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Warehouse 13 Season Finale Tonight!

In 2009 Pilots, 2010 Summer Schedule, Summer Schedule, SyFy, Warehouse 13 on 09/22/2009 at 3:15 pm

Warehouse 13

This was most definitely the summer of cable when it came to original programming.  Networks like USA and SyFy slaughtered their older broadcast siblings in not only ratings, but also quality.  One of the big winners was Warehouse 13.  The new original series was launched by SyFy right around the time that they actually became SyFy, leaving the plainly original SciFi name behind.

Sci Fi geeks everywhere created an uproar over the new name and even the way they went about getting the rights to the name.  Many out there, critics too, claimed Warehouse 13 was just mindless zone-out style entertainment…Then the ratings started rolling out.  W13 was a hit.  A big hit.

We are proud to say that DVR Life was not one of those  that called Warehouse 13 mindless.  We dug the quirky artifacts and love-hate relations from the beginning.  And so here we are now.  The fall season is taking over TV schedules and the first season finale of Warehouse 13 airs tonight.  Don’t worry, though, as the show has already been renewed for a second season to air in summer 2010.  Here’s a quick peek at tonight’s season finale:

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The season one finale of Warehouse 13 airs tonight, September 22nd at 9pm on SyFy.

Sneak Peek: Tonight’s Dark Blue Season Finale

In 2009 Pilots, Dark Blue, Summer Schedule, TNT on 09/16/2009 at 4:22 pm

Dark Blue

While our initial thoughts on TNT’s latest scripted series was a little less than rosy, the show has grown on us throughout this summer season.  Tonight brings season one of Dark Blue to a finale and we’re looking forward to it.  We have a little peek here of an undercover drug buy that doesn’t go quite as planned (do they ever?).  They leave you hanging a bit, but if you’ve seen any of the commercials TNT has been airing this week then you already know the secret and what Carter’s gonna do.  We won’t spoil it just in case you missed those commercials, though.

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The season finale of Dark Blue airs tonight, September 16th, at 10pm on TNT.

True Blood Season Finale Preview

In HBO, Season Finale, Summer Schedule, True Blood on 09/11/2009 at 10:51 am

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It’s sad but true, folks: Season 2 of True Blood comes to an end this evening.  Judging by the intense cliff-hangers they end just regular episodes with, we’re expecting a doozy for the season finale.  It’ll be sad when the season ends – it’s been an exciting one for both the fans and HBO network, chock full of crazy gory, sexy badness and killer ratings.  The show is set to return for it’s third season in June of 2010.

Don’t wanna wait that long?  Grab yourself a Tru Blood, kickback and start reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels, then!

During a True Blood marathon last Sunday (poor make-up for having no new episode!), HBO broadcast this promotional trailer for the season finale.  It’s basically a different edit of the True Blood/Depeche Mode video we posted the other night, minus the  band footage, shorter and with more footage from the season.

True Blood‘s second season finale airs this weekend, Sunday September 13th at 9pm on HBO.

Warehouse 13 Sneak Peek

In Sci-Fi, Season Finale, Summer Schedule, SyFy, Warehouse 13 on 09/03/2009 at 4:12 pm

Warehouse 13

We’ve got a bit of a sneak peek at next week’s episode of Warehouse 13 on SyFy.  The episode is entitled Breakdown and it looks like the breakdown may be of the warehouse itself!  Really interested to see them trek through the “Dark Vault”, especially when things are going haywire!

If you’ve been missing Warehouse 13, you’re summer was not as great as it could have been!  Don’t fret, though, you have plenty of time to catch up via Hulu before the season 1 finale on September 22nd.  We’re looking forward to season 2 next summer, too.

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Warehouse 13 airs each Tuesday at 9pm on SyFy.

Rescue Me Ends 2011

In FX, Rescue Me, Summer Schedule on 08/28/2009 at 3:04 pm

Rescue Me

TV Guide is reporting that FX has set an end date for Resuce Me.  The post-9/11 NYFD series will, apropriately, wrap up in 2011.  Since the series was inspired by the post-traumatic experiences of New York firefighters, show co-creator Peter Tolan told Tvguide.com that FX has ordered 19 new episodes, which begin production soon.  The network seems to be shooting for a series finale somewhere in the vicinity of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  According to his math, “…if you put 10 episodes on next year and nine the following year, you’ll land there.”

The fifth season finale of Rescue Me airs next Tuesday September 1st at 10pm on FX.

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The Royal Pains Wrap Rap

In 2010 Summer Schedule, Royal Pains, Summer Schedule, USA on 08/21/2009 at 2:13 pm

Royal Pains

In celebration of the upcoming Royal Pains season finale they’ve released what is most likely a first for a USA original series: a rap video.  The song, performed by Two Live Jew & The RP Crew, does not make much sense and they’re not about to win any grammy’s, but the whole thing falls squarely in the “this is so terrible it’s awesome” realm.  USA has even treated us to the lyrics (check them out after the jump.

The season finale of Royal Pains airs Thursday August 27th at 10pm on USA.  The series will return for a second season next summer.

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TNT Gives Leverage Extended Season

In 2010 Winter Schedule, Leverage, Summer Schedule, TNT on 08/19/2009 at 1:28 pm

Leverage

TNT’s Leverage has been doing a pretty bang up job this summer.  Like most original series airing on cable this summer, the show has been kicking broadcast network butt and has managed to avoid any semblence of a sophomore slump.  After last season’s finale, where Nate dispersed the team and blew up their clubhouse…Well, that seems like the kinda thing a show does as a series finale, as opposed to a season finale.  I wasn’t quite sure how they’d pull the show back together, but as TV Squad pointed out, it was actually kind of a god-send.

TNT has thus announced plans to extend this very happy summer season by two more episodes, to air September 2nd and 9th, respectively.  That still leaves us with six new episodes that will most likely air this winter…Say January 2010, or so.  Here’s hoping they magically come up with four or five new episodes to extend the winter run, right?  Let’s just forget everything we know about TV production and keep our fingers crossed.

Glad TNT had a chance to give us some good news this week as opposed to the bummer of an announcement they made regarding Saving Grace at the end of last week.

Pick Your Favorite Summer Show!

In 10 Things I Hate About You, 2009 Pilots, ABC Family, BBC America, Being Human, British TV, Burn Notice, Defying Gravity, Doctor Who, Eureka, favorite shows, HBO, Hung, In Plain Sight, ITV, Make It Or Break It, Nurse Jackie, Programming, Royal Pains, Sci-Fi, Summer Schedule, SyFy, The Listener, The Philanthropist, TNT, Torchwood, True Blood, Uncategorized, USA, Warehouse 13 on 08/12/2009 at 2:23 pm

It’s a been pretty dynamic summer when it comes to television. Both premium and basic cable networks have packed nearly every night of the week with some great, quality programming.

At DVR Life headquarters, it’s be a season rather thick with sci-fi.  The brits have been rocking the genre this year.  We managed to cram the first two seasons of BBC’s Torchwood in just in time to catch Torchwood: Children of Earth, we’re also digging BBC’s latest sci-fi series, Being Human, and caught up with Doctor Who in time for the new movie BBC America treated us to in July and mourned the cliff hanger ending to final season of ITV’s Primeval.  Syfy’s newest scripted offering Warehouse 13, is a quirky fun time and the return of their much beloved Eureka have given us our dose of stateside sci-fi while Defying Gravity is a sci-fi lite multi-national effort between ABC, the brits and Canada’s CTV.

For our teen drama fix, we’ve been turning to ABC Family’s (I know, right? Who would have thought) shows Make It Or Break It, while their new comedy 10 Things I Hate About You has given us a few good laughs.  Looking for action, adventure and smart talk?  USA’s been ruling the ratings with In Plain Sight, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Burn Notice.  Newbie Royal Pains has been tearing it up on the Nielsen charts, too.

We’ll stop here.  We could keep going on and on – there’s plenty to say about HBO’s new Sunday lineup, as well TNT’s wins and misses.  There’s just way too much great summer fare this year.

Update 08/13/2009 1:11am:

Nurse Jackie, 10 Things I Hate About You & Leverage have each recieved one vote under the ‘other’ category.

P.S.  When voting for ‘other’, please make sure you enter a show title!

Monk & Psych Return!

In 30 Rock, Monk, Psych, Summer Schedule, The Office, USA on 08/07/2009 at 1:47 pm

Monk

Oh man, oh man, oh man, are we excited!  Our  most favorite weirdo TV detectives are back!  Monk returns at 9pm for it’s eighth and final season – a sad thing, I must say.  The oddball crime-fighting then continues at 10pm with a whole new season of Psych.

Monk is kicking off 16 brand new episodes, all culminating in it’s series finale which, we’re hoping, will finally answer the question of who killed Trudy Monk. Let’s just hope it wasn’t Dale the Whale because we’ve always that this ridiculous, offensive character was the lowest, bottom of the barrel aspect of a great show. Please don’t be Dale the Whale.

As an added bonus for the final season, Adrian’s original personal assistant, Sharona Flemming, who returned home to New Jersey after season 3, will be returning. We loved Sharona and were sad to her go, but Natalie also turned out to be a ruler, so we’re really looking forward to seeing the two together.

And to top it all off, a nice little treat featuring Psych, 30 Rock and The Office bobble heads:

Monk & Psych return tonight, Friday August 7th at 9pm on USA.

Evan Rachel Wood As True Blood’s Queen Sophie-Anne

In HBO, Preview, Summer Schedule, True Blood on 08/06/2009 at 6:13 pm

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Yikes and yowza!  What else is there to say?  TV Guide & EW got a first looks at Evan Rachel Wood on True Blood.  She’ll be portraying the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne.  The character will reportedly make her first appearance on TB‘s August 30th episode.  Here’s hoping Bill doesn’t have to refer to her as ‘your majesty’ because we’re looking forward to him pronouncing ‘Sophie’.

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(Via TV Guide & EW)

USA Renews In Plain Sight

In 2010 Spring Schedule, Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Monk, Programming, Psych, Royal Pains, Summer Schedule, The West Wing, White Collar on 08/06/2009 at 1:37 pm

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Lot’s going on at USA headquarters this week!  They’re newest upcoming series, White Collar, was given a premiere date, both high performing Royal Pains and Burn Notice were renewed, and longtime hits Monk and Psych are returning this week, Monk for it’s eighth and final season.

What could we possibly add to that?  The renewal of In Plain Sight, thankfully, and word that negotiations for a ninth season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent should be ending soon on a positive note.  Oh, and they released a pretty hefty production slate at their Television Critics Association panel yesterday in Pasadena, Ca.  Whew.

The renewal of In Plain Sight comes as no surprise, of course.  It has a rather good, reliable draw of 5 million viewers each Sunday evening, critical praise and a caring fan base.  Pretty much what all USA original series seem to enjoy.  I guess that’s what happens when a network secures talented writers, producers, showrunners, actors, etc.  You know, what all networks, broadcast, cable and premium, should be doing at all times.

An added bonus?  Lead actress Mary McCormack, a ruler in her own right, is oft-surrounded by one hell of a cast, including regulars Nicole Hiltz as her ditsy but charmingly sweet younger sister and Fred Weller as weird as all get out but awesome as heck Marshall Mann.  We also get treated to such The West Wing alum as Richard Schiff and Joshua Malina.

The order for In Plain Sight‘s third season includes a total of 16 episodes.  No official word, but we suspect another springtime premiere date as this year’s May launch seemed to work well.

In Plain Sight‘s second season continues each Sunday evening at 10pm on USA until it’s season finale August 16th.

Welcome Back, Man v. Food!

In Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Man v Food, Summer Schedule, Travel Channel on 08/05/2009 at 1:39 am

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Who knew eating food could become a blood sport? And who knew we would love it so much? Travel Channel welcomes back their resident over-eater, Mr. Adam Richman, for a second season of Man v. Food. The series debuted last season to higher ratings than any other show in the network’s history. The half hour series, depending on your personal views of food, is either a foodie-nightmare or gastro-wet dream.

The lead-up to the second season begins this evening at 8pm with four repeat episodes from season one (Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles & San Jose). The new season kicks off at 10pm in San Antonio where Richman takes on a 42-inch pizza, a burger topped with absurdly hot chilies and finally, for desert, a 3lb cinnamon roll. Yikes.

While not a fan of hot foods, we here at DVR Life are more than happy to cheer Adam on in his quest to find the hottest peppers, curries, etc. When it comes to the belly-busting attempts at mountains of food, we’re not ashamed to admit to more than a bit of armchair quarter-backing and saying to ourselves “I could totally eat that.” Bring it on, Travel Channel. Bring it on.

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P.S. In case you weren’t aware, Travel Channel’s grouchy diner, Anthony Bourdain, is also travelling and eating for our delight with the second half of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations season 5. DVR Life was a bit remiss in reminding you that the show returned last Monday (that would be a week ago day before last). Sorry about that.

HBO Renews It’s Summer Line-up

In 2010 Summer Schedule, 2010 Winter Schedule, Big Love, Boardwalk Empire, Entourage, Flight of the Conchords, HBO, Hung, In Treatment, Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Programming, Sex And The City, Summer Schedule, The Pacific, The Sopranos, The Wire, Treme, True Blood on 08/03/2009 at 2:11 pm

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Here we come summer 2010!  HBO, not surprisingly, renewed it’s entire Summer line-up.  The two hour Sunday night block, anchored by vamp-phenom True Blood, has been turning in rather stellar ratings for the pay network.  We won’t say HBO was in desperate need for some hits, but I’m sure things haven’t been quite the same at network headquarters since the golden day of The Sopranos and Sex And The City.

True Blood will be returning for it’s third season, Entourage for it’s seventh and new comer Hung will be back for it’s sophomore year.

What is a bit of a surprise, is that while HBO has set plans for it’s entire summer 2010 schedule, it’s spring schedule is still a bit hazy.  The network will be on a big Tom Hanks kick when it airs Playtone-produced Big Love in January and then Hanks-Spielberg produced WWII miniseries The Pacific in March.  David Simon’s The Wire follow-up, New Orleans-based Treme, will be coming around in March.  It’s even possible that Martin Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire, starring Steve Buscemi and Michael Kenneth Williams, will most likely be making an appearance as well.

HBO executives told AP the network hasn’t ruled out new seasons of In Treatment or The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, but nothing is set as of now.  Same goes for Flight of the Conchords, though we’re guessing Conchords will  be back eventually.

Eureka Renewed For A Fourth Season

In Eureka, Sci-Fi, Summer Schedule, SyFy on 07/26/2009 at 1:20 pm


NBC Universal announced on Friday that they’ve picked up Eureka for another 22 episodes for sister cabler SyFy. That’s pretty awesome news in our book. We dig Eureka. It’s no secret as we’ve gushed a time or two in anticipation of this current season’s return.

The quirky sci-fi series is three episodes into the second half of season 3. With the announcement of 22 new episodes, we can only assume that the plan is to split the season in two parts again, therefore guaranteeing atleast two more summers worth of new Eureka.

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The Philanthropist Review Via Twitter

In NBC, Summer Schedule, The Philanthropist on 07/23/2009 at 3:19 am

DVR Life doesn’t usually write reviews or episode re-caps. We figure there’s thousands of TV bloggers and websites out there for that kinda thing and we just don’t have that kinda time. We do, however, tend to use our twitter feed while watching certain shows and this evening, after tweeting throughout tonight’s episode of NBC’s The Philanthropist, realized this was pretty close to a review.

That’s really all there is to say about this show. The premise is slightly cheesy but the stories tend to be exciting. The cast and production values are aces and the writing can be slightly predictable, though well informed. It’s definately not bottom of the barrel summer tv fare like most people make it out to be. We here at DVR Life would actually suggest checking it out.

The Philanthropist airs Wednesdays at 10pm on NBC.

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Mad Men Season 3 Poster

In AMC, Mad Men, Preview, Summer Schedule on 07/15/2009 at 4:50 pm

Looks damn good, huh? What else is there to say? Mad Men is by far the most stylish show on television and it’s no surprise that the poster created for the series’ upcoming 3rd would also be stylish as all get out.

And while there’s no new footage, here’s a little promo for season 3 to get you by for now:

Mad Men returns, as the poster says, Sunday August 16th at 10pm on AMC.

P.S. We highly recommend clicking on the poster above to see the details up close in full size.

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Welcome Back, Leverage!

In Leverage, Summer Schedule, TNT on 07/15/2009 at 7:29 am

We here at DVR Life love when a good series returns. Especially during the summertime. Living down in a swamp where oppressive humidity and blaring heat make it near impossible to venture outside really makes us appreciate a good TV show. Thankfully, TNT’s Leverage is back for it’s second season so we have a good reason to keep our curtains drawn tight and the A/C down low for another hour.

The plucky crew of Leverage returns for a second season, each crew member fresh off world-wide thieving adventures, acting failures, computer-hacking accomplishments and mercenary escapades. The crew’s leader, Nate Ford, is having a hard time, though. The season opens with Nate being walked through an insurance office where he seems to have just landed a lucrative job. Thankfully Nate is a mess, or he wouldn’t have been there to pull survivors from a burning car wreck that just flipped over his head as he literally ran from a life of cubicle dwelling and towards the nearest bar.

When that car accident turns out to be a case of sabotage (yikes! who would have guessed!?!) Nate is reluctantly drawn back in by his raring to go team mates who, to his dismay, take over his shi-shi loft apartment, and begin planning revenge for those wronged.

The new season seems to be headed in much the same direction as the first, though we have to point out that the characters seem a bit more polished, in a good way. We’re always glad to see characters become stronger, not as annoying and/or more appealing, as the writers seem to have done over the show’s hiatus.

If you have yet to catch Leverage, I think you’ll be able to jump in rather easily. Thieves find a heart and become addicted to helping the powerless who have been wronged by those in a position of power: it’s a Robin Hood for the current boom and bust days and nothing more than an intricate con and blow-you-away thievery skills will make up for it.

Leverage returns to TNT tonight, Wednesday July 15th at 9pm (EST).

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Premiering Tonight: Dark Blue

In 2009 Pilots, Dark Blue, Summer Schedule, TNT on 07/15/2009 at 6:37 am

An initial thought that came to mind while watching the pilot episode of TNT’s new cop drama Dark Blue: the script writers must have watched a million undercover-cop movies when they were kids. My second thought was a question: are they paying homage to these classic films or have they seeped so far into their subconscious they can’t help writing in cliches?

Whichever the case may be, the show comes across, save for a bit of grit here and some testosterone there, as a watchable and less dramatic version of A&E’s overly dramatic, unwatchable undercover-cop series The Beast.

While Dark Blue sticks to the grungy alleyways and dingy fight clubs pretty much all gritty cop shows are known for, the cinematography manages to pick it up a level or two over other examples of the drama. This may be no surprise coming from creators of the CSI, Eleventh Hour and Cold Case franchises – especially Cold Case – the two seem to have very similar pale-lighting, pretty dives visual styles.

Dylan McDermott leads the cast as Carter Shaw, a stylishly gruff lieutenant leading an undercover operation for the Los Angeles Police Department that’s so far off the radar the F.B.I. have a hard time figuring out it even exists. Not too sure how likely such an outfit is, but damn if they don’t have a really cool, exceedingly photogenic abandoned loft-cum-office that would require major amounts of off the books dough for rent.

While Patrick Swayze was The Beast’s only saving grace, McDermott doesn’t seem to have that burden upon his shoulders, and thankfully so. The performance is pretty solid but his character comes across as an overly tortured sort. Weary eyes, heavy sighs and an “I need to save everyone and everything” attitude would probably work just as well had the part been that of a depressive artist or well-meaning but beaten down single father (or something else equally depressing).

Production for the show is rather slick at times, but nothing compared to the overly stylized CSI‘s. There’s a few slick spots, particularly one when the bad buys douse a hide-out in gasoline and exit slow-mo style to their pretty get away car with flames bursting behind them. At one point I thought an otherwise impressive gun battle seemed a bit like a trigger-happy (and again, slow-motion) Chevrolet commercial, but who even notices product placements these days?

var addthis_pub=”walkallday”;The story line for the episode was pretty ho-hum for a pilot about this subject – handler and partner wonder if undercover-cop has gone so deep he’s switched sides. It’s been done before but it’s just one of many stories to come, so hopefully they’ll get over that bump and start giving us more original fair. There’s a reason people drool over undercover-cop stories and hopefully the writing crew will figure that and their own voice out soon enough, lay off the old cop flicks and give us a great show. The potential is certainly there.

Dark Blue premiers tonight, Wednesday July 15th at 10pm (EST) on TNT.

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Preview: ABC’s Defying Gravity

In ABC, Defying Gravity, Grey's Anatomy, Sci-Fi, Summer Schedule on 07/11/2009 at 2:13 pm

We have to admit, this show kind of snuck up on us here at DVR Life. With all the talk of the summer television season in late spring and how cable would be ruling the season we have to admit that we didn’t hear anything about this show until just a week or so ago.

Our ears first perked up at the mention of Ron Livingston. Then we heard it was from the producers of Grey’s Anatomy and also starring Laura Harris of Dead Like Me. All good, if not consistent (Grey’s crew doing sci-fi?), things to hear.

Both clips are rather similar but there’s some different footage in each. The trailers don’t tell you much about the plot, only that there’s zero gravity sex, someone yelling “Zoe!” and Ron Livingston is billed as a hot American hero, so we’ll fill you in:

In the near future an international crew of astronauts (four men, four women: imagine that!) take off on a six year space mission covering the eight billion miles to Venus. The reasons for the mission, though, are being billed as “mysterious”.

The series will be a mix of flashbacks, spot lighting the astronaut’s path to being chosen for the flight, and the present.

Defying Gravity premieres with a two hour episode on August 2nd before taking it’s usual Sunday 10pm time slot.

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Welcome Back, Eureka!

In Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, Sci-Fi, Summer Schedule, SyFy on 07/11/2009 at 2:11 pm


DVR Life really wanted to get this up yesterday, you know, before the show came back, but we were having nicotine fits or something. It’s never too late to welcome back an old friend, though.

Things may have shifted a bit on the show, what with Carter not being Sheriff anymore, and even in the real world surrounding the show, with SyFy being the new official name of the Sci…well, what was the Sci-Fi network, but the show is back and quirky as ever.

The series’ easy breezy story lines and grin-inducing verbal patter tends to get a lot of flack in the science fiction world as being mindless or labeled the kind of show you zone out on. We think that’s a load of bull, though.

While the premise and story lines may not lead to mock UN sessions like Battlestar Galactica, the production values are of a decent level and feature some fantastic visual effects, especially for a show of it’s size. It’s also fun and witty and one of the few science fiction shows we could watch with our mothers (and that’s a good thing – we love our moms).

The basic idea is this: not every show needs to explore the greater intricacies of the human condition or blah blah. It’s good to have some sci-fi that elicits a giggle or two, wows us with non-killer robots and oddball experiments gone wrong. We heart Eureka for giving us a laugh, an escape and good science fiction all at the same time.

If you missed the return of of Eureka last night, fear not. Set your DVR’s as the first episode of season 4 is being replayed on SyFy Tuesday at 8pm and then again Friday at 8pm.

The next new episode of Eureka airs on SyFy Friday at 9pm.

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Skins Finally Returning To BBC America

In BBC America, British TV, Skins, Summer Schedule on 07/09/2009 at 4:04 pm

Rejoice teen-soap lovers as BBC America has finally lined up gritty brit-hit Skins to return for a third season. The series is perhaps the most realistic teen-soap to ever hit small screens, following a group of Bristol teens through their junior and senior years before heading off to college or real life.

The show picked up tons of flack from critics during it’s first season, many claiming that the stories were unrealistic and overly dramatic…DVR Life would just like to point out that either none of those critics grew up in the early to mid-90’s or we and our friends at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fl. knew how to live exceptionally well because we laugh our asses off while watching Skins, partly because we truly feel “we’ve been there, done that and love seeing it portrayed on TV all these years later.”

For those already initiated to the debauchery of Skins, be forewarned: series 3 features nearly an entire new cast. The only returning face will be Effy, Tony’s younger sister who merely put in a few occasional appearances in the first two seasons.

While we came to love Tony, Sid, Anwar, Cassie, Maxxie and all the other generation 1 characters, the producers came up with the rather novel idea of starting all over again with a new line-up of juniors: generation 2. We’re still not sure were DVR Life lands on this issue but you have to figure One Tree Hill already pulled the jumping past college thing and The OC had the kinda ridiculous idea of having their characters suddenly change life paths and skip college.

It’s a bit refreshing to see writers come up with a new idea.

DVR Life is just happy to have the show back. After series 2 ended on a few very depressing notes last January we were promised a springtime return which never came. BBC America is pretty good at that kinda thing (where’s Robin Hood?!?) so we were elated at this announcement.

Skins series 3 premieres Thursday August 6th on BBC America.

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Skins Finally Returning To BBC America

In BBC America, British TV, Skins, Summer Schedule on 07/09/2009 at 4:04 pm

Rejoice teen-soap lovers as BBC America has finally lined up gritty brit-hit Skins to return for a third season. The series is perhaps the most realistic teen-soap to ever hit small screens, following a group of Bristol teens through their junior and senior years before heading off to college or real life.

The show picked up tons of flack from critics during it’s first season, many claiming that the stories were unrealistic and overly dramatic…DVR Life would just like to point out that either none of those critics grew up in the early to mid-90’s or we and our friends at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fl. knew how to live exceptionally well because we laugh our asses off while watching Skins, partly because we truly feel “we’ve been there, done that and love seeing it portrayed on TV all these years later.”

For those already initiated to the debauchery of Skins, be forewarned: series 3 features nearly an entire new cast. The only returning face will be Effy, Tony’s younger sister who merely put in a few occasional appearances in the first two seasons.

While we came to love Tony, Sid, Anwar, Cassie, Maxxie and all the other generation 1 characters, the producers came up with the rather novel idea of starting all over again with a new line-up of juniors: generation 2. We’re still not sure were DVR Life lands on this issue but you have to figure One Tree Hill already pulled the jumping past college thing and The OC had the kinda ridiculous idea of having their characters suddenly change life paths and skip college.

It’s a bit refreshing to see writers come up with a new idea.

DVR Life is just happy to have the show back. After series 2 ended on a few very depressing notes last January we were promised a springtime return which never came. BBC America is pretty good at that kinda thing (where’s Robin Hood?!?) so we were elated at this announcement.

Skins series 3 premieres Thursday August 6th on BBC America.

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HBO’s Big Summer

In Entourage, HBO, Hung, Summer Schedule, The West Wing, True Blood on 07/01/2009 at 12:23 am

Folks at the HBO camp must be feeling pretty great. The network is riding high on some pretty big ratings this summer, the most impressive being the numbers for season two of vamp-opera True Blood which is reaching a reported average of 10.8 million viewers per episode.

This last week’s first airing at 9pm Sunday drew 3.7 million watchers, which ballooned to 5.1 if you add in the second showing. Throw in DVR’s and HBO On Demand and the network is coming up with that 10.8 number, which is a near 40% bump (38% to be exact) over the first season.

The network is also probably elated with the big numbers for it’s newest scripted original show, Hung, which premiered to 2.8 million viewers. Throw in the second showing and all told the show was watched by 3.7 million. It managed to hold 76% of the True Blood lead-in and is reportedly the largest premiere for HBO since John From Cincinnati, which, while the show ended up bombing, premiered strong on the back of The Soprano’s series finale.

Congrats, HBO, on a banner month.

Now let’s get ready for the return of Entourage with it’s sixth season premiering July 12th. This season will see some new additions to the cast and some guest stars. Joining the show full time will be Kate Mara of 24 and Brokeback Mountain as E’s new assistant, The OC’s Autumn Reeser as a junior agent at Ari’s agency, and Gary Cole who’s been in everything from The West Wing and Office Space to Kim Possible.

And speaking of The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin, creator of WW, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, Sports Night, etc, will make a guest appearance as himself. Other notables playing themselves this season will include Lil’ Wayne, Zac Efron and a whole bunch of sports stars.

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Make It Or Break It

In ABC Family, Being Erica, Canadian TV, Flashpoint, Friday Night Lights, Gossip Girl, Make It Or Break It, Summer Schedule on 06/23/2009 at 2:39 pm

Caught last night’s premiere of ABC Family’s newest scripted series Make It Or Break It. Last time I watched the premiere of a scripted series on the network I was pretty much horrified by the blatant born again preaching and swore off the network and it’s shows (the series was The Secret Life of the American Teenager, if you were wondering). Then I started hearing about Greek and how awesome it is and kind of regretting my decision not to watch it (and don’t want to start now without catching up), so I thought I’d at least give the Make It Or Break It pilot a chance before just saying no.

The fact that Slate.com compared it to Friday Night Lights didn’t hurt either.

The series revolves around a group of Olympic hopefuls at a well-to-do, well known training center, Rocky Mountain Gymnastics Center. Things at the center pretty much revolve around three young girls, Payson, Kaylie, and Lauren, who are all a lock to make it to the national competition and, hopefully, continuing to the worldwide games.

But then Emily shows. Emily isn’t as rich as the other girls and she hasn’t been coached all her life. She’s a scholarship case, discovered at a park. She’s wearing leotards off the rack and shows some fear when approaching the vault. Her little brother is in a wheelchair and her mother is unreliable when it comes to keeping a job or picking her up on time.

Despite the cold front from the mean girls, a small case of sabotage, and a job at local the pizza joint featuring stoned customers and a meth head manager, Emily’s got heart and she don’t quit, two ingredients all good family dramas have.

The writing is consistently the highlight of the series. There’s a few good quips here and there, and even some language I was a bit surprised to hear on ABC Family. The acting is acceptable, nothing to praise nor disapprove of, though Cassie Scerbo, acting as Lauren, manages to inflict the perfect rich girl sneer of disapproval. The spoiled brat squeal when things don’t go her way is also pitch perfect. Scerbo also delivered my favorite line of the evening when she describes her teamate Kaylie’s floor excercise routine as “flipping your hair and pulling it out of your ass.”

As for the production, I’m sorry Slate but you are WAY off base with the FNL reference. Perhaps with the story telling aspect, but the acting is very rehearsed, unlike FNL and it’s famous freedom the actors are given. There’s also none of the breath taking camera work or awe-inspiring soundtrack we’ve come to know and expect from this shows’ football-tossing brethren.

The production does have the usual modest budget, filmed in Vancouver or Toronto sort of feel to it. Not that Canadian shows have low quality: check out Being Erica or Flashpoint to dispel that myth. It’s just that U.S. productions that don’t have the highest of budgets tend to move production up north and TV nerds can usually tell. That’s nothing to be ashamed of – many great TV shows rely on this to get renewed come budget-cut time at networks.

Oddly, though, the pilot was reportedly filmed in Los Angeles, Ca., so go figure. Beyond the young girls, the series has also made regular cast members of some recognizable faces, including Peri Gilpin of Frasier, Strong Medicine‘s Rosa Blasi, and, believe it or not, Candace Cameron (now known as Candace Cameron Bure), little sis to 80’s teen hearthrob cum born again christian Kirk Cameron and big sis on Full House.

I’m looking forward to more Make It Or Break It, but I don’t see myself missing the characters like I do the first three or four weeks after the latest season of Friday Night Lights ends, nor do I see myself ever gasping in anticipation or marvelling at the images before me. What I do see is chuckling with delight everytime Lauren releases her inner Bitch (much like I do when Blair on Gossip Girl let’s it fly) or flashing back to crappy food service jobs or cracking a smile when Emily lands that perfect dismount, pissing off the rich kids and wowing the coaches.

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Last Minute Sneak Peak: Saving Grace

In Saving Grace, Summer Schedule, TNT on 06/16/2009 at 6:24 pm


Don’t forget! Season 3 of Saving Grace kicks off this evening after the premieres of both Wedding Day, TNT’s first unscripted series, and Jada Pinkett Smith’s new nurse-based medical drama, HawthoRNe.

Here on the East coast we’re just an hour and half away from the night kicking off, so I thought I’d throw down a small peak at the Saving Grace season premiere. With the execution of Leon and the arrival of the new girl Grace was lead to at the end of season 2’s finale, I have no idea what to expect.

I’ve said it many times in the past and I’ll say it again, though, Saving Grace gets better each season, so I have no fears related to what’s coming up – I know it’ll be good.

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