by Josie Kafka
This Week in Casts!
Kenny Johnson, who played Curtis Lemansky on The Shield, is slated to begin a smallish arc on the final season of Dexter. Look for him in episode eight.
Some Game of Thrones casting news: Pedro Pascal, who has had roles on Graceland, The Good Wife, and Red Widow, will play Oberyn Martell. Showrunners Benioff and Weiss had this to say about their newfound Red Viper: “This was a tough one. The Red Viper is sexy and charming, yet believably dangerous; intensely likable, yet driven by hate. The boys love him, the girls love him, and he loves them all back. Unless your last name is Lannister. We found a fellow who can handle the job description and make it seem effortless. He wasn’t easy to find and he won’t be easy to stop.”
Person of Interest on Demand!
For two seasons now, Person of Interest's Machine has jealously guarded its privacy. But thanks to Root's intervention, everyone's favorite Magical Box has decided to go public: episodes of PoI are now--finally--streaming on Amazon.
What does this mean for us? In addition to (obviously) ushering in the new world order of big data and corporate collaboration in government surveillance, we can also delete our stockpiled episodes of PoI from our DVRs. Just in time for...
Swimming with Sharks!
Shark Week begins August 4th on the Discovery Channel, with 11 new specials, including Shark after Dark, a Talking Dead-style chat show with shark experts (probably not with actual sharks, but who knows?) and Alien Monster Sharks, about the creepiest sharks on the planet. I love Shark Week.
The Skies Are Falling!
Falling Skies has been renewed for a fourth season. J.D., our resident movie critic and Falling Skies aficionado, reports from the front lines: “While a renewal is always good news, this season has been sort of a mixed bag. Season 3 has basically been one long cliché, with a few good character beats. The ratings might be good enough to warrant another chance, but if the storytelling doesn't improve over the next five episodes, there may not be an audience coming back for season 4.”
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited the set of Doctor Who this week. Lots of pictures here. Charles apparently tried out the Dalek catchphrase “Exterminate!” which just makes me think of how much fun Rush Limbaugh would have with President Obama doing the same thing.
Damn You, Marriage Equality!
Bad news, ladies and gentlemen: that marriage equality we’re all so happy about? There’s a downside: Captain Jack Harkness is officially taken in two countries. Everyone’s favorite crush John Barrowman married his sweetheart of 20 years (my goodness, that’s a long time) in California this week, topping off the civil union ceremony the two had in the UK in 2006.
My begrudging congratulations to the happy couple.
Happy Birthday, Amerika!
In addition to the birth of the American nation (wow, I did not intend for that to sound like an allusion to a horrible movie), we have some other birthdays to celebrate this week. If he were an immortal vampire, Franz Kafka (no relation) would have celebrated his 130th birthday this week. And Captain America would turn 91, depending on how we count time-travel years.
Speaking of immortal vampires and existential frustration: NBC has released a 2-minute promo for the upcoming series Dracula with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in the titular role. Here it is:
It looks horrible, doesn’t it? How can NBC manage to cast such a sexy man in one of the most iconic “bad boys may not be good for you, but boy are they good” roles and make him look silly? Is anyone else this upset? And why oh why, in the name of all that is unholy, is Jonathan Rhys-Meyers wearing a caterpillar on his upper lip?
Dracula will premiere on Friday, October 25th after Grimm.
This week, the New York Times Magazine featured an article on Jason Everman, a 1990s Washington state rocker who managed to be kicked out of both Nirvana and Soundgarden just as both bands were about to hit it big. So what did he do? He joined the US Army Special Forces.
The article is both delightful and frustrating: the author spends too much time talking about himself and talking to people who know and knew Everman in any of his incarnations. (Everman is currently a philosophy student at Columbia.) And you might only be interested if you, like me, know far too much about the pre-grunge years of bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden. But even the glimpses we get of the man himself are fascinating, and I definitely recommend checking the article out.
This Week in Cats!
Henri le chat noir has a new video that is also a tasteless plug for documentarian Will Braden’s new book. Milk it while you can, Will:
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