by Billie Doux
Practically everything premiered last week or before that, but there's more! Next week The Vampire Diaries returns, after its most exciting slash infuriating slash jaw-dropping season finale ever. Arrow, the new and supposedly much darker replacement for Smallville, begins. And The Walking Dead returns to creep us out/gross us out. Can't be bad. (And we're covering all three.)
Speaking of The Walking Dead, the conflict between AMC and Dish Network is in a legal quagmire. AMC is suing Dish Network for breach of contract since Dish dropped them back in June, something that most certainly must have pissed off Breaking Bad fans and is about to piss off Walking Dead fans. And AMC keeps bringing it up; there are anti-Dish commercials strewn throughout their programming. (Which, when you think about it, is sort of pointless, since Dish customers won't be seeing them.) According to the article, though, what Dish did is hurting AMC financially, so I get it. I hate Dish, mostly because they keep creatively spamming billiedoux.com in a way that fools the spam filters. Turkeys.
This week in new and possibly cool shows
Chris Carter (The X-Files) has a new project: a sci-fi thriller drama series called The After that unfortunately, sounds a little like The Event. I mentioned it to Dan and he said, "Is it going to run for eleven years and never actually explain anything?" That pretty much says it all.
Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz, the creators of Chuck, have a possible new project, too: a fantasy show called Midnighters, about people who are born at the stroke of midnight having access to a 25th hour of the day. That actually sounds pretty cool to me. I watched Chuck for quite awhile but it lost me before the end. If this one gets picked up, maybe the stronger lean toward fantasy will work better for me.
This week in jerks
This article is from a couple of weeks ago, but I was saving it up to share with you. Apparently, Chevy Chase thinks that sitcoms are the lowest form of television, he only took Community for the money, and joining the show was a mistake. You know what? I agree with that last statement. He even managed to include a put-down of his wife. Okay.
This week in casts
Rutger Hauer, who cemented a spot in my heart with his portrayal of replicant Roy Batty in my favorite sci-fi movie, Blade Runner, has just joined the cast of True Blood. The man works a lot. Mostly B movies, but Hauer has also done guest spots in Alias and Smallville, as well as appearing in The Dark Knight and the original Buffy.
This week in cats
Okay, it's not about cats, but it is about small furry pets. The American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming owns one of the original tribbles from the classic Star Trek episode (which Ben P. Duck and I reviewed awhile back), and they're holding a tribble-naming contest. The winner, unfortunately, doesn't get the tribble, but it still looks like fun. You can post your entry on their Facebook page or email it to them at firstname.lastname@example.org before October 22.
This week in anniversaries
My favorite fantasy movie, The Princess Bride, turned twenty-five this year (I love that I got to mention my favorite science fiction movie and my favorite fantasy movie in the same article) and there was a reunion of many of the principals at Lincoln Center. This movie did okay when it was released, but instead of being forgotten, it has gradually become a classic. It still makes me laugh out loud, every time I see it. Writer William Goldman confessed in the article that writing a sequel is beyond him, and let's face it, a reboot is "inconceivable."
Unless it's written and directed by Joss Whedon, who is my master now, mostly because I finally saw The Avengers last week. Do take a look at this; it's a post listing the perfect casting for a Joss Whedon reboot of The Princess Bride. It made me laugh out loud more than once, and you can't ask for more than that.
That's it for this week. Opinions, raves, rants, questions? Post a comment!