The TV MegaSite's Blog Post #156
This weekend I was still sick with a cold, so I didn't do too much. I
watched some TV, mostly "Outlander" still...great show. I
had forgotten that Ron Moore was behind it (he was a writer
on most of the "Star Trek" shows, and developed the "Battlestar
Galactica" reboot as well as "Caprica"). On the other hand,
he has this other show "Helix" that I don't like because
it's too gross for me. It's good, but just not my kind of
Anyway, this weekend I just worked on our site and slept a
If you're on Facebook, make sure to stop by our
Talkin' TV group. Lots of news is posted there, and some
nice discussions. It's a small, friendly group. The only
rules are no bashing of the actors or each other, and no
We've been discussing the whole "Fluke" situation on
"General Hospital" a lot. I don't watch it regularly any
more, but I keep up on what's going on. I had a brilliant
idea - what if Fluke really IS Luke? He's not really keeping
Luke hostage - that's all in his head. Luke had some sort of
mental breakdown (perhaps from killing Jake?) so he's got
DID and has split into Luke and Fluke. That sure would shock
everyone! I doubt they'll do this, though. I don't think
he's Bill Eckert, either, as I said before (or Patricia!
What a silly idea). I think it's Damian Smith. But we'll
I worked on our
News and Schedule page for this week; next week's is
We got some very good news this week: The CW has renewed
a lot of its shows already for next season. Yay! They
renewed "The 100," "Jane the Virgin," "Supernatural,"
"Arrow," "The Flash," "The Vampire Diaries" and "The
Originals". I guess it's too soon to know about "Beauty &
The Beast" yet, since it hasn't yet returned for this
I spent a lot of time today catching up on work I should
have done on the weekend! You can always check out what
we're doing on our What's
It was great to see this week's "The Good Wife". They did
an excellent job with their debate and the turmoil going on.
Alicia showed what she's made of. When she wants to be, she
can be fiery. I thought their discussion of race was
interesting. Aside from the news, race isn't discussed much
on TV. TV largely reflects real life, but oftentimes they
get the "real" part wrong. They like to avoid topics that
are too controversial. The censors don't help them in that
regard, either. So you hardly ever see anyone smoking, even
though plenty of people still smoke, for instance. Even if
it's a show that takes place back when EVERYONE smoked, like
"Marvel's Agent Carter." I've got "The Bold & Beautiful" on
my TV right now. They have some prominent African-American
characters, but no one ever mentions race. Race is a big
issue in this country. It should be discussed more. Gender,
too, for that matter. Maybe I'm expecting too much from
TV... I just like it to be more realistic.
"Major Crimes" is always a good show to watch. I loved
seeing Billy Burke (Stroh) back, and it was awesome to see
Tuc Watkins as the judge! I didn't care for the way they
wrote his character, though. He was incredibly stupid. I
didn't like seeing him die, either. Generally I
enjoyed the episode, but I felt like there were many obvious
parts. When they found the house with wires sticking out of
it, you would think that AT LEAST they'd get the bomb squad
there first to make sure there were no incendiary devices.
It was pretty obviously a trap. Duh! It was pretty obvious,
too, that Stroh was going to escape. The whole episode was
somewhat anti-climatic. I expected that either it would end
with Stroh attacking Rusty, or someone would get injured in
one of the fires. I was kind of hoping it was Julio,
actually... I hate that he seems to be back to his violent
ways. He learned nothing from the last episode, apparently.
Also, I didn't like the Uber reference at the end. I doubt
they were around or operating back when Stroh went to
prison, so it was stupid that they talked about it like he
knew them and had used them before. Also, blatant product
placement. That's a minor thing,
"Castle" was great. They really shook things up this
year. He's great as a PI. Fun episode. This seems to be one
of the few shows that can have a happily married couple
without ruining the show. "Bones"
does it, too.
I put up a bunch of
reviews for new shows. There are
always so many now! It's hard to keep up.
There was a (very) slight chance that I would get to
interview Sir Patrick Stewart, but it fell through. Drat!
No "Gotham" this week! And most of the CW shows are still
We finally watched Sunday's "Family Guy". It was pretty
funny for a change! We've pretty much given up on "The
Tonight's "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" was very bad, not
funny and disappointing. His jokes about that French
newspaper that got bombed were just not funny. Then he tried
to make a big deal out of the fact that Obama didn't go to
the protest march with some other world leaders, and he
didn't send anyone else, either. No one cares about that,
aside from some right-wing idiots and FOX news. Although
it's too bad people died, Obama should not be getting
involved in defending this newspaper that, from all
accounts, said many very racist things. Not to mention, it
was not an important event. If he went to every country that
had a bombing, he'd have time for little else. And as I've
seen several people argue on Facebook, it might also have
been a security risk for him to go. It's very
unusual for Stewart to jump on the anti-Obama hate train.
Even worse - it wasn't funny. Whatsoever. Really, the whole
episode was bad. Where's Stephen Colbert when you need him?
I can't wait for Bill Maher's take on it this Friday.
This week's "General Hospital" seems to be about election
tampering. How exciting! LOL! But I must admit that the
ending was quite shocking. I wonder what Nikolas is up to,
and what's really going on with the mayor and Sloane?
I'm so glad that Patricia Arquette won a Golden Globe,
and I hope she wins the Oscar as well! Her show "Medium"
one of my favorites. She has a new show, "CSI: Cyber,"
that's set to debut soon. Her movie "Boyhood" sounds good.
I'm going to have to watch it on Amazon Prime.
I enjoyed "The
Mentalist" as always. It was a nice romantic episode
with the two main characters, and a cool episode with
It was a very funny episode of "Hot in Cleveland" tonight.
Stacy Keach was awesome!
I wonder when the CW shows will be back with new episodes? I
really miss "Supernatural!"
I was supposed to have a conference call this morning with
Finn Wittrock from "American Horror Story", but
unfortunately it was canceled. I was so disappointed. He
used to be on "All My
Children!" Critics are really loving him on AHS. He
plays a crazy serial killer on there.
Later, I had an
interview call with Steven Weber and Kyra Zagorsky of
"Helix" on Syfy. It was supposed to be a one-on-one call,
but nothing went right for me! First of all, my recorder
wouldn't work. It said "memory full" when I tried to record.
I've never had to delete anything from it before, so I
couldn't make them wait while I figured it out. Then, I'd
misread the emails and thought it was only Steven Weber, so
all of my questions were meant for him, so I had to re-word
them on the spot. As if all that wasn't bad enough, I only
had about 15 minutes with them (usually with the one-on-one
calls, I get as much time as I need). It all worked
out in the end because I just typed up my article right
after the call, relying on my memory and the few notes I
took. It was all very stressful, though! What a day...
TV celebrity deaths this month include Donna Douglas of "The
Beverly Hillbillies," character actor/comedian Taylor
Negron, and actor Rod Taylor (from "Falcon Crest" and other
shows). It's always sad when our childhood favorites die
out, but unfortunately, it's inevitable.
This week's "Elementary"
was great! I'm glad they're going to do a multi-part episode
about Kitty's attacker. That should be a good story. I guess
February sweeps is coming on soon!
I'm still catching up on "Arrow"
on my DVD's from last season. I hope to catch up sometime
soon. I'm almost done with all of the DVD screeners they've
sent me lately, yay!
I'm glad "Constantine" will be back tonight on NBC. It's a
good show and fun!
I bought new DVD's: "Barbary Coast" and "Under the Dome"
season 1. The first is a fun old 70's show that I loved back
then, starring William Shatner and Doug McClure. So glad
that it's finally out on DVD. I had to buy the other after
watching some of season 2....
From what I'm reading online, there are still a lot of "All
My Children" and "One
Life to Live" fans hoping that the shows will come back
on ABC, since the rights are reverting back to ABC in a few
months. That would be great, but I wouldn't get my hopes up.
It's very unlikely. TV networks almost never change their
minds after they've canceled a show. They've never ever done
it with a daytime soap, and they've never done it after so
many years. Even if they did it, I doubt they'd be able to
get much of the cast to come back because most of them have
moved on to other jobs. Would it be "All My Children"
without Erica, J.R., Ryan, Greenlee, Zach, or Dixie? They
had to re-cast a lot when they did the online version, and
it just wasn't the same. That was WITH Zach and Dixie,
before they got new jobs. Then they'd have to decide whether
to pick it up from where they left off with the ABC version
and pretend the online one didn't happen, or they'd have to
try to recreate the "five years later" online version.
The actor who played Pete, who was a main character, is on
another show now, too. So, more recasts. I just don't think
it would work.
I liked the online OLTL, but I think it was too risque for
network daytime TV. They wouldn't have Todd, probably, this
time around, and no Blair. No Natalie, and still no John.
Starr could come back, though, if she wanted to, since she's
leaving GH. I don't know...the problem with the shows is
that they don't have great writers and the networks are
willing to spend any money on the shows any more. I just
don't think any of the networks are willing to spend the
money you'd need to make the shows better and get more fans
and keep the good actors around. There are a lot of viewers
like me that won't watch as long as the writing sucks, and
they won't get any newer (younger) viewers without vastly
improving things, either. They won't bother bringing them
back just for the same few million fans that were watching
back when they were canceled.
I'm about to interview Rainn Wilson, who stars in the new
FOX series "Backstrom" next Thursday, January 22. It's a
pretty good show You should make sure to watch it. Give it a
chance because at the beginning of the first episode, it's a
little jarring at first, but then it grows on you. If you
watched him in "The Office", he's nothing like that
character in this show.
The interview went great! I got to speak with Rainn a lot,
and he was SO nice to everyone. Something funny
happened. Someone asked him if there would be a crossover
with "Bones", since Hart Hanson runs both shows, and he said
that he didn't think there would be. So I went on Twitter
and asked Hart Hanson what he thought. He replied that a
crossover might be a problem, since the two shows are filmed
in different cities, but that guest-stars might work. So Pej
Vahdat, who plays Arastoo on "Bones", replied to both of us
"I call dibs!!!" That was cute.
However, I went offline after asking Hart Hanson that
question, and when I came back, I had like 20 notifications
(which I NEVER do) so I was like, "Holy ___!" Not only
had those two replied, but a bunch of people favorited and
retweeted everything. LOL!
Have a great week, y'all!
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