October 2008 Archives
Fans of dinosaurs, Scottish accents and pixyish female members of S Club 7 walking around in their underwear have likely already discovered Primeval on BBC America. The Brit import features oversized bugs and reptiles from not only the past, but the future, as well -- all transported here via mysterious time portals to menace the general populace of England. (Yes, just England. If Torchwood can take place entirely in Cardiff, this show can limit itself to one island.) If you haven't been watching it, then you may not be aware that the first U.S. season (technically, the second British series, but since British series are only six or seven episodes long, BBC America combined them) ends Saturday night at 9:00, and it should be pretty awesome. After all, Episode 6 (the first British series' finale) featured the show's first futuristic predator, and ended with the main character changing history and turning his sensible love interest into a tarted-up tramp... which may or may not have been on purpose, now that we think about it. Check out a teaser clip of the finale after the jump.
I was going to put where she belongs, but maybe where I can tolerate her is more accurate. I just didn't buy her recent portrayal as a mean tabloid magazine editor, perhaps it is just my small mind not being able to see her as anything but Monica Gellar for the rest of her life, but Ted Danson sold the transition from chummy bartender Sam Malone to villainous CEO Arthur on Damages, so I'm thinking its got something to do with Courteney. Anyway, Cox is on a new comedy about a 40-year-old with a 17-year-old son who is newly single. It is unsurprisingly called Cougar Town.
There have always been two kinds of supernatural shows on TV: those that were trying to be funny, like I Dream of Jeannie and Big Wolf on Campus, and those that were trying to be scary, like The Twilight Zone and Friday the 13th: The Series. Some straddled the line, managing both with equal skill, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Supernatural manages to be pretty scary most of the time, but many shows have aimed for scary and fallen horribly short. Here are a few of the most egregious examples.
Anycase, as you'll see from the three minutes-plus first episode, the series, House Poor, is about the (presumably at least partially autobiographical) trials Mindy faces after purchasing her first home. And hey! This one features Busy Phillips! Watch it aprés le jump. (That's French.)
I was in the middle of painstakingly carving my Doctor Who pumpkin last night (see picture for more proof that I'm a big nerd), featuring David Tennant and the Tardis when my husband looks up from his computer to tell me that the 10th doctor officially announced he'd be leaving the show. I had heard the rumblings that he might be leaving and the speculation about who might be the 11th doctor, but since nothing had been set in stone, I didn't want to believe it was true. Now that the adorkable Tennant has confirmed it, I guess I have to let this news sink in.
So just the other day I was feeling reassured that Mad Men season 3 would continue on smoothly as I read Alan Sepinwall's interview with Matthew Weiner. I had such a confident feeling about what greatness is still to come. In the interview, the Mad Men mastermind discussed the negotiations for him to stay on as showrunner for the third season and said,"There's no crisis. I have every intention of being part of this show forever. I love doing it and I love the experience and I love working with everybody I work with." But according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, someone over at Lionsgate didn't get that message apparently. So much for all my warm fuzzy misguided feelings of contentment.
Next week's election may change the way you watch TV and movies. With the new administration comes a new chairperson for the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC is the organization that freaks out at two seconds of TV titty, but has no problem with four-hour boner commercials. Variety reports on what each Presidential candidate may do regarding both the FCC and some intellectual property actions at the MPAA. I'll leave you to read that; instead, I have my own predictions on what will happen.
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