JUSTIFIED Preview: “The Kids Aren’t All Right” (feat. Video Interviews with Natalie Zea, A.J.Buckley, Jacob Lofland, Jere Burns and John Kapelos)

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Revisiting Season 2’s favorite kid-in-jeopardy, Loretta McCready (Kaitlyn Dever) is back. But whenever Loretta is around, nothing is what you think is. She was trained by Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale) and the best criminal minds of Harlan County; so Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is naturally a little cautious about rushing to Loretta’s rescue when she is usually perfectly capable of rescuing herself. Yet not quite able to resist tempting fate, Raylan finds himself embroiled with Loretta while coming to the aid of one of her friends, which introduces him to Loretta’s fetching new social worker, portrayed by Amy Smart. [Read more…]

JUSTIFIED Preview: The Cast Teases “A Murder of Crowes” and Other Adventures of Season 5

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Returning to its Florida bayou roots, JUSTIFIED starts off its fifth season with a slight detour down memory lane for Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). Raylan is asked to take a trip back down to Florida’s everglades to lend assistance in a case where an off-duty customs officer was shot, and who may have had ties to the infamous Crowe family – more specifically, kin of Dewey Crowe. [Read more…]

Year in Review: Top 10 TV Shows of 2013

Like each year before, it is excruciatingly difficult picking out a Top 10 list of TV shows. In fact, it seemed that television critics everywhere found creative ways to go around the traditional Top 10 list. They broke down TV shows by categories: best new shows, best returning shows, best comedies, best dramas, best cable, best broadcast, or any other way they could carve out the television pie into smaller pieces. Then some just gave in and posted lists of their Top 20 or Top 30 shows of the year.

For 2013, the only downside to too much great TV is that a Top 10 list is virtually impossible to come up with.

So in trying to come up with our Top 10 lists at TheTVaddict.com, we allowed each of the contributing staff the opportunity to come up with their own “Top TV” list this year. It seemed only fair since everyone has such diverse taste and criteria as to what makes it into their “Top” lists. [Read more…]

Winter TCA 2013 Wrap-Up: Renewals, Revelations and Surprise Kisses!


 
Now that the Winter 2013 Television Critic’s Association Press Tour is finally over, it seemed like a good time to recall some of the choice moments over the 14-day star-studded event.  Since it would be nearly impossible to recount all the stand-out moments and all the cool shows upcoming this year, we have selected only a few to showcase.
 
The Kiss 
Nothing was more buzzed about than the unexpected kiss between stars Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy at the Fox panel for THE FOLLOWING.  It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but truly you had to have been there for the impact of that memorable moment to be felt.  The ease with Kevin Back just casually leaned over and planted a kiss on his co-star was a testament to the strong bond between them.  Viewers may be buzzing about the underlying sexual energy between their characters on screen in THE FOLLOWING, but that kiss was a pure delight for those who got to see it in person. So does anyone remember that THE FOLLOWING is a show about serial killers at this point?  (THE FOLLOWING makes its debut on Monday, January 21st at 9PM on Fox.) [Read more…]

JUSTIFIED Season 4 Video Preview: A Preacher, A Con Man and A Killer Walk Into a Bar!

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We may not know when the “snake in the grass” will strike, but evil has come once again to Harlan County in the FX drama series JUSTIFIED.  As if Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) did not have enough to worry about with a baby on the way and the baby-momma Winona (Natalie Zea) refusing to have anything to do with him, more trouble has found its way to Raylan’s doorstep.  But this time, he is not alone – the ill winds of change have caught Boyd Browder (Walton Goggins) and Ava (Joelle Carter) up in its midst as well. 
 
Just who is the Preacher Billy St. Cryr (Joe Mazzello) and what does he want with the folk of Harlan?  At this point Billy looks to be just as he appears, he is a preacher through and through and just wants to save the lost souls of those thought to be beyond hope and redemption.  But the same cannot be said of Billy’s scheming sister Cassie (Lindsay Pulsipher), who has other things in mind – namely to fleece each and every one of Billy’s wayward flock before moving on to the next unsuspecting town.
 
So if that’s the preacher and the con man, who is the killer?  Ah, that is the big mystery of the season.  Just how did the body of Waldo come to fall in the midst of the cul-de-sac suburb decades ago?  And who is Waldo?  In this week’s episode “Where’s Waldo?” plenty of answers will be provided about that big mystery that will lead Raylan on a merry-chase.
 
At the recent Season 4 premiere, stars Joelle Carter, Nick Searcy, Jacob Pitts, David Meunier, Raymond Barry and Jim Beaver provided a few teasers about what is going on for Ava, Art, Tim, Johnny, Arlo and Shelby this season: [Read more…]

Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins Teases JUSTIFIED’s Fourth Season Return (Think: Mystery, Uneasy Alliances and Sins of the Father!)

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The past three seasons of JUSTIFIED have taught us that Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is not a man to be trifled with. He does not seek trouble, but if trouble comes looking for him, he will greet it head on, shooting first, and asking questions later.  But as can be expected for a man who chose to be a U.S. Marshal and who found himself thrust back into the serpent’s nest of a community rife with lawlessness and criminal enterprises, trouble lurks around every corner. [Read more…]

The Top 10 Television Shows of 2012


 
Top 10 lists are tricky things.  It can be absurdly hard to narrow down anything to a select group of ten.  It’s like being asked to choose your favorite child and you just want to wail, “But I love all of them!”   This is particularly true in television.  Each year I commit to nearly 100 television shows that air throughout the twelve-month period.  Thus, to pare down to the few that were truly outstanding, it can be exceptionally difficult.   But there are always a deserving few who manage to do the impossible:  sustaining a high caliber of performance and be equally captivating entertainment.  As a caveat, there will always be better shows, but sometimes those shows just didn’t manage to be as consistently entertaining. Addictiveness plays a large part of what makes television shows successful.  It is a quality that is rare and elusive and can be dependent upon the personal tastes of the viewer.   However, when you simply cannot wait to see what comes next, then you know there is something special about that show.
 
Accordingly, these were the Top 10 TV Shows that I found myself counting down the minutes and hours of each week anxiously awaiting the next episode: [Read more…]

Advertising Anarchy: Chuck Bartowski is…

Inspired by oraclekath, our latest instalment of Advertising Anarchy (Also known as our take on how networks might wish to consider promoting some of our favorite new and returning shows) offers up our take on how NBC might wish to consider promoting the new and improved take-no-prisoners kick-a** Chuck Bartowski when the show returns on April 26.

Review: JUSTIFIED

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By: Aleks Chan

Timothy Olyphant could melt your television set with his charisma alone. In JUSTIFIED, FX’s smart, brisk, and terrifically acted new drama, he plays U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, one of the smoothest, laconic operators on TV. Sporting a Stetson, cowboy boots, and hip holster, he’s like a character from GUNSMOKE drizzled with a quiet, undeniable machismo. Down to his gait, Olyphant exudes charm in this role, enough to render a scattergun-wielding neo-Nazi a whimpering puppy of a man with the threat of his fast trigger finger. Givens is a man who lives by his own idea of justice and morality: he often gives his targets a time period to turn themselves in before he comes gunning for them. When he fires the first shot (and you’ll learn how fast of a draw he is), he’ll simply state: “It was justified.” 

But after shooting a con in the audience of a Miami hotel and creating a massive media headache for his superiors, Givens is banished to his home state of Kentucky, where he comes to find that his childhood friend Boyd Crowder (THE SHIELD’s always excellent Walton Goggins) has become a local terrorist: leading a band of white supremacists, they’re rob banks and blow up churches. There’s a great scene in the pilot where Givens visits Boyd’s victory den (a strange pastiche of Confederate flags, swastikas, and a set of pews) and Boyd explains how the Bible justifies his behavior, thereby presenting a dueling perspective of ethics – just how different are Ray and Boyd when it comes to rationalizing their law-skirting ways?  

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