Good news, fans of sexy vampire TV shows: True Blood got picked up for a second season after airing just two episodes. (Ep. 2 got a nice bump... likely because they didn't air it during a holiday weekend!) Either HBO's real desperate, or it knows that its got a slow-building culty hit on its hands. I'm hoping for the later, but I'm kind of a realist these days, so it is probably the former. Having read a bunch of the Sookie Stackhouse books (or the Southern Vampire novels as they are oft referred to) there's a lot of potential. Given that the first two episodes are mostly in keeping with the first novel (with a few additional and amalgam characters), but only tackle a few chapters, I presume that the first season will finish out the tale the unfurls in book one.
So last night I was watching Mad Men and the girl who is married to Harry looked oddly familiar to me. So I kept looking and looking and finally said that she kind of looked like what Kimmy Gibbler (Full House's annoying neighbor) would look like if she was grown up and then dressed in '60s hair and makeup. I know. My mind works in weird and mysterious ways... and yes this means that I watched way more of that show than I should actually admit. Of course looking at the credits it is clearly not Andrea Barber (the gal who played one of the most irritating TV characters of all time... yet I could relate, as I was an annoying and sometimes dense teenager). But I was rather surprised to see that she had not one single credit (at least according to IMDb) since her days as the frizzy-haired Gibbler.
Imagine the Bachelorette, DeAnna Pappas, choosing her new bachelor with the help of Brad Womack. He's the guy that was about to propose to her, bought a ring, flew out her father and then last minute decided to dump her in front of America. Right, you must remember because he was the guy that stunned just about every Bachelor-loving fan out there (there must still be some, right?), especially DeAnna. And DeAnna talked about the event in every single episode of The Bachelorette. If you can imagine the incredibly awkward scenario of having Brad assist DeAnna in finding another man to fall head-over-heels for, you have just pictured the oddity that is Jo & Slade: Date My Ex.
In the consumer culture we inhabit, company spokesmen have long been elevated to the equal status alongside their legitimate cartoon and comic-book brethren. Captain Crunch, Ronald McDonald and the football-playing Fox Sports Robot are among the corporate shills who have been immortalized as action figures, hanging on racks alongside G.I. Joe and Spongebob for nostalgic reasons, kitsch factor or sheer coolness of design alone. And I think that's awesome. But we are about to enter a new age: the age of the TV production company mascot toy.
The Office teased us with the idea of a spinoff and then pulled the rug out from under us. We were so hoping it would involve the Intercourse, PA branch and have guest spots with Tobey (speaking of which, did you see that real-life Tobey got married recently? Mazel Tov!) and someone even weirder than Dwight. But alas, we're getting a new show with Amy Poehler from the people who made the U.S. version of The Office that really has nothing to do with The Office. Here's our wish list of shows that should get spinoffs, and some ideas for the writers... in case they're still struggling from writers' strike lag.
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