The River is a fun, scary tale that arrived on Tuesday night disguised as a grim, scary tale. That’s the way these things work: The frights wouldn’t be nearly as effective if the characters didn’t find blood-curdling precisely the stuff that made us jump and giggle. Thus, when Leslie Hope’s Tess got abruptly sucked beneath what was thought to be shallow water (for a few seconds, only her frantically gesticulating hand remained in view), you might have yelped, but you might also have laughed at how smoothly executed the scare effect was achieved. READ FULL STORY »
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UPDATE: 'Alcatraz' week 2, 'Kit Nelson': Why it's caught on with a large audience so quickly, and why it may deserve to
Alcatraz premiered last week with back-to-back episodes that lured more than 10 million viewers and bested the premiere of its time-period predecessor, Terra Nova. The show had two things going for it from the start: A catchy premise (Alcatraz prisoners from the 1960s are somehow transported into our current era) and fan-favorite Jorge Garcia. READ FULL STORY »
Alcatraz premiered with back-to-back episodes on Monday night as Fox did its best to lure a large audience, trained to tune into House, to check out its newest production from producer J.J. Abrams and costarring a very prominent Lost alumnus, Jorge Garcia. Combining cop drama with supernatural elements, it has, at its best, the elements of an old Steve Ditko-drawn Strange Suspense Story tale. At its weakest, Alcatraz is a mash-up: CSI: Fringe Prison Break. READ FULL STORY »
Justified demonstrated at the start of its second season last night that it’s working on a level that is, if anything, even more cool, witty, and serene than its debut season. It takes some guts to avoid trying to rev up the pace just to show viewers we’re back!, and to resist worries about the sophomore-year jinx. Timothy Olyphant is the actor most attuned to Elmore Leonard’s source prose since George Clooney captured the polite-cool-cat pose perfectly in Out of Sight. READ FULL STORY »
'Mr. Sunshine' premiere review: Matthew Perry followed 'Modern Family' with modern irony. Did you like it, or did you miss 'Cougar Town'?
Matthew Perry’s new show Mr. Sunshine made its debut in ABC’s best showcase time period for a sitcom: Following Modern Family. The show that usually occupies that spot, Cougar Town, starring Perry’s former Friends co-star Courteney Cox, has certainly benefited from this slot. But I think following Modern Family may have emphasized one of the potential weaknesses of Mr. Sunshine: Sunshine radiates READ FULL STORY »
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