Julie Benz has become the latest star to join the TV sequel to Training Day.

The actress, perhaps best known for playing Rita in Dexter, is playing Hollywood madam Holly McCabe, who “takes pride in how well she treats her girls” (via Deadline).

The CBS pilot is set 15 years after the events of the original 2001 movie, which starred Denzel Washington.

The reimagining focuses on two cops who are partnered together – the morally ambiguous veteran detective Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton) and an idealistic young officer named Kyle Craig.?

Katrina Law (Arrow), Drew Van Acker and Lex Scott Davis will also appear in the pilot.

Since Dexter, Benz has starred in shows including No Ordinary Family andDefiance. She’s currently recurring in Hawaii Five-0, and also played Darla inBuffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.


March 18 2016

Thanks to the bestie, Holly for doing the caps for us.

[111] 6×08 – Piko Pau ‘iole (The Artful Dodger)
[107] 6×09 – Hana Keaka (Charade)
[117] 6×10 – Ka Makau Kaa Kaua (The Sweet Science)

March 4 2016

The thriller “Circle” takes the concept of the locked-room mystery and takes it up to 11 by having 50 suspects and potential victims all in one room. Everyone stuck in this room and circle of death is always two minutes away from being killed, but also has the potential of being a killer. It’s an interesting premise that must have been very difficult to write let alone shoot with a massive cast, and for the most part it remains compelling even if the ending is a bit underwhelming.

The action opens with 50 people who slowly awaken to find themselves standing on red circles in a dark room around a black sphere in the ground. All of these people are strangers who have no idea how they got into the room, but the general concensus is aliens must be behind their abduction. In any case if anyone moves away from their designated circle they are immediately zapped by a bolt of lighting shot from the sphere in the middle, and are then dragged away into the darkness by some invisible force. There is no way to know what the bolt does, but death seems to be the obvious result.

The real kicker comes when all of the abductees realize they actually have a way of voting for the next person to get zapped. Every two minutes the laser begins to activate and arrows that only the participants can see are pointed at the remaining people. By clapping their hands at the right moment the abductees can vote for a certain person if they so choose. If they do not vote, a random person is zapped. Once the rules of the game are discovered, someone has the bright idea to select who should die, and this becomes a disturbing sociological experiment.

All of the abductees represent different ages, social statuses, and race. There are white people, black people, Asians, Hispanics, bank managers, a cop, a soldier, a criminal, mothers, students, a lesbian, and a priest. In order to gain time one person suggests the crowd votes to kill off the old people first because they are going to die soon anyway. At first most people agree, but then the question arises of what exactly counts as old? Should they draw the line at 50? How about 45? As the number of participants dwindles, people start to be targeted for other reasons such as their jobs, race, and values. Of course if you are behaving like a complete jackass the chances of you being targeted increases ten-folds.

Given the initial high number of participants involved there are no major actors involved except for Julie Benz (“Dexter,” “Defiance,” “Angel”) who plays a wife and mother who has been conveniently placed next to her husband. This gives the impression you are watching some sort of demented reality show, and of course makes you ask the question, “What would I do in this situation?” This becomes especially thrilling as the numbers become smaller and smaller, and the fact there is a little girl and a pregnant woman among the abductees.

Unfortunately for my taste the ultimate big reveal regarding the reason behind the game felt like a letdown as though writers and directors Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione could not come up with a creative resolution to their big set up. Still, sometimes the journey is better than the destination, and for the most part “Circle” is a fascinating and disturbing journey.

(“Circle” is available on V.O.D and is streaming on Netflix.)


January 12 2016

Webmistress Note: Title of post is not the original title of the press release.

New season premieres Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m.

Actress Tiffani Thiessen returns to Cooking Channel for a second serving of “Dinner at Tiffani’s,” premiering on Wednesday, Feb. 3 (8 p.m. ET). Throughout the 16 half-hour long episodes, Tiffani showcases her culinary talents and entertaining skills for throwing effortless get-togethers for family, friends and former castmates, where every dinner is filled with special guests, entertaining stories and party-pleasing recipes. From burger bashes to fiesta nights, and from campfire cookouts to farmer’s market fresh meals, guests will come for the party, but stay for the food.

Tiffani knows that delicious dishes and good company are the main ingredients for the perfect dinner party. Over the course of the season, her dinner menus include mouthwatering, crowd-pleasing recipes such as jumbo crab cakes and tartar sauce, citrus marinated beef fajitas and the juiciest ultimate lux burger topped with bacon and Tiffani’s special sauce.

The list of special guests RSVP’ing to attend in the new season includes Sasha Alexander, Bill Bellamy, Julie Benz, Dan Bucatinsky, Hilarie Burton, Eric Close, Neal Dodson, Ethan Embry, Jennifer Finnigan, Dave Foley, Daisy Fuentes, Catriona and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Clare Grant, Seth Green, Bill Horn, Vanessa Lachey, Matthew Lillard, Scout Masterson, Ross Mathews, Tim Meadows, George Newbern, Cheri Oteri, Naomi Priestly, Missi Pyle, Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott, Nicole Sullivan, Bree Turner, Cynthia Watros, Ashley Williams and Scott Wolf.

Fans can access Tiffani’s recipes, photo galleries and exclusive video interviews with dinner guests about their favorite restaurants, guilty pleasures, ideal date night dinner, and the most bizarre thing they have ever eaten on CookingChannelTV.com/Tiffani. They can also connect on Twitter using #DinneratTiffanis.

Thiessen, a versatile performer, has proven her talent from comedy to drama in a variety of film and television roles. She began her acting career with a starring role in the television series “Saved By the Bell,” portraying Kelly Kapowski. In 1993, Aaron Spelling cast her in “Beverly Hills, 90210” as Valerie Malone. Following that role, she made her feature film debut in “Son In Law” opposite Pauly Shore. Thiessen’s other feature roles include the comedy “Ladies Man,” the indie feature “Speedway Junky,” the comedy “Love Stinks,” and the horror/comedy spoof “Shriek! If You Know What I Did Last Friday 13th” opposite Tom Arnold. She most recently starred as Elizabeth Burke in the USA Network original comedy/crime drama series “White Collar,” which ran for six seasons. Tiffani currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

January 12 2016

Added 13 scans from the issue to the Gallery.

November 4 2015