It’s short but oh so sweet. Here’s the first look at the new Knight Rider TV movie that could become a weekly series.
The clip is only 15 seconds, but it sucked me in nonetheless.
The movie airs on NBC on February 17.
Friday, December 28, 2007
It’s short but oh so sweet. Here’s the first look at the new Knight Rider TV movie that could become a weekly series.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Another one bites the dust. Sorry, ladies, but Josh Duhamel is off the market.
Duhamel recently proposed to longtime girlfriend Stacy Ann Ferguson, according to his publicist. The two have been dating for about three years and currently live together. In case you live under a rock, Ferguson is better known as “Fergie” and is a pop singer, formerly of the Black Eyed Peas.
That sound you hear, hearts of single ladies and Tube Talk Girl breaking. As loyal readers know, I’ve had a celebrity crush on Duhamel since his days on All My Children. The man is fine and pretty much the definition of tall, dark and handsome, with a wicked sense of humor. It’s a lethal combination.
Congratulations to Duhamel and Ferguson. I wish them all the happiness in the world.
But note to Fergie, “Big girls do cry” when they find out that Duhamel is on his way down the aisle.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
As we sit comfortably in front of the fire, enjoying our holiday gifts and family time, it’s easy to forget that across the world, fellow Americans are risking their lives so that we’ll be safe and so that democracy can thrive.
Actor Harold Perrineau, who you probably know as Michael from Lost, wrote and performed this song for the troops. His fellow Lost costar Daniel Dae Kim directed the video.
Watch closely and you’ll see some familiar faces, including sexy Sawyer. (I mean actor Josh Holloway.) Kim also makes a quick appearance.
The real surprise here is that “Michael” can actually sing. If “Charlie” had known, perhaps they could have jammed together and come up with something even better than Charlie’s “Hey Y’all Everybody” anthem.
The song is available for purchase at iTunes and proceeds benefit the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain injury.
Kudos to Perrineau for taking time to remember the troops and for prompting us to do so, too.
Thanks to Kristin at E!Online for posting the video and bringing it to my attention.
Monday, December 24, 2007
So for once, I’m telling you to turn off the TV and spend some quality time enjoying Christmas with your friends and families. Thanks to all of you loyal readers and supporters of Tube Talk throughout the past year. Quite simply, you guys rock.
And speaking of rocking, check out this hilarious Christmas video of Indiana University’s male a capella group, Straight No Chaser, doing the funniest version of 12 Days of Christmas that I’ve ever seen. (I saw the video over at Give Me My Remote, so thanks to Kath for posting this and sharing.)
The video isn’t television related, but it’s a nice Christmas sentiment. So, hit play and enjoy the show! Merry Christmas everyone!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
It’s almost time for the return of one of television’s most popular shows: American Idol. FOX has released the dates for all the shows, so you won’t miss a minute of it. Get ready for a schedule full of American Idol that includes ten hours of audition footage.
And I thought Dancing With the Stars overloaded the schedule. It’s got nothing on Idol.
January 15 – Two-hour premiere showcasing early auditions
January 16 – Two-hours of more auditions
January 22,23, 29 and 30 – One-hour episodes of auditions in San Diego, Dallas, Omaha, Atlanta, Charleston, Miami and Philadelphia
February 5,6 – One hour episodes of auditions continued
February 12 – The singing starts in this two-hour episode! First episode of the Hollywood Round.
February 13 – A one hour continuation of the Hollywood episode. The top 24 will be revealed.
February 19, 20 – Two-hour episodes with the Top 12 males and females performing
February 21 – First elimination for two men and two women
February 26 – Ninety minute episode of the top 10 males singing
February 27 – Ninety minute episode of the top 10 females singing
March 11 – The top 12 is set. A two-hour show of the first performances for the top 12
OK, I take a couple days off to do some much-needed Christmas shopping, wrapping and baking, and I come back to a full e-mail box of Tube Talk readers telling me about this INCREDIBLE new extended trailer for the new season of Lost. Thank you, Tubers for sharing! You’re not wrong. It does indeed rock.
Here it is for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. Is it January 31 yet?
Thursday, December 20, 2007
by Ashley Gouveia
Every family has Christmas traditions, like going to the tree lot to pick out a nicely spruced, but slightly tilted tree. Or arguing over whether or not we want colored or white lights. Blinking or not blinking? Ah, the memories. Another tradition in my house is sitting down with our favorite holiday episodes of television past and present. Here are my picks that hopefully you and your family can enjoy.
Smallville. Season 5. “Lexmas”: I like to call it Smallville’s version of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with a twist. Lex pulled a George Bailey. But instead of seeing a bleak future, he saw a better one. One where he was happily married to Lana with a son and a baby on the way. Lex’s mother was the Clarence in the equation. She told him that he could have this life if he made the right choices. There was a B plot to the episode with Clark talking a drunk Santa off a roof, but the Lex storyline was much more interesting.
Why this episode? : It had all the potential to be a filler episode that no one really remembers. But seeing Lex get everything he ever wanted and still decide to make the wrong choice in the end was great TV to me. It sent chills down my spine when he told one of his minions that the secret to living happily ever after is power and money. That was Michael Rosenbaum at his sexy best. Plus, I actually liked Lana in this episode. The dream part anyway. Shocking, I know. Also, it seemed like in Lex’s “future” Clark and Chloe were together. That made it even better.
The O.C. Season 1. “The Best Chrismukkah Ever”: It was Ryan’s first holiday season with the Cohens and his introduction to the blended holiday that swept the nation. Seth’s enthusiasm for it cracked me up. With Ryan not being much of a holiday person, and Seth’s determination to convert him, had me laughing out loud. This was also the episode that had Seth coming to a decision between Summer and Anna.
Why this episode? : It started a tradition in the series that I always looked forward to every year. This one had to be my favorite of the four. So dip a toe in the Chrismukkah pool, and watch this O.C. classic.
Roswell. Season 2. “A Roswell Christmas Carol”: Before Katharine Heigl was Izzie on Grey’s, she was Isabel ‘Christmas Nazi’ Evans. She managed to organize every holiday activity and still have time to save Michael from giving Maria an electric toothbrush for Christmas. Then we had Max, the alien with a heart of gold, who tried to heal a little girl who was dying of cancer.
Why this episode? : Every time I watch this episode I cry. It’s definitely an episode that pulls at your heartstrings. There are plenty of places to laugh, too. Whether it be Isabel trying to make every little detail perfect, or the Valentis’ being pressured into having a Christmas without TV dinners and football. I miss this show!
Those are my holiday favorites that I will be watching. Let me know if you’ve got any to add. Happy Holidays!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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Pete Ross is coming back to Smallville for one episode, according to IGN.com. Can I get a “woo hoo?” I’ve missed Clark’s loyal friend and sidekick.
Sam Jones III will reprise his role in the episode titled “Hero” to air early in 2008. Pete will apparently help save the lives of some of the Smallville gang.
I’m curious to see how Pete reacts to Chloe, Lana and Lionel knowing Clark’s secret. Somehow, I don’t think he’ll be too happy.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
One good thing may come out of this TV writers’ strike. Psych and Monk, both currently on USA, are going to re-air weekly on NBC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
USA will begin airing new episodes of the shows on Jan. 11, and then encore episodes will air on Sunday nights on NBC.
I know many of you don’t watch either of these shows because they’re on cable. Now, you’ll get the chance to see what all the buzz is about.
Psych is one of my favorite escapes on Friday night. And Monk is consistently entertaining. A detective with OCD is always a good time. Tony Shalhoub didn’t win all those Emmys for nothing.
I love it when TV stars make it on the big screen, so I’m positively giddy about the upcoming film Leatherheads. Not just because it stars former TV hunk George Clooney, but also because current TV cutie John Krasinski has a big role in the movie.
A Clooney-Krasinski combination is not a bad way to spend a couple hours this spring. The movie was originally scheduled to open on December 7, but was pushed back to April.
Take a look at the trailer below and you’ll see why I’m so excited about Leatherheads. You can visit the official site here to see photos and watch downloads.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien are returning to work, despite the ongoing TV writers’ strike.
NBC made the announcement on Monday.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien will resume broadcasting new shows on January 2, 2008. The shows have been broadcasting reruns since November 5.
Leno and O’Brien have been among the many supporters of the striking writers and will continue to support the writers, they say. O’Brien was quoted as saying his show “may very well be terrible” without his writing staff.
The bottom line is that Leno and O’Brien are comedians, so I’m betting that they can come up with enough jokes to entertain us. I’m curious though as to how many guests will actually be booked, as many celebrities refuse to cross picket lines.
No word yet on whether David Letterman will return.
With the TV writers’ strike raging on, any news on the return of scripted shows makes me giddy. I just ran across the new trailer for this season of Lost. And all I can say is “EEEEE!!!!”
It looks so good, Tubers. I’m not sure, but I think I saw Charlie for a millisecond. It could be in a flashback, or did Charlie not really drown? Take a look and discuss among yourselves.
Lost returns in 45 days on January 31 at 9 p.m. ET, according to a press release from ABC.
Friday, December 14, 2007
The journey is over for NBC’s freshman series, Journeyman, about a time-traveling man, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The network had until Tuesday to offer the show a full-season pick up, but failed to do so, the trade reported.
The show did complete 13 episodes. I’m so sorry to all the Journeyman fans who got hooked on Kevin McKidd and his adventures back in time.
Fans aren’t taking the news sitting down. They’ve launched a campaign that involves sending Rice-A-Roni to NBC, hoping for a Jericho-type victory. For all the details visit SaveJourneyman.net and SaveJourneyman.funurl.com
Thursday, December 13, 2007
NBC unveiled its new version of KITT, the artificially intelligent, shape-shifting car, for the upcoming two-hour modernized TV movie version of Knight Rider.
This version of KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) is a customized black Ford Mustang.
In even bigger news, Will Arnett (Arrested Development) will provide the voice of KITT. Arnett has big shoes to fill. I can’t imagine anyone better than the perfectly pitched snarky William Daniels from the original show.
There are actually three versions of the car, according to NBC. One is KITT Hero, a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR with 540 horsepower; the KITT Attack, a super high-speed version of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR that transforms into Attack mode, with the help of air-ride technology and specialized body parts, and KITT Remote, a driverless Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR version of the Hero vehicle.
Is it wrong that I’m excited to see this movie? I loved the ‘80s TV show, with The Hoff and his permed hair and leather jacket. I’m hoping that television handles this remake better than the film industry has handled TV remakes in the past. (Yes, I’m talking about Charlie’s Angels, Starsky and Hutch, and The Dukes of Hazzard.)
This version of Knight Rider will feature KITT shape shifting and changing colors. Cool, right? Also, David Hasselhoff, is signed on as a special guest star to appear in his original role of Michael Knight. I’m not sure how they’ll put that off, but I’m open to anything.
The movie stars Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Bruce Davison. Here’s a brief synopsis of what we can expect:
Sarah Graiman is a 24-year old Ph.D candidate at Stanford University, following in her genius father Charles' (Davison) footsteps. But when men attempt to abduct her, Sarah receives a mysterious call from KITT warning her that he's a creation of Charles, who also invented the first KITT 25 years ago -- and that her father is in serious danger. Sarah and KITT track down her best friend from childhood, Mike Tracer (Bruening), a 23-year-old ex-Army Ranger, whom Sarah hasn't seen since he left home at 18. Having served in Iraq, Mike is now jaded and lost and initially resistant. Eventually he agrees to help Sarah and the two set out to discover who's behind the attempt to procure KITT and find Charles. Along the way, Carrie Rivai (Poitier) plays the agile yet tough FBI agent who has a long-standing friendship with Charles and Sarah. Due to those ties, she is brought into the mix to help in the search.
Mark your calendars for February 17 at 9 p.m. ET to check out the new Knight Rider.
During late nights of struggling to stay awake to cram for finals, I managed to make time for Mick St. John, private investigator and vampire. After your suggestions about Moonlight, I finally got around to watching the first nine episodes of the series.
I am so glad that I did!
I had my reservations at first, because I had been such an avid Buffy and Angel fan, the thought of another vampire show matching them was unimaginable. I was wrong.
I was hooked into Mick’s story and how it all connected to Beth Turner. The back story of how he rescued her as a little girl, from his trampy vampy wife Coraline, was a great way to connect these two characters. One thing I knew for sure, by the end of episode one, Mick and Beth had amazing chemistry. I love the whole Bonnie and Clyde vibe they had going on.
Alex O’Loughlin is so convincing on his hidden love for Beth. The end scene in the pilot, when he rescues her and she hugs him, got me. *sighs* There is just something about brooding vampires with a sensitive side.
Another character that I really enjoyed was Mick’s 400-year-old friend, Josef. I know many people love Jason Dohring from Veronica Mars, but this was my first time ever watching him onscreen. I have to say that he plays the wisecracking vamp extremely well. Every time he shows up in a scene I keep wanting to know more about him. I think it’s interesting how his character is a friend of Mick’s, but he’s not as moral as him. He would do whatever it takes to keep vampirism a secret.
Speaking of vampirism, the last episode that aired posed the question: “Can vampires be cured?” It seemed that Morgan, a.k.a. Coraline, found a cure but that might have been for nothing, since Beth took a stake to her heart. How great was that last scene? Everything was building to that particular confrontation and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Once the show starts up again I would love to know more about Coraline’s cure. Also, I wonder if maybe Josef knew more than he was telling about her. Did Beth’s boyfriend disappear off the face of the planet? I’m not complaining, but it could be addressed.
Moonlight fans, what would you say has been your favorite moment so far? I can think of some off the top my head, but I’ll let you all go first!
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The Golden Globe nominations were announced today and some familiar TV faces are among them. I’m thrilled that several new shows were recognized. Pushing Daisies, Damages, and Mad Men all got a nod for drama series, as well as old favorites Grey’s Anatomy and House. But where was Lost? It should have been among the best dramas.
As for individuals, it’s nice to see Lee Pace, of Pushing Daisies, Donald Sutherland, of Dirty Sexy Money, America Ferrera, of Ugly Betty, and Christina Applegate of Samantha Who? But I think Chandra Wilson, of Grey’s Anatomy, was overlooked. She’s done phenomenal work on that show, but for some reason Katherine Heigl is the more heralded actress.
Take a look at the list. Are you pleased, or was your favorite show/actor/actress snubbed?
'Big Love,' HBO'
Damages,' FX Networks'
Grey's Anatomy,' ABC'
Mad Men,' AMC
'The Tudors,' Showtime
Patricia Arquette, 'Medium'
Glenn Close, 'Damages'
Minnie Driver, 'The Riches'
Edie Falco, 'The Sopranos'
Sally Field, 'Brothers & Sisters'
Holly Hunter, 'Saving Grace'
Kyra Sedgwick, 'The Closer'
Michael C. Hall, 'Dexter'
Jon Hamm, 'Mad Men'
Hugh Laurie, 'House'
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, 'The Tudors'
Bill Paxton, 'Big Love'
Series, Musical or Comedy
'30 Rock,' NBC'
'Pushing Daisies,' ABC
Actress, Musical or Comedy
Christina Applegate, 'Samantha Who?'
America Ferrera, 'Ugly Betty'
Tina Fey, '30 Rock'
Anna Friel, 'Pushing Daisies'
Mary-Louise Parker, 'Weeds'
Actor, Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin, '30 Rock'
Steve Carell, 'The Office'
David Duchovny, 'Californication'
Ricky Gervais, 'Extras'
Lee Pace, 'Pushing Daisies'
Miniseries or Movie
'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,' HBO
'The Company,' TNT
'Five Days,' HBO
'The State Within,' BBC America
Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Bryce Dallas Howard, 'As You Like It'
Debra Messing, 'The Starter Wife'
Queen Latifah, 'Life Support'
Sissy Spacek, 'Pictures of Hollis Woods'
Ruth Wilson, 'Jane Eyre' (Masterpiece Theatre)
Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Adam Beach, 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'
Ernest Borgnine, 'A Grandpa for Christmas'
Jim Broadbent, 'Longford'
Jason Isaacs, 'The State Within'
James Nesbitt, 'Jekyll'
Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie
Rose Byrne, 'Damages'
Rachel Griffiths, 'Brothers & Sisters'
Katherine Heigl, 'Grey's Anatomy'
Samantha Morton, 'Longford'
Anna Paquin, 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'
Jaime Pressly, 'My Name Is Earl'
Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie
Ted Danson, 'Damages'
Kevin Dillon, 'Entourage'
Jeremy Piven, 'Entourage'
Andy Serkis, 'Longford'
William Shatner, 'Boston Legal'
Donald Sutherland, 'Dirty Sexy Money'
For the film categories and the complete list, click here.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Dohring was kind enough to take time to speak me and a few other TV press folks and was as charming as ever.
He’s so excited for us to see the upcoming episodes he could hardly contain himself. From the spoilers he gave us, the future episodes sound awesome, or as Jason put it, “F------ awesome!”
Thanks again to Jason and to CBS for this interview. And don’t forget to watch Moonlight this Friday at 9 p.m. I don’t think I’m alone here when I say, “Don’t die Coraline!”
Here’s the interview transcript. CBS did not provide a transcript, so I transcribed our conversation from my tape to the best of my abilities. In places, the word "frakking" has been substituted for another F word that we can't print here.
Do you know if the show will be delving more into Josef’s past to explore his past loves and how he’s managed to become so successful?
Yes, absolutely. I think the successful thing [came] more in the first episode, with the hedge fund trader, and the real estate. In the episode this Friday, you find out basically why he’s always concerned about Mick dating humans and being with humans, like what is that? There’s basically a personal reason that Josef’s gone through. I don’t know if it’s proper or whatever, but I always kind of take the idea that maybe Josef has gone through what Mick’s going through. Maybe one time he was a good person, and you’ll sort of see glimpses of that, you know, with my former hairstyle, and my really nice suit in New York in this week’s episode.
Is Josef going to get a love interest?
That’s fantastic man. You’re going to find out. You’ll see some really cool stuff in this next episode. I don’t know if that’s too much of a spoiler or whatever, but you’ll definitely see some love interest. You’ll see. I don’t know how to explain it or whatever. I think he would. Like Logan, he’s probably a tough guy to live with. There was an episode with Lola or whatever. They had the on again off again thing. I would really like to see someone that could match him, they fight, they get back together. I think it would be quite a passionate relationship.
How many episodes are left with the strike, what are we going to see, what does the future hold?
How is the experience on Moonlight different from your experience on Veronica Mars?
The blood on this show – what is that?
How do you prepare for a role like this, where you’re sort of eternally young and going through these things?
What about the character made him interesting to you?
Going past episode 12, do you know anything about what your character is expected to see?
The next question kind of goes along with that – some of the readers of our site were interested in seeing Josef and Mick as possible enemies – is that something you’d want to play?
A lot of the scenes that people have really responded to have been ones where there is real male camaraderie going on. Is there going to be more of that male bonding coming up? Or is that going to be fractured?
There’s a lot of action on Moonlight and I was wondering if you expect to see Josef get in on the action?
Obviously, vampires have been the big fear of many for years. What is your own personal biggest fear?
Oh my God, that’s a great question! It’s funny. I think I would have to say looking around and seeing the way that the world is now as opposed to where it was 40 to 50 years ago, it’s pretty crazy. It’s funny for like a kid my age, growing up, because it’s way different than my parents. They grew up with morals and manners and stuff like that and I look around at my friends and I think, damn, dude, where did that go and what happens when they have kids? Really, it’s not a light matter. You look at 100s and 100s and 1000s of years, it’s been that way, and in the last 40 or 50 years it’s gone down man so it’s like, damn you gotta pick it back up. That’s scary to me.
Who are some of your favorite actors/actresses, who would you love to work with?
To go along with that question, if you could do anything in the world, any type of project, what would it be?
Do you have any upcoming movie projects?
How do you prepare to play this part? Do you have a technique, do you use Method?
You don’t take anything from your life, you’d rather imagine it?
I read somewhere that you have two sets of identical twin siblings. Is that true?
Thank you guys so much, I really appreciate it, thanks for letting me talk about the acting for a little bit!
It always amazes me the entertainment treasures one can find lurking on You Tube. Check out this 1990 Doritos commercial with Jay Leno. If you watch until 17 seconds in, you’ll see the former man-of-steel, Dean Cain, at 17 seconds in. Yes, Cain is hawking Jumpin’ Jack Cheese flavor Doritos. (It’s been a while since I posted my Dean Cain post of the week, so here it is.) Also, I’m pretty sure that the girl with the crazy curly hair was on Saved by the Bell. Am I wrong?
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
In an open letter to fans from their My Space page, writers/producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas spilled the beans about the much-debated identity of the show’s self-titled “mother,” just in case television doesn’t survive the strike.
I’m sure they’re joking, but take it for what you will. Here’s the quote:
“And just in case the strike goes on so long that the medium of television goes out of business forever and we never get to make another episode, the mother is the coat check girl.”
Here is the duo’s open letter to fans about what’s happening with the show since the strike.
LETTER TO THE FANS
Monday, December 10, 2007
I don’t usually plug game shows here at Tube Talk, but I’m making an exception for this news, as I know many of you are huge fans of The Office.
On Wednesday from 8-10 p.m., The Office accounting department will join a Florida man, on Deal or No Deal on NBC, as he tries to win $1 million. Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey and Oscar Nunez show up to offer support. The Office is the man’s favorite show, according to NBC.
Other guest stars this week on Deal or No Deal are Sugar Ray Leonard on Monday and actress Megan Hilty on Tuesday.
Scott Baio is no longer single.
The legendary bachelor, who has dated some of Hollywood’s most beautiful women, finally tied the knot with fiancée Renee Sloan in Los Angeles, according to People magazine.
The wedding was a small affair on the roof of a luxury high-rise with Baio and Sloan’s new baby daughter in attendance, as well as Sloan’s 18-year-old daughter. The wedding was filmed for the VH1 reality show Scott Baio is 45 …and Single, premiering next month. (Of course it was.)
Baio returned to television last year in the reality series that examined his fear of marriage. At the end of the show, Sloan told Baio she was pregnant.
I’m curious as to whether VH1 will change the name of the show now to Scott Baio is 46…and Married?
Saturday, December 08, 2007
On Friday, negotiations between Hollywood producers and writers stalled. Instead of an agreement that would end the five-week old strike, it seems the two sides are farther apart than ever on key issues.
Producers claim that the writers are simply stalling talks and being unreasonable in their demands, even wanting jurisdiction over reality TV. The writers claim producers aren’t listening to their demands on new media compensation such as Internet downloads.
I think I speak for all of us when I say, “Why can’t this be resolved?” Is it greed, years of resentment for past treatment, or a simple power struggle?
Whatever the underlying reasons, prolonging the strike is a detriment for the television genre. It means a schedule full of reality programs and game shows, which for the record, I refuse to watch.
On behalf of TV fans everywhere, I’m begging, folks, end this thing now. Call in Jimmy Carter, put on some Beatles music, and let’s try to all get along, shall we? If TV fans walk away from their favorite past time completely, while the two sides are fighting, the fans may not come back, ever. That would be a loss for writers and producers. And that’s something we can all agree on.
To read the official statement from the WGA after Friday’s talks, click here.
For AMPTP’s official statement, click here.
Those of you who couldn’t wait to see the kiss between Brennan and Booth on Bones, consider this an early Christmas present.
Here is some behind-the-scenes footage of David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel before, after, and during the kiss. This is a longer version that actually aired. (In other word, I counted to at least nine steamboats.)
Friday, December 07, 2007
Our favorite detectives have been on hiatus since the end of summer, but they’re back tonight in special Christmas-themed episodes.
So, get out marshmallows and hot chocolate, kick up your feet and take a break from all the shopping, wrapping, decorating and socializing.
I’ve seen both shows, and they provide a fun-filled relief from all the holiday craziness. Get your laugh on starting with Monk at 9 p.m. ET. Monk becomes the town Grinch when he shoots a man dressed as Santa Claus. Monk is desperate to clear his name and foil a criminal plot before Christmas.
Then, on Psych, at 10 p.m., Shawn and Gus spend Christmas with the Gusters. Gus’ father is fingered as the main suspect in a murder case. Shawn uses his “psychic” ability to solve the “ho-ho-homicide.”
Psych and Monk air on USA. Enjoy!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
by Jennifer Squires Biller
Is there any better storytelling device than unrequited love? I don’t think so.
It’s what keeps us TV romantic types watching with the hope that someday Booth and Brennan will fall in love, on Bones, or that Clark will realize that Chloe is his true Lois Lane, on Smallville.
Sometimes, unrequited love works out. (Jim got Pam, Felicity got Ben, and Pacey got Joey. Woo HOO!) Other times, not so much. (Sorry Buffy and Angel and Joey and Rachel.)
In all my years of TV watching, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a fan following for unrequited love, as I’ve seen for Chloe and Clark on Smallville. Fan fiction stories and You Tube videos are created for them daily, and message boards are filled with viewers analyzing every single word and gesture of Clark and Chloe's scenes together for subtext.
It could be that the masses identify with Chloe, a normal gal, who will always be in love with her super hero Clark, only for him to be in love with the town’s most popular dark-haired beauty. Or it could be that folks just can’t get enough of an unrequited love story.
Whatever the reason for the fan fascination with this couple, it’s evident that Clark and Chloe are a draw for viewers. The Smallville writers have blown it big time in not pursuing a bigger story there. (My apologies to the Smallville folks if in fact that is planned in upcoming episodes, but I’m not holding my breath.) The opportunity was ripe this year, with Jimmy Olsen entering the scene to give Clark a wake-up call, but the future man of steel has been too bogged down in the adventures of his super girl cousin, visits from his mother and other aliens, and his continued obsession with Lana Lang to notice much going on in Chloe’s life.
If you think I’m exaggerating the appeal of this non-couple, please check out this superb video from the incredibly talented Ashley, who I’m sure has a successful future in video production if she chooses.
NBC just announced its schedule for the upcoming months.
It’s a blend of reality programming, new original programs, and new episodes of old favorites such as Friday Night Lights, Las Vegas, Scrubs, ER, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the returns of Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
I’m most looking forward to the new dramedy Lipstick Jungle, starring Brooke Shields. It premieres February 7, so mark your calendars. I haven’t seen a screener yet, but I’ll keep you posted.
Here’s the official schedule, according to a press release. All times are ET.
A voice from beyond just passed on this ghostly secret. (OK, not a voice so much, but an official e-mail from NBC.)
Medium is returning to NBC for its fourth season on January 7 at 10 p.m. ET.
(This post is for Sally, one of the trainers at my gym, who keeps asking me when Medium is returning.) Here’s the scoop, Sally, on what’s ahead this season on Medium.
Allison (Emmy winner Patricia Arquette) and her family's world is turned upside down after her abilities are publicly exposed, resulting in sweeping changes both professionally and personally. For the past three seasons, Allison has served as a part-time consultant to the district attorney's office in Phoenix, Arizona, using her psychic abilities to solve violent and horrifying crimes that have mystified authorities, including her nowformer boss D.A. Devalos (Miguel Sandoval, "The Division") and others within the criminal justice system.
There have been plenty of new shows this season to get excited about (Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money and Chuck) but it was the last installment of Moonlight that really solidified this show as a must see.
The final shower scene was so deliciously good that it left me wanting more. Did Beth really kill Coraline? I’m guessing yes, since she apparently had the cure to turn vampires back to humans. (It’s hard to have a show about vampires if they’re not vampires.)
But for the sake of entertainment, I hope Coraline isn't dead. She really knows how to push Mick’s buttons.
Moonlight has been fantastic so far, but the last episode was exceptional. Coraline and Mick have off-the-charts chemistry. And I think everyone can understand what it’s like to love someone who isn’t good for them.
Sadly, there was no new episode last week and there isn’t one this week either. We have to wait until December 14 for the next new show.
Meanwhile, for all of you who are missing Mick and the gang, please check out this video behind the scenes at Moonlight. It’s quite a shocker for those of you who’ve never seen Alex O’Loughlin or Sophia Myles in an interview. Let’s just say, they’re not from around here! Enjoy the accents.
Barely a day had passed since Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy told TV Guide he wouldn’t return next season to the popular ABC show, before he apparently changed his mind.
Chmerkovskiy told the magazine that seeing the story in print and the outpouring of support helped change his mind.
"When I read the article, I was like, 'ah… what have I said?' It was very tear-jerky for me," he said. "I'm honored to be part of this show, and the most important thing is the promotion of ballroom dance. When I had a free moment, I read all the e-mails and looked at my fan site and people were just devastated, to say the least. I didn't mean to do that."
He apparently misses home and was exhausted from the grueling dance schedule. But, Maks hopes to be asked back next season.
Can I get a woo-hoo? I know many of you were freaking out that Maks wouldn’t be shaking his booty on the next installment, if my overflowing e-mail box was any indication.
Let’s hope the DWTS people realize that Maks is one of the reasons so many folks tune in to the show and ask him to return.
by Ashley Gouveia
Volume Two has come to an end and can I just say, “Why?!” It was finally getting over the sophomore slump and it had to end now?
Anyway, rant over. The episode was fantastic. The show definitely brought it’s A game all the way to the last second. The ending left me feeling oddly nostalgic but hyped for the continuing chapters. Throughout the hour there were moments where I felt like I was watching season one Heroes. In this case, that’s a very good thing.
Hiro stopping time and meeting Peter brought flashbacks to the subway scene where we heard for the first time, “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World.” But this time there was not even a mention about the cheerleader. It was all about Hiro attacking him with the sword. How cool was the PrimaTech break in scene with people getting thrown all over the place by Peter and Adam? That was all sorts of cool.
One of my favorite moments of the night was Hiro’s reaction to seeing Nathan again. “Flying Man!” There is the Hiro I know and love. Oh, how I have missed you. Please don’t ever go back to 1671 Japan. You are needed for the comic relief that was lacking this season. I have a feeling that because of what he ended up doing to Adam (buried alive, creepy!) it might change him. The lovable naïve Trekkie, with an ambition to be a hero, might be gone for good.
I wasn’t annoyed with Elle’s character this week. I found her to be a lot more interesting than I previously did. Maybe because she had more to do than just being a loony toon with a shock treatment. It was great to see her go up against Sylar, even if it was just for a minute.
Speaking of Mr. Evil, he was finally ousted as a psycho to Maya. Mohinder had to explain it all. Sylar wasn’t even all that convincing of being the “good” guy. Perhaps she was lost in his eyes. I guess the twin ESP thing didn’t work since she only realized her brother was killed because of Molly and her abilities.
There were plenty of deaths in Monday’s finale. But some didn’t stick and some will be a guessing game ‘til 2008. Nathan being shot at the podium and Nikki being blown up after saving Monica were the most shocking. The final moments of Nathan giving his speech over the montage of flashbacks were amazing. What can I say? I’m a sucker for the voiceover montages. On Heroes they are always poignant and effective.
Volume 3 is titled “Villains” and what better way to start that off than by witnessing Sylar regaining his powers. He’s back! Well, not really. Not until some time next year. Darn!
Commentary with a Co-Ed is a weekly column at Tube Talk new every Thursday.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Several TV show runners are trying to drum up support for the campaign by offering some fun raffle prizes from their shows. Among the lot so far, an autographed Lost finale script, a phone call from the Lost creators and star Matthew Fox to answer your Lost questions, and Jamie Barber’s towel from Battlestar Galactica.
To check out what else you can win, visit the pencils2mediamoguls site. Good luck! If a Tube Talk reader is lucky enough to win a call from Sexy Lexy, I expect a full report!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Ladies, brace yourselves.
Hottie Maksim Chermokovskiy won’t be back next season on Dancing With the Stars, according to TV Guide.
Chermokovskiy wants to return to professional ballroom dancing competition, he said. He’s also busy working on choreographing a New Year’s Eve show at the Wyn in Las Vegas.
That sound you hear? Hearts breaking across America, including mine.
Maks became a celebrity himself, during his years on the show, due to his incredible dance moves and fiery personality.
He was favored to win Dancing With the Stars this year, as his partner Mel B was the most talented dancer in the finale. However, racecar driver Helio Castroneves roared away with the title. Maks and Mel finished second. Last year, Maks and partner Laila Ali finished third.
To read the interview with Maks and his take on why a woman can’t win Dancing With the Stars, check out the story at TV Guide.
Former vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar is considering a return to television, according to E!Online’s scoop diva Kristin Dos Santos.
Gellar is allegedly not happy with the movie scripts she’s been receiving. I can’t blame her. Most of the movies I watched this year weren’t worth the rental fee. (Superbad and Chuck and Larry, I’m talking to you.) Perhaps Gellar realized that all those horror flicks and Scooby Doo sequels don’t come close to rivaling the incredible storytelling occurring on television right now.
Gellar is rumored to be looking at a new Darren Star production. Yes, that Darren Star, of Melrose Place fame. I’m salivating at the thought of it.
Also, if you haven’t heard, Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku are also returning to television in a new drama called Dollhouse.
It’s a good day to be a Buffy fan.
Monday, December 03, 2007
That twister that hit Wisteria Lane left a street full of devastation. In the voiceover intro, we were told one of the ladies would lose a husband and that they would all lose a friend. Gaby’s spouse, Victor, was impaled with a white picket fence. How’s that for symbolism? (One husband down.) But the friend? My money is on poor Ida. I’m guessing she woke up and went looking for her cat, right into the path of the tornado. I blame Lynette. We’ve seen a lot of selfish behavior through the years on this show, but Lynette consistently exhibits self-absorbed behavior. Pushing her way into her neighbor’s basement during the storm and then insisting Ida’s cat be removed is so typical Lynette. Kudos to Mrs. Landingham, oops, Mrs. McClusky for calling Lynette out on her selfish behavior that she only acts like a friend when she needs something. Why didn’t Lynette and Tom go to another neighbor’s house or a shelter? Maybe this storm will teach Lynette how to be a friend. On second thought, she’s got Gaby, Susan and Bree as her companions, so there’s probably no hope for Lynette.
Sam is back at the Montecito. Can I get a woo-hoo? Her bowling meeting with Cooper was a fun tête-à-tête during a game of bowling. I finally figured out what’s bugging me about Tom Selleck’s stiff-jawed portrayal of Cooper. He’s missing the Thomas Magnum sense of humor. Selleck excels in levity. To see it restrained in this role is a real downer. Did you catch his hilarious stint on Friends? Yes, Cooper is daunting, scary and mysterious. But I miss his fun side. Ed Deline managed a perfect balance of both. Let’s hope Selleck finds his smile soon. It’s too pretty not to be seen.
Meanwhile, Danny and Mike caught the robbers. But poor Danny, every member of his family has now ended up six-feet under. DeLinda, you should think twice before marrying into the McCoy clan.
How I Met Your Mother
Barney lost his mojo. Say what? Even suited up in a room full of supermodels, Barney had nothing. Sure, it stemmed from realizing that his brother, the always-entertaining Wayne Brady, had paid Barney’s first lover to lie about his performance. Realizing he wasn’t awesome threw Barney in to such a spin that he began doubting his sexual prowess, thus throwing off everything in the How I Met Your Mother universe. In a funny B storyline, the rest of the gang joined the gym. It lasted less than a week. As much as I enjoy the Mother folks, I’ve lost all patience with the reveal about who the mother actually is. Just tell us already!
Brothers and Sisters
Congratulations Robert and Kitty! They tied the knot. It’s always a good time at a Walker shindig and the wedding didn’t disappoint, due to Robert’s run at the presidency. I couldn’t help but chuckle as members of the Walker clan were detained by secret service for various charges: Kevin’s off-the-cuff comment about wanting to kill his new brother in law, Nora’s date for smoking pot and Justin and Tommy for fighting. Good times. Good for Rebecca for telling Justin that his new girlfriend was sleeping with this brother. As for the new guy in town who showed up at Holly’s door at the end, I’m betting he’s Rebecca’s real father. There is no way she and Justin are brother and sister. I just can’t buy it. Those two have too much chemistry.
A taffy candy competitor moved into the Pie Hole neighborhood and the rivalry got a bit sticky this week. One dead body in the taffy vat later, and the pie maker and his pals had to solve a crime. This show is so much fun. Thank you ABC and Lee Pace for making me smile each week. And I’ve said it before, Ned and Olive, are pure confection. I do have one note, though, Lee Pace, you know I love you, but get a pair of tweezers. Those eyebrows are starting to rival Peter Gallagher’s.
Psych! Yes, I’d love to be able to gush about Michael’s latest idiotic scheme or the euphoria that is Pam and Jim, but the writer’s strike has caused The Office to go dark with any new episodes. I hurt, Tubers!
Friday Night Lights
Landry confessed. Matt lost his virginity. Tim apologized his way back on to the team. And Eric was jealous of his wife’s new “yuck-it-up” friend. Things happen quickly in Dillon. I’m so glad this show has new episodes left because ending the show with Landry’s confession to the cops is a cliffhanger of monumental proportions. Will he go to jail? Will Tyra come to his rescue? I can’t wait for the next episode.
OK, it’s your turn to share your thoughts on your favorite moments and shows from the past week. I’ll be waiting for your comments.
I had the chance to catch Patrick Dempsey’s new movie, Enchanted, this past week. If there was ever any doubt, Dempsey is definitely a shoo-in for Prince Charming.
Enchanted was a delight from start to finish. It used a plethora of fairy tale devices, from a poison apple and evil queen, to characters bursting out in song, an abandoned slipper, and a grand ball. It was everything a Disney movie should be: romantic, funny and sweet. It’s the perfect film to watch during the holiday season.
It’s not Dempsey’s first time on the big screen, a place he seems just as comfortable with as in the halls of Seattle Grace on TV’s Grey’s Anatomy. He always shines on screen. Dempsey’s role in Sweet Home Alabama made me root for him, instead of the other guy who Reese Witherspoon’s character inevitably chose. Yeah, so I’m a little biased.
What can I say? I’ve always had a thing for Prince Charming.
Amy Adams, James Marsden and Susan Sarandon also shine in Enchanted. But it’s the adorable Rachel Covey, who plays Dempsey’s daughter, who really steals your heart.
From talking animals to over-the-top princess fashions, Enchanted is simply delightful. Or as fans of Grey’s Anatomy might say, simply McDreamy.
Check out this fun unscripted Moviefone interview with Dempsey and Adams.