Doux News: October 7, 2012

This week: Premieres and returns -- Dish versus Zombies -- New and possibly cool shows -- This week in jerks -- This week in casts -- This week in cats -- This week in anniversaries

Practically everything premiered last week or before that, but there's more! Next week The Vampire Diaries returns, after its most exciting slash infuriating slash jaw-dropping season finale ever. Arrow, the new and supposedly much darker replacement for Smallville, begins. And The Walking Dead returns to creep us out/gross us out. Can't be bad. (And we're covering all three.)

Speaking of The Walking Dead, the conflict between AMC and Dish Network is in a legal quagmire. AMC is suing Dish Network for breach of contract since Dish dropped them back in June, something that most certainly must have pissed off Breaking Bad fans and is about to piss off Walking Dead fans. And AMC keeps bringing it up; there are anti-Dish commercials strewn throughout their programming. (Which, when you think about it, is sort of pointless, since Dish customers won't be seeing them.) According to the article, though, what Dish did is hurting AMC financially, so I get it. I hate Dish, mostly because they keep creatively spamming billiedoux.com in a way that fools the spam filters. Turkeys.

This week in new and possibly cool shows

Chris Carter (The X-Files) has a new project: a sci-fi thriller drama series called The After that unfortunately, sounds a little like The Event. I mentioned it to Dan and he said, "Is it going to run for eleven years and never actually explain anything?" That pretty much says it all.

Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz, the creators of Chuck, have a possible new project, too: a fantasy show called Midnighters, about people who are born at the stroke of midnight having access to a 25th hour of the day. That actually sounds pretty cool to me. I watched Chuck for quite awhile but it lost me before the end. If this one gets picked up, maybe the stronger lean toward fantasy will work better for me.

This week in jerks

This article is from a couple of weeks ago, but I was saving it up to share with you. Apparently, Chevy Chase thinks that sitcoms are the lowest form of television, he only took Community for the money, and joining the show was a mistake. You know what? I agree with that last statement. He even managed to include a put-down of his wife. Okay.

This week in casts

Rutger Hauer, who cemented a spot in my heart with his portrayal of replicant Roy Batty in my favorite sci-fi movie, Blade Runner, has just joined the cast of True Blood. The man works a lot. Mostly B movies, but Hauer has also done guest spots in Alias and Smallville, as well as appearing in The Dark Knight and the original Buffy.

This week in cats

Okay, it's not about cats, but it is about small furry pets. The American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming owns one of the original tribbles from the classic Star Trek episode (which Ben P. Duck and I reviewed awhile back), and they're holding a tribble-naming contest. The winner, unfortunately, doesn't get the tribble, but it still looks like fun. You can post your entry on their Facebook page or email it to them at ahc@uwyo.edu before October 22.

This week in anniversaries

My favorite fantasy movie, The Princess Bride, turned twenty-five this year (I love that I got to mention my favorite science fiction movie and my favorite fantasy movie in the same article) and there was a reunion of many of the principals at Lincoln Center. This movie did okay when it was released, but instead of being forgotten, it has gradually become a classic. It still makes me laugh out loud, every time I see it. Writer William Goldman confessed in the article that writing a sequel is beyond him, and let's face it, a reboot is "inconceivable."

Unless it's written and directed by Joss Whedon, who is my master now, mostly because I finally saw The Avengers last week. Do take a look at this; it's a post listing the perfect casting for a Joss Whedon reboot of The Princess Bride. It made me laugh out loud more than once, and you can't ask for more than that.

That's it for this week. Opinions, raves, rants, questions? Post a comment!


9 comments:

Josie Kafka said...

That cast list for the Princess Bride sequel is perfect!

Well, almost perfect. I thin Alyson Hannigan would make a great Albino.

CrazyCris said...

I LOVE that Whedonverse casting list! But I think Alyson Hannigan would also be a good candidate for Buttercup... and I'd love to see her and Denysof as an on-screen pair at least once! ;o)

But don't agree with IƱigo Montoya... I'd prefer Nathan Fillion!

In anycase... I still think The Princess Bride falls in the DO NOT TOUCH ON PAIN OF BEING THROWN IN THE PIT OF DESPAIR!!! Category. :D

Fall is upon us, which means I'm due to catch a nasty cold... said bug will probably glue me to my sofa for at least a day or two... and The Princess Bride will definitely be inserted into the dvd player! ;o)

celticmarc said...

a) LOL and kudos for Dan's comment

b) I loved Chuck during the first 3 seasons, and then, me too, my interest diminished considerably. The magic got lost somewhere.

c) Eyes rolling about C. Chase's interview. The guy disappoints me a lot. (hum, did you love the kids on Chuck too ?????)

d) Never seen The Princess Bride. But after seeing WHO's on the pic following the article, I oughta check it out. And Mister Reiner directed one of all time faves : When Harry Met Sally, another classic (well, at least for me) (ditto for Blade Runner)

d2) whoah ! If Whedon does the reboot, count me in, big time !!

celticmarc said...

one of MY all time faves


Darn it ! But I'm sure you got my point.

Sooze said...

Rutger Hauer - swoon - Ladyhawke is still one of my favorite movies.

morgan india said...

Colin O'Donoghue (Captain Hook) has been upgraded from recurring guest star to main cast of Once Upon A Time, which is interesting and excellent considering he hasn't even been in an episode yet.

Evanna said...

Oh my god, Midnighters?! Having read (and loved) the book series I don't know whether to be happy about this. I do think it could be an excellent show, but I'm afraid they'll ruin it too.

tricksterson said...

@CelticMarck: Benighted Heathen! Get thee to Netflix NOW!

"I only did it for the money" Translation: Nobody else wanted him. Seriously, before Community when was the last time he was in anything youheard of? More importantly when was the last time he was was in anything good?

I would reverse the cating of Fezzik and the Chief Enforcer. Tamoh has the size, I don't think the other guy does. And yes, Nathan for Inigo.

Amy Ennis said...

I stopped reading at "Rutger Hauer" and "True Blood" to go off and have a nerdgasm. OH. EM. GEE. I didn't think it could get any better!