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TELEVISION: Burn Notice Tricia Helfer

This Thursday night, on USA Network is the Season Finale of Burn Notice. God it feels like this season has gone on forever, the networks really need to get better at scheduling and stop these artificial 5 month breaks. I still love the show, but felt like it lost the momentum it was building because of the break. The same thing is happening with all the CW shows, all the long breaks have taken me out of Gossip Girl, OTH, 90210, Supernatural, etc.  Anyway, back to Burn Notice, I love this show and have been on the band wagon ever since I did a weekend Set Visit last summer. It has a very cool cast and slicker setting. This season they really focused a lot more on their, as Creator Matt Nix says, “Serial but missable” mytharc which is who burned Michael and why.

As the story unfolds I’m not sure if I really care anymore. I find the stand alone eps and the relationship Michael has with those around him far more interesting.  The PR , Marketing and Creative teams deserve a lot of credit, because BN is one of the few return Cable Shows that continue to do well this year and the clips for this Thursday’s season finale has me looking forward to watching.  In preparation for Thursday’s season-ender we have some more interviews with the cast and crew, I’ll post a new one every day for the next few days.  These aren’t the ones that EM participated in, if you click the Burn Notice tag you can see all of the EM Interviews. First up is Tricia Helfer. I’m not sure when this particular conference call took place since we weren’t involved.  As usual the BN folks are VERY talkative people so this interview is very LONG. I’m not going to edit or format it, it’s a straight copy and paste. It’s a good read.

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TELEVISION: Saving Grace Welcomes Christina Ricci For Three Episode Arc

Tonight, Saving Grace [TNT, 10/9C], one of the more unusual cop shows returns – bringing Detective Grace Hanadarko [Holly Hunter] a new partner, Abby Charles [Christina Ricci in a three-episode arc] and Grace’s “last chance angel,” Earl [Leon Rippy], a seeming setback in his assignment to help Leon Cooley [Bokeem Woodbine].

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Heart of a Cop introduces Abby, who makes a terrific first impression by being late on first day of a 28-day rotation. The day gets more complicated when a murder turns out to be the work of a serial killer. Then, to Earl’s consternation, Leon asks for his execution date to be moved up. Plus, a creepy crime scene fan may be the killer.

Do You Believe in Second Chances? Finds Grace’s brother, Father John Handarko [Tom Irwin] trying to help Leon – but being more than a little bewildered by Leon’s response. Meanwhile, Grace’s niece, Sarah, is arrested at a scavenger party [the guests bring various drugs which are then put in a bowl and everyone takes something randomly from the bowl – it’s a kind of druggie’s Russian roulette], while her friend winds up in a coma. This episode features one of the most heartbreaking depictions of consequences I’ve ever seen.

In Take Me Somewhere, Earl, the investigation of the murder of a drug dealer bleeds over into another case – one with unexpected ties to the precinct. Meanwhile, Father John and Loretta [Laura San Giacomo] meet the mother of the woman whom Leon was convicted of killing; Earl produces an ancient hangover remedy, and we see that Grace is actually capable of having fun without any artificial stimulus. Oh, and there’s an unexpected revelation about Abby.

Besides having one of the two coolest theme songs on TV [the other being True Blood], Saving Grace has taken an especially odd premise and turned it into a powerful exploration of ethics, morality, self-destructiveness and [hopefully] redemption. The writing has become sharper and wittier as the cast have settled into their characters [or, in Hunter’s case, rode her character into the ground]. The show’s directors have framed the cast’s performances in episodes that are now individual jewels in a complicated setting.

With Saving Grace, a series that could have become a joke has become a genuinely unique show – and one of the best on TV.

Final Grade: A

Television: CW Announces Early Pick-Ups Including Supernatural

I love it when a plan comes together!

Especially when it’s Supernatural creator Eric Kripke’s 5 -year plan for his hit series starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester: two demon hunting, ghost banishing, monster slaying brothers who drive around in a cool  black ’67 Chevy Impala loaded with weapons to deal with all kinds of supernatural related threats.

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SUPERNATURAL, has been posting ratings growth since the 4th season premiered back on September 18th of 2008: a season which has seen the return from hell of older brother Dean Winchester  (Jensen Ackles), the introduction of the angel Castiel (Misha Collins) and has also seen younger brother Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) begin what may very well turn out to be his decent into darkness with the demon Ruby (Genevieve Cortese) unintentionally (??) leading the way.

With the early pick-up by the CW network which seems to have rebounded from their earlier troubles, Supernatural will enter its fifth season later this year. New episodes of season 4 will resume airing this coming March 12th at 9PM EST.

Among the other series receiving early pickups for next season are The CW’s Monday tandem of sophomore sensation GOSSIP GIRL and ONE TREE HILL, which combined to lift The CW to become the fall’s #1 network on Monday with women 18-34.  Both GOSSIP GIRL and ONE TREE HILL have scored double-digit gains compared to their previous seasons.  Freshman hit 90210 has improved the network’s Tuesday night by double-digit increases in key demos.  Wednesday anchor AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, which consistently wins its time period with young women, will also be back with superstar Tyra Banks and new groups of aspiring models for cycles 13 and 14.

Also renewed was Supernatural’s established Thursday night partner series SMALLVILLE, which stars Tom Welling as Clark Kent and will be entering its ninth season.

Television: Supernatural 4th Season Episode ‘In The Beginning’ Nominated for Rondo Award

The nominations for the 7th Annual Rondo Awards have been announced and the Supernatural 4th season episode ‘In the Beginning’ has been nominated in the category of ‘Best Television Presentation’.

‘In the Beginning is up against some stiff competition such as ‘Battlestar Galactica’s ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’, Lost’s ‘There’s No Place Like Home, Parts 1 and 2,’ and DOCTOR WHO, ‘Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead,’ to name a few of the nominees.

What is the Rondo Awards you ask? Well according to the website they are Awards nominated by fans, for fans. Every Rondo nominee listed on the Rondo website is being recognized for a significant achievement in the genre — great filmmaking, strong writing, significant scholarship or just plain fun.

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The Supernatural season 4 episode ‘In the Beginning’ was written by Jeremy Carver and directed by Steve Boyum centers around Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) being sent back in time by the angel Castiel (Misha Collins) to meet his and brother Sam Winchester’s (Jared Padalecki) parents John Winchester (Matthew Cohen) and Mary Campbell Winchester(Amy Gumenick) before they are married. Dean’s journey back in time also leads him to some startling revelations about his family history and their connect to world of hunters of the supernatural. This journey also sets in motion something terrifying that will have a profound affect the life of his younger brother Sam and Dean’s own life as well.

To see all of the Rondo nominations and to vote for ‘In the Beginning’ or any of your other favorites, click here to be taken to the Rondo site for full details and a voting ballot to submit. Voting ends at midnight on March 21, 2009.

New episodes of Supernatural season 4 return to the CW Network on Thursday March 12th and 9PM EST.

TELEVISION: Extreme Sports Star Saved By Mascot Costume!

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Extreme sports star Rob Dyrdek has been working on a series of promotional videos for the Carl’s Jr. fast food chain. Apparently, not all of his stunts – performed in the Happy Star mascot costume – have gone as planned. Follow the link to see Happy Star save Dyrdek’s life:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24UmHjbrgnU

Television: Robert Buckley Joins The CW’s Privileged

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Don’t forget to check out Privileged on Tuesday February 10th at 9PM EST when sexy Robert Buckley joins the cast!  

Buckley, who was most recently seen as Kirby Atwood in the now canceled Lipstick Jungle will be joining Joanna Garcia who stars a Megan Smith, a Yale-educated journalism major who reluctantly becomes a live-in tutor for two spoiled grand-daughters of a Palm Beach cosmetics business magnate.

Check out the interview below with Robert Buckley courtesy of The CW.

And speaking of Privileged, check out the cool interview with Brian Hallisay who plays Will Davis.

Television: Sneak Peeks for The Mentalist Episode “Crimson Casanova”

Is he just that into them??  When a wealthy married woman is murdered during a romantic rendezvous at a country club, suspicion turns to her lover – an unlikely ladies’ man who prides himself on his seduction techniques, much to the amusement of Jane (Simon Baker) and the puzzlement of Rigsby (Owain Yeoman).  Guest starring Elon Gold (Stacked) as “Fricke,” Melinda Page Hamilton (Mad Men, The Closer) as “Katie” and Alona Tal (Supernatural, Veronica Mars) as “Natalie.”    “Crimson Casanova” was written by Ken Woodruff and was directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.

Crimson Casanova will air on Tues., 2/10 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.  Below are two sneak peaks of the episode provided courtesy of Warner Brothers Television.

 

Television: The CW’s 90210 Gets A New Bad Boy

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There’s a new bad boy on hit CW Network series 90210 starting Tuesday February 10th!  Matt Lanter guest stars in an episode titled ‘Of heartbreaks and Hotels’. Lanter’s character of  Liam who is being touted as the Dylan McKay (Luke Perry) for the new generation, is a mysterious guy who begins working at the hotel where Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) is currently living.  Sparks begin to fly when Naomi is immediately intrigued by  the handsome and mysterious Liam. 

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Matt Lanter in no stranger to television audiences. In 2006 he won the role of Brody Mitchum on the hit NBC series Heroes where he played opposite Hayden Panettiere’s character, Claire Bennett.  He has also had guest roles on Shark, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Grey’s Anatomy and Monk. Lanter was also the voice of Anakin Skywalker in the big screen animated Star Wars movie ‘Attack of the Clones’ and has continued to voice the character in the hit animated TV series.

90210 airs on the CW network on Tuesday nights at 8PM EST with encore showings on Wednesday nights at 9PM EST.

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HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Burn Notice’s Gabrielle Anwar Talks Guns and That Whole Michael & Fiona Thing!

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As the stunning [in more ways than one] and deadly Fiona in USA’s Burn Notice, Gabrielle Anwar finds herself playing a character whose first response to problems is to shoot them, or blow them up. During a teleconference call earlier today, she got a chance to talk about Fiona’s penchant for violence and… shall we say unusual… relationship with burnt spy, Michael Weston [Jeffrey Donovan].

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