WHITE COLLAR Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay Interview

After spending the last six months waiting for the return of White Collar, I was extremely excited when I was given the opportunity to chat with the show’s stars, Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay, during an hour-long press call on October 10th. As I was calling from Sydney, it was already the morning of October 11th – Bomer’s 36th birthday, so we kicked … [Read more...]

THE BLACKLIST James Spader Interview

James Spader discusses The Blacklist, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and more.  James plays Red Reddington in the new NBC show The Blacklist.  If you miss Breaking Bad make sure you watch The Blacklist because Charles Baker a.k.a. Skinny Pete stars as Grey.  The Blacklist airs Monday nights at 10/9c on NBC. Conference Call Interview … [Read more...]

COVERT AFFAIRS Season 4 Advance Review – “Vamos” – USA Network

From the moment Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) met Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham), there was always a special chemistry between the two. Now, after three seasons of fans watching them fall in and out of love with other people, they have finally come to accept their love for each other (cue sigh of relief and happiness!). Trust has always been … [Read more...]

SUITS Season 3 Premiere Advance Review – “The Arrangement” – USA Network

They say a secret is a secret only if nobody else but you know about it. For the past two years, Mike Ross (Patrick J Adams), his boss Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and his forever loyal assistant Donna (Sarah Rafferty) have tried to keep the fact that Mike never went to law school a secret from the rest of the world. The truth came out when … [Read more...]

GRACELAND Advance Review “Guadalajara Dog” USA Network

As far as first day in a new job goes, Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit) can safely say his was a success. Now, armed with a newly-earned nickname, he faces an even bigger challenge – to investigate his on-the-job trainer, Paul Briggs (Daniel Sunjata). But that’s not all – he has received orders for a psych evaluation after the shooting he witnessed when … [Read more...]

GRACELAND Series Premiere Advance Review USA Network

It drew a lot of buzz and excitement when the trailer for Graceland was shown at the 2012 USA Network Upfronts. Created by Jeff Eastin (creator of White Collar which airs on the same network), it already has a ready-made fan base before the first snippet of the show even saw the light of day. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the show stars one of … [Read more...]

PSYCH Advance Review Season 7 Finale “No Trout About It” USA Network

It’s amazing how quickly a season finale comes upon us when there is no mid-season hiatus to interrupt a great run of Psych. After a heart-melting few weeks when Shules (Shawn and Jules) were temporarily separated, it is absolutely fitting that the pair is now reunited and working together, along with Gus and Lassie to fend off a baddie from … [Read more...]

PSYCH Advance Review “100 Clues” USA Network

It has been seven years now and Shawn Spencer (James Roday) is still managing to be the best fake psychic detective on television (and don’t let anyone – the “Mentals”? – tell you otherwise!). This week, this “little” cable network show celebrates its 100th episode with an ode to Clue which includes some of the original cast members from the 1985 … [Read more...]

PSYCH Advance Review “Lassie Jerky” USA Network

Bigfoot is real and is hiding out in the woods of Santa Barbara. Or at least that’s what a couple of college students, Katie (Kate Rogal) and Chavo (Alex Enriquez) believe, as they venture into the woods to make a documentary to enter the Student Academy Awards. Through their blog, they enlist the help of Shawn (James Roday) for his psychic … [Read more...]

PSYCH Season 7 Advance Review “Juliet Takes A Luvvah” USA Network

It is with much relief that we know Henry (Corbin Bernsen) survives his shooting and that this close call makes Shawn (James Roday) realize that he needs to grow up and take better care of his old man.  But he doesn’t have to do this alone, for dear mom, Madeleine (Cybill Shepherd), also arrives from out of town to help out.  Suddenly, the Spencer … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Season 4 Finale Advance Review “In the Wind” USA Network

For the long-time, die-hard WHITE COLLAR fans, you will notice in the season 4 finale that there are a lot of reminders of the past, which is apropos given the season’s primary story arc has been about Neal’s (Matt Bomer) exploration of his family history.  This is explored even further as Neal and his father, James (Treat Williams), share a great … [Read more...]

PSYCH Season 7 Premiere Advance Review “Santabarbaratown 2, Lethal Weapon 5” USA Network

It seems like it’s been forever since we saw the Psych gang on our screens (well, if you don’t count the amazing Psych Slumber Party marathon a couple of weeks ago). So, to refresh your memory, in “Santabarbaratown,” Henry (Corbin Bernsen), got his badge back temporarily to join the SBPD to solve the murder of the woman whose disappearance he had … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Advance Review “Empire City” USA Network

There is always a lot of fun when Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter (Tim DeKay) work together to solve a mystery, but it is even more challenging when they work independently of each other to achieve the same goals (think back to the mystery of the music box in season 1). Following Elizabeth’s (Tiffani Thiessen) impassioned request of Neal to lie to … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Tim DeKay Interview USA Network

February is here and White Collar is back.  The upcoming episode, “Empire City”, marks the second directorial outing for its star, Tim DeKay.  As a big fan of Tim’s and the show, I was lucky enough to be invited to join in the press call with him to talk about this episode, the show in general, and just how much of a fan I am (getting up at 2.40am … [Read more...]

SUITS Advance Review “Blood in the Water” USA Network

Actions have consequences.  Mike (Patrick J Adams) is finally heeding Harvey’s (Gabriel Macht) advice to clean up his act.  First went the married former girlfriend, Tess, and now he reluctantly farewells his stash of weed from his apartment. Unfortunately, Harvey is still in a bad mood after the romantic weekend he had planned to woo Zoe failed to … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Season 4 Winter Premiere Advance Review “Family Business” USA Network

Now that fans have had time to digest the revelation that Sam (Treat Williams) is actually Neal’s (Matt Bomer) long-lost father, James Bennett, it’s time for some more truths to be told.  Not surprisingly, Neal has a lot of questions for his father, chief among them being whether he was guilty of murdering a fellow cop. Flashing back to a … [Read more...]

SUITS Season 2 Winter Premiere Advance Review “Blind-Sided” USA Network

In the aftermath of the war between Daniel Hardman and Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres), the firm of Pearson Hardman is trying to return to normal, and this means Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and his assistant-extraordinaire, Donna (Sarah Rafferty) are back where they belong.  Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), having had his brief moment in the sun when … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Jeff Eastin Interview USA Network

Jeff Eastin took the time to chat about White Collar and his newest project Graceland, which is tentatively airing next summer on USA Network.  The mid-season finale of White Collar airs Tuesday, September 18 at 9:00/8:00 Central on USA. And during the finale you’ll catch a first look at Graceland. Valerie Leung:  I would be remiss if I didn’t … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Summer Finale Advance Review “Vested Interest” USA Network

Following on from the renewed (or should I say, on-going?) tension in the partnership between CI Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and his handler, Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), after the sudden departure of Sam (Treat Williams), “Vested Interest” takes us on a trip down memory lane.  At the annual Best Practices Conference, Peter and Neal have been asked to be … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Season 4 “Gloves Off” Advance Review USA Network

In my own little warped mind at the end of “Ancient History” when Neal (Matt Bomer) finally chose to trust his closest allies, Peter (Tim DeKay) and Mozzie (Willie Garson), to watch the old mysterious Beta-max tape with, I imagined our friends would be watching nothing but static once it started playing. After all, it is old and who knows where the … [Read more...]

SUITS Season 2 Summer Finale Advance Review “High Noon” USA Network

It’s the final showdown at Pearson Hardman. Since Daniel Hardman (David Costabile) made Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) a senior partner at the firm on the eve of the managing partnership vote, all eyes are on Louis to see if he will choose Daniel or Jessica (Gina Torres). Ever since Daniel’s return to the firm, he has been showering Louis with the love … [Read more...]

POLITICAL ANIMALS Season Finale “Resignation Day” Advance Review USA Network

A day in the life of U.S. Secretary of State, Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) is never dull or boring. True to her promise to President Garcetti (Adrian Pasdar) that she would be resigning from her post so that she could start her campaign for presidentcy, Elaine delivers a hand-written letter of resignation before POTUS boards Air Force One to … [Read more...]

POLITICAL ANIMALS Advance Review “16 Hours” USA Network

A day in the personal and political lives of the Hammonds is guaranteed to never be boring. And being a working mother is even harder when you’re Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver), U.S. Secretary of State, trying to avert an international crisis turning into a nuclear disaster while coping with the reality of a drug-addicted son in the hospital for … [Read more...]

COMMON LAW Advance Review Season Finale “Gun!” USA Network

We have waited all season to find out exactly why Wes (Warren Kole) pulled a gun on his partner, Travis (Michael Ealy) that resulted in both of them being sent to couples’ therapy by their captain (Jack McGee) as part of their deal to be reinstated.  Wreaking havoc wherever they go, Wes and Travis even manage to get kicked out of their group with … [Read more...]

SUITS Advance Review Season 2 Episode 8 “Rewind” USA Network

A lot has been going on at Pearson Hardman in the last couple of months since Daniel Hardman (David Costabile) returned to the firm to challenge Jessica’s (Gina Torres) leadership.  With the lawsuit against Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and the firm now in the past, Daniel’s intention to force Jessica out is fiercer than ever. So is now really a good … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Season 4 “Diminishing Returns” Advance Review USA Network

The sights and sounds of New York City have never been more welcoming than now, seeing returned con-man Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter (Tim DeKay), the FBI Agent who is now 3-0 on the “Catching Neal Caffrey” scoreboard, together again, walking (or, in Neal’s case, with a slight limp) and talking.  Spoiler alert! As punishment for his part in Neal’s … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Season 4 “Most Wanted” Advance Review

Where in the world is Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer)?  With nowhere else to turn when “Island Suit”, OIA Agent Kyle Collins (Mekhi Phifer), followed FBI Agent Peter Burke’s (Tim DeKay) clue to Cape Verde to hunt down the runaway conman, Neal took refuge at the house of Henry Dobbs (Gregg Henry). Despite agreeing to offer Neal and Mozzie (Willie Garson) … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Willie Garson Season 4 Interview

There are very few people I would get up at 4.30 on a cold wintry morning for (in case you’re new to my articles, I live in Sydney, Australia).  Willie Garson is one such person.  I had the opportunity to join in a press call with Willie on Monday who is one of the stars of the USA Network hit WHITE COLLAR.  And yes, I am taking the liberty to call … [Read more...]

POLITICAL ANIMALS Series Premiere Advance Review “Pilot” USA Network

You can smell election time in the air, can’t you?  Politicians always provide great fodder for writers, whether it be for comedians, journalists, or drama.  Ever since the incredibly successful The West Wing, it is hard to watch any political drama without using it as the benchmark against which all other political dramas is compared. Meet the … [Read more...]

COVERT AFFAIRS Season 3 Premiere Advance Review “Hang On To Yourself” USA Network

Welcome to Fourth of July celebrations at Langley.  Apparently even spies like to celebrate the big occasion with red velvet cupcakes, thanks to well-Louboutin-heeled spy Annie Walker (Piper Perabo), with a little help from her big sister Danielle (Anne Dudek). Season 3 kicks off to an explosive start – literally.  As a result of this … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Season 4 Premiere Advance Review “Wanted” USA Network

Just as season 3 ended with a close-up on conman-on-the-run Neal’s (Matt Bomer) face expressing a myriad of emotions, White Collar season 4 opens with Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) sitting alone in Neal’s apartment looking a little lost and despondent. In case you have been living in a cave and missed the season 3 finale, there is a reason for … [Read more...]

SUITS Advance Review “Meet The New Boss” USA Network

Lawyers – master negotiators or master manipulators?  Is there a difference?  When the Nurses’ Union threatens to strike over their contracts with Prescott Hospital, Pearson Hardman are called in to help the hospital strike a deal with Nell Sawyer (the ever-brilliant Margo Martindale), head of the nurses’ union.  In a continuing bid to keep Daniel … [Read more...]

SUITS Advance Review “The Choice” USA Network

Just because Mike’s (Patrick J. Adams) secret is out now – at least to Managing Partner, Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) – and that he still got to keep his job working for Harvey (Gabriel Macht) doesn’t mean he is now pals with the Big Boss.  What does one say to the woman who agrees to keep you on despite your lies while trapped in the confined … [Read more...]

SUITS Season 2 Premiere Advance Review “She Knows” USA Network

When Suits wrapped its freshman season, we were left with the question of just how vindictive Mike Ross’ (Patrick J. Adams) former best friend, Trevor (Tom Lipinski), is after discovering Mike was now dating his ex-girlfriend, Jenny (Vanessa Ray).  The “reformed” drug dealer suited up, went to Pearson Hardman, and sought out Jessica Pearson (Gina … [Read more...]

COMMON LAW Advance Review “Pilot” USA Network

The seven-year itch: it’s the unscientific timeframe after which a relationship “typically” breaks down.  I suppose the first couple of years are the fun and exciting phase, when you and your partner are still getting to know each other – the “honeymoon phase,” if you will.  Then, you start to know each other so well you can finish each other’s … [Read more...]

IN PLAIN SIGHT “All’s Well That Ends” Season 5

Well folks, ever since it was announced that this would be the final season of In Plain Sight, I have been anticipating this series finale with an equal measure of dread and love: dread because it is the end of a well-written series with lots of witty banter and great chemistry between the leads, Mary McCormack and Frederick Weller; and love … [Read more...]

IN PLAIN SIGHT “The Medal of Mary” Season 5

Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) has never denied that she has family issues – a Dad she adored who ran out on the family when she was just seven; a dreamy mother who turned to alcohol after her husband abandoned the family; a sister who had a penchant for finding trouble, even when she had a good thing going with a fiancé who loved her despite her … [Read more...]

PSYCH “Santabarbaratown” Season 6 Finale Advance Review

Apparently, for every crime that a good cop solves, there is always that onethat got away.  And so it was for Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen) who, despite a successful career with the Santa Barbara Police Department, had retired without ever solving the disappearance and suspected murder of young waitress, Veronica Town, twenty years … [Read more...]

GLEE “Big Brother” Review – closer to meeting its potential

When I first started watching GLEE nearly three years ago, it was totally out of curiosity.  I have always liked Jane Lynch in every role she’s played, whether it be comedy or drama, and her portrayal of Sue Sylvester was hilarious.  I liked the music and was excited that it introduced a whole new generation of viewers to old classics that I had … [Read more...]

IN PLAIN SIGHT “The Anti-Social Network” Season 5 Premiere Advance Review

Being kidnapped didn’t stop Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack).  A bullet didn’t stop her either.  So, of course, pregnancy was not going to stop her from doing what she does best.  In the season 4 cliffhanger, Mary shot and killed a bad guy, saving the lives of her partner, Marhall Mann (Frederick Weller) and her boss, Stan McQueen (Paul Ben-Victor), … [Read more...]

PSYCH “Heeeeere’s Lassie”

Everyone loves a yard sale.  I know I do, and Shawn (James Roday) certainly has a lot of prized collectibles to sell in order to raise money to repay Gus (Dule Hill) for using his credit card to pay for the couples’ retreat he took Juliet (Maggie Lawson) on.  How dare Gus suggest Shawn sell the engagement ring he didn’t give to Juliet!  It is, … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Season 3 Finale Advance Review “Judgment Day”

“Mr. Caffrey, do you deserve to be free?” When I first heard this line in one of the season return preview clips posted by the USA Network, it sent shivers up my spine.  Well, the time has finally come for Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) to face his “Judgment Day”.  The ground rules are set: two days of interviews conducted by a panel with Neal’s … [Read more...]

PSYCH “Indiana Shawn and the Temple of the Kinda Crappy, Rusty Old Dagger”

It is so typical of PSYCH that they would make their season 6.5 return on a leap day because no ordinary day would be good enough for the return of Despereaux (Cary Elwes reprising his popular guest-starring role).  But before I go into what Despereaux is doing in Santa Barbara, let me start with the big question, or rather, the question that Shawn … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR “Stealing Home” airing February 21, 2012 on USA Network

Dear Readers, please indulge me and allow me to have a few fangirl moments as I review this special episode. First off, there’s Tim DeKay, who plays FBI Special Agent Peter Burke, making his TV directorial debut. Having watched the episode, I am surprised it is his maiden effort because it looks like every other episode; and by this I mean it is … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Season 3 “Neighborhood Watch” Joe Manganiello, Lola Glaudini

Vincent Adler is alive! Well, not exactly, but he does rate a special mention in this homage to Hitchcock’s classic “Rear Window”, directed by Andrew McCarthy, who played Adler last season. Following on from Elizabeth’s (Tiffani Thiessen) kidnapping and rescue a couple of weeks ago, husband Peter (Tim DeKay) is, not surprisingly, concerned … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Season 3 “Upper West Side Story” Review

Let’s start with where we left off at the end of “Checkmate.”  Just when we thought Neal (Matt Bomer) and Peter (Tim DeKay) can resume their couples therapy and start healing their very-damaged relationship, WHITE COLLAR creator, Jeff Eastin, has thrown us another spanner in the works.  Up till now, we have been waiting for Neal to make the choice … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Season 3 Winter Premiere Advance Review

It has been a very long four and a half months for fans of WHITE COLLAR waiting to find out what happens to Elizabeth Burke (Tiffani Thiessen), aka “Mrs. Suit” after she was kidnapped by Matthew Keller (returning guest star Ross McCall) in the mid-season cliffhanger “Countdown” last August.  In “Checkmate”we pick up where we left off at the scene … [Read more...]

PSYCH “Neil Simon’s Lover’s Retreat” Review Airing December 14, 2011 at 10 PM EST on USA Network

Let me start by saying this is my favorite episode so far this season due, in part, to the fact that it serves up a bevy of guest stars in the form of Jason Priestley, Tony Hale and Jennifer Finnigan, and we meet all three of them in the opening … [Read more...]

PSYCH “In For A Penny” Review Starring William Shatner

Beam me up, Scotty! It’s Captain Kirk – um, Denny Krane…um…I mean, William Shatner!  Finally, we get to meet Juliet’s father, but more importantly, Shawn gets to meet the “in-law”.  Flashing back to 1990, at Juliet’s 9th birthday party, the birthday girl sits patiently waiting for her absentee Dad to come, only to have her heart broken (apparently, … [Read more...]

In Time opens October 28th and stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde, Johnny Galecki

 “For a few to be immortal, many must die.”  And therein lies the premise of In Time, a film written and directed by Andrew Niccol (who also brought us Gattaca and The Truman Show.) Here’s the setup: it is late 21st Century and the human race is genetically engineered to stop ageing at 25 and are given one more year to live unless they have … [Read more...]

PSYCH “This Episode Sucks” Review Guest Starring Kristy Swanson & Corey Feldman

So, a woman in a red dress walks into a bar and sees a handsome police detective drinking by himself.  She feels an instant attraction and buys him a drink.  She knows his name.  He’s immediately suspicious but is so mesmerized by her that he is willing to play along.  You see, they share a mutual love for Clint Eastwood movies!  She excuses … [Read more...]

PSYCH Season 6 Premiere Advance Review “Shawn Rescues Darth Vader” Airing October 12, 2011 at 10 PM EST on USA Network

PSYCH SEASON 6 PREMIERE ADVANCE REVIEW: SHAWN RESCUES DARTH VADER OK PSYCH-os, the wait is finally over!  You can bust out your pineapples, start singing the theme song and put your fingers to your temple.  Your favorite fake psychic and his trusty partner are back in business after a ten-month absence in “Shawn Rescues Darth … [Read more...]

SUITS Summer Finale Advance Episode Review

Lawyers – we love to hate’em and hate to love’em.  Still, they make for great television if done properly.  Amidst the flood of lawyer shows, I was a little dubious when USA hit us this summer with yet another show about lawyers, but with the “Characters Welcome” brand filter, SUITSwas almost certain to bring something a little different to the … [Read more...]

WHITE COLLAR Season 3 Summer Finale Advance Episode Review

What makes WHITE COLLARmore than just a standard cops-and-robbers show is the relationship between our two leads.  So as you watch this summer finale, consider some of the ingredients that have made this one of the summer’s “must-see” – friendship, trust, faith, loyalty, dreams and happy endings. “Countdown” opens with a somewhat familiar scene … [Read more...]