"Mid-Season Preview: NBC's Smash"
Entertainment Weekly stole our opening line by deeming NBC’s new musical drama, Smash, “glee for grown-ups” in their February 3rd issue, but it’s absolutely true and therefore the perfect way to explain the series’ style and tone. Whether you grew up with the bright lights of 42nd Street just a subway stop or two away, or if you sang along to cassette tapes and CDs of Disney princesses belting out ballads for their (eventually) betrothed, chances are, you can’t ignore the gaping musical hole in more modern pop culture. Smash is a mature answer to teens prancing and belting about puppy love while still intertwining big, bold production numbers with emotional drama of characters’ personal lives and relationships... [MORE]
"Gossip Girl reveals its title character!? Plus, fallout from Blair’s decision"
If you haven’t watched the 100th episode of Gossip Girl yet, then stop reading right now and run to your DVR. A lot of $#!+ went down! ... [MORE]
"Emily Kapnek previews: Love is in the air on Suburgatory!"
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you know what that means? Lots of love and hook-ups coming to television! Perhaps most notably, relationships will be tested and potentially taken to the next level on Suburgatory-- at least, that’s what series creator Emily Kapnek teased when LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with her on her Los Angeles set earlier this month... [MORE]
"PHOTO PREVIEW: New Girl picks up Ryan Kwanten"
If you were single on Valentine's Day for the first time in years, what would your plans for the evening be? We might slip on our comfiest pjs and curl up with some rom-coms and take-out, but that's ripe with dark humor, not exactly the kind of laughs for which FOX' New Girl is known. So when Jess (Zooey Deschanel) finds herself in exactly that situation in their own "Valentine's Day" episode, she heads straight to the bar and picks up...special guest star True Blood's Ryan Kwanten... [MORE]
"Mid-Season Preview: ABC’s The River"
It may be filmed in the same area in Hawaii, but ABC’s new paranormal drama, The River, is not going to be the next LOST. Nor should you want it to be. In fact, it’s much more The Walking Dead than LOST-- or anything else, for that matter. Where LOST was all about unfolding a little bit of mystery at a time-- giving you a tease of an answer while revealing three new questions in a greater mythology, The River is much simpler than that: a search for one man, lost but presumed dead, while filming down in the Amazon. The River relies on highly stylized shocks and scares, but through its documentary style, wants to keep its audience in the middle of the action, rather than high and mightily above it, trying to suss out a greater meaning behind it all. The River is all about just trying to survive when you find yourself in a situation far worse than you ever could have imagined-- about what you can do when the rescue mission you thought you were embarking on becomes about rescuing yourselves instead-- and from forces unknown at that... [MORE]