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Survivor: Second Chance Episode 2 recap (original airdate Sept. 30): It’s new school versus old school at Ta Keo. Just when it looks like new school has the upper hand, things take a wild turn compliments of the colorful Jeff Varner who sets the target on Shirin and Spencer. Let’s take a quick look at how we got there Varner’s playing both sides — new school and old school — and thinks the biggest threat is Shirin and Spencer. He’s actually on old school’s side. The too-smart-for-you duo (Shirin and Spencer) is a little too much strategy, not enough get … Continue reading
Ray Donovan season finale recap Season 3, Episode 12 “Exsuscito” (original air date Sept. 27, 2015): It was an emotionally draining close to the season. The episode begins with the Finney family shit storm, following Paige’s (Katie Holmes) testimony against her father. Avi (Steven Bauer) secretly brings Paige to a penthouse where Ray (Liev Schreiber) is waiting; he advises her to stay there until things settle down. There are more helicopters outside the Finney house than when O.J. took his white Bronco down the 405, Paige tells him. “They love to see the mighty fall.” Ray assures her that she … Continue reading
Based on the award-winning documentary by Ryan McGarry, CBS’ new Code Black (premieres Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 10pmET/9pmCT) is a fascinating look at the split-second, life-and-death decisions being made at the nation’s busiest and most notorious ER. A group of medical residents gets a fast introduction to this ER as it operates in a code black (when an influx of patients is so great, they can’t treat them all) about 300 times a year. Code Black is an adrenaline rush of high-stakes drama, built around strong characters (played by standouts Marcia Gay Harden, Luis Guzman and Bonnie Somerville) and an … Continue reading
In 2006 creator Tim Kring first introduced us to a group of ordinary people with extraordinary abilities in Heroes, which ran for four seasons before being canceled in 2010. Kring returns with the 13-episode reboot, Heroes Reborn (Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8pmET on NBC). The two-hour series premiere picks up several years in the future, with “EVOs” (evolved humans, or heroes) being hunted, dehumanized and mass murdered. “In the previous series when you discovered you had a power, it was almost a mystical kind of ‘What’s happening with me?’ journey of discovery,” Kring explained at Comic Con. “Now [in Reborn] … Continue reading
Survivor: Second Chance recap Season 31, Episode 1 (original airdate Sept. 23) For the first time ever 20 former survivors get the opportunity for a second chance at being named the “sole survivor.” For Survivor: Cambodia: Second Chance — the series’ 31st season — fans definitely took an out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality as almost half of the 20 castaways selected come from just the past three seasons. Season 28, Survivor: Cagayan, has the largest pool of alumni and smarts with Woo, Tasha, Spencer and Kass all returning. Here’s a quick refresher on the castaways and a recap of the 90-minute episode. … Continue reading
Ray Donovan recap Season 3 Episode 11 “Poker” (original air date Sept. 20, 2015): While the season is sadly nearing its close, this episode definitely ranks as a favorite, thanks to the amusing Cochran (Hank Azaria) and Mickey (Jon Voight). The episode starts with Cochran at Ray’s apartment making himself at home with some Jiffy Pop and beer, whistling “This Little Light Of Mine (I’m Going To Make It Shine).” He’s shoveling popcorn in that big yapper of his, while reviewing a topographic map of a desert region (you know it’s Varick’s final resting place). He takes that information and … Continue reading
Ray Donovan recap Season 3, Episode 10 “One Night in Yerevan” (original air date Sept. 13, 2015): The episode starts in a new venue — a concert for an Armenian pop star named Hasmig (Sarah Shani). Lena (Katherine Moennig) and Ray (Liev Schreiber) attend the singer’s after party where Hasmig is excited to see Ray — he helped her once with a stalker — but is unwilling to get involved in any doings with her fellow Armenian countrymen, the Minassians. She claims she does not know them. [On a side note, this episode marks the reunion of Shani and Moenning … Continue reading
Whitney Thore returns to TLC for a second season of My Big Fat Fabulous Life tonight at 9pmET /8pmCT with two back-to-back episodes. The new 22-episode season finds Whitney heading back to the doctor’s office to deal with her pre-diabetic diagnosis, and ultimately looking to adjust her lifestyle (for real). At 380-pounds, Whitney tries to ride a bike for the first time in years, finish a 5k (you go girl!), and finds successes with her Big Girl Dance Class who perform at a Greensboro Grasshopper baseball game. Whitney was cast into the media spotlight when a YouTube video she posted … Continue reading
Ray Donovan recap Season 3, Episode 9 “The Octopus” (original air date Sept. 6, 2015): Episode 9 of Ray Donovan “The Octopus” finds the Donovans (at least some of them) in a rare moment — happy and enjoying family. The episode starts with Mickey (Jon Voight) working the informant deal. He thinks he’s got a name and offers it up to the Detective Sheila Muncie (Michael Hyatt). What he really has is a common Armenian nickname like “dude.” But that’s OK, they’ve got another plan for old Mick. Some guys from the human trafficking division who are preparing a sting … Continue reading
Ray Donovan recap Season 3, Episode 8 “Tulip” (original air date Aug. 30, 2015): Episode 8 of Ray Donovan “Tulip” finds the Donovan family on the defense as Father Romero (Leland Orser) comes to Fite Club and the Minassians seek revenge. The episode starts with Ray in the desert swinging a pickaxe, he’s digging someone’s grave — we just don’t know whose. The episode is told in flashback sequences that walk us through how he got there. Earlier he wakes up suddenly from a nightmare, Paige (Katie Holmes) is in the bed next to him. Ugh! I was really hoping … Continue reading