A few full orders, and what will happen to Journeyman?

November 27, 2007 at 3:12 pm (babbling, Entertainment, TV) (, , , , , , , , )

Chuck and Life got full orders: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3i26961e5d2475534200e7b469c2ad48e4

I’ve decided I like Chuck.  It is a feel good show that always makes me smile.  Last night’s episode had jealousy, nerd talk, Klingon, foot chase, gun fight,  romance, family values and the cast is great.  They really have a good chemistry together.   Adam Baldwin talks about being in the Chuck cast here.  You may remember him from Firefly, Serenity, X-Files or Angel.  I really respect him as an actor and he’s rather versatile!

The other Monday night show (other than Heroes) we watch is Journeyman.  Sam and I like it, although have been hearing the buzz that it will be canceled so haven’t become very attached to it.

Interview with the creator of Journeyman. Very interesting…
http://www.ifmagazine.com/feature.asp?article=2487

Next week it’s off the air, for a PT. 1 of a 2 parter of Life. Sounds like NBC isn’t even going to air the last episode that’s in the can. But that’s just industry buzz, it hasn’t “officially” been released yet.  Funny NBC can’t find room for it during a WRITER’s STRIKE.  It’s cursed.

Fans are talking about sending NBC ketchup sandwiches to tell NBC executives they are crazy to cancel it. I fear it will not work as well as the peanuts did for Jericho.  Heck fan’s even posted NBC’s address if you are interested.

I’m about to put my looking for new work into high gear so I will be posting about that soon.  It’s the WORST part of working in LA now that most the jobs are all freelance.

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updates on tv…

November 19, 2007 at 4:22 pm (babbling, Entertainment, TV) (, , , , )

The WGA and the AMPTP will return to the negotiation table on November 26. Both sides have also agreed to a news blackout. Although the CBS News writer’s may be walking out soon too. Their contract expired 2+ years ago and they voted 81 % in favor of striking. Variety has more information here if you are interested.

NBC fired almost all the below-the-line staff of SNL. Read more about that here.

Tonight’s Finales:
Showtime: Weeds at 10p
ABC: The Bachelor at 1002

Sorry Larissa, no word on if ABC is going to air what they have in the can for LOST or not. Hopefully you know about tthe “never before seen Webisodes” that ABC is airing on their website. A new one is released every Monday. It’s better than no lost at all, I think.

Yesterday I was at Disney for a friend’s 30 birthday. I’m exhausted today now. The place was a zoo because they were filming their Christmas special starring none other than: Miley Cyrus aka Hannah Montana. It was pure insanity. We stopped paying attention after her 5th take of one song: All I want for Christmas is YOU!

P.S. My favorite news of the day:  Dirty, Sexy, Money got picked up for a whole season.  WOOT!  It’s the fourth freshman series to get a back-nine episode order from the network and the first series on any network to get a green light since the beginning of the writers strike.

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Not Much To Say

November 13, 2007 at 5:45 pm (babbling, Entertainment, TV) (, , , , , , , )

Sorry I haven’t blogged in a few days.  I will keep it short.

I’m bored with the WGA strike already.

Heroes was better last week, although this week it wasn’t as strong again.  There was a great article in Entertainment Weekly with the show creator, Tim Kring this past week.  And props to him for realizing something is wrong and wanting to do something about it!!  He even apologized.  I hope he rubs off on the rest of Hollywood.  I didn’t think I would like Kristen Bell on the show, but I like her now.

I bowled my highest game ever, a 178.  Which is amazing considering 3 months ago I was bowling a 60.

I haven’t bought “The Golden Compass” book yet, but I will.

Amazing Race was funny this week, although not as funny as the premiere.  Favorite moments:  Hippy couple peddles right past 2 camera guys Phil with 2 kids, and the finishing mat totally oblivious. And then the grandpa stripping down to his underwear.

Most annoying team award goes to  Ronald and Christina.  I was wishing she would shove him into the mud.

I’ve been working like crazy.  We’ve finally locked and sent off to online shows 501-503 of “Overhaulin'” Season 5 for TLC.  It’s nice to have a few done, although now I’m working away to get the rest out the door.   I love the location and hours for this show.  I’ve been spoiled, it will be hard to start looking for a new show come December.  (and no I haven’t met Chip Foose)

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Fox pulls ’24’

November 7, 2007 at 5:13 pm (babbling, Entertainment, TV) (, , , , )

From TV Guide “Fox’s “revised” 2008 schedule kicks off Jan. 13 and 14 with the series premiere of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and starts cooking with gas on the 15th with the two-night return of that singing show known as American Idol, but now is experiencing a Bauer outage. “The seventh season premiere of 24 is being postponed,” explains the network, “to ensure that Day 7 can air uninterrupted, in its entirety.” Fair ’nuff.”

Fox midseason programming –

• Starting Jan. 4, the Friday night line-up features Bones at 8, and House encores at 9. (House leads out of Idol starting Jan. 22.)
Prison Break returns with encore episodes Jan. 14.
The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, American Dad, 5th Grader, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, Cops and America’s Most Wanted all will continue with original episodes, while a mix of original and encores is currently planned for House, Bones, ‘Til Death and Back to You.
• The game show The Moment of Truth premieres Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 9 pm/ET.
New Amsterdam premieres Friday, Feb. 22, at 9 pm.
• The Farrelly Brothers comedy Unhitched premieres Sunday, March 2, a 9:30 pm.
• The unscripted role-reversal series When Women Ruled the World debuts Monday, March 3, at 8.
The Return of Jezebel James premieres Friday, March 7, at 8:30.
Hell’s Kitchen returns with a fourth season on April 1.
Canterbury’s Law premieres April 11.

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Writer’s Guild Strike Day 3

November 7, 2007 at 10:18 am (babbling, Entertainment, TV) (, , , , )

A lot of people are asking me if the strike will effect me, so I figured i could answer everyone by posting about it here.

Right now the strike won’t effect me at all.  For the first time in my career I can happily say I work in reality tv.  Some days I like it, and some days I hate it.  I like it right now because reality tv is non-union thus not influenced by the strike except in a positive way.  All those shows you love that are going to be tabled because of the strike will be replaced with cheaper reality tv shows.  That means there will be more work for me which is never a bad thing.

In the long term, the bad side is that I will be competing with union editor’s for the reality work.  It will be up to the Executive Producers and Post Supervisors to decide if a scripted editor can handle reality work.  For a show like I’m doing now (Overhaulin’), I don’t think a scripted editor could handle.  I’m not only having to edit, but also I’m writing all the voice overs and producing some of the interviews which are all things scripted editors never have to do.  I’m also taking all the raw footage and assembling the show with no direction other than the product placement requirement sheets which scripted editors never have to do.

If this strike goes on long, people will loose houses and it won’t be the networks or the executives that suffer.

From Today’s Cynopsis “Because of the Hollywood writers’ strike, production has ceased on at least six sitcoms that are filmed before live audiences, although some of the shows may have already wrapped production. The shows affected include CBS’ The New Adventures of Old Christine, Rules of Engagement, Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory; and FOX’s freshman Back to You and ’til Death.”

Tonight’s Finales:
SCI FI Channel: Ghost Hunters at 9 pm
Bravo: Better Half at 10 pm
Comedy Central: The Sarah Silverman Program at 1030 pm

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A Great Start Amazing Race Season 12

November 6, 2007 at 10:47 am (babbling, Entertainment, TV) (, , , , )

I watch CBS’s Amazing Race because it’s fluff.  I get to see parts of the world I would not typically look at, and I get to see people at their best and worst moments.  It makes me feel happy that I’m not dumb enough to go on a reality tv show.   Most of all, it’s great escapism.

This season started off to a GREAT start.  Their cast has not done them wrong.  They have great sounds up and awesome moments to jam pack the Season premiere.

The events for this episode included a bike ride over a ravine, and then a donkey challenge.  The donkey challenge was the BEST.  It cracked me up. People screaming at the donkeys and crying cut to the donkey snorting/crying back.  People pushing, punching, strangling their donkeys to no avail.

Good comedy quotes included from the father/daughter team of Ronald and Christina, “Donkey’s have souls too.”  From Ari and Staella: “Karma’s a b-tch, but I’m a bigger one” and to another donkey “If you make me loose this, I’m going to cut you up and eat you.”

Brother/Sister team Azaria & Hendekea came in first for the leg, followed by  the Goths or Freaks Kynt & Vyxsin.  Like I said before, how could you not be freaky with names like those?!?!  They had my favorite moment of the show which was running towards the camera.  It could not have been more comical.

And the eliminated team???  Ari and Staella which was one of the teams I nominated for most boring.  Now while they were anything but boring, their frustration and stupidity obviously got them knocked out of the race.

My favorite team is TK & Rachel.  They are solid and nice to each other (so far).  They seem to make a great couple and team.

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A Golden Compass

November 2, 2007 at 10:37 am (babbling, books, Entertainment, Family, movies, Parents, religion) (, , , , , , , )

I was going to come up with a witty title for this particular blog although everything I could think of was just down right mean:

Christian Shee-ple, Insane Boycotts, Emails that make your Stomach Turn for example. None of them however could fully and accurately portray how important and heated this issue makes me.

I am not a parent yet, and I understand parents WANT to protect their children. I believe it’s something inside each of us, and I’m not trying to diminish that at all.

So what happened?? My parents sent me an email explaining why I should not go see a movie. I trust my parents, I love them dearly but this made my eyebrows raise. The email went as follows:

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Click on the link below for Snopes and read the article regarding the movie….scary. http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp

This is important since the marketing for this movie has already started. It looks a lot like “Narnia” but is so far from it. BEWARE!

There will be a new Children’s movie out in December called THE GOLDEN COMPASS. It is written by Phillip Pullman, a proud atheist who belongs to secular humanist societies. He hates C. S. Lewis’s Chronicle’s of Narnia and has written a trilogy to show the other side. The movie has been dumbed down to fool kids and their parents in the hope that they will buy his trilogy where in the end the children kill God and everyone can do as they please. Nicole Kidman stars in the movie so it will probably be advertised a lot. This is just a friendly warning that you sure won’t hear on the regular TV.

ALSO, for additional info, follow the links:

Pullman, a prominent British atheist, has acknowledged that this is in fact his goal. He has claimed that “it is my goal to go after Christianity, I want God to be dead in my works. I want to undermine Christianity.”
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I have several key issues with this email. I am a Christian, but I do not support these kind of boycotts or email spams.

So I wonder, since when does a person’s beliefs determine whether their work of fiction is valid, good or bad?! I love Asimov’s writing, and he was an atheist. It doesn’t mean he was a bad writer, he was actually a great writer. More so, just because a book is written by a Christian author doesn’t mean it’s good. In fact most of the time if it’s written by a Christian author I assume the book is bad because the Christian subculture has accepted mediocrity for too long, in ALL of their artistic endeavors: music, books, movies etc. I don’t understand why are some people saying this is a bad series of books, or even a movie based on the author’s beliefs? I shouldn’t have to go thru the list of American classic novels or award winning works, and their authors and list off all their religions. They would be too many to count and it should not be an issue.

Edgar Allen Poe – Atheist
Mark Twain – thought to be Presbyterian although wrote the anti-religious book “The Mysterious Stranger”
Ray Bradbury – Atheist
E.M. Forester – Railed passionately against the church
Aldous Huxley – Humanist
J.D. Salinger – Known as Hindu although dabbled in Buddism, Scientology, Christian Science and Homeopathy
George Orwell – Agnostic and especially disliked churches
Leo Tolstoy – Rejected the church and is known as being a Rationalist

Should we also then seclude authors who are alcoholics? Hemingway and Faulkner for example. Or authors who committed suicide?? Or any other thing we want to classify and judge as a sin for that matter?

Furthermore, spam emails are not authority. Shouldn’t we want to be educated? Read or see the information for ourselves and then make the decision?? Education is power, not blind following – or becoming sheeple. (Sheep + People = Sheeple) We must think and decide for ourselves, that is the power of free will. Shouldn’t Christians have learned from the emails to boycott Disney?!?!? Seriously, it didn’t work then why do you think it will work now?

Shouldn’t parents use this movie as a means to talk about religion, atheism, and diversity of the world with their children?? So that instead of teenagers and adults that have been overly sheltered going into the world and having overload, they know already what they believe and why. Wouldn’t that be better? The world is too small these days and diverse to live inside a bubble. If there is a God, he then created all this diversity for a reason and it should not be excluded just because it’s different.

Then there’s the fact I work in TV and have dabbled in film. I know with great certain that rarely does the writer’s true intentions become the final product of a film. There are too many people to go through. For instance networks, executives, directors, screenplay writers, editors, producers all put their spin on the story. Does this mean any movie that someone works on that believes something other than what we believe we should not go to??

All this to say, please don’t think all Christians eat these kind of emails up. There are many of us that don’t. And please decide for yourself!!!

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LOTS of TV News 11/01/07

November 1, 2007 at 11:46 am (babbling, Entertainment, TV) (, , )

Heroes Origins has been tabled indefinably.   Some people (ie. Variety) are blaming it on the strike, whereas I’m going to blame it on this season being horrible television and it’s ratings dropping.

Women’s Murder Club had 3 more scripts ordered by ABC. Plus ABC has green light for more episodes to other freshman series Samantha Who?, Pushing Daisies and Private Practice.

The Writer’s Guild of America is meeting tonight to decide if they will or will not strike.  Negotiations have not yet lead to any resolution and so the WGA must plan their next move.  The WGA contract with the AMPTP expired last night at midnight.  Both sides have been releasing statements that slightly different.  Obviously both sides are seeing a different picture.

AMPTP:
“We’ve been working hard to come up with a package in response to your last proposal.  But we keep running up against the DVD issue. The companies believe that movement is possible on other issues, but they cannot make any movement when confronted with your continuing efforts to increase the DVD formula, including the formula for electronic sell-through. The magnitude of that proposal alone is blocking us from making any further progress. We cannot move further as long as that issue remains on the table. In short, the DVD issue is a complete roadblock to any further progress.”

WGA:
“Today, just hours before the expiration of our contract, the AMPTP brought negotiations to a halt. The Companies refused to continue to bargain unless we agree that the hated DVD formula be extended to Internet downloads. This morning we presented the AMPTP with a comprehensive package of proposals that included movement on DVDs, new media, and jurisdictional issues. We also took nine proposals off the table. The Companies returned six hours later and said they would not respond to our package until we capitulated to their Internet demand.”

The stupid TV news for the day is Dog the Bounty Hunter.  He stuck his foot in his mouth and said a racial slur.  Now seriously folks, can we expect anything less from this man???  Either way it’s not right he did it, I’m glad he apologized and I’m glad A&E put his show on hold.  No need to encourage this behavior in other people.  He made a good Southpark episode, now cancel it A&E.  You can do better!!!

I hope you all had a good Halloween.  We were at a party and hung out with friends.   It was fun to see the kids all dressed up.  (since we live in a town home we don’t get trick or treaters)

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