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TV Rundown: Week of Jan 3 | 'Reign' & 'The Blacklist' Make Their Winter Returns

Reign returned from its plot packed fall finale with even more twists and turns. Catherine and Mary banded together to prove the former’s innocence after last year’s cliffhanger found the Queen Mother falsely accused of poisoning the fallen Francis. Narcisse arose as the hour’s major power player, conniving his way to a personal pinnacle before falling to his greatest low.

By the end of the episode, his carefully crafted manipulations were catching up with him and by the time “Our Undoing” came to a close; Narcisse had lost his wife, (presumably) his position, killed an innocent man to futile ends and earned the eternal wrath of Catherine. The way fates swings on “Reign”, one shouldn’t be surprised to find him dusting himself off and regaining his handle on things rather quickly. How quickly he can find redemption (if ever) is another story.

With Lola set to transition from French court into English, Mary has lost her last lady. While it’s true Greer is still in the vicinity, she isn’t a part of court anymore. Speaking of the blonde madam, what exactly is going on with her baby drama? Who is the father and why is she keeping everything a secret? Yes, she’s in a precarious position given the time period.

However, she’s also away from the watchful eyes of court and that independence should allow her more personal freedom than the average woman of her day. It’s a tad confusing. Unless, you consider that Leith may be the father of her baby, which would mean she is keeping it a secret to either keep the baby to herself so she can maintain her autonomy and prevent Leith from proposing marriage. Or she could be taking Leith’s blossoming relationship with Claude into consideration, not wanting to rock their boat. Only time will tell on this front.

The show continues to grow, branching out into unexpected directions, the court exit of Lola being the most surprising. We know Mary’s days at French court are also numbered and that means the end of her incredible relationship with Catherine on a direct level. Yet again, their magical bond impressed as the hour showcased their canny partnership via Adelaide Kane and Megan Fellows’ impeccable chemistry. “Reign” has had many line in the sand moments over the course of its three seasons but the saddest of all, will be when these two amazing women have to part ways. It will be a tough transition, that’s for sure.

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Top 10 Most-Read Television Posts of 2015

When it came to Eclectic Pop’s television coverage in 2015,  interest was spread all over the place. ABC Family’s (now Freeform) cult drama “Pretty Little Liars”, HBO’s “True Detective” and The CW’s overall line-up (“The Flash”, “Arrow”, “Vampire Diaries”) proved enduringly popular with readers.

Top 10 Most-Read Movie Reviews of 2015

2015 has come and gone, so it’s time to look back, unveil and analyze the year’s most popular content on Eclectic Pop. We begin our journey with movie reviews.

When it came to the most read reviews of 2015, only two 2015 titles made it into the Top 10 (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Jurassic World”). While 2014 Oscar nominees comprised half of the list (“Wild,” “American Sniper,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Into the Woods,” “Nightcrawler”).