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Red Widow Review: ABC's New Drama Has Potential But Needs More Edge
Coming in a bit late in the game and just days after ABC cancelled newcomer Zero Hour is Red Widow, Melissa Rosenberg's adaptation of Dutch drama Penoza. The story follows a woman who's drawn into the life of crime she's been trying to avoid, after her husband is murdered. The first couple of episodes move a bit slowly, which isn't such a bad thing, but for a plot with the potential to be dark and exciting, its introduction isn't really either.
Cult Review: The CW's New Thriller Gets Seriously Creepy
The CW's new series Cult has a premise that layers creepy over more creepy to create a twisted plotline in which you’re never quite certain what’s real and what’s fiction. The show within a show about a dangerous cult has a dangerous cult following of its own – and this is a following unlike anything even the most rabid TV viewer has ever known.
Zero Hour Review: The Clock Is Ticking In ABC's Intriguing New Drama
ABC will introduce an exciting new mystery and adventure to their viewers tomorrow night, and they'll do that while simultaneously putting ER's Anthony Edwards back on television in a starring role. How's that for a Valentine's Day gift? Aside from associations with a certain wingman in a beloved 80s fighter pilot movie, there isn't much romance to be offered in Zero Hour, but those willing to overlook the lack of Valentine's theme will definitely want to check out the start of what could be a thrilling and compelling new story.
Community Season 4 Review: Senior Year Begins
At last, October 19th is nearly upon us. And by "October 19th," I mean February 7, which is the re-scheduled date for the fourth season premiere of Community. Fans of the series have been anticipating this day for months (and then a few more months after that). We cheered when they renewed it and gasped when we learned that series creator Dan Harmon would no longer be the showrunner. We cringed when they told us the comedy was being moved to Fridays in the fall. We cringed again when we saw that it was being paired with Whitney, a show with which it has very little in common.
Three Chapters In And The Following Hasn't Inspired Complete Devotion
After three episodes earned solid ratings, The Following seems to have already gained an increasingly large one of its own but the serial killer series is as frustrating as it is entertaining. The Fox program has more than a few great performances, some thrilling sequences and enough blood to satisfy the thirstiest of horror fans, however, the writing in Kevin Scream Williamson's return to the slasher is often also the bad kind of cringe-worthy.
Smash Season 2 Review: More Drama, More Music And More Fantastic Voices
Smash is a classic example of a series that offered boatloads of potential in its pilot episode and then stumbled in its attempts to meet that potential throughout its first season. But the series is certainly not without its redeeming qualities, including an extraordinary cast with plenty of acting and musical talent to go around. Much in the way the show's featured Broadway musical Bombshell has had its struggles, so too has this series. But after watching the first two episodes of the returning musical drama, I'm hopeful that the series will find its way.
House of Cards Review: After Three Solid Hands, You'll Want To Keep Playing
Based on a novel of the same name by Michael Dobbs, House of Cards was already adapted into an award winning BBC miniseries by Andrew Davies and now David Fincher, Kevin Spacey and Beau Willimon have set the dark drama in the highest echelon of American politics. Netflix's new original series is a morality play on the world's biggest stage about the shady dealings that take place during our never ending quest for power. "Give and take, welcome to Washington..."
Do No Harm Review: Steven Pasquale Stars In NBC's Jekyll & Hyde Tale
NBC hasn't had a lot of luck with dramas that air on Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m. Even the modest lead-in from NBC's comedy block hasn't been enough of a push to keep some of the past dramas on the air. Rest in piece Prime Suspect, The Firm and Awake. Whether or not David Schulner's Do No Harm manages to buck this unfortunate trend remains to be seen, but there is potential in this story about a man and his unruly alternate personality.
The Americans Review: Keri Russell And Matthew Rhys Show Their Range In 80s-Set Spy Drama
FX is taking it back a few years (or decades) with their new series The Americans, a drama that follows two KGB spies posing as Americans in Washington DC. The pilot episode introduces us to Matthew Rhys and Keri Russells' characters, The Jennings, and over all, the drama gets off to an intriguing and exciting start, offering a glimpse of the potential this series has as we get to know two people working together at a very risky game of pretend.
Spartacus: War Of The Damned Review: The Beginning Of The End
Spartacus set itself up for some major changes at the end of last season, when Vengeance wrapped up, and those changes are apparent from the start of Spartacus: War of the Damned, the final season of the Starz historical-fantasy drama. (It should go without saying that Vengeance spoilers will be mentioned in this review, but I'll say it anyway, if you're still getting caught up on last season, read no further!)
The Following Review: James Purefoy And Kevin Bacon Face Off In Fox's Killer Thriller
At long last, Fox is premiering their new drama series The Following. The trailers and other promotional content released over the last few months have promised something thrilling, suspenseful and dark, and the pilot episode delivers just that, in addition to serving as the start of what could be one of the year's intense new drama series. For those not averse to violence or TV drama with an edge, The Following is a must-watch.
An Idiot Abroad Season 3 Review: Karl Pilkington And Warwick Davis Make A Great Traveling Duo
In the first two seasons, An Idiot Abroad has featured Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's pal Karl Pilkington begrudgingly trekking across the globe, having adventures and attempting to absorb some culture. For the series' final season, Gervais has given Pilkington a traveling companion. Life's Too Short star Warwick Davis has come along for the ride in Season 3 of the funny travel show, which makes its official stateside debut on Science Saturday night.