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House “Now What” 

Three people enter unchartered territory tonight: House, Cuddy, and 13. I actually like it when this show focuses more on relationships and less on the medical mystery of the week. Even though I often love going along for the ride as House and his team try to figure out what’s…

Is This the End of Spartacus: Blood and Sand? 

Andy Whitfield’s cancer has recurred and he’s had to drop out of the second season of the series. Starz isn’t sure if they’ll continue without Whitfield. The original occurrence of his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma forced Starz to alter the original schedule and film a prequel to bridge the two seasons. The…

Lone Star “Pilot” 

Robert Allen is an abused kid, all grown up and still kowtowing to a grifter dad, John, until he finally mans up and realizes he’s in a position to make his own way. When he offers his dad cash in exchange for his freedom from the con, the elder Allen…

Boardwalk Empire “Pilot” 

I am fascinated by the history of prohibition. It’s not hard for me to imagine a time in our history when people thought getting rid of alcohol would solve all our problems. I said I can imagine it but I don’t know what they were thinking. I’d call Congress naïve…

Haven “The Hand You’re Dealt” 

“The Hand You’re Dealt” treads into Firestarter territory with a maligned telekinetic teenager wreaking crispy havoc on the folks who are snarky to him. He starts with the high school principal, then a classmate, and then is prevented from flambéing folks at a barbecue gathering, thanks to a psychic guidance…

The Vampire Diaries “Brave New World” 

Sweet Caroline. She well and truly vamped this evening, following Katherine’s big FU “game on” smothering-by-pillow. “Brave New World,” written by Brian Young (“Isobel,”, “Let the Right One In,” and others), was directed by John Dahl (Red Rock West, The Last Seduction, and for TVD, “Friday Night Bites”), and his…