Thursday, November 8, 2007

November 8, 2007 - Strike Updates, Veronica Mars, Heroes

Another week. Another Wrap Up. Hope all of you are doing great!!

As I'm sure you've heard by now, the writers strike is on. Last minute discussions over the weekend didn't see an agreement made and the strike is going on. I'm obviously bummed that an agreement couldn't be reached and the effects of it are already beginning to show. Late night TV is shut down with Leno, Letterman, Conan, The Daily Show, SNL, and more going to reruns. Soap operas will be effected later down the line. Several prime time shows have already shut down production as they have no more scripts. Some shows have more episodes done than others. Several shows that have not yet received full season orders have all of their ordered episodes produced. My hope is obviously with what everyone else is hoping and that is that this can be settled soon to get back to business as usual.

Continuing with the strike news. Here is a bunch of various news on different shows with what they are doing and how it will effect their TV season. Smallville is said to be good for 15 episodes and the 15th episode happens to end on a good cliffhanger note if that ended up being the season finale. Fox has postponed the new season of 24 indefinitely that was set to premiere in January. Fox is also putting Prison Break on hiatus in the next week instead of the original plan of doing it in December. New episodes will return on January 14th in a move where they are obviously trying to stretch some of these episodes out in the future. The Office has shut down production after reportedly Steve Carell and other cast members would not cross the picket line. The Office has produced a video on the strike which you can see at this link: http://www.officetally.com/the-office-is-closed
Other shows that have shut down production are The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, New Adventures of Old Christine, Back To You, and 'Til Death. Several shows were finishing up this week including How I Met Your Mother, My Name Is Earl, and Scrubs. How I Met Your Mother is said to have eleven episodes ready to go for the season so far. Several of the cast was said to be out on the picket lines in support of their writers and Alyson Hannigan was giving out left over Halloween candy. ABC appears to be moving forward with the new season of Lost even if it isn't a finished season. Reports have them as having eight of sixteen episodes set to go. For info on other shows, head over to this link which is an excellent reference from the LA Times.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-striketvgrid-html,0,7606966.htmlstory?coll=la-home-center

The writers strike could see a show returning earlier than normal. I'm talking about Big Brother 9. There is talk that if the strike continues on that CBS could start up Big Brother in February instead of July as it normally does. There are a ton of reports on this with some saying that it is a done deal that Big Brother will be back soon. Hmm, I'm not sure what to make of this. I kind of like it being a summer tradition but I understand why they may do it. On the bright side, being glued to the live feeds during cold weather instead of warm weather does have a nice ring to it!! It's Big Brother so I'm in for whenever they decide to bring it back!! There are also RUMORS flying that they could do a celebrity edition. Yikes, I really do not want to see a celebrity edition. I'd much rather see the show as it normally is preferably with strangers living together.

Movie box office numbers for last weekend.
1. American Gangster - $43.5 million. 2. Bee Movie - $38 million. 3. Saw IV - $10.3 million. 4. Dan In Real Life - $7.8 million. 5. The Game Plan - $3.9 million. 6. 30 Days Of Night - $3.7 million. 7. Martian Child - $3.3 million. 8. Michael Clayton - $2.7 million. 9. Why Did I Get Married? - $2.6 million. 10. Gone Baby Gone - $2.2 million.

What a finish to Heroes this week!! Here I was thinking that the whole Hiro storyline was just kind of a side story of building up Hiro on what he would become capable of doing. Then, we learn that Kensei is Adam Monroe!! I let out a big cheer on that reveal cause I love being blindsided with a good storyline twist. This episode started giving some answers but also gave us more questions. One thing that I really like is that I can't figure out who is on the good side. Is it the company or is it Bennet? It seems that the line between good and evil is completely blurry right now. We saw the future of the world as the virus had spread when Peter teleported into the near future. Will he go back to current day and change things? How does Adam fit into this equation? I'm excited to see how this all turns out.

The newest TV Guide has four separate collectible Heroes covers. They have an animated look to them. If you want to check them out, head over to this link: http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/heroes/281246

Kristen Bell has yet another role as she is apparently going to be one of the main characters in a new video game called Assassin's Creed.

I watched something this week that put a big smile on my face when I started watching it but then put a big frown on my face when it was over. I finally saw the produced pitch to The CW for season four of Veronica Mars. I had a big smile cause obviously I was so happy to have something new of Veronica Mars to watch. My frown at the end was from the fact that it was really good and that this was the last new stuff of Veronica Mars that we're likely to get unless we get a movie or comic in the future. If you have forgotten, Rob Thomas pitched an idea to The CW to keep Veronica Mars going into a season four where he had taken Veronica out of college jumping her ahead a few years where she is know a part of the FBI. The pitch that was produced ran for about 11 minutes and saw her on the case and getting to know the new people that she is working with. Wow, this was really good and just gets me annoyed all over again that the show was canceled. So, you ask me am I still bitter? Do you have to ask? LOL. I really miss having this show to watch!! If you'd like to check out the season four pitch, pick up season three of Veronica Mars on DVD and it is one of the extras on the set. I'm thrilled that they decided to put this on the DVD and give us fans a chance to see what was pitched to the network.

Since the beginning of the fall season, I've reviewed many new shows but I thought I'd just go ahead and tell which of the new shows that I've stuck with in watching on a weekly basis. I'm still watching The Big Bang Theory, Kid Nation, Chuck, and Journeyman. I've made it no secret that Big Bang Theory is my favorite new show of the season.

Speaking of Big Bang Theory, I really liked the Halo video game night on this week's episode which saw Penny have to sub in on the two on two gaming. Sheldon's problem? The rookie kept destroying him in it. Funny stuff. This show is climbing up my favorite shows list as each week goes by.

If any of you are fans of The Colbert Report and are having withdrawals due to the writers strike, Comedy Central has released a Best Of The Colbert Report DVD this week. You can also head over to this link to download a widget that has been made for the DVD release.
http://www.indecision2008.com/blog.jhtml?c=v&m=91373

If you're a fan of the Bring It On series of movies, you're in luck as the next movie, Bring It On: In It To Win It, is set to be released on DVD on December 18th. There is also a contest being held in celebration of the release on MyYearbook.com. They are hosting "battles" between members which will eventually lead to a tournament with the winner receiving a DVD set containing all four movies and also $5000 worth of MyYearbook lunch money. For more info on the contest, head on over to this link:
http://www.myyearbook.com/?mysession=YmF0dGxlc192b3RlX2JhdHRsZQ
If you want more info on the new movie, head over to: http://www.myyearbook.com/bringiton

I was surprised to read this but The Amazing Race kicked off to its highest rated premiere ever getting 13.7 million viewers. I'm curious as to what made the show jump up from the previous edition unless it just premiered at a good time in the year for more people to tune in. I enjoyed the premiere and there are some interesting personalities on this season so we'll see what happens as the season rolls along.

Nashville hosted the CMA Awards last night. I got to watch some of it and liked what I did see of it. Carrie Underwood won Female Vocalist Of The Year for the second year in a row and also won Single Of The Year for "Before He Cheats". Brad Paisley took honors for Male Vocalist Of The Year as this was the first time for him to win that award. He also won the award for Music Video Of The Year for "Online" which is a great video. Sugarland won for Vocal Duo Of The Year. Rascal Flatts won for Vocal Group Of The Year. Taylor Swift won the Horizon Award. George Strait's song "Give It Away" was named the Song Of The Year. Album Of The Year went to George Strait for "It Just Comes Natural".

Fox has announced that the new season of American Idol will begin on Tuesday, January 15th. As usual, the show will have a two night premiere with another episode airing the next night on the 16th.

NBC's Brian Williams was the host on this past weekend's Saturday Night Live. I didn't know he was hosting until the show started and I stayed tuned to see how he would do. He gets a thumbs up from me. The segment of "the day in the life of" was the funniest I thought. I laughed out loud at Matt Lauer's reaction to being hit by a penny from Brian out on the street.

TV on DVD releases for Tuesday, November 13th.
The Addams Family (Full Series), Are You Afraid Of The Dark? (Season Four), Captain N and the New Super Mario World (Full Series), Da Vinci's Inquest (Season Two), Ducktales (Volume Three), Gilmore Girls (Season Seven & also Full Series Box Set), The Littles (Full Series), Melrose Place (Season Three), Miami Vice (Full Series), Northern Exposure (Full Series), Perry Mason (Season Two - Volume Two), South Park (Christmas Time In South Park), SpongeBob SquarePants (Atlantis SquarePantis), Tale Spin (Volume Two),

TV Lines Of The Week:

From The Big Bang Theory where Penny is destroying Sheldon in Halo.
Leonard: "Penny, you are on fire".
Penny: "Yeah, so is Sheldon".

From the CMA Awards:
"This is definitely the highlight of my senior year." - 17 year old, Taylor Swift on winning the Horizon Award at this week's CMA Awards.

You Tube Video Of The Week: Biking Tricks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYIKfEU8yl8

Have a great weekend!! Take care and God bless!!

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