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'The Blacklist': James Spader knocking 'Red' Reddington role out of the park
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 02:00 pm
In the real world, someone like Raymond "Red" Reddington would certainly be looked upon as a man of questionable morals, and not the kind of person one would emulate. In fact, he would be a cautionary tale for those who would seek a life of crime and lawlessness.
'Helix' a scary good Syfy series
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 04:05 pm
The show, in fact, is not another zombie show. Nor is it typical Syfy fare, for that matter. It's not a deliciously B-movie, like, say, "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid" or "Sharknado." It's not brooding like "Being Human" or whimsical like "Eureka."
Intense actors square off in 'Helix'
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 04:00 pm
While the super-powered vectors are keeping "Helix" fans on the edge of their seats, this writer is waiting for a no-holds-barred face-off between Dr. Alan Farragut (Billy Campbell) and Dr. Hiroshi Hatake (Hiroyuki Sanada).
Interview: Seneca Niagara Casino concert a homecoming for talented Vanessa Williams
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 07:00 am
Vanessa Williams will perform hit songs "Dreamin," "Colors of the Wind," and, of course, "Save the Best for Last" Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls.
Interview: James Roday, Dulé Hill, Steve Franks talk (wait for it) 'Psych The Musical'
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 11:00 pm
"Psych" is taking its most ambitious leap yet, with a musical episode.
'Grimm' tackles Christmas with its own 'Twelve Days of Krampus'
Thu, Dec 12th 2013 12:15 pm
Portland Det. Nick Burkhardt began the season as a zombie, was cured (but kept some super-powers), and has since dealt with the three little pigs (who were vengeful, Wesen-killing chefs), underwater sea monsters and a "Hulk"-strong boy who appeared to be possessed. Just in time for the holiday season, he will square off with "Krampus," a giant, horned villain who somewhat resembles like Santa Claus.
Lili Taylor, Minka Kelly are two great non-sci-fi reasons to watch 'Almost Human'
Sat, Nov 30th 2013 09:00 pm
Just what will motivate viewers to tune in each Monday at 8 p.m.? To the non-sci-fi faithful, I offer the following: Lili Taylor and Minka Kelly.
Preview: J.J. Abrams fans will love 'Almost Human'
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 10:40 pm
Sci-fi-buddy-cop series "Almost Human" is rich in story - just like "Alias," "Lost" and "Fringe." Producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman, and stars Karl Urban and Michael Ealy talk about their new FOX series.
'The Voice': One of these singers will win season 5
Mon, Nov 4th 2013 09:10 am
Predicting who will win a reality singing competition is a little like trying to figure out Google analytics. We think we know what works and what doesn't, but at the end of the day, TV audiences are as hard to predict as search engine rankings.

Still, just as we know page traffic, links and social media factor into what we see on Google, we know a few things about what singers need to do to garner votes.

'The Voice': Holly Henry has momentum heading into 'Knockouts'
Mon, Oct 28th 2013 07:00 am
Can a shy singer, whose preferred studio is her bedroom, win "The Voice?"

Holly Henry, 19, who entered the show admittedly shy and with little performing experience, is now halfway through television's top singing competition.

With steals in play, coaches share the wealth on 'The Voice'
Mon, Oct 28th 2013 07:00 am
"The Voice" gives new meaning to '"lose the battle, win the war" - at least for those singers who are "stolen" in the show's "Battle" and "Knockout" rounds. For these performers, a loss in a head-to-head competition eliminated them from one team, and led to their selection by a second team.
Interview: 'Grimm' is a joy for actress Bitsie Tulloch
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 07:00 am
A Portland cop with ancient powers battles shape-shifting wesen while trying to lead a normal life alongside his best friend (who is, basically, the Big Bad Wolf), and his longtime girlfriend (who, for many months, had boyfriend-specific amnesia).

It might be called "Grimm," but it's undeniably fun to watch.

'The Voice': Coaches call Kat a contender
Mon, Oct 21st 2013 11:25 am
As "The Voice" narrowed its field of competitors almost in half during the "Battle Rounds," coaches Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton began to identify standout singers. In the second episode of the show's second round, Kat Robichaud was branded as one to watch after she triumphed over R. Anthony.
'Battle' continues on 'The Voice'
Mon, Oct 21st 2013 11:20 am
No matter the season, the coaches or the competitors, one thing remains constant on "The Voice": The "Battle Rounds" are super entertaining for the audience and completely awkward for the singers.
Coaches: Grey 'has what it takes' to win 'The Voice'
Mon, Oct 14th 2013 10:45 am
"50 Shades of Grey" may be all the rage in Hollywood, but it only took one performance from Grey the singer to convince three coaches she can win season five of "The Voice." On the fifth and final night of the blind auditions, Grey's rendition of Kelly Clarkson's hit "Catch My Breath" drew "I Want You" chair turns from Adam Levine, CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton (who, in fact, turned a full 360 degrees).
Q-and-A: James Spader talks NBC's 'The Blacklist'
Mon, Oct 7th 2013 05:10 pm
James Spader could teach a master class on villainy.
'The Voice': Briana Cuoco makes a 'Big Bang' of her own
Mon, Oct 7th 2013 02:40 pm
As it turns out, "The Voice" can work just as well for a singer with good looks and a well-known name as it can for those vocalists without those advantages.
'The Voice': Meet week-two standouts James Irwin, Olivia Henken, Monika Leigh and Will Champlin
Mon, Oct 7th 2013 02:35 pm
If there was a theme for "The Voice" in week two of the blind auditions, it was second chances.
'The Voice': Meet standout singers Kat Robichaud, Donna Allen, Josh Logan and Matthew Schuler
Mon, Sep 30th 2013 04:20 pm
Season five of NBC's "The Voice" kicked off with rousing performances from a new batch of singers eager to work with coaches Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton. Among the week-one standouts, audiences met:
'The Voice': Meet standout singers Holly Henry, Destinee Quinn and E.G. Daily
Mon, Sep 30th 2013 04:20 pm
Season five of NBC's "The Voice" kicked off with rousing performances from a new batch of singers eager to work with coaches Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton. Among the week-one standouts, audiences met:
Audiences will want to be part of 'The Blacklist'
Sat, Sep 21st 2013 04:40 pm
FBI agent Elizabeth Keen's first day on the job will be extraordinary.

Whether it's one she'll want to remember, or one to forget, that's another story.

'Fringe' star John Noble to guest on hit FOX drama 'Sleepy Hollow'
Fri, Sep 20th 2013 01:45 pm
Veteran actor John Noble, famous for his acclaimed tenure as eccentric scientist Walter Bishop on the FOX cult-classic "Fringe," will appear in a recurring guest-starring role on the new hit drama "Sleepy Hollow." Noble will appear later in the season as Henry Parrish, a kind and reclusive man who possesses supernatural powers that have the potential to help the series' protagonist, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison).
Live and let Dayo
Tue, Sep 17th 2013 09:20 pm
It's debatable how well we journalists actually know the actors and actresses we interview. But to me, Dayo Okeniyi seems like a nice guy. He appears to be intelligent and a hard worker. He loves his mother and he's trying to be an inspiration for those in his home country of Nigeria.

And yet, for some strange reason, I keep watching Dayo die on screen.

'Sleepy Hollow' is a blast from the past - literally
Mon, Sep 16th 2013 10:00 am
In "Sleepy Hollow," super-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have taken the legendary Ichabod Crane and his nemesis, the Headless Horseman, and brought them across two-and-a-half centuries of time.
'Burn Notice': What will become of Michael Westen?
Thu, Sep 12th 2013 02:50 pm
This is it! Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell talk about the series finale.
Interview: It's Luca vs. Natasha on 'MasterChef' finale
Wed, Sep 11th 2013 09:55 am
Luca Manfe and Natasha Crnjac entered the "MasterChef" kitchen in season four with the same goal: to prove they have what it takes to cook professionally. Luca and Natasha, both home chefs, each hopes to open a restaurant following their time on the hit FOX reality program.
'America's Got Talent' judges defend reality TV competitions
Tue, Aug 6th 2013 11:35 am
At the recent Television Critics Association summer press tour, the coaches on "The Voice" took flak that their show has yet to produce a top star in the music industry.
Connor Jessup excited for fans, third season of 'Falling Skies'
Thu, Aug 1st 2013 05:25 pm
The average 19-year-old spends his summer hanging out with friends, working a menial job and preparing to return to college.

Connor Jessup? He spent his summer traveling through parts of Europe and Japan before participating in a Comic-Con panel discussion on "Falling Skies," and preparing to return to Vancouver to shoot season three of his hit TNT sci-fi series.

'Continuum' goes further in season two; Rachel Nichols interview
Thu, Jul 11th 2013 04:25 pm
Fans of "Continuum" may have wondered recently if time-traveling super-cop Kiera Cameron's resolve to return home, to 2077 and her husband and son, was intact.
Craig Hosking: Adopted Lewiston resident in high demand in Hollywood
Sat, Jun 29th 2013 11:00 am
One could easily mistake part-time Lewiston resident Craig Hosking for Batman.
'Revolution': Billy Burke talks season finale, evolution of Miles Matheson
Mon, Jun 3rd 2013 03:30 pm
Earlier this season, Miles Matheson and Sebastian Monroe battered, bruised and bloodied each other in one stellar fracas. The former besties, once thick as thieves, realized they could (and probably would) kill one another if given the opportunity.
'MasterChef' looks to take home cook to global stage
Wed, May 22nd 2013 02:40 pm
America's search for the next great home cook begins tonight. Season four of "MasterChef" premieres at 8 p.m. on FOX. Undiscovered culinarians will seek to impress judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot, earn a white apron, win the title of "MasterChef," and join the ranks of previous season winners Whitney Miller, Jennifer Behm and Christine Ha.
'Grimm': Bree Turner promises stunning season finale
Tue, May 21st 2013 03:35 pm
Part two of "Grimm's" season finale promises to be action-packed, as Nick (David Giuntoli), Hank (Russell Hornsby), Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), Rosalee (Bree Turner) and, yes, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) battle new breeds of evil forces in Portland.
Top chef Fabio Viviani shares olive oil secrets
Fri, May 10th 2013 11:45 pm
In his travels around the world, Fabio Viviani has visited many places. But he's only passed through Western New York. That will change next week when he makes a special appearance in Amherst.
Soap star Jordi Vilasuso 'flips the script' and creates a 'Perfect Day' for fans
Fri, May 10th 2013 12:50 pm
Actor, producer, founder and father. These are just a few of the many accomplishments soap star Jordi Vilasuso has achieved. Now, he can add philanthropist to that resume.
'The Voice': Best. Episode. Ever.
Mon, May 6th 2013 04:45 pm
It was epic.

It was dramatic.

It was the best episode of "The Voice."

Ever.

New night for 'Grimm': David Giuntoli previews season-ending storylines
Tue, Apr 30th 2013 05:20 pm
NBC is rewarding "Grimm" for not just surviving on Friday nights, but thriving in a 9 p.m. timeslot where other sci-fi action-adventure series have faltered. The Peacock Network is shifting "Grimm" to Tuesdays at 10 p.m. - following its highly successful reality singing contest "The Voice."
'The Voice': Meet Amy Whitcomb
Mon, Apr 29th 2013 02:15 pm
Fans of "The Voice" may be in for a big surprise when the "Knockouts" begin. One of the show's top talents is about to make her debut (of sorts) - a full five weeks into the season.
'The Voice': 'Battle'-tested performers Midas Whale, Monique Abbadie, Mary Miranda ready for 'Knockouts' round
Mon, Apr 29th 2013 02:10 pm
Let's face it: The performers on "The Voice" are not likely to duke it out with other acts in a ring-shaped stage once this season is over.

"So what is the purpose of the 'Battle Rounds'?" you might ask. Well ...

'The Voice': Judith Hill, Karina Iglesias offer epic 'Battle'
Mon, Apr 22nd 2013 01:10 pm
"The Voice": Judith Hill, left, and Karina Iglesias competed in an epic "Battle Round" performance.