Saturday, October 17, 2009

The End Is Nigh: Blackout Disaster



Soooooooooooooo, I have been without my computer/internet/life for nearly a month now (seriously, I KNOW – there should be some sort of condolence card available for the loss of my extra limb) and having not been able to watch any TV – I live in the UK so have to download all the shows I watch – it got me to thinking: When is the worst possible time to cut-off a TV show?



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Friday Night Lights
Before we know whether or not they won/lost the State Championship. Seriously, this would have killed me...the anticipation, the anxiety, the trepidation, the downright desperate desire to know what happened would have given me a cardiac arrest. Would Coach Taylor live his dream? Would Matt Saracen finally prove his worth as QB1? Would I get to see Tim Riggins whip off his shirt in a fit of unbridled joy? Let me hear you say it CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS, CAN’T LOSE.



Gossip Girl
Right before the wedding of Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf. Now, this spot was under stiff competition from ‘Right before the unveiling of Gossip Girl’, but let’s be honest, we know GG is kick-ass (She’s Veronica Mars people, c’mon!) and while she/he/it is intriguing, Chuck and Blair are this antagonistic, conflicted, damaged relationship that in my little shippy heart want to see have the iconic ‘I dos.’ P.S. Sorry about the dodgy manip



One Tree Hill
Please just turn this off. Seriously. Now. I’m not joking. Right now.

Criminal Minds

The Hotch at gun-point by Foyet. Does he live? Does he die? Is he sliced up Boston Reaper style? How are Haley and Jack affected? Or does The Hotch take him down in a tense frenetic battle of the wills and skills?

House
Before we meet Dr. Gregory House. Because then we would never have met him and been introduced into his wonderful miserable, pain-addled, bizarre ‘everybody lies’ world.

Grey’s Anatomy
Before we hear Burke say his vows. *Pre-emptive duck* I know there are so many other moments to pick from – some dramatic, some romantic, some life or death, but in all my life, this has to be the most beautiful set of vows I have ever heard and to be deprived of hearing them would be a true loss.
"I could promise to hold you and to cherish you, I could promise to be there in sickness and in health, I could say till death do us part but I won't. Those vows are for optimistic couples, the ones full of hope and I do not stand here on my wedding day optimistic or full of hope. I am not optimistic I am not hopeful, I am sure. I am steady, and I know that I am a heart man. I take them apart and put them back together, I hold them in my hands. I am a heart man. So this I am sure, you are my partner my lover my very best friend. My heart, my heart beats for you and on this day. The day of our wedding I promise you this. I promise you to lay my heart in the palm of your hands. I promise you me. "

Smallville
Right before the final showdown between Clark Kent, Davis Bloome and Lex Luthor. Now I know what you’re thinking – Why not Superman? Why not Doomsday? Hasn’t Lex died???? OK, first of all, I’m not huge on comic books and due to legal complications, Smallville can’t actually ‘show’ Superman and in Smallville, we see through the eyes of Clark Kent, not Superman. Second, Doomsday can never be killed. Fact. So, the fight would be pretty one-sided. Plus, Sam Witwer is fiiiiiiinnnnnneeee, and I actually laughed out loud at the rubber man ‘DOOMSDAY’ suit, therefore Davis with just the red eyes to show his transformation. Thirdly, I want Michael Rosenbaum back! In my mind, Lex never died! It was all real!Lex’s clever doppelganger fiendish plan.
I want these guys to have a real, honest to god, big fireworks, blood dripping, humanity in peril, evil versus good, up-tempo rock anthem playing, FIGHT! And with their shirts off, did you say?? Yes, I’m in totally agreement! LET'S GET NEKKID! *Dribble dribble*




The Wire
Ever. Seriously, the greatest TV series that has ever ended. Oh, if it could have lived forever. However, it kind of does because it was so true to life, it was almost a documentary and to this day I imagine the lives of new Avons, Stringers, Omars, Marlos, Kimas, Rhondas on the streets and in the offices of Baltimore.

So, what about you? Your worst TV disasters? Has technology ever failed you at a critical moment?
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Office: The Wedding Countdown Begins!

Watch this post--we'll keep updating it--for all the info from now on involving Jim and Pam's wedding. Last things first? We've got a lot to catch up on!

Updated 10/1: Here's a new promo showing Pam getting all giddy about cashing a check.



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First of all, here's a non-spoilery promo guaranteed to tug your heartstrings without spilling the beans:



Kristin's minions put a video up this evening of behind-the-scenes Jam wedding goodness:



There's also the small matter of THE COVER OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, BITCHES!

The cover story of EW this week is about the wedding, and it's pretty spoilery. We learn that Jim gives a very touching speech at the rehearsal dinner, one that would be flawlessly romantic if it weren't for the fact that he apparently spills the beans about the baby about one day too soon. To make matters worse, looks like Michael is the one who tries to save Jim from total epic fail territory--but of course, this is only going to get The Most Awesome TV Groom Ever in even hotter water. Since we know one of the lines from his speech is, "People told me it was crazy to wait that long for a date with a girl I worked with, but I think even then, I knew I was waiting for my wife," I think we (and Pam!) will probably be willing to let him and his loose lips off the hook. There are also some pretty terrific behind-the-scenes videos of John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer at their EW photoshoot--you can watch those here.

We know the details now about their bridal attire, which you can read about here.

We also know that after the wedding, it's looking pretty likely that Michael's going to be hooking up with Pam's mom, so, y'know, cringe and wait for the "your baby will be my grandchild" jokes. (Yeah, if the old watchword was bastard--thanks, Angela!--then the new watchword is Grandpa.)

What's even more exciting is that, for Jim and Pam, the wedding is only the first in what's bound to be a season full of juicy Jam stories, as we anticipate the birth of their baby in February. (Oh, and PS, I'm reminding Mindy Kaling via Twitter just about every day that said baby has to be a girl. Join in on the harassment if you wish.)

Pilot News: Jabrams & Co. Getting Back in the Spy Biz!

As we celebrate the anniversary of Alias's first episode, it is fitting that word got out yesterday that J.J. Abrams, the man who thought, "Hey, let's do a show about a kickass spy," is currently developing a new hour-long series based around the concept of a married couple who spies together.

Described as lighter fare than his most famous projects offer, this series sounds a little like a brighter version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Couple of thoughts--

Jabrams's most enduring series have been those with heavy plots and a side of romance. People forget that he was also behind the short-lived Six Degrees and What About Brian, both of which were practically intolerable. This series is being billed as an "action-adventure-romance." And with the main characters already coupled up, I'm skeptical about the potential OTPness of the whole thing.

That said, with the right leads with the right kind of chemistry (could Nathan Fillion get out of Castle for this?) and really strong writing, this sounds like an interesting concept. And of course I'll give anything from Bad Robot the benefit of the doubt.

Lost & Sesame Street: Brought to You By the Numbers...

My Google Alerts went nutso yesterday when a press release went out stating that Matthew Fox will be a guest on this season of Sesame Street. There's really not much to say here, expect that it's going to be pretty freaking exciting. Though we hardly think that Sesame Street will tackle Lost's complex themes, many of which are geared toward audiences older than pre-schoolers, it's always interesting and amusing to see how the children's show simplifies the concepts of grown-up dramas for its young viewers. It probably goes straight over the kids' heads, but at least their parents--and the fangirls watching mid-morning PBS--will be entertained.

For instance, here's their recent parody of Mad Men, in which the titled is translated quite literally as the muppets explore different emotions, including mad:



"Good work, sycophants," also cracks me the hell up.

So what will Foxy's appearance include? Maybe he will literally be lost on Sesame Street, and it can be a lesson in what to do if you get separated from your mommy. Maybe he'll play doctor and show the kids how to put on Band-Aids.

Or maybe Big Bird will be conned by Oscar the Grouch to climb to the rooftop of Mr. Hooper's Store. (Oscar would do it himself but he can't leave the can.) And of course Big Bird will fall off the roof into a crumpled heap of feathers on the sidewalk of Sesame Street. Somehow, Oscar will get Big Bird to Jack, who will do his best to save Big Bird, even going so far as to transfuse him with his own blood. (The episode could be brought to you by the letter O Negative.) Just before Jack goes to amputate Big Bird's leg, Big Bird decides to let Doc off the hook. He dies, tragically; his dying words are, "Tell Snuffy..."

Unfortunately, Snuffleupagus is off having a sexy picnic with Sayid.

YEAH. I SAID IT.

Friends: Epic Musical Reunion!

On Tuesday, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow were on hand at a charity concert to introduce Sheryl Crow. Unfortunately, Sheryl found she had a tough act to follow after an audience member shouted out "Smelly Cat!" Lisa indulged the audience and performed a few bars of her classic hit.



Love it!

Source: Just Jared

Alias: Happy Anniversary, Vaughns!

Eight years ago, Sydney Bristow became a double agent, with Michael Vaughn assigned as her handler. Thus began two epic relationships--theirs, and my relationship with Alias.

Damn, I feel old.

Glee: Of Roads Not Taken, Bowling as Foreplay, and Epic Broadway Collaborations

It has come to my attention that a lot of the people who appreciate television romances also appreciate things like Broadway musicals and Taylor Swift songs. I'm not trying to speak for everyone, as I'm sure there are plenty of people who love them some TV but found themselves on Team Kanye, but it seems that enjoying plot expressed in lyrics and melody is something many fangirls have in common.

So you can imagine how unsurprising I find it that Glee has quickly become a show with a strong and active fandom.

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Yesterday's episode was quite good, even if it was the third straight episode centering around somebody quitting Glee.

"The Rhodes Not Taken" had good romantic development on all fronts, with Finn and Rachel sharing another kiss and Will and Emma having their first disagreement. It was the first episode in which I really felt engaged in the Finn/Rachel dynamic (has "Finchel" caught on yet?), as allllll that angst landed on them.

Finally, as always, the strongest part of the episode was undoubtedly the music. Not only did this episode dispense with the dream sequence numbers--all of these numbers were legitimately being performed--but they also, of course, featured the megatalented Emmy-winning actress, Kristin Chenoweth, for whom, incidentally, my sister claims she would go gay.

Her numbers, particularly the duet with Rachel, "Maybe This Time," were pitch-perfect, ranging from the forlorn "Alone" to Carrie Underwood's bouncy "Last Name." All of them were thoroughly delightful.

What was perhaps most poignant about her guest appearance was how it led to the absolutely show-stopping final number, "Somebody to Love." With Rachel back in Glee, the club performed their first song as a group since the newbies joined up. It was nothing short of incredible, with just about everyone rocking a solo. Of course, the song belonged to Finn and Rachel, who showed their onstage chemistry with not only some pretty outstanding vocals, but choreography that was oh-so-reminiscent of their first outing in "Don't Stop Believing."

Lastly, if you had told me a year ago, as I baked a cake while listening to the Spring Awakening, Hairspray, and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown cast recordings, that I would one day watch Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, and Kristin Effing Chenoweth do such a pitch-perfect project together--and one that would set Trending Topics afire, no less!--I would have slapped you in the face. And not just because a year ago I had no idea what Twitter was.

Gossip Girl: Van der Humphreys: Imminent



So. In my fandom closet, I have a long history with soap operas. And right at the top of that list is Jake and Vicky on Another World. You know, before AW got cancelled and their characters were moved to another show, where they were both eventually killed off.

How, you ask, is this remotely relevant? Because back in the day, their big, splashy, on-location wedding was shot at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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So, naturally, when I saw the paparazzi pictures of the Gossip Girl cast filming at the Botanic Garden, my brain went, “Ooooh! Wedding!” Which I then realized was ridiculous, because the GG cast filming somewhere in fancy clothes is proof of absolutely nothing.

But lo and behold, the title for episode 3x05 is “Rufus Getting Married.” Yay!

I’m always surprised when I read comments online that people don’t care about Rufus and Lily. Really? Because I think they’re adorable. Maybe there’s less story potential for them now that they’re getting married, but I love them together. When they’re not having the same fight over and over. I don’t even care that their wedding squickily makes OTP Dan and Serena step-siblings.

Here’s a thought: Does the Van der Humphrey union mean the end of the Brooklyn loft? Or, more importantly, the end of those absurdly quick and convenient trips back and forth between Brooklyn and the Upper East Side?

The Stepdad Rufus potential looks to be really sweet, too. I love that he wants to be a real dad in the string of Lily’s husbands. I don’t read many GG spoilers beyond these set pictures. But I can only hope that Papa Van der Woodsen will surface soon, leading to all kinds of chaos, drama, and fatherhood smackdowns.