tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-42707363998106505182019-09-29T15:22:46.659-05:00TNR -- TV News and ReviewsValerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.comBlogger237125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-27715090428191487482015-11-03T00:58:00.000-06:002015-11-03T00:58:33.994-06:00SUPERGIRL: 5 Things We Learned from Episode "Stronger Together" The second episode of "Supergirl" focused on Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Hank (David Harewood) letting Kara (Melissa Benoist) know that she'd taken the training wheels off of her superheroism a little too early. Like your average 20-something, Kara rolled her eyes at all this concern over her tactics. After all, when you can save a plane from crashing with your bare hands and mad flying skills, Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-2996910461170867472015-10-17T03:41:00.001-05:002015-10-17T03:47:28.336-05:00Fall 2015 New Shows Have Us Saying..."Meh." Viewers approach every new fall TV season with excitement. Our DVRs get programmed to bursting, recording every new show that looks remotely interesting alongside our returning faves. Gradually, as the weeks wear on, we find our new faves and discard the shows that didn't win us over. Early cancellations weed out the schedule even when we don't want it to. This year began with a lot of Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-50883962888088664312015-10-01T10:54:00.002-05:002015-10-01T11:04:24.526-05:00'The Player' -- Always Bet on Black I just couldn't resist using Wesley Snipes' famous line from "Passenger 57" to talk about his new show, "The Player." When initial news of this pilot came out, the plot line was one of the most absurd pitches out there. A group of filthy rich people bet big money on serious crimes--and whether "the player" will stop that crime and/or get killed in the process. Snipes plays Mr. Johnson, the pitValerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-13533646924993468112015-09-30T17:39:00.000-05:002015-09-30T17:39:33.206-05:00Pick of the Day: 'Vulture' Tackles "Another Damn Cop Show" 'Minority Report' Fans had high hopes for "Minority Report," but so far the show has adapted a lot of the glitz and not much of the atmosphere of the original film. Dash (Stark Sands) gives us a likable sweet guy character, but the writing puts him more in the dopey-newb-who-freaks-out-with-painful-visions category than ethereal, sensitive medium who sees scraps of future crimes but is helpless to stop it. Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-78449911994732817872015-09-30T13:37:00.000-05:002015-09-30T13:37:46.374-05:00"Lost" Writers Bringing Jack Ryan To the Small Screen I admit that "Lost" honcho Carlton Cuse and producer Michael Bay bringing Jack Ryan to the small screen makes me a tad apprehensive. The good news is that veteran Marine Graham Roland is also on the scene for this new project for Amazon. In addition to "Lost," Roland has also written/produced for "Fringe," "The Returned," and "Almost Human," that cancelled-too-soon gem starring Michael Ealy, Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-83404367824535468712015-09-29T13:47:00.000-05:002015-09-29T13:55:15.205-05:00Pick of the Day: "After Gotham" Reviews "Knock, Knock" "Gotham" episode "Knock, Knock," definitely delved into darker territory this week. As someone who's more a fan of atmospheric psychological drama than scenes of mass murder and gushing blood, it was a little disturbing to see a general reaction to this episode as "Most violent ever = Best episode ever!" So it was pretty cool to find this online webcast, "After Gotham," that gets three geek Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-69636725598084815622015-09-29T02:30:00.000-05:002015-09-29T02:30:27.143-05:00The Trouble with 'Blindspot' We're two episodes in to "Blindspot" and it's clear that this new series suffers from the same difficulties that shows like "Castle" and "Scorpion" struggle mightily with. That is, how do you insert a character into a situation they have absolutely no business being in? Jaimie Alexander stars as Jane Doe, a woman found naked in a duffel bag in the middle of Times Square. She has amnesia, and Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-60653685289565975882015-04-08T16:46:00.000-05:002015-04-08T16:46:15.722-05:00'The Vampire Diaries' Without Elena -- Is This Really a Bad Thing? By now you've heard that Nina Dobrev is leaving "The Vampire Diaries" at the end of this season. Considering the fact that Ian Somerhalder (Damon) and Paul Wesley (Stefan) have signed on for Season 7, this makes plotting the series a bit difficult. After all, the series began as a "destined to be together forever" romance between Elena and Stefan. Then it turned into a epic love triangle. And Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-8757802857155517842015-03-06T17:49:00.001-06:002015-03-06T17:51:33.349-06:00'Downton Abbey' -- Has Lady Mary Regressed Too Far? With the American run of "Downton Abbey" now over, we've got some time to reflect on our favorite characters before we're graced with Season 6. With the introduction of a new suitor (Matthew Goode, ZOMG YES PLEASE), I couldn't help wondering about where exactly Mary (Michelle Dockery) is headed, and if we'll still like her when she gets there. When the series premiered, Mary was one, tough, Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-49387338924748861622015-02-19T01:51:00.001-06:002015-02-19T01:59:37.646-06:00'The Mentalist' Finale -- Why Am I So Disappointed? "The Mentalist" fans have been waiting for Patrick Jane to find happiness from the very beginning, and we all hoped it might be with Teresa Lisbon. So when the series finale ended [SPOILER ALERT] with a wedding and baby news, many longtime fans were ecstatic. While I was pleased to have a happily-ever-after with no painful twist for our lovely duo, it still didn't strike me as a worthy ending Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-48637176326251507722015-02-18T01:28:00.001-06:002015-02-18T10:02:57.768-06:00'Gotham' -- We Want to Eat This Jim / Leslie Pairing with a Spoon Seriously. Look at them. They're adorable. When "Gotham" first appeared on TV, I lamented two things about the show's lead. One was the fact that the show wasn't making full use of actor Ben McKenzie's good-guy aura and warmth, and two, that Jim Gordon's girlfriend Barbara (Erin Richards) wasn't worthy. As the season has progressed, the series has better found its tone and given us a likable Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-48762891076586456952014-12-04T00:49:00.000-06:002014-12-04T00:57:25.335-06:0010 Things We Loved About "Flash Vs. Arrow" "The Flash" and "Arrow" exist in the same universe, but the tone of each show is quite different. Bringing the two together for a crossover two-episode event was a challenging proposition, but we gotta say it was a pretty big success. The blend of action, drama, humor, and even soul-searching was highly entertaining, and left us wanting more Barry and Ollie team-ups in the future. Here are Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-35519610570008934912014-10-27T15:13:00.000-05:002014-10-27T15:13:52.443-05:00Elsbeth Tascioni on 'The Good Wife' -- Too Much or Not Enough? Twitter Reacts... Fans of "The Good Wife" wait excitedly every season for a guest appearance by the quirky, whip-smart, and lovable Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston). With her bright red hair, frenetic approach, and hilarious non sequiturs, Elsbeth grabs your attention in every scene. What has always been the thread of her appearances on the show is that she is clever, sneaky, and the best secret weapon Alicia Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-66325222609125501502014-10-25T00:47:00.001-05:002014-10-25T01:12:28.764-05:00'Constantine' -- Don't Judge a Show By Its Pilot? While there are shows that knock it out of the park with their very first episode, there are plenty of series with absolutely sucky pilots that still turned into must-see TV once they hit their stride. While it's generally wise not to judge a show solely on a so-so premiere, in the case of "Constantine," it's impossible to make that judgement call. That's because the pilot of "Constantine" Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-41960339653779201372014-10-21T00:21:00.000-05:002014-10-21T00:21:20.303-05:00'Sleepy Hollow' -- Are Writers Paving the Way for an Abbie/Ichabod Romance? Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod (Tom Mison) are Witnesses in the lore of "Sleepy Hollow," connected on a much higher level than a mere romance, where every choice they make together has repercussions toward, yah know, minor stuff like the Apocalypse. As Beharie herself says, impending doom tends to be a bit of a “mood killer” when it comes to flirtations between these two characters. StillValerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-12246710574474340912014-10-20T01:41:00.000-05:002014-10-20T01:41:53.641-05:00Matthew Goode of 'The Good Wife' -- Wait, I Know That Actor From... One of the best parts of "The Good Wife" is its extraordinary range of interesting, complex characters that you love to watch interact. We first met Finn Polmar, played by Matthew Goode, in THAT episode of Season 5, when he shared a bloody courtroom with Will. Out of this tragic circumstance, Finn and Alicia have formed a friendship, a warm relationship that has just the tiniest but deliciouslyValerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-26582244011854818612014-09-25T01:08:00.001-05:002014-09-25T01:09:18.696-05:00'Nashville' -- 5 Big Questions About the Season 3 Premiere The "Nashville" Season 3 premiere was so full of emotional tears, we're surprised the episode did not float right off our TV screen. Rayna was torn between two men, Juliette was having Meltdown 5,673 over Avery, and Scarlett ended up on a soul-searching road trip home with two unexpected companions. With all the plot twists that happened on our fave musical melodrama, we're left with five Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-12332466570922283162014-09-23T01:40:00.000-05:002014-09-23T01:40:15.342-05:00'Gotham' Premiere a Disappointment -- Is It Worth a Second Chance? I gotta be honest, the majority of my investment in "Gotham" came from lead actor Ben McKenzie's soulful-eyed trustworthy-guy face in the promos. The "Southland" vet has Dutch, English, and Scottish ancestry, the blend giving him the perfect blond, tough, noble bearing for those good Irish cop roles he's well-suited for. The thought of watching Gordon as a young detective, with his pure soul Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-70360651701577980782014-05-15T03:15:00.000-05:002014-05-15T03:15:02.650-05:00'Arrow' Finale: Six Things We Totally Hated *MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT* This season of "Arrow" built up to an unbelievable finale full of surprises, rescues, meaningful stares, kick-ass fight scenes, 120 ways to stab a guy with an arrow, and that whole "Save the World" kinda thing our heroes are so darn good at. There was so much to love, but we gotta admit, there were half a dozen things we soooo totally hated: 1. Total #Ollicity Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-73142875297617684362014-05-13T04:20:00.000-05:002014-05-13T12:46:44.054-05:00Eva Green is Everything in 'Penny Dreadful' Eva Green is Everything, really. While Showtime's new horror series "Penny Dreadful" boasts a wealth of yummy casting choices, Eva as Vanessa Ives is what sucks you right in. It's easy to believe that characters, even supernatural ones, seem bewitched by her intense gaze. As she recruits the suspicious but intrigued gunslinger Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) to her somewhat ambiguous cause, sheValerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-82853209270048497962014-05-06T02:41:00.000-05:002014-05-13T15:41:04.395-05:00Total Bummer: Cancelled and Soon-To-Be-Cancelled TV Series That We Were Totally Watching, Dude! Please don't make me give up seeing this pretty face every week... *SOB* Each TV season starts with viewers trying to watch everything, revisiting old faves and checking out new potential faves. As the season progresses, you lose track of some shows, forget to watch others, totally bail on the worst, and fall madly in love with both good series and guilty pleasures. Then suddenly the networks Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-65183478349301907022014-05-05T00:47:00.000-05:002015-02-19T00:48:55.490-06:00Will 'The Mentalist' Be Cancelled Just as It's Getting Good Again? Back in Season 5, "The Mentalist" fans were worrying if the show would make it to the Red John reveal before the cancellation ax fell on it. We noted that creator Bruno Heller planned on "two seasons or so" to finish out that Red John plot. The show got that Season 6 renewal, and then the next question was whether the end of Red John would mean the end of the series. Many viewers had grown Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-65503514324593877822014-04-29T13:58:00.001-05:002014-04-29T23:49:34.875-05:00'Star-Crossed,' 'Give Me a Torch' -- 13 Things We Learned Duuuuuuuuude...you almost blew me up! "Star-Crossed" episode "Give Me a Torch" has more drama than any teenager could ever handle, without a lot of therapy and prescription drugs, anyway. There are explosions, both literal and emotional, ill-advised web searches, evil and manipulating moms, and friends and family working together to get other friends and family killed. It's good stuff. Here Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-47065423924098882032014-03-29T03:36:00.000-05:002014-03-29T12:35:53.905-05:00'The Good Wife': Five Tragic Turning Points for Will and Alicia--Was It Really All About Bad Timing? That fateful phone call... I still haven't gotten over the big twist on "The Good Wife," and while I understand some of the reasoning behind taking the show in this new direction, I still don't approve. I often feel like character death is an easy out. It's considered the "brave" choice, but I think it takes a lot more creativity to find a believable way around a character leaving a show, Valerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4270736399810650518.post-2878117829366912032014-03-11T02:09:00.000-05:002014-04-29T23:49:05.655-05:00'Star-Crossed,' 'And Left No Friendly Drop' -- 13 Things We Learned Roman...looking pretty. This week on "Star-Crossed," "And Left No Friendly Drop," we get more into secrets and deceptions, but also a little human/Atrian bonding. Here are 13 things we learned about our favorite troubled teens: 1. Daddy Nox had a secret it seems. Mama Maia lets the kids know that their home has just been ransacked by human guards because they're looking for technologyValerie Davidhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04267319902957832461noreply@blogger.com0