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Heroine TV has moved!

September 15, 2009
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I have now established a new web address for my blog, one that I own myself (hurrah!): http://www.heroinetv.com.  Please bookmark the new site, and check out some of its enhanced features.  I am in the midst of figuring out how to re-direct this domain to my new one, in order to make the transition easier.  Thank you for visiting Heroine TV, and I apologize for any inconvenience.  This is an exciting change for me, and I appreciate your support.

Dragon Con 2009: Felicia Day, Charisma Carpenter, Julie Benz, and Kristy Swanson

September 14, 2009

I had such fun watching these videos on YouTube that I decided to post them here for everyone’s enjoyment.  The 5th video really clears up a lot regarding Cordelia’s storyline in Angel seasons 4 and 5 (it’s a rather a sad story).  All the videos are great fun though, and the ladies are all class acts.  Thanks to @MediaObsessed to bringing them to my attention.  Also, the videos of the con panel were posted by YouTube user cloudyvisions.  Enjoy!

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Gossip Girl: “Reversals of Fortune”

September 14, 2009
"Reversals of Fortune" Pictured: Ed Westwick as Chuck, Leighton Meester as Blair Photo Credit: Giovanni Rufino / The CW

"Reversals of Fortune" Pictured: Ed Westwick as Chuck, Leighton Meester as Blair Photo Credit: Giovanni Rufino / The CW

Read on for my spoiler-filled thoughts on the season 3 premiere of Gossip Girl:

  • The most memorable part of this episode featured Blair and Chuck, as usual.  I would not watch this show, were it not for Blair.  In order to keep the flame of their romance going, the couple had resorted to playing a game, in which Blair breaks up Chuck’s possible cheating.  Typical.  Serena pushes Blair to admit her real feelings about this odd behavior, and she and Chuck came to a nice understanding in the end.  Instead, they figured out another role-play game to play: Chuck as the waiter and Blair as the unsatisfied customer. Oh, those two …
  • Sadly, the episode did not feature even one minute of Dorota. Sigh.  We did, however, get a brief glimpse of her boyfriend.  Does anyone remember his name?
  • The Humphreys were annoying as usual.  Dan and Jenny were dealing with their new-found riches, along with the transition from a Summer in the Hamptons to real life.  Meanwhile, Rufus has been burdened with taking care of two extra kids.  Since Lilly’s mother, CeCe, is dying of cancer, Rufus has had to pick up the slack.  This brings me to another gripe of the episode: no Lilly! A travesty.
  • Serena was typical Serena.  However, there is some potential in the “I want to find my daddy” storyline.  Perhaps she’ll move to Europe to live with him when they inevitably reconcile?!? Read more…

Mad Men: “The Arrangements”

September 13, 2009
Bobby Draper (Jared S. Gilmore) and Gene Hofstadt (Ryan Cutrona) in Episode 4.  Photo by Carin Baer.

Bobby Draper (Jared S. Gilmore) and Gene Hofstadt (Ryan Cutrona) in Episode 4. Photo by Carin Baer.

Sorry that I didn’t get around to posting a recap/ review earlier.  Here are my thoughts on Mad Men 3×04, albeit a bit late:

The central storyline of the episode revolved around Gene’s death.  I could smell it coming from a mile away, but due to his sweet relationship with Sally, Grandpa Gene’s death hit me hard.  Poor Sally.  An adult finally paid attention to her and supported her, and then he died.  I LOVED what he said to his grand-daughter: “You could really do something. Don’t let your mother tell you different.”  That is just so representative of the change that starts to come–little girls start getting told that they can be more and do more than the limited imaginations of their mothers.  That whole kitchen scene was great.  Then, when Sally finds out that her grandpa died, and her mother shut the door on her, I was just torn.  The poor child in her ballet outfit.  Later, the little actress really showed her range: “Why are you laughing … He’s gone forever and nobody even knows that.”  She’s fabulous.  Betty’s complete ignorance of what Sally was feeling was so selfish—she didn’t even try to comfort her little girl.  They tell her to go watch TV and she watches more terrible news about death: an elderly Buddhist monk sets fire to himself in protest against the South Vietnamese government.  Little Sally just lost her childhood. Read more…

‘Melrose Place’ Redux: Thoughts on Old vs. New

September 13, 2009
Photo Credit: The CW

Photo Credit: The CW

Read on for my take on the Melrose Place 2.0 pilot (spoilers for the episode, and lots of 90s nostalgia are implied):

I didn’t watch the original Melrose Place when it aired in the 90s.  Of course, I was a big Beverly Hills 90210 fan, as was everybody else my age.  Melrose was a bit too adult for me, and I wasn’t allowed to watch that much TV anyway (I’ve made up for that in spades in my adult years).  However, a couple years ago I decided to try out the original Melrose, in all its soapy glory via the wonder of Netflix.  The production values and acting abilities left much to be desired, but I could not turn away.  I made my way through all the seasons currently released on dvd (seasons 1-5.5), so unfortunately I have yet to experience the wonder of Alyssa Milano as Michael’s trouble-making little sister.  I did, however, get to revel in the crazy evilness of Kimberly (played to perfection by Marcia Cross), the fabulous bitchiness of Amanda (Heather Locklear’s calling in life was to play that role), the dastardly deeds of Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro plays such a charming narcissist, if ever there was one), and trouble-maker Sydney (played by the gorgeous Laura Leighton, whom I regard as the second coming of Sami Brady).  Oh, and I was absolutely thrilled to see Kelly Rutherford play the hooker with the heart of gold.  There were absolutely no limits to where this show would go.  Thus, when I heard the news that the CW was producing Melrose Place 2.0, I was excited … that is, until I actually watched the pilot last week. Read more…

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 6 Premiere Clip

September 12, 2009

Thanks to Gianna for letting me know about this crazily intense video, a clip from the season 6 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. The new season starts Thursday, September 24th, at 9:00pm. Warning: It is super spoilery, and is an actual clip from the upcoming episode, not a promo.
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The Vampire Diaries: “Pilot”

September 11, 2009
The Vampire Diaries "Pilot"-- Pictured Nina Dobrev as Elena in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on The CW. Photo: Alan Markfield /The CW ©2009 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

The Vampire Diaries "Pilot"-- Pictured Nina Dobrev as Elena in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on The CW. Photo: Alan Markfield /The CW ©2009 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

VERDICT: I think I might just love this little show.  It has sort of a 90s feel to it, with the small town, multiple pairs of siblings, an actual healthy friendship, and the occasional sweet moment.  Plus, there’s that whole vampire thing that I’m rather fond of.  I’m in.  How could I resist?  Read on for my recap/ review of The Vampire Diaries pilot.

Warning: While I have kept this post spoiler-free from any future events in the books, I have read The Vampire Diaries novels, and have included some comparisons and contrasts between the two mediums below. If that bothers you, stop reading.  Also, I kind of wrote a book.  Seriously, this is a long post.  You’re going to need refreshments to keep you going.

The episode begins with a voice-over from Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), teenage vampire: “I’m a vampire. And this is my story.” Poor Elena, whose diaries were the inspiration for the book series’ title.  She’s been somewhat replaced.  Fog.  Lots of fog.  That’s going to be a running theme.  A young couple is driving at night when their car hits someone.  It’s either Stefan or Damon because of the ring (hey, the rings have been in all the promos, that’s not a spoiler). Getting hit by the car was just a ruse, and the two innocents get killed vampire-style.  Cut to the title card—no credits, as they’re keeping it simple.

Cut to a scene familiar to those who watched the extended preview.  Elena (played by Nina Dobrev) writes in her diary. Oh, that kid from Everwood is in this!  No not Paul Wesley, but Steven R. McQueen (yes, his name sounds familiar for a reason), who played Ephram’s annoying (to phrase it kindly) piano student.  McQueen plays Elena’s little brother Jeremy.  I think this is probably an improvement from the little sister in the books, as this character is of an age to really develop as a character.  Also, the boy has grown up, quite a bit.  His acting has slightly improved too, but it will take a long time before I recover from the horror of  Kyle Hunter. Anyway, Elena’s  voice-over continues as she writes that she plans to start fresh.  She lost her parents in a car crash and now lives with her Aunt Jenna.  Wow, Aunt Jenna is super young for a parental figure, so this should be an interesting dynamic.  And she’s in grad school!  I feel her pain … (sigh of solidarity). Read more…