Archive for February, 2009

The CW’s Vampire Diaries


Earlier this month, The CW announced that the Kevin Williamson/Julie Plec penned pilot for The Vampire Diaries got the green light. Williamson and Plec are also at the helm as co-executive producers.

On Friday, Variety reported that Steven R. McQueen, grandson of the late Steve McQueen, was cast in the role of Jeremy, younger brother to female lead Elena (which has yet to be cast).

I first heard about The Vampire Diaries last year when I started reading the Twilight series, and a friend told me there was a far better series that pre-dated Stephenie Meyer’s books. In fact, a week before the CW announcement was made, she loaned me the first two books. In fact, I’m planning to start reading them while on vacation next week.

News of this series has definitely piqued my interest. It worked for True Blood, in huge part to a great writer/exec producer Alan Ball. I think Williamson is the right person to bring the series to life on the small screen, especially if it taps into what was great about Dawson’s Creek and the Scream Trilogy – that is, cleverly written teen angst with just the right amount of horror.

I think there’s room for another vampire series in my TV viewing schedule. What do you think? Will you be checking out The Vampire Diaries? Or will you choose not to watch because a) Twilight has turned you off vampires for a while, b) True Blood is enough vamp on TV for the time being, or c) Buffy was, is, and will always be the only vampire series for you?

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Remembering the 80s – Who’s the Boss?


Time for a monthly trip back in time to the 80s. This month, I’d like to pay tribute to Who’s the Boss.

This was a half-hour each week that I just could not miss, from the very first episode in September 1984. I loved the story of Tony Miceli, a former baseball player turned housekeeper, and his tomboyish daughter Samantha as they moved from Brooklyn to Connecticut. Then there was uptight ad exec Angela Bower, and her very prim and proper son Jonathan. And how could we forget Mona, Angela’s stunning and free-spirited mother.

Watching the two worlds collide was magical for this kid! Sam was my favourite character, of course. Even though my family was different, I could identify with her and her transformation from tomboy to young lady. In a way, we grew up together.

Back in 2005, the WTB cast reunited on The Tony Danza Show, and shared this blooper reel:

So who else was into Who’s the Boss? Oh, and I’d like to hear your suggestions for favourite 80s show. Yours could be featured in a future edition of Remembering the 80s!

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I Can’t Wait for Castle!

If there’s one new show I’m looking forward to – the almighty Caprica aside – it has to be Castle!

Here’s a sneak peek:

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It kind of reminds me of Bones, which is a good thing in my opinion. And I could think of nothing better than having Nathan Fillion on my TV screen once a week.

Are you looking forward to Castle? Think this show has a chance? Is ABC the network that will finally recognize and reward Fillion’s star quality?

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Gareth David-Lloyd Video Clip

I’m teaching myself how to use iMovie, so I thought I’d share a little something I put together.

This is a clip from the Gareth David-Lloyd press conference at Polaris 22 in Toronto. If you haven’t seen all of Torchwood’s second series, do not watch the clip! There is major spoiler information about the Series Two finale!


In case you’re wondering who the interviewer was in this clip … well, it was me 🙂

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Announcing … The BSG Frakkin’ Finale Party


Calling all BSG fans in and around Toronto! Join and for the BSG Frakkin’ Finale Party! Join your fellow BSG fans for food, fun, and of course, the best frakkin’ series finale of the decade!

For more details, and to RSVP, please visit the Facebook Event Page.

Special thanks to Daniel “The TV Addict” for designing the fantastic poster!

Hope to see you there!

Please note – this event is 100% not for profit, and is in no way affiliated with SciFi Network or Space

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Wiig Guests on Flight of the Conchords

Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig guest starred on last night’s episode of FOTC. The results? One of the best eps this season, and a music video that would make Meatloaf jealous!

For those of you that have read the SNL Blog that I write, I’ve been quite vocal about my disappointment with most of Kristen Wiig’s quirky characters that all melt into one, mainly because they don’t utilize her talent. On FOTC, Wiig reminded me of what she’s capable of. Now if only the SNL writers would watch her on FOTC and learn from it!

Anyone else think that Wiig’s performance on FOTC was far superior to most of what she’s been doing on SNL this year?

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What Cons Are You Hitting This Year?

gdl-polaris1Last summer, I went to my first sci-fi/fantasy cons, and what an experience they were for this TV fan!

At Polaris 22 in July, I got the chance to see Torchwood’s Gareth David-Lloyd, Moonlight/Veronica Mars star Jason Dohring, and Dead Like Me’s Ellen Muth. In August, it was FanExpo 2008, where I attended a fantastic BSG panel with Edward James Olmos and Aaron Douglas, and discovered the world of Smallville after checking out a session with Michael Rosenbaum and Laura Vandervoort.

There are so many cons and TV festivals being announced; most recently, PaleyFest 09, which I want to check out some day.  I’m hoping to return to both Polaris and Fan Expo this year, but my ultimate goal – San Diego Comicon!

So, any other TV lovers out there planning to hit the con circuit in 2009? And which ones would you recommend?

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Are You Watching Fox Fridays?


Fox Fridays returned last night for its second week, and I was quite pleased with the episodes of both Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Dollhouse.  It seems that the shows are continuing to face some ratings challenges, so I’d like to know, are you tuning in to Fox Fridays?  Sound off in the poll below!

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SciFi Talks Torchwood: Children of Earth

Summer can’t come soon enough for me.  Besides the fact that I hate winter, summer also means that the five night event Torchwood: Children of Earth will be airing!

Here’s a little something to tide all of us over until then, courtesy of

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Excited yet?  I sure am.  And damn, those kids are creepy!

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A Salute to TV Hangouts

The weekend’s almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a coffee or a pint while enjoying some live music or conversation with friends.

Here’s a little photo tribute to some of my fave TV hangouts over the years!


Central Perk – Friends


The Peach Pit – Beverly Hills, 90210


P3 – Charmed


The Bronze – Buffy


MacLaren’s – How I Met Your Mother

The Talon – Smallville


Liberty Diner – Queer as Folk

So, what are/were your fave small screen hangouts from over the years?

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