Sorry gang, I dropped the ball on this one. The Wire’s Gbenga Akinnagbe(Chris Partlow) was on The Good Wife tonight. The episode isn’t up at CBS yet, but you can watch a preview here.
April is going to be a brilliant month for television. Fringe returns on April 1st, two weeks earlier than planned due to the demise of Past Life, the brand new adventures of Doctor Who with Matt Smith begins on April 17th and Treme debuts on April 11th. I think that should hold me until True Blood returns in June, don’t you think? Here are some links for you to enjoy:
New York Magazine has the new trailer for Treme.
BSC has a few promo pics from the new Fringe episode “Peter”.
Check out Doctor Who’s newest companion, Karen Gillian, in this photo spread for Grazia. Interesting hair do she’s got going on.
If you missed the return of Supernatural lastnight, get thee to iTunes and watch it, because damn it was amazing. You can get a full recap over at Zap2It here.
The portal from hell is open for business and Lucifer set out in search of a vessel(meat suit) to inhabit before he takes control/burns the world. Bobby turned all black eyed demon and then stabbed himself to get the demon to exit his body, so he’s now in a hospital. I really think Bobby has used up at least 8 of his 9 lives. Meg the bitch demon came back to briefly torment/beat up the Winchesters before exiting in a black mist. Castiel was allegedly blown apart by Zachariah and the other angels in the FBI suits, but made an appearance just in time to save Sam and Dean from being torn to shreds by Zachariah and his sidekicks. The show ended on a happy note though, with Lucifer convincing the vessel to let him take his body over and Dean telling Sam he can never trust him again.
I have officially found my new tv obsession. Move over Glee.
Also, here’s a freebie…go here to download the song “O Death”, from last season.
I almost forgot that the the next Doctor Who special airs tonight on BBC America! This is the Christmas one, starring David Morrissey as a man claiming to be Doctor Who. From the picture it’s obvious that Cybermen play a role in the show, I wish the series would stop coming back to the same characters like the Cyberman and Daleks but I still think this episode will rock.
Speaking of time travel, I just spent the last few days reading The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I don’t know if you’ve read it, but the story is about a man who travels back and forth in time visiting his future wife at various stages in her life. I found so many things wrong with this book. For one thing, it was waaaaay too long, a little editing could have helped the pacing immensely. Another thing that really bothered me was that I was creeped out by the idea of a grown man visiting his future wife at age 6, age 15, etc. The writer tried to make it clear that he was separating his romantic feelings until she was 18, but does that make it any less creepy? Not really, especially when he comes to visit her at 43 and seduces his then 18 year old future wife! Ugh. I had so many problems with this book. I need to find something good to cleanse the ick factor from my brain. Any suggestions?
Here’s a clip from the film version of the book. It starts off with a much older Henry meeting his wife to be at age 6:
“Slavin admitted that the two characters are “sort of married” in a way. “They would be lost without each other,” he said, adding: “Phil and Lem definitely have a lot of love for each other, and at the end of the day there is nothing they wouldn’t do for each other. They’re very committed to each other, but they do like to bicker, for sure.”
I’m not going to even try to explain all the things that make this show funny, just tune in tonight and see for yourself.
If you still haven’t watched the season premiere of True Blood, stop reading now. If you have, then here’s an interview with Nelsan Ellis, who plays Lafayette. Lafayette is one of the reasons I am glad Alan Ball is straying from the books. Nelson talks about finding out his character survives:
“When I first started it was only a one-year contract, so I thought I was a goner after the 12th episode. In fact, (Alan) didn’t tell me that he was bringing me back until after the table read for (the season 1 finale). He was like, “You know we’re not killing you, right?” And I was like, “I didn’t know but thanks for telling me.”
He goes on to discuss Lafayette’s relationship with Eric and if he believes he will make it to season 3. Read the rest of the article over at MSNBC.
BBC News has confirmed that Primeval has been cancelled. That’s a bummer. Although I felt like the show was slipping this season after losing Stephen and Cutter, I thought it was starting to pick up again after watching last week’s episode. Even a sub par BBC show is better than half of what’s on American television anyway. Wonder if the movie is still on?
So what did you all think of the season premiere of True Blood? I loved it. Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, I won’t reveal any big spoilers, but it’s safe to say I was pleased with the direction Alan Ball is taking. He is straying quite a bit away from the books, but I like where it’s going and it should be a great season.
Minor spoiler alert: Also, how funny was Eric coming down the stairs in a track suit with his hair wrapped in foil for his highlights right before he bites the crap out of that redneck?
SciFi Wire has an interesting interview with Alexander Skarsgard as he discusses developing the character of Eric Northman:
“Season one was an introduction to Eric,” Skarsgard said in an exclusive phone interview last week. “You didn’t see much more than the one side, which is him being the bad-ass vampire leader. In season two we go deeper, and you’ll understand that he is more complex than that and has a sensitive side and a very loyal side. He can be a great friend. He doesn’t like a lot of people, but if he likes you, then he’s extremely loyal. For an actor, it’s something I love to do, to go deeper and play more. I felt that after season one, people were always like, ‘Eric is the evil vampire,’ and I always defended Eric, because I don’t see him as evil at all.”
I’m so excited about the news from TV Squad that HBO has picked up David Simon’s Treme. HBO has greenlit nine episodes of the drama starring Wire alums, Clarke Peters and Wendell Pierce, as well as Melissa Leo from Homicide. The show is about New Orleans musicians, post Hurrican Katrina. Can’t wait to hear the soundtrack that will go with the series.