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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Fall 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 excitement. So many new dramas and comedies with big names, big ideas, and tons of promise. While it's still early in the new TV season, we can't help feeling a sort of television limbo. Rather than big hits and tragic misses, the series we've tuned in for have been...mostly sorta okay. There's nothing that we immediately want to banish from our DVRs and scrub from our memories, but there are very few shows that hold much excitement for us, either.  


"The Player" -- As far as generating excitement, we're still loving "The Player." The trio of Wesley Snipes, Philip Winchester, and Charity Wakefield light up our small screens in so many smooth and sexy ways. The adventures are fast-paced and entertaining, the stakes are high, and the underlying mystery tying the characters together offers just the right amount of frustrating suspense that has us looking forward to the next installment.

Despite the rather ridiculous plot of wealthy gamblers betting on crime, the show has a lot more wit and unpredictable twists than your average crash-bang action romp. We genuinely hope this show sticks around.

"Heroes Reborn" -- Even the beloved first season of the original "Heroes" had some irritating characters that we dreaded spending time with. This sequel series so far has gifted us with a lot of interesting, likable characters that we actually care about. Miko (Kiki Sukezane) and Ren (Toru Uchikado) may be two of the most awesome, ridiculously adorable characters in TV history.

Noah Bennett (Jack Coleman) is a fantastic focal point, playing at hero but with wiped memories that hide some big secrets about deadly events in the past and the future. We get to revisit and remember some former heroes, and meet new ones with interesting powers. And we're back to the "Save the World" connecting thread, which is what sucked us all in to its predecessor. So far, so good--we're hooked.


"Blindspot" -- We're willing to forgive a lot because of the awesomely unique storyline of a former Navy Seal who wakes up in a duffel bag in Times Square, with amnesia, her body tattooed with an intricate array of mysterious codes and clues to a network of crime. Plus, we love Jaimie Alexander so much. But by the second episode we were already cringing over the show's flaws. Despite the disappointing execution of a fab idea, the show has earned fans with its intriguing hook and recently earned a full season order. The actors seem to be getting a bit more comfortable with each other as the series progresses, and we're hoping some of the eye-rolling plot moments and dumbed-down dialogue improve over time.

"Rosewood" -- This is probably never going to break free of "guilty pleasure" territory, but we need it to step up its game a bit more. The show skates on the amusing heights of positive energy and charm from the Miami-Vice-2.0-wardrobed Morris Chestnut, and the Sherlockian crime-solving can be a lot of fun. The pilot was horrendous, however, with over-the-top scenes of private coroners examining dead bodies in club wear, with no protective clothing or gloves or consideration for all the possible germs they then carried outside on their fashionable outfits.

Subsequent episodes have made a better attempt at reality in that regard, and the family drama provides some touching moments. But despite some entertaining banter with Rosie's police detective collaborator Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz), the writers have made the troubled cop way too abrasive and often gratingly unlikable.  

"Minority Report" -- We're thankful that tough cop Vega's (Meagan Good) cleavage is no longer stealing every scene, but the show has already gotten repetitive with its formula every week. See Dash (Stark Sands) have a vision at an inappropriate time. See him suffer agonizingly as they try to suck further images out of his head. Cue naive adventurer versus jaded, experienced cop banter. Watch our heroes ask the same people for help who express reluctance to help. And on and on we go. A subplot forming with the other precogs has added interest, however, and a hint of the ominous creepiness that helped make the original film so riveting.  

"Grandfathered" -- Sitcoms play with caricatures of course. But this John Stamos vehicle takes it too far. A flashy, suave bachelor restaurant owner meeting a previously unknown-to-him nerdy son and grandchild is a perfect set-up for "Odd Couple" levels of comic conflict. But "Grandfathered" makes Jimmy such an obnoxiously selfish asshole and his son a mortifyingly doe-eyed pathetic dork that we are usually thoroughly disgusted with both of them by the time the "feel good" portion of the program is supposed to kick in. The supporting players have their moments and sometimes the comedy lands well. But it's 50/50 enjoy/hate every week and that will spell doom pretty quickly.

"The Grinder" -- Marginally better than its "Grandfathered" lead-in, this show about a lawyer whose actor brother decides to join the family business at least has some sharper wit. Rob Lowe is supposed to be the main draw as the narcissistic charmer, but Fred Savage steals the show with his wry delivery as the "sensible" brother who resents living in his famous bro's shadow. The series still has its irritating, predictable moments, but so far the relief has been that the "lesser" brother's wife is always supportive instead of a nagging shrew, and the flashy actor brother doesn't always get his way. We're still overall a bit meh about the whole thing, but this one seems to have a bit more potential to stay on the DVR.  

"Limitless" -- We were promised Bradley Cooper would remain a part of the series based on his feature film, but so far he's only turned up in the pilot--then they've replayed that same footage in every episode that follows. Jake McDorman does a good job of believably portraying both halves of his character Brian, the affable loser musician who's always between jobs and the ridiculously brilliant and suave FBI liaison whose sudden brain power comes from a dangerous drug. It's mildly entertaining during the investigations, but all the secrets and lies and threats between the characters has already become exhausting.  

"Quantico" -- This drama had a promising premise about new FBI recruits going through tough physical and emotional training together, and then finding out one of them is a terrorist who executes a devastating attack. Priyanka Chopra plays the innocent recruit the whole mess gets pinned on, and while she's fine at playing sexy and athletic, her attempts at emotion are pretty cringe-worthy. She's often not helped by the writing, which heaps on corny dialogue and melodrama. The characters get a bit more interesting over time as we continually learn that people are not at all what they seem, even when you've done extensive background checks on them. The mystery and manhunt is enough to keep us interested right now, but the show fits well inside our ongoing theme of wasted potential in new shows.

What do you think of the new season? Any new favorites, or is it all just "meh" material to you?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

'The Player' -- Always Bet on Black

The Player starring Wesley Snipes and Philip Winchester

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 pit boss over this little operation. And Charity Wakefield plays Cassandra, the dealer.

Philip Winchester Alex Kane The Player pics

Philip Winchester, whom some of you may know from "Strike Back" or "Fringe," was a fave of mine from his short-lived series "Crusoe." His former-military-man-turned-security-expert Alex is recruited to be "The Player," and he is as I remembered, a complete stud with just the right amount of sly charm.

Snipes gets to be a cool, smooth, enigmatic operator who's a total badass under those expensive suits. He also has an unexpected scene where he creates a hilarious fake persona that earns laughs, but also displays a bit chillingly how much power he has. And Wakefield infuses ice queen Cassandra with a surprising hint of warmth and affection for Alex--and not in a cliche, oh of course she's in love with him, way--there's an interesting level of meaningful earnestness in her performance.

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And "The Player" is actually pretty damn good. Yes, the plot is still totally crazy, but the show does a good job of talking its way around it. It lays the premise in right away, gives Alex good motivation for taking part in the insanity, and then rolls right into the action. It also gives us a solid hero to root for. The bettors don't give a crap about collateral damage, it's all a game to them. Alex is the guy who will care about the innocents, and we'll be cheering for him to succeed even while a bunch of faceless assholes are betting against him.

Alex on The Player Philip Winchester photos pics images

The series premiere also took an element of the show that totally angered me, a typical device that so often gets series/movies like this started. I'll keep this non-spoilery, but there's a twist at the end that totally relieved me of that anger, and which added a brilliant "WTF?" angle to the mystery of who Johnson and Cassandra really are.

So put this one on your DVR schedule, peeps. It's great popcorn television, and a respite from all the typical cop shows. Plus it's great to have Snipes bringing his welcome brand of Awesomeness into our lives each week.

"The Player" airs Thursday nights on NBC, at 10/9c.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Trouble with 'Blindspot'

Blindspot pilot Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe

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 is covered head-to-toe in mysteriously intricate tattoos. One of these markings spells out the name, "Kurt Weller FBI." This unknown woman is soon paired up with Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) in an effort to solve the clues she has written all over her.

The pilot did a decent job of putting Jane on the scene of an investigation, as her suddenly recalled multilingualism came in handy for interrogating witnesses. We also got a taste of the uber dangerous fighting skills this woman has when she intervened in a domestic abuse situation.

Now she's going to be along for the ride as they pursue every clue, with Weller telling his boss Mayfair (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) that "It's clear she can handle herself." Well, yes, that's true. Which means she could also kill everyone around her the moment they turn their back on her. Some of the team have reservations about her tagging along, but the resistance is futile. We've got so much kicking ass to do, ain't nobody got time for actual FBI procedure!!

To be fair, Jane sitting in a lab each week, waiting to see what her tattoos reveal probably wouldn't be that riveting. It just seems like there was a bit of a rush in throwing her out in the field, despite her obvious trauma and the lack of evidence of who she really is.

Although that might also be solved lickety-split. Weller's dad was apparently accused of kidnapping and killing a young girl when Weller himself was a kid. This week we find out that Jane might be that long-missing girl. This is a fascinating twist, but if it's the truth, that's really giving up on a big chunk of the mystery awfully quick.

Blindspot Jaimie Alexander Jane Doe Kurt Weller FBI Sullivan Stapleton pics photos screencaps pilot series reviews

Does no one have any patience anymore? The WHOLE PREMISE of this show was all of the mystery surrounding Jane and her origins. But two weeks in and she's already having very clear visions of her past life, the guy who made her a deadly weapon is popping up around town, and we might know her identity next week.

Obviously there are a lot of tattoos still to get through, but this all feels like a rush to just get to a mystery-tattoo-of-the-week format and that would be a real shame with such a juicy premise. Alexander is a wonderful choice for this role, able to convey serious strength and vulnerability all at once, and perfectly capable of seeming dangerous/crazy/deadly. I'd hate for her to be wasted on a show that promises way more than it delivers.

What did you think of "Blindspot"? Are you seeing the flaws, or just enjoying the awesome Girl Power?

"Blindspot" airs on NBC, Mondays at 10/9c.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

'Constantine' -- Don't Judge a Show By Its Pilot?

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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" centers on a young woman, Liv (Lucy Griffiths), who producers then decided to eliminate from the series. Ordinarily a revamp of this magnitude after a single episode would seem worrisome, but in this case, it gives me a lot greater hope for the future of the show.

Constantine spends most of the show trying to recruit Liv, a normal gal who doesn't realize she had a dad with supernatural abilities that he passed on to her. Liv is a weird sort of normal, who stands and stares dumbly at a giant earthquake-level crack rumbling towards her in a parking garage, and then seems oddly unfazed after she's seen a crater open up in the ground with mile-high flames shooting out of it.

Liv Constantine fireball fire pit crater Lucy Griffiths
Ain't no big thang...

With Liv intermittently screaming like a ninny over some supernatural events and then going, "Like omg, blood and demons and stuff!" in a childlike voice over other terrors, it's no wonder the producers looked at their pricey pilot and rewrote her out of the ending. But this 180 turn of "really important girl" to "ah never mind" didn't help an already muddled pilot.

No one seems to be interested in the slow burn anymore. It can be tough to sustain mystery without irritating people, but you can spread the mythology out over a few episodes rather than trying to cram 40 pages of exposition into two minutes of screen time. Though criticized for not being so faithful to the comic, the movie version of "Constantine" at least had weight to it...there was an ominous mood and a real feeling of fear and agony and imminent doom.

So far "Constantine" the TV show is a bit hollow...the title character is supposed to be tortured emotionally and really dangerous...but right now it's all just words and nothing we actually feel from the character. That could come with time, and hopefully some dialogue that doesn't require rambling off a bunch of mumbo-jumbo lore that feels like a "required element" that is reluctantly added in a half-hearted attempt to add narrative to all the REALLY COOL SPECIAL EFFECTS AND PEOPLE WITH BLOOD DRIPPING OUT OF THEIR EYES!!

Constantine John in the rain trenchcoat blond hair pilot reviews premiere episode

And I couldn't help feeling like all those "mates" were added to the dialogue to ram home the "oh cool accent!" for #Mericans, so much so that I looked up actor Matt Ryan to make sure he wasn't an American faking a Brit accent. Turns out the Welsh Ryan is legitimately from Across the Pond, but it can't be a good thing if we're suspicious of his authenticity.

Clearly the pilot was not a convincing start to the series, but one hopes a few more episodes will give us some more to sink our teeth into. While #Constantine fans are legitimately annoyed at misinformed "'Supernatural' was first!" tweets about the show, there is something the new series can learn from the CW staple. The dialogue matters. The relationships matter. All the intricate lore matters. Awesome special effects are icing on the cake, but it's not what makes an audience fall in love with a show.

What did you think of "Constantine"? The show airs on NBC, Fridays at 10/9c.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What Do You Mean, 'Smash' Is Canceled?

I confess, I am not a diehard ratings watcher. I find shows I like, and watch them until I lose interest--or more likely, they get canceled. So it was with some surprise that I learned "Smash," once so apparently promising, is set up for the chopping block.

It's not official, yet, but beginning on April 6, NBC will start airing the musical drama on Saturdays at 9/8c. Supposedly the remainder of Season 2 will run in that timeslot, and unless there's some kind of miraculous ratings jump, the season finale will probably be the series finale.

This is especially depressing since "Smash" has made a valiant effort to right some of the wrongs from early in the series, like the disastrous Julia-as-adoptive-mother storyline I lamented last year. I wasn't sure at first about the addition of angry-young-singer-songwriter Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan), but he's been a welcome, passionate presence on the show. He and Karen (Katharine McPhee) also have fantastic musical chemistry.

Watching Ivy (Megan Hilty) move on from Bombshell has also been a necessary step forward, instead of her hanging around in the wings feeling sorry for herself. You can see the wheels grinding a bit with the set-up of a possible Ivy/Karen switch once again in the Broadway show's lead role, but that doesn't mean it's still not fun to watch.

Considering how many cop shows are on now, and an upcoming slate of serial killer dramas, it's been nice to have something on that's compelling but doesn't give you nightmares. We still have soapy musical drama "Nashville," but who knows how long that will last.

The one good piece of news about the inevitable cancellation of "Smash" is that it will end properly. Showrunner Josh Safran promises that the Season 2 finale ties up plot lines and doesn't have any cliffhanger elements. So at least there'll be a sense of closure.

What do you think, TV fans? Do you love or hate the show? Will you miss it if it's canceled?

PHOTO: "Smash" Season 2 screencap, 2013, NBC, fair use.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I Think I Am a 'Smash' Convert

As you may recall, I was a bit perplexed by all the critics showering "Smash" with praise when it first premiered. Since the writers were looking at multiple episodes of the new series, I gave them the benefit of the doubt that the show would improve. It has. Oddly, it still maintains some of the same flaws it had at its inception, but it's reeled me in with its soap-y, sing-y charms.

Anjelica Huston and Jack Davenport are still the highlights of the series, particularly since both characters have been given more material to work with as the show progresses. Davenport's sleazy director character Derek is less of a well-worn caricature now. I really like that despite the whole casting-couch storyline and badass womanizer vibe, we get to see how Derek absolutely cares about the work. He's creative, passionate, and works hard on his vision while dealing with a whole lot of temperamental artistic types.

I said on Twitter last night that Huston elevates every scene she's in. Your eye just goes right to her, with that trademark severe bob and red-lipped Mona Lisa smile. She's got gravitas, but with a wicked little glnt in her eye. I like that we got to meet Eileen's granola-Greenpeace daughter, who chastised her mom for getting a bit too ruthless in her quest for Broadway success. I also treasure that she's got a hunky bartender boyfriend with a shady past who is both exciting and also a surprising source of capital for Eileen's Marilyn venture.

I still want to enjoy the writing duo of Julia (Debra Messing) and Tom (Christian Borle), but I'm not sure how I feel about their romantic subplots. Maybe it's a theme they're working with, but "Smash" is awfully heavy on love triangle/cheater storylines. Nearly every character seems to be involved in one, which gets a bit ridiculous after awhile.

After the debacle of the adoption storyline, "Smash" writers took an even more insane route by having Julia engage in an affair with a former lover. This seems completely implausible. It also sets up even more scenes where her teenage son acts like a punk and disrespects her at every turn. Oh joy.

The only way this sort of character development will work for me is if she realizes it was all a sham and moves on as a divorced woman. Otherwise, "Smash" is trying to convince me that a woman who cheated on her husband twice with the same guy--in what sounds like a long-term affair on the first go-around--is still this happy housewife who wants to stall her career in order to adopt a baby? Not gonna believe it. If she's a flawed woman who was trying to talk herself into the idea of being in a "perfect marriage," then I could understand some of the stuff that hasn't felt right since the pilot.

Aside from the overabundance of love messes, "Smash" is captivating with its insider look at trying to get a musical off the ground. I knew that productions don't just appear out of thin air, but to see the extent of work, reworking, tryouts, workshops, meetings, planning, blocking, more tryouts, more workshops, more political machinations--it's all so fascinating. This is the really good stuff on "Smash," the meat of the show.

"Smash" has also done a great job of dragging out the competition between Ivy (Megan Hilty) and Karen (Katharine McPhee). There's so much drama as the girls edge each other out at various times, for different roles/favoritism/tryouts, and then both get thrown over on "Bombshell" for a "star." It definitely shows how mentally tough you've got to be to make a living in the creative arts.

Empathy for the aspiring leading ladies, as well as all the players trying to get their own dreams realized, is a great draw for the show. It give you something to believe in, to hope for. We want to see the day when that Marilyn musical is finally realized, and we have no idea who's going to be in it or what exactly it's going to look like when all is said and done. That's good drama.

All I ask is that you send Julia's son off to college. Please.

Check out: Why Are Critics Raving Over Weak 'Smash' Pilot?

PHOTOS: "Smash" screencaps, c2012 NBC.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Up All Night" Like a Bad "Saturday Night Live" Episode--A Really Bad Episode

Christina Applegate and Will Arnett look as depressed
as we feel watching Up All Night.

Thanks to Up All Night, Will Arnett now has the distinction of starring in two sitcoms I turned off before they were over (the other was Running Wilde). At least this time I made it halfway through episode "New Car," but it was a painful 12 minutes. It's sad when you take Saturday Night Live writer and Parks & Recreation producer Emily Spivey and put her together with Maya Rudolph, Christina Applegate, and Will Arnett and you get this painfully awkward mess.

The beginning of the episode focused on Chris (Arnett) trying to bring the sexy back to his relationship with Reagan (Applegate). He's frustrated that she goes from attractive power-suited woman to a new mom in white sweats who thinks it's hilarious when she drops a spaghetti meatball in her lap. It's amazing I was able to contain the laughter.

There were a few funny moments, mostly supplied by guest star Will Forte, who appears as a relaxed, hippie-esque dude who offers Chris some advice on a sexy Dad makeover--and generally steps over personal boundaries.

Sadly, fellow SNL alum Maya Rudolph doesn't fare so well. Starring in Up All Night as a talk show host and unstable crazy woman, in "New Car" she finds out a destructive ex-boyfriend is getting married. Rudolph was one of my favorite performers on the late night sketch comedy show, but no one really seems to know how to cultivate her talents outside that realm. Once they got into the bad 80s flashback of her music video with her boy band boyfriend, my hand went for the remote.

Like many a Saturday Night Live episode, some of the set-ups seem like they should be funny, but they just aren't. The actors look uncomfortable, like they're trying to force the humor, and the whole thing becomes way too painful to watch.

There seemed to be a lot of hype and expectation for this show, which was the reason I tuned in to watch. I was sadly disappointed, and it looks like other viewers are as well. HitFix reports that the show's ratings have been sliding downward, and if they keep slipping, Up All Night could get relocated or removed altogether.

With the talented cast, maybe the show has the potential to get better. I just couldn't wait.

Up All Night currently airs on NBC, Wednesday nights at 8/7c.

PHOTOS: Up All Night, "New Car" screencaps, c2011 Broadway Video, UMS, NBC.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Kathy Bates Elevates "Harry's Law"

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Kathy Bates is awesome, and that's pretty much all the reason you need to tune in to Harry's Law. Judging by the pilot, acclaimed writer David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, The Practice, Ally McBeal) has succumbed to cliche in his latest outing, but it's a kinder, gentler cliche that's heartwarming and welcoming. Sure, we've seen the tough, crochety old lawyer fighting for justice for the little guy before. The fun of this series is in the little details, and the pure joy of watching Oscar winner Kathy Bates work her magic.

Bates is funny the moment she appears on screen as Harriet Korn, languishing in boredom in her cushy patent lawyer office, watching cartoons and telling her admonishing boss in a droll tone: "I always appreciate your feedback." While the character definitely excels in sarcasm and clever lawyer tricks, Bates wisely chooses not to overplay the "quirky" angle of her character. Despite the plot twists you can see from 3 miles away, you still feel like you're watching a real person. A funny and bright and interesting person, but still someone that you believe could exist in real life. Part of this may be the vulnerability she lends to her character. She's tough and smart, but she doesn't think she's invincible or always making the right decisions.

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*SPOILER ALERT* Despite some of the telegraphed moments in Harry's Law, there are a few scenes of utmost absurdity that I guarantee you won't see coming. One is a man falling out of the sky and landing on top of Harry as she's walking down the street. Not long after she'd miraculously discharged from the hospital with no serious injuries, she gets hit by a car when she steps out into the street--landing on a mattress that a moving company luckily happened to be loading onto a truck at the time. It's absurd and ridiculous, but anyone who watched Ally McBeal or Boston Legal knows that Kelley can make the absurdity gel with the rest of the show, and certainly Bates seems to have a handle on it.

The supporting characters are a lot of fun. Nate Cordrry, who was adorably charming in Aaron Sorkin's short-lived but lovely Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip plays up and coming patent lawyer Adam Branch, who admires Harry and decides to take a sabbatical from his job to work for her--after he hits her with his car. Aml Ameen as Malcolm Davies, the jumper who miraculously landed on the lawyer he needed to get out of a "3 strikes" prosecution, hits all the right notes as an earnest young man who's looking for a second chance at life and may find it working for Harry.

I also really, really enjoyed Johnny Ray Gill as Damien Winslow, head of the neighborhood "protection" services, who turns out to be not quite the person Harry and Adam think he is. Gill is wonderful as he goes from menacing to sincere with just the slightest shift in his intriguing eyes. I also liked that Harry's assistant Jenna (Brittany Snow) is perky and on her own wavelength, but she's not stupid. Against Harry's protests, she takes all the designer shoe inventory from the old store they've taken over as their law firm, and turns it into a side business that will make them some extra cash while they're building clients.

The pilot episode of Harry's Law has all the hallmarks of a pilot--there's that intense level of laying all the clever and interesting and quirky cards on the table right away, and then begging viewers to fall in love with the characters and their noble deeds. Hopefully, with Bates' capable leadership, some of that trying-too-hard atmosphere will smooth out and the show will find its voice and its pace.

Once again I'm frustrated by the networks' insistence on trying to cancel each other out. Putting Harry's Law against Castle forces those viewers who are looking for lighter fare to split their vote. Asking me to choose between the awesomeness of Kathy Bates and the awesomeness of Nathan Fillion is just wrong. Guess that's why DVRs, downloads and Hulu have such a booming business.

Harry's Law is definitely worth a look if you're tired of heavy, negative, violent drama and soapy doctor's shows and want an entertaining show with likable characters to give you an escape for an hour each week. Kathy Bates is an engaging and enjoyable protagonist, and the show is worth watching just for her.

Harry's Law airs on NBC, Monday nights at 10/9c.

PHOTO: Kathy Bates stars as Harriet "Harry" Korn on Harry's Law screencap c2011 David E. Kelley Prod., Warner Bros. TV, NBC.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Event Pilot : "I Haven't Told You Everything"

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Okay, I have to admit, I was pleasantly blown away by elements of tonight's pilot episode of The Event: "I Haven't Told You Everything". In today's world of spoilers and commercials that give away too much, it was nice to know I had some preconceptions of the plot that turned out to be completely wrong. There was one out-and-out gasp moment and the big end surprise which I had a suspicion of only slightly before it actually happened. Despite some irritating flaws in character development, all in all, The Event pilot made for good, dramatic TV.

My reservation about The Event pilot early on was in Jason Ritter, who plays Sean Walker, a man who hijacks a plane for reasons other than the ones we initially suspect. Ritter is paired up with fresh-faced beach beauty Leila Buchanan (actress Sarah Roemer), and something about that pairing just felt off to me. Though only four years apart, my immediate impression was that Roemer was way younger than Ritter. I suspect Ritter is supposed to be playing a younger character than his real life 30 years of age, so they gave him some college boy facial hair to try and make him seem like a casual free spirit type--but oddly, Ritter looks a lot younger without the scruffiness.

*SPOILER ALERT* It was a relief as the plot of The Event pilot progressed, and Ritter and Roemer got some more time to develop their characters. As we got another view of Leila's family and another angle on the story, I started to care more about the fate of the characters as well. Once the action heated up on the plane, and in the flashback when Leila goes missing, Ritter also seemed to hit his stride on the dramatic level. It may just be a lack of chemistry between the actors throwing off the earlier scenes, which is a problem when it's an extremely important relationship in the plot of The Event.

Also difficult to overlook in The Event pilot were some boneheaded moves by the characters. After diving off a cliff into the ocean and saving a drowning woman's life, Sean ends up spending his romantic cruise with Leila as a foursome with the woman and her boyfriend. Leila and Sean justifiably find the couple a little creepy, but Sean still decides to go snorkeling with the woman--without his girlfriend or her boyfriend. Who would do that? He's getting ready to propose to the woman he loves on a love boat, and so he spends the morning with some strange woman he met on the beach? I don't think so.

Even more boneheaded is Leila's parents at home. A big point in the plot is that Leila's parents are overprotective, and keep phoning her on her trip to check on her and what she's doing. Then they send their 7 year old daughter outside in the driving rain--without a coat--to retrieve her bicycle, and they don't accompany her or even watch her out of the window. Who is writing this stuff?

It was also a bit annoying to watch The Event pilot scene where the President (Blair Underwood), his family, and all of the Secret Service sit and stare at an airplane barreling towards them instead of trying to get the hell out of there. While I can buy being paralyzed by fear for some of the characters, I have to think that at least one of the agents would be shoving the President into the car and at least attempting to peel out of the driveway at 200mph.

That said, the mystery elements of The Event pilot were intriguing, and I liked the way that shifting the point of view and replaying an earlier scene created all sorts of cool revelations. It was a surprise to realize Sean wasn't a crazy hijacker, but someone who was actually trying to save everyone on the plane. My big gasp moment came when we discovered that murderous pilot behind the locked door was actually Leila's father--no doubt coerced with threats against his family.

I'm also curious about the secret facility with detained folks working in labs, who have a "leader" in Sophia (ER's Laura Innes). Sophia knows more than she's telling, hence The Event's pilot title: "I Haven't Told You Everything". As Sophia and the President and everyone else stood and watched the plane on its death run, I suddenly suspected something Dramatic was about to happen. Though I don't think I was prepared for the plane vanishing into some sort of time warp/shift/black hole/vortex. Pretty cool stuff.

Questions about The Event abound now, which is a good way of getting us to tune in to the next episode. Where is the plane, and who saved the people on the ground? Who kidnapped (or killed) Leila, and is the rest of her family alive? What was the point of wiping Sean and Leila's existence from the cruise merely for a kidnapping? Were they hoping to take Sean out of play as well?

And, of course, what is "The Event" that Sophia mentioned?

The Event has an intriguing premise, but I think it will have to keep up the spectacular surprises to keep me on board. I'm feeling gun-shy after elaborate serials like Battlestar Galactica and Lost failed to answer all of those cool questions they asked along the way. It's not enough to set up mind-boggling mysteries--you've got to include a payoff.

Word is that The Event will give us some big answers next week. Hopefully the answers will make us want to tune in again, rather than tune out.

The Event airs on Mondays, at 9/8c on NBC.

PHOTO: Jason Ritter as Sean Walker in "I Haven't Told You Everything", The Event pilot screencap c2010 NBC.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Emmy Awards Random Thoughts

I have to say, as much criticism as I have for the ending of Lost, I was hoping the actors would get a little Emmy love. I expected Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn to cancel each other out for the best supporting actor Emmy, but I thought Matthew Fox really had a shot of grabbing a much-deserved award. Elizabeth Mitchell unfortunately didn't have a chance against the heavyweights in the guest actress category, though she certainly had just as much right to the Emmy.

Ricky Gervais, how I love thee. You just never know what he's going to say, or how naughty it's going to be, and you're always waiting for that trademark giggle of his to escape. He's just full of so much glee--his exuberant joy at discovering that Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony director Bucky Gunts actually DID win the category after his riff on the guy's name was absolutely priceless.

Alex SkarsgÄrd in all his lofty gorgeousness made True Blood costars Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin look like tiny elves--and then Al Pacino came out and somehow was even tinier. Serpico's not quite so scary now...

Jimmy Fallon's musical numbers on stage and with audience guests like Julianna Margulies, Tom Hanks, and Stephen Colbert were made of win. The Twitter comments Fallon read out--not so much.

Julianna Margulies, Mariska Hargitay, Susan Sarandon, and Christina Hendricks win the Classy and Gorgeous awards.

I'm thrilled that Jim Parsons won a much deserved Emmy award for his role as Sheldon on Big Bang Theory. I also loved that he said he was grateful just to be working, but even more grateful to get to play such an outstanding character. Modern Family gets tons of deserved buzz (yeahy for the Emmy!) but Big Bang Theory is consistently and inventively hilarious.

The In Memoriam was heartbreaking--we lost a lot of wonderful people this year. I was shocked and saddened to see Caroline McWilliams from 80s series Benson; she lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. Jewel's tribute song was lovely, and for once it seemed to deter some of the clapping favoritism--though not all of it.

Over all the Emmy Awards was fast-paced, mildly amusing, and some of the "little people" gave great speeches. As is typical of awards shows, many of the programs that won were series or specials that I haven't seen--which definitely dampens the whole enjoyment of the Emmy Awards. However, the awards do their job in enticing us to check out some of these award winning shows we've missed. I'm definitely curious about Temple Grandin now.

What did you think of the Emmys?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

5 Canceled Series To Nab Emmy Awards?

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What do Lost, The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Monk, and The Tudors have in common? We won't see any of these shows next year, despite the fact that they've been rewarded for outstanding elements by the Emmy Awards.

Some programs, like Lost, had a planned demise. Others, like Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show and Old Christine, had more surprise endings. Conan O'Brien is going to be laughing all the way to the Emmy Awards, considering his 7 month stint on the Tonight Show got him a Best Variety Show Emmy nod--and rivals Leno and Letterman were left out in the cold. (Letterman's program is nominated in a couple other categories, for directing and technical direction).

Lost racks up an impressive four acting nods, for Matthew Fox (Jack), Terry O'Quinn (Locke), Micheal Emerson (Ben), and Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet). Mitchell is the first and only Lost gal to get an Emmy nod, and it's in the guest actress category. Whatever works--Mitchell deserves the honors. She's been turning in an amazing and nuanced performance from the moment she appeared on screen.

I'm sure Lost aficionado MsTerri would agree, it's a questionable move by the Emmy Awards voters to bestow a writing nomination for the Lost finale. (Vote in the love-it- or-hate-it Lost finale poll here.) I can argue for best drama Emmy Award, considering how we were all glued to the screens every week, but I'm still feeling immensely let down by the ending.

You can read more about the celebrate final seasons of the shows in my AC-Yahoo! article: 5 Canceled Series to Nab Emmy Awards?

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PHOTO: Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet on Lost, screencap c2010 ABC Studios.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Renewed and Cancelled Series: Law & Order, Heroes, Chuck & More

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Lots of news buzzing around about renewed and cancelled shows, so here's the scoop:

TVOvermind reports that Heroes is finally over after four seasons. Sadly, consensus is largely that Heroes was over after season one. What a waste of beautiful Peter Petrelli and his hot brother Nathan...that's all I'm sayin'... The good news is that TVSeriesFinale has scoop that there will be a wrap-up to the series rather than an abrupt cut-off. Here's hoping! (ETA: Yahoo!TV says the expense of the show means no ending after all, which really sucks for a series like this.)

Law & Order ties with Gunsmoke for longest running drama at 20 seasons...and has been cancelled, acccording to I'm sad because I love Linus Roache and wanted him to have a lengthy stint on TV, but the show really has run its course, and they never quite figured out what to do with Sam Waterston once they made him DA.

Crazy thing is, Law & Order: SVU has been renewed and there'll be a new spin-off, Law & Order: Los Angeles. Fingers crossed that Roache at least gets a few guest appearances on that one. And Law & Order: CI is still running on USA, albeit after one of the lamest send-offs for Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe ever. Gah.

Supernatural will be renewed for season 6, but without creator Eric Kripke, reports. I haven't caught up with the end of this season yet, but even if this story arc is now complete, I sure wouldn't mind seeing more of this ridiculously entertaining show.

I lost track of FlashForward early on due to timeslot issues, and it's a good thing I never invested the time because it's been cancelled. I was so shocked by how good indie star Joseph Fiennes was at being tough and macho (and still sexy), I'm really hoping he can land in another series.

Though its ratings weren't stellar, also says V is renewed for next season. It's not a bad show, but the whole pull of the original was we didn't know who the V were. Now that we already know, this remake feels a little anti-climactic to me. It's got a good cast, however, so we'll see where season 2 takes us.

Never fear, Chuck fans, your favorite geek spy is renewed for another season. The Hollywood Reporter guesses it should get a 13 episode order. I'm just hoping Brandon Routh pulls a Moriarty and returns from the dead. After all, Bryce did that at least once before he got his own show.

Early buzz was that FOX was going to cancel one or both of the series Human Target and Lie to Me, but according to TVbytheNumbers, FOX renewed both for 13 episodes apiece. I was personally shocked to find out it will be Lie to Me's third season rather than second...which tells you how often I've seen it.

After tons of TV ads and mad crazy online campaigning, ABC got disenchanted with the low ratings for new drama/mystery/weirdness Happy Town and have pulled it from the schedule. They'll air the remaining few episodes in summer. Translation: Cancelled. In case you were curious about this fly-by-night show, here's my review of the Happy Town pilot episode.

PHOTO: Peter and Noah, Heroes screencap, c2009 NBC.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tina Fey Fantasizes About Justin Bieber

Tina Fey Justin Bieber Saturday Night Live SNL April 10 2010 screencaps images photos picturesOhnoshedinnit...ohyesshedid! Saturday Night Live went there tonight with host Tina Fey and musical guest Justin Bieber. Sixteen-year-old Justin took part in the monologue and some sketches--including one where he played the tempting student to Tina's lonely teacher. Tina fantasizes about her student, where he serenades her with song.

This was funny (and dangerous) enough in concept, but even funnier were the lyrics he sang about helping her with her back pillow and watching her "skip the hard parts" in her Pilates routine. Justin seems to be enjoying the whole Cougar lover persona he's been cultivating and he played his part hilariously, tossing his perfectly layered hair as Tina's teacher dreamed about how his hair "always knows just where it's going".

Tina was hilarious with her usual deadpan delivery of the lines, but she didn't sell it quite as well as she could have. As you can see below, in the backstage clip of shooting the Saturday Night Live promos, Tina seemed very conscious of not showing the least amount of attention that could be construed as worthy of a felony. Justin's no fool, however; in the promos and on air, he managed to squeeze in as many hugs as he could get.

Considering the whole Saturday Night Live sketch was about forbidden love, it would have been fun to see Tina play up the dirty old lady role a bit more indulgently. After all, there was no physical contact and the kid's not going to be harmed by a wink and a smile. Check out his adorable flirtatiousness on Chelsea Lately for the perfect example of Cougar comedy:

As for Bieber's musical performances on Saturday Night Live, I was impressed. I know kid artists like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber get a lot of criticism in the press for not being "real" artists. If you've been watching American Idol this season, you'd know that a lot of the adult artists can't sing a note, can't play an instrument, and can't write songs. Whether you like his brand of youthful pop/R&B or not, you've got to give the kid credit for being so young and putting on such a professional style show, for his songwriting, for having a sweet voice, and for having pretty fly dancing skills--and a ridiculously charming personality.

I always say that anyone that sounds good on Saturday Night Live will sound amazing anywhere else--even the best bands notoriously sound like crap on that SNL stage. While he had a few rough spots vocally, overall Justin put on a good show. His singing during the Tina Fey teacher sketch sounded live--and if it was, he really has mad singing skillz.

Justin also slipped in a little love note later in the show, changing his song lyrics at the end from "When she smiles, I smile" to "When Tina smiles, I smile." And then he gave that adorable grin that inspires mature women to think very wrong thoughts.

Two years, ladies, and then you can think them all you want. Until then, stick to the wink and a smile.

PHOTO: Host Tina Fey and musical guest Justin Bieber; Saturday Night Live promo, backstage p.o.v. screencap, c2010 NBC.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

North America Nabs Gold and Silver Ice Dancing Medals

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After their powerful and fiery original dance flamenco performance, Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir looked promising for the gold. With two American pairs and one Russian pair nipping at their heels, Moir and Virtue knew they had to really bring it tonight to stay in the lead.

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Their performance was stunning. Virtue and Moir went with classic outfits, music, and dancing, giving us a romantic and elegant program that was virtually flawless. Looking like a royal princess and her gorgeous Prince Charming, Virtue and Moir were the belles of the ball of ice dancing tonight.

Meryl Davis Charlie White free skate silver medal Olympics ice dancing pictures images photos screencaps captures screengrabs Phantom of the OperaNabbing the silver medal for the US, young pair skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White gave their free skate program everything they had. With powerful and speedy lifts and a pulsing performance set to Phantom of the Opera, Davis and White skated a personal best and won a spot on the Olympic winners' platform.

Picking up the bronze was Russian ice dancing duo Oksana Domnina and Maksim Shabalin. While the pair are talented, and nailed the compulsory round with a strong performance, their program tonight was less than stellar. This was greatly due to the fact of the controversial ropes on their costumes, which they used as handholds for every lift. The NBC commentators mentioned that this sort of work-around for lifts will likely be banned next year. But not banned in time to prevent the Russian pair from getting a bronze.

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Alongside the gold and silver medalists were a lot of other impressive performances. Olympic vets Belbin and Agosto also gave their best tonight, executing their spins and lifts well, but unfortunately it wasn't quite enough to get them a medal. Still, they were gracious in defeat and proud of what is possibly their last competition skate together. I'm really glad to see the American skaters taking the high road each time there is a judging, rating, or political controversy.

Up and coming American skaters Samuelson and Bates also put together a lovely program with superior elegance and flow to many of the more experienced skaters out there. Though they only placed 11th, they skated a personal best and hope to be contenders in the Winter Olympics 2014. I'm looking forward to seeing them compete again.

Now here are some more photos of the lovely gold medalist ice dancing team of Virtue and Moir, from the compulsory, and original skate nights. They really know how to make ice dancing both romantic and sexy:

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Tessa Virtue Scott Moir original skate gold medal Olympics ice dancing pictures images photos screencaps captures screengrabs flamenco
It was an exciting win, and a lot of fun to watch the Olympic stadium erupt with Canadian joy as their ice dancing team broke the Russian stronghold on ice dancing gold. It was also fun to watch Scott Moir going CRAZY, completely pumped about winning the gold. Tessa and Scott sang the Canadian national anthem with gusto, along with all their Canadian fans.

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Congratulations to Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, and their friends Meryl Davis and Charlie White. It's a happy day for North American skating and ice dancing fans.

PHOTOS: Gold medalist Canadian ice dancing pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and silver medalist American ice dancing pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Olympic ice dancing compulsory, original, and free skate program photos, c2010 NBC.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Evan Lysacek Takes Men's Figure Skating Gold!!

Evan Lysacek American gold medal mens figure skating free skate Olympics Vancouver 2010 screencaps images photos pictures screengrabs capture iceAs a Chicago girl, I've got to be thrilled that Naperville native Evan Lysacek just took home the gold in men's figure skating. With both strong jumps, stellar spins, and elegant artistry, Evan beat out Russian favorite Yevgeny Plushenko. Winning the free skate program by nearly 2 points, Evan Lycacek edged past Plushenko's total score by 1.31.

Counting on his landed quad jump to win him gold, Plushenko skated with sass, playing to the crowd, obviously confident he had the win. But a few shaky landings on his jumps and some lesser footwork left him a little bit shy of Evan Lysacek's solidly landed jumps and complicated choreography. As figure skating legend Scott Hamilton said, "Plushenko has one thing; Lyscacek has everything."

American Johnny Weir white black gloves mens figure skating free skate Olympics Vancouver 2010 screencaps images photos pictures screengrabs capture iceAmerican figure skater Johnny Weir also turned in a nearly flawless program, landing all of his jumps beautifully and only maddeningly getting his skate caught in a rut-- during a spin of all things. Dressed in one of his trademark flamboyant costumes, a beautiful black and white sequined number designed to highlight every curve of a skaters body, Weir made a strong artistic statement on the ice.

Known for his outspoken nature and sometime crazy sound bites, Johnny Weir had made it clear from the start that he was taking this Olympics seriously. It was obvious at the end of the program that Weir was thrilled with his performance--as he should be. He was confident and fluid on the ice; just a joy to watch. When he received yet another unfairly low score, which the commentators again remarked on, the Olympic audience booed. Weir graciously motioned for the crowd to silence their boos--he knew he skated an excellent performance he can be proud of, and that's what matters.

American Johnny Weir rose crown white black gloves scores mens figure skating free skate Olympics Vancouver 2010 screencaps images photos pictures screengrabs capture iceFigure skating often doesn't turn out as we expect, for even though Switzerland's Stephane Lambiel and Canada's Patrick Chan scored much higher than Japan's Daisuke Takahashi, his 90+ point short program landed him the bronze. Weir's free skate program was only a couple tenths off of Takahashi's, yet Weir ended up in 6th place.

Canadian Patrick Chan mens figure skating free skate Olympics Vancouver 2010 screencaps images photos pictures screengrabs capture iceFourth place Lambiel skated a solid program, landing all of his jumps and executing some of his amazingly speedy spins. Unfortunately nerves seemed to have taken hold, and we lost the free, limber, fluid qualities Lambiel is so known for. Had Lambiel been up to his usual confidence level, he could have easily landed himself a metal.

Japanese Daisuke Takahashi bronze medal mens figure skating free skate Olympics Vancouver 2010 screencaps images photos pictures screengrabs capture iceThough he lost the quad at the beginning of his run, bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi picked himself up and finished his program with enough strength and artistic impression to keep him in the running. A sure sign of Olympic spirit, and a lovely program.

The fact that so many men fell on the quad or nervously eliminated it from their program, and the fact that Lyscacek won gold without the quad, makes me hope that future competitions will inlcude less of these near-impossible feats and more of the elegance and artistry of figure skating that we love.

American Evan Lysacek gold medal mens figure skating free skate Olympics Vancouver 2010 screencaps images photos pictures screengrabs capture iceCongratulations to all of the medal winners, and big love to the American skaters Evan Lysacek, Johnny Weir, and 9th place Jeremy Abbot. Three figure skaters in the top ten of the world is not too shabby.

PHOTOS: American figure skater Evan Lysacek; American Johnny Weir; American Johnny Weir again; Canadian Patrick Chan; Japanese skater Daisuke Takahashi, American gold medalist Evan Lysacek again; Men's Figure Skating Free Skate Program, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, c2010 NBC.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Olympics : Men's Figure Skating Short Program Video

Stephane Lambiel Olympic figure skater men's short program screencaps images spin photo pictures screengrabs video captureOlympic Figure Skater Stephane Lambiel from Switzerland executes one of his many amazing spin moves in Tuesday night's Men's Short Program.

Last night we had a real treat at the Olympics -- some actual artistic performances during the men's figure skating short program. The American favorite, 6'2 tower of powerful elegance Evan Lysacek, skated an excellent program that was all long, graceful limbs and seemingly effortless jumps. He landed in 2nd place, a mere half point behind the first place Russian Plushenko.

Click the pic to see the full video of Evan's short program:

One of the things I hate about Olympic figure skating is that the favorites are chosen well ahead of time, and barring big mistakes, the scoring usually reflects that previous bias. Not considered a contender from the start, controversial and adorably quirky American Olympic skater Johnny Weir nonetheless put on a beautiful and classical performance that should have been scored better than it was.

Click the pic to see the full video of Johnny's short program:

My personal favorite of the night was Swiss Olympic skater Stephane Lambiel. Ditching series of jumps in favor of jaw-dropping spin combinations and actual ballet-like artistry, Lambiel was exciting, inspiring, and just plain gorgeous. An unfortunate bobble on one of the required jumps sadly knocked his scores down, scores that had been built up with high marks for his trademark spinning and choreography. I can't yet find video of Lambiel's awesome short program, but here is a video of a 2009 performance that will give you an idea of the beauty and skill of Lambiel:

Last, but not least, we have American Olympic figure skater Jeremy Abbot. Abbot lost confidence and did less turns on his jumps, which cost him too many points to keep him in any kind of medal contention. Despite this, however, I thought he performed a really nice program, with elegant choreograhy, and it's a shame the judges put so much on the jumps.

Click the pic to see full video of Jeremy Abbott in the Olympic short program:

PHOTOS: Olympics Vancouver 2010, Men's Figure Skating Short Program, Stephane Lambiel, Evan Lysacek, Johnny Weir, and Jeremy Abbot, c2010 NBC.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chuck Two Hour Premiere Tonight!

Just wanted to pop a quick reminder in here for Chuck fans--the 2-hour Chuck premiere is tonight at 9/8c on NBC. I'm not exactly sure why Chuck is premiering on a Sunday. I only found out it was on by checking out the online TV listings yesterday, out of curiosity about this weekend's TV offerings.

Tonight we'll see what happens with Chuck and his new mad super-spy skillz, and after the 2-hour premiere we won't have long to wait to see what happens next. Another new Chuck episode airs tomorrow, Monday at 8/7c.

PHOTO: Zachari Levi as Chuck, screencap c2009 NBC.


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