Inside Pulse » Nip/Tuck http://insidepulse.com A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:41:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Nip/Tuck http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com DVD Review: Unforgettable (The First Season) http://insidepulse.com/2013/07/21/dvd-review-unforgettable-the-first-season/ http://insidepulse.com/2013/07/21/dvd-review-unforgettable-the-first-season/#comments Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:00:15 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=334796 There might be some confusion as to why this isn’t Unforgettable: The Complete Series. The series had been canceled by CBS in the Spring of 2012. There was interest from a few cable channels to revive the show, but nobody bit. Before the show could be completely shuttered, CBS announced they were bringing back Unforgettable as a summer series. The new season starts July 27 which gives you plenty of time to watch Unforgettable: The First Season if you’ve forgotten it.

Carrie Wells (Without A Trace‘s Poppy Montgomery) is an ex-police detective working in a retirement home. She had give up on police work because she has hyperthymesia. This condition makes it nearly impossible for her to forget anything. She can remember way too much about a day. The only day she can’t recall is the date her sister died. “Pilot” has her coaxed into joining to NYPD at the insistence of her ex-lover Lt. Al Burns (Nip/Tuck‘s Dylan Walsh). The other major character is medical examiner Dr. Joanne Webster (Saturday Night Live‘s Jane Curtain). She’s been shifted to a bad part of the county for not being a team player to her superiors. She’s like Quincy in exile. Carrie stays on the force in the hopes that she can use her position to get clues about her sister’s death. “Heroes” tests her emotions when she must get a young boy to remember his parents’ murderer. “Up In Flames” puts her memory into overdrive. She has to remember a crime scene that was torched shortly after their initial visit. “With Honor” slaughter’s Al’s old partner. Was it a dirty cop that put him down? Will that person be coming after Carrie?

“Golden Bird” introduces Marilu Henner (Taxi) as Carrie’s aunt. Henner is an adviser on the show since has hyperthymesia. Henner often goes on talkshows to freak out the hosts with her recall ability. “Brotherhood” covers a college kid’s murder. The killer wants to outwit her. “Carrie’s Caller” introduces Jane Curtain as the medical examiner. Why doesn’t Carrie remember Jane from Kate & Allie? “Endgame” and “The Man In the Woods” heats up her investigation of her sister’s murder. Will this case be solved? Elias Koteas (Exotica and Crash) wraps himself into this mystery. Unforgettable: The First Season is the type of cop drama that deserves a second chance since Montgomery and Walsh makes such memorable partners.

The Episodes

“Pilot,” “Heroes,” “Check Out Time,” “Up In Flames,” “With Honor,” “Friended,” “Road Block,” “Lost Things,” “Golden Bird,” “Trajectories,” “Spirited Away,” “Butterfly Effect,” “Brotherhood,” “Carrie’s Caller,” “The Following Sea,” “Heartbreak,” “Blind Alleys,” “The Comeback,” “Allegiances,” “You Are Here,” “Endgame” and “The Man in the Woods.”

The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. The transfers bring out the New York City feel. The audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 and stereo. You can almost hear Carrie remember moments from the past. The episodes have subtitles.

Audio Commentaries from Ed Redlich and John Bellucci are on “The Pilot” and “The Man In the Woods.” They remember quite a bit from the shoots.

Keeping It Memorable: Cast and Crew of Unforgettable (19:21) gives the background on the characters and what makes the series so memorable.

Unforgettable Production Design (3:28) features a tour of the set with Vince Peranio.

Unforgettable: The Rememberers (7:05) has Marilu Henner talk about her condition of remembering everything.

Gag Reel (5:03) shows that not everyone remembered their lines.

CBS Launch Promos (8:30) is parts of the electronic media kit.

Unforgettable: The First Season brings back the memorable series from two seasons ago. Carrie must remember the most devastating day of her life.


CBS DVDs presents Unforgettable: The First Season. Starring: Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, Jane Curtin and Dallas Roberts. Boxset Contents: 22 episodes on 4 DVDs. Released: July 9, 2013. Available at Amazon.com.
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DVD Review: 90210 (The Fourth Season) http://insidepulse.com/2012/10/15/dvd-review-90210-the-fourth-season/ http://insidepulse.com/2012/10/15/dvd-review-90210-the-fourth-season/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:00:15 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=313668 When the CW announced it would revive Beverly Hills, 90210, viewers were confused since they thought the show was still on the air. The adventures of Brandon and Dylan had ended 8 years before, but the show dominated Soap Net with constant marathons. Was America ready for a new family arriving in the zip code to learn about the ways of the rich and famous in the land Aaron Spelling founded? The good news is the new kids were able to graduate from West Beverly High. Now they’re either attending California University or the School of Hard Knocks – Beverly Hills. 90210: The Fourth Season keeps up the prime-time soap opera action in the prestigious zip code.

“Up In Smoke” catches us up to what the kids did over the summer. Naomi (Nip/Tuck‘s AnnLynne McCord) might be knocked up. But the most disturbing thing is she has completely lost her Queen Bee status in college. It’s a shame she didn’t realize that nobody cares what you were in high school. Liam (Matt Lanter) wants to commit himself to Annie (Shenae Grimes), but is she really ready to be pinned when there’s a whole new world outside of West Beverly? Raj (Manish Dayal) gets sicker. Can he be saved by his agent? “Rush Hour” puts Naomi into the world she understands: sorority life. But where does she wear enough fabric for Greek letters? “Greek Tragedy” says enough of how her pledge week went. “Let the Games Begin” puts Dixon in the studio. There’s a lot of musical moments this season. Appears like they want to turn this into The Fresh beat Band or Treme.

“Benefit of the Doubt” turns Liam into a male model. He didn’t graduate from Handsome Boy though. “It’s the Great Masquerade, Naomi Clark” lets her team up with the wicked Holly (Megalyn Echikunwoke) to host the Halloween bash. Things don’t go pretty for the fears and screams aren’t all for show. More importantly is how slutty can Naomi make her costume. “Vegas, Maybe?” gives Billy Ray Cyrus a chance to act after Hannah Montana. “Smoked Turkey” is the Thanksgiving special that makes Naomi want to be loved by a special someone. But will he be thankful for her attentions? “Project Runway” brings former supermodel and current disaster zone Janice Dickenson (America’s Next Top Model) to the school. Naomi and Holly do their best to suck up to her.

“Mama Can Your Hear Me” put Naomi in the strange position of uniting a mother and daughter. Can she really pull it off? Annie’s been doing something less scholarly as a hooker which gets nasty in “Trust, Truth and Traffic.” The All-American Rejects guest star. Are they still around? “Babes in Toyland” lets Dixon get a shot at the soundtrack for a major motion picture. He wants to be the next Michael Kamen. “The Heart Will Go On” checks Raj into the hospital. He’s not doing well. But who cares cause Naomi is getting ready for her wedding in “Bride and Prejudice.” Her friends are worried she’s rushing into it, but what’s the point of a soap opera without a wedding scene? “Forever Hold Your Piece” is the disasterpiece ceremony. Nothing goes right on the big day.

90210: The Fourth Season brings out the post-high school weirdness. The kids are ready to have adult problems without being required to sit through classes. Naomi gets her crisis of losing her position in life, but she find a new hive to queen bee. These kids are ready to keep the action going until they’re ready for the Beverly Hills Hospice.

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“Up In Smoke,” “Rush Hour,” “Greek Tragedy,” “Let the Games Begin,” “Party Politics,” “Benefit Of The Doubt,” “It’s the Great Masquerade, Naomi Clark,” “Vegas, Maybe?,” “A Thousand Words,” “Smoked Turkey,” “Project Runaway,” “O Holly Night,” “Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?,” “Mama Can You Hear Me?,” “Trust, Truth and Traffic,”
No Good Deed,” “Babes In Toyland,” “Blood Is Thicker Than Mud,” “The Heart Will Go On,” “Blue Ivy,” “Bride and Prejudice,” “Tis Pity,” “A Tale of Two Parties” and “Forever Hold Your Peace.”

The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. The transfer heightens the shimmer nature of this lotus land full of beautiful kids seeking fame. The audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. The music mix doesn’t crush the dialogue. You can hear the fuming from Naomi. The episodes are subtitled in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Audio Commentary features cast and crew on “Vegas, Maybe?” and “Mama Can You Hear Me?”

Deleted Scenes are provided for four episodes.

Set Tour: Dixon’s Apartment (3:13) exposes the fact that the rent is low because the place has no ceiling. What’s in the fridge?

Set Tour: Naomi’s Mansion (2:48) puts a bunch of middle aged guys with camera equipment in McCord’s house. Her bedroom is on a different soundstage.

Set Tour: Offshore (4:12) gives the details of the bar including the “Beer Light” neon sign. The beer taps don’t work and the ice is fake. Don’t book your private party there.

Dressing Heads: Hair and Makeup of 90210 (9:23) gives credit to those who keep the kids looking young and fab.

Set Tour: The Student Union (3:20) takes us to where the cool kids hang out between classes. It’s a huge set.

Creating Beats: The Music of 90210 (11:48) takes us into the studio for the sounds that rock their world.

Season in Review: Freshman Year (18:04) recaps the season. Don’t watch this till you’ve finished the episodes.

“I Don’t Want You Anymore” music video (3:58) features the singing of Jessica Lowndes.

Gag Reel (8:03) is packed full of freshman flubs.


90210: The Fourth Season keeps the prime-time soap opera suds after the kids have escaped West Beverly High. They have plenty of issues now that they’re sort of in the real world.


CBS DVD presents 90210: The Fourth Season. Starring: Shenae Grimes, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord and Jessica Stroup. Boxset Contents: 22 episodes on 6 DVDs. Released: October 2, 2012. Available at Amazon.com.
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Connie Britton First Name to Be Cast in American Horror Story http://insidepulse.com/2011/03/19/connie-britton-first-name-to-be-cast-in-american-horror-story/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/03/19/connie-britton-first-name-to-be-cast-in-american-horror-story/#comments Sat, 19 Mar 2011 22:00:17 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=240547 Friday Night Lights mom to star in new TV series from the creators of Glee. ]]>

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are a strange pair. They go from a TV series that pushed the boundaries of a basic cable drama, Nip/Tuck, to a series that made the songs of Journey lyrics to live by for a brand-new audience in Fox’s Glee.

Now their latest television venture again is a change of pace. It’s a drama called American Horror Story. The drama pilot for FX will be produced by 20th Century Fox and be shot after Murphy and Falchuk finish production on this season of Glee.

The premise is still much of a mystery, but going by the character rundown this much is known. The main characters are Ben Harmon, a sensitive therapist, and Vivien Harmon (Britton), his gorgeous wife who is a force to be reckoned with in spite of her vulnerable demeanor.

FX seems to be pretty confidant with the upcoming pilot. FX chief John Landgraf told THR in an interview that American Horror Story will be a “really complicated, interesting psychological horror show … incredibly ambitious.”

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Inside Pulse TV Show Madness Bracket Tournament- First Round Voting Continues http://insidepulse.com/2010/03/25/inside-pulse-tv-show-madness-bracket-tournament-first-round-voting-continues/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/03/25/inside-pulse-tv-show-madness-bracket-tournament-first-round-voting-continues/#comments Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:52:43 +0000 http://tv.insidepulse.com/2010/03/25/inside-pulse-tv-show-madness-bracket-tournament-first-round-voting-continues/ It’s that time again! It’s the month of March and that could only mean one thing…time to drink green beer! Oh yeah, and it’s March Madness time! The biggest and most talked about tournament is the NCAA Basketball championship tournament. It kicked off first round action this past weekend, and by now most of your brackets have been completely destroyed and shredded. A select few might still be left in the running for all the money in your office pool, but for everyone else it’s time to start filling out a new bracket.

Everyone loves brackets. Four years ago, I picked out 32 television shows and had Inside Pulse readers vote on which show was the best one on TV. The top four seeds were Lost, 24, American Idol, and The Sopranos. In the end, the final four ended up being #1 – Lost, #2 – 24, #6 – Grey’s Anatomy, and #12 – My Name Is Earl. My Name Is Earl almost did the impossible and won, but lost out to 24 in the finals. Four years later, though, My Name Is Earl and The Sopranos are no longer on the air. You check out that bracket here.

A lot of things have changed since then. The real NCAA Basketball tournament appears to be expanding from 64 to 96 teams in the not too distant future. Many people don’t like that idea, including myself, but just picking out 32 teams this time around would be hard with the increased number of original shows on various networks including the “Big 5″ and about 10 – 20 cable networks. So I have decided that 96 shows should be included in this year’s tournament.

Here is how the shows were selected. Back in early February, the staff unveiled their Top 10 Shows of 2009. I used all of their individual lists to create our overall Top 15 Shows of 2009 list. So for this tournament I started out using those rankings as a starting point for seeding and ranking these shows. But since the start of the year, Inside Pulse has hired about 10 more writers on the staff. So I asked them for the individual top 10 lists. It should be noted that, though, that any show that got cancelled or hasn’t aired any new episodes since the Fall of 2009 is not eligible. The ultimate goal is to decide what is the best television show on the air today? As long as a new season has started since the summer of 2009 or their our plans to start a new season this year, that show is eligible.

After all the individual top 10 lists were compiled and calculated, there were 22 shows that rose above the rest. There were all on at least 4 or 5 different lists and ranked high enough on each of those lists to rank high in the overall rankings. So those 22 shows automatically earned a bye into the second round of the tournament. But we still needed 10 more shows to receive a bye, so that there would be an even 64 shows facing off against each other in the first round and then face off in the second round with the 32 shows with an opening round bye. So since I couldn’t really see giving shows a bye that wasn’t ranked high by enough people, I looked to what shows people are watching the most each week. Using the Nielsen Ratings, I saw that there were 11 shows in the overall top 20 that weren’t among the previous 22 shows that our staff ranked high. But one show, Undercover Boss, is relatively new and the only reason it is in the top 20 for this season is because it got the coveted post-Super Bowl spot on CBS. So I decided that should be the show to leave out of the opening round bye. But I did give Undercover Boss the top spot outside of the top 32. The top 4 or 5 spots after them were also filled by shows that were in the top 20 for the 18-40 demographic, but weren’t already in our rankings.

So with all that background out of the way, it’s time to reveal the 96 shows that made it into this year’s best show tournament. Even with 96 shows, I’m sure there are still some of your favorites that didn’t make into the field. But among the opinions of 25 staffers with a variety of tastes, the majority of your favorites should be there. Take a look at the bracket yourself by going here:

2010 Inside Pulse Best Television Show Tournament Bracket

As you can see there are four different regions with 24 seeds each. 8 teams from each bracket have already gotten a bye as described above. That still leaves 8 different matchups from each region that need YOUR vote. So the time is now. Tell all your friends. We may have decided the rankings for these shows, but it’s up to YOU to VOTE for which show you think is the best on TV. Make sure to vote for all the matchups as every vote counts.


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Each of these polls will stay open for one week. Next week the next round begins and we will continue until the final show is crowed as the best some time in May. Remember to tell all of your friends to vote as well!

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2010 Inside Pulse Best Television Show Tournament – First Round Voting http://insidepulse.com/2010/03/21/2010-inside-pulse-best-television-show-tournament-first-round-voting/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/03/21/2010-inside-pulse-best-television-show-tournament-first-round-voting/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 02:40:52 +0000 http://tv.insidepulse.com/?p=180997 It’s that time again! It’s the month of March and that could only mean one thing…time to drink green beer! Oh yeah, and it’s March Madness time! The biggest and most talked about tournament is the NCAA Basketball championship tournament. It kicked off first round action this past weekend, and by now most of your brackets have been completely destroyed and shredded. A select few might still be left in the running for all the money in your office pool, but for everyone else it’s time to start filling out a new bracket.

Everyone loves brackets. Four years ago, I picked out 32 television shows and had Inside Pulse readers vote on which show was the best one on TV. The top four seeds were Lost, 24, American Idol, and The Sopranos. In the end, the final four ended up being #1 – Lost, #2 – 24, #6 – Grey’s Anatomy, and #12 – My Name Is Earl. My Name Is Earl almost did the impossible and won, but lost out to 24 in the finals. Four years later, though, My Name Is Earl and The Sopranos are no longer on the air. You check out that bracket here.

A lot of things have changed since then. The real NCAA Basketball tournament appears to be expanding from 64 to 96 teams in the not too distant future. Many people don’t like that idea, including myself, but just picking out 32 teams this time around would be hard with the increased number of original shows on various networks including the “Big 5″ and about 10 – 20 cable networks. So I have decided that 96 shows should be included in this year’s tournament.

Here is how the shows were selected. Back in early February, the staff unveiled their Top 10 Shows of 2009. I used all of their individual lists to create our overall Top 15 Shows of 2009 list. So for this tournament I started out using those rankings as a starting point for seeding and ranking these shows. But since the start of the year, Inside Pulse has hired about 10 more writers on the staff. So I asked them for the individual top 10 lists. It should be noted that, though, that any show that got cancelled or hasn’t aired any new episodes since the Fall of 2009 is not eligible. The ultimate goal is to decide what is the best television show on the air today? As long as a new season has started since the summer of 2009 or their our plans to start a new season this year, that show is eligible.

After all the individual top 10 lists were compiled and calculated, there were 22 shows that rose above the rest. There were all on at least 4 or 5 different lists and ranked high enough on each of those lists to rank high in the overall rankings. So those 22 shows automatically earned a bye into the second round of the tournament. But we still needed 10 more shows to receive a bye, so that there would be an even 64 shows facing off against each other in the first round and then face off in the second round with the 32 shows with an opening round bye. So since I couldn’t really see giving shows a bye that wasn’t ranked high by enough people, I looked to what shows people are watching the most each week. Using the Nielsen Ratings, I saw that there were 11 shows in the overall top 20 that weren’t among the previous 22 shows that our staff ranked high. But one show, Undercover Boss, is relatively new and the only reason it is in the top 20 for this season is because it got the coveted post-Super Bowl spot on CBS. So I decided that should be the show to leave out of the opening round bye. But I did give Undercover Boss the top spot outside of the top 32. The top 4 or 5 spots after them were also filled by shows that were in the top 20 for the 18-40 demographic, but weren’t already in our rankings.

So with all that background out of the way, it’s time to reveal the 96 shows that made it into this year’s best show tournament. Even with 96 shows, I’m sure there are still some of your favorites that didn’t make into the field. But among the opinions of 25 staffers with a variety of tastes, the majority of your favorites should be there. Take a look at the bracket yourself by going here:

2010 Inside Pulse Best Television Show Tournament Bracket

As you can see there are four different regions with 24 seeds each. 8 teams from each bracket have already gotten a bye as described above. That still leaves 8 different matchups from each region that need YOUR vote. So the time is now. Tell all your friends. We may have decided the rankings for these shows, but it’s up to YOU to VOTE for which show you think is the best on TV. Make sure to vote for all the matchups as every vote counts.


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Glee Season 1 Volume 1: Road To Sectionals – DVD Review http://insidepulse.com/2010/01/06/glee-season-1-volume-1-road-to-sectionals-dvd-review/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/01/06/glee-season-1-volume-1-road-to-sectionals-dvd-review/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2010 18:00:55 +0000 http://movies.insidepulse.com/?p=184072 Glee.]]> Glee-S1,V1

Glee has found a following unlike any other TV show has ever found. Fox was clever enough to air the pilot episode directly after the season finale of the highest rated season of American Idol, targeting the coveted young audience. With that one pilot episode, and with a rousing rendition of “Don’t Stop Belivin’” by Journey, America was hooked.

The show was developed by Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck) and is a rare comedy/drama/musical hybrid about a failing glee club at McKinley High School. Spanish teacher Will Schuster (Broadway’s Matthew Morrison, “Hairspray”, “Footloose”) was a member of glee club during his years at the high school and volunteers to direct the club – calling it New Directions – in the hopes of competing in regionals thus earning enough money to keep the program alive. The school’s award winning cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (played by the scene-stealing Jane Lynch) is jealous of the funding that the glee club receives and schemes to sabotage the group throughout the season by placing cheerleader spies in the glee club. Mr. Schuster receives help from the school’s counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays, Paul Blart: Mall Cop) and the two develop feelings for each other despite the fact that Mr. Schuster is married with a psychotic wife (Jessalyn Gilsig, Boston Public, Heroes).

The kids who join glee club include Rachel Berry (Broadway’s Lea Michele, “Spring Awakening”), a perfectionist who aspires to be a star, high school starting quarterback Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith, Final Destination 3), gay diva Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), African-American diva Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), the quiet-yet-punk with a speech impediment Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), and paraplegic Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale). Along the way, they add football player Puck (Mark Salling) and cheerleader captain Quinn Fabray (Dianna Argon), and a few others. Like any high school, this club has drama. Quinn is pregnant by Puck, but has convinced her boyfriend Finn that the baby is his. Rachel is in love with Finn, but also has feelings for Mr. Schuster. Before Kurt officially comes out of the closet, Mercedes declares her love for him (in one of my favorite, most underrated performances on the show “Bust Your Windows”). Artie and Tina have a fleeting moment together, but Artie ultimately turns her down.

And then there are the cameos! Hip hop star Eve makes an appearance as a choir director from a rival school. Michael Hitchcock (Serenity, Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind) plays the choir director from another rival glee club…from a school for the deaf. Kurt’s dad is played by Mike O’Malley, most recently from the Time Warner Cable commercials & from ESPN, but also from TV’s Yes, Dear, and Leatherheads. The most notable and buzzworthy guest was Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth, most known for her role as Glinda in “Wicked”, her role as Olive Snook in TV’s Pushing Daisies, and her role as Marian in the television production of The Music Man.

Throughout the summer, the cast toured the country with an old-fashioned mall tour to gain viewership. The show has become one of the most talked about, blogged about, twittered about show in…well, ever. The show airs on Wednesdays, and each week the songs from the show are released on iTunes the day before the show. The downloads have broken records. By the time the 8th episode aired, downloads of the Glee covers had already reached a staggering 2.5 million.

But it’s not just the catchy, well arranged covers that attract the viewers. It’s the sharp script (nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award for Best Comedy and Best New Series) that is able to transport everyone back to high school for an hour every week. There is a special chemistry that comes from being in the fine arts, and although they may have slushies thrown in their faces, those kids have a bond that cannot be replicated in any other program in school. Glee is able to bring that chemistry and the love for the arts to the rest of the country.

1. Pilot – Director’s Cut – An extended cut of the pilot, in which all the characters are introduced. Rachel’s version of “On My Own” from Les Miserables is particularly great, as is the performance of “Mr. Cellophane” from Chicago by Kurt. The finale is the famous “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

2. Showmance – The glee club performs in front of the entire school hoping to gain more members. And they perform…”Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa?

3. Acafellas – Mr. Schuster and members of the faculty start their own boy band and New Directions tries to raise money by holding a car wash, where Mercedes performs “Bust Your Windows.” This is also the episode in which Josh Groban shows up to play himself.

4. Preggers – In which we find out about Quinn, and Kurt comes out of the closet. Kurt also gets a spot on the football team as the kicker, and the football team performs a dance to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.”

5. The Rhodes Not Taken - This is the episode with Kristin Chenoweth, and she sings a duet with Lea Michele. This episode ends with the inspiring version of “Somebody to Love” by Queen.

6. Vitamin D – Mr. Schuster gives New Directions an assignment – they have to break up into boys and girls and then arrange and perform their own mash-up. The resulting songs are two of my favorites: a “Halo”/”Walking On Sunshine” mash-up by the girls and a “It’s My Life”/”Confessions” mash-up by the boys!

7. Throwdown – In her attempts to break down the glee club, Sue Sylvester forces the kids to compete against each other. The final song gives me goosebumps, their version of “Keep Holdin’ On” by Avril Lavigne.

8. Mash-Up – Puck and Rachel go out on a date and Emma gets her own song in this episode.

9. Wheels – The episode featuring the Artie/Tina romance, and a fantastic version of “Proud Mary” – with the entire glee club in wheelchairs! This was also the episode with the much anticipated duet with Rachel and Kurt singing Wicked‘s “Defying Gravity.”

10. Ballads – Mr. Schuster breaks the club into pairs and has them perform a ballad. Quinn and Finn also have an awkward dinner with her parents.

11. Hairography – When the club is distressed by a competing show choir’s dance moves, Mr. Schuster reassures them by telling them that they didn’t do anything but fling their hair around. They perform a mash-up of “Hair” from Hair and “Crazy In Love” by Beyonce & Jay-Z.

12. Mattress – It’s yearbook time at McKinley High, but due to lack of funding, the glee club won’t get a picture. They do, however, get to perform in a local mattress company commercial and they choose “Jump” by Van Halen.

13. Sectionals – Due to an unexpected consequence of the mattress commercial, Mr. Schu cannot accompany New Directions at sectionals. They also find that Sue’s backstabbing has no limits, but ultimately put on a fantastic performance due to Rachel’s “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” and everyone’s version of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones.

Presented in a 1.77:1 aspect ratio, preserving the original television experience.

Welcome to McKinley – An introductory video by Principal Figgins (played on the show by Iqbal Theba) for incoming freshman, giving us a tour of the school. Pretty funny. (5:03)

Glee Music Video – This is new footage of the cast done to their version of “Somebody To Love.” (2:46)

Full Length Audition Pieces – Rachel’s performance of “On My Own” from the Pilot (3:18), and Mercedes performance of “Respect” from the pilot (0:59).

Fox Movie Channel Presents: Casting Sessions – Ryan Murphy talking about pitching the idea of the show to Fox and casting the show. (12:00)

Deconstructing Glee with Ryan Murphy – Just a few questions with Ryan Murphy. This could be longer, he’s got a lot to say about the show. (2:50)

Dance Boot Camp – Behind the scenes with the choreographer Zachary Woodlee. (3:13)

Jane Lynch a to Glee – This is a travesty. Having an extra starring Jane Lynch where she is candid and in her make-up chair (she can’t escape!), and it’s only a minute long?? Shame on you! (0:54)

Meet Jane Lynch – Once again, she doesn’t say anything that we don’t already know, and it’s only a minute long!! Make use of your resources! (1:05)

5 Things You Don’t Know About Jayma – For each of these pointless extras, I’ll give away one. Jayma Mays has a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day. (0:41)

7 Things You Don’t Know About Cory – He cried at Equus. (1:01)

6 Things You Don’t Know About Amber – She loves shoes. (0:59)

7 Things You Don’t Know About Chris – He hates Bleu cheese. (0:43)

Video Diaries – The cast goes to New York City for a promotional tour and they all get Flip cameras. Let the silliness commence! (total run time 17:12)

TrailersNight at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, My One and Only

The extras on this release are a little disappointing, but the episodes more than make up for justifying the purchase. Even if you’ve bought every song on iTunes, if you’re a fan of Glee, this DVD set is a must-own and will get you through until new episodes begin in April.


20th Century Fox presents Glee Season 1 Volume 1: Road To Sectionals. Directed by: various. Starring: Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele. Written by: SCREENWRITER. Running time: 580 minutes. Rating: NR. Released on DVD: December 29, 2009. Available at Amazon.com

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The show stars Broadway’s Matthew Morrison as high school Spanish teacher Will Schuester, who volunteers to coach Glee, the school’s floundering show choir. Only a handful of kids willingly want to be a part of the club, so Will has to recruit kids from other cliques including kids from the football team and from the Cheerios, the school’s award winning cheerleading squad coached by Sue Sylvester (the brilliantly funny Jane Lynch).

Fans of the show have been frantically downloading the weekly musical offerings on iTunes, and completists will finally be quelled in November when Glee: The Music, Volume 1 is released. Now fans get to relive the club’s rise to Sectionals, when the first thirteen episodes come to DVD on December 29 (SRP $39.98).

DVD Content:

● Disc One
○ Pilot – Director’s Cut
○ Showmance
○ Acafellas
○ Preggers

● Disc Two
○ The Rhodes not Taken
○ Vitamin D
○ Smackdown!
○ Mash-Up

● Disc Three
○ Wheels
○ Ballads
○ Hairography

● Disc Four
○ Once Upon a Mattress
○ Sectionals
○ Special Features

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News and Notes From FX's Presentation At TCA's Summer Press Tour http://insidepulse.com/2009/08/10/news-and-notes-from-fxs-presentation-at-tcas-summer-press-tour/ http://insidepulse.com/2009/08/10/news-and-notes-from-fxs-presentation-at-tcas-summer-press-tour/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2009 21:27:35 +0000 http://primetimepulse.com/?p=76905 Here are the highlights from FX’s presentation at TCA’s Summer Press Tour …

- Nip/Tuck will open its sixth season on FX on Wednesday, Oct. 14 and run for 10 episodes, which will take the show into December; the final nine episodes will likely air sometime next year.

- Damages will start its in January 2010. FX president and general manager says the show will be announcing some “really interesting” additions to the cast in the next few weeks. “I don’t think anyone in this room would guess who they’re thinking of,” he teased.

- FX has also ordered 13 episodes of a new scripted drama called Lawman, starring Timothy Olyphant as a modern day 19th century law enforcer covering the town he grew up in. It premieres in spring 2010.

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Nip/Tuck Begins Its Endgame in October http://insidepulse.com/2009/07/08/niptuck-begins-its-endgame-in-october/ http://insidepulse.com/2009/07/08/niptuck-begins-its-endgame-in-october/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2009 00:59:24 +0000 http://primetimepulse.com/?p=76632 FX is loading up for a fairly busy fall with the return of Nip/Tuck and two other shows and the possible launch of a new comedy.

Nip/Tuck will begin its sixth season in October, beginning the countdown to a series finale that will come in 2010 or ’11. The continuing professional, personal and sexual adventures of plastic surgeons Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) will unfold for 10 episodes this fall, setting the stage for a nine-episode final season further down the line.

FX announced last year that it would end the show after 100 episodes, at the time saying that the final two seasons would air starting in 2010. That timeline has moved up a little, but fans of the show will still have plenty of time to say goodbye. The show has already finished filming the series finale.

The other returnees on FX in the fall are Sons of Anarchy, which will move into the Tuesday-night spot that was the long-time home of The Shield on Sept. 8; and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which returns for its fifth season on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Sons of Anarchy was one of the top draws on cable for adults 18-34 last season. The second season will feature new guest stars Henry Rollins and Adam Arkin entering SAMCRO’s orbit.

It’s Always Sunny may also pair with a new comedy in the fall. FX says it “has plans” to debut a new show on Thursday nights but doesn’t go into any more specifics.

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D2 Review: Nip / Tuck http://insidepulse.com/2006/12/03/63225/ http://insidepulse.com/2006/12/03/63225/#comments Mon, 04 Dec 2006 01:00:00 +0000 http://insidepulse.net/2006/12/03/63225/ There’s nothing like a good story around Christmas. Sitting around the fire, drinking the alcohol that’s so in abundance in the gift baskets, and then performing surgery on a woman’s hoo-haa because she’s never yee-hawed in the sack. And we ain’t talkin’ Santa’s sack o’ toys.

This Christmas episode of Nip/ Tuck was filled with family and gifts and cheer (code for alcohol) and midgets. Now, I don’t know who at Nip/ Tuck suggested adding a midget to the cast, but it was nothing short of brilliant. And Christmas is my favorite time of year, because it’s the holiday that gives those little guys a LOT of work. Like I always say, they’re life’s little comedians.

Sean’s all alone for the holidays since Julia took the kids, Annie and Rock Lobster, to the farm in Illinois. It doesn’t really matter where she took them. They’re just not in this episode. Kind of like when Chrissy Snow went to her “mom’s house” when she was fighting with the producers on “Three’s Company”. Where was I? Ok, so Alanis Morrisette joins the cast as Liz’s lezbo luvah and they suggest Sean be a Santa at the mall. Now, let me get this right… Here you have one of the top plastic surgeons in “Miami” (which, by the way, it’s soooooo not filmed in Miami…believe me, I’d be the first in line to “tell them what I don’t like about myself”)… Damn, where was I again? The new mallrat, Dr. Sean McNamara, is now feeling warm and tingly inside and has this new charitable sense about him. Say What?

He has the world’s worst Santa outfit on, clearly prompting him to drink to numb his sense of smell from that delicious Cinnabon fragrance that permeates throughout the spending sinkhole of a mall. Mmmm. Talk about Christmas! Have you ever tried one of those Gingerbread Lattes at Starbucks? Delish. So, he’s a drunken Santa, and as the kiddies sat on his lap, the incredulous moments were captured on film. Each snapshot of horror, disbelief, shock and disgust was taken as Santa crushed their gum drop dreams.
Hilarious! Then, he runs into the “Tiny Avenger”(back from the “In Living Color” days) and asks her if she knows Marlow… and he thought they all hung out together! I love it!

On the flip side of the coin, Dr. Christian Troy is taking his latest inheritance, Wilbur, shopping at where else? Cinnabon heaven. This is the kid from a previous season that he temporarily fathered. He is so cute, I’d buy him the whole mall. Little people included. Look how PC I’ve gotten in just a few sentences. From midgets to little people. See? There is something about Christmastime. And even Christian felt it. He was so excited to be Wilbur’s guardian and so sweet with him, we almost forgot that this is the same guy who was an accessory to murder and treats women like they’re from Kazakhstan. And what can possibly complete his interracial pending nuptials? Adding Webster to the mix.

Is it just me, or did Jacqueline Bisset look like the wicked witch of the west? I mean, didn’t Christian do hand rejuvenation on her? And come on, botox that face! She was really looking scary.

Now, Sean’s Christmas wasn’t completely ruined. He had a feel good story coming to him. He encounters a homeless man named Reefer who notices that he’s wearing a swanky new suit. Receiving more attention than he’s been getting around the holidays, he befriended him and gave him some medical care and gives him his hideous brown Brooks Brothers suit. Little did he know that Reefer would be making a donation of his own, unbeknownst to anyone other than the evil James. James got a little greedy and took all of his organs. Now, how they do these surgeries under the radar is one thing. How they chopped up Reefer into parts with just plastic surgery cutlery is another. I saw “Rear Window” and “Fargo”. It’s just not that easy.

Christian’s got a hot new fiancé and insta-family with Wilbur and is sweeter than all the gumdrops in Candy Land. And Sean has become very thirsty during his alone time and it has made him somewhat introspective. Dressing up as Santa at the mall and befriending a homeless man and giving him his old suit. It’s one of those episodes that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside like you just had a hot toddy.

Though there’s one person who won’t be feeling warm or fuzzy or organy inside. Poor Reefer.

Now, I don’t know what the hell is gonna happen in next week’s episode, but I can’t believe the season is almost over!

All I know is that if they hurt my cute little Webster, there’ll be some serious reparations.

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