Friday, July 20, 2007

Roundup for 7-20-07

Good cast announced for a movie about the birth of the Napa wine industry. "Bottle Shock" will star Eliza Dushku, Bill Pullman, Alan Rickman, and others.,0,1942555.story?track=rss

Fascinating article on electric hybrid cars. (Laurel: after our conversation this morning seeing this seemed like kismet.)

Article about Steve Carell's version of Maxwell Smart in the new Get Smart movie. Not sure about this.

CBS admits their scheduling was a mistake that killed the ratings for Jericho. Nice to see them admit it and bring it back.

David Greenwalt explains how Moonlight is different from Angel (that other vampire detective show he worked on ;).

Heroes has added another regular character. There's a picture, but very few details.,0,3945209.story?track=rss
Info on HRG (Mr. Bennett) in season 2.

Supernatural has cast the 2nd woman to join the cast for next season.,0,7041783.story?track=rss

CW has scheduled its premieres. I just don't plan to watch most of it.
9-25 9pm Reaper (His parents sold his soul to the devil, and now he's a bounty hunter for escaped souls - or something like that. Kevin Smith directed the pilot. I'll at least watch the pilot to see if it is as funny as it should be.)
10-4 9pm Supernatural
The rest of their lineup, if you care, is at

Mark Sheppard (aka Baltar's lawyer on BSG and the Jack the Ripper type killer on Medium) has joined the cast of Bionic Woman.

Review of B5: Lost Tales (with only minor spoilers)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Roundup for 7-19-07

One of the people ignoring the release date of Harry Potter #7 is the New York Times. Their reviewer found a copy sold early and put a review with spoilers online. So be careful of NYT. The publisher is furious.

Weird new product: Bacon salt, available in original, hickory, and peppered. Because I'm evil, I want to give some to Joyce. :D

Fox has pulled all its films from Comic Con. They say the trailers aren't ready. This is going to hurt them big time in lost buzz.

The lead actor talks about the new time travel show Journeyman.

The producer talks about the evolution of the new vampire show Moonlight.

Comments about the Emmy nominations. The good: Scrubs got 5 nominations, mostly for the musical episode. Battlestar Galactica got 4 nominations, including for WRITING and directing, not just the technical stuff! 8 for Heroes, including Best Drama and Masi Oka for supporting actor. 5 nominations for Studio 60, 10 for Grey's Anatomy, 3 for How I Met Your Mother (including a much deserved supporting actor for Neil Patrick Harris), 6 for Lost, 1 each for Eureka, Medium, Ghost Whisperer, Drive and Standoff.
The bad: nothing for Gilmore Girls or Veronica Mars. In fact, the entire CW network got only 1 nomination, for Sound Editing on Smallville. Still a bunch of same-old, same-old nominations that make you go "Why was that worthy?"

Press Tour comments on Jericho season 2.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Roundup for 7-18-07

John Barrowman of Torchwood is clearly on a press tour - lots of articles. This interview is actually really good if you are interested.
This one makes me glad for bittorrent. It confirms that the nearly hour long episodes will air at 48 minutes each on BBC America.

John Leguizamo has been cast along with Mark Wahlberg in the next M. Night Shyamalan movie coming out next summer.,0,396143.story?track=rss

CBS highlights from the Press Tour:
* There'll be more clues about the mother on HIMYM.
* Little Jake will enter junior high on Two and a Half Men. (Duh!)
* On Ghost Whisperer, we'll learn Jim and Melinda didn't choose Grandview, Grandview chose Jim and Melinda.
* CSI/Without a Trace crossover coming with William Peterson and Anthony La Paglia.
* Spoiler
Scoop! The season premiere of Jericho opens with Stanley and Mimi getting engaged. (That means he survived the finale!)

Start dates for the CBS shows I might watch:
9-24 8:00 How I Met Your Mother
8:30 Big Bang Theory (new - I'm not sure if I'll watch or not)
9:00 2.5 Men
9:30 Rules of Engagement (may watch, not sure)
9-26 10:00 CSI: New York
9-27 9:00 CSI
9-28 8:00 Ghost Whisperer
9:00 Moonlight (vampire detective - worth at least a pilot)
10:00 Numb3rs
other shows listed here:

New cast members announced for House. (Warning: this contains spoilers for the season finale I haven't seen yet. Not mentioned here, but I've heard rumors that these are additions, and
possibly short term ones at that, not replacements for current cast members.),0,2214733.story?track=rss

Strange article: CBS just won a bidding war on a show set in the middle ages called "The Kingdom" described as a medieval "Entourage". I just don't see this working on network television, and I can't imagine why networks would fight over it.

Masi Oka give some minor spoilers for the start of season 2 Heroes.

More about the new show Chuck from the guy who plays him. This really sounds like a clone of Jake 2.0.

As we know, it rained on the Peninsula this morning. Apparently it has also now rained enough in SF to be the first rain on July 18th in recorded history, leaving only 2 days left in July that have no record of rain since the Gold Rush. Fun statistics at:

Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck on BSG) will be a recurring character on Bionic Woman (not just in the pilot).
Other interviews about Bionic Woman:

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Roundup for 7-17-07

Complete series set to be released for ST:TNG with extra bonus features. One day, when the price has dropped A LOT, I think I may want this. Pics of the packaging available:

They've started tracking ratings on commercials and discovered what we already know: people with DVRs will rewind to watch movie trailers. It is somewhat amusing though that they discovered some ads have a higher rating (because of multiple viewings) than the shows they are in.

John Barrowman says we get to find out more about Captain Jack in 2nd season Torchwood and he talks about his reaction (and David Tennant's) to the huge revelation (no spoiler in the article) at the end of season 3 Doctor Who. I hope they expand on -spoiler- in Torchwood next year.

JMS comments on the effects for B5:Lost Tales.

The actor for the new BBC show from Steven Moffat, Jeckyll, talks about this version of the Dr. Jeckyll/Mr. Hyde story.

Rotten Tomatoes has released its best and worst reviewed movies for the first 6 months of the year. Ratatouille is the best (I really need to see that sometime soon). Is it sad that I only want to see about 2 of the top 10 and still want to see one of the 10 worst?

Coincidence soon to become marketing: the weekend Stardust opens in theaters is the weekend of the Perseids meteor shower, so there is a good chance you can walk out of the theater after watching someone on a quest to get a fallen star and actually see a falling star yourself. (Found among other notes on Neil Gaiman's blog this week.)

Interesting article about Jim Dale, the voice of the Harry Potter audiobooks. Even though his grandkids twisted his arms (literally) for spoilers to the final book, he kept silent. He will also narrate the fall TV show Pushing Daisies (which I already wanted to see).

Monday, July 16, 2007

Roundup for 7-16-07 is going to make more webisodes, and they are including Farscape in the lineup!
There will also be more for Battlestar Galactica and some original stuff that sounds more promising than some of their on-air lineup.,0,5788060.story?track=rss

Like the first sentence of the article, I'm not sure if this is good news or bad, but Seth Green will be joining Robin Williams and John Travolta in the Disney Movie "Old Dogs".,0,938637.story?track=rss

Isaiah Washington will have a 5-episode arc on the new Bionic Woman show.

More comments on James Marsters appearance on Torchwood.

Apparently there are rumors that Russel T. Davies might be leaving Doctor Who (he's the main writer/showrunning producer). Steven Moffat (writer of about 4 Who episodes & all of Coupling) comments that Doctor Who will continue even if it changes hands (but he didn't answer if he would take it over).

The BBC is doing a spin-off of Life on Mars called Ashes to Ashes that will have another modern day cop thrown back to the past to deal with DCI Hunt, but this time the year is 1981 and the main character is a woman. I wonder if 8 years will have changed Hunt at all?

It looks like a 2nd X-Files movie is actually going to happen. They have a script, the actors are signed, and everything. Who would have believed it after all these years?

NBC has scheduled premier dates for this fall, and moved around some of their shows. The only show moved that I am considering watching is Chuck, about a geek who gets a spy database downloaded into his head (sounds vaguely like Jake 2.0). This makes Monday night all slightly-scifi since Journeyman is about a time traveler.
9-24: 8pm Chuck, 9pm Heroes, 10pm Journeyman
9-26: 9pm Bionic Woman
9-27: 8pm My Name is Earl
10-25: 9:30pm Scrubs,0,1307535.story?track=rss

This may be the most amazing offer I've ever heard from a drug company. Johnson & Johnson has offered the UK a money back guarantee on their drugs. If patients don't respond, they don't have to pay. I don't know how this will work or what will come of it, but I'm amazed they even made the proposal.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Roundup for 7-13-07

Menu screenshots confirm that the Heroes dvd will not include the web comics. (Annoyed here.)

Pete Townshend of The Who has written another rock opera, premiering this weekend.

Rumors are that Pixar is planning a sequel to Cars for release in 2011. The article also mentions the 2009 movie is Toy Story 3 and John Carter of Mars will come in 2012. The article doesn't mention what is planned for 2008 or 2010, but I was curious and went looking. 2008 will be "Wall-E" about a 700 year old robot looking for a home in space (from the writer of Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, and both Toy Stories).

Interesting advances in stem cell research if anyone cares.

Best Iraq news I've seen in a while: there are rampant rumors that giant badgers have been released in the area by British troops and are eating people at night.,22049,22056684-5001028,00.html

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Roundup for 7-12-07

The final Drive episodes will be available online at,0,4733925.story?track=rss

The producers discuss what they would have done if Drive continued.

Two women are joining the cast of Supernatural next season. The first to be cast is Katie Cassidy (daughter of David Cassidy), as another demon hunter.,0,2832551.story?track=rss

A&E is remaking The Andromeda Strain as a 4 hour mini-series with an amazing cast: Benjamin Bratt, Ricky Schroder, Eric McCormack, Andre Braugher, Christa Miller, Daniel Dae Kim, Viola Davis and Ted Whittall.,0,3937048.story?track=rss

Atlantis is adding a new, technologically advanced, alien race next season.

Aaron Sorkin has signed a 3-movie deal with Dreamworks. The first movie will be about the Chicago 7. I guess no TV from him for a while, but I wonder about the others from Studio 60.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Roundup for 7-11-07

Supernatural season 2 comes to dvd 9-11. Extras are listed here:

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) will be in Masterpiece Theater next season in a play called "My Boy Jack" about Rudyard Kipling's search for his son in World War 1.,0,6208126.story?track=rss

Charles Lane, who died this week at the age of 102, probably originated the "oh him" term for character actors. I know I've seen at least a dozen of the roles listed for him, but I never connected them or knew his name. For two decades it looks like most of his roles were uncredited by the studios, so it is not surprising we didn't know him even though he acted in approximately 300 roles over 70 years, from You Can't Take it With You to the Dark Shadows revival.

The actors for Battlestar Galactica who were revealed as Cylons at the end of the season apparently weren't happy about it at all.

Apparently there's been some fan backlash to the changes at Atlantis, and producers are trying to calm people with some statements and minor spoilers.

Google maps is adding more features this week. Some of it sounds cool.

Meredith's half sister Lexie will be a full cast member next season on Grey's Anatomy.

Some great political commentary: he compares the Bush government to the Augean stables, among other apt descriptions of the current disgrace.

Researchers think they've found a way to stop antibiotic-resistant bacteria by disrupting an enzyme.

And just to add some really weird news to my weird news roundup, a man recently robbed a bank dressed as a tree. Puns abound: the first sentence is "Leaf it to New Hampshire" but they missed the opportunity to say that he robbed the bank branch while wearing actual branches.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Roundup for 7-10-07

Fox has announced premier dates for their Fall shows:
9-19 Back to You (new Kelsey Grammer comedy - this may be worth a pilot, I'm not sure)
9-19 Bones
9-25 New Amsterdam (immortal cop - worth a pilot) - LATER MOVED TO MIDSEASON
9-25 House

MGM is planning a complete box set for Stargate SG-1 with 4 bonus disks not included in the individual season sets. I hate it when they do that when we already have the individual seasons, but maybe they will do like MASH and make the bonus stuff available separately for previous buyers. (Angel is also getting a complete box set, but no word on extra features.)

Fox now isn't planning to play the final episodes of Drive at all. They just have fun mucking with Tim Minnear, don't they? Can't say I'm surprised, just a bit disappointed.

It looks like Leonard Nimoy will be in the new Star Trek movie (and not Shatner).

Even though they wrote Rachel Luttrell's pregnancy into Atlantis, they will still be hiding it in many episodes since they filmed out of order to accommodate Amanda Tapping filming the 2 SG-1 movies.

We get a new episode of Eureka tonight! Yay! As part of the publicity, here's a little article that talks about their spiffy new sets.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Roundup for 7-9-07

James Marsters hints a bit about his appearance on Torchwood next year. The possibilities amuse me.

Strange article about reaction to Battlestar Galactica. One thing of note is apparently there will be a spoof on Robot Chicken.,0,4267377.story?track=rss

JK Rowling input on movie #5: she prevented them from writing out a character because it would be significant in #7 and she gave more details for the family tree than are in the book so it would display right.

Apparently _Solstice_ by Patricia McKillip is a sequel of sorts to _Winter Rose_ (which I must not have read, because I thought Solstice was completely different from all of her other books). Now I need to read Winter Rose and see if I get the same lyrical urban fantasy in a small town feel from it.

The producers of the new SciFi Flash Gordon series are trying to get the star of the campy 80s movie to have a cameo in the new version (complicated by the fact that he isn't acting anymore).

Remembrance article for Fred Saberhagen if you are interested.

In a television interview, JK Rowling said she would "never say never" and might consider writing another book in the Harry Potter world sometime in the future. Following that, thousands of people have signed a petition to have her write more.

I wish this article included pictures. A woman found a kitten under the hood of her car, and her longhaired dachshund is now nursing it

Friday, July 6, 2007

Roundup for 7-6-07

CNet has listed the top SciFi inspirations for current hi tech. Sounds like a good way to start an argument. What do you think of their choices? I'll list them, but check out the link for their comments (aka defenses).
1. Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
2. Philip K Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
3. Philip K Dick, Minority Report
4. William Gibson, Neuromancer
5. Bruce Sterling, Distraction
6. Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
7. Arthur C Clarke, Wireless World letter to the editor
8. Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
9. Star Trek
10. Karel Capek's 1921 play R.U.R.

Interview with the actor who plays Declan on Kyle XY.

Apparently the Transformers movie has a preview for JJ Abrams' new top secret movie (it doesn't have an official name yet). I'd never even heard he was making a movie other than the new Star Trek.

Premier dates for shows:
 Doctor Who (SciFi)                  Jul  6  (Series Three US Debut)
Eureka (SciFi) Jul 10 (Season Two)
Monk (USA Network) Jul 13 (Season Six)
Psych (USA Network) Jul 13 (Season Two)
Fallen (ABC Family) Aug 3 (Limited Series Return)
Jekyll (BBC America) Aug 4 (US Debut)
Masters of Science Fiction (ABC) Aug 5 (Series Debut)
Flash Gordon (SciFi) Aug 10 (Series Debut)
Doctor Who (BBC America) Sep 8 (Series Two BBC America Debut)
Torchwood (BBC America) Sep 8 (US Debut)
Tin Man (SciFi) Dec (Miniseries Debut)
Life on Mars (BBC America) Jan (Season Two)
Non-entertainment note: Interesting article on Senator Boxer's attempt to help with the alarming decline in populations of honeybees and other pollinator species.

One of the funniest sites I've seen in a while. (Reminiscent of Steve Don't Eat That, but slightly less gross.)

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Roundup for 7-5-07

A Dog's Breakfast (the movie directed by Rodney from Atlantis) will be released online on ITunes and Amazon next week. It comes out on dvd 9-18-07.

Robin Williams' next role sounds odd - part Bono part Fagin.

4th season Doctor Who will have his regular companion be Catherine Tate (the Runaway Bride from the 2nd Christmas episode). Martha Jones will split her time between Torchwood and Doctor Who.

The Director of the 5th Harry Potter film has said he will stay for the 6th one too.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Roundup for 7-3-07

RIP Fred Saberhagen (1930-2007). The US author and editor died on June 29th at 77.

Judges have leaked the 10 finalists for Emmys in the Drama and Comedy categories (they vote on these 10 to determine the final 5 voted on by the full academy). Heroes, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost have made the cut for dramas (nothing else we watch did). Scrubs and My Name is Earl made the cut for comedies (How I Met Your Mother did not).

Budwee and her photographs are featured in a magazine article available online.
And she posted additional photos

Dianna Agron (who had a minor role in Veronica Mars) and Dominic Keating (who played Lt. Malcolm Reed on ST:Enterprise) will have recurring characters on Heroes next season, as a cheerleader and an Irish mobster, respectively.

Cool article about progress being made in Alzheimer's research because of variant-CJD. Apparently the plaques that cause Alzheimer's only form when there is a lack of healthy prion proteins in the brain. CJD is caused by the prions becoming infected and changing shape, which damages the brain. Now they just need to figure out how to keep the prions present and healthy and they can cure both diseases :)