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Apolo Anton Ohno Interview

Check out the new 'Minute to Win It.' Could you win the money?

'Burn Notice' Interview

Executive Producer Matt Nix discusses the show's 100th episode.

'Necessary Roughness' Contest

Enter to win a Football Prize Pack!

'Falling Skies' Review

Tom Mason's the new President and the rebels have new allies.

'NCIS: Los Angeles' Commentary

Did the torture scenes go too far?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Apolo Ohno Talks Minute to Win It: "It Gets Crazy"


The GSN premiere of Minute To Win It airs on Tuesday at 8 pm ET. Before the big premiere, a few journalists had the chance to play some of the games and chat with host Apolo Ohno at a special event last week in Santa Monica, California. 

On the game show, contestants face 10 increasingly difficult challenges using everyday household items. The competitors are given opportunities to leave with what they’ve earned so far- but it’ll take nerves of steel to complete all 10 tasks to win $1 million. Many of the games are deceptively simple when you watch the game creators play them, but I can say from experience that the ones that looks the easiest probably aren't. You might also find out that you have skills you never thought you had. It turns out that I rock at getting an Oreo from my forehead to my mouth without using my hands - who knew?

After playing a few of the games and laughing at ourselves, we sat down with Ohno to chat about the series. Ohno admitted that he has tried every single game that will be on the series, but that he has "not dominated all of them." One game, called Suck It Up (which requires contestants to suck an M&M into a straw and place it onto the tip of another straw) was one that he couldn't handle. "I couldn't do it and I tried it many, many times." Ohno said, which made me very proud of the fact that I actually was able to master that one.

Calling the show "strangely addictive," Ohno said that people are going to fall in love with it and with their contestants as well. "You fall in love with the contestants' stories," he said, adding that he was so excited that he lost his voice in the second week of filming because he wasn't used to yelling. 

Cheering contestants on is fun, "I like to see them win money," Ohno said. But it's not always fun when they lose. "That's the hardest. When you see someone you really, really want them to win." Ohno admitted that he isn't allowed to help contestants by giving them tips on how to win, but says that he does his best to encourage the contestants and try to get them to see what mistakes they made before trying a game again. 

But though Ohno loves to see people win money, he's also a realist. "Not everyone can win a quarter of a million dollars or else the show wouldn't last very long," he said. 

Ohno said that one thing they will do when things get really intense is call a contestant's family member or friend, perhaps even someone who tried to be on the show but didn't make it, to really crank up the emotions before setting them loose on a game where they could win or lose everything. "We do it all. We get dirty. It gets crazy," Ohno revealed. 

It's at those times that people who thought they had mastered a game may find it harder than ever. Contestants are shown the games at a special boot camp and allowed to practice them all at home before coming on the show. But once they hit that stage, "that's when mind games come into play" and suddenly they have an entire audience staring at them and a huge clock counting down that precious minute, which really puts the pressure on.

Do you think you've got what it takes to play Minute to Win It? Check out the premiere and try a few of the games at your next party. I guarantee you'll have a blast.

Written by Guest Contributor: Michelle Carlbert
Follow Michelle on Twitter at @Mokibobolink

Thursday, June 13, 2013

NCIS: Los Angeles: Did the Torture Scene in the Season 4 Finale Go Too Far?


Wow. That picture is quite disturbing and based on that it would appear that the torture scene was utterly brutal and over-the-top. But ... one picture of one second doesn't properly reflect the scene in its entirety.

The morning after the NCIS: Los Angeles season 4 finale, "Descent," I went to read the comments on my review and was taken aback by what I found: many people were highly disturbed with the torture of Sam and particularly Deeks. I saw the scene as part of the story and didn't even consider the possibility that it would be controversial. But I appeared to be in the minority.

Check out the article I wrote about the NCIS:LA torture scene, as well as, several other that were shown on television this season.  Also, stop by TV Fanatic and read my NCIS: Los Angeles report card for season 4.

NCIS: Los Angeles has been renewed for season 5 and will return to CBS on Tuesdays this Fall.

Burn Notice Interview with Executive Producer Matt Nix About 100th Episode "Forget Me Not"


After last Thursday's intense Burn Notice premiere, it's difficult to believe that another episode could top it, but tonight's does just that. In the 100th episode of the series, "Forget Me Not," Michael is forced to face the life and loved ones that he left behind.

I spoke with Burn Notice's Creator and Executive Producer Matt Nix this week about season 7 and reaching the milestone 100th episode. Read on for the first part of the edited interview and check back Friday for his thoughts on the aftermath of the heartbreaking episode,"Forget Me Not."


Burn Notice airs Thursdays at 9 pm ET on USA.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Necessary Roughness Season 3 Contest: Win a Football Prize Pack!


Season 2 ended with both Dani and TK making difficult decisions. Dani decided whether her heart belonged to Matt or Nico, while TK stood up for his teammate Rex. But, it's a whole new game in Necessary Roughness season 3 when Dani and TK run into difficulties in their career due to the Hawks' new coach. 

In honor of the show's return, we have giving away a Football Prize Pack. Enter below and tune in to watch the Season 3 premiere of Necessary Roughness Wednesday, June 12th at 10 pm ET on USA.

Necessary Roughness Season 3 Prize Pack
  • Necessary Roughness Messenger Bag
  • Swell Water Bottle
  • Necessary Roughness Game Plan Notebook
  • Necessary Roughness Jersey
  • Necessary Roughness Football
  • Season 1 DVD
There are two ways to enter:

1. What's your favorite professional sport to follow and why do you love it? Complete the below entry form by Wednesday, June 19 at 11:59 pm PT. Share your answer in the comments section (optional).

2. Follow @TVDiehard and tweet the following once:

I love #NecRoughness b/c _________. #NecRoughness contest via @TVDiehard http://bit.ly/11goxiR

Each person may enter one time per entry method.

Enter our Royal Pains contest too!


One winner will be picked at random from all eligible twitter entries and the other winner will be randomly selected from eligible website entries. Contest ends June 19 at 11:59 pm PT. Only one entry per person per method and you must have a valid U.S.-based mailing address. The prize was provided by USA Network, but USA Network is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents of 18 years of age or older only. Not following these guidelines voids your entry.

Royal Pains Season 5 Contest: Enter to Win a Bocce Ball Set


When we last saw the Royal Pains crew, Evan and Paige were having their perfect wedding when Hank had a medical crisis of his own. The HankMed team returns for the Season 5 premiere of Royal Pains Wednesday, June 12th at 9 pm ET on USA.

To celebrate the summer return to the Hamptons, we are giving away a Royal Pains Bocce Ball Set. It's just what you need for all your summer barbecue fun!

Royal Pains Season 5 Prize Pack
  • Royal Pains Bocce Ball Set
  • Royal Pains Canvas Bag
  • Season 1 DVD
There are two ways to enter:

1. What is your favorite thing about summer? Complete the below entry form by Wednesday, June 19 at 11:59 pm PT. Share your answer in the comments section (optional).

2. Follow @TVDiehard and tweet the following once:

I love #RoyalPains b/c _________. #RoyalPains contest via @TVDiehard http://bit.ly/11X27lq

Each person may enter one time per entry method.

Enter our Necessary Roughness contest too!



One winner will be picked at random from all eligible twitter entries and the other winner will be randomly selected from eligible website entries. Contest ends June 19 at 11:59 pm PT. Only one entry per person per method and you must have a valid U.S.-based mailing address. The prize was provided by USA Network, but USA Network is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents of 18 years of age or older only. Not following these guidelines voids your entry.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Falling Skies Season 3 Premiere: "On Thin Ice" and "Collateral Damage" Review


Falling Skies season 3 picked up seven months after Cochise - a leader from the alien race Volm - landed in Charleston. While the show's world hasn't changed, the time jump introduced in "On Thin Ice" allowed for advancement and a bigger picture of the story.

Tom Mason has been elected President and leader of Charleston. However, Tom just wants to be known as Tom and not called President. He refuses to sit in an office to lead and instead continues to go out on missions and fight against the aliens. He's remained true to himself and the cause.

Read the full Falling Skies review.

For more on the season premiere, check out 2nd Watch with Wil Wheaton as he discusses the episode with cast members.


Falling Skies airs on Sundays at 9 pm ET on TNT.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Good Wife: "Rape: A Modern Perspective" Review and "A More Perfect Union" Preview


The Good Wife occasionally will feature cases based on current events, while putting its own spin on them.

During The Good Wife season 4, the topics have included: the NATO summit protests in Chicago, hazing and spousal privilege for same-sex spouses. In "Rape: A Modern Perspective," three separate headlines were integrated into the hour, including "Anonymous" helping uncover evidence in a rape investigation, Bitcoin and the Justice Department's investigation into Aaron Swartz.

There was so much going on in this episode that it would have been easy for it to become cumbersome, but that never took place. Instead, the numerous storylines were well-written and integrated together in a cohesive manner.

Read full The Good Wife Review.

Check out the preview for next week's episode "A More Perfect Union."



The Good Wife airs Sundays at 10 pm ET on CBS.