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TAKEN series premiere review, ug!After watching the series premiere episode of Taken on NBC, I have to say that it left me feeling a bit hollow inside. Not to mention that the first episode pretty much set off all my “premiere warning bells,” during that premiere episode.

The premise is:

A young Bryan Mills (played by Clive Standen) must fight to overcome personal tragedy and exact revenge on those responsible in this modern-day origin story behind the “Taken” film trilogy. Still reeling from his devastating loss, Mills is quickly recruited by the leader of a covert CIA operation to work on her team – a job that awakens a very particular — and very dangerous — set of skills in the former Green Beret.

The film series, Taken, on Amazon.

I’m not sure who thought this would be a good idea, because I wasn’t sure about the idea of taking a premise like the origins story of Bryan Mills and putting it to paper. Don’t get me wrong. I thought it was a good idea. The creative team behind the show had the entire world available to them. But then they seemed to totally miss the mark for me.

First things first… the series starts out this Mills sister getting killed in a botched attempt to stop bad guys by Mills. Except the bad guys he stopped weren’t even the guys that killed her on the train.

But then the bad guys are caught and all is said and done.

Except suddenly we have, I can’t count, how many covert organizations pursuing Mills from out of nowhere and he seems to be ready for them. Except that in his scuffles with the bad guys, it’s not the same Bryan Mills we saw in the Taken films. This is the punching bag Bryan Mills edition.

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TV and Movie news and notes

We learn when the new season of Orange is the New Black is returning, the story timeline with Fear the Walking Dead spin-off series, a creepy new chapter in an X-Files story, a new clip for Ant-Man, How DC and WB are supporting their genre movies and Johnny Depp’s dog whoas!

'Orange Is the New Black' web series review

Netflix released a quickie press release to my inbox reminding me and now you, that Orange is the New Black’s third season will be premiering on Friday, June 12th, 2015!

In case you were wondering about the new Walking Dead series, Fear the Walking Dead, and if its timeline will match up or not to the original show, don’t worry.

The original kicked in its story line a few months after the outbreak. Or deadbreak.

Fear the Walking Dead starts when the epidemic starts, and creator Robert Kirkman says that at some point, the timeline between the two stories will align.

He just did not say when. {EW}

[TWD on Amazon ]

Do you remember the X-Files episode where Mulder and Scully encounter the Peacocks, a family of inbreds? In this episode they also encounter a Sheriff Andy Taylor?  It was creepy how they kept mom around and such. The episode was titled “Home.”

In the upcoming reboot/continuation of the Xfiles, there’s rumor or hard conjecture that we may see more of the Peacocks!

The second episode of the new show will be titled “Home Again” and will be written by Glen Morgan, who helped co-pen that first episode so many years ago, back in 1996. People are thinking we’re picking up where the first story left off! I mean, if you recall, the Peacocks shoved their mom in the trunk of their car and drove off, scott free. { TVLine }

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I guess while filming a movie in Australia, Johnny Depp circumvented proper procedure and had his dogs flown in to him. You know how actors and their support staff are. When an actor wants something, they don’t care how they get it and their staff gets it for them. Kind of like when some actors die of bad drug concoctions or overdoses… people just get them what the want.

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Syfy Summer 2015 TV Series and Movie Schedule

May 6, 2015

Via Syfy press release: Syfy continues to roll out an ambitious slate of original programming, with its Summer 2015 programming schedule announced today. The slate includes two new scripted series: Killjoys, from the producers of Orphan Black, and Dark Matter, from the writers of Stargate Atlantis. Also on tap are the new unscripted game show […]

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Summer 2015 Season and Series Premiere Dates For ABC

May 5, 2015

Here’s a quickie look at ABC’s Summer TV Schedule, Starting in May Monday, May 18 “The Bachelorette” (season premiere) Wednesday, May 20 “500 Questions” (series premiere) “Celebrity Wife Swap” (season premiere) Tuesday, May 26 “Extreme Weight Loss” (season premiere) Monday, June 1 “The Whispers” (series premiere) (The ads look cool, even if it does look […]

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THE LAST MAN ON EARTH: A Review of Sorts

March 2, 2015

If you mean to catch series premiere of The Last Man on Earth, and missed it, don’t worry. You did not miss much. SPOILERS FOLLOW because it was the only way to review this show. When I saw the ads, I thought to myself how can a single man, with nothing to do, carry a […]

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THE SLAP, A Review Of Sorts

February 13, 2015

The Slap series premiere aired Thursday on NBC (2-12-15) to just over 5 million curious television viewers, which some industry experts refer to as a modest start to this eight-episode miniseries. (This show has been running since 2011 down in Australia, so it has rating legs there!) The cast is impressive for a television series: […]

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BETTER CALL SAUL Series Premiere Recap

February 9, 2015

The series premiere of Better Call Saul showed us that this show is going to stand out on its own and soon, we will probably forget that this is a prequel to Breaking Bad, it feels like it will be that good, all within the scope of the brain-scape of Vince Gilligan. Well, it will […]

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What Shows Are Coming To Syfy in 2015?

January 30, 2015

If you were wondering what, if any shows, are coming back to or premiering on Syfy in the 2015 TV season, they’ve been kind enough to put out a promo video for their upcoming year. Some of the scenes are from some obvious Syfy shows while others, not quite so much if you’re not familiar […]

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BACKSTROM Is Like HOUSE M.D. With A Badge

January 26, 2015

Fox’s new co show, Backstrom, starring Rainn Wilson, had a curious marketing scheme, but did not reflect the actual tone of the show. Instead of the snarky tub of humor that Fox wanted us to think the show was, it turned out to be a dramatic police procedural about a cop with issues… you name […]

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EMPIRE TV Review

January 14, 2015

Empire, starring Terrence Howard, Trai Byers, Bryshere Gray, Jussie Smollett, and Taraji P. Henson and other supporting cast made the story a compelling event to watch and enjoy, not to mention at times, hate. But hate in a good way. The story is about Lucious (Howard), a man in charge of an entertainment company who […]

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A Review of TNTs The Librarians

December 7, 2014

If you like Disney light-hearted fun, Syfy Saturday night movies, and Warehouse 13, then you will love TNT’s The Librarians.

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BETTER CALL SAUL Premiere Date Announced

November 24, 2014

AMC announced that the Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul will premiere on Sunday, February 8th. BUT… The second episode of the series will air the very next night, on Monday, Feb 9th, where Monday will be its regular night. Which to me, seems odd. But most of their heavy hitter shows are on Sunday […]

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GOTHAM on Fox Review

September 23, 2014

Gotham turned out to be a pleasant police procedural set in the prequel times of the Batman franchise. A little dark with no campy. – The following could be considered riddled with spoilers. Get it, riddled? Ha! When I first heard about the Gotham series, a Batman prequel series, populated with youthful versions of the […]

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TV Shows Returning or Premiering This Week (9-22-14)

September 22, 2014

In case you are wondering what shows are starting back up with season premieres or new shows that are having their series premiere the week of September 22nd 2014, here’s a quick list for you. As you can see, the self-professed anticipated Gotham is kicking in gear this week (A Batman prequel series), The Blacklist, […]

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Fall 2014-2015 TV Season Premiere Dates

September 12, 2014

The 2014 fall TV season is fast approaching and I bet you want to know when the new seasons of shows like American Horror Story, Arrow, Castle, Elementary, Gotham, Grimm, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, NCIS, Parenthood, Supernatural, The Vampire Dairies start up? Right. Below, I have put together a list of season and series premiere […]

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LEGENDS on TNT Review

August 17, 2014

(This review of Legends has spoilers.) Any fan of Sean Bean will probably be pretty quick to tell you that this is a new kind of character portrayal for the man that goes above, beyond and below anything he’s ever done. He’s almost unrecognizable. – Tuning in to the Legends series premiere on TNT, I […]

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The 2013-2014 Fall TV Season Premiere Date Schedule

August 1, 2013

If you’re wondering when your favorite TV show or maybe a new TV series you’re wondering about checking out is starting up, wonder no more! For me, my returning shows that I’m looking forward to are Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, Elementary, Grimm (Wow, what a twisted up story they have for next season!), NCIS, […]

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Summer 2013: The TV Season of Big Returns & Series Premieres

May 29, 2013

There are a slew of tasty television shows returning and premiering this summer. Last season in particular, television writers left us drooling with incredible cliffhangers. Between the returning favorites and promising pilots, TV viewers are guaranteed hours of premium entertainment — but you’ll need the right cable package to view your favorites. Basic cable and […]

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