The first few minutes of the pilot episode of a new TV series are always critical. In a short amount of time, you have to successfully introduce the main character, set the tone for the series, provide background information so the audience knows what is going on but also leave
By Ashley Bergner/Box Office Buzz Another year has come and gone at Downton Abbey, wrapping up with the season 5 finale this past Sunday on PBS. The British drama continues to be an addictive delight, though next season is rumored to be its last. “Downton Abbey” — about a British
The CW has become one of the best spots to find great superhero dramas on TV, thanks to its surprise hit “Arrow” several seasons ago and its equally successful new spin-off “The Flash.” The CW has turned the DC Comics superheroes into two of its most popular shows and even
By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz It’s that time of year again: TV networks are rolling out their new line-up of fall shows, featuring both new series and returning favorites. While many of the new shows typically don’t survive through a second season, there’s always a surprise hit or two.
By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was one of the most anticipated new shows premiering last fall, a concept that appeared to be full of potential. However, after the first several episodes, many fans seemed to agree the show hadn’t quite lived up to the hopes
By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz Poor Dr. Watson — just when he thinks he’s finally managed to figure out his best friend Sherlock Holmes, the detective manages to shock him again. In the new three-episode season of the popular BBC series “Sherlock,” which just finished airing in the U.S.,
By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz In the first season of the DC Comics show “Arrow,” viewers watched vigilante archer Oliver Queen evolve from a spoiled, aimless playboy into a self-sacrificing hero. It was an exciting transformation to watch, mirrored by the evolution of the show itself. The show took
By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz In 2012, “The Avengers” was the king of the box office. It was that one movie everyone was talking about, the one everybody felt they had to see opening weekend, and it ended up near the top of the all-time highest grossing movies list.
By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz “With great power comes great responsibility.” That line from Marvel’s first “Spider-Man” movie has become so famous and is used so often it’s now almost a cliche. However, it’s still pretty good advice for superhero characters — and it’s advice Marvel seems to have
By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz These days, most of the buzziest TV shows seem to be happening on cable — from AMC’s meth drama “Breaking Bad” to HBO’s gritty medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones.” The BBC’s “Doctor Who” — once a sci-fi cult favorite — seems to be growing
By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz Oliver Queen is a very lucky man. He survives a shipwreck and five years of being marooned on a treacherous island. He is miraculously returned to his family and friends, who assumed he was dead and thought they’d never see him again. He’s given
By Ashley Bergner/Box Office Buzz I’ll admit I was somewhat skeptical about CBS’ modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes. The show, which is called “Elementary,” premiered last night and features Holmes as an ex-Scotland Yard consultant who’s living in New York City. Regardless of what CBS officials might say, it’s clear