Sunday, June 26, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

AUS Television: Rake Returning for Season Two

In what is excellent news for me and every other Rake fan on the planet, ABC1 has confirmed a second season of the series has been commissioned.  Production will begin in late 2011.

In May, Rake star Richard Roxburgh won a Logie for Most Outstanding Actor for his work in the series.  Congratulations, Richard on the well-deserved win!

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AUS Television: Offspring Returning for Season Three

The Ten Network recently announced that Offspring, the Australian drama starring Asher Keddie, Kat Stewart and Deborah Mailman has been picked up for a third season.  The show has consistently delivered strong ratings especially in the much desired 18-49 demographic.

Production on the third season will begin later this year.

You can read more on this exciting news either at Encore Magazine or Digital Spy:

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Offspring airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on Ten Network.
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US Television, White Collar, Episode 3.1 "On Guard"

White Collar
Season Three, Episode One, On Guard
Original Air Date:  June 15, 2011

Peter is convinced Neal had something to do with the explosion at the warehouse and the theft of the art even though Neal maintains his innocence.  Mozzie admits to Neal how he managed to take the art and he and Neal plan their getaway.  Meanwhile, Peter and Neal work on a new case where a man believed to have stolen $60 million from the Federal Reserve wants one of Neal's old aliases to help him smuggle the money out of the country.

Neal, Mozzie and David Lawrence (Neil Jackson) are boarding a small plane as the FBI closes in on them.  Mozzie starts the plane and begins to take off and warns they won't make it but Neal tells him they must.

Four days earlier, Jones gives Neal a polygraph test as Peter wants to know the truth about whether Neal stole Adler's Nazi treasure from the warehouse.  Neal passes the questions but Peter intends to keep him there until he's satisfied.  Neal later goes to see Sara and tells her Peter might ask her some questions about the art.  She asks if he took the art and he tells her he didn't.  As he's leaving, she asks if the art is out there if he knows who has it and he doesn't answer.

AUS Television: Offspring, Episode 2.6

Series Two, Episode Six
Original Air Date:  June 13, 2011

Jimmy and Tammy are going ahead with their plans to get married and Nina rallies the Proudman family together to be supportive of Jimmy.  However, things don't go exactly as planned and Jimmy receives some distressing news.  Billie, Mick and Andrew go forward with their plans.

Nina is elected to call Jimmy.  She leaves a message for him saying they want to work things out and asking him not to cut the family off.  Mick doesn't want to get involved in the situation with Jimmy, something Geraldine and Billie doesn't understand.

Nina enters a room of the hospital to find Patrick holding a towel to his bleeding face.  As she is tending to his injury, she asks how he got it and when he doesn't answer asks if it has something to do with his sister's situation.  They bicker lightly about their personality traits.

AUS Television: Offspring, Episode 2.5

Series Two, Episode Five
Original Air Date:  June 6, 2011

Nina must deal with the situation with Fraser King but doesn't know how to go about it.  Billie and Mick have dinner with Andrew and the evening ends in disaster.  Jimmy learns how his entire family feels about Tammy and vows to marry her despite how they feel because he loves her.  Nina must make a decision about her relationship with Fraser.

Nina worries over Fraser's mistake and wonders if she's putting her feelings for him ahead of their professional relationship.  She sits in her car at work wondering how she will work through the situation when Patrick surprises her.  He asks about Fraser and she tells him she tried calling him three times last night as she would any student.  He asks if she wants him to take care of it but she says it's her responsibility.  When she arrives at the nurses desk, Cherie and Kim are talking about how excited they are about the Fundraising Ball.  Zara walks up and asks if Fraser is there yet.  As Patrick walks past, Zara asks if he will be coming to the Fundraising Ball and he replies he doesn't want to miss the drama and debauchery they'll be talking about tomorrow.  Clegg asks Nina for a word in his office.  He tells her they need to determine if Dr. King has what it takes to be a surgeon.  If he has Nina's confidence, he has Clegg's.

AUS Television: Offspring, Episode 2.4

Series Two, Episode Four
Original Air Date:  May 30, 2011

Nina struggles with how she will work with Patrick but soon learns there is more to his situation than meets the eye.  Fraser makes a mistake at work that could prove fatal for a patient.  Billie awakens to find Mick isn't home and is worried about him.  Mick's brother Andrew comes back into his, and Billie's life.  Tammy makes things clear to Nina that whether the Proudman's like her or not, she's there to stay.

Nina is struggling with how she will be able to work with Patrick knowing he abuses his wife.  At work, Fraser tells Nina he wants to be with her when she speaks to Clegg about Patrick.  Nina goes to see Clegg alone and meets Patrick coming out of his office.  Once alone with Clegg, she informs him she and the other staff suspect Patrick of violence toward his wife, something Clegg insists didn't happen as Kate wasn't Patrick's wife, she is his sister and he's doing everything he can to get her away from her abuser.  Fraser and Kim get in Patrick's way in the hall as Nina and Clegg round the corner.  They call the two down and Clegg takes Patrick back to his office while Nina takes Kim, Zara and Fraser aside to tell them they were wrong about Patrick.  Jolene, a woman who has had four children at St. Francis, and is in for baby #5 has been admitted for delivery.  Patrick catches Nina and Fraser kissing in an empty room.  She and Fraser follow him and Nina apologizes for the previous misunderstanding.  The conversation moves from an easily accepted apology to Patrick feeling they are blaming him for the misunderstanding even thought they are just trying to understand the situation.

AUS Television: Offspring, Episode 2.3

Series Two, Episode Three
Original Air Date:  May 23, 2011

Nina makes a decision about her relationship with Fraser King.  Billie and Mick move forward in their quest to have a child together only to receive heartbreaking news.  Cherie and Sam's relationship ends.  Darcy and Geraldine come to a decision about getting re-married.  Jimmy makes an announcement to his family.

Nina has a sex dream about Fraser King causing her to vow that she will nip the situation between the two of them in the bud because "she's a professional woman".  At work, they see the abusive husband Fraser had a run-in with previously with Dr. Clegg and wonder if his wife has been re-admitted or filed a complaint.  She talks to him about the kiss telling him she doesn't think it can happen again and that she did enjoy it and find him attractive and under different circumstances things could be different.  She explains she is in a position of responsibility and it is about priorities and timing.  He assures her he would never take advantage of his personal feelings for her in a professional context.  Later, while looking at an ultrasound, Nina tells Fraser she might have over thought the situation between them and suggests if they set a few boundaries they could go out for a drink or meal.  He starts to kiss her and she stops him saying it would be a date with boundaries.  She and Fraser have a quiet dinner together that leads to them going back to her apartment for a night together.  As Nina is enjoying the sight of a naked Fraser in her kitchen, Tammy and Jimmy, both naked, come downstairs.  Nina stands in front of Fraser and makes the introductions before they go back to her bedroom.  At work, Nina feels somewhat awkward with Fraser and he tells her he'll make sure it will stay just between them if that's what she wants.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

US Television: Breakout Kings, Episode 1.13, "Where in the World is Carmen Vega?"

Breakout Kings
Season One, Episode Thirteen, Where in the World is Carmen Vega?
Original Air Date:  May 30, 2011

When cold-blooded killer and drug runner Carmen Vega escapes from prison while at her eldest sons funeral the team is called into action.  The case becomes personal when Carmen Vega has Shea's girlfriend, Vanessa, kidnapped and threatens to kill her unless Shea sees to it Carmen is allowed to escape.  Vanessa's abduction, and the possibility that someone from the Marshall's service leaked info on the cons to Vega causes Erica and Lloyd to contemplate running.

At Edgecombe Female Penitentiary in New York, New York, the women are in the showers and one, Carmen Vega (Lauren Velez) is joking with the others about a man she knew on the outside.  A guard tells Carmen the warden wants to see her but Carmen says she needs to shower and the warden can wait.  The guard informs Carmen her son was found in a dumpster with a bullet in his brain.  The warden gives Carmen his deepest condolences but he cannot allow her to attend the funeral.  The warden mentions her drug trade and Carmen insists it was her husbands business and her son, Sebastian, was drawn into it just as she was only she was fortunate enough to get into prison where she could get a second chance.  As the guard is dragging her from the office she begs and pleads with the warden that she must see her son and hold his hand one last time before he's buried.

Music: Pause by Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo

Music posts aren't something I do often but some songs are so amazing you must say something about them.  Every once in a while a television series comes along that has a theme song you can't get out of your head or stop listening to.  And I'm not talking about Gilligan's Island, here.  I'm talking about shows that use actual songs for the theme such as Republic of Doyle (Oh Yeah by Great Big Sea), The Good Guys (Slink:  A Hymn by Locksley), Hung (I'll Be Your Man by the Black Keys) and the Australian one-season drama Cops L.A.C. (Howlin' For You by the Black Keys).

The new British drama, The Shadow Line is another of those shows.  It uses Pause by Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo.  An amazing way to start an amazing show.

Recommendation of the Month: The Shadow Line

I love British television and I love a good drama.  When you put the two together you, more often than not, have the perfect series.  The Shadow Line is no exception to that.The series was created, written and directed by Hugo Blick and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Eccleston, Rafe Spall and Stephen Rea.  It follows the investigation into the murder of Harvey Wratten over the course of a seven episode run.

The Shadow Line is anything but just another run-of-the-mill cop drama.  When Harvey Wratten is murdered just hours after receiving a Royal pardon along with his nephew, Jay, the investigation begins.  However, it isn't just the police wanting to know who murdered Harvey.  His nephew, Jay Wratten (Rafe Spall) wants to know as well and conducts his own investigation in his own way.  This also isn't a buddy cop drama in the least.  DI Gabriel (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and DS Lia Honey (Kierston Wareing) don't spend thier evenings laughing and chatting at the pub.  There is real tension between them at times.  They work together for the good of the case but she isn't afraid to question him and has seen at least one of DI Gabriel's secrets with her own eyes.  DI Gabriel was involved in a shooting where he was shot in the head and his partner was killed.  He has amnesia related to the shooting but not everyone believes his claim of remembering nothing is legitimate.  Even DI Gabriel knows everything isn't as it appears when he finds a briefcase full of money in his closet.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

US Television: Breakout Kings, Episode 1.12, "There Are Rules"

Breakout Kings
Season One, Episode Twelve, There Are Rules
Original Air Date:  May 22, 2011

The Breakout Kings are called into action when five men escape from prison after an 18-wheeler crashes through the wall at Attica.  Ray sends Shea undercover at Attica to find out information on a sixth inmate who bailed on the escape putting Shea into danger.  Meanwhile, the new chief director pays a visit to Charlie letting him know that he wants to change things around with the team and they might very well lose one of their members.

Ronald Barnes (Jeff Seymour) walks through the yard of Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York holding a map.  He's walking as if pacing off steps to find something drawing curious looks from other inmates.  He makes eye contact with two inmates, Chester Rhodes (Avery Kidd Waddell) and Sandy Clemente (Dean Chekvala).  Rhodes taps on a table in front of yet another inmate, Tran Jun (Jeff Ong) who looks up from what he's writing then stands and follows Rhodes to stand before Barnes along with Clemente and a fourth inmate, Carlos Zepeda (Lombardo Boyar).  An inmate behind Barnes tells him he thinks he's lost.  Barnes turns and informs the man he's just enjoying the sunshine.  He's told by the larger inmate that that part of the yard belongs to him and he needs to get out of there.  Barnes looks to his watch and tells the man that it's funny as he was about to say the same thing to him.  At that moment, an 18-wheeler crashes through the wall of the prison yard.  As the guards start the lockdown, a man gets out of the truck with a gun and begins firing.  Barnes, Rhodes, Clemente, Jun and Zepeda run to the trailer of the truck and get inside.  In the process, Rhodes takes one of the guards hostage.  A guard fatally shoots the man who drove the truck into the prison yard.  The back of the trailer lowers and a black SUV drives out and through the hole opened in the wall by the 18-wheeler.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

American Television: Blue Bloods, Season One DVD's Available for Pre-order

Season One of Blue Bloods is currently available for pre-order on  Right now, it's only available on DVD.  The price is $42.59, a beautiful discount from the list price of $64.99.  There is currently no release date available but that information should be available within a few days.

Blue Bloods: The First Season

Worred about the Zombie Apocalypse? Never Fear! The CDC Has Got You Covered!

Do you often wonder what you will do if and when the zombie apocalypse occurs?  Will you be able to survive or will you fall prey to one of the zombies or, even worse, not be able to make it through because you are unprepared?

Well, put your fears to rest.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released some tips and guidelines to let you know what you should include in your survival kit and how you should plan to meet up with loved ones. 

So, my friends, follow these tips!  They could save your life!

The zombie apocalypse guide was originally prepared and posted on the CDC Blog by Dave Daigle, a longtime CDC spokesman.  Since it was released Monday, it has drawn so many hits it crashed the CDC blog (I still can't get it to come up!).

Daigle, a 52-year-old father of four is one of several writers on the blog and said he was looking for a way to create interest in preparedness in the wake of the recent disasters in the United States and with hurricane season just around the corner.  According to Daigle, "Essentially, the kids and many of the messages are the same.  We have had a hard time engaging people."

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US Television: "The Secret Circle" News & Video from Upfronts, 19th May, 2011

The CW Network released some great information, stills and video for The Secret Circle today at Upfronts in New York.

The Vampire Diaries will remain in its Thursday night 8:00-9:00 p.m. (EST) time slot.  The Secret Circle will air immediately after Vampire Diaries from 9:00-10:00 p.m. (EST).  You can see the entire CW schedule at Deadline TV

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

US Television: Hawaii Five-O, Episode 1.24 "Oia'i'o (Trust)"

Hawaii Five-O
Season One, Episode Twenty-Four, Oia'i'o (Trust)
Original Air Date:  May 16, 2011

Steve receives another envelope containing a brass key that belongs to a piece of antique furniture.  Laura Hill is murdered by a car bomb and Five-O begins the investigation.  However, as they proceed into the case, shocking details begin to emerge as to who was behind her murder and why.  Meanwhile, Danny and Rachel make plans to leave Hawaii and go back to Jersey together.

Danny is in bed watching Blue Hawaii as Rachel sits down on the side of the bed and tells him Stan is coming home tomorrow night and they have to tell him.  Chief Mahaka (Kelvin Han Yee) pushes a badge across his desk to Chin Ho telling him to take it.  He compliments Chin Ho for how he handled the situation with his uncle and all the false accusations of his having stolen the money.  It showed character and now that the the case is closed and his record is cleared the HPD would like to re-instate him as a Lieutenant, a bump in rank from his former position of detective.  Chin appreciates the offer but they are doing great work at Five-O and that's his home now.  As he's leaving HPD, he passes Sgt. Duke Lukela (Dennis Chun) and another officer.  Both men are carrying bags.  Chin asks what he has and Lukela explains a rancher found what looked like burnt money on his property.  They are going to run the pieces that still have serial numbers and try to figure out where it came from.  At Five-O, Chin talks with Steve about what he learned from Lukela.  Steve tells him it's impossible as both he and Kono saw the money burn.  There is also no hard evidence linking the money back to them and the exact amount was returned to the locker where it was taken from.  They both look to the stairs where Governor Jameson (Jean Smart) and Laura Hills (Kelly Hu) are descending.  The ladies stop and greet the two officers.  When the ladies have gone, Steve asks Chin when he's going to ask Laura out but he laughs it off.

US & CDN Television: Programming Notes

There are a few programming notes to report tonight.

ABC Television has moved back the season two premier of Rookie Blue from 16th June to 23rd June.  The show will air Thursday, 23rd June at 10:00 p.m. (EST).

The New York Times ran a report over the weekend that CBS Television had renewed both Hawaii Five-O and Blue Bloods for a second season.  Hopefully, official word from CBS will come within the next day or so but given the respectability and reliability of the New York Times, I think it's pretty safe to assume both shows are definitely returning next season.

AUS Television: Offspring, Episode 2.1 & 2.2

Series Two, Episodes 2.1 & 2.2
Original Air Date:  May 16, 2011

Nina Proudman is living a happy life in Baltimore, Maryland when she receives word her father has had a heart attack.  She returns to Australia and finds she must make a choice about whether to return to the United States or remain in Australia with the family and job she loves.  Meanwhile, Billie and Mick are trying to have a baby but receive disheartening news.

Nina looks out upon Baltimore thinking of her life there thus far.  She's been in Baltimore for five months, had zero panic attacks, has delivered 68 babies, has 3 1/2 new friends, has had 3 flings with quite nice men (no major sparks but at least the men were unmarried and not her sisters ex and refrained from blowing anything up) and her sexual performance while in the U.S. is an 8.  She's grounded, centered and living in the moment confident she can hang onto it when she receives a text to ring home as her father has had a heart attack.

Monday, May 16, 2011

US Television: Breakout Kings, Episode 1.11, "Off the Beaten Path"

Breakout Kings
Season One, Episode Eleven, Off the Beaten Path
Original Air Date:  May 15, 2011

The team is called in when a dangerous psychiatric inmate escapes during a field trip to a medieval-themed restaurant.  As the man is a known killer, the team knows they must work fast before he can kill again.  When they learn he has abducted a young television host time starts running out even faster.  An old face returns to the Breakout Kings to help them track the inmate through the Adirondack's.  Erica has flashbacks of the area where they are searching for the inmate as it is where she sought vengeance on one of the men who murdered her father.  Meanwhile, Charlie's father's watch is missing and he blames one of the cons for taking it.

At Sunnybrook Psychiatric Detention Center in New Hampton, New York, several inmates are lining up next to a bus for a field trip to Chivalry Castle, a medieval-themed restaurant.  When the woman in charge of them, Paula Berry, asks why the are going on the trip one of the inmates, Kenny, raises his hand.  He answers because they listen and have good behavior.  She asks why Todd and Phillip aren't going with them and Kenny again raises his hand to answer because they didn't listen and had bad behavior.  She tells them field trips can be taken away so they must follow the rules then allows them to board the bus.  One of the orderlies, Victor, stops an inmate, Bennett Ballester, telling him he can't take the stuffed animal he is holding with him.  Bennett begs Paula and she tells Victor it's alright and to let him go.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

US Television: L.J. Smith's The Secret Circle in Development for the CW Network

I've been an L.J. Smith fan for a very long time.  I remember purchasing and reading The Secret Circle when it was originally published in 1992.  I bought the paperbacks and had to wait for the final book in the series, The Power, to be released.  The novels were so engaging and well-written that waiting for that last book was tough!

I was thrilled when the CW turned Smith's popular novels The Vampire Diaries into a series.  Kevin Williamson and the fine cast and writers have turned an already amazing series of novels into a stellar television series.  I was surprised the same hadn't already been done for The Secret Circle.  Imagine how pleased I was to hear news that plans were moving forward to finally do just that! Card Of the Week: Sunday, 15th, May, 2011 - When I was your age, we had to dial to get online

Saturday, May 14, 2011

US Television: Blue Bloods, Episode 1.22 "The Blue Templar"

Blue Bloods
Season One, Episode Twenty-Two:  The Blue Templar
Original Air Date:  May 13, 2011

The Reagan family organizes to deal with the Blue Templar and find out who really killed Joe Reagan.  Meanwhile, Jamie, who Frank doesn't want involved in the Templar investigation so as not to draw attention is assigned to protective duty to a young woman who was the victim of an attempted kidnapping.

Jamie and Danny take the news of Joe's involvement in the investigation of the Blue Templar to their father, Frank.  Jamie tells his father, grandfather and brother what he's learned from conducting his own investigation and the evidence Lydia Gonsalves had assembled regarding Joe's death.  She had arrived on the scene, Detective Malevsky had killed the two dealers then told her they shot Joe.  She didn't believe Malevsky so the Blue Templar saw her to be a liability.  Frank asks why Jamie didn't bring everything to the family when it started and he tells his father Joe kept it from him and he thought it was something Joe had left for him to carry on and he wanted to honor him.  He admits he's in over his head now.

Friday, May 13, 2011

US Television: Vampire Diaries, Episode 2.22 "As I Lay Dying"

Vampire Diaries
Season Two, Episode 2.22, As I Lay Dying
Original Air Date:  May 12, 2011

Damon has all but resigned himself to the fact he will die from the werewolf bite but Stefan hasn't given up.  When he and Bonnie try to find a spell to save Damon, Bonnie hears the witches say a name:  Klaus.  Stefan seeks out Klaus to find a cure for Damon's werewolf bite.  Caroline and her mother reach a new point in their relationship after Liz Forbes makes a deadly mistake.  Elena and Damon make peace in their troubled friendship.  Stefan makes a dark deal with Klaus.  Jeremy sees two old friends he thought he never would see again.

The morning after the ritual Elena is standing at the door of Jeremy's room watching him sleep.  She slowly closes the door then goes to the door of Jenna's room, looks inside for a second then closes the door.  Damon is waiting for her in the hall.  She asks what he wants and he says he wants to apologize.  He admits feeding her his blood was wrong and that he doesn't deserve her forgiveness but he needs it.  She tells him she needs some time, maybe a lot of it.  He nods and tells her to take all the time she needs.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Television: Season Finale and Premier Dates

Here's a quick list of the finale and premier dates for the shows you can find on this blog.  The dates compiled here were found on TVRage.  If these dates change or when information currently unavailable becomes available this post will be updated as will the list on the left-hand side of the blog.

Finale Dates:
Blue Bloods (US):  Friday, 13th May, 2011
Breakout Kings (US):  Sunday, 29th May, 2011
Hawaii Five-O (US):  Monday, 16th May, 2011
Vampire Diaries (US):  Thursday, 12th May, 2011

Premier Dates:
Luther, Series 2 (UK):  Date currently unknown
Offspring, Series 2 (AUS):  Monday, 16th May, 2011
Rookie Blue, Season 2 (CDN):  Thursday, 23rd June, 2011
Tangle, Series 3 (AUS):  Date currently unknown
White Collar, Season 3 (US):  Tuesday, 7th June, 2011

Updated 25th May, 2011 to reflect new airdate for Rookie Blue.

US Television: Hawaii Five-O, Episode 1.23 "Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau (Until the End is Near)"

Hawaii Five-O
Season One, Episode Twenty-Three, Ua Hiki Mai Kapalena Pau (Until the End is Near)
Original Air Date:  May 9, 2011

When a raid on Wo Fat's safe house turns up the wrong man inside the residence, a chase ensues leading Danny to a house three doors down.  A man is dead inside the house and Danny is exposed to a deadly chemical agent.  Sang Min returns with an ominous message for Steve McGarrett.  Meanwhile, Internal Affairs makes it clear to Chin that they know he was taking the blame for his uncles crime.

In Kahala, O'Ahu, Five-O and the Honolulu Police move in on a home where Wo Fat is believed to be located as thermal imaging, which Kono is monitoring, shows one lone individual in the house.  Steve McGarrett warns Five-O and the HPD that, even though he's alone, Wo Fat is still extremely dangerous.  Jenna Kaye gears up to go in with the team but Steve handcuffs her to a police car pointing out she isn't a field agent.  He refuses to let her get hurt on his watch.  They move in on the house and HPD breaks the door open triggering a blast that blows the officers in front of the door back.  As a firefight ensues, Jenna Kaye tries to free herself from the door handle of the police car and reaches inside for something to break the handle free.  Kono keeps an eye on the lone occupant of the house via thermal imaging and yells to Steve that he's on the move.  Steve enters the house ordering his team and HPD to surround the perimeter.  Kono keeps Steve up to date on the movements of the occupant as Steve moves through the dwelling.  She tells him the man is moving upstairs and Steve follows.  He comes face to face with the lone occupant of the house, Sang Min (Will Yun Lee).  Both men are surprised to see one another and do not fire upon each other.  Sang Min dives out the window onto the grounds below and Steve follows.  He tells the team he has eyes on the target but it isn't Wo Fat, it is Sang Min.  As they are running around the house, Min turns and fires in Steve's direction causing Steve to duck behind the house and confirm the identity of the occupant to Kono.

Monday, May 9, 2011

US Television: Breakout Kings, Episode 1.10, "Paid in Full"

Breakout Kings
Season One, Episode Ten, Paid in Full
Original Air Date:  May 8, 2011

When a dangerous hit man escapes from prison the team must find him and get him back into custody before he can complete his deadly mission.  Meanwhile, Shea overhears a conversation between Charlie and Ray about Ray not being a full-fledged U.S. Marshall.  This leads to conflict between the team and we finally learn exactly what each of the cons did to land them in prison.

At McCollum-Walker Correction Facility in Suffield, Connecticut, Virgil Downing (Mark Pelligrino) is rolling a magazine in his cell.  His cellmate tells him he's rolling it wrong if he wants to inflict real pain with it.  He continues to tell him he'll need a guy like him for whatever it is he has going.  When he receives no response as the man puts the rolled-up magazine into his shirt sleeve, he tells him the fact he feels he's too good to talk to any of them is why no one likes him and that he should watch his back.  A guard knocks on the door to get Virgil.  He tells him to turn around and step away from the door.  When the guard enters the cell, Virgil uses the magazine to get out of the cuffs then overpowers the guard and takes his keys.  He places the magazine on his cellmates bunk as the man looks on in surprise then, taking the guards vest, he leaves the cell and closes the door.  He clings to an overhead steam pipe in the hall and another guard passes right beneath him, leaving an entry open.  Downing walks through an area where another inmate is mopping the floor.  He breaks off part of the handle and stabs in inmate with it.  As another guard enters to assist the injured inmate, Downing targets him with pepper spray and exits the area.  A guard finds the first guard Downing overpowered and calls a "man down" alert.  As the guard team organizes to apprehend Downing, a guard in the security room watches him head from block to block on his way west.  The guard team go outside at D block, where the Sergeant said Downing was headed but he is nowhere to be seen.  Downing exits A Block and uses the vest to bypass the razor wire and goes over the fence.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

AUS Television: Offspring Return Date

The much-anticipated second series premiere of Offspring will be on 16th May, 2011.

Time to mark your calendars for the return of Nina, "Doc Hottie", Billie, Mick and the rest of the cast we all love so much.  I know I have! Card Of the Week: Sunday, 8th, May, 2011 - Congratulations on the 18 year financial burden you hadn't fully considered.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

And the Winner Is...

The 137th Kentucky Derby has come and gone and the winner is Animal Kingdom.  The 20-1 long shot jockeyed by John Velazquez beat out favorites such as Nehro and Dialed In to be the first Kentucky Derby win for Velazquez.  Velazquez was scheduled to ride Uncle Mo but the horse was scratched because of a lingering stomach problem.  He took the reins of Animal Kingdom when the horses regular jockey, Robby Albarado was thrown from his horse and kicked in the face resulting in a broken nose three days prior to the running of the Derby.

US Television: Blue Bloods, Episode 1.21 "Cellar Boy"

Blue Bloods
Season One, Episode Twenty-One:  Cellar Boy
Original Air Date:  May 6, 2011

The murder of a couple who lives on the same street as the Reagan's and were family friends cause the Reagan family to take special interest in the case and relive old memories of Joe.  Meanwhile, Jamie Reagan faces his own problems when his service revolver turns up missing from his locker and the breaks on his car fail.  He finally confides in Danny about Joe's work with the FBI against the Blue Templar.

Frank has a meeting with the Mayor about the budget and cannot sleep.  He and Henry talk about Joe, who Frank has been thinking about as it's almost been two years since his death.  Frank didn't personally enforce the warrant that Joe was serving when he was killed but he was his Commissioner and he sometimes finds himself left with an inescapable truth:  his son was killed on his watch.  As his father is telling him he can't think like that, Frank's cell phone rings and the house phone rings.  Frank answers his and Henry gets the house phone.  Henry's conversation ends first with him telling the caller "alright, I'll tell him".  Frank asks his caller when the call came in then to tell his detail he will want to stop there on the way in.  When Frank hangs up his father tells him it was Danny who called.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Fiction: Stephen King's "Herman Wouk is Still Alive"

Stephen King fans can read his newest short story Herman Wouk is Still Alive in the latest edition of Atlantic magazine.  The three page story can be found on the Internet here.

You can also read an interview with Mr. King where he discusses everything from the inspiration behind Herman Wouk is Still Alive to writing to his taste in music.  Stephen King on the Creative Process, the State of Fiction, and More can be read online here.

UK Television: Luther, Series 2 Preview

BBC One has given fans of Luther a very exciting present today:  a preview clip of series two!

Ever since the last second of series one ended I've been eagerly awaiting the start of series two.  As of right now, there isn't a set date when the series will begin but that information should be coming soon.  The clip certainly doesn't give any major plot points away but that's a good thing, I think.  It's always much more fun to see the shocking developments as they happen than to see/read spoilers and nothing be unexpected.

You can watch the clip here off the BBC's official YouTube network or you can go to the official BBC web site for Luther and watch the clip there (for UK residents only).

US Television: Vampire Diaries, Episode 2.21 "The Sun Also Rises"

Vampire Diaries
Season Two, Episode 2.21, The Sun Also Rises
Original Air Date:  May 5, 2011

The night of the ritual has arrived and Klaus has everything, and everyone in place.  Up until the last minute, Bonnie, Jeremy and John look for a way to save Elena.  Jeremy and John find a way but the price that must be paid is great.  Bonnie steps into action against Klaus.  Matt makes it clear to Caroline how he feels about her life now.  Tyler and Caroline come to an understanding in their friendship.  Damon finally reveals he was bitten by Tyler Lockwood and Stefan vows to find a cure for his brother.

Caroline and Matt are trapped in the Lockwood cellar while Tyler, in wolf form, rages outside the gate trying to get to them.  Matt fires the gun against Caroline's protests as she knows the wolf is still Tyler.  The wolf slumps to the floor wounded and Caroline opens the door and tells Matt to take her hand.  He wants to shoot again but she insists he take her hand.  When he does, she secures their escape from the cellar.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

US Television: Hawaii Five-O, Episode 1.22 "Ho'ohuli Na'au (Close to Heart)"

Hawaii Five-O
Season One, Episode Twenty-Two, Ho'ohuli Na'au (Close to Heart)
Original Air Date:  May 2, 2011

When a famous photographer, Renny Sinclair, is murdered during a Hawaiian photo shoot Five-O is called out on the case.  The prime suspect, one of Renny's old girlfriends turns out to have an alibi so the team must dig deeper into his life to find out who might have wanted him dead.  Could the answers they find be even more sinister than a lover scorned or even the bookie Renny is deeply in debt to?  Meanwhile, Chin Ho's uncle has gone to Internal Affairs and confessed that he stole the money Chin Ho was blamed for stealing.  Chin makes a decision regarding the investigation that could end up sending him to prison.  Kono crosses paths with a very old acquaintance during the course of the Sinclair investigation.

At Puaena Point, North Shore, O'Ahu, famed photographer Renny Sinclair (Rick Springfield) is doing a swimsuit photo shoot.  He comments to one of the models "you're beautiful, Alana" bringing a smile from her.  When he's finished taking pictures, he guarantees the cover is in the last sequence he shot.  He throws his camera to his assistant Amy (Andrea Bowen) as Alana (Serinda Swan) walks to him and takes his hand.  The two put their arms around one another and walk away as Amy gives the crew their instructions.  Once away from everyone, Renny and Alana kiss and he asks if she's not getting too tired as the setups are taking way too long.  She assures him she's fine and is way more than OK as she's on a beach in Hawaii with the man she loves.  He tells her they should stay there a couple more days, fly her family in and get married right there.  Under the watchful eyes of another of the models, Jordan, he tells her to get changed.  They kiss once more and she leaves him to change clothes.  Amy walks up next to Jordan and asks if she's alright.  Renny goes to his trailer and goes inside.  As he's going through the pockets of a pair of jeans he hears a sound at the door.  He tries to open the door to see who is outside but cannot.  From the window he sees a fire begin to rage beneath the trailer and tries harder to open the door.  He beats on the windows for someone to help him when another blaze flares up in the back of the trailer.  The models and crew leave their tents at the commotion and see Renny's trailer engulfed in flames.  As they run toward it the trailer explodes.

US Television: Breakout Kings, Episode 1.9, "One for the Money"

Breakout Kings
Season One, Episode Nine, One for the Money
Original Air Date:  May 1, 2011

The "Breakout Kings" are called into action when a charming thief escapes from prison.  As they delve further into his life, they find a long trail of women easily under his spell.  Could one of them be his true love and the key to finding him?  Meanwhile, Shea wants a conjugal visit with his wife but convincing Charlie and Ray to allow it is a huge hurdle so he takes matters into his own hands.

At Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion, New York, a prisoner's cell has been trashed.  When complaining to the guards does no good, one of the prisoners, Andre Brennan (Richard Burgi), convinces the other that he needs to retaliate against the three men he feels trashed the cell.  He lays out the plan the man should follow and assures him he will be there to back him up.  The plan goes into action and Andre again provides assurance he will be there for backup.  The attack begins and, when the action starts, Andre quietly slips away in the confusion.  Andre and another prisoner go to the roof where Andre scales the side of the building and leaves the grounds for a waiting SUV.

Note: Recent Post Delays

I want to take a moment to explain the recent posting delays on the blog.

For the past few weeks, the area where I live has seen some extremely severe weather. Power and Internet outages have been relatively common and have lasted anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days. It is amazingly easy to get behind on just about everything when you have so much downtime. For this reason, pretty much all recent blog posts have been delayed. For that, I apologize most sincerely.

Thankfully, the weather has taken a turn for the better and I am working hard to get caught up. I hope to have all of this weeks show recaps on the blog by tomorrow night. This includes Hawaii Five-O and Breakout Kings.

Everything should be returning to normal very soon and any recaps will once again be posted in a timely manner.

Recommendation of the Month: Supernatural

I enjoy any show that is well written and has a fine cast.  Supernatural is such a show.  But I don't just enjoy it, I love it.

I'll admit that I got into Supernatural late into its run.  The Winchester boys were already well into season five and nearing the end of the big angels and demons arc by time I picked the show up.  My greatest television regret is that I wasn't there with them from the very beginning.  But, better late than never, right?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The 2011 Kentucky Derby

It's that time of year again!  In a little over two days, the fastest, and greatest, as they say, two minutes in sports will begin and end for another year.  The celebrities have already turned out for the pre-Derby festivities and you can be certain that when Derby day arrives, they'll be out in full force.

Last year, the weather played a major role in the Derby.  Near flood conditions plagued the track but the horses and jockey's got out and gave it their all to give sports and Derby fans a wild race.  This year, race fans are hoping for a dry day and dry track.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

US Television: Blue Bloods, Episode 1.20 "All That Glitters"

Blue Bloods
Season One, Episode Twenty:  All That Glitters
Original Air Date:  April 29, 2011

When a tourist to New York City is killed during an apparent robbery outside a trendy lower-east-side restaurant, Danny and Jackie begin an investigation into the extremely high-profile case.  The evidence leads them to a Haitian immigrant who, by all means, looks perfect for being the suspect.  However, things become more complicated when the immigrant, an ex-policeman himself, gives them evidence that very well could mean the murder was more than a crime of opportunity.

A couple from Iowa, Lance and Margaret "Maggie" Olson (George Merrick & Tara Westwood), are dining at a trendy lower-east-side restaurant and discussing the fun day of sightseeing they had.  The waitress, Maya (Elizabeth Fye), comes to the table to close out for the evening.  Lance pays the bill and gives her a very generous tip while discussing his business back home.  He grows corn that is turned into ethanol.  He mentions having his after-dinner cigar and the waitress tells him to not have it in front of the restaurant because the smoke gets in and the customers hate it but to instead go down a little way to the left.  He promises Maggie he will be back before she can finish eating.

Friday, April 29, 2011

US Television: Vampire Diaries, Episode 2.20 "The Last Day"

Vampire Diaries
Season Two, Episode 2.20, The Last Day
Original Air Date:  April 28, 2011

After receiving a phone call from his mother begging him to return, Tyler Lockwood comes home to Mystic Falls unaware of everything that has happened.  Elijah reveals his plan to save Elena's life but Damon takes matters into his own hands as he doesn't think the plan will work.  Stefan takes Elena on a romantic day out as it could very well be the last day of Elena's life.  Damon tries to fix a mistake but pays a dear price for it.  Klaus obtains his vampire, his werewolf and the doppleganger for his ritual.

Elijah, Stefan and Elena discuss the events that will be unfolding that night.  Elijah confirms to Stefan the Sun & Moon Curse is fake but that Klaus has a very real curse placed upon him and what will happen if he succeeds in breaking that curse.  Damon enters the conversation wanting to kill Klaus that day with Bonnie but Elena points out that is not an option as if Bonnie used that much power it would kill her.  Elijah explains the ritual Klaus will be performing that night.  A witch will channel the power of the full moon to release the spell that is contained within the moonstone.  Klaus will then sacrifice both a werewolf and a vampire then, in the final part of the ritual, he will drink the blood of the doppleganger to the point of death.  Elijah removes an aged bottle from a box and explains it is an elixir he acquired some 500 years ago for Katherine.  It possesses mystical properties of resuscitation.  In theory, Elena will drink the elixir and she will die but will then come back to life.  Damon isn't pleased with this plan and feels it will not work.  He asks about the Gilbert ring and Elijah explains it only works on humans.  Since dopplegangers are a supernatural occurrence the odds is the ring will not work.

Music: Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams

I've loved Stevie Nicks for more than thirty years.  Whether it was her music with Fleetwood Mac or her solo career, of her songs I find to be utter brilliance there are too many to name.  I own every single album and know every song by heart.  So, when word of a new Stevie Nicks record came down the path, it was excellent and exciting news.

For In Your Dreams, the legendary Stevie Nicks teams up with another music legend, Dave Stewart.  Dave Stewart, formerly half of the massively successful band, Eurythmics, is also an accomplished, and extremely talented, producer and songwriter.  Also making guest appearances with Stevie are Fleetwood Mac band mates Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham.  Not only does Buckingham lend his guitar work to Soldier's Angel, he lends his vocal talents as well.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

UK Television: CBBC's Young Dracula Series 3 Officially Announced

Back in March, word came that the CBBC had given the green light for a third season of the popular series Young Dracula.

Now, it's official.

On 21st April, 2001, the BBC Press Office issued a press release detailing future children's television programming.  Included in the release is a bit more information about the third series of Young Dracula.

From the release:

The diverse range of commissions, The 4 O'Clock Club, Young Dracula, Sadie J and Tracy Beaker Returns feature a tantalising mix of vampires, feisty teens, squabbling siblings and care home antics.

By popular demand
Young Dracula is swooping back to CBBC. We pick up the story four years on and Vlad and the Count have fled from Stokely. Pursued by slayers and radical vampires alike, The Count and Vlad keep a low profile and "hide in plain sight" by buying a school. The Count is determined that Vlad fulfils his destiny to lead the vampire race, but this is threatened by The Count's own tendency to create mayhem and disaster on a daily basis and by the re-emergence of the anarchic Ingrid, who brings a trail of destruction in her wake.

An irreverent, gothic comedy,
Young Dracula shines a mischievous light on family relationships and what it is to be a teenager trying to make his way in the world. The third 13x30 minute series will be filmed around Liverpool and promises some exciting new characters as well as the return of familiar favourites. The series is produced by Lis Steele and executive produced by Josephine Ward.

With filming scheduled to begin in May 2011 it shouldn't be too much longer before we see Young Dracula back on our screens!

You can read the entire text of the press release here.

For more information on Young Dracula:
Young Dracula Official CBBC Web Site:
The Internet Movie Database:

US Television: Breakout Kings, Episode 1.8, "Steaks"

Breakout Kings
Season One, Episode Eight, Steaks
Original Air Date:  April 24, 2011

The team is called in when two men escape prison in the coffin of a large inmate they killed.  As they have taken a guard hostage, they must be found before they can do anything to him.  When they find the guard dead and learn that the escapees have an agenda, the team must work fast.  Ray gives the cons an incentive:  whoever does the best work on the case can claim a free steak dinner being offered by a new restaurant.

At Cayuga Correction Facility in Auburn, New York it is breakfast time.  The prisoners are shuffling through the line to get their scrambled eggs and one of the inmate serving the eggs, Carl McCann (Matthew John Armstrong), removes a bag of white powder from his shirt sleeve and pours in on a portion of the eggs and covers it with a spoon of more egg.  When a heavyset inmate (Michel C. Foucault) arrives in front of him he gives him a single spoonful of egg.  The inmate tells McCann to keep them coming and McCann gives him another large spoonful.  The heavyset man sits down with his breakfast and begins to eat as McCann watches on from the food line.  He soon begins feeling the effects of the powder.  He grabs his chest then his head falls back in death.  The prison doctor calls the time of death as 10:17 and tells an inmate orderly in the infirmary, Oliver Day (Jonathan Keltz) to call Potter's Field to tell them they need special accommodation for a large corpse.  A white truck carrying the large pine box and four inmates to assist with burial enters Potter's Field followed by a car.  Back at the prison, the doctor is examining the knee of another prisoner.  He asks his nurse to get the man a cold compress but she cannot open the door to get it.  At Potter's Field, the men get out of the truck to begin the burial while the guard watching them, Officer Dirk Ferris (Jesse Bond) taunts them the entire time.  When the nurse cannot open a door she calls the doctor over for assistance.  The doctor struggles with the door and once he finally manages to get it open, the body of the heavyset prisoner falls out onto him.  At Potter's Field, when the box hits the ground, the lid bursts off and McCann and Oliver Day jump out of the box.  They overtake Ferris and take his rifle.  They take the keys to the car and put Ferris in it then drive out of the cemetery.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

US Television: Vampire Diaries, Episode 2.19 "Klaus"

Vampire Diaries
Season Two, Episode 2.19, Klaus
Original Air Date:  April 21, 2011

Elijah awakens in the basement of the Salvatore home.  He and Elena leave the house so they can talk alone and he tells her a shocking truth about Klaus, himself and the Originals.  Jenna comes to learn the truth about vampires.  Tension begins growing and reaches a boiling point between Stefan and Damon.  Elena and Elijah renew the terms of their deal.

Elijah awakens and sees Elena but thinks she is Katherine.  He remembers first meeting her in England in 1492.  He is introduced to Katherine by Trevor (Trent Ford) and is rendered speechless upon seeing her then tells her she reminds him of someone.  Elena identifies herself to Elijah before he seemingly becomes unconscious again.  He jerks back awake again and gets to his feet unable to breathe as he hadn't been invited into the house that is now under the sole ownership of Elena.  Elena helps his stay on his feet as he tells her he can't be in the house.  He stumbles out of the basement with Elena running behind him.  She finds him crouching on the doorstep, catching his breath.  He tries to re-enter the house and, when he can't, he asks what happened.  She shushes him and whispers she will tell him and points upstairs to indicate Stefan and Damon are home and that they must speak elsewhere.  She asks him if she can trust him and he returns the question to her.  In a show of trust, she gives him the dagger used to kill him.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

US Television: Hawaii Five-O, Episode 1.21 "Ho'opa'i (Close to Heart)"

Hawaii Five-O
Season One, Episode Twenty-One, Ho'opa'i (Close to Heart)
Original Air Date:  April 18, 2011

The wife of an undercover policeman, Reggie Cole is murdered in her home along with an FBI agent.  A powerful New York crime boss is the prime suspect for the killing.  McGarrett and Five-O must find the killers and who was responsible for hiring the hit before Reggie can exact his own revenge for the death of his wife and to keep he and his son safe.

Lisa Cole (Selita Ebanks) and her young son, Kevin (Kewsi Boakye) are walking along the beach when a man holding a football, Reggie Cole (Sean Combs) comes into view.  Kevin asks who he is and she tells him it's his father.  Reggie gives his wife flowers and a kiss then tells his son he's gotten so big and gives him the football.  Lisa notices two other men standing behind her husband and he tells her they are a precaution.  Reggie speaks with his son again and Kevin tells him they saw a dolphin.  Reggie tells him they might go swim with the dolphin later.  Reggie embraces his family.

Monday, April 18, 2011

US Television: Breakout Kings, Episode 1.7, "Fun With Chemistry"

Breakout Kings
Season One, Episode Seven, Fun With Chemistry
Original Air Date:  April 17, 2011

The team is called into action when a man escapes prison after murdering his mother and taking a young woman hostage.  As they work the case, they learn the young woman isn't really a hostage but instead, the escapees girlfriend.  What is even more surprising is which of the two is the passive participant and which one is the aggressive.  Meanwhile, both Julianne and Erica express interest in someone on the team.

It is visiting day at Wallkill Correctional Facility in Wallkill, New York.  The families and loved ones of various prisoners have come to visit.  One man, Barry, is visited for the first time by a girl he met online, Starla Roland.  Another prisoner, Mars O'Connell (Rodney Eastman) is visited by his mother.  Mars' mother had told him he wasn't her son anymore unless he apologized to her.  Thinking she was there for that apology, she gently touches her sons face.  He takes hold of her and puts a knife to her throat.  He orders the guards to open the fence or he will cut her throat.  When the guard gives him an ultimatum to release her or be shot, he apologizes to his mother then cuts her throat.  He then takes Starla hostage and holds the bloody knife to her throat.  The protect the children and families inside the gate, the guard orders the gates opened.  Mars moves through the gate with Starla.  He drags her to her car and orders her to drive away.

Friday, April 15, 2011

US Television: Vampire Diaries, Episode 2.18 "The Last Dance"

Vampire Diaries
Season Two, Episode Eighteen, The Last Dance
Original Air Date:  April 14, 2011

Klaus continues to inhabit Alaric's body and goes out to see Elena in person.  The school is hosting a 60's themed dance and Klaus sends a message to Elena that he will be there.  Stefan, Damon, Elena and Bonnie make plans to go after Klaus at the dance but they don't know he's in Alaric.  Damon and Bonnie have a plan to kill Klaus that may be the the death of Bonnie--literally.  Elena enacts a dangerous Plan B.

Klaus, inhabiting Alaric's body, goes through the closet to select something to wear and isn't impressed with the selection of clothing available to him.  He asks Katherine for her opinion and she tells him the dark colors suit him better.  He asks about the dagger and white ash and she tells him it was used to kill Elijah and he can be found in the Salvatore's basement.  Klaus wants the dagger to stay exactly where it as as the last thing he wants to do is resurrect Elijah.  Katherine reminds him that Alaric is on the outs with Jenna.  He asks what else and she informs him that's it.  He touches her hair and she shrinks away asking him to just kill her as she's told him all she knows.  He believes that she believes that but wonders what they could be keeping from her.  He looks into her eyes and asks her to tell him.  She says they were wanting to see if there was a way Bonnie could kill an Original without the dagger.  He questions that Katherine said Bonnie didn't have her powers any longer and she replies that Bonnie doesn't, or didn't, she isn't sure as she's out of the loop since he kidnapped her.  Again, she begs him to kill her an be done with it.  He tells her that since he spent 500 years searching for her, her death will last at least half that long.  He holds out a knife and tells her he wants her to stab herself with it.  She takes the knife and plunges it into her leg.  He tells her to take it out.  While he's gone, he wants her to do that over and over and over again.  If she gets bored, switch legs.  He's going to go see Elena.  He kisses her lightly on the forehead and tells her to not look so glum as her fun is just beginning.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

US Television: Hawaii Five-O, Episode 1.20 "Ma Ke Kahakai (Shore)"

Hawaii Five-O
Season One, Episode Twenty, Ma Ke Kahakai (Shore)
Original Air Date:  April 11, 2011

McGarrett and Danny go hiking in the mountains but get more than they bargain for when they find a dead boy.  The investigation takes Five-O into a possible connection to drug running via fishing boats.  Things become complicated when the evidence leads them to a runaway suspect in the murder of a college girl.  Meanwhile, Kono and Chin Ho must deal with the impending death of their Auntie Mele.  For Chin, the situation is even more tense because of his past troubles with the police department.

Danny and McGarrett are hiking in the Ko'Olau Mountain Range in O'ahu, a place McGarrett's father brought him every year as a child.  They're there to see the petroglyphs which Danny says is a fancy name for graffiti etched in rocks.  McGarrett gets Danny to stop talking for a bit so they can enjoy the breathtaking view around them.  He tells Danny he found another envelope on his doorstep yesterday morning containing an old matchbook that used to be in his father's toolbox.  Danny asks if he thinks Wo Fat sent it but McGarrett isn't sure.  Steve insists he's going to find out what the final case his father was working on was.  Danny doesn't think that explains why someone keeps sending the case evidence back to McGarrett.  Steve thinks someone might be trying to lead him back to Wo Fat.  Or, as Danny suggests, Wo Fat is trying to lure Steve McGarrett.  They continue walking until they reach the petroglyphs and McGarrett explains them to Danny.  McGarrett becomes interested in something over Danny's shoulder and goes to the edge of the rocks.  Someone is at the bottom.  Steve takes off his pack and calls to the person.  When there is no answer, he takes a rope from his pack and repels down to find the man is dead.

Monday, April 11, 2011

US Television: Breakout Kings, Episode 1.6, "Like Father, Like Son"

Breakout Kings
Season One, Episode Six, Like Father, Like Son
Original Air Date:  April 10, 2011

When a dangerous inmate with anti-government views escapes from prison the team are called into action.  They have one day to find him before he can plant and detonate a bomb in a grand attempt to honor his hero and avenge his mother's death, which he blames on the government.  Meanwhile, Lloyd struggles with the choice of whether or not to call his father despite knowing everything his mother told him about the man was lies.

At Federal Corrections Institution in Fairton, New Jersey, an inmate returns to cell #12 and his cellmate, Christian Beaumont, asks if he was able to get what he went for.  The man sits down on his bunk and takes out a small bag of flour he stole from the kitchens for Beaumont.  As Beaumont lectures his cell mate on the amount of money spent on the prison systems, he dismantles a light bulb and puts the flour into the glass of the bulb.  He drops the bulb down the front of his trousers then he and his cell mate shake hands.  His cellmate tells him he will miss his wisdom and wishes him luck tomorrow.  Beaumont tells his cellmate to "keep fighting the fight, patriot".  At the county court house, Beaumont is sitting across from a lawyer who has a threatening letter Beaumont had sent to a government official.  He is told that if he pleads guilty a six month sentence will be recommended for the offense.  Beaumont tells the man he has to go to the bathroom.  When the man asks for an answer first, Beaumont cites the violation of his 14th amendment rights by him not being granted to bathroom facilities.  He even includes case law establishing the violation.  The man signals a court officer to take Beaumont to the mens room.  Once there, Beaumont retrieves the light bulb and adds to it a fuse which he holds in place with the gum he's been chewing.  He lights the fuse with a match and, when the court officer comes back in to get him, he throws the bulb out to the mans feet.  When the bulb explodes, Beaumont gets the keys off the officer and unlocks his cuffs.  He takes the officer's gun and shoots another court officer who comes to check on the scene.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

US Television: Blue Bloods, Episode 1.19 "Model Behavior"

Blue Bloods
Season One, Episode Nineteen:  Model Behavior
Original Air Date:  April 9, 2011

When Linda Reagan's niece, Sofie, an aspiring model, collapses on the runway during Fashion Week, and a former model turned reality television star dies at the same show, they find the two women were poisoned with the deadly death cap mushroom.  While information about the dark side of the modeling world is revealed during the investigation, truths about the relationship between Linda and her sister, Wendy come to light as well.  Meanwhile, Frank and Henry Reagan are distressed over news their parish priest is being transferred to Bolivia.

Linda (wearing a dress she plans to return the next day!), Erin and Nicki attend a fashion show where Linda's niece, Sofie (Sonya Harum), is modeling.  Linda goes backstage with her sister, Wendy, to see Sofie as the models prepare for the show.  An ex-supermodel (with a T.V. show), Milli Sky (Karolina Muller), comes through and warns Sofie not to fall down since it's her big day then huffs off after demanding a mineral water from her assistant, Cameron (Marina Squerciati).  Sofie's mother advises her to not let the woman jinx her.  Wendy sends Linda back out to the audience so Sofie can 'focus'.

Friday, April 8, 2011

US Television: Vampire Diaries, Episode 2.17 "Know Thy Enemy"

Vampire Diaries
Season Two, Episode 2.17, Know Thy Enemy
Original Air Date:  April 7, 2011

Isobel is back and Jenna doesn't take the news lightly.  Katherine and Isobel have a plan to save Katherine's life but things take a turn when Isobel betrays her friend.  Isobel and Elena have one final conversation.  Matt and Caroline talk and she tells him all he wants to know only for him to take the news to Liz Forbes.  John Gilbert and Elena come to an understanding.  Katherine receives a message from Klaus.

Jenna is shocked to see Isobel, someone she thought was dead, standing on her doorstep.  She's even more shocked when Isobel tells Elena she's happy to see her again.  Isobel comments to Jenna that she's (Jenna) the woman who is dating her husband (Alaric).  She asks Jenna to invite her in so she can speak with Elena, something Elena protests against.  Isobel tells Elena she needs to talk to her but Elena answers "no" and slams the door.  Jenna, in tears,  questions Elena if Alaric and John knew that Isobel was still alive.  Elena says she can explain everything but Jenna doesn't want to listen and runs upstairs and to her room.

Monday, April 4, 2011

US Television: Breakout Kings, Episode 1.5, "Queen of Hearts"

Breakout Kings
Season One, Episode Five, Queen of Hearts
Original Air Date:  April 3, 2011

When Leila Tomkins escapes from prison Charlie, Ray and the team must jump into action to prevent her from reaching her son, Taylor and harming him or anyone else.  They follow a long line of men Leila has conned and used to escape hoping one of them will lead them to her.  Meanwhile, Lloyd is dealing with his own problems as his prison gambling debts have grown to $800 and he's been given the ultimatum of pay up or be killed.

At Bixell Correctional Facility in Bedford, New York, Leila Tomkins is pacing nervously back and forth telling herself to "smile, everything's gonna be fine".  A guard, Eddie, comes to get her saying the warden wants to see her.  They go to a deserted room where they begin kissing and she asks him if he "brought it", which he replies he did.  He gives her a garment bag and she tells him to not go anywhere while she goes to change clothes.  She puts on the suit and heels he has brought for her and goes back to him.  She takes a cell phone from her pocket, causing him to ask where she got it from.  She tells him from another friend and shows him the phone that has a picture of his son on it.  She tells him if he wants to see his son outside of a pine box she needs to be in town in a half hour.  Eddie pushes her against the shelf but she warns him against taking any action.  She tells him she's already thought of how he can get her out.  A Scared Straight program is going on at the visiting block and it ends in 10 minutes.  Reluctantly, he complies.  As he's walking her outside, he tells her she will get caught but she assures him she'll make it out just fine.  She tells him to keep the other guards busy or his son dies and she threatens the woman ushering the Scared Straight participants onto the bus with death ensuring her a place on the bus.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Recommendation of the Month: Justified

What do you get when you mix a hot U.S. Marshal with a big hat and fast gun with a variety of eastern Kentucky hillbilly criminals, a boss who can't have the wool pulled over his eyes and two strong and beautiful woman that can't be intimidated by anyone?  You get Justified.

Justified is a little over half-way through its second season on FX.  Recently, a thirteen-episode third season was announced.  The series is based on two Elmore Leonard novels (Pronto, Riding the Rap) and a short story (Fire in the Hole) using the character Raylan Givens.  Leonard, one of America's finest novelists and screenwriters serves as one of the executive producers on the series.

US Television: Blue Bloods, Episode 1.18 "To Tell the Truth"

Blue Bloods
Season One, Episode Eighteen:  To Tell the Truth
Original Air Date:  April 1, 2011

Danny Reagan, who is at the right place at the wrong time, tries to stop and then witnesses a murder.  A routine investigation becomes something more when he is able to identify the shooter and the shooter turns out to be an important businessman, Raymundo Salazar, with suspected ties to a South American drug cartel.  After Salazar is arrested, Danny's wife, Linda, is placed in mortal danger by Salazar's men to guarantee Danny will not testify against Salazar.

On his way home from a late shift, Danny Reagan receives a phone call from his wife, Linda.  She called to tell him she loves him and to bring home milk.  He stops by a convenience store he frequents and chats with the proprietor about cookies his wife bakes as he shops.  Outside, two men are sitting in a black Hummer.  The man in the passenger seat, Raymundo, has a gun and is waiting for someone, wanting to kill him.  The driver tries to talk Ray out of the murder but Ray is unwavering.  Inside the store, Danny continues collecting the items he is going to buy and as he rounds an isle, he sees Ray outside with the gun.  He drops his shopping basket and orders the store owner to call 911 then draws his weapon and charges out the door.  Ray fires three shots at a man walking along the sidewalk as Danny rushes out the door identifying himself as a police officer.  Ray turns and fires in Danny's direction but misses him.  The driver pulls the Hummer onto the street and Ray backs toward it, firing his gun.  He gets into the vehicle and fires at Danny once more before it speeds away.  Danny rushes to the side of the young man Ray shot and calls in the shooting but the young man is mortally wounded and dies in Danny's arms.  Danny notices a yin-yang bracelet on the young man's wrist.

Friday, April 1, 2011

AUS Television: City Homicide, No Greater Honour, Part Six "Ghosts"

City Homicide
No Greater Honour, Part Six, Ghosts
Original Air Date:  March 30, 2011

Greg Stevens confessed to a hospice priest that he'd murdered three people before dying.  When Duncan and Rhys start investigating the claim, they find that the three names Stevens had written inside his Bible were connected.  The case takes a shocking turn when the evidence leads them to the son of the man Stevens used to work for.  Homicide isn't quite prepared for what they learn next.

Duncan and Rhys are called to the hospice bedside of a man, Greg Stevens, who has died from prostate cancer.  Not much is known about him other than he had lived on the streets before having been diagnosed with cancer.  Stevens told the hospice Father (Trent Baker) he had murdered three people but didn't give any additional details.  The Father gives them a small Bible Stevens carried around with him.  Inside the front cover he had written three names:  Mavis Simmons, Peter Faulkner and Ruth Benson.

Bernice Waverley fills Stanley and Jarvis in on Lombardi's plans for Homicide, which doesn't set too well with Stanley.  Bernice plans to tell those assigned to the squad that night that Friday will be the last day for Homicide.

Monday, March 28, 2011

US Television: Breakout Kings, Episode 1.4, "Out of the Mouths of Babes"

Breakout Kings
Season One, Episode Four, Out of the Mouths of Babes
Original Air Date:  March 27, 2011

When an accused pedophile escapes from prison the team is called in to find him and get him back behind bars before he can either hurt anymore children or contact anyone who put him in prison in the first place.  Lloyd has fascinated by the strange circumstances in Joe Ramsey's case file because they don't fit the typical profile of an abuser.  When the possibility that Ramsey might actually be innocent comes to light, will they be able to apprehend the real abuser before it is too late for Joe?

At Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, a film crew for "Prison Life" is filming a story about art expression in the prison environment.  One of the prisoners, Joesph Ramsey, watches the woman hosting the story as she talks to the cameras.  Back in his cell, Joe removes the eraser from a pencil and begins working with it to transform it.  The next day, the film crew makes the decision to film a white prisoner who is rapping in the prison yard.  Joe steals a jacket and hat from the back of one of the directors chairs and grabs a headset while the crew isn't watching their equipment.  He puts on the jacket and grabs a box and begins walking through the prison yard pretending to be one of the film crew.  He's pretending to talk to his wife on the headset.  He manages to walk coolly through all the prison checkpoints and out of the prison.  He is stopped by the film crew vans by another crew member who asks if he's new.  He answers "yeah" and hands the man the box he is carrying and walks away later breaking into a run to escape.

Sunday, March 27, 2011 Card Of the Week: Sunday, 27th, March, 2011 - May you live to be so old that your driving terrifies people.

CDN Television: Blood Ties, Season 2

Season Two, Episode 1:  D.O.A.
Original Air Date:  October 12, 2007

A former colleague of Vicki's from the force, Paul "Dirty" Deeds hires her to find out where his body is and how he became a ghost.  The problem is Vicki is the only one who can see Paul.  Things take a turn for the truly unusual when Paul shows up apparently alive and the investigation leads toward a corrupt police officer.  Paul's body is walking around and his ghost is still working with Vicki and the only clue they have is a fondness for raw meat.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

CDN Television: Blood Ties, Season 1

Season One, Episode 1 & 2:  Blood Price
Original Air Date:  March 11, 2007

Ex-police detective and current private investigator Vicki Nelson witnesses an attack and murder.  She tries chasing down the suspect but he vanishes.  Her former partner (and close friend) Mike Celluci is the officer called in to investigate.  When the girlfriend of the murder victim hires Vicki to find out what happened to him, Vicki gets more than she bargained for.  A mysterious, handsome, charming and potentially dangerous man comes into her life:  Henry Fitzroy, a 480 year-old vampire.  Henry's knowledge of the supernatural gives Vicki an extra edge to help find who murdered her client's boyfriend.

Friday, March 25, 2011

CDN Television: Blood Ties, Introduction

Shows like The Vampire Diaries and True Blood are getting a lot of attention right now because vampires are one of the hottest things in Hollywood at the moment.  Twilight cannot take the credit for that because since the very first vampire was put onto film in 1922, Hollywood has had a love affair with the supernatural creatures.  Their popularity has come and gone many times but they've always been around and will return again once they fade from this burst of attention.

There have been many shows on television that have dealt with vampires in some shape, way or form.  Shows such as Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot (originally made in 1979 and re-made in 2004), the UK's Being Human (re-made in Canada for US television in 2011) and Ultraviolet from the UK and Canada's Forever Knight all chose to depict vampires in either the traditional sense or in an updated, more scientific way.  There have even been children's shows based around the vampire legend.  Young Dracula aired for two series in the United Kingdom (and has recently been renewed for a third series) and dealt with issues many children face in a humorous and fantastical, but also realistic way.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

AUS Television: City Homicide, No Greater Honour, Part Five "Last Man Standing"

City Homicide
No Greater Honour
, Part Five, Last Man Standing
Original Air Date:  March 23, 2011

The murder of Dane Majors barrister and then the judge that presided over his trial bring the Homicide team to focus on him.  When both Alan Sullivan and Nick Buchanan are confirmed as missing, Homicide focus on Dane Majors.  With the possibility more people who were involved in the Majors case will become targets, Homicide must work fast to prevent anyone else from dying.  Can the team get to Nick before anything can happen to him and take a cold-blooded killer off the streets?  Meanwhile, Lombardi drops a bombshell on Bernice Waverley when he calls her to his office to discuss her budget proposal for Homicide.

Papers flutter to the floor from above and fall around the body of a slain barrister, Helen Jefferson.  Her robe is thrown from above and falls beside her body last.  As the other members of Homicide are tied up with the car bomb investigation, the murder of the barrister is being worked by Matt and Jennifer.  Matt explains that she fell from the same floor as the papers and her robe.  She has smeared blood on her face and Matt is guessing that was from being punched before being pushed over the railing.  She was murdered between 5:30 and 6:00 that morning.  The assailant checked out of the building using the barrister's swipe card which was then thrown in the bin outside.  Jennifer recognizes the name and, when she looks at a book lying amongst the papers around the barrister, finds that she was the barrister who defended Dane Majors.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

US Television: Hawaii Five-O, Episode 1.19 "Na Me'e Laua Na Paio (Heroes and Villains)"

Hawaii Five-O
Season One, Episode Nineteen, Na Me'e Laua Na Paio (Heroes and Villains)
Original Air Date:  March 21, 2011

When a man dressed in a superhero costume and cape falls seventeen stories to his death at a Honolulu hotel, Five-O is called in to solve the case.  While Chin Ho and Kono investigate the scene of the crime at the hotel, McGarrett and Danny enter the world of science fiction fans in search of information about the victim.  As the investigation progresses, the Five-O team are led to yet another murder that happened in 2008.  Meanwhile, Steve McGarrett is approached by a woman from the CIA who wants the files belonging to his father and him regarding the investigation of Steve's mothers murder.

At the Lonopuha Hotel in Honolulu, Joanna Reidell (Susan King) is sitting by the pool reading a magazine while her son, Dillan (Ethan Carter), swims in the pool just feet away.  She watches him dive into the water and congratulates him on a job well done then looks back to her magazine.  He goes beneath the water again to swim.  When she looks up from her magazine again, her son is nowhere to be seen.  She searches for him frantically.  After a few seconds, he runs up to her with news he found quarter at the bottom of the pool.  She scolds him for running away and tells him to never do it again.  As they are walking back to where she was sitting, a man, dressed in a superhero outfit and cape falls out of nowhere onto the awning and chairs.

Monday, March 21, 2011

US Television: Breakout Kings, Episode 1.3, "The Bag Man"

Breakout Kings
Season One, Episode Three, The Bag Man
Original Air Date:  March 20, 2011

Lloyd, Shea and Erica are called in when exceptionally dangerous prisoner Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell escapes from the Fox River State Penitentiary in Joliet, Illinois.  Using the theory he has escaped to see a woman, the team follow him and the trail of bodies he leaves through Illinois, Indiana and Ohio fearing Bagwell is headed to Canada.  However, in Ohio they make a shocking discovery about Bagwell's purpose for escaping prison and where he is truly headed.  Will they catch Bagwell before he can hurt anyone else and will Lloyd get the opportunity he has long-desired:  to be able to have a face-to-face conversation with Bagwell and analyze him or will Bagwell make his escape for good?

At Fox River State Penitentiary in Joliet, Illinois, a prisoner is forced to brush the teeth of Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell (Robert Knepper).  When the one doing the brushing spills water on Bagwell while giving him water to rinse his mouth, the man is ordered to draw the curtain to the cell then get the "hurt stick".  Before he can retrieve the stick, a guard opens the curtain and informs Bagwell his transfer has been approved.  Bagwell pulls the inside of his pants pocket out, looks to his young cellmate and tells him "let's take a walk, boy".  The young man grabs the pocket and leaves the cell with Bagwell and the guard.  Bagwell is frisked by the guards then moved through the gates for his transport.  He turns back to the young man and tells him to keep a candle burning for him with a wink.

Friday, March 18, 2011

AUS Television: City Homicide, No Greater Honour, Part Four "Tangled Web"

City Homicide
No Greater Honour, Part Four, Tangled Web
Original Air Date:  March 16, 2011

Dane Majors is released from prison with his fans and the media waiting on him at the gates.  Graham Proctor warns him as he's leaving that he won't get away with murdering his daughter.  Homicide officially re-opens the Tahnee Majors murder investigation.  Moments before Tim Padgett is killed by a car bomb in Alan Sullivans car, Sullivan gives Bernice information that was sent to the Tribune by Deep Throat, information which takes the case in a completely different direction.  Nick Buchanan becomes the next target in the case.

Both Dane Majors and Nick Buchanan awaken from their sleep with nightmares of the murder of Tahnee Majors (Saskaia Hampele).

Dane Majors walks out of prison a free man after his conviction was overturned.  He is met at the gates by the press, his supporters and even Nick Buchanan is standing with the crowd.  He challenges the authorities to bring on a re-trial because he will be found innocent because he is innocent.  Tahnee's father, Graham Proctor (Graeme Blundell) is there and calls Majors a liar, stating again that Dane killed his daughter.  Proctor warns Majors he won't get away with it.

Monday, March 14, 2011

US Television: Breakout Kings, Episode 1.2, "Collected"

Breakout Kings
Season One, Episode Two, Collected
Original Air Date:  March 13, 2011

Xavier Price escapes from prison during the chaos on the night of a scheduled execution.  He has a reputation as a decent family man and solid member of the community who was simply caught up in a bad situation and ended up in prison by mistake.  However, he has a dark and violent side his wife nor none of his churchgoing friends knows anything about.  The team finds that Xavier has three women hostage in three different locations.  One is found dead and they manage to find a second.  But they must work fast to find the third before it is too late all while dealing with a new member of the team with issues that could cause problems for them all.

It's a Monday at Clayton Penitentiary in Somers, Connecticut, four days until a scheduled execution.  Doctor Franks enters the prison infirmary and tells a prison worker they need to order a gross of 4-inch gauze.  When Franks answers the telephone, the inmate puts a sheet in the front of his pants/shirt so he can smuggle it from the infirmary.  On Wednesday, two days before the execution, the warden is angry with his secretary telling her the governor and attorney general both get a copy (he's told her three times).  An inmate who overhears the scolding she receives makes comment that the "big day" even has the warden jumpy.  The same inmate who stole the sheet simply says he'll be happy when it's over then steals more supplies.  On Friday, the night of the execution, the press and protesters of the death penalty are outside the prison.  Tim Slattery is to be the first man executed in Connecticut in thirty years.  The prison is about to conduct the first of two electrical checks before the execution to make sure it can be carried out efficiently and humanely. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

UK Television: CBBC's Young Dracula Returns for Third Series

The ScreenTerrier blog has posted a news story that the CBBC kids drama Young Dracula will be returning soon to UK televisions.  The series already has two very successful (and award winning, I might add) series under it's belt and will be returning for a third.  This news should make the adoring fan base of Young Dracula quite happy!

The first series ran in 2006 and consisted of fourteen episodes.  Series two aired in 2007-2008 and consisted of thirteen episodes.  It focused on the Dracula family.  Having been run out of Transylvania by a torch-wielding mob, the Dracula's have arrived in the fictional town of Stokely.  The vampiric family consists of Count Dracula and his two children, Ingrid and Vlad, and the Counts servant, Renfield.  Vlad wants nothing more than to be a normal boy.  He meets Robin Branaugh, who just happens to be fascinated with vampires, and the two quickly become best mates.  Young Dracula dealt with real issues facing children in a fantastical, yet down-to-earth and humorous manner.  The second series ended with a cliffhanger, something which annoyed fans of the show as they felt they would never find out what happened next.

Filming will begin in May on series three and, to date, the only confirmed returning actor from the original two series is Clare Thomas who played Vlad's older sister, Ingrid Dracula.  However, Craig Roberts (Robin Branaugh) has confirmed via his Twitter account that he will not be playing Robin when the series returns.  Just who and who doesn't return remains to be seen.  We should be seeing more information closer to May.  As a fan of Young Dracula, I am happy the show will be returning for a third series.  However, I am disappointed the awesome Craig Roberts will not be returning as Robin Branaugh.  I can't see any other actor being as good in that role as Craig.  Without him, Robin just won't be Robin.  Regardless, I'll still be tuning in for series three.

Young Dracula (Original Cast):
Gerran Howell, Vladimir Dracula
Keith Lee-Castle, Count Dracula
Clare Thomas, Ingrid Dracula
Simon Ludders, Renfield
Andy Bradshaw, the voice of Zoltan (Vlad's pet stuffed wolf)
Donna Grant, Magda Westenra
Craig Roberts, Robin Branaugh
Lucy Borja-Edwards, Chloe Branaugh
Terence Maynard, Mr. Van Helsing
Terry Haywood, Jonathan "Jonno" Van Helsing
Aneirin Hughes, Graham Branaugh
Beth Robert, Elizabeth Branaugh
Ben McGregor, Ian Branaugh
Luke Bridgeman, Paul Branaugh
Harry Ferrier, Will Clarke

AUS Television: City Homicide, No Greater Honour, Part Three: "If It Bleeds, It Leads"

City Homicide
No Greater Honour
, Part Three, If It Bleeds, It Leads
Original Air Date:  March 9, 2011

The investigation into Juliette Gardiner's murder begins and Nick is quickly cleared as a suspect.  A new reporter takes her place at the Tribune on the Dean Major's story and it's clear things aren't going to stop with her death.  They only get worse.  Evidence points even more strongly to Nick's old mentor and friend, Bruce Dalton.  Could Dalton have planted the evidence against Dane Majors and, if he did, what will be the fallout of that information becoming known?

The homicide team arrives to the Juliette Gardiner scene.  Matt takes control ordering more officers to search every floor and the entrances be sealed off.  Nick tells Matt he's wasting his time as the shooter took off.  Matt wants them to work with uniforms as there isn't anything they can do until crime scene and pathology arrive.  Rhys leaves to speak with security as Nick is telling Matt the direction from which the shots came.  Jennifer asks Nick if he's alright.  He's been better then offers her his gun saying it hasn't been fired.  She puts the gun in an evidence bag as he offers information about Juliette meeting someone he believed to be a man (he didn't sight him) and there were shots (he says "a bunch"; four) as they started to talk.  The first shot took her down, a car door slammed, he ran down the ramp and he saw no one.  He tells them he wants his hands swabbed for residue.  He informs Matt that Juliette was working on a story that could have implicated him in corruption.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

US Television, White Collar, Episode 2.16 "Under the Radar"

White Collar
Season Two, Episode Sixteen, Under the Radar
Original Air Date:  March 8, 2011

Sarah Ellis brings Neal and Peter the information about what Alder is searching for.  A sunken German U-boat off the New York coast, but no one knows why the boat is so important to Adler.  When Peter and Neal are abducted by Adler while the two men are tracing Alex Hunter's last known steps in New York City, they are given a dangerous task by Neal's nemesis.  What Adler wants Neal to do could lead them either to the greatest treasure in the world or to their deaths.

Peter and Neal are walking and Neal has his arms full of a large box full of evidence (Rolex knock-offs) and is none too happy about it.  When they arrive at the office, Neal finds Sarah Ellis standing next to his desk.  She has found something "big" in the ocean and Peter is going to get the team together in the conference room.  First, Sarah wants to speak to Neal alone.  Neal hands the box of watches off to Peter and Sarah tells him they shouldn't ignore the other night if they are to continue working together.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

US Television: Breakout Kings, Episode 1.1, "Pilot"

Breakout Kings
Season One, Episode One, Pilot
Original Air Date:  March 6, 2011

When August Tillman, an extremely dangerous and callous killer escapes from prison, U.S. Marshals Charlie Duchamp and Ray Zancanelli form an unlikely team to get Tillman back behind bars.  Using four convicted felons hand-chosen by Zancanelli, Charlie and Ray go on the hunt for Tillman before he can hurt anyone else and get away clean.  Will the new team work out or was it a doomed idea from the start?

August Tillman (Jason Cerbone) is counting as he suspends himself from the upper bunk in his prison cell.  When he reaches 230 he falls to the bottom bunk then makes note of the number on a tally sheet he's been keeping.  At his job in the prison shop making license plates, Tillman deliberately bends a plate and calls it as a defect.  He secrets it away with a stash of other purposely defective plates.  One month later, as he's taking out a trolley of garbage, he sees a woman, Amy Flynn, speaking with guards at the end of the prison alley where the dumpsters are located.  He grabs his bundle of license plates and takes off running toward the truck where the woman and guards are standing.  He unfolds the bundle of plates to reveal they are all attached.  As the truck is leaving the prison, a guard runs a mirror beneath it and we see Tillman under the truck supported by the license plates.  The guard doesn't notice him and allows the truck to leave the prison.  A little over four minutes later, the truck stops at a sign and Tillman makes his move, bashing the drivers window and beating the driver as the woman, the same woman talking with the guards at the prison, screams in the passenger seat.

Monday, March 7, 2011

UK Television: Law & Order: UK, Currently Airing New Episodes

New episodes of Law & Order:  UK have started!  As the shows have already aired in Canada, posts for each of the six episodes to finish up series two are already on the blog.

You can find each of the posts at the following links:





Duty of Care:


You can find every other post related to Law & Order:  UK either by clicking on the entry for the show in the "Categories" list on the left-hand side of the blog or by visiting the "Television Shows" page in the "Pages of Note" section on the left-hand side.

Friday, March 4, 2011

AUS Television: City Homicide, No Greater Honour, Part 2: Go Down Swinging

City Homicide
No Greater Honour, Part Two, Go Down Swinging
Original Air Date:  March 2, 2011

A man comes into Homicide about his missing wife and the case takes on a surprising twist when he identifies the Jane Doe in the morgue as the woman who was the lover of him and his wife from swingers parties they attended.  His wife is later found dead and the investigation leads the team into the swinger scene.  Were the women murdered because of their lifestyle choices or could there have been another motive and who had motive to kill them?  Meanwhile, Juliette Gardiner's continued digging into the Dane Majors case takes a deadly turn.

A distraught man, Drew Preston, comes into Homicide looking for his missing wife, Rebecca.  Stanley takes him aside to speak with him and is told that the man's wife disappeared three days ago.  He filed a missing persons report but he has a feeling something bad has happened.  Allie and Nick are at the morgue and the description the man gave matches a Jane Doe that was found the night before by the freeway.  Preston is brought into the room with Nick and Allie.  Allie takes him into the room with Ronnie and the body where he identifies the body not as his wife but as Sophie Mayne, a woman who was a lover to Preston and his wife.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Recommendation of the Month: Republic of Doyle

There are tons of things I watch that I don't blog about.  I thought I'd start a new monthly feature where I would recommend some of those things to you.  Some of the shows are currently airing and others aren't.  I won't recommend anything that doesn't currently air on television that isn't available on DVD or Blu-Ray (or both) because if you can't find it, you can't give it a try, right?

So, on or around the first day of each month you can expect one of these chatty (but not too chatty!) little posts about a television show I dearly love.  While keeping things as brief as possible, I'll try to introduce you to the characters and give you a bit of an idea as to what the show is about so you can decide whether or not it might become one of your favorites, too.

So, let's get going!