Check out these two recaps from this week’s Mercy and Law and Order SVU. I’m addicted to the Law and Order franchise. It’s so by the numbers now that SVU and L & O can probably go on forever. These days though, Ice-T is looking pretty tired and like he doesn’t want to be there. Last night’s installment featured a great guest spot from The Blind Side’s Quinton Aaron.
Ok, I’ve been trying to post this for the last few weeks but kept getting distracted. As many of you know EclipseMagazine is part of NBC’s pretty cool Digital Network. It’s an exclusive club for all the cool kids on the web where we get special access to NBC programming, news, stars, etc. I’m still waiting for that Heroes and Chuck Set Visit, alas, our latest invite was to go spend a few hours with the cast of their new Medical drama, Mercy. I’ll say now that not much happened during this visit, nor during the 45 minute Q and A. James Tupper gave us a personal tour of the set and we got to watch a few minutes of filming – which is always cool. Due to Union rules we weren’t able to take photos of the cast on the set, but NBC did Videotape everything so those clips should have appeared on the web by now or will be in the next few days. The minute the Q and A was over they all ran out of there like there was a fire – apparently they were late for a call time. It was pretty irritating that we didn’t even get a chance to do a group cast shot. The amazingly hot James Van Der Beek held court for us and Taylor Schilling stuck around for a bit. Everyone thought I was crazy to drive up to NJ from DC, but I had nothing else better to do and I always like hanging out with my fellow bloggers. Oddly enough we don’t feel like we’re in competition with each other so it’s always a pretty good time. Mercy airs on NBC, Wednesday nights.
I hate Georgina and was glad to see her go, but during a Q and A on the set of Mercy last week Mercy/Gossip Girl star Michelle Trachtenberg confirmed that she will be returning to the CW Network hit, Gossip Girl in the coming weeks. She’s one busy girl and must have one impressive agent to be able to convince both networks to let her keep doing both shows. She was a lot of fun during the Mercy Q and A, very possessive over her male co-stars.
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.
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.