Category Archives: Television

SyFy’s Caprica is a kind of Creepy and Depressing, So says Michelle, So say we All!

I always say how much I despise Prequels, but I have to admit I always find myself getting sucked into them, because there’s a part of me that always wants to know how X got to Y. Also the Pollyanna side of me always watches these things thinking Anakin really won’t go bad, Wolverine really won’t loose his memory, Lex Luthor is really going to turn out to be a good guy and on Caprica the Cylons really won’t kill everyone in sight. You can’t help but feel a sense of creepiness and foreboding to everything that’s going on with this show.

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TELEVISION: American ‘Torchwood’ Coming?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox is developing a stateside version of the U.K. hit series Torchwood.

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Unlike Fox’s unsuccessful attempt to create an American version of Doctor Who, the network plans to involve the Original, U.K. production’s team – with original series creator Russell Davies writing the script.

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Michelle’s 24 Recap – Eps 3 and 4

    Episode 3 – Airdate 01.18.2010

    The following takes place between 6pm and 7pm

    The highlight for tonight’s episode is the reappearance of Renee Walker, AKA “Freckles” Bauer (Annie Wersching) . I didn’t think I’d like Freddie Prinze Jr. as the fresh-faced head of field ops Cole Ortiz – dumb name. CTU really has some new fancy digs this year, that garage is quite nifty. Oh hell no, some homies messing with Bauer on a basketball court? They don’t know what he’s got in his sack and what he can do to them. Chloe and Jack track Davros (Where’s “The Doctor?”) down to the expendable couple’s house where of course they are dead. Can I get a “Dammit” from you Jack? So far the opening few minutes of this episode is slow as heck. Jack gets the boots put to him because the cops think he’s a cop killer. So of course the cops go to town on him and want to teach him a lesson. Meanwhile at CTU they are still trying to decrypt the file.

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    The Jack Sack is Back, 24 Season 8 Predictions

    The Jack Sack is back baby and after the excellent two hour premiere I’m fully on board with Season 8 of 24. I loved it when Jack muttered, “I hate this place.” Who doesn’t hate their job? I’m the type of viewer who generally enjoys 24 in six hour marathon sessions as opposed to watching it on a week-to-week basis. I think the story flows better this way, so I will be doing re-caps this season but probably in two – three episode blocks. My recap of the first four hours will come later this week, in the meantime I have a few predictions for this season – since we all know there is definitely a formula.

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    67th Golden Globes: Ricky Gervais’ Prickly Honesty Sets Snarky Tone For The Most Enjoyable Of Awards Shows!

    Ricky Gervais hosted the 67th Golden Globes Awards with the same prickly disregard for fakery he displayed when he appeared on The Tonight Show this past week [where he suggested that he plug all his projects up front in case NBC kicked Conan out a wee bit early].

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    When he was not-so-gently ribbing stars like Mel Gibson [“I like a drink as much as the next man – except when the next man is Mel Gibson”] and Meryl Streep whose double nominations got one of the best bits of the night [something about being “greedily nominated” for It’s Complicated and Julie & Julia], he was flogging the DVD releases for the complete series of the British original version of The Office and his latest film, The Invention of Lying – or his upcoming animated series, The Ricky Gervais Show [on HBO].

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    Television: The CW Network Debuts New Family Drama Series, Life Unexpected

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    For the past month, the CW Network has been heavily hyping their new drama series, Life Unexpected, which premieres on Monday January 18th at 8PM EST right before an all new episode of season 7 of One Tree Hill.

    Life Unexpected, which is written and produced by Liz Tigelaar (“Brothers and Sisters,” “What About Brian”), Janet Leahy (“Boston Legal,” “Gilmore Girls”) and Gary Fleder (“October Road”), is the story of 15-year-old Lux (Britt Robertson, “Swingtown”), who, after spending her life bouncing from one foster family to another, has decided it’s time to become an emancipated minor. Her journey through the legal maze leads Lux to her biological parents, Nate “Baze” Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha, “Mad Men”) and Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby, – Roswell, E.R.). When a judge unexpectedly grants temporary joint custody to Baze and Cate, they agree to make a belated attempt to give Lux the family she deserves.

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    Archer, FX Network’s Latest Show is bit too Clever by Half, Michelle’s Review

    Did you ever watch James Bond and think, wow, that’s one cool dude? Would you still think that if you found out that Bond’s ex-girlfriend is dating a dreeby Accountant, you have to put up with office politics like every other person and that your mother is actually M and runs the place? These are the things that super spy Archer has to put up with in FX Networks new animated comedy series “Archer.” The animation style of Archer looks a bit like Flash mixed with some cell shading it looks a bit amateurish but serviceable, it’s not going to make you go wow or want to buy any action figures.  Where Archer excels is it’s snappy, snarky, rapid-fire dialogue.

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    TELEVISION: American Idol Recap 01.13.2010

    The next stop on the American Idol train is Atlanta, Georgia, ya’ll.  It’s Idol’s 5th time in HOT-lanta and in the past it has found great success there.  Clay Aiken, Fantasia, and Jennifer Hudson all auditioned in Atlanta.  Will the next Americal Idol come from the A-T-L?  Only time will tell.

    MINI-RECAP

    *City:  Atlanta

    *Celebrity Judge:  Mary J. Blige – a true Idol who gets better with age. (Love me some, Mary J).

    *Number of Contestants: 10,000

    *Name to Remember:  BRIAN WALKER, the singing cop

    *The One You Hope To Forget:  KRISTIE MARIE, the non-singing TV Producer

    *Most Heart Warming Story:  VANESSA WOLFE, the country girl who dreams of a new life

    *The Most Ticked Off Contestant:  LAMAR ROYAL (“Mary J. Blige can’t sing a lick.”)

    *Priceless Moment:  “Cheap Dramatizations” of JESSY HAMILTON’s near death experiences

    *Quote of the Night:  Kara says, “We’ve got our own 411 for you.  This shouldn’t be your career.”  Simon:  “I think it’s more like 911.”

    FULL SHOW RECAP AFTER THE BREAK

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    TELEVISION: AMERICAN IDOL RECAP 01.12.2010

    THIS…IS…AMERICAN IDOL!   Season 9 auditions begin in Bean Town, Boston, Massachusetts.  With the absence of Paul Abdul this year, celebrity judges will be filling in during the auditions, including, Shania Twain, Joe Jonas (don’t you need to be able to sing to judge and not just be from a pop band?), Kristin Chenoweth, Mary J. Blige, Katie Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Avril Lavigne, and Victoria Beckham (don’t you need to be able to sing to judge and not just be from a pop band).  We’ll see Ellen DeGeneres start her new gig during Hollywood Week.

    Ryan promises in the voice over that each year the talent pool is bigger and better and we should be prepared for this year’s talent to blow us away.  Ugh huh.  Anyway, on with the show.

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    Michelle on the Set of NBC’s Mercy Today!

    I have nothing else better to do today, so I figured why not take a 4 hour drive to Jersey to visit the set of NBC’s Mercy. The event will include a meet and greet with the cast, lunch, and a tour of the set. I’ll be doing some live tweets from the event at #eclipsemagazine. We’re interviewing the entire cast including

    • Taylor Schilling (Veronica)
    • Michelle Trachtenberg (Chloe)
    • Jaime Lee Kirchner (Sonia)
    • James Tupper (Dr. Chris Sands)
    • James Van Der Beek (Dr. Liam West)
    • Guillermo Diaz (Nurse Angel Lopez)
    • Diego Klattenhoff (Mike)
    • James Legros (Dr. Dan Harris)

    Now don’t be surprised if I look at this and go, this is just silly spend 8 hours driving for a 2 hour event. But as of 7:30 am, I plan on hitting the road at 8:30ish. My gear for this event will be an Macbook (which I hate) and I think I’m going to go with my Casio FS100 Point and Shoot instead of my Nikon D60. I’m into Video these days so I’m going to take my JVC Everio and get some one camera interviews as well.