Neighbors With Benefits: Episode 1 Recap

NWB Cast

A&E premiered Neighbors With Benefits tonight, and I feel icky now. That’s it. That’s the end of my blog. No, I guess I should write more. That’s part of what they pay me for here. Plus, despite the weird subject matter of this particular show, I truly like A&E’s programming. And I guess I can take one for the team and recap this series, as sort of community service for those of you that want to know what happens, but don’t necessarily want to watch. (Wait. Are there people like that out there?) I won’t go into graphic detail in this … Continue reading

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Married At First Sight – Season 2, Episode 1 Recap

Married at First Sight

Season 2 of Married at First Sight premiered last night, after its hourlong matchmaking special, and as I predicted I’d be, I’m hooked. We met the experts and the subjects in the matchmaking special, and we see them all again in the premiere episode. The premiere episode, especially toward the beginning, is filled with interactions between the subjects and the love/sex experts, but I won’t go too heavy into that. I covered who’s who, as far as the experts go, in yesterday’s blog, so let’s take a look at the new couples! Ryan De Nino & Jessica Castro Ryan D., age 29, business … Continue reading

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Married at First Sight Season 2 Premieres Tonight on A&E!

Married at First Sight

When Married at First Sight first premiered last year, it was barely on my radar. I remember hearing a friend gush about how great the show was, but I was busy licking the wounds of being newly-widowed, and the concept of the show made me angry. I couldn’t comprehend how anyone could be so flippant about love, and more so, about marriage. To marry someone you’ve never even met? How irresponsible. How cheap. How … how could anyone do that? So I wrote it off, and forgot all about it. But the wounds slowly healed over, and eventually I threw … Continue reading

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


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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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations

Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominations

And so it goes – the latest Hollywood awards season news is out, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations are in for the 20th annual show, and there are some interesting selections. For the sake of full disclosure, I am a voting member of the group that annually hosts the awards, the BFCA (Broadcast Film Critics Association). Hosted by Michael Strahan (the Super Bowl champion, Fox NFL Sunday analyst, and Live! with Kelly and Michael host) the awards will air LIVE on A&E on Jan. 15th at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. As a personal aside … my mom loves … Continue reading

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A&E tries to cash in with “Country Buck$”

Country Buck$

So how many reality shows about country folk who run multimillion-dollar outdoor sporting goods companies can fit on one TV network? A&E thinks at least two, and they’re going to test the theory with Country Buck$, premiering Wednesday, Nov. 19, following Duck Dynasty. Country Buck$ follows the Busbice family, proprietors of Wildgame Innovations, a company that specializes in nutritional supplements and attractants to support quality deer herd management. They also run a sportsman fantasy camp on more than 50,000 acres in Louisiana that also serves as a testing ground for their sporting-goods products in development, the more interesting of which … Continue reading

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“Duck Dynasty” takes command of Best Redneck Series in the Viewers Voice Awards

"Duck Dynasty" takes command of Best Redneck Series in the Viewers Voice Awards

There’s just no resisting that Duck call. Duck Dynasty, that is. With Season 7 set to premiere on Nov. 19 and an ever-expanding line of merchandise that features everything from board games to bottled wine, the bearded Robertson men and their lovely ladies continue to command America’s attention. And their countrified reality show handily won our 2014 Viewers Voice Awards for Best Redneck Series, shooting down its closet competition, the ill-fated Honey Boo Boo crew, by nearly 30 percent! Duck Dynasty, A&E 46.7% Call of the Wildman (Turtleman), Animal Planet 17.0% Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, TLC 13.5% Alaskan Bush … Continue reading

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Big Smo recap Episode 1: “Go Big or Go Home”

Big Smo recap Episode 1: "Go Big or Go Home"

I wasn’t sure what to think when the preview screener for A&E’s new reality series Big Smo arrived on my desk. I had been unaware of the genre of music Smo performs — a crossover of country music, Southern rock and hip-hop known as “hick hop” to some people, as Smo tells us in the premiere episode. And following the premiere, I still don’t fully know what his sound is like, as the episode didn’t have too much of Big Smo’s original music in it, except for snippets at the end. We get inklings in the premiere that Smo is … Continue reading

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Duck Dynasty Season 6 premieres June 11 with special guest Gov. Bobby Jindal

Duck Dynasty Season 6 premieres June 11 with special guest Gov. Bobby Jindal

A&E announced to day that Duck Dynasty Season 6 will premiere Wednesday, June 11 at 10/9CT. In the Season 6 premiere episode, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announces that he will stop by the Duck Commander headquarters to present Willie with a special ward.  John Luke volunteers to make an introductory speech, which inspired Willie and Uncle Si to offer up some unsolicited advice. Meanwhile, Miss Kay, Korie and Sadie go shopping for new outfits for the event. Also in the new season of the outspoken and omnipresent Robertson family’s saga, Phil continues to wage war with the beavers on his land, frequently leaving Willie to manage the clan’s multi-million … Continue reading

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A&E pulls “Those Who Kill” from Monday lineup

Was A&E's Those Who Kill canceled?

This is for all those people come Monday who will be asking what happened to Those Who Kill? Was Those Who Kill canceled? No. No. No! Those Who Kill was NOT canceled. Thankfully. It is, however, being pulled immediately from A&E’s current lineup. After airing just two episodes, A&E has pulled Those Who Kill from its Monday lineup in order to allow executives time to go back and either retool the show and/or its scheduling with plans to relaunch the 10-episode first season at a later date.  It was unknown at this time when and even where – of the … Continue reading

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