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Michelle’s on the Set on NBC’s Mercy!

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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.

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Glenn Close takes on Bernie Madoff in Damages Season 3

After a slow start, I found myself falling in love with Season One of FX’s Legal drama Damages, it fell off the rails in Season Two, what will Season Three be like? Generally speaking, I hate most Legal Dramas, but Damages was different, it wasn’t so much about the individual cases it was about what lengths chief Legal Eagle Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) will go and who she will step on to win a case. The irony is she wins her cases without ever going to court. Do they even have a courtroom set on this show? The show’s use of flashbacks worked well and was appropriate for Season One because we didn’t know who any of these people were, so telling us how they got to that point seemed appropriate. In Season Two the flashbacks were unnecessary. In Season Three they are now doing “Flash Forwards,” now it feels forced and gimmicky.

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TELEVISION: Caprica – Scattered Pilot; Seeds of Potential!

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Tonight marks the premiere of the long-awaited Battlestar Galactica prequel series, Caprica [Syfy, 9/8]. The pilot has been released on DVD – with sexier bits that couldn’t air on Syfy – and online with the nudity somewhat blunted and with a few new scenes, and now it airs on Syfy with an added scene that wasn’t edited into the ep prior to screeners being sent. While the multi-format release strategy has been intriguing – and imaginative – tonight’s premiere, even with that mysterious added scene [which involves deepening the culture and civilization of The Twelve Colonies by showing their love of sports – yes, folks, it’s a Pyramids sequence!], is a bit on the scattered and unfocused side and possessed of few, if any, likable characters.

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Hollywood Insider: Co-Creator David Eick and Star Paula Malcomson Talk Caprica!

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Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica prequel series, Caprica premieres tonight [9/8C], and on Tuesday, I took part in a conference call Q&A with series co-creator and executive producer, David Eick and Paula Malcomson, who plays Amanda Greystone on the show. It got off to a bit of a weird start, but quickly picked up steam and was, ultimately, a very interesting experience.

Also taking part were: Jim Halterman [jimhalterman.com], Charlie Jane Anders [io9.com], Troy Rogers [thedeadbolt.com], Michael Hinman [Airlock Alpha], Lisa Steinberg [Starry Constellation], Ivy West [CliqueClack TV], and Steve Aramo [SciFi Talk].

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Television: American Idol Recap 01.20.10

Americal Idol Guest Judge: Kristin Chenoweth

MINI-RECAP

*City:  Orlando, FL

*Celebrity Judge:  Kristin Chenoweth, “Wicked”ly awesome, but only for a day

*Number of Contestants: 10,000

*Name to Remember:  MATT LAWRENCE, seeking redemption through music

*The One You Hope To Forget:  JARROD NORELL, the audition so bad he gets arrested.

*Most Heart Warming Story:  MATT LAWRENCE, the jailbird turned songbird

*Quote of the Night:  Simon:  “You walked in like a cocktail stick and sang as if you sat on a cat.”

 FULL SHOW RECAP AFTER THE BREAK

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Television: American Idol Recap 01.19.10

Idol Guest Judge: Shania Twain

American Idol lands in the Windy City (and my home for a year until it got too cold), CHICAGO!

It’s the largest stop so far on the Idol Audition Tour.

MINI-RECAP

*City:  Chicago

*Celebrity Judge:  Shania Twain , she still “Feels Like A Woman” and confesses she would pee on herself if she had to audition for Idol.  She actually did that once!

*Number of Contestants: 12,000

*Name to Remember:  CHARITY VANCE and her fantastic rendition of “Summertime.”

*The One You Hope To Forget:  BRIAN KRAUSE and his spasmodic “Tip Toe Through The Tulips.” 

*Most Heart Warming Story:  ANGELA MARTIN, third time is a charm!

*Quote of the Night:  “You have a great bottom.”  -Shania Twain talking about JOHN PARK’s lower register, we think.

FULL SHOW RECAP AFTER THE BREAK

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Win Our awesome Steven Seagal Prize Pack!

Courtesy of the folks at A & E we have a really cool Steven Seagal Lawman Prize Pack to give away.  The Pack includes:

  • Steven Seagal Lawman Limited Edition Collector’s Set wrapped in a keepsake “bulletproof” vest featuring: “Steven Seagal Lawman” DVD with 2 full episodes,
  • Steven Seagal “Mojo Priest” CD
  • “The Path Beyond Thought” DVD which documents Steven Seagal’s work in Japan establishing his dojo and teaching Aikido.
  • Steven Seagal Lawman long-sleeved T-shirt
  • Steven Seagal Lawman Stainless Steel Drink Tumbler

STEVEN SEAGAL LAWMAN, airs Wednesdays at 10:00PM ET/PT only on A&E. Visit the official site for more information and exclusive content. To get this awesome pack, read the show synopsis and the contest rules after  the break.

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Randy Jackson does Pants on the Ground and talks Idol

To this very day I still get confused as to whether or not Jackson is related to the Jacksons. He’s not, but I recently watched all of the Jackson’s reality show on A & E. Anyway Randy being the shill he is did a cover of Pants on the Ground with the Roots on Late Night last night. I’m not going to watch Idol until they get down to the top 14 and actually start, you know, singing.

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Michelle Trachtenberg Returns to Gossip Girl later this season

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.

SyFy’s Caprica is a kind of Creepy and Depressing, So says Michelle, So say we All!

I always say how much I despise Prequels, but I have to admit I always find myself getting sucked into them, because there’s a part of me that always wants to know how X got to Y. Also the Pollyanna side of me always watches these things thinking Anakin really won’t go bad, Wolverine really won’t loose his memory, Lex Luthor is really going to turn out to be a good guy and on Caprica the Cylons really won’t kill everyone in sight. You can’t help but feel a sense of creepiness and foreboding to everything that’s going on with this show.

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