Fan favorites Womp It Up! and U Talkin’ U2 To Me? emerge from hibernation with surprise episodes

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Playing House will take on Jessica St. Clair’s real-life battle with cancer

USA’s Playing House is usually a pretty light show, mostly serving as a platform for stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair to crack each other up with increasingly tortured takes on the English language. Its next season is set to get at least a little more serious, though, with St. Clair revealing today that it’ll…

Review packs it in with a heart-stopping series finale

We all know that television reviews necessarily discuss the events and outcome of a given episode. I rarely warn readers not to read a review before viewing the episode. But “Cryogenics, Lightning, Last Review” warrants an exception. If you’ve been following along with the masterpiece that is Review, don’t shortchange…

Asking “Who cares how many stars?” turns Review topsy-turvy

Despite his bravado about his fated place in the universe, it doesn’t take much to send Forrest MacNeil’s world topsy-turvy. “Co-host, Ass-slap, Helen Keller, Forgiveness” does it several times with breathtaking ease. But the things that should send Forrest reeling are never the things that do send him reeling.

Scene-stealers and familiar faces: A field guide to 19 of today’s best character actors

Who: An actor who holds the rare distinction of not only emerging unscathed from the maudlin slog-fest Crash, but actually looking better for his involvement in it. Peña’s breakout performance as a working-class father trying to protect his daughter let him showcase what he does best: Bring personality and…

Review: “William Tell, Grant A Wish, Rowboat”

Readers, I know a handful of you check out the review before you watch a show. I urge you to watch “William Tell, Grant A Wish, Rowboat” before you scroll down the page. Just fifteen episodes into the series’ run, it’s traditional that Review’s simplest assignments become debacles. (To be fair, so do the most arduous…

Playing House: “Hello, Old Friend”/“Sleepless in Pinebrook”

What’s particularly amazing about Playing House is how comfortable it feels. It’s the same reason it has this dedicated fan base of Jammers who pleaded with USA to renew the show after its lovely first season. USA made sure to keep fans dangling for as long as possible, axing other shows (R.I.P. Benched) before giving …

Sexting and Kenny Loggins: Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair talk Playing House

“Just think about something sad,” says Jessica St. Clair to Lennon Parham. The creators, producers, writers, and stars of Playing House are in a remote part of Malibu shooting a scene for the sixth episode of the show’s second season in a hot tub with guest stars Randy and Jason Sklar. Parham keeps breaking after a…