by Josie Kafka
This Week: Do You Write This Stuff on Your Calendar, Too? -- Toasters, in Kilts -- This Week in Casts -- So Cool It Deserves Its Own Section -- He Will Be Back, After All -- Buffy News! -- Love is Love -- This Week In Cats
Do You Write This Stuff on Your Calendar, Too?
The end of the month is a good time to plan for what’s to come. (So says the girl whose mother was so, so excited to take her shopping for her first dayplanner the day she turned eighteen. We all have our rites of passage.) There are a few dates of interest in July, most of which are also posted on the Summer 2013 link over there on the right, above the What’s New section:
• Dexter returns for a final season tonight, followed by the premiere of Ray Donovan, which looks kinda cool and stars Liev Schreiber. In other words: now is the time to renew your Showtime subscription!
• Wednesday, July 10: The American Baking Competition Finale airs on CBS. (ChrisB, I’ll give you five dollars and a goldfish if you include that in your New Shows roundup.)
• Wednesday, July 10: If pastries aren’t your thing, check out The Bridge, a Nordic import relocated the American/Mexican border on FX.
• Friday, July 12: The short-lived, little-loved Cult airs its last two episodes.
• Saturday, July 13: Being Human, with a new cast, premieres on BBC America. (I don’t know if this is the real Being Human or the American knock-off, and I can’t bring myself to google my way to the answer.)
• Sunday, July 14: The Newsroom.
Toasters, in Kilts
The Starz network has given the official green and bonny light to Ronald D. Moore’s television version of the Outlander series of novels by Diane Gabaldon. I think this is exciting, although I don’t really trust Moore—I was one of those left cold and disappointed by the BSG finale, and I got bogged down in the middle section of Outlander, which seemed to be a lot of sex under kilts, on top of kilts, and using kilts as exciting props. Okay, maybe I’m not that excited.
This Week in Casts
Ken Marino’s alter ego Vinnie van Lowe will return to the sun-drenched world of Neptune, CA in the upcoming Veronica Mars movie.
Amy Brenneman (Private Practice) will join Justin Theroux (Mulholland Drive), Live Tyler, and Emily Meade (Ella from Fringe!) in Damon Lindelof’s upcoming HBO pilot The Leftovers, which I’m going to try to mention each week until the darn thing finally airs.
So Cool It Deserves Its Own Section
Sarah Shahi has been upgraded to a series regular on Person of Interest, which is probably one of the coolest shows on TV that you’re not watching. In fact, summer is a great time to catch up on this adult, witty, philosophical show.
I couldn’t find a clip of Sarah Shahi’s premiere as Samantha Shaw on PoI, “Relevance,” and I think that might be a good thing. Although “Relevance” is one of the most exciting episodes of television I’ve seen in a long while, it is best viewed in the context of the rest of this excellent show. So again, I’ll remind you: please try Person of Interest.
He Will Be Back, After All
Paramount is rebooting the Terminator franchise: the first film in the projected trilogy will arrive in theaters in July of 2015. (Which sounds so far in the future that I imagine SkyNet will have killed us all, but is in fact only two years away. God, I hope I haven't been slaughtered by robots running a Google operating system by then.) No word in the press release of whether or not Arnold Schwarzenegger will participate—I hope he’ll at least do a cameo.
I also hope that these films don’t suck, because the third and fourth ones kinda did.
Our rewatch is going smashingly—and now we have a timely added bonus. Stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt recently released a 30-minute home video of behind the scenes stuff from Buffy, including Joss Whedon directing some parts of the end of Season Two’s “Becoming, Part Two,” which we are all rewatching in just a few short days. Be wary of spoilers:
Love is Love
In celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, Kristen Bell proposed this week to her longtime boyfriend, baby daddy, and (already) fiancé Dax Shepherd. They’ve been waiting until gay marriage was legal again—at least here in California—and now their wait is over. “@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove,” tweeted Bell. “DOMA is dead. Prop 8 is dead. Now let's bring my big, gay marriage to @IMKristenBell to Life!!!!” responded Dax Shepherd. Many felicitations to happy couples all over the country!
And for a celebration with fewer exclamation points, check out this New Yorker cover, which I think is lovely.
This Week in Cats
Still reeling from last week’s Mad Men finale? Well, reel no more: just imagine how hard it would be to get a read on Don Draper if he were covered in fur and didn’t have thumbs. If you can’t imagine that, let this video do the work for you (and please, turn the sound up):