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By Joe Diliberto Posted: Jun 2, 2008
This week's DOCTOR WHO was easily the best of the young season so far for me. It was almost everything I could have hoped for because it was so old school. Soap fans love it when shows play their history, and that's exactly what WHO did this week — it acknowledged that this was far from the Doctor's first tango with the clone warriors and UNIT.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 30, 2008
"It's not an island. It's a place where miracles happen." That's what John Locke said when trying to convince Jack not to leave, but that might also serve as the mantra of fans as the long-awaited finale to Season 4 of LOST unspooled. Let the mind-frakking begin!
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 29, 2008
LOST wraps up the regular TV season tonight with a top-secret two-hour finale that nevertheless reportedly has been leaked to the Internet. Despite the best efforts of the-powers-that-be, a beat-by-beat breakdown apparently was posted on at least one Web site. I have zealously avoided spoiling myself, so I do not know if what was posted is accurate. Nevertheless, hearing about the leak got me thinking about spoilers and the lengths some producers go to in order to fight them — or not. Consider this conversation I had with HOUSE creator David Shore.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 23, 2008
Okay, I'll admit that the main reason I tuned in to the season finale of UGLY BETTY was to scope out celebrity train wreck Lindsay Lohan (ex-Alli, ANOTHER WORLD), and my curiosity was rewarded almost immediately. There's LiLo right at the top of the show, playing Kimberly, a high school classmate of Betty's, in a flashback to 1999 (wait — what is this, LOST?). Betty is recalling what happened to her in gym class during one of those infamous dodgeball games that seems to have irrevocably scarred every writer in Hollywood. Gee, I wonder if Lindsay is playing a mean girl? Kimberly selected Betty for her team — to serve as a human shield. So, yes, she's playing a mean girl. Hmmm, that was a short segment. Surely there will be more of her…
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 22, 2008
So, David Cook pulled out a victory on AMERICAN IDOL by a healthy 12 million-vote margin. Good for you, "Cookie." When I heard the results show was going to last two hours, I had only one question: How in the world are they going to fill one hour and 58 minutes? I had to ask…
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 21, 2008
Our long national nightmare is almost over; it's time for the finale of AMERICAN IDOL. Okay, so it's my nightmare. I have been looking forward to this denouement for the entire month I've been watching.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 20, 2008
The season finale of GOSSIP GIRL began with Lily waking up in Rufus' bed on the day of her wedding to Bart. Chuck woke up (fully dressed) in Blair's bed, much to her horror. Serena discovered that Georgina had spent the night at Dan's place. She flipped out and confessed the whole "I thought I killed some guy and you'd hate me so it was better you thought I slept with two strange men" thing. Bart and Lily had a coded conversation about revisiting "things" they loved when they were young — and how they should be let things — old buildings or old boyfriends — go.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 19, 2008
This week's DOCTOR WHO was a treat for old-school fans such as myself, thanks to the return of the Sontarans. I found it rather brave that the-powers-that-be brought back such funny-looking foes without a radical redesign. (That "baked potato" crack has been a running joke in fandom since the 1970s.) Even better, we get a proper U.N.I.T. story! While U.N.I.T. has been mentioned in passing on the new WHO ("Aliens of London" and "World War Three") and on TORCHWOOD, we haven't seen a real, full-scale UNIT story until now. The series also reached all the way back to last season for Martha Jones (once again played by the lovely Freema Agyeman, complete with her theme music). I love it when a show utilizes its history.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 16, 2008
SMALLVILLE wrapped up its seventh season last night by tying off the ongoing Brainiac storyline. Unfortunately, that meant the end of the line for James Marsters (ex-Spike, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER). The reveal that Brainiac was posing as Clark's cousin, Kara, was supposed to be a surprise, but I knew something was up when "Kara" callously killed three people.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 15, 2008
See, this is why I make a lousy AMERICAN IDOL fan: I really, truly dislike every one of the final three contestants. Choosing among them is definitely a "lesser evil" situation for me. Last night's results show opened with an utterly bland rendition of "Ain't No Stopping Us Now." (Well, not quite; one of them was about to be stopped in her tracks…) David Archuleta — hereafter referred to as "David A." — appeared nervous and so out of his element during his solos that he actually looked pained; David Cook and Syesha fared a little better, but the poor song was just brutalized. The entire performance was just bad elevator music — a freight elevator at that. Not losing the…er, momentum, IDOL returned from a commercial break so the kids could murder "How Far Is Heaven" as part of an in-house Ford commercial. Seriously — these are the final three?!