January 17, 2019

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American Crime Story: Versace Season 1 Episode 6 Review: Descent

So, I'm just going to put this out there right away: I was not a fan of this episode. From Lee Miglin's death, to Jeff Trail and David Madson, I've been completely engrossed in the show's expedition into the past. But I was officially lost this week and not in the least bit intrigued. Perhaps I'm in the minority though? Maybe you thoroughly enjoyed yet another peek into the fantastical, make believe world that Andrew Cunanan exists in. Maybe you thought American Crime Story: Versace Season 1 Episode 6 was a good way of culminating this part of the story. I would have to wholeheartedly disagree with that assessment. Let's begin with this birthday party. Jumping back in time to a year before his murder spree, Andrew seems to be living the dream. He's staying in a breathtaking mansion in California and getting ready for his birthday party. And who's throwing this swanky affair? Norman Blanchard. Oh, Norman. It's pretty clear from the onset that Andrew doesn't just work for Norman. These two are tied together, but it's hard to tell at first if they're tied together physically, emotionally or both. It turns out that for Andrew, his tie to Norman is purely financial. We've seen over the weeks that Andrew not only thinks very highly of himself, but he also believes he's owed something from the world. He's as narcissistic as narcissistic gets. The way he approaches Norman with all his outlandish demands is incredibly insulting. And Norman just sort of takes it, but not before letting Andrew know that he's no dummy. You've made a beautiful home. I want you to be happy, I really do. And I don't mind that you tell a few lies to smooth over the discomfort of this arrangement. Hell, I can allow you all of the lies that you want. Except for one. That I'm a fool. Norman [to Andrew] Permalink: You've made a beautiful home. I want you to be happy, I really do. And I don't mind that you... Added: February 20, 2018 I wanted to like Norman but I honestly felt nothing. He was a lonely older man who was trying to help Andrew, but also enabling him in many ways. Andrew throwing a hissy fit and escaping that situation was a blessing for him. So anyway let's circle back to the party, where Jeff and David meet for the first time and Lee Miglin makes a very awkward appearance. Andrew has this fixation on David that we've seen in prior episodes, but it's on full display here. To go through the effort of buying and wrapping a gift for yourself and then basically forcing your friend to present it to you, just to show some guy your friends like you is beyond weird. Jeff handles the situation well because Jeff is a decent human being who does seem to care about him. David also seems to care for Andrew but not nearly as much as he cares about him. Andrew: I need to get back to my party. That room is full of people that love me. ..

Law & Order: SVU Season 19 Episode 13 Review: Chasing Demons

"Chasing Demons" was so crazy that I'm not sure what to make of it. I couldn't decide whether I was watching Law & Order: SVU or Days of Our Lives. Law & Order: SVU Season 19 Episode 13 revolved around Cassidy's entirely unnecessary return and a murder mystery involving alcohol, memory loss, and a random suspect turns out to be the guilty party. This is the stuff soap operas are made of, but I expect better of a high-quality drama like SVU. Also, for the love of all that is holy, please let this not be the beginning of Benson and Cassidy renewing their romantic relationship. Nothing against Dean Winters, but Brian Cassidy is a useless character who should have been retired permanently after he left SVU way back at the end of Season 1. He's a hothead who is painfully mismatched with Benson, and I can't think of a single positive thing he contributed to the show over the past 20 years, besides leaving it. What sticks out in my mind whenever I think of him and Benson attempting to have a romantic relationship is that he had no interest in the cultural things she wanted to do, and she was bored by him. Who, exactly, thought this return was even necessary, never mind a good idea? Rollins: You and Cassidy... have you... Benson: Not ever since the DA's office cleared me of child abuse charges. Rollins: That's understandable. [Cassidy comes over.] Cassidy: Hey, Amanda. Hey, Liv. How's my new boss doing? Rollins: Great, considering he only got the case from Barba two weeks ago. Cassidy: Great. Let's go put the final nail in this bastard's coffin. Permalink: Great. Let's go put the final nail in this bastard's coffin. Added: February 28, 2018 The case that Cassidy botched sounded interesting, and I was really getting into the dilemma of these parents not wanting their kids to have to go through the trial process a second time. It makes sense that that couldn't last for the whole hour, but wasn't there a better way to proceed than this ridiculous murder scenario? I'm disappointed in this on so many levels. Law & Order: SVU Season 19 Episode 12 was incredibly powerful and arguably one of the best episodes of this show in its long history. So to follow it up with this nonsense, especially after a long hiatus, is a real letdown. Related: Raúl Esparza Quits Law & Order: SVU After Six Years! I wanted to see how Stone does as a prosecutor. Managing SVU and yelling at Benson about her decisions isn't really the DA's job, and it's not the conflict between him and Benson I was hoping for. Plus this whole scenario was contrived. I didn't blame Rollins for her disbelief! Rollins: What's with the men's boots in your apartment? Benson: Excuse me? Rollins: You really gonna make me work this hard for it? Benson: They're Cassidy's. It's not what you think. He went to West's brownstone to 'admonish' him. Roll..

9-1-1 Season 1 Episode 7 Review: Full Moon (Creepy AF)

Watch out guys, the full moon is upon us. Chances are it's no accident 9-1-1 Season 1 Episode 7 aired right before an actual full moon, though it would have been even better if it had worked out for it to air on the same night. So, do full moons really bring out the crazies? I'm definitely on the side of the skeptics, but for these characters, you would think every night was a full moon. Were any of these people or events crazier than the woman who tried to cut out Athena's heart on 9-1-1 Season 1 Episode 6? Maybe you could make an argument for the face-eater, but regardless of the day of the week, these guys see their fair share of crazies. Related: 9-1-1 Season 1 Episode 6 Review: Heartbreaker Athena apparently hasn't learned her lesson and is still responding to calls solo. It doesn't make sense; why doesn't she have a partner? She was literally just kidnapped and tied to a chair, yet she's still checking out people's houses for prowlers all by herself. I know she's a badass, but this is just reckless. She was lucky to have Hen there when the face-eater advanced on her. It was a good shoot, but it helps to have another witness confirm that. It's just another reason why she should have a partner. Bobby: You read this in a peer-reviewed, scientific publication? Buck: I don't know. Is the internet considered a scientific publication? Permalink: I don't know. Is the internet considered a scientific publication? Added: February 28, 2018 So Buck is firmly on the side of full moons make people nuts, despite the fact that he's only ever worked one full moon. That and the internet aren't really much to go on, but the night sure did it's best to prove him right. And when he inevitably wakes up the next morning wondering if he made the wrong, impulsive decision with Abby, we know he'll be blaming the moon. So much for waiting, they didn't even manage to get through one full date. Hopefully, they won't regret not taking things as slowly as they would have liked. While they may or may not regret jumping in the sack, Hen already does. What was she thinking? I know, I know, it's the moon's fault, Hen can't be held responsible for her actions. Related: 9-1-1 Season 1 Episode 5 Review: Point of Origin Yeah, we all know that's total BS. There was already something amiss in her marriage, and her ex just happened to call at exactly the wrong time. The fire has gone out in her marriage, and instead of talking it through and working it out, Hen gets her sparks ignited elsewhere. Athena: My advice, you let it go long enough, there ain't no coming back from "fine." Everything was fine in my marriage until the bomb went off. Hen: Athena, I appreciate your concern, but we're good. Karen's not a bomb waiting to go off. Athena: I wasn't talking about her. Permalink: I wasn't talking a..

Yellowstone at Paramount Network with Kevin Costner and Wes Bentley: First Look!!

It was only a few years ago we were mentioning Kevin Costner as one of the actors yet to take advantage of the many prestigious roles available on the small screen. Well, his time has come! Starring world-renowned actor and Oscar-winner Kevin Costner, who serves in the lead role, Yellowstone is written and directed by critically-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Wind River, Hell or High Water and Sicario). Sheridan recently won Best Director Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival for the universally-lauded film, Wind River. The impressive cast list for “Yellowstone includes Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Dave Annable, Danny Huston, Gil Birmingham, Josh Lucas, Jefferson White, Gretchen Mol, Jill Hennessey, Patrick St. Esprit, Ian Bohen, Heather Hemmons, and Denim Richards. What an amazing cast, right? Ranching may be a hard life, but from this angle, it seems like a very good-looking one, too. Hey, I'm just stating the obvious... In Yellowstone, Paramount Network’s new epic scripted dramatic series, Costner stars as John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders — land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park. It is an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny -- where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. Related: Waco Review: Taylor Kitsch Convincing as David Koresh Where drinking water poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news: they are a consequence of living in the new frontier. It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both. Yellowstone was shot on location in Utah and Montana. Executive Producers for the series include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan and Kevin Costner. Ted Gold and Lauren Ruggerio are the executives in charge of production for Paramount Network. Paramount has already made their mark with Waco, the series reexamining the events from that Texas town that led to a 52-day standoff between a cult of heavily armed religious worshippers and the ATF and FBI. The network also has a series adaptation of the movie Heathers, which was to begin airing in March but has subsequently been rescheduled to the end of the year with no official start date out of respect for the students of Parkland High School in Florida. Take a look at the trailer for Yellowstone and tell us if you think Paramount is on the right path for becoming a television force.

Fuller House Creator Jeff Franklin Fired After Allegations of Misconduct

Netflix may have renewed Fuller House for Season 4, but the new season will enter production without the creative input of the series creator. According to Variety, Jeff Franklin will not return to the series as showrunner. Per the report, Warner Bros. TV decided against renewing its deal with the Franklin, who has served as showrunner since the show's inception back in 2016. “We are not renewing Jeff Franklin’s production deal, and he will no longer be working on ‘Fuller House,'” the firm confirmed in a statement to Variety. RELATED: Fuller House: First Look! Netflix has confirmed the show will still go back into production, saying: "‘Fuller House’ will return for a fourth season, as planned. We hope to go into production in the next few months.” Franklin has not been accused of inappropriate sexual conduct by any members of the team, but workers on the show have opened up about Franklin making sexual comments about his own personal life in the writer's room. In addition to that, he allegedly brought one women he was in a relationship with to the show. As if that was not unprofessional enough, he even offered to get the women roles on the show. RELATED: Fuller House: Renewed! The issue was brought to Warner Bros. TV by writers and staffers who work on the show, and the firm conducted a full investigation before deciding it was best Jeff was relieved of his duties on the series. Fuller House launched back in 2016 as a sequel series to the wildly successful ABC series, Full House, which aired from 1987 to 1995. While it's failed to garner the acclaim the original series had, it has been a success for Netflix. What do you think of this news? Hit the comments below! View Slideshow: 13 Answers We Need From Fuller House Season 4

Dexter Alum Jennifer Carpenter Joins NBC Pilot: Get All the Details!

Jennifer Carpenter might be returning to TV! Per TV Line, the beloved Dexter star has snagged a lead role in The Enemy Within, a pilot in the works at NBC. Carpenter has been added to the cast as CIA operations deputy Erica Wolfe, who is an intelligent codebreaker who finds herself thrust into the world of counterintelligence. Erica learned her deciphering craft from her father, so it sure sounds like we may have a family of CIA officers. Related: Limitless Canceled at CBS! Carpenter previously appeared on Showtime's Dexter as Debra Morgan aka the sister of Michael C. Hall's murderous Dexter Morgan. While Carpenter had already appeared in movies, Dexter served as her first significant TV role, and the show won critical acclaim as well strong ratings for the cable network. Jennifer returned to TV in 2015 on the TV adaptation of Limitless. It lasted just one season before being canceled by CBS. Carpenter will be joined on The Enemy Within by Rosewood grad, Morris Chestnut. Related: Rosewood Canceled at Fox! Chestnut will take on the role of FBI counter-intelligence agent Will Keaton. It will be penned by Gotham writer, Ken Woodruff, who will also serve as an executive producer on the show if it goes to series. It was previously announced that Code Black's Raza Jaffrey had landed a role on the series, which is scheduled to go into production on its pilot in the next few weeks. Okay, TV Fanatics! What are your thoughts on this latest casting? Would you be excited at the prospect of this pilot becoming a full-fledged series? Hit the comments below! View Slideshow: 15 TV Rivalries That Kept Us Tuning In Again and Again Remember you can watch Dexter online right here via TV Fanatic. Get caught up on all of the fun right now.

iZombie Promo: Driving Ms. Liv!

Liv is effortlessly jumping back into the brain business. The only difference now is that, as we saw on iZombie Season 4 Episode 1, everyone is perfectly aware of the fact that Liv is channeling personalities from the human brains she consumes. On iZombie Season 4 Episode 2, Liv will take on the brain of a snobby older woman who has rubbed many people the wrong way. She's rich, snooty, and she has a staff list that is a mile long. We can probably guess who the first suspects will be! Clive has done a spectacular job at putting up with Liv and her various personalities, but this one may irritate him more than usual. Hell, she slipped into the backseat of his car, and she fully expects him to cart her around like he's Morgan Freeman in Driving Ms. Daisy. It's not going to happen, Liv! It's business as usual with the case of the week and this dynamic duo of crime-solvers including Ravi and some of his special gadgets, but what we can't forget, is that Seattle has descended into chaos around them. There isn't a single hint in the promo as to what Angus' escape will mean for Blaine and Chase. We also don't know whether or not Major can successfully train his new, young zombie soldiers. Liv may have caught word of his new responsibility though because Major and Liv will find themselves on opposing ends of an issue. It undoubtedly has to do with Chase. If you missed the season 4 premiere, you can watch iZombie online here via TV Fanatic. Also, make sure to check out our iZombie reviews and our iZombie roundtables! Check out the promo below and hit the comments with your impression!

The Resident Promo: Bring on the Daddy Issues!

The Resident gave us the best episode of the series so far on The Resident Season 1 Episode 5 with a seriously intense hour that left fans on the edge of their seats. The ending, however, was a jaw-dropper. It turns out that the new investor that Bell and Claire met with, and who chose to invest in Lane's risque Oncology study, is none other than Conrad's father! Conrad was very vague about his relationship with his father, but he made one thing abundantly clear: his father is not a good man. The Resident Season 1 Episode 6 will have the two exchanging words after that cliffhanger that had the two coming face-to-face. Conrad is usually confident and self-assured, but will the presence of his father have him rattled? It appears so. Nic wants to be a support and talk things out with him, but once again, he shuts her down. He's not ready to talk about his personal life or his apparent turbulent relationship with who he considers a terrible man, but he could also still be reeling and hurt after witnessing Nic and Jude leaving the hospital together. He still has feelings for her, and he's clear about that, but she needs more than he's able to give her right now. Conrad's dad has ulterior motives, of course. From the promo, he plans on opening up his own hospital and he wants Conrad to run it for him. Something tells me that Conrad will decline, but his father won't just take no for an answer. Don't forget to check out our The Resident reviews! If you need to catch up on the series, you can watch The Resident online here via TV Fanatic. Check out the promo for "No Matter the Cost" below!

Cable Ratings: The Walking Dead Returns Down, UnREAL Craters

The Walking Dead finally returned to the air on Sunday night for an emotional episode that said goodbye to a lead character. The expanded episode secured 8.3 million viewers and a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49. That figure is up marginally vs The Walking Dead Season 8's premiere, but it was disappointing considering it was such a highly promoted episode. Related: The Walking Dead Review: Farewell Carl! In addition, these figures also represent the show's lowest-rated midseason launch to date. Have a look at the other midseason launches to see the results over the years: The Walking Dead Season 2 - 8.1 million viewers and a 4.2 rating. The Walking Dead Season 3 - 12.3 million viewers and a 6.1 rating. The Walking Dead Season 4 - 15.8 million viewers and a 8.2 rating. The Walking Dead Season 5 - 15.6 million viewers and a 8.0 rating. The Walking Dead Season 6 - 13.7 million viewers and a 6.8 rating. The Walking Dead Season 7 - 12 million viewers and a 5.7 rating. The show is slipping in the ratings, but it is still a hit. Meanwhile, UnREAL returned to Lifetime on Monday night with just 252,000 viewers and a 0.08 rating among adults 18-49. Related: UnREAL Season 3 Premiere Review: Oath That's a weak result, but the show is already renewed for Season 4, so fans should enjoy it while it lasts. It's not going to survive much longer with such woeful ratings. Homeland is proving that it may be time to bring the show to a close. The latest episode secured 1.3 million viewers and a 0.3 rating in the demo. Okay, TV Fanatics. What do you think of the latest cable ratings? Is The Walking Dead in trouble? Sound off below! Remember you can watch The Walking Dead online right here via TV Fanatic. Get caught up on all the fun right now. View Slideshow: The Walking Dead: Remembering Carl Grimes

Watch NCIS Online: Season 15 Episode 15

Did making a deal with a murderer prove to be the wrong move for the NCIS team? That was addressed on NCIS Season 15 Episode 15 when the team granted Paul Triff furlough in exchange for some information that could convict his former cellmate. Watch NCIS Season 15 Episode 15 Online However, it quickly became apparent that finding Gabriel Hicks was going to prove to be one of most dramatic cases of their careers. Did they find him before it was too late? Use the video above to watch NCIS online right here via TV Fanatic. View Slideshow: CBS Cheat Sheet: What Will Be Renewed? Get caught up on all the latest action right now.
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