Archive for July, 2008

2008 – The Year of Neil Patrick Harris

It’s official – this is the year of NEIL PATRICK HARRIS!

While checking out recent article links on Whedonesque this morning, I stumbled across a YouTube video, featuring two of my favourite things – Neil Patrick Harris, and SHOES!

NPH appeared as “The Fairy Shoe Person” in a song and dance number on an episode of Sesame Street. And it’s fabulous! (Suck on that Feist! You and your “1,2,3,4” song number on Sesame Street can’t hold a candle to NPH singing about shoes!)

Check out my article on the subject over at TheTVShowBlog.

NPH is having quite the year, and I think I have a renewed love for musical numbers based on his performances in this Sesame Street clip and in Dr. Horrible. Come this fall, he may take home an Emmy for his awe-some portrayal of Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. Who’s joining me in my declaration of 2008 being the year of NPH?

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More Jason Dohring Coverage from Polaris 22

It’s a bit later than I had hoped, but the second part of my article on Jason Dohring @ Polaris 22 is now LIVE!

Check it out at TheTVShowBlog.

This one’s for all the Moonlight fans, as Dohring shares details on his portrayal of Josef.

Remember, I still have more to share from Polaris, featuring Torchwood’s Gareth David-Lloyd, and Dead LIke Me’s Ellen Muth.


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Polaris 22 Coverage – Jason Dohring Article Now Live!

In a day that brought us an exciting web event, the first part of genius Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, another first happened – the first of my Polaris 22 articles is now LIVE!

Head over right now to TheTVShowBlog and read the first of a two-parter on Jason Dohring, star of Veronica Mars and Moonlight.

The second part of this article will be up later this week, along with many more goodies, including photos & video from Torchwood star Gareth David-Lloyd’s press conference.

Why wait? Read my article now! And remember to comment!.


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Polaris 22 – It’s a Wrap!

It’s Sunday evening, and I survived my very first sci-fi/fantasy conference, Polaris 22. There will be full-length articles and video footage posted over the next week, but I thought I’d take some time from resting to just share my thoughts on the weekend.

First off, I’d like to send a shout out to the other members of the media and blogosphere that I met over the past couple of days, particularly at the Saturday press conferences: Nicole, Mariah, Brian, Drew & Russel. Thanks for the advice, help, and interesting conversation. I’m sure our paths will cross again at some point.

Highlights of the weekend? The press conference with Torchwood’s Gareth David-Lloyd (photo above). The Q & A with Veronica Mars and Moonlight star Jason Dohring on Sunday (which I got to attend with my friend Sarah). And reconnecting with some friends from the 501st Legion.

Now with every good experience there has to be a flipside. Mine? How seriously some individuals take their fandom, to the point that they are just unpleasant to be around, standoffish, and constantly flaunting an air of superiority. I didn’t encounter many such characters, but it was this type of person that had kept me away from the world of sci-fi and fantasy for so long. That level of fandom might be right for some; however, I think that each person should be entitled to like or love a show/film/book/etc in whichever way that’s right for him or her, and not be looked down upon based upon these varying degrees.

Starting tomorrow evening, I’ll be posting recaps of the press conferences that I attended, along with photo and video clips. I’ll also include links to the articles on TheTVShowBlog. And if you were at Polaris, I’d like to hear your thoughts. Until tomorrow … goodnight!


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Off to Polaris 22

I’ll keep it brief this evening. Tomorrow morning, I’ll be up bright and early to make my way to my very first sci-fi & fantasy conference!

I’m headed out to Polaris 22, an annual con that takes place in Toronto (well, Etobicoke really, very close to Pearson Airport).

I’m super excited about seeing Jason Dohring, who I adored both on Veronica Mars (Logan Echolls), and on Moonlight (Josef Kostan). And I definitely can’t wait to see Gareth David-Lloyd, better known as Torchwood’s Ianto Jones. There are some intriguing panels on the schedule, and an event I won’t be able to resist attending – a screening of the infamous Buffy episode “Once More, With Feeling”.

I am off to rest and prepare for a great weekend! Check in Sunday evening for a recap! And you’ll be able to read the full articles at TheTVShowBlog.


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Do You Who?

As mentioned in my first post, I’m still somewhat new to the world of Science Fiction and Fantasy television. I never watched the X-Files, and I was never home when Buffy was on. I had a brief flirtation with Star Trek: TNG in my early teens (due to a crush on Wil Wheaton), but it didn’t last. The only show that I did watch religiously that was even remotely sci-fi or fantasy was Charmed.

Fast forward to present day. I’m hooked on Battlestar Galactica, loony for Lost, and mad about Torchwood. Last night, I started watching the first series of the new Doctor Who, courtesy of my friend Sheryl. Before I knew it, I plowed through 5 episodes, and I’m still processing what I saw.

For those of you who don’t know, Torchwood is a spinoff of Doctor Who. Without giving too much away, it’s about a team in Cardiff, Wales that monitor a rift in time and space, making sure that aliens, displaced persons, and space junk don’t wreak havoc on Earth as we know it. Torchwood’s a clever, witty, well-written series laced with sarcasm and sexual innuendo. The chemistry between the characters is some of the best I’ve seen, and the story lines are very compelling. It’s become one of my favourite shows, so it’s only logical that I take a step back and watch Doctor Who.

So far, it’s not bad. I haven’t found myself instantly hooked, as I was with Torchwood. I kept watching it hoping that it would turn a corner and truly reel me in, but it hasn’t happened yet. I think my main issues with Doctor Who are its childish appeal, the farcical nature, and not feeling a connection to any of the characters yet. I did have fun playing “Spot the Torchwood People” (I’ve seen 2 so far). Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to keep watching. I’m a patient girl, and I’m curious to see where it goes. I would like to know if any other Doctor Who viewers out there had the same initial reservations. Do you Who? I’d like to know what your experiences were when you first started watching the series.


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Who is the Televixen?

So who exactly is the Televixen, and what is this blog all about?

The Televixen is me, Mel. Writer, editor, and radio industry employee. I am founder and editor of an online music magazine, Toonage, and a contributor over at TheTVShowBlog.

So what’s the Televixen’s blog all about? Well, I love television. We are in an age when some of the finest programs ever created are currently on our airwaves. How we watch our TV programming has changed drastically, from TV on DVD, to PVR, to online streaming. We are no longer confined to a dozen channels (although I do remember those days). My blog will be mainly about TV, but you might get a bit of music, film, media industry and tech babble as well. This will be my way to share my wacky musings, ponderings, and in-depth opinions on what I’m watching and news surrounding those shows. I’m also somewhat of a newbie to the world of Science Fiction & Fantasy television. It kind of started with Lost, but over the past 4 years, it’s expanded to Battlestar Galactica, Torchwood, Heroes, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and more. I’ve made it my mission to prove that you don’t have to be a “geek” to really appreciate and get into these shows.

With that brief intro to the world of the Televixen, I invite you to come back frequently, comment often, and enjoy!


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