Friday, November 16, 2012

Firefly Celebrates Ten Years - Brown Coats Unite

Has it really been ten years since Firefly premiered?  Sadly to go with that statement is has it really been ten years since Firefly was canceled?  Has there ever been a show that lasted three months that has meant more to fans?  That is my question.  This Joss Whedon juggernaut of a show premiered on Fox in 2002.  The show built such a big following in that time and the release of the DVD not long after took the show to another level.  With Firefly being canceled, I guess I shouldn't be surprised because it is Fox.  I have had that network cancel too many shows early on.  I grew tired long ago of new shows being pushed to the moon, getting me interested, and then leaving me hanging after just a few episodes.  I actually don't want anything new on Fox.  It's like TV watching strategy 101 with me.  Thankfully all of us fans got that amazing box set of episodes that did get finished.  Then, the push for the movie, Serenity, that wrapped it all up nicely for us.  The Whedonverse is a powerful force and Firefly fandom still continues to this day and it is strong as ever.  This year's Comic Con hosted a panel looking back at ten years.  The Science Channel has been airing Firefly shows and usually in a marathon style format.  From the addictive theme song to the great stories, dialogue, and action, Firefly continues to fly with the fans.  The Science Channel also recently aired a ten year retrospective with most of the cast taking part in a roundtable discussion.  Several that weren't able to participate in the roundtable due to scheduling conflicts were interviewed separately and included in the special.  From what I understand, Joss Whedon was not available at the time to be included in the roundtable discussion.  The roundtable was a lot of fun and they took us inside the story of the show being launched, what the show has meant to them, and how it has continued on.  The talk of the cancellation was brought up and it just brought that group even closer together when it happened.  Make no mistake, that is a family right there.  You can see it every time that they are together.  One of the most frustrating things of the special was the story pitches that were discussed by several in the roundtable.  Stories of episodes that never got made.  As I'm hearing these stories, I can see these episodes in my head and they would absolutely work.  Ugh!!!  I tend to agree with what the rest said with the fact that they don't think Firefly is done.  Most of the cast and crew seems to be on board for any future project that might come up.  When Arrested Development got the big return in that tie in with Netflix, many suggested that Firefly be the next show to get that kind of a deal.  You never know but there are so many ways to get this show out there now regardless or what route.  I think Firefly will return in some sort of form in the future outside of the comic book realm.  It means too much to too many people to just sit dormant.  I, for one, hope it happens.  The show still remains one of my favorites of all time.  Ten years later, people still talk about this great show and want more.  If you weren't able to catch the ten year anniversary special, be on the lookout for repeats of it cause it is absolutely worth watching.  If you did see it, how about some deleted scenes?  Here you go.

Nashville Brings the Music and the Drama on ABC

Nashville has been one of the most promoted new shows of the season.  Critically acclaimed and building a big fan following as well.  I have become a big fan of the show as well.  Nashville follows the story of several different characters in the music industry.  There are a lot of stories.  The country legend battling executives and fighting to continue doing what she wants to do with her music.  The young up and comer with the attitude.  The song writers who are looking to get their songs out there.  The fresh faces just seeing if there is a start for them in the business.  The main focus of the show from the beginning was the battle between the country legend, Rayna James and the young up and comer, Juliette Barnes.  The two not liking each other at all and showing the division between them.  This while also battling their executives trying to get them to work together.  The focus has kind of faded a bit as far as the two of them against each other but that looks to be changing with next week's episode.  Lately, the focus of the story for Juliette has been her troubled mom and also the shoplifting incident that put her career into a tail spin.  Rayna has been battling to try and get her music her way.  She is also dealing with her dad and husband who is getting into a very ugly mayoral fight.  Then, we have the song writer, Deacon.  He has been caught in the middle of the Rayna and Juliette feud while also battling troubles of his past.  The fresh faces of Scarlett and Gunnar who have a magical chemistry together while singing.  It turned somewhat into a love triangle but is basically a love square at this point.  Scarlett having a boyfriend in Avery who has been a struggling musician.  Their relationship is way past rocky now while Gunnar has a romance starting of his own.  I have really enjoyed this show.  The production is really good and just the locations that they have chosen to do scenes at has been great and shows off the beauty of the city.  Nashville has become one of my two favorite new shows of the season.  The cast has been all over the place including the Grand Ole Opry making their debuts there.  Some debuts have happened and some are upcoming very shortly.  Hayden Panettiere has a breakout song already from the show that is now getting airplay.  Here is her video for "Telescope".  Good luck on getting this song out of your head when you hear it!  Catchy as can be.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Do You Think About Me" Brings A Wedding Proposal At The Atlantic City Stop On Carrie Underwood's Blown Away Tour

It has been quite the tour for Carrie Underwood so far.  The Blown Away tour has been a huge hit across the country.  Several videos went viral over the first kiss moment for Chase several weeks back.  A huge random American Idol audition that included an appearance by Randy Jackson and a girl that brought it with her surprise audition performance. That was a big buzz from the tour early on.  However, I loved this video of a tour stop last week in Atlantic City on November 9th.  During her performance of "Do You Think About Me?", Carrie looked down and noticed a guy proposing to his girlfriend in the crowd.  It looks like Carrie had the best view of it of everyone and put the attention on the moment.  She got emotional watching it as well.  Carrie is a sweetheart for sure!  Congrats to the newly engaged couple! 

Here is another video showing a better shot of how happy Carrie was by the moment. 

TV Guide Asks - Who Has The Best TV Fans?

TV Guide has a poll up at the moment that is worth checking out.  Definitely worth checking out if you want to get in there and support your favorites of what fan base that you are in.  This is a strong poll of choices too with big campaign pushing favorites in it.  Glad that they let you choose five cause picking one would be even tougher.  Picking five isn't the easiest of choices either.  I obviously have the five that I will get behind because I am or have been a part of them.  I have to even pick and choose among my favorites and leave some out.  However, I look at this list and I see just the strong fan bases outside of the shows that I support.  Knowing what they have done to keep their shows going.  It is almost kind of unfair to make you pick between Buffy and Firefly. It's like you just need to group those together.  Let's face it.  The Whedonverse is going to support their own.  I say this as a part of the fandom of the Whedonverse.  Where Joss Whedon goes, the fan base goes.  Period. Firefly also just had their ten year anniversary celebration.  Yes, ten year celebration for a show that was on for three months before being canceled.  The fan base of the show is still huge after such a short run.  I love that brown coats!  Arrested Development just got resurrected from a fan base that has stayed with that show and had a craving for more.  Chuck set a huge bar with the Subway campaign and more with keeping that show going.  That fan base has been die hard since it launched at Comic Con several years ago.  Roswell is a nice one to see included with all the big time fan campaigns launched that had to go snail mail and relied on fan sites and message boards mostly which is different to the social media age of today.  Jericho was a show that I did not watch but I know the fan base it had and the support it had.  Smallville has the built in fan base that still continues to push in the comic world after a ten year run on TV.  Star Trek has a built in fan base going back decades.  I haven't mentioned all of my favorites in this post and where my votes are going but it is one of the more fun polls I have seen in a while.  I definitely have my favorites that I am voting for keeping in mind that I was a part of several of these fan campaigns over the years.  What are you waiting for?  Go vote for your favorites!

The Big Bang Theory Flash Mob

Needing something to make you smile this morning?  How about this great video!!  Kaley Cuoco has been teasing a fun surprise video this morning on her Twitter account.  The link finally went up and it is a flash mob video done by the cast and crew of The Big Bang Theory.  The studio audience got a real treat that day for sure.  So fun and made me smile today!

Taylor Swift - Delicate

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