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Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace always seemed like one of those books that people like to claim to have read but may not have actually done so, mainly given its formidable size, clocking in at well over 1,000 pages. If you fall into this category, you’re in luck, as a BBC adaptation of the novel — airing in the United States across the A&E, History and Lifetime networks — condenses the story into its main elements and delivers a strong costume drama the likes of which used to be featured regularly on A&E and History. (Whether or not … Continue reading
Originally I thought we had Edgar Allan Poe to thank for the fear surrounding being buried alive, as he penned several stories around the macabre topic. Many movies have depicted the dark, claustrophobic terror as well, leaving us with long-lasting nightmares (think Ryan Reynolds in Buried — don’t worry, this one’s not a major spoiler). TV has touched on the subject, too. The Following‘s Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) started a cult of Poe-inspired killers and buried an FBI agent alive in one episode. The fear of being buried alive isn’t just dramatized fiction. Google the topic and you’ll find plenty of … Continue reading
Last night, sister networks A&E and LMN aired back-to-back specials that offered viewers a jaw-dropping look at O.J. Simpson’s deposition tapes from the 1997 civil suit that proved Simpson’s undoing after a criminal court found him not guilty of killing his ex-wife and her friend. If you missed them (or want to watch again), here is when to catch re-airings of O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes and The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story • The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story encores Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8pm on A&E and Monday, Oct. 5 at 8pm on LMN. • … Continue reading
Twenty years after O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, A&E looks back at the case, the verdict and the civil trial that finally proved the football star’s undoing. Featuring exclusive access to O.J.’s stunning deposition tapes and new interviews with folks in the know, O.J. Speaks: The Hidden Tapes gives viewers insider access to elements of the case that courtroom cameras couldn’t capture. After the shocking verdict was rendered on Oct. 3, 1995 — ending the so-called “Trial of the Century,” which also ushered Kato Kaelin, Mark Fuhrman and the Kardashians into the pop culture lexicon — racial tensions boiled … Continue reading
Wondering what happened to Neighbors With Benefits last night? In an effort to be a diligent TV recapper, I went to set my DVR yesterday before heading off to my parents’ house for wholesome Easter family fun, and noticed that the not-so-wholesome fun of Neighbors With Benefits wasn’t scheduled in its normal timeslot. Yesterday was a big, BIG TV premiere day, not to mention a holiday, so I assumed A&E was just moving the show from its normal airdate & time as a ratings strategy. But I have access to databases, so I ran a query to see when the show would … Continue reading
In the March 31 episode of A&E’s Surviving Marriage, Josh and Alethea are on the verge of divorce after 18 years of marriage and three children together. Josh blames Alethea for his misfortunes and lack of success. Alethea is done with Josh’s controlling ways and craves independence. With their children all about to leave the house, will they stay together? All Of The A&E Surviving Marriage Recaps!: Cleburn and April Josh and Alethea Hey, look! I’m sticking with this Surviving Marriage show through good times or bad, through sickness or health, richer or poorer, etc. At least until a younger, sexier, wealthier reality show … Continue reading
The second episode of Neighbors With Benefits (“Not Hiding Anymore”) aired tonight, and I’m proud to say I made it through the entire hour without burying my head in my couch cushions or burying my face in a gallon of ice cream. I only had to watch one makeout scene (and there wasn’t as much slurping as last week’s makeout scene), so I’m a happy camper. (That last sentence is one I never thought I’d be typing for work.) In this episode, we meet Ben & Dedra, a couple who’s been together since high school. They had a very strict Catholic … Continue reading
On Tuesday, March 24, A&E premiered new reality series Surviving Marriage, which is like what a drunken post-prom hookup between Dr. Phil and Survivor in the back of a Ford Econoline van would produce as offspring. All Of The A&E Surviving Marriage Recaps!: Cleburn and April Josh and Alethea Couples on the brink of divorce (who probably shouldn’t have gotten married in the first place) go to a South Pacific island together and go through a series of challenges that are supposed to help them determine if their unions are worth saving — because SCIENCE proves there’s no better way to work … Continue reading
A&E premiered Neighbors With Benefits tonight, and I feel icky now. That’s it. That’s the end of my blog. No, I guess I should write more. That’s part of what they pay me for here. Plus, despite the weird subject matter of this particular show, I truly like A&E’s programming. And I guess I can take one for the team and recap this series, as sort of community service for those of you that want to know what happens, but don’t necessarily want to watch. (Wait. Are there people like that out there?) I won’t go into graphic detail in this … Continue reading
Season 2 of Married at First Sight premiered last night, after its hourlong matchmaking special, and as I predicted I’d be, I’m hooked. We met the experts and the subjects in the matchmaking special, and we see them all again in the premiere episode. The premiere episode, especially toward the beginning, is filled with interactions between the subjects and the love/sex experts, but I won’t go too heavy into that. I covered who’s who, as far as the experts go, in yesterday’s blog, so let’s take a look at the new couples! Ryan De Nino & Jessica Castro Ryan D., age 29, business … Continue reading