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Happy Anniversary Veronica Mars! September 22, 2013

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Apparently, this is anniversary week!  (Makes sense as this week is the most common Fall TV premiere week.) Nine years ago today, the pilot for Veronica Mars aired on UPN.  For those of you under that age of 15, UPN was the 6th major TV network, created in 1995, competing for television viewers against the big 3, #4 Fox, and #5 The WB.  In 2006, UPN and The WB merged to create The CW.  Thus endeth your lesson in tv networks.  Back to Veronica Mars.

Veronica Mars Season 3 posterThe drama, from creator Rob Thomas (not the singer people), followed the life of a teenage private detective as she investigated the murder of her best friend Lily Kane, and navigated the murky waters of high school in the southern California town of Neptune.  Like many well loved shows with lasting fandoms, it had a talented cast, well-gelled with perfect chemistry.  Kristen Bell portrayed the sassy PI with Enrico Colantoni as her father Keith, the (more…)


Happy Anniversary Firefly!! September 20, 2013

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Just a quick note that today is the 11th anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Firefly.  Thank you Joss Whedon for giving us this band of lovable space travelers.  (Curse you FOX for cancelling it too soon!!)  I won’t go on and on waxing poetic about this fabulous show.  (You’re welcome haters!) But if you haven’t seen this show, it’s worth becoming a couch potato for a day to binge watch all 14 episodes and the concluding feature film, Serenity.  If you love Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Ron Glass, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, or Joss Whedon, it is a necessity as a true fan that you know this show!  And have an impressive ability to throw a quote from the show or film into everyday conversation,  including a curse or two in Mandarin. emoticonbigsmile

I have attached a You Tube video, made by user jblottingink, of the 50 best quotes from Firefly and Serenity.  The 37th quote, at the 3:00 mark, is my favorite.

Homeland In My Hometown June 6, 2013

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Homeland Cast ChairsMonday and Tuesday of this week, Raleigh, NC became our nation’s capital.  Well, part of it became Washington, DC.  A few streets and some of our government buildings in downtown stood in for DC on the tv show Homeland.  The cast and crew of the Emmy winning show popped into town to film a few scenes for the season 3 premiere.  Typically filmed in Charlotte, Raleigh was utilized for this episode because we have a few more buildings with lovely granite exteriors that look reminiscent of the marbled buildings of DC.  And they liked the look of our courtroom in the Justice Building, and the interiors of the State Capital Building.  

As I headed downtown to check out filming, I was hoping to see Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin being that I am a Princess Bride-loving Browncoat.  I was hoping to be the 1 billionth fan to ask Patinkin to do his (more…)

Alias Revisited March 13, 2013

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A couple of weeks ago, there was a scene on episode 4 of The Americans(If you haven’t checked out this show on FX, seriously, what’s wrong with you??)  The scene was of Keri Russell climbing out of the trunk of her car, maneuvering onto the car next to hers, sliding down the roof, and slipping into the trunk of that car all while both were up on hydraulic lifts in a garage.  The TVLine.com crew posed one of their burning questions about the scene likening it to Sydney Bristow in the tv show Alias.  This question, plus the influx of Bradley Cooper sightings during awards season, got me itching to re-watch Alias.

The second show from creator JJ Abrams, Alias was born out of a brainstorming session in the writer’s room of the show Felicity, the idea being that Felicity would go off on missions and fight crime, then come back to college with no one aware of her secret life.  Greenlit because the popularity of Buffy The Vampire Slayer proved a strong female could lead a show, Abrams’ Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) was a female James Bond.  The show followed the life of Sydney, a 26 year old UCLA  grad student who is also a CIA agent working in a black ops unit called SD-6.  Or so she thought.  In the pilot episode, Sydney finds out that she’s not working for the CIA but really working for the Alliance, the big bad she was supposed to be thwarting.  She then becomes a double agent for the CIA.  Enter her handler Michael Vaughn (Michael Vartan) and father Jack (Victor Garber.)  Sydney told her best friends Francie (Merrin Dungey) and Will (Bradley Cooper…swoon!) that she worked for an (more…)