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‘Manhattan Love Story’ Premieres On ABC: Where Will The Love Go?

October 1st, 2014 1:22pm EDT
‘Manhattan Love Story’ Premieres On ABC: Where Will The Love Go?
As I just celebrated twenty-six years of my own Manhattan love story, I was very interested in watching this show.

And then I tuned in. Well, spending a half hour with this series is the first bad date I’ve had in thirty years.

If the point is to expose people – especially those on the dating circuit – as phonies and liars, then the creators of this series have hit the nail on the head. You see, the gimmick they are trying to pass off as charm is that we hear the characters’ thoughts, which are almost always the polar opposite of what’s coming out of their mouths.

The main couple whose l...
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'24: Live Another Day': Mary Lynn Rajskub Looks Back On Jack's Return

October 1st, 2014 12:15pm EDT
'24: Live Another Day': Mary Lynn Rajskub Looks Back On Jack's R
When Jack Bauer came in from the cold with 24: Live Another Day, it was one of the most exciting TV events of the season. Now that the "day" is done and the miniseries is out on Blu-Ray and DVD, we sat down with the awesome Mary Lynn Rajskub - who plays Jack's right-hand woman Chloe O'Brian - to look back on Live Another Day, including whether or not it will lead to more 24 and the ending that didn't happen.

[SPOILER ALERT - The end of this interview contains discussion of the ending of 24: Live Another Day. If you haven't seen the miniseries and don't want to be spoiled, avoid reading pas...
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'The Mindy Project' Recap: The Jokes Keep Flying, But Mindy's In A Plot Rut

October 1st, 2014 11:19am EDT
'The Mindy Project' Recap: The Jokes Keep Flying, But Mindy's In
"My butt does not sound like Fat Marlon Brando.” With jokes like that, you’d assume Mindy scored this week, but instead it is in a bit of a rut, plot-speaking. Sure the jokes are standardly superb, and The Mindy Project produces a solidly standard episode week. It’s just formulaic. The formula goes like this:

Mindy and Danny scene that is casual, but sets the pieces of the plot up. Then an office scene with everyone together. Peter has his own subplot, this season involving his girlfriend Lauren. And back to the issue of what Mindy and Danny are going through. That doesn’t mean any of what...
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'The Singles Project' Season 1 Finale: What We've Learned From The Daters

October 1st, 2014 11:07am EDT
'The Singles Project' Season 1 Finale: What We've Learned From T
I won’t front: I really liked this show. It put the "real" back in reality TV for me, as I think it captured so many of the scenarios that those on the hunt for “the one” deal with day to day. I also appreciated that the cast of very nice people got friendly, and we were spared the usual table turning, back biting, screaming matches among the stars. Even when two of the cast members had a situation where the same man showed interest in both of them, there was no predicable you-stole-my-man “cat fight”; the one who felt spurned kept the focus on the man for being a rather flighty player.

I ...
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'Awkward' Season 4, Episode 2 Recap: Auld Lang Party

October 1st, 2014 10:55am EDT
Awkward
“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?”

If it’s inching closer to midnight on New Year’s Eve without a male or female pucker in sight. Ab-so-lu-te-ly!! But Jenna would instruct us to do as she says and not as she does. And what she did was smooch a sophomore on the night’s most ChapStick worthy night. So, hold the phone, is Jenna a jr. cougar? Sound off in the comments below.

Let’s rewind to 3 or 4 hours before the midnight kissing madness began. While Lacey borrowed a sparkling number from Taylor Swift’s closet to wear to Ally’s New Year’s party, Jenna primed her ...
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'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 3 Review: 'Trashley Berkman'

October 1st, 2014 10:48am EDT
'New Girl' Season 4, Episode 3 Review: 'Trashley Berkman'
While it is heartwarming for a sitcom to manage to consistently pull off happy endings, there is always the potential that it can go too far with that consistency and have conflicts wrap up a little too easily in 30 minutes. The first two episodes of “New Girl” Season 4 were praiseworthy for how much everyone was getting along after a rancorous Season 3. “Julie Berkman’s Older Sister,” continues that trend, which is preferable to the alternative of sudden, unwarranted discord, but this outing errs a bit on the side of sitcom-y convenience. That is not meant as a knock on sitcom formula. ...
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‘Forever’ Season 1 Episode 3 Recap: 'Fountain Of Youth'

October 1st, 2014 10:39am EDT
‘Forever’ Season 1 Episode 3 Recap: 'Fountain Of Youth'
How will Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) die this week? Apparently not at all, because the point of this episode is: Live your life to the fullest regardless of your age, or as Abe (Judd Hirsch) said, “Youth is wasted on the immortal.”

The comment is in response to Henry being really excited because one of his death wish experiments has possibility. Abe finds it hard to generate any enthusiasm for this information. Henry tries to explain that it's not that he actually wants to die and stay day, but just stop living forever and experience the cycle of life, which means growing old.

79-year-old Abe t...
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'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'What Does It Take' - Breaking Down Is Hard To Do

October 1st, 2014 10:02am EDT
'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'What Does It Take' - Breaking Down Is H
Start your engines - Top Gear is back with four all-new episodes putting Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood to the test. It all starts here with a visit to the Mojave Desert, and seeing how far they can dismantle their vehicles of choice. The last man driving will be rewarded with the keys to an expensive new Rolls Royce.

Can somebody break Tanner's winning streak? Will Adam come out of this with all his limbs? Can Rutledge avoid throwing up? The answers to all these questions and more, in "What Can It Take."

The guys wander around in a dry lakebed - with Adam looking around for...
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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Season Premiere Redux

October 1st, 2014 9:20am EDT
'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Season Premi
Last week, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." blasted out of the gate with a terrific opener, "Shadows." A lot of that was due to The Absorbing Man (aka Carl Creel, aka "Crusher" Creel, aka that guy who can turn into pavement at a moment's notice).

It often seems like "Agents" is saddled with the dregs of comicdom's heroes and villains, and a genuine B-lister like Creel is enough to make people stand up and pay attention.

Also, the episode was sharply written and threw in a bunch of neat twists to get the season rolling. That helps too.

"Heavy is the Head," our second episode of season two, follo...
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Is ABC’s Rom-Com ‘Selfie’ Worth Watching?

October 1st, 2014 8:56am EDT
Review: ABC’s Rom-Com ‘Selfie’ Pilot Premiere
“Let me take a selfie,” is the mantra of “Eliza Dooley” (Karen Gillan), a self-absorbed top pharmaceutical sales rep with enough virtual friends to populate a small country, but no actual ones.

Disillusioned by romance (her boyfriend has a wife), mocked by her co-workers, and saddened when she’s sick and can’t get one of her almost 300,000 Facebook friends to bring her a ginger ale, Eliza wants to translate her virtual fame and importance into real life relationships.

She makes a request of her company’s celebrated, yet introverted, branding expert “Henry Higgs” (John Cho): Change my imag...
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