August 2011 Archives
Remember Troops? That terrific 1997 fan-made Star Wars parody that offered a Cops-style look at a day in the life of some of the Empire's Imperial Storm Troopers? (If you need a refresher, revisit the short here.) Well, someone over at MTV definitely does because they've taken the idea of a Cops spoof and applied it to the current vampire and zombie fad. Set one year after bloodsuckers, werewolves and the walking dead invaded the San Fernando Valley, Death Valley follows the brave (and all too human) men and women that make up the new Undead Task Force, who are charged with keeping the monsters at bay.
As much as I'm inclined to make fun of this show's terrible title, there's something about the fact that I Just Want My Pants Back was a book first that makes it feel wrong to mock. I don't know. I guess it could be worse; it could be called something like, Slacks: Based on the Novel I Just Want My Pants Back by David J. Rosen. Actually, that would be amazing.
The Doctor is in, folks! After a mid-season break, all-new episodes of Doctor Who hit the airwaves again starting with tomorrow night's heavily-hyped (by series star Matt Smith, who calls it his best episode yet) hour "Let's Kill Hitler." Before then, get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the sci-fi serial with this series of 15-minute specials, which grant viewers up-close-and-personal face time with various members of the cast and crew.
Well, this show was kind of a dud, right? Much as I enjoy shows that push people to their physical limits and basically torture them while getting to see some exotic locales (ie, The Challenge and The Amazing Race) this season was almost entirely dominated by one team, which has been no fun at all.
It's baaack. After last year's season of crazypants cheftestants -- some of whom dedicated certain cinnamon-flavored candies to particular family members -- I'm happy to report that it looks like this year's batch of hopefuls are a little less loopy and a little more competitive.
Ah, Awkward.. I think of this show as a feminized The Hard Times of RJ Berger, only not grotesquely unwatchable. Though other TWoPers may disagree with me, I sort of enjoy it. I agree that it's obnoxious how hard MTV is trying to be cool with all of the sexxx talk (behymen? Really?) and I question if the writers were ever teenagers, but I like the higher concepts of all of the storylines and think the message is nice. Also, It doesn't star Liz Lee, so there's that.
The cockiest man on reality TV is back for more -- and this time he's bringing his dramz to Miami. (I'm from Miami. Can I say we don't want him?) VH1 brags that this season is all about "perspective, fun and a change of scenery," and we believe them. The linebacker -- somewhat humbled by his injury -- will be working on some new ventures while in town -- promoting his barber shop and developing fitness products for women. Of course, Kita and Monique are along for the ride and there to keep T.O. (somewhat) in line.
Almost a month into its run, the rebooted ThunderCats animated series seems to be doing well for Cartoon Network. Premiering to a solid (for cable) 2.4 million viewers and decent reviews from the audience that matters most -- fanboys -- the show seems likely to score a second-season order, which means more adventures of Lion-O, Tygra and Cheetara will probably be coming your way in 2012.
Jane Lynch's promo ad for the 2011 Do Something Awards kind of said it all -- the Do Something awards on VH1? The network that houses Audrina and Mob Wives is urging us to do something? But yes -- yes they are. The Do Something awards is basically an awards show to "honor young people's commitment to social change," which is -- unlike VH1, most of the time -- actually a very cool thing to do.
We have been waiting with baited breath for this one. The Hour is another BBC America drama that's sure to knock it out of the park -- I mean, come on. They always do. Here's the sitch: it's a spy thriller set during the Cold War starring Romola Garai, Ben Wishaw and Dominic West. And did we mention it's on BBC America? If all of that doesn't immediately hook you, we don't know what will.
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