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TVonDVD: Life On Mars: Series 2 – Coma Boy, Time Traveller or Nutter?

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When Manchester Detective Chief Inspector Sam Tyler [John Simm] woke up after being struck by a car in 2006, he found himself in the Manchester of 1973, newly assigned to that year’s version of his old station – and bumped down in rank to Detective Inspector. Worse, in the old school world of 1973, his boss was DCI Gene Hunt [Philip Glenister], a cop who used violence and intimidation as often as not in his investigations. Tyler concluded there were three possible explanations for his situation: he was in a coma and dreaming the whole thing; he had actually traveled back to 1973, or had gone mad.

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TVonDVD – Murdoch Mysteries: Season One – British Cozy Meets Forensics in Canada!

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Based on a series of novels by Maureen Jennings, the Canadian Murdoch Mysteries is a delightful mix of several types of classic styles – the British cozy, Sherlock Holmes and forensics shows like CSI. Set in Victorian era Toronto, the series mixes historical fact with dramatic – and occasionally, whimsical – fiction. The series, which follows on the heels of a number of made for TV movies that starred Peter Outerbridge as Murdoch, is a good lighter in tone and brighter in presentation, though every bit as absorbing.

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TVonDVD: Farscape: The Complete Series Megaset – They Breathe FIRE??? How Come No One Told Me They Breathe FIRE???

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I have loved many TV programs in many genres, but there only a handful I’d want on a desert island: The Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Original Series; Babylon 5; Firefly, and Farscape. Of the five, Farscape is easily the strangest, most totally wacked out – and therefore, the most fun.

Over its four season run, Farscape gave us the most unusual universe: a universe where dwelt sentient, perambulatory plants; living starships that could spawn offspring; two great villains, and so much more that just listing them could take pages.

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TVonDVD: The Tudors: The Complete Third Season: Uncut Edition – Historical Fact; Devious Politics; Colorful Soap Opera!

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One of Showtime’s most twisted programs is The Tudors, a historical soap opera that features even more twists and turns than a season of Dexter. That these twists and turns are, by and large, a matter of historical fact, dos not make them any less surprising [unless, of course, you’re an English History major]. The third season of The Tudors covers the life and times of Henry VIII [Jonathan Rhys Meyers], one of the most capricious and important monarchs in England’s history, from the marriage of his third wife, Jane Seymour [Annabelle Wallis] to the execution of his once favored First Minister, Thomas Cromwell [James Frain] – and the annulment of his marriage to Anne of Cleves [Joss Stone].

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TELEVISION: NBC’s Chuck Returns In January With Two-Hour Premiere!

Devoted fans of NBC’s Chuck [and Subway] will be pleased by the news, just released, that the action-comedy series will return with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, January 10th, 2010 at 9/8C, before returning to NBC’s Monday night line-up the next evening at 8/7C.

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Chuck Bartkowski [Zachary Levi], the world’s nerdiest secret agent begins the show’s third season with the newly uploaded Intersect 2.0 in his brain – finally giving him the combat skills to become a real agent. Unless, of course, his pesky emotions get in the way…

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TELEVISION: The Final Season Of Lost Gets A Premiere Date!

Losties rejoice! ABC has announced that the last leg of the epic saga of Lost will premiere on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010.

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While keeping episode details close to the vest, the network says that Lost’s final season will get underway with an evening-long event – a recap special at 8/7C, followed by the series’ final two-hour season premiere at 9/8C. The series will then move to its regular timeslot, Tuesdays at 9/8C, on February 9th.

TELEVISION: TV’s First Vampire Detective Returns in Chiller’s Forever Knight Marathon!

NBC Universal’s recently launched cable channel Chiller is making Thanksgiving a little bloodier with its Forever Knight Marathon airing on the evenings of Tuesday, November 24th and Wednesday, November 25th beginning at 8/7C.

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Forever Knight, which premiered in 1992, was re-tooled from a 1989 made-for-TV movie, Nick Knight, starring Rick Springfield. The re-tooled version starred Geraint Wyn Davies as Knight, an 800-year old vampire who sought to redeem his earlier, evil acts by becoming a homicide detective. The series ran for three seasons.

The marathon will showcase star Davies’ favorite eps. He will also provide all-new interstitials, which will include behind-the-scenes dish, for the marathon.

TV RECAP: V – A Bright New Day – But For Whom?

After the opening recap, we see Anna move into frame and face the camera. She is the first V to receive a diplomatic visa to the United States. Chad Decker’s voice proclaims “It’s a bright new day in America…” as we move outside the Peace Ambassadors Center, where Chad is broadcasting live – and protesters have gathered. We cut between various V’s, including Marcus, and the protesters. Chad’s assistant, Haley, tells him he helped make history. He doesn’t look particularly pleased. He sees Anna get into a glass elevator and sees her staring down at him.

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Father Jack is hearing confessions. Some have reason to be grateful to the V’s; others feel lost, have doubts about God. Jack gets more distraught as they speak. At Erica’s home, she’s sorting files from the list she “procured” last week. We see two stacks: Crazies, and Deceased. As she listens to a newscast, she checks names against the FBI database. She complains to Tyler that there’s been no time to do a proper threat assessment – “it’s like 9/11 never happened.” She doesn’t want Tyler going into the city. He says he’s just giving Brandon a lift. As he’s about to leave, there’s a knock on the door. It’s Father Jack. “We work together,” says Erica.

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TV RECAP: Legend of the Seeker: Baneling – What the Mark Means!

After a rapid fire “previously on…” segment, we see Richard running his fingers over the Keeper’s mark – drawing Kahlan’s attention. When she asks if it hurts, she tells him that being marked by the Keeper is not nothing! Richard ignores this and focuses on the need to find the Stone of Tears and the group heads off to the Cloister of Ulrich to find it in ruins! The cloister was taken by D’Haran soldiers. Cara says the survivors would have been taken to a death camp.

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We see men, including one with facial markings that suggest a monk, being hanged inside a rough stockade. Inside a nearby building, two men fill a trunk with booty – quickly so as to gain their reward. Said reward is to be hanged like everyone else. Before this batch of prisoners can be killed, however, the Seeker makes a dramatic entrance. He, Kahlan and Cara fight the soldiers with Zed picking off any who try to get behind them. Kahlan confesses one of the soldiers, who turns on his comrades. [I’m especially impressed by the women’s ferocity – from the beginning, Kahlan has gone for her opponents’ throats with her daggers – Cara seems to be down with that approach as well. Ruthless!]

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MOVIE REVIEW: 2012 – Great Bad B-Movie Fun on an Epic Scale!

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It starts with an Indian geologist, Dr. Satnam Tsurutami [Jimy Mistry] alerting American geologist Dr. Adrian Helmsley [Chiwetal Ejiofor] of rising temperatures in the world’s deepest copper mine [handily already mined out]. This is tied into abnormally strong sun flares and sufficient neutrinos that they have a mutating effect… Well, you get the idea. Scientific technospeak sets up Helmsley’s warning to Carl Anheuser [Oliver Platt], an influential member of U.S. President Thomas Wilson’s [Danny Glover] team. Before you know it, the heads of the most powerful heads of state in the world have come to an agreement to find a way to ensure human survival after the apocalypse to come.

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TELEVISION: Syfy Picks Up Home Made Sitcom Outer Space Astronauts!

And now for something completely different – Outer Space Astronauts, a sci-fi sitcom that mixes CG and live action in a new and twisted way.

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The series, which premieres on Syfy on December 8th, is a futuristic comedy series about eight vaguely courageous, highly distractable military personnel who journey to the far reaches of the galaxy, seeking knowledge, adventure and whatever else they can come up with.  On board the O.S.S. Oklahoma, this legion of misfits are led by a lackluster captain who would rather be planning the next “margarita Monday” than leading a mission against evil, much to exasperation of his by-the-book second-in-command.  Regardless of being a comedy of errors, this team will surprise even themselves as they navigate their way around the solar system.

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