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Surprised?  If you read this blog, you shouldn’t be.

I. Love. Firefly.  I hate that it was cancelled before its time.  And that I only discovered it on DVD when a friend of mine said, you love Buffy?  You’ll love Firefly.  And that was the end of me.  When people make jokes or references to Firefly, I think they are the best jokes because they are the payoff.

The Big Bang Theory, for example, constantly refers to Firefly, the show that should never have been cancelled.  And of course there’s the Train episode where the gang finds Summer Glau.  That’s what I mean by payoff.  A show that was cancelled ages ago is still getting references in modern television shows.  What makes it better is that it’s a Joss and Co production, because who doesn’t love Joss Whedon?

Oh, and did I mention that Firefly also stars Nathan Fillion?  Really?  I haven’t mentioned that yet?  Wow.  I must be slacking.

So… Nathan Fillion is in Firefly.

And Firefly is a space western set in 2517 about the rogue crew of Serenity that travel in the newly human-inhabited star system.  Joss Whedon is said to have pitched the show as, “nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things.”  And Firefly just oozes of stories that are waiting to be told.

And of course, what other failed show could create a movie, and such a huge following?

There you have it.  Firefly.  Check it out on Hulu.

SPOILER ALERT:  If you haven’t seen this episode yet, please go watch it and come back.  I plan on revealing a lot of details.   You can check it out on CBS.

So… I have no words.  In one of the funnier episodes I’ve seen in awhile, it took a very sad turn in the final scene.  Marshall’s dad died.  I expect there to be differences of opinions on the quality of this episode.  I even find myself torn on whether or not to say this was a truly awesome episode (seasons 1/2 reminiscent) or it totally went too far for this type of genre.

If you’ve been watching HIMYM, you know that a big theme this season and part of last was the idea of Marshall and Lily trying to get pregnant.  They made a pact that as soon as they saw Barney‘s doppleganger, they would be free to start their family.  And they thought they had… until this episode, where ANOTHER doppleganger of Barney’s showed up.

Dr. Stangel. 

Throughout the entire episode where Lily and Marshall were trying to figure out if they were fertile enough to have children, Lily insisted that Barney be in her doctor’s room so she could be sure that her doctor and Barney were two different people.  They were.  And it was hysterical.

But what killed me, was the final scene.  Marshall was trying to call his dad with great news, as he’d always done, and his dad didn’t answer.  Lily pulled up in a cab with sad eyes and explained to Marshall that his dad had a heart attack and didn’t make it.  Heartbreaking.

What I absolutely LOVE about Alyson Hannigan is that when she cries, the whole world will cry because she’s just. that. good.

As a side note, during season 4 of BtVS, there is a special feature on the dvd where Joss Whedon talks about Willow and her breakup with Oz which was heartbreaking.  He goes on to say that he loves Alyson and loves to make her cry, because when she cries, EVERYONE cries.

ANYway… I’m still in a state of shock.  I still don’t know how to feel about this episode.  Perhaps more will come to light later in the season.

What are your thoughts?  Did you think it was the right move for the show, or did it take a much too serious turn?

A deal is in the works for Neil Patrick Harris to appear in an episode of Glee during May Sweeps that will be directed by the one and only Joss Whedon.


I’d heard a rumor about this today, and I wasn’t sure what to think.  Outside of being overwhelmed with excitement that the infamous NPH/Whedon duo is going to reunite, I am more than excited that the reunion will be on my favorite FOX show, Glee.

The news of the upcoming episode was dropped in a Twitter update by EW’s Michael Ausiello, who is no less excited than I, or any other fans are.

I must say, I don’t always look forward to May Sweeps.  I think that’s mostly because Upfronts are usually close by and the fate of our favorite shows hangs in the balance, so the importance of May Sweeps is HUGE, but very overdramatic.

ANYway, NPH.  Glee.

The episode and the role will be tailored specifically to the How I Met Your Mother superstar, and will no doubt include a song and dance number.

Yes.  I am excited.  Although, the waiting for Glee to return in April will be hard, I’m sure it will be well worth the wait.

What are your thoughts on Glee and NPH’s upcoming role?

Unlike the Courtney Cox and Jennifer Anniston reunion, Lisa Kudrow will not be sharing a kiss with Courtney Cox.

But there will be a Friends reunion on yet another of Courtney Cox’s shows.  And even though Dirt failed after the second season – and I was very upset about that because I LOVED Dirt – Cox seems to still be thriving.  And honestly, I think she does well in both comedy and drama.

So, next month, Lisa Kudrow will grace the set of Cougar Town to do a guest spot, and the episode isn’t scheduled to air until early 2010, although with November sweeps right around the corner, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the episode air sooner rather than later.

Kudrow will play a dermatologist that Cox’s character can’t stop going to see.  Will it be botox?  We’ll see.

Cox had also told TV Guide Magazine that she would love to see Jennifer Anniston on the show for a guest spot, but it probably won’t be for awhile, as they don’t want  the two guest stars to air so close together.  But wouldn’t it be great to have the powerhouse trio on air together?  It would be interesting to see the chemistry on a different show and a different network.

So, I’m really enjoying Cougar Town, so I’m definitely looking forward to ALL the upcoming episodes, and I think this one will definitely be a treat.

I think it’s insane that there would be no love for Dollhouse.  And for those of you who were skeptical in the beginning, I have one thing to say to you: SUCK IT! 

Okay, that was a little harsh, but Dollhouse is amazing.  Amazing to the point of OMG, I need to have it on my iPod AND on DVD AND on Blu Ray.  Is there a geek in the house?  Yup.  RIGHT HERE!

And I’m soooo ready to geek out about it.  Let’s just say I have some pretty serious geeker-joy about now, after having FINALLY finished watching last week’s episode Briar Rose.  Like, I want the theme song as my ringtone.  Yup, I’m a geek.  But this is a judgment-free zone.  Feel free to geek out as much as humanly possible.

To be quite honest, I haven’t felt this into a show since Buffy.  Even Veronica Mars got my mojo in gear, but I feel far more strongly about Dollhouse than I ever did about Veronica.  And that’s saying a lot.  I LOVE Veronica Mars.  I love that she’s a girl detective.  And I love Kristen Bell.  And I love that there were a few Buffy alum cameos. (Ahem! Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, and the man himself: Joss Whedon)

Dollhouse is VM personified in that sense.  From Fred to Wash to Faith and so on… it’s just brimming with Whedonverse stars.  And I guess what they say is true: When Joss falls in love with someone, he’ll try to put them in EVERYTHING he possibly can.  Seriously.  Felicia Day has an episode, that unfortunately will not air, but I’m definitely planning on buying the DVD and watching the episode.  And I’m waiting for Nathan Fillion to make a cameo.  OOOHH!  And James Marsters!  That would be EXCELLENT!

Which makes me wonder… is the unaired episode going to be available on iTunes?  Because I REALLY want it on my iPod… like YESTERDAY!

I think one of the best things about the show is that you can feel Joss in everything.  You can hear the humor, and once you finally start getting to know the characters, you realize they have Joss Whedon written all over them.

One little note that is spoilery in nature, while watching Briar Rose, at then end when Alpha mind-wipes Echo and puts in a new personality, they make out for a second, then walk away towards the camera.  That scene was very Buffy reminiscent in that it reminded me very much of a similar scene in Buffy when Faith has Angel’s soul taken away and he becomes Angelus, and they walk away like they are looking for trouble.  The Alpha/Echo scene was just that.  They were walking away ready for trouble.  And it was fantastic.

I’d never turn my back on the show, but Briar Rose was definitely the episode that gives me a reason to stay.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  The fact that it’s a Whedonverse show is enough to get me to stay, but I’m simply saying that, thus far, that was the best episode I’ve seen.

And now I can’t wait for the pseudo-finale.  And I REALLY can’t wait for the ACTUAL finale on the DVD when it comes out in July.  You better believe that I’ve already got it preordered.

And I really hope that they continue with a second season.  There would be nothing out there in TV land that would satisfy me more than seeing this show continue.

…because it’s the really one of the only new shows on TV this week.  Or at least last night.  House and Fringe are new tonite, so yay!

But Prison Break is starting to impress me again.  It’s really starting to feel like the first season, where I’m on the edge of my seat, and getting pissed off and stressed out because the episode ended just as something HUGE was about to happen.

Granted, there is still a looong way to go.  And a lot of ground to make up for.  And it’s definitely a different show than when they started, although I’m noticing a few references back to Fox River.  Which is awesome.  I’m actually planning on picking up the first season again and going back through it, because it was definitely great.  I can’t believe it was supposed to only last one season, and here we are… four years later… and they’re still going.

My favorite part about this, aside from Michael Rappaport being a bit sketchy and no one really knowing what side he’s supposed to be on, is Cress Williams who has done episode stints on both Veronica Mars and Grey’s Anatomy.  On Prison Break, he plays a hitman, who killed Mahone’s son, Sarah’s family friend, and is now after Sarah.  He really is brilliant.  And mean.  And scary.

So what’s up for tonite?  The premiere of House and a new episode of Fringe.  You know where I’ll be.

Seth Green

Seth Green

Yup, you guessed it.  Seth Green and bff Breckin Meyer have signed on for a few episodes of Heroes (maybe more).  Apparently, the will be a large part of the second chapter that will be contained within the third season.

Looks like another Buffy alum has jumped on board, making me even more excited to watch… because, HELLO?  Seth Green!

You can read the entire story here.  I have to warn you, it’s not much, but that doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to his appearance.

You may also remember Seth had a 2 episode arc during Grey’s Anatomy last year, and also has Robot Chicken and the Family Guy as other major projects.  He certainly is busy.

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

I’ve caught the first two episodes of a new TNT drama called Raising the Bar.  It’s all about young, addicted-to-the-law Prosecutors.  And of course it stars Mark Paul Gosselaar and J. August Richards, among many others.  So it comes as no surprise that I would give it a three-episode chance.

Two episodes in, and I’m still not impressed.  The only pleasing attributes this show has so far is Zack Morris and Gunn.  Oh, and Wallace Fennel (Veronica Mars).  And Angel,  the creepy guy from Party Monster, who also played the best gay friend on My So Called Life one upon a time.  Wilson Cruz, I think his name is.

This is why I hate courtroom dramas.  Most of them are self contained, and there are new guest stars every week.  Which is fine.  But sometimes, I like the cast to remain the same and seeing very little crossover or starplacing, if that’s what you call it.  But I’m not impressed.  I think it’s because I don’t like courtroom dramas.  Even though it’s jam-packed full of my favorite people, I am just not impressed.

But maybe it’ll speak to me in the third episode.  At least I’m giving it a chance.  It airs every Monday night at 10 pm.

I wanted to post quickly about Prison Break because it is still fresh in my mind, having just watched it and all.

Previously on Prison Break:

Apparently, Sarah is still alive… and blah blah blah.  I still haven’t figured out how that happened, but she did make a comment pointing it out in tonight’s episode.  

And I came back from the dead…


Anyhoo, the recap:

Michael and his crew have one day to find the other five cardholders or they’ll go back to prison. But Mahone is obsessed with seeking vengeance, and Michael and Linc fear that he’s losing focus. Meanwhile, Wyatt (Cress Williams) has Bruce Bennett in his custody, and is using a truth serum to find the crew’s whereabouts; and T-Bag finds the gateway to his new identity and his future.


Well, I’m not sure if it’s because I’m still a tad jaded, or if I’m just not giving it the benefit of the doubt yet, but I’m still not excited about this new season.  Here’s the thing, it’s probably better than it’s ever been.  It is certainly reminiscent of the first season, and the presence of the Company is HUGE again, which is crucial.  And I really feel the writers have a LOT to make up for from last season, which was awesomely violent for awhile, but the concept just got old.

I like the idea of there being a bigger mission than the crew originally thought.  I suppose that will be the key to keeping the series running all season.  I like the Company being involved again.  And I LOVE that Michael Rappaport has made his appearance, and looks like he’s going to play a large role this season.  Well, that’s BEFORE the company finds him dispensible and kills him off.  He’s already begun the mutiny, but in the name of the mission.  Or so we think.

T-Bag is one scary motherfucker, but with a lame side.  He’s taken the identity of Cole, who we saw last season as that weird Australian guy who was jailed alongside Michael and the gang.  And what is the first thing T-Bag does?  He orders pizza and porn.  Dude.  He’s a classic creep.  And judging by the previews from next week, T-Bag and Michael are going to cross paths again, which is going to be awesome.  T-Bag being thrown around is just so cool.

Well, I’ll post more on this tomorrow…

So this has got to be THE COOLEST THING EVER!  I daresay… it’s LEGENDARY!

Joss Whedon has done it again.  And with more pure brilliance.  Only this time he’s working with Neil Patrick Harris in the mix.  Also featured is Nathan Fillion (whom Joss LOVES and refuses to let die, so he gets put in EVERYTHING Joss does… LOVE IT!).

The name of this new project is Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, a mini-webseries.  It’s the story of a low-rent supervillain who is desperate to be a part of the EVIL LEAGUE OF EVIL, but his application is still being reviewed.  Harris stars as Dr. Horrible, and Nathan Fillion plays his nemesis, Captain Hammer.  Felicia Day rounds out the cast by playing Penny, the girl of Dr. Horrible’s dreams, and Captain Hammer’s reality.

This webseries was born out of frustration during the Writer’s Strike, and Joss has pointed out that he created this to prove that so much more could be done with little money.  Whole franchises could be formed on very little budget, and so far, that seems to be the plan for the Dr. Horrible series.  There are plans for merchandise as well as DVDs and a soundtrack, and maybe even a sequel or two.

I found out about this yesterday, although I vaguely remember reading or hearing about it a looong time ago.  Anyhoo, I downloaded the 3 Act story, and have not stopped laughing since.  I’ve watched it about 3 times, and honestly, it is so very funny.  The writing (as any Joss fan would know) is so great, and the acting is fantastic.  And for a low-budget project, it was surprisingly well done.

You can find it on iTunes, and I’m sure the DVDs and soundtrack will be available eventually.

In the meantime, check out the websites, both official and unoffical.  Trust me, they’re so worth it.