Wednesday, June 19, 2013

From LA Examiner: Avan Jogia's Charity Work; 'Ray Donovan' and 'Franklin & Bash' Advance Reviews; 'Dexter' Ice Cream...

ABC Family’s Twisted’s Danny Desai (Avan Jogia) is a murderer (he strangled his aunt with his jump rope while she baby-sat for him and his two childhood friends), but that doesn’t automatically make him a sociopath. Motive is a major factor in the “why” behind murder, and Danny isn’t talking about his particular why. It didn’t matter to the cops who were just happy to put away the (right) suspect, but it matters to his childhood friend Jo (Maddie Hasson) who is deciding whether to stand by him as he is accused of a second murder, years later. And it should matter to the audience because how you think of his character will determine what you hope to see happen to him, and those around him, in the course of the show... [MORE]

"Summer 2013 TV Preview: Showtime's Ray Donovan"

There are a lot of things about Showtime's Ray Donovan, the premium network's new drama about a Hollywood "fixer," that are misleading from the jump. For one thing, it's not just a darker, sexier Scandal, set in the world of celebrities instead of politicians, and though Ray (Liev Schreiber) "handles" a number of cases just in the pilot alone, he and his team do so swiftly, never spending too much time digging into people's backgrounds. He's not there to act as an image representative, after all, but to quite literally come in and clean up messes like a married athlete finding a dead girl in his bed or a Hollywood golden boy caught with a transvestite. Only when he has a personal relationship with someone attached to a "case" does he linger, taking more time but arguably not more care than he should... [MORE

"Showtime and Coolhaus to offer Dexter FYC ice cream in L.A."

Dexter only has one season left on Showtime, and to mark the launch of the eighth and final season, the network has teamed up with Coolhaus to create a custom ice cream sandwich called the Killer Combo, available at all Coolhaus retail outlets and trucks in Los Angeles this month... [MORE]

When Franklin & Bash first premiered on TNT there was a lot of buzz about Mark-Paul Gosselaar getting bare-assed in a hot tub in the pilot episode. But now the show is returning for its third season, and we’ve come to expect the wild and crazy antics of these frat boy style lawyers, so they are stepping it up and raising the bar (sorry, I had to) by having both Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer drop trou within the opening scene of the season premiere—and while their characters were on live television to boot. Buckle up because the premiere episode may argue nudists’ rights for a case, but it sets a precedent for a whole lot more skin overall within the season... [MORE]

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