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Jacob is coming to Supernatural

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 27th 2009 10:46AM
Lost - JacobIn the season finale of Lost, we saw the mysterious Jacob get stabbed by Ben. Of course, we have no idea if that means Jacob will be killed or just injured (maybe he can't even die like a normal person can), but if he is indeed not on the show anymore, actor Mark Pellegrino has secured another gig.

Michael Ausiello over at EW.com says that Pellegrino will play the devil on The CW's Supernatural.

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Reaper goes out in a Hellfire of glory

by Brad Trechak, posted May 28th 2009 1:03PM
ReaperGood news for all you Reaper fans who are disappointed at the lack of renewal of your favorite Satanic show. TV Guide reports a surge in the number of people watching the final episode (2.22 million). I haven't kept up with the individual episode ratings, but I assume they were less. Sadly, it still got beat in viewership numbers by According to Jim, which is why it is still difficult to think of The CW as a real network.

Seriously, the show is still in the market, and this lends a strong case to allowing the show to get picked up elsewhere. The ratings show there is still an interest (hopefully not brought about by a lack of interest in the competition). I could see Reaper working on a cable channel such as SyFy or Comedy Central, although it may require an even greater drop in production cost if that's possible.

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Reaper: The Devil & Sam Oliver (series finale)

by Brad Trechak, posted May 27th 2009 12:22AM
Reaper(S02E13) Reaper has been axed by The CW and until I hear that another network has picked this show up, I will consider this the series finale and not simply the season finale. Admittedly, it ended on a mixed note.

I'm glad the Devil actually has a weakness with regards to his vanity. When a character is all-powerful, they get boring rather quickly. Thankfully, Ray Wise has the talent to keep the character interesting despite his handicap of near-omnipotence. When you consider that, you have to wonder how Sam could have possibly thought he had an advantage during the first game of quarters.

The character of Mary Pat (whom I found amusing, but only because she reminded me of some people I know) was gone pretty quickly. At first I thought Steve was back because they couldn't get Tony for the finale until the broken hand occurred. Obviously, the creators planned a bigger role for Sam as a pawn of the war between Heaven and Hell. It's a pity that unless the show miraculously gets picked up, it will never get resolved.

The entire situation with Nina was a cute homage to the Exorcist movies. At least Ben is happy at the end of the series.

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Reaper: Business Casualty

by Brad Trechak, posted May 20th 2009 1:31AM
Reaper(S02E12) While I enjoyed tonight's episode (mostly due to the extended Ray Wise sequences in the beginning), I have to ask: why did the Devil ask Sam to work at the office in the first place? Is it to set up Sam's eventual take-over of the Devil's duties? Was it just to screw with Sam's head? It's tough to tell. Judging by Ray Wise's body language, it might be a little of both.

One could tell that tonight's story was going to be a little different when they wrapped up the escaped soul capture in the opening segment. Wasn't that horn just the cutest little vessel? It didn't even have to touch the soul, just make a silly noise.

The Devil obviously wanted Sam to escape the trap in the beginning. Is it favoritism or something more sinister?

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Reaper: To Sprong, With Love

by Brad Trechak, posted May 13th 2009 1:11AM
Reaper(S02E11) While tonight's episode had some cute bits, I have to say that it wasn't one of the best. I blame the serious lack of Ray Wise. He did shine for a moment when he convinced that guy to buy his fiance a cubic zirconia instead of a diamond, but that was about it.

In fact, the more I watch the series the more I'm becoming convinced that Sam and Andi are the least interesting aspect of the show (can't they just get together already?). Sock remains interesting via his outrageous behavior, Ben remains interesting in his metrosexuality, and Ray Wise totally rocks as the Devil. I'm hoping they're saving more of him for the season finale.

I love how Ted could make Sock become a tool and Sock enjoys it. There is some sort of hidden revenge in that for years of mistreatment.

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Reaper: My Brother's Reaper

by Brad Trechak, posted May 6th 2009 1:04AM
Reaper(S02E10) What better way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo then watching the Devil once again torment Sam Oliver. I liked that they made some progress with the whole Morgan storyline. It would be a good story to have Morgan escape Hell to hunt down Sam for vengeance while Sam has to hunt Morgan to get him back to Hell.

I'm glad there was an ulterior motive for Nina's flirtations with Morgan, otherwise there is no logical explanation for her attraction to Ben. Ben is not evil. Ben is the opposite of evil. If a demon is attracted to evil, she would not be attracted to Ben.

On the other hand, I thought Morgan would sleep with Nina before the episode finished, thus ending (or at least complicating) both their characters. I didn't see that twist coming.

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Reaper: The Home Stretch

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 22nd 2009 12:43AM
Reaper(S02E08) In which Sam once again proves that he's in a world of poop and the Devil once again proves that he's evil.

With this show likely to not last beyond this season, I am wondering how the creators are going to end the show. Will they use a cliffhanger or at least give a satisfying ending to the viewers?

Tonight's episode juggled four storylines (and very successfully, I should say). The first involved Sam and his brother Morgan and their (non-)competition to catch a soul. The second was the search for the escaped soul Alan (a goal Andi desires so she can get back with Sam). The third was Sock's funeral misadventures. The fourth was Ben's relationship with both Nina and his grandmother.

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Reaper: The Good Soil

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 15th 2009 1:02AM
Reaper(S02E07) Tonight's episode was about coveting neighbors' wives (well, maybe not wives, but general coveting). Sam was coveting Andi. Sock was coveting Kristen. Ben ... has a relationship and is the most stable of the crew at the moment, but that isn't saying much.

I did like Nina's line: "Two months ago, I kidnapped you and forced you to be my boyfriend." She reminds me a lot of Anya from Buffy.

If you can go to Hell just for thinking about coveting someone, Hell must be pretty overcrowded.

Not related to this episode, but whatever happened to Sam's younger brother? Is he the Chuck Cunningham of this series? The scene between Sam and the decaying Mr. Oliver was a nice touch.

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TV Squad Ten: Most outrageous characters on TV

by Debra McDuffee, posted Jan 6th 2009 11:02AM
Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother

Random House defines outrageous as highly unusual or unconventional; extravagant; remarkable. It's as though they've been watching TV, and wrote their definition to fit some of the crazy characters on television shows today.

Oh, don't get me wrong; I'm not complaining. I love these larger-than-life characters, played to perfection by the talented actors who grace these roles. Some fit in perfectly with their surroundings, others stand out like a sore thumb amongst castmates. One thing they all have in common, though, is that watching them is pure entertainment.

Patrick Jane (played by Simon Baker on The Mentalist)

Jane doesn't quite have the social graces to blend into society, and that's why I love him. The frumpy suits, the obnoxious antics, and the constant pushing of the envelope make for some good TV. From card counting in the casino to reading Lisbon's mind; hypnotizing suspects to making a sandwich in a victim's home, Jane's done it all. Unconventional, to say the least.

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Reaper is finally on the CW's mid-season schedule

by Debra McDuffee, posted Dec 3rd 2008 8:28PM
Ray Wise as the Devil, with the rest of Reaper's castI have to admit, I've been slightly obsessed with checking the mid-season replacement schedule over at The Futon Critic. You see, I've been waiting to find out when one of my favorite shows from last season, Reaper, would be coming back.

Finally, I need wait no more: The CW has finally announced Reaper's timeslot, and it's not half bad. Or, I guess it is half bad, depending on how you look at it.

First things first: it's not on Friday night, which is something I feared because CW's schedule is so wide open on that night. So that's good, right?

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Reaper renewed!

by Brad Trechak, posted May 12th 2008 10:51PM
ReaperReaper fans rejoice! The Hollywood Reporter (with its new, ugly design) states that the CW has renewed the show for a second season.

The show has been on the bubble for a little while, and I can postulate the CW's motives for renewal. First, it gives the opportunity to build a name for the show (which is a nice Buffy the Vampire Slayer combination of fantasy and humor). Second, it cuts some slack for the show with regard to any possible developmental interference the writer's strike may have had on it.

The show will return for 13 episodes in the mid-season and will likely run alongside the CW's other fantasy suspense series Supernatural after Smallville finishes its run.

The show has made great strides since its Kevin Smith-directed premiere and really shows promise. The still-struggling CW could use as many hits as possible. It's a good thing that the network is pursuing shows with some degree of sophistication and not abandoning them for mindless drivel (coughcoughrealityTVcoughcough) in the pursuit of cheap ratings.

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Reaper: Love, Bullets and Blacktop

by Kevin Kelly, posted Nov 7th 2007 7:42AM
Reaper: Love, Bullets and Blacktop
(S01E07) "In the end, it all comes down to endorphins and genitalia." --
The Devil.

What's this? Even more cat and mouse back and forth between Sam and Andi? AHHH! That sound you might have heard echoing across the country was my head exploding. Nothing to worry about. I got everything back together without too much hassle. An ear here, nose goes about here ... we're all set! Then Booger from Revenge of the Nerds stepped onto the screen as "The Russ Man," and everything went haywire again. Kabluey.

Now, before I say anything else about this episode, I sure hope they give Curtis Armstrong a recurring spot on the show. That way I can get a dose of Booger and The Devil all in one shot. What more could you ask for from a television show? Not much my friends, not much.

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The Daily Show: September 21, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 22nd 2006 1:43AM
The Daily ShowIn a recent interview with Barbara Walters, who actually died four years ago, Bill O'Reilly bragged (it was so totally bragging) that he's on Al Qaeda's death list. HA! First of all, what makes O'Reilly think that Al Qaeda really gives a shit about him? Second of all, as Jon said, "Don't know if you've seen the Al Qaeda tapes... We're kind of ALL on Al Qaeda's hit list." I guess O'Reilly briefly forgot about the "America" part of "Death to America".

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