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Constantine Season 1 Episode 1 Review: ”Non Est Asylum”

6 hours ago

Last night’s DC/WB’s third DC TV show finally kicked off over at NBC as Constantine was brought to life once again. Just like with The Flash, I was lucky to see this pilot at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con so some of these thoughts have been with me ever since then. Being the comic book nerd that I’m, I have always been interested in seeing the occult and magical aspect of the DC Universe come to life in live-action and having seen Constantine in several places, I was excited to see this character come to life in the form of a TV show. I have read a lot of different thoughts from critics seeing in advanced to regular fans seeing it at Comic-Con where they have had very mixed reactions to this pilot. I can see where some of those mixed reactions are coming from, »

- Andy

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A to Z Season 1 Episode 4 Review: “D is for Debbie”

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What’s the protocol to inviting a new boyfriend or girlfriend to a family funeral?  That’s the dilemma faced by Zelda in last night’s A to Z. Although not related by blood or marriage, Debbie was like a second mother to Zelda when her own flighty mother would disappear for months on end.  Keep in mind that at this point Zelda and Andrew have only been dating for three weeks so the funeral is an awkward topic.  Zelda believes it’s way too soon to introduce Andrew to her crazy family, whereas Andrew just wants to be there to support her. It’s a good thing Andrew went with his gut instinct to surprise Zelda at the funeral, which was actually more of a hippie party than a somber occasion.  I actually really liked the quick flashback to younger Andrew and Stu after Andrew’s mother died.  Stu »

- Jen

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The Legend of Korra Season 4 Episode 4 Review: “The Calling”

22 hours ago

When watching The Legend of Korra–or any TV series, for that matter–it’s hard to view the product from outside the context of the story itself. Maybe in special cases like this one, the animation or scoring is just so superb that you wind up buying official art books or OSTs. More often than not, though, the show is so engrossing that it exists in its own world. The showrunners and voice actors are somewhere out there floating on the periphery not-so-secretly pulling the strings, but acknowledging them is a secondary task to appreciating and analyzing the show they’ve created. In the case of the Avatar franchise, there is someone who simply cannot go under-recognized and -appreciated, because to do so would be a travesty. Katie Mattila’s major contributions to Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra have been sparse but phenomenal in the »

- Sean Colletti

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Predicting Which Game of Thrones Characters Will Survive The Series (Part 1)

24 October 2014 1:33 PM, PDT

George Rr Martin has risen to fame and fortune from his Song of Ice and Fire series and its subsequent HBO adaptation, Game of Thrones. Most notably, Martin is known for killing off hugely major character in unexpected ways, both heroes and villains. With only two (maybe three) books left in the series, the cast has already been pretty severely decimated at this point. But a good many “fan favorite” characters are still alive, including a few “Martin favorites” as well, though he’s hesitant to admit exactly who those are. I want to talk briefly about a few of the currently alive Game of Thrones characters, and which ones I feel are going to make it all the way to the end of the series. He can’t kill EVERYone, right? Oh, Red Wedding, yeah. Well, maybe he can. Obviously there are going to be some pretty big spoilers from both… »

- Paul

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 4 Review: “Black Hole Sun”

24 October 2014 12:22 PM, PDT

With so many new and for the most part interesting characters blending in so nicely with the core cast, this season of The Vampire Diaries is on fire.  The rapid pacing of the storylines definitely helps to keep the suspense fresh, much like the early seasons. The reveal of Kai’s true identity was the most intriguing plot twist so far.  Bonnie and Damon have been trapped in a desolate Mystic Falls in 1994 for months and yet they’ve only recently met their fellow prisoner, Kai.  This place is actually his personal hell as punishment for killing his entire family of witches.  Except he’s not exactly a witch.  It turns out he’s something more powerful as he’s capable of draining power from other sources.  If Bonnie doesn’t use her powers to help them get out of this dimensional prison, Kai (short for Malachi) won’t hesitate »

- Jen

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Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Cancelled After Mama June Allegations Surface

24 October 2014 10:36 AM, PDT

While many may not realize the show still existed as its fifteen minutes of fame seemed to have passed, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has been officially canceled by TLC. But it’s not because of low ratings or some other such business decision. Rather, the show was immediately axed after allegations surfaced that after June “Mama June” Shannon had divorced Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, she had taken up with a man named Mark McDaniel. McDaniel is 53, and served ten years in prison for molesting an eight-year-old. The twist? The victim, who would be over 18 now, is part Shannon’s family. Shannon, for her part, is vehemently denying the claims that the two are in a relationship. “The statement of me dating a sex offender is totally untrue… I would never ever, ever put my kids in danger. I love my kids too much. That is my past. I have not seen that… »

- Paul

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Why Caroline Forbes Is the Best Character on The Vampire Diaries

24 October 2014 9:20 AM, PDT

Sometimes it’s hard to pick out an actor or a character that truly stands above the the rest of the cast, especially on a series that heavily relies on the strength and depth of its ensemble. However, with The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, it’s not hard at all to choose who the show’s best character is: it’s clearly Caroline Forbes. While my opinion on Caroline and the show is in no way new, it was only reaffirmed by last night’s episode “Black Hole Sun,” which was completely Caroline-free. That was a little bit of a problem for me, as The Vampire Diaries without Caroline is a show that I am significantly less invested in. If you had told me back during Season 1 of the series that I would have fallen so in love with the character of Caroline Forbes that I would actually be writing an article about her, »

- Chris King

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Here’s to Hoping Microsoft’s Halo: Nightfall Won’t Be Awful

24 October 2014 9:20 AM, PDT

The first official trailer for Halo: Nightfall debuted this week, and while it sounds like a graphic novel spin-off or a piece of Dlc for the video game series, it’s actually a pretty interesting project. It’s a fully-fledged television miniseries, if you can still say “television” when it’s primarily airing on a video game console, the Xbox. It’s got a good pedigree in the form of executive produce Ridley Scott, who does not appear to simply be cashing a check and nodding in approval, as he’s reportedly had quite a bit of direct input in the show itself. The “show” serves as both its own creative project, but also an introduction to the upcoming Halo 5 in 2015. It’s following in the footsteps of Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, the web series that proved Halo could exist onscreen and not necessarily need to be a blockbuster movie with a bloated budget. »

- Paul

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Supernatural Fanfiction Gives the Demon Dean Storyline a More Angst-Filled Ending

24 October 2014 9:18 AM, PDT

Spoilers ahead from this week’s episode of Supernatural… On Tuesday’s episode of Supernatural, “Soul Survivor,” we saw what appears the be end of the Demon Dean storyline that began in the final scene of Season 9. The first two episodes of Season 10 largely used Dean’s demonic transformation for laughs, as the older Winchester drank and played pool with Crowley, bedded random women he met at the bar, and even got up to sing a couple of songs during karaoke (and he sang them terribly, in case you didn’t see it, which was very funny). However, the third and most recent episode of Supernatural Season 10 saw Sam with him handcuffing  Dean to a chair inside a devil’s trap, as he did everything he could to bring his big brother back by injecting him with human blood, praying it would work. By episode’s end, it did, as Dean was back… »

- Chris King

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AMC is Buying a 49.9% Stake in BBC America

24 October 2014 7:36 AM, PDT

Two great channels are about to get a lot closer. AMC, known for dramatic hits from Breaking Bad to Mad Men to The Walking Dead, just shelled out $200M for a 49.9% not-quite-majority stake in BBC America, broadcaster of Sherlock, Doctor Who and Orphan Black in the Us. Why the big move? I’ll let the executives explain: “A combined AMC Networks-BBC America channel group creates a powerful collection of networks that are among the most critically-acclaimed, with distinct dramas and other potent content that creates a deep connection with viewers,” said Josh Sapan, AMC Networks president and CEO, in a statement. “Our content rises to the top on many levels and is particularly well-suited to an era of on-demand viewing and expanding consumer choice.” And then from across the pond: “The U.S. is an important market for the BBC’s commercial activities. This partnership brings together the whole BBC and will… »

- Paul

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Warner Bros. is Making a Live-Action Static Shock Series

24 October 2014 7:34 AM, PDT

Not content to be left in the dust by Marvel with a zillion superhero shows on deck, DC is looking to add to its roster of Gotham and Constantine with another new live-action superhero show. And it’s probably not one you’re expecting. That’s right, if you can correctly read my title, you’ve figured out that it’s Static Shock coming to life on the small screen. The character had his own animated series for a while, and has bounced around from TV to comics, and has been seen as both a young teen and an old man in the DC universe. But I’m going to put my money on “young teen” for this project. Here’s what we know about it so far. “Static Shock” — Live-action series from Reginald Hudlin (producer of “Django Unchained,” writer-director of “House Party,” and exec producer-director of TV series “The Bernie Mac Show »

- Paul

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The Week in Television: Once Upon a Time Gets Supersized, Breaking Bad Toys Cause Trouble & Supernatural May Try for Another Spin-Off

24 October 2014 6:52 AM, PDT

Has it been a long or busy week for you, and you haven’t been able to keep up with all the television news that has come out? Have no fear, we’ve got you covered, just like we do every week. Here’s what happened this week in television. – It was announced that ABC fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time will have a supersized, two-hour episode during November sweeps. The Once Upon a Time episode, titled “Smash the Mirror,” will air at 7/6c instead of its typical 8/7c start time on Nov. 16. [TVLine] – Speaking of Once Upon a Time, it was announced that it, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, and five other series are receiving additional episodes from ABC this season. [E!] – More film-to-tv adaptations this week as it was announced that Fox has given a script commitment to a potential series based on the 2005 Will Smith film Hitch. Smith will… »

- Chris King

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Aaron Paul Upset With Toys ‘R’ Us After Stores Pull Breaking Bad Toys From Shelves

24 October 2014 6:07 AM, PDT

Well, if you thought the whole Breaking Bad toys ordeal was over when Toys ‘R’ Us pulled the action figures from their shelves, you were wrong. While Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston posted some slightly humorous responses to the event on Twitter, his co-star Aaron Paul isn’t joking when he expresses his angry feelings towards Toys ‘R’ Us. Paul took to Twitter after it was announced that Toys ‘R’ Us was removing the toys from their shelves, citing what he believed to be more harmful things that the store was still selling, such as Barbies and violent video games. He even pretended to bring President Obama into the conversation. Wait, so @ToysRUs pulled all of the Breaking Bad figures from their shelves and still sells Barbie? Hmmmm…I wonder what is more damaging? “@BarackObama: Wait, are you serious about the whole @ToysRUs thing?!?” Yes I am Mr. President. Yes I am. »

- Chris King

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The Craziest Moments from American Horror Story Season 2

24 October 2014 4:40 AM, PDT

With how much I’ve been enjoying American Horror Story: Freak Show so far this season and as a bit of a companion piece to the article I posted yesterday about Coven, I decided to dive back into American Horror Story Season 2, Asylum, and take a look at the craziest moments from what I think is easily the show’s best season. Did all of it work? No, not at all. Some things (like those pesky aliens) may have been better left in the writers’ minds than on the page. However, unlike Murder House, which didn’t really click with me till near the end of its season, and Coven, which tried to focus on too much and didn’t really end up doing anything with any of its characters throughout its 13 episodes, American Horror Story Season 2 did a very good job of providing compelling characters, like Kit and Lana, »

- Chris King

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Why The Cosby Show Pilot Was the Most Important Pilot in Sitcom History

24 October 2014 4:39 AM, PDT

Throughout television history, there have been countless good shows and many great shows, but only a select few can really call themselves important. These are series that were not only well-written, well-acted, and well-directed but ones that possessed an even greater significance, setting an example that other programs aspired to reach or opening avenues for future shows that would not be restricted by the outdated rules or guidelines of the time. The Cosby Show, which premiered on NBC back in 1984 and ran until 1992, was and remains one of these shows, and its pilot was the beginning of a series that would change television for the better. Throughout its run, The Cosby Show did three different but very important things: it revitalized NBC as a network; it revived the sitcom genre as a whole; and it broke down and transcended black stereotypes while also establishing a realistic portrait of a…

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- Chris King

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The Best Moments of How I Met Your Mother Season 8

24 October 2014 4:36 AM, PDT

It is still hard having a television season without How I Met Your Mother on the Monday night schedule. The show was a staple on CBS for nine seasons and ended its run in March 2014. The reviews were mixed on the final season that took place over one weekend of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) big day. Many people grew tired watching the wedding mishaps from waiting for the guests to arrive to trying to decide where to have the rehearsal dinner. Others loved the idea of having one season only last three days long with intermittent scenes featuring Ted’s (Josh Radnor) relationship with “The Mother” Aka Tracy (Cristin Milioti). For those fan who wished the show had ended at the end of season eight, this article is for you. Even if you loved season nine, still continue reading. We at TV Overmind have selected the top moments of… »

- Tim Gerstenberger

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Gracepoint Season 1 Episode 4 Review: “Episode Four”

23 October 2014 10:26 PM, PDT

We’re almost to the halfway point of Gracepoint, and it’s definitely rolling on all cylinders now. Tensions are running high as the police have made little progress in the murder investigation of 12 year old Danny Solano. As I predicted, they make you think that murderer is someone else than they did last week. Last week was (of course) Danny’s father, Mark.  This week, between a drifter and Chloe’s boyfriend, Dean. They had their hands full with new suspects. I suspect (see what I did there?) that they will have more before they have fewer, and the mystery will be more muddled before it’s clearer. But dang if it’s not entertaining. The mystery plot is extremely thick, and even though I know they’re yanking us around with the “whodunnit” half of this show, the character driven part of the show is incredible. It’s so well acted. »

- Nick Hogan

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Modern Day Phantom of the Opera Series In the Works at ABC From Desperate Housewives’ Marc Cherry

23 October 2014 3:27 PM, PDT

And just when I think I’m out, they pull me back. There is now yet another TV adaption of a famous film/book/musical in the works at ABC. The network has reportedly ordered a pilot script for The Phantom of the Opera from executive producer Marc Cherry, who created the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives. The potential Phantom of the Opera series will be a modern reinterpretation of the Gaston Leroux gothic novel of the same name and will reportedly take place “in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business.” However, ABC stresses that, if made into a series, Cherry’s Phantom of the Opera would not be a musical but a drama series with musical elements, similar to the network’s current country music drama Nashivlle, where characters perform music but do not spontaneously burst out into song, like they do on Fox’s Glee. »

- Chris King

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Why Even Stevie Nicks Couldn’t Save American Horror Story Season 3

23 October 2014 2:42 PM, PDT

There have been three episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show (last night’s Halloween installment was the show’s third), and so far, I’ve enjoyed each one of them. It appears that, at least throughout the beginning of this season, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have rediscovered what made the first two seasons of American Horror Story so effective by providing us damaged characters with interesting stories to tell and enough weird and wacky other stuff (like an unknown man in a black latex bodysuit or a killer Santa Claus played Ian McShane) to keep us entertained. And really, that’s all we ask for from Ahs: to entertain us. And that’s also exactly how American Horror Story Season 3, Coven, did not deliver—it was boring. But how did Coven, which had so much potential when it started, become a mind-numbing, convoluted slog by the end of its thirteen episodes? »

- Chris King

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The Funniest Daryl Dixon Quotes From The Walking Dead

23 October 2014 2:42 PM, PDT

I love The Walking Dead, but it’s a show not usually known for its writing. Awesome zombie make-up and thrilling action scenes? Sure, but writing has only just started to be one of the show’s strong suits recently. The show is getting better and better as time goes on, but over the years it has produced a few memorable funny quotes that are worth remembering. Almost all of them by Daryl. No, they’re not Anchorman-level catch-phrases or anything (other than Rick’s Corraal!!), but they’re good all the same. I hunted through all 5.2 seasons of the show to date to find the most funny quotes in the series so far from none other than Daryl Dixon. Here are some that I really liked, though feel free to suggest your own if you think I missed any. Daryl Dixon: Hey kid, what’d you do before all this? »

- Paul

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