Thursday, January 31, 2013

Grand Ole Opry Homecoming Weekend On February 1-2, 2013

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN is set for its Homecoming weekend.  The Opry returns to the Opry House this weekend of February 1-2, 2013.  Things will start big on Friday night with a lineup including Carrie Underwood, Gloriana, Sarah Darling, Charles Easton, Bill Anderson, and more.  Saturday night will see another big lineup including Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry, Kristen Kelly, Bill Anderson, and more.  It should be a great Homecoming weekend at the Opry.  Others set to appear in future weeks include Kellie Pickler, Lorrie Morgan, Craig Morgan, Josh Turner, Lauren Alaina, and plenty more.  Check out the Opry website for more info on these and many other shows.  Click here for more info.

TV Guide Polls Fans On Which Canceled Show They Would Bring Back - January 31, 2013

TV Guide has a poll up on their site that is really worth checking out.  Yet another one of those battle of the fandom kind of setups.  Which canceled show would you bring back?  Here are the choices: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Chuck, CSI: Miami, Deadwood, Firefly, Freaks and Geeks, Ghost Whisperer, Heroes, Jericho, Leverage, Moonlight, My So-Called Life, Pushing Daisies, Ringer, Roswell, Terra Nova, Twin Peaks, V, Veronica Mars, and Wonderfalls. 

I know I have my five picks and all of them are among some of my favorite shows ever.  So I thought I would just have some fun and go over them.  These are in no particular order.  Keep in mind, this is just a poll and we're likely never seeing any of these shows coming back.  Just something fun they are doing.  Although you just never know with Firefly.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  Without a doubt, I would bring this back.  Joss Whedon would have many more stories to tell.  In fact they are still being told in comic form as they are currently into season nine there.  Season seven wrapped up really nicely on TV.  Of course, the Buffy verse was able to continue on with Angel running one last season after Buffy finished.  That saw several characters jumping over to Angel making for a great season there.  Angel, of course, left us on a big cliffhanger but you can continue the story there in comic form as well. 

Chuck.  I just love this show.  Still do.  It was fun participating in the Chuckiversary Twitter view this past weekend.  Those writers, cast, and crew are so talented that there would be many more stories to tell.  The way that the show left off would leave plenty of ways for the show to go if they ever decided to bring it back in whatever form.  This would be a big pick of mine to continue on.  Just one of those shows that has everything and a great support of fans behind it.  So many amazing fan campaigns involving Subway and more.  These fans fought hard and I was right in there with them trying to help get word out to save the show.  Miss this show terribly. 

Veronica Mars.  That talk of a movie has just never went away.  And when you ask those involved with the show about a movie, so many have said that they would be in for it.  That annoying word of "funding" always comes into play next.  Veronica Mars still is a great show and I watch reruns of it often on TV.  This was the "show that could" with a big fan base that continued to fight for the show even across networks.  Kristen Bell was an absolute star on this show.  How many memorable lines did she have on that show?  Too many to count.  So many great story mysteries written that you just never knew where the show was going to go.  Every time you thought you had a mystery figured out, it went a completely different direction.  I always hold out hope that we'll see something Veronica Mars related in the future but you just never know.

Firefly.  Well, no kidding.  If there was ever a show that had way more stories to tell, it was this one.  The fandom of this show is still so huge ten years later and it was only around for half a season and one movie.  The cast is still very tight.  They all want to do more with the show.  This is Joss Whedon's baby.  I don't know where Joss would find time with all that he has on his plate now.  I still feel like we'll eventually see Firefly return in some form.  It is just too strong of a force among fans to just leave it alone.  All of us fans will just have to hold out hope for something in the future.

Roswell.  This was a favorite show of mine as well back in the day.  Yeah, that third season that we got of the show wasn't near as strong as the first two but I still loved this show.  The first season of the show was great with all the story twists and learning about the background of these characters and them trying to survive with drawing attention on themselves.  This was one of the shows that really put the spark into what save a show fan campaigns need to be as this show fought for survival every year.  This crossed networks too with going from the WB to UPN.  Roswell fans all remember the stress of that up front week when the WB dropped the show leaving all eyes on UPN on whether they were going to bring it over with Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  Too much time has passed with this show but I put it in here out of complete loyalty. 

So, those are my five picks.  I enjoy these kind of fan polls just to see who gets picked and who is still fighting for their shows all these years later.  Want to check out the poll and vote for your favorites?  Here is the link.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Chuck - One Year Later - January 26, 2013

It has been a year now since Chuck left us with its series finale.  It is still one of my favorite series finales ever.  I still am very happy with how the show wrapped up.  A year later, the fans of the show are still all banded together talking about the show they love and the cast and crew they love.  In fact, a plan has been made for what to do with this Chuckiversary.  A global viewing party which you can find out more about at this link.

I thought it would be fun to also post my thoughts and farewell to Chuck that I typed up a year ago so here is a flashback to last year.

Originally written on January 27, 2012.

Thank you Chuck. A little over five years ago, I got to watch a sneak preview of the pilot episode of Chuck. I loved it immediately. All these years later, I was sitting glued to tonight's series finale. This episode had everything that I've always loved about the show especially the last twenty minutes. We really went full circle with this finale. Sarah losing her memories thanks to the intersect. Chuck having to try and win her back. We really saw a lot of what Sarah was like at the beginning of the show where it was just a job for Sarah. No emotional connection. Yet, they would show us every so often tonight that maybe those memories and the person that she became was still in there. Not only were we seeing retro Sarah but we got a lot of retro Chuck too. Seeing a lot of what he was like in the beginning but yet seeing the person that he grew into. Lots of fun retro moments with the locations that they ended up at. They were able to prevail after saving Beckman from the bomb with a little help from Jeffster who saved the day. Ellie's plan for using the intersect glasses one more time had a change of plans. It could either be used for the intersect or for it to be a way to put memories back in Sarah's head to see if it would help her out. However, the bomb had to be stopped so Chuck had to take the intersect to make the save so he could stop the bomb. Sarah's suggestion on the virus to stop the bomb again gave us a clue that maybe those memories of hers were coming back. Linda Hamilton returning for the finale as Chuck's mom was great. When I saw the scene with Jeff and Lester saying that they were going to help and then cut to the orchestra, I was thinking this has to be a Jeffster farewell for us. It was awesome and I now have yet another 80's song that I will always associate to this show which is "Take On Me". LOL. And, that is a good thing for sure. So, what happened with everyone? Well, Casey had his farewell which included a hug for Chuck. I definitely teared up on that one cause that was a big moment after the rollercoaster ride those two have had for the full series. Casey was off to find his love from all indications with Gertrude. Morgan and Alex told Casey that they were moving in together. That was no surprise to Casey as he already figured it out. Jeffster were picked up by an international recording company. I guess Big Mike stays at the Buy More cause that is really all we saw there. However, we did see that Subway was coming in which was fitting. Subway has been a huge part of this show's history and were a big help. Awesome and Ellie were recruited for new jobs in Chicago. So, what about Chuck and Sarah? Well, we got left on a cliffhanger there of sorts. They met on the beach at the end which was a retro moment. Sarah knew it was a special place for them which shows that she still is getting some of her memories back. She asked Chuck to tell her their story which he did including a lot of clips thrown in. The series ended with Chuck mentioning Morgan's idea. A kiss would bring all her memories back. Sarah said to kiss her which he did. The kiss was how it ended. So, did it bring her memories back? Will he have to win her all over again? I guess we won't find that out but it was a great ending. I'm thankful that we got to have a farewell season as it was a lot of fun. This season had a little bit of everything and we got to see a lot of twists with the intersect. So, we say goodbye to Chuck after five seasons. One of the most fan friendly cast and crews I've ever seen. This show is so great to its fans whether it is online, Comic Con, Chuckfest, or whatever else. They care about their fans and go out of their way to interact with them. I wish more shows would look at this show and take notes of that. The fans have been a huge part of this show. Fan campaigns to keep it going. The Subway campaigns. Down to the wire on being renewed while the fans fight, fight, and fight to keep it going. All these years later of fighting, we got five great seasons. Tonight's finale did what the show has always done. It gave us every emotion. All of us Chuck fans loved this show. Loved these characters. Loved this cast. Loved this crew. To that, all of us Chuck fans say thank you to everyone involved in this great show. Thank you for the great ride over the last five years. We're going to miss this show badly. Thank You Chuck. Here is a video that fans put together and showed to the cast and crew at Chuckfest. Amazing tribute from fans all around the world!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs" Video Debuts To Rave Reviews - January 25, 2013

There has been a lot of anticipation for the debut of Carrie Underwood's new video, "Two Black Cadillacs".  The video finally premiered this week and has been a big hit among fans.  With the song, you knew there had to be a good storyline for this video.  It delivered.  Lots of mystery and discussion about the happenings in the video.  Who did what?  What about the car which channels the movie "Christine" big time?  It is an awesome video and all I could think when I watched it the first time is what a cool and eerie video this is.  LOL.  This song has already became one of my favorite Carrie songs ever and I said this the day that her newest album, "Blown Away", was released.  It is just a cool song that gets in your head quickly.  I've said this previously but it was so great to hear the reaction that the song got at the Opry back in June of last year as she started to sing it.  The album was still very new at that point and I thought 'well, I am definitely not the only person that really likes this song a lot'.  If you haven't seen the video for "Two Black Cadillacs", here is the link to it.  Enjoy it!

Big Brother Over The Top - Week One Thoughts

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