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The War is Only Beginning: My Advance Review of the Return of V

In November, Tyler was meeting Anna, getting sucked in by her force, Jack got stabbed by an alien, Erica was teaming with Ryan and Georgie to form the resistance, and they started by blowing up a mystery substance in the flu vaccine. Now in March, all those things are picking up again, on ABC’s reimagaining of V.

V if you did not know centers around Erica Evans (the excellent Elizabeth Mitchell), a FBI agent, who is thrown into a major situation as alien ships hover over major cities. Those aliens are known as V’s and they as they say come in peace but are really reptilian creatures that have a secret agenda led by Anna (Morena Baccarin). Anna also has a whole armada of ships coming toward earth but her immediate problem lies in the 5th Column, a rogue group of V’s that have been planet for years.

If you need a more length refresher at the first four episodes check out the recap below but the same girl who does the awesome LOST recaps.

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I got a chance to see the return episode, the show’s 5th, and it comes back with vengeance. First thing, there is a kick ass fight scene between a visitor and Erica, in Liz’s signature Juliet fight style. Each of the shows regulars are given a start to their upcoming storylines in the hour, written by new showrunner Scott Rosenbaum. As Erica and Georgie, continue to get a resistance with Ryan, they try to incorporate a new member played by Charles Mesure, a mercenary that has much need experience. Ryan is also busy with Val, as she is having a hybrid baby and has no idea. She is having some unknown side-effects and fans of the original series will be very happy at what happens at the end of the episode.

Back at the mothership, Anna and her daughter, and Tyler’s boyfriend Lisa, continue to get Tyler to join their team and that includes an introduction to a very cool par of the ship known as the “memory chamber.” Anna also is dealing with the 5th column and she realizes this is going to be one long fight.

In the end, the episode is a great sci-fi accomplishment, it shows that even with new direction, on a new incarnation of an old show, the genre can still be relevant, emotional, and compelling in a very new sense. I am very excited to see where this journey will take as in the next 8 episodes of the first year and hopefully not last.

V is well worth the wait and debuts in its new time-slot after Lost on ABC at 10/9c Tuesday.

Reminder: White Collar Finale

I know some things can get lost in the shuffle, and I really hope this one does not. If you have at all be watching USA’s newest hit drama that mixes humor with drama like only USA can, you will definitely want to tune in tonight. The show is question, White Collar, revolves around Neal (Matt Bomer) a thief who teams with the FBI (Tim DeKay) to solve white-collar crime. The show has already been renewed for a year two, but tonight’s finale is both rewarding and suspenseful, completing a mystery and staring another.

As an added bonus, Marsha Thomason, who starred in the pilot as a lesbian FBI agent Diana Lancing, but disappeared to be replaced by the never used and departing Natalie Morales, turns up tonight and will return full-time this summer. Her character is explained and comes back with a great punch, that left me wanting more, a lot more!

White Collar wraps season 1 at 10/9c on USA.

Witches, Royals, and Vets: My Review of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?

Reality shows have been around now for awhile, but they are still as popular as ever, and still putting a dent in the greatness of scripted television. NBC is in need of some filler but is the latest reality show exactly filler or something far more interesting….

What NBC Says:

“Who Do You Think You Are?” premieres Friday, March 5 (8-9 p.m. ET) and gives viewers an up-close and personal look inside the family history of some of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities. Among the celebrities featured are Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Spike Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields and Emmitt Smith. is NBC’s official partner on the series. From executive producer Kudrow (“Friends,” “The Comeback”) – in conjunction with her production company Is or Isn’t Entertainment and the U.K.’s Wall to Wall productions – “Who Do You Think You Are?” is an adaptation of the hit BBC television documentary series created and executive-produced by Alex Graham.

Who Do You Think You Are? is one of those projects that has been sitting on the shelf. It was announced way back in May 2008 and since has been pushed, and pushed, therefore I did not have very high hopes in it. When NBC sent all seven episodes I decided to pop one in to see what it was like. Seven hours later I was hooked and there was no more. I know I will be in the minority on this with the critics, but “Who” is a surprisingly sweet, compelling, and intellectual celebrity show, and the celebrities are likable and warming on screening especially the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, and Brooke Shields.

Other stars including the executive producer Lisa Kudrow is feautred in my favorite installment. She along with all the other celebs passionatly want to know more about their ancestory and are not just doing this for the camera. In Susan’s case she has been looking for information on her grandmother for years and she finally finds something that is so close to home it is scary.

The celebrities are the host and they really make or break the episode and in every episode from Spike Lee to Emmitt all do a fine job in convey their own personal history that is connected to the Salem Witches, royals, and war vets. If I were you I would want to learn theirs, and they maybe check out your own.

Who Do You Think You Are is based on the british phenomenon and airs tonight at 8/7c for seven weeks on NBC!

The Drama! Real Housewives of New York City is Back!

Drama, drama, drama, and I love it. I watch a lot of Bravo thanks to its wonderful programming of shows like Top Chef and Kell on Earth but its signature series of the Real Housewives is now on year-round it seems. My favorite cycle is that of New York and the wives return tonight at 11/10c (regular time next week at 10/9c) with more drama than ever before. The premiere episode is cramazing! The best episode of the series to date and it features make ups, break ups, fights, loves, and a naked housewife. That’s right it is amazing and if you are at all a fan of the series check out this new year.

My favorite of the crew is probably the Countess or Jill, with Ramona being the one I wish was not part of the crew along with returning Kelly, after her scandal, more likable Alex, and Bethenny who will be departing to her own series soon. She has new love and has to flaunt it every moment, but I love her for it. Below check out what is to come this year as the series airs tonight at 11/10c on Bravo!

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Family Drama is….My Review of NBC’s Parenthood

The Braverman Family

If you have had at all been watching the Olympics this year, you have been told a thousand times, “Parenthood is….,” and could not be happier to have that put in your face. Parenthood is a new drama by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard based on the 80’s movies of the same name. The show centers around the Braverman family, a typical California family, with four grown up children at different stages of adulthood, a patriarch that is overbearing, and a matriarch that stands and watches. The series begins Tuesday at 10/9c after The Biggest Loser on NBC and it is a series that celebrates the ideas, the hopes, and troubles of beginning a family in the best possible way.

Parenthood has a tremendous cast, centered around Craig T. Nelson (The Incredibles) as Zeke, who loves to be included in anything that his children and grandchildren are involved in. He is married to Camille, played by Die Hard‘s underrated Bonnie Bedelia, who takes a back seat to Zeke’s powerful attitude. We are brought into the series through the eye’s of Sarah, played by the wonderful Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) who replaced Maura Tierney, who departed the series after she learned of her breast cancer. Sarah after getting divorced, takes her two kids (Miles Heizer and Mae Whitman) back home to move in to her parents house much to the dismay of her teenagers.

Erika Christensen, Lauren Graham, and Bonnie Bedelia discuss girl talk at the dinner table

The other three children are leading successful and unsuccessful lives, Crosby (Dax Shepard) is the youngest and is still trying to find himself, not wanting to settle down with his girlfriend. Julia, played by Erika Christenson,who gave an amazing guest stop in Lie to Me last year, is a successful lawyer with a little girl that she does not see enough as her husband (Sam Jaeger, Eli Stone) stays at home. Finally, Adam and Krisina (Peter Krause and Monica Potter) are your typical suburban parents, three kids, all in various points of childhood, and as in the pilot they encounter a problem that is more and more prevalent that will pull at your heartstrings.

Parenthood sure lives up to its name with all the possibly meanings represented in the family. The pilot is full of drama, humor, and depth that pulls you in immediately to the family and after the first ten minutes I found myself caring about what happens. I true gem I found in the series are the kids. Child actors can sometimes be the burden but even with the youngest of kids, I found true to the character. I believe you will be especially taken with Max, Adam’s child, played by Max Burkholder, who has to deal with a lot in the pilot.

The second hour airing next Tuesday is just as fun on the pilot and includes a little more humor which I think the show does best. It also shows a great use of all the family, each having seperate but easily entangled stories. Also look for great comedic actress, Erinn Hayes, to show up as a mom from Julia’s daughters school. So glad she is getting work.

Parenthood is one of the best new series this year, and with all the behind-the-scenes troubles that came up, you never get that on-screen. What you get is a well-made, well acted family drama, that tells a real tale in an excellent way. It enters the new NBC lineup tonight at 10/9c.

New Partners, New Cases, New Network: My Review of Season 2 of TNT’s Southland

In the last few years, the difference it makes to have passionate fans has been no more prevalent, from the campaigns to save Jericho and Chuck, the cancelled Southland of NBC after it was ordered to a 2nd year, was saved by TNT because of the fans. Was it worth it as new episodes begin this week….

What TNT Says about the first two new episodes:

“Phase Three” (First New Episode) – Premieres Tuesday, Mar. 2 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Lydia and Russell’s replacement, Rene Cordero, investigate a possible abduction of an elderly man by a known drug addict. Nate and Sammy investigate a freeway shooting and wind up threatening the integrity of a major undercover operation. And Chickie finds herself in the middle of a mini-riot after her new partner shoots at a 13-year-old boy.

“Butch & Sundance” – Premieres Tuesday, Mar. 9 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)  John and Ben are the first responders to a gruesome triple homicide in Hancock Park, where a mother is bludgeoned to death and her young daughters are found bound, gagged, raped and dead in their bedrooms. In investigating the case, Lydia and Rene realize they have two very different styles of doing detective work. Sammy continues to have problems with his wife, who seems unable to complete even the simplest of tasks. And Ben confronts John about his increasing reliance on pain pills.

The first two episodes showcase the gritty nature and realism of the series that makes it so unique. Back last April in the show premiere it was praised for its style of shooting with handheld, the use of locations in and around LA, and the cast that makes you think they are making up the dialogue on the spot. None of that is lost in the second year that was to air on NBC, if it had the curses would still be bleeped but now on cable it gets even more real with cursing and more. I can only imagine, how much dark the show can get if TNT produces new episodes.

Last year we were left with Lydia’s (Regina King better than ever) partner Russell (Tom Everett Scott) getting shot and Ben (Benjamin McKenszie) moving up in his training. The season begins as Russell is in the hospital and Lydia is given a new parter played by Prison Break’s Amaury Nolasco, who butts heads with Lydia who is hesitant of replacing Russell. Also present in the new series is as storyline revolving around sexism in regards to the wonderful Chickie (Arija Bareikis) who is not liked with her male colleagues. It is a testament to show that in any story they tackle it never feels out of placed and artificial.

The new episodes begin airing on the new network TNT, tonight at 10/9c.

Beards, Tic Tacs, Names, and Exams: First Look at the Next 4 Hours of NBC’s ‘Chuck’

Chuck has many new missions, 12 to be exact for the year, and on his quest to become a real spy the next few are going to be critical. The next four in question, against a “Fake Name”, a “Beard,” “Tic Tacs,” and against the “Final Exam,” and they are critical, but they are some of Chuck’s best.

I was fortunate enough to get to see the next 4 hours which start airing tonight at 8/7c on NBC, and I do not want to say the show is perfect, these hours showcase what make it so close to perfection. They feature action, emotion, intrigue, depth, and most of all, fun, that make the viewing experience so memorable. I cannot say much of the plot because the episodes features so many revelations, I would not and Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak do not want to ruin it for you. Episode 9 (March 8th) notably is directed by the series star Zachary Levi and is I believe the best episode the series has created.

I cannot not talk about the controversy surrounding the way the series left off before the Olympics and it is key to remember that the episode was never meant to be a cliffhanger as many fans thought. I among others was not happy with the direction of the show  during the last few weeks but for entirely different reasons.I was not happy with the story, the cases were not grabbing me and the integration of the Buy More and notably Hannah (Kristin Keurk) was not happening the way I had hoped. Others however were concerned that in the last episode, Chuck hooked up with Hannah, and Sarah with Shaw. Relax, Chuck and Sarah are not over and far from it, and to get angry over the hookups is unnecessary. Both Shaw and Hannah will not be around forever, and one will take off sooner than you think, so just step back, continue watching and enjoy the ride.

Please return to NBC and catch Chuck tonight at 8.7c!