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This Week in TV: A Girl's Guide to the Super Bowl - 1/31/11

This special edition of This Week in TV with Kendra and Rachel goes out to all the ladies who would like to enjoy the Super Bowl, but are just way too lost to unlock its full entertainment potential. After all, it's not all about who's playing, who will win, and which team to bet on. It's one of the biggest TV events of the year, and Kendra and Rachel are here to make sure you don't miss out! Get the full scoop on the much-anticipated post-game Glee episode, and take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of the most popular post-Super Bowl episodes in TV history! And of course, just so you don't sound like a total idiot in conversation, we'll give you a couple important football-related facts. Get the full Super Bowl scoop by watching the video below! This Week in TV: 1/31/11

Kendra's TV Hotspots of the Week: Pretty Little Liars, Alias Summer Marathoning & More

Welcome to a new week of TV! While I'm starved for more True Blood after this Sunday's holiday break, ABC Family's surprisingly addictive summer TV plus my new marathon favorite look like they're going to tide me over juuust fine. There are some new premieres this week including a few biggies on Syfy , but since they aren't up my TV alley, don't forget to check out our Premieres of the Week post plus keep track of all the upcoming summer premieres on our full Summer Premiere Schedule ! What I'm Excited for This Week on TV ABC Family Summer TV - While I enjoy USA Network 's Burn Notice and Royal Pains over the summer, my newer thrills of summer TV are all for the love of ABC Family! And, well, I shouldn't forget to mention my Bravo favs including Top Chef and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List . But I don't look forward to any of those quite like Make It or Break It (for which I need to catch up on this week due to holiday weekend conflicts), and of course tonight's new Pretty Little Liars! I was also surprised to like the premiere of Huge last week, so I'll be catching up on last night's new episode of that one as well. I'm interested to see if it falls into the annoying and/or slightly offensive category like The Secret Life of The American Teenager , or the irresistibly cute, and maybe even dramalicious, category like Make It or Break It . While I see Huge going better than I expected, I certainly don't see it being such a quick smash hit as Pretty Little Liars has been. PLL can be a little cheesy, there's something about it that's just so addictive that it's definitely the new summer show I look forward to the most these days. I'm certainly not the only one either! Don't forget to check out my fellow SideReel PLL addict, Heather's, weekly episodes of Pretty Little Liars TV reviewing each new episode and bringing you all the PLL news and gossip! Alias : My New Summer Marathon Show! Have you guys heard about this little show called Alias ?? Turns out it's freakin' fantastic!! Okay, fine, I know a lot of you have already watched it and, thankfully for those of us waaay behind, you watched it when it was on so it got the chance to stay on the air for so many seasons. This one's been on my list of "classics" I missed right along with Buffy The Vampire Slayer which will hopefully be up next though with how quickly the summer's going, I'm not sure I'll be able to fit it in before fall TV takes over! Any way about it, I absolutely plan to finish Alias as soon as humanly possible as it's probably the worst (aka best) cliffhanger show I've seen since the good ol' days of Lost . (Luckily I can travel in time in my TV watching so for me Lost can count as first.) If you're looking for a new summer marathon show and you like mystery, drama, anything with spies (I'm talking to you, Chuck fans!), and a seriously outstanding cast who you'll know from tons of other shows and movies since they were on Alias, start watching it immediately! What's your current favorite summer marathon show? Keep up with the SideReel Editorial Team Reel Critics: Bios, Columns & More Follow Kendra @sidereelKendra Follow Rachel @sidereelRachel Follow Alex @sidereelAlex Follow Dom @animereel

Greg Grunberg on 'Alias' reboot: Not without Jennifer Garner

According to a Web report, a "reliable insider" says there had been talk at ABC about creating a reboot of J.J. Abrams' spy series "Alias," which was canceled in 2006 after five seasons. Zap2it caught up with star (and longtime friend of Abrams) Greg Grunberg to get his take on the possible "Alias" Version 2.0. While he thinks that a remake done the right way "would be very, very cool," he's not sure that it could be pulled off without one key player. "I like to think that I'm not replaceable," he jokes. "But in honestly, the one person that really made that show what it was, that's Jennifer [Garner]. She's so much the face of 'Alias' that it would be impossible to reproduce the success of the show without her." To Read More Click Here .

Michael Vartan on 'Alias' 2.0: There's only one Sydney Bristow

A "reliable insider" at ABC said preliminary talks were circulating about creating a reboot of J.J. Abrams hit spy series "Alias," according to an E! Online report. At this point, there's no word whether original stars Jennifer Garner, Michael Vartan and Victor Garber would be involved in any remake, or even whether Abrams would return (he's currently working on the new spy drama "Undercovers" for NBC). Vartan, present star of TNT's medical drama "HawthoRNe", weighs in on the "Alias" reboot buzz. "I've heard rumors here and there," Vartan tells Zap2it. "I really do not know anything. It's such a rumor, quote, unquote, that I haven't even bothered calling anyone that was even loosely associated with the show in the past to find out if there's any validity to the story. "I think it's a total rumor, but if they do redo it, and they don't bring back the original cast, that would be weird. I was talking about this with someone the other day -- it's one thing to do 'Charlie's Angels' all over again with a brand-new cast, because obviously enough time's passed. To Read More Click Here .

'Alias' Potentially Gets a Reboot

ABC is still trying to compensate the end of "Lost" by replacing it with equally gripping shows. The closest the network gets at the moment are "V" and the newbie "No Ordinary Family". However, there's a report that the Alphabet is brewing a plan to bring back "Alias". E! Online reported that a "reliable insider" informed them about a talk in ABC where the award-winning series will get a "reboot". It should be noted that nothing is official yet because it is only a "very initial talk at this point". The idea is to make a new version of the J.J. Abrams-produced show and borrow some elements from it. But the new series will be less complicated in its mythological factor such as the Milo Rambaldi prophecy. It is still unclear whether Abrams will be involved in the reboot. The producer is working on "Undercovers" which has been picked up by NBC. "Alias" experienced quite a success between 2001 and 2005 especially in the fourth season. However, ABC moved it to Thursday, 8/7c slot which is notoriously lethal for a show. The rating plunged almost drastically and the show never revived since. Source here

David Anders Joins Jack Bauer in Season Eight of 24 - Featured

From Julian Sark on Alias to Adam Monroe on Heroes , David Anders just can't keep away from our favorite TV shows. Reps for Anders confirm to us that David will be a recurring character on season eight of 24 , joining the likes of Freddie Prinze Jr. and Battlestar Galactica 's Katee Sackhoff. 24 is really beefing up its cast this year, raising alarm in fans that it will truly be the final season. So what's David doing this season while Jack Bauer is hunting terrorists in New York, and how long will he be sticking around? "He will be in a handful of episodes," says David's rep. The rep was coy to say what his part would be, but when asked if David's new 24 character would go the way of Adam Monroe on Heroes, he laughed and said, "You never know." What do you think of the newest 24 casting? Are you glad to see David Anders back on your TV? Discuss in the comments! Source: E!Online - David Anders Joins Jack Bauer in Season Eight of 24

Jennifer Garner Returns to ABC

Alias star Jennifer Garner is headed back to her old network, this time as a producer. Garner's production deal with ABC Studios, which comes three years after her five seasons on ABC's Alias, calls for the Golden Globe winner to develop projects through her Vandalia Films production company (which she runs with Juliana Janes), according to Variety. The two hope to bring film writers to television, as well as work with writers from Garner's past series Alias and Felicity . They also are looking toward developing female-driven projects along the lines of Grey's Anatomy . The television vet said she's looking forward to having "the opportunity to get back into television wearing my producer hat." Are you excited about Garner's new role at ABC?

Finale Fever: SideReel's Top 10 Favorite Season Finales, Part 2

24 - Season 1, 11:00 P.M.-12:00 A.M. Sorry to admit it, but I lost interest in 24 near the beginning of last season, and have been unable to get back into it since. That being said, the show has had some great seasons, and though people debate which one is their favorite, none for me have ever outdone the thrilling first season, and its thrilling conclusion. Spoiler alert The death of Jack's wife (followed by the now infamous silent countdown clock, reserved for only the most solemn of '24' events) was simply the most unexpected, surprising and fantastic ending that I could have possibly fathomed. Unlike other shows, this shocking event also taught us that important people actually die in 24, which made future seasons all the more exciting. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2, Becoming (1 and 2) I knew I wanted to put a Buffy finale on this list, and I had a difficult time choosing between Season 2 (the one I ultimately selected) and Season 3 (because Graduation was pretty awesome too...). However, I decided that nothing topped the delving into Angel's past and Buffy's realizing that she would have to kill him (Angelus). Then throw in that Angel's soul gets restored after all, but Buffy still had to send him to Hell...you know, to save the world (as Angel's blood is the only thing that will do the trick). Man oh Man, talk about tragedy. This was definitely Buffy at its finest... Alias - Season 1, Almost Thirty Years Episode after episode of Alias 's first season would conclude with a giant cliffhanger that made you go crazy waiting for the next week to arrive. So, it shouldn't be surprising that nothing outdid the Season 1 Finale's cliffhanger. Spoiler Alert The giant Rambaldi device is destroyed by Sydney, simultaneously releasing a ton of water. While Sydney manages to get through a closing door and escape the tidal wave, Vaughn is seemingly left to drown. However, most importantly, Sydney finally comes face to face with "The Man" and her season ending words are..."Mom?" (who mind you, was supposed to be dead; thus, Mom is not only not dead, but alive and evil). Friends (1994) - Season 4, The One with Ross's Wedding (1 and 2) Since our finale list has been heavy on the dramas, it's only fair to recognize a comedy finale. Friends had a few great season finales (also loved Season 5's One in Vegas), but I am especially partial to this one, as it also happened to be the first episode that I ever watched of the series (what a great way to start)! This episode was a comedy of errors in relation to all things Ross's wedding, culminating in his marriage-ruining "Rachel" slip at the altar. However, I also loved this finale as it was the beginning of the Chandler/Monica pairing, which provided great new direction for the comedy in its later seasons. Prison Break - Season 1, Flight Like 24 , Prison Break for me was a show that couldn't maintain the excitement of its earlier seasons. Nothing outdid the show's first season (in my opinion), which you might have guessed, climaxed when the guys actually achieved the show's title and broke out of prison ! We had some serious violence in this episode; I will never forget T-Bag's hand getting hacked off. Other huge revelations: Sarah ODing, Steadman's alive!, the President gets assassinated and the guys don't catch their plane, thereby setting up Season 2. What have been your favorite season finales?

SideReel's Battle of the Butt-Kicking Babes (Closed) - Featured

Click on image to expand to full size From Friday to Tuesday, participate in SideReel's Battle of the Butt Kicking Babes! We've seeded the 2 sides as super-human (as in the babe contains some sort of enhanced powers, from Buffy's Slayer Strength to Cameron being, well, a killing machine) vs. human (no extra powers beyond their god-given strength...at least to our knowledge). Here's how it works: Beginning now, please choose the winners of the first 8 match ups. As a comment, please write 8 names, which represent the winners of Buffy vs. Jessi, Echo vs. Elle, Cameron vs. Claire, Max vs. Chloe, Sydney vs. Kate, Sarah vs. Fiona, Sarah Connor vs. Lois Lane and Veronica Mars vs. Mary Shannon. Based on comments, we will tabulate the winners of Round 1. Then come back beginning Saturday to vote in Round 2! UPDATE: Round 1 Voting is Closed! You may now vote in Round 2. Please choose winners between Buffy vs. Echo, Cameron vs. Max, Sydney vs. Sarah W. and Sarah C. vs. Veronica Mars! Note: In round 1, all of the top seeds won. The closest battle was Cameron vs. Claire. Cameron won by only a small margin of about 25 votes UPDATE 2: Round 2 Voting is Closed! You may now vote in Round 3. Please choose winners between Buffy vs. Max and Sydney vs. Sarah Connor! Note: Buffy and Sydney won their heats with relative ease, but the other 2 match-ups were nailbiters . Max beat Cameron by a single vote ! (And boy did I misjudge people's allegiance to Dark Angel ; I thought Cameron would easily win). Sarah Connor defeated Veronica by 10 votes. UPDATE 3: Round 3 Voting is Closed! You may now vote in the final round! Please choose your ultimate butt kicking babe! We're down to Buffy Summers vs. Sydney Bristow! Note: As somewhat expected, Buffy annihilated Max. Sydney and Sarah Connor were quite close, though Sydney edged her out by 7 votes. UPDATE 4: The Battle Has Ended and as many of you predicted, Buffy Summers took home the crown! Note: Though Buffy did win substantially (119-58), you can see that Sydney was not without her supporters. Thank you everyone for voting and participating...and suggesting alternate babes. Never again will I forget the likes of Xena and River Tam when discussing butt-kicking babes. By popular demand, we will soon drum up a bracket for Butt-Kicking Dudes! Let the Battle of the Butt Kicking Babes Begin! - (CONCLUDED)

SideReel's Top 10 Butt-Kicking Babes, Part 2 - Featured

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Buffy Summers Buffy may have been little, but she sure was mighty! So yeah, the girl may have gotten a little help from her Slayer strength, but it was not just Buffy's strength, but her smarts and gusto that made her such an awesome butt-kicking babe. Stopping an apocalypse? No problemo! Also loved how the girl was never too proud to accept a little help from her friends, who as the series progressed, also became key in stopping evil many times over. Alias - Sydney Bristow I don't think I've ever seen more convincing fight scenes than in an episode of Alias . Sydney Bristow, for me, was like the female Jack Bauer ( 24 ). Put plainly, she was a butt-kicking babe. I'd want her by my side in a dangerous situation before any dude. Loved how the resourceful Bristow would use everything in sight to supplement her fight (from furniture to kitchen supplies)...all while wearing the coolest (and hottest) disguises you've ever seen on TV. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Sarah Connor and Cameron So it might be the guy - John Connor - that saves the world in the future , but in the present, thank god that kid is surrounded by not one, but two butt kicking babes, or I'm not so sure he'd make it to the future to save us all! He's got his mother, Sarah Connor, who you have to admit, is pretty frackin' awesome. She has no superpowers, yet emits a feeling of strength and cool. And...in the event that John's mother can't save him all of the time, throw on in Cameron, who is kinda programmed to be a butt kicking babe, since she is after all a Terminator. But...Cameron does it with humor and heart, so we won't hold the advantage against her! Smallville - Lois Lane and Chloe Sullivan Guess we're going to have 11 butt-kicking babes, as I am selecting 2 from Smallville as well. I got sick of Lana Lang on Smallville for many reasons, but the primary one was probably... how many times are you going to get yourself into a situation of grave danger so that Clark has to rescue you ? While cousins Lois and Chloe have both had their fair share of "getting rescued by Clark" moments as well, they are decidedly more capable of taking care of themselves. Chloe's got some meteor-related abilities that help her out, but even before realizing those, always used her innate smarts to assist in a situation. Lois, too, has always been a smart, confident woman, and with her father's military background, is definitely capable of some self-defense. And...the two combined have some pretty butt-kicking journalistic and investigative skills. So...who are your favorite butt-kicking babes?