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Archive: May, 2012

POSTED: Monday, May 21, 2012, 4:23 PM
Jesse and Walt work out their complicated relationship

The good news: AMC announced today that Breaking Bad will return for its fifth season on July 15th. Fans of the show know some of the bad news already. The fifth is also the last season of the gritty drama starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.

It gets worse. The 16 episodes will be broken badly -- eight starting this summer, and then the concluding eight in the summer of 2013.

POSTED: Friday, May 18, 2012, 11:17 AM

Abandon hope, America. Based on this trailer of Keeping up with the kardashians  seventh season which kicks off Sunday on E!, there really is no chance of maintaining pace with the dark Amazons.

See for yourself.

POSTED: Friday, May 18, 2012, 10:23 AM
Everybody step forward. Not so fast, Josh.

Well, somebody had to go. The suspenseful choice on American Idol last night came down to Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez or Joshua Ledet. Only two could progress to next week’s finals at the Nokia Theater. So who would suffer the most painful cut of all? Decisions, decisions.

In one sense, it didn’t matter. Whoever was chosen, the judges were going to be unhappy and I was going to mock the people’s choice. So stand back and let us do our jobs.

POSTED: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 4:49 PM

The CW was the last of the networks to announce its lineup for next season at a gathering on Thursday at the New York City Center. And it will be the last to roll them out, waiting until October to debut its new shows. Worth the wait?

You be the judge. Here’s a taste of the CW’s three fall series:

Stephen Ammell stars in Arrow as a billionaire playboy by day and a vigilante crime-fighter by night. Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Willa Holland and David Ramsey co-star

POSTED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 1:58 PM
Lindsay Lohan and Rex Lee pick the winning choir

They finally did it. Those plucky kids from New Directions. It took a two hour episode, the iron will of Coach Sue and the music of Meat Loaf (?) but our favorite Fox show choir won the Nationals.

They did it in typically implausible fashion. I did mention Meat Loaf, right?

POSTED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 10:24 AM
Maria and Derek await the judges' comments on Monday (ABC)

Brief recap: At the end of Monday’s competition, which judge Len Goodman called “the best semifinal ever”, Maria Menounos and her partner Derek Hough sat atop the leaderboard with a near perfect 59 points. They were trailed by William Levy and Cheryl Burke, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd and in last place Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas.

It’s important to remember that order because on Tuesday night’s results show which set up next week’s finals, that hierarchy got stood on its head.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 10:50 AM
Howard urges on The Sexy Saxophonist

America’s Got Talent certainly gave it a monumental buildup. The NBC summer series kicked off its seventh season last night with a helicopter shot of host Nick Cannon standing atop a pinnacle, screaming “Are you ready for the revolution? Howard Stern!”

Then there was a long video montage of various talking heads all obsessing about Howard’s new gig, set curiously to the strains of the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil”.

POSTED: Monday, May 14, 2012, 11:39 AM

The episode was entitled “A Man Without Honor” a description which clearly belongs to Jaime Lannister. But by the end of this hour, Jaime wasn’t the only character facing death, nor the only one without honor.

In one of Game of Thrones’s most riveting episodes there was death and danger on every front. This recap from HBO will catch you up with some of plots.

About this blog

A true child of TV, David Hiltbrand has worked as a critic at People and as a columnist and editor at TV Guide.

Reach David at dhiltbrand@phillynews.com.

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