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Happy Canada Day from The Televixen!

Today is Canada’s 142nd birthday! And I’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to some fine Canadians who keep us glued to our TVs week after week.

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1) Kiefer Sutherland – Jack Bauer’s been saving the US since November 2001, and the actor that brings this character to life each season is Kiefer Sutherland. Kiefer’s not only part of an acting dynasty, his grandfather is the reason Canadians have free health care!

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2) Nathan Fillion – Whether he’s Malcolm Reynolds, Richard Castle or Captain Hammer, Edmonton native Nathan Fillion always brings a smile to this Televixen’s face.

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3) Evangeline Lilly – Since the beginning of Lost, I’ve been fascinated by Kate Austen, and I couldn’t imagine her played by anyone else except the stunning Evangeline Lilly.

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4) Joshua Jackson – I first fell in love with him as Pacey Witter on Dawson’s Creek, and was I ever thrilled to see him as Peter Bishop on Fringe. Joshua Jackson is a fine, often underrated Canadian export.

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5) Cobie Smulders – Can you get more Canadian than Cobie Smulders? On How I Met Your Mother, she’s Canadian newscaster Robin Scherbatsky. And she has an alter ego – Robin Sparkles, a Canadian pop sensation. Her hit song “Let’s Go to the Mall” is appropriate for this holiday, as she declares, “I’m going to rock your body till Canada Day!”

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6) Tahmoh Penikett – We loved him as Helo on BSG, and he’s proved to be a real asset to the Whedonverse on Dollhouse. He’s a fine Canadian actor, and his father was Premier of the Yukon.

7) William Shatner – He’s the original Captain James T. Kirk. What more can I say? Actually, I’ll let him say it:

To all my fellow Canadians, at home and abroad, Happy Canada Day!


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I’ve Been Sucked Into The Gilmore Girls Vortex …

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I am not exactly sure why I didn’t watch The Gilmore Girls when it was on TV. It was probably a combination of something else being on at the same time, lack of a PVR, or it not really being the type of show I tend to watch. But following the praise of many friends and colleagues, and the insistence of my good friend Patricia, I’ve started watching Season One.

My verdict so far? I’m enjoying it like a really good burger and fries, something that I’ve discovered Lorelai and Rory Gilmore have a particular fondness for. And I really like Lauren Graham’s timing – Lorelai has very quickly become my fave character. At the end of a grueling day, this is precisely the kind of show I can get lost in. If this evening’s viewing of three episodes in a row is any indication of how quickly I’m going to plow through this series, I should be finished the first season within a week!


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Live Blogging The Golden Globe Awards!

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Tonight is the Golden Globe Awards, and The Televixen’s going to give the ol’ live blogging a try. So if you feel like watching the Golden Globes with me, log onto the site and let me know your thoughts as the evening progresses!

The 2009 Golden Globe Awards begin at 8 pm on NBC in the US, and CTV in Canada.

Happy 2009 from The Televixen!

My friends, it’s been a while since I last posted. So let me start off by wishing each of you a very happy 2009!

I have spent the past couple of months establishing 2 new blogs about shows that I adore, Saturday Night Live, and How I Met Your Mother. If you haven’t had a chance to check those out, I encourage you to do so! I also contributed a feature interview with Californication and King of the Hill’s Pamela Adlon to one of my favourite television websites, TheTVAddict.com.

Now that those two blogs are up and running, I will return to regular posts on this blog. In fact, my new year’s resolution is to blog here daily, even if just a brief post.

In fact, I was inspired by Torchwood’s mission statement to create my own for 2009. Here goes:


The Televixen: inside the blogosphere, beyond the mainstream; tracking down intriguing television on her PVR, the internet, and on DVD, and sharing her insights on what’s on TV. 2009 is when it all changes. And The Televixen is ready.

That being said, I should get to work on some exciting new content, including the highly anticipated second part of my Gareth David-Lloyd article, and my observations on two new shows I recently started watching, Smallville and Mad Men.  Thanks to all of you for reading in 2008, and here’s to 2009!

p.s. I’ve also joined the world of Twitter. You can follow me by clicking HERE.


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The 2008 Emmy Awards Come to an End

Mary Tyler Moore, still looking fantastic, brought out Betty White to present the Outstanding Comedy Series Award to 30 Rock.  I’ve never been a regular watcher of 30 Rock, but I do like every episode I’ve seen.  So good for them.  And by the way, I want Tina Fey’s dress.  Can someone hook me up with one?

And the final statue of the night went to Mad Men for Outstanding Drama Series.  I guess I should get off my butt (or rather stay sitting on my butt) and catch up on this series!

Well, another Emmy broadcast has ended, right in time so I can catch my Entourage repeat on The Movie Network.  I’ll have my full thoughts on this year’s Emmy’s tomorrow.  Have a good night, and thanks for joining me for my ramblings!

Booooo! Dexter Ripped Off! Yay! Tina Fey Wins Again!

Oh Jack Bauer, how I’ve missed you! Very glad to see Mr. Sutherland on stage.

Wait a second … what just happened?  Michael C. Hall was RIPPED OFF!  He so should have won Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series!  I’m mad now.  What is up with the Academy?

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Yay Tina Fey for winning!  That was probably one of the best acceptance speeches I’ve seen tonight.

And I must say something about the whole Reality Host Award shtick.  LAME!  Going to commercial break before announcing the winner.  I really don’t care about this category, and why drag it out unnecessarily?  It’s because of their innane banter that the show is running behind, and now they’re rushing through the categories that really matter!

NPH, Piven, and a Win for “House’s Head”

Whoo hoo – two of my favourite men on screen within a minute – Neil Patrick Harris on stage presenting an award, and an audience shot of Jeremy Piven in a stunning pinstripe suit.

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series went to Greg Yaitanes for one of my favourite episodes of House.  If you haven’t seen “House’s Head”, I really encourage you to watch it, as it was one of my favourite hours of television last season.

My thoughts on the Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series category – Battlestar Galactica was shut out ONCE AGAIN!  Will the suits ever recoginize BSG for the dramatic powerhouse it is?  Forget the fact that it’s sci-fi, it’s still the finest dramatic writing on television, hands down.  At the very least, The Wire could have won. Maybe this means I have to finally get around to watching Mad Men and see what all the raves are about.  But I stand by my choices in this category.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series goes to Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock – his first Emmy win after 7 noms.  He is great on 30 Rock, and he’s not Charlie Sheen, so good for him!

More from the 2008 Emmys

William Petersen has handed over the CSI reins to Laurence Fishburne. I still haven’t decided if Morpheus is the best man to lead the CSI Vegas team. I think this was supposed to be a moving moment, but it kind of fell flat, IMHO.

Jay Roach has won Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special, and thanked his wife, guitar vixen Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles. I know it’s been a while since the heyday of The Bangles, but it still startles me how much Hoffs has aged.

I just caught my first glimpse of Entourage cutie Adrian Grenier. I know this year’s Emmys are really struggling to keep my attention if I only seem to be noticing the TV cuties on stage or in the audience.

The Amazing Race just picked up the Oustanding Reality Competition award, and Tom Hanks hit the stage to pick up yet another honor for John Adams, complete with political commentary.  Speaking of “amazing races”, it seems like in a year of a big election in the US, and an election in Canada, the political John Adams and Recount seem to be this year’s Emmy darlings.

2008 Emmys, Part Three

We’ve got a win for Laura Linney (Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie – John Adams). Haven’t seen John Adams yet … I might have to check it out.

The Daily Show has just snagged the Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series award, presented by castmates from Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in, including Lily Tomlin as telephone operator Ernestine.

Oooooh David Boreanaz looking snazzy! Emmys, at last, you have my attention, at the very least for some eye candy!

The statue for Outstanding Direction in a Comedy Series goes to Barry Sonnenfeld for Pushing Daisies. This is a show that I have tried to watch on a few different occasions, but I just can’t seem to get into.  I haven’t completely written it off yet, but it might require a marathon viewing of the entire first season for me to really appreciate it.

The Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series award just went to Tina Fey … not only a talented writer, but a talented female comedy writer! I’d like to dedicate her award to my friend Eileen, who I believe will be up there one day accepting that very same award! Finally, some inspiration at this year’s Emmys.

Oh, and if they’d like to bring David Boreanaz out for the rest of the awards to just stand there and look good, I’d have no objections!

The 2008 Emmys – Part Two

Ok, so we’ve got an Emmy for Diane Wiest (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama – In Treatment), and the writers on The Colbert Report (Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program).  Still peeved I missed seeing Piven win.  And I would have loved to see Michael Emerson (Ben Linus on Lost) win instead of Zeljko Ivanek.  Anyone else with me on that one?  I have to admit, the past 40 minutes have been on the boring side.  I wonder if the people in the Emmy audience are feeling the same way right now?  Now I’m wondering what the frak Josh Groban is doing?!?!  God help us all!  Unless he’s going to sing “I’m F*&^ing Ben Affleck”.

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