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'V' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 19th 2011 7:45AM
V['V' - 'Laid Bare']

The writers are doing a good job this season explaining exactly why the human race isn't licking the boots of the Visitors at this point. If they tried to rape the human race by force, there would probably be mass suicides and an unacceptable loss of their potential breeding livestock.

The reasons behind this need will probably be forthcoming, but a hypothesis is that breeding among the Vs are producing undesirables (much like inbreeding among humans). Or perhaps they just find humans really sexy. The entire subplot about Tyler missing whole strands of DNA is certainly interesting. The whole "soul search" subplot is less so.

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Spoilers Anonymous: '90210,' 'Glee,' 'The Big Bang Theory' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 14th 2011 1:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by e-mailing us at tvsquad@gmail.com. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: '90210,' 'Bones,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Castle,' 'Fringe,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Private Practice,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'The Good Wife,' 'The Office,' and 'V.'

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'V' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 12th 2011 3:00AM
V['V' - 'Serpent's Tooth']

This one is for those of you who missed Jane Badler on television. It seems pretty obvious that the character of Diana was created to highlight her return to the series and create a tangible link between the current version and the original mini-series, because her role doesn't make sense.

What did we learn from her? We learned that V's have visited the Earth since the first atom bomb (old news) and their purpose on the planet seems to be colonization and interbreeding. It's still unclear, given their firepower, as to why they don' just use force to accomplish this. It also seems that prolonged exposure to humans for them is a bad thing. They catch emotion cooties.

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Elizabeth Mitchell: Watch 'V' for the Beautiful People and Fun (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 11th 2011 2:25PM
Elizabeth Mitchell talks 'V' and 'Lost' on 'Good Morning America'Need a reason to start watching the remake of 'V' on ABC? One of its stars, Elizabeth Mitchell, went on 'Good Morning America' (Weekdays, 7AM on ABC) this morning to persuade you.

And if you were hoping she'd say something about how well it compares to the original Kenneth Johnson-created series, or how it's the best sci-fi show on TV, well, she was a bit more honest and modest in her appraisement.

After discussing her role on 'Lost,' Mitchell was asked why people should watch 'V.' She answered with a kind of golly-gee-gosh enthusiasm. "Cuz it's really fun," she said, "and there's lots of beautiful guys on it... and women! I don't know. It's great fun. It's a popcorn show. It's nice to lose yourself every once in awhile."

You probably won't see that review quoted in the commercials. But it might make you more likely to tune in, once you've got your snacks settled.

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'Live to Dance' Debuts to Solid Ratings, 'V' On Par With Last Season

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 5th 2011 2:40PM
Paula AbdulPaula Abdul's new CBS series 'Live to Dance' debuted to decent ratings, pulling in 10.6 million viewers in its 8PM premiere.

According to TVBytheNumbers, the new reality dance competition was seen by 10 million viewers at 9PM. The series pulled in 2.4 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic, a number similar to what canceled sitcoms 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' and 'Gary Unmarried' did in the same timeslot.

Over on NBC, 'The Biggest Loser: Couples' was down in the 18-49 demographic compared to a year ago, with 3.3 million of those viewers. The two-hour premiere was seen by a total of 8.2 million total viewers at 8PM and 9.4 million at 9PM.

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'V' Season 2, Episode 1 Recap (Season Premiere)

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 5th 2011 1:15AM
V - Red Rain['V' - 'Red Rain']

Welcome to what is likely the final season of this series. This is a shame, because 'V' showed some promise in tonight's premiere. The show has an excellent premise and a kick-ass cast, but given ABC's treatment, unless it gets some major ratings, it's likely a goner.

At least we finally got to see what the aliens look like under their fake skin, literally down to the bone. While it's a fairly radical change to our invading lizards due to improvements in technology (definitely no devil tails in the last batch), it is reminiscent of their original visage from the '80s (which goes along with the retro casting of this season). They just need the whiplash tongue and the rat-eating to make it complete.

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'V' Season 2 Preview: Red Sky at Morning -- Visitors' Warning?

by Laura Prudom, posted Jan 4th 2011 1:00PM
Elizabeth MitchellThe Visitors are back, and they don't come in peace. After seven months away from our screens, ABC's 'V' returns with a vengeance tonight to begin its long-awaited second season, and judging by the first few episodes, it certainly intends to make up for lost time.

TV Squad was among a select group of journalists invited up to the set of the Vancouver-based series last September, and we have plenty of juicy scoop to whet your appetite for the new season before it premieres tonight.

Join us after the jump to get your 'V' fix -- it's far more tasty than eating a rat, we promise.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'Episodes,' 'Southland,' 'The Cape,' 'Doctor Who' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 3rd 2011 12:00PM
Happy New Year! I hope 2011 is treating you right so far.

For those of us covering TV, the new year ushered in one of the busiest mid-seasons in recent memory. A lot of new shows are debuting, many notable shows are returning and Ryan McGee and I tried to cover quite a few of early January's offerings in this week's super-sized Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast.

We gave our impressions of 'V' (and you can find my season 2 review of that ABC show here), 'Southland,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Bob's Burgers,' 'Shameless,' 'The Cape' and Matt LeBlanc's new Showtime series, 'Episodes.' Just for fun, we also talked a bit about the recent 'Doctor Who' special that aired on Christmas Day.

Please note that in the next few days, I'll be posting full reviews of many of these programs (though not for 'Bob's Burgers' or 'Southland'). Read on for the running times of the various podcast dicussions, and also for news on notable reruns beginning this week.

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When Aliens Attack: 'V' Returns With Renewed Energy (and Some Cheese)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 3rd 2011 10:30AM
'V' (9PM ET Tuesday, ABC) certainly had a rocky time of it in its debut season. After a swell pilot, the show slowed down considerably, and 'V' didn't always know how to use its mostly able cast. As the elegant alien leader, Anna, Morena Baccarin acquitted herself well, as did Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays Erica, an FBI agent leading an underground resistance. But the quality of everything else on the show fluctuated quite a bit.

Yet there were hopeful signs toward the end of season 1 that the show had gotten a grip on how to depict Anna's campaign to win over Earth's population and Erica's attempts to reveal Anna's unfriendly agenda.

This season, there's clearly an effort afoot to give 'V' more forward momentum and to delineate the differences between the scrappy Earth resistance and the calculating aliens. Yet there are signs that 'V' itself still doesn't know what it wants to be -- a realistic sci-fi thriller or an alien-invasion melodrama complete with mother-daughter shenanigans befitting a daytime soap.

There's more energy on display, but it's not always channeled in encouraging directions.

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Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth: 'V'

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 21st 2010 1:20PM
Spoilers AnonymousThis is Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we discuss and give our two cents about recently released spoilers and how they may affect the storylines, shows and fans.

This in-depth version of the column goes hand in hand with our weekly spoilers column in which we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air.

This week, we discuss spoilers for the upcoming season of 'V,' which will premiere on January 4 on ABC.

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Spoilers Anonymous: '30 Rock,' 'Dexter,' 'V,' and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 3rd 2010 2:30PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by e-mailing us at tvsquad@gmail.com. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: '30 Rock,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Dexter,' 'Glee,' 'Smallville,' 'The Defenders,' 'The Office,' and 'V.'

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'V' Preview: 'Hello, mother'

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 30th 2010 1:15PM
Jane Badler'V' fans, we know you're out there ... somewhere. For those who have stuck around during this long hiatus, the wait is almost over!

Come Tues., Jan. 4 at 9PM ET, the Visitors will be back, and they're stepping up their game. "We really hit our stride in the last few episodes and while season two picks up right where we left off, we're going 150 miles an hour faster now," series star Morena Baccarin (Anna) told the New York Post.

"Every episode has a big reveal," Baccarin said. "Fans are going to be really happy."

Plus, this season will see original Queen V, Jane Badler enter the fray as Anna's mother, Diana. Look for lots of Greek-style drama between Diana, Anna and Lisa. Check out a preview for the new season, including a glimpse at Badler's new Diana, below.

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Eliza Dushku Lands TNT Pilot, Dan Aykroyd Books 'Defenders' Guest Spot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 29th 2010 6:00PM
Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku is returning to TV, but this time the sci-fi/fantasy darling is getting a gun and a badge. Dushku has been tapped to play the lead in TNT's pilot 'Bird Dog.'

According to Deadline Hollywood, Dushku will play Gail McGrath, a young cop who has a fractured past with her police officer father. The character is living a seemingly normal life until her cop father turns up on her doorstep as her new partner. The name of the mystery series, 'Bird Dog,' is also the duo's call sign.

D.B. Sweeney has also landed a pilot role. 'The Event' actor has been tapped to star in TBS's 'Brain Trust' as Detective Billy Doyle. The character goes from rock bottom to a career high after he gets unexpected help from three geniuses who work for a private company.

In other TV news ...

The Blues Brothers are getting back together -- but this time on CBS's 'The Defenders.' Aykroyd will play a corrupt judge over two episodes that are scheduled to be shot in January. [Variety]

'The Walking Dead' saw its best numbers yet on Nov. 28. The season's fifth episode brought in 5.5 million total viewers and 3.7 million in the 18-49 demographic. The ratings were 15 percent higher than episode four's viewership. [Live Feed]

Marc Singer, star of the original 'V,' will appear on ABC's 'V' reboot this winter. Singer has been tapped to play Lars Tremont, a member of a secret society of high-powered humans who believe the Visitors are not on Earth to spread peace. [TV Guide]

Fox has released the first teasers for Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor.' However, the series is still close to a year away from airing. Watch the promo after the jump. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Scariest TV Monsters of All Time (That Actually Scare Us)

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 26th 2010 5:15PM
Monsters are not supposed to scare adults. Serial killers, gangs, torture, guns, sickness, terrorism and crippling bankruptcy are the things meant to scare us.

However, every once in awhile, a series will create a monster believable enough to actually scare us. We may not jump or cry while watching the show, but the memory of it sticks with us. It's unsettling when you're alone at night or lost in the woods. In honor of Halloween, here are the scariest TV monsters of all time.

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FX Orders 13 Episodes of 'Wilfred,' Jane Badler Extends 'V' Stay and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 25th 2010 6:45PM
Elijah WoodFX has picked up 'Wilfred,' an American adaptation of the Australian hit, for 13 episodes. The show will Elijah Wood as Ryan a shy guy struggling with social and professional happiness -- that is until he meets Wilfred, a dog played by Jason Gann.

Wood's character sees Wilfred as a man in a dog suit, but the rest of the world sees him as a dog. Jason Gann is the co-creator of the series and he played the title character in the Australian version.

"We loved how well the pilot turned out, and we were blown away by the chemistry between Elijah Wood and Jason Gann," said Nick Grad, executive vice president of original programming at FX Networks, in a statement.

In other TV news ...

'Family Guy' star Alex Borstein has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the agreement, Borstein will write and executive produce two comedy projects that she could potentially star in, one animated and one live-action. Borstein's contract also allows other writers to develop for her too. [Deadline Hollywood]

Original 'V' star Jane Badler has extended her stay on the series for the entire second season. Badler was originally signed on for four episodes, but she'll be around for all 10 episodes. [TV Guide]

Skyler Samuels has been cast in 'Nine Lives.' 'The Gates' star will headline the ABC Family pilot about Chloe King, a young woman with heightened abilities. [Deadline Hollywood]

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