Thursday, April 9, 2009

Veronica Mars Movie, Idol, Dollhouse, Lost, Smallville, Survivor, ACM Awards, 90210, Melrose, & More - April 9, 2009

In Store Appearance From Cast Of Veronica Mars
That screaming of noooooooo that was so loud that you could have heard it from a good distance this week was me reading the news that the Veronica Mars movie isn’t likely happening. It isn’t completely a done deal that it isn’t happening but it isn’t looking good. Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars, had these comments to the New York Post: "While the pitch [to producer Joel Silver] went well and I don't think the movie's dead, right now it's looking depressing. I think honestly if we would have had the pitch ready a year earlier, it would be a go project. The hope that we would get a quick greenlight didn't materialize. This is the least optimistic I've felt in a while." http://blogs.nypost.com/popwrap/archives/2009/03/no_veronica_mars_movie.html
Ugh!!! I cannot tell you how disappointed that I am. I’m not giving up hope on this thing happening but it sure doesn’t look good. I miss that show so much. I already had a group getting together with all of us going to see it on opening day if it happened. Now, excuse me while I go crawl into a corner somewhere as I miss my Veronica Mars. Where is that DVD box set at?

This week’s American Idol theme was songs from the year you were born. Singers that got major praise from the judges this week were Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Matt Giraud, and Adam Lambert (who even got a standing ovation from Simon). Who struggled? Well, the bottom three was Anoop Desai, Lil Rounds, and Scott MacIntyre. I wouldn’t say that Anoop struggled as he was given big credit by the judges for his progress. However, Lil Rounds again took criticism from the judges as they keep saying that she has the voice but they want her to show what kind of artist that she is. Scott also got criticism over his performance. He went away from the piano and introduced the guitar. The judges just weren’t into it. It ended up being Scott and Anoop in the bottom two with Scott being voted off. The judges were split on whether to save him or not. The call couldn’t be made so Simon stepped up and made the call to not save him.

Idol alum news. Carrie Underwood will be participating in this year's 19th Annual City Of Hope Nashville Celebrity Softball Challenge which takes place during CMA Music Fest week. The game takes place on Wednesday, June 7th at 7pm at Greer Stadium in Nashville, TN. For more info on the game, head over to: http://www.cityofhope.org/softball It was fun to see Kellie Pickler back on Idol this week performing her new song “Best Days Of Your Life”. If you haven’t seen the video for it, check it out as it is a good video. Katharine McPhee guest starred on this week’s episode of CSI: NY.

Smallville was a rerun tonight so I thought I'd comment on last week's episode since I didn't get to it. Smallville has had three really strong episodes in a row. I loved the tie in with seeing how things went for Davis and how he fit in with the Luthors. Lionel thought that he was the traveler and brought him into their home. When Lionel figured out that he wasn't the traveler, he sent him out on to the street. It was interesting to see the interaction between a young Davis and a young Lex. How about the flashbacks to the first episode seeing Clark being found by the Kents? That first episode is still so great!! Clark and Davis now know about the other and how they are tied to one another. Davis went to Chloe to get help and it turned out that kryptonite had an effect on him as well. The plan was for Chloe to finish him off entrapped with the kryptonite. Clark tried to stop her from doing it while also there was the fact that she didn't want to kill Davis either. Chloe had a good line of how she had to think of the greater good for Clark and overlook things that Clark would not. Problem was that we found out later that Davis was still alive and that kryptonite just fuels him. That is not going to be a good thing for Clark. The solution of Davis's was for Chloe to stay with him locked up to keep him under control. She did stay with him voluntarily. Just a really good episode that had the story of the past being brought back to light.

Another great episode of Lost this week. So, Ben was telling the truth when Alex got shot. I just assumed he was trying to do whatever Ben does and throwing out any sort of lies. We got the flashback this week that he did kidnap Alex from Danielle. The orders of Whidmore were to kill the baby but Ben wouldn't do it. We continue to learn more about the history of Whidmore, Ben, and the island. Some random thoughts on the episode. So, that is where the smoke monster lives? Hmm, who knew? I never get tired of episodes that involve Ben and Locke traveling around together. The lines that those guys have to play off of each other is just incredible. Major cliffhanger on what happened to Penny. Desmond got to Ben before he was able to shoot her and then dumped a beaten Ben into the water. What happened after that? Well, Ben did tell Sun to find Desmond when she left the island and tell him that he "was sorry"? Sorry for what? The obvious answer is that he killed Penny but I'm thinking that she may be alive and he's apologizing for what he almost did to her. Maybe he had sympathy when he saw their kid. Sympathy from Ben? Yeah, that is probably just crazy talk from me. Yeah, he probably killed her. Don't you just love how this show keeps you guessing?

Season five of Lost is still ongoing but that hasn't stopped news of a DVD release. Season five will hit stores on December 8.

Uh oh, Dollhouse fans. The Twitter world in the Whedonverse has been buzzing over posts about how Fox is not planning on airing episode 13 which would have been the finale for this season. The plan now appears to be that the 12th episode will be the last one of the season. That just doesn't sound good, does it? Here is a link to both the Dr. Horrible and Felicia Day Twitter accounts that have posted about it. http://twitter.com/drhorrible http://twitter.com/feliciaday
Is Fox about to cancel the show? There is obviously no word on it yet but these bit of items today just can't be a good sign. I've read some articles talking about how there is no need to panic just yet including talk that the episode number is completely normal with the original plan due to the pilot change. However, all of us Joss Whedon fans just get nervous when we hear stuff like this. Stay tuned for my latest rip on Fox rant that may be coming soon. Also, Dollhouse will be getting a DVD release. Season one will be released on July 28th.

Speaking of Dollhouse, I have really enjoyed the last few episodes. We’re starting to see the group having memory flashbacks. Dr. Saunders was the key to this past episode. The actives woke up starting to remember things about their past including their old lives. Echo, Sierra, Victor, and November all end up working on escaping from the dollhouse looking to get back to their old lives. It all turns out to be a plan for them to escape. Dr. Saunders was the one who suggested that the reason that they were glitching was because they needed closure from their old lives. They all end up getting free. November ends up at a cemetery where we learn that she was a mother but her little girl had passed away. Sierra wanted revenge on the guy that put her in the dollhouse. Victor wanted to just help Sierra as he is in love with her. Echo’s plan was that she wanted to free everyone. She held up Topher with a gun in the programming room wanting answers of what was going on. She ended up getting her wish of having all of the actives freed. As they were on their way out, Echo collapsed. The seditive given to them was for them to stop when they received the closure that they needed. Everyone was taken back inside and things in the dollhouse returned to normal. Very interesting episode where we got more background on the characters and how they got there.

Moving on to tonight’s Survivor. The merge happened and it had everyone scrambling to see what kind of deals that they could work out. Cracks in Timbira were definitely showing. Coach had a target on Brendan still and was lining things up to get rid of him. Tyson was also working an agenda as well. The immunity challenge was an endurance challenge to see who could stay on a pole the longest. It came down to Debra and Tyson with Tyson pulling out the win after a thirty minute plus challenge. The minutes of the episode that followed was a scrambling of people trying to get their agenda worked out so they could vote out who they wanted. However, that all was for nothing when Jeff Probst showed up at camp. Joe had continued to battle his infection in his knee. After the immunity challenge, Jeff called for the medic team to look at it. They decided to not let Joe continue cause it could become life threatening if left alone. So, Joe had to leave the game. Jeff informed everyone that there would be no tribal council. Next week’s episode shows that the exile alliance may start getting things going and make a move in the game.

The disappearing act by Silver was the story of this week's 90210. I'm still not crazy with what they have done with Silver's character but this was a good episode. Silver's well being became a major concern for the group especially when she talked about how life wasn't worth living without Dixon. Wow, they had Silver looking ROUGH in this episode. Dixon finally put it all together that Silver was manic depressive just like his mom. Silver was on her way to Kansas to try and find out more about Dixon to help get him back. She ran into a guy there who ended up contacting the group about her and her erratic behavior. Dixon and his family showed up and Dixon was able to talk her back since he knew how to deal with his mom. Kelly also showed up and took Silver off to get help. There was a nice cameo in this episode by Jackie Taylor who we haven’t seen since Kelly took Silver away to move in with her. I thought it was a nice tie for the story showing the problems that Jackie has as well. Definitley still no love between Kelly and Jackie with Jackie taking the chance to say that at least she knew where Silver was all the time unlike Kelly who had lost her. Ok, the montage of everyone finding out about the movie at the beginning of the episode was pretty funny. Very nicely put together. Like I said, good episode. Donna returns on Tuesday’s new episode.

The reset on Melrose Place continues to take shape. There was the announcement this week that Laura Leighton will return as Sydney. My first thought was how in the world can that happen??!! They killed her off in the original series. Yeah, I watched Melrose Place every week. I'll admit it!! ha ha. I fell off in the last season though and didn't ever watch the last half of it. I'm waiting to see how they are going to explain Sydney still being around. I always liked the Sydney character. Her and Michael were just ridiculous together and made for good TV. Other news on the show is that apparently Jake Hanson's kid will be in this new series. Ashlee Simpson has also been cast to be on the show.

I have to say that I'm liking Heroes more in the last few episodes. It is getting a little easier to follow and isn't as all over the place as earlier in the season.

The girls reigned at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night. Carrie Underwood took home the Entertainer of the Year award which has only been won by seven women including her. The last time it was won by a female was the Dixie Chicks back in 2000. Kenny Chesney had won the award for the last four years. She was also the only female nominated in the category. Carrie also won Top Female Vocalist. Taylor Swift along with her producer took home the award for Top Album. Julianne Hough won the Top New Artist award. Other big award winners for the night was Trace Adkins winning for Single Of The Year with "You're Gonna Miss This", Brad Paisley winning Top Male Vocalist, Rascal Flatts winning Top Vocal Group, and Sugarland winning Top Vocal Duo.

Sticking with the music theme, GAC is airing a Backstory show on Sara Evans. She is interviewed along with family, friends, and others in her life looking back on her career and life. I watched most of it and really enjoyed it. If you're a Sara fan, you'll want to to check it out. Backstory is a new show on GAC and Sara was the focus of the premiere.

Movie box office numbers for last weekend. 1. Fast and Furious - $70.9 million. 2. Monsters vs. Aliens - $32.6 million. 3. The Haunting In Connecticut - $9.4 million. 4. Knowing - $8.1 million. 5. I Love You, Man - $7.7 million. 6. Adventureland - $5.7 million. 7. Duplicity - $4.1 million. 8. Race To Witch Mountain - $3.2 million. 9. 12 Rounds - $2.2 million. 10. Sunshine Cleaning - $1.8 million.

Good news for Pushing Daisies fans. The last episodes of the show will be airing on ABC on three consecutive Saturdays beginning May 30 at 9pm central time.

TV on DVD releases for Tuesday, April 14. Knots Landing (Season Two), Malcolm & Eddie (Season One), Wings (Season Eight).

You Tube Video Of The Week: Flutter: The New Twitter. Clever video.


TV Lines Of The Week: From Lost
“This gentleman and I are taking a boat. Does anyone else have a problem with that?” – Ben to the two guys after shooting Caesar.

From Survivor:
“I can’t look him in the eye and believe a word that he says. You can look at me in my sweet blue eyes all day and I’ll tell you sweet nothings and you’ll believe all of them.” Tyson’s interview talking about TJ.

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

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