Archive for March, 2009

Vampire Diaries – Damon and Stefan Have Been Cast

After some casting choices that were disconcerting to Vampire Diaries purists, it seems that the choices for vampire brothers Damon and Stefan might receive the stamp of approval from fans.

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder

In quick succession, Variety reported that Ian Somerhalder had been cast as Damon, while The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Paul Wesley had landed the role of Stefan. Somerhalder is probably best known as Boone Carlyle on Lost. Wesley was most recently on 24, but I remember him best as Lucas Luthor, Lex’s younger half-brother on Smallville.

Paul Wesley

Paul Wesley

According to Televixen reader and Vampire Diaries expert Sheryl, these are two excellent choices for the blood drinking brothers. I’m thrilled at the prospect of seeing Somerhalder on my TV again soon. I think he’ll look really good in fangs!

So what do you think? Did the PTBs finally get some casting choices right for The Vampire Diaries’ pilot?

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Robin Scherbatsky, Old King Clancy, and Alan Thicke?

How I Met Your Mother has given us some really funny websites: Ted Mosby is a Jerk, Barney’s Video Resume, and now, Canadian Sex Acts.

In last night’s episode, “Old King Clancy”, Robin refers to this site when talking about a Canadian celebrity encounter she once had, then starts naming off some crazy Canadian – errrr – positions. Knowing HIMYM’s history of actually setting up these sites, curiosity got the better of me, and I had to check it out. And heck, I’m Canadian, I should be aware of this valuable cultural information!

After verifying that I was at least 18 years of age (or 23 in the Maritime Provinces), I checked out the Old King Clancy, and this is what popped up:


Alan Thicke?!? In fact, every Canadian sex act had an error message featuring Alan Thicke!

This isn’t the first time Thicke has been featured in HIMYM viral marketing. Remember Robin Sparkles’ video for “Sandcastles in the Sand”?

I could ask all of you what your fave HIMYM viral website has been so far, but I think it’d be more fun to ask what your favourite reference to Canadians has been so far. One of mine would have to be Robin referring to Bruce Springsteen as “America’s Bryan Adams”.

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Toronto Says Goodbye to BSG

Toronto BSG fans proved on Friday night that we know how to frakkin’ party!

The Frakkin’ Finale Party at The Sports Centre Cafe in midtown TO was definitely the place to be for fans, bloggers, podcasters and vodcasters alike.

The energy in the room was unbelievable as we watched Daybreak Part 2 on over ten screens – we ate, we drank, we laughed, we cried, we cheered!

Here are just a few pics from the night:

Delicious Cylon Centurions!

Delicious Cylon Centurions!

The crowd chats during a commercial break

The crowd chats during a commercial break

Me tabulating the results of the BSG Death Pool - Courtesy of Sarah F.

Me tabulating the results of the BSG Death Pool - Courtesy of Sarah F.

If you have any pics you’d like to share, send them to televixenmel-AT-gmail-DOT-com. I’ll be setting up a photo gallery to commemorate the event.

A special thanks goes out first and foremost to my fantastic party co-host, Daniel The TV Addict for all of his hard work in helping make this event a success. I’d also like to thank attendees Matt and Nat of BSGcast, Russ of the Ramble With Russel Podcast, Steve Saylor, Brian for bringing the awesome BSG coasters, and Bill of Verbal Brew. Thanks to the staff at The Sports Centre Cafe, and to the person who brought the yummy cookies to share with everyone. And last, but certainly not least, a great big thank you to everyone who chose the Frakkin’ Finale Party as the place in Toronto to celebrate the end of BSG!

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BSG Finale Week – Were You Happy With the Ending?


Well my friends, Battlestar Galactica has ended, and what a ride it was! I’ll be posting my detailed review of the series finale tomorrow, as well as pics from the Frakkin’ Finale Party in Toronto which was the hottest place to be on Friday night!

For now, I’d like to do a little survey to see just how happy you were with how BSG ended. Vote in the poll, and if you comment below, you might just be quoted in my review!

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BSG Finale Week – The BSG Death Pool

Well, the end of Battlestar Galactica is only hours away. I’m bracing myself for the worst, heeding the advisement of Edward James Olmos at FanExpo 2008 in Toronto last summer:

I don’t want you guys to think you’re going to go through this without getting yourself really twisted … it’s brutal what happens to us. Not many of us make it.

Amongst all this darkness, there’s got to be some light. How about some healthy competition between friends with a little BSG pool? Our friend The TV Addict created The BSG Death Pool for this evening’s Frakkin’ Finale Party in Toronto. If you’re having your very own Frak party tonight, and would like to play along with your guests, print it out and let the predictions ensue!  Just don’t airlock the losers 🙂


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BSG Finale Week – “There is Only One Race”

BSG at the UN? Yep, you heard that right! On March 17th, the United Nations and Sci Fi Network co-hosted an event in New York that discussed themes important to both Battlestar Galactica and the UN: human rights, terrorism, children and armed conflict, and reconciliation and dialogue among civilizations and faiths. Moderated by Whoopi Goldberg, the panel included Ronald D. Moore, David Eick, Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell.

Now, I’ve seen Edward James Olmos speak once before, and he’s a very compelling speaker, but this clip from the UN session really blew me away!

I bet no one ever imagined a resounding chorus of “So say we all” in the hallowed halls of the UN! And if anyone ever doubted the relevance of the themes in BSG to viewers and the human race, take a couple of hours to watch the full session HERE.

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BSG Finale Week Continues – Are We Ready to Let Go?


Ronald D. Moore is ready to let go of Battlestar Galactica. But are fans ready to say farewell to their beloved series?

At the Sci Fi Channel’s upfront presentation on Monday, RDM was steadfast that this was the right time for BSG to end. SciFi Wire quoted him as saying:

I was ready to let it go creatively. I knew that the show had entered the endgame, and I knew that we were in the third act. It was time to wrap up the story. I wasn’t emotionally ready to let it go, and I’m still not. It was a very important experience for me. I love it. I loved working on it. I loved the people I got to know. I loved the end product. I liked watching the show. I was a fan of the show. So it’s hard to know that there’s not more Galactica coming. But as a producer and as a writer, I’m very happy that we got to end it on our own terms.

As much as I’m going to miss BSG, I am pleased that they were able to give the series a proper ending, and weren’t forced to drag it out a few more seasons. Now it’s just a matter of waiting to see how the final two hours will play out this Friday night.

So how about you? Are you ready to let go of BSG?

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Who is Your Fave Cylon


Ahhh, The Cylons. What a complicated race! They’ve gone from enemy to ally, destroyer to creator.

I’ve always thought The Cylons were pretty darn cool, but for me, their entire mythos really fascinated me after the faces of the Final Five were revealed to D’anna on the algae planet.

As part of BSG Series Finale Week, I thought I’d do a poll to see who you’d choose as your fave Cylon.

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BSG Series Finale Week Kicks Off


It’s BSG Series Finale Week here at, and I’d like to kick things off with a reminder for Toronto area readers. This Friday night, you could be at the Battlestar Galactica Frakkin’ Finale Party, hosted by yours truly, and the fantastic TV Addict.

Join us at The Sports Centre Cafe, 49 St. Clair Avenue West, only steps away from St. Clair Subway Station. What’s in store? Food, fun, and the finest frakkin’ series finale ever! Be surrounded by BSG on 2 giant screens and several smaller wall-mounted screens. Don’t miss the sci-fi TV event of the year!

And really, who could pass up the chance to break out their BSG gear? Costumes and eye patches, anyone?

To RSVP, visit the Facebook Event Page. Not on Facebook, but still want to RSVP? Contact me directly at televixenmel-AT-gmail-DOT-com.

To our friends outside of Toronto – what do you have planned to toast the ending of BSG?

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Another Musical TV Memory


You may recall that just over a month ago, I shared some of my Musical TV Memories. I realized tonight, while at a Bloc Party concert, that I’d forgotten one of my absolute fave moments!

I’ve adored Bloc Party’s tune “This Modern Love” from the first time I heard their debut album Silent Alarm. How thrilled was I when it was part of a pivotal scene in the first season of How I Met Your Mother. In case you don’t know which scene I’m talking about, HERE it is!

Now, I’m not going to ask you to share your musical TV memories again, but rather ask if you have ever rushed out and purchased a tune solely because you heard it on a TV show?

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