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TELEVISION: Monk – Sure Gonna Miss Him Now He’s Gone

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Adrian Monk found his late wife Trudy’s killer in the two-part conclusion to USA’s eight-season wonder, Monk. Then, after a bit of pondering his wife’s killer’s last words, he discovered that Trudy’s daughter was still alive. [That won’t make sense to anyone who hasn’t followed Monk, but this column isn’t for you, anyway.]

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Outer Space Astronauts – Syfy’s Demented New Space Sitcom Is Quark For The 21st Century!

Syfy has gone the homemade route for its odd little space sitcom, Outer space Astronauts [Tuesdays, 9:30/8:30C]. The series, about the “highly distractable” crew of the O.S.S. Oklahoma, is the brainchild of Russell Barrett, who created the series and co-writes, shoots, edits, scores and plays a supporting role [Captain Bruce Ripley], among other things.

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The series premiere, Diplomatic Hat, finds the crew of the Oklahoma encountering an alien vessel and inviting its crew over for pizza. Problems arise when the aliens make it clear that they want a little bit more than just the pizza – they want the Oklahoma and plan to kills its crew to get it.

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Syfy’s Alice Underwhelms!

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is a classic tale for two reasons – it functions as a cheerfully demented children’s story and it is also a genuinely wicked satire of politics and England’s nineteenth century society through the innocent Alice’s inability to understand the bizarre behavior of Wonderland’s inhabitants.

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Alice [Sunday, Dec. 6 & Monday, Dec. 7, 9/8C], Syfy’s two-part miniseries, updates Carroll’s multi-levelled work to within an inch of its life by giving us a twenty-seven year old Alice [Caterina Scorsone, Crash] who finds her way into a greatly changed present day Wonderland where Bad Things are going on.

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Steven Seagal: Lawman – Action Movie Star; Real-Life Deputy Sheriff!

Wednesday evenings on A&E just got a little bit stranger. Steven Seagal: Lawman [10/9C] is a reality series that focuses on action movie hero Seagal’s day job as a deputy sheriff with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana’s Sheriff’s Office – he’s been a police officer for the last twenty years.

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If you’re thinking that the series sounds like Cops with a movie star, you’re partly right – the show’s patrol footage is very like that of the Fox reality show. The difference is twofold: first, until now, Seagal has kept his police job out of the limelight and, second, between the patrol sequences, you get footage of Seagal lending his martial arts expertise to the training and protection of Jefferson Parish police.

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TELEVISION: Scrubs: A New Perspective Refreshes!

A note that appears before the premiere eps of Scrubs MKII reads:

Hello old friends;

Here’s the scoop. I see SCRUBS [Tuesday, 9/8C] as a new show [a lot of you are aware that I tried to re-title it]. I wanted to send these episodes out so you could see them ahead of time.

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I think the new cast members are great and getting better each week [seriously, even if this show goes away I will take as much credit as possible for finding them even though I did nothing]. I also feel like this is a new enough world [and school] that it’s not just a retread or death march to the end. But I’ve been wrong before.

Either way, I’m prepared to take my lumps, because I’m proud of the quality of the work. If you hate it, and it makes you feel angry inside, feel free to crush me [it is my fault]. If, however, you find it tolerable or even pleasant, please give props to the cast and [new] writers. The bad is me. The good is them.

If I’m lucky, when you see the show [med school] will be chyroned on the title card to make it seem like we’re trying something new. If not, then I lost the fight.

Thanks for bothering.

Bill

So, how does the new Scrubs look? Very good, Bill, very good indeed!

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Television: The Return of The Queue! 10 Things to Watch Right Now!

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done an edition of The Queue. The reason being, I’ve been stuck in a hotel in New Joisey for the last two months, my internet will not let me use my Netflix Instant Queue. I never realized how much I used it until it was taken away. Strangely enough, they have no problem with me playing multiplayer games for hours on end. In case you wondered if there’s a limit to how many titles you can have at any given time, the number is 500. I’m maxed out baby! For those of you who say there’s nothing good on the Netflix Instant Queue, oh you poor sad souls, I’m here to help. I’ll admit what it lacks in decent movies, it more than makes up for with excellent television choices. I don’t know where to file this – under Video Games or Television? Here are ten things to watch this week or right now!

Lost Season 1 – 4

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The last season of TV’s ground breaking lost is coming in February. You can bone up on the show by catching the first 4 seasons of Lost. As much as I try, I just don’t see the appeal of Lost. I can watch 2 or 3 episodes at a time, but get bored with it rather quick. Season 1 was amazingly addictive, but I’m struggling through Season 2.  ABC’s motley crew of castaways remains stranded on the deserted island populated by mysterious things that go bump in the night. And since most of the survivors have abandoned the idea of a rescue, they focus on staying alive. Matthew Fox (Party of Five), Naveen Andrews (The English Patient) and Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings) round out the ensemble cast in this television drama from J.J. Abrams (creator of "Alias")

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TELEVISION: Beyond Sherwood Forest – Robin Hood, Maid Marian and a Dragon!

After more film and TV adaptations than any character other than Tarzan and Sherlock Holmes, Syfy has come up with a rather nifty fantasy version in Beyond Sherwood Forest [tonight, 9/8C]. Even before the opening credits, it’s apparent that this not your standard Robin Hood movie.

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In the first sequence, we see a young Robert [Rowen Kahn] practicing with a bow and promising a young Marian [Anna Louise Sargeant] that he will, one day, become the finest archer in Sherwood. Meanwhile, the Sheriff of Nottingham and his two deputies are chasing a dragon, which one of the deputies, Malcolm [Julian Sands, Warlock]] is sure he’s wounded. The dragon kills the sheriff and when the deputies follow, they come upon a young woman, wounded by an arrow. Young Robert arrives just in time to see Malcolm strike his father down and ride off with the wounded woman.

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Ben 10: Alien Swarm – Teen Ben is Lacking Something!

Ben 10: Alien Swarm [Wednesday, 7/6C] is the second live-action Ben 10 movie produced by The Cartoon Network and, like the animated series, Ben 10: Alien Force, from which it is spun off, it features teen-aged versions of the characters first introduced in the original Ben 10 series.

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In Alien Swarm, Ben [Ryan Kelley], Gwen [Galadriel Stineman] and Kevin [Nathan Keyes] discover an alien biotech that forms as a swarm of tiny, living carbon-silicon chips through a couple of would-be alien tech merchants. The deal was set up in order for Elena [Alyssa Diaz] to get in touch with Ben to seek his help in finding her father who has been abducted. This inevitably leads to a situation which calls for Ben, Gwen and Kevin to save the world.

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TRAUMA: Exclusive On-Set Look at episode 1.09 “Going Home”. And keep watching, cancellation is not imminent!

 

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It is quite unnerving to see a real plane sitting on its belly, ripped in half, flames shooting out of its cabin, not to mention one engine lying burning to the side, and luggage strewn about.  Even when you know it is just make-believe, the sight your eyes take in still makes quite an impact.  Such was the set of the ninth episode of Trauma titled “Going Home,” filmed mostly across the San Francisco Bay on Alameda at the Naval Air Base that is no longer used as such.  The San Francisco skyline once again stood guard in the background, as it often does in so many of the beautifully filmed high definition aerials.  After a brief ride past costume and make-up trailers, lines of ambulances and fire trucks, and stretches of empty runways, we come to the end of one runway to gaze upon the eerie sight of the crashed plane.  The props department really outdid itself with the carnage littering the field and no doubt they raided every thrift store in the area to purchase the tons of luggage, old clothes, purses, and stuffed animals blanketing the area.  The costly production values that go into each episode will be quite evident here not only in the scene of the crash, but the special effects that lead up to it.

Just in time for Thanksgiving week, “Going Home” is the story of people doing what thousands do around this time — traveling to see and spend time with their loved ones.  But Thanksgiving travel is halted when an airliner is forced to make an emergency landing. 

 

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Television: Huge TV News, Oprah Calls it a Day!

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Say it ain’t so. Oprah calls it quits.  She’s ending her show in 2011, she will make the announcement on her show tomorrow (Friday). Twitter is all atwitter over the news and has had over 8,000 tweets an hour since the announcement. I’ll admit it, I don’t like Oprah and never liked her – the only episode I ever watched in it’s entirety was the one where she had Prince on when he released Emancipation, but I admire the heck of what she’s accomplished. To come from nothing to where she is today is astonishing. Maybe her meeting earlier this week with the babbling idiot Sarah Palin finally did her in.

TELEVISION: NBC’s Chuck Returns In January With Two-Hour Premiere!

Devoted fans of NBC’s Chuck [and Subway] will be pleased by the news, just released, that the action-comedy series will return with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, January 10th, 2010 at 9/8C, before returning to NBC’s Monday night line-up the next evening at 8/7C.

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Chuck Bartkowski [Zachary Levi], the world’s nerdiest secret agent begins the show’s third season with the newly uploaded Intersect 2.0 in his brain – finally giving him the combat skills to become a real agent. Unless, of course, his pesky emotions get in the way…

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