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TV RECAP: Legend of the Seeker: Baneling – What the Mark Means!

After a rapid fire “previously on…” segment, we see Richard running his fingers over the Keeper’s mark – drawing Kahlan’s attention. When she asks if it hurts, she tells him that being marked by the Keeper is not nothing! Richard ignores this and focuses on the need to find the Stone of Tears and the group heads off to the Cloister of Ulrich to find it in ruins! The cloister was taken by D’Haran soldiers. Cara says the survivors would have been taken to a death camp.

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We see men, including one with facial markings that suggest a monk, being hanged inside a rough stockade. Inside a nearby building, two men fill a trunk with booty – quickly so as to gain their reward. Said reward is to be hanged like everyone else. Before this batch of prisoners can be killed, however, the Seeker makes a dramatic entrance. He, Kahlan and Cara fight the soldiers with Zed picking off any who try to get behind them. Kahlan confesses one of the soldiers, who turns on his comrades. [I’m especially impressed by the women’s ferocity – from the beginning, Kahlan has gone for her opponents’ throats with her daggers – Cara seems to be down with that approach as well. Ruthless!]

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TELEVISION: Syfy Picks Up Home Made Sitcom Outer Space Astronauts!

And now for something completely different – Outer Space Astronauts, a sci-fi sitcom that mixes CG and live action in a new and twisted way.

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The series, which premieres on Syfy on December 8th, is a futuristic comedy series about eight vaguely courageous, highly distractable military personnel who journey to the far reaches of the galaxy, seeking knowledge, adventure and whatever else they can come up with.  On board the O.S.S. Oklahoma, this legion of misfits are led by a lackluster captain who would rather be planning the next “margarita Monday” than leading a mission against evil, much to exasperation of his by-the-book second-in-command.  Regardless of being a comedy of errors, this team will surprise even themselves as they navigate their way around the solar system.

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Television: Sneak Peek at Supernatural 5.09 The Real Ghostbusters

 

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Last week in Supernatural 5.08 Changing Channels, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (the recently engaged Jensen Ackles) found themselves tossed into TVland by their old nemesis The Trickster (Richard Speight Jr.). Being the nasty prankster that he is,  The Trickster (who was revealed to actually be the arch angel Gabriel) threw the Winchester brothers into a procedural cop show and made them play the roles of sunglass wearing CSI type detectives. Dean makes it clear he hates wearing sunglasses at night and he really hates procedural cop shows!

Well this week you can bet the Winchester boys are wishing they were back in TVland or at the most had their sunglasses to hide behind as they get tricked by Sam’s obsessed fan Becky into attending a Supernatural convention and of course this episode is airing right before Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Misha Collins, along with Jim Beaver, Traci Dinwiddie and other past guest stars are set to appear in Chicago IL at the Creation Convention Salute to Supernatural.

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TV Recap: V: There Really Isn’t Normal Anymore!

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The second episode of V opens literally seconds after the conclusion of the premiere with Father Jack and Erica sitting on that roof. A V shuttle flies by and the follow it to the scene of the underground’s meeting. The aliens are cleaning up – removing all the bodies, including Erica’s late partner, Dale’s. Erica calls 911 from a nearby payphone [we still have those?] but the call is intercepted by the V’s who sent a flying metal globe after them. As it closes in, it sprouts nasty-looking spikes, but Erica destroys it with a major league swing of an improvised club. She and Father Jack go home. They can’t take the V’s on directly.

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TV Recap: Legend of the Seeker – Marked: When is a Victory not a Victory?

In the first season of Legend of the Seeker, Richard Cypher [Craig Horner] was named The True Seeker by the Wizard of the First Order, Zeddicius Zu’l Zorander [Bruce Spence] and with the aid of Mother Confessor Kahlan Amnell, fulfilled the prophecy that foretold he would kill the evil would-be world conqueror, Darken Rahl.

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The second season opens with a scene reminiscent of the Russians toppling the statue of Stalin, or the Iraqis pulling down a statue of Saddam Hussein, as they pull down a statue of Darken Rahl. Meanwhile, in the Underworld, Rahl awakens thinking he’s failed when his master, the Keeper of the Underworld, tells him that his death was an important part of the Keeper’s plan to take over the World Above.

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Television: Sophia Bush Takes Over One Tree Hill Director’s Chair

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First it was veteran One Tree Hill actor James Lafferty who took over as director in the S7.07 episode “I and Love and You”, which ironically enough was also a very pivotal episode in the seventh season storyline for his character Nathan Scott.

This coming Monday another One Tree Hill actor takes over the directing chores as long running lead actress Sophia Bush takes her turn in the chair for the S7.09 episode “Now You Lift Your Eyes to the Sun” which was written by Karin Gist.

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Television: CW Gives Out an Advance Look at Supernatural S5.08 Changing Channels And It’s A Tricky Ride For Sam and Dean Winchester!

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Supernatural on the CW had a good week last week with the airing of S5.07 The Curious Case of Dean Winchester

SUPERNATURAL Hits Season High in Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49;

Delivers Second Largest Audience of the Season. At 9:00PM The CW’s SUPERNATURAL scared up another strong performance, matching its best ratings of the season in adults 18-34 (1.5/4) and adults 18-49 (1.4/3-tie) and delivering its second largest audience of the season (2.9 million).

I on the other hand had a bad week last week. So when I came home on Friday to find an invitation to see an advance viewing of Supernatural 5.08 Changing Channels waiting for me in my inbox I was more than happy to turn my attention towards it. By the middle of the episode I was laughing so hard and so often I was almost falling out of my chair! Yet that is not to say that Changing Channels doesn’t have its serious moments. I would venture to say that Changing Channels is actually one of the more pivotal episodes so far in season 5 in terms of bringing forth more information about the apocalypse and the roles that Sam and Dean Winchester have to play in it. Not to mention what other players there might be and what roles they could play as well.

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TV Recap: V; There is No More Normal; Cue The Lizard Men!

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What a morning! FBI Counter Terrorism Agent Erica Evans [Elizabeth Mitchell] awakens to a rumble that might be taken to be the harbinger of an earthquake and discovers her son, Tyler [Logan Huffman], hasn’t been home all night. The rumble intensifies as she calls him on his cell – he answers in a hospital, where he’s been treated for bruises from an accident. Elsewhere, Father Jack Landry [Joel Gretsch] is talking with the wheelchair-bound Roy [Stefan Arngrim] and Ryan Nichols [Morris Chestnut] is buying an engagement ring and wondering if getting down on one knee is too corny [“A classic, responds the jeweller. “Respect the knee”]. TV anchor Chad Decker is climbing out of the shower as the morning loop of his late night newscast is being broadcast. [I don’t have to tell you that there are big honkin’ spoilers throughout, right?]

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Hollywood Insider: Michelle’s Law and Order Set Visit, Now with Video!

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Last Friday I visited the Set of Law and Order. As I mentioned Friday, they were video taping the entire event, I’m assuming for an DVD Extra. Now we have the video from that event. You can take a gander and see me with my bad hair weave pepper the cast with questions while trying to hide from the Camera.  The clips include most of the Q and A including Anthony Anderson and Jeremy Sisko singing Rolling with the Homeys, my brain fart moment where I tried to ask a question and totally forgot, and there’s this hysterical moment where they struck a couple poses in the hallway.

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Supernatural: An Unique Must-See Episode and an Exclusive Chat with Richard Speight, Jr.

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Whether you’re a devoted fan, casual viewer, or jumping in for the first time, this week’s episode of SUPERNATURAL is NOT to be missed!  In perfect Supernatural style, it offers an extraordinary balance between the comedic and dramatic, the light and the dark, and confidently places its tongue firmly in cheek in an excellent parody of iconic TV shows of the past and present (such ‘Knight Rider’, ‘CSI’, and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, to name a few).  TV aficionados will immediately recognize all the references and have a terrific time laughing along as demon-hunting brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, are dropped from one alternate reality into another.  And the supernatural entity to bring about all this pandemonium?  None other than that wise-cracking, candy-loving, demi-god, The Trickster.

But if you think this episode is setting up to be nothing more than a light and comedic romp through TV-land, then think again.  What sets out as a joyful diversion, complete with laugh track and a theme song highlighting the brotherly bond that is the heart of Supernatural, takes a dark and chilling turn.  When it appears this episode will nonchalantly bypass the issue of the impending Apocalypse, it brings it right back to the forefront when you least expect it, as Sam and Dean are once again forced to confront their respective destinies and the theme of family loyalty.  And in true Supernatural style there is yet another surprising reveal that was comfortably hiding up the writer’s sleeves, which ties all the current themes together and makes us go back and re-examine what we think we know from the past.  Sheer absolute genius!!

 

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TELEVISION: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin to Host 2010 Oscars!

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Bill Mechanic and Adam Shenkman, producers of the 82nd Academy Awards® show have selected Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin to co-host the biggest event in the film industry. Clearly, the Hollywood Foreign Press lit a fire under their butts with their selection of Ricky Gervais as host for the 2010 Golden Globes.

Baldwin has shown his comedic abilities as Jack Donaghy, the egocentric boss on 30 Rock, while Martin is a groundbreaking comedian-actor-writer-musician who has already hosted the Oscars® twice before – for their 73rd and 75th years.

“I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy, Alec Baldwin,” said Martin.

“I don’t play the banjo, but I’m thrilled to be hosting the Oscars – it’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Baldwin.

The Oscars for 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010 and televised by the ABC Television Network.

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