January 17, 2019

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Modern Family Season 10 Episode 12 Review: Blasts From the Past

On Modern Family Season 10 Episode 12, there's life in the house again. The Dunphy house hasn't been brimming with this much action in a long time. Sure, there's been drama here and there, but the constant madness has been part of what's missing. These twins might just breathe life back into Modern Family. In the Dunphy house, anyway. We're still knee deep in conflict with Jay and Gloria. Why is it that it feels like it's always Gloria and Manny against Jay? I can't be the only one who's put off by that. It used to be that Gloria was proud of Jay and supported him. Yes, she had an oddly close relationship with Manny that was borderline creepy. But, she still had a loving relationship with Jay. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of Movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video. WATCH ANYWHERE. CANCEL ANYTIME! It just doesn't feel that way anymore. Now, she's researching with Manny to bring down Jay's family? To what end? What kind of wife does that? Oh, I so want it to be on purpose. It's lonely out here on Crazy Island. Claire Permalink: Oh, I so want it to be on purpose. It's lonely out here on Crazy Island. Added: January 16, 2019 An ex-wife -- that's who. Jay found dirt too, but he kept it to himself for the sake of his son. That's a father. That's a husband and a family man. All this 'your family heritage vs. my family heritage' is annoying. They're all supposed to be one family. It's no secret that Jay isn't exactly open when it comes to Gloria's side of the family. They come from a different culture and a different era, and they just don't mesh well. He doesn't typically go out of his way to squash their cultural past, though. That's going too far. Related: Modern Family Season 10 Episode 10 Review: Stuck in a Moment The whole Manny presence was unnecessary. He's so out of place now. He's the man/boy without a role. I guess they're trying to paint him as a lady's man now? I'm just not buying it. Then we've got Mitch and Cam with their usual storyline. Come on, we all know how it goes now: Cam hides something from Mitch. Mitch hides something from Cam. One of them catches the other. They fess up. They make up. We are allowed to look at other men without feeling guilty about it. Mitch Permalink: We are allowed to look at other men without feeling guilty about it. Added: January 16, 2019 I've got two words for you -- old news. And Lily is 11? Is that right? I don't know about you, but if my 11-year-old were looking at nudey mags, I'd have a slightly larger reaction. At the very least, the talk would have been more substantial than it was. But of course, the whole thing was just a jumping point which led to a Mitch/Cam deceit scenario. I don't know how they're still married. I really don't. Circling back to ..

All American Season 1 Episode 9 Review: Keep Ya Head Up

Even after his death, we're still adding layers to Shawn's character. Through flashbacks on All American Season 1 Episode 9, we learned why Spencer is still harboring guilt over Shawn's fate. Did Shawn really choose his own path, or was it chosen for him? Up until now we've been led to believe that Shawn chose the gang life, and Spencer chose a different path, but that turned out to not be quite true. Shawn's older brother dragged him into the life from a very young age, before he was old enough to make his own decisions. Spencer felt like he had a chance to stop Shawn from seeking revenge after his brother's death, but his attempts proved futile, and that was the beginning of the end for Shawn. That was his turning point, and once he passed it, there was no looking back. Spencer: It just don't feel right, celebrating right now, with everybody here in pain. Grace: You don't have to feel guilty about accomplishing something great. You earned this Spencer. You chose your own path and it's paying off. Shawn Scott chose a different path. Permalink: You don't have to feel guilty about accomplishing something great. You earned this Spencer.... Added: January 14, 2019 Spencer is obviously not to blame for the direction Shawn's life went, but he realizes now that he's faced with a similar situation with Coop, and he's not about to let her make the same mistake Shawn did. Related: All American Season 1 Episode 8 Review: Homecoming Coop is hell-bent on revenge for Shawn's death. She believes if their positions were switched that Shawn would get justice for her. She might be right, but I don't think that's what Shawn would want for her. He would want her to get out now while she still can, like he was trying to do before he died. This whole time we thought there was this animosity between Shawn and Spencer because it seemed like Shawn was jealous of him and angry at him for getting out of Crenshaw. It turns out that Shawn has been Team Spencer for years. When Tyronne told Spencer that Shawn was always protecting him, and that he made those chide comments about him always having something better to do to keep him safe, it brought tears to my eyes. Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED Acess to Thousands of Movies and TV Shows with Amazon Prime Video Shawn's been rooting for Spencer to make Crenshaw proud, and that's exactly what Spencer intends to do. His speech was powerful and heartfelt. HIs mom told him that it's how he uses his success that matters, and he took that to heart. He seized the opportunity to bring attention to the tragic outcomes of so many members of his community. It doesn't matter that they were gang members. They were human beings and they deserve to be remembered. Spencer when I left, it wasn't because I didn't have love for my community. I couldn't carry that burden anymore. I couldn't...

Vikings Season 5 Episode 18 Review: Baldur

Lagertha's back! She's been holed up in Wessex being taken care of by an old lady this whole time! She appeared to be having a mental breakdown of some sorts, but now that Judith has found her on Vikings Season 5 Episode 18, she'll be back to her old self in no time. It was surprising to learn that Judith may be dying of breast cancer, but it does explain her behavior recently. She was in such a hurry to find Alfred a wife and for him to produce an heir. She's also been furiously protecting him and even killed Aethelred out of concern for him. She believes she won't be around much longer to continue protecting him, and had to do what was necessary to make sure he would thrive after she is gone. It all makes so much more sense now. Related: Vikings Season 5 Episode 17 Review: The Most Terrible Thing I like that she and Lagertha are developing a friendship. If Lagertha ends up staying in Wessex, she could potentially take Judith's place as the matriarch and advise Alfred. She's been a queen before, so it's not like she doesn't have the experience. But, she knows of Bjorn's mission to take back Kattegat, and if he is successful, it's hard to believe she wouldn't return home. As hard as it was to re-watch Ragnar's death, it was still great to see him again. It reminded me how much I miss him, but even though he's been gone a while, his presence is still felt. Life has gone on without him, but he still has a huge influence over those he left behind. His name alone allows his sons to get just about anyone to listen to them. Ubbe and Hvitserk both used that to their advantage. Related: Explore Hundreds of Hours of Curated Historical Videos with History Vault via Prime Video Channels! Ubbe and Torvi are great negotiators, and they make a good team. They convinced two out of three kings to stand down, but unfortunately one is feeling too ambitious to turn around and go home. Ubbe has challenged him to a single combat, and I'm pretty curious to see that play out. I imagine Ubbe will win and Alfred will praise him for saving them all the trouble of going to battle. Torvi made a point of fighting and potentially dying by his side, so I wonder if she will insist on joining the fight somehow, or even in place of Ubbe. I would love to watch her bring that guy down. Sometimes it's sensible to make deals when you have long term goals to achieve. Perhaps women understand that more than men. Men just go and fight and kill each other and only afterwards realize they didn't need to. There were better alternatives. Torvi Permalink: Sometimes it's sensible to make deals when you have long term goals to achieve. Perhaps women... Added: January 13, 2019 Torvi is pretty badass, but she is often overshadowed by the Lothbrok brothers and Lagertha. Let's give her a chance to shine. It's time for someone to take Ivar down. He&..

Riverdale Season 3 Episode 9 Review: No Exit

Oh Archie, even with being miles away from Riverdale, your hometown troubles always find a way to mess with you. Our favorite boy-next-door's life hangs in the balance on Riverdale Season 3 Episode 9. But even with the fear, the bear attack might've been the best thing that could've happened to him. Might we be getting a new and improved Archie? Archie can use this resolution for 2019. Hope could still be alive, regardless if it's a fever dream. "No Exit" picked up weeks after Riverdale's quarantine ended when the town returned to normal. And the blowback from the town-wide drama was ... non-existent. Riverdale Season 3 Episode 8 built the quarantine cliffhanger as the Gargoyle King and Hiram Lodge seizing complete control of the town. Hell had arrived in Riverdale and it would be mass chaos. However, from the looks of the characters, nothing changed. It's almost as if the development crossed their fingers and said, "take-backsies." What was the point of Hermione even signing the quarantine bill? An arc had been built for a potentially dark latter half of Riverdale Season 3, but that potential was squandered in favor of same-old-same-old. Answers need to be provided about what happened during the quarantine. Unless Hiram, the Gargoyle King, and their accomplices did something super illegal during that time, everything that happened to get the quarantine instantly amounted to filler. That conclusion would be a disappointing result, especially with the positive momentum amassed before this. Surprisingly enough, Archie got the most character growth from the quarantine and Hiram's impact. (And he wasn't even in town!) Archie's annoying qualities are no secret to fans of Riverdale. In fact, we discussed this bad habit and why he needed to change. All of these poor decisions was what led him to the isolation in the Canadian woods. But, who would have thought it would take a fever dream caused by a bear attack to knock some sense into him? Related: Enjoy UNLIMITED access to thousands of Movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video. WATCH ANYWHERE. CANCEL ANYTIME! During his final hallucination scene with Fred, I cheered happily for Archie's self-realized monologue. He needed to come to terms with the fact that he caused his own problems and only he could pull himself out of his spiral. Archie is his true worst enemy. His breakthrough came too-little-too-late in the grand scheme, especially after all the pain and chaos it caused to the people he loved. However, his realization offered up a glimmer of hope. Maybe Archie would finally learn his lesson and change? We can only cross our fingers that he'll implement his inner monologue into his life. Well, if he "survives" his blood loss. (Come on, he'll totally live.) Archie: This isn’t real. You guys are all dead. Cassidy: You keep saying that but then how are we here? Talking with you? Archie: I’m dreaming. I must..

Grey’s Anatomy Promo: It’s WHOSE?!

Our favorite, dishy, soapy medical drama is back! Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Episode 9 will pick up right where the midseason finale left off with Seattle's finest trying to weather a windstorm. With many of the doctors stuck in elevators or elsewhere, Richard steps into his natural role as chief and oversees the attempts at getting the power going again. Richard means business. I wouldn't question him. Related: Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Episode 8 Review: Blowin in the Wind In one elevator, we have the love triangle that no one asked for: Amelia, Owen, and Teddy are stuck together, and Owen just found out that Teddy is pregnant with their child. From the clip, Amelia has just found out about this baby too. Her reaction is pretty damn comical. Classic Amelia. Elsewhere, Bailey and Helm are stuck together with Cece who is on borrow time and awaiting her transplant. The worst part is Helm is afraid she is about to have a panic attack. That's the last thing she wants to deal with in an elevator. And then there is the last elevator which has Meredith and DeLuca. There has been a mixed response to this potential (inevitable?) 'ship, but this is the cliffhanger that most people were invested in seeing resolved. -Related: Watch Real Lives, Real Stories, & Real Celebrities on Reelz Channel via Prime Video Channels! - DeLuca's voice is doing that breathy thing that has seemingly developed out of nowhere, and Meredith is pretending as though she doesn't want to jump his bones, and they have a near-kiss. You know, your standard elevator shenanigans on Grey's Anatomy. So check out the promo below, and hit the comments. If you missed anything, you can watch Grey's Anatomy online via TV Fanatic. Grey's Anatomy returns Thursday!

21 Most Shippable Moments So Far of Riverdale Season 3

In a dark and twisted show like Riverdale, it’s safe to say you never quite know what the writers will throw at you next. With storylines of serial killer fathers, drug wars and cult derived board games, things are never simple. If there’s one thing fans can count on from this perverse small town series, it’s quality shippable moments between their favorite characters. Related: Riverdale Round Table: Will The Town Survive Being Quarantined? Canon or not, Riverdale always seems to find the time for sweet, sexy and romantic scenes that will make even the most obscure shipper happy. There may be plenty of episodes left to go, but we're counting down the 21 most shippable moments of season three so far! And if you're not all caught up, be sure to watch Riverdale Season 3 online, since there are plenty of spoilers below! 21. Josie and Sweet Pea's Summer Fling We didn’t get much from these two, and they definitely took us by surprise, but Josie and Sweetpea shared quite the shippable moment in the season three premiere. At the Labor Day pool party, it was revealed the two had a “summer fling," and although Josie ultimately shut Sweet Pea’s continuous advances down, we were seriously intrigued by these two! We’d love to see more scenes between them, but it’s rumored Josie’s next romance will be no other than our resident red-haired hero Archie Andrews. Which also sounds pretty good to us! 20. Betty Tends To Archie's Wounds After the crazy pace of the previous episode, it was endearing to watch Betty tend to best friend Archie in a quiet moment. It was a quick and subtle scene, but Betty clearly will always have a soft spot for Archie, and this scene showcased that sentiment perfectly. 19. Fred and Alice's Library Rendevous The Midnight Club was an episode of Riverdale we never knew we needed, and it provided us with potential ships we never thought we’d root for; "Fralice" being one of them. In their adult forms, we’d never even think twice about putting these two together, but a look back at their time in high school had us second-guessing our ship preferences! There was a little bit of angst between them, but this soft and tender moment in the library is what really sold us. It gave us total Betty and Archie vibes, so who knows? Maybe Fred Andrews is what Alice Cooper (sorry, Alice Smith) needs, especially after being married to a serial killer. 18. Jughead and Archie Hit The Road Together You could just call it an epic bromance moment, but the reveal that Jughead was giving up his entire life to run away with Archie did something to us. Not only did the scene give us serious Stand By Me feels, it really highlighted how much these two guys care about each other. Their loyalty through adversary is truly admirable, and in another life, they would make the perfect couple. 17. Veronica and Reggie Make Plans To Take Down Hiram Veggie is a ship fans (including us) have waited patiently for, and we’re thrilled that seas..

TV Ratings Report: Roswell, New Mexico Premieres Well

Roswell, New Mexico debuted on The CW Tuesday night, and it scored respectable ratings. The alien drama got underway with a 0.4 rating in the demo and 1.5 million total viewers. It improved in the demo on time-slot predecessor, Black Lightning's average, so that's a big positive. The true test will be whether the series can hold steady in the coming weeks or if will experience a big post-premiere drop. Earlier on The CW's night, The Flash returned and matched its season low in the demo with a 0.6 (1.7 million viewers) rating. Over on ABC, The Conners (6.6 million/1.3 rating), The Kids Are Alright (4.3 million/0.8 rating), Blackish (3.3 million/0.8 rating), Splitting Up Together (2.6 million/0.7 rating), and The Rookie (3.8 million/0.7 rating) were all in line with recent ratings. NCIS (12.1 million/1.3 rating) built a tenth at CBS, while FBI (9.3 million/1.0 rating) and NCIS: New Orleans (7.3 million/0.8 rating) were all stable. Fox's rotation of Lethal Weapon (3.2 million/0.7 rating) and The Gifted (1.7 million/0.5 rating) were flat. This Is Us (7.7 million/2.0 rating) inched down a tenth, while New Amsterdam (5.7 million/1.1 rating) perked up a tenth. View Slideshow: 21 Most Shippable Moments So Far of Riverdale Season 3

Roswell, New Mexico Promo: Will Liz Keep Max’s Secret?

It's a difficult time for the residents of Roswell New, Mexico. There are aliens roaming the streets, the government trying to round them up, and a dangerous secret that could change everything. On Roswell, New Mexico Season 1 Episode 2, it's the anniversary of Rosa's death, and the townsfolk take aim at Arturo and the diner because everyone still seems to blame him and his family for two deaths. However, Liz grows concerned that her father is hiding things from her and must keep her wits about her as she tries to get closer to the truth about what happened that fateful day. Not helping matters is Kyle showing Liz some evidence that seems to suggest her sister could have been murdered. Related: Roswell, New Mexico Season 1 Episode 1 Review: Pilot Is this yet another ploy to turn her against the aliens in town, or is there something more sinister going on here? We learned on Roswell Season 1 Episode 1 that Isobel used her abilities to send Liz out of town 10 years ago and that she and her siblings had a connection to Liz's sister. But Isobel and Michael have more pressing concerns on "So Much for the Afterglow." Liz knows all about the alien secret, and the pair are worried she is going to sentence them to a life of being poked and prodded as part of experiments. Who can blame them? While those two are worried about that, Max will continue to wonder whether Liz's feelings for him are genuine or if they are a mere result of his hand being plastered across her heart. Oh yes, the action looks set to kick up a few gears. It's crazy, but we've already had so much story from one episode. Alas, have a look at the full teaser for the episode below. Roswell New, Mexico continues Tuesday, January 22 on The CW.

Lessons Days of Our Lives Can Learn from Australia’s Neighbours

Days of Our Lives recently got renewed for a record-breaking 55th season. Despite some hiccups, NBC's longest-running soap is going strong, but it could be even better. Across the globe, Australia's Neighbours will turn 34 in March 2019, and while the two soaps reflect two vastly different cultures, there are some things Neighbours does well that Days of Our Lives could learn from. One significant difference between the two soaps is that Neighbours is far more focused on family relationships. That is a shame, as Days of Our Lives' backbone used to be the relationship between Alice Horton and her large extended family. DAYS is starting to get back to its roots in this area, but there's more work to be done. Family members are too often missing or absent from storylines on DAYS. For example, where was Jennifer when JJ was struggling with suicidal feelings at the end of 2017, and why was JJ shuffled off-screen during Christmas of 2018? And Julie's fall should have had major repercussions for just about everyone in Salem. Related: Days of Our Lives: Who Should Follow In Alice Horton's Footsteps Many of DAYS' storylines are based on people not being aware when something is wrong with their family members or not relying on family when they should. The whole Sonny/Leo mess is a prime example of this, and it happens that Neighbours is airing a similar storyline right now that doesn't make these mistakes. One of the biggest weaknesses in DAYS' version of this storyline is that Sonny and Will never thought to tell Victor about what was going on even though part of Leo's blackmail involved forcing Sonny to let him move into Victor's house! It made zero sense. Victor is supposed to be an all-powerful former mob boss who would do anything for his family. And then to add insult to injury, when Victor did find out, he told Sonny to go along with Leo's blackmail for no apparent reason. In contrast, on Neighbours when Delaney Renshaw blackmailed the object of her affection (ironically, also named Leo!), the first thing he did was go to his father Paul, who is a similar character to Victor, to ask for help. It turned out that Paul couldn't easily get him out of the situation because Delaney also had some serious dirt on him, but at least Leo tried! And when Paul couldn't solve the problem, there was a real explanation for it, rather than using the moment as a plot device to get Paul onto wrong side. DAYS could really benefit from creating similar logical obstacles for their characters rather than ignoring family ties or having powerful characters suddenly and randomly become powerless to suit the plot. Related: Days of Our Lives: Why Social Messaging Matters Another area in which Neighbours excels is in acknowledging mental health issues and treating them seriously. Instead of using suicide attempts and the like as plot points, Neighbours creates compelli..

Channel Zero Canceled After Four Seasons at Syfy!

Syfy is parting ways with its lowest-rated drama series. The unlucky show in question is horror anthology Channel Zero, which has been canceled after four seasons on the cabler. Series creator, Nick Antosca confirmed the news with a lengthy statement on Instagram. It reads as follows: CHANNEL ZERO: CANCELLATION NEWS After 4 seasons, Channel Zero is no more at SYFY. I loved making this show and I would have loved to do more… but I can’t complain too much about doing 4 stories I loved with people who I loved working with: People like our writers, our actors, our extraordinary crew, the artists who contributed, our editors and post team, our composer Jeff Russo, our team at Syfy and UCP. And especially the four awesome directors, Craig Macneill, Steven Piet, Arkasha Stevenson, and Evan Katz. And before all that, the authors of the original creepypasta stories. Kris Straub, Brian Russell, Kerry Hammond, and Charlotte Bywater. I’m deeply grateful for this experience. Especially to everybody who watched and talked about and wrote about the show. There are stories we didn’t get to tell and creatures you didn’t get to see, but still might. 🍽🐈 Meanwhile, the first 3 seasons are currently on @shudder, and the 4th season will be soon. Enjoy. 🤡💀🖤 The cancellation news should come as no surprise given that Channel Zero Season 4 continued the show's descent in the ratings. Channel Zero Season 4 averaged just 265,000 total viewers, and a mere 0.07 rating in the adults 18-49 demo based on live + same day results. Related: Z Nations Canceled at Syfy All told, being the lowest-rated show on the network is likely what made Syfy pull the trigger on the cancellation. The series aired its final season across six nights in October. View Slideshow: 12 Spine-tingling Shows for a Spooktacular Time What are your thoughts on the cancellation, TV Fanatics? Hit the comments below. Remember you can watch Channel Zero online right here via TV Fanatic.
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