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Dexter Season 3: Family Matters

By Elaine B Has anyone else noticed that this is not the only Showtime series to throw a baby into the plotline to mix things up? First there was Weeds, where a child in the womb has likely saved pusher mom Nancy Botwin’s life since the one thing her druglord lover likes more than money and power is family. And there is also rumor that Californication will be taking the same path in the new season. It’s not Karen, mind you, at least according to actress Natascha McElhone. She told me her pregnancy did not figure into the plot while […]

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Dexter: Will Daddy Change Everything?

By Elaine B I begin by noting that I have faith in the writers of the freshest most cutting-edge drama on television. But my faith was sorely tested at the end of the Season 3 premiere by the sudden plot twist that has a clearly besotted-by-Rita-and-kids Dexter suddenly contemplating that he will become a father in actuality rather than just a sort of informal doughnut-carrying dad. For Dexter, who has always had father issues of his own, as well as a strong tie to his adopted family, becoming a father could be a step on the path to finding his […]

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Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Not worth watching?

By Elaine B Recently, I commented that Swingtown would be so much better if it were on Showtime. Now I am not so sure. Tuning in to my DVR’d premiere of Billie Piper trying to be sexy, I found myself longing for Elizabeth Berkley in the smarmier and far more entertaining Razzie award-winning film Showgirls. What’s wrong with Call Girl? Well, almost everything. First off, in spite of her perky voice-over narration (the best thing about the premiere), Belle is … Not. Very. Nice.

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The Tudors: This Season The Heads Will Roll

One of the interesting “facts” about history is that it is subject to plenty of creative editing through the ages. As an example, if you were a petty lord in King Henry’s court, would you be discussing the sexual exploits of your lusty young monarch in any but the most glowing and polite terms? Doubtful, particularly since Henry, having been driven to distraction and possibly madness by the lovely Anne, is acting a bit like a loose cannon — at least he does in the opening episode of this season’s Tudors and the action has only just begun. (Spoiler alert […]