The Drama Club: Why Do ‘Vampire Diaries’ Characters Keep Going AWOL?

Bonnie Finally Returns to Mystic Falls I have been contemplating putting out an APB for ‘Vampire Diaries‘  Bonnie (Katerina Graham).  She has not appeared in any episodes since her grandmother died, in episode 14. Due to the show’s lengthy hiatus, that means the teen witch has been MIA from Mystic Falls since February. Fortunately, this […]

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The Drama Club: Does ‘Desperate Housewives’ Serial Killer Reveal Make Sense?

The Butler Did It ‘Desperate Housewives’ finally revealed who has been stalking the women of Fairview. It’s Eddie (Joshua Zuckerman)! Wait, who?  You know. The dorky teenage boy with the long dark hair.  He was friends with Danny and had a full half dozen lines in a few episodes.   He seemed like a purely comic […]

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The Drama Club: ‘Treme’ Begins, ‘Life Unexpected’s Season Ends

Watching ‘Treme,’ HBO’s latest drama from David Simon, the co-creator of ‘The Wire,’ is a longterm investment.  As the man behind what many people agree is the greatest drama in television history, Simon has earned the freedom to tell stories in his unique style, eschewing the traditional conventions of television narrative. Simon plunks viewers down […]

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The Drama Club: ‘Gossip Girl’s Dorota On Her Wedding And The Art of Being A Bit Player

A great bit player can be a television show’s secret weapon.  I’m not talking about quirky supporting characters who are in every episode.  I mean the peripheral characters who pop up occasionally and offer a counterpoint to all the main characters drama. There’s barkeep Joe on ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ (Steven W. Bailey), foot amputating secretary Lois […]

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The Drama Club: ‘Justified’ Breaks FX Mold With Likable Progtagonist

FX has carved out a niche as the cable network for shows about immoral protagonists.  Building on the cable drama convention of the lawless anti-hero with a few redeeming qualities that began with HBO’s ‘The Sopranos,’ the network gave us shows about womanizing plastic surgeons (‘Nip/Tuck’), a cop who breaks the law (‘The Shield‘), an […]

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The Drama Club: ‘Miami Medical’ Takes ‘CSI’ To The Hospital

Friday at 10 p.m., ‘Miami Medical‘ — which CBS’s breathless promos hype as the first medical series from super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer — premieres.   After watching a screener of the first two episodes, I think it’s safe to say that if you like ‘CSI: Miami‘ but always wished you could replace Horatio’s (David Caruso) sunglasses with […]

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The Drama Club: John Corbett Talks Season Two of ‘United States of Tara’

The second season of Showtime’s ‘United States of Tara’ premiered Monday night.  Like writer Diablo Cody’s popular film ‘Juno,’ the show deals with serious issues with glib dialogue and ironic distance. Some people find this fresh and hilarious, while others find it shallow and irritating. Cody’s dialogue is so stylized that I find it often undercuts […]

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