Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Vampire Diaries Returns With the Damon-Elena-Stefan-Katherine Foursome

The Vampire Diaries is back and the season premiere was well worth that long break between seasons! What better way to celebrate its return than with a short but sweet favorite scenes post? Am I right or am I right?

The season premiere is best captured by Damon's predicament of always being the second choice to Stefan and this comes to fore as the premiere wrapped up. This whole relationship quadrangle will be an interesting situation for Elena, Stefan, Damon and Katherine, as the season progresses among other dynamics set up by the return of BAMF, Katherine.

Damon: I have a question. Answer it and expect the fireworks and the rockets around blare. Answer it right and I'll forget the last 145 years I've spent missing you. I'll forget it, how much I loved you. I'll forget everything and we can start over. This can be our defining moment. So we have time, this beauty of eternity. I just need the truth. Just once.

Katherine: Stop. I already know your question and its answer. The truth is, I've never loved you. It was always Stefan.
Read on, and view more screencaps from The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Premiere after the jump!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ramon Bautista and Simon the SIM Collector

Ramon Bautista does funny so well. This time he plays Simon the SIM Collector. You have got to watch their webisodes. It equals the ones he's done with McDonald's and MTV Philippines.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Are you excited for Star Cinema's Sa'yo Lamang?

 The 17th anniversary offering of ABS-CBN's film production arm, Star Cinema is Sa'yo Lamang, a family drama directed by Laurice Guillen. It stars a multitude of Kapamilya's biggest stars such as, Lorna Tolentino, Christopher de Leon, Enchong Dee, Bea Alonzo, Diether Ocampo, Zanjoe Marudo, and Coco Martin.

The movie dwells on the return of the character of Christopher de Leon after 10 years away from his family and the repercussions of his return on the family. It is obviously charged with very strong emotions, where each of the daughters and sons of Christopher and Lorna have their own reaction to their father's return. One expresses resentment, another anger, get the point.

Read more to watch the trailer and share your opinion about it.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Match Airing! Another Reason to Send Our Love to Solar's ETC

If you're from countries outside the United States, the legal avenue of viewing your fave TV shows is to wait for your local channels to pick them up, and air them locally, which more often than not, results to a delay of one whole season or a couple of episodes. The other route for avid viewers is to rely on Megavideo or by downloading them via torrents. Often the reason is that people already watched the previous season, so they want to be as updated as the people in the U.S. The challenge then is to air episodes as close as possible to when the show goes live in the U.S, so these channels don't lose viewership.

A couple of years ago, Studio 23 brought us Fresh U.S. Episodes (FUSE), where the delay was only a week or an episode. The consensus was that it was an amazing step towards lessening the wait, but ultimately it was still delayed. And then last year, Solar Entertainment revolutionized S23's F.U.S.E. by way of airing Glee via satellite. In other words, the delay was mere hours! In fact for the downloaders, this would become the easier route, since it freed up storage space, wait time for the download for slow connections, and predictable viewing times!

This year, Solar Entertainment pushes the boundaries again via the shows airing on ETC. Apart from Glee, they've added E! News, the Daily Ten, TMZ, and The Vampire Diaries to this same day airing scheme. Aptly called, "Match Airing," I'm pretty sure this is a welcome relief for avid TV viewers and a definite step forward towards a "smaller TV world."

Good job ETC and Solar Entertainment! You definitely love your viewers!

EDIT 8/24: I forgot they're also airing Gossip Girl on the same day! :)
EDIT 8/26: And of course, I forgot to add America's Next Top Model, How I Met Your Mother, and Hellcats. (That last one surprised me a bit, since it's new and the buzz driving it is Ashley Tisdale cheerleading. The trailer did look good though!)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

TV Profile: AMC's Mad Men

Let's venture into some familiar territory. Mad Men has been on the air for the past four seasons, and has been showered with awards and critical acclaim. It won the Emmy for the Outstanding Drama Series twice, awarded by the Screen Actors' Guild for the Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble in a Drama Series, and countless more nominations and wins spanning not just the acting, but the different parts of the production, such as set design, cinematography, and even opening sequence! There is reason behind all this success. Simply put, Mad Men is an amazing and high quality television show!

Mad Men is set in a post-World War 2 world, when Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy were at one point still alive. Smoking could be done inside offices. Drinking alcohol during work hours were acceptable. Oh, and the women and African Americans were yet to achieve equal rights. The story finds it home in an advertising agency, Sterling Cooper, along Madison Avenue, New York. Even then, the frantic and glamorous life of advertising men were celebrated, and at the same time, shown for what it is.

We follow the life of Don Draper, the head honcho in the creative department, and his wheelings and dealings inside the advertising world, and his personal space, his home. The mystery, intrigue, and the interplay of the different facets of the characters bring to life this period piece and the people in front and behind the camera breathes to life the world these Mad Men lived in, and what they had to face.

Let me stick more to what makes the current season of this TV show a must watch. And I definitely think, it's the cast and characters that populate the show!

Read about them after the jump!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Will Nike's Support Turn UAAP Stars Into Celebrities?

There was a time basketball players were popular with everyone. They were celebrities in their own right. Alvin Patrimonio and Benjie Paras even transitioned to doing movies at one point. Patrimonio starred in a movie with Kris Aquino, and Paras has forayed into a full time TV career.

The next wave came when UAAP started airing on Studio 23. They packaged the good looking and talented players from the premier universities, and that gave us James Yap, Chris Tiu, and were instrumental to breathing new life to the PBA. But in recent years, there has been a lack of stars in the UAAP. It could be just a lack of the mixture of a great game and face or just the challenge for marketers to find the right balance of looks and game.

Read more about Nike and watch its unique advertisement after the jump.

TV Guide: ABS-CBN and GMA Are Moving Around Old Shows and Premiering New Shows

There seems to be a wave of changes in the programming of ABS-CBN and GMA. Have you noticed the noontime block of ABS-CBN? They've pushed Showtime to a later time to accommodate a pseudo new entry, Kapamilya Blockbusters, and considerable shortened Pilipinas Win Na Win. So now, we have an 11:45 - 3:00 of Showtime and PWNW to battle it out with Eat Bulaga. They also moved Banana Split to an earlier slot, just right after Simply KC. It seems to me, they're still looking for this show's audience, but can't seem to kill it.

The network has also premiered its new Primetime Bida offering with Cristine Reyes's Kristine, which looks amazing by the way. In the coming weeks, Agua Bendita will be replaced by the kantaserye Sarah Geronimo-starrer Idol. Imortal, on the other hand, seems to be pushed back. By the looks of it, the earliest it can see light would be once Momay ends, and if Noah is bumped off to the pre-TV Patrol slot. (I've been hearing lots of good things from those who are part of the cast. It seems like it really is connected to Angel Locsin's previous teleserye, Lobo. I'll talk about that more once more buzz comes my way.)

GMA, on the other hand, will be introducing a new game show in the next couple of weeks. The show is Asar Talo Pero Laging Panalo and will be hosted by Edu Manzano, who formerly helmed the Game KNB slot that Showtime now occupies. From what I've read about the show, it seems like it's lifting some of the traits from the game show Distraction.We'll also be treated to a new season of Survivor Philippines, which will feature celebrities instead of regular people. They're also building up Glaiza de Castro, as a lead, with her new show, Grazilda, already in production and scheduled to start airing in October.

All in all, the latter half of 2010 seems to be heavier for both networks. As for TV5? They've been ramping up original content, as well. In fact, I caught a promo spot of a new show starring Ryan Agoncillo, as a crossdresser. It's title is Lady Dada.

Friday, August 20, 2010

When's the Premiere of Your Favorite TV Show?

September draws nearer, and you all know what that means?! It's time once again for our favorite TV shows to premiere and grip our hearts and stomachs. So wouldn't it be nice to track the dates when the different TV shows come back? For my readers in the Philippines, you know the drill! Just push back the date by one day. Mark your calendars already!

To help us prep and get excited, I'm posting, as well, the teaser trailers for each show I listed here, as soon as they go live. In other words, I'll constantly update this page for the latest! :)

September 9
The Vampire Diaries

September 13
Gossip Girl

More shows after the jump!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Willie Revillame Will Definitely Have A New Noontime Show

The rumor mill is once again in full swing, trying to pin down where exactly Willie Revillame is headed to. What I'm sure of is that he's definitely planning a new show and the only question is where this new show will be aired. There have been reports that his camp secured a blocktimer agreement with TV5, but that's been disputed by TV5's management. The other options left would be in the other local channels, RPN9 and IBC13. It is doubtful he'll return to ABS-CBN, or GMA, currently the home of Eat Bulaga.

Alongside Revillame is a bevy of people behind the production of Wowowee, such as the show's business unit head, Jay Montelibano and choreographer, Anna Feliciano, and her ASF dancers. Aside from the two, there have been reports that half of the Wowowee staff has joined Revillame and supposedly, Revillame is paying their salaries, which are 20% higher than what they last received working in Pilipinas Win Na Win.

Is this connected with Mariel Rodriguez's indefinite leave from PWNW? Where will this new show air? Will Willie be able to capture the market of his now defunct show?

Willie Revillame was the host of hugely successful noontime show, Wowowee. But he was forced out of the show, when he challenged management to remove one of its other talents for supposedly deriding his show. Before Wowowee, Revillame hosted MTB, but was removed because of his penchant for using off color jokes. Even outside the spotlight, he continues to reap the benefits of his success with a loyal following from Filipinos living abroad to the masa market and his recent foray into real estate via Manny Villar's Vista Land.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bea Alonzo + Maja Salvador = Bela Padilla

I've caught a couple episodes of Party Pilipinas, and really didn't know much of the names of their hosts. But one host caught my eye. Not necessarily because she was doing a phenomenal job or something extraordinary, but she reminded me of another actress. I couldn't thumb it down and then it hit me! This host looks like a cross between Bea Alonzo and Maja Salvador. Her name is Bela Padilla, by the way.

+ =
Amazing coincidence, wouldn't you say? Do you have other celebrities in mind who look like the fusion of other celebrities?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Jericho Rosales and the New Chowking Tender Beef Commercial

I'm sure you've seen Jericho Rosales's new commercial for Chowking's Tender Beef. Well, if you haven't yet, I've embedded it at the end of the post. I think it's pretty well known that Jericho came from very humble beginnings, and his journey (much like Sarah Geronimo's was) lends well to a cinematic storyline. In this case, the commercial tracks his kargador days. I have no real problem with the advertisement at all, but it did remind me of Jericho's other commercial for Extra Joss. I guess, it's just that the story is essentially the same, but highlights two distinct brand characteristics.

Chowking's Beef Tender TVC

Extra Joss's Bangon TVC

P.S. I love how clean the Extra Joss commercial was. The black & white treatment really transforms its simple look to something very classic and stylish.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The TMZ Clones: Tweetbiz and Dokumentado

Filipino networks have this penchant for copying shows from other countries. We've had clones of Dawson's Creek (ABS-CBN's Tabing Ilog), Dancing With The Stars (ABS-CBN's U Can Dance and TV5's Shall We Dance), and who could forget the many variations of the American Idol done by both ABS-CBN and GMA. From those competitions and occasional dramas, the networks have moved to include the entertainment reporting style of Americans.

If you watch some of the gossip shows, one would notice the similarities with Entertainment Tonight or the Daily Ten. But I think what has caught the Filipino's taste is the satirical gossip reporting of TMZ. To be fair, the original show is a riot, and the concept of making it seem like a conference of the gossip columnists on whether a story is worth a mention on TMZ's website transports us to a behind-the-scenes look on where the gossip is coming from. And of course, I have to mention the sound effects and side comments they always have when they throw the story up into discussion. It always cracks me up when they report on Justin Bieber, they always have this high-pitched voice doing the Bieber voice. Genius!

So what did the two shows copy and scrap? Read after the break!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Top 10 Leading Men in Philippine Entertainment

Let's move on from the Top 10 Leading Ladies, to who I consider to be the Top 10 Leading Men of Philippine Entertainment. For some odd reason, this was a tougher ranking duty. One, there are more male leads than ladies. Two, the eras aren't as clear cut, as many of the actors are able to still carry movies to success, so ages range from the early twenties to the early thirties. Lastly, there is some level of parity after the top three because most are either new to the business or they may be old but are experiencing a resurgence in popularity. To whittle down the list, I'll exclude Aga Muhlach and Robin Padilla and grant them the status of being "In Their Own League."

My criteria remain the same. I look at movies starred in, teleseryes, where they were central to the story, how successful these projects were in terms of box office earnings, buzz, critical acclaim and of course, ratings. The last component would be endorsements held, as this exhibits their crossover appeal, meaning they are not just known by Kapamilyas or Kapusos exclusively. I definitely put greater weight on recent success than past success. Having said that, I made sure I referenced the past, as well.

1. John Lloyd Cruz
The Why: He's leading the pack with a bevy of endorsement deals, numerous box-office hits, and starring roles in high rating teleseryes. He slowly transformed himself to a bankable leading man from his days as Rovic in Tabing Ilog. His success was tied to the Bea Alonzo-John Lloyd love team, but with the success of the Sarah Geronimo-John Lloyd love team, one has to consider already that he might just have needed flexibility to be able to carry a film on his own. It's good that he's mixing up his projects, and trying to improve and extend his acting skills more and more.
The brands that trust his star power: Lucky Me Pancit Canton, 555 Tuna, Sta. Lucia Properties, Biogesic, Greenwich Pizza, Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs, Swatch, Joel Cruz Perfume and Body Care, Chocolava
Hit Movies: Miss You Like Crazy, In My Life, You Changed My Life, A Very Special Love, One More Chance, Dubai, Now That I Have You
Hit Teleseryes: I Love Betty La Fea, Maging Sino Ka Man, Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin, It Might Be You, Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay

2. Piolo Pascual
The Why: A few years ago, one could probably say Piolo Pascual would've been the numero uno leading man. But since this is a list made in 2010, one has to consider the lack of recent successful projects to back this claim. At the same time, even with the lack of success his extreme popularity among women despite rumors that hound him is a testament to the brand that he's built for himself. To be fair, his career seems to be in another upswing, but I wonder if he'd be able to recapture the magic he had with Judy Ann Santos that made him a household name in the industry and at the same time, made so many fans scream and shell out money to watch their movies.
The brands that trust his star power: BDO, Belo Medical Group, Bench, Century Bangus, Centrum, Century Properties, Smart, Timex
Hit Movies: Don't Give Up On Us, Milan, Till There Was You, Dekada '70, Kahit Isang Saglit
Hit Teleseryes: Lovers In Paris, Lobo, Sa Piling Mo, Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka, Kahit Isang Saglit, Esperanza

For the rest of the list, click Read More!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Top 10 Leading Ladies of Philippine Entertainment

The rise of the teleserye as a vehicle for up and coming leading ladies has never been stronger as it currently is. Gone are the days where there were leading ladies in movies exclusively. The game now, is to be on teleseryes AND movies. It was a trend that must have started with Judy Ann Santos and Claudine Barretto, who starred in teleseryes made into movies. They've graduated to another level altogether, passing the baton, so to speak, to a new generation. We've truly entered a new era of leading ladies.

To come up with the list, I considered not only the success of their movies and television shows, but also looked at their influence, by way of the endorsements they currently have.

1. Sarah Geronimo
The Why: She's truly built a very strong brand for herself. She stands as the only true star that can be considered a triple threat. She sings, dances, and acts. She 's headlined sold out concerts, movies and has also starred in her fair share of television shows. While one can nitpick and say she has yet to prove herself in a drama, few can lay claim to truly establishing this goofy comedy she seems most comfortable in
Brands that trust her star power: Sunsilk, Cebuana Lhuillier, Robitussin, Elaia, 555 Corned Tuna, Lucky Me Pancit Canton, Belo Essentials, Globe Tattoo, Jollibee, Selecta Fortified Milk
Where did we see her? ASAP XV, A Very Special Love 1 and 2, Pangarap na Bituin, Hating Kapatid, Idol (upcoming series)

2. Marian Rivera
The Why: Out of the top three, she might have the most endorsements. She's proven herself to be a very dependable TV star with almost all her shows rating well. Her tandem with Dingdong Dantes has proven the test of time and the audience seems to want more and more of their love story. While one can say she has yet to prove herself in being a bankable movie star, she has proven that even without that star under her sleeve, she's gained the trust of marketers to endorse their brands, most probably because of her undeniable beauty.
Brands that trust her star power: Maxipeel, SM Residences, Jag Jeans, San Miguel Light, San Marino, Honda, Natasha, Phoenix Gasoline, Gran Matador, PLDT Touch Card, PLDT Landline Plus, Talk ‘N Text
Where did we see her? Darna, Marimar, Dyesebel, Endless Love (current series)

For the rest of the list, click the read more link!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Week in Review: Farewell and Welcome the New Shows; Kris Aquino Tells All

From across the seas to our shores, no TV news is left unturned. Just the exact amount of crazy will be served. Anyway, this week's been pretty busy with Comic-con and all the goodies that came with it. I'm sure I'll be able to blog more about it, once I've digested all the news on my feed. Or I could do another highlight piece, just like this one! There's a LOT, I tell you!

Aside from that, we've been pretty much hearing more casting coups, and in this part of the world, more of both the most hated and crowd favorite, Kris Aquino. Of course, let's not leave the previews for next week unpublished.
  • American Idol News: Ellen is leaving. Kara got fired. And what's this talk about J.Lo and Steven Tyler being snagged as the new judges? I doubt the last one is true.
  • Kris Aquino returns to Manila and faces the intrigues. It wouldn't be Kris at all to scrimp on the details and do it in private, so she tells all to Boy Abunda and to the whole world.
  • From the cryfest end of Wowowee to the beginning of Pilipinas Win na Win, which for at least a day was Pilipinas FTW.
  • Friends-lovers rejoice! Jennifer Aniston and BFF IRL Courtney Cox will reunite in Cougar Town. After four years out of the picture, Matt LeBlanc is returning to our TV sets!
  • Glee doesn't seem too shy about adding new cast members, and bringing the favorites back. Kristin Dos Santos of E! Online dishes on "who's in and who's out."
  • If you haven't caught the teaser of Dexter's fifth season, then you seriously need to make time for it! This trailer is AWESOME.
  • And while we wait for the new season, let's enjoy the summer fare and get excited for what awaits us this week. Pretty Little Liars is in for The Perfect Storm and the girls are ever more insecure of the ties that bind them together. Looks like there's trouble brewing inside The Gates and maybe we'll get to see what the "rules" say about killing inside the village. Annie's stuck in Zurich with a Mossad agent in next week's Covert Affairs. There seems to be some friction again between Neal and Peter in next week's White Collar.
  • Lastly, let me sneak one in for Rubicon. Matt Roush of TV Guide asks, "Can a show be too intelligent?" His sluggish is my idea of letting it boil and simmer, so you get closer to the perfect end product.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

What's Showing in Manila: August Movie Previews

Opening in theaters this coming August are the usual suspects for the summer Hollywood blockbusters. We have the action-packed video game adaptation, a thriller directed by an Oscar winner, a comedy with tons of familiar comedians, a teenage romance with a twist, a sequel to an animal feud, and of course, the romantic comedy. In this new feature of the blog, I'll give you what you'd want to know about what's out there for you to get crazy about!

So click on Read More to get the lowdown on what you might want to spend your hard-earned cash on!

Friday, July 30, 2010

10 Scenes: White Collar and Covert Affairs Back-to-Back Extravaganza

I'm a sucker for sleuths and spy thrillers, so watching White Collar and Covert Affairs was a natural fit. What I like about the summer season is the intensity isn't as fever pitched as my normal TV fare, but it isn't really too soft on the story. In other words, it's the perfect preparation for more awesomeness in the coming months. Fall Season anyone?

For those who haven't heard of White Collar yet, it stars the ever charming Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay in a buddy cop series that takes on the white collar criminals of New York with the help of conman Bomer. Plus, the show gives the viewers a smorgasbord of dapper suits, art, and sleuthing. Covert Affairs, on the other hand, is a new show with Piper Perabo, who plays a newbie CIA operative, protecting the US from terrorists. You can check out my Covert Affairs TV Profile for a more in depth look of the show. (Darn, I forgot I haven't gotten around to writing that yet! Haha)

On to the meat: For this week's edition of 10 Scenes, let me source it from the two shows from the USA Network, White Collar's Copycat Caffrey (S02E03) and Covert Affairs' South Bound Suarez (S02E03)!

READ ON AFTER THE JUMP! I've also added pictures this time around.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Twilight x Filipino = Imortal?

With ABS-CBN's shift to shorter episode totals for its prime time shows, Kapamilyas are treated to new shows every couple of months. In the next month or so, I'm pretty sure Imortal will finds its place in the network's Primetime Bida lineup. What we know right now is that there are four new shows in production, namely PHR's Kristine with Cristine Reyes, Idol with Sarah Geronimo, and the much talked about tandem of John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin in Imortal, I'm pretty sure, they're also producing a Filipino adaptation of Green Rose with Anne Curtis. She even tweeted about it. (I'm thinking this one will be released either in Q4 2010 or Q1 2011.)

(Imortal's teaser trailer and more buzz after the jump.)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sarah Geronimo Stars in a New Kapamilya Show

With Agua Bendita and Rubi wrapping up in the coming weeks, ABS-CBN is banking on their new shows to continue their ratings leadership. One of the new shows has Sarah Geronimo as the lead and is set to replace Agua Bendita's spot

According to initial reports, the new show will be a musical and carry the title, "Idol." The network will pair the Popstar Princess with Coco Martin and Sam Milby. As to who she'll end up with in the show, it has yet to be revealed.

The two men have proven themselves to be quite established in the primetime slot. Coco Martin traces his mainstream success to Tayong Dalawa, and has not looked back. Sam Milby, on the other hand, starred in the adaptation of the Koreanovela, "Only You" and currently plays the lead in "Impostor."

Sarah Geronimo's last teleserye with ABS-CBN was in 2007's "Pangarap na Bituin," where she played Emerald Gomez of the Jewel Sisters. The teleserye also banked on her singing prowess.

This should be quite interesting, especially since the network has had previous successes in staging musically-oriented dramas, which starred the singer. Will this perform better than GMA's Diva?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Matt Bomer and Tim Dekay Dance to Ke$ha's Tik Tok

White Collar's Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay were at San Diego for Comic-Con 2010. Aside from the panel they participated in, the pair gave lucky fans signed photos and posters of the show. But the highlight for the two was when they played the Wii's Just Dance 2. They danced to Ke$ha's Tik Tok and I have to say they did a really good job with it. Matt has some groove in his step and seemed so familiar with the song, which makes me wonder whether he's danced to this tune before! Tim, on the other hand, was really intent on nailing those moves. Watch for the kid in the middle of the two stars! He looked like he was about to cry a minute into the game. Was it the song choice?

Watch the clip after the jump! The whole clip is LOL-worthy, don't miss it.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

TV Profile: Rubi, Ang Bidang Kontrabida

Most of the time, I avoid Pinoy Soap Operas. It's largely because the stories they want to tell aren't compelling enough. I'm sure every Filipino can name the stereotypical situation of the Pinoy soap, like the rich guy falling in love with a poor girl or it could also be the wicked stepmother treating ruthlessly the innocent and frail protagonist.

Local networks usually steer clear of the complex emotions, coherent storyline, and round characters, especially during the time when there was no end date for these kinds of shows. But Rubi is probably the only show I'd follow religiously, if I always had the time. And it's not because it is against the grain per se, but it's because while it does fall prey to the tried and tested, the writers (both the Mexicans and their Filipino counterparts) have found a way to at least develop the complex character of Rubi, slip in timely awesome zingers, and cast the perfect actress for the role, Angelica Panganiban.

Friday, July 16, 2010

James Tupper Moves to Grey's Seattle Grace Hospital

From Dr. Chris Sands in NBC's short-lived nurse drama, Mercy, to trauma counselor Andrew Perkins in Grey's Anatomy, James Tupper is set to appear in at least 2 episodes of the series. After the craziness of the season finale, it would've been surprising, if everything went back to normal. Shonda Rimes seems to have zeroed in on using therapist to move the story along. I can't forget the time, Meredith was talking about her attempt to kill herself, and of course, there was Cristina and Owen working out their relationship with the same therapist.

Come to think of it, isn't it odd that they're not using Amy Madigan's Dr. Wyatt again? Or it could be because she's also traumatized, since she presumably was inside Seattle Grace Hospital, as well! I'm sure this is a good excuse as any to add another good-looking guy to guest star in the show. I wonder though, if he'll do some therapy on the side, if you know what I mean.

In any case, I'll be tuning in to Grey's Anatomy, when it premieres this fall!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dolph Lundgren joins 'Chuck'

Dolph Lundgren is slated to join the geekiest (and the coolest) show, Chuck! Josh Schwartz, the executive producer of the show, tweeted that Lundgren will be in the season premiere of the show, and will "try and 'break' Chuck Bartowski."

Lundgren gained popularity in the action genre. He played He-Man in the live-action version of the 80's hit cartoon show, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. He's also part of the Universal Soldier franchise.

If you haven't heard yet, Lundgren with the other iconic action stars are part of Stallone-directed film, The Expendables. Which action stars, you ask? Well, there's Sly, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Gov. Schwarzenneger, and a ton of other elite fighters! Check out its IMDB page, I'm sure you'll get a kick out of the casting!

While Olivia's Out, Amber Tamblyn Can Play Doctor with House

 Amber Tamblyn, who starred in Joan of Arcadia and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, is joining Hugh Laurie in House M.D. SPOILER: Highlight at your own risk! The last season ended with Olivia Wilde's Thirteen announcing she was leaving the team. Actually, in real life, Wilde will be filming Cowboys and Aliens, a movie with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. According to reports, she'll be playing a med student and will temporarily be part of the best diagnostics team in the business for a multi-episode arc. I'm sure the newcomer will find House a handful.

So how far can the new girl stand House? Thoughts?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Vampire Diaries Trio are Cover Stars for TV Guide's Special Comic-Con 2010 Magazine

Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Wesley of CW hit The Vampire Diaries, are on the special cover of TV Guide Magazine for this year's Comic-Con. The trio will be joining executive producers Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec, among others in Comic-Con 2010 in the San Diego Convention Center on July 24.

The cover actually has four versions. previewed the version for Fringe. The other two shows are The Big Bang Theory, and Smallville.

Warner Bros. TV Group (WBTVG) teamed up with TV Guide for this special edition of the magazine. It will be distributed for the duration of Comic-Con 2010 and will be available exclusively at the WB Booth. Aside from the four featured series, the magazine also dishes on Chuck, V, Supernatural, True Blood, and other shows WB is involved in.

I've added the other versions of the cover after the jump.

Comic-Con 2010 Nears

In what would be the Mecca of geekdom (and I put that in the most positive light, mind you!), Comic-Con 2010 is set to start on July 21 in the San Diego Convention Center. I'm sure everyone has at one point in their life stumbled on the odd side of this convention. It's been covered in recent movies and even TV shows, featuring geeks and dorks donning their favorite character's costume. I remember Psych had an episode featuring George Takei of Star Trek fame. (Because everyone knows Star Trek and Star Wars are probably the biggest geek franchises out there! LOL) But over the years, this convention has grown to include not only the comic book lovers, but has included promotions for new (and old) television shows, video games, and upcoming movies. In other words, this is the event to be in, if I haven't stressed that enough.

(Read more about the Comic-Con schedule after the jump)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

There's a New Guy in Mystic Falls

Mystic Falls just added another looker in their already attractive cast. Taylor Kinney, who played Glenn Morrison in Trauma, will be visiting on of my favorite new shows, The Vampire Diaries, as Mason Lockwood. If that last name sounds familiar, it's because he'll be playing the younger brother of Mayor Lockwood. Julie Plec, one of the executive producers of the show, describes him as the cool uncle [of Michael Trevino's Tyler] and Ausiello adds, "Mason is sexy and athletic (duh) and possesses an easygoing charm." It'll be interesting how Uncle Mason will guide Tyler, in this new phase in his life.

On a side note, the casting team did a really good job with this family! They could totally pass off as father, brother, and uncle.

We'll all get to see this new character in the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries on September 9 on the CW.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Two New Shows I've Been Excited About

I'm always on the look out for shows that can get me excited and hooked. My criteria are pretty loose, in the sense that I don't dismiss teenybopper shows so easily or the slow pace of a serious conspiracy drama. I've watched Gossip Girl and Lost since their respective pilot episodes! I'd like to think that interesting stories and characters draw me to shows. Aside from watching Pretty Little Liars (Yes, I know I've been remiss with the episode recaps two weeks running now), I've been quite intrigued by AMC's Rubicon and ABC's The Gates.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rewind and Review: The Jenna Thing Got More Intruiguing

Photo by Jaime Trueblood/Disney Enterprises (via
In the little town of the Pretty Little Liars, we have a teenager exploring her urges to be with another girl, a sister who can't stop herself from getting a taste of what big sis has, a daughter who fucked (in both the literal and figurative sense) with her mother's life, and a student who has the hots for her English teacher. And we haven't reached the tip of the iceberg just yet!
Let's rewind and review what just happened, and what remains a mystery.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Dexter's Back in the House

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According to the interview done by the people at E! Online, production for Dexter's fifth season has started. Jennifer Carpenter, who plays Deb Morgan and real life wife of Michael C. Hall, shares her thoughts about their first day back:
We've had our first read through and people will be pleasantly surprised. We read the first episode, and it doesn't feel like a job anymore. It's just really exciting.
And of course, the most important question is if her husband is well now. For all those who don't know yet, Hall had a bout with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and underwent treatment for the said cancer.
We've said it over and over that he's in complete remission just so people will stop worrying, but still people come up to him asking, "Are you okay?"
Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo from
A quote from Julie Benz and some other casting news after the jump!

Mortal Kombat Again?

While this isn't really TV and the clip has made its rounds in the intarwebz, the past day or two, I just had to post all its awesome-ness on the site!

From what I've read, it's a short film made by director Kevin Tanchareon to pitch for another Mortal Kombat movie. Well, that's according to Jeri Ryan, who tweeted some info about the clip. Aside from Ryan, the clip does have other legit actors in it, like Michael Jai White aka Spawn. They play Sonia Blade and Jax, respectively. It looks awesome, and while it does take some liberties in the mythology of the video game characters, I'll let it slip, since the source material isn't even that deep. Mortal Kombat gained its popularity because of its gore, and the finishing moves, where the game's the voice instructs the player to, "Finish him!" and this short clip captures that quality of Mortal Kombat that previous movie and television adaptations missed. Maybe with the clip making rounds, Warner Brothers would decide to green light this.

Hope you guys enjoy watching it!

Quick on the Scene: Glee Season 2 Updates from Showrunner Ryan Murphy and Some Others

Matthew Morrison and Mark Salling perform "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (Photo from

In Ryan Murphy's recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he talks about some of the things to expect from sophomore season of breakout new show, Glee.
on Kurt Hummel's Boyfriend:
"I just want him to be an everyday dude, and I want him to be sort of struggling (with his sexuality) and Kurt helps him deal with it and in the process they fall for each other."
on Musical Tributes a la the Madonna Episode:
"The Madonna episode was so popular, I think I'm gonna do two tribute episodes - one in the fall and one in the spring - and we're figuring out who those artists are."
The girls donning Lady Gaga-esque outfits while watching the guys perform Kiss (Photo from

More juicy quotes and news about Glee after the jump!