by Billie Doux
This week: The Buffy Re-Watch -- Sunbunny Tweets -- Renewals, New Shows, and Showrunner Departures -- This week in TV tidbits, including a Doctor Who tirade -- This week in cat (ears)
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I usually put this section last, but not this time because the Buffy Re-Watch starts this Thursday, May 2! We've gotten a terrific response to the initial announcement, including several pledges from newbies to finally give the show a try. We Buffy-obsessed will just have to carry those newbies through to… which episode do you think is the first one that gives us a glimpse of how good the show eventually became? "Angel"? "Prophecy Girl"? I'm fond of "The Puppet Show", just because it was so damned funny. Although it might be "School Hard" that will seal the deal.
As I mentioned in the original re-watch post, a link to the episode we're watching and discussing will always be in the Buffy Re-Watch box on the top left of the site; I'll post a new one in the morning on even-numbered days. I'm planning to tweet the link, too. Do you follow us on Twitter? I'd love it if you did. I'm a boring tweeter and basically I just post links to our latest reviews, but I'm happy to announce that Sunbunny took over primary tweeting duties for us last week, and she's actually witty and fun and has the hang of Twitter and everything. We already have a bunch of new followers, which makes me very happy.
If you're into Facebook, I'm planning to post a link to the day's Re-Watch episode there, too. Not to diss Facebook, but I like Twitter better. Mostly because Sunbunny is there.
Renewals, New Shows, and Showrunner Departures
This week, The Vampire Diaries aired a backdoor pilot for a spinoff called The Originals, and five minutes later, the CW gave it the nod. And Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast were renewed. No word yet on Nikita, although the prevailing wisdom seems to be that Nikita will get another season to satisfy the requirements of syndication. We shall see.
Revolution, Grimm, Parenthood, Chicago Fire, and Law & Order: SVU have all been renewed by NBC, and isn't it nice that they're not making us wait so long these days? No news yet on the fate of Parks and Recreation or Community. Is it wrong of me to hope that Community will be canceled? I'd hate to see it dragging on next season as a shadow of its former incredibly wonderful self.
I loved Revenge last season. Unfortunately, this season hasn't been thrilling me and I'm at the point of giving up on it. Apparently, I'm not the only one. ABC and Revenge creator and showrunner Mike Kelley are parting ways and if Revenge is renewed (and it almost certainly will be) it will get a new boss.
The article reports that the reason for the tension between Mike Kelley and ABC came down to Kelley's desire for much shorter seasons of 13 episodes. And Kelley is probably right, since the longer seasons have included filler that isn't working all that well for the show.
This week in TV tidbits, including a Doctor Who tirade
J.J. Abrams may be making Stephen King's huge time travel novel, 11/22/63, into a television series. I'm a fan of J.J.'s. I'm a fan of Stephen King's. I'm a fan of time travel stories. That's three!
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. has just been added to the cast of The Walking Dead. Gilliard is the second new cast member of The Walking Dead who originally worked on The Wire; Gilliard played D'Angelo Barksdale, a character I liked a lot. So this is terrific news. Although I'm sure we're all pondering whether or not the producers of The Walking Dead are responding to the heaping piles of criticism they've been getting that they keep killing off black characters.
Joss Whedon was asked about the ongoing name-changing of his new TV show (what's it called now?), the resurrection of one of its characters, and how it will work but not clash with the Avengers movies. Unfortunately, he didn't really tell us anything, but here's the link, anyway.
There has been so much news that I've been ignoring about the upcoming 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and now one of the main reasons I'd be excited about it isn't going to happen. John Barrowman has confirmed that Captain Jack Harkness won't be appearing, and not because Barrowman turned it down. He's been telling the world that he wanted to appear in it, and he even got permission in advance from the producers of Arrow just in case he was asked. But no.
Torchwood first. (Because James Marsters guest starred. It's still all about Buffy the Vampire Slayer for me, isn't it?)
This is somewhat unrelated, but I must report that I'm not feeling the Doctor Who love this spring. If I didn't watch it with someone who is more into it than I am, it would probably sit on the DVR. Is Stephen Moffat getting tired? Is Matt Smith? What do you all think? Is it time for a new Doctor? I know they like to tease us, and it's very possible that a female Doctor wouldn't work, but I keep thinking that Sophia Myles would be perfect. Maybe that's just me.
This week in cat (ears)
I've worn a costume or two in my time, but I don't think I could wear cat ears that detect my mood. Especially at work, because then everyone would know how I really feel about my job.
That's it for this week. Opinions, raves, rants, questions? Post a comment!