Rita Volk Previews Tonight’s Episode of The MTV Breakout Hit FAKING IT

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Last week was the highly anticipated season premiere of the MTV breakout hit FAKING IT. Viewers anxiously watched as Amy tried to hide her one-night-stand with Liam (Gregg Sulkin) from Karma. (Katie Stevens) This week things get a bit crazier as the truth starts to unravel at Hester High. I caught up with one of the stars of the show, Rita Volk to talk about tonight’s episode. [Read more...]

Fall TV Preview: MANHATTAN LOVE STORY

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Starring: Analeigh Tipton (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”), Jake McDorman (“Shameless”), Nicolas Wright (“White House Down”), Jade Catta-Preta (“Californication”) and Kurt Fuller (“Better with You”).

Genre: Single-camera comedy

Premiere Date: Tuesday, September 30, 8:30 p.m., ABC

Direct Competition: “NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Utopia” (Fox), “The Flash” (CW)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): A misogynist (McDorman) and a cliché (Tipton) fall for each other after a series of unfortunate events.

Initial Reaction: The overuse of voiceover is glaringly obvious in the wake of an underdeveloped script.

Conclusion: Analeigh Tipton was so charming in “Crazy, Stupid, Love.,” so what’s the excuse for her blandness in “Manhattan Love Story?” I don’t blame her, though. I also don’t blame Bret Harrison lookalike, Jake McDorman, for his equally bland performance. The show’s central duo has very little to work with, and the cold open (he’s strolling down the streets of New York rating women, while she’s strolling down the streets of New York rating handbags) is primitive of what I’m talking about. He’s a misogynist. She’s a cliché. To add to the romantic comedy cliché of it all, she’s a starry-eyed twenty-something overwhelmed by her move to the Big Apple.

The characters in “Manhattan Love Story” are remarkably one-dimensional. Perhaps if the pilot spent more time letting us get to know them, and less time listening to their voiceovers, we’d sympathize with either one of them when the pilot wants us to be sympathetic. To make matters even worse, Tipton’s best friend couple/roommates are just awful, awful people. Gosh, just, terrible people.

If I liked these characters, or cared for them in any way, then I’d give this show a few weeks to find its sea legs, but by the end of it, I liked them even less. For the sake of everyone involved, I hope a second version of the “Manhattan Love Story” pilot comes about that reduces the use of voiceover and adds new scenes to help develop its central duo. The supporting characters need a total rewrite.

Watch Live, DVR or Skip?: Skip this and re-watch “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” instead.

For Canadian Eyes Only: Why the CRTC Has No Business Regulating Netflix Canada

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In response to a slew of recent stories that have surfaced over the past couple of months questioning whether Netflix Canada should be regulated by the Canadian Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in the same manner in which over-the-air broadcasters such as Bell Media, CBC, Rogers and Shaw are, this TV Addict wanted to get something of his chest. [Read more...]

Fall TV Preview: SELFIE

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Starring: Karen Gillan (“Doctor Who,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), John Cho (“Star Trek,” “Harold and Kumar”), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (“The Angriest Man in Brooklyn”), Allyn Rachel (“Weeds”) and David Harewood (“Homeland”).

Genre: Single-camera comedy

Premiere Date: Tuesday, September 30, 8 p.m., ABC

Direct Competition: “NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Utopia” (Fox), “The Flash” (CW)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): A social media celebrity has a #FirstWorldProblem, makes John Cho suffer her bulls–t. [Read more...]

Morning Static: CHICAGO FIRE, FRIENDS, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM & More!

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• Larry David: ‘I Haven’t Given Up the Hope’ for Another Season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
• Oh-Oh! Tweeting While Watching TV Linked to Fewer Brain Cells
• Class Act: Lena Dunham is Tweeting About Gawker’s Claim that She Doesn’t Compensate Opening Acts
• Sophia Bush: Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. Crossover Is “Very Personal” to Lindsay
• The Business of Show: ABC Family Picks Up ‘Stitchers’ And ‘Young & Hungry’, Cancels ‘Mystery Girls’, Passes On ‘Unstrung’
• Casting Round Up: Naomi Campbell To Recur On Fox’s ‘Empire’; Tina Casciani Joins CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’
• Casting Coup: Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’ Adds Demetri Martin
• Opinion: ‘Outlander,’ The Wedding Episode And TV’s Sexual Revolution
• Opinion II: How Friends ruined TV
• Opinion III: Did CHICAGO FIRE Kill Off the Wrong Character?

On TV Tonight: Tuesday September 30, 2014

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Selfie Manhattan Love Story Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Forever
CBS NCIS NCIS: New Orleans Person of Interest
CW iHeartRadio Music Festival
FOX Utopia New Girl The Mindy Project Sons of Anarchy (FX)
NBC The Voice Chicago Fire (Season Premiere)
MISC Face Off (Syfy) Awkward/Faking It (MTV)
Tosh.0/Brickleberry (Comedy)

Did CHICAGO FIRE Kill Off the Wrong Character?

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*Warning: Spoilers about the premiere of CHICAGO FIRE below

If you read my Show Whisperer post a little while ago, you know how shocked/stunned/saddened I am over the the death of Leslie Shay on CHICAGO FIRE. Not only am I all those emotions but I’m confused from a TV critic’s perspective. I say that because Shay was the most intriguing character and the character we knew the least about on the show. I didn’t say I wanted this new season to be the season of Shay just to say something or because I’m tired of the other characters. I said that because the little arcs the Lauren German was given, she knocked out of the park and I wanted her to have a real 10-episode plus arc that would give more information into her character. [Read more...]

CASTLE Previewpalooza: “Driven” Sneak Peek!

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This just in, new episode photos and previews from the Monday September 29th seventh season premiere of CASTLE. Direct from ABC, “In the Season 6 finale, as Richard Castle drove to his much-anticipated nuptials, an ominous black SUV bore down on him. Meanwhile, after waiting in vain for Castle to arrive at the wedding, Beckett was called to an accident scene to find Castle’s car in a ravine, engulfed in flames. Who or what caused the car crash? Is there any way Castle could have survived? The episode will pick-up at the scene of that accident, right where the finale left off, in a premiere that promises to put Beckett through the toughest case of her career.” [Read more...]

Morning Static: CASTLE, FAMILY GUY, TURN & More!

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• Seconded! Comedian John Oliver Has Actually Produced Investigative Journalism
• Castle Premiere Sneak Peek: Kate Makes a Crushing Discovery
• Found! Lost Girl’s Ksenia Solo Joins AMC’s Turn as Series Regular in Season 2
• RIP: ‘Simpsons’ producer talks character’s death in premiere.
• Animation Domination: ‘The Simpsons’/'Family Guy’ crossover is one of the most fascinatingly weird things to ever happen to television.
• The Business of Show: ‘Devious Maids’ Renewed For Season 3, Ric Swartzlander & Brian Tanen Named Co-Showrunners
• Pilot Watch: Josh Holloway To Topline Carlton Cuse’s USA Pilot ‘Colony’, Juan José Campanella To Direct
• Funny Business: Kevin Hart, Jimmy Fallon Set To Appear in Jerry Seinfeld Series
• Actors, Showrunners Live-Tweeting Their Shows: The New Hollywood House Party?
• Must Read TV: The Unrepentant Bootlegger
• Masters of Sex Finale Post Mortem: EP Talks Surprise Returns, Bill’s Secret and More [Spoiler] in Season 3