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Musical TV Memories – Bands on TV Shows

Continuing the Musical TV Memories, what better to remember than the bands that some of our beloved TV characters have formed over the years. Inspired by Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s reprisal of his Zack Morris character in a recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon, here’s a look at some of the bands from over the years.

Band: Zack Attack
Band Members: Zack, Kelly, Slater, Lisa, Screech
Show: Saved By The Bell
Song: Friends Forever

Band: Zit Remedy
Band Members: Joey Jeremiah, Wheels and Snake
Show: Degrassi High
Song: Everybody Wants Something

Band: The Worthless Peons
Band Members: Ted, Randall, Crispin, Roy
Show: Scrubs
Song: Don’t Fear The Reaper

Band: DriveSHAFT
Band Members: Charlie and Liam Pace
Show: Lost
Song: You All Everybody

Band: Flight of the Conchords
Band Members: Bret and Jemaine
Show: Flight of the Conchords
Song: Ladies of the World

Any TV show bands stand out for you over the years? Share your picks in the comments below!


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A Lost Season Finale Podcast!

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Following tonight’s Lost season finale, I joined Bill from Verbal Brew for a special edition of their podcast. Head on over and have a listen, and leave your thoughts on the finale.

I’m planning to re-watch the finale over the weekend and will share some thoughts then.

Have you seen “The Incident” yet? What did you think?

Has Geek Become Chic? Part 1

Adam Brody as The OC's Seth Cohen

Adam Brody as The OC's Seth Cohen

Everywhere you look on TV, even big network television, you’re sure to find a geek. Whether it’s the geek-centric comedy of The Big Bang Theory to crime procedurals setting episodes at sci-fi/fantasy cons, there’s been an increased geek presence in coveted prime time slots.

This got the hamster wheel in my head going, and has led to my first blog series – Has Geek Become Chic?

In Part One, I’ve decided to explore just how geeks invaded prime time TV, and chatted with FancyFembot herself, Cat of Sci Fi Party Line, and Steve “Snowball” Saylor of This Week in Geek. Topic of conversation? What they would consider the defining moment in geek making its mark on prime time.

Cat and I seem to be on the same page that Lost has been an important step in the emergence of science fiction and “geek” culture on prime time television. That was the defining moment for me; Lost is the show that really sparked my interest in sci-fi, and I think it was what introduced the genre to those who were previously unreceptive.

Cat shared:

I think “geeks” made (their mark) prime time with Lost. Before Lost aired, I remember a big write up for it in SciFi Magazine. They heavily promoted it to the “geeks” when it first aired. After a season, the writers or whoever was talking to the media started back tracking and telling people not to put Lost in the science fiction genre. With this latest season, with time travel, time shifts, disappearing islands, etc, no one can deny that this show is science fiction. Lost is one of the hottest shows and sort of tricked everyone into watching quantum mechanics every week. I think it’s awesome!”

Steve actually places the injection of geek into prime time TV a bit earlier than Lost, and you might be surprised by his choice:

As far as specifics, for me personally when I started to see the change was on The O.C. It was a prime time hit and one of the main characters, Seth Cohen, was a geek who turned out to be a character everyone loved. Even my brother and sister who are far from being geeks themselves love The O.C. and love the character of Seth Cohen because he was funny, quirky, and also a geek.

He also observed:

The ones who grew up being geeks like us are now in control of prime time and are now able to tell the stories they wanted to tell, and it just took a lot of people in the right places for that.

What would you say was the moment or show that saw geek make a serious mark on prime time TV? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Next, I’ll be looking at the presence of Cons on prime time TV, particularly on crime procedurals like Bones and NUMB3RS, including a more detailed look at last week’s episode of CSI. Be sure to visit soon for Part 2 of Has Geek Become Chic?


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Saturn Award Noms Announced

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The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror films announced the nominees for the 35th Annual Saturn Awards. I am thrilled that many of my fave TV shows are among the nominees, including BSG, Lost, and Dexter.

Here are the TV nominees:

Best Network Television Series
Fringe (Fox)
Heroes (NBC)
Life on Mars (ABC)
Lost (ABC)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox)
Supernatural (CW)

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
Battlestar Galactica (SCI FI)
The Closer (TNT)
Dexter (Showtime)
Leverage (TNT)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network)
True Blood (HBO)

Best Presentation on Television
24: Redemption (Fox)
The Andromeda Strain (A&E)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Jericho (CBS)
The Last Templar (NBC)
The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice (TNT)

Best Actor in Television
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, AMC)
Matthew Fox (Lost, ABC)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Showtime)
Timothy Hutton (Leverage, TNT)
Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, SCI FI)
Noah Wiley (The Librarian: The Curse of The Judas Chalice, TNT)

Best Actress in Television
Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fox)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Ghost Whisperer, CBS)
Evangeline Lilly (Lost, ABC)
Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica, SCI FI)
Anna Paquin (True Blood, HBO)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, TNT)
Anna Torv (Fringe, ABC)

Best Supporting Actor in Television
Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, ABC)
Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fox)
Michael Emerson (Lost, ABC)
Josh Holloway (Lost, ABC)
Adrian Pasdar (Heroes, NBC)
Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, NBC)

Best Supporting Actress in Television
Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, Showtime)
Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fox)
Yunjin Kim (Lost, ABC)
Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost, ABC)
Hayden Panettiere (Heroes, NBC)
Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, SCI FI)

Best Guest Starring Role in a Television Series
Kristen Bell (Heroes, NBC)
Alan Dale (Lost, ABC)
Kevin Durand (Lost, ABC)
Robert Forster (Heroes, NBC)
Jimmy Smits (Dexter, Showtime)
Sonya Walger (Lost, ABC)

Best Television Series Release on DVD
Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series (BBC Warner)
Heroes: Season 2 (Universal)
Lost: The Complete Fourth Season (Walt Disney)
Moonlight: The Complete Series (Warner)
Reaper: Season One (Lionsgate)
Torchwood: Season 2 (BBC Warner)
The Tudors: The Complete Second Season(Paramount/Showtime)

Best Retro Television Series Release on DVD
Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1990 (Universal)
Early Edition: Season One (Paramount)
The Incredible Hulk: The Complete Series (Universal)
The Invaders: The First & Second Seasons (Paramount)
Mission Impossible: The Fourth & Fifth Seasons (Paramount)
Spaced: The Complete Series (BBC Warner)

The Saturn Awards will be presented on June 25th.


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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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Ready to Get Lost Again?

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Is everyone ready to get Lost again? After what feels like an eternity, ABC’s Lost returns in just under 24 hours!

This is the show that opened my eyes to the science fiction/fantasy genre, so it’s very special to me.  Without it, I’d never have discovered fantastic TV like BSG, Fringe, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Firefly, Buffy, Angel or Smallville.

When we last saw the Losties, the freighter had blown up, Penny’s boat found the Oceanic Six (and her beloved Desmond), the identity of the person in the coffin was revealed – oh, and Ben moved the Island!

So what’s in store for tomorrow night’s season premiere? Here’s the lowdown from ABC.com:


The remaining survivors start to feel the effects caused by the island being moved, and Jack and Ben begin their quest to reuinite the Ocean 6 — along with Locke’s body — to return to the island.

If that’s not enough to satisfy you in these final hours, here’s a sneak peek:

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Are you ready for Lost? And what have you missed most about the series since last May’s season finale?


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