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Doux News: May 27, 2012

This week: Cancellations and Upcoming Fun -- Billie Made Me Post This -- So Sad it Deserves its Own Section -- Obama vs. Aliens -- Around the Internet -- Peter Dinklage, Drag Queen -- Philip K. Dick, Philosopher -- Perpetuate This, NBC.

[Billie’s cats have taken away her laptop privileges, and they tasked me with this week’s Doux News. Never fear: the cats have the attentions spans of Pomeranians, and they’ll release her soon.]

Cancellations and Upcoming Fun

SyFy’s Sanctuary has been canceled. Starz will air a Spartacus marathon of all three shows starting June 8. Falling Skies starts June 17. And Breaking Bad’s final season is split into two pieces: the first eight episodes will air starting Sunday, July 15. The last eight episodes will air in Summer 2013. But don’t call it a sixth season!

Billie Made Me Post This

True Blood returns on June 10th. Hooray for the new Southern Gothic! Here's a newish (well, new to me) trailer for the upcoming season. Spoilers ahoy!

So Sad It Deserves Its Own Section

TVLine reported that Seth Gabel is not slated to return as a regular for Fringe’s final season, although an anonymous “insider” claims a guest spot is still possible. This is really upsetting news, as Seth Gabel's Lincoln "Clark Kent" Lee won me over this year. I can only hope it's a trick like they pulled with Leonard Nimoy. Right? Right? Please?

Obama vs. Aliens

When asked about contact with aliens in a White House briefing room, President Obama hedged on whether or not such a thing has ever taken place: “I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of extraterrestrials but I can tell you if there had been a top secret meeting and if there would have had to have been a discussion about it, it would have taken place in this room.”

(Of course, it was Will Smith’s young son who did the asking, so the Prez might have just been playing to the peanut gallery. Or was he?)

(Why did this make Doux News? Because I am perversely delighted by a president with a sense of humor, and it's been a very slow news week. Consider yourself luck I didn't include the "This Week In Cats" feature I originally drafted.)

Around the Internet

Blastr has a fun “Where Are They Now?” slide show for the X-Files cast, and tv blog No White Noise is pushing for all of us to engage in a slow-paced Buffy re-watch. You might want to add #buffyrewatch to your Twitter update list. If that’s a thing one does on Twitter.

Peter Dinklage, Drag Queen

If you’re in New York state between July 13 and 22, you might want to check out the Bard College SummerScape presentation of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid, with an all-male cast, including Peter Dinklage as the clever maid Toinette.

In related news, I've started watching Threshold, a short-lived SF series with Peter Dinklage, and plan to review all of it this summer.

Philip K. Dick, Philosopher

The New York Times’ Philosophy blog ran a three-part series (Part I, Part II, Part III) on the philosophical underpinnings of Dick’s Exegesis, his mammoth and confusing compilation of mental wanderings. Author Simon Critchley argues that Dick’s writings reveal “a peculiarly powerful and poignant restatement of a Gnostical worldview” that has influenced everything from the Matrix triology to Lars von Trier and James Cameron. It's worth a read, even if you, like me, are not a huge fan of Dick.

Perpetuate This, NBC

The Hollywood Reporter leaked a memo from NBC management to the cast of Community, instructing the actors how to respond to the ousting of showrunner Dan Harmon. NBC “is hoping that the news will lose some steam over the next day, especially if we're not perpetuating the topic in any way.” To minimize the possible side effects of unwanted perpetuation, NBC provided a series of preventative-care answers the cast might want to give if questioned about the situation. For instance:

Why did Dan get let go from the show?

We're not made aware of why staffing changes take place, but I will always be grateful to Dan for his great work on the show and wish him only the best. We're also excited that we'll be back on NBC's schedule in the fall and are looking forward to working on those episodes.

And with that half-hearted attempt at whitewashing a tragic television coup, I leave you to rant, rave, question, and deny in the comments.


  1. a) No Sanctuary, they blew it up. Pity. And they went underground. Literally. 4 awesome seasons. (Will also miss dearly In Plain Sight, but that's a total different cup of tea)

    a2) They also blew up Warehouse-13, BUT hey ! IT'S coming back. OK. Looking forward to its return in July...

    b) Immensely pissed for Seth Gabel. No need to say more. Hopefully they'll bring indeed his character as they did for Charly.

    c) NBC......eyes rolling and the rest in censored. That thumping you're hearing ? Me banging my head on the wall....

    d) I love cats, so I won't mind if you write about them LOL

  2. Threshold, cool! I enjoyed that one while it was on. The mythology was a bit hinky, but the cast was great and I loved the team interactions. Looking forward to your reviews, Josie!

    Man, I totally forgot that Adam Baldwin had a gig on the later seasons of the X-Files! That was a fun little trip down memory lane. Although Gillian Anderson duded up as Miss Havisham was creepy. Isn't she too young for that role?

  3. I did not shriek loudly and scare my cat because Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon) tweeted me. I have self-control?

    I'm really looking forward to the fifth season of True Blood. It'll be good seeing Chris Meloni being someone other than Elliot Stabler.

  4. Lincoln Lee - one of him, don't really care which one, though obviously Clark Kent version more likely - had *better* show up for at least one episode of Fringe season 5. Not that Peter Bishop isn't enough for me but, you know, two sexy men are better than one.

    On which subject, yay True Blood!

  5. Having never heard of Threshold, I did an internet search about it. Interestingly, it never seems to have landed on our shores. No DVDs available, and it's neither on Netflix nor Lovefilm. Guess I'll have to enjoy the show vicariously through your reviews, Josie.

    Great instalment, Josie.

    For those of you in the US, enjoy the extra day tomorrow. The traditional start of summer.


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