"Amy B. Harris previews The Carrie Diaries season finale + S2 potential"
Prom is right around the corner on The CW's The Carrie Diaries, but while we might have assumed that would be where Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) finally lost her virginity to Sebastian (Austin Butler), well, they just broke up in the last episode. So they are going into prom-- and the first season finale of the series-- newly single and equally brokenhearted... [MORE]
"Is A&E's Bates Motel worth a second look? (Review)"
It is no secret that I did not like the pilot of A&E's Bates Motel. In today's world of limited time and seemingly unlimited programming, a new series really has to make a statement in order to grab the audience's attention and inspire them to tune in week after week. While I am one reviewer who personally doesn't always need big, bold statements but instead actually prefers the subtle psychological elements to characters, I simply felt that the pilot episode alone of Bates Motel did not deliver, instead leaving too many holes that were easier filled with Alfred Hitchcock's answer to who Norman Bates was, instead of Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin's version. Pilots have a lot on their plate, though, because they have to establish characters and worlds, and while delivering a small story with a beginning, middle, and end, they also have to plant seeds of where the show will go in episode two and beyond. This particular pilot had the added challenge of trying to change what you already know about Norman Bates, and because of that, what was delivered was slow-moving and ambivalent, with the suspense to be doled out in greater doses in later episodes. It took until episode three, "What's Wrong with Norman?" for the show to actually seem to find itself, and though it came just in the nick of time for me, who only gives a new show three episodes to grab me, it still had enough kinks left in it to wonder if it can sustain through the rest of the season... [MORE]
"Bravo orders three new scripted series to follow The Joneses"
Last summer Bravo, a network known for its reality franchise programming, announced they were officially getting in the scripted game by ordering Liz Tigelaar's adaptation of The Joneses. Though The Joneses has yet to find its way onto Bravo's schedule, it appears the network believes enough in their brand expansion because today they ordered three more scripted series... [MORE]
As The CW's Arrow ramps up to its first season finale, it is doubling down on its special guest stars, as well as its action and relationship drama. The show has hit the confident stride where everyone knows who Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is and how he reacts to a number of tough situations in present day Starling City. Now it is time to dive a bit deeper into those conflicts, but also in the flashbacks to show how Oliver became the powerful archer and island warrior we know him to be... [MORE]