Saturday, August 15, 2009

Blog DVD Review: Dirty Sexy Money - The Complete And Final Second Season (Aug. 18)

It is Saturday, so that must mean it is time for the weekly Blog DVD Review. This week on the Blog DVD Review we take a look at ABC Studios/Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Dirty Sexy Money: The Complete 1st Season Exposed . Dirty Sexy Money is about the absurdly wealthy Darling family of New York City who mix with the wrong people and become embroiled in untenable situations, while their family lawyer Nick George (Peter Krause) is there to take care of their legal needs -- which often run into shady territory. See my Blog DVD reviews of Dirty Sexy Money - The Complete And Final Second Season:

Dirty Sexy Money - The Complete And Final Second Season (ABC Studios, $39.99) brings the second (and unfortunately the final) season of the primetime soap on DVD for the first time! One of TV's wittiest and wildest shows, let's get down and dirty with the deliciously scandalous second season of Dirty Sexy Money. This season the Darling family takes drama to new heights in a year filled with deception, suspense, and even murder.
The series did well in the strike-shortened first season, but when it returned for season two the next fall, viewers either forgot about it or it was too long of a period in between episodes (nearly 10 months). The sexy series stars Peter Krause as Nick George, Donald Sutherland as Tripp Darling, William Baldwin as Patrick Darling, Natalie Zea as Karen Darling, Glenn Fitzgerald as Brian Darling, Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling, Zoe McLellan as Lisa George, Blair Underwood as Simon Elder, with Jill Clayburgh as Letitia Darling and Lucy Liu as Nola Lyons. Recurring are Darcy Rose Byrnes as Kiki George, Will Shadley as Brian Jr., Bellamy Young as Ellen Darling, Candis Cayne as Carmelita, Shawn Michael Patrick as Clark the Chauffeur, Laura Margolis as Daisy, and Sheryl Lee as Andrea Darling. Among the guests are John Schneider, Krista Allen, Dan Rather, Sarah Carter, Scott Holroyd, Samaire Armstrong, Kenny G, Ron Glass, Donna Mills and Gina Torres.

This second season is very good and is very sexy and juicy. We get 13 episodes for this second and final season. For season one, they aired 10, but they actually shot 13 episodes but decided to hold those three episodes for season two. However, the producers decided to scrap those three and implement some of those storylines into new season two episodes. I wish we could see those three episodes as extras at least. Anyway, back to season two...some classic episodes include the season premiere "The Birthday Present," where six months have passed since the events of last season. Even as Lisa and Nick plan to celebrate his birthday privately and quietly, Tripp and Letitia Darling decide to throw a lavish party for Nick on their yacht. In "The Star Witness," The witness testifying against Letitia Darling shocks Nick George, meanwhile Patrick is participating in a senatorial debate monitored by Dan Rather. In "The Verdict," Nick discovers a dirty little secret about Nola during Letitia's murder trial. In "The Summer House," Karen believes she will be fifth time lucky with her marriage to Simon Elder but Tripp and Nick have other ideas as they try to stop the wedding. In what I think might be one of the best hours of TV from last season, the episode "The Plan," has Senator Patrick Darling inviting Carmelita to his inauguration despite being warned by Tripp and Nick, meanwhile Chase makes threats against the Darlings and the end is a shocker. In "The Unexpected Arrival," Simon follows Karen to a clinic, and finds out that she is pregnant, then Karen has to tell Nick that she is expecting Simon's baby. Patrick decides to have an affair with a wife (Krista Allen) of a Congressman (John Schneider) that he needs support from. And the finale "The Bad Guy," Simon is tortured by Nola to get the truth about her brother with the help of Nick and Patrick takes his arrangement with the Congressman's wife to the next step by getting emotionally involved. Those episodes really stand out, but they are all very good but you have to watch them all in order...anything Greg Berlanti gets his hand on is good.
The episodes run usually 42-43 minutes...unedited of course with all the great music intact. There are about 8 chapter stops per episode. The video is digitally mastered and is in widescreen and looks very good! The audio is great and sounds very good, as it is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. This is from the 2008-09 season, so it had better be good.

Packaging has an outer box that you can remove from the top or bottom then you'll see the case inside. The outer box's cover has nice headshots of the cast. The show logo is in the middle, with The Complete And Final Second Season wording on top in white lettering. We have sort of have a blue-teal color scheme. The back of the box has a color scheme of blue-teal, like the front, with a nice cast photo by the Darling airplane and two screenshots below that. Nice details on the show and set is also there along with a nice quote from the New York Post on the top. There is also a section detailing the bonus features box with technical specifications below that out of the box. On the case itself, we have the same artwork as the box...nothing different this time. Opening the case, on the left side we see disc one. Discs two and three are on the right side overlapping each other. I hate that. There is an insert for Blu-ray titles such as Coyote Ugly, The Prestige, and Lost. On the panels itself, we get a nice cast photo that extends to both panels. We also have a disc-by-disc breakdown of episode titles per disc and bonus features details. Each disc matches the set's color scheme, the blue-teal with lettering in white and has nice artwork. Disc one has episodes 1-4 with artwork of a woman's legs and high-heel shoes. Disc two has episodes 5-9 and has artwork of jewelery. Disc three has episodes 10-13 and the bonus features with artwork of a gun surrounded by a few piles of money. When you remove the discs, the panels have nice artwork, as I mentioned.

The menu screen starts off paper money bills with the theme music playing in the background, then we get a camera flash and we get negatives of photos. Those are clips in negative photo form with camera flashes happening once a while, and we get background music playing now. The options on the main menu are Play All, Episode Selection, Set Up, Bonus Features (disc three only), and Sneak Peeks (disc three only). But before the main menu screen comes on disc one, we get some auto sneak peeks of other DVDs: ABC TV DVDs, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, The Proposal and Blu-ray titles. Sneak Peeks option is only found on disc three on the main menu and has previews of many titles. Set Up section we have the option of subtitles in English, French or Spanish and how to register your DVD. The Episodes option gives us the episode number, title and a screenshot -- with nice buildings at night in New York. Bonus Features has all the extras listed. All of the sub-menus have different background music. Great job!

Moving on to the bonus features. Before I start, it is disappointing that there are no audio commentaries this time. We still have good featurettes, though. All of them are found on disc three. The first one is titled "Directing the Darlings," and it runs 11:30. Basically this shows us what director Jamie Babbit does in the life of an episode. We get details on the wedding episode from this season. Interviewed are Jamie Babbit, Matthew Gross (executive producer), Craig Wright (executive producer), Seth Gabel, Kelly Van Horn (producer), Zoe McLellan, William Baldwin, Glenn Fitzgerald, and Sheryl Lee. Then we have the featurette "A Total Knockout," that runs 8:40. This is all about the gorgeous Natalie Zea. Cast and crew talk about her and we see spend a day in the life of her on the set. We also get a look at the classic catfight scene between her and Zoe! Interviewed are Natalie Zea, Matthew Gross, William Baldwin, Bob Berlinger (director), Greg Berlanti (executive producer), Bill Chais (supervising producer), Craig Wright, Seth Gabel, Craig Baxley Jr. (stunt coordinator), and Donald Sutherland.
Next up is one last featurette titled "Dirty Sexy Crafty." This runs 9:14 and showcases the craft services crew on the set. How cool they devote an entire featurette on them, especially the the head Josh Kuhn. Interviewed are Bob Berlinger, Josh Kuhn, Craig Wright, William Baldwin, Seth Gabel, Andre Campbell (set production assistant), Glenn Fitzgerald, Matthew Gross, Kelly Van Horn, Zoe McLellan, Patrice Harper (craft services), and Will Shadley. Now I'm hungry, especially for Josh's cookies!
Then we have some "Faux Pas - Bloopers from Season 2." These are outtakes that run only 1:51. Why so short? They just need to put the entire reel in because this is too short. Then finally we have seven deleted scenes that are always interesting to see...and we get more scandals in these, with the highest running 1:11 and lowest at 0:40. The last deleted scene is the most interesting one. I think that is a scene that should have aired after the final scene of the series, which I won't give away if you haven't seen the finale yet.

I highly recommend this series and set. It is so addictive and scandalous! It is unfortunate the show is no more, which is truly a shame. I think it would have worked if it aired after Desperate Housewives. We need a show in primetime like this that just gets us glued to the television and wanting to know what happens next. I hope we see the cast go on to other ABC projects, whether it be guest roles or joining existing series. Natalie Zea needs to be on something! She is amazing. Anyway, complete your collection with this second season set. It is worth it and you'll be wanting to watch the next episode after each one. Need a link to buy it...look below. Done!

-- Reviewed by Pavan
(4/5 stars)

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

ABC Announces First Batch of Summer 2009 Schedule; ION Ratings Go Up, Schedule Changes

A few days back we gave you a peek at some of ABC's summer schedule. All of that was right basically but now we have more details! So let's take a look night-by-night! As we knew, the new cycle of The Bachelorette launches May 18 from 9-11pm, but its timeslot launch is Monday, May 25 from 8-10pm. We are not sure how long the cycle will run, since there will be for sure a Men Tell All and After the Final Rose specials, so maybe the finale won't be July 13 and could last longer? We'll let you know. So what will air at 10pm on Mondays? I guessed a second season of Here Come the Newlyweds, and I was right! ABC will air that series for eight straight weeks from May 27-July 13 at 10pm on Mondays. Following the run of that, ABC will launch a new series starting July 20 at 10pm. The reality series Dating in the Dark will air for six weeks making it last through all of August. The show is a unique alternative series that asks the age-old question, "Is Love Blind?" Each week, three single men and three single women, all looking for love, will move into a house together, but be totally sequestered from the opposite sex. While they will have no chance of seeing each other in the light, they will have the opportunity to date in a completely dark room.
Tuesdays will not change until after the NBA Finals are over. Prior to the NBA finals will be filler programming, including two burn-offs of Opportunity Knocks. Then after the NBA Finals (which airs Thursdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays from June 4-18) ends, ABC will launch The Superstars on Tuesdays at 8pm starting Tuesday, June 23. The Superstars, a fresh take on an old favorite, is based on ABC's classic "Wide World of Sports" series, The Superstars, which pitted athletes from all different sports against each other to determine the best athlete in the world. Eight celebrities are paired with eight professional male and female athletes to compete against each other in varying sporting events. Each week a team will be eliminated until one team is ultimately crowned the winner. The six-episode series will be shot entirely on location at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The finale is set for Tuesday, July 28. As for rest of Tuesday, it is unknown still what will air from 9-11pm starting June 23. And it is unknown what will air following the run of The Superstars starting August 4. As I said, this is only the first batch details.
Moving on to Wednesdays, as we mentioned, Wipeout will have its season premiere on a new night starting Wednesday, May 27 at 8pm. And ABC has 16 episodes this season, well one aired already, as ABC aired the Wipeout Bowl (the 6th one produced) on Super Bowl Sunday. We get new obstacles and a new twist to the big balls! Cannot wait for this as this will last throughout the summer on Wednesdays at 8! Following Wipeout, for six weeks, as we mentioned we get the animated comedy The Goode Family! The Goode Family is a new animated series from he King of the Hill crew Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. With standards always changing, no matter how hard you try to be good, it's virtually impossible these days... especially for the Goode family. Gerald and Helen Goode are a couple who live by the motto WWAGD ("What Would Al Gore Do?"). We first thought the series would be aired back-to-back at 9pm & 9:30pm, but now that is not the case. It will air in the 9pm half-hour only. So we get 6 of the 13 episodes produced. Following The Goode Family will be the new night of the Bob Saget sitcom Surviving Suburbia. That sitcom launched to decent ratings on Monday at 9:30 and will air five more times in that slot (through May 11) before moving to Wednesdays at 9:30pm starting May 27 for six more episodes for an original summer run. So ABC will air at least 12 of the 13 episodes produced. I really think this sitcom has potential and ABC could use it next fall to launch new traditional comedies. Both comedies will run through Wednesday, July 1. Starting Wednesday, July 8, we get a second season of the game show I Survived a Japanese Game Show! It is an unscripted reality/game show -- actually a show within a show - that takes an eye-opening, behind-the-scenes look at 12 Americans who are whisked away to Japan to compete in the ultimate Japanese game show. This season we get 10 episodes, so it will last into September. It is unknown what ABC will do at 10pm, but The Unusuals has five episodes remaining in its first season episode order if they want to air originals of that. The series launched last night to good ratings. The series will air for four more straight weeks through May 6, before the Lost two-episode season finale on May 13. So five episodes will for sure air out of its ten episode order. If ABC chooses to air the remaining five in the summer, it would air from May 27 through June 24, for five straight weeks. That would give ABC an entire night of originals on Wednesdays from 8-11pm. If that is the case with The Unusuals, they have not announced what would air Wednesdays at 10pm starting July 1. Or they could hold those episodes for next fall, if the series returns.
There has been nothing announced for Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. We have specials and stuff, though. Thursday, May 28 will be The Scripps National Spelling Bee from 8-10pm, as we told you. And Sunday, May 24 is the first part of the miniseries Diamonds from 9-11pm, also as we told you. It concludes on Tuesday, May from 9-11pm. ABC has another miniseries in the works called Impact.
Finally, Saturdays at 10pm is a rotating wheel to burn-off remaining episodes of canceled series. Pushing Daisies returns to the schedule from Saturday, May 30 through Saturday, June 13 at 10:00pm for its final three episodes. Then Eli Stone returns on Saturday, June 20 through Saturday, July 11 at 10:00pm for its final four episodes. Then finally Dirty Sexy Money returns on Saturday, July 18 through August 8 at 10:00pm for its final four episodes (which includes the unaired Thanksgiving episode!). It'll be weird seeing the Thanksgiving episode first since they aired three other episodes after that.
Well there you have it, the first batch of ABC summer. Of course more timeslots needs to be announced and we will let you know as soon as we hear what they are! Will Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? return in August for its 10th anniversary? We shall see!

First quarter 2009 has been a record breaking time for ION Television, with double digit growth in primetime viewership among households as well as in the key adults 25-54 demo. ION has delivered more adults 25-54 than at any other time in its history and ION's top five most watched episodes ever in households (HH) all aired during the first three months of this year. ION's extraordinary growth is a continued reflection of the success of its strategy to build viewership through its acquisitions of critically acclaimed off-network series in primetime.
Primetime delivery for households was up 26%, while adults 25-54 rose 44%, year over year. Also during this time period, viewership for adults 25-54 exhibited double digit growth across every hour in primetime: The 8:00 PM hour was up 20%, the 9:00 PM hour grew 49% and the 10:00 PM hour rose 62%.
ION's primetime off-network series continue to deliver. NCIS and Boston Legal have both grown significantly since their launch in fourth quarter 2008. In fact, NCIS delivered ION's top five most watched episodes ever (HH), reinforcing ION's mission in attracting more viewers than ever. NCIS averaged over one million total viewers in first quarter 2009, up 27% among households and up 31% among adults 25-54. Boston Legal's first quarter 2009 performance has grown 18% among households and 17% among adults 25-54.
ION's ratings gains provide the network with considerable momentum as it prepares its programming schedule for the 2009-10 season and beyond. That schedule will feature 12 originally produced movies a year, the new first-run series Durham County, The Border and The Guard; and the newly acquired off-network hits Ghost Whisperer and Criminal Minds.
Speaking of ION Television, they have just announced some changes to April. They are not major changes, though. All of the RHI movies have been pulled for the rest of April. So this Saturday (April 11) from 6-11pm we will get a M*A*S*H marathon instead. Other replacements include a Boston Legal block on Friday, April 17 from 8-11pm, big screen movies and more M*A*S*H. We already told you for May, the RHI movies would be leaving, so now it is earlier than planned. The Lonesome Dove four part mini-series is still slated to air the weekend of May 2-3, then after that there is no more RHI movies scheduled. More mainstream big screen movies will air. Check out the revised April schedule so you know what is on a particular day.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

TV One November 2008 Highlights; New Partridge Family Possibly Soon on NBC; Tonight's Preview

This November on TV One there will not be much in terms of series television highlights, but we do have a few still! Thursday, November 27 is Thanksgiving Day and TV One has a Holiday Weekend full of Family, Fun, Music, and More to keep viewers high on holiday spirit through Sunday, November 30. I will only discuss the series highlights. On Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 27), catch Thanksgiving episodes of TV One sitcoms Good Times, All of Us, The Hughleys, Living Single and Martin from 8am-2pm and again from 1am-6am at night.
On Friday, November 28 (Black Friday) beginning at 8pm, let the good times roll as TV One presents the Good Times family sitcom mega-thon. As viewers are spending time with their families during this family holiday weekend, they can also spend time with the Evans family and relive those special moments that make family so special in our hearts while the antics of J.J. and the crew will keep viewers laughing in this 24-hour mega-thon event.
On Sunday, November 30 concluding Thanksgiving weekend, beginning at 12pm through 8pm, TV One airs an All of Us Family Edition marathon that features episodes focused on family issues and themes to keep viewers in the family holiday spirit. The marathon will also be seen from 2-6am.

The Partridge Family is possibly headed for a return to the small screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. NBC has picked up a contemporary single-camera pilot on the classic ABC '70s sitcom. The show's writer, Jeff Rake, is a fan of the 1970s sitcom who plans to "turn the premise on its head," as he calls it. "In the original, the kids actually recruited their mom to front the band, which I can't see happening in any family on this planet," he said. "The new version will reflect what seems to me to be the more realistic family band scenario these days: a struggling, sort of well-meaning mom pimping her kids in order to create a wholesome-slash-sexy cash cow."
Oh boy. If this is picked up to an actual series order, will NBC have more success with this than attempts for Bionic Woman, American Gladiators, and Knight Rider? It remains to be seen. For fans of the classic series, the third season DVD comes out Oct. 14, so buy it if you want more seasons. See our full DVD review.

Tonight is the long awaited returns of Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, and Dirty Sexy Money on ABC. They haven't aired since last December due to the writers' strike, and ABC is relaunching them all tonight. They were last fall's number one shows on Wednesday night in 18-49. I expect that to happen once again. Anyway, the reason I'm mentioning this is because I've seen all three season premieres and I want to share with you all what I thought. Check out my thoughts on the Wednesday premieres.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Blog DVD Reviews: Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money: The Complete First Seasons (Sept. 16)

It is Saturday, so that must mean it is time for the weekly "Blog DVD Review." This week on the Blog DVD Review we take a look at ABC Studios/Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Private Practice: The Complete 1st Season Extended Edition & Dirty Sexy Money: The Complete 1st Season Exposed . Private Practice is the hit spin-off series of Grey's Anatomy that saw Addison (Kate Walsh) move to Los Angeles to work at her best friend's 'private practice' as she tries to heat it up with a fellow doctor (Tim Daly) there as well. Dirty Sexy Money is about the absurdly wealthy Darling family of New York City who mix with the wrong people and become embroiled in untenable situations, while their family lawyer Nick George (Peter Krause) is there to take care of their legal needs -- which often run into shady territory. See my Blog DVD reviews of Private Practice: The Complete 1st Season Extended Edition & Dirty Sexy Money: The Complete 1st Season Exposed:

Private Practice: The Complete 1st Season - Extended Edition (Buena Vista, $39.99) brings the first season of the Grey's Anatomy spin-off starring Kate Walsh on DVD for the first time! Dr. Addison Montgomery leaves Seattle Grace Hospital for Los Angeles in order to join a private practice that her best friend Naomi runs that has a group of other doctors (Pete, Cooper, Violet, Sam) specializing in various fields.
The series will return to its Wednesdays at 9PM timeslot on ABC this coming season after having its first season cut short due to the writers' strike. The series stars Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery (Obstetrics & Gynecology, Genetic Counseling), Timy Daly as Dr. Pete Wilder (Complementary Medicine), Audra McDonald as Dr. Naomi Bennett (Endocrinology & Fertility), Paul Adelstein as Dr. Cooper Freedman (Pediatrics), KaDee Strickland as Dr. Charolotte King (Chief of Staff at the neaby hospital), Chris Lowell as Dell Parker (Receptionist/Nurse), with Taye Diggs as Dr. Sam Bennett (Internal Medicine), and Amy Brenneman as Dr. Violet Turner (Psychiatry). Among the specials guests are James Pickens Jr., Rebecca Mader, Brett Cullen, Valerie Mahaffey, Sara Gilbert, Joy Lauren, and David Sutcliffe.
This first season is somewhat good, but it could be better, however only 9 episodes aired this past season due to the writers' strike. This coming season it'll find its footing and find itself. I have seen the season premiere already and it is the best episode yet. Season premiere is October 1. The show started as a back-door pilot on Grey's Anatomy. Some good first season episodes include the series' first episode , "In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else," where Addison resigns from Seattle Grace and heads to the Oceanside Wellness Group in L.A. where she was offered a job. In "In Which Addison Finds the Magic," Addison and Pete treat a recently married couple who are having sexual problems. In "In Which Addison Finds a Showerhead," Naomi's daughter drops by the clinic to see Addison because she thinks she may have an STD...but does she? While Sam answers a dangerous house call, love or at least sex is in the air at Oceanside Wellness as Pete and Addison decide to take their relationship to the next level in "In Which Sam Gets Taken For A Ride." The episodes run usually close to 43 minutes (unless it is an extended episode, which I will discuss a bit later) or just above...unedited of course with all the great music intact. There are about 7 or 8 chapter stops per episode. The video is digitally mastered and is in widescreen and looks very good! The audio is great and sounds very good, as it is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. This is from the 2007-08 season, so it had better be good.
Packaging has an outer box that you can remove from the right then you'll see the digipak case inside. The outer box's cover has a nice sunset setting with palm trees and we have shots of all eight of our stars. The show logo is on the top near the sunset sky. The back of the box has that sunset sky with bigger palm trees this time, with information on the set and has some screen shots from episodes that feature all eight of our stars. There is also a section detailing the bonus features box with technical specifications also. On the case itself, we have a nice cast photo on the front with the show logo and a nice orange background, that fits a sunset setting. The back of the case has the same style, with a screenshot of Sam and Dell. Opening the case, on the left side we see a pocket that holds inserts and on the pocket itself we see a sunset and palm trees. On the right side, we see screenshots of Charlotte, Naomi, and Addison. There are three inserts in the left side pocket. The first is very cool -- a collectible map in which we see where the doctors work, live, and play. Nice photos and bios of each character are also available, along with an episode breakdown per disc. Then there is an insert for other ABC Studios products like Grey's Anatomy Season 4 and Samantha Who Season 1. That insert also has an ad for the General Hospital on ABC. The last thing enclosed is a Blue-ray disc catalog for such products as Coyote Ugly and Lost Season 3. Then we open the case one final time, in the middle we see discs one & two (overlapping, ugh) and the right side we see disc three. Each disc matches the set's color scheme, that sunset color and has nice character artwork. Disc one has episodes 1-4 with artwork of Addison & Pete. Disc two has episodes 5-8 and has artwork of Sam & Naomi and Dell. Disc three has episode 9 and the bonus features with artwork of Charlotte & Cooper and Violet. When you remove the discs, the panels have nice artwork.
The menu screen has clips in the background with the closing theme playing in the background audio wise. The options on the main menu are Play All, Episode Selection, Audio Commentary (discs one and two), Set Up, Bonus Features (disc three), and Sneak Peeks (disc three). But before the main menu screen comes on disc one, we get some auto sneak peeks of other DVDs: Samantha Who, Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, and Lost. Sneak Peeks option is only found on disc four on the main menu and has previews of many titles like Desperate Housewives Season 4 DVD and ABC promos of the new season of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice itself. Set Up section has the option of subtitles in English, French or Spanish and how you can register your DVD. The Episodes option gives us the episode number, title and a screenshot. Bonus Features option is only on disc three and it has all the extras listed, the same goes for Audio Commentary option on discs one and two. All of the sub-menus have different background music.
Moving on the bonus features. We get two extended episodes with never before scenes! Those two episodes are ... the first episode "In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else" running 45:38 and "In Which Addison Finds the Magic" running even longer at 47:25. Three episodes get the audio commentary treatment, first on disc one is the first episode "In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else," (yes, the extended version) by creator/Executive Producer Shona Rhimes, Executive Producer Betsy Beers and Series Star Kate Walsh. We also get an audio commentary track for "In Which Sam Gets Taken For A Ride," on disc two from Actors Amy Brenneman and Paul Adelstein. The final audio commentary is under Bonus Features on disc three for the season finale "In Which Sam Gets Taken For A Ride," by Taye Diggs and Chris Lowell.
The next extra is an interview featurette titled "Kate Walsh: Practice Makes Perfect," running 32:33. This is a very good detailed extra that gives us the life and career thus far of Kate Walsh...it almost felt like an episode of Biography. Interviewed are Harland & Angela Embree (her parents), Joseph Walsh (brother), Kate Walsh, Jane Hantsinger (best friend), Shira Piven (director/teacher), Joyce Piven (Piven Theatre), Adam McKay (filmmaker), Paul Adelstein, Bruce Helford (executive producer of Drew Carey Show), Mike O' Malley, Tiffany Kuzon (manager), Jesse Dylan (director), Betsy Beers, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, Sara Ramirez, Audra McDonald, KaDee Strickland, Mark Tinker (executive producer/director), Alex Young (husband), Vicki Wagner, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Taye Diggs, Chris Lowell, and James Pickens Jr.
The next featurette is called the "Alternate Ensemble: Behind the Scenes of Private Practice." It runs 14:28 and we get a taste how this show is an ensemble and how great the cast really is. Interviewed are Betsy Beers, Amy Brenneman, Kate Walsh, Mark Tinker, Tim Daly, Paul Adelstein, Audra McDonald, Chris Lowell and KaDee Strickland.
Then we have six "Deleted Scenes" that are always interesting to see...longest running 2:50 and shorted at 0:32. Finally, we have some "Bloopers" (3:23)...yes, bloopers! See all the goofs and play on the set!
I recommend this series and set...it is an ABC Studios DVD, so it is good. This series will have potential to really break out this coming season and what better way for you to see that in watching these first nine episodes where the show got started. The show got better a bit by the end of the year, but the writers' strike ruined the season and momentum. It will find its footing this season and I saw the season premiere in advance already and it is very well written episode with good storylines and two great medical stories. You'll want to tune in for sure, but you need to refresh yourself, catch up or get started with these nine episodes first! ABC Studios did a marvelous job as usual, but the extras seemed lower in quantity than other ABC shows, but still an abundant amount. Catch up and move to Los Angeles with Addison, but you better hurry before the second season premieres October 1 at 9/8 central on ABC. The relationships, the cases, this show has it all!
-- Reviewed by Pavan
(4.5/5 stars)

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Dirty Sexy Money: The Complete 1st Season (Buena Vista, $39.99) brings the first season of the new primetime soap that is in the same league as Dynasty and Dallas on DVD for the first time! Keeping America's richest family out of trouble, out of jail, out of the headlines and out of his personal life may be more than lawyer Nick George bargained for when he became entangled in the lives of the Darlings. The Darlings encounter paternity suits, illicit affairs, divorces, extravagant parties, and outlandish spending.
The series will return on air in its Wednesdays at 10PM timeslot on ABC this coming season after having its first season cut short due to the writers' strike. The sexy series stars Peter Krause as Nick George, Donald Sutherland as Tripp Darling, William Baldwin as Patrick Darling, Natalie Zea as Karen Darling, Glenn Fitzgerald as Brian Darling, Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling, Samaire Armstrong as Juliet Darling, Zoe McLellan as Lisa George, with Blair Underwood as Simon Elder, and Jill Clayburgh as Letitia Darling. Recurring are Daniel Cosgrove as Freddy, Chloe Moretz as Kiki George, Will Shadley as Brian Jr., Bellamy Young as Ellen Darling, Candis Cayne as Carmelita, Shawn Michael Patrick as Clark the Chauffeur, Tamara Feldman as Natalie Kimpton, Laura Margolis as Daisy, and Sofia Vergara as Sofia Montoya. Among the specials guests are Dan Rather and Gina Torres.
This first season is very good. Only 10 episodes aired this past due to the writers' strike, so the show didn't get to flex all of its muscles yet. They actually shot 13 episodes but decided to hold those three episodes for season two, but now the producers have decided to scrap those three and implement some of those storylines into season two itself. I have seen the season premiere, "The Birthday Present," which is #205 (so the fifth one shot, so have they scrapped the first four? Who knows, but this episode I saw was brilliant. I'll get into it a bit later. Anyway, back to season one...some classic episodes include the series pilot, "Pilot," when attorney Nick George's father dies, Nick takes over his law practice and must take care of the Darlings and their problems, including human trafficking, illegitimate children, and illicit affairs. In "The Italian Banker," Nick tries to fix things when the Darlings are blackmailed over a sex tape starring a family member. In "The Chiavennasca," Tripp sends Nick to a vineyard in Italy to get information about his father's death. Karen is getting married, but her strong desire for Nick might be more of a distraction than she could have ever thought, in "The Wedding." In "The Watch," secrets about Dutch (Nick's father) and the relationships he had with Nick, Tripp, and Letitia are revealed via flashbacks. Those episodes really stand out, but they are all very good, I think...anything Greg Berlanti gets his hand on is good. Craig Wright created the series. The episodes run usually close to 43 minutes or at 43...unedited of course with all the great music intact. There are about 7 or 8 chapter stops per episode. The video is digitally mastered and is in widescreen and looks very good! The audio is great and sounds very good, as it is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. As with Private Practice, this is from the 2007-08 season, so it had better be good.
Packaging has an outer box that you can remove from the right then you'll see the digipak case inside. The outer box's cover has nice black and white headshots of the cast, with a black background ad lettering in white, pink and green. The show logo is in the middle. The back of the box has a color scheme of black, like the front, with three color screenshots in the pink, white, green borders. Nice details on the show and set is also there along with a nice quote from the New York Times on the top. There is also a section detailing the bonus features box with technical specifications below that out of the box. On the case itself, we have a nice color cast photo on the front with the show logo on top with the word Exposed on the bottom in green. The back of the case is Tripp themed...with three screenshots of Tripp with a family member on the left and a bigger screenshot on the right side of Tripp and wife Letitia. Opening the case, on the left side we see a pocket that holds inserts and on the pocket itself we see that very cool show logo in white,pink, and green. On the right side, we see the twins themed screenshots and a big promotional photo of the twins (Jeremy and Juliet). There are three inserts in the left side pocket. The first is very cool -- a National Enquirer type mini-newspaper titled the DSM Observer. It's "The Darling News You Need to Know," a nice two-pager with scandalous stories, along with an episode breakdown per disc. Then there is an insert for other ABC Studios products like Private Practice Season 1 and Lost Season 4. That insert also has an ad for the General Hospital on ABC. The last thing enclosed is a Blue-ray disc catalog for such products as Coyote Ugly and Lost Season 3. Underneath the inserts we get nice black & white screenshots. Then we open the case one final time, in the middle we see discs one & two (overlapping, ugh) and the right side we see disc three. Each disc matches the set's color scheme, the black with lettering in white, pink & green and has nice character artwork. Disc one has episodes 1-4 with artwork of bundles of money. Disc two has episodes 5-8 and has artwork of lots of jewelery. Disc three has episodes 9-10 and the bonus features with artwork of two nice cars. When you remove the discs, the panels have nice artwork.
The menu screen has snapshots of the characters with the theme music playing in the background. The options on the main menu are Play All, Episode Selection, Set Up, Bonus Features, and Sneak Peeks (disc three only). But before the main menu screen comes on disc one, we get some auto sneak peeks of other DVDs: Private Practice, Samantha Who, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters. Sneak Peeks option is only found on disc three on the main menu and has previews of many titles like Ugly Betty Season 2 DVD and ABC promos of the new season of Brothers & Sisters and Dirty Sexy Money itself. Set Up section we have the option of subtitles in English, French or Spanish and how to register your DVD. The Episodes option gives us the episode number, title and a screenshot. Bonus Features has all the extras listed. All of the sub-menus have different background music.
Moving on the bonus features. Three episodes get the audio commentary treatment, first on disc one for the pilot episode "Pilot," by creator Craig Wright, executive producers Greg Berlanti & Matthew Gross, actors Peter Krause & Natalie Zea, and director Peter Horton. We also get an audio commentary track for the episode "The Bridge," on disc two from Craig Wright, actors Peter Krause, Seth Gabel & Zoe McLellan and writers Jesse Brickman & Peter Gilkoff. The final commentary track is on third and final disc for the episode "The Watch," with Craig Wright, actors William Baldwin, Glenn Fitzgerald, Candis Cayne, Will Shadley, director Andrew Bernstein, and writer Yahlin Chang.
Then we have eight deleted scenes that are always interesting to see...and we get more scandals in these, with the highest running 3:48 and lowest at 0:40. Then we have four featurettes that are very good. First one is, "The Road to Excess: Making Dirty Sexy Money" (20:24) and it tells us everything we need to know about the series and how it was formed and has interviews with Peter Horton, Peter Krause, Craig Wright, Greg Berlanti, Matthew Gross, Donald Sutherland, Glenn Fitzgerald, Will Shadley, director Tim Matheson, director Michael Grossman, Natalie Zea, Jill Clayburgh, Blair Underwood, William Baldwin, Bellamy Young, Seth Gabel, Tamara Feldman, Samaire Armstrong, and Zoe McClellan. Then we have "Enter the Penthouse: A VIP Set Tour" (7:17) where we see the set and how it was made. The pilot was shot in New York, but the rest of the episodes the penthouse is on a soundstage on a set in L.A. Interviewed are Craig Wright, Greg Berlanti and production designer Steven Wolf. Then we have a neat wardrobe featurette titled "Haute Couture: Dressing the Darlings" (6:49) where we see those nice clothes the cast wears. Discussing it are Craig Wright, costume designer Roberta Haze, wardrobe department's Brian Mahon, Seth Gabel, Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland, Samaire Armstrong, Natalie Zea and Jill Clayburgh. We're not done yet...then we have "The Other Woman: Candis Cayne" (5:26). Candis is a real-life transvestite, in case you didn't know. This talks about that and her character Carmelita. Interviewed are Craig Wright, Greg Berlanti, Matthew Gross, Candis Cayne, William Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, and executive producer Josh Relms. Finally, we have some "Tripp Ups!" (3:04)...yes, bloopers! Clever name!
I highly recommend this series and set. It well-written, well acted show, and scandoulous! It is unfortunate the show only had 10 episodes last season due to the writers' strike and this DVD gives us those, but this coming season we will see the show blossom even more. I saw the season premiere, and it is even more dirtier and sexier than before! It is an amazing season premiere that will keep you guessing and stunned. So tune in October 1 for that. As for season one, ABC Studios did a marvelous job and the special features are great and I think better than Private Practice's extras. Tripp orders you to buy this DVD and get ready for the second season on ABC which will feature the addition of Lucy Liu, the object of all men's affections (she even has a steamy scene in her first episode...dirtier indeed!) So get it 'done' before Tripp or Simon or whoever is behind all this mystery gets you. As many of the characters say, "Done!"
-- Reviewed by Pavan
(5/5 stars)

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

SOAPnet September Fall 2008 Schedule; Bernie Mac Tribute on Larry King Live TONIGHT; Slight Nick at Nite Change; Sony's Cross-Country Seinfeld Tour

This September on SOAPnet, two shows will be expiring while we get two marathons. First, the shows expiring are Dallas and Melrose Place. Dallas was airing weeknights at 4:00am, and it will be replaced by I Wanna Be A Soap Star effective September 1. Melrose Place was airing weekdays at 11am and 12 noon, and it will be leaving effective Sept. 15 being replaced by more Beverly Hills 90210. Melrose Place joined the SOAPnet line-up in September 2004, so its four-year term was up and SOAPnet did not renew.
As for other schedule changes...there isn't much. An extra One Tree Hill will be added on Saturday mornings at 7am, so it will air back-to-back from 7-9am on Saturdays now. And on Sundays two more back-to-back episodes will air from 10am-12pm replacing a Movie.
As for September stunts, on Labor Day, SOAPnet will have a 24-hour marathon of Beverly Hills 90210 titled "The BFF's of BH." The marathon starts Sunday, Aug. 31 at 11:59pm and runs until 11:59pm on Monday, Sept. 1! SOAPnet will air the ABC fall preview special a few times as well. The special focuses on ABC's Wednesday night dramas (Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, Dirty Sexy Money) and is titled ABC Wednesday Night Starter Kit. We will have more details on that special in our yearly Fall Previews Special post in the coming weeks. Airings on SOAPnet are Saturday, Sept. 13 at 4:30pm and Friday, September 26 at 5:00am.
Finally, SOAPnet will air all 10 first season episodes of the ABC drama Dirty Sexy Money on Saturday, September 27 from 9am-7pm. The marathon is just in time for the second season premiere on ABC on Wednesday, October 1 at 10pm ET/PT. This is a must see series as The Darlings family is today's version of The Carringtons or the Ewings...so if you have not seen an episode yet, this is your chance to catch up since it is only 10 episodes and get ready to watch season two on ABC!
View the full SOAPnet September 2008 fall line-up.

The "Original Kings of Comedy" remember the late Bernie Mac tonight on Larry King Live at 9pm ET on CNN. D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey come together to pay tribute to the comedian only on Larry King Live. It will encore at 12 midnight ET, if you miss it.

Late yesterday afternoon Nick at Nite announced the Mon-Thurs 8:30pm slot would go back to Nickelodeon effective immediately. As a result, Family Matters will not air in that slot anymore, and the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh will air instead. Sorry we couldn't give you notice yesterday, but we did post it on our message boards. Family Matters is doing very well on Nick at Nite and will continue in its other time slots.

Today Sony Pictures Television (SPT) will set out on a 26-city, 10,000 mile "Seinfeld Campus Tour" in a 60-foot long Seinfeld branded, bio-diesel fueled bus experience designed to integrate the show directly into the digital, on-the-move, multi-tasking lifestyle of college students and members of the 70 million plus millennial demographic.
In addition to numerous tailored promotional events during the "The Seinfeld Campus Tour," participants coast-to-coast will have access the fully-equipped tour bus, wherein they can enjoy Seinfeld-inspired snacks and engage in a wide-variety of Seinfeld-themed experiences.
In its current season in syndication, Seinfeld consistently ranks as the #1 off-network comedy across all key men and adult demographics, and still stands as one of the highest rated of any off-net sitcom on television with airings on both broadcast stations and TBS. It airs in 197 markets, covering 99% of the country. Seinfeld has been renewed for a third cycle by its stations and second cycle in cable, keeping the show on the air through 2011.
View more information on this Seinfeld Campus tour!

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