TV FTW

Apr. 30th, 2008 07:03 pm
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TV was pwning this past week...the AMADEUS-inspired ep of 30 ROCK had me ROFLMAO.  Again.  Welcome back GREY'S ANATOMY with a bang.  I still love you -- even though you are dating someone else!  UGLY BETTY continues to make me giggle nonstop.  Many of you have probably read how I feel about BATTLESTAR.  I miss JOHN ADAMS and its grandeur (not to mention that gorgeous score cue that I am STILL HUMMING TO MYSELF WTF).  Sigh.

And THE TUDORS? Well I am quite glad I stuck with it thus far, because this Sunday's ep was absolutely the best one yet.  In the entire series.  Great stuff, with the entire cast bringing their A Game for serious.  So it's good news that it's getting a third season in my book.  Jeremy Northram is a huge loss, but the show is cruising along at a high, high level.  How amazing is Peter O'Toole as the pope?  They certainly give him some terrific lines.  As fun as all the palace intrigue on this show can be, my favorite element here involves religion - bringing all this history to life in such an engaging way.  You see precedents being laid here that draw a clear path towards the founding of our own American society.  I've never been much of a history nerd, so much of this perspective is new for me.

*gestures towards my icon*

As for...THAT SHOW...it just about blew my mind last Thursday night (actually Saturday afternoon when I got around to watching it, heh).  Seriously I don't even know what to say about it.  Other than how amazing Benjamin Linus is.  He's right up there with DEADWOOD's Swearengen and BATTLESTAR's Baltar as a great character whose every move, every word, every scheme, is a joy to watch and fully realized by the writers and actors involved.

Meanwhile: time for MAD MED S1 DVD pre orders people!  *\o/*
proggrrl: (Metropolis-the perfect woman)


Still digging BIONIC WOMAN. Yup. Now we have Jamie hacking herself maybe? Ha. And apparently Katims is running the writers room now? Well that's GOT TO BE a good thing. Nice script, Eick.

About PRIVATE PRACTICE: I haven't watched last night's yet, but can I say this show brought me to tears for 2 weeks in a row?! 1.1 during the mall-emergency scene (finding out what happened to her son), and 1.2 during the baby swapping scene (oh mommies!)...if they pull this off again...whoa.

I'm still slightly gleeful about last Saturday's SNL muppets sketch. *g* Maya Rudolph makes an awesome Janice!

Gods I'm gonna miss MAD MEN, which ends next week...Last week's ep was just incredible. Peggy's new assignment...Joan doing Roger's makeup...Betty doing the laundry (!!!)...Peggy's date (today's subject line quotes that wonderful scene)...and THE BOX.


Can't stop typing without bringing you today's braindump...
  • Fandom gets to vote on the US DVD cover for TORCHWOOD S1 starting 10/15! Cool.
  • Seth Green is coming to GREY’S ANATOMY. Me likey.
  • Interesting factoid: did you know that “the median income of women age 21 to 30 in New York who are employed full time was 17 percent higher than that of comparable men”?
  • 101 Cookbooks turned me on to these great links: the person who runs the cookbook section of the NY Public Library has a blog, and there is a great new site selling works of art for $20.
  • Can we talk for a sec about how James McAvoy is looking on this Esquire cover? *long sigh*
  • HBO has decided to respond to fandom’s collective AARRRRGGGGHHH over what DEADWOOD actors Ian McShane and W. Earl Brown have said publicly RE the dismantling of the DEADWOOD sets and the unlikelyhood of the TV movies ever being made. BigscreenLittlescreen collects up all the important links for us. A misguided ray of hope, or spin control?
  • This sucks - but I have no doubt it is related to the WGA talks. Hopefully it will be worked out soon. Blargh.
  • I suppose some of you have heard about this Warner Brothers scandal. (Yes, SCANDAL.  If it's true, not out of context, and not a joke.)  I'm on the fence - Nikki Finke is a bit of a shit-stirrer.  Yet it is quite compelling if three separate producers pointed it out independently of each other, and if Robinov wasn't joking.  Frustrating news, with a bizarre upside that it's causing a lot of great discussion about the bigger issue: women and their place as filmmakers and audience.

 
proggrrl: (Firefly-River on ceiling)
Whitney you are a Goddess, what would I do without your news blips…such as...
  • I know many on my flist are getting excited about the new PJ Harvey album – well apparently you can preview the whole thing now on AOL.
  • Anyone who is excited about Wes Anderson’s new film THE DARJEELING LIMITED, which just opened last weekend to amazing attendance in New York City, should check out all the links Whitney found of clips and the short “prequel” Anderson made with Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman.
  • Whitney is so right: we should all be celebrating Banned Books Week, every week of the year. Dammit!
  • Ian McShane spoke to Cinematical about those fabled DEADWOOD films…and the news is superbly BAD, although my morning was made reading him say this:
"You feel cheated? Imagine how I feel!" McShane replied. "We all do. We all do. It was one of those one-off jobs that you do which has got an extraordinary creative brain behind it, and it kept getting better, and the actors were great. It was a fabulous place to be and work. It was a workshop cum theater cum film. It was an extraordinary time. But everything has to come to an end, babe."

And some utterly random goodness NOT via PopCandy:
  • NewTeeVee posts advice for the TV nets on how to further attract and keep your geek audiences in thrall to this year’s new shows. Really good ideas here – the movie studios should be listening too.
  • TVGuide talks about The Whedon Effect on this year’s new TV, and why NBC probably would never move BIONIC WOMAN to the Sci-Fi Channel (WARNING: you have to jump over some incredibly spoilery bits to scroll down to this stuff, especially if you’re staying unspoiled for FNL this Friday. Watch out!)...via Whedonesque.
  • The BLADE RUNNER: FINAL CUT media push has begun in earnest now, leading up to the December DVD release. This directors-cut-to-end-all-directors-cuts just screened at the NYFF and opens this Friday in theaters for a very limited (as in RUN-DON’T-WALK) run in NYC (The Zeigfeld! OMG) and LA.
  • Wired has a bunch of cool stuff this week: These two features about ROBOT CHICKEN, an interview with Ridley Scott and a nexus of all the cultural influences of BLADE RUNNER, and this incredibly disturbing yet sexy robot art. *wipes brow*
proggrrl: (Colbert/Stewart OTP)
It's very early on Sunday morning to find such things...but that is the power and magic of our internets, eh.

This is twisted and hilarious: the Deadwood sitcom.
Via The Bastard Machine.



Other goodies: Jack Bauer gets his hands on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force, via National Lampoon,

and

John from WKRP in Cincinnati via Best Week Ever.
proggrrl: (Dick in a box!)
Addendums to previous post:

Someone (hmmm who could it be) has created a site that is posting entire FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS eps...for freeeeeeee...

Someone at Variety agrees with me about the depth and breadth of JOHN FROM CINCINNATI...and more on Zack Whedon's (Joss' brother) involvement with DEADWOOD & JfC...

HBO has announced their next project with David Milch, a 1970s/Vietnam era cop show which sounds like it will have some anti-war undertones (or, knowing Milch, OVERTONES).
proggrrl: (BigL - margene HMMM)
It's been a while since I've said anything about all the summer TV.

Is anyone out there watching the summer cable dramas?  I'm good and hooked on a bunch of them, a few I'm hanging on to see how they go.  And WEEDS has just begun! Happy!

It goes without saying that everything below is spoiler-ridden, you have been warned.






Now I’ll leave you with a bit of dialogue between MAD MEN Don Draper and his boss Roger Sterling, played out near the end of last week’s ep (S1x04).  Bottom’s up.
Both men are sitting with their end-of-day whiskeys in hand.

Sterling: You don’t know how to drink, your whole generation.  You drink for the wrong reasons.  My generation, we drink because it’s good. Because it feels better than unbuttoning your collar. Because we deserve it. We drink because it’s what men do.

Draper: What about shaky hands? I see a lot of that too with you boys…

S: No joke! Your kind, with your gloomy thoughts and your worries – you’re all busy licking some imaginary wound.

D: Not all imaginary…

S: Yeah, boo hoo.

D: Maybe I’m not as comfortable being powerless as you are.

proggrrl: (geek girl)
It's time to sick a bunch of links on y'all that I've been collecting since before the holiday.

It's quite long, so I'll put it all behind a cut - but trust me, there's something in here for everyone!  Josslove, gossip, the ending of DRIVE, the future of DEADWOOD, eco-narcissism, more news on dangerous foods from China, "crowdsourcing," and...cold-brewed coffee!

Dive in! )
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Well, this is a very random post to say:

Big news for us WhedonHeads: Joss Whedon is auctioning off a dinner for five with him at Comicon, as a benefit for Equality Now. Very cool idea!

There's pretty bad news this week, albeit gossipy and not from the mouth of TPTB exactly, that those DEADWOOD TV movies may not happen.

And then there's proof of my suspicion from late last year: Katee Sackhoff is officially sick of playing Starbuck. I've been getting a vibe from both her and Jamie Bamber from the past year that they are both tired of their roles in BSG and itching to get on with their Acting Careers. I assume their managers and agents are squealing about film roles, TV movies, etc (and the higher commissions that come with those). Later on in life, these two actors are probably gonna realize the same thing that Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nathan Fillion, and, I believe, Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, and even Tricia Helfer seem to have better grips on...I don't think I need to explain any further. Le sigh.

Then again, they are both good actors when given the right roles. If they get the right roles. I suppose if it were me, even I would get bored with The Role Of A Lifetime, after several years.

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