Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nip/Tuck ~ Wesley Clovis Season 6 Part 1 Finale Episode 10

Thanks To Sue [sjcjdm] And SpoilerTV For The Wesley Clovis Vidclip

Special Effects Make-Up For Wesley Clovis Created By The Burman Studio
[Thanks For The Vid Mitchimo1]

Doc Troy Examines Wesley Clovis

Nip/Tuck Wesley Clovis 6.10

Eric Stonestreet, probably familiar to most as a suburban dad on ABC's satirical sitcom Modern Family is as Wesley Clovis on FX' Nip/Tuck, a heartbreaking monster. Doc Troy even refers to him [disparagingly] as 'slingblade'. And like 'slingblade', of mice and men's 'lennie small', green mile's 'john coffey, or 'Frankenstein's monster', Wesley Clovis is as troubling as he is likeable. Clovis, a mentally slow, peeping-tom, convicted 15 years previous, of raping and murdering a 17 year old girl, is a death row inmate. Problem is before he can be humanely put down, since he's morbidly obese, he needs lipo and a tummy tuck. That's where the docs at McNamara/Troy come in. There's an added incentive for the docs---if they agree to do the surgery, their son Matt gets released from prison. For Christian, the decision is a no-brainer. Sean of course has a crisis of conscience. How can he reconcile doing the surgery when the ultimate purpose is to carry out capital punishment. In Jennifer Salt's excellent script, there's an added twist: Clovis has exhausted the appeals process, but there seems to be reasonable doubt as to his guilt. It's possible that he was convicted on circumstantial evidence and another inmate is the actual murderer.

True to form, Nip/Tuck masterfully injects humor to balance the deep stuff. There's a scene with 16 year old twins about to go under the knife for rhinoplasty, a birthday gift from their parents. One of the twins is texting as they're about to be anesthetized. Classic. Once again the show's prosthetic make-up special effects [the twins' noses, Clovis' blubber, etc.] from Bari and Tom Burman are without peer.

Anyone who knows me knows i am a fan of Nip/Tuck. In fact, fan is not a descriptive enough word. i have often used the word addicted when referring to my loyalty to the show. Lately, i must confess, Doctor Christian Troy is testing my fealty. i'm still addicted to the "disturbingly perfect" Nip/Tuck, and Troy's portrayer Julian McMahon [my major celeb crush] still delivers 6 seasons in, stellar performances. But lately i feel like i don't recognize the Doc Troy fellow addicts have come to know, love, and lust for. As the show progresses toward the end of it's run, it's as if Troy is transforming into a Jekyll & Hyde personality. A sociopath and/or psychopath is defined as "one who is affected with a personality disorder marked by antisocial behavior" "a person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse". With regard to Christian's treatment of Kimber, that pretty much sums up my view of his behavior in the Wesley Clovis ep and the ep that preceded it, Benny Nilsson, his treatment of Sean and Sean's prodigal brother Brendan.

Christian always has been a narcissist, and he's never made a secret of that aspect of his personality. But in season 6, he's become [irredeemably?] cruel. Even worse than he was in season 3 with Abby Mays, and i didn't think that was possible. Only a few weeks ago, Christian was by all appearances, sincerely pouring his heart out to Kimber, telling her that she is his soulmate and that he did indeed have a heart and it belongs to her. Now when Kimber tells him she's pregnant, instead of being emotionally supportive, he offers up a despicable ultimatum wrapped around a proposal of marriage. Hey 10", i can dig it, you don't want more children. Since you know that, before you planted your seed, you should've gotten a vasectomy. The only good thing that resulted from Christian's romance challenged declarative was the bonding between Kimber and Liz---excellent scenes for Ms.Maffia and Ms.Carlson.

The phrase 'bros before hos' has been around for a while. i've been on a crusade to have a feminine counterpart---'sis before dicks'. hubby teases me and says there's no way it'll catch on, but the scenes from this ep with Liz and Kimber make me think there's hope yet that my alternative will become popular.

FX will re-air Wesley Clovis Sunday December 20, 2009 at 11:30pm and Wednesday December 23, 2009 at 1:00am. Then Nip/Tuck takes a break until Wednesday January 6, 2010 when it's final 9 episodes air. Please check your local listings.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Dexter: Hello Dexter Morgan Season 4 Episode 11

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Your fight or flight instinct is amped anticipating the occurrence of an abduction, slashing, bludgeoning, or a shove out of a window. Pulse is racing, throat is dry, your eyes dart to scan your surroundings for any threatening presence. You can't catch your breath, and when you finally can, it's a gasp. You're watching Showtime's Dexter, Hello Dexter Morgan, Season 4 Episode 11.

In the 4th season of Dexter, John Lithgow as Arthur Mitchell aka 'The Trinity Killer' has skeert the beejeezus out of me. Arthur has honed the appearance of normalcy to a fine art, and that's what makes him extremely creepy. When Arthur does behave as his true self, the matter-of-fact manner in which he carries out acts of violence are chilling to say the least. In Dexter's 9th episode, "Hungry Man", Arthur had no qualms about breaking his son Jonah's fingers while his wife was in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on their Thanksgiving dinner. The son, an athlete, has been abused so often, he confides to Dexter, that he has run out of plausible explanations to his coach at school as to how he has sustained so many injuries off the playing field. Arthur gives new meaning to the phrase "domestic terrorist".

In his pursuit of Arthur, Dexter has used an alias, "Kyle Butler". As there have been in the previous episodes, there are many twists in episode 11 "Hello Dexter Morgan". i won't divulge them all here---what would be the fun of that, but i'll give you a thumbnail of what leads up to the uttering of the episode's title. To flush Arthur out of hiding, "Kyle" threatens to extort him for $50K. But as the episode progresses, Arthur pursues "Kyle", and discovers Dexter's true identity---well his occupation and true name, not that he too [however twistedly altruistic the motives] is a serial killer. Arthur has tailed Dexter to the police station. Once inside he stops at the information desk and politely asks if Kyle Butler works there. When told no one by that name is in the personnel files, he proceeds to steal the visitor's pass of another law abiding citizen who is with a group taking a tour of the station. Confidently, he shows the pass as he goes through the metal detector. Eventually sees the evidence of Dexter's attempt to display normalcy, the homicide unit's bowling league team photo [from season 2], with Dexter's name below his picture. Arthur goes to the homicide detective's floor, he and Dexter see each other, they approach each other, and as they stand face to face, Arthur smiles and greets him with the words "Hello Dexter Morgan".

Dexter's 4th season ends on the next episode, #12 "The Getaway". Having to wait for Showtime to announce the start date for the 5th season of Dexter---now that feels like a bloody eternity.

Dexter airs on Showtime and Showtime on Demand. Please check your local listings.

Dexter Spoiler Banner by sookietex
Dexter Executive Producer Clyde Phillips Chats With Fans Sunday 12~6~09

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

LopezTonight ~ Monday, November 30, 2009

George Lopez photo by Dimitrios Kambouris of WireImage

Psst! While some people had been wondering: how would Leno fare in a 10:00pm time slot, or if Letterman's ratings would suffer as a result of his infidelity scandal, George Lopez has been killing on his TBS show, Lopez Tonight.

Lopez Tonight debuted on TBS on November 9, 2009. It garnered 3.1 million viewers it's first night. i haven't seen it's numbers in the weeks that followed, but i'm guessing they have not only held steady, but increased. Why? Great guests---i don't know who books for Lopez Tonight, but they snag very enviable 'gets'. First night had Eva Langoria-Parker, Ellen DeGeneres, Carlos Santana, and Kobe Bryant. O.K. Bryant is not popular in my household, but there are those where he is, so that qualifies as a good get. At the Lopez Tonight website check out the This Week link to see the terrific guest line-ups for future shows.

Lopez Tonight has a beautiful set. Seeing it i appreciate the show's ad pitch, "bringing the party to late night". It manages to be Vegas glitzy and house party intimate at the same time. The band is great, Michael Bearden & The Ese Vatos. The thing i like best about the band is that when they do a cover, they don't inject their personality into someone else's material. For example, when they play the show's theme, War's, Low-Rider, it sounds like War's Low-Rider, instead of a lounge lizard's homage.

i hadn't tuned in until the Monday November 30th show. Kicking myself for not tuning in sooner. Lopez is not only bringing the party, his stand-up is fearless, skewering celebrities, and liberals and conservatives equally, with a take no prisoners energy. Riffing on the Tiger Woods "alleged" marital discord had the studio audience laughing, applauding, and nodding in agreement. hubby and i were doing the same at home under the covers, and remarking how Mr.Lopez knew exactly what we had been speculating on the subject. How does Lopez do this? Clearly this man has his finger on the pulse of not only what's on the mind of America, he dares to put those thoughts into words. Comedy should never be safe. George Lopez knows this, and plies his trade accordingly.

Lopez Tonight airs Monday through Thursday at 11:00pm on TBS [please check your local listings].

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Glee ~ Hairography Season 1 Episode 11

"I completely understand NBC's position, and look forward to seeing a Jay Leno float." ~ Glee Creator and Executive Producer Ryan Murphy's response to NBC forcing Macy's to rescind their invitation to the cast of Glee to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


On Thanksgiving, turkey is the bird traditionally served, but i have a feeling the peacock network exec who made the decision to bump the cast of Glee from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is going to be eating a big plate of crow. Sure Glee is on a competing network, but with few exceptions---30 Rock springs to mind, NBC is going begging for high ratings, and hardly in a position to snub any assist they can get.

Maybe the person who made that decision is unaware that Glee is "grabbing the highest percentage of upscale viewers among all four broadcast networks" i'm not a CFO, but what that translates to in my mind is that a lot of the folks who are gonna be up and at 'em on 'Black Friday' are also more likely than not, people who watch Glee. Sponsors have probably come to that same conclusion, and while i don't think the parade snub will deter shoppers from doing what comes naturally the day after [and in some cases the day of] Thanksgiving, it's not too smart in the current economy to risk offending people [read Glee fans with deep pockets] whom you're trying to woo.

The night before Thanksgiving, Fox airs Glee's 11th episode of season 1: Hairography. Guest star Eve plays Grace Hitchens, an instructor from a competing glee club at the Jane Adams Reform School. New Directions' Mr.Schu offers Ms.Hitchens' group rehearsal space at McKinley High. The Adams' glee club's performance of Bootylicious, leaves the McKinley kids and Mr.Schu wondering: is New Directions ready for this jelly?

Glee airs Wednesdays at 9:00pm on the Fox Network. Please check your local listings.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Prisoner AMC 6 Part MiniSeries Remake: Part 1: Arrival

Ian McKellen As 2 Jim Caviezel As 6 AMC's The Prisoner 2009
AMC's The Prisoner ~ False Paradise

AMC's The Prisoner ~ Nightmare

AMC's The Prisoner ~ Arrival

The AMC channel is doing a mini-series re-make of the Patrick McGoohan 1967 British cult classic series, The Prisoner. And BONUS, for those who haven't seen the 1960s original, has video of those episodes available for viewing online.

The 2009 AMC Prisoner 6 part mini-series re-do stars Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel. There are a few differences from the original, but the basic premise remains intact. McGoohan's protagonist was involved in international espionage. When he decides to resign from living the life of a spy, he awakens from a drugged state, and finds he has been relocated to a community known as "The Village". The residents of "The Village are under constant surveillance, interrogation and are frequently drugged. No one in "The Village" is addressed by name. They are instead referred to by number. No one knows how they arrived there, there does not appear to be any way to leave, and worse when someone gets close to making an escape they are enveloped by a mysterious billowing huge white ball. The supervisor of "The Village" is a passive/aggressive tyrant known as #2. In the original, the character remained the same, but the actor portraying #2 changed periodically, which added to "The Village" resident's fear, frustration, and confusion.

In the AMC mini-series, the actor portraying #2 remains a constant---the wonderfully wicked Ian McKellen. The actor in the protagonist role is Jim Caviezel. As in the original, he is referred to as #6. Different from the original, prior to becoming a resident of "The Village" #6 is not a secret agent. Instead he lives in NYC, and is a statistician for a global corporate entity. Rather than being a spy, he spies upon citizens as they go about their lives. Tracking pedestrian, vehicular, consumer, and various other patterns. The day comes when he tires of being a mini 'big brother'. When he resigns, he is drugged, and when he awakens, he is no longer living in NYC, but is instead the newest inhabitant of "The Village".

The location shots for the remake were done in the extremely picturesque coastal southern African town of Swakopmund, Namibia. It's almost as if the locale is a supporting cast member---it's beauty lending a strong contrast to the creepiness of the goings-on in "The Village". Imagine an entire town, no check that, an entire world in an incredibly beautiful setting, but it is filled with suspicion, paranoia, deception, torture, fear, and tyranny, and from that world, there is seemingly no escape.

Mr.Caviezel's performance has been negatively reviewed by some in comparison to Mr.McGoohan's. i feel that is an unfair assessment. imho, Mr.Caviezel gives a fine performance. No it is not identical to Mr.McGoohan's---let's face it, his was legendary, but that does not mean Mr.Caviezel can not make #6 his own. i am enjoying his interpretation. Regarding Mr.McKellen---there are not sufficient words of praise. This man has a tremendous gift. With simply a look, a gesture, a subtle tone of voice, he can convey so much emotion and invoke it in others. i must confess i did notice something about him that i hadn't before. When he is being charming or solicitous in that duplicitous way as only 2 can, he gets an innocent look that reminds me of Uncle Floyd's puppet side-kick Oogie. i know that sounds surreal, but then everything about The Prisoner is---which is what makes it so good.

AMC airs The Prisoner 6 part mini-series beginning Sunday November 15th 2009 through Tuesday November 17th 2009 with a re-airing on Sunday November 22nd 2009. Please check your local listings.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

ABC's V Pilot Episode 101 The Visitors Are Here, Don't Be Frightened We Mean You No Harm

ABC's V Pilot Episode 101 The Visitors Are Here "Don't Be Frightened, We Mean You No Harm"

The original V was a 1983 NBC mini-series. 1984 brought forth a 3 part sequel mini-series, which in turn produced a tv series that ran for 1 year. It's latest incarnation comes to us via the ABC network.

For me, sci-fi plots are always scariest when they incorporate references to historic events, turn a mirror toward modern societal topics, have flawed heroes and villains that aren't always easy to spot, and have a look that is futuristic, but at the same time familiar. Good job ABC. On your new V, you have check-marks for all of the above.

In the opening moments of V, it is early morning, massive UFOs hover above major US cities and around the world. There are a total of 29 ships [the 1984 version had 50]. The percussive effect from the ship's vibrations is so strong the entire world simultaneously experiences an earthquake. A graphic comes on the screen asking the viewer where were they when JFK was assassinated. Where were they on the morning of 9/11. As someone who lived through both those events, reading those questions produces a strong visceral reaction. i was hooked.

The Visitors are sentient beings who have [ostensibly] come to earth because our water contains minerals they need to sustain life. They propose their arrival can be mutually beneficial. As payment for the water, they will share their advanced technology, and other attributes. The Visitors are here to help, not to harm. As long as we humans do as we're told and don't piss them off. That's what makes the show so intriguing---it's perfect execution of the 'trojan horse' parable. But The Visitors' true nature is not immediately gleaned by most of us earthlings. They're pretty---extraordinarily so---we're talking model pretty. They have pretty bodies. They wear pretty clothes. They're friendly, greet everyone they meet with a friendly smile. They want to provide for us. What could be wrong? It doesn't occur to most of the humans that rarely can one get something for nothing. And if something appears to be too good to be true, it almost always is.

My favorite thing about the aliens, is that in their natural state, they look like reptiles. i like reptiles, i don't fear them. One of the most pleasurable tactile sensations i've experienced was petting a boa constrictor, and a monitor lizard [neither were mine]. It was like caressing an extremely smooth, fine quality leather. i realize not everyone has that reaction to reptiles, and so do The Visitors. They have cloaked themselves in a more appealing exterior. Also the animals i was petting were not planning to have me as their dinner.

Melding the current real life high alert status for terrorist activity, there are also sleeper cell V's, and some who genuinely want to help human resistance fighters who are aware of greater number of V's true intentions.

ABC's V airs Tuesday nights at 8:00pm, please check your local listings. V may also be seen online at and Hulu

Sunday, October 25, 2009

General Hospital's Jonathan Jackson Returns As Lucky Spencer Tuesday October 27, 2009 Episode #11921

Luckies: Greg Vaughan And Jonathan Jackson
Luke And Laura: Anthony Geary And Genie Francis
Lucky And Liz: Greg Vaughan, Rebecca Herbst Jonathan Jackson
General Hospital's Lucky Spencer still resides in Port Charles, but Greg Vaughan is gone. Since 2003, Vaughan had played the son of GH super couple Luke & Laura. The role has now undergone a recast redux with Lucky's 1993 originator Jonathan Jackson. Popular with the show's fans, Jackson portrayed the character for six years. In the year 2000 Jacob Young [All My Children's JR Chandler] took the role for a three year run. Greg Vaughan picked up the part from 2003 to October 2009.

i got no beef with Jackson's return per se, but i think the way GH's execs dealt with Vaughan's release stinks. The way they implemented their decision was nothing short of a sucker punch, and then adding insult to injury they released a statement saying it was Vaughan's decision to leave the show. "Greg Vaughn has decided to vacate the role to explore new opportunities". Not true. The producers called Vaughan in for a meeting and dismissed him. It wasn't that he'd done anything wrong, they were taking the character in a different direction, one they didn't feel he was suitable for. Mr.Vaughan's response has been nothing less than classy. The best example i can offer of that is an interview he gave to Michael Fairman. A September 28th farewell message on Twitter bore no ill will. Not to his former employer, not to his cast mates, but he did set the record straight about why he would not be returning to General Hospital.

Jonathan Jackson returns to General Hospital Tuesday October 27, 2009, and is contracted to play Lucas Lorenzo 'Lucky' Spencer for a six month run. i guess his fans can expect a renewal when that time expires, but with the way things have been running in daytime lately---the Vaughan sacking, the Eric Braeden debacle over at CBS' Young And The Restless, Guiding Light's cancellation, All My Children relocating a portion of it's cast to L.A. and the rest opting to remain in NYC, Sarah Brown's Claudia Zaccarro exiting GH in November 2009 rather than January 2010 [although in Ms.Brown's case she's leaving earlier to begin a long term contract on The Bold and The Beautiful], etc., etc., ya never really know what to expect from them what makes the soaps.

General Hospital airs on ABC and Soapnet. Please check your local listings for times.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nip/Tuck Season 6 Premiere Episode 1 "Don Hoberman"

Nip/Tuck Season 6 Premiere Episode 1 "Don Hoberman"
Yea! Nip/Tuck is back! Mario Lopez as Dr.Mike Hamoui is back, and however inadvertently is again sparking Dr.Christian Troy's competitive spirit. Dr.Mike has a fab 102ft yacht [The Reverie], a bevy of bikinied beauties, loads of cash, and the physical attribute Troy envies---that damned 10yrs younger torso. Mike is a hottie, but ImHO doc Troy has no need to fear he is physically inferior in any way. On the cash front though, problems. Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy has injected the real world economic crises into the season 6 storyline. The docs are having budget woes, to the point where Sean has replaced Christian's Yoplait with generic brand yogurt. Wonder if the Dole pineapple juice will survive the cost cutting.

Julia and Erica are back. After the tragedy this real life daughter and mother suffered, it's good to see them on screen again. Flexing their artistic muscles has proven to be a good tonic.

Kimber is back, and embarking on a new career as an aesthetician. Matt is back and more of a train wreck than season's past. 2 words: "mime bandit". Liz is back, and she's not putting up with Christian's crap any more. 4 words: hell hath no fury. Annie is back. i'm excited about that, because last season was a good showcase for Kelsey Lynn Batelaan. You know being one of Sean and Julia's kids, the teen angst factor is going to be amped to the max. Teddy, now portrayed by Rose McGowan is back. i can only echo what Doc Troy said in season 5 of Sean's paramours, "that guy sure can pick 'em".

There are new characters too. Academy award winner Linda Hunt as a documentary narrator. Barry Bostwick as Roger Payne, Liz' divorce lawyer, and Wayne Knight [Seinfeld's Newman] is Christian's divorce lawyer. Let the settlement battle begin.

Nip/Tuck airs at 10:00pm on FX, Wednesdays [please note the change from previous season's Tuesday night scheduling].

Nip/Tuck Cast
[Special Thanks to Sue]

Nip/Tuck Behind The Scenes



Behind Season 6's Scenes

Economic Downturn

Rose McGowan as Teddy, Mario Lopez as Mike

Nip/Tuck, It's Back

Nip/Tuck, Can't Believe We Did That!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Young & The Restless Episodes 9235-9249 [Sept~21~09 -Oct~9~09]

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Are TPTB on The Young & The Restless saying auf wiedersehen to Eric Braeden? Its beginning to look like the answer will be yes, but not yet. In recent contract negotiations, Mr.Braeden has been asked to take a pay-cut. He is not the only cast member of whom that request was made. In fact writers and crew have had the same proposal put to them by executive producer Paul Rauch. It's all a matter of trickle-down economics. The show's licensers are offering less to air the show, so there's less dough to dole to those in front of and behind the cameras, who make the show possible. Mr. Braeden's contract does not expire until 2010, but there is a condition in the contract that allows for re-negotiation at the completion of each each performer's 13 week cycle. As it now stands he and the Y&R producers are at a standstill. Melody Thomas Scott [Niki] and Jess Walton [Jill] are also wrangling with producers on this same sticking point. Braeden's Victor Newman is extremely popular with viewers. Check out any Y&R message boards, and the overwhelming fan statistic says that if Victor isn't there, the fans won't be either. The irony of that being if the fans make good on their threats to bolt, it ultimately creates a trickle-down effect of lost revenue for the show and it's sponsors.

i have been an intermittent Y&R viewer. i started watching back in the '70s, then stopped for a while and started watching again in the last few months. i've been a fan of Eric Braeden's since his Rat Patrol series. He's been on Y&R since 1980. i've always found him to be very appealing---very masculine and funny too. i love his accent, and find the idiomatic cadence of his speech to be very endearing. i'm not saying it would be impossible to have Young & The Restless continue without him, but it ain't gonna be easy or the same. Jeanne Cooper [Katherine Chancellor] portrays my favorite female character on the show and i've not seen any news that indicates she'll be leaving, but i can't help thinking if 'the mustache' goes, it does not bode well for other veteran players. Guess we'll just have to stay tuned to see how everyone's contract negotiations pan out.

The Young & The Restless airs Monday through Friday on CBS at 12:30pm Please check your local listings. You may also view full Y&R eps on their website The Young & The Restless and The Young & The Restless In HD

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Rescue Ink Unleashed Season 1 Episode 1 It's A Cruel, Cruel, World

Ronald Reagan said "There is nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse."

tru'dat! And may i add to that sentiment dogs, cats, reptiles, and all creatures of the scaled, furry, feathered, hooved, slippery, and four legged kind. National Geographic has a great new show, Rescue Ink Unleashed. It follows a group named Rescue Ink---that's ink, i_n_k. "Rescue Ink™ was formed to aid in battling animal abuse and neglect, and to assist existing animal-welfare agencies and shelters."

Think animal advocates with tats. Community activists with A-Team style and "zero tolerance" for animal abuse. Not all the members of the group sport ink, but that doesn't make them any less passionate about rescuing, and relocating animals in distress. When the situation calls for it, they arrange for adoptions, and make certain that pet and owner are rightly matched.

My favorite of the team's missions is when they have to round up a run-away rooster. Capturing a chicken is a great deal different than a dog or cat, and watching them map out their corralling strategy is great fun. For me the best thing about the show is it dispels myths. An animal is not necessarily a menace because they happen to be a particular breed. An animal that has been traumatized is not beyond rehabilitation. In many ways, the backgrounds of the rescuing humans mirror those of their animal charges, and that makes for heartwarming success stories from both perspectives. Rescue Ink Unleashed airs on the National Geographic Channel, Fridays at 10:00pm with repeat airings Wednesdays at 8:00pm Please check your local listings.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Dexter Season 4 Episode 1 Living The Dream

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Dexter, America's favorite serial killer/blood spatter analyst is back. Sleep deprived, but back. Dexter's a newly-wed father of 3, and the youngest of the children, baby Harrison, is keeping daddy sleepless in Miami. Resulting in Dexter being off his game. He's distracted, misplacing his keys, being absent minded about his cases, blowing his "expert" testimony on the witness stand, which allows a defendant, who by all rights should have been found guilty, to go free. Dexter's increasing domestic responsibilities are also leaving him with no time to kill---and for Dexter, that expression is not just a figure of speech. Add to that the return of FBI Special Agent Frank Lundy [Keith Carradine]requesting Dexter to be his go-to guy on capturing the elusive 'Trinity Killer' [John Lithgow], thus dubbed because for 3 decades he has successfully slain his way across the U.S. As Lt.Laguerta [Lauren Velez] says "there's blood, lots of it".

Showtime's Dexter returns for it's 4th season on Sunday September 27, 2009 at 9:00pm
Please check your local listings.

Thanks to SHOWTIME at YouTube

Dexter Clip From Living The Dream Season 4 Episode 1

Dexter Clip From Living The Dream Season 4 Episode 1

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 7 Episode 1 Funkhouser's Crazy Sister

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God bless Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry David. Without him most of us would have either lost our minds, or shoved someone off a cliff. Larry's blood pressure elevates, to allow others' to stay on an even keel---unless of course you're on the receiving end of his skewering wit. Larry David says and does what most of us are thinking or feeling when we encounter humanity, but do not dare say or act upon because of the societal and/or legal consequences that would occur. When LD does his thing, you can't help but nod in agreement or sometimes admonishment, with those nods often accompanied with uncontrollable laughter.

In season seven's first ep "Larry attempts a preemptive breakup with an ailing Loretta, and learns with Jeff that you canʼt make an “empty gesture” to a Funkhouser." Marty Funkhouser played by Bob "SuperDave" Einstein is once again vexing and being vexed by Larry with regard to a social misstep. A bit of trivia for you youngsters out there---Mr. Einstein was a cast member and writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and is the real life brother of Albert Brooks.

All the characters on Curb are funny, but my favorite is Larry's brother-in-law from his second marriage, Leon, played by JB Smoove. Larry could not ask for a better wing man than Leon. As JB put it in a recent interview "everybody needs a little Leon in their life". Difficult to perceive, but true, sometimes Larry needs a nudge to get him to tell it like it T_I_S, and handle his business the way a man should---and that's where Leon comes in. Mr.Smoove, is convulsively funny, and i cannot wait to see the predicaments he and Larry get into in Curb's seventh season. Equally anticipating the antics of Wanda Sykes. For me, she is the female Larry---her mouth and actions have no censor button, and we are the better for it.

i'm sure you've heard the Seinfeld cast is making a guest appearance in season seven, but that does not happen until episode 3. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm returns for a seventh season on Sunday September 20th at 9:00pm Please check your local listings.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Glee Season 1 Episode 2 Showmance

It's back to school time, and time for the return of Glee. In season 1 episode 2, "Showmance", the Glee kids perform at their school for the first time. Cheerleader Quinn discovers that Gleek Rachel wants her man Finn. With the help of gym teacher Ms.Sylvester, Quinn puts a plan in motion to stop Rachel from getting Finn.

Helping the kids put together their rendition of the Kanye West hit "Gold Digger", glee club leader Mr.Schuester displays talents his kids would never have guessed he had. In this scene Matthew Morrison's performance shows why the actor has earned the nickname 'triplethreat'.

Glee's fan base has been building since May when Fox aired the pilot episode. Downloads from itunes, tweets on Twitter [on it's pilot premier night, Glee was the top ranked topic on the social networking site]. Non-stop buzz on message boards, merchandising---this juggernaut of joy will not be contained.

Season 1 episode 2 of Glee airs Wednesday September 9, 2009 at 9:00pm on Fox. Please check your local listings.

Fox will air an encore performance of "Showmance" on Friday September 11, 2009 at 9:00pm. Also in case you miss the encore, or if you just can't get enough of Glee [and ratings say that many viewers can't] full episodes may be seen at Fox On Demand If you don't already have the Move Player, it will be necessary to install to access the videos. Installation is easy and takes only seconds. i just took it for a test run and it works great :-)


TrueBlood Season 2 Episode 11 Frenzy

TrueBlood Season 2 Episode 11 "Frenzy". All hell is literally breaking loose in BonTemps Louisiana. Maenad MaryAnn has the majority of the townsfolk under her spell. Orgies, mutilation, debauchery, cannibalism, and ultimately human sacrifice, all for the sake of preparing tribute to "the god who comes". In an effort to free the town of MaryAnn's influence, Vampire Bill pays a visit to the queen of the vampires SophieAnne Leclerq, portrayed by the sylph-like Evan Rachel Wood. Ms.Wood is an absolute scene stealer. When she speaks the lines written by the wonderful Alan Ball, you can tell they are as sensually enjoyable for her to say as it is for the listener to hear. Visually stunning, her skin is flawless, and she rocks her wardrobe like a '40's era hollywood goddess. And i love the way the character teases vamp Bill [all in good fun of course].

One of my favorite moments in this episode is the scene where Jason and Andy are on militia stake-out, and they have a heart-to-heart about issues they have with each other. They discover they have more in common than they thought and become closer.

Lafayette as always, is a treasure. The fans are so lucky that he lives on in the tv series long after he was dispatched in the TrueBlood books. Vamp Eric is as handsome and seductive as ever, and Vamp Pam is scandalously funny.

Sookie Stackhouse is my kind of gal. i love how resourceful she is. No matter what strangeness is thrown her way, she rolls with the punches, and when necessary, will skillfully throw a few too. Speaking of strangeness, in "Frenzy" there are so many WTF moments, i lost count. Trying to list them all would be futile. Much more expedient to view the ep. HBO will air "Frenzy" again at 6:00pm Sunday September 13, 2009 [it can also be seen on-line in it's entirety at In A Lather, please click the link on the right]. But the strange moment that still has me scratching my head is the giant bird's nest in Sookie Stackhouse's late grandma's bedroom, complete with what appears to be an ostrich egg that Tara and her beau 'Eggs' are maintaining and guarding.

Yet another reason why i can't wait for the season finale. i'm guessing that even though we may be left with a cliff-hanger, many questions will be answered too.

TrueBlood season 2 episode 12 finale "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" airs Sunday September 13, 2009 at 9:00pm on HBO. Please check your local listings.

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Trailer TrueBlood Season 2 Finale Episode 12 "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
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