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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Who’s on TV Talk? Talk Show Guests March 2-6

Who's on TV Talk? Talk Show Guests March 2-6

The Chew, ABC 1pm ET Monday, March 2 “OLD FAVES, NEW FLAVES!” – Recipes for smothered chicken paprikash and southwestern meatloaf; a visit to Old Skool Café in San Francisco, CA. Tuesday, March 3 “WHEN I DIP, YOU DIP, WE DIP” – Juliette Lewis (ABC’s Secrets and Lies); the co-hosts make some of their favorite dips. Wednesday, March 4 “DINNER IN A DASH”– Shania Twain (“You’re Still The One”); the co-hosts share time saving cooking tips. Thursday, March 5 “THE GREAT AMERICAN POT LUCK”– Stacy London (Love, Lust or Run); a visit to the South Beach Food & Wine Festival … Continue reading

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MLB Network 30 Clubs in 30 Days 2015 schedule

30 Clubs in 30 Days

MLB Network’s popular 30 Clubs in 30 Days returns for the 2015 Spring Training season beginning with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm ET as part of MLB Tonight. MLB Network analysts Eric Byrnes, Sean Casey, Al Leiter, Joe Magrane, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds and former Colorado Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd visit each club’s training camp to provide analysis and predictions on the coming season, and conduct interviews and on-field demonstrations with players, managers and coaches. MLB Network 30 Clubs in 30 Days 2015 schedule All Times Eastern. Tuesday, March 3 7pm — Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, March 4 7pm — … Continue reading

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Battle Creek: Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad follow-up was conceived over a decade ago

Battle Creek: Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad follow-up was conceived over a decade ago

“It’s embarrassing to note that I’ve never actually been to Battle Creek, Mich.,” laughed Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) last summer at a press conference introducing his new series Battle Creek. “I am fascinated by the name because it’s such a great name, because it’s got the word ‘battle’ in it.” Despite Gilligan not having been inspired by the city because of a visit, Battle Creek manages to capture the ambience of a hardscrabble small town. The drama follows mismatched law enforcement officers (Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters) with polar-opposite views of the world, who work to clean up the streets … Continue reading

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Is Alaskan Bush People fake? Does it matter?

Alaskan Bush People Fake

“You do not choose Dance Moms,” Lori Acken once said. “It chooses you.” Lori writes brilliantly about top-flight shows with interviews of stars high atop the A list, yet she could not unburden herself of the Abby Lee Miller albatross. Her weekly recaps of a terrible show about generally unpleasant people were wildly successful, but I did not envy her. In early 2014, our editorial staff was looking for the next Dance Moms. We had success covering brand-new, somewhat obscure reality shows on cable networks (regrettably, no one cared about quality shows on the broadcast networks). The idea was to try … Continue reading

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Bell, Denton and Madison Charm In Hallmark’s Good Witch.

Bell, Denton and Madison Charm In Hallmark’s Good Witch.

Catherine Bell has starred in seven original movies as charming witch Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale, and now she is thrilled to continue that enchanting journey in a weekly Good Witch series, premiering in a 2-hour special Saturday on Hallmark Channel. Bell is excited to spend more time with, and put a fresh spin on, a character she loves. “That’s been the most interesting part,” she says. “Finding the voice of this series. You want to make it so people are invested in the characters and want to tune in every week, while keeping — of course — the magic that everyone … Continue reading

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Syfy airing Leonard Nimoy tribute this Sunday morning

Syfy airing Leonard Nimoy tribute this Sunday morning

In the wake of the passing of actor Leonard Nimoy today, the Syfy channel will be airing a programming tribute to him this Sunday, March 1 — appropriate, given Nimoy’s greatest renown came from his portrayal of Spock on the original Star Trek, its various film incarnations, as well as the 2009 reboot Star Trek, and its 2013 sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness. During the Leonard Nimoy tribute, the network will air an episode of The Twilight Zone (there are also two episodes airing just before the official start of the tribute that star William Shatner; perhaps they are tying him in for the Star Trek connection), as well as … Continue reading

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OWN orders new episodes of all four of its Tyler Perry series

OWN orders new episodes of all four of its Tyler Perry series

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that more episodes of all four of its popular Tyler Perry series have been ordered. The Haves and the Have Nots has been given 23 one-hour episodes; If Loving You Is Wrong, 22 one-hour episodes; Love Thy Neighbor, 22 half-hour episodes; and For Better or Worse, 20 half-hour episodes. In a release, OWN credits these Tyler Perry series with the network’s boost into the Top 25 among cable networks in primetime among women 25-54. The Haves and the Have Nots (pictured), in particular, has averaged more than 3 million viewers throughout its current season and consistently ranked as Tuesday night’s No. … Continue reading

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Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

Legendary TV and film star Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as the Vulcan Spock in the the Star Trek TV and film series, has died, the New York Times reported today. Nimoy had been hospitalized with chest pains last week, and his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, when confirming Leonard’s death to the Times, said the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Personally, along with his work on Star Trek, I have fond memories of Nimoy hosting the ’70s paranormal series In Search Of. His distinctive voice could add a unique touch to most things he tried, from narrating series to even singing. Along with acting, Nimoy was … Continue reading

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ABC to Broadcast “The Ten Commandments” on Easter

ABC to Broadcast "The Ten Commandments" on Easter

ABC has announced that it will air the 1965 classic The Ten Commandments — Cecil B. DeMille’s epic masterpiece — on Easter Sunday. From an ABC press release: The Easter classic, The Ten Commandments, will air as an “ABC Special Presentation” on Sunday, April 5 (7:00-11:44 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. The legendary Cecil B. DeMille film from 1956 was an annual tradition for many families who gathered to watch the story of Moses every Easter. Starring Charlton Heston in the iconic role of Moses, the film from Paramount Pictures also stars legendary actors Yul Brynner as Rameses, Anne Baxter as Queen Nefretiri, … Continue reading

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