‘The Newsroom’ Recap: NEAL RUN! Hallie, GTFO!

The Newsroom proved once again that Mac and Will are incapable of going 24 hours without debating the purpose of journalism – to report news within accepted guidelines or to protect democracy – in the third season’s second episode, “Run.”

While Will (Jeff Daniels), Mac (Emily Mortimer), Neal (Dev Patel) and Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden) were arguing about whether or not it’s a journalist’s job to sacrifice his or her freedom to inform the electorate and ensure a working democracy (aka, Mac’s journalistic call of duty), Reese (Chris Messina) was stuck in the conference room with his younger half-siblings: twins Blair (Kat Dennings) and Randy, who are planning to take over the family company after their 25th birthday.

It’s clear from the very first scene that Blair is the brains of the operations and Randy is just along for the ride. Blair is more than willing to go toe to toe with Reese, and she is clearly holding onto some ancient family grudge against Reese and his mother. She’s going to share her and her brother’s shares of ACN to another company, that will then own a controlling interest in ACN and likely dismantle it and sell it off in parts. Reese and Charlie (Sam Waterston) both try to reason with Blair and Randy, but it’s useless until Leona (Jane Fonda) arrives. Leona breezes in and cuts to the chase: if what Blair and Randy want is money, she’s willing to pay two dollars more per share than the rival company, and she’ll get them the money before their birthday. Now we have a new problem: Leona needs to raise $4 billion in 10 days or the company is lost.

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OUAT 2.02 Recap at tvforfreaks.com

Hey everyone!

Don’t forget to check out my Once Upon A Time recap at TV For Freaks!  Remember, please feel free to post in the comments if you want to discuss the episode.

It was a pretty great episode, that focused on Charming and Regina, as the two struggled to make their place in a magical Storybrooke.  Definitely not an episode you want to miss!

‘Partners’ — The New Show I’ll Be Watching Tonight

 

Partners, the new sitcom from the creators of Will & Grace, premieres tonight at 8:30 on CBS.  The show follows the ups and downs of two best friends, Joe and Louis, as they try to balance their intense friendship and business partnership while trying to sustain serious romantic relationships of their own.  The twist? Joe (played by Numb3rs star David Krumholtz) is straight, and Louis (played by Ugly Betty‘s Michael Urie).  The promos for the show don’t exactly promise anything particularly innovative; the real draw here is the cast.

I have been waiting for Michael Urie to return to TV ever since Ugly Betty was cancelled in 2010.  As fashion assistant/snarky bully, Mark St. James, Michael Urie provided the show with some of it’s funniest, and most touching, moments.  The show also stars Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), as Louis’ boyfriend, and Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) as Joe’s girlfriend, Ali.

The show’s success will depend on how engaging and charming the leads can be.  And, though it might not be earth-shattering, I think the actors can make it into something worth watching. Will you be watching?  Need an extra push?  Check out the video below to hear Michael Urie and Sophia Bush sing a song about their new show!

Now, let’s just hope the show lives up to the awesomeness of that video.

‘Go On’ Will…Go On? Maybe.

Go On‘ marks this year’s Matthew Perry television comeback.  Hoping to garner more success than Perry’s ‘Mr. Sunshine’ (Cancelled), ‘Go On’ seems to be a comedy grounded less in premise, and more in character.  Perry plays Ryan King, a sports radio star who recently lost his wife in an accident that doubles as a texting-while-driving PSA.  Reeling from his loss,  Ryan is banned from work and forced to attend a grief counseling group.  There, he meets a band of odd characters, all frustrated (and in need of a sarcastic, energetic friend, apparently).

The show, which aired it’s first two episodes Tuesday night on NBC, has a great supporting cast, and Matthew Perry is, as always, charming.  The main problem is the lack of chemistry between Perry and Laura Benanti, who plays the group leader, Lauren Schneider.  The two are supposed to challenge each other and, from what I gathered in the pilot, develop a love-hate relationship while helping the members of the group.  However, their relationship in the pilot felt forced and manufactured–especially when Lauren ended up breaking down with Ryan and admitting that her previous experience consists of being a Weight Watchers group leader.  Hopefully, this is just an unfortunate plot point that the writers needed to get passed in order to come to an established group environment, so that the supporting characters could get more backstory themselves.

The second episode found a better balance between drama and comedy, as a devastatingly lonely Ryan over-stepped in the group and accidentally sent Sonia (played by Sarah Baker) in a downward, cat-collecting spiral.  The episode also focused on George (played by Bill Cobbs), the blind man who was almost declared champion of ‘who’s life is worse’ in the pilot.  The pace and how the writers managed to split time between Sonia and George–and, of course, Ryan–felt natural and made me excited to see more of the other members of the group.  In particular, I cannot wait to see more of Owen (played by former mini-Chris Rock, Tyler James Williams), the youngest member of the group who forms a connection with Ryan in the very first episode.

As to the fate of the show, Continue reading “‘Go On’ Will…Go On? Maybe.”

Let the Battle Begin!

NBC’s golden singing competition kicked off it’s fall season with super-sized ‘blind auditions’ that lasted three whole nights.  As you can see above, the auditions weren’t the only big performances happening Monday night.  The judges jump-started the show’s third season with a performance, during which Adam and Christina not only shared the stage–they shared a mic (Mz. Xtina’s special red mic, in fact)!

This season, each coach (Cee Lo, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera) will create teams of 16 contestants each before the battle rounds begin, meaning longer blind auditions. After three 2-hour audition episodes, all coaches have some strong contestants, and some so-so contestants too.  Due to the length of these auditions, I won’t bore you with an entire recap.  Instead, I’ll tell you which auditions were the best, and my take on potential winners. Continue reading “Let the Battle Begin!”

So long, Summer TV!

Sad, but true, summer is over.  And, I’m not just saying that because I am now officially back at school.  Most summer TV shows have aired their season finales, leaving me in a desperate state of TV withdrawal while I wait for all the new and returning shows to start this Fall.  So, who were summer TV’s winners and losers (at least in my book)?  Before I get into it, I would like to write a disclaimer: I have NOT yet watched Breaking Bad, True Blood, Game of Thrones, or The KillingYou have been warned… Continue reading “So long, Summer TV!”

The Power of True Love’s Kiss — OUAT 1.22 Recap

Once Upon A Time aired its first season finale, ‘A Land Without Magic’ last night!  So, was Henry saved from a death-like slumber?  Does Emma finally believe and accept her role as the savior?  These questions answered, plus, shifting loyalties abound while Mr. Gold’s secret agenda is partially revealed.  SPOILER ALERT Continue reading “The Power of True Love’s Kiss — OUAT 1.22 Recap”