Monday, June 18, 2012

From LA Examiner: 'Episodes' Premiere Review; FOX Fall Premiere Dates; Kaitlyn Jenkins Dances Onto 'Bunheads'; Leonor Varela Talks Down 'Dallas's' John Ross...

"Episodes returns with a lot more heart and a surprise hit on its hands"

The first season of Episodes, the meta-comedy from David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik was short and sweet, introducing the world of colorful Hollywood players to its audience through the eyes of two British transplant writers, in town to adapt their series for an American audience. They hit up against come cultural differences, butted heads with studio execs who didn’t listen to them, let alone actually watch their show, and learned to love (in their own very specific ways) a big TV star trying to make a comeback (Matt LeBlanc). It was over just as things were starting to heat up, and it has been a long wait for the second season. But its return proves the wait was more than worth it as it expands upon all of the elements the first season gave us just a little taste of-- from subtle Friends comparisons, to deeply flawed but still lovable characters, to a relationship you can’t help but root for, even if you’re of the “once a cheater, always a cheater” mindset... [MORE]

"FOX announces Fall 2012 for Fringe, Raising Hope, The Mindy Project, more"

Hold on tight, television fans! Fall 2012 is about to get crowded with FOX announcing today their premiere dates for all new and returning series. Is your DVR overheating yet? ... [MORE]

"Q&A: Kaitlyn Jenkins discusses Bunheads’ dancing and friendship drama"

Kaitlyn Jenkins has a great story about wanting to be an actor since she was a little girl of probably no more than five, turning to her mother and asking ‘When can I please be on TV?’ Most parents probably would have told the story as an anecdote at parties and looked back on it as a phase, but Jenkins’ parents took note of their daughter’s special interests and abilities-- which didn’t start and end with acting, either. And it’s probably a good thing because her talent in, and passion for, both acting and dancing have landed her a plum role on ABC Family’s new dance drama, Bunheads... [MORE]

Leonor Varela didn’t really grow up with television in her household, but even she admitted she couldn’t escape the “cultural phenomenon” that was the original Dallas series. With everyone talking about “Who shot J.R.?”, Varela wanted to be a part of the conversation and holds onto “glamorous” memories of the series. But these days she is bound to have much more intimate memories of TNT’s new Dallas, as she has a seven-episode arc in the first season as Marta Del Sol, a businesswoman in on an oil scheme with John Ross (Josh Henderson) who is about to reveal some even more colorful secrets... [MORE

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