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TELEVISION: American Idol Recap (03.23.10)

Tonight the Top 11 performs and this time they have a mentor (and I use that word loosely).  It’s Miley Cyrus.  Okay, I get that Miley is a pop star and most of these contestants are trying to be pop stars, but couldn’t they get someone who isn’t a teenager?  Couldn’t they find someone who has lived a little bit?  In the past, mentors have been icons or heavies in the music industry.  Tonight, it’s Miley Cyrus who is trying to prove she is not her Disney character and has grown up.  Okay, enough b*tching.  Tonight’s theme is Billboard Number Ones.  It was going to be Teen Idols, but producers changed it.  I’m thinking the songs of Teen Idols pretty much s*cked.  Anyhow, on with the show…AFTER THE JUMP.

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TELEVISION: USA Set to Premiere Summer’s Hottest Line-up!

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The USA Network has put together a line-up of quality summer television over a period of several years until now, adding The Piper Perabo-Christopher Gorham spy series Covert Affairs to a line-up of established hits – Burn Notice, White Collar, In Plain Sight, Psych, Royal Pains and Law & Order: Criminal Intent – gives it the hottest summer programming on television – cable or network. USA’s 2010 summer line-up begins rolling out at the end of March. Details from the press release follow the jump.

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New Dr. Who Coming to BBC America in April!

For a change we Americans won’t have to wait 6 months or a year after something airs on BBC.  The new Dr. Who premieres on BBC America this April, the same time as the Brits get their sci-fi hero. At first I was a little, meh, about the new Dr. Who but the more clips I see from the upcoming season, the more excited I’m getting at seeing this incarnation. The new Doctor, Matt Smith looks like he’s going into more of an action direction.  The series premieres April 17, 2010.

Emergency! Kevin Tighe visits Trauma Tonight

Long before Grey’s Anatomy, E.R. and Chicago Hope, there was Emergency!  The series ran between 1972 to 1979 and starred Kevin Tighe as fireman Roy DeSoto and Randolph Mantooth as fireman John Gage.  The series revolved around the adventures of paramedics of the Los Angeles Fire Department and featured rescues ranging from the slightly humorous to the full-blown disasters.  The series was so popular and successful that it encouraged five made-for-TV movies.  Currently, when NBC’s Trauma is not being compared to its most recent predecessor, ‘E.R.’, those old enough to remember will quickly mention ‘Emergency!’ in those comparisons.  And there is no doubt that the creative team must have gained some inspiration from the original as well.

Trauma has already inserted several small shout-outs into its scripts, thus continuing the tradition of paying proper homage to one’s predecessors.  And the homage continues with the return of Kevin Tighe to a guest role.  While he will not be reprising his Roy DeSoto character (pictured on left with his co-star Mantooth), we will be able to spot him playing a substitute captain instead.  Kevin has had a very successful career spanning over forty years which has included appearances most recently on ‘Lie to Me’, ‘Leverage’, ‘Law & Order’, ‘Numbers’ and ‘Lost’, to name a few.  It will be nice to see him again making an appearance on the current series that has drawn inspiration from his old playground.  Trauma can be seen on NBC Mondays at 9:00 pm.

TELEVISION: Dana Delaney Sparks Explosive New Castle!

When ABC’s Castle [tonight, 10/9C] premiered last season, it was a clever twist on the veteran detective/amateur sleuth kind of series. It introduced a wit and charm that felt very much like classic series like Moonlighting and Murder, She Wrote, but with a fresh twist – the detective is veteran police detective Kate Beckett; the amateur sleuth is bestselling mystery writer Richard Castle [Nathan Fillion].

Jordan Shaw & Castle Cast

That Castle has become a very sophisticated show, without in any way seeming snobbish, is exemplified by tonight’s episode, Tick, Tick, Tick… – which introduces hotshot FBI profiler, Special Agent Jordan Shaw. Shaw has all kinds of new toys [she scans a fingerprint with her cell phone [prompting Castle to inquire, There’s an app for that?] and, once she gets past the idea of a writer helping a murder investigation, almost instantly develops a rapport with Castle that mirrors his rapport with Beckett. It’s both a novel twist and a send-up of the actual series.

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TELEVISION: American Idol Recap (03.17.10)

It’s Saint Patty’s Day, but one IDOL contestant won’t feel so lucky.  Tonight is the end of the road for him or her.  Last night I predicted that Andrew Garcia (pictured) was going home.  You’ll have to keep reading to find out if I’m right.  A great show ahead…David Cook, Orianthi and Ke$ha perform.  PLENTY OF SPOILERS after the jump so quit reading now if you don’t want the results revealed.  Now then, on with the show…

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TELEVISION Review: FlashForward Returns with Shocking Revelations!

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When ABC’s FlashForward returns tomorrow [8/7], it comes with a much quicker pace and some staggering revelations – hence the episode title, Revelation Zero. After a surprisingly brief recap, things almost explode as we learn, in short order, why Lloyd [Jack Davenport] was kidnapped; how Mark [Joseph Fiennes] manages to remember the fuzzy parts of his flashforward, and even who the mysterious figure was who was moving about that baseball stadium after the flashforward happened [which, naturally enough, ties into an even larger mystery…].

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TELEVISION: Tom Selleck Looks to Sign for CBS Drama Pilot!

Tom Selleck is fortunate enough to have played two once-in-a-lifetime characters in Thomas Magnum and Jesse Stone – the latter over the course of five original TV movies for CBS. Now word comes, from The Hollywood Reporter, that Selleck is about to sign on the dotted line to star in an untitled drama pilot for the network.

JESSE STONE: THIN ICE

The multi-generational untitled pilot would star Selleck as Michael, the handsome, confident chief of police for the NYPD – who lives with his father, Patrick [Len Cariou], a former NYPD police chief – who struggles to balance the political demands of his job with doing right by his fellow cops. Michael’s son, Brian [Donnie Wahlberg] is also a detective

In the popular, critically acclaimed Jesse Stone TV-movies, Selleck plays an alcoholic big city detective who takes on the job of police chief in the small New England town of Paradise.

TELEVISION: AMC’s Third Series – Rubicon – Goes into Production This Month!

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AMC is getting a reputation for taking their time and getting it right when they greenlight an original series. It was true for Mad Men and it was true for Breaking Bad – each of which has won multiple Emmys. Now, AMC is announcing that production will begin on its third original series, Rubicon, in New York City, on March 29th. Rubicon, which stars James Badge Dale [The Pacific, The Departed] is described as being a conspiracy thriller. Details from the press release follow the jump.

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TELEVISION: American Idol Recap (03.16.10)

Siobhan Magnus

It’s time for the Top 12.  THIS is where the competition really begins.  Man versus woman.  One group and there is no room for mistakes.  This is also the first time the contestants get to use a professional stylist who will help them pull their look together.  Prior to tonight, they were on their own.  Looks are important, but nothing is more important than song choice.  Tonight’s theme is The Rolling Stones and the contestants must choose something from the iconic group’s arsenal.  What will the contestant’s choose?  Be prepared to blown away by 17-year-old Siobhan Magnus (pictured) and one contestant sings with laryngitis (but you would never know it).  I will say now that I am not a fan of this theme b/c I am not a Stones fan, but so be it.  Let’s begin with…

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