by Josie Kafka
Too Cute for Words
Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Densiof are going to renew their vows after ten years of marriage. “YAY renewal!” tweeted Hannigan. Here’s to at least another decade of adorable wedded bliss! May the happy couple only live the first half of this delightful Willow quote:
It goes great…You spend time together, feelings grow deeper, and one day, without even realizing it, you find you're in love. Time stops. It feels like the whole world's made for you two, and you two alone.
Until the day one of you leaves, and rips the still-beating heart from the other, who's now a broken, hollow mockery of the human condition.
Joss Whedon Podcast
Joss Whedon guested on the Nerdist podcast just after Comic-Con, and the full 80-minute episode is available here. The Jossy goodness starts around 3:16, although there’s a lot of background noise (including Joss’s children) for a few minutes: the podcast was taped in Joss’s home. Around the 59-minute mark, he discusses his favorite book (The Little Princess, which has resonance for us Angel fans) and his plans for his next project, whatever that might be.
Fox premiered a trailer for the upcoming Cosmos reboot planned for 2014. Cosmos originally aired in 1980 on PBS and featured Carl Sagan. Judging from the new trailer, the new Cosmos will cast Neil deGrasse Tyson (who is my favorite astrophysicist) in the superhero role.
I'm too young to have seen the original series, but this seems like it’s a big deal:
Rock Salt is the New Black
Vintage Vixen, who has a lovely fashion and photo website, crafted a Supernatural-themed dress just for kicks. I love the sneakiness of it: at first glance, the dress looks like a traditional 1950s housewife New Lookish sundress. A closer glimpse at the spoonflower-designed fabric reveals salt, knives, and holy water.
This Week in Casts
• Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are leaving Parks and Rec this season. Ann Perkins and Chris Trager will depart Pawnee during the season’s thirteenth episode, which will probably air during February sweeps. I literally can't believe it.
• Anna Torv from Fringe has been cast in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming evening soap opera, Open, on Showtime.
• True Blood’s Janina Gavankar (Luna) will be a recurring guest star on the next season of The Vampire Diaries.
• Dylan Bruce (Paul from Orphan Black) will guest-star on Arrow. Dylan Bruce is played by Tatiana Maslany.
The End of Nikita
The final six episodes of Nikita will air in late fall/early winter on The CW. November and December are traditionally slow times for the networks (Especially The CW, which puts its shows on incredibly long hiatuses. Hiati. Haiti. Whatever.), but network president Mark Pedowitz says this will be an opportunity for an “appropriate sendoff” for the series.
John Williams, Star Wars VII
Lucasfilm announced that composer John Williams will score Star Wars VII (that’s the next one to come out, if you’re as confused as I am by the numbering system). Williams discussed the brain-trust behind the upcoming film, praising JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy as “two people that I think are perfectly chosen to continue George Lucas's great odyssey. They're both young, they're both extremely gifted, they have tremendous energy.”
This Week in Sonnets
Upcoming Shows (Organized by Era)
• Showtime teased some news about the upcoming Penny Dreadful at this week’s TCA press tour. The “literary-horror” series will star Josh Harnett, and feature Dr. Frankenstein, his monster, Dorian Grey, and a few characters from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Set in the late-Victorian era, Penny Dreadful features a “fake cowboy” and lots of thrills, but not much more information at this point.
• Steven Soderbergh—who is challenging Stephen King for the title of Hardest Working Retired Guy—is on tap to produce and direct all ten episodes of the upcoming Showtime series Knick, starring Clive Owen. Knick is set in an early-twentieth-century New York hospital.
• The CW is all about the backdoor pilots right now. A rumored Supernatural spin-off is in the works, with the new characters introduced in the second half of SPN Season Nine. The new show would be set in Chicago, which will look a lot like Vancouver, because Canada is subtly taking over the world. Oh, Canada.
• The CW has announced plans to begin laying the groundwork for a Flash origin series. Barry Allen will begin to discover his superfast identity on Arrow this fall before dashing off to his own series at some point in the near future.
Stephen King On Screen
Inspired by the success of the just-renewed Under the Dome, CBS has commissioned a new miniseries of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers. I’d like to declare that an Officially Horrible Idea, especially since we haven’t gotten one reader complaint since Sam T. Cat made me stop watching Under the Dome.
Your Moustache Gives You Strength and Dignity
The BBC has released a new teaser-trailer for the upcoming season of Sherlock.
Women Who Talk Too Much
Comic-Con’s famous Hall H, where all the supercool popular stuff happens, included a Women Who Kick Ass panel on one of the busiest days of the convention. The panel included Katee Sackhoff, Michelle Rodriguez, Maggie Q, Tatiana Maslany, and Danai Gurira, which sounds like a wonderful combination of women who are, in fact, genuine ass-kickers. (Michelle Rodriguez really could defeat zombies in real life, and I am played by Tatiana Maslany.)
But apparently, the panel’s call for an increased diversity of roles for women was not warmly received: more than one blogger (check this one out for a good perspective) commented on the lukewarm audience vibe, snarky side comments, and one guy at the end who declared that the panel’s title should really be Women Who Talk Too Much.
Both the above link and this one, from Todd VanDerWeff, are subjective assessments of what happened in the hall. After all, it is impossible to objectively measure the temperature of a room, and it might be that we’re giving the “women who talk too much” guy attention just because he has a loud voice. But taken together, the two accounts of the pushback to a call for more female writers and more awareness of gendered characterizations make for a frightening account of resistance to inclusivity and diversity in our neck of the entertainment woods.
This Week in Cats
Sunbunny, the Doux Reviews Twitter Expert, discovered this lovely homage to The Avengers, if all of the superheroes (and some friends) were played by cats. It is just as cute as it sounds.