Summer hasn’t even officially begun, but over at the CW they are already heating up for their new Fall line up of television shows.
One of the most hotly anticipated new series from the CW is The Vampire Diaries, which will be the new lead in for the venerable, but still hot hit CW series Supernatural now headed into its 5th season and stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as the monster hunting, demon fighting Winchester brothers Sam and Dean.
With the "Twilight" phenomenon still going strong and HBO’s True Blood making good on the cable network this summer, it was only a matter of time before the CW decided to adapt the cult-classic books The Vampire Diaries into a TV show.
I’m sure that 100 percent of you savvy EM Readers are ready for tomorrow’s Digital TV Conversion. I’ve never really understood the point of this and why it’s being forced upon everyone, or even where this initiative started. But as of midnight tonight (I’m assuming it’s at midnight) Television will be all digital. So if your television uses rabbit ears you have to go out and get a Digital Converter box that cost $40 – $60. The govt provided two coupons per household to cover most of the cost of the new boxes, but then ran out of money early this year. I immediately thought about trying to sell my two $50 Govt coupons on eBay for several hundred dollars, but then realized it was a stupid idea. Maybe some idiot out there would buy it as a “collectible.”
If you have Cable or Satellite TV then you don’t have to worry about it. So I ask, are you ready or are you going to just start reading books starting tomorrow. I say there’s a good argument to be made to take this as an opportunity to stop watching television. I know the only night my television is actually on is Thursday night for Burn Notice and now Royal Pains.
Today is a big news day for Adam Lambert fans, he just signed a record deal with Simon Cowell’s recording company – as I’ve said numerous times Idol was FIXED this year, not that this particular news should be shocking or even that there’s something wrong with Cowell’s record company signing the deal. His new Album will be out this fall and he’s recording it while on the Top 10 Idol Tour – that I like to call “The Horror, the Horror…” But the really, biiiiiiiiiiiiig, shocking news is that he finally admits he’s gay in the latest issue of Rolling Stone – which hits the streets June 12. I mean there are only a thousand photos on the Internets of him making out with guys while he’s in Drag. But the fact that he had the nerve to be “coy” about it when interviewed a few weeks ago was just, just…
William’s (Benjamin Bratt) former sponsor Pauline Kmec (Whoopi Goldberg) resurfaces when he is called to help an addict she currently sponsors. Davis (Gary Cole), a former friend and fellow program member, is a high-profile national news anchor and a spokesperson for recovery, but is struggling with his sobriety in the face of his wife’s (Jayne Brook) battle with cancer. William juggles the case while moving back in with his wife Melissa (Amy Price-Francis) to create a façade of happiness while her parents (Mariette Hartley and Barry Newman) are in town.
Proceeds to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
A second spin-off – “Stargate Universe” – due to hit the airwaves, with cameos and appearances by original cast members. A third DVD movie in the pipeline – and a DVD movie for the first spin-off, “Stargate: Atlantis” – also on the drawing board. A re-mastered re-release of its original series pilot. More novels from Fandemonium Books. More audio dramas from Big Finish Productions. What began back in 1996 as a spin-off from a feature film, a little series called “Stargate: SG-1” continues to make its mark on television history.
The “Burn Notice” Season Two Blu-ray Disc and DVD sets feature all 16 episodes and bonus features such as cast/crew commentaries, gag reel, deleted scenes and more. The Blu-ray Disc set will be available for a suggested retail price of $59.99 U.S. / $76.98 Canada and the DVD set will be available for $49.98 U.S. / $69.98 Canada. This new season follows Westen as he takes on all new death-defying assignments in hopes of getting closer to his new employers, the people that were possibly responsible for his ousting. Joining the cast this season is Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Gallactica”) as Carla, the woman who may be behind Michael’s “burn notice.”
The USA Network has high hopes for its new medical series with a twist, Royal Pains [Thursdays, 10/9C]. I had the opportunity to take part on a teleconference Q&A session with the series’ star, Mark Feuerstein. He talked about, among other things, why he chose to take the role of Dr. Hank Lawson, and what Royal Pains has in common with USA’s other programs.
Besides myself, taking part in the Q&A session were Jamie Steinberg [Starry Constellation], Chandra Williams [TV Jots], Troy Rogers [thedeadbolt.com], Melissa Lowry [nicegirlstv.com], Lauren Becker [Shooting Stars Magazine], Jay Jacobs, [popentertainment.com] and Bryan Jones [tvovermind.com].
On May 26th, Warner Brothers released the complete 4th season of the hit TNT series The Closer onto DVD.
They’ll bring you in. She’ll make you talk.
The Golden Globe award winning series stars Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson who runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD. Johnson has an unorthodox style, she couples with an innate ability to read people and obtain confessions all of which makes it possible for this Deputy Police Chief and her team to solve the city’s toughest, most sensitive cases.
Along with the usual hard hitting action and police drama, season 4 of The Closer had some vital changes going on in the storylines of the characters. The change that seemed to divide fans of the show the most was the marriage of Brenda and FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard (played by Jon Tenney), which left many loyal viewers wondering if The Closer had ‘jumped the shark’. Since only the progression of season 5 can answer that question, let’s take a look at what the DVD has to offer regarding season 4.
Season 4 found Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson and her team coming under the gun of an ambitious news reporter’s unflattering tell-all which marked the end of the PHD unit even amid the successful solving of some very brutal and dangerous cases. But Brenda is not one to be counted out and in the episode Time Bomb, she and her team, reunite as the newly created Major Crimes Division with expanded jurisdiction, find themselves uncovering a murder plot by a group of teens who see humans as a plague on the earth. When a member of the terrorist teen group dies of an overdose during interrogation the clock is ticking for the MCD to stop the carnage before it’s too late.
The series also stars J.K. Simmons (Juno), Corey Reynolds (The Guardian), Robert Gossett (Passions), G.W. Bailey (The Jeff Foxworthy Show), Tony Denison (Prison Break), Michael Paul Chan (Arrested Development), Raymond Cruz (Training Day), Gina Ravera (ER) and Phillip P. Keene (Home).
While Season 4 of the Closer has some uneven pacing in episodes, it has plenty of very intense storylines and intriguing regular and guest characters to offer the viewer. The DVD itself comes with some high quality special features.
Bonus Features on the DVD set include:
A “Day in theLife” of a Homicide Detective: – An engrossing featurette hosted by actor Corey Reynolds (Det. Sgt. David Gabriel) that spotlights Reynolds as he rides along with an LAPD detective.
Catching a Lie – A compelling featurette that teaches viewers how interrogators know a suspect is telling a lie. The FBI as well as other highly trained interrogators are taught unique and specific ways to catch a potential suspect in a lie. The technique and mannerisms are so precise that the results are almost identical to those of an actual lie detector test. Viewers visit with an actual member of the FBI as they discuss what to look for and how one can spot tell-tale signs.
The packaging of the 4 disc series is solid and the discs have an ease of access that helps to protect them and reduces wear and tear on them. Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing had this to say about The Complete 4th Season of The Closer:
“When a series earns major award nominations and wins for each season since its inception, you know you’ve got a rare and exceptional television program on your hands. That is consistently the case with The Closer. We feel privileged to be associated with this remarkable show. Kyra Sedgwick is dazzling in her role as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. Her outstanding performance combined with the show’s powerful story lines and brilliant production is what makes this a real stand-out police drama, and we are pleased to offer it to consumers.”
Check out this video clip of season 4 of The Closer.
The Closer: The Complete Fourth Season will be available in a four-disc DVD set from WHV on May 26, 2009, and will retail for $39.98 SRP