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BuzzFocus: Best of TV 2011 Nominations

22 December 2011 7:44 AM, PST | | See recent news »

We salute the best in television for the year 2011. Vote on your selections for Reader’s choice now!

Best Anti-Hero

Tyrion Lannister – Game of Thrones (HBO) — Peter Dinklage

Detective Chief Inspector John Luther – Luther (BBC) — Idris Elba

Jesse Pinkman – Breaking Bad (AMC) — Aaron Paul

Damon Salvatore – The Vampire Diaries (CW) — Ian Somerhalder

Jackson TellerSons of Anarchy (FX) — Charlie Hunnam

Nucky Thompson – Boardwalk Empire (HBO) — Steve Buscemi

Walter White – Breaking Bad (AMC) — Bryan Cranston

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Best Sidekick

Harold FinchPerson of Interest (CBS) — Michael Emerson

Richard HarrowBoardwalk Empire (HBO) — Jack Huston

Stephen Holder – The Killing (AMC) — Joel Kinnamen

Mozzie – White Collar (USA Network) — Willie Garson

Bobby Singer – Supernatural (CW) — Jim Beaver

WilfredWilfred (FX) — Jason Gann

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"October Baby": Every Life Is Beautiful

13 December 2011 11:16 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek "October Baby", a new drama from directors Andrew and Jon Erwin, starring Rachel Hendrix, Jason Burkey, John Schneider, Jasmine Guy, Chris Sligh, Shari Weidman, Jennifer Price, Lance Nichols, Rodney Clark, Tracy Miller , Austin Johnson and Colleen Trusler, based on a screenplay by Jon Erwin and Theresa Preston :

"...'Hannah', a college freshman has always felt like an outsider. Something is missing. She has always carried a deep-seated sense that she has no right to exist. When she discovers she was adopted it comes as a shock, but Hannah's world is rocked even more when she learns why she was never told before.

"Desperate for answers, she embarks on a road trip with some friends (including her oldest and closest friend 'Jason') to find her biological mother. In the process she unexpectedly discovers hope, love and forgiveness..."

"October Baby" will be released March 2012.

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- Michael Stevens

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Glee 3.08 "Hold On To Sixteen" Recap - Trout Fishing

7 December 2011 11:44 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Glee 3.08 "Hold On To Sixteen" Recap - Trout Fishing

Glee continues on toward its holiday mid-season finale with “Hold on to Sixteen" which sees Finn working to re-recruit Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) to the New Directions, while Quinn faces a difficult decision on what to do with sensitive information, and Tina encourages Mike to pursue his dreams.

Don’t have the time to spare?  Then here's what you missed on Glee’s “Hold on to Sixteen!”

Meeting up in the halls, Quinn reveals to Rachel that Ms. Shelby Corcoran (Idina Menzel) has been having student-teacher relations with Puck, for which she plans to report to the school.  Rachel chimes in that technically speaking, their actions aren’t against the law, and jeopardizing Ms. Corcoran’s career would only be huting Quinn’s biological daughter Beth, truly hitting rock bottom.

With Sectionals only a short time away and taking place in McKinley high’s own auditorium, »

- Kevin Fitzpatrick

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‘Glee,’ Season 3, Episode 8, ‘Hold on to Sixteen’: TV Recap

6 December 2011 9:27 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »


Sam Evans is back. That blond-haired rack-of-abs returned tonight to serve as pinch-hitter to the downtrodden New Directions in tonight’s Sectionals competition. Where has he been?

Well, let’s just say he made a little detour by way of Kentucky, having transferred in order to help his family survive the recession. (Yes, hard it is to believe, there’s some realism to Glee.) But instead of scooping ice cream for the local Dairy Queen, he’s scooping up »

- Raymund Flandez

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Glee Review: We Can Burn Brighter

6 December 2011 7:27 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

This week on Glee, the New Directions took home the hardware from Sectionals - but Sam and Shelby deserved an award for finally snapping some sense into Quinn, as they convinced her to enjoy the moment and hold on to her youth in "Hold on to Sixteen."

Finally, Blaine and Finn came to terms and, while the latter apparently doesn't need to worry about being bullied anymore after showing his proficiency with the heavy bag, I loved seeing Kurt show some grit of his own as he verbally sparred with the would-be Warbler wooer. He also showed unicorns are not just magical creatures. They are humble, too, as he congratulated Brittany on her victory. 

Santana, meanwhile, was en fuego as usual when she whipped out the little journal she had filled with an array of Sam slams in hopes he would one day return. Great cameo by Smallville's John Schneider »

- (Chris O'Hara)

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'Glee' does the right thing: Chord Overstreet's big return

2 December 2011 3:10 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

After all of our tears and anguish and garment-rending over Chord Overstreet's abrupt exit from "Glee"... he's back, and we feel kind of silly about those death threats we sent to the executive producers. Sorry about that, guys.

Yes, Sam Evans makes his triumphant return to "Glee" in this week's episode. Now that Rachel (Lea Michele) has been suspended for being a sneaky cheater, New Directions needs Sam's dulcet tones to help them win at Sectionals, so they find him. Where he's working. In a strip club.

His heart isn't really in New Directions, though -- at least, not since Mercedes joined rival glee club The Troubletones. "When he comes back he tries to pick everything back up with Mercedes, and she's not really interested. He's trying to figure out where he fits in back in this school that he has been away from for the last few months, »


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Glee Eyeing Gloria Estefan

30 November 2011 11:34 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fox is in talks to bring Gloria Estefan on board to play a parental role in the mega TV hit, Glee.

If she decides to join, the upcoming January episode would feature 2 chart topping artists, with the singer playing Santana's mother and Ricky Martin playing a McKinley High's Spanish teacher.

The singer would join Tamlyn Tomita, Keong Sim, Don Most and John Schneider as the parents featured in Season 3.

Stay tuned for more details. »

- MovieWeb

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More Low-Budget Shark And Bikini Babe Action Set For Super Shark

29 November 2011 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Well bugger me! Fresh from a semi-rant earlier today it seems we have our second piece of 'shark' related horror news of the day. As if there was any room left in the release schedule to force another shark flick in we're gifted with news of yet another shark-related DVD release. This time it's for Fred Olen Ray's ('Bikini Royale 2') low-budget horror 'Super Shark'. The trailer coupled with the movies tagline, 'That's one big ass shark!', gives great insight into what we can expect from the release hitting DVD in February 2012. Hot actress Sarah Lieving -below ('Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation') leads the way as a marine biologist. John Schneider, Tim Abell, Jerry Lacy, Ted Monte and Jimmie Walker all co-star and you can check out the highly realistic plot concept and trailer below. So whether sharks are the simplest creature »

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Music! Carnage! Jimmie Walker? Check Out Fred Olen Ray’s Super Shark!

28 November 2011 6:57 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Holy crap. I mean — holy crap. The trailer for “Invisible Mom 2″ director Fred Olen Ray’s upcoming monster movie “Super Shark” is packed to the gills with fish-related mayhem, so much so that I really don’t think I need to watch the entire movie. The embedded trailer is two-and-a-half minutes long, and features a large number of the flick’s flesh-munching kills. Why suffer through a pointless narrative when you can easily digest all of the highlights in a fraction of the time? I’m just saying. Synopsis junkies are about to get their fix: An offshore drilling accident triggers the release of a giant prehistoric shark. When marine biologist Kat Carmichael (Sarah Lieving) arrives, she runs up against corporate frontman Roger Wade (John Schneider, The Dukes Of Hazard, Smallville, Desperate Housewives), who plots with Stewart (Jerry Lacy, Dark Shadows) to disrupt her investigation. With the help of Skipper Chuck (Tim Abell, »

- Todd Rigney

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Chum the DVD Waters for Super Shark in February

25 November 2011 11:57 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Are you ready for a giant shark that can walk on land? Are you ready to see a giant shark walk on land? Then you’re ready for Super Shark? If you’re not, you better get ready because this whale of a killer that makes Jaws look like Flipper is surfacing on DVD in early February.

An offshore drilling accident triggers the release of a giant prehistoric shark. When marine biologist Kat Carmichael (Sarah Lieving) arrives, she runs up against corporate frontman Roger Wade (John Schneider, The Dukes Of Hazard, Smallville, Desperate Housewives), who plots with Stewart (Jerry Lacy, Dark Shadows) to disrupt her investigation.

With the help of Skipper Chuck (Tim Abell, Soldier of Fortune, Inc.) and disc jockey Dynamite Stevens (Jimmie "J.J." Walker, Good Times), Kat tries to find a way to defeat the monster, which has evolved to a state where it can walk on dry land and fly. »

- Foywonder

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After 50 years the ‘Killer Shrews’ are back..?!

21 November 2011 3:09 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Now here’s something I never thought I’d be writing about in 2011… It seems director Steve Latshaw has put together a sequel to the low budget 1959 B-movie “classic Killer Shrews, and he’s managed to get a few named actors in the cast! Return of the Killer Shrews stars original Killer Shrews actor James Best, who is best known as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane in Dukes of Hazzard, alongside his Hazzard co-star John SchneiderTransylmania’s Jennifer Lyons and Bruce Davison. Check out the trailer after the synopsis:

A TV reality show hires Captain Thorne Sherman (James Best) and his boat to cargo supplies to the deserted offshore island they’re using as a filming location. Thorne would have refused the job because he’s been to that island before and still sees it in his nightmares. Unfortunately, as the boat departs, Thorne is too hungover to realize where they’re going, »

- Phil

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Witness the Return of the Killer Shrews in this Campy Trailer

18 November 2011 3:01 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

The one sure thing about Steve Latshaw’s Return of the Killer Shrews is that it has to be a better movie than the original 1959 snoozer. God help us if it’s not. But it has to be because the original didn’t have John Schneider, Bruce Davison, or bikini babes. Am I right?

The Killer Shrews seems an unlikely film to warrant a sequel, especially half a century later, but stranger things have happened. Steve Latshaw’s low budget tongue-in-cheek sequel to an even lower budget 1959 bad movie classic has even wrangled a few name actors, including “Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider, Transylmania beauty Jennifer Lyons, all-purpose character actor Bruce Davison, and original Killer Shrews star James Best, who is probably best remembered for his turn as the Wile E. Coyote-ish Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane on the “Dukes of Hazzard”.

A TV reality show hires Captain Thorne Sherman »

- Foywonder

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A Glee Mom for Chord Overstreet – Tanya Clarke!

10 November 2011 9:14 AM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

A Glee Mom for Chord OverstreetTanya Clarke!

It didn’t take Glee long to find a suitable actress to jump in as Sam Evan’s (Chord Overstreet) mother after hiring Smallville’s John Schneider to play his dad. So who’s going to be the lovely lady responsible for bringing our trout-mouthed friend into existence? Guiding Light’s Tanya Clarke of course! She’s the perfect blonde to play Mary Evans, and she’s not bad too look at for a mother.

EW first reported Clarke’s casting, while also adding she will make her first appearance in the Dec. 6 episode, the same episode that introduces us to Sam’s dad. It’s really a no brainer they would appear together. Unlike the news of Schneider’s casting, Clarke’s came with the possibility of her character becoming recurring alongside Sam. With Sam’s parents being brought in to the picture, »

- Brody Gibson

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Snow Beast and Laughing to Death: A Movie Review

9 November 2011 8:00 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director: Brian Brough.

Writer: Brittany Wiscombe.

Snow Beast is a sasquatch-ploitation film that was released on DVD October 4th. This b-movie styled film also has a date with destiny January, 2012 when the film will have a television premiere on the SyFy Network. This film stars John Schneider and Jason London in a creature feature flick that involves a bear hugging Yeti and characters wandering about the woods oblivious to this white haired menace. Truly comedic, Snow Beast has to be seen to enjoy all the humour housed within.

Several researchers head up to Canada to complete their study on lynxes. Something strange is afoot however as all of the animals in the area have begun to disappear, including people. Those hiking in the woods or stopping for a piddle are soon consumed by a seven foot animal that looks straight out of Empire Strikes Back (a wampa). Did they borrow the same suit? »

- (Michael Allen)

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Meet Mrs. Evans: Glee Casts Sam's Mom

8 November 2011 5:22 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Glee has found a wife for John Schneider.

A few days after that actor was tabbed as Sam's father, and scheduled to appear on the December 6 episode, Entertainment Weekly confirms that former Guiding Light star Tanya Clarke will also come on board as Sam's mother, Mary.

She will also debut on December 6 and may stick around beyond that, as Chord Overstreet is signed for multiple episodes this winter. It's unknown at this time what brings the family back in to town, after Gleeks were told on the third season premiere that Mr. Evans took a job elsewhere.

Glee Promo: "The First Time" »

- (TV Fanatic Staff)

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'Glee' casts soap star Tanya Clarke for guest appearance

7 November 2011 6:45 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tanya Clarke has signed on to appear in Glee. The soap actress will portray Sam's (Chord Overstreet) mother on the Fox series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, Smallville actor John Schneider will play Sam's father. The pair will appear on the show's eighth episode and could potentially return for more episodes in the future. Clarke has starred on a number of soaps, including Guiding Light, As (more) »

- By Tara Fowler

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'Glee': 'The First Time' preview, plus casting intel on Sam's parents

7 November 2011 5:54 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

If you don't want to know a few key points about Nov. 8th's episode of "Glee," you should probably stop reading now.

Although you should be able to guess from the episode title -- "The First Time" -- what we're about to say.


Some of your favorite couples are about to get laid. And yes, things get kinda awkward.

While Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn's (Cory Monteith) first time shouldn't cause too much controversy, Chris Colfer tells Entertainment Weekly that he won't be surprised if angry activist groups get very vocal about Kurt and Blaine (Darren Criss) losing their virginity to each other. 

"I absolutely expect to hear from them," he tells EW. "But I think it's handled very sweetly and very emotionally...They're expecting this big, raunchy, suggestive, brainwashing storyline when really it's very sweet."

Since we've seen it, we can confirm that it is, in fact, very sweet. »


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'Glee' casting scoop: Chord Overstreet's mom is...Exclusive

7 November 2011 4:27 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Time to meet another parent on Glee!

Now that Chord Overstreet is reprising his role as Sam on the Fox drama, fans will be introduced to his mom Mary Evans, played by Tanya Clarke (Guiding Light). EW has learned exclusively that Clarke, who has also appeared on shows like The Defenders and NCIS: Los Angeles, will show up in the Dec. 6 episode and may recur.

It’s already been revealed that John Schneider (Smallville) will play Sam’s dad. Hey, the tow-headed teen had to get that blond hair somewhere!

Overstreet signed up for a multi-episode/recurring arc on the show, »

- Lynette Rice

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Glee Dad for Chord Overstreet

7 November 2011 2:45 PM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Glee Dad for Chord Overstreet

Not only is Sam Evans returning to Glee later this season, but with his arrival comes the first appearance of his dear old dad. Sam’s actor, Chord Overstreet, initially rejected the offer to return for Glee’s third season as a recurring character, but later changed his mind. As such, his character was written to have moved out of state due to his father finding a new job. His return suggested another job change for Mr. Evans and his appearance on the show seems to confirm it.

TVLine reported former Smallville actor John Schneider was cast to play Sam’s father. The casting reunites Schneider with Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy. The two worked together on Murphy’s Nip/Tuck on FX way back in the day (2009), where he played legendary porn entrepreneur, Ram Peters. At this time, Schneider is only booked for one episode in Glee’s third season. »

- Brody Gibson

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Morning Meme: Chris Colfer Talks About Losing It, Jenna Elfman Gets "Shameless," and Tricia Helfer Tortures Hot Men

7 November 2011 3:53 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

I won't spoil tomorrow night's virginity episode of Glee by telling you what Chris Colfer said about it, but I will tell you what he thinks about the possibility of a Kurt/Karofsky romance. "I think it’s a great idea. I think people love Kurt and Blaine so much that they would never stray from that. But maybe if Blaine and Kurt take a break that would be a great alternative. I would like to see that happen."

They are preparing for backlash from the Parents Television Council over the episode, but Colfer does think that the experience will be good for Klaine. "I’m assuming they’ll be much happier. They’ll probably be a lot more tired."

This is what the voice of reason on homosexuality sounds like in Nigeria.

Thanks to a "crisis" in British animation (it doesn't get tax breaks like live action productions), the »

- Ed Kennedy

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