American Horror Story: Freak Show; The Walking Dead

The wait is over. The new seasons of American Horror Story: Freak Show, and The Walking Dead started last week, and fans were enthusiastic. Both boasted stellar numbers: The Freak Show premiere is now FX’s most-watched telecast ever; and The Walking Dead premiere drew more than 17.3 viewers, the highest-rated episode in the history of the AMC series. But, you wonder, did they live up to the hype? Freak Show certainly has plenty of...

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Rectify and The Strain – updates

Two TV shows that I watch have been renewed: The Sundance Channel’s Rectify, and FX’s The Strain.  Kind of like Schrodinger’s Cat, I am pleased and not pleased. Here’s why: Created by Ray McKinnon, Rectify focuses on Daniel Holden (Aden Young), an inmate on Georgia’s Death Row who finds himself released after having spent nearly two decades behind bars. (The DNA evidence doesn’t support his rape charge.) Once free, he returns home to...

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The Strain
Jul15

The Strain

Vampires. Just when you thought they had been done to death, writer/director Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan gave us The Strain trilogy (The Strain, The Fall, and The Night Eternal). Published in 2009, and then given the graphic novel treatment two years later, The Strain introduced readers to some familiar types – Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, who works for the Centers for Disease Control; Abraham Setrakian, the owner of a...

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Extant
Jul09

Extant

Alien meets A.I.: Artificial Intelligence meets Rosemary’s Baby meets Gravity could have been the pitch for Extant, the much anticipated Halle Berry vehicle that aired Wednesday on CBS. Being a sci-fi fan, I was ready to tune in no matter who was involved, but now that I know that Steven Spielberg does more than spend money to the project – he also reads every script and is involved in the creative process – I have even more “faith”...

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Rosemary’s Baby (TV miniseries)
May14

Rosemary’s Baby (TV miniseries)

Forty-six years ago, Roman Polanski brought Rosemary’s Baby, Ira Levin’s novel about a young couple that falls prey to Satanists, to the big screen. Horror films rarely get Oscar love, and yet, this film, starring Mia Farrow, earned a nomination for Best Writing, and a win for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ruth Gordon). It also received nominations and wins at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, etc. Like Psycho, The Birds, The Omen,...

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Penny Dreadful
May06

Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful: First known use of word, 1873. Meaning: A novel of violent adventure or crime, called thusly because they cost a penny. Also, Showtime’s latest TV series. Showtime’s newest series, Penny Dreadful, officially begins on May 11, Mother’s Day, of all dates, but they have made it available, early, through their web site (www.sho.com/sho/series). Being an impatient sort, I took advantage of this offer, and initially, had a...

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