Today's fun toy. Make your own--because, really, who can resist? Also, yay return of Game of Thrones.
Otherwise: Revising, juggling other work, trying not to flail, the usual.
Today's fun toy. Make your own--because, really, who can resist? Also, yay return of Game of Thrones.
Otherwise: Revising, juggling other work, trying not to flail, the usual.
MTV has put in development Blackwood, a drama from Lionsgate Television and Kelsey Grammer’s Grammnet Prods. It is based on the young adult book of the same name by Gwenda Bond, which was published this past September on the Strange Chemistry YA imprint of UK-based science fiction publisher Angry Robot Books. DC Comic book and television writer Peter Calloway (Brothers & Sisters) will write the adaptation.
Perhaps now my obnoxious secret-keeping can be forgiven? I AM OBVIOUSLY VERY EXCITED.
My hugest thanks to Brian Taylor (and everyone else at Grammnet, of course), Lionsgate TV, writer Peter Calloway, and to my faaaabulous agents Jenn Laughran of Andrea Brown and Nate Matteson of Gotham Group. And to MTV(!). You are all awesome amazing crazymazing. (Also, goes without saying but saying it anyway, thanks to Amanda Rutter and the rest of the SC/AR team.)
Before you ask: does this mean Blackwood will definitely be a TV show on MTV? Not yet, no, but certainly it is an excellent starting point for that to happen. I am beyond thrilled with the team behind this, and it's the perfect network, so I'm extremely hopeful and cannot wait to see how the development proceeds. What's been done so far has been fabulous.
You all know how much I love TV, so in short:
Look out, Snoopy, there is a lot of happy dancing going on here. I feel so incredibly lucky and grateful for this entire year.
Updated to add:
Yesterday I had a nice long conversation about YA and Blackwood and related topics with Louisville public radio station WFPL's ace arts reporter Erin Keane (who is also fabulous writer--highly recommend both her poetry collections), as a preview to the Writer's Block Festival where I'll be panel discussioning about YA (and signing) on Saturday. The resulting story is here.
And, if you didn't know (gaspALARM), tonight is...
In honor of this momentous fall occasion, here's a teeny not-spoilery snippet from a scene between Miranda and Phillips in Blackwood:
Happy Thursday, y'all.
She blinked, but he couldn't tell if it had worked until she said, "You snooped in my room?"
He had her.
"I had to help pack your stuff." He wrinkled his nose. "You have a thing for brooding vampire brothers?"
"You've seen it?"
Keep her talking. He shrugged. "Study lounge has a TV. Doppelgangers are hot. I'm not proud."
And I've posted the thread for tonight's episode, which is:
Inherit the Wind. When Fanny's attorney gives her shocking news, she takes it hard and makes the situation more awkward for Michelle. Making matters worse, Michelle has a run-in with the law when she takes off in Hubbell's car to blow off steam, only to break down in the driveway of a handsome, local recluse. Meanwhile, the girls compete against other dance studios in an "ugliest feet" contest.
Last week was interesting, including lots more spot-the-Gilmore Girls-parallels: Black Swan Rory, a quick glimpse of a chef that better not be a Sookie analogue, etc. Now it sounds like we may get the Luke (and/or Christopher) analogue tonight. (I do like a handsome recluse, however.)
Anyway, you can find the discussion space for this one over at Facebook.
And tonight's episode is:
For Fanny. An unexpected occurence puts Michelle at odds with her new mother-in-law; Fanny's students prove to be an inspiration.
Unrelated personal nattering: For those keeping a grossness tally of C's week away at le workshop (okay, that's just me, but I'm going to inflict it on you too), so far I've had to dispose of THREE dead birds from the back yard. Tragic bird family--seriously, they are the Okies of bird families, the back yard is the Dust Bowl, and Emma is the Steinbeckian wrath--keep building their nest where babies get washed out when it storms... Sadness. Especially when you have to intercept a half-golden retriever, half-basset hound who apparently got the retrieving gene loud and clear. Don't let her innocent mug fool you.
Anyway, come over later and talk TV (and things that are infuriating said in interviews).
*Did I ever post Christopher's story about the teacher who told his seventh grade science class that: "Dogs are cold-blooded. How else are they able to sleep outside during the winter?"
Lalala, is my hair on fire or does it just feel that way? It just feels that way, I think. Whew.
Most of my week was spent writing a lengthy essay about one of my favorite book series, about which more once the TOC is public (and I find out if the essay turned out acceptably, of course). This involved much flipping around in copies of said beloved books, and a passel of post-it noting that is going to be a pain to remove when I finally get around to that. I like reading on my Nook fine, but I must admit more than once this week I thought that I couldn't even imagine trying to do the same sort of thing if I didn't have hard copies at hand.
And the rest of the week was eaten by pecking away on the draft of the gods book, which it's my Sworn Intention (before you, my sacred witnesses) to finish next week while Christopher's off in the mountains of North Carolina at Sycamore Hill and I'm a workshop widow. It shall be done, etc. Add to all this a sudden hospitalization in the family and a random act of vandalism last night where some jerk smashed the driver's side window of our car while it was parked on the street across from our house and...this has not been the soothing week of soothingness.
At all. But so it goes.
The one bright spot, however, was a sun appearing on the horizon of summer's barren TV landscape: Bunheads. It's early yet, and it could go the path of suck, but I fully loved the first episode. If you haven't heard about this show, it's by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and it's a major return to form. Yes, it shares commonalities with GG, but one) that's not a bad thing and two) I believe it'll grow into something very much its own. (The Bunheads of the title are ballerinas.)
Anyway, long-time blog readers may remember ye olde Gilmore Gossip Circle, in which we'd gather to gab in the comments after episodes. It was great fun. There have been other attempts made for other shows, but they tended to wane. Karen Meisner and I were chatting about Bunheads on Facebook (as we recently did during the ANTM finale, too) and decided to try and give the old analytical TV stop a revival...but since we've been doing the chats at Facebook and it's so much easier to comment there, I'm thinking that's where they'll be. I'll put up a public post there with a description of the week's episode on Monday evenings and link to it from here. If you're a Facebook hater (smart), then feel free to just comment here, though I suspect it will be rowdier over there.
So, if you're so inclined, join in next week's:
And if you missed the premiere it's up online.
I am ALMOST done with draft one of the new novel, but not quite. Still, after many words written this week, the end is very close. If I don't hit it before we leave for WFC in the morning, it'll happen in the car on the Neo.
Draft! will make me very happy. As will tired brain Thursday viewing of:
Masquerade. Damon and Stefan devise a new plan to deal with Katherine at the Lockwood's masquerade ball. Katherine asks her friend, Lucy, to join her at the ball. Bonnie, Alaric, and Jeremy do their best to help Stefan and Damon with their plan, but Katherine has a surprise that none of them expected. The evening takes a bad turn when Tyler and Matt start doing shots with their friends.
Will attempt a post or two from Columbus, but that may be overly ambitious. Onward.
And tonight is:
Plan B. Jeremy offers to help Alaric and Damon deal with Katherine, despite Elena's concerns about Jeremy's safety. Caroline and her mother share some rare quality time together. When Bonnie learns some new information about Mason, she decides to share it with Stefan, which leads to Damon taking action on his own.
This looks to have all my fave episode elements. We shall see.
Everyone's favorite weekday (besides Friday, obvs) is here, and not a moment too soon:
Kill or Be Killed. While Stefan and Damon argue over how to handle the Lockwoods, Tyler learns more about his Uncle Mason and the family curse. Despite Elena's wishes, Jeremy gets closer to the Lockwood mystery by hanging out with Tyler. Sheriff Forbes receives some shocking information from Mason, leading to a chaotic night.
I love it when the boys bicker. Plus, chaos!
And tonight's ep is:
Memory Lane. Stefan takes more dramatic actions as he tries to discover the truth behind why Katherine has returned to Mystic Falls, and he is stunned when Katherine reveals some new information about the events that unfolded in 1864. Damon tries using a new method to resolve his issues with Mason, but his decision has serious consequences. Tyler pressures Mason to tell him the truth about the Lockwood family. Stefan and Elena are faced with limited options when Katherine gives them an ultimatum.
Last week was a return to form, so surely there's cracktastic hijincks of rollicking reveals in store for us tonight.
And tonight's ep is*:
Bad Moon Rising. Elena, Damon, and Alaric travel to Duke University to study Isobel's research on folklore and paranormal phenomena, hoping to find some clues to the mystery surrounding the Lockwoods. Vanessa, a former student of Isobel's, helps them sort through the research and ends up learning more than she had anticipated. Stefan encounters a terrifying new danger in the woods, and Tyler uncovers a shocking discovery about his uncle Mason.
This looks promising, what with the return of Alaric. And maybe the werewolves won't be so mysterious after this week...because if the SHOCKING DISCOVERY is that Mason is a werewolf? NOT SHOCKING.
Stop by afterward with thoughts, complaints, and prognostications.
*Oh, the tough decisions ahead in casa Bond-Rowe, where we can DVR only two things at a time. I believe the same hour will hold TVD, Community and Parks & Rec, and Bones. Woe. Why can't some shows be on other nights?
Oh dear--has the clock really run around to Thursday without another post? Oh well, this will have to do. Still working on finishing my book draft, a proofing project, and getting ready to start reading Subterranean issue submissions soon. If all goes well, I should return to a more normal posting schedule next week.
In the meantime, tonight's capsule descrip is:
Brave New World. Caroline, feeling confused and desperate, joins her friends at the Mystic Falls Carnival after being released from the hospital. Damon wants to take immediate action, but Stefan and Elena offer Caroline their support. Matt tries to tell Caroline how he feels about her despite being confused about her behavior. Damon starts to suspect Mason Lockwood and tries to use Tyler's short temper to get Mason to reveal his secret. Bonnie takes her frustrations out on Damon as she becomes frustrated with everything going on around her.
In the grand tradition of past TV show weekly discusison threads at ye old Shaken & Stirred (Gilmore Gossip Circle, R.I.P.), I'm inaugurating one for Vampire Diaries talk... assuming y'all, you know, bite (so, so sorry).
Tonight's season opener capsule description is:
The Return. Elena returns home and is horrified to learn what has happened to Jeremy and Uncle John. Bonnie, Matt, and Damon wait at the hospital with Sheriff Forbes, who is anxious to hear whether Caroline will survive the car accident. Elena and Damon share a confusing conversation about the evening's events, and Damon realizes that Katherine has returned. He and Stefan set out to learn why Katherine came back and whether she poses a threat to Mystic Falls. Tyler's uncle, Mason, arrives to console his family members, who are still grieving after the mayor's death. J. Miller Tobin directed the episode written by Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec.
Even The Atlantic says this show is classy. (Or highly addictive and enjoyable, at least.)
I'm going to attempt to liveblog the pageant (on the off chance that Ms. Sunshine can't find a good webcast on her portion of the globe) (webcast found! but I'll continue to hit the highlights). Please to join in the comments, if you like. I make no promises as to how long I can keep this up, but I'll try to get through to crowntime.
Updates will begin here in 39 minutes and counting. Behind the cut to avoid spoilers, OF COURSE.
The Miss Universe pageant is on NBC tonight at 9 p.m., and this intergalactic strangefest should not be missed if you can help it.*
I'm always a Trinidad & Tobago girl, but I might branch out this year. And there are so many questions: Will America trip at some point? Can Venezuela lose? Who will be the saddest "celebrity" guest judge?
*Scoff if you must, but the Vietnam pageant was the first place I ever saw a little someone called Lady Gaga perform.
And tonight we have the season ender that wasn't supposed to be the season ender:
Sorry I forgot to post the Dollhouse thread. The level of busy for the past week has topped historical levels, but I finally got a chance to watch the ep last night. Now that's more like it. Spoilers in comments. Some regular posting to resume this week.
Reading Paul Tremblay's The Little Sleep and finding it a pleasing cocktail reminiscent of Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn and Jen Banbury's Like a Hole in the Head, with a hint of Bukowski bitters.
For all us poor stiffs not having fun at NESCBWI or the Nebs this weekend:
Haunted. Echo is programmed with the memories of a dead woman in the hopes that she can help solve the woman's murder. Topher secretly prepares Sierra for an engagement, and Ballard looks into Mellie's past.
I'm a little worried since the standalones are my least favorites so far, but the show has been on a roll lately and perhaps this'll be the first truly good one.
Well, we knew the rumblings of cancellation were coming at some point, right? Of course, the truly surprising thing is that Fox is committed to airing 12 episodes, not that they aren't airing the 13th. Tonight's ep is:
I must admit that the main show I'm still pulling for to escape cancellation isn't this one--it's Life. That was some finale, and if it has to be the series finale, it'll work, and almost beautifully. But there's still a lot of (::groan, eyeroll::) life left in that show. Come on, NBC execs. Don't be jerks this time.
(p.s. I think we're going to take in a movie this afternoon. Any suggestions? We haven't seen anything that's come out in the last, oh, two months.)
Forgot to post yesterday (and won't watch till later today):
Needs. Awakening within the Dollhouse, with large parts of their original personalities having returned, Echo, Sierra and Victor plan an escape.
And tonight we have:
Echoes. Echo goes undercover at a college to investigate a deadly virus outbreak.
Outbreak investigation, huh? I. Can't. Wait. (Of course, we have to watch the Basketball Werewolf Show first.)
This is supposed to be the one where we all get completely on board, right?
I'm looking forward to it... ::ominous use of ellipses::
And after this week it's supposed to get really good, right? Right?
There's a potential for some seriously cringe-inducing television machine if the Dushku as blind person performance isn't flat-out nailed. Affleck as Daredevil, anyone? I have fears.
Other miscellaneous TeeVee-related things:
1. I'm almost to the end of my re-watch of Buffy season three. Why isn't there television like this on anymore? Sigh.
2. Castle was actually quite enjoyable--I wish the female lead had more charisma or at least was written with a bigger personality, but Nathan Fillion and his family were a lot of fun. We'll keep watching.
3. This season of ANTM is shaping up to be one of the best ever.
4. Life is still the most awesome show on TV.
It's supposed to be getting more interesting around now, right?
Comments after if you got 'em. Also, anyone planning to watch the new Nathan Fillion show? I believe it starts next week.
Have a nice weekend, y'all.
And episode three:
I have to say that the description of episode five alone will keep me hanging in until then. But let's hope for less girl running and screaming this week.
And this week's ep is:
Post thoughts in the comments after if you got 'em.
Maureen Ryan's interview with Tahmoh Penikett over at The Watcher, where he says a couple of things that give me hope things will get good if we hang in there:
To help viewers understand "Dollhouse's" provocative concept, the first few episodes are self-contained hours focused on Echo's weekly adventures. But Penikett says that midway through the show’s 13-episode season, the mythology will kick into high gear.
through the season, you'll start seeing some of the main story lines
and arcs developed in a more serious way, around the fifth episode. I
think that's when Joss and his writing team really found their feet and
said, 'OK, this is what we wanted. This is what we were aiming at and
we’ve got it now,'" Penikett said.
"I can't tell you how confidence-building it is when you experience that," the actor added. "Because as everyone knows, we had somewhat of a tumultuous start. There was a lot of speculation, a lot of bad press, and you inevitably get caught up in it a little bit. … Once I read the fifth and sixth episode, specifically [Episode 6, the Whedon-penned] 'Man on the Street,' I was like, 'This is it. This is the show.'"
And if you want to see some interesting thoughts about the first episode, check out this Coffee & Ink post.
I know, I know, I'm just asking to get my heart broken, but demonstrating my faith that the Show Will Be Good (much cheered by this i09 review) and also because I miss our TV chatter of old (see: the Gilmore Gossip Circle, Veronica Mars Talk, Heroes Yammer), here is a place for, um, discussion after Dollhouse airs.
Episode description ahoy:
Kendra the Vampire Slayer introduced as possible recurring criminal element type on Bones? Yay!
Dollhouse lives... Please to schedule soon now.
These days, The Middleman is one of the only shows that fills me with glee--most especially among the ranks of science fiction shows. It is, of course, on the precipice between renewal and cancellation. But what can I do about that, you ask?
You can go read the lovely and whip-smart Genevieve Valentine's "Eight Reasons You Should Be Downloading the First Season of 'The Middleman'" over at Fantasy magazine, and let her convince you to do as she says.
(Give it two episodes, before you decide and I bet you'll decide it's awesome.)
And they've sucked me back in for now. See comments. Discuss among yourselves.
What about that Bones finale, huh?
The developments make me a little sad, but perhaps we can look forward to padded room stuff at some point.
And back to work...
Last night we finally bothered to confirm our suspicion that the actor playing Dr. Lance Sweets (the psychiatrist) on Bones was Sam on Freaks and Geeks. AND there was even a hat tip to that fact during last night's episode.
If you have to replace Stephen Fry, this is a pretty good choice.
So, on the most recent episode of Bones, which continued the saga of the more-interesting-than-most-TV-serial-killers-because-a-secret-society-is-involved Gormagon killer(s), there was this absolutely delightful little homage to Buffy. Angel, er, Booth did a night visit to a cemetery to break into a crypt and they shot it right out of Buffy, even beginning with a close-up of an angel statue. Yes, we squealed like delighted children meeting Willy Wonka for the first time.
These kind of fun little moments are the reason that this show--while not a work of genius--never disappoints me. Which is a rare thing on teevee these days.
Also, I can't BELIEVE that Wikipedia doesn't have a Gormagon entry. Wow.
(Never have I been so glad for a twist as at the end.)
So, stuff actually happened -- some of it predictable, much of it problematic... but problematic in the way we know and (mostly?) love. Thoughts?
But Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku back together in TVland. In the E! interview that broke the news, Whedon describes "Dollhouse" thus:
The idea is those with the money or connections can access this secret highly illegal facility where they can basically fulfill their greatest fantasies. Most people assume that means sex—and on an occasion it does, because that is a lot of people's fantasies—but it's basically scenarios. They can basically reenact scenarios of romance, adventure or anything perfectly, because they become the person that you want them to be—they become that person. They don't act like that person, they are not a robot pretending, they become that person, and then they forget all about it. The problem is the character of Echo, Eliza Dushku's character, stops forgetting. She doesn't completely remember, but she does realize she is a person, and that she might have been a person before she did this, and she doesn't know what that is.
Oh, happy day.
p.s. Whedon also directed tonight's episode of The Office.
Anything to say about The Kindness of Strangers? I haven't watched it yet, but will today.
Please get good again. Please get good again. Thank you.
Kindred. Suresh finds an undiscovered Issac Mendez painting that shows someone's death; Maya frees Alejandro from a Mexican jail; in the past Hiro discovers something new about Kensei; and Niki and Micah leave Las Vegas to get away from their past.
Of course, it does say right there that Niki's back...
Let's hope for better footing this week as:
Lizards. Matt seeks allies against the new Hero killer. Claire encounters a student with powers. Maya and Alejandro enter Mexico and find their powers more of a hindrance then a help. Suresh tries to locate the Haitian. Hiro works to contain the damage caused by his journey into the past. Peter falls in with Irish gangsters who taunt him with a box which contains his past. Kensei's power will be revealed.
Thoughts on Chuck welcome, too, since we'll likely watch that. (And, yes, The Office more than delivered. Best show ever. Poor Sprinkles.)
Yeah, yeah, I know it's been quiet around here, and I'm sorry about that. I've actually been writing this week and, well, as long as that's working I'm inclined to pop in and out of ye olde blogging when there is time. Rest assured, though, that this has not interfered with my experience of the true debut week of the new TeeVee season. Never that.
So far, new shows I'm liking are Gossip Girl (the frothy pleasure of guilt), Reaper (except for the Jack Black impersonator and the fact the only defined female character is the love interest), and Chuck (less focused than Reaper, but charming). We haven't made it through Journeyman yet, and the Bionic Woman is on the DVR. I have to say that none of the premieres of anything--tried and true or new--have caused an utter wow response yet, but none of them have sucked. (I kind of wish they weren't selling the "House must have a teammmmm" thing as hard as they are; Heroes seems to do interstitial episodes better than first and last ones; and I love the girl with Asperger's on ANTM, which ensures she won't win.) But I fully expect The Office to bring the wow tonight. Jim & Pam. Pam & Jim. Wii Tennis beforehand. You can't beat it.
And next weekend we hit Chicago running for the first ever Kidlitosphere Conference; if you're there and won't be at that thing, drop me an e-mail so we can go to the Lush store or something. There will be a visit to the Lush store. Oh yes.
This weekend? Painting and flooring in the kitchen. Probably also the requisite screaming and crying that goes along with that. And Veuve for when it's finished.
And this week we have:
Four Months Later. Four months after the events of the showdown between Sylar and Peter, new Heroes emerge. These include Blackie, an Irish mobster who is 1,000 years old. Hiro remains in the past, but what will come of this? Someone dies and someone isn't dead. Claire has a boyfriend. New heroes are introduced.
Or Badness, as the case may be. Anyway, the satellite man came this morning and waved his wand to update for the high def-ness and all systems are go. At press time, Heroes is still the only show I'm going to run a regular thread on. However, for the next couple of weeks while I'm starting to watch things and try things out, there may be some posting about other shows and there might even be a winner for the regular discussion thing. Tonight's entries? The latest season of America's Next Top Model and Gossip Girl, of course. All I need now is bonbons.
Will report back.
Last time ever. (And it would probably be better if whether Logan or Veronica turned out to be the bomb was at issue...
Save the girl detective, save the world.)
What say you?
So? What do we think?
What is it about Monday nights? I keep staying up too late drinking and yammering about unrelated wonderful things.
So, the next to last Heroes' ep of the season? Anyone? More when I've watched it tomorrow. Now: tonight and dreams of good French wine, cheese and steak. Yum.
And tonight's VM is:
Debasement Tapes. Piz (Chris Lowell) is put in charge of escorting his idol, Desmond Fellows (guest star Paul Rudd, "Anchorman"), a singer/musician from a 1990's pop band who arrives on the Hearst campus to perform at a benefit concert for the radio station. When tapes of Fellow's back-up vocals and tracks go missing, Piz recruits Veronica (Kristen Bell) to help locate them. Keith (Enrico Colantoni) believes he will be running unopposed in the race for Sheriff, until an unlikely candidate throws his hat into the ring. Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen Tina Majorino and Julie Gonzalo also star. Dan Etheridge directed the episode written by John Enbom.
If any of you former Gilmore Girls fans break down and tune in for the final eps, feel free to post about tonight's here too. (I can report that the last few episodes have been pretty good, actually.)