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'The Affair' Review: 'A Selfish Act'

November 25th, 2014 10:25am EST
The Affair
Focusing on the fallout of Noah and Alison’s affair, Episode 7 might be the finest hour the show has given us. There is no question that the most interesting material in the show hasn’t necessarily been the actual scenes between Noah and Alison indulging in their affair, but everything else, really: the scenes that show them dealing with their respective families/world and how their actions affect, however small or inconsequential, their lives and the people around them. Week after week I find myself wondering more about Helen, Cole, the Lockhart Ranch and even the criminal mystery than I d...
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'Homeland's' Latest Is Very Intense

November 24th, 2014 8:35am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 9: Latest Episode Is Beyond In
Previously - Everyone had a heart attack and died because this show is too intense.

You know how the ABC marketing team promos Scandal’s winter finale as this big deal where pulses will be pounded and none of us will ever be the same? Well, I’ve pulled this chair out for them so they can have a seat. They are the generic brand of suspenseful TV drama when compared to Homeland. I’m probably more into this show right now than my marriage (To the other Mr. Harvey: I kid, I kid!) because this “Brody who?” season 4 is killing it. Last night’s “winter finale” had me literally BELLOWING at the TV...
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Who Are TV's Sexiest Men?

November 21st, 2014 1:00pm EST
Matt Bomer
People magazine rightfully declared Aussie-born actor Chris Hemsworth as "The Sexiest Man Alive." The actor, who has impressive bulked up for roles in "Marvel's The Avengers" and Thor 2: The Dark World, has definitely earned the title. But this blogger, who loves all things television, couldn't help but wonder: who television's sexiest men alive? Here are my top 10 picks in no particular order.

White Collar's Matt Bomer
While "White Collar" may be shuffling off to that great TV vault in the sky, star Matt Bomer's career is just beginning its stratospheric rise, thanks in part to his...
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'The Affair' Recap: 'Don't Wake Up Now.'

November 18th, 2014 1:50pm EST
The Affair
“Sometimes I worry you’re just a really great dream.”

We were warned from the very beginning that this affair would probably end in bad terms or cause a lot of hardship not just for Noah and Alison but also to the people close to them (a murder investigation will do that) and Episode 6 seems to be the beginning of the end for their brief period of adulterous bliss. Sooner or later that dream was inevitably going to turn into a giant mess of a nightmare. In this latest episode, it is specifically Noah’s nightmare that, despite the usual two-act structure, is the driving force of he entire ...
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'Homeland' Recap: Save Saul

November 17th, 2014 10:06am EST
'Homeland' Recap Season 4 Episode 8: Save Saul
Previously - Saul and his captor Haqqani debated world religions. Carrie’s bipolar meds were switched out by Prof. Boyd and Tasleem which drove her completely around the bend. All the way around. She’ll be coming around the mountain when she comes? She came around that mountain. Wow, was she tapped. She ended up at Khan’s house, and hallucinated he was Brody.

The best episodes of Homeland are physically uncomfortable, if not outright painful. Your chest tightens. You get hoarse from screaming at the TV. Honestly, it's the only television show that leaves me a little nauseated from the adre...
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'The Affair' Recap: 'Stop Doing Bad Things'

November 11th, 2014 3:20pm EST
The Affair
After deviating somewhat from the established narrative structure The Affair returns to the standard formula (albeit in the reverse order) with Episode 5. In a notable development, we finally learn who the victim of the crime in question is and are closer to understanding the larger, intertwined mystery. But while this development is crucial to the narrative, the show doesn’t dwell on this new piece of information. It treats it as nonchalantly as possible, because, while it is a pretty major detail, it is not the focus of the show or the episode. This hour is all about family. Noah and Alis...
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'Homeland' Recap: One Pill Makes You Larger...

November 10th, 2014 8:52am EST
'Homeland' Season 4 Episode 7 Recap: One Pill Makes You Larger
Previously - Aayan’s dead, Saul’s a human shield, and Carrie’s cracking. SPOILER ALERT - the med switch this episode isn’t going to help her with that.

What’s a classic and shifty way in modern literature and storytelling to get an enemy out of the way when you have to be all circumspect about it? DRIVE THEM CRAZY. Evil people have been making our heroines look kazoo since they did a number on Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (1944). Nowadays, though, you don’t have to bother with spooky noises and moving the furniture around to mess with their heads. In 2014, you just switch out their bipolar m...
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'The Affair' Recap: 'Are You A Good Person?'

November 5th, 2014 8:21am EST
'The Affair' Season 1 Episode 4 Recap: 'Are You A Good Person?'
Episode four of The Affair takes a markedly different approach exploring a significant development in the Alison/Noah relationship. Though the structure of the episode is similar to what has come before (Noah’s POV followed by Alison’s POV) the two perspectives don’t portray the conflicting experiences of the two characters, instead Alison’s recollection continues from where Noah’s ended and goes on to narrate what happened consequently as opposed to going back and recounting her experience of the same events. It is a surprising and slightly jarring divergence from a formula that we have gr...
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'Homeland' Season 4, Episode 6 Recap: I Just Called To Say I Love You

November 3rd, 2014 10:07am EST
'Homeland' Season 4, Episode 6 Recap: I Just Called To Say I Lov
Previously - Saul was kidnapped. Quinn didn’t love that Carrie seduced Aayan. AAYANN finally admitted to Carrie that his terrorist uncle is alive. Everyone at home fell back in disgust at Carrie’s behavior.

Guilt is a terrible thing. For the person feeling it. The rest of us are just looking at her and screaming “it’s not like you didn't see this coming, you weirdo!”

Carrie and Aayan are spending a lazy Islamabad Sunday in bed, She’s grilling him on his cover story for when they “go to London.” That’s a euphemism for “reveal that I used and betrayed you.” She lies her awful lies about the...
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'The Affair' Season 1 Episode 3 Review: 'Don't Wake Up'

October 27th, 2014 9:45am EDT
'The Affair' Season 1 Episode 3 Review: 'Don't Wake Up'
For a show entitled The Affair, it sure is taking a long time getting to the affair part of the story, but I guess that has been the point all along. Even though the series’ premise suggests we’d be watching a titillating story about an illicit and potentially tragic love affair and nothing more, the show has delivered an intriguing and intricately built narrative that goes beyond its initial appeal. It is not just about two people falling into bed together; it is about how their unexpected attraction will leave a trail of consequences and lasting impressions on the lives of those around th...
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