Tuesday, May 8, 2012

From LA Examiner: 'Smash' Season Finale Spoilers; 'Unforgettable' Closes Only One Case; 'Common Law' Advance Review; Jewel Staite Humanizes 'The L.A. Complex'; 'Revenge' Flashback Photos...

"Smash season finale spoilers: 6 big moments to look forward to!"

It’s been a rocky, emotional road for the Smash cast of characters workshopping, teching, and previewing their Marilyn Monroe musical, but the stakes have never been higher than in the season finale, “Bombshell.” Curtains are finally up on the musical in Boston after Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman) makes her hasty exit, far stage right, leaving the team to scramble to select their new leading lady or risk wasting literally millions of dollars as they shut down the show for a few days. Eileen (Anjelica Huston) may put up with a sniveling assistant and the tempered Derek (Jack Davenport), but there is no way she’d stand for that! So Smash goes back to basics with a Team Karen or Team Ivy: Which girl will get the coveted role mystery for the first half of the episode. And while we won’t spoil which girl does get the role in the end (though we will say it goes to the woman who Derek “sees” when he sees Marilyn), we do have a few other tidbits to look forward to in this first season finale. ... [MORE]

"Unforgettable finale offers a love connection but no closure to Carrie’s killer case" 

Modern day procedural watchers inevitably want one of two (if not both) things from their series: compelling weekly cases and a couple to whom to “ship.” If you’ve been watching Unforgettable this season, you’ve seen the show dance back and forth between both, but we’re here to warn you that the season finale provides some juicy closure in only one of those points... [MORE

"USA's Common Law: Sizzlin' Summer Series Preview"

If you haven't had enough of bickering and quirky partners-who-solve-crime, then USA's newest series, Common Law, may just be for you. Common Law begins by showing its two main characters, Travis (Michael Ealy) and Wes (Warren Kole), polar opposites in personalities LAPD robbery-homicide detectives who are on probation after one of them pulled a gun on the other one, in a group counseling scenario... [MORE]

"Jewel Staite pulls from her past for The L.A. Complex

The L.A. Complex’s Raquel Westbrook is the cautionary tale that every ingénue in Hollywood hopes could never be her own fate. She is a bit bitter, a bit lost, and a bit manipulative, but all of these traits are just defense mechanisms to hide how lonely, self-conscious, and yes, scared she is. Best known for her genre work, Jewel Staite shared with LA TV Insider Examiner that when she first signed on for The L.A. Complex, she was most worried about how to “make this crazy person likeable.” But in Staite’s incomparably adept hands, Raquel is not only likeable, but she is also understood and therefore rooted for; she may be struggling against the bright lights of Los Angeles, but in a lot of ways, she’s any woman driven to extremes... [MORE]

"Revenge PHOTO PREVIEW: Flashback to the Hamptons in 2002"

It seems like just yesterday everyone was talking about the flashback wigs on ABC drama LOST, but tomorrow, everyone will be focused on another drama from the alphabet network's taste on the not-so-distant past. Revenge will be taking a trip down memory lane to 2002-- when Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) was still Amanda Clarke but when her hatred of the Grayson family was just about getting started... [MORE]

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