This week: Community -- Premieres, renewals, cancellations -- This week in casts -- This week in cats
Alas, poor Community. I knew thee well.
I begin this morning with a message from Mark Greig, who reviews Community for us.
Hello faithful readers,
I’m sorry to have to announce that I will no longer be reviewing season 4 of Community. The loss of Dan Harmon and other key creative personnel has turned the show into a pale shadow of the one I fell in love with. Community under David Guarascio and Moses Port is just no longer a show I want to watch every week, let alone review. Allow me to sum up my feelings in altered song lyrics: They are trying, but they fail, and the jokes are flat and stale. As I stare into the void, of a show I no longer know. I’ll escape now from that world, from the world of Guarascio and Port. There is nowhere I can turn. There is no way to go oooooooonnnnnn!!!!!!*
P.S. I will still be doing retro reviews of season two this summer.
(*I listen to the Les Mis soundtrack way too much)
Premieres, renewals, cancellations, etc.
Okay, get this. A sitcom with Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Derek Jacobi as a couple? Fascinating, as Spock would say. No premiere date has been set as yet, but it will probably arrive this fall, and I won't get to see it until it comes out on DVD because I don't live in the UK.
I'm sure this won't come as a surprise you, but Cult has been canceled. Ah, Cult. We had such hope for you, and you disappointed us. No word yet on if the clamoring of Vampire Diaries fans will raise a certain character from the dead.
Bates Motel is getting a second season. I'm happy for them, and uninterested at the same time. Is that wrong of me? Tell me, readers. Is Bates Motel wonderful? Are you guys into it?
The powers that be at Breaking Bad, nearing the end of their critically acclaimed drama this summer, are talking about... a Saul Goodman sitcom. Yes, I love Saul Goodman. He's a terrific character, the slimiest of lawyers with his own unique joie de vivre. Do I want to watch him as center of a sitcom? Well, no. Do you think they could make it work?
A little movie news -- former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara is talking with Warner Bros. about doing a prequel to The Shining called The Overlook Hotel. Huh. The Shining is my favorite Stephen King novel, but I think I'm looking forward a bit more to the sequel King wrote that will be coming out in September. It'd be interesting if the movie was a hit and the book a flop, though, wouldn't it?
Now that Spartacus has run its course (and if you're interested in Spartacus reviews, let me direct you to some written by our guest writer Juliette), showrunner and Buffy/Angel/Dollhouse veteran Steven DeKnight is doing a new show for Starz that sounds an awful lot like Aliens.
This week in casts
Game of Throne's Natalie Dormer has been cast as Sherlock's former amour on Elementary.
A certain part has been cast on Supernatural. I was actually rather ticked off to read this one, mostly because I was guessing that the character was someone we'd already met -- so if you don't want to be spoiled, don't click here.
Yvonne Strahovski is returning to Dexter! Yay!
John Barrowman will be guest starring in an episode arc on Scandal! Super yay!
You all may be aware of how much I love John Barrowman, star of the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood. He's currently playing a continuing role on Arrow. He is also a professional singer. And here you go, several Arrow cast members singing in the bathroom.
This week in cats
I often have no cat news. This week, it's an embarrassment of riches.
First and most importantly, my cat Spike has discovered Bach.
I was playing music on my laptop, and Glenn Gould's Bach toccatas came up in the rotation. I hadn't played that particular album in awhile but decided to let it play. I glanced over at the next chair, and Spike was sitting up at attention, staring fixedly at my laptop. And he sat there, unmoving, staring, completely into it, for a long time -- nearly until the end of the album, when he finally collapsed into nap mode. It was terribly hard to keep myself from laughing, mostly because of the type of cat Spike is.
Spike (guess who I named him after) has a lot of personality, but while most cats like music, Spike doesn't usually notice anything that doesn't involve food, treats, the birds on the balcony, or finding a warm place to nap. He's the sort of cat who scratches you not because he's mean, but because he assumed you were part of the furniture. My younger cat Fox (yes, as in Mulder) will often lie across my lap and rest his head on the laptop while I have music playing. But in the fourteen years he's lived with me, I've never seen Spike react to music.
For those of you uninterested in personal segues about my cat's new interest in classical piano, I hereby present you with "If the cast of Game of Thrones was replaced with cats."
Even cuter, there was an emergency in the middle of the night for one of my favorite acting couples who are also cat parents. Nina Dobrev took the photo; Ian Somerhalder and the unfortunate feline posed for the photo. I still find it adorable that they're a couple. No, I don't mean Ian and the cat.
That's it for this week. Opinions, raves, rants, questions? Post a comment!