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'Terra Nova': Showdown at Lucas' Portal to the Future (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 13th 2011 1:00AM
'Terra Nova' - 'Within'It was a week of revelations and potentially series changing moments on 'Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox). First, Shannon's investigation into the traitor within Terra Nova finally began to bear fruit, but there's still the question of why.

Meanwhile, Taylor's son has finally finished his work on the portal, leading to a tense and dramatic confrontation. It was a very mini-'Stargate' moment when Lucas turned on the device, opening a portal to the future. He stepped through it, warning that he would come back with allies to destroy everything Taylor has built.

So Taylor rallied the troops. With the Eleventh Pilgrimage days away, there is every reason to suspect it will be stacked with those same allies just as the Sixth Pilgrimage was. The end game for this season of 'Terra Nova' is nearly here. It remains to be seen if it will be a season ender, or a series ender.

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Talking TV Podcast Talks 'Walking Dead,' 'Terra Nova,' 'Sons of Anarchy' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 1st 2011 3:45PM
It's mostly zombies, dinosaurs and bikers in the latest edition of the Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast.

Ryan McGee and I kicked things off by mentioning a few shows that premiere this week ('The Take,' 'Trek Nation' and 'Weed Wars'). By the way, you can find plenty of other notable December specials and such in this post.

We also talked a little about 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter,' but in a much longer section of the podcast, we discussed the state of genre television and in particular the disappointing first season of 'Terra Nova' and the very uneven second season of 'The Walking Dead.'

Then it was all 'Sons of Anarchy' all the time, as we discussed the latest installment of FX's biker drama. Running times are below.

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Ho ho ho! Behold Our List of December TV Treats

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 1st 2011 10:30AM
community christmas episode If you wanted to give your DVR a break during the holiday season, it'll have to wait.

The first few weeks of December are jam-packed with finales, specials and mid-season cliffhangers, and there's even a bow-tie clad treat on Christmas Day. In an effort to help you keep track of what's to come and shine a light on some hidden gems, I've come up with a list of notable December TV events.

So grab your eggnog and peruse the following roster, which features appearances from Dominic West, James McAvoy, Emily Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Anna Friel, Pierce Brosnan as well as the 'Sons of Anarchy' crew, the former Saul Tigh and the 'Revenge' divas. It's quite an array of stocking stuffers, no?

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Taylor and Mira Must Join Forces to Survive Dinosaur Attack on 'Terra Nova' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 29th 2011 12:00AM
'Terra Nova' - 'Now You See Me'Taylor mused about a parallel universe where he and Mira were allies on 'Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox). He's right in thinking they would make a very powerful team running things on Terra Nova. Alas, they are on opposite sides of this political issue.

But things escalated beyond their control, forcing them to set aside their differences and take on a pair of young predator dinosaurs at the base of a waterfall. There, they proved that they're really quite alike in a lot of ways.

Unfortunately, their feud is quickly coming to a head, with Shannon narrowing the field of traitors within camp, and Taylor's son coming close to solving the equation that would allow them to open portals back to the future.

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Shannon Learns Taylor's Secret and Intentions For 'Terra Nova' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 22nd 2011 2:00AM
'Terra Nova' - 'Vs.''Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX) put its focus firmly on the larger story behind the series and it made for a very compelling hour of television. It's a shame the show lost so much of its audience during its very boring first month or so as it seems to be getting on track and suddenly I find myself rooting for a second season.

The idea of a portal back to the future is rich enough, but the notion that it could be a battle for the precious natural resources of Terra Nova makes it a story with a very current struggle at its heart. The best science fiction stories speak to us about the current condition, and Terra Nova is finally starting to show glimmers of that.

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Taylor Faces a Giant Lizard to Protect a Known Murderer on 'Terra Nova' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 15th 2011 2:00AM
'Terra Nova' - 'Proof'For those who've been patient to stick with 'Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX) through its awkward and meandering first several episodes, things are really starting to come together and get interesting. In fact, I dare say if this keeps up, we may be worrying about a second season pick-up come the inevitable cliffhanger finale in about a month.

This week, Taylor tracked the man who'd been banished from Terra Nova for murder, and implemented a brilliant espionage assignment. It could help earn the man entry back into the colony, but more importantly it could help Taylor find out who the spy is inside Terra Nova. That's a brilliant tactician taking advantage of a situation that was out of his control.

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Save Our Stars: Actors We Want to Rescue from Bad or Blah Shows

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 8th 2011 1:30PM
SOS ListIt happens every year: Disappointing new shows arrive on our TV screens, and they not only leave us cold, they also drag some of our favorite performers down into the muck of mediocrity. If only we could wave a magic wand and free these actors from disappointing or inconsistent vehicles!

As it stands, however, the majority of the shows listed below -- from 'Ringer' to 'American Horror Story' -- have been picked up for full seasons or given additional seasons. As you might imagine, this is not news that fills me with joy. I'd love to see the performers below released from their current gigs one way or another. I say this from love: If 'Ringer' killed off Nestor Carbonell's cop character, I wouldn't shed a tear. Rather, I'd rejoice at the idea that the actor would be free to be awesome on another (ideally excellent) program.

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TV-Inspired Halloween Costumes

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 20th 2011 11:00AM
'The Walking Dead': more than just zombiesHalloween is just days away, but you've still got time to pull off an awesome conversation-starting costume.

Where better to look for inspiration than to the reality TV stars, possibly fake baby bumps and memorable TV characters that have made headlines lately?

From our favorite zombie dodgers, to Nancy Grace (optional accessory: an exposed nipple) in one of her 'Dancing With the Stars' ensembles, to a very clever new use for grandma's old Rascal scooter, we've got you covered with costume ideas for men and women.

After the jump, our picks for the hottest TV-inspired Halloween costumes, sure to give you all the tricks and treats you need to make the holiday as pop-culturally relevant as possible.

Share your own clever costume ideas in the comments ...

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Jim is Strung Up Like a Tasty Dino Treat on 'Terra Nova' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 18th 2011 2:45AM
'Terra Nova' - 'The Runaway''Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX) toned way down on the dinosaur action this week, but that's only because we got some juicy plot developments as far as the larger story goes. A young girl, Leah, is sent to infiltrate Terra Nova to retrieve something for Mira, the leader of the Sixers.

It's certainly telling that she would use someone so young to do her dirty work, but when Jim went after them, she planted some other bugs in his ear. He almost didn't have an ear to her it, though, after their trap snagged him and we got our lone dino sighting of the week.

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Ask Mo Returns! Answering Your Questions on 'Terra Nova,' 'Revenge,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Ringer' and Much More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 12th 2011 11:30AM
Thanks for all the great questions you sent in for this round of Ask Mo. I picked a bumper crop to take on this time. Let's get right to it, shall we?

Jamilbhatti0782: Do you think 'Terra Nova' will be picked up for a full season?

Mo says: Production wrapped last week on the first season of the dino drama, which was always envisioned as a 13-hour saga (according to a Fox representative, the show's 2-hour season finale airs Dec. 19). Any episodes beyond that would be part of a hypothetical second season, but the network hasn't yet decided whether to order a season 2. Given the show's high cost and relatively modest ratings, the jury is still out on whether we'll get a second season of dinosaur drama.

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You Must Never Forget About the Dinosaurs on 'Terra Nova' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 11th 2011 2:00AM
'Terra Nova' - 'What Remains'With this week's episode, 'Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX) is starting to feel a lot more like 'Star Trek,' but not necessarily in a good way.

The "monster of the week" turned out to be a virus that wiped memories, but the cure was so painfully obvious throughout the episode, that it became tedious waiting for the characters to figure it out. We like a little bit of mystery and suspense with our dinosaurs, please.

As for a larger story, that was relegated very much to the back-burners, which is a common format for procedural shows and adventure series. That's fine, so long as the adventures are fun, and with 'Terra Nova' we do get those dinosaurs. And what's not fun about those?

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Which New Shows Have You Already Given Up On? Our DVR Discards

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 5th 2011 12:00PM
There's a moment of hope in the air right before the weather starts getting cooler, leaves start changing, back-to-school pencils get sharpened and new TV shows premiere for fall. In that blissful time, pilots seem like seedlings of hope, bursting with the possibility of something great, something must-see, something worthy of six seasons and a movie.

And then the shows all premiere and we quickly lose interest in a good majority of them. It's the law of DVR averages -- you just can't record everything.

'Pan Am': hit or miss?
We've already seen the first pick-up (Fox's 'New Girl') and first cancellation (NBC's 'Playboy Club') of the new fall TV season, but which of the new shows have we already given up on?

One of those (ahem -- you know who you are, bunnies!) dropped off all our season pass lists, while the adorkable one at the other end of the spectrum won most of us over ... but not all. Check out our gallery to see which new shows the AOL TV staff has said goodbye to*, and share your own failed attempts at finding entertainment in the comments.

*Editor's note: We haven't all said goodbye to all of these shows. We got one pick per person, and the opinions of each person do not reflect the opinions of the entire staff. Except where 'Playboy Club' is concerned. That was just bad.

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Millions of Pterosaurs Threaten to Destroy 'Terra Nova' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 4th 2011 6:45AM
'Terra Nova' - 'Instinct''Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX) settled into adventure-series mode this week with an "adventure of the week" kind of story. With the encampment under bizarre attack by hordes of pterosaurs, the leaders had to find out why this was happening, and how to stop it.

It turns out, Terra Nova was built on a breeding ground for the migratory creatures, which meant there were millions incoming. Through some fancy science they were able to relocate the dinosaurs to a new breeding ground in the nick of time, and that was basically it.

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'Terra Nova': Beautiful From Afar, Not-So-Pretty Up Close

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 3rd 2011 2:00PM
No matter how much bad press the pilot of 'Terra Nova' received, I had to watch. When someone spends $20 million on a pilot, you watch it. But in all the negativity around the show -- the exorbitant price tag, the repeated delaying of the premiere date -- everyone seems to agree that the visual fabric of this show is top-quality. The 'Blade Runner'-esque state of ruined future Earth, the super-sized 'Stargate' portal and the CGI dinosaurs are indeed convincing, as they should be at that price.


I actually warmed to the show on second viewing, but I was overwhelmed by the number of details included that seemed to contradict each other, or just confuse the issues. Besides the bone structure and eating habits of the local dinos, I wonder how much the writers really know about the monster they've created. Here are some things about 'Terra Nova' that just aren't sitting right.

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Cancellation Watch: Which New Show Should Get the Axe First?

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 30th 2011 3:15PM
Which Show Should be Canceled?We're well into the new 2011-2012 TV season and there are a few hits (ABC's 'Pan Am,' CBS's '2 Broke Girls') and a number of flops (The CW's 'H8R,' NBC's 'The Playboy Club'), and the cancellation axe will start swinging very soon.

In terms of ratings, many of NBC's new shows are sinking. Coupled with critical appeal, it looks like the network is having the least luck this season. 'Free Agents' and 'The Playboy Club' are on death watch, yet NBC boss Bob Greenblatt seems to be content on watching, not canceling.

CBS has had some luck in finding an audience for its new dramas like 'Person of Interest,' as well as comedy '2 Broke Girls,' but the premiere of 'How to Be a Gentleman' did nowhere near 'Girls' numbers ... nor anywhere near the now-canceled '$#*! My Dad Says' that lived ever-so-briefly in that timeslot last season.

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