September 2008 Archives
It seems like a century has passed since the last new Heroes
episode aired, so with Season 3's September 22 premiere rapidly approaching, we dialed in to a massive media chat with creator Tim Kring and Sylar himself, Zachary Quinto, to get caught up on what has happened and what we can expect to see next season. Before we begin I should warn you about two things: 1) If you ever meet Tim Kring, do not bring up Season 2; it's a very touchy subject with him, and 2) that everyone on this call received a screener of the first hour of the Season 3 premiere, so if you want to be super duper surprised when the episode airs, do not read on. The events of the first hour of the premiere are discussed after the jump, spoiler-phobes!
How has the Internet influenced storytelling on television? How important are webisodes to the future of the medium? And is online content creatively on par with what we see on our TV sets? These questions and many more will be explored at a live event called "The Web Effect" at 1:30PM on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the fourth annual New York Television Festival
-- the Sundance of the small screen. The panelists include influential media theorist and author Douglas Rushkoff, Entertainment Weekly
editor-at-large Dalton Ross, leading executives from SciFi.com and MSN Entertainment and... Television Without Pity
. You can find out more about the festival here
. Admission is free. We're looking forward to an illuminating conversation, and we hope some of our NY-area readers can attend.
When news broke in May
that Katee Sackhoff would be following BSG
with a fun (and knowing that show, downright filthy!) guest stint on Nip/Tuck
, I could hardly contain my excitement. Since then, thoughts like, "Starbuck as a love interest for Sean? Yes!" "Ooh, I bet Christian'll try to steal her!" "Julia's going to be so jealous! I don't even care that she's a lesbian now!" and so on and so forth have been whirring around in my head almost non-stop. Sadly, that all came to an end today when my Starbuck-guesting-on-Nip/Tuck
dreams were dashed against the rocks, and everything about it got really annoying.
I've been pretty harsh on Starz's TV adaptation of Crash in the past
, and now, after having seen the trailer for it, I think it may actually be worse than I thought. Even with the casting coup of Dennis Hopper (who seems to have been cast based on his unrivaled ability to portray Dennis Hopper), this show looks even crappier than the movie it's based on. Watch the trailer after the jump, if only to revel in truly terrible -- not to mention completely unnecessary -- television.
We all know Drew Lachey as a former member of 98 Degrees, Nick's brother and Dancing With the Stars
champeen, but did you know about his abiding interest in beans? Yes, apparently the modern-day Renaissance man is so irked by the infamous "beans, beans the magical fruit" chant -- because they are, in fact, vegetables and not fruits* -- that he's spearheading a contest
challenging folks to come up with a new bean-centric (and horticulturally accurate) sing-song. Well, everyone has their cause. Kevin Federline set out to save the penny
, and it seems Lachey's special calling is to right the wrongs of ten-year-olds everywhere. The winner of the competish will get a trip to NYC to meet Lachey himself, plus $5000, which can buy a lot
We're excited that Joss Whedon put his show on halt when he started seeing poor-quality scripts come across his desk. We're all about making the show not suck... but does a big change before the show even debuts spell trouble for the show? We hope not, because there's not a hell of a lot we enjoy more than watching Eliza Dushku kick people's ass. Unless it is Jennifer Garner or Angelina Jolie kicking people's asses.
A bunch of us blogger types were recently invited to get on the horn with Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
' newest cyborg, the fabulous T-1001 Shirley Manson, to discuss all manner of things, including her longtime love of the Terminator
franchise, acting without training, recording soundtrack material (that voice singing at the beginning of Monday's episode was
Manson after all), impending new albums, and why Glenn Close is totally a Terminator. Read on for choice quotes from the conference call while you still can, lowly humans!
From the makers of Paris Hilton's New BFF
, VH1 brings you... an untitled matchmaking show starring Antonio Sabato, Jr. looking for love
! The "Fantasy Man" (VH1's words, not mine) isn't looking for much; he just wants a woman who can skydive in an evening gown or re-create steamy love scenes in a soap opera fashion. Which isn't too much to ask, really, it's just terribly specific. I can totally see why he's had so much trouble finding this in the private sector. The show will be filmed like a soap opera, (somehow), with all of the challenges (including the two listed above), based entirely on soap opera conventions. Why all the soaps mania on this show? Because Antonio Sabato, Jr. used to be on General Hospital
, that's why. Now, I hate these shows as much as the next person, but that premise is hysterical. What if all actors based their relationship expectations on their previous roles? I'd sure pity the poor bastard who tries to date Rutger Hauer. Which means only one thing -- it's totally time for more TWoP casting suggestions!
For years, HR sad sack Toby has been a thorn in the side of The Office manger Michael Scott, not allowing him to have fun because the "fun" is usually mildly sexist, or racist, or both. Well, the Season 4 finale saw Dunder-Mifflin bid a fond (on Michael's part, anyway) farewell to Toby as he left for Costa Rica, and a lukewarm welcome to his beautiful and goofy replacement, Holly. In anticipation of the September 25th premiere of the new season, writer/producer Paul Lieberstein ("Toby") and Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan ("Holly") held a conference call where reporters got to ask them all of the questions we were dying to know about Season 5. The best parts are of the call are below, so enjoy! (That's what she said!)
You'd think nothing... but you'd be wrong. On last night's episode, I was watching the giggly hostess of Wipeout (aka Jill Wagner) on an episode of Bones where she played a skanky girl who was almost charged with murdering her lovah. She's trying to work some weird accent here (ineffectively, as she loses it part of the way through) but like, it was hilarious to me to see a woman who interviews grown men in toucan costumes for a living trying to play something a little more gritty. And really, she was better than I expected, because on Wipeout she can't keep a straight face to save her life and she flubs lines and names constantly (which is part of her charm).