the FX talent.

Earlier in the day, the network confirmed a third-season pickup for Wednesday-night drama 'Justified,' as well as a third season for animated spy comedy 'Archer.' Casts of both shows were in attendance at the upfront Tuesday night, along with the entire cast of 'Sons of Anarchy,' the male contingent of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' Louis C.K. from 'Louis,' the cast of 'The League' and John Scurti from 'Rescue Me.'

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Top 10 Most Powerful Female TV Characters in 2010

by Ryan McGee, posted Dec 19th 2010 11:30AM
Recent news of a potential relaunch/reboot of the 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' franchise sent shock waves through the fandom universe.
Loyal followers of 'Buffy' creator Joss Whedon decried the continuation of the Slayer saga without his involvement.

Whether or not 'Buffy' should exist without Whedon is up for debate. But having strong, powerful, complex women like Buffy Summers is absolutely not up for debate.

Now, did Buffy mark the advent of powerful female characters on television? Of course not. But even a cursory glance over the television landscape shows traces of that character's DNA ranging far and wide.

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Podcast-palooza: Talking 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'The Walking Dead' and more!

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 2nd 2010 10:45AM
It's a season finale special on the 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' podcast this week. This week, Ryan McGee and myself talk about the finale of 'Sons of Anarchy' and (in a non-spoilery way) the impending finales of 'The Walking Dead' and 'Boardwalk Empire.'

There's also been some controversy over Frank Darabont's decision to fire the writing staff of 'The Walking Dead' and we discuss that, as well as what's worked about the current season and whether the season finale is satisfying or not (again, no spoilers).

The first part of the podcast takes on a different topic: A charity swag sale that begins tomorrow. Starting Friday and through the month of December, I'll be auctioning some great TV merchandise on eBay, and, as was the case with a similar swag auction last spring, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to charity. Even if you're not a podcast fan, check back here tomorrow for more details on the cool stuff that will be for sale.

Here's the breakdown of this week's chat:

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 3 Finale Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 30th 2010 11:30PM
The current season of 'Sons of Anarchy' has gotten me thinking about secrets and lies.

When are secrets the characters are carrying effective tension-builders? When is it good for the audience to know something that the characters don't and vice versa? The show's extra-long season finale caused me to ponder these topics once again.

Overall, there was a propulsive sense of forward movement in the episode, and some excellent character moments as well. However there was a twist at the end of the episode, one that both worked and didn't work.

Was the twist entertaining on one level? Sure. But it was also indicative of some of the problems of this uneven season.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 3, Episode 12 Recap (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 23rd 2010 11:10PM
['Sons of Anarchy' - 'June Wedding']

Often I begin these recaps with an appropriate quote from that week's episode.

But this week, there wasn't a sentence as memorable as one look from a key character.

It was really a half-second glance. Three-quarters of the way through the episode, when Jax Teller took Tara to his mother's house, and Tara took Abel in her arms, Jax finally allowed himself a half smile. It was one of those blink-and-you'll-miss it moments -- it was not a moment that called attention to itself, yet it commanded my attention anyway.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 3, Episode 11 Recap (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 16th 2010 11:10PM
['Sons of Anarchy' - 'Bainne']

'I'm done listening to dead men.' -- Jax Teller

One item has been checked off Jax's to-do list: He's finally gotten Abel back. But what will be the eventual cost of the search for his son, as welcome as the return of Abel was for both Jax and viewers who had grown weary of the "Abel the Adorable MacGuffin" story line?

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 3, Episode 10 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 9th 2010 11:05PM
['Sons of Anarchy' - 'Firinne']

'If you love him, give him more.' -- Father Kellan Ashby


Kellan Ashby hit Jax Teller's most vulnerable spot hard when the priest talked about how painful it could be for a child to grow up in "the life."

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EXCLUSIVE: Hells Angel Sonny Barger to Guest on 'Sons of Anarchy' and Creator Kurt Sutter on the Season So Far

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 9th 2010 7:00AM
Sonny Barger, a legendary member of the Hells Angel Motorcycle Club, has a cameo role in the Nov. 30 season finale of FX's biker drama 'Sons of Anarchy.'

Barger, a founding member of the Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels, plays a character called Lenny the Pimp, one of the founders of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. Barger, who lives in Arizona these days, said in an interview that he's a big fan of the show.

"We watch it every week," Barger said. "It's a nice show and it seems like everyone likes it. But it's nowhere near my everyday life."

Below, Sutter talks at length about the third season of the show and about how Barger's appearance came about.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 3, Episode 9 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 2nd 2010 11:15PM
['Sons of Anarchy' - 'Turas']

'I'm tired, Trinity.' -- Jax

'Yeah.' -- Trinity

Putting aside what we know about Jax and Trinity (there's a familial relationship between them -- one I hope they're informed of soon), the moment between them at the end of 'Turas' was one of the best scenes in an uneven hour.

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'Talking TV' Podcast: 'Sons of Anarchy,' the British Invasion, 'In Treatment,' 'FNL' and more

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 28th 2010 10:45AM
Hey podcast pals, we've only got one installment of 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' for you this week, but it's a supersized edition.

In this week's podcast, Ryan McGee and I talk about a number of programs, and to make it easier to find the sections that interest you, below you can find (rough) indications of where those parts of the conversation begin and end.

The Oct. 27 Ryan & Ryan podcast lineup:

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 3, Episode 7 Recap (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 20th 2010 3:00AM
['Sons of Anarchy' - 'Widening Gyre']

'Sons of Anarchy' is, in part, a study of unintended consequences and an examination of the lives of conflicted characters whose good intentions generally land them deeper in a world of pain.

It's also a show that inspires the hope that Gemma Teller-Morrow someday does actually go to jail, because I desperately want to see an episode devoted to breaking her out of the joint. Perhaps even a movie.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 3, Episode 6 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 12th 2010 11:01PM
['Sons of Anarchy' - 'The Turn']

"It ain't personal. It's just about the cash." -- Clay Morrow to Marcus Alvarez

Clay is able to say this to Alvarez, the leader of the Mayans, because for Clay, it's true. The truce with the Mayans is just a smart business move, one that will allow both clubs to survive and prosper.

And Clay has been in the outlaw life for so long that everything he loves is inside that world -- in the Sons of Anarchy clubhouse or under his roof. As long as he's keeping that world safe, all is well, as far as he's concerned.

But for how long?

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Ride On: 'Sons of Anarchy' Gets a Fourth Season from FX

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 7th 2010 4:10PM
Its third season hasn't even reached the halfway point yet, but FX has already ordered a fourth season of the hit biker drama 'Sons of Anarchy.'

"In 2010, 'Sons of Anarchy' ranks as basic cable's No. 1 scripted series in delivery of Adults 18-49,' the network noted in the Season 4 press release on Thursday.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 3, Episode 5 Recap (with Intel from Creator Kurt Sutter)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 5th 2010 11:02PM
['Sons of Anarchy' - 'Turning and Turning']

Three women end up in vises on 'Sons of Anarchy' -- Gemma Teller, Maureen Ashby and and even Agent June Stahl confront difficult if not impossible situations. One desperate man figures out a solution that could help all of them.

Below is my take on this week's episode of the show, and there's also a bit of input from 'Sons of Anarchy' creator Kurt Sutter. (If you've seen Tuesday's episode, the information is not spoilery; it just consists of Sutter's thoughts on a key development in the episode).

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