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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:

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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.

Amy Acker

Woot!

Whedon Fest has updated their guest list for their inaugural convention, October 1st – 3rd at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel!

The beautiful and talented Amy Acker, aka Fred/Illyria from Angel, and Dr. Saunders/Whiskey from Dollhouse and lately Rachel Conroy of Happy Town will be making her first visit to Canada and will be joining fellow guest Nicholas Brendon.

I’m chuffed. Can you tell?

In other Whedon Fest News, they have updated their schedule of events to add Geek Off Tournaments,

We will be running a number of Geek-Off trivia contests over the weekend to test your knowledge of Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible. After preliminary rounds there will be our Ultimate Geek-Off with finalists. We have a ton of cool prizes to give away and the title of “Ultimate Whedon Geek.” If you’re interested in participating in this contest (and aren’t afraid of being up on stage!) you will be able to register your name on Friday when you pick up your badges. Contestants will be selected randomly from these entries.

a Dessert Party,

We will be holding a special meet and greet dessert party on Friday night, featuring a chocolate fountain, truffles, pastries and more! A perfect way to indulge and chat up our special guests!

and a live charity auction in support of the SickKids Foundation:

On Saturday October 2, 2010 a live auction will be held at WhedonFest in support of SickKids Foundation. The funds from our auction will support research, education and care at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and will help many children around the world. There will be a ton of great items, so please keep checking back as we update with what’s up for auction and how you can help SickKids Foundation.

among other events. Get more information on the Whedon Fest website.

This is really shaping up to be a great con. I’m really looking forward to attending. Still no word as to volunteer opportunities as of yet, but Evelina of Starry Nights Events told me that they will be needing stewards to help with the main room and people for the autograph/photograph lines and will be looking to fill these roles closer to the event. So, if you are interested in volunteering, contact Starry Nights using the Contact form on the website.

More updates to come!

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.

Ooooh, creepy. Poor Lafayette is still having all sorts of Pam/Eric problems. While I’m not happy with Tara’s apparent character arc, I like her strong and sassy, I must say that all and all, this looks absolutely fantastic.

Love the peek at Debbie Pelt, Franklin Mott and Russel Edginton that we’re getting. Seems that their characters and roles have been beefed up considerably.

And it’s also nice to see Sophie-Anne again.

James Marsters, Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim all in the same show. My little geeky heart is quivering!

Something else I’m going to have to watch this fall.

I’m just getting caught up on all the True Blood goodness that came out over the course of this last week. First, here’s the latest promotional poster

Sam and his little sisterSecond, we have the latest minisode, this time starring our favorite southern gentlevamp, Bill Compton

Next is a clip of Sookie confronting Eric about Bill’s disappearance. Six hours and he still scopes out Sook’s cleavage… TWICE!

And finally there are some leaked photos of Sam and Bill experiencing a little of the same temptation as Sookie and Eric through their blood bond….

Bill and SamOoooh, steamy! I know a large portion of the viewing audience is going to be excited about this.

Are you?

ROFLMAO!

They can’t afford ‘old baldy’. Data is a wacky uncle. Worf is the dog! They adopt more alien children than Angelina! PERFECT! Get Hollywood on the line!

Via: io9.com