Mike Bowers
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Mike Bowers

Mike is a TV-obsessed actor and writer living in Los Angeles, California.

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As I’ve been watching shows this season, I’ve noticed that many of them have something in common: Bigger is better. By this I mean, more explosions, higher concepts and completely over-the-top storylines. Take, for example, several of this season’s new shows. In Blindspot, a woman (Jaime Alexander) is found in

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Last year, if a TV show wasn’t performing well right off the bat, broadcast networks would pull it off the air after only two or three episodes, replacing it with reruns of something else, or burning through one of their other new shows. This was especially true for pretty much

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I have been a fan of the Muppets ever since I can remember. A Muppet Christmas Carol is my favorite Christmas movie. If the movies are on Netflix, I’m watching them. They have always been clever, punny, hilarious, witty, and completely endearing. The Muppets on ABC are not those Muppets.

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Every season, the networks try to reinvent the wheel of television, looking for what isn’t represented in their lineups and supply it, often with very few surprises or innovative shows. Last season, the big push was diversity, with shows like Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, Cristela, Jane the Virgin and

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Last season, Empire was a breakout hit for FOX and was easily the biggest new show of last season, breaking records and challenging expectations over the course of twelve episodes, even nabbing an Emmy nomination for Taraji P Henson. This coming season, the show has been expanded to eighteen episodes

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Jason Voorhees is back….again. I’m not talking about the sequel to the 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th that comes out next year. The CW will be airing a series based around the classic killer come next fall (2016). The show is one of several properties in development at The

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The Slap, an adaptation of an Australian series of the same name, was not the best TV I’ve ever seen. It centers around a grown man slapping a misbehaving child, and the ensuing trial surrounding the incident. It was a mediocre series but it had a really fantastic finale. Except

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If you’ve been following my Glee reviews, then you know I have some serious issues with the show. Its inconsistent plots, poor character development, contradictory character choices and lack of direction have plagued me for months during this final season and I’ve been looking forward to the finale with….well, with

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So much happened during Wednesday night’s Empire finale that I’m still trying to process it all. But I’ll try to break it down for you. Everyone is still mad at Lucious (Terrence Howard) for actual legitimate reasons, but how they treat him causes him to react in completely irrational, childish

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Finally! An episode of Glee with good music! It’s been many weeks since I could say that. Not that the music has been bad, per se. It’s just been…unimpressive. But now that Sectionals are happening, the good stuff is back at last. I’ll get to the music later. As I

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On Empire this week, Lucious (Terrence Howard) is about to lose control…and he doesn’t like it. As Empire Records moves closer to going public, he wants to ensure that nothing goes wrong, and he makes his decisions based on delusions, bigotry and fear more than anything else. Right from the

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I can’t tell whether I’m glad that Glee is acknowledging its issues, or irritated that it’s creating convenient plot devices to get around them. In this week’s episode, Glee solves the ever-present problem of not enough New Directions to go to Sectionals by burning down Dalton Academy, and just like

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Now that all the alumni storylines are wrapped up, Glee is turning its focus to the new kids. The fact that this hasn’t happened since they were introduced has been a constant annoyance for me this season, and Kitty (Becca Tobin) summed it up perfectly: “Are we actually going to

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This week’s episode of Empire starts at a high intensity and stays there the entire episode as the Lyon family goes into crisis mode. Cookie (Taraji P Henson) discovers that Anika (Grace Gealey) went to Beretti (Judd Nelson) and tells Lucious (Terrence Howard). Just like that, Anika and Lucious are

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Well, it’s all over, folks. We know all the answers, all the whodunits and there’s nothing left to discuss. Wait. No. We’re talking about How to Get Away with Murder here. There are still so many questions! Okay, let’s start at the beginning. In the two part finale, the big

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This week’s Empire is all about family and is structured so well, that it’s no surprise that it was written and directed by show creator Danny Strong. The episode starts with a flashback of Cookie (Taraji P Henson) saying goodbye to her family for the last time before she goes

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