Rating the Super Bowl Commercials (2nd Quarter)

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It’s time for the Super Bowl (playing on NBC), and advertisers pay very, very steeply to wave their wares in front of 100 million viewers.

Who enlisted A-list talent? (And who shopped a bargain with B-listers and below?) Who went for laughs? Who tugged at heartstrings? And who whipped out the always-reliable S-E-X?

Here is our quick take … READ MORE & WATCH CLIPS


Rating the Super Bowl Commercials (1st Quarter)

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It’s time for the Super Bowl (playing on NBC), and advertisers pay very, very steeply to wave their wares in front of 100 million viewers.

Who enlisted A-list talent? (And who shopped a bargain with B-listers and below?) Who went for laughs? Who tugged at heartstrings? And who whipped out the always-reliable S-E-X?

Here is our quick take … READ MORE & WATCH CLIPS


Winter TV First Impression: ABC's The River Keeps the Paranormal Activity Flowing

THE RIVER - "Magus" - ABC'S highly anticipated new paranormal thriller, "The River," will premiere with two back-to-back episodes, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. In the first hour, "Magus," Dr. Emmet Cole, beloved adventurer and television personality goes missing deep in the Amazon. After a fruitless search for him, his family and friends abandon hope and hold a memorial service to commemorate his amazing life. His grieving wife, Tess, reluctantly tries to face the reality that her husband is gone, while her son, Lincoln, is more than ready to bury his past. Six months later Emmet's location beacon mysteriously begins to relay a signal. Tess persuades Lincoln to join her and Emmet's film crew on a journey through the Amazon to find him, a journey on which horrifying and almost mythical events will push them to their limits. (ABC/FRANCISCO ROMAN)
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The broadcast and major cable networks have nearly two dozen brand-new shows (hopefully) heating up primetime this winter. To help you sort through it all, TVLine is presenting a few First Impressions. Next on our list is.… READ MORE


Gossip Girl Recap: God Only Knows

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[Warning: If you've yet to watch Monday's episode of Gossip Girl, avert your eyes...now! Everyone else, read on...]

Who would have thought that a Beach Boys song — and one-time Big Love theme — would be so apropos to Gossip Girl? But The CW soap’s return this Monday was surprisingly full of …READ MORE


Revenge Recap: The Return of the Red Marker

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This week’s Revenge was a classic. Not only did it focus on the takedown, but it dished out trust issues galore (some more literal than others), fed us a shocking reveal and gave our hellcats umpteen excuses to bare their claws. Let’s review. READ MORE


Winter TV First Impression: NBC's The Firm

THE FIRM -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Josh Lucas as Mitch McDeere, Molly Parker as Abby McDeere -- Photo by: Frank Ockenfels 3/NBC

The broadcast and major cable networks have nearly two dozen brand-new shows (hopefully) heating up primetime this winter. To help you sort through it all, TVLine, as we did in the fall, is presenting a few First Impressions. Next on our list is.… READ MORE


Winter TV First Impression: House of Lies

Kristen Bell as Jeannie Van Der Hooven, Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan, and Ben Schwartz as Clyde Oberholt in House of Lies - Photo: Ken Regan/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: house_of_lies_101_0278

The broadcast and major cable networks have nearly two dozen brand-new shows (hopefully) heating up primetime this winter. To help you sort through it all, TVLine, as we did in the fall, is presenting a few First Impressions. Next on our list is.… READ MORE


Vampire Diaries Recap: The Kissing Time

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[Warning: If you've yet to watch Thursday's episode of The Vampire Diaries, avert your eyes...now! Everyone else, read on...]

In typical Vampire Diaries fashion, the CW series returned this Thursday with an action-packed episode. There were big reveals …READ MORE


Winter TV First Impression: J.J. Abrams Once Again Has Island Fever, With Fox's Alcatraz

ALCATRAZ: The mysterious drama investigates the shocking reappearance of Alcatraz's most notorious prisoners, 50 years after they vanished. ALCATRAZ debuts Monday, Jan 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and makes its time period premiere on Monday, Jan 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Pictured L-R: Jonny Coyne, Jason Butler Harner, Jorge Garcia, Sarah Jones, Sam Neill, Santiago Cabrera, Parminder Nagra and Robert Forster.  ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Justin Stephens/FOX

The broadcast and major cable networks have nearly two dozen brand-new shows (hopefully) heating up primetime this winter. To help you sort through it all, TVLine, as we did in the fall, is presenting a few First Impressions. Next on our list is.… READ MORE


Winter TV First Impression: Does NBC's Smash Hit All the Right Notes?

SMASH -- Pilot -- Pictured: Katharine McPhee as Karen -- Photo by: Will Hart/NBC

The broadcast and cable networks have nearly two dozen brand-new shows (hopefully) heating up primetime this winter. To help you sort through those offerings, TVLine, as we did in the fall, is presenting some First Impressions. Leading off our wintertime list is.… READ MORE