Guys, I’ve had a realization: I’m way more emotionally invested in this show than I thought. Sure, I’ve always shipped Skyward, but it’s more than that. I officially care about these S.H.I.E.L.D. folk, which means tonight’s episode was stressful. Let’s get to it! READ FULL STORY
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If you’re on the fence about a new TV series, it only seems fair to abide by the three-episode rule. Pilots are notoriously unreliable as quality barometers. Second episodes can be even trickier; they’re generally filmed long after those initial episodes have wrapped, and they’re tasked both with delivering additional exposition and giving a general roadmap for where a series is going.
By the time a show’s third episode airs, though, there should be enough evidence to judge whether it’s worth sticking with. At this point, main plot arcs, major characters’ personalities, and a series’ general tone should all be pretty well established. If they’re clicking, you may as well go ahead and get invested; if they’re not, it could be time to jump ship and free up some DVR space.
All of which is a long-winded way of saying that Once Upon a Time in Wonderland doesn’t exactly pass the three-episode test. Much like its network-mate S.H.I.E.L.D., Wonderland isn’t a bad show, per se — but it’s also not great, or at least not as engaging as its parent show Once Upon a Time.
Eyeballs! Aliens! Night guns (or something)! Welcome to this week’s dose of S.H.I.E.L.D.
What started as a diamond heist with 55 military men wearing red Jabbawockeez masks and newsboy caps quickly turned into a S.H.I.E.L.D. case after Coulson revealed that the thief behind one severed hand and $30 million worth of missing jewels was an ex-agent once trained by Coulson himself. Viewers, meet Akela Amador, the one-time S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who appeared to have gone to the dark side by robbing people with her eyes closed… thanks to telepathy? The details were yet to be determined. READ FULL STORY
Nothing good comes from winning the lottery. Poor Lucky 7 learned that the hard way when ABC canceled the freshman drama after airing only two episodes.
Let’s raise a glass to the show that we barely got to know. Your legacy will probably not extend any further than this video tribute. Brutal? Sure, but no one ever said fall TV was an easy place to make it.
With a title like Betrayal, a time slot after Revenge, and beautiful protagonists like lawyer Jack McAllister (Stuart Townsend, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and photographer Sara Hanley (Hannah Ware, Boss), I expected this show to beat us over our heads with outlandish passion scene after passion scene until our eyes bled.
But what we got was a very tame soap opera with none of the high-wattage emotional displays. The premise sounded promising: Jack and Sara are each married with kids and start an affair. But it turns out Jack will become the arch legal nemesis of Sara’s husband in a high-profile murder trial. Dun-dun-dun. The biggest problem was that the two main characters lacked the chemistry needed to sustain this story of forbidden romance. Their dialogue was stilted, there were too many ad hoc meet-cutes, and there was the issue of the weird sex scenes – both of which were spliced with legal negotiations scenes. Unnerving for the viewer to go from one buttoned-up shot to another buttoned-down one.
Here’s a rundown of the main characters: READ FULL STORY
Our favorite Hamptons heiress/Revengess is back for another summer.
After a lackluster season two that played out more like a soap opera running out of cast members to cannibalize and less like the thrilling hairpin-turn ride that was season one, there’s a lot riding on season three to deliver for fans. So is the brilliant, masterminding Emily that we knew and loved from season one back for good?
After last night’s premiere? Not so sure yet. But we do see the return of her lifetime supply of permanent markers, a much-needed departure of Ashley, a reappearance of friend/foe Aidan, and some steamy Emily/Jack romantic action. In terms of past Revenge premieres, this one ranks the lowest, because it lacked edge-of-your-seat-surprise and it focused mostly on tying up dangling plot ends.
It begins with that flash forward of Emily getting shot twice in wedding dress and we never return to the scene, except later on we know Emily has finally set a date to get married on August 8. Which is “8/8,” and also the infinity symbol that has so much meaning to her. At a Memorial Day celebration, Emily poisons Conrad and fixes his test results to indicate that he has Huntington’s Disease. The diagnosis is leaked to the press and Conrad must resign from his post as governor. Aware of Emily’s real identity, Jack takes a stand and gives Emily a revenge deadline: “Finish this by the end of the summer and leave for good. Or I’ll tell everyone the truth.”
Here’s where the characters stand: READ FULL STORY
When it comes to blood lines ruling Fall TV, there’s one family that never seems to get any respect — The Hecks of ABC’s The Middle. (Pssst It’s the one about a middle class family that’s not Modern Family.)
Though the Hecks aren’t as glamorous as the Pritchetts, as bonkers as the Bluths, or as anguished as the Whites, The Middle is a workhorse of a sitcom — consistently funny, with a talented cast, and now in its fifth season.
Wednesday’s premiere centered on a familiar familial premise: sending your kid off to college. And its high points are found in the tiniest moments. Following last season’s finale, in which tensions were running high between mom Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and eldest son Axl (Charlie McDermott), Frankie is determined to make it a special day, bragging to anyone with a pulse that Axl is going to East Indiana State. Axl really couldn’t give a damn and just wants to be at a kegger already, telling his parents to skip showering and just go. Dad Mike (Neil Flynn) assures everyone that the campus is only 42 minutes away, telling Frankie, “We’re lucky he wasn’t smart enough to go farther.” READ FULL STORY
The Trophy Wife series premiere was last night on ABC, join us this morning at 8:45am PT/ 11:45am ET for a Google+ hangout to recap the episode with star Malin Akerman and get a sneak peek of the season to come! The new show follows the antics of much-married Pete (Bradley Whitford), his third wife Kate (Akerman), and their blended families (including two ex-wives played by Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins).
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PopWatch Planner: Matt Damon fights in 'Elysium,' 'The Bachelorette' finale, The Civil Wars return, and more
Ah, the first full week of August is upon thee! Let’s see what pop culture has in store for us this week. READ FULL STORY
- Fox renews 'Mindy,' 'New Girl,' 2 more
- Scott Kalvert, video/film director, dies
- 'Mad Men' gets trippy new poster
- 'Sharknado 2' gets July premiere date
- 'Orphan Black' stream rights to Amazon
- Tony Goldwyn in TV movie as polygamist
- Miley calls out Katy Perry on kiss remark
- 'Archer' renewed for two more seasons