I haven’t forgotten about Veronica Mars. My posts on last episode and tonight’s episode will probably go up on Sunday. Also: Happy Halloween!
Finally, some good news for Friday Night Lights! Last night’s airing of the show received its highest audience to date, and got over a million viewers more than Studio 60 in the same time slot. I think Monday night is a great time for this show to air; I was concerned about the competition from actual football, but it looks like this experiment worked out well. (Of course, CBS was in repeats last night, but I’ll take any victory.)
Last night’s episode was fantastic as usual, and it’s reairing tonight at 8 pm on NBC. I have a little crush on Matt Saracen. And I want to punch Buddy Garrity in his stupid face.
Oh, this just makes me upset. Apparently Michael Vartan (currently occupying Spot Number One on my Top Ten list) almost joined the cast of one of Michael Ausiello’s “five current favorite shows.” This makes a lot of sense, since Michael Vartan was the subject of a huge pilot season bidding war according to the New York Times. I really miss not seeing him on TV every week … but which show? Can’t be Friday Night Lights, I seriously doubt it’s Battlestar Galactica, and I don’t think Ausiello digs Studio 60. Probably not ER, Veronica Mars, or Gilmore Girls … could it have been Grey’s Anatomy? Now that would have been amazing. Ah, what might have been.
Updated: More from Ausiello:
Question: You are such a tease, Ausiello! What show was Michael Vartan going to join (Ausiello Report 10/27)?!— Joseph Conner
Ausiello: One of the producers on this show worked with Vartan on his last TV gig.
So, that makes it either Lost or Heroes. Or am I forgetting another show with Alias alums? Brothers and Sisters?
Mitchell Hurwitz, creator of Arrested Development, is doing an American version of the British comedy In the Thick of It. I should be jumping for joy at this news, since In the Thick of It is hilarious and so was Arrested Development, but … I’m nervous. Unlike Arrested Development’s surrealism, this show is sort of like The Office, in that it’s documentary-style with a bumbling idiot for a main character, and very grounded in reality, but with a caustic, almost cynical take on things. Plus, it’s centered around a cabinet minister, and I wonder how that’s going to translate — will the U.S. version have a fictional Secretary of Social Relations or something? I guess I’ll just have to trust Mitch. Mark me down as cautiously optimistic.
Or at least, it will be. On November 30th, NBC is redoing their Thursday lineup to look a little something like this:
8:00 pm — My Name Is Earl
8:30 pm — The Office
9:00 pm — Scrubs
9:30 pm — 30 Rock
I’m glad that they’re continuing to give 30 Rock a chance, because I really think that show has room to grow.
Mark your calendars!
I just caught Friday’s Battlestar Galactica episode, and all I can say is: whoa. Wait, I have another thing to say: President Roslin was an IDIOT for not killing that baby when she had the chance. It sounds pretty heartless, but it’s true.
If Cylons ever invaded The Office, it would probably look a little something like this:
Still more than six months to go for the new Harry Potter movie, but there’s a few new photos out from filming. Here’s one where Harry’s looking kind of foxy, presumably on his way to his Ministry of Magic hearing.
George from Grey’s Anatomy is gay. And my mind is blown. Seriously, I would never have guessed.
I spent tonight watching A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints. Oscar season is pretty far away, but I wonder what kind of attention this film will get. This film is so moving, and the performances in it are incredible. If life were fair, a couple of these actors would definitely get nominations.
I know this comparison sounds silly, but the film reminded me of a harder-edged Stand By Me. It’s a story you’ve seen before; the young kid with daddy issues grows up in a rough neighborhood, touched with tragedy. But it’s so much more than that. It’s a true relationship movie, and the father and son scenes ring so true that it’s almost hard to watch.
No question, there are Oscar-caliber performances out of Dianne Wiest and Shia LaBoeuf. I’m realizing that not a lot of people have heard of Shia — he’s a former Disney Channel kid, who starred in Holes and had a supporting role in Constantine. Hopefully this will be a breakout role for him, because I honestly think he’s the next Tom Hanks. His eyes can tell you everything you need to know about a character in seconds. He’s incredible.
Chazz Palminteri will break your heart in this movie. So will Channing Tatum, who I’d never heard of, but was wonderful. All the actors had tough roles in this film, but perhaps he had it the toughest: making the audience care about an extremely troubled kid. In a way (and I’m not being facetious here), he’s like Ben Affleck’s character in Good Will Hunting. Remember, back when you took Affleck seriously, before the whole Bennifer debacle? Remember how good he was in that movie? Channing Tatum’s Antonio is like that — immediately charming, fiercely loyal, a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, he’s also dangerously unpredictable and violent, but he, too, will break your heart.
Ain’t It Cool News has an interview with the writer/director here. It reveals important plot points, so go see the movie before you read it.
Another Wednesday, another Veronica Mars! Thoughts on this episode after the jump:
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That’s right, I said “please.” Friday Night Lights (the show, not the movie) is wonderful, and it’s tonight at 8 on NBC. Here’s an interview about the show with Scott Porter, who plays Jason Street, the high school’s injured quarterback.
Other reasons to watch:
Kyle Chandler looks smokin’ hot.
Not just a pretty face, Kyle Chandler’s also doing some of his best acting work. The younger actors, including Scott Porter and whoever plays Matt Saracen, are amazing.
It’s got heart. In my favorite moment from last week’s episode, Coach Taylor shows up unexpectedly at his new quarterback’s home to discuss the upcoming game. The poor kid is clearly embarassed about his shabby house, and later that evening, Coach tells him, almost scolding him, that he has nothing to be ashamed of. My description sounds a little sappy, but it doesn’t play that way on screen, because of the wonderful acting.
Congratulations to Diane Ruggiero, an executive producer of Veronica Mars, who got a deal to do a pilot for The CW. It’s about two girls who get special powers that they can only use when together. Um, while this concept sounds completely weird — a hybrid of the Ambiguously Gay Duo and Charmed — I’ll do my best to refrain from judgment. I’ll be awfully disappointed if she quits Veronica Mars, though.
A bizarre thing just happened to me.
So, I’ve wanted to see The Lake House, but didn’t actually get around to seeing it in the theaters. You know, it’s the one where Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves live in the same house, only two years apart, and start a romantic correspondence through a mailbox that is not so much a mailbox, but actually more of a time portal. This plot might sound repulsive to you, but it is right up my alley. I have a soft spot for magical love destiny movies. (This is probably why I do not have a boyfriend.)
Let me take a moment to defend Keanu. Sure, he’s not what one might call Hollywood’s Most Talented Actor. However, I think he’s got this blank slate quality that makes him perfect for movies like The Matrix and The Devil’s Advocate, where a more emotive actor would have been too distracting when combined with insane special effects/Al Pacino chewing the scenery. Have I enjoyed him as a romantic lead before? Eh, not really. Sweet November was kind of bullshit. Regardless, I still had high hopes for this movie.
But I digress. This morning, I woke up with one thought in my head: today’s the day to watch The Lake House. I don’t know why it seemed so urgent, but I just really wanted to. I just moved, and I don’t belong to any video rental place around here, but there’s a Tower Records right around the corner, and so I bought the DVD. Impulse buy. I hate buying DVDs on a whim, actually, because I’m very proud of my collection and only want it to contain quality items. It was very out of character for me … like I was guided by a force larger than myself. I brought it home, set it aside, and promised myself that if I spent the rest of the day doing chores and stuff, I could watch it tonight as my reward.
Fast-forward to this evening. I turned the movie on. I was struck by a sudden urge to call a good friend of mine and tell her I was watching it. Not sure why — I’d never even discussed it with her before, but I just wanted to allow her the chance to make fun of me for buying such a clearly sappy movie. Instead, I sent her a text message, and our conversation went like this:
Me: back home?
Me: i’m watching the lake house
Her: are you kidding?? me TOO!!
Bear in mind, it’s not like the movie was on HBO or anything. She Netflixed it; I bought it. The forces of destiny intervened in both our lives and led us to watch the exact same movie at the exact same moment. Well, she was actually a few minutes ahead, but that doesn’t matter. In fact, it’s better, because it meant that she could tell me what happens in the future (of the movie), which is remarkably similar to how Sandra Bullock could tell Keanu about the future. This was more than coincidence. This was fate. Whoa.
And, after typing all this out, I realize that this is … not a very interesting story. But for me, this was a profound metaphysical experience, and I felt like sharing. As for the movie? Well, if you liked The Notebook, and you’re fine with Sandra and Keanu, and you’re willing to suspend all questions you might have regarding plausibility, then you might like it, too. I thought it was a great way to spend a Sunday night, and will anxiously check my mail in the future to see if fate has any other magical plans for me.
I am freaking out over this Project Runway finale. Help me! I want to be spoiled! Did Jeffrey Sebelia get kicked out for letting others sew his collection? I know he shows his work at Olympus Fashion Week, but was that just a decoy? In the promo for next week, he looked like he was crying — but was that merely editing trickery? Sigh. This is going to drive me insane.
Thoughts on the episode after the jump.