Archive for December, 2010

Repeats are still the norm while we are between Christmas and New Years, but here is how the Tuesday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [repeat] – 6.9 million
Human Target [repeat] [hour 1] – 3.9 million
Undercovers (NBC) [NEW!] (burn-off of episodes) – 4.5 million
Hellcats (The CW) [repeat] [hour 1]– 1.5 million

9 PM Shows:
Criminal Minds (CBS) [repeat] – 9.3 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [repeat] – 4.5 million
Human Target [repeat] [hour 2] – 3.8 million
Hellcats (The CW) [repeat] [hour 2]– 1.2 million

10 PM Shows:
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [repeat] – 6.8 million
The Defenders (CBS) [repeat] – 6.5 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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In the ratings section, you will find out how all of the dramas that aired throughout 2010 fared in the overall ratings war, but the following list shows my personal choices for the top 10 shows (again, dramas only) of the year in no particular order:

Doctor Who

1. Doctor Who – Doctor Who is not only the longest-running sci-fi series in television history but it is also one of the most complex, compelling, entertaining, irreverent and just plain fun shows – period. With the introduction of the new Doctor – Matt Smith – and his new companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), the show has garnered even more fans with its over-the-top thrills and adventures. I, personally, cannot wait to see what 2011 has in store for the Doctor, Amy and her new husband Rory.


2. Terriers – While Terriers was short lived on FX this fall, lasting only 13 episodes not to mention having one of the most obnoxious, unrelated titles, it was a cleverly written, wonderfully portrayed series to grace our screens this year. The characters were three-dimensional and complex, making for an edge-of-your seat thrill ride as Hank and Britt navigated the overall story arc. It’s just a shame that the show wasn’t given a second chance to continue its stories.


3. Eureka – In the imaginative, science-based town of Eureka, you never know quite what will happen next. During the episodes that ran over the summer, the unbelievable did happen: Jack, Alison, Henry, Fargo and Jo all traveled back in time, eventually returning to what they believed was their time only to discover it wasn’t quite right. Maintaining their secret was not simple and all of them gained and lost what was most valuable to them in very unique and unexpected ways. All the while they were teamed with Dr. Grant, their unlikely companion who joined in their time travel back to the future. What will be in store for the inhabitants of Eureka next? Only time will tell…


4. Lost – Much has been written about the final season of this groundbreaking series with audiences arguing over the meaning of it all and the overwhelming religious overtones that were the cornerstone of the series finale especially the final 15 minutes; but one thing remains true: this show was one of the best on TV, bringing people together to wonder over what in the world was going on on that mysterious island. The characters will forever be a part of the lexicon of television history and will live on in pop culture forever. And I, for one, am glad to say I was present for every moment of it.

The Vampire Diaries

5. The Vampire Diaries – What can be said about this teen-based vampire series? Well, it’s certainly not Twilight, but it is one of the most deftly written series on TV right now. The show had a powerful season one that ended with a chilling cliffhanger; and when it returned for its second season there was absolutely no sign of a sophomore slump, as each episode has notched up the tension, romance and intrigue, which have become the signatures to this show.

The Closer

6. The Closer – Don’t let her southern drawl fool you – Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is a force for which to be reckoned. Running the Priority Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department is in no way an easy job nor is dealing with the complex cases that come their way. But with her stalwart team consisting of Detectives Provenza and Sanchez, Lieutenants Flynn and Tao and Sgt. Gabriel as well as computer tech expert Buzz Watson and with the assistance of Commander Taylor and Agent Howard, they bring down the criminals behind some of the toughest, most sensitive cases in the city.

Friday Night Lights

7. Friday Night Lights – At first glance this series would seem to simply be a show about football but that is merely the icing on the cake where this fantastic program, now in its final season on DirecTV, is concerned. The show is probably the most honest, realistic portrayal of small town life in a Texas town where everyone is simultaneously consumed with family, love and football. The series will air its final season on NBC next year and it will be one hell of a ride for the fans of this much-beloved series.


8. Justified – The man in the hat is a good tagline of this new FX series, starring Timothy Olyphant as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who is forced to go back to his hometown area in Eastern Kentucky because of literally taking down a criminal at a fancy Miami restaurant. While in Kentucky he deals with his estranged father, his former friend turned bank-robber turned religious zealot and an ex-wife he hasn’t gotten over, all the while being involved in cases that would otherwise be unbelievable in any other setting.


9. Sherlock – This spectacular present-day reimagining of the classic tale of Sherlock Holmes by the BBC was reaired here in the States on PBS stations in October and November. Divided into 3 parts this mini-series depicted the title character and his roommate John Watson as they delved into some very disturbing cases. Each case displayed the remarkable deductive characteristics of Sherlock and the wonderment expressed by those around him as he solved each crime for which he was brought in to consult. The mini-series left off with a cliffhanger that will thankfully be explained when Sherlock returns next year.


10. Luther – This slick unpredictable 6-part BBC series was a relative hit in the UK and was reaired on BBC America here in the States in October and November. This mini-series depicted the turbulent personal and professional life of John Luther, a police officer in the London Serious Crime Unit. Much like Sherlock Holmes, Luther investigated ever increasingly horrendous cases involving a double murder, a serial killer, a sniper intent on taking out police officers and a dirty cop. None of these episodes were easy to watch, but each was well-written and expertly portrayed; and new episodes will be aired sometime next year.

Honorable Mentions:

The following shows just missed the top 10 for 2010 by the slimmest of margins, but rather than leave them off the list all together, I wanted to include them as honorable mentions. They are listed in no particular order:


1. Supernatural – Much can be said about the horror-laced story lines within this series, consistently creeping out the audience on a weekly basis and just as much can be said about the handsome cast and guest stars. But, just as much can be said about the fans who rallied around the show in order to get it on the first ever fan-voted-on TV Guide cover. The show is simply a thrill ride each week and is a “can’t miss mainstay” no matter what night of the week for which it airs.


2. Chuck – His name is Chuck, Chuck Bartowski and he is a part of the Buy More Nerd Herd but he is also probably one of the coolest nerds on TV. For the last few years now, Chuck has been one of those shows just on the cusp of mainstream success with a very avid and devoted fan following. The series itself may have had its ups and downs, but the audience can always count on the (mis) adventures of Chuck, Sarah and Casey each week.


3. Castle – What do you get when you combine a world-renowned author and one of New York’s finest detectives? You get Castle, the popular series that is a procedural at heart but covers much more than the expected. You get comedy, mystery, intrigue, romance and familial ties all wrapped into one terrific package; and you also get the best reason to tune in to TV on Monday nights at 10 PM.

Being Erica

4. Being Erica – If you were given the chance to travel back in time to correct a past regret, would you? Well, Erica Strange – the title character in Being Erica – is given that chance on a regular basis courtesy of her unorthodox therapist Dr. Tom; and the results are not always what the viewers – or Erica, for that matter – expect. But it certainly is exciting and fun to follow along while she makes her journeys of self-discovery.

Now, no proper top 10 list would be complete without mentioning those guilty pleasure shows that capture your attention or become the show that you simply cannot miss each week. For me the following three shows are the series that had me excited to watch TV (or catch them online) each week:

Lost Girl

1. Lost Girl – This new Canadian series is a big hit in its home country and has yet to receive distribution outside of Canada, but thank goodness for the internet. Over the course of a few weeks, I was able to watch all 13 episodes of the first season of this unique supernatural-based series that chronicles the life of Bo (Anna Silk), a beautiful young woman who just happens to be a succubus, as she learns more about who and what she really is and makes a life for herself within the “fae” (aka supernatural) world.

Pretty Little Liars

2. Pretty Little Liars – This new series, which debuted on the ABC Family Channel this past summer, is based on a series of books by Sara Shepard. It covers the secrets shared by 4 very different teenaged girls who are best friends in a small but affluent community in Pennsylvania. While the show is laced with typical teen-angst and family drama, it is a captivating story of just how far friends will go to keep each other’s secrets as well as keep secrets from those most dear. It is the epitome of that one guilty pleasure show that you just can’t seem to get enough of from week to week.


3. Nikita – While the story of Nikita is not new to viewing audiences – given the fact it has been depicted in film several times and was a successful series on the USA Network – the CW has breathed new life into the franchise, making this new series one of the main reasons to tune into the network on Thursday nights. I really look forward to more intrigue, action and adventure in the new year.

So, there you have my list of the top 10 shows as well as my honorable mentions and the guilty pleasures for which I look forward each week. What are your top 10 shows? Do you have any guilty pleasures from this past year? Please share.

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Much like the New Faces of 2010, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year. With the help of some online research, here are my predictions for the faces of 2011 (in no particular order):

Madeline Carroll

1. Madeline Carroll – Madeline starred in this year’s heart-warming movie by Rob Reiner called Flipped, but this talented 14-year-old has appeared in the box office movies The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, Resident Evil: Extinction and The Spy Next Door as well as appearing in Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Lie to Me, NCIS and Private Practice. Among her five upcoming projects, she will appear in Mr. Popper’s Penguins with Jim Carrey and Vanilla Gorilla with Arnold Vosloo.

Sarah Shahi

2. Sarah Shahi – Sarah Shahi has the lead role in the new USA Network series called Fairly Legal that will debut on January 20 at 10 PM, but viewers will remember for her roles in the TV series The L Word and Life. She has also been seen in the first season of Alias, the pilot episode of Supernatural and an episode of Psych.

Rooney Mara

3. Rooney Mara – Rooney landed the plum role in the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that will be out in theatres next year; but her resume includes the films The Social Network, the 2010 version of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Youth in Revolt and Dare (with Emmy Rossum and Zach Gilford) and appearances in the TV shows ER, Women’s Murder Club, The Cleaner and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Rami Malek

4. Rami Malek – Rami will be seen in the two-part final movie Breaking Dawn in the Twilight saga franchise, but he has appeared in the final season of 24, the box office films Night at the Museum and its sequel and the mini-series The Pacific.

Jason Momoa

5. Jason Momoa – While Jason is recognizable to TV viewers for his roles as Ronan in Stargate Atlantis, Jason in Baywatch and Frankie in the short-lived series North Shore, he will gain much more notoriety when he appears in the lead role in the box office remake of Conan and the new HBO series Game of Thrones.

Tyler Posey

6. Tyler Posey – Early in 2011 Tyler will star in the new MTV series Teen Wolf loosely based on the 1985 box office film, but he got his start in the TV series Doc, starring Billy Ray Cyrus and starred in the box office film Maid In Manhattan with Jennifer Lopez. He has also appeared in the TV shows Lincoln Heights and Brothers & Sisters and the TV mini-series Into the West.

Lucy Punch

7. Lucy Punch – Lucy will be seen in the upcoming box office movie Bad Teacher alongside Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz; Take Me Home Tonight with Anna Faris, Topher Grace and Michelle Trachtenberg and A Little Bit of Heaven alongside Kate Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg. But audiences may recognize her as one of the evil step-sisters from the film Ella Enchanted and she has appeared in the films Hot Fuzz and Dinner for Schmucks.

Andrea Riseborough

8. Andrea Riseborough – Andrea starred in the 2010 box office movies Never Let Me Go with Carey Mulligan and Kiera Knightley and the independent films Made In Dagenham with Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins and Brighton Rock with Helen Mirren and John Hurt, but she has also been seen in the film Happy-Go-Lucky, the made-for-TV movie Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley and she will be seen in the films W.E. with Abbie Cornish and Resistance with Michael Sheen.

Jessica Chastian

9. Jessica Chastian – Jessica will star alongside Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Mike Vogel, Sissy Spacek, Viola Davis and Chris Lowell in the 2011 film The Help and in the upcoming film The Fields with Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. She will also be seen in the movie Tree of Life, starring alongside Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. She has previously appeared in episodes of ER, Veronica Mars, Close to Home and the short-lived series Law & Order: Trial by Jury.

Keir Gilchrist

10. Keir Gilchrist – Keir has starred in the popular Showtime series United States of Tara and recently appeared in the independent film It’s Kind of a Funny Story with Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis, but he also appeared in episodes of Queer As Folk, Doc, 1-800-Missing and Life with Derek.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2011? Please share.

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the fall season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

NOTE: There will be Burn Notice marathon on USA Network all day. Check your local listings for airtimes.

6 PM
Back to the Future movie on AMC

7 PM
Pirate Radio movie on HBO Signature

8 PM
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown classic on CBS
The Vampire Diaries on The CW (reair)
Farewell Mr. Kringle movie on Hallmark (reair)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s classic movie on TCM

8:30 PM
Back to the Future Part II movie on AMC

9 PM
Nikita on The CW (reair)

10 PM
Doctor Who on BBC America
The Ultimate Gift movie on Hallmark


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Every year there are new faces introduced to the general viewing audience via television series and/or movies at the box office. This year is no different with very unique and diverse actors and actresses coming to the forefront to capture the attention of audiences all over the country (and in some instances the world).

Here, in no particular order, are the stand outs for 2010:

Gemma Arterton

1. Gemma Arterton – While Gemma made heads turn as Strawberry Fields in the 2008 James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, she also starred as Tess Durbeyfield in the 2008 TV mini-series Tess of the D’Urbervilles and in the box office movie Pirate Radio in 2009. But it has been her work throughout this year that has put her on the map. She starred not only in The Clash of the Titans but also Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and the independent movie Tamara Drewe. She is currently filming Men in Black III.

Isaiah Mustafa

2. Isaiah Mustafa – The guy from the Old Spice commercials who was “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” caused waves across the nation, putting this actor on the map. He appeared as Greta #3 on an episode of Chuck and then had a role in the Tyler Perry movie Madea’s Big Happy Family. Next up he will be seen in the 2011 box office movie Horrible Bosses.

Chloe Moretz

3. Chloe Moretz – This talented 13-year-old has quite a resume for someone so young, including the TV series Dirty Sexy Money and the 2005 box office film The Amityville Horror and (500) Days of Summer. But it was her role as Hit-Girl in the box office movie Kick-Ass that really got her noticed. She also appeared in the films Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the horror flick Let Me In. Among her 7 upcoming projects is the Kick-Ass sequel.

Maggie Q

4. Maggie Q – Already a superstar in Asia, Maggie is making a name for herself on American TV in the CW series Nikita. Her box office credits include Live Free or Die Hard, Mission: Impossible III, Deception and Balls of Fury. She will soon be seen in the box office film Priest.

Jennifer Lawrence

5. Jennifer Lawrence – She burst onto the scene in the independent film Winter’s Bone after appearing in the TBS series The Bill Engvall Show for 2 seasons, and now she will be seen in the Jodie Foster flick The Beaver, the film Like Crazy, the horror movie The House at the End of the Street and the much-anticipated blockbuster X-Men: First Class.

Jimmy Wolk

6. Jimmy Wolk – While his first big starring role on television was the short-lived FOX drama Lone Star, Jimmy made his TV debut in the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Front of the Class. He also appeared in the box office movie You Again with Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman and Betty White.

Matt Passmore

7. Matt Passmore – Matt is well known in his home country of Australia, having starred in the TV shows MacLeod’s Daughters and Underbelly, but he made heads turn here in the States courtesy of his new A&E TV series The Glades, which is about a Chicago cop who moves to a small Florida town, joining the state police there. The Glades will be back for a second season this summer.

Ruth Wilson

8. Ruth Wilson – Just four years ago, Ruth landed the lead role in the 2006 adaptation of Jane Eyre and then appeared in last year’s AMC remake of The Prisoner. This year she appeared in the 6-part BBC America mini-series Luther alongside Idris Elba. And, it is rumored she will portray Jacqueline Kennedy in the anticipated 2011 film Flying Into Love.

Cast of Pretty Little Liars

9. The Cast of Pretty Little Liars – This new ABC Family Channel series based on the novels by Sara Shepard turned out to be quite the guilty pleasure over the summer. The show stars four up-and-coming young actresses, including Lucy Hale (Privileged), Ashley Benson (Eastwick), Shay Mitchell (Aaron Stone), and Troian Bellisario (NCIS) as well as some very familiar faces to the older TV generation such as Holly Marie Combs (Charmed), Chad Lowe (Life Goes On), Laura Leighton (the original Melrose Place) and Nia Peeples (Fame).

Benedict Cumberbatch

10. Benedict Cumberbatch – Benedict caught the attention of viewers courtesy of his appearance as the legendary Sherlock Holmes in the PBS 3-part mini-series Sherlock that recently aired here in the States and in the UK, but he has appeared in the box office films Atonement and The Other Boleyn Girl and will be seen in the upcoming films War Horse and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Who are some of the new faces from this past year who caught your attention either on television or in film? Please share.

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Hey All,

Really short update for today, but there were at least a couple interesting items to share with all of you:


Starz plans to give viewers an early look at its upcoming drama Camelot by airing the full 64-minute premiere after the finale of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena airs on Friday, February 25. Spartacus airs at 10 PM and the Camelot sneak peek should air at approximately 11 PM. Camelot will then formally launch on April 1 at 1 PM. (The Futon Critic)

Legendary actor Ed Asner will appear on the new CMT show, Working Class, which stars Melissa Peterman as a single mom who takes a job at a frou-frou grocery store. Asner will play her neighbor and co-worker Hank. (Margaret Lyons at Entertainment Weekly)

Webisodes you should watch before seeing Primeval season 4


Actress Diane Kruger will appear as Marie Antoinette in the adaptation of the Chantal Thomas novel called Farewell, My Queen that will be a look at the 1789 French Revolution through the eyes of a royal reader played by Lea Seydoux (Robin Hood), who recalls the historical events 30 years later. (Allocine via The Playlist and First Showing)

Joining Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) in the upcoming movie J. Edgar will be Damon Herriman (Justified) as Bruno Hauptmann, the man convicted of kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby as well as Judi Dench in an unknown role. Charlize Theron MAY appear as Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being Hoover’s personal secretary. (The Playlist, Sandwich John Films and First Showing)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Thanks to the folks over at Zap2It, here are the details on the first Vampire Diaries convention to be held in the United States:

The Vampire Diaries fandom is one of the most active and enthusiastic (we’ve ever seen at Zap2it), so we’re not surprised the fans have mobilized for Eyecon, the very first The Vampire Diaries convention in North America.

Last summer, Australian fans had the chance to meet Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Michael Trevino at a convention down under. Now it’s time for U.S. fans to have a similar opportunity.

Eyecon will take place in Atlanta, GA, where the series is filmed, from March 25 to 27, 2011.

So far, Paul Wesley — Stefan Salvatore himself — and Rob Pralgo (the not-so-dearly departed Mayor Lockwood) have confirmed that they’ll be attending the event to answer questions, take photos with fans, and sign autographs. They’ll even have dinner with a lucky group, and party at the Masquerade Ball. (We’re sure you’ll recognize them, even in disguise.) Eyecon tells Zap2it that they plan to add more of your favorite stars as the event approaches.

Tickets went on sale today at 12 Noon (Eastern Standard Time) via the Eyecon website. The earlier you buy your tickets, the closer you’ll sit to the stars! You will be contributing to a great cause, too – the event will host a blood drive (starve a vampire!) and is working with Vampire Support to benefit the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.”

Get your tickets while they last!

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