Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Captain Hammer is Dr. Horrible's arch nemesis. He has a hatred toward goths, nerds, social outcasts, and especially anyone who enjoys math and science (losers!).
Captain Hammer's Superpowers:
"He is extremely tough. I don't know if he is invulnerable, but he is very very strong. He can obviously pick up a car. It's not clear if he can fly, I don't believe he can fly, but he sure is a jumper. He is a heavy lifter. Combine a basketball player with excellent vertical, with a forklift and that is pretty much Captain Hammer. Oh yeah, and the power of Awesomeness."
Dr. Horrible is available on itunes for download or you can still go to Hulu and watch it here:
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Get ready for Season 5 in the world of rich California non-realistic lives in our favorite zip code. Our friends are still at California University, well the ones that count. Brandon's hair is still permanently glued in place on his head. Steve is still making trouble where ever he goes, especially with the ladies. Dylan is still squandering away his dead dad's money. Kelly's love life is still as hectic as always. Andrea, well continues to go crazy. David and Donna, well that is still rocky. Oh, and we finally get rid of Brenda who decides to study abroad in Europe, but weirdly enough never comes back. Most importantly, we meet Valerie Malone, an old family friend who decides to move to the zip to stir things up, but little does the gang know that Valerie isn't just some innocent girl from Buffalo. Oh, year five is gonna be a good one for the gang.
Season 5 available today in stores everywhere.
Oh also available today:
For the follower type- Entourage Season 4
For the fanboy type-Stargate SG1: Continuum
For the Cooking and great entertainment type- Two Fat Ladies
Monday, July 28, 2008
The main character is a band nerd turned pregnant teenager who becomes pregnant because she sleeps with the bad ass drummer (yes in the band, because the percussion section is apparently the only outlier of the band nerd spectrum) who likes to sleep with everyone possible, including the school slut (who apparently is really smart subverting the slut stereotype), who purposely kissed the star of the football team in front of his girlfriend who is a God-loving, promise ring wearing cheerleader. To top everything off, there are parent characters. One played by Molly Ringwald, queen of 80's high school flicks. The parent storylines are as incestuous as the teen character storyline. Molly's husband's ex-wife is married to the prego girl (Molly's daughter)'s doctor, who is promise ring's father. There are some other connections also, but it doesn't matter.
The entire show prego girl complains about being pregnant to her best friends and hides being pregnant from her family and boyfriend. Each episode feels like an after school special telling me I either better wear a chastity belt because band nerds who don't get pregnant, or if you do sleep around with everyone, who won't have any friends. Each episode ends with the same schpeel with someone telling you about how teen pregnancy can be preventable and all that jazz. This show constantly tells you how bad sex is, what will happen if you have it, and if you aren't careful, your parents will make you go see a psychologist to deal with your sexcrazed needs. Remember these good ole days of freshmen year, because I sure don't. Band for me was filled with, well, music and at high school I talked about, well, school stuff. I guess I am just not normal.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Vampire television series have been popular for like, ever. From Dark Shadows to Buffy/Angel to the recent deceased Moonlight (even though it was a total rip-off of Angel). There is no wonder that Harris' book series would also be picked up for a television series. True Blood is going to follow the plot of the novels about a small Louisiana town (why do vampires always live in Louisiana?) that lives in co-existence with vampires after the Japanese creation of synthetic blood. See, isn't it pulling you in immediately! The story revolves around the main character Sookie Stackhouse, a human who falls in love with Bill Compton, a vampire. I have always been a fan of vampire on vampire love, but this new obsession America has with human-vampire romance is strangely weird. I am pretty sure Twilight is taking over the world. Seriously, ask a 15 year old girl who is running for president and she might know, but ask her to name all 6 vampires in Twilight and she's all over that.
The series creator is Alan Ball who is responsible for Six Feet Under, so I have high hopes for this series. There is so much hype behind this series by HBO, they even promoted it this week at comic con with a True Blood Panel. See, vampires = popular with fantasy nerds. I am not hating, I am in that category too. What makes it great about True Blood being on HBO is that it doesn't have to shy away from issues and themes network television is scared of. It airs September 9th on HBO.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Outstanding Writing for Comedy Series:
James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie- Flight of the Conchords (episode: "Yoko")
Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky- The Office ("Dinner Party")
Bryan Fuller- Pushing Daisies (episode- "Pie-lette")
Jack Burditt- 30 Rock (episode- "Rosemary's Baby")
Tina Fey- 30 Rock (episode- "Cooter")
I enjoy 30 Rock and The Office keeps me entertained, but there is not surprise for these nominations. I was happy for Bryan Fuller because he deserves to getting recognition for being a great television screenwriter. The ATAS failed to realize the genius coming from Dead Like Me, so at least they have come to their senses and realized that Pushing Daisies is another great from Bryan Fuller.Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement's hilarious nature and obvious genius writing carried Flight of the Conchords for its entire first season. "Yoko" is a great episode about the Yoko-factor, when Jemaine starts to believe a girl named Coco is attempting to break up the band.
I am holding out for these two nods in September, but the Office and 30 Rock will probably prevail again.
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series:
Michael Angeli- Battlestar Galactica (episode: "Six of One")
Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman- Damages (episode: "Get Me A Lawyer")
Matthew Weiner, Robin Veith- Mad Men (episode: "The Wheel")
David Simon, Ed Burns- The Wire (episode: "-30-")
This is finally a category for writing that realized that there are great shows out there that aren't just on network television. First The Wire finally gets recognized in a writing category even though they completely ignored them for Outstanding Drama Series in its last season when it has been one of the best Drama series on television. Also Mad Men continues with its domination in drama categories for this years Emmy nods. First with a nomination for the pilot and another nomination for "The Wheel".
Finally, we have the first writing nomination for Battlestar Galactica. This was one of the things that made me excited about the nominations when they were released. This show has had great writing from the beginning, but ATAS still seems to think that Sci Fi Channel shows should only be nominated in technical categories. Well in your face. This show is good and the writing is amazing. Maybe next year you will realize that the acting is great also.
Banana Peel/ Revolving Door:
Wouldn't it be crappy if you just wanted to use the ATM inside the bank to withdrawal the cash from your paycheck and then you slipped on a banana peel and got your head stuck in a revolving door? Uhh, yea, especially just after a robbery/ crazy wife raid of that same bank.
Friday, July 25, 2008
If you are as excited as I am, well you better watch this trailer:
I just got done watching a marathon on the Sci Fi channel of Tru Calling. For a long time I refused to watch this show because it was the reason why Faith, I mean Eliza Dushku decided not to make a Faith spin-off of Buffy. Eliza wanted to try other opportunities, which apparently resulted in making this series.
The concept is interesting. Tru Davies (played by Dushku) while working at the city morgue realizes she has the ability to talk to dead people. Not like Haley Joel Osmet talking to dead people, more like Pushing Daises talking to dead people, except no touching. The one difference between this mediocre show and Pushing Daises, is that when Tru talks to dead people (well they pretty much talk to her, she just stares at them), the dead person says a message and then Tru and everyone else restart the day. The day begins again and Tru can remember everything that happened the day before (which is technically the current day), but no one else can. Hence, we get a brand new day to prevent the person from dying. whoo!
The writing is boring and the acting is okay, but the premise kept me watching the entire day. I have watched a couple episodes here and there when ever the show has been on, but for some reason today I watched it from start to finish. Well, I pretty much watched the entire first season and all of the second season, well all of the season that was left after Sci Fi stopped airing it earlier. Yes, that means I proceeded to watch this mediocre show on my computer after sitting around watching it all day on the television.
Anyways, the reason I for some reason became invested in the show was because of Jason Priestley's sudden introduction into the series half way through the first season. SPOILER (like you care): Jason's character Jack Harper is the opposing force to Tru's calling (pun) of communicating with the dead. Unlike Tru who helps people live, Jack makes sure they die, ergo we get a villian. Anyone who has an obsession with Brandon Walsh from Beverly Hills 90210 (including wanting to tatoo his face to your body), will understand how crazy it is to see the beloved good guy from West Beverly as a villian. Actually he is the best part of the series. After a while I just wanted to see him screw with people's lives instead of watching Tru save them.
Eliza, I have one question for you: why did you leave Joss for this? I could understand if you were never given the opportunity for your own staring show, but Joss was handing one to you. One with potentially great writing, great acting, and an active fanbase. Well luckily for you, he still thinks you have some attributes. And four years later we get Dollhouse airing January 2009 staring you and created by Joss Whedon (pictured below). In the end, Tru Calling will only be remembered by those who frequent Sci Fi channel during daytime hours or are active disciples of Zach Galifianakis (who suprisingly isn't the funny character on the show), and for that reason Tru Calling is a lost/forgotten show.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I will admit, I have always liked this show. Watched it when it was on television, saw the first movie, and was super excited when they announced Chris Carter was making a second film, but I never understood why Scully was still a skeptic on the show. She deals with constant paranormal activity, Moulder continually gives her reasons to believe, but for some reason Scully still has to explain away everything. If anyone has watched the show, not everything on that show is explain-away-able. Seriously Dana, the truth is out there.
As someone who has always been on Moulder’s side (I do believe. I am here for you Fox), I never understood why Scully still doubts. Ok, I understand that this is a television show and that the constant banter between Moulder and Scully is necessary for the show to continue for all the years, but there is only so much room for suspension of disbelief. I have hope for this new movie, that Scully will finally come to her senses and believe, hence the name (even though that has been a tagline for the show for pretty much its entirety). Come on Scully, believe, oh and get with Moulder already.
X-Files: I Want to Believe opens tomorrow everywhere.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
This show is my new addiction. It is a British show about the life and the daily activities of Belle/ Hannah, a call girl in
Belle has an interesting life. She doesn’t think of herself as a “girl’s” girl, even though she has to maintain that image for her job. She has problems making friends with other girls because they are never interested in the same things she is. Finally, the complicated relationship she has with her best friend Ben keeps you on your feet the entire first season. Her life as Hannah isn’t much different from anyone else, except for the fact that she keeps her family and friends in the dark about her occupational activities.
Showtime wanted to rewrite the show and recast it for American audiences placing Belle in an American city and all the boring things that follow in American remakes of British television series (i.e. Coupling, and soon to follow Life on Mars). Luckily Showtime execs came to their senses and decided that the show was perfect the way it was in its British capacity. They are now showing it on Showtime in the
So you are looking for a new series to watch since all your favorite comedy series are either on hiatus or have become shit tv lately. Well check out this great and hilarious British television about a guy and a girl in their late twenties who pose as a couple to rent a cheap apartment. I like to call this show the anti-friends (seriously, does anyone have a life like those super happy people?). With constant pop culture references, no-point plots (no, that is a good thing), and hilarious writing, Spaced is one of the most entertaining television shows about the shittyness of being in your twenties (so I've heard). Kevin Smith loves this show and so do I, therefore you should too. Not sold yet? It was written, produced, and stars (well it has Simon Pegg) the same people who made Shaun of the Dead and Hott Fuzz (I am ignoring Run Fatboy Run).
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Oh I started in 1991 because I would be lying if I said I remembered a time, place, or obsession with a song from those particular years. Besides I was three years old.
1991- "Unbelievable" EMF
1992-"Jump" Kris Kross
1993- "Two Princes" Spin Doctors
1994- "Dreams" The Cranberries
1995- "Ironic" Alanis Morissette
1996- "I Want You" Savage Garden
1997- "The Impression That I Get"- The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
1998- "Push" Matchbox 20
1999- "My Own Worst Enemy" Lit
2000- "All the Small Things"- Blink 182
2001- "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" Nine Days
2002- "The Middle" Jimmy Eat World
2003- "Such Great Heights" The Postal Service
2004- "Float On" Modest Mouse
2005- "Neighborhood #1" Arcade Fire
2006- "Sæglópur" Sigur Ros
2007- "I Still Remember" Bloc Party
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Piano falling from sky:
Wouldn't it be crappy if you were just walking down the street and all of a sudden a piano that just happened to be hanging from a very thin rope fell on you? Seriously, a piano from the sky falling on you! You really should look around while walking about neighborhoods.
Outstanding Comedy Series:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Two and a Half Men
Outstanding Drama Series:
Made for Television Movie:
Bernard and Doris
Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
A Raisin in the Sun
The Andromeda Strain
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Man Men)
Hugh Laurie (House MD)
James Spader (Boston Legal)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?)
America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)
Tiny Fey (30 Rock)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures for Old Christine)
Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Glenn Close (Damages)
Sally Field (Brothers and Sisters)
Mariska Hargitay (L&O: SVU)
Holly Hunter (Saving Grace)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)
Kevin Dillon (Entourage)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Jeremy Piven (Entourage)
Rainn Wilson (The Office)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Ted Danson (Damages)
Michael Emerson (Lost)
Zeljko Ivanek (Damages)
William Shatner (Boston Legal)
John Slattery (Mad Men)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies)
Amy Poehler (SNL)
Jean Smart (Samantha Who?)
Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men)
Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Candice Bergen (Boston Legal)
Rachel Griffiths (Brothers and Sisters)
Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy)
Dianne West (In Treatment)
Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy)
I left out Reality Shows and Miniseries for now, but I am happy the Tin Man was recognized.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Top 10 Dramas:
Friday Night Lights
Unlike my last rant, I will start with what I like to call "you better recognize these great, but underrated shows". First, Friday Night Lights. This show is amazing. As someone who doesn't like sports, it doesn't matter. For someone who does like sports, it might be a bit artsy for you. The acting is great, the writing is amazing, the film editing is ingenious. The viewership, is quite lackluster. For the ATAS to recognize this show is an example of how America doesn't watch good television, they watch shit, like Grey's Anatomy, but I will come to that later. I will hold on to you Friday Night Lights for as long as possible, just like I did with Firefly, Freaks and Geeks, and Veronica Mars.
Speaking of others shows that need to be given their worth, and ATAS is helping them out here: The Wire. Even if most people aren't even aware of its existence, you should be because it is a great show. The Tudors, another good choice ATAS. I do enjoy watching King Henry shag everyone in sight. Another thumbs up to you for Dexter. This show is finally being recognized for its great... uh everything. I was getting tired of worn out cop shows like CSI and Law and Order, but then Showtime gave us the other side; the serial killers side. I have been happy ever since. Finally Mad Men, I love this show and you should too.
I am, I guess you could say, ambivalent about the sudden obsession with law dramas. Boston Legal and Damages are very good shows. They entertain me... sometimes. Actually, I can't stand Denny Crane and anything with Glenn Close in it. But they are both better than The Practice and Ally McBeal (yea go cry about menopause with that stupid dancing baby).
Now to my rant about Grey's Anatomy. Why is this a great show. The first season was entertaining, the second season kept me intrigued, ever since the show has been terrible. Yes Katherine "I'm a Bitch" Heigel. I agree with you! This show has no right to be on this list. What was great about this season: nothing. Nothing has been great about this show for two years. Emmy's, stop holding on to this show. It is giving us nothing anymore. Seriously, how many times can Meridith and McDreamy get back together? Ross and Rachel blew that fuse 7 years ago.
Snubs: uh, Battlestar Galactica? Just because it is on SciFi doesn't mean it isn't a great show. The writing is amazing and the characters actually have depth, unlike McDreamy, McSteamy, McFlurry, Mc Griddle, and what ever effing nicknames they have on that show. Please recognize this show next year. It is all it has. Big Love also a snub. Breaking Bad was also a great show that the writers' strike effed over. Well at least Desperate Housewives is not on anything. God that show is annoying.
Top 10 Finalists for Best Comedy:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Flight of the Conchords
Two and a Half Men
To begin this rant I will start with the one show I never really understood why it has been a success since its induction into the CBS comedy hour (or is it two hours?). Why the hell do people like Two and a Half Men. Ok, I will admit when it first came on I might have let out a yelp seeing my beloved 1980's New Wave cool dude Duckie, but then I was put in my place when I then realized that Duckie had become a chiropractor. What would Andie say?
The show has its moments like other annoying shows such as scenes with Joey in them from friends and that dog on Fraiser. Other than that, the show is annoying, deals with the same issues constantly (that kid doesnt do his homework, Charlie Sheen sleeps with a lot of women, and Jon Cryer has no life). ATAS, get over this Two and a Half Men obsession and recognize good shows like Flight of the Conchords (good job, no really I am quite suprised), 30 Rock (again great decision), and It's Always Sunny in Philadeplia (I will forgive you this year).
There are even better shows in that CBS Monday line up that deserve that position more than Two and a Half Men, like The Big Bang Theory. Gotta love those theoretical physicist nerds. Or even better, How I Met Your Mother. Neil Patrick Harris is great on that show, along with Willow and Nick Andopolis, I mean Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segal. Charlie Sheen is not funny, Duckie is a sell out, and that kid (does anyone actually know his name?) I think may be getting fatter as the series continues, which I think think might take away the halfness of his manness (?).
The rest of the shows are ok, I guess. Ugly Betty stills annoys me, but its second season is nothing like its first. I wasn't expecting much though. Gotta love marijuana dealing moms on Weeds. But come on, Family Guy? Are you trying to make a statement that cartoons can be great comedies too? I mean, I don't disagree, but you chose Family Guy. Curb Your Enthusiasm is still on the air? Oh yeah! Entourage is still pulling in audiences with mediocre writing, but I still love to watch the show. Turtle makes me chuckle. Good job with Pushing Daises too. Who doesn't love pie, pie shops, and bringin' back people from the dead?
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Just in time for the season three premiere three weeks from now, our beloved small town full of geniuses comes out on DVD. A Sci Fi original series, Eureka is about an average-joe US Marshall who becomes the Sheriff of a small town full of geniuses, where the children study theoretical physics and write out mathematical proofs on the sidewalk, and the adults are pretty much all scientists whose experiments more often than not go awry. Luckily enough, Sheriff Jack Carter's above average intelligence gets the town citizens out of a bind every time.
Season Three premieres July 29th on the Sci Fi Channel.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Electrified by your own piss:
Wouldn't it be crappy if you died because you were so scared of a growling bear standing over you that you pissed your pants while standing on an electrical wire? That would be a pissy way to die...ha, I crack myself up.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I am excited for the premiere of the second season starting in July. This show was an unexpected suprise last summer and carriered on being a great show all the way to the season finale. Who doesn't love the great age of constant smoking and constant drinking of the 1960s. Yes women were only secretaries and men were total douche bag misogynists, but Mad Men doesn't shy from showing the viewer exactly what life was like in the advertizing world in 1960s. I was like a show that doesn't try to avoid political incorrectness.
9. No Reservations
Anthony Bourdain I love you. Who wouldn't love a bad ass chef who travels the world and has a great time doing it. I watch a lot of shows on the travel channel (I love you too Samantha Brown), but Anthony rocks them all with his carefree attitude and constant reckless adventures. New Season starting in two weeks and I can't wait.
8. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Pretty much Seinfeld in a bar and more funny. The episodic nature of the show is what pulls you in. You don't have to watch the entire season to know what is happening in each episode (but I would still recommend watching the entire season). The writers of this show, who are also the actors, don't shy away from any issue regardless of its taboo nature. It just finished up its third season with the addition of Danny Devito joining the acting cast.
7. Top Chef
As someone who can't cook this show makes me want to get up and go make something. As much as I would like to do that, I know that isn't going to happen, but we can wish. Each season is pretty much the same, but I still love it. Bravo and their professional job shows are great. I like reality television that has actual accomplished chefs competing and not the shitty ones that are on Hell's kitchen.
6. The L Word
Ahh, who doesn't love the L Word. Probably my guilty pleasure, but the show is great. It is Sex and the City with Lesbians (what could be better?). Going into its 6th and final season I will miss the girls of West Hollywood and their sex obsessed selves. Besides, we know we will all miss Shane. From beginning to end, I think I can only name one bad season ( erm ..4).
5. Friday Night Lights
This was one of the best shows to air for the 2006 Fall lineup but still people don't watch it. It is about football, but the show is excellently written and the direction is amazing. I don't think NBC knew how to market it and that was why the show never really got the audience it deserved. The show is on hiatus write now and will air in the fall on some obscure cable channel. Then NBC is going to try to air it on regular programming again in January.
Never had a show been so unbashful about homosexuality. Yes pretty much the entire cast has had a homosexual experience, but that isn't the focus of the show. Focuses on the Doctor Who organization Torchwood that investigates alien activity on Earth. The Characters have so much depth and the writing is great. Also any show that brings in James Marsters as a guest star (aka Spike from Buffy/Angel) has my vote. Also British television is so much more risque than American, and who doesn't love a Welsh accent.
3. Battlestar Galactica
Who ever though a Military Space Show would be so addicting. Just finishing the first half of its fourth season, the show just keeps you pulled in as Galactica trys to find the mysterious Earth. Every year the Academy of Television Arts ignores BSG for its top ten drama list, but it still have one of the biggest cult followings of modern science fiction. Now going into its second half of the fourth and final season, we will all be excited to see whats in store for the crew of Galactica. After its done, what the frack are we gonna do then?
2. Flight of the Conchords
After an amazing and hilarious first season, HBO scored it big for this eccentric comedy. About two guys from New Zealand who sing in a band, Flight of the Conchords has pleased fans and critics alike. With a second season starting soon, Flight of the Conchords is still flying high after last weeks Emmy top shows list came out with Flight of the Conchords suprisingly (and well deservedl) gitting a spot on the top ten comedies of the year list.
1. Doctor Who
The fourth season finale is on Saturday and with the major cliffhanger they left me with last week, it looks like it is going to be amazing. If you haven't seen this show you are either not british or not really into sci fi. Well too bad. Because you really don't have to be into either to enjoy it and get addicted like every other whoniverse follower. Space travel had never been so much fun since the introduction of the tenth doctor. He better not be regenerated after last week's cliffhanger!