Friday, July 24, 2009

Comic-Con Preview, BB11, 10 Things I Hate About You Premiere, Real Estate Pros, Grey's Anatomy, & More - July 24, 2009

Lots of happenings coming up at Comic-Con with various favorite shows of mine. Here are some of the lineups that I have seen. Smallville will have their panel on Sunday which will include Tom Welling (making his first Comic-Con appearance), Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, and Justin Hartley. Also included will be Callum Blue who is a new actor on the series and also involved will be show runners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson. The Whedonverse will be represented all around. Buffy's Once More With Feeling will have a screening. Dr. Horrible will also have a screening which will include Commentary! The Musical as well. Dollhouse will have a Q&A including Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku. Chuck will be represented big with a lot of their cast in attendance on Saturday including Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak (co-creators), Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Ryan McPartlin, Joshua Gomez, Vik Sahay, Sarah Lancaster, Adam Baldwin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, and Scott Krinsky. Lost will have producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse taking questions on Saturday. If you are Heroes fans, check out the Q&A on Saturday which will involve creator Tim Kring along with the cast including Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka, Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto, along with several guest stars. They are apparently going to be showing the season four trailer as well. From The Big Bang Theory, executive producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady will join cast members including Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar for a Q&A today. 24 will be represented today as well with show runner Howard Gordon being joined by Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and other new cast members as they give a look at the new season. David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel will join show runner Hart Hanson today for a discussion about the new season of Bones. Several new shows set to debut in the fall will offer screenings of the pilot episodes. Basically, there is a LOT going on and if you're a fan, you're going to have a tough time going to everything you want to see. Pick and choose your favorites and what you want to go to. You will have to make priorities. Prepare to get in long lines. Have I mentioned how much that I would love to go to Comic-Con??!!

The week of Big Brother saw the house getting pitted against one another, coming to realizations, and then calling Ronnie out. It was a tough week in the Big Brother house for HOH, Ronnie. As the show ended last week, Ronnie was crowned the new HOH. However, the question loomed on who flipped their vote sending Braden out of the house. Casey had it figured out immediately that Ronnie was the one that flipped his vote. Laura also figured it out thinking that it was Ronnie while Russell came to the realization that Ronnie was running that whole house. Ronnie put the blame on Michele for it saying that he thought she flipped the vote. Ronnie did confess to the Athletes that he was the vote that flipped. Laura went to the group who were all trying to figure out who the one vote was and revealed her story on it being Ronnie. The group called out Ronnie who denied the vote and then called out Casey getting attention on him. The luxury competition took place which was hosted by Dan, the winner of Big Brother 10. Yeah, the look on Jessie's face was priceless cause Dan was instrumental in getting Jessie out of the BB10 house. The prize was a screening of the movie, The Ugly Truth. One guy and one girl would get to go to it. So, it was the guys only taking on the guys and the girls only taking on the girls. Casey won for the guys. There was a three way tie among the girls with Michele, Natalie, and Chima. The tie breaker was won by Chima. So, it would be Casey and Chima going to see the movie. Yeah, neither was really happy with the other winning. A twist was thrown in as they got to choose which of the cliques would be the "have nots" for the week. Casey wanted the Athletes but Chima wanted Popular. Casey offered for them to do paper, rock, scissors to decide but Chima was NOT having that at ALL. LOL. She then pointed out to Casey that she was aligned with the HOH this week and basically threatened him with the power. So, Casey let her make the decision and the Popular group was named the "have nots" for the week. Who would be nominated? Many went to Ronnie about Russell's behavior in the house. Ronnie discussed backdooring Russell but would need pawns. Jeff and Laura were nominated for eviction. Ronnie's DR stuff revealed that Laura was up cause she was the only one to figure out his flip on the vote while Jeff was a pawn. The house definitely took notice of how hard Ronnie was playing the game. Ronnie went to Jeff and Laura telling them that if all went to plan, everything would flip the other way which was his plan of backdooring Russell. Laura didn't buy anything that Ronnie was saying with her pointing out in the DR that everything he had said to her to that point had been a lie. Russell was still a focus of the house as he went off on Lydia at one point for answering a question that he said wasn't for her. That got Natalie and Jessie talking about whether they should get Russell out. Jessie saw his snapping at people as an asset to them keeping the target off of them while Natalie saw the harm in it cause he could snap on them next. The veto competition was next with the houseguests having to collect coins in a bag. Big Brother would give them a money amount and you'd have to try and collect that many coins in a certain amount of time. Ronnie went out immediately and was way off but many saw that he threw the competition. He admitted to it in the DR while Michele said in her DR that he should at least make it look convincing if he was going to throw it. One twist to the game was that the winner of the round could opt out and take a bag from the side which offered prizes or contained nothing at all. Jeff won both of the first two rounds but was not about to opt out knowing that he had to win the veto. Natalie won the third round and went for a bag which contained a slop pass. The final had Jeff against Russell. Jeff won the veto. The talk continued from Ronnie about backdooring Russell. He went to the group making sure that he had the votes if he did it which he did. Laura promised him anything saying in her DR that she'd lie right back to him about whatever he wanted to hear. Ronnie talked to Jessie who thought backdooring Russell was a bad mistake. So, the veto ceremony takes place. Jeff uses the veto on himself taking himself off of the block. Ronnie nominates........Jordan. Yep, Russell doesn't go up and Jordan does instead against Laura. Ronnie said in his DR that it just wasn't time to get rid of Russell yet. This made Ronnie's week go to even worse when the house started talking to one another about things that Ronnie had said. First, Laura went to Ronnie to try and work a deal to save herself. She mentioned how close that Jordan and Jeff were getting and how they needed to be broken up. Ronnie pulls the group up there to try and get Jordan voted out. They were not having that one. Natalie got annoyed when the talk turned to how Ronnie should have backdoored Russell. She told Jessie about the conversation in the HOH. Natalie talked of something that Ronnie had said. His story was that Laura had said that she had been told by Russell that he could get the votes for her to stay. That wasn't the truth and Laura defended herself on it. Russell decided to call Ronnie out and he is brought down to the backyard for a meeting with the house. He was called out on the lies but didn't say much in return. Ronnie then left and the rest of the house all discussed how they had been pitted against each other with these lies. Russell also called out Ronnie again inside the house. After this all happened, Ronnie didn't leave the HOH hardly at all. A clip was shown of him being called to the diary room. Russell heard this from the backyard and waited on him. Ronnie turned on the spy screen to see where everyone was before he walked down. As he went to the diary room, Russell was in his ear the whole way. This would happen when he was getting food or whatever. Jessie and Natalie later felt bad for Ronnie saying that this wasn't fair to Ronnie just having to lock himself in the HOH room for fear of Russell. Ronnie broke down in the HOH over what was occurring making him miss having his wife around. This gets us to the live vote. The vote wasn't surprising. 8-1 vote sending Laura from the Big Brother house. The one vote against Jordan was from Natalie who did it just to "spice the house up some". Next was the HOH competition. Jeff and Jessie tied and had to go to a tiebreaker with Jessie winning. His second HOH win.

Ok, my thoughts on the week of Big Brother. Ronnie is playing the game hard. I've been thinking that since week one. One of my thoughts was on wondering if he was playing too hard this early. It had been working out for him till everyone started talking to one another. He should have taken Russell out this week. Laura did have him figured out and that would have hurt his game but the backlash has been a bigger hurt with Ronnie's status in the house. Ronnie talked of how he is starting to gain sympathy from the house with how he has been treated and there was a definite sign of it from Jessie and Natalie.

Other happenings in the Big Brother house. Casey and Chima got to go on their reward which was a screening of the movie, The Ugly Truth. That was complete with all kinds of nice junk food. How funny was Jordan and Jeff talking about telling time by quarters of the clock? has posted a story about Jennie Garth returning to 90210 for season two. There has been talk about the new people in charge wanting to go away from the original cast members. I think that is a mistake to just focus on the new characters. I don’t see why you can’t keep doing both. You can place most of the main focus on the new characters but don’t take away the returning cast members cause then you can draw an audience curious about what is going on there too. It is kind of interesting that they are wanting to go away from the original cast members while Melrose Place is lining up all sorts of returning cast members to at least make an appearance or become a series regular.

Katherine Heigl will be returning to Grey’s Anatomy next season. She talked this week on Live With Regis and Kelly about the fact that she will return but also added that she had no clue what would happen with her character. She said that the writers were very particular about not letting the actors know what will be happening. Katherine joked that the actors will walk into the room and the writers will take everything off the board so they can’t see it. However, she said that the writers had been more open this year telling the cast to talk to them if they wanted to know more info on where the characters would be going for the season.

The Real Estate Pros returned with new episodes on Tuesday night on TLC. The first episode followed the story of what many are dealing with and that is foreclosures. Trademark Properties started working on their plan to step in and be the first to get in the game in the recovery effort. It also focused on John Davis looking at getting his dream going and starting a restaurant. The cliffhanger at the end was Richard having to talk to him about needing him at Trademark versus John following his dream. Great to have the Trademark crew back on TV.

Movie box office numbers from last weekend. 1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - $77. 8 million. 2. Ice Age - $17.5 million. 3. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen - $13.6 million. 4. Bruno - $8.3 million. 5. The Proposal - $8.2 million. 6. The Hangover - $8.1 million. 7. Public Enemies - $7.7 million. 8. Up - $3.1 million. 9. My Sister's Keeper - $2.8 million. 10. I Love You, Beth Cooper - $2.7 million.

Kristin over at E Online reported news this week of John Schneider joining a CW show. Check the link to see which one that it will be and no, it isn't Smallville:

I checked out the first episode of 10 Things I Hate About You which recently premiered on ABC Family. Yes, this is a remake of the movie from 1999. I should point out that this movie is one of my all time favorites so my curiosity perked up when I heard that they were turning it into a TV series. You just never know about these remakes. Overall, I enjoyed the pilot episode. I thought it stayed mostly true to the movie. They do basically start the story over though and ignore the happenings of the movie. New cast but Larry Miller who played the dad of the Stratford sisters does return to reprise his role. Fitting that the episode begins with him lecturing his daughters on the way to school about how boys just make girls pregnant. The Stratfords have just moved into the school. All is normal. Kat isn’t making friends with the most popular girl in school named Chastity which is also the daughter of the superintendent so even the school is afraid to punish her. It doesn’t take long for us to see Kat in the school office after she had an encounter with Chastity’s bumper on her car. Bianca is working on trying to get herself into the popular crowd staying glued to Chasity. Then, we have Kat running into Verona and they have their usual angst filled meetings. The sisters are getting lectured still by their dad about boys. Cameron returns in the series and falls in love with Bianca in the hallway at school. His trying to get her attention does stay true to the movie. Nice touch having the episode end with a different version of “I Want You To Want Me” which was a throwback to the movie. Like I said, I thought the premiere was all right. I’d like to keep watching it to see what they do with the series. If you’re a fan of the movie, check out the series and see what you think.

Here are my five current favorite songs that I am liking lately.
Gloriana: The Way it Goes
Jordin Sparks: Battlefield
Katy Perry : Waking Up In Vegas.
Linkin Park: New Divide (yeah, from the Transformers soundtrack)
Lady Antebellum: Run To You

TV on DVD releases for Tuesday, July 28. Battlestar Galactica (Season 4.5) (Complete Series), Charles In Charge (Season Five), Dollhouse (Season One), The Donna Reed Show (Season Two), The Judy Garland Show (Volume One), Knight Rider (Season One - The NEW Knight Rider series, not the 80's series), Life On Mars (Series One).

You Tube Video Of The Week: Video Games Awesome! talks Wii Punch-Out. Fun to watch these guys. They really remind me of me and my friends playing video games growing up. Growing up? Who am I kidding? This reminds me of me and my friends from just a few years ago. LOL. Good times. Fun video.

Twitter Update Of The Week: @Regis_and_Kelly "I'm telling you, the internet is just a phase"- Regis Philbin

That is it for this week. I’ll be back with plenty more Comic-Con coming up. Really looking forward to getting the news from there. Have a great weekend!! Take care and God bless!!

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