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TELEVISION NEWS: Battlestar Galactica Finale Tonight

Television News: Battlestar Galactica Final Tonight

After 5 years, tonight is the final installment of Battlestar Galactica. After a boatload of stories, visiting the set in Canada, having almost everyone involved in the show speak to us on multiple occassions and even attending a private party with the cast and crew, I somehow am not excited about tonight’s conclusion. It feels sort of anti-climatic to me. This could be because I haven’t watched the last 4 episodes yet – I wanted to wait and soak it all in, in a marathon session tomorrow morning. But it’s amazing that the cast and crew of BSG are leaving us after they have really supported EM with unprecedented access (for us). I have no predictions of what’s going to happen, I’m not going to live twit BSG tonight or even review this final ep. I want to sit back with a nice beer, put my feet up and just enjoy it, without being forced to overthink it.  So everyone be sure to tune in tonight at 9pm on the Sifee channel for this momentous television. Remember, there’s 11 extra minutes.

Television: Supernatural Feature in EW Magazine Postponed – New Preview Clip for On The Head Of a Pin

This is an update to my article regarding the latest cool news about Supernatural.

Holly Ollis the publicist for Supernatural has informed me that due to the recent news about the untimely death of actress Natasha Richardson, Entertainment Weekly has postponed the feature story on Supernatural that was supposed to be presented in the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly that goes on stands March 20th. 

Ms. Ollis has stated that she doesn’t know what future issue the article will be featured in but hopefully sometime in the next week or two.  She said to please pass along to the fans to stay tuned and she will get the word out as soon as she knows which issue it will be.

Meanwhile take a look at this CW clip for tonight’s brand new season 4 episode of Supernatural, ‘On the Head of a Pin’.

TELEVISION: This Just In! Champion Jeopardy Player Donates Winnings To Charity!

Every now and then, someone does something so cool that it takes a few seconds to wrap one’s head around it. Such was the case of Donna Vogel’s decision to donate of $85,299, her complete winnings on Jeopardy [check your listings for time], last year.

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Vogel, a scientist from John Hopkins Medical Institute, said she did so because “Being on Jeopardy! last year was so much fun, but I felt like I didn’t ‘earn’ the money—I received it for playing a game. Need is enormous now, and contributions are down all over. I have a pretty comfortable life and so many people need this more than I do.”

Currently playing in this year’s Jeopardy Tournament of Champions, Vogel is, again, planning on donating her winnings to seventeen charities – especially those that deal with helping the hungry and homeless, and with global disaster relief.

Her next appearance is for the tournament’s semi-final, this evening.

INTERVIEW: Guiding Light’s Jessica Leccia

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Recently I had the pleasure to sit down with Guiding Light’s Jessica Leccia to discuss her character Natalia Rivera and the burgeoning same-sex love story energizing daytime TV. The stunning Leccia alongside sexy soap siren Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer) are throwing caution to the wind and raising some eyebrows on Guiding Light with their latest angst filled plot twist gradually revealing the unlikely love story between the two friends while trying to raise Olivia’s eight year old daughter Emma (Jacqueline Tsirkin) in a loving, stable home. You wont find any mention of labels or jumping on the bandwagon of what’s hot and controversial. There’s no fanfare or press conference bragging to the audience or mainstream America, “Hey look at us, we’re ground breaking!”

What you will find is the portrayal of a beautiful, loving family who, like most families, make school lunches in the morning and build class projects together at the kitchen table. More importantly there’s a true-to-life story that has been carefully crafted over the course of a year. Yes, I said a year! It’s not contrived or salacious, though the on-screen chemistry between Leccia and Chappell will melt your TV. It’s playful, intense, passionate, sexy and funny and has everybody glued to the edge of their seats, begging for more!

But at its heart, there is a love story in the truest possible sense. Brilliant writing from Ellen Wheeler (executive producer) and Jill Lorie Hurst (co-head writer) paired with two talented actresses, Jessica Leccia and Crystal Chappell, have not only struck a cord with daytime fans but are also paving the way for a positive change.

A very pregnant and incredibly busy Jessica Leccia graciously took some time out of her day to chat with me. Here’s what she had to say:

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Television: Smallville ‘Turbulence ‘Sneak Peek’

TESS SETS A TRAP FOR CLARK — Tess (Cassidy Freeman) invites Clark (Tom Welling) to a press conference in New York but when an explosion rocks the private jet they are on, Clark must figure out how to save them without Tess learning his secret.  Unbeknownst to Clark, Tess orchestrated the explosion to get Clark to reveal his powers.  Meanwhile, Davis (Sam Witwer) discovers a surprising way to control the monster within.  Kevin Fair directed the episode written by Turi Meyer & Al Septien.

The all new Smallville episode Turbulence airs on the CW Network on March 19th at 8PM EST right before an all new episode of Supernatural. Check out the sneak peek of this exciting new episode of Smallville.

Television: Supernatural ‘On The Head of A Pin’ Stills Gallery Plus Cool Supernatural News

SOMEONE’S KILLING ANGELS — Someone found Lucifer’s sword and is using it to kill angels.  Castiel (Misha Collins) and Uriel (guest star Robert Wisdom) have captured Alastair (guest star Christopher Heyerdahl) and ask Dean (Jensen Ackles) to use the torturing skills he learned in Hell to extract information from him so they can stop the murders.  Sam (Jared Padalecki) is concerned Dean can’t handle the job but Dean agrees to do it.  However, when Alastair reveals some shocking information, Dean’s world is shattered.  Mike Rohl directed the episode written by Ben Edlund.

‘On The Head of Pin’ Airs on the CW Network on March 19th at 9PM EST following an all new episode of Smallville.

Click on the photo to see the Stills Gallery for ‘On the Head of Pin’

All Stills are copyright 2009 to Warnerbros Television/The CW Network

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In other Supernatural related news

The new issue of Entertainment Weekly (on stands 3/20) will have a big SUPERNATURAL feature that fans and viewers alike won’t want to miss!!

Young John Winchester is now Syd on “Rockville CA”: Fans of “Supernatural” can see Young John Winchester himself – actor Matt Cohen – in “Rockville, CA,” the original digital series from executive producer Josh Schwartz (“Gossip Girl,” “Chuck,” “The O.C.”). The music-themed show premieres March 17 on TheWB.com, with four episodes posted at launch and two new episodes every Tuesday thereafter through May 12. Cohen plays Syd, the gorgeous-looking male presence at the club, who drives the girls wild. He is a local bass player and also serves as a part-time bartender. Syd hardly ever speaks, but when he does, it is often in the form of a song lyric or a commentary about music.  Catch Cohen beginning Tuesday, March 17 at www.rockvilleca.com. Get on the list!

Television: Gossip Girl ‘Age of Dissonance’ Sneak Peek

THE SENIORS PUT ON A PRODUCTION OF “THE AGE OF INNOCENCE”/SEBASTIAN STAN (“KINGS”) RETURNS AS CARTER BAIZEN — MONDAY MARCH 16TH AT 8PM EST ON THE CW NETWORK.

The Constance Billard and St. Jude seniors put on a production of “The Age of Innocence” and find their personal lives mirroring conflicts in the play.  Serena (Blake Lively) develops a crush on the play’s director, Julian (guest star Harmon Walsh), and enlists Vanessa’s (Jessica Szohr) knowledge of theater to help her get the otherwise uninterested guy’s attention.  Blair (Leighton Meester) receives devastating news about her future that leads her on a witch-hunt for the person responsible.  Dan (Penn Badgley) and Rachel (guest star Laura Breckenridge) agree to stay away from each other in the aftermath of being discovered as more than teacher and student, but find it impossible to keep that promise.  Chuck (Ed Westwick) enlists help from an unlikely source, his nemesis Carter Baizen (guest star Sebastian Stan).  Chace Crawford, Taylor Momsen and Matthew Settle also star.  Norman Buckley directed the episode written by Jessica Queller.

Catch the Sneak Peek below.

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TELEVISION: Better Off Ted – R&D Becomes Fodder For Sitcom!

Ted [Jay Harrington] is the head of a Research & Development team at Veridian Technologies. As the central character on Better Off Ted [ABC, Wednesdays, 8:30/7:30C], Ted is faced with the moral, ethical and legal situations that can arise out of the search for new and exciting products and processes – like the one where a member of his research team, Phil [Jonathan Slavin] is to be flash frozen for a year to see if the company’s suspended animation process will actually work.

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In his position, Ted is aided by scientists the aforementioned Phil and his lab partner, Lem [Malcolm Barrett]. He relies on Linda [Andrea Anders] to check out the paperwork to make sure that the testing of the company’s various products and processes are safe enough to test on human subjects. He answers to Veronica [Portia de Rossi], a morally and ethically bankrupt vice-president of the company.

The premiere opens with a Veridian Technologies orientation video that explains exactly what it is that Viridian does – which seems to be almost everything [they don’t make cows, for example, but they have made a sheep]. After viewing the orientation video, it’s easy to see why the characters have their specific attitudes – something that makes situations like Ted and Linda’s attraction [which he fights and she ignores, for the most part] make sense.

Harrington is excellent as the morally and ethically sound Ted who has to try to squelch the many potential fiascos that Veronica causes through her complete obliviousness to even the concept of ethics [weaponize pumpkins, you say?] – and when Ted isn’t clear on the ethics of the situation, he has his daughter, Rose [Isabella Acres] to set him straight.

As Veronica, it’s good to see de Rossi working in a sitcom again, though I expect Better Off Ted to be another one of those shows that quickly gain critical acclaim but only a cult following. That would be a shame. She does have a way with blithe demands and matter-of-fact indiscretions. The support team of Anders, Slavin and Barrett complement Harrington and de Rossi beautifully. The five cast members have good chemistry and each possesses excellent comedic timing.

The script for the premiere does a good job of giving us the essentials of the premise and characters in a concise and remarkably thorough manner. Better Off Ted has the potential to be a bright spot in the diminishing universe of sitcoms.

Final Grade: B+

TELEVISION NEWS: Sci-Fi Channel is now SyFy

TELEVISION NEWS: Sci-Fi Becomes SyFy

In one of the dumbest rebranding moves ever, one of my favorite networks Sci-Fi Channel is rebranding itself to become the SyFy network. There must be some reason beyond the explanation they give for this change. Their stated reason is they have grown beyond the “generic” Sci-Fi moniker and wanted a new name to reflect that. But really, is SyFy not going to make people think Sci-Fi?  No, my conspiracy radar is up. What’s going on here?  Since Eclipse is part of Sci-Fi’s “Digital Network,” I’m going to see if I can get some email or phone time with Sci-Fi President Dave Howe later this week to see what the dillio is with this. At the very least I’m sure there will be a conference call in a few weeks. I’m sure I won’t get more than what’s in the press release, but I’ll give it the old college try. My characteristic, tactful response to the PR folks who sent the press release “What? This is a stupid idea.”  Read the full press release after the break.

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Television: Gossip Girl Sets the Stage for The Age of Dissonance

               “When God closes one door, he opens a play”

Gossip Girl makes it return to the CW Network lineup on Monday March 16th at PM EST with an episode that finds the senior class putting on the play ‘The Age of Innocence’ amid their own lives filled with the usual dealings of lies, deceits, revenge and friendship.

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Blair (Leighton Meester) gets some difficult news about her hopes of attending Yale, while Serena (Blake Lively) deals with her crush on the play’s director a handsome, yet self absorbed man that Serena says ‘broods sexily’. Meanwhile Dan (Penn Badgley) is drawn back to his relationship with former teacher Rachel Carr(Laura Breckenridge).

Outside of the issues going on with the senior class students and their play, Chuck (Ed Westwick) finds himself going deeper into intrigue  as  he tries to uncover the mystery about his late father and what connections he had with the super-secret underground society and catches up with the elusive Elle, who warned him about investigating the secret society.

The episode, written by Jessica Queller and directed by Norman Buckley is fast paced and filled with excellent character moments.  The Gossip Girl cast of young, talented actors continues to take the material given them and make it stand out in a line up of similar shows on the CW.

The Gossip Girl episode ‘The Age of Dissonance’ airs on Monday March 16th at pM EST on the CW Network.