TOY HUNTER Series Premiere Review

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Fresh out of San Diego Comic Con, the Travel Channel has a new entry into the collectibles-flipping genre called Toy Hunter.  The series premieres on The Travel Channel August 15th at 10pm with two half-hour episodes and starts its regular time slot at 9pm the following week.  It follows Jordan Hembrough, a more than twenty year collectibles veteran, on his cross-country travels seeking out hidden gems of toys which he can then turn around and sell for a profit.  Even after only seeing the first episode, it’s clear that, above all else, it’s the toys from yesteryear that are the stars of this show.  More after the jump.

Comic-Con: DOCTOR WHO Panel Recap; Future Holds Weeping Angels and More Daleks Than You’ve Ever Seen!

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Moderator Chris Hardwick guided a packed Hall H through the approach of the next season (series, if you’re British) of Doctor Who and the coming departure of companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).  Gillan and Darvill were joined on stage by the Doctor (Matt Smith), Showrunner Steven Moffat and Executive Producer Caroline Skinner.  Fans were treated to clips from two upcoming episodes as well as some teases for what’s in store.

In addition to a look back on a powerful scene between Gillan and Darvill from The Girl Who Waited, fans were also shown clips from A Town Called Mercy (a Western-themed episode shot in Spain) and Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (which includes both the lovelies mentioned in the title as well as Rory’s father accompanying the Doctor’s gang). More after the break.

Comic-Con: SHAMELESS Panel Recap; A Look Forward at Nudity and Backwards at Pee

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The Gallagher family isn’t necessarily a traditional one.  It’s laced with sex, drugs and felonies.  At the heart, though, there is love.  Well, some of the time anyway.  As they approach season three, the cast—William H. Macy (Frank Gallagher), Emmy Rossum (Fiona Gallagher), Justin Chatwin (Steve/Jimmy), Jeremy Allen White (Lip Gallagher), Cameron Monaghan (Ian Gallagher)— presented at Comic Con and Mike O’Malley (who acts on Glee and writes on Shameless) moderated the panel.  Hit the jump for a bullet point recap.

Comic-Con: COMMUNITY Interview with Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, and Danny Pudi

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Community is one of the best comedies on television.  But this offseason saw upheaval in the departure of Creator/Executive Producer Dan Harmon.  They were so unsure about a return that the last episode of the third season could act as a series finale.  Still, a fervent fan base has given the quirky show a fourth season, even if it comes with a move to Fridays.  The first table read is set for August 6th with shooting to begin August 13th.  Five of the cast sat down to talk about the upcoming season, the departure and the bit of plot they could share (the appearance of Jeff’s dad).  More after the break.

Comic-Con: SPARTACUS Interview with Steven S. DeKnight, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Cythia Addai-Robinson – Tales of Epic Endings, Loves and Tributes

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I’ve been watching Spartacus since day two.  I somehow missed day one.  Spartacus is much more than sex and gore, it’s about heart.  It’s about the growth of these characters from slaves to freedom fighters.  So getting a chance to sit down with Steven S. DeKnight (executive producer), Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus) and Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) was a big treat.  They’d flown straight from set in New Zealand to talk about the series.  For what they had to say about the final season Spartacus: War of the Damned, airing on STARZ in January 2013, read on after the break.

Comic-Con: SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED Panel Recap Plus New Images from the Show

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In an effort of full disclosure, I am a fan of the Spartacus series.  It’s not the blood and guts, though there’s plenty of both.  It’s not the hyper sexuality/sensuality, though that’s also available in spades.  It’s the character performances that make this series stand out for me.  I couldn’t pass up the chance to get a glimpse at what’s to come in the the final season Spartacus: War of the Damned, airing on STARZ in January 2013.  This panel really brought out the dead.  Find out what I mean after the break.

Comic-Con: DEXTER Panel Recap; Plus a First Look at HOMELAND Season Two [Updated with Video from Yvonne Strahovski]

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Howling fans of intrigue and murder packed Ballroom 20 today for a Showtime’s combo Homeland/Dexter panel.  We learned a new locale for Homeland, the dramatic thriller concerning a CIA officer (Claire Danes) and a soldier returning from enemy captivity who may be a threat to the U.S. (Damian Lewis).  And we also met a new face for Dexter.  The show, which will be entering its seventh season this fall, stars Michael C. Hall as the fan-favorite killer with a conscience.  Read more about terrorists and serial killers after the jump.


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Following up on a successful run as Lana Lang on Smallville, Kristin Kreuk returns to TV in a re-imagining of the 1980′s series Beauty and the Beast.  I was in Ballroom 20 and got an eyeful of the pilot episode and the skinny.  The show stars Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Max Brown, Nina Lisandrello, Nicole Anderson, Austin Basis, and Brian J. White.  Beauty and the Beast premieres on The CW on October 11th.  Hit the jump for my full recap of the panel.


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You know the main character, The Doctor, well… he dies. Those unfamiliar with the show might be thinking, “a spoiler warning would’ve been nice, dude”, but that’s just episode one of the sixth series.  Note: Time isn’t always linear.  Welcome to the wondrous world of Doctor Who. More bounding through space time after the jump in our review of the complete sixth series on Blu-ray.


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To fight in the arena, you must have skill, strength and a physique I could never even dream to achieve. In Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, the prequel to the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, we see the posturing, deception and loss necessary to elevate the House Batiatus as Capua stands on the precipice of the opening of its great arena… More blood and sandals after the jump.


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Doctor Who fires on all cylinders, storming into Series Six, Part One with a trip to America, culminating with a good man going to war.  In between, we’re introduced to both the Silence and the Gangers.  And it all ties ever so neatly together, except for the stuff that doesn’t tie up at all… More wibbly time matters after the jump.

Comic Con 2011: TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY Interview Roundup

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When Captain Jack Harkness enters a room at San Diego Comic Con, everyone salutes.  Especially when he (John Barrowman), comes along with Eve Myles, Alexa Havins, Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman and writer Jane Espenson.  During this year’s Comic-Con, I was able to speak with the stars of Torchwood: Miracle Day after their panel.  They talked about if it’s a good idea for Harkness and Gwen to hook up?  How will Harkness deal with mortality?  What brought the new talent to the Torchwood: Miracle Day?  Hit the jump to find out.

Comic-Con 2011: Interview with CHUCK Stars Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Scott Krinsky, Vik Sahay, and Ryan McPartlin

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With the approach of Chuck’s fifth and final Season, I got a chance to sit down with cast members Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Scott Krinsky, Vik Sahay, Ryan McPartlin and co-creator Chris Fedak, and intersect some knowledge to pass along to you.  For instance, the fifth Season will be comprised of 13 episodes with a major guest star in the form of Mark Hamill as a villain, and they’d love for Linda Hamilton to return to the show, depending on her schedule.  Much more after the jump.

Comic-Con 2011: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE Interview Recap

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As a fan of Spartacus: Blood and Sand (Season One) and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (the prequel series), I was excited to see what Season Two (named Vengeance) had in store for us.  While the cast and creator Steven S. DeKnight were generally tight-lipped about plot points, a couple of interesting tidbits slipped through.

Vengeance starts within a month or two after the end of Season One. Plans since the beginning was to have the women fight, since that is historically accurate.  There will be a female warrior towards the middle of the season.  Another addition will be Gaius Claudius Glaber (Craig Parker) who will be sent in by Rome to quell the slave uprising.  Ashur (Nick E. Tarabay) will return and Lucretia returns in Episode One, though how she survived the stabbing won’t be explained straight off, but DeKnight said it will be explained.  Continued after the jump.

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