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The End of an Era

Monday December 31, 2012

After thirteen years, I will be leaving About.com. I have thoroughly enjoyed helping you figure out how to best spend your precious viewing time on the small screen through the years. I will continue to be working in the television world, but on the opposite side of the camera. I will also be doing some interviews and other articles from time to time over at Showbizjunkies.com.

Good luck and remember -- even if you're not a Nielsen family, it doesn't mean your viewership doesn't count! Keep DVR'ing, keep writing the networks, stay active in social media and find fellow fans to make viewership more enjoyable. Even though the networks don't always make the best decisions, don't let your fear of cancellation get in the way of trying out a new and exciting drama. Television shows are much smarter these days and the stars attaching themselves to the various series are getting more impressive each season. Use that hour each week to escape from life and get lost in the problems of these imaginary characters for a while.

Here are some final pieces I have written as I sail into the sunset...

An Interview with Keegan Allen (Toby, 'Pretty Little Liars')

Sunday December 30, 2012

Keegan allenOne of my favorite shows on television over the last couple of years has been ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars. While yes, I do realize the show is geared towards a much younger demographic, I have always loved a great mystery and TPTB have managed to take a great book series and turned it into one of television's guiltiest pleasures for fans of all ages.

As an avid reader of the Pretty Little Liars book series, I am always curious to see how series creator Marlene King will translate the events of the book into the show. The character of Toby Cavanaugh was killed off very early in the books, but he was so popular among television fans, King decided to keep him around and as we learned months ago, Toby is actually one of the members of the 'A Team' -- a twist nobody saw coming!

I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Keegan Allen, who portrays this complicated and intriguing character on Pretty Little Liars, about his role on the hit show, his unusual upbringing and his love of working behind the camera...

Photo Credit: Mathieu Young/ Disney | ABC Television Group

The Best TV Dramas of 2012

Thursday December 20, 2012

The Walking DeadThe entire planet lost power, a new superhero arrived to save the day (and the CW), the zombies continue to walk the earth and the CIA finally nabbed Brody...

Over the last decade, television dramas have become more dynamic and inventive than ever. Gone are the days of mindless television viewing. 2012 has been yet another fantastic year for television fans as new dramas such as The Newsroom, Revolution and Nashville invaded our living rooms and forced our DVRs to work harder than ever to keep up with all the latest episodes.

In addition to the new kids in town, returning dramas The Walking Dead, Homeland and Breaking Bad have continued to keep us glued to the tube as they set the bar higher than ever week after week. It's hard to imagine what 2013 will bring us, but I'd lay odds that thanks to a never-ending supply of extremely talented writers, the best is yet to come...

Which dramas were your favorite this year? Find out which shows we loved the most in 2012 and be sure to post your favorites below.

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

Sneak Peek: 'Deception'

Tuesday December 18, 2012

DeceptionIt's got intrigue, romance, power-hungry millionaires, mystery and one very dead heiress -- and we can't wait to dive in head first!

With the absence of Desperate Housewives, primetime television needed a new soap to stir the pot and NBC's Deception may just fill that hole left by those ladies of Wisteria Lane. This winter, NBC and the other networks have several promising new dramas and one at the top of my list is Deception (it better be good if it's taking over Revolution's time slot for the next few months).

The series centers around Joanna Locasto, a NYPD detective who goes deep undercover to expose the truth behind the mysterious death of heiress Vivian Bowers, who happens to have been her childhood friend. Joanna grew up in the Bowers household as the maid's daughter and therefore has the perfect excuse to delve back into her childhood home without rousing suspicion in order to get the goods on what is really going on in the Bowers world. Will her findings put her life in mortal danger?

Can't wait until January to watch the pilot episode? No worries -- NBC is offering fans the chance to watch the entire pilot online at NBC.com. Deception debuts on January 7 on NBC.

Photo by: J.R. Mankoff/NBC

Who Will Return to The Killing?

Sunday December 16, 2012

The KillingWith one hurdle already crossed, the next big one for AMC's canceled and then un-canceled crime drama The Killing is which actors will return to the show.

While AMC has yet to officially announce the renewal of The Killing, showrunner Veena Sud, along with executive producers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin have returned to work. However, now that Rosie Larsen's murder has been solved, a new mystery will begin with brand new characters driving the resurrected drama. It's pretty likely Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, who played Seattle homicide detectives Linden and Holder, will return -- but they may be the only characters to return.

Variety reports that Billy Campbell, who played newly elected Seattle mayor Darren Richmond will not return. In addition, Rosie Larsen's devastated parents, Brent Sexton and Michelle Forbes, are also not expected to return.

Details of the deal between AMC and Netflix have not been revealed, but it's been rumored that AMC would air new episodes first before becoming available on Netflix.

Production is expected to resume in the next few months, with season three premiering this summer.

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/Courtesy of AMC

2013 Golden Globe Nominees Announced

Thursday December 13, 2012

HomelandHomeland, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire -- all the popular kids are back and ready to go up against each other to take home the 2013 Golden Globe!

I think many fans are disappointed during Emmy time when our favorite shows and stars continually get snubbed while all the usual suspects seem to always get all the glory every year. Thankfully, the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press have a bigger appetite for a variety of genres and allow other shows and stars the opportunity to shine right up again the others.

Homeland was this year's big Emmy winner, taking home the top prize, along with wins for Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, so it should come as no surprise that all three nabbed Golden Globe nominations -- will they sweep these awards as well? Newcomers The Newsroom and Nashville also managed to score some nominations in their freshman season.

Snubbed: The Walking Dead, Dexter, Game of Thrones, Mad Men... and all those great shows on the CW (seriously, when will any of the shows from that network ever feel the Golden Globe or Emmy love?).

Were your favorites nominated? Who will take home the gold? Find out who was nominated for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards and be sure to tune in on January 13, 2013 on NBC.

Photo: Courtesy of SHOWTIME

An Interview with Austin Basis (JT, 'Beauty and the Beast')

Tuesday December 11, 2012

Austin BasisSince the days when dramas such as Buffy, Angel and Smallville were born on the WB, I have found that this little network consistently produced some of the most compelling shows on network television. While the Nielsen ratings don't tend to favor any of the shows on the WB (and now the CW), make no mistake about it -- they have produced some of the most loyal fan bases of any other network. These shows have always proved that ratings do not tell the whole story and luckily, the CW listens to its fans (well, most of the time).

As a general rule, most sci-fi shows tend to lock in a more vocal fan base than a traditional drama. Whether it's due to the mythology/origins of its characters or just simply a camaraderie amongst viewers, these fans never have a difficult time finding a place online to share in their love and admiration of a particular series. This season, the CW's new sci-fi crime drama Beauty and the Beast has already spawned an impressive following in just the few months since its debut.

I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Beauty and the Beast star Austin Basis, who plays JT, Vincent's loyal and highly protective best friend. Many viewers probably also remember this talented actor from his role in the once-popular CW series Life Unexpected. Find out what Austin had to say about unusual fan encounters, television shows he can't miss and his intense role in the CW drama Beauty and the Beast.

Photo Credit: Vince Trupsin

CBS Prepares to Launch a New Crime Drama

Sunday December 9, 2012

Golden BoyAre you ready for yet one more crime drama?

From forensic dramas to procedurals, let's face it, the primetime schedule is fully loaded with crime dramas of all shapes and sizes. In recent years, crime dramas have become more inventive with shows such as Grimm, Beauty and the Beast, White Collar and Person of Interest. This winter, CBS is adding another new series to the mix to see if they can continue their good fortune in the crime drama department.

Golden Boy centers around a cop who very quickly rises through the ranks of the department all the way to the top as the youngest police commissioner in history and the price he had to pay to get there both personally and professionally.

Golden Boy debuts on February 26 and airs again the following week on March 5 before settling into its new home on Fridays at 9:00 PM on March 8. CSI: New York will air their season (or possibly series) finale on February 22 to make room for the new drama.

ABC Readies for Midseason

Thursday December 6, 2012

Zero HourThis winter is shaping up to be hotter than ever and ABC is ready to throw their hand in the ring...

ABC has announced their midseason premiere dates and the first on the list is returning medical crime drama Body of Proof. The series, which stars Dana Delany as a medical examiner in Philadelphia, returns on February 5. Sadly, most of the cast has been replaced in an effort to throw a little spice into the low-rated drama -- a move that has not gone over well with fans. Former Human Target star Mark Valley joins the cast as Megan's love interest this season, but will it be enough to keep the series going beyond this season?

New drama Zero Hour starring former ER star Anthony Edwards arrives in a living room near you on February 14, followed by Red Widow on March 3.

Zero Hour centers around a myth debunker who stumbles upon one of the biggest conspiracies of all-time and finds himself in great danger as he gets closer to the truth. In the new drama Red Widow, a woman is forced to become the head of an organized crime family after her husband is brutally murdered.

Photo Credit: Craig Sjodin 2012 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

'The Walking Dead' Returning in February

Tuesday December 4, 2012

The Walking DeadRelax fans -- Rick, the Governor and the rest of the living... and dead are only taking a short break.

Were you alarmed when you learned that Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead was actually the winter/midseason finale? No worries, unlike shows such as Revolution and Grimm, which will be gone for four months, the popular AMC nail biter will only be gone until February 10.

In addition, AMC has also announced that talk show, The Talking Dead will expand to one hour when The Walking Dead returns in February. The late night talk show, hosted by Chris Hardwick, features a variety of actors and other people directly involved with the show, as well as celebrities who are big fans. Each episode gives fans a deeper look into the show with behind the scenes clips, FAQs, sneak peeks and my personal favorite, a funny memorandum of characters who have lost their lives during the last episode.

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

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