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Richard Castle

by Ronald A. Rowe April 16th, 2014 | Character Spotlight
Richard Castle is the titular character of the ABC drama, Castle. His given name is actually Richard Rodgers, Castle is his nom de plume. He is the author of a series of best-selling mystery novels starring a detective named Derrick Storm. Castle, suffering through the pains of his second divorce, becomes disillusioned and uninspired by his own creation. He decides to kill off Storm and put the character behind him. Unfortunately for Castle, he develops a serious writer’s block and is unable to come up with a suitable replacement for Storm.

Until he meets Detective Kate Beckett of the New
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Character Spotlight

Game of Thrones’ Glorious Bastards

by Ronald A. Rowe April 9th, 2014
In modern day America, the term “bastard” is far more often used as an insult than a clinical term.  But in the medieval-ish world of Game of Thrones, it's a perfectly acceptable way to describe an illegitimate child.  And boy, there are plenty of them to go around.  Some of the most intriguing characters on a show filled with intriguing characters are bastards.

King Joffrey, the supposed son of the late Robert Baratheon, is actually the illegitimate son of Queen Cercei and her brother (ew), Jamie.  Joffrey’s true lineage is more than a passing detail – it's the primary impetus
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TV Highlights

A Week of Hellos and Goodbyes

by Ronald A. Rowe April 14th, 2014
Thank you, cable TV.  It wasn’t that long ago that this time of year was all goodbyes.  Now, with the flurry of summer programming it seems there are just as many hellos to old friends and new as there are goodbyes.  Some of each made it into our Must Watch TV Highlights for the week of April 14-20.  Here are three shows for your viewing pleasure that are sure to take your mind off that thing that Americans have to take care of on April 15th.

Community Season Finale –
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Top 10 Shows

The Big Bang Theory How I Met Your Mother
NCIS The Voice (Tues)
NCIS: Los Angeles Blue Bloods
Dancing With the Stars The Voice
ACM Awards Person of Interest


by Ronald A. Rowe April 15th, 2014 | Add It, Drama, TV Reviews
Add It
Castle is an ABC drama starting Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic.  Fillion plays Richard Castle, a famous novelist whose writing career stalls out after he kills off a popular character.  He finds inspiration in NYPD detective Kate Beckett (Katic).  He manages to finagle his way into becoming a consultant for the NYPD as a means to shadow Beckett and soon begins writing a new novel whose protagonist (Nikki Heat) is a thinly-veiled copy of Beckett.

In the beginning Beckett is a fan of Castle’s books but not so much of the man himself.  Castle and Beckett’s relationship starts off as
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The Following

by Elizabeth Gunto April 10th, 2014 | Delete It, Drama, TV Reviews
Delete It
Finally, a drama as depressing as it stupid. The Following is a mess of mindless violence, lousy dialogue and a boring antagonist.

Kevin Bacon stars as Ryan Hardy, an FBI agent who put serial murderer/former English professor Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) in prison. Carroll has just busted out of the pokey after convincing his prison-mates and former students to become followers of his cult. Hardy, with his fellow experts, tries to track Carroll and his cult down as they murder people in their homes and on the street.

As far as villains go, Carroll is pretty played out. Anyone who's watched
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Alaska Fish Wars

by T Akery April 11th, 2014 | Reality TV, Toss Up, TV Reviews
Toss Up
Alaska Fish Wars is a show on the National Geographic Channel. Fish is a staple in Alaska. As a result, the season of fishing is one comprised of fisherman all cramming for their season's catch. The salmon only run for so long and when it is time, the fisherman have to grab what they can before anyone else takes advantage of it. Salmon is a high cost business as well as a risky one.

While this is a necessity for survival during the winter season, they've once again turned a working job into more of a competition show. The show
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