The first thing you'll notice about the Pushing Daisies first season DVD is that underneath the totally expected cardboard sleeve with Lee Pace and Anna Friel on the cover are an inner case and liner notes that look like a diner menu from the 1950s. Oh, and the actual discs? Look like pies! Very sweet, and we're just getting started.
Each of the three discs includes three of the season's nine episodes, but Disc 3 contains all of the special features... or, wait, make that THE special feature, since there is only one. (Unless you're counting the ability to turn the pre-episode "Previously on..." segment on and off, in which case, don't count that. You'll only be cheating yourself.)
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!)
Much as it pains me to admit this, I'm disappointed with the Season 2 set for Ugly Betty. I love this show. I think it is so smart and clever, and while Season 2 lacked some of the charm of the premiere season, it still had some stellar episodes. Those are all on here. But there's not a hell of a lot else.
Okay, first things first: How did Gossip Girl manage to have pretty much a regular-length season in the year of the writers' strike? Was it just too hip and sexy to be hurt by the strike, and thus immune? Or did the CW have the foresight to plan waaaaay ahead? Whatever it was, this five-disc set contains 18 episodes and is loaded with special features. But the slim and trim packaging is just like a true-blue Gossip Girl character: thin, sexy, and full of surprises.
The 13 episodes of the first season of Chuck are worth buying the DVD even if it weren't loaded with special features. And, while there aren't as many extras as some recent TV on DVD sets, almost all that's here is worthwhile. To wit...
This past summer, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army continued the big-screen exploits of Mike Mignola's devilish comic-book character, and the film was promoted with commercials putting Big Red into some well-known TV shows, including Chuck, American Gladiators and Inside the Actor's Studio. And while director Guillermo Del Toro wants to come back to do one more big screen entry, we may see Hellboy on the small screen again before that happens. And I ain't talking about Ron Perlman being in Sons of Anarchy, either.
I know you are all busy casting guest stars like crazy for 30 Rock (though we sincerely wish you'd quit it for a while) and yeah, it's probably gonna take you hours to get ready to meet Oprah (what will you wear?!), but still, could you spare some time to help out an old friend?
Here are a few things to help your eyes glaze over as you stare at the computer screen:
I know, Bones is a procedural and normally I'm not a procedural kind of girl, but I love this show. It just makes me happy. It's funny, and gory... and really, what more could I ask for? Now that they've got that whole ridiculously irritating and unsatisfying Gorgomon serial killer storyline out of the way, they are back on track. The season premiere was especially amusing, lots of great stuff with David Boreanaz's Booth suffering from culture clash during his trip to London with the sassy Dr. Brennan. And lots of Brennan making sexual innuendos about hot brainy guys, just to get a rise out of Booth. I just laughed, and then was grossed out, and then laughed some more, and then was sad for a minute and then laughed some more at the site of Booth in an itty bitty car. If you missed it, you can watch the whole episode after the jump. Trust me, even if you haven't been watching the show, you can hop right into this episode.
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