Jane the Virgin star Azie Tesfai: “I’ve always been team Rafael…sorry Brett”

Jane the Virgin star Azie Tesfai: "I've always been team Rafael...sorry Brett"

When The CW announced the premiere of their new show, Jane the Virgin, some were skeptical on how well a telenovela based show would do on a network that produces primarily supernatural shows with such huge fan followings. I immediately fell in love with the show and it seems that others have jumped on the bandwagon as well. With two Golden Globe nominations and lead actress Gina Rodriguez winning the award for Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy, Jane the Virgin is the show everyone is talking about. With the show’s never-ending plot twists, the identity of the villain was … Continue reading

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Tom Selleck returning as Jesse Stone in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original film

Tom Selleck returning as Jesse Stone in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original film

Tom Selleck will be back in the ninth installment of the popular Jesse Stone mystery film franchise, based on the books by Robert B. Parker, in a Fall 2015 original film debuting on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The movie, titled Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise, is currently in pre-production in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and finds Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone (Selleck) agreeing to help the Massachusetts State Homicide Division track down a serial killer. The previous installments of the Jesse Stone franchise have aired on broadcast television, and have made their cable premieres on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. This is the … Continue reading

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Interview with “American Crime” Star, Johnny Ortiz.

Interview with "American Crime" Star, Johnny Ortiz.

Johnny Ortiz is everywhere these days. You can currently see Ortiz alongside Kevin Costner in McFarland, USA an inspiring film about the unlikely success of a high school cross country team composed of the poor children of Hispanic migrant workers. Ortiz told me that working with Costner was a fabulous experience and that the month of grueling physical training in addition four months of filming in the hot sun, —while wearing a wig — “was pretty intense.” Starting March 5, you’ll be able to see Ortiz in American Crime, ABC’s gripping new Ortiz joins an amazing ensemble cast that includes … Continue reading

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ABC’s Powerful “American Crime” Leaves No One Unscathed

ABC's Powerful "American Crime" Leaves No One Unscathed

ABC’s gripping new drama American Crime explores the many facets of a single violent crime and the way that it affects and destroys everyone involved. As facts are revealed from various points of view, preconceptions on faith, family, gender, race and class are challenged. American Crime promises to be your week’s most emotionally raw and thought-provoking hour of television. “It’s really amazing to see all the different splinters from the exact same moment,” says actor Benito Martinez (The Shield), who plays a hardworking and strict father whose son is one of the accused. “What appealed to me is the writing,” … Continue reading

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Better Call Saul episode 5 recap: “Alpine Shepherd Boy”

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When we left the McGill brothers at the end of last week’s Better Call Saul, things were looking up for Jimmy and not so much for Chuck, who risked going to outside long enough to make an unauthorized purchase of his neighbor’s paper only to be further traumatized by what he found on the front page. And that is where we pick up in this week’s episode, “Alpine Shepherd Boy.” When a pair of cops appear on Chuck’s doorstep to investigate the “crime,” Chuck points out that the neighbor actually made a tidy profit on the exchange and then attempts to engage … Continue reading

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The Returned: The spine-tingling French series gets an American reboot on A&E

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If you saw The Returned in its original French incarnation, odds are you haven’t forgotten a moment. The eerie character study about a small town unmoored when a handful of its dead return seemingly unchanged explored matters of life and death and devotion in a gorgeously quiet, emotionally rending way. Now the series is getting an American reboot from writer/producers Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Raelle Tucker (Supernatural, True Blood). The pair says that, rather than re-create the original, they used it as a starting point for more expansive storytelling as “the returned” and their reeling loved ones navigate … Continue reading

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Battle Creek episode 1 recap “The Battle Creek Way”

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Battle Creek, Michigan has fallen on hard times and and the Police Department is feeling the pinch. But they’re about to be blessed with a savior and not everybody’s happy about that. CBS’ new drama, from Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan and House‘s David Shore, opens on a play — young children in a variety of nature costumes are putting on an adorable show for an auditorium full of parents. A shadowy figure emerges from the back, approaches a man videotaping the play. He flashes a badge and grabs the camera. A small car hurtles around a corner and pulls up … Continue reading

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Shameless Recap, Season 5, Episode 7 “Tell me you f**king need me”

Shameless Recap, Season 5, Episode 7 "Tell me you f**king need me"

Last week we saw Ian get committed, Frank land himself in the hospital, Fiona still struggling with the Gus and Jimmy situation and lots of other craziness. Here’s what happened this week with a William H. Macy-directed episode of Shameless Recap, Season 5, Episode 7 “Tell me you f**king need me” Frank and Sammi: While Sammi is playing house and thinking she is in charge, Frank comes strolling in after getting sprung from the hospital. He promptly proclaims what an adult he is now and how he doesn’t need help from anyone. Sammi is upset after her attempts at getting him … Continue reading

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Christmas at Downton: Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 9 recap

Christmas at Downton: Downton Abbey Season 5, Episode 9 recap

The fifth season wrap of Downton Abbey is deeply satisfying. Love vanquishes as old and young couples have a chance at true happiness. One relationship ends, though it shouldn’t and one life hangs in the balance. All told? It was a wonderful season, and in the hour and 33-minute finale, creator Julian Fellowes works his magic. Lord Sinderby (James Faulkner) rents a castle for a weekend of shooting. If this place can make Downton look modest by comparison, just think of the lush, antique furnishings. Downton is abuzz as everyone packs for the event. While this is going on, we … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead recap Season 5 episode 12: “Remember”

The Walking Dead recap Season 5 episode 12: "Remember"

It’s not hard to see The Walking Dead as an extended metaphor for war and the problems that arise when a person (or a group of people) has been fighting for too long and now returns to the home front, so to speak. We can also see this episode — or story arc — as an extended riff on The Magnificent Seven/Seven Samurai: a band of hardened fighters is hired to protect simple townsfolk who aren’t prepared to deal with the badness that surrounds them, and what happens when that hardness comes into contact with “civilization.” While the episode is … Continue reading

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