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August 21st, 2014

Madam Secretary to Premiere on CBS

Tim Daly will co-star in "Madam Secretary." Photo by David Shankbone © Wikimedia Commons

Tim Daly will co-star in “Madam Secretary.”
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After working with the CIA for years, Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) is now one of the most powerful people in the U.S., the Secretary of State. This drama shows how she can balance her family life and her professional life of politics. Labeled as a maverick in the office, Madam Secretary doesn’t always play by the rules, but tries to be smart and fair in her international diplomacy. It is a different type of politics when she is home with her family, husband Henry (Tim Daly) and teenagers Alison and Jason (Katherine Herzer and Evan Roe). Madam Secretary also stars Bebe Neuwirth as Nadine Tolliver, Erich Bergen as Blake Moran, Geoffrey Arend as Matt Mahoney and Patina Miller as Daisy Grant.

Madam Secretary premieres Sunday, September 21 at 8:00pm on CBS.

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August 20th, 2014

What Are Michelin Stars and AA Rosettes?

Restaurant Awards - The Michelin Guide awards Stars and the British Automobile Association awards Rosettes to outstanding restaurants.

A dessert you might find in a Michelin starred restaurant. Photo by Hotel de la Paix Geneve © Wikimedia Commons

A dessert you might find in a Michelin starred restaurant.
Photo by Hotel de la Paix Geneve
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While watching the reality shows Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen and The F-Word, I have heard the chefs mention the term “Michelin Star.” When I hear the word “Michelin” I think of tires, not restaurants, so I was a bit confused at first. But since these were food shows, I had an idea that this was some sort of award or recognition for a chef or restaurant, but being unsure I looked into it further.

It started with Andre and Edouard Michelin who had a tire manufacturing company in the 1900′s (we know it today as The Michelin Tire Company). To promote their company they decided to publish what they called “The Michelin Guide.” They purpose of the guide was to help travelers maintain their cars, find a decent place to sleep, and eat well while on the road away from home. In 1926, the guide introduced a star beside a restaurants’ name to denote good cooking. In the early 1930′s, two and three stars were added, thus the Michelin Stars were born. Each year the guide awards one to three stars to a small number of restaurants of outstanding quality. Michelin now has their guide broke into 3 sections – the Michelin Green Guides for longer trips, the Michelin Must Sees guides for weekend getaways and short trips and the Red Guide aka the original Michelin Guide for restaurants and hotels. Michelin claims to revisit establishments on average once every eighteen months in order to keep ratings up to date.

The Michelin Star Defined

One star:  Denotes a very good restaurant in its category – it’s worth a short trip to eat there.

Two stars: Excellent cooking – it’s worth a slight detour to eat there.

Three stars: Plan to go out of your way because they have exceptional cuisine – it’s worth a special journey even if it’s off your beaten path.

The British Automobile Association

AA Rosettes are another type of ranking given to restaurants, a mark awarded to fine restaurants by the British Automobile Association (AA). AA Inspectors annually award Rosettes to restaurants for the quality and service of their food and demonstrate mastery and excellence in their field.

The AA Rosette Criteria Defined

One rosette: Chefs should have mastered basic techniques and be able to produce dishes of sound quality and precision of flavors, using good, fresh ingredients.

Two rosettes: Innovation, greater technical skill and more consistency and judgment in combining and balancing ingredients are all needed at this level.

Three rosettes: This award takes a restaurant into the big leagues. Expectations of the kitchen are high: exact technique, flair and imagination must come through in every dish, and balance and depth of flavor are all-important.

Four rosettes
At this level not only should all technical skills be excellent but there should also be daring ideas, and the ideas must work. There is no room for disappointment. Flavors should be accurate and vibrant.

Five rosettes: This is the supreme accolade awarded only when the cooking is at its peak. Flavors, combinations and textures show a faultless sense of balance, giving each dish an extra dimension.

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August 19th, 2014

Supernatural Meets The Vampire Diaries

My Wish for a Crossover Show

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki play Sam and Dean on "Supernatural" Photo by Kristin Dos Santos © Wikimedia Commons

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki play the Winchester brothers on “Supernatural”
Photo by Kristin Dos Santos © Wikimedia Commons

TV viewers love to see crossover shows. One crossover show the CW should do is to have the Winchester brothers, Sam & Dean (Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles) from Supernatural, take on the Salvatore brothers, Damon & Stefan, (Ian Somerhald and Paul Wesley) from The Vampire Diaries.

Dean and Sam’s mother was killed by a demon when they were just young tykes. After her death, their father took the boys with him on his quest to hunt down the supernatural force that killed his wife. This left Dean to look after Sam most of the time. Despite having an invisible father most of the time, Sam and Dean Winchester learned the tools of the trade of hunting supernatural beings. As young adults, the brothers have been roaming America in their slick black classic Impala ridding the world of supernatural beings such as demons, vampires, werewolves, and other nasty creatures from down below. They’ve even spent some time with demons in hell and have an unusual relationship with the King of Hell himself (Mark Sheppard). The brothers have an angel, Castiel (Misha Collins), working alongside them, although he is not the kind of angel your mother or Sunday school teacher told you about.

Paul Wesley & Ian Somerhalder play the Salvatore brothers on "The Vampire Diaries." Photo by vagueonthehow © Wikimedia Commons

Paul Wesley & Ian Somerhalder play the Salvatore brothers on “The Vampire Diaries.”
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While the Winchester’s are on a quest to rid the world of the likes of demons and vampires, the Salvatore brothers, Damon and Stefan, are vampires. They are over 600-years-old but still look young enough to attend high school. The two brothers fell in love with the same woman in 1864 and now they both have a thing for Elana (Nina Dobrev), her look-alike in the present century. The Salvatore brothers are on a quest to annihilate the original vampires that are living in their little corner of the world, Mystic Falls. The Originals are the forefathers of all vampires and want to breed supernatural hybrids – creatures that are half vampire and half werewolf – to help them take over the world.

If the Winchester brothers were to meet up with the Salvatore brothers in a crossover show, my money would be on the Winchester brothers winning that particular battle of good versus evil. After all, they have walked into a den of vampires and were able to live another day as humans.

Whose side would you choose in a battle between the Winchester’s and the Salvatore’s?

The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, October 2 at 8:00pm on the CW.

Supernatural returns Tuesday, October 7 at 9:oopm on the CW.

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August 18th, 2014

Red Band Society to Premiere on Fox

Steven Spielberg will executive produce "Red Band Society." Photo by  CC-PD-Mark, PD US Government © Wikimedia Commons

Steven Spielberg will executive produce “Red Band Society.”
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Being in the hospital is never fun. But if you have to be there a lot then why not make the best of it? Faced with life and death illnesses and questions, the teenage patients at Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles have created bonds that would not have been created outside of the hospital. They call themselves the Red Band Society.

The show, which is told through the eyes of the patients, is narrated by 12-year-old Charlie (Griffin Gluck) who is in a coma in the hospital. Fellow patients and friends of Charlie on the pediatric wing include 16-year-old Leo Roth (Charlie Rowe), a once independent, charismatic teenager who has become angry and resentful having spent the last year of his life in the hospital sharing a room with Jordi Palacios (Nolan Sotillo). Jordi crossed the Mexican border illegally to seek treatment at Ocean Park Hospital for his illness.

Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer) runs the pediatric ward who has her own special way of helping these kids through a difficult time in their lives. The country’s top pediatric surgeon, Dr. Jack McAndrew (Dave Annable), oversees most of the treatments given in the ward. Nurse Brittany Dobler (Rebecca Rittenhouse) is the gullible “big sister” who is lax in her discipline of the patients when they are testing their boundaries.

Leo’s best friend, Dash Hosney (Brian Bradley), likes to take advantage of Nurse Dobler’s lax rule enforcements. Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, 16-year-old Dash lives every day as if it could be his last. No holds barred! Dash also has a girlfriend (on again/off again) in the ward, 15-year-old Emma Chota (Ciara Bravo) who has an eating disorder.

And of course there has to be a “mean girl,” who is also a cheerleader. That would be 16-year-old Kara Souders (Zoe Levin) who was brought in with heart failure. She shares a room with Charlie and eggs on the other patients in whatever mischief is on tap for that day. Kara and Nurse Jackson, both with hard temperaments, tend to butt heads a lot.

The friendship bonds created at Ocean Park Hospital in the Pediatric Ward are based on shared experiences. These bonds are represented by the red hospital bands placed on their wrists upon admission. They tell the story of the Red Band Society.

The series will be executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Margaret Nagle, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and Sergio Aguero in association with ABC Studios and Amblin Television.

Red Band Society premieres Wednesday, September 17 at 9:00pm on FOX.

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August 17th, 2014

The Mysteries of Laura to Premiere on NBC

Debra Messing will star in "The Mysteriesof Laura." Photo by David Shankbone © Wikimedia Commons

Debra Messing will star in “The Mysteriesof Laura.”
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The Mysteries of Laura is an Americanized version of the hit Spanish series Los Misterios de Laura. Laura Diamond (Debra Messing) is a NYPD Homicide Detective at work and an almost single mom at home. She and her husband, Jake Broderick (Josh Lucas) are finalizing divorce proceedings – if only he would sign the papers! At home she cleans up after her devilish twin boys and at work she is busy cleaning up the streets. Also starring in The Mysteries of Laura are Janina Gavankar as Meredith Bose, Laz Alonso as Billy Soto and Max Jenkins as Max Carnegie.

The Mysteries of Laura premieres Wednesday, September 24 at 8:00pm with a special preview at 10:00pm on September 17 on NBC.

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August 15th, 2014

Survivor: Editors Walk Off Their Jobs

Survivor editors have a tough job going editing all that film footage. Photo by Ryan Baxter © Wikimedia Commons

Survivor editors have a tough job going editing all that film footage.
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Approximately two-dozen non-unionized Survivor editors and assistants walked off the job on Wednesday, August 13. On Tuesday, the Motion Picture Editors Guild notified the Survivor producers that its editors wanted a union contract. The walk off happened after Mark Burnett’s Island Post Productions didn’t respond to the request within a 24-hour period. The primary goal of the contract is to get an agreement that includes pension benefits and industry-standard health insurance like those offered to employees of Shark Tank and The Voice, both unscripted shows by Burnett. With the 90-minute debut of the 29th season premiere of Survivor scheduled for Wednesday, September 24, time is of the essence here. Much of a delay in editing could throw a big wrench into the regular scheduled programming.

Roughly 12 hours after the walk off, the strike is over and Survivor editors and other staff are back on the job. Mark Burnett’s Island Post Productions agreed to the union recognition that was being requested from them. Talks with the Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700 are set for today, August 15.

Editors can be the people that makes or breaks a show; especially a reality show. I can’t imagine having to go through 24 hours of footage for 18 (or however many people are playing in any given season) castaways to pick out the best footage to show and spin a web around the contestant making them look smart, crazy, or annoying. Wait, I take that back, it would be more than 24 hours per person. Since Survivor airs once a week, it would be more like 168 hours (24×7) per person. That’s a lot of footage to look at. I’m getting cross-eyed just thinking about it. With 28 seasons under their belt, seems like it would be in the best interest of Mark Burnett & Company to keep these guys happy.

Survivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water premieres Wednesday, September 24 at 8:00pm on CBS.

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August 15th, 2014

Coming Up in Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow

Tom Mison plays Ichabod Crane on "Sleepy Hollow." Photo by Floatjon © Wikimedia Commons

Tom Mison plays Ichabod Crane on “Sleepy Hollow.”
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In Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) will continue to be fascinated with the modern world he has found himself living in. Inspired by Mison’s real-life efforts of learning how to drive, Ichabod will also take driving lessons. He’s also baffled when he witnesses Abbie (Nicole Beharie), a woman, voting! And what’s with these pens attached to chains at the bank? People really would steal a pen?

The biggest new face in Sleepy Hollow is Lena Reyes, the new sheriff, which will cause much conflict for Abbie and Ichabod. New supernatural creatures include a succubus (will Bo make an appearance? – That’s a nod to Lost Girl for those who didn’t understand that statement), a wendigo creature and “the kindred” – whoever or whatever that may be. Co-creator Alex Kurtzman states that these creatures are a “manifestation of what our characters are actually going through. The inner demons are manifested as literal demons.”

Sleepy Hollow premieres Season 2 on Monday, September 22 at 9:00pm on FOX.

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August 14th, 2014

A New and Improved American Gladiators is Looking for a Home

Phoenix and Venom, gladiators from the TV series "American Gladiators," pose for a photo in the gym on Combat Outpost Rawah, Iraq, Oct. 9, 2008.  Photo by by Lance Cpl Joshua Murray United States Marine Corps © Wikimedia Commons

Phoenix and Venom, gladiators from the TV series “American Gladiators,” pose for a photo in the gym on Combat Outpost Rawah, Iraq, Oct. 9, 2008.
Photo by by Lance Cpl Joshua Murray United States Marine Corps
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The popular reality series American Gladiators is being revived by Executive Producer Arthur Smith (Hell’s Kitchen). The original American Gladiators, which aired from 1989-1996, featured Gladiators with names such as Laser, Venom, Ice, Phoenix, Titan, Zap and Nitro in tight red, white and blue spandex who competed against amateur contestants.

Smith had this to say about the new, modern American Gladiators: “It’s a little darker, more intense, more serious. It’s a little less red, white and blue. And there’s no spandex. Spandex has left the building. Times have changed. This one is tonally different. It’s more post-apocalyptic. But it’s the same spirit. I feel Gladiators is a big, broad family show. I’ve always been a big fan of the show. But what we’re planning is a much bigger different from the original, and much different from the NBC show (referring to the brief resurrection in 2008 on NBC). There’s no show in this world that embodies that (David vs. Goliath) spirit more than Gladiators. It’s too great an idea not to grab.”

The modern Gladiator elements will be inspired from mixed martial arts and popular movies such as The Hunger Games. Smith has been developing his new concept for several months and is almost ready to shop it around to broadcast and cable networks. As soon as he finds a home for the new and improved American Gladiators he will begin taking applications for casting. Maybe you could be the next Nitro or Zap or the David that defeats Goliath.

 

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August 13th, 2014

Z Nation to Premiere on SYFY

Zombies almost wipe out the U.S. population in "Z Nation."  Photo by teujene © Wikimedia Commons

Zombies almost wipe out the U.S. population in “Z Nation.”
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It has been 3 years since the zombie virus struck that all but wiped out the country’s population. Z Nation follows a group of zombie apocalypse survivors as they transport an immune person from New York to California to the last known functioning viral lab in existence. The survivor’s antibodies are needed to create a vaccine for the few remaining humans, but he has a dark secret that may compromise everyone. In this post-zombie America, everyday people become heroes, and their stories will become the heart of Z Nation.

Z Nation stars Anastasia Baranova, DJ Qualls, Harold Perrineu, Keith Allan, Kellita Smith, Michael Welch, Russell Hodgkingson, and Tom Everett Scott.

 Z Nation, a 13-episode series, premieres Thursday, September 11th at 10:00pm on SYFY.

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August 13th, 2014

Samuel Anderson Added to Cast of Doctor Who

Arthur Darvill played the role of Rory so well that he was asked to be a regular in his second season. Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Arthur Darvill played the role of Rory so well that he was asked to be a regular in his second season.
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Yet another new character will be introduced in the 8th Season of Doctor Who. We’ve already been familiarized with Ms. Delphox, and in episode 4 Danny Pink, played by Samuel Anderson, will be introduced. Clara (Jenna Coleman), The Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) current companion, works at the same school that Danny teaches at. That’s all we know at the moment. He could be a co-worker, a love interest, a villain, a tag-along on adventures or just a friend. But he is listed as having a recurring role, which is how Arthur Darvill’s character, Rory, began. In his second season, Darvill was promoted to a regular. It’s all how the actors portray the character and how the audience responds to them.

Doctor Who Season 8 premieres on August 23, 2014 on BBC America.

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The Darker Side of the Doctor

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August 12th, 2014

The Doctor Faces a New Villain

Peter Capaldi will be the new "darker" Doctor Photo by Stuart Crawford © Wikimedia Commons

Peter Capaldi will be the new “darker” Doctor
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Keely Hawes, a British actress, will portray a new nemesis of The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in Season 8. Ms. Delphox is a banker who has bad intentions towards The Doctor and keeps dark secrets. The Doctor and Clara (Jenna Coleman) will land on a strange and puzzling planet (aren’t they all?) where they will encounter the powerful, out of this world character, Ms. Delphox.  Hawes states, “I am delighted to join Doctor Who and to be working with this incredible team. Ms. Delphox is a great character and someone I’ve had a lot of fun playing.”

Doctor Who is currently filming their 12 fall episodes which will conclude with the Christmas Special. The first episode, “Deep Breath” will air on August 23.

Doctor Who Season 8 premieres Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8:00pm on BBC America.

Also read: The Darker Side of the Doctor

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August 11th, 2014

The Darker Side of The Doctor

Peter Capaldi will be the new "darker" Doctor Photo by Stuart Crawford © Wikimedia Commons

Peter Capaldi will be the new “darker” Doctor
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On August 23, 2014, Whovians (fans of the show Doctor Who) will get their first look of Peter Capaldi portraying the regenerated Doctor. Trailers for the 8th season hint that viewers will see a darker side of the infamous Doctor. The new Doctor admits that he has made some bad mistakes in the past and sets out to right those wrongs. In order to accomplish this, the Doctor tells his companion, Clara (Jenna Coleman), they must go into the darkness. Maybe he should join a 12 step program?

The premiere episode of the new season (without Matt Smith) titled “Deep Breath” will establish the new identity of the Doctor. Executive Producer Steven Moffat, who co-wrote the episode, says, “There’s no point pretending it’s not the most interesting, dynamic thing that you’ve got to sell in that first episode. It’s going to be about, ‘What’s he like? How’s he different?’ I suppose it feels a bit like a character piece, but there’s plenty of action and nonsense and jeopardy, as there ever is in Doctor Who.”

Doctor Who Season 8 premieres on August 23, 2014 at 8:00pm on BBC America. Don’t forget to tune in at 7:30pm for the Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show. There will also be a Doctor Who:After Who Live show following the premieres of Intruders at 11:00pm. That’s marketing genius to keep Whovians tuned in to a new show while waiting for The Doctor’s after show.

If your TV screen isn’t big enough to handle the season premiere of The Doctor, you can see it in theaters. BBC America has partnered with Fathom Events for two days of theatrical screenings of “Deep Breath,” the premiere episode of season 8 of Doctor Who. This screening will include 15 minutes of bonus footage that only theater viewers will see. The 2-day event begins Sunday, August 24 at midnight in 12 cities across America. On Monday, August 25, the screenings will go nationwide with 2 shows aired at 7:00pm and 9:30pm local times.

On their website, Fathom Events warns theater goersDoctor Who Fans: We want you to have fun at these cinema events – but safety is paramount. Please note that attending in costume is fine, however masks, face-concealing make-up, fake weapons, tools, accessories (like sonic screwdrivers) as well as any costumes that conceal what you are carrying, your natural body shape or face are strictly prohibited.

Do they not realize that a sonic screwdriver is just a prop and not a real weapon?

Also Read: The Doctor Faces a New Villain

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August 10th, 2014

The Quest: Tournament for the Queen

Highlights of Episode 2 of The Quest

The Burg Kreuzenstein castle in Austria. Photo by Bwang © Wikimedia Commons

The Burg Kreuzenstein castle in Austria where “The Quest” is filmed.
Photo by Bwang
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The castle is attacked. The Queen is whisked to safety. (The Quest: Where Paladin’s (contestants) stand around and watch low level theater actors play out their fantasy roles.)

Paladin’s learn/practice how to ride horses. One Paladin lost her piece of the sun spear/sphere.

Paladin Challenge: Run the Gauntlet on horseback includes archery, spear throw, jousting, and hammer smash.

When addressing the Queen after he runs the Gauntlet, one Paladin addressed her as “m’ lady.” “He called me a lady,” says the Queen. He should have addressed her as “Your Majesty.”

Related: Premiere Episode of The Quest 

Paladin Shondo receives a badge, the Mark of Dexterity, for tallying the highest score.

The 3 lowest scorers face banishment – Christian, Ashley, and Jim.
The challenge relies on focus and accuracy. Paladin’s must take hot horseshoes from the cinders, hammer them out, cool it in the water, then attach it to a wheel with 6 nails. The pegs on the wheel to fit the horseshoe on are different sizes.

Jim wins the banishment challenge. He is safe from elimination.

The remaining Paladins will stand behind either Ashley or Christian, whoever they think deserves to continue on The Quest. Christian receives 5 votes; Ashley receives 4 votes. Ashley is banished from The Quest.

The Queen is poisoned at the celebration feast.

The Quest airs Thursdays at 8:00pm on ABC.

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August 8th, 2014

Is Reality TV Real or Scripted?

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Photo by Bpedrozo
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America seems to have become obsessed with reality TV. Most people believe that the reality these shows portray is authentic. But is reality TV real or scripted? Can a show be termed a reality show when it contains aspects that are devised by the show’s producers and not the participants? How can a TV show be called reality IF it isn’t really real?

Reality TV has been around for quite a while and has amassed a huge following of viewers. Reality television programs, which feature real people engaged in real activities rather than professional actors performing scripted scenes, are increasingly popular. These shows depict ordinary people competing in everything from singing and dancing to losing weight, or just living their everyday lives. According to (She Knows) Reality TV Magazine the top 22 Reality TV Shows are The Amazing Race, America’s Next Top Model, American Idol, Big Brother, Dancing With the Stars, Face Off, Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Project Runway, Real Housewives of Atlanta, RHW of Beverly Hills, RHW of Miami, RHW of New Jersey, RHW of New York City, RHW of Orange County, So You Think You Can Dance, Survivor, The Bachelor, The Bachelor Pad, The Voice and Top Chef Masters. Reality shows I expected to see on this list but were not included are America’s Got Talent, Celebrity Apprentice, The Biggest Loser and Top Chef.

Can a show be termed a reality show when it contains aspects that are devised by the show’s producers and not the participants?

Some could say that the TV viewer is being played by the producers and the editing that is being done before a reality TV show is aired. We, the viewer, do not get to see or hear the whole story, only what the editors want us to see. The film has been altered with editing so viewers could be seeing sequences out of context leading us in the direction the producer wants us to go. How many times were you sure so-and-so would be voted off and it turned out to be someone else? The shows also misled viewers by presenting challenges for the players to overcome. In real life, no one sets up artificial challenges to test us. In live shows, where the viewers’ vote determines the winner, the judges’ comments made after performances could possibly skew the viewers towards voting for who they (the judges) want to go forward. Theirs is only one opinion and shouldn’t bear any weight as to how the viewers vote, but I think it does whether they mean it to or not.

Also, editing a live show can be challenging for editors as was proven when Arcadian Broad made a statement on America’s Got Talent in 2009. In response to the judges when questioned about his choice of outfits and background dancers looking like a cast from High School Musical, Arcadian responded (paraphrased), “The producers didn’t give me a choice. This was from a list I was given to choose from.” (Read America’s Got Talent – Do They Have a Hidden Agenda? for the complete story.)

Is reality TV real or scripted?

Are the scenarios being played out on these shows real or scripted? Would you behave differently in any given situation if there were not a camera following you around? I tend to lean toward yes as the answer to that question. The player/contestant can’t help but possibly think, “What do they ‘expect’ me to do?” instead of just doing whatever comes natural. Instead, they have these unspoken directions in their head causing them to think twice about what they should or shouldn’t do.

Mark Burnett, creator of Survivor and other reality shows avoids the word “reality” to describe his shows. Burnett said, “It’s storytelling enveloped in a great concept, great vicarious travel experience and really good casting. I tell good stories. It really is not reality TV. It really is unscripted drama.”

Why do people go on a reality show?

Do people want to be on reality TV shows to win money, to possibly become famous, or simply because they like the game? And that’s what most reality TV is really – a game. Point in case, how many of these names do you recognize? Richard Hatch, Boston Rob, Russell Hantz, Rupert, Coach, Phillip Shepherd (all from Survivor), Omarosa (The Apprentice), cowboys Jet and Cord (Amazing Race), Terry Fator, Michael Grimm (America’s Got Talent), Kelly Clarkson and Chris Daughtrey (both from American Idol).

These names have become known household wide because they were contestants on a reality TV show. But what does fame get you? For Colby Donaldson from Survivor: The Australian Outback it got him a hosting job for Top Shot on the History Channel; Elisabeth Hasselbeck, also a contestant on Survivor: The Australian Outback, later became a host on the morning talk show The View; Kristin Cavallari, who appeared on Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, has gone on to become a television host and actress and Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, who appeared on MTV’s Jersey Shore, was able to parlay his fame into lucrative endorsement deals. Others, who made a big impression with their big personalities, get invited to participate in other reality TV shows such as Boston Rob who has run The Amazing Race twice and been invited back to Survivor time and again. Some are asked to return as All Stars, Heroes or Villains which puts another spin on the reality show.

Reality TV is entertaining

There is nothing real or valid about reality television other than its entertainment value. Personally, I watch shows such as Survivor, The Amazing Race, Hell’s Kitchen and Celebrity Apprentice strictly for their entertainment values and to watch the colorful people that are always popping up on them. I do not believe there is any scripting of the people’s personalities in most of these shows, but that the participants are guided or prompted in some form or another. For example, at the confessional tree on Survivor, do you think the player sits there and just starts talking to the camera? I believe there is someone there prompting them with questions. “So Rob, what do you really think of Phillip’s baggy pink underwear?”

Reality TV stirs controversy which viewers love

Reality TV is popular due to its controversy. If everyone got along and there were no villains these reality shows would not be interesting. Russell Hantz was probably the best thing that ever happened to Survivor as far as ratings and publicity are concerned. It’s the characters that make the game enjoyable to watch. Without the Russell’s, the Boston Rob’s and the Phillip’s of the show, I would have stopped watching a long time ago. In season 21 of Survivor there were no “characters” and it was widely considered one of the worst seasons ever. Like every season, I couldn’t care less who ultimately wins it. I just hoped Rob and Phillip (i.e. the enjoyable ones to watch) made it to the end so it will be entertaining the whole way through. Haters of the villains and lovers of the heroes watch to see if those players will win or lose and it is that passion keeps fans glued to the TV.

Whether you love them or hate them, reality TV shows bring in the high ratings therefore they are here to stay.

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August 7th, 2014

Utopia to Premiere on FOX

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Photo by Ken Teegardin
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Have you wondered what it would be like to live in a perfect world? In Utopia, 15 contestants are challenged to build their perfect world from scratch. They will live in an isolated, undeveloped area for a year while trying to build their society from the ground up – literally. If a player is deemed unworthy and exiled from Utopia, a member from the viewing audience will take their place. Utopia is based on the hit Dutch series that bears the same name.

Utopia has a 3-night series premiere on FOX beginning on Sunday, September 7, 8 & 9 at 8:00pm, then resumes its regular weekly time slot on Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00pm.

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August 6th, 2014

Supernatural Fans Are Excited for Season 10 to Begin

Dean (Jensen Ackles) will be a demon in the 10th season of "Supernatural." Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Dean (Jensen Ackles) will be a demon in the 10th season of “Supernatural.”
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After the surprise ending of Season 9, Supernatural fans are eagerly looking forward to the premiere of Season 10. Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) has become the one thing he hates the most: a demon. And he will not be “saved” quickly.

According to series executive producer Jeremy Carver viewers can expect to see a healthy dose of Demon Dean in Season 10. He went on to say to expect to “see a different type of Demon Dean than you might expect.” I don’t even want to try to analyze what that may mean but you can read my take on Demon Dean in What’s in Store for Dean in Season 10?  Humanizing the King of Hell (aka Crowley played by Mark Sheppard) and making Dean a demon is a stroke of genius and makes for some interesting story possibilities. The Dean-Crowley bromance lives on!

With Dean on the dark side for now, this leaves Sam (Jared Padalecki) to team up with Castiel (Misha Collins), opening up another new storyline. (Previously it was the Dean-Castiel bromance.) While Sam hunts for his brother another mysterious character is introduced who is also on the hunt and causes complications for the Winchester brothers. Castiel will have to deal with the fact that his stolen grace backfired and has left him very weak and is in danger of really dying if he doesn’t do something about it quick!

Inside of Supernatural’s 10th season the landmark 200th episode will air. This landmark causes fan to question how much longer the series can hang on. Carver states, “I hate to go all military now but, there’s no quit in anybody… There’s so much story left to tell. We’re very excited to keep telling this story.” Padalecki and Ackles concur. Ackles stated, “I think we’re all on the same page. We still get excited by it and I think that that hasn’t tarnished in 10 years. And I remember getting the last script of Season 9, and I got all giddy about it. I was excited to see what happens in Season 10. I think as long as there’s that fulfillment, that enjoyment, that excitement, then yeah, we will keep going, as long as people are hanging in with us and are still entertained. We love these stories.” Padalecki added, “I truly do deeply care about the show and about Sam Winchester… I spent nine years of my life with him, and so I don’t want him to be broken down and beaten down into something that I end up not respecting. I think we know the show enough, our characters enough, that if there’s an end coming, I think we’ll all see it and we don’t have to push it to the ‘I Love L.A.’ levels. I’ve got some kids now and a wife. I love my personal life very, very much and when it’s time to hang up the Sam Winchester hat, I’ll welcome that chapter.”

What would you like to see happen in Season 10? How long is long enough? When and how should the series end?

Supernatural premieres Tuesday, October 7th at 9:00pm on the CW. Tune in to the CW on Monday, October 6th at 9:00pm for a special Supernatural documentary that will look back on the previous nine seasons.

I’ll be along for the ride with Sam and Dean as long as there is road.

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August 5th, 2014

Wizard Wars to Premiere on SYFY

Penn & Teller Photo by Scott A Hurst © Wikimedia Commons

Penn & Teller
Photo by Scott A Hurst © Wikimedia Commons

In this challenging series, magical competitors are given random objects and are tasked with creating a spectacular illusion with them. Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the project from the beginning to the end. The winning team of competitors will then go head-to-head with the “home team” of world-renowned wizards – mentalist Angela Funovits, YouTube sensation Justin Flom, Wynn resort resident magician Shimshi, and two-time world Championship of Magic Winner Gregory Wilson. Contestants will be judged by Penn & Teller, Jason Latimer, and Christen Gerhart.

Wizard Wars premieres Tuesday, August 19 at 10:00pm on SYFY.

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August 2nd, 2014

11 Series Premieres in September 2014

Anthony Anderson will star in "Black-ish." Photo by © Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com  © Wikimedia Commons

Anthony Anderson will star in “Black-ish.”
Photo by © Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com © Wikimedia Commons

Black-ish (ABC)
Wednesdays at 9:30pm, Series Premiere September 24
Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) is a successful upper-middle-class black man living in the suburbs with his wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and four kids. Dre wants to raise his children with recognition of their cultural identity. But he has to fight off the contradictions and obstacles put in his way from his old-school father (Laurence Fishburne), his liberal wife, and his integrated children.

Forever (ABC)
Tuesdays at 10:00pm, Series Premiere September 23
Immortality can either be a blessing or a curse. But Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) just wants to understand WHY he is immortal. That is why he became a medical examiner; so he can study the dead in search of an answer that has eluded him for over 200 years. Forever also stars Alana De La Garza as Detective Jo Martinez, Donnie Keshawarz as Detective Hanson, Joel David Moore as Lucas, and Judd Hirsch as Abe.

Ben McKenzie Photo by Cin 20 © Wikimedia Commons

Ben McKenzie
Photo by Cin 20
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Gotham (FOX)
Mondays at 8:00pm, Series Premiere September 22
I’m sure you have heard by now that Gotham, the prequel to the Batman franchise, has gotten the green light from FOX. The show will follow young Detective James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie) with the Gotham City Police Department who battles the cities’ young villains before they became famous and before Batman came on the scene. What were the circumstances that gave the villains nicknames like The Penguin and The Riddler? The GCPD is run by Police Captain Sarah Esen (Zabryna Guevara), who is unknowingly watching over the detective who would later become Commissioner.

How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Thursdays at 10:00pm, Series Premiere September 25
This suspenseful legal thriller has four law students intertwined with their criminal defense teacher, Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) in a murder plot. How to Get Away With Murder also stars Aja Naomi King, Alfred Enoch, Billy Brown, Charlie Weber, Jack Falahee, Karla Souza, Katie Findlay, Liza Weil, and Matt McGorry.

Madam Secretary (CBS)
Sundays at 8:00pm, Series Premiere September 21
After working with the CIA for years, Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni) is now one of the most powerful people in the U.S., the Secretary of State. This drama shows how she can balance her family life and her professional life of politics. Labeled as a maverick in the office, Madam Secretary doesn’t always play by the rules, but tries to be smart and fair in her international diplomacy. It is a different type of politics when she is home with her family, husband Henry (Tim Daly) and teenagers Alison and Jason (Katherine Herzer and Evan Roe). Madam Secretary also stars Bebe Neuwirth as Nadine Tolliver, Erich Bergen as Blake Moran, Geoffrey Arend as Matt Mahoney and Patina Miller as Daisy Grant.

Analeigh Tipton will star in "Manhattan Love Story." Photo by gdcgraphics © Wikimedia Commons

Analeigh Tipton will star in “Manhattan Love Story.”
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Manhattan Love Story (ABC)
Tuesdays at 8:30pm, Series Premiere September 30
You have started dating an interesting person and are just getting to know each other. Have you ever wondered what they are thinking? Of course you have! That never stops. Manhattan Love Story tells the unfiltered thoughts of a new couple, Peter and Dana (Jake McDorman and Analeigh Tipton) who have just started dating. Also starring in Manhattan Love Story are Chloe Wepper, Jade Catta-Preta, Kurt Fuller and Nicolas Wright.

The Mysteries of Laura (NBC)
Wednesdays at 8:00pm, Series Premiere September 24; Preview September 17 1t 10:00pm
The Mysteries of Laura is an Americanized version of the hit Spanish series Los Misterios de Laura. Laura Diamond (Debra Messing) is a NYPD Homicide Detective at work and an almost single mom at home. She and her husband, Jake Broderick (Josh Lucas) are finalizing divorce proceedings – if only he would sign the papers! At home she cleans up after her devilish twin boys and at work she is busy cleaning up the streets. Also starring in The Mysteries of Laura are Janina Gavankar as Meredith Bose, Laz Alonso as Billy Soto and Max Jenkins as Max Carnegie.

Red Band Society (FOX)
Wednesdays at 9:00pm, Series Premiere September 17
Being in the hospital is never fun. But if you have to be there a lot then why not make the best of it? Faced with life and death illnesses and questions, the teenage patients at Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles have created bonds that would not have been created outside of the hospital. The show, which is told through the eyes of the patients, is narrated by 12-year-old Charlie (Griffin Gluck) who is in a coma in the hospital.

Elyes Gabel will star in "Scorpion." Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Elyes Gabel will star in “Scorpion.”
Photo by Gage Skidmore
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Scorpion (CBS)
Mondays at 9:00pm, Series Premiere September 22
Scorpion is inspired by a true story of eccentric genius full of nerdiness. A network of nerdy prodigies is led by the eccentric nerd Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel).Together this international group forms a think tank backed by Homeland Security. They are the last line of defense against complex threats made in cyberspace of the modern world. Out in the real world, they are all social misfits. Scorpion will also star Ari Stidham as Sylvester Dodd, Eddie Kaye Thomas as Toby Curtis, Jadyn Wong as Happy Quinn, Katharine McPhee as Paige Dineen, and Robert Patrick as Agent Cabe Gallo.

Selfie (ABC)
Tuesdays at 8:00pm, Series Premiere September 30
Inspired by My Fair Lady, Selfie centers around Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) who becomes an overnight Internet sensation after a bad break-up video goes viral. Now Eliza has hundreds of thousands of followers looking for her next bad mistake. When she realizes being ‘friended’ doesn’t necessarily mean she has friends, Eliza hires Henry (John Cho), a marketing expert to help restore her image. Also starring in Selfie are Allyn Rachel, David Harewood, and Tim Peper.

Utopia (FOX)
3-Night Series Premiere beginning Sunday, September 7 @ 8:00pm
Utopia resumes on its regular night Tuesday, September 16 @ 8:00pm
Have you wondered what it would be like to live in a perfect world? In Utopia, 15 contestants are challenged to build their perfect world from scratch. They will live in an isolated, undeveloped area for a year while trying to build their society from the ground up – literally. If a player is deemed unworthy and exiled from Utopia, a member from the viewing audience will take their place. Utopia is based on the hit Dutch series that bears the same name.

Also read:

46 Season Premieres in September 2014

Fall TV Schedules 2014

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August 2nd, 2014

Fall TV Schedules 2014

Fall TV Schedules for September, October and November 2014 on ABC, CBS, CW, FOX and NBC

Besides the premiere of Gotham, what new show are you looking forward to seeing this fall?

*denotes a new series

All times EST

MONDAYS

Elyes Gabel will star in "Scorpion." Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Elyes Gabel will star in “Scorpion.”
Photo by Gage Skidmore
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8:00pm

Dancing with the Stars (ABC-September 15)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS-September 22)

2 Broke Girls (CBS-October 27)

The Originals (CW-October 6)

*Gotham (FOX-September 22)

The Voice (NBC-September 22)

8:30pm

Mom (CBS-September 29)

9:00pm

*Scorpion (CBS-September 22)

*Jane the Virgin (CW-October 13)

Sleepy Hollow (FOX-September 22)

10:00pm

Castle (ABC-September 29)

NCIS: Los Angles (CBS-September 29)

The Blacklist (NBC-September 22)

*State of Affairs (NBC-November 17)

 

TUESDAYS

Karen Gillan will star in "Selfie." Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Karen Gillan will star in “Selfie.”
Photo by Gage Skidmore
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8:00pm

*Selfie (ABC-September 30)

NCIS (CBS-September 23)

*The Flash (CW-October 7)

*Utopia (FOX-September 7,8,9 then 16)

The Voice (NBC-September 23)

8:30pm

*Manhattan Love Story (ABC-September 30)

9:00pm

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC-September 23)

*NCIS: New Orleans (CBS-September 23)

Supernatural (CW-October 7)

New Girl (FOX-September 16)

*Marry Me (NBC-October 14)

9:30pm

The Mindy Project (FOX-September 16)

About a Boy (NBC-October 14)

10:00pm

*Forever (ABC-September 23)

Person of Interest (CBS-September 23)

Chicago Fire (NBC-September 23)

 

WEDNESDAYS

Debra Messing will star in "The Mysteriesof Laura." Photo by David Shankbone © Wikimedia Commons

Debra Messing will star in “The Mysteriesof Laura.”
Photo by David Shankbone
© Wikimedia Commons

8:00pm

The Middle (ABC-September 24)

Survivor (CBS-September 24)

Arrow (CW-October 8)

Hell’s Kitchen (FOX-September 10)

*The Mysteries of Laura (NBC-September 24)

8:30pm

The Goldberg’s (ABC-September 24)

9:00pm

Modern Family (ABC-September 24)

Criminal Minds (CBS-October 1)

The 100 (CW-October 22)

*Red Band Society (FOX-September 17)

Law & Order: SVU (NBC-September 24)

9:30pm

*Black-ish (ABC-September 24)

10:00pm

Nashville (ABC-September 24)

*Stalker (CBS-October 1)

Chicago PD (NBC-September 24)

 

THURSDAYS

David Tennant will star in "Gracepoint." Photo by Rach © Wikimedia Commons

David Tennant will star in “Gracepoint.”
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8:00pm

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC-September 25)

Thursday Night Football (CBS)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS-October 30)

The Vampire Diaries (CW-October 2)

Bones (FOX-September 25)

The Biggest Loser (NBC-September 11)

8:30pm

NFL Thursday Night Football (CBS)

The Millers (CBS-October 30)

9:00pm

Scandal (ABC-September 25)

Thursday Night Football (CBS)

Two and a Half Men (CBS-October 30, Final Season)

Reign (CW-October 2)

*Gracepoint (FOX-October 2)

*Bad Judge (NBC-October 2)

9:30pm

Thursday Night Football (CBS)

*The McCarthy’s (CBS-October 30)

*A to Z (NBC-October 2)

10:00pm

*How to Get Away With Murder (ABC-September 25)

Thursday Night Football (CBS)

Elementary (CBS-October 30)

Parenthood (NBC-Final Season-September 25)

 

FRIDAYS

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David Giuntoli is Detective Nick Burkhalt on “Grimm”
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8:00pm

Last Man Standing (ABC-October 3)

The Amazing Race (CBS-September 26)

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (CW-October 2)

Masterchef Junior (FOX-November 7)

Dateline NBC (NBC)

8:30pm

*Cristela (ABC-October 10)

9:00pm

Shark Tank (ABC-September 26)

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS-September 26)

America’s Next Top Model (CW)

Utopia (repeats) (FOX)

Grimm (NBC-October 24)

10:00pm

20/20 (ABC-September 26)

Blue Bloods (CBS-September 26)

*Constantine (NBC-October 24)

 

SATURDAYS

8:00pm

Saturday Night Football (ABC)

Fox Sports Saturday (FOX)

10:00pm

48 Hours (CBS-September 27)

SUNDAYS

7:00pm

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC-October 5)

60 Minutes (CBS-September 21)

NFL on Fox

7:30pm

Bob’s Burgers (FOX-October 5)

Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas are Snow White & Prince Charming in "Once Upon a Time" Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas are Snow White & Prince Charming in “Once Upon a Time”
Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

8:00pm

Once Upon a Time (ABC-September 28)

*Madam Secretary (CBS-September 21)

The Simpsons (FOX- September 28)

Sunday Night Football (NBC)

8:30pm

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX-September 28)

9:00pm

Resurrection (ABC-September 28)

The Good Wife (CBS-September 21)

Family Guy (FOX-September 28)

9:30pm

*Mulaney (FOX-October 5)

10:00pm

Revenge (ABC-September 28)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS- September 28)

 

New at Midseason:

Allegiance (NBC)

American Crime (ABC)

Backstrom (FOX)

Bordertown (FOX)

Empire (FOX)

Fresh off the Boat (ABC)

Galavant (ABC)

Hieroglyph (FOX)

iZombie (CW)

The Last Man on Earth (FOX)

Marvel’s Agent Carter (ABC)

The Messengers (CW)

Mission Control (NBC)

Mr. Robinson (NBC)

Odyssey (NBC)

One Big Happy (NBC)

Secrets and Lies (ABC)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (NBC)

Wayward Pines (FOX)

Weird Loners (FOX)

The Whispers (ABC)

Also read:

11 Series Premieres in September 2014

46 Season Premieres in September 2014

 

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August 2nd, 2014

46 Season Premieres in September 2014

Below are premiere dates for established TV shows. Which is your favorite?

Phil Keoghan hosts The Amazing Race Photo by Anosmia © Wikimedia Commons

Phil Keoghan hosts The Amazing Race Photo by Anosmia © Wikimedia Commons

20/20 (ABC)
Fridays at 10:00pm, 37th Season Premiere September 26

48 Hours (CBS)
Saturdays at 10:00pm, 28th Season Premiere September 27

60 Minutes (CBS)
Sundays at 7:00pm, 47th Season Premiere September 21

The Amazing Race (CBS)
Fridays at 8:00pm, 25th Season Premiere September 26

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Mondays at 8:00pm, 8th Season Premiere September 22

The Biggest Loser (NBC)
Thursdays at 8:00pm, 16th Season Premiere September 11

The Blacklist (NBC)
Mondays at 10:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere September 22

Blue Bloods (CBS)
Fridays at 10:00pm, 6th Season Premiere September 26

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Sundays at 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere September 7

Bones (FOX)
Thursdays at 8:00pm, 10th Season Premiere September 25

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Sundays at 8:30pm, 2nd Season Premiere September 28

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Nathan Fillion
Photo by Jo Anslow (C) Wikimedia Commons

Castle (ABC)
Mondays at 10:00pm, 7th Season Premiere September 29

Chicago Fire (NBC)
Tuesdays at 10:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere September 23

Chicago PD (NBC)
Wednesdays at 10:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere September 24

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
Sundays at 10:00pm, 15th Season Premiere September 28

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Mondays at 8:00pm, 19th Season Premiere September 15

Dateline NBC (NBC)
Fridays at 8:00pm, 24th Season

Family Guy (FOX)
Sundays at 9:00pm, 13th Season Premiere September 28

The Goldbergs (ABC)
Wednesdays at 8:30pm, 2nd Season Premiere September 24

The Good Wife (CBS)
Sundays at 9:00pm, 6th Season Premiere September 21

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Thursdays at 8:00pm, 11th Season Premiere September 25

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
Fridays at 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere September 26

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Chef Gordon Ramsay
Photo by Dave Pullig © Wikimedia Commons

Hell’s Kitchen (FOX)
Wednesdays at 8:00pm, 13th Season Premiere September 10

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
Wednesdays at 9:00pm, 16th Season Premiere September 24

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
Tuesdays at 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere September 23

The Middle (ABC)
Wednesdays at 8:00pm, 6th Season Premiere September 24

The Mindy Project (FOX)
Tuesdays at 9:30pm, 3rd Season Premiere September 16

Modern Family (ABC)
Wednesdays at 9:00pm, 6th Season Premiere September 24

Mom (CBS)
Mondays at 8:30pm, 2nd Season Premiere September 29

Nashville (ABC)
Wednesdays at 10:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere September 24

NCIS (CBS)
Tuesdays at 8:00pm, 12th Season Premiere September 23

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
Mondays at 10:00pm, 6th Season Premiere September 29

New Girl (FOX)
Tuesdays at 9:00pm, 4th Season Premiere September 16

Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas are Snow White & Prince Charming in "Once Upon a Time" Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas are Snow White & Prince Charming in “Once Upon a Time”
Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Once Upon a Time (ABC)
Sundays at 8:00pm, 4th Season Premiere September 28

Parenthood (NBC)
Thursdays at 10:00pm, 6th and Final Season Premiere September 25

Person of Interest (CBS)
Tuesdays at 10:00pm, 4th Season Premiere September 23

Resurrection (ABC)
Sundays at 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere September 28

Revenge (ABC)
Sundays at 10:00pm, 4th Season Premiere September 28

Scandal (ABC)
Thursdays at 9:00pm, 4th Season Premiere September 25

Shark Tank (ABC)
Fridays at 9:00pm, 6th Season Premiere September 26

The Simpson’s (FOX)
Sundays at 8:00pm, 26th Season Premiere September 28

Sleepy Hollow (FOX)
Mondays at 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere September 22

Sons of Anarchy (FX)
Tuesdays at 10:00pm, 7th Season Premiere September 9

Jeff Probst, host of "Survivor" Photo by watchwithkristin © Wikimedia Commons

Jeff Probst, host of “Survivor”
Photo by watchwithkristin © Wikimedia Commons

Survivor (CBS)
Wednesdays at 8:00pm, 29th Season Premiere September 24

Total Divas (E!)
Sundays at 9:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere September 7

The Voice (NBC)
Mondays at 8:00pm, 7th Season Premiere September 22/Tuesdays at 8:00pm

Also read:

11 Series Premieres in September 2014

Fall TV Schedules 2014

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August 1st, 2014

Premiere Episode of “The Quest”

You’ll either really love it or really hate it.

The Burg Kreuzenstein castle in Austria. Photo by Bwang © Wikimedia Commons

The Burg Kreuzenstein castle in Austria.
Photo by Bwang
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When I first heard and read about a new reality series called The Quest, I was intrigued enough to want to tune into the first episode. But I had my doubts about it being really interesting – it was either going to grab my attention or be so corny I would want to change the channel. Even though the creators of two of my favorite shows, The Amazing Race and Lord of the Rings are behind the idea, at the end of the premiere show I was disappointed. But it is probably a LARPers or Cosplayers dream show.

Twelve contestants, called Paladin’s, are led to the fantasy land of Everealm where one of them is destined to be the “One True Hero” and save the land from the wicked evil doers.

The twelve Paladins’ are:

Andrew Frazer (25, Personal Trainer from West Hartford, CT) – @frazerfire

Adria Kyne (41, Marketing Director from Nashua, NH) – @PaladinAdria

Ashley Guerrero (35, Horse Trainer from Murrieta, CA) – @Paladin_Ashley

Bonnie Gordon (28, Property Manager from Lafayette, LA) – @BonnieBellG

Christian Sochor (23, Server from New York, NY) – @Sochorchris

Jasmine Kyle (31, Mother and Homemaker from Media, PA) – @JasmineLeiylani

Jim Curry (22, Student from Little Rock, AR) – @ paladinjim

*Katherine “Katie” Smaluk (26, Bartender from Chicago, IL) – @ KatieIsChicago

Leticia Reyes (36, Executive Assistant from White Plains, NY) – @leticiamreyes

Lina Carollo (27, School Counselor from Delran, NJ) – @thelinacarollo

Patrick Higgins (41, High School Math Teacher from Joliet, IL) – @pqhiggins

Shondo Blades (30, MMA Fighter from Houston, TX) – @ShondoBlades

 

Paladin: pal·a·din

/?pæl?d?n/ Show Spelled [pal-uh-din]

noun

1. any one of the 12 legendary peers or knightly champions in attendance on Charlemagne.

2. any knightly or heroic champion.

3. any determined advocate or defender of a noble cause.

Origin: 1585–95; < French < Italian paladino < Late Latin pal?t?nus imperial functionary,

The Paladin’s are each given a piece of a sun spear (or sphere). (As there are really no rules given for this competition we have no idea what this is for at the moment.)

 It took 30 minutes of backstory and theater acting to get to the competition part of the show. Creo (Jan Hutter) leads the Paladins to Everealm where they get their first view of the city and are eventually led to the rooms they will be bunking in inside a castle called the House of Sanctum. (Which is actually a real castle in Austria – the Burg Kreuzenstein.)

I was expecting something akin to challenges on Survivor but that wasn’t to be so. And even then there was only one challenge in an hour long show. Most of it was bad storytelling and acting, in my opinion.

For the challenge the Paladins were randomly divided into teams of three. They had to use a medieval weapon (think giant crossbow) to shoot arrows over a 20’ wall of branches and sticks (their fortification from the enemy) and hit the target dummies on the other side. Each team had a spotter, a shooter and a runner. Paladin Bonnie, who was the eyes of the White Team, receives a Badge of Leadership for her guidance of the arrows. The Blue Team made up of Patrick, Katie and Christian loses and will face an elimination challenge. They have to shoot arrows at each other’s moving target. The one with the least arrows in their target will be automatically spared while the remaining two are up for elimination. Christian is awarded a reprieve. Now it is up to the remaining Paladins to decide who will be banished from Everealm by lining up behind the person they support. Katie only receives two votes and is banished from the game.

Some shows have been cancelled recently for being too costly (Falling Skies comes to mind).  I see this show following in their footsteps. There is a lot of money thrown into extra cast, backdrops, special effects, CGI, scenery, etc. for The Quest to be a show that will end up being too costly to air.

 

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August 1st, 2014

Legends to Premiere on TNT

When you go deep undercover it is best to forget the past and forget the rules, but sometimes you forget yourself and who you really are. Martin Odum (Sean Bean) is a deep-cover operative who, in order to do his job, must be able to take on different personalities for each job he does. When a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t who he thinks he is, his own identity comes into question. Ahhh, mind games, here we come. Also starring in Legends are Morris Chestnut as Tony, a detective; Ali Larter as Crystal Maguire (another deep-cover operative); and Tina Majorino as Maggie, a tech-savvy person.

Legends premieres Wednesday, August 13 at 9:00pm on TNT.

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July 28th, 2014

Bachelor in Paradise to Premiere on ABC

Bachelors and Bachelorettes who didn’t find love during their first appearance on The Bachelor receive a second chance in Bachelor in Paradise. Fans of The Bachelorette and The Bachelor will recognize familiar faces, you know, the ones you love to hate.

Bachelor in Paradise premieres Monday, August 4 at 8:00pm on ABC.

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July 27th, 2014

Gym Rescue to Premiere on SPIKE

Randy Couture Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

Randy Couture
Photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons

After being involved in the mixed martial arts business for years MMA legends Frank Shamrock and Randy Couture are looking to aid failing gyms. But not necessarily MMA gyms, any struggling gym including traditional gyms, boot camp type gyms, and yoga studios. Together they hope to use their business savvy to help struggling gyms turn into championship gyms.

Gym Rescue premieres Sunday, August 10 at 9:00pm on Spike TV.

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July 25th, 2014

The Knick to Premiere on CINEMAX

Clive Owen Photo by Mario Antonio Pena Zapatería from Irun, Spain © Wikimedia Commons

Clive Owen
Photo by Mario Antonio Pena Zapatería from Irun, Spain © Wikimedia Commons

The Knick, which centers around The Knickerbocker Hospital set in 1900s downtown New York, is directed by Academy Award and Emmy-winning director Steven Soderbergh. During this time surgeons, nurses and hospital staff pushed the normal bounds of medicine when mortality rates ran astonishingly high and antibiotics were unheard of.

Doctor John Thackery (Clive Owen) has a secret cocaine addiction but in his professional life is a brilliant pioneering surgeon creating new surgical methods in the medical field. He leads a medical team consisting of his protégé Dr. Everett Gallinger, young Dr. Bertie Chickering, Jr. and most recently Dr. Algernon Edwards. Other hospital workers include Cornelia Robertson, the daughter of Captain August Robertson, the hospital’s benefactor; Tom Cleary, ambulance driver; Lucy Elkins, a new nurse from the country; Herman Barrow, the crooked hospital administrator; and Sister Harriet, an outspoken nun.

Soderbergh will direct the series first season of 10 episodes.

The Knick premieres Friday,August 8 at 10:00pm on Cinemax.

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