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Agents of SHIELD season finale recap

After witnessing tonight’s thrilling Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD season finale, I can safely sum it (as well as the full 22-episode journey) up with three words: 

What a ride. Go back and watch them all back – in order. Read the early reviews, mainly filled with complaints about how slow the show was moving. Notice how they gradually change as the storylines picked up the pace, inevitably sprinting towards tonights finish line. Finally, let it sink in: Marvel knew what they were doing all along. Tonight’s Agents of SHIELD season finale drew upon the most memorable plot points in recent […]

Interview

Interview with Brett Dalton of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Part 2

We recently had an engaging conversation with Brett Dalton from Marvel’s  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesdays at 8pm ET on ABC) who discussed everything from his love for comic books to where the series is headed. Here’s part 2 of our Q&A with Dalton who plays Agent Grant Ward. With the exception of Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson, who appeared in several Marvel films, most of your show’s core characters were created specifically for the TV show. Has it been liberating to help create new personalities and stories, as opposed to adapting or continuing the legacies of characters that fans had already […]

Interview

Interview with Brett Dalton of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”, Part 1

We talked to Brett Dalton who plays Grant Ward on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Tuesdays at 8pm ET) about how he feels about the show’s fans, social media and the Marvel universe. A lot of critics and fans share the opinion that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started off slowly when it debuted, only reaching its stride following your recent crossover with Captain America: The Winter Soldier — a film that essentially transformed S.H.I.E.L.D. from an above-board government organization into on-the-run renegade underdogs. Do you think that there was a conscious redirection at any point for this show or was the recent […]

Comedy

Tori Spelling And Jennie Garth Reunite For “Mystery Girls”

Long before Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Kim Kardashian became symbols of the “good life” for our society’s youth, the kids from Beverly Hills, 90210 were shaping our idea of what a high-end lifestyle could mean to teenagers. But regardless of their tax brackets, the real heart of that show was the close bond between the characters — in particular, Tori Spelling’s Donna Martin and Jennie Garth’s Kelly Taylor. Now, more than 20 years after they first met, Garth and Spelling are reuniting onscreen in Mystery Girls, a new ABC Family comedy, airing Wednesdays, that Spelling herself helped develop. Still […]

Interview

TV/Movie Classics: Olivia Newton-John in Vegas with “Summer Nights” show

Beloved “Grease” star Olivia Newton-John takes up residency at Las Vegas’ Flamingo with “Summer Nights” show. When Australian-born Olivia Newton-John first embarked on a career in entertainment, she never could have guessed that she’d become someone we’d grow up with, hold onto, and pass along to our children. Yet, her timeless portrayal of Sandy in Grease and her catalog of singable (and danceable) hits have made her a permanent fixture in pop culture. She’s acted and sang with the best, she’s won her battles against breast cancer, she’s reinvented herself, and, through it all, she’s done more than survive… she’s […]

Interview

Welcome to Dixieland: Impact Wrestling and Dixie Carter give pro wrestling a facelift

Even if you aren’t a fan, you’ve seen it: bulked-up superheroes, devious villains, amazing athleticism and boisterous, sell-out crowds. For decades, pro wrestling has always been the ultimate combination of sport and soap opera, fueled by testosterone both in the ring and behind the scenes. From the bellowing Hulk Hogan to the beer-swigging “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to World Wrestling Entertainment’s head honcho Vince McMahon, pro wrestling’s image has always been alpha-male dominated … until now. Twelve years ago, a shoestring upstart known as TNA Impact Wrestling quietly emerged out of Nashville, Tenn. After an early period of financial instability, […]

Reality TV

Total Divas episode 4 recap, what we learned about the WWE

A low-key week for Total Divas Episode 4: Hey, life as a Diva can’t be ALL drama, right? In reality, WWE fans know that this week’s episode was scheduled against Summerslam, the WWE’s biggest pay-per-view event of the summer. With a highly anticipated match between Total Divas boy toys John Cena and Bryan “Daniel Bryan” Danielson on the card, it’s obvious that the show’s producers anticipated a drop-off in ratings this week, so they made sure that this edition was lighter in important developments than usual. Nattie: Those who DID tune in to this week’s show witnessed a rare occurrence … […]

Reality TV

Total Divas episode 3 recap: what we learned about the WWE

Total Divas episode 3 teaches us more about the WWE I’m Gerry Strauss (@gerrystrauss), I’m a lifelong pro wrestling fan, a freelance writer and, last I checked, I’m a guy. Confession time: I’ve never watched a female-centric reality show before, but I’m going to leap into this with both feet and watch from the point of view of someone who is more Kardashian-centric than Undertaker-friendly. Instead of giving you the play-by-play, let’s look a bit deeper and find out what we REALLY learn each week as we follow the WWE Divas in and out of the ring, starting with … […]

Reality TV

Total Divas second episode recap, what we learned about the WWE

Total Divas second episode recap, and so much more … Total Divas, Episode 2: “A Tango With Fandango,” Original airdate August 4th, 2013 RELATED: TOTAL DIVAS EPISODE 1 RECAP Quick Intro: I’m Gerry Strauss (@gerrystrauss), I’m a lifelong pro wrestling fan, a freelance writer and, last I checked, I’m a guy. Confession time: I’ve never watched a female-centric reality show before, but I’m going to leap into this with both feet and watch from the point of view of someone who is more Kardashian-centric than Undertaker-friendly. Instead of giving you the play-by-play, let’s look a bit deeper and find out […]

Reality TV

Total Divas first episode recap, what we learned about the WWE

Total Divas first episode recap, and so much more … Total Divas, Episode 1 “Welcome to the WWE,” Original airdate July 28, 2013 Quick Intro: I’m Gerry Strauss (@gerrystrauss), I’m a lifelong pro wrestling fan, a freelance writer and, last I checked, I’m a guy. Confession time: I’ve never watched a female-centric reality show before, but I’m going to leap into this with both feet and watch from the point of view of someone who is more Kardashian-centric than Undertaker-friendly. Instead of giving you the play-by-play, let’s look a bit deeper and find out what we REALLY learn each week […]