Category Archives: Television

MOVIES/TELEVISION: Oscar® History Is Made – Bigelow Wins!

Movie history has just been made. First, Kathryn Bigelow won the Academy Award® for Directing and moments later, another Oscar® for Best Film – she was a producer on The Hurt Locker, not just the director. Fellow nominee, James Cameron, was one of the first to stand – leading to a full on standing ovation for his ex.

Bigelow Wins

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were solid but not brilliant co-hosts, picking up steam as the ceremonies proceeded. Their onscreen chemistry was good but they had a tendency to dispense their banter shade a shade too quickly.

As per usual, my choices for the awards were not entirely spot on, but in most cases, wins by other nominees could not possibly be considered disappointments. My thoughts follow the jump.

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MOVIES: If I Picked The Oscars®!

It’s that wonderful time of the year when The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences hands out the most famous awards in the world [yes, even more well-known than the Nobel Prize]. Despite a drop-off in indie film production, it’s been a pretty good year for movies and the box office reflects that – in terms of popularity and quality.


Despite the apparent locks for various of the awards, the one sure thing about any awards ceremony – including the Academy Awards® – is that there’s no such thing as a sure thing. Thus, while we might expect Christoph Waltz to win Vest Supporting Actor for Inglourious Basterds, or Sandra Bullock to take home the Best Actress award for The Blind side, there are no guarantees.

Rather than make the usual predictions about who I think should win the major awards, this year I’m going with whom I most want to see win [turns out I’m lousy at predictions anyway…].

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TELEVISION: You Can Kiss My Shiny Metal A$$! Futurama Is Back!


Remember how Futurama got cancelled back in 2006 and Comedy Central bought the rights to air the original seventy-two episodes, beginning in 2008? Remember how the show’s ratings on CC were little short of magical? And how the show’s DVD sales were way up there? And how news was that there would be new eps?

Well, 20th Century Fox Television has come through and now Comedy Central is bringing twelve new eps of Futurama to cable. The politically incorrect Matt Groening series – for my money, one of the best sci-fi series on TV – will begin its new season on June 24th, 2010, at 10/9C.

Kiss my shiny metallic a$$, indeed!

TELEVISION: Rejoice Skiffy Fans! FRINGE Renewed For Third Season!

Fox TV has given TV’s second-best sci fi series [behind only Lost] the thumbs up for a third season, according to Entertainment Weekly’s Lynette Rice.


The series which averages under eight million viewers per week has still managed to give Fox a presence its new timeslot on Thursdays – and the network is showing its appreciation for both the high-quality series and its fervent fan base [kind of like they did with Dollhouse, only with a series that has better than three times as many viewers].

Maybe we’ve reached a tipping point where quality and economics and audience can co-exist – after all, NBC renewed Chuck, this season, which has a similarly-sized audience. Two shows might not seem like a trend, but with TV’s increasingly fragmented audience, they could be enough.

TELEVISION: NBC’s Thursday Night Comedy Block Intact For 2010-2011!

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NBC announced today that Thursday night comedies 30 Rock, The Office and Community will be back for the 2010-2011 season beginning this fall. In combination with the announcement earlier that Parks & Recreation had been renewed, this means that NBC’s Thursday night comedy block will be intact for next season.

“We are happy to give these early pickups to these critically acclaimed, incredibly funny comedies,” said Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

So far, along with giving Chuck the order for its back nine this season, that brings NBC’s smart decisions over the last three seasons to three. We can only wait to see how the network fares after pilot season.

TELEVISION: American Idol Recap (03.04.10)

It’s another results night.  27 million votes this week, plus former Idol finalist Danny Gokey (pictured) performs to promote his new album.  Who will be going home and who will be sticking around to battle it out for another week?  To recap my predictions:  Guys:  John Park and Jermaine Sellers.  Gals:  Lacey Brown and Haeley Vaughn.  We’ll see if I am close…after the jump!

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TELEVISION: Smallville Gets 10th!

Despite lower rates than last season, The CW has renewed Smallville for a tenth season – tying it with Stargate SG-1 as America’s longest-running sci-fi/fantasy series.

Smallville image Absolute Justice

The news, which is being reported by Brian Hibberd’s Live Feed blog and the folks at Airlock Alpha, is, no doubt, a reward for giving the network a steady presence on the black hole of Friday nights – better known as “date night” – and for being a frequently TiVo’d series.

DC purists will continue to be appalled, while the rest of us are cheered by the news. Plus Tom Welling and Calgary girl Erica Durance work for another year. Sounds like win-win to me.

TELEVISION: American Idol Recap (03.03.10)

It’s Ladies Night and contestant Crystal Bowersox (pictured) who’s fate was up in the air due to complications with diabetes will indeed perform tonight.  Let’s hope the women will not be as nervous or jittery as the men were last night.  We should see some great performances tonight since just about everyone agrees the women are stronger performers.  It will be interesting to see what happens with Crystal since she lost a full day of rehearsal.  In fact, she performs first.  A full recap, after the jump.

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TELEVISION: American Idol Recap (03.02.10)

There is a change of plans tonight.  The guys will be performing instead of the ladies.  It seems contestant Crystal Bowersox (pictured) was sent to the hospital for complications with diabetes.  That would have put her out of the competition tonight and she is clearly one of the favorites of the judges.  Instead, Idol producers decided to flip flop the guys and girls.  Bowersox should be able to perform tomorrow night and next week the routine reverts back to normal with the ladies performing on Tuesday night and the guys Wednesday night.  As for this week, it’s the same scenario as last week.  The contestants will perform a top Billboard hit of their choosing and two guys and two girls will be sent home Thursday night.  With that said, on with tonight’s show… after the jump, of course.

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Trauma Returns to NBC

With little fanfare and even less promotion, Trauma is set to return to the schedule on NBC starting Monday, March 8.  Especially now that the late-night fiasco has played itself out and five more slots traditionally meant for hard-hitting, mature-content dramas open up in the ten o’clock hour. With five hours to fill, NBC is now falling back on its reliable workhorse, the Law and Order franchise, as it carries out a game of musical chairs to fill those spots vacated by the failed Leno-in-Primetime experiment.  Trauma was a natural choice to return to the schedule.  It was still in the process of completing its original set of ordered episodes before NBC made the somewhat premature announcement to ‘cancel’ it.  Sadly this worked against the series, which was already facing an uphill battle in that no one was interested in investing time and emotion in a series guaranteed to go away.  Yet, despite the ‘cancellation’, NBC ordered more episodes bringing the tally at that time to a total of 16.  Hardly chump change in terms of episodes for a ‘canceled’ series.  Therefore, I wish NBC would just label the show as being ‘on hiatus’ since its last aired episode at the end of November.

Without any surprise, NBC still continues with decisions that make no sense.  Instead of giving ‘Trauma’ a fighting chance at the 10pm spot and putting their powerhouse L&O at 9pm, they put this little David to do battle with the Goliaths known as ’24’ (FOX) and ‘Two and a half Men’ (CBS),  not to mention whatever reality fare ABC can throw at us.  Hopefully the extra kick provided by ‘Chuck’ as a lead-in can help out where the lead-in provided by the declining ‘Heroes’ had failed.

Trauma focuses on the lives and work of paramedics and other emergency personnel, while the charismatic city of San Francisco is the backdrop of all the action.  Among the wide ensemble cast, the series stars Cliff Curtis, Anastasia Griffith, Aimee Garcia, Derek Luke, Taylor Kinney and Kevin Rankin.

“Trauma” airs Mondays at 9:00 pm on NBC.

Photo credit to NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

TELEVISION: American Idol Recap (02.25.10)

Tonight begins my least favorite of the Idol shows…the results show.  Idol producers have to stretch a 5 minute announcement into one hour.  So let the waiting begin.  Tonight 4 people are going home, the two guys and two gals with the lowest votes.  We’ll also be treated to performances by former Idol winner Kris Allen and former Idol contestant Allison Irahita (pictured).  On with the full results show, after the jump.

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