November 2010 - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

Will TWIN PEAKS Newbies Enjoy the PSYCH Homage? Dule Hill Weighs In

November 30, 2010 by  
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It’s no secret that PSYCH star James Roday is an uber fan of TWIN PEAKS, but what about his costar, Dule Hill? Was he as obsessed with the 90s cult series?

It turns out, he wasn’t.

And while he’s since caught up on the show now, he knows that some PSYCH fans are in the same boat as he was before his TWIN PEAKS crash course. Even still, Hill is convinced all viewers will enjoy “Dual Spires,” PSYCH’s tribute to TWIN PEAKS, which airs this Wednesday.

How convinced is he? He’s willing to make an on-camera guarantee.

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PSYCH’s James Roday on the Upcoming TWIN PEAKS Homage…Is BUFFY Next?

November 30, 2010 by  
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Fans of TWIN PEAKS will not want to miss this Wednesday’s brand new episode of PSYCH.

PSYCH star James Roday is a huge fan of the 90s cult classic and has been pondering a way to pay tribute to the show for years. He’s finally getting his chance with “Dual Spires” — an ep he co-wrote — which revolves around a murder in a small town and reunites many former TWIN PEAKS players including Sheryl Lee, better known to some as Laura Palmer, the girl wrapped in plastic.

Check out the video below to see Roday’s chat with Give Me My Remote at this week’s Paley Center event honoring both series. He discusses “Dual Spires,” the possibility of a PSYCH musical episode and why a vampire-themed hour might turn into a BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER homage… Read more

CHUCK: ‘Chuck Versus The Leftovers’

November 30, 2010 by  
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This week’s episode of CHUCK was aptly titled as it did feel somewhat like the leftover meals we all eat in the days after Thanksgiving. It was a mish-mash of stuff we’ve had before, and it didn’t taste as good as it did the first time. But it’s still leftovers from the best meal of the year, so it was still pretty good.

Mama Bartowski was back to her enigmatic ways, complete with a wide variety of facial expressions that were (a) trying to convey emotions; (b) trying to send signals to Chuck; or (c) evidence that Linda Hamilton has some weird facial ticks. As seems to be a pattern with Frost, she finds new and exciting ways to put her son in danger only to give him an out at the last minute. I know its a plot device to keep Chuck and his mother’s relationship complicated, but it feels a bit stale given how many times we’ve seen in play out already this season.

I’m not completely enamored with Linda Hamilton’s portrayal of Mary Bartowski, but if having her around means more screen time for Timothy Dalton then I’m not ready to hasta la vista her anytime soon. When the casting news broke for Dalton, I assumed he would have a small role in one or two episodes. Maybe someone would make a Bond joke and he’d be gone. But Dalton’s mini-arc as Volkoff has been one of the very best things about this season of CHUCK. This guy is one hell of an actor and embodies the essence of CHUCK. The way he can transform from stone cold killer in one minute, to goofy and mushy in the next is just perfect for this show. I can’t imagine that Dalton will be around past the show’s 13th episode, but I’m hoping the door will be left open for his return. Forget about Fulcrum or The Ring…I’m good with Volkoff being the Big Bad for the foreseeable future.

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Tonight’s TV Spotlight…Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 30, 2010 by  
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Some of our favorite Tuesday shows are in reruns. I said some…not all. Plenty of TV goodness for you to check out tonight including some shows to get you in the holiday spirit.

Glee | 8pm on Fox
“Special Education”
The glee kids head to Sectionals to compete against the Warblers and the Hipsters. Meanwhile, Emma and Carl (John Stamos) grow closer while teen romances begin to fray. [GMMR: Can’t wait until tonight’s ep of GLEE? Check out this sneak peek of The Warblers performing at sectionals. That Darren Criss is j’adorable. Don’t watch if you don’t want to be spoiled.]

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer | 8pm on CBS
The reindeer with the incandescent nose guides Santa’s sleigh through a bad storm on Christmas Eve. This version of the story adds several new characters, including the prospector Yukon Cornelius, a love interest for Rudolph named Clarice, and a Christmas elf named Hermey, who would rather be a dentist than a toy making elf.

Christmas in Rockefeller Center | 8pm on NBC
“78th Annual”
The 78th annual tree-lighting ceremony takes place in New York; scheduled performers include Susan Boyle, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Jackie Evancho, Josh Groban, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue and Jessica Simpson; Natalie Morales and Al Roker host.

The Biggest Loser | 8pm on NBC

The six remaining contestants learn that the players who stay above both a red line and a yellow line at the weigh-in will make the final four; Olympic medalist Nastia Liukin tests the players’ stamina in five exercises.

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VAMPIRE DIARIES’ Kevin Williamson to Create Companion Series for CW

November 30, 2010 by  
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Kevin Williamson, executive producer of The CW’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, could probably use some supernatural energy of his own come 2011. According to E! Online, Williamson will develop a TVD “companion series” for the netlet while continuing to run TVD this winter.

The details? Apparently, the proposed pilot will be a one-hour drama about a group of researchers who investigate paranomal happenings. It’s unlikely that any of the VAMPIRE DIARIES characters would cross over to the new series as it is currently unconnected to the TVD world and is considered a completely different project.

It will likely be just one of several options for THE CW’s Fall 2011 schedule as BUFFY alum Michelle Trachtenberg, TVD book series author L.J. Smith and Samuel L. Jackson are all reportedly developing projects as well.


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COMMUNITY: Christmas Claymation Episode Previews with Danny Pudi and Alison Brie

November 29, 2010 by  
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When I visited the set of COMMUNITY this fall, creator Dan Harmon proudly told us of the show’s upcoming holiday episode which will be done completely in the animated stop-motion medium, just like some of the old Christmas classics we loved as kids.

In the ep, when Abed (Danny Pudi) wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) become growingly concerned about Abed’s mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan (John Oliver). The group undergoes hypnosis to explore Abed’s winter wonderland and soon unravel the truth behind Abed’s madness.

Check out a couple previews below, which Pudi and Alison Brie (Annie) host…

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Tonight’s TV Spotlight…Sunday, November 28, 2010

November 28, 2010 by  
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Hope my fellow Americans had a nice holiday filled with family, food, friends and a lot of shopping.  Did you make out on any Black Friday TV deals?  I’m happy to report that I limited my personal purchases to THE VAMPIRE DIARIES season 1 on DVD.  Amazon had it for $12 so I couldn’t pass it up.

Here are a few highlights from tonight’s TV lineup. A fair amount of shows are in re-run mode, but there are some original episodes and movies to check out tonight. As always, I’ll ask…what are YOU watching?

The Simpsons | 8pm on Fox
“How Munched is that Birdie in the Window?”
Bart nurses a wounded pigeon back to health, but Santa’s Little Helper has other plans; Homer enters it in a race. Danica Patrick and Rachel Weisz have voice cameos.

The Amazing Race | 8pm on CBS
“I Hate Chinese Food”
Contestants become violently ill during a challenge in Hong Kong; a contestant threatens to quit the competition. [GMMR: I need to make sure TAR records properly tonight. Despite setting the DVR to run late, I keep missing the ending. Anyone else as frustrated as I am?]

Dexter | 9pm on Showtime
“Hello Bandit”
On the heels of Rita’s murder, Dexter tries to get the family back into a familiar routine, but a frightening discovery may lead to his next quarry. Meanwhile, a brutal murder in a Venezuelan neighborhood has the squad scrambling; and Debra, who’s opened her home to Dexter and the children, finds herself without adequate accommodations, and turns to Quinn for help.

Boardwalk Empire | 9pm on HBO
“Paris Green”
Nucky’s fear of the consequences of an impending electoral disaster forces him to make changes in the administrative pecking order. Meanwhile, Jimmy is ambivalent about the health of an ailing family member; Van Alden questions Sebso’s commitment to their calling.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta| 10pm on Bravo
“NeNe Get Your Gun”
Phaedra brings her new baby home. In other motherhood developments, Kim struggles with her daughter’s curious queries about sex. Meanwhile, Kandi revamps a song to make it more suitable for Kim; Cynthia arranges her dream wedding; and NeNe’s hardship in her marriage nears the breaking point

The Walking Dead | 10pm on AMC
After a zombie attack, Rick and the group set off for the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, and Jim must face a life-or-death decision. [GMMR: We don’t cover The Walking Dead on GMMR, but if you are a fan, be sure to check out The TV Talk Podcast for our lively (ha…get it) discussion.]

Also playing…

  • The Cleveland Show | 8:30pm on Fox: Cleveland is upset when Donna’s bossy sister (Niecy Nash) and her unruly children visit for Thanksgiving.
  • November Christmas | 9pm on CBS: A community works together to help a couple bring an early Christmas to their sick 8-year-old daughter. Starring Sam Elliott, John Corbett, Karen Allen, Sarah Paulson, Emily Alyn Lind
  • American Dad | 9:30am on Fox: Stan invites his half-brother, Rusty (Lou Diamond Phillips), over for Thanksgiving, then gets upset when he learns how wealthy Rusty is.
  • Undercover Boss | 10pm on CBS: Great Wolf Resorts CEO Kim Schaefer trades her suit for a lifeguard’s uniform and struggles to keep up the pace while working in an indoor waterpark that can accommodate nearly 3,000 guests.

With so much to choose from, let us know what YOU are watching!

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Elf | 9pm on USA

November 27, 2010 by  
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Adopted as a baby by one of Santa’s elves, a man leaves the workshop to search for his family in New York. Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, Bob Newhart

Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage | 7pm on Lifetime

November 27, 2010 by  
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Biopic about how a young artist (Jared Padalecki) painted one of his most famous works, a mural that was done to raise money to save his family from being evicted from their home. Marcia Gay Harden, Peter O’Toole.

NBC’s People of the Year | 9pm on NBC

November 25, 2010 by  
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Some of the year’s newsmakers, including Chilean miner rescuer Brandon Fisher, LeBron James, Kim Kardashian and Justin Timberlake; Susan Boyle performs.

Taylor Swift: Speak Now | 8pm on NBC

November 25, 2010 by  
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The singer performs in locations across the country; includes footage from the recording studio, autograph signings and appearances.

Thanksgiving 2010: What We’re Thankful For

November 24, 2010 by  
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Thanksgiving is nearly here and we have a lot to be happy about. Yes, we’re all grateful for good health, great friends and that sort of thing.

But in honor of the holiday, Team GMMR took some time to reflect on what television highlights we’re most thankful for this season.

Keep reading for our lists…

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FRIENDS: Which Thanksgiving Episodes Were Our Favorites?

November 24, 2010 by  
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Broken pacts, tons of food (like that trifle… with meat!), secrets revealed, fights galore and more? Must be a FRIENDS Thanksgiving.

Yes, in its ten year run, FRIENDS put on quite a show for the holidays, but nothing got quite the attention of their annual Thanksgiving debacle.

To celebrate turkey day, I rewatched all nine FRIENDS Thanksgiving episodes (I don’t count “The One with the List” because they didn’t actually have a Thanksgiving meal) and made my case for the best five.

Which ones made the cut? Check it out…

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Tonight’s TV Spotlight…Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November 24, 2010 by  
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Just about 24 hours from now I’m going to be standing in the kitchen at my parents’ house smelling the sweet smells of Thanksgiving. I’m salivating already.

Turkey is for tomorrow, but tonight it’s all about the appetizers. TV dinner if you will.

Check out some highlights from tonight’s TV lineup and tell us what YOU are watching. And while you’re at it, let us know about your Thanksgiving Day plans.  Staying close by? On the road to see family? Are you pulling a Felicity and celebrating the holiday with friends? Share your holiday plans with us.

The Middle | 8pm on ABC
“Thanksgiving II”
Mike’s bother Rusty (Norm Macdonald) and father Big Mike join the family for Thanksgiving dinner, and Frankie encourages the macho men to share their feelings. Bob brings his librarian girlfriend, much to Brick’s delight and Sue’s plan to start a mother-daughter pie-baking tradition backfires.

Human Target | 8pm on Fox | Season Premiere
“The Wife’s Take”
Chance protects a woman (Molly Parker) whose husband was his target seven years ago; Ames seeks an apprenticeship with Guerrero; Ilsa makes a shocking discovery about her latest business acquisition.

Survivor: Nicaragua | 8pm on CBS
“We Did it Guys”
Highlights from the season and previously unaired footage are presented. New scenes shed light on decisions the castaways have made.

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Robert Knepper Talks Reprising T-Bag on BREAKOUT KINGS, Guesting on SHAMELESS

November 24, 2010 by  
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Usually, when a series ends, the characters are banished to TV on DVD or syndication heaven. What happens after the screen fades to black for the final time? Well, that’s something we can only speculate on.

However, the upcoming A&E series BREAKOUT KINGS is scoffing at that practice, giving PRISON BREAK viewers the chance to catch up with at least one fan favorite: T-Bag.

Yes, thanks to BREAKOUT KINGS’ executive producers Nick Santora and Matt Olmstead — formerly of PB — Robert Knepper (T-Bag) will appear in an episode of the new series. Pretty awesome, especially since we’ve had to go a whole year and a half without T-Bag on our television sets.

Give Me My Remote chatted with Knepper about returning to the role, his upcoming guest spot on the new Showtime series SHAMELESS and some of the other stuff he has on tap…

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