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Should you watch CBS’s The Good Wife?

September
22

Sarah Lawrence grad Julianna Margulies is back on regular TV in the new CBS drama, The Good Wife, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m.

The Good Wife

Her show wins the prize for the season’s timeliest premise: Margulies plays Alicia Florrick, who stands by her husband (Chris Noth) as he resigns as Illinois State’s Attorney amidst a sex and corruption scandal.

Can anyone say Silda Spitzer? Elizabeth Edwards? Jenny Sanford?

The series follows the typical legal-case-of-the-week format, but what makes the show a standout is Alicia’s emotional baggage.

Will she end up divorcing her cheating hubby? Can she make it as a cutthroat lawyer after 15 years away from the courtroom?

For my full review of The Good Wife, click here – and check out the sneak preview below before watching the show tonight!

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(Photo and video courtesy of CBS)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 at 8:00 am |
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Should you watch NBC’s Community tonight?

September
17

In a nutshell: You betcha!

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Community‘s a quirky little comedy that fits right in amongst NBC’s other Thursday night quirkfests: The Office and 30 Rock. (Sorry, I can’t muster up much enthusiasm for Parks and Recreation – at least not based on last season’s lackluster laughs.)

It’s a little bit snarky, sure – but personally, I’m a big fan of the snark.

Joel McHale excels as a slimy lawyer who needs a college degree and fast – don’t ask, it’s a long story – so he enrolls at Greendale Community College. A supporting cast of oddballs – including Bedford’s Chevy Chase in his first regular TV gig since SNL – rounds out the show nicely, too.

Check out my full review of the first episode here – and check out the show yourself at 9:30 p.m. tonight!

(Photo courtesy of NBC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 8:00 am |
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Gossip Girl season premiere recap: Reversals of Fortune

September
15

My, oh my, didn’t it seem like ALL of our favorite Upper East Siders hooked up over the summer?

Well, everyone except Dan. (Hey, his turn is coming after Georgina returns next week: Yes – whoops, my bad, SPOILER ALERT! – I said Dan and GEORGINA…)

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And Eric and Jenny didn’t hook up either, it seems. Not with each other, of course – with anyone else. Although an Eric-Jenny mini-romance would be fun. (Note to GG writers: Have Eric give the straight life a try for an episode or two, just for kicks.)

Anyway, I digress. It was indeed the summer of smooching and more. (Stealing horses and carousing in the woods? Shame, shame, Carter and Serena.)

Unfortunately, I didn’t feel much passion about any of these relationships, even – GASP! – Chuck and Blair.

Yes, the two were still together, although the couple were trying to jazz up their brand-new relationship already by role-playing (a.k.a. Blair going psycho when she catches C. flirting with other girls). Not to sound like an old fuddy-duddy, but did anyone else find their new reindeer games a bit, well, sad? These kids are 18 and  have been going out for just three months, but they need to spice things up already? Then again, maybe they’re right, because I was a bit bored with their togetherness too – and I only had to watch them for an hour.

I can’t even remember a single decent quip from either of them last night, can you? Has monogamy sapped them of their snark? Sigh. We’re only one ep into Season Three, and already, I long for the game-playing, will-they-or-won’t-they days of old. Not good. However, I must say that Chuck’s sincere “I’m not Chuck Bass without you” was a bit of a heart-melter.

As for the rest of the gang, Nate was handed a mildly more interesting love life this season with the courtship of Bree Buckley, the daughter of his grandfather’s political rival. And seems like Gramps is going to use that somehow to bring down his conservative enemy: I’m guessing nude photos, aren’t you?

And jeez, can they give Nate a storyline that doesn’t involve a sex scandal? Oh, who am I kidding, like they’re going to squander Chase Crawford eye candy on some kind of, oh, I don’t know, let’s say, a term paper brouhaha at Columbia. Then again, I’m sure they’d figure out some way to feature Nate’s naked chest, even if the scene required a hazmat suit.

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 at 9:24 am |
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Gossip Girl: They’re baaack…

September
14

Is Manhattan society shaking in its boots?

Yes, the couture kids from Gossip Girl are back for a new season. But this time around – EEK! – they’re about to be college freshmen.

But first, let’s catch up on everyone’s sure-to-be-scandal-packed vacations, shall we?

Starting with what every GG fan is dying to know…is Bluck still together after a summer of love?

And yes, Blair and Chuck are BF + GF – awww! – even though they’re still adjusting that that official relationship status.

What else?

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 9:00 am |
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‘Gossip Girl’ Season 3 promos!

August
11

They’re baaaaack.

Well, almost.

It’s only a month until the gang from “Gossip Girl” returns for a third season on Sept. 14 (at a new time, 9 p.m.), and once again, the CW is rolling out a set of controversial promos.

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Much like last year’s “OMFG” campaign, this season’s tagline is “WTF.”

Hey, it’s not what you’re thinking, potty-mouths! In this world, “WTF” stands for “Watch This Fall.” Get it? Oh, you clever, clever CW advertising staff!

Anyway, the real scoop is in the featured scenes, and it seems that life as we know it has gone topsy-turvy for our Upper East Siders.

Apparently, Dan Humphrey is now cool, and Blair Waldorf a loser?!? Serena’s been hooking up with Carter? Dan’s hooking up with Georgina? Nate has a new girlfriend? Chuck may or may not be cheating on Blair?

WTF, indeed!

Check out the extended promo above – but click below to see my personal favorite scene so far…

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No headbands in college! I love it…

Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 7:47 am |
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‘Lost’ season premiere recap!!! We obsess over ‘Because You Left’ and ‘The Lie’…

January
22

Last night’s season premiere of “Lost” was really a wake-up call, wasn’t it?

I mean, literally.

The show started with an alarm clock going off – exactly at 8:15, of course – and a record skipping: All of which connected brilliantly to what happened, is happening and will happen to our favorite band of crash survivors.

That’s right, we got the official explanation for what the heck’s going on with the island: Time-travel.

That doesn’t explain the smoke monster, Jacob, the island’s healing power and lots of other things, but the fact that the show addressed the time issue so clearly (well, as clearly as “Lost” gets anyway) means that we’re moving at lightning speed towards the series’ finale next year.

Sob. Sniff. The puzzle pieces are all definitely starting to fit together now, which makes me happy to have more answers but sad to see that the end is so near.

But on a positive note, judging from these back-to-back episodes, it seems like we’re going to have a hell of a ride towards the finish line.

So let’s kick off our weekly discussion by deciphering “Because You Left” and “The Lie,” shall we?

By the way, Libby says hi…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 8:00 am |
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‘Lost’ premieres TONIGHT! Go on the run with Hurley and Sayid…

January
21

ACK! SNURP! EEK!

Sorry, that was just me choking with excitement for tonight’s Season 5 “Lost” premiere! And I’m still this psyched after watching it three times – yes, you should hate me right now – so that should tell you just how GOOD tonight’s double episode is.

Much of the premiere revolves around Sayid and Hurley, especially in the second hour. The dynamic duo is right where we left them, on the run after Sayid busted Hurley out of the mental institution.

They’re headed to a safe house, which as you’ll see from the clip below, isn’t quite so safe.

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So here’s my question: After years of working as Ben’s assassin, why is Sayid now so upset with Mr. Donkey-Wheel-Turning-Linus?

Post your theories in the comments section below, and check back here tomorrow morning for a post-premiere recap!

Namaste, Lost-philes!

(Photos courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 at 8:30 am |
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Two days until ‘Lost’ premieres! Check out a Locke sneak peek…

January
19

Are you appropriately giddy and gleeful that we ALL go back to the island in TWO DAYS?

When “Lost” last left us, we finally got to see who was in that coffin: John Locke. Or, should we say, Jeremy Bentham?

Wednesday night’s double-episode Season 5 premiere starts right where we were, with Jack and Ben in the funeral parlor viewing Locke’s corpse. As the season progresses, we’ll find out how and why Locke died – and why it’s so important to bring him back to the island.

But on premiere night, we’ll see Locke alive and well – sort of – right after Ben moved Mystery Island.

Check out the sneak peek below, and afterwards, answer this question for me, Lost-philes: Where have we seen that plane before?

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Plug in your answer in the comments section below – and visit Remote Access tomorrow for another scene from this week’s premiere!

(Photo courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, January 19th, 2009 at 8:49 am |
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‘Lost’ season premiere: We’ve seen it! Ha, ha, ha ha ha!

December
30

Aw, I didn’t mean to tease you. Okay, maybe just a little!

But yes, it’s true, ABC handed out a little Christmas gift to us media folks in the form of the first two episodes of “Lost” — three whole weeks ahead of the Jan. 21 premiere. (We must have been good little boys and girls this year.)

Anyway, speaking of teasing, what can I tell you about the premiere that won’t have Team Darlton feeding me to the smoke monster?

Well, how about this? And let me channel Hurley for a moment: Dudes, it’s totally awesome.

The first hour offers complete whiplash, with on and off-island storylines happening all over the place.

Literally.

Now that Ben pushed that donkey wheel and moved the island, we’re no longer in the world of the flashback and flash-forward: We’re talking shifts in decades, years, months, days. And not necessarily in that order.

I’m sure you don’t plan to miss a moment of the show anyway once it airs, but let me emphasize this point anyway: There should be no bathroom or snack breaks unless you hit your DVR pause button.

It’s that riveting, and potentially that confusing.

But that’s fine with me. One of the reasons to love “Lost” is the challenge of trying to figure it all out.

Believe me, we’re being rewarded for being loyal (a.k.a. “rabid”) fans, who obsess over every detail. If the premiere proves anything, it’s that the show has given up trying to lure new viewers: If you haven’t tuned in by now, forget it. You won’t understand a thing.

Now, it’s all about satisfying the people who made the show a hit.

And boy, does it.

First off, the entire shebang kicks off with an opening sequence that, for the first time, DOESN’T focus on one of the main characters.

Huh, you say? Don’t worry: It may feature a figure who hasn’t had much screen time, but this person is powerful in terms of the show’s greater mythology.

Also, Sawyer spends much of the first hour running around the island shirtless.

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
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