I correctly guessed some of what would happen during last night's series final, but was surprised by others (join the club, right?). In any event, I'm glad that I invested six years of my TV watching time in this series. It frustrated and bothered me at times, but most of all it entertained me, and I will remember it. And that's really all that you can ask of a television show.
Goodbye, Lost. Thanks for the ride.
I had set up TED to download my favorite shows as they appear on Bittorrent. Funny thing happened this evening, though: episode 3 of 24 started downloading about 30-45 minutes before it actually aired. Kind of puzzled me, it did. Then I watched last night's episodes and saw the digital equivalent of a watermark which said this:
PROPERTY OF FOX FOR REVIEW PURPOSES ONLY NOT FINAL AIR VERSION
Someone had apparently uploaded the version that reviewers get to see before the air date of a show. And tonight, I had episodes #3 & #4 downloaded and burned to disc before I finished watching last night's shows.
Information wants to be free, I guess. And watching 2 hours of a show in only 1:30 -give or take- makes me quite happy. I am curious as to what person(s) make it their business to give away broadcast episodes before they, umm, broadcast. My guess is that Fox would be quite interested as well.
On the other hand, the previous two installments of TNT's The Librarian were fun fare. I expect the 3rd one to be no different. In any event, what follows is a very special promo poster for the series:
Apparently though, there's some major league stupidity on the way. Yes, Kim Bauer is set to return this year. She will have a child in tow. Excerpt:
Do the writer’s of 24 really think that Jack would let Kim Bauer have children? Does he not put up with enough crap in his day job?
Kim Bauer’s Kid Jokes
How do you get Kim Bauer’s kid out of a tree?
-Wave at him/her
Jack Bauer went over to visit his grandchild and saw it staring at the carton of orange juice. So he asks why they are staring at the carton of OJ. “Because it says ‘concentrate’ on it” says Little Bauer.
How do you know Kim’s child is related to Jack Bauer?
-It burned down the school to get out of 3rd grade.
Hmm. While Kim Bauer used to piss me off a great deal, Elisha Cuthbert has always given me, umm, warm feelings. Observe below the fold:
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A new Bundy Web comedy to premiere in January.
It's not awful that EW listed the 25 cheesiest action shows of all time. What's awful is that I actually watched most of them. Excerpt:
JACK OF ALL TRADES (2000-2001) STARRING Bruce Campbell
PREMISE The Evil Dead veteran plays an American agent during the 1800s who's sent to the South Pacific to help a British spy (Angela Dotchin) guard against Napoleon's naval advances.
REDEEMING QUALITIES As always, Bruce's chin. And the brilliance of casting Verne Troyer as Bonaparte.
The Legend of the Seeker premieres Saturday, November 1. If, however, you can't wait, here's the first 10 minutes of the series to further whet your appetite.
Spoiler video for Lost right here. It's also embedded below the fold.
Oh. Sorry. I guess that that was a spoof. Here's the real promo video:
Psych has been renewed for a 4th season.
Well, I know that many of you are worried about our imminent slide into a socialist country. Think of the bright side: for those of us who have wanted to visit France, electing a Marxist makes things easier. By taxing and spending the ever living crap out of us, we'll become France. No need to buy expensive plane tickets.
Anyway, too many of you are obsessing over November 4. I will admit to having done so on occasion myself. However, November 1 & 2 are much more important days in that The Legend of the Seeker kicks off. Here are some more images for you to compare to the images you had already conjured up in your brain.
She's really starting to grow on me as Kahlan Amnell. Physically, I will admit to having thought of Jacqueline Collen. However, she's getting a little long in the tooth for this role. Not that I mind. She's still a total hottie.
This one is better suited to being a popup image. It's just so darned big.
Back in 184, Joe Piscopo has a comedy special on HBO. There were pretty funny skits: one where he did an "HBO Sports" special, with Eddy Murphy as Carl Lewis; one where he spoofed the Thriller video as the Nutty Professor; and one in which he played the lead singer of the Deltones, who had a gig singing to a mob boss. I mentioned it to my a friend today; he had never seen it. Anyhoo, I headed over to YouTube, and darned if they didn't have the video up. Jim Treacher once remarked on one of his blogs (not the Puce, because that would have been unreadable) that "YouTube is going to destroy this country and I don't care". I happen to agree with him.
Update: Well, well, what have we here? The other two videos that I just mentioned.
Ah, life is good. Really, really good.
So Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear (Hey, Boo Boo, what's in that pick-a-nick basket?) turned 50 on October 2. While I'm not old enough to remember when the show actually first aired, I remember vividly watching as a small child. I've recently introduced my children to those characters, courtesy of the Boomerang Channel.
Here's one that you might remember: Where's Huddles? I enjoyed both the comic book and the cartoon. One episode, if 38 year memory serves, involved Huddles building a swimming pool in his backyard. His neighbor mentioned that he had a "5 figure check", which made the pool digging guy quite happy. Until, that is, he discovered that 2 of those figures were to the right of the decimal point.
I know what you're thinking right now: what the heck is wrong with you, and why do you remember crap like this?
In response, I'll point to the back of the exceedingly long line of other curious people. Much like sitting on Santa's lap, you'll just have to wait your turn to find out.
I, for one, look forward to the television event that I hope the television adaptation of Wizard's First Rule, The Legend of the Seeker will become.
Just to whet your appetite, here's an image of Kahlan and Richard.
For the record, I won't have my Ral Partha figurines out on a map of the Westlands and D'Hara. At least, not so far as you know.
Update: One more picture.
Richard Cypher Craig Horner
Kahlan Amnell Bridget Regan
Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander Bruce Spence
Chase (Dell Brandstone) Jay Laga'aia
Darken Rahl Craig Parker
Preview Trailer can be found here > Legend of the Seeker
The trailer looks good, but then most trailers do. I look forward to the now published broadcast date of November 1, 2008. Mark your calendars, if you're a Terry Goodkind fan.
BTW, I'm quite interested in who they decide to cast as Mistress Denna.
Earlier, I posted about Wizard's First Rule becoming an extended TV mini-series. Now we know a little bit more:
Richard Cypher'Rahl: Craig Horner
Kahlan Amnel'Rahl: Bridget Regan
Zedd, Chase and George Cypher have been cast, but I'm not at liberty to release just yet....something about finalizing contracts or some such legal mumbo-jumbo....
But its getting closer!
At first blush, Bridget Regan looks like she could, physically, play the part of Kahlan. Not too many photos exist on the Innertubes right now, but I expect that to change once she dons the white Mother Confessor's robe.
The Sarah Connor Chronicles has officially been renewed for a second season. Good. It's rare that a new show I like actually gets picked up, but this time quality programming and decent ratings prevailed.
Tangentially related update: Related only in that it deals with fantasy/scifi TV. Turns out that Wizards First Rule will be made into a weekly TV series. Really? Is it going to be broadcast on the Playboy channel, or maybe the BSM/Torture Channel? I loved that book, but the whole Mistress Denna thing isn't something that I see looking good over the air.
Update to the tangentially related update: Okay, Terry Goodkind is sure that it's happening, so it must be true. Oddly, considering some of the subject matter, Disney is one of the partners in this 22-episode television adventure. Anyway, excerpt:
Now that the announcement about the TV series has been officially released, I would like to take this opportunity to put it in perspective and fill in some of the details. (Please keep in mind that some of this might change as things evolve.)
The first season will be 22 one hour episodes, on Saturday evenings, probably at either 8 or 9 pm. Since this is a syndicated program you will need to check your local listings for the station in your area.
The first season will cover the story of WIZARD?S FIRST RULE. Along with exciting opportunities afforded by the air time in which we have to tell the story, the TV series also brings unique challenges. All film formats ? TV series, mini-series, or feature films ? must, to a greater or lesser extent, alter the novel in order to translate the story from words to pictures. A feature film has severe limitations of time, requiring major parts of novels to be cut out. Sam Raimi knew that a feature film of WIZARD?S FIRST RULE could never work to tell the story. That?s why he wanted to do a long format TV show. I?m especially pleased that we are going to be doing 22 one hour episodes to tell this epic story ? much more time than a mini-series would have afforded. That said, there must still be changes, yet within those changes lie exciting opportunities.
With Disney now on board we have some of the most gifted people in the world working to make this project not just exciting but successful.
All this said, I would like to interject a note of caution. In projects of this nature involving vast sums of money there are always things that can go wrong. For example, while the rights to many books are sold or optioned very few of these ever see the light of a bright screen. Many books, even though there is initial enthusiasm, in reality are simply not a good fit for film. Announcements of book rights being sold are quite common; having such rights ever end up as a finished product is actually exceedingly rare. Because so much money is involved in the production of films there are countless stages at which a project can be stopped cold.
Well, I'll wait until they start casting before I decide to add it to my viewing schedule.
Final update: Check out Amy's Commentary here for why I think that the book isn't what the people at Disney think it is:
Why did several people in the book group strongly dislike Wizard's First Rule? One reason given was that they felt this book was not well written (or poorly edited), that there were too many misspellings and too much bad grammar. Another felt parts were needlessly crude. There was also the complaint that the story was too derivative of other fantasy books, not very original. The reason discussed most, however, was an episode three quarters of the way into the book - the long torture scene involving Richard Cypher and Mistress Denna, the Mord-Sith. Richard suffers at the hands of leather clad Denna and her rod- like Agiel. The S&M aspects of their "relationship" didn't appeal to me, and several group members found it extremely disagreeable, enough so to sour them on the entire book. This scene was unexpected and intense, but not - in my opinion - gratuitous. They didn't agree. One person was extremely uncomfortable reading this scene and could only skim it. Richard's encounter with the Mord-Sith may be important in later books, but I think such a traumatic scene should've been better foreshadowed.
From the people who make Dreams Come True™ comes this whimsical tale of a guy who gets tortured almost to death, complete with graphic descriptions of blood and pain. For the record, the sex is just glossed over, so Disney might be happy. Torture good, sex bad.
July 18 marks the return of Psych and Monk with new epsidoes. I'm still not clear how they're going to deal with the loss of Stanley Kamel, though. Monk freaked out when he thought his psychiatrist was simply retiring.
Oh, and you might have noticed that NBC is attempting to drum up interest in Psych and Monk by showing reruns on Sunday evenings.
I'm still picking up the pieces of my jaw after watching Tuesday night's episode of Boston Legal. Sure, the show is a liberal wet dream of how the world should be, but I love watching William Shatner. Anyway, for those of you who watch the show, the character Jerry - odd, goofy, the show would get along just fine without him- got a new girlfriend. Now Jerry is an odd guy, not bad looking I suppose, but he goes around purring, hopping and growling, all the while holding his hands flat on his pants. Okay, the writers gave him Aspberger's Syndrome to make him sympathetic, instead of pathetic.
Where was I? Oh yeah. Anyway, Jerry's character has issues which make bonding with a woman problematic at best. His last girlfriend left him for a toaster, or iPod, or some other inanimate object. Seems she had issues, too. Plus, she wasn't very attractive. However, his latest squeeze, Dana, borders on the thermonuclear side of the hotness scale. I checked around at ABC.com to find out if anyone knew who the heck she was. Turns out that her name is Rachelle Lefevre. The pictures at IMDB do not do her justice, so I looked elsewhere. If you watch Boston Legal, see if you agree with me that Dana is not only out of Jerry's weight class, she borders on being outside of his species. If you don't watch, just enjoy the eye candy.
Actually, none of the pictures do her justice. Wait until someone uploads photo captures from the 4/15/2008 episode. I should have been wearing a drool cup.
Pretty soon, every South Park episode from all 12 seasons will be available online. For free.
Pretty good TV show quiz here. Here's the pathetic part: I got 27 of 31 right, including one show which never actually aired. And now for the old part: I was correct on all the shows which started airing before 1970.
Bow down to my extreme suckitude. I wonder every day how I managed to land my wife. My lifelong goal is to prevent her from wondering.
Some time ago, I received my first Instalanche for this post: Stacked and Packed. I couldn't claim any credit because, hey, a hot woman brandishing a ginormous gun is its own reward. In any event, Risawn recently discovered Battlestar Galactica on DVD and, not surprisingly, she's hooked. She owes it all to her brother:
Well, guess what? We threw in the first disc, watched the miniseries, and now I'm hooked.
Damn you, Jared, why did you have to get me hooked on ANOTHER freakin' TV Show?
Sucks, doesn't it? But the pain goes away once you stop resisting the assimilation.
So she's pretty, smart, a gun nut AND a BSG fan. You'd think it wouldn't get any better than that, but it does: Risawn might be the only person I know besides myself who includes the Death Gate Cycle among his or her favorite reads. I bought the first book at a used bookstore in Australia and bought the rest when I got back to the states, even going so far as to pay full retail price for the hardback version of the final book. And I can't tell you how much I loathe paying full retail price for hardbacks.
Anyway, stop by and congratulate her on her latest obsession. As addictions go, it'll be an easy one to quit, what with the upcoming season 4 being the last and all.
Like, say, the production team for the show that booted you. In any event, looks like Paige Davis will be back on Trading Spaces. Excerpt:
"It's not something I ever would have considered," Davis told the Daily News during a break in production Friday. "My departure was very bad; it was a decision I didn't understand, why it had been made. I didn't understand why it was done in a harsh manner. I was pretty hurt by the people who were running TLC at the time."
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that getting smashed and shoving your hooters around in public may not be best public face. Not that I'm opposed to cute drunk women squeezing their boobs for me. Actually, it was only through the aid of the divine substance known as alcohol that any women would actually look at me in college. If any had shoved their breasts in my face, it would have been a bonus. Unrealistic and delusional of course, but still a bonus.
Turns that Glenn Reynolds and I have the same taste in old science fiction shows. Of course, Reynolds watches The Time Tunnel whilst sitting on his dark throne, sipping his puppy, while I tend to opt for a Guiness. To each his own.
Maxim has compiled a list of the Top Ten Shows We Won't Watch during the upcoming season. Excerpt:
9. Dr. Steve-O (USA Network)
Whoa—Jackass’s Steve-O and Trishelle from Real World/Road Rules: Whore Olympics…in the same show! In Dr. Steve-O, the grizzled reality-TV pair will make their way from one viewer-nominated sad case to another, attempting to de-wussify (their word, not ours) the poor blokes before the hour is out. A press release notes that the show will also feature “shockingly hilarious stunts” and “embarrassingly funny and demented dares.” And to think that we used to dump on USA for its thrice-daily Walker, Texas Ranger reruns.
2. Cavemen (ABC)
We’ve always found Geico’s “Caveman” commercials moderately entertaining, even if they never prompted us to purchase insurance or ridicule a specific racial or ethnic group. This show, however, appears to be setting its sights a bit higher, billing itself as “a hilarious and thought-provoking social commentary on race relations in today’s America.” Are networks allowed to cancel a show mid-episode? We’re about to find out.
1. The Return of Jezebel James (Fox)
This one doesn’t debut until November-ish, so there’s plenty of time for somebody to tweak, rework, or euthanize it. Suffice it to say that Parker Posey will have to appear in 47 New York-based indie films and date 226 indie singer/songwriters to restore her street cred. To view the worst trailer in the history of the genre, click here.
Thank goodness I have lots of DVDs and books lying around the house. Eesh.
Update: Consider yourself bitten.
Looks like you might be forced to sit through some episodes of The Flash. Okay, it doesn't entirely suck, but it isn't very good. Anyway, excerpt:
Beginning in October, SCI FI will air Battlestar Galactica "mini-sodes" entitled "Razor" during episodes of the hit series Flash Gordon, Fridays at 9 p.m. The two-to-three-minute shorts will lead into the Nov. 24 premiere of "Razor," the two-hour Battlestar special TV movie, which will tell the story of Lee Adama's (Jamie Bamber) first mission as commander of the Battlestar Pegasus and will reveal the story of how Adm. Cain (Michelle Forbes) served her ship during the original Cylon attack on the Colonies. "Razor," which airs at 9 p.m., will provide a backdrop to events in the rest of Battlestar, which returns for its fourth and final season in early 2008.
Hit series The Flash? What, exactly, constitutes "hit" ratings for a SciFi original series? Mind you, I've liked quite a few of them, but I think that it's a question worth asking. Whenever a series is touted as "must see" or "surefire hit" on network TV, I can almost guarantee that it's destined for the round file.
Joss Whedon might finally make that TV special chronicling the exploits of the Taster's Choice guy, err, the Ripper. Only a few years overdue, but it'll probably be pretty good.
It appears as though the SciFi channel will be airing a Firefly marathon tomorrow. However, I'll be at work AND I own the DVDs. Might be a good way to pass the time if you're at home, though.
Tangentially related updated: Nathan Fillion decides to play house in Season 4 of Desparate Housewives. He will do so opposite the always yummy Dana Delany. Lucky bastard.
So the producers of 24 are going to have Jack Bauer before a Senate panel being investigated for his various, umm, questionable activities during season 6. Who are they kidding? Jack Bauer will rip their eyes out and piss on their brains, just for fun.
A Sex and the City movie?! Seriously? The reason that you make a movie from a TV show is to do, say and/or show things that the audience hasn't seen before. Absolutely none of that applies to the aforementioned show. Crap, I think that I'm more familiar with Kim Catrall's vaginia than her gynecologist. And what hanging storyline is there left to wrap up? SJP landed Mr. Big, Charlotte got her baby, the redhead was happily married and Catrall was happily boinking some guy who turned out gay on Brothers and Sisters. Maybe the studio thinks-wrongly- that everyone is dying to see another $40k spent on ugly ass shoes.
To be fair, I remember Kim's role as "Lassie" in Porky's quite fondly, I think that Kristin Davis is pretty hot and I've like Cynthia since The Manhattan Project. And moonbat that she is, I've always been fond of SJP's work. So if you really want my money, have the four of them go at it buck naked in a vat of Jello for and hour and a half. THAT might be worth parting with some money to see, but that's about it.
Back in 1994, HBO aired 13 episodes of a series called Hardcore TV. It contained some real oddities and unusual parodies such as:
1) a commercial for The Pubic Hair Club for Men
2) Fairytales From the Dark Side
3) a Bob Vila spoof where Bob and Norm spoke like they were from the hood
Anyway, I've spent some time trying to find old episodes, even ones on tape. Apparently HBO has not released, and does not plan to release these episodes on DVD. Ever. Also, I cannot find even bootleg copies on YouTube, Google video, or Bittorrent, which is a decent indication of how rare any copies must be.
My search is hampered a bit by the fact that there is or was, apparently, a wrestling showed called by the same name. Regardless, I'd lie to put my hands on copies of these episodes. If anyone has them, drop me a line. It would be appreciated.
Dave at Garfield Ridge got to spend two days on the set of BSG. I believe that I speak for many scifi geeks when I offer him both my congratulations and my sincere hope that he get teleported to some distant planet populated by slavering beasts with a taste for humans.
Not that I'm jealous or anything.
Because everyone loves commercials with people dressed up like food. Right? Regardless, the videos in this article are fairly amusing. I have to say that I agree completely with the description of the Domino's Fudgems at #6: a furry cube of feces.
All of Jack Bauer's damn its from seasons 1-4.
Okay, I'm only a month late, but Talk Like Jack Bauer Day is coming. Soon. And so is Jack Bauer.
You have been warned.
Remember what Go Daddy.com's business is? Me either. However, I do remember the Go Daddy girl, Candice Michelle. Apparently Candace deemed the wardrobe malfunction that we saw during the Superbowl a little too conservative, which forced her to go for the Full Candance Monty. NSFW images below the fold.
Or something like that. Lucy Lawless becomes a full-time cast member on BSG when season 3 kicks off. Cool.
And now a gratuitous Go Daddy girl images found here.
But there is one Starbuck that I like. Here's an interview with Katie Sackhoff, figther pilot extraordinaire on BSG.
Thank Dean for the link.
Question: does Katie look like she's in better shape this year? Maybe it's just me, but she sure is looking good this season.
It appears that
President Hillary! Commander in Chief has been cancelled due to low ratings.
I know why ABC created this show. It wasn't to be cutting edge, or to try something different. The purpose behind this show was to get people in this country used to seeing a female president on television for a few years before Hillary runs in 2008. Unfortunately for ABC, their caricatured description of DC(Geena Davis was an Independent, all opposition dicks were Republicans, Democrats apparently didn't exist), the show wasn't entertaining, not even the liberal dreamworld fashion of The West Wing. Commander in Chief was simply boring.
Battlestar Galactica returns with part 2 of season 2 this Friday. Got those TIVO/DVRs/VCRs ready?
Sure, it happened in the Netherlands, but I'll bet that some eager activist groups in the US are salivating over the prospect of filing similar charges here. Excerpt:
The Dutch animal protection agency demanded prosecution Tuesday for the shooting of a sparrow that knocked over 23,000 dominoes during an attempt to set a world record.
The ill-fated bird flew into an exposition center Monday in the northern city of Leeuwarden, where employees of TV company Endemol NV had worked for weeks setting up more than 4 million dominoes in an attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for falling dominoes.
The common house sparrow â€” of a species on the national endangered list â€” was chased into a corner and shot by an exterminator with an air rifle.
"Under Dutch law, you need a permit to kill this kind of bird, and a permit can only be granted when there's a danger to public health or a crop," said agency spokesman Niels Dorland. "That was not the case."
"I might add: Is it really necessary to kill a bird that knocked over a few dominoes for a game?" he asked.
Dorland said the agency plans to submit the case to national prosecutors.
Flight information available here.
At the bottom of the screen click on "rows" in this order 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 (Hurley's numbers) for a teaser trailer for season 2.