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    Devious Maids: The Complete First Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on March 24th, 2014

    “In my experience, people just aren’t that interested in what happens to the help.”

    Lifetime viewers and Devious Maids creator Marc Cherry beg to differ. After debuting to modest ratings last summer, the show steadily gained viewers and hit a series high in viewership with its finale. (Not surprisingly, it was promptly renewed for a second season.) Cherry previously struck eight seasons worth of gold with Desperate Housewives on ABC. As someone who enjoyed watched more Housewives episodes than I care to admit, I can appreciate both the positive and negative ways this show echoes Cherry’s previous smash success.
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    The Neighbors: The Complete First Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 30th, 2013

    Suburbia has always been presented as an otherworldly place to city folk. In The Neighbors — ABC’s underrated gem of a sci-fi sitcom — a New Jersey family moves from the city to the suburbs and discovers their new community is comprised entirely of placid, color-coordinated aliens. Each episode delivers fish-out-of-water planet laughs and a lesson in what it means to be human, in all our imperfect glory.
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    Nashville: The Complete First Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 18th, 2013

    If you’ve ever asked someone, “What kind of music do you listen to?”, chances are you’ve heard the phrase “I like everything…except country.” By that logic, a significant portion of television audiences automatically dismissed ABC’s Nashville as soon as they saw the first commercial for the show (or heard its title). Well those people missed out on an entertaining, flawed drama with an impressive pedigree. Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere might be the headliners, but the star of the show is usually the great music.
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    Castle: The Complete Fifth Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 17th, 2013

    Rick Castle (Fillion) is a very successful mystery pulp-fiction writer with over 26 books hitting the best seller list. He’s rich, and he’s spoiled. He lives with his mother (Sullivan) who is pretty much a has-been actress who thinks she’s just one part away from stardom. He has a young teen daughter (Quinn) who is more responsible than he is. After having so much fun and inspiration tracking down his fiction copycat killer, he decides to pull strings and become an unpaid consultant for the team. At first that wasn’t so good for team leader Detective Kate Beckett (Katic). Of course, now the whole sexual tension thing has been discarded, and they are an official couple these days
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    Scandal: The Complete Second Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on September 5th, 2013

    “You’d be surprised what powerful people can get away with behind closed doors.”

    Viewers experiencing cop/lawyer/doctor show fatigue might be happy to learn the hottest job on TV these days appears to be “fixer.” Of course, the sneaky appeal of shows centered on these professional problem solvers is that they actually combine elements of cop and lawyer dramas; the fun twist is that the fixer’s job often requires them to prevent crimes from being solved. Before Ray Donovan became a hit for Showtime this summer, the second season of Scandal transformed the nighttime soap into ABC’s buzziest drama.
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    Once Upon A Time: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 21st, 2013

    “There is a town in Maine where every storybook character you’ve ever known is trapped between two worlds, victims of a powerful curse. Only one knows the truth, and only one can break her spell.”

    ABC has had a very important asset going for it for years. It’s one that the network has seldom taken any advantage of. That asset is its parent company. You see, ABC is part of the Walt Disney family. With the rich history of stories the studio has in its arsenal going back to the 1920′s, it was only a matter of time before some clever people decided to find a way to use that rich history into a television series
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    Revenge: The Complete Second Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on August 20th, 2013

    The first season of Revenge was soapy perfection. I’m not saying it belonged alongside the great, ambitious television series of our time. But in terms of sheer entertainment value and ridiculously delicious (or is it deliciously ridiculous?) gotta-see-what-happens-next-week drama, the debut season of Revenge was as good as it gets. Unfortunately, season 2 is, by comparison, a disappointing slog. By the time the smoke from the explosive two-part finale cleared, Revenge had lost its creator/showrunner and become the latest poster child for the sophomore slump on TV. (NBC’s Heroes was more than happy to pass that baton.)
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    Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on October 3rd, 2012

    “It’s funny. Some people never get to know the folks next door. They share a fence and nothing else. And we’ve shared everything. How did we get to be so lucky?”

    Fans of Desperate Housewives have considered themselves lucky to have shared many a night with their television neighbors on Wisteria Lane. But like all good things, the ride has come to an end, and it’s time to take up residence somewhere else.
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    Castle: The Complete Fourth Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 19th, 2012

    “There’s always a story. You just have to find it.”

    What happens when you’re a popular murder-mystery writer and someone starts to use your stories and ideas to kill people in the real world? At first you become the prime suspect, particularly if you’re found to be completely self-centered and annoyingly arrogant. That’s where a pretty good alibi might come in handy. Is playing poker with the Mayor and the Chief of Police good enough? So, you’re no longer a suspect. Now what do you do?
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    Private Practice: The Complete Fifth Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 14th, 2012

    Shonda Rhimes had a big hit on her hands with Grey’s Anatomy, so after five years she did what comes naturally in her situation. You spin the success off in the hope that the fans can’t get enough in just one night. At first it appeared to me she had chosen the wrong character to put out on her own. I mean, I never considered Kate Walsh as Addison to be one of the show’s more compelling characters. The show was presented as what the business calls an imbedded episode on Grey’s.
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    Once Upon a Time: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 5th, 2012

    “There is a town in Maine, where every storybook character you’ve ever known is trapped between two worlds, victims of a powerful curse. Only one knows the truth, and only one can break her spell.”

    ABC has had a very important asset going for it for years. It’s one that the network has seldom taken any advantage of. That asset is its parent company. You see, ABC is part of the Walt Disney family. With the rich history of stories the studio has in its arsenal going back to the 1920′s, it was only a matter of time before some clever people decided to find a way to use that rich history in a television series.
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    Revenge: The Complete First Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on August 20th, 2012

    “When I was a child, my father was framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Before he died, he left a road map for revenge that led me to the people who destroyed our lives.”

    Daytime sudsers may be going the way of the dodo and video stores, but the nighttime soap is alive and well. TNT’s successful revival of Dallas this past summer reminded us that something old could be new again. However, ABC’s excellent Revenge first began scratching our soap opera itch last fall
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    Castle: The Complete Third Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 27th, 2011

    “There’s always a story. You just have to find it.”

    What happens when you’re a popular murder-mystery writer and someone starts to use your stories and ideas to kill people in the real world? At first you become the prime suspect, particularly if you’re found to be completely self-centered and annoyingly arrogant. That’s where a pretty good alibi might come in handy. Is playing poker with the Mayor and the Chief of Police good enough? So, you’re no longer a suspect. Now what do you do?
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    Body of Proof: The Complete First Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 22nd, 2011

    “The body is the proof. It will tell you everything you need to know if you just have the patience to look.”

    And patience is exactly what you’re going to need with this new ABC drama.  Body Of Proof was a mid-season entry by the network; it debuted at the end of March and ran for only 9 episodes so far. It has been renewed, so it will have the opportunity to develop into something better than what it is. So far I see a ton of potential, but these first 9 episodes didn’t exactly leave me on the edge of my seat.
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    Private Practice: The Complete Fourth Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 21st, 2011

    For the second year in a row Private Practice has decided to tackle a huge and emotional issue for the characters at Oceanside Wellness Group. Last season began when Violet had been brutally attacked. A crazy woman believed Violet was carrying her baby, so she showed up and cut the baby out leaving her to die on the floor. Of course, she survived, but the season was all about the scars left from the attack in her mind. It was quite an intense storyline and one the show decided to try and top in season 4. Charlotte King, played by Kadee Strickland, suffers an equally brutal attack and is sexually assaulted
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    Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Seventh Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 16th, 2011

    Grey’s Anatomy had one heck of a year in its seventh season. The season begins with the aftermath of the shooting in the hospital that closed out the previous year. It’s taken a toll, particularly on Dr. Webber who is catching a ton of heat for the incident. But it isn’t that story arc that dominated the talk of the 2010-11 season over at ABC. It was the long anticipated and critically acclaimed musical episode that stole the spotlight this year.
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    Cougar Town: The Complete Second Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 1st, 2011

    In many ways Cougar Town appears to be Friends 20 or more years later. It’s not just the fact that the former Friends star Courtney Cox heads the call sheet on the new situation comedy. There are a ton of other elements that appear to tie the shows together. Like the old NBC show, the core of this show is a tight group of friends. They have a lot of the same kinds of adventures and conversations as the old gang used to have. The big difference here is that the adventures and the talk come from an older, if not more mature,
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    Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 1st, 2011

    “It’s a question we all ask ourselves. Do I trust the people who live next door? Will that couple across the street be there when I need them? Can I count on the woman who lives down the block? Yes, good neighbors are people we can rely on. But if we discover our neighbor can’t be trusted, then it may be time to move.”

    What you can count on from the neighbors of Wisteria Lane is another season of secrets, betrayals, and fashionable housewives.
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    Brothers & Sisters: The Complete Fifth Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 24th, 2011

    “I never thought we’d get back to this table. I can’t tell you how good it felt to have dinner together again. We hadn’t done that since the accident. To be honest, sometimes it felt like we’d never get over it. But somehow we did.”

    But will we ever get over the Walker family? This was to be the final season of the series, and the network wasn’t exactly kind in its last days. The budget was slashed so that most of the characters appear in limited episodes. You won’t find near so many of the Walker family gatherings as you did in previous years.
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    Beauty & The Briefcase (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on January 10th, 2011

    My dislike of romantic comedies has been well documented on this site time and time again. At times, I even try to enlist the help of my loving wife who doesn’t really care for them either but is willing to lend a hand. Unfortunately, my next three reviews will all involve the curse of the romantic comedy. So let’s take a look inside and see if we can last through this trilogy of terror.
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    Legend of the Seeker: The Complete Second and Final Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 8th, 2010

    As mentioned before, reviewing television series can be very rewarding since I don’t watch as much television as I used too. I’ve found series that I never knew existed until the discs showed up in my mailbox. One of these great series is named Legend of the Seeker. I was fortunate enough to review the first season and it got great marks. So, I was even more delighted to see the second season hit my hands as well. This might be the final season for the show but let’s hope they saved the best for last.
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    Scrubs: The Complete Ninth And Final Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 27th, 2010

    The 9th and final year of Scrubs is called Scrubs 2.0 among the show’s cast and crew. The 13 episodes of this season have the torch being passed to a younger group of medical students on the show. JD returns to try to teach, but the focus here is on the next generation. Unfortunately, the idea didn’t really catch on, and the show has finally ended. So, it’s time to say goodbye to your friends at Sacred Heart Hospital.
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    Castle: The Complete Second Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 23rd, 2010

    “There’s always a story. You just have to find it.”

    What happens when you’re a popular murder-mystery writer and someone starts to use your stories and ideas to kill people in the real world? At first you become the prime suspect, particularly if you’re found to be completely self-centered and annoyingly arrogant. That’s where a pretty good alibi might come in handy. Is playing poker with the Mayor and the Chief of Police good enough? So, you’re no longer a suspect. Now what do you do?
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    Desperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 23rd, 2010

    The residents of Wisteria Lane have become household staples in the last four years. Even after watching the show, I’m still not sure I understand what it’s about, but I’ll try to give my take on it anyway. It would appear to this reviewer that the show owes at least part of its genesis to the HBO hit Sex And The City. There is the same narrative angle, this time by a deceased member of the group. Still, that narrative contains many of the same kinds of observations as the HBO show and appears to imitate it as often as not. The show also deals with the exploits, often sexual, of a group of women. This time they are married, but that doesn’t seem to stop the flings
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    Private Practice: Complete Third Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 15th, 2010

    Shonda Rhimes had a big hit on her hands with Grey’s Anatomy, so after five years she did what comes naturally in her situation. You spin the success off in the hope that the fans can’t get enough in just one night. At first it appeared to me she had chosen the wrong character to put out on her own. I mean, I never considered Kate Walsh as Addison to be one of the show’s more compelling characters. The show was presented as what the business calls an imbedded episode on Grey’s. What that means is that the situation is set up during one of the original show’s episodes.
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