Archive for February, 2009

And The Doctor’s Next Companion Will Be …


There will be a new companion in the second of four Doctor Who specials this year.

BBC announced today that acclaimed stage and screen actress Lindsay Duncan has been cast as Adelaide, companion to David Tennant’s Doctor in the yet to be titled second special of 2009.

Exec producer/writer Russell T. Davies commented:

“Lindsay is an incredibly talented actress and I’ve been an admirer of her work for some time. We are delighted to announce that she will be joining the team and playing the Doctor’s most strong-minded companion yet.”

This second Doctor Who special will go into production this spring. There’s no word yet whether Duncan is being considered for the role of companion to our next Doctor, Matt Smith, although it would make for quite an interesting age contrast – Duncan is 58, and Smith is 26.

Duncan TV resume includes HBO’s Rome and the upcoming BBC2 drama Margaret in which she portrays The Iron Lady herself, Margaret Thatcher.

So, what are your thoughts on this casting choice?

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Will Tara Reveal Another Alter? (Spoiler Alert)


Spoiler Alert!!!

If you thought you’d met all of Tara Gregson’s alters, be prepared to meet another.

In an interview with E! Online‘s Kristin Dos Santos, scribe Diablo Cody reveals that “there may be other alters”. According to Dos Santos, network sources have hinted that a fourth alter will be revealed at the end of the next episode this Sunday.

Think there will be enough room if another alter is added into the mix? I’m not sure yet. Right now, there’s a delicate balance between Tara, Alice, Buck and T, and I can only imagine the tension that adding a fourth alter will create. For now, I’ll keep an open mind, and see how everything plays out.

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Call Girl Continues to Excite


I have a confession to make – once a week, I have an appointment with a high-class call girl – ITV2 and Showtime’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl!

If you aren’t up to date, and are planning to watch, please know there will be spoilers from both Seasons 1 and 2 below.

I started watching the series once it had already wrapped up in the UK, but prior to its US debut, and I was instantly hooked. I found it fascinating to watch Belle/Hannah attempt to keep her professional life as far away from her personal life as possible. In the first season, she revealed her secret to her best friend, Ben, but managed to keep it from her family. I wasn’t sure if a second season would be able to retain the same level of intrigue that the first did, but 4 episodes into Season Two, and I have to say BRAVO!

Belle has now branched out on her own as an independent call girl, after saying farewell to her agent, and following a brief stint as a courtesan. She has a protege, the very precocious Bambi. And Hannah has a boyfriend, Alex. The series has reached a whole new level, with Belle facing more of a struggle with landing and retaining clients, and with Hannah attempting to have a non-professional relationship with the very adorable Alex. The show is no longer about the clients and their desires, it’s more about the person behind the prostitute. Now, she’s having trouble performing at work because she’s actually fallen in love.  I like seeing Belle/Hannah’s internal conflict between the work that she’s loved so much up until this point, and her unexpected fall into love.

The only problem I have with the second season – not being able to watch it all in one sitting like I did with the first!

So who else is watching Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and are you enjoying Season 2 as much as I am?

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What Was Your Fave Series Finale?


Last week, I wanted to know which series you’d bring back if you had the power to revive anything from TV’s past.

Today, I’d like to know your picks for favourite series finale. With the BSG’s end looming on the horizon, I’ve been thinking about sendoffs of the past, and which ones I thought were the best.

If I had to pick just one, I’d have to say Six Feet Under. The series finale was perfection! Each story line was tied up beautifully, and as someone who followed the Fisher clan for 5 years, I was completely satisfied with how it all ended.

So which series finale has been your fave so far? And on the flipside, which series finale did you think was a disappointment?

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Happy Valentine’s Day from The Televixen!

It’s Valentine’s Day, and there’s nothing I like better than a great small-screen romance. So I thought I’d share a list of some of my favourite TV couples of all time, along with clips of each.

What better way to start the list than with the couple that inspired this post – Lost’s Desmond and Penny! This is a couple that would go to the ends of the earth for one another.:

Then there’s Admiral Adama and Laura Roslin from BSG. I was thrilled when these two finally ended up together. In the words of the Admiral, “It’s about time.”:

You know how they say “love hurts”. In the case of Buffy and Angel, love turns some people into soulless monsters. Even though they couldn’t live happily ever after, I still enjoyed watching any brief moment of happiness, or sadness that they shared:

Everyone else can have the saga of Ross and Rachel, but for me, Friends’ Phoebe and Mike were THE couple:

No list would be complete without I Love Lucy’s Ricky and Lucy. I adore this scene, when Lucy lets Ricky know he’s going to be a father:

Last, but most certainly not least, a little Jack and Ianto from Torchwood. Anyone want to play naked hide and seek? Hubba hubba this is one hot couple!

Who are your fave TV couples? Share your picks in the comments below!

And a very Happy Valentine’s Day from The Televixen!

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Smith Gets a Million for 5-Year Who Contract

Details of Matt Smith’s Doctor Who contract have been revealed.

According to Wired blog
The Underwire, this past Wednesday, Smith signed on for 3 years with an option for 2 more – all at a cool £1 million (just over $1.4 million US).

This may not seem like much money, and it is less than David Tennant is earning for the same role, but Smith will most likely make up for it in assignments he picks up during hiatus from Doctor Who.

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If BSG Was an 80s Sitcom

Do you love Battlestar Galactica? How about 80s sitcoms? I happen to adore both.

What happens when you combine the two?


I discovered this thanks to the fine folks over at Galactica Sitrep this morning, and I’m still laughing! In fact, I think I enjoy it more than my old fave, BSG opening credits, Office-style:

Do you have a favourite BSG spoof or parody video? Share the links by commenting below!

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Triffids Miniseries Coming to BBC


John Wyndham’s classic sci-fi novel Day of the Triffids will be hitting the tube this year as a BBC miniseries.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the astounding cast includes Dougray Scott, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Eddie Izzard and Jason Priestley.

If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a taste of what’s in store:

(Dougray) Scott will play Bill Maysen, a doctor who has to lead a band of humans in an epic battle with the Triffids, a flesh-eating vegetable originally used as an energy source. When spectators gather worldwide for a much-anticipated solar storm, billions are left blinded and the few sighted survivors watch as society collapses into chaos.

Now, I remember reading this book in high school, along with Wyndham’s The Chrysalids, and didn’t really enjoy either at the time, but re-read the latter in my early 20s and loved it. So I think it’s time to revisit Triffids before this airs.

I haven’t seen a really good miniseries in a while, and with this cast, I think this could be one to watch. As a Nip/Tuck fan, I’m happy that mother/daughter Redgrave and Richardson will be together on screen again. And I’ve really missed Eddie Izzard on TV since The Riches was canceled.

An air date has not been announced yet, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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One More Season for Brotherhood?


A small glimmer of hope still remains for Showtime’s Brotherhood, and those hoping for a proper conclusion to the series.

The Hollywood Reporter’s James Hibberd was asked this by one of his Live Feed Blog readers. Hibberd’s response:

“Doubtful, but nothing has yet been decided. As a premium network Showtime would prefer to give the critically acclaimed series a satisfying ending so subscribers don’t feel like they paid for an incomplete story … Showtime will make this decision within the next month.”

Viewers did get somewhat of a resolution at the end of the third season, but as someone who watched Brotherhood from the beginning, I didn’t find it satisfying or complete. There were way too many unanswered questions. I want to see what happens with the Caffee clan: politician Tommy and his wife Eileen, the hot-blooded gangster Michael, cousin Colin, and matriarch Rose.

If you’ve never seen Brotherhood, I highly recommend it. If you’re not sure what to expect, I’d be as bold to say this is one of the decade’s finest dramatic series, right up there with The Wire, The Sopranos and Six Feet Under. Each season is a slow build, but totally worth it.

Were you satisfied with the final episode of Season Three as a conclusion to the series? Or would you like to see one last season to give it the sendoff it rightfully deserves?

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What Show Would You Bring Back?


I thought I’d try something different, and hand the reins over to the readers by posing this question:

If you had the power to bring back any show, and you could only pick one, which would you choose?

Would it be one that wasn’t given a fair chance, like Firefly? Or something like Friends that had an excellent run, but new episodes would be some good comfort food for the cold months?  Maybe a series that felt unresolved when it ended, like Veronica Mars?

Comment away!

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