Recap: The Walking Dead Season 5 finale, “Conquer” — Wolves at the door

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As we head into The Walking Dead Season 5 finale, the delicate peace — at least what we assume to be peace — at Alexandria has been amassing stress fractures since the moment Our Gang arrived at the gates. The dream of “Civilization” is a good one, but it has been postponed out of necessity. The townsfolk have been exposed as being seriously unprepared to deal with good guys, let alone the absolute batshit crazies we meet tonight. The events of the episode could have been so much worse (the group cohesion that looked like it was breaking remains intact … Continue reading

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Watch Yourself, “Freak Out” is Back!

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ABC’s freaky and funny hidden camera show returns with new scares and a fresh crop of unsuspecting marks. Freak Out first aired as part of ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween. Now, the series is back with even bigger scares. In each episode, unsuspecting mark witness their greatest fears coming to life before their eyes. What they don’t know is they’ve been set up by the people who know them best and are supposed to love them most — their friends and family members. Executive Producer SallyAnn Salsano reveals the motivation behind the pranks. “People say, ‘Hey, my friend did X, Y and Z … Continue reading

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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 5 episode 15 “Try”: Us and them ….

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Alexandria has become something of a Rorschach test. For some it’s a paradise, for others it is possibly the last or first bastion of a civilized society, while some see it as a flock of sheep waiting to be lead. Those illusions are being exposed rather quickly. It’s no coincidence that things went south in Alexandria almost as soon as Our Gang stepped through the gates. The friction is palpable, with people who once thought of themselves useful or even heroic have been exposed as frauds, and a town that once seemed civilized is coming to see that their utopia … Continue reading

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The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Christina Ricci returns with a vengeance in campy new Lifetime series

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Lifetime’s new limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles premieres Sunday, April 5 at 10/9CT. In January 2014, Lifetime took a proverbial whack at bringing the sordid tale of Lizzie Borden to a new generation of horror fans with its original film Lizzie Borden Took an Ax. Starring Christina Ricci as the parent-dispatching Lizzie and Argo’s Clea DuVall as her obedient sister Emma, Lizzie was a bloody good time and a ratings killer, luring 4.4 million viewers on its way to becoming cable’s second-most-watched original film of the year. A few months later, the network approached Ricci with another idea — reuniting with … 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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The Walking Dead Season 5 episode 11 recap “The Distance” — People Like Us

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I have often been hard pressed to explain, or even understand, why such a bleak, brutal and often hopeless show is so damn popular, and after tonight’s episode, I think I know what it is: Stockholm Syndrome. There really is no other show on television that plays with us, we’re like a cat chasing a laser pointer. What other show can take surviving a tornado and make it feel tiring? What other show can make you afraid of bottled water? What other show can make you fear a well-scrubbed, clean-cut stranger and still keep you on board? After last week’s … Continue reading

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Grimm recap: “Trial by Fire”

Grimm recap: “Trial by Fire”

Conflict is at the heart of every drama and Grimm is a show that works best when its characters struggle moves beyond the “I’m going to punch a monster this week” and digs into more historical and personal territory. It also helps to have a good fight, because Grimm is still about punching some monsters. This week’s episode gives us all that and more and has some fun with a character over which I was beginning to despair. Let’s recap shall we? The cold open begins with a hot lava monster and two naughty kids just trying to have some … Continue reading

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#TBT TV: The Scare Factor III: Scare Factor Lives! (2002)

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This Throwback Thursday transports us to October 2002, when we celebrated Halloween with our annual Scare Factor series of tributes to the best in horror and sci-fi films and TV shows. Scare Factor III was my personal favorite, as our staff picked our favorite genre characters and wrote little epitaphs for them. From the October 2002 edition of Channel Guide Magazine: It just won’t die! Our annual homage to horror shakes off the rigor mortis for its third edition, this time celebrating our favorite characters who really make for big-scream TV. Our office asylum put their severed heads together and … Continue reading

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Enter our Zombie Assault Sweepstakes to win

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With shows like The Walking Dead, Z Nation and Town of the Living Dead, maybe you’ve been thinking about your preparedness for the zombie apocalypse. It’s ok if you’re not quite ready for the undead horde. In fact, we’d like to help. That’s where the Channel Guide Magazine Zombie Assault Sweepstakes comes in! We’ve put together a prize pack combining zombie love with some actually practical and fun items. It’s easy to enter – simply visit our entry form, fill it out and you’re in! You can enter as many times as you like. Winners will receive: a drawstring bag, … Continue reading

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7 Questions with … Josh McDermitt of The Walking Dead

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As those of us who’ve earnestly studied The Walking Dead Season 5 trailer know well, so much depends on a mullet-sporting doctor. At least it sure seems that way. With most of the Grimes Gang — plus Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) and his faithful security detail Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos) and Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) — trapped in a Terminus train car by the possibly people-eating Gareth (Andrew J. West) and his fellow Terminans, Porter’s insistence that a cure awaits in Washington, D.C. appears to be the group’s only salvation. That’s not lost on McDermitt, who along with … Continue reading

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