'Homeland' Season 5 Premiere Recap

10/7/2015 8:35am EDT
Homeland Season 5 Premiere
Previously - Carrie, Saul, Quinn, and Max (MAX!!!) survived the attack on the US embassy in Islamabad. Carrie discovered that gnarly (I don’t mean that in the same sense as “rad”) CIA ogre Dar is in cahoots with last season’s super—villain, bloodthirsty terrorist Haqqani. Saul pretty much handed off his soul to get back in the CIA by ignoring Dar’s usage of Haqqani to bring down all the OTHER terrorists. Carrie was freaked by this and was also dismayed to have JUST MISSED a chance to have a romance with Quinn. As happens.

It turns out last season’s finale was foreshadowing the excitement l...

Will You Watch 'Twin Peaks' Without David Lynch Directing?

4/7/2015 12:45pm EDT
I remember way back in 1992 my father Michael and I attended our first ever "Twin Peaks" festival in glorious North Bend. We stayed at the famous Salish Lodge (aka The Great Northern Hotel!), attended a meet and greet breakfast with various cast (Ray Wise, Sheryl Lee and movie newbie Moira Kelly were in attendance!) and even managed to corner David Lynch himself after an interview at the winery (coincidently taking place at the same time as a Peaks costume contest across town!) to get the illusive director to sign a British quad poster of "Eraserhead." (Still the Mona Lisa of my poster co...

'Shameless' Finale Perfectly Highlights Where Season 5 Went Wrong

4/6/2015 10:14am EDT
'Shameless' Finale Review: 'Love Songs (In Key Of Gallagher)' An
“Love Songs (in the Key of Gallagher)” perfectly highlights all the ways that season 5 went wrong. Showtime is notorious for having their programs go downhill after incredible first seasons, but Shameless seemed to avoid the Showtime curse with agility. Every season was unique but managed to feel like a cohesive part of the same show about a wild, fiercely loyal family that was cursed with more than their fair share of bad luck. But season 5 has been one misstep after another.

The family spent most of the season completely apart, taking part in stories where they mostly interact with outsi...

‘Shameless’ Struggles Between Comedy And Darkness

3/30/2015 10:31am EDT
'Shameless' Season 5 Episode 11 Review 'Drugs Actually'
Shameless doesn't always find the right balance between dark comedy and pure darkness. This season is a prime example of the balance being off kilter. The first three seasons always found the perfect formula for being fun and heartbreaking. For every plot about Debbie kidnapping a baby, there was Fiona fighting her parents for custody of the kids. Season 4 was far too depressing, with the lighthearted plots being overshadowed by Fiona's downfall. This season feels like the writers are trying hard to course correct by bringing the fun back to the show, but without any of the same heart as be...

'Shameless' Review: Top 5 Wild Moments from 'South Side Rules'

3/23/2015 10:54pm EDT
Remember when you hated Sammi because she was naively enamored with Frank and eating up screen time from other, beloved characters? Well, she finally earned all the vitriol that’s been thrown at her by characters and viewers alike. Last week the ramifications of Carl’s arrest seemed light, as if the entire family were unaffected by this inevitability. But the real consequence of Carl’s jail time is that they pissed off the wrong Gallagher. Sammi comes off as more villainous than any other character on Shameless, except for Frank, whose heinous actions are usually due to selfishness instead ...

5 Crazy Moments From Sunday Night's 'Shameless'

3/16/2015 10:37am EDT
'Shameless' Review: 5 Wild Moments From 'Carl's First Sentencing
The aftermath of Carl’s arrest couldn’t match the hectic follow up to Fiona’s arrest. She, as the show’s main character, was the focal point of everybody’s lives and her actions affected them each, one way or another. Carl’s arrest doesn’t have that same heavy weight to it. Most of the characters continue on with their lives as usual, completely unaffected by the prospect of him going to jail. The storyline is treated more like a joke, one of those wacky side plots that distract from larger stories like Ian’s bipolar disorder.

Who knows if it’s the right move for Shameless to treat Carl’s ...

Top 5 Wild Moments From Last Night's 'Shameless'

3/9/2015 9:41am EDT
'Shameless' Recap: Top 5 Wild Moments From 'Uncle Carl'
Shameless has a tendency to crank out some incredible episodes as the season winds down. The seasons usually start a bit slow, maybe a little heavy on the comedy and the horrifically long Frank-plots, but start to slowly build. Until—bam!—one episode changes everything for everyone. Last season’s big moment was Liam getting into Fiona’s coke. While it may have seemed like Ian’s kidnapping road trip would be the big change-everything moment, it may have been a simple taster of what’s to come.

The real big event is Carl’s arrest, the implications of which will likely unfold over the last fou...

'Shameless' Review: 5 Best Moments from 'Tell Me You F***ing Need Me'

3/2/2015 8:28am EST
'Shameless' Recap: 5 Best Moments from 'Tell Me You F***ing Need
In last night's Shameless, everybody is showing a little bit of desperation. Lip is running from unhelpful office to office on his college campus to uncover the mystery of why his class schedule isn’t showing up. Debbie is asking her short list of guy-experts on how to get her glib boxing buddy to stop placing her in the mythical friendzone. Even pathetic little Chuckie is desperate not to have his slacks and button up ruined by a bully or bad stomach at his first day of school. As the episode’s title suggestions, they’re each frantic for each other’s help. It’s a common theme for Shameless...

Shameless Recap: 5 Best Moments From 'Crazy Love'

2/16/2015 10:26am EST
Shameless Review: 5 Best Moments From 'Crazy Love'
Two of the biggest plots of season 5, regarding two of the biggest Shameless couples, have finally started to gain traction. Jimmy has spent all season off screen since his appearance in the final scene of season 4, but the presence of his partner, Angela, has kept him on our minds. Meanwhile, Mickey has avoided the question of Ian’s mental health most of the season in favor of the good old “ignore it until it goes away” method of dealing with issues. Finally, “Crazy Love” forces both of these characters to face the reality of their situations. Meanwhile, the rest of the cast is in arrested...

What Scene Didn't You See In 'Nurse Jackie' Season 6?

2/10/2015 4:09pm EST
What Scene Didn't You See In 'Nurse Jackie' Season 6?
Showtime's dark comedy Nurse Jackie is gearing up for its seventh and final season this spring, but there were a few things that got left on the cutting room floor last season - and now, thanks to the fact that season six is headed to Blu-Ray, we get to dig those scenes up.

The season began with Jackie's newfound sobriety having come to an end in a big way, causing relationships all around her to fall apart. On the other hand, one relationship that started badly and somehow survived was that between Cooper (Peter Facinelli, in what would be his last season) and Carrie (Betty Gilpin).

In t...

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