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Almost Human Review: Fox's Futuristic Cop Drama Is Brimming With Thrills And Potential
Fox took a chance on a mystery series with a historical and supernatural twist in Sleepy Hollow and it paid off. If the current trends of television are any indication, the classic police procedural format demands a little something extra. For Sleepy Hollow, it's Ichabod Crane. In the case of Almost Human, it comes in the form of a futuristic setting and a human-robot partnership, with Karl Urban representing the human side of the story and Michael Ealy serving as the robot half.
Grimm Season 3 Premiere: A Look Back And A Look Ahead
NBC is set to bring Grimm back this Friday night. Since it's been months since the series aired, your memory of the events of Season 2 may be a bit rusty. Allow us to offer you a refresher course in where things left off and what's coming up in the series' third season. We'll start with this handle recap video, which takes us through the highlights of last season. (Season 2 spoilers ahead!)
Reign Review: Castles, Costumes And Soapy Teen Drama
On some level, I want to say that The CW's Reign is in the vein of A Knight's Tale, in that it's sort of period-piece light, with its modern music and updated -- or at the very least, modified -- costumes. But what Reign lacks that made A Knight's Tale work is humor. The CW's new series takes a similar approach to any other young adult drama on the network, which is fine for that audience, but combined with its loose approach to historical accuracy, it's really hard for me to take this show as seriously as it takes itself.
Toy Story Of TERROR! Review: Funny And Adventurous, More Toy Story Than Terror
Obviously, Toy Story of Terror's shortened timeframe makes it something of a junior version of its feature-film predecessors, but it has everything a Toy Story film would offer, in smaller doses, from the humor -- particularly in the meta way Mr. Pricklepants occasionally narrates their situation as it would relate to a horror movie -- to adventure, to a lesson about bravery and determination, and of course, heart. There's always plenty of that.
American Horror Story: Coven Review: FX's Dark And Twisted Drama Returns With 'Bitchcraft'
American Horror Story returns tonight, dripping with all of the blood, mutilation and chaos we've come to know, love and fear -- in all the right ways -- about FX's horror series. Newcomers to the show are once again welcome to dive in, as American Horror Story: Coven begins with a whole new story, with new characters and fresh drama right from the start.
Witches Of East End Review: Lifetime's Bewitching New Drama Premieres Sunday
It's no secret that Lifetime aims their content toward a largely female audience, but just as no two women are exactly alike, it stands to reason that Lifetime would aim for diversity with regards to their scripted content. From Army Wives to Drop Dead Diva, Devious Maids and The Client List, none of these series is much like the with the exception of their mutual focus on women.
The Originals Review: Vampire Diaries Spin-off Is Set Up For Fans And Newbies Alike
Can I watch The Originals if I don't watch The Vampire Diaries? This is the question I asked myself as I sat down to watch the pilot episode of The Originals. So if you're looking for a review of the vampire spinoff series from a die-hard TVD fan, I apologize but you'll have to search elsewhere. My knowledge of The Vampire Diaries is limited to vague memories of the first few episodes of the series.
Welcome To The Family Review: Has Potential But Needs Time To Grow
Since Yes, Dear wrapped up, Mike O'Malley's bounced from one guest starring or recurring gig to the other, My Name is Earl, Justified and Glee included. Tonight, NBC puts him back in a starring role in a comedy with Mike Sikowitz's new series Welcome to the Family, a comedy that boasts a promising foursome of parents who are about to become grandparents. The problem is, their kids are barely out of high school.
The Millers Review: CBS Comedy Maximizes Its Potential With Seasoned Actors
The Millers isn’t the most tightly written new comedy of the season or even the most modern. It's shot with multiple cameras, and it’s not opposed to going for the obvious joke. There’s nothing about it that screams brilliant, but beneath the mediocre premise, it’s oddly likeable. In fact, every single minute of the pilot might be more enjoyable than the one that precedes it, which sounds about right given its creator/ showrunner.
Sean Saves The World Review: NBC's Comedy Is Snappy And Halfway Satisfying
The first thing you may notice when you tune in to Sean Saves the World is that the opening music is reminiscent of ABC’s popular comedy Modern Family. Beyond that similarity, NBC’s new comedy is a throwback to the network’s nineties heyday to the extreme, complete with some familiar faces and a laugh track. It’s not doing anything new for comedy, but the series opener does have its moments.
Super Fun Night Review: Rebel Wilson And Friends Hit The Town In ABC's New Comedy
Rebel Wilson brings awkward humor to the small screen with Super Fun Night, a series written by the Australian who's been steadily making a name for herself in in feature comedies, with memorable roles in Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect. In Super Fun Night, Wilson plays junior attorney Kimmie, a woman determined to have fun with her friends every Friday night.
Betrayal Review: Infidelity And Murder Collide In ABC's New Drama
ABC may have its next guilty-pleasure drama experience lined up in Betrayal, a series that combines infidelity, romance and mystery into one as two married people consider having an affair just as their lives are about to get even more complicated. While Jack and Sara fall for one another, a murder ties their lives together in a different way, setting up what could be a suspenseful and dramatic story as we see how this all plays out.
Masters Of Sex Review: Sex And Science Are On Display In New Showtime Drama
Sex plays a pretty prominent role in many scripted series on TV today, whether it's network, basic cable or premium cable, comedy or drama, sex is often a relevant topic to be explored. Showtime's new drama Masters of Sex puts sex front and center, on display in the name of science. Well, mostly science. Sex is complicated. It's emotional and physical and biological all at once, and Masters of Sex demonstrates all of that as it tells the story of Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson...
The Crazy Ones Review: Robin Williams And Sarah Michelle Gellar Pair Well For Comedy
Unlike the other major networks, CBS seems content to continue producing multi-camera comedies, to great success. But the network isn't entirely averse to the single-camera format, as evidenced by The Crazy Ones. When you have talent like Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, I suppose any format will do. The Crazy Ones' pilot episode lives up to its previews in being a charming, funny, heartfelt comedy that's a little bit workplace and a little bit family, with a lot of Robin Williams-style humor worked in for good measure.
The Michael J. Fox Show Review: Worth A Watch, Even With The Single-Camera Format
If you’ve caught NBC’s lengthy trailer for The Michael J. Fox Show, you should already have a good idea regarding the show’s premise. Mike, a news anchor, has spent some time at home after his Parkinson’s disease got the best of him while he was on the air one day. He’s been trying to play Suzie Homemaker since, but he’s terrible at it--frightfully, painfully terrible.
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