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TELEVISION: Lucy Lawless Back in the Saddle in Starz’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Trailer Debut!

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Lucy Lawless is back in the saddle again – literally as Starz gave their latest show Spartacus: Blood and Sand a big Comic-Con push, even though it doesn’t debut until January, 2010. It shows they have a lot of faith in this show. Now we have the official trailer, which is looking pretty darn epic and sweet. The official press release is below and I’ll see if I can get Miss Lawless on the phone in the next few weeks. Here’s a link to the official trailer.

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TELEVISION NEWS: Silverman Out at NBC; Leaves For Start Up With Barry Diller!

Ben Silverman announced this morning that he was leaving his position as Co-Chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment to join Barry Diller’s media and Internet company, IAC, to start up a new venture.

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Almost simultaneously, NBC announced that Jeff Gaspin, head of NBCU’s cable operations would step into the Chairman position, combining Silverman’s duties with his own.

Silverman will stay with NBC through September to help Gaspin’s transition into his new position – and oversee the launch of NBC’s fall programming.

Comic Con 2009- Sneak Peek at True Blood

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July 26, 2009 – Tonight HBO is airing a brand new episode of their hit Vampire series, True Blood and at yesterday’s True Blood panel at the San Diego Comic Con, showrunner Alan Ball, novelist Charlaine Harris (whose Sookie Stackhouse novels comprise the basis for the series), and cast members Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Michelle Forbes, Sam Trammell, Deborah Ann Woll, and Alexander Skarsgard were on hand to promote the show to what was reportedly a packed house comprised of media and devoted fans.

Reports from the event all state that the cast’s appearance received the most attention from the crowd. However the one-hour session also featured a promo for the back half of the second season of True Blood which was met with loud cheers from the audience at the end of it’s screening.

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Television: CW Releases New Promo Photos of The Vampire Diaries

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The CW has released a new set of sneak peek promotional stills of “The Vampire Diaries” in front of the show’s presentation at San Diego Comic Con Saturday, July 25. The Vampire Diaries” will be having a press panel held at Room 6Bcf from 6 to 7 P.M. Lead  actors Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev, and executive producer Kevin Williamson will be in the panel to answer press questions about the new CW series.

The Vampire Diaries” is based on the books written by L.J. Smith and is scheduled to be premiered on September 10 as the lead-in to the CW hit series Supernatural, which stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles and is now in it’s 5th season.

Read on to see the new sneak peek promotional stills courtesy of the CW.

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TELEVISION: Katie Holmes on So You Think You Can Dance

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Here’s something fun for a boring movie Friday morning. Katie Holmes was on the show So You Think You Can Dance (a show I don’t watch) and she’s pretty good.  I don’t understand the knee jerk hatred people have for Tom and Katie other than the fact everyone hates Scientology and think it’s a “fake” religion. I think all religion is fake and goofy, if it helps people live better, caring lives, I say live and let live.

COMIC-CON NEWS: Get the Syfy Comic-Con App for your iPhone

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Here’s something cool – the folks at Syfy (I still can’t get the name Siffee out of my head) have created a really spiffy (get it, pun intended :)) little app for your Comic Con enjoyment.  You can use it to follow all the cool Syfy panels (and before they email me, yes, I know it’s pronounced Sci-Fi) and other comic con events. Even though their rebranding is stupid, this is awesome marketing and a cool ap. Great job Syfy. The Full press release is below. Go to the App story and get it.

 

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TV on DVD REVIEW: TNT’s Leverage Season 1

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We have been on the Leverage TNT Bandwagon since episode one and I had a great interview with the great Dean Devlin and one of the show’s stars Aldis Hodge. The show started off a bit rough but picked up steam as the season progressed. The cast really started to gel well together. I’m usually not a fan of the “Heist” story, but I like the overall premise of the show: A group of super bad con men banning together to do some good in the world and turn their skills onto the evil corporations and other big executives who think they are above the law. If I had one complaint about the show is, I think it’s a bit over directed and stylized when it doesn’t need to be. The season one DVD set includes all the season one episodes and a nice set of extras.

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TELEVISION TECHNOLOGY: Five Ways to Improve Tivo’s Service

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Believe it or not, I don’t think I’ve ever complained about my crummy Verizon Fios service. I absolutely love their blazing fast Internets but their television service basically sucks, specifically their HD.  I’m a subscriber to their “Extreme HD” package that includes all their HD Channels. Only problem is there HD-DVR is so crummy that I only received about 5 of the 20 or 30 HD Channels that I paid for.  After six months of going round and round with their tech people and have people come out to the house, as well as replacing their crappy DVR – which only records 20 hours of HD programming, barely recorded HD at all, I finally gave up and purchased my own equipment. I upgraded my old Tivo Box – that I never used to get the Tivo HD Series 3. It’s a neat little box because I can increase the storage capacity on it, I went to Best Buy and purchased a 500 Gig MyDVR Expander for about $65. The new Tivo Series 3 is all about connectivity, it features Netflix Instant Watch, Amazon OnDemand, Podcast Viewing, YouTube, and a host of other nifty things.  But here’s the thing, the Tivo Service itself is terrible. I really HATE it, but at least the box works. I don’t understand how it beat out the much easier to use and customizable ReplayTV service.  Here are Five things Tivo can do to improve.

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