Category: The Idiot Box


I’ve been waiting for some True Blood news to post, and I finally have some, though I wish I was more excited about it.

The role of Claude Crane has been recast!

In the season 4 premier, the role had gone to Neil Hopkins, perhaps best know for his stint on Lost playing Liam Pace. His appearance as Claudine’s triplet Claude was a blink and you’ll miss it sort of affair, but people had been hoping he would make a return appearance.

Well, the good news is that Claude will be returning, just not as played by Neil. No, the role has gone to newcomer Giles Mattey.

The New ClaudeI have to ask: WHY?!?

Generally speaking, I’ve been pretty happy about the casting of characters established in the Charlaine Harris novels, but this one leaves me cold. Claude is described in the books as ‘hunky’, the kind of guy women and men would do a double take for. Hot and flauntingly sexual, Claude is a stripper who passes his daytime hours posing for the covers of romance novels – think Fabio only 1,000 times better looking.

I’m not getting that vibe from Giles. I haven’t seen many pictures, but he does not seem to have the physique that one would describe as ‘hunky’ and he certainly doesn’t look like he spends his time stripping. Neil’s looks fit into what I think of as fae, his physique is nothing to sneeze at, plus I think he’s fairly believable as Claudine’s sibling. Neil Hopkins and Lara Pulver look to be the same age, where as I would place Giles as being about 5 years younger – maybe more.

No mention as to whether Claude will be gay, as per the books, but reports are saying that Jessica will be taking an interest – which may work out well for fans if we don’t particularly like the character.

I am going to hold onto my outright condemnation of Alan Ball’s choice until I see what Giles does with the role. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt this one time.

But I can’t say as I’m feeling all that optimistic about it.

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Scott BakulaOkay, not really, and I have to admit that I haven’t been following Chuck since the middle of last season, but it doesn’t change the fact that I’m super excited to find out that Scott Bakula has been added to the roster of guests at Wizard World Comic Con this April 14th to the 16th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (yay! new venue!).

Scott will be joining Jeri Ryan, Amy Acker (FRED!), Sean Maher, Paul Wesley (at least he doesn’t sparkle) and a slew of others at this years Comic Con.

Keep your eye on the Wizard World Comic Con site for more announcements and schedule of events.

Guess I better get off my butt and get caught up on the last season and a half of Chuck.

And I still think Chuck’s dad is alive!

Winter is coming.... The cold winds rise in Westeros April 1st on HBO.

That’s right, the highly anticipated second season of Game of Thrones will premier on April Fools Day?

I hope that isn’t foreshadowing of some sort. I know there’s some concern among the fan community that HBO might not maintain their level of commitment to A Song of Ice and Fire, but according to Richard Pleper’, co-president of HBO:

 “We told George we’d go as long as he kept writing.”

Hopefully that means the budget will be there into the third and forth seasons and beyond so that we can see the story that George RR Martin wants to tell.

At any rate, the first of 10 episodes kicks off on April 1st, with returning cast members Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emmy winner Peter Dinklage (yay!), Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey and Kit Harington.

Here’s a little tease to whet your appetite.

Well, we’re finding ourselves about halfway through another television season. In terms of ‘geeky’ new series there have been a few hits (Grimm, American Horror Stories), a few misses (Terra Nova), a few questions (Once Upon a Time – why are you still here?) and a few merciful deaths (Charlie’s Angels – Thank the Gods!)

So, now that we’re at the midpoint, it’s time for the networks to fill in the spaces left by those series that crashed and burned. I don’t usually get excited about television. I don’t watch that much network TV, it has to be something pretty different for me to give a new series a whirl. The last series I think I got excited about was Glee – I’m old enough to remember a show called Cop Rock from 1990 which was the last time a musical themed show was put on a network and it bombed so bad it made the nuclear tests in the Bikini Islands look like a hiccup. At any rate, the concept for Glee was interesting enough for me to take a look and I loved what I saw, for the first half of the first season.

So now it’s 2 years latter and I find myself with the time again in the evening to watch the occasional offering from the boob tube. Luckily with the mid-season replacements coming out soon there looks to be a fresh batch of shows with a  ‘geeky’ bent. The question is, if I don’t want to squander my very limited TV Time Budget, which shows should I watch.

Here’s my first round of choices:

COMIC BOOK MEN
Premiers: February 12
Network: AMC

Anyone who’s had any interest in comic books knows that film maker/writer Kevin Smith is not only a major comic ‘fanboy’, but also a  comic book store owner. Comic Book Men is an unscripted series set in Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, Smith’s store located in, where else? Red Bank, New Jersey.

It looks like it could be fun, but I’m a little worried the premise could wear out it’s welcome real fast. And where are the fangirls, hmmmmm?

SMASH
Premiers: February 6
Network: NBC

NBC desperately needs a hit and it looks like it might have one with Smash. Reviewers and critics have been drawing the unenviable comparisons with Fox’s Glee, but from what I’ve seen the only thing these two shows have in common is that people sing. Boasting a powerhouse cast, Smash will definitely be one to watch for fans of musical theater. Katharine McPhee is already getting rave reviews for her performance.

Definitely some soapy goodness going on here.

MISSING
Premier: March 13
Network: ABC

I hesitate to put Missing onto this list. Frankly it seems like a retread of Taken, with Ashley Judd instead of Liam Neeson, and frankly, I’d rather look at Liam Neeson. But then I found out that Sean Bean was going to in the series and I decided to watch. After Sean lost his head in Westeros last season, I was considering taking bets as to whether he would make it through a full television season. Don’t take that bet, he doesn’t make it through the first episode. Turns out his character, Paul Winstone, has been dead for the past 10 years, murdered in front of the now missing son at the age of 8.

Here’s the official trailer, try not to yawn:

For Sean Bean’s sake, I’ll watch two episodes and pray that he finds a series that isn’t intent on killing him off!

THE FINDER
Premier: January 12 -> AACK! That’s tonight!
Network: Fox

I liked Bones, and when they introduced Walter Sherman last season, I had to admit I was entertained. Now that Bones appears to have jumped the shark, I figure I’ll give The Finder a whirl to see if Hart Hanson has it in him to create another endearing, quirky show. But does Walter and his team have it in them to keep me entertained for more than one episode?

I’m not sure. It’s too bad Saffron Burrows didn’t make it to the series. I thought her character Ike was hilarious, but I also love Micheal Clarke Duncan, so again I’ll give it a couple of episodes to hook me, but I can’t say I’m feeling too optimistic.

THE RIVER
Premier: February 7
Network: ABC

From what little I’ve seen of this show, The River has me intrigued. Filmed as a documentary, The River follows a the wife and son of a famous television explorer and their team as they search for dear old dad who has gone missing in the Amazon jungle.  From what I’m reading online, The River is part Paranormal Activity and part Lost, which I admit, captures my attention. Plus it’s from Steven Spielberg, so what could go wrong….. oh, wait a minute…..

A few thrills, a few chills, a little Can-Con (Bruce Greenwood – nice to see him get some love) to spice things up definitely means I’m in.

TOUCH
Premier: January 12 -> DAMN where’s the TV?
Network: Fox

The promo for this made me cry, so of course I’m going to have to watch. Touch follows the journey of a dad (Kiefer Sutherland), who is desperately trying to communicate with his severly autistic son, who neither speaks or allows himself to be touched. Things begin to spiral out of control as the boy begins to act out in strange ways, climbing cell phone towers and tearing apart electronics. It is only when the father realizes that his son is communicating via numbers and mathematics that he begins to forge a connection with his child.

The idea that the world or fate if you will is predicated by mathematics is nothing new. Numb3rs is probably the most recent show to deal with this, but there’s a whole emotional angle to this series that shows promise beyond the premise. Plus the cast is great.

ALCATRAZ
Premier: January 16
Network: Fox

1963: Three hundred plus inmates disappear from the notorious Alcatraz prison without a trace.

Present Day: They’re coming back. And they have a purpose.

JJ Abrams? Jorge Garcia? Sam Neill? Am I there? Hellz yes!

AWAKE
Premier: February sometime….
Network: NBC

I mentioned earlier that NBC needs a hit and I think they have one if the audience is able to wrap their heads around the premise. Jason Isaacs plays Michael Britten, a police officer that survives a horrible car accident that kills his wife and son. Tragic, yes, but here’s the twist: depending on where he falls asleep, either his wife or child is still alive. In one reality, his wife survived the crash and when he goes to sleep next to her, he wakes up in another reality, only it’s his son who survived the crash. And he has to keep both realities straight, because he isn’t willing to give either of them up.

It actually makes sense once you watch the trailer:

How can you not want to watch this? This is definitely going to be my must watch show of the year. Now if only NBC would let us know when the premier is.

So, which show are you going to watch:

Clark and Cumberbach, to boldly go......

Great news for BBC fans. The cast of J.J. Abrams new Star Trek film has gotten a little more british.

Noel Clark, formerly Micky Smith of Doctor Who fame is set to boldly go where no companion has gone before. Very few details are squeaking their way off the Paramount lot, but it has been reported that Noel will be playing a ‘family man’ with a wife and daughter.

Gee Paramount, could you possibly be any more vague? Huh?

In other news, Sherlock’s Cumberbatch (a series I really need to start watching) has also been cast, which has fangirls and boys everywhere speculating if Abrams has found his KHAAAANNNN!  Reports are conflicting, with Deadline saying there’s no word as to whether he’s on the side of the angels or the devils, while Variety is saying he’s definitely going to be the big bad of the film. Devin Faraci of BadAss Digest speculated earlier in the day that Cumberbatch could play Sybok, Spock’s half brother – an intriguing possibility.

I’m not sure I want to see Abrams bringing Khan into the rebooted Star Trek universe just yet. I would really like to see them develop their own canon first, but I went to the first Star Trek movie under duress and really enjoyed it – so much so I went again with my mother – so I’m going to trust J.J.’s vision on this one for the time being.

What is bothering me is that I’m hearing some negative buzz about the addition of Noel Clark (I’m looking at you Mario!). For those of you who never venture beyond these shores for your television entertainment, Noel Clarke is an award winning actor, writer and director. He’s incredibly accomplished and I for one am stoked to see him get such a huge break on this side of the Atlantic. He’s a fantastic addition to the cast.

Noel’s latest film, The Knot, which he also wrote is going to be out later this year, while you can see Benedict Cumberbatch in War Horse, Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy, and the second season of BBC’s Sherlock which started on January 1st. They will join fellow brits Simon Pegg (Scotty) and Alice Eve who was cast late last month.

Via: Badass Digest, Deadline and Variety

Suck It Wonder Woman
Suck It Wonder Woman!

The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek

Author: Olivia Munn with Mac Montandon
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Rating: Rating System!Equals 1/2 purse / 5 Handbags

Another birthday came and went recently and one of my DH’s presents was a copy of Suck It Wonder Woman! The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek by Attack of the Show’s Olivia Munn. I have never seen Attack of the Show, but I had heard of Olivia as the reigning Geek Goddess and remember her from a brief appearance in a season 4 episode of Chuck.

It’s weird being a geeky girl. There’s not a lot out there for us and the expectations are pretty low. The stereotype is either an unattractive, socially awkward girl who hangs out with the nerds in hopes of getting some attention from these poor schmucks once they realize there’s no hope in hell of dating a cheerleader, or gold-diggers who go out with computer and science nerds for their increased earning potential. So, here comes Olivia Munn, talented, beautiful, popular and an unabashed geek who looks to break the stereotype. I was really interested to read what she had to say.

Boy was I disappointed.

Firstly the book is written like a blog, which would be fine if I wanted to read a blog, for free. But DH shelled out $20 bucks for the thing, so an over-arching theme and a little cohesion would be nice. Instead, the book reads like a stream of consciousness cross between Mean Girls and Men Behaving Badly. It is little more than a series of anecdotes which have less to do with being a Geek in Hollywood as it does with simply being in Hollywood.  Her reminiscences  are neither insightful as to the being a geek in Hollywood, geek culture within Hollywood/LA or celebrity members of that culture.

The other thing is that this book is definitely written for the fanboys. With chapters about getting laid (Chapter 6: Sex: What You Can Do to Help Yourself  Have More of It and Chapter 17: Dating Tips to Help You Score), hooking up with a bridesmaid at a friends wedding (Chapter 12: Muscle Relaxers and Swimming Fully Clothed Really Don’t Go Together So Good [sic]) it’s obvious that this books main audience buys Clearacil in bulk and lives in their parent’s basement. Even her gallery of great women which features historical heavy weights like Catherine the Great and Eleanor Rosevelt – women who are Munn’s supposed ‘inspiration’ – are reduced to caricatures as conceptualized by Joe Francis and Hugh Hefner.

BORING!

There is nothing new here, and that really does a disservice to those Munn says she’s trying to champion – those awkward, shy girls, who want desperately to fit in yet have interests and passions that set them apart from the crowd. Yes, we *know* it’s hard growing up when you like sci-fi and play D&D. It’s nothing new, get over it. Show us how you used your geekdom to forge an identity and a career for yourself, not complain about how hard it was to be true to yourself while surrounded by mean kids then take pot shots at people who are overweight.

Olivia Munn on Playboy

"She haz to be naked! If not, why is she do Playboy?"

All this isn’t to say that the book is a total washout. There are some hidden gems buried in here, most notably My Worst Day Ever which had me reaching for my hanky and On the Playboy Cover Shoot, Scandinavian Stylists and Picking out Panties was absolutely hilarious and give a glimpse of the real Olivia Munn as someone who is strong, passionate, sensitive,funny and not afraid to stand up for herself.

Someone I would really like to hear more from.

In the meantime,unless you are interested in girls who take swan dives into giant chocolate cream pies whilst wearing nothing but a fetish French maid outfit, this is a book to avoid. We geek girls will just have to make due with tweets from Amber Benson and Felicia Day until such a time as they write their own memoirs.

…would be to blast her into space, but this isn’t a bad alternative.

Enjoy!

TV UniversityAnd how in Hell does one chose a major?

Via: Buzzfeed

Be Prepared to Get Gleeful

Scoped out the preview for the season finale of Glee:

Ruh-roh….. what is Sue up to? And why is there no mention of Quinn going into labour? Or the special guest judges?

Sigh…. Not as informative as I would have liked.

But I’m still going to watch it!

In other Glee news, Ryan Murphy has stated that one of their new characters is going to be a conservative christian:

“I’m adding a Christian character. “We’ve taken a couple jabs at the right wing this year, so what I want to do with this character is have someone who Christian kids and parents can recognize and say, ‘Oh, look – I’m represented there, too!’ If we’re trying to form a world of inclusiveness, we’ve got to include that point of view as well.”

They have yet to cast the character, but the scuttlebutt is that it’ll be a girl, she’ll be homophobic and have a problem with the choir’s choice of music.

It’s always good to provide conflict to the group, but I don’t want this to devolve into a caricature or a one dimensional character. Murphy did a great job of developing a nuanced character with Quinn, I hope he does the same for Straight-Laced Sally.

Remember last season, how Jason was so into killing? He saw it as something noble and righteous.

Well, he’s not thinking those things now.

Nice to see some remorse from him. I wasn’t expecting that.