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Monday Brew: Supernatural gets a sixth, Buried is exhumed by Lionsgate, Gremlins coming in 3D?

25 Jan

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Monday 25th, 2009–

Sam and Dean to keep fighting the good fight in Season 6 of Supernatural

 

In a bit of news that I suspect will make many Supernatural fans happy, it has been reported by a source over at Cinema Spy that CW is planning on renewing the horror-based series that has been one of the networks tent-pole shows in recent years. Despite show creator Eric Kripke stating that he always envisioned the series as lasting five definitive seasons, it appears now that Sam and Dean will continue their battle against evil for at least one more year. As a recently converted fan of the show (my wife and I just finished the fourth season and are anxious to catch up with the fifth), my main question is where will it go from here? Continue reading

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TV Showcase: ‘Merlin’ entertains, but has yet to enchant

22 Jun

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June 22, 2009-

Debuting last Sunday night in the 8 p.m. summer time slot, BBC’s fanciful new import Merlin hearkens to a different era; the world of the family friendly drama program. Created as a revamp of the Arthurian legend, this new Merlin is more indebted to Harry Potter than Le Morte d’Arthur or even the above-average 1998 miniseries that saw Sam Neil don the wizard’s cloak. Continue reading

TV Review: Pushing the last of the ‘Daisies’ (Spoiler Free)

13 Jun

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June 13th, 2009-

Sigh. It’s here at last. The final episode of the prematurely dead Pushing Daisies, and while it is a shame that there is no more, the show goes out on top with a completely entertaining episode that not only gives us one more silly mystery but more character interaction(and confrontation) than we have had in a while. Issues between Chuck and Ned bubble to the surface, Lily and Vivian take the spotlight, and Emerson and his reasonably little gumshoe, Olive continue to prove that a spinoff featuring their characters could be just as great as Daisies. Continue reading

The rest of ‘Pushing Daisies’ begins airing TONIGHT!!

30 May

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The facts are these:

In September of 2007, ABC debuted a new and quirky series called Pushing Daisies. It was both a critical and ratings darling during it’s freshman months. Then the writer’s strike happened, and Daisies finished its first season with a paltry 9 episodes. When it returned, it failed to get the ratings necessary to keep ABC from canceling it and in December of 2008, after two partial seasons, the axe was dropped on Pushing Daises. At the time, ABC didn’t even finish airing the final three episodes. Since that time, ABC has allowed show-runner Fuller to go back and modify the final episode a bit so that it functions more as a series finale than simply a season cap. And now, they are dropping Pushing Daisies in the 10 pm slot on Saturday night for the following three weeks with as little publicity and fanfare as possible.

I don’t think even the Pie-maker can resurrect this one, but its nice to at least get a chance to say our goodbyes.

I didnt come to show when it first aired (as I seem to do with so much television) but caught it when it hit dvd. And it was really something unique. Creating a world that blended storybooks and comic books, Pushing Daisies gave us a wonderful and distinct cast of characters, a sweet and thoughtful love story and some of the best dialogue on television today. It was a zinger for sure, and original, which was itself a major accomplishment for network t.v.

The cast is terrific. Lee Pace, also wonderful in the fantastic The Fall, insinuates himself into another fairy-tale world as Ned the pie-maker who has the gift to resurrect dead things when he touches them, but if he touches them a second time they are dead again, forever. The other caveat is that if said dead thing is allowed to re-enter the world and exist for longer than a minute, something else in near proximity will have to die as a result. Anna Friel played his dead lady love, Chuck, who he resurrected but couldn’t bring himself to return to the grave. The two standouts of the show, though, were Chi McBride as the blustery private detective Emerson Cod (one of the most original characters I’ve seen in years) and Kristen Chenowith as the feisty, pining Olive Snook who works as a waitress at Ned’s cafe, charmingly called The Pie Hole. Daisies had begun pairing Cod and Snook together as sluething partners, but the cancellation came just as this storyline began to take off.

Now, for at least three more weeks, Daisies is alive and among us and well. Enjoy it while it lasts. It will be brief.

For everyone who has yet to see Daisies, you can get the first season on DVD and Bluray right now and the second season with the three added eps on July 1st.

Read what little ABC has to say about it HERE.