Archive for June, 2013
He’s currently on our screens fighting hordes of zombies in World War Z – which is a terrific movie by the way – but 25 years ago Brad Pitt was just another young actor trying to make his mark in Hollywood. Yep, it’s Before They Were Big time again!
Years before Brangelina, Troy, 12 Monkeys, Benjamin Button and Seven – Brad’s resume consisted mainly of TV bit parts. He enjoyed a two-episode stint on the NBC soap Another World and the ABC sitcom Growing Pains. Later he would also appear on Freddy’s Nightmares, the show that pretty much killed off the Nightmare on Elm Street movies!
But it’s Brad’s appearance in Dallas that often gets the most attention from those early years. And here he is – playing an ‘idiot boyfriend’ called Randy who sleeps with Charlie Wade, the on screen daughter of Priscilla Presley’s character Jenna Wade. Ahh – the 80’s!
On Sunday night I turned on the new season of True Blood. Five minutes later I switched off – and decided I was officially finished with the show.
The reason? Even though I really enjoyed season 5 of HBO’s supernatural saga and felt it took the show into new and interesting directions, these first five minutes confirmed for me a suspicion I’d had for a while. A feeling that True Blood had kind of lost its mojo and that it’s now so frantic and frenetic that it’s no longer must see TV for me anymore. Sure I could easily watch the show as a summer guilty pleasure but I also know True Blood probably has several seasons left in it – and frankly I just don’t want to devote that much time to a show I think has past its peak. I’d rather remember the (mostly) great first 5 years of the show and move on.
As I wrote recently, I think Mad Men has also now outstayed its welcome. I’m still watching – albeit on fast forward at times – but I’m really only holding out because the show only has one season left and I feel I’ve come this far so More >
When Does It Start: Monday 24th June at 10pm EST on CBS
In A Nutshell: The residents of a small town find themselves trapped under a mysterious dome. Horror ensues…
What’s It About: The small town of Chester’s Mill receives a big surprise when a strange and impenetrable dome suddenly falls around the town, cutting the residents off from the rest of the word.
Trapped beneath the dome are a wide array of characters including an army veteran on a mysterious mission, an investigative reporter, a visiting LA entertainment attorney and a DJ with a dark secret. As the days wear on tempers are frayed, alliances formed and food runs out.
Based on the hefty Stephen King novel of the same name, Under The Dome follows the town’s first two weeks in isolation. But who – or what – created the dome in the first place? And what is its purpose?
Summer is now in full swing which means the pressure is on the broadcast networks to once again avoid a cable takeover!
Up against the TNT and USA procedurals and summer staples like True Blood, the Big Four have generally throw in the towel each year with endless repeats, reality regulars (Bachelor Pad, Big Brother and America’s Got Talent) and a few half hearted scripted efforts.
This year however, the nets do seem to be trying a bit harder. The most notable stab at a big summer scripted series is CBS’s Stephen King adaptation, Under The Dome, which could be a big hit – or fare along the lines of the net’s last attempt at horror, the criminally under-watched Harper’s Island.
Meanwhile over at NBC we have Siberia.
The premise of the show is simple. 16 budding reality contestants take part in a new TV series… but when things start to turn deadly serious is it all part of the show, or something darker?
It was THE TV moment of the week!
By now I’m sure you’ve seen, read or otherwise been battered over the head by last week’s Game of Thrones and its infamous Red Wedding sequence.
As someone who loves the HBO fantasy series but HASN’T read the books upon which the show is based I was certainly among those surprised by the scenes (although I did know something was coming towards the end of this season). Talk about a shocker!
If you don’t watch Game of Thrones and don’t mind knowing what happens – essentially the show killed off THREE major characters in one very bloody wedding sequence. Last season, lead character / hero Robb Stark broke his vow to marry one of the daughters of Walder Frey in exchange for his support in his quest to take back King’s Landing – marrying instead the beautiful Talisa. Stark tried to make amends by marrying off his uncle to another of Frey’s daughters. All seemed forgiven – until the final moments of the episode when Frey unleashed his vengeance. Pregnant Talisa was graphically stabbed to death in the belly. Stark was impaled by crossbow arrows and gutted. And his mom Catelyn Stark had her throat More >