Tags: television

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things I would like to write posts about

  • the season finale of Project Runway (subtitle: shut up, Kenley)

  • the American version of Life on Mars (subtitle: Harvey Keitel, how are you so awesome?)

  • those YA novel recs I started thinking about doing, oh, months ago

  • the upcoming premiere of 30 Rock and the general awesomeness thereof

  • the general awesomeness of Pushing Daisies

  • what else I've been watching on TV or reading lately

(Posting this will, with luck, increase the chances of my actually doing so.)
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a Eureka pimping post that also turned into a riff on Pushing Daisies

The third season of Eureka debuts Tuesday, July 29th, on the Sci Fi Channel. Sci Fi will be running a marathon of the first eleven episodes of the second season tomorrow, with episodes 12 and 13 being rebroadcast immediately prior to the third-season debut on Tuesday night.

gin200168, who got me into the show in the first place, has posted an Illustrated Eureka Character Primer with a nicely detailed breakdown of all the show's main characters, intended as a guide for people who are curious about the show, but who may feel reluctant to jump into S3 without the benefit of having seen the first two seasons.

The guide, which obviously contains some spoilers (although she avoids going into detail or revealing anything too major) is an excellent resource for folks who find themselves in that boat, or for those who may have seen the show but find themselves in need of a refresher course.

Really, I'm just trying to pimp the show so that more people watch. This is a charming, occasionally goofy, well-written and thoughtful show with a great premise and with fabulously-developed characters. It has, to paraphrase myself from my post the other day, many delights in common with shows like The Middleman and Pushing Daisies, both of which it shares a number of tonal and narrative kinships with.

Although, in thinking about this since that original post, I'm inclined to say that Pushing Daisies is, ultimately, fundamentally darker at its core than either Eureka or The Middleman, despite the bright colors of the production design and the similar quirkiness of the writing. To vastly oversimplify, Pushing Daisies is about the inevitability of death in all its forms, while Eureka and The Middleman are each, in their own ways, celebrations of life -- moreover, Pushing Daisies doesn't just deal with death, it celebrates it and embraces it as a lover.

Which is something I may need to explore further after I get the S1 DVDs and have a chance to rewatch the show.
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show pimp: The Middleman

The Middleman premieres tonight on ABC Family. The show is about the titular Middleman, an "independent contractor" who deals with problems like tentacle monsters and mad scientists, and is based on executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach's graphic novel of the same name.

It looks like it's going to be a hell of a lot of fun, and has been getting stellar reviews. More importantly, it's my friend spyscribe's first regular TV show gig, and we're all really proud of her here, and excited about the show.

If you like comic books, if you like sci-fi, if you like quirky humor and well-written characters, this is a show for you.
chuck charles

I'm good, I really am

Dudes. I am so far behind on comments, not to mention on my thinkpositive30 submissions. That's not good. Because then scarletts_awry will win, and I'm not going to let that happen, oh hell no.

One (Monday, May 5):

I finished a project I was working on, which gave me a sense of accomplishment. Now I'm just crossing my fingers that it'll be well-received. But that's not the point, at least not for these purposes. The point is that I did something, and did it to the best of my abilities.

Two (Tuesday, May 6):

I wrote again today, and while I wasn't able to write the scene exactly the way it needed to be, I think I figured out how it does need to go, and that wouldn't have happened if I hadn't just kept working at it even as I knew it was turning out wrong.

All of this means I may actually finish this story sometime soon, and that it may actually approach something close to what I had in my head when I first started thinking about it.

Three (Wednesday, May 7):

There was a new episode last night, and, while it wasn't phenomenal like "Admissions" was, it was another good, solid episode in what's been a fabulous season.

And tonight there are new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and 30 Rock, and I just love television, I really do.

Four (Today):

It is just past ten in the morning, and I'm sitting on my living room floor in my pajamas typing this up. An hour or so ago, I was sitting on the couch, drinking a cup of tea and watching last night's recorded episodes of Sex and the City. Why is that? Because I am not at work today. And I will not be at work again until next Tuesday. I am actually taking vacation time.

And gin200168 will be here in a few hours, and once she arrives, we're going to go out and have sushi, then go shopping. Then, I don't know, come back to my place and do something really crazy, like marathoning the Denny episodes of Grey's Anatomy.

I should really go vacuum, and then get to work on answering comments and typing up the pages I wrote the other day so that I can start revising them.
stella dubious

what I am...

Reading: Kelley Armstrong's No Humans Involved, the latest Women of the Otherworld novel. Necromancer Jaime Vegas raises some very real, and very insistent, ghosts while participating in a reality TV special about contacting the ghost of Marilyn Monroe. I love this series. I love the rotating cast of narrators, and what I really love is that, while there are romance subplots in most of the books, the real focus of the novels is the women protagonists' jobs and struggles to find and maintain their own agency and autonomy -- all within the context of the paranormal detective subgenre. The women are neither defined by their men nor punished for seeking their own adventures and their own standards for living.

Armstrong is particularly strong on characterization. She also knows how to write creepy, and the paranormal aspects are generally played out very well; she also has an eye for creating disturbing details without going over the top with the violence. Haunted is my favorite so far, followed closely by Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic, and I'm really enjoying this one, too.

spyscribe, these and the Kim Harrison novels are excellent alternatives to the faerie porn, I swear.

Speaking of Harrison, her practice of using slight twists on the names of Clint Eastwood movies for her titles has always amused me, and the latest one cracks me up every time I see it: The Outlaw Demon Wails.

Watching: I have hundreds and hundreds OMG TOO MANY episodes of Dexter and Torchwood sitting on my DVR. If I had a brain in my head, I would make some effort at getting through them before all the primetime shows start to come back in the next two or three weeks.

Unfortunately, sometimes I'm a Bear of Very Little Brain, and so they continue to sit there while I channel-surf and go "Ooh, shiny," and watch whatever damn thing catches my fancy.

Listening: The new Mountain Goats album, all of which is just as good as "Lovecraft in Brooklyn" suggested.

Craving: Sushi. And peace and quiet. And a pedicure.
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"tell me that's not a mermaid"

How is it that I've never seen the Sci Fi Channel's Destination Truth before? Dude, I just turned it on, and the guy is running around Papua New Guinea looking for an iguana dinosaur god. And later he's going to search for a mermaid. It's like the cryptozoology version of Ghost Hunters.

♥ ♥ ♥

I am, obviously, going to be watching this marathon for the rest of the afternoon.

Yeah, yeah: I'm writing, too. I already put in an hour at Starbucks this morning, and I'll be going back in the early evening, around the time I usually do on weekends.

I also went to the grocery store, so I am clearly a whirlwind of productivity today. (They had blueberries and Chilean plums. I love springtime.)

(Also, a few minutes ago the guy said something about a mermaids' graveyard, and dude, is that not a fantastic title for a story?)
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aesthetic & Project Runway

My thoughts on Project Runway, let me show you them.

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ETA: I suspect that "that's a lot of look" is going to take its place alongside "make it work" and "I'm not feeling it" and "too matchy-matchy" in my fashion vocabulary.

I really want these two books:

The Meaning of Sunglasses: And a Guide to Almost All Things Fashionable by Hadley Freeman

The Virago Book of the Joy of Shopping, edited by Jill Foulston

They're on my Amazon wishlist so that I'll remember that when they eventually come out in paperback.
stella sultry

all along the watchtower

More WGA strike links, if you're trying to follow the situation:

United Hollywood: an unofficial blog run by a group of strike captains

Scribe Vibe: Variety's WGA Strike Blog: unlike most of the trade's online content, this is available to non-subscribers. Despite WGA accusations that Variety is in AMPTP's pocket, the coverage has been fair and wide-ranging.

L.A. Times coverage
a girl needs a gun

alphabet ficlet update, & randomness

I've edited my original alphabet ficlet post to include links to all the ficlets I wrote (all 37 of them!), so if you requested a ficlet from me and haven't seen it yet, go check out the post and look for it. There are only a handful of ficlets that I haven't come up with a good central image for yet, and I made sure that everyone got at least one of their requests fulfilled.

Two random TV comments:

If Pushing Daisies doesn't win a ton of awards next year for art direction and costume design, there is no justice in the world.

Project Runway S4 premieres on November 14th. I cannot wait.