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Television Re-Cap: Gossip Girl, The Lost Boy, S3, Ep 3

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Three weeks into doing show re-caps I’ve tried a couple of different methods – Tivo the show, watch the entire show and then provide you with a summary, that was a lot of work because it meant I had to "memorize" the details so I’ve started to do these re-caps "live" as I watch the episodes unfold. This way if something surprising, good, or funny happens hopefully it’ll come through during the re-cap. Anywho this week I wrote the re-cap with a pen and paper because I forgot my power cable at work. I tried to write in the Gossip Girl style but halfway through I just got annoyed calling everyone by their first initial. Now on to this week’s episode.

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“Trauma” Soars as an Entertaining Ride

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Watching the first five minutes of TRAUMA, there were moments I may have actually forgotten to breathe! What seemed to start out as a typical let’s-get-to-know-the-characters scenario quickly evolved into an action-packed, adrenaline-rush roof rescue complete with terrific special effects. While most medically-oriented shows take place inside the hospital and revolve around events and what happens to patients once they get past the sliding double doors, TRAUMA lets us experience the events surrounding the scene of the accident before those patients get through those sliding double doors (and before we have any need for a scorecard to keep track of which doctor and nurse are sharing a bed for the week).

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Television: Commentary On Supernatural 5.03 Free to Be You and Me ..Yet Again

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Ok folks you know the drill here, before we get into my commentary and such on the latest episode of Supernatural season 5, we take a look at the lasted news around the show and the fandom.

The CW is still dancing in the clouds over the continued success of their Thursday night one-two punch of The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. Here’s what they had to say in the press release dated September 25th, 2009 which came out the day after Free to Be You and Me aired.

SUPERNATURAL Continues to Builds in Key Demos in Season Five. Now in its 5th season, SUPERNATURAL has seen its ratings grow over last season by 27% with women 18-34 (1.4/4), 9% in adults 18-34 (1.2/3) and 8% in women 18-49 (1.3/3). SUPERNATURAL faced tougher competition (against the “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI” premieres), and still retained 92% of last week’s adults 18-34 rating (1.2/3), 100% of its adults 18-49 audience (1.2/3) and 94% in total viewers (2.62mil).

I think if this trend keeps up, we are going to be seeing our Winchester boys in a 6th season after all. Gosh one more year of getting to look at Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Mish Collins on our screens, I think we can handle it. well I know I can.

On Thursday the 24th of September 2009 the Supernatural fans over in the twitterverse attempted to get a Supernatural related hashtag into the top trending topics for the day. This time around the hashtag carried a very special message with a very special agenda attached to it. The tag was #rememberkimmanners and it was in tribute to the late Kim Manners who died in January of 2009 after losing his battle with Cancer and to counteract the snub his death received by recently aired Emmys which for unknown reasons left Kim Manners out of its tribute to members of the Entertainment industry who had passed away between September of 2008 and September of 2009. Kim Manners was a driving force on the set of Supernatural and as they have often said, an inspiration and mentor to both Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. Members of the cast & crew have felt his loss on the set of Supernatural, as have the fans that wanted to show support for the loss. Unfortunately the attempt to get the hash tag in remembrance of Kim Manners failed to make it into the top trending topics list. But it was a heartfelt gesture on the part of Supernatural fans and my guess is it was appreciated nonetheless.

Ok so now its time to move along to my commentary on 5.03, Free to Be You and Me and the compelling sense of dejavu it generated for not only myself but apparently other viewers and some fans of the show as well.

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Deadly Daddy Dexter’s Toughest Challenge Yet!

Television’s favorite monster, Dexter [Showtime, Sundays, 9/8C], us back and even though he’s got a new and nasty serial killer to deal with, his biggest, most ominous challenge just may be fatherhood! Season opens with, among other things, Dexter’s [Michael C. Hall] sleep deprivation causing him to screw up in court; misplace the body of his latest victim, and flip his SUV. Could things get much worse?

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How about the introduction of a serial killer who kills three women of very specific types, over a very specific period of time – and then moves to a different city to repeat the pattern? Now, just suppose that he’s in Miami to celebrate a scary anniversary of his first three kills. And suppose that FBI uber-profiler Frank Lundy [Keith Carradine] is back in town following him – much to the surprise and consternation of a certain female detective who might just be Dexter’s sister [Jennifer Carpenter].

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Syfy’s Children of the Corn Hews Closer to Stephen King’s Original!

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David Anders [Alias, Heroes] and Kandyse McClure [Battlestar Galactica] star as a couple nearing the end of their marriage in Syfy’s remake of Stephen King’s Children of the Corn [Saturday, 9/8C]. When Burt hits a young boy on a back toad in the middle of Nebraska, he and Vicki are shocked to discover that his throat had been cut. Burt decides they should take the boy’s body to the nearest town and turn him over to the police. Vicki, displayed extremely good judgement, thinks this is a bad idea. When they reach the nearest town, Gatlin, they find a virtual ghost town. Except for a small band of religious fanatic children, there’s no one else around for miles.

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Flash Forward – What Would You Do If You Could Catch a Glimpse of Your Future?

A man crawls from his overturned car, burning his hand on its muffler, which is now close by the window through which he has exited. The scene is chaos – the streets are filled with crashed vehicles; dazed and injured people are in shock. This is the opening of Flash Forward [ABC, Thursdays, 8/7C], one of two series the network hopes will be big for them [the other is ‘V’ which we’ll address in November].

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The man who has crawled out of his vehicle is FBI Special Agent Mark Benford [Joseph Fiennes], who, with his partner, Demetri Noh [John Cho], had been tailing a group of terrorists prior to blacking out. Before long, we find out that apparently everyone in the world blacked out at the exact same time – and regained consciousness exactly two minutes and seventeen seconds later.

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TELEVISION REVIEW: The Mentalist – The Housewife and the Million Dollars!

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The second season premiere of The Mentalist [CBS, Thursdays, 10/9C] gets to a quick start when CIB consultant Patrick Jane [Simon Baker] solves a murder in a department store in a matter of minutes. That the murderer causes a quarter of a million dollars in damages when he tries to flee – and the Sacramento Police file a complaint – but it’s all the same to Jane, who’s been as Agent Lisbon [Robin Tunney] pits it, running hot ever since he and Lisbon’s team narrowly missed capturing Red John [the serial killer who slew Jane’s wife and child to teach him a lesson] in the first season finale.

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TV RECAP – 90210, Sit Down, Your Rocking the Boat, S2, Ep 3 Airdate 9.22.09

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After Gossip Girl’s massive improvement between episode 1 and 2 of their 3rd season, I’m holding out hope that 90210 will turn itself around this week and have at least a passable show. I’m not sure if it’s possible since they have made everyone on this show completely unlikable. I’m an eternal optimist. On to the re-cap.

 

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Eastwick – Third Times The Charm?

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Eastwick [ABC, Wednesdays, 10/9C] is the third attempt to adapt John Updike’s most controversial novel – The Witches of Eastwick –into some form of motion picture. The film was financially successful, but received mixed reviews; an earlier attempt at a TV series was cancelled early in its run. Eastwick, the latest version, was created for television by Maggie Friedman, and takes a much less overt path than the others.

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Cougar Town Lets Courtney Cox Act Her Age… Sorta…

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As ABC continues to find a sitcom that’ll stick with its audience, we get Cougar Town [Wednesdays, 9:30/8:30C] – in which a forty-year old owner of a realty company begins the process of dealing with her age by – wait for it – dating a younger man! Woo-Hoo! That’s a new one!

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Modern Family Mines Truth for Laughs!

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Modern Family [ABC, Wednesdays, 9/8C] is a remarkably smart new series about three families that intertwine in unexpected ways. First, there’s Phil [Ty Burrell] and Claire [Julie Bowen] who have been married for long enough to have a teen daughter, Alex [Ariel Winter], a tween daughter, Haley [Sarah Hyland] and a son, Luke [Nolan Gould], who likes to stick his head in the banister. Then there are Jay [Ed O’Neill] and Gloria [Sofia Vergara] – an older man with a mid-life crisis and a trophy wife, who has an eleven-year old son, Manny [Rico Rodriguez]. Finally, there’s a gay couple – Mitchell [Jesse Tyler Ferguson] and Cameron [Eric Stonestreet] – who have been together for five years and just adopted a Vietnamese child.

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