Monday, March 30, 2009


Neil Gaiman links to 2 audio versions of the same story, Chivalry, 1 read by him and 1 by Jane Curtin. has a great new photo of the space station taken last week.

CafePress' Babylon 5 Quote store has released an article from JMS describing his first inspiration and notes for what would become Babylon 5. It is interesting to note how much of those first thoughts remained unchanged and look back on what he did with them.

The naming contest for the new ISS module has completed, and Colbert got 230,000 votes (40,000 more than Serenity, which had the most votes of the official entries). NASA reports they will announce the new name in April, taking the contest into consideration. Colbert may end up being the name of the new space toilet instead of the module.

The TV Land awards may be worth watching this year for the stroll down memory lane as they honor M*A*S*H and Magnum PI.

Recently Yahoo! Movies posted 100 Movies to Watch Before You Die. (I think I've seen about 54.) SciFi Wire is disputing some missing SF movies. I would dispute some movies, SF or otherwise. That is what this type of list is for, causing disputes and discussions and getting people to watch films they hadn't considered. The interesting thing about this list is that they aren't trying to say these are the 100 best films, just culturally or historically important. For example, The Maltese Falcon is on the list and belongs there. It isn't my favorite movie, but I know I understood a million references from other things once I'd seen it. I'm sure many others are the same.

SciFi Channel has announced 3 new mini-series: Alice in Wonderland, a new version of Riverworld, and The Phantom. The latter 2 are backdoor pilots. Sources: Futon Critic, SciFi Wire, SF Signal, io9

Two pieces of good news for Monk fans: although not renewed, the episodes that just finished were not the end of Monk - it still has a final season to come (I somehow thought that was the final season, so sorry for the confusion). Also, Sharona (the original co-star played by Bitty Schram) will be returning for an episode.

The controversial dumping of dissolved iron in the ocean (designed to increase carbon storage at the bottom of the ocean and help with global warming) has failed because of shrimp.

Sam Raimi is writing Evil Dead 4. I liked 3, but is another one really necessary?

Primeval season 3 (10 episodes this time) will be airing on BBC America sometime in the next few months and will be released on dvd this fall. According to BBC America Shop: a new cast member is an Egyptologist, and the British Museum let them film inside.

DVRs for the week:
Mon 5pm Greek
Mon 8pm Chuck, Big Bang Theory, House
Mon 830 How I Met Your Mother
Mon 9pm Heroes & 2.5 Men
Mon 10pm Medium
Tue 8pm Reaper
Tue 10pm Cupid (premiere of new version - see here for review)
Wed 8pm Scrubs
Wed 9pm Lost
Wed 10pm Life on Mars (series finale)
Thu 8pm Bones
Thu 9pm CSI & Supernatural
Thu 10pm Eleventh Hour
Fri 8pm Sarah Connor Chronicles
Fri 9pm Dollhouse
Sat 6pm Ashes to Ashes
Sat 6 or 8pm Nora Roberts: High Noon (Lifetime)

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