Sep 26, 2008

Britney's Back! Listen to her new single "WOMANIZER"


AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
I can't get enough!
Seriously, go through my archives- I have never given up on her and now she is making her next comeback with her new single "Womanizer".

Not my favorite song, but ye-ah, IT"S BRITNEY BITCH!!!

'Daddy-o, you got the swagger of a champion'
Loves it!

Check it out here:

Sep 24, 2008

Fringe


I have stumbled onto the most fascinating nugget of a show- really, it is the best of everything. It's produced by the same guy who brought us 'Lost', and if 'Bones' and 'X-Files' had a threesome with 'House' and had a baby this show would be it.

Joshua Jackson (Pacey from Dawson's Creek!) plays Peter Bishop, a mysteriously rogue character who has to come back to the US from some Middle Eastern country to spring his brilliant and insane father (more on him in a moment) from the loony bin so that he can help Agent Olivia Dunham (played by the newbie Anna Torv) solve a mysterious bio-technological illness that has afflicted her partner...

Anna Torv is an Australian actress who is apparently a big-ish deal down under but just cutting her teeth with audiences here in the US. She does a great job being both professional (she does play an FBI agent) but draw our sympathy as well. Her partner- the delicious Mark Valley as Agent John Scott (whom I adore and love from Boston Legal- Captain America anyone?) dies in the first episode, after Olivia saves him with the help of Peter Bishop's deranged mad scientist father. Turns out Agent Scott has been selling secrets to someone... and has betrayed Olivia both in their personal life and business one as well.




Now, stay with me here- it gets good- Peter Bishop's father is one Dr. Walter Bishop, played by the extremely talented John Noble. (I only recognize him from Lord of the Rings, but he is good). Walter Bishop has been institutionalized for practicing unethical science experiments, sometimes on people, but his genius is the only thing that can help save Agent Scott, so Olivia gets him released into Peter Bishop's custody. This character is hilarious- he has the air of a well respected doctor and casually dismisses lesser thoughts and ideas by simply failing to acknowledge them, but is also somehow lovable when he forgets things and is baffled by a simple cell phone (hello, he's been institutionalized for years!). I think he is the breakout star, next to Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv.


Another recognizable albeit mysterious character is Lance Reddick (of Lost fame among other things) playing Agent Phillip Broyles. Not sure what his story is yet but he is involved in a big way...


I don't want to give away too much of the plot- I've only basically covered some of the first episode, but I am up to episode three and I highly recommend anyone who enjoys 'House', 'Bones', 'CSI' (any city)... will come to love this show as much as I have. There are a few particular notes for you to pay attention to- the first is listen to the music. It has the same feeling as the music from 'Lost' and I keep expecting to hear that creepy violin followed by silence...
Second, they have a cute gimmick of labelling important buildings and locations (show takes place in Boston). For example, when they go to Harvard to use the Dr.'s old lab, it says "Harvard University" in big letters over the building- check it out, kinda cool.


You can watch episodes online at http://www.fox.com/

90210 2.0

I have an admission to make- I didn't watch the original 90210!
I know, I know- but hey, I didn't grow up with a tv! I am making up for that oversight now though... I watched all of seasons 1,2 and 3 before the new show aired and while I know I missed out of how everyone ended up, I really don't feel as though I missed that much. When the full series dvd comes out, I'll catch up then.

So, on to the second generation!
I actually like this show, just because I like seeing the perception of what 'rich' 'popular' and 'Beverly Hills' is. I believe the first episode was by far the best, and that the subsequent episodes don't pack the same punch, but for now I am watching...

Check it out for yourself- http://www.cwtv.com/cw-video/90210

The Cast:
Shenae Grimes plays Annie Wilson (the Brenda-esq naive Kansas transplant) who rumor has it is an absolute monster on set, but don't take my word for it, I read that on Perez Hilton! She looks cute enough, although so far we've seen her like a guy, lose the guy, like another guy, go back to guy one, lose guy two, lose guy one and go back to guy two, only to decide to sleep with guy two and then get tricked into thinking he's playing her... I know, original! I actually think she looks a bit like Julia Roberts- or her niece, Emma Roberts! Look at this picture and disagree!

My favorite character so far is turning out to be Jessica Stroup- aka Silver (she is actually Kelly Taylor's baby sister, an original character all grown up!). I loved her in 'Reaper' (another CW show) and just recently saw her on the first episode of 'True Blood'. I think she is really hot actually, and her character is quirky with enough mean to be funny and a lot of charisma.

The most obviously sultry star is AnnaLynne McCord (previously sexing it up fabulously on Nip/Tuck). This pseudo bad girl knows how to rock it, and she is definitely hot- but every time she cries- which seems to have happened a lot in the last two episodes- I cringe because I figured out her nasty secret- She is an UGLY crier! Don't get me wrong- she can do lazy sex eyes with the best of them, but they need to rewrite her role so that she never sheds a single tear- EVER!

As for the boys, well the casting directors have not let us down- plenty of manfabulousness to drool over while the drama swirls around them-
the obvious Brandon replacement is Dustin Milligan (he actually resembles Jason Priestly a little bit at certain angles) and he is a cute but somewhat dumb jock-ish typecast. Hopefully they flesh out his part a bit more, than just being the hot guy Naomi and Annie both like... Brenda and Kelly deja vu anyone?

The hottest guy so far though is Adam Gregory (the II according to imdb.com). Playing the richly fabulous Ty Collins he is scrumptious to look at with a screen brightening grin. Yummy.

Is it absolutely awful that although I love how cute Jennie Garth is reprising her role as Kelly Taylor, with a splash of Shannon Dougherty as Brenda, I don't actually have much to say about them appearing in the show? Maybe as their storylines kick in I'll notice a bit more... maybe Luke Perry will honor us with his presence... maybe Tori Spelling will pop in and surprise us too... maybe not.

I hope this show can carry itself on more than just being the next generation of 90210, it would be a shame for it to fizzle out. Here's hoping!

Sep 23, 2008

Worst Week on CBS

Welcome Back! It's been forever since I posted, my apologies, but the fall tv season is upon us...

This is one of my favorite times of the year- when all of the great shows that have been advertised ad nauseum throughout the summer FINALLY premiere!

There are a bunch of great new shows that I am particularly psyched to get into, but this one caught my eye and I had to pause it to start blogging right away.

It's called 'Worst Week' and it airs Monday nights on CBS. I generally am not near a tv so I watch almost everything online (which works out great for this blog because then I can post the link for all you online watcher's as well).

Anyhoo, catch the pilot episode here:
http://www.cbs.com/primetime/worst_week/video/video.php?cid=826492569&pid=LJruIEiB_v1iuOPotCDhXbkXwutB1JbK&play=true

My initial delight for this show stems from the first few minutes where Sam and Melanie are discussing how he is going to meet her parents later that night and she is going to tell them that she is 7 weeks pregnant... hilarity ensues when her dad chooses that moment to call- and almost gets to hear the sarcastic answering machine message Sam jokingly recorded explicitly stating the news of his pregnant girlfriend and his angst about meeting said parents! Cute, funny and well done- this show has a sweet irony that echoes other married couple shows without the anger and underlying bitterness. A top pick so far!

The storyline gets a little bit far fecthed, but it is so hilarious you don't even mind. An extra bonus- Mel's dad is played by the same guy who was the Dad on 'That 70's Show'- Red...

NYmag.com has a great summary- which I have taken the liberty of cutting and pasting here ( http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2008/06/pilot_preview_cbss_worst_week.html)
"This week, Vulture's taking a look at the best and worst of the fall season's picked-up TV shows. Which are good? Can anything replace Cavemen? And, most important, what's worth a DVR season pass?
Title: Worst Week
Stars: Kyle Bornheimer (Jericho), Erinn Hayes (Kitchen Confidential), Kurtwood Smith (That '70s Show), Nancy Lenehan (My Name I Earl)
Network: CBS, Mondays at 9:30 p.m.
The pitch: Meet the Parents, only more so.
Pilot report: Sam (Bornheimer) and his girlfriend, Melanie (Hayes), are engaged and pregnant — but how can they tell Melanie's parents when Sam turns into a ham-fisted buffoon from nervousness whenever he's around them? The last time he came over, he almost burned down their house, and this time events are conspiring against him even worse. Between the vomiting co-worker, the urinated-upon turkey, the mysterious phone call from the undertaker, the car accident, and the dog, Sam can't make any headway with his future in-laws, sweet-natured Angela (Lenehan) and stern Judge Dick (Smith).
Representative dialogue:
Angela [unveiling enormous oil painting of Dick]: It's his birthday present. Do you love it? It's painted by the same man who does all the portraits of the presidents. He's been working on it for over a year. He said it's his masterpiece.Us: T-minus ten minutes until Sam accidentally sets that portrait on fire!
Breakout star: Bornheimer is actually totally appealing in the role of a schlub whose best-laid plans constantly go awry, which just makes the show more wince-worthy when horrible things happen to him.
Worth a season pass? Depends. When you watched The Wonder Years, and one of those moments arrived in which some truly mortifying thing happened to Kevin in front of Winnie, or his parents, did you cover your eyes and yell "La la la la la"? Or did you watch and laugh? Imagine an entire expertly made, well-acted sitcom made up entirely of moments like that, and you'll know instantly whether Worst Week is for you. We would do almost anything never to watch it again, but that doesn't mean it isn't good."