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Sissy Spacek Joins Big Love

In 2010 Winter Schedule, Big Love, Casting, HBO on 09/17/2009 at 4:37 pm

Sissy Spacek

The LA Times Show Tracker blog broke the news yesterday morning that Sissy Spacek is planning to join the cast of HBO’s poly-affair Big Love.  When we first heard she would be joining the series for multiple episodes of the fourth season, we immediately jumped to the image of her on the compound in frumpy-frock fashion and secretly hating life as a sister-wife…The fit seemed kinda perfect.

Then we realized she’s actually slated to star as a political lobbyist!  Silly us for type casting such a fine actress.  Just because she shined as a coal miner’s daughters doesn’t mean she should be automatically relegated to the compound, right?  I mean, with a half a dozen Academy Award nominations, she probably knows how to handle herself in any role.

Big Love is slated to return for it’s fourth season in January 2010 on HBO.

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True Blood Season Finale Preview

In HBO, Season Finale, Summer Schedule, True Blood on 09/11/2009 at 10:51 am

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It’s sad but true, folks: Season 2 of True Blood comes to an end this evening.  Judging by the intense cliff-hangers they end just regular episodes with, we’re expecting a doozy for the season finale.  It’ll be sad when the season ends – it’s been an exciting one for both the fans and HBO network, chock full of crazy gory, sexy badness and killer ratings.  The show is set to return for it’s third season in June of 2010.

Don’t wanna wait that long?  Grab yourself a Tru Blood, kickback and start reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels, then!

During a True Blood marathon last Sunday (poor make-up for having no new episode!), HBO broadcast this promotional trailer for the season finale.  It’s basically a different edit of the True Blood/Depeche Mode video we posted the other night, minus the  band footage, shorter and with more footage from the season.

True Blood‘s second season finale airs this weekend, Sunday September 13th at 9pm on HBO.

Bored To Death Poster

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, Bored To Death, Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO on 09/09/2009 at 3:25 pm

Bored To Death

If you didn’t get the hint the first two times we posted promotional trailers for this show, we’re are excited for the premiere of HBO’s new comedy Bored To Death.  How could we not be with a lineup like this?  Now we have an awesome new poster to tout the preimere, too!

Bored To Death debuts Sunday September 20th at 9:30pm on HBO after the seventh season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

HBO’s A Dog Year Trailer

In A Dog Year, Advertising, HBO, Movies on 09/09/2009 at 1:15 pm

A Dog Year

So we’re gonna let you in on a little secret.  Keep it real quite, though, you know…On the down-low and all.  HBO Films produced a movie called A Dog Year.  They produced the film and even managed to get an awesome cast consisting of movie star Jeff Bridges (The Dude!), Six Feet Under‘s Lauren Ambrose and True Blood‘s Lois Smith.

Once they produced the film, they snuck it out on to the air last Thursday, the 3rd of September.  Apparently they didn’t want anyone to know, though, so they didn’t bother…you know, telling anyone or even posting anything on their webpage about it.  Well, don’t tell HBO because some stupid intern over there must have made a mistake and posted a trailer for it on youtube and we thought it only right to post it.

Sorry HBO, we know you tried really hard not to let anyone know this movie exists but we kinda dig the cast and appreciate a good heart-warming story with crazy writers and even crazier dogs every now and then.

Unless HBO manages to hide this movie even better than they’ve already done, A Dog Year will re-air a few times on Wednesday September 9th on HBO2 and HBO Signature.  It can also be seen on HBO On Demand

Depeche Mode + True Blood = Corrupt

In HBO, Music, True Blood on 09/08/2009 at 11:43 pm

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If you recall way back in the spring time when we were still looking forward to True Blood‘s sophomore outing, we were treated a teaser video featuring Bob Dylan’s bluesy new song, Beyond Here Lies Nothing.  Things must have worked out well because now there’s a brand new Depeche Mode/True Blood tag team.  HBO posted the video, featuring most members of the cast in various states, as well as in studio footage of the band, to their official Youtube page earlier today.  The song and video are both pretty awesome:

P.S.  Anyone else wondering if the 3:33 runtime means it’s only half evil?

New Bored To Death Promo

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, Bored To Death, Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO on 09/03/2009 at 2:30 pm

Bored To Death

It’s a new Bored To Death promotional trailer!  We were quite excited to stumble upon this on!  Besides the previously reported Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Parker Posey, Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig, this video clip also features Patton Oswalt and Oliver Platt.  To celebrate, here’s a picture of Oliver Platt looking kind of creepy:

Oliver Platt Being Creepy

And now on to the video:

Bored To Death debuts Sunday September 20th at 9:30pm on HBO after the seventh season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

AMC Renews Mad Men

In 2010 Summer Schedule, AMC, Boardwalk Empire, Entourage, HBO, Mad Men, Monk, Nurse Jackie, Showtime, The Sopranos on 09/02/2009 at 2:02 pm

Mad Men

Could we possibly make it to Beatlemania?  Maybe Woodstock?  The moon landing?  What will Don do when he comes upon his first hippie?  All things to ponder while celebrating the news that AMC has renewed Mad Men for a fourth season.  Thankfully, there was none of the contentiousness that swirled around the show’s renewal and Matthew Weiner’s contract negotiations last year.  No word on how many episodes were ordered, but Variety says we can expect the show to return in late summer again.

While we’re at it, it’s been a fantastic summer for Weiner’s fellow The Sopranos alum: Edie Falco reinvented herself with Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, Steve Buscemi and Terence Winter landed again at HBO with Martin Scorcese’s Boardwalk Empire, Jamie-Lynn Sigler playing herself has been quite a highlight to this season of Entourage,  James Gandolfini’s In The Loop has become a critical darling and multiple members of the cast, both mobsters and FBI agents, appeared on last week’s mobbed-up episode of USA’s Monk.

Mad Men is currently airing it’s third season each Sunday at 10pm on AMC,

HBO Pickups Boardwalk Empire

In 2010 Spring Schedule, Boardwalk Empire, Entourage, HBO, In Production, In Treatment, The Sopranos, The Wire, Treme on 09/02/2009 at 11:47 am

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We here at DVR Life love knowing when good television is in works!  Variety broke word that HBO has ordered an 11 episode first season of Martin Scorceses’ Boardwalk Empire.  We already announced how excited we were about this new series, but if you need a refresher:  The series revolves around Atlantic City in the 19020’s.  New Jersey’s shore is awash with political corruption, gangsters, and vice and who better to bring it the small screen than HBO and Martin Scorcese?  I personally think the two have done more than enough to prove themselves when it comes to quality productions in general and, specifically, mobbed-up story lines.

To sweeten the pot, Scorcese will be sharing executive producer duties with actor/producer Mark Wahlberg, who handles both HBO’s Entourage and In Treatment , and former producer of The Sopranos, Terance Winter.  Throw in a couple more HBO alumni, The Sopranos‘ Steve Buscemi and The Wire‘s Michael Kenneth Williams, in starring positions and we’ve got one hell of a package coming our way.

Scorcese directed the pilot and will remain a hands on producer throughout the production of the series, slated to start filming this fall in New York.  Word is the show may be making it’s first appearance sometime in March of 2010, along with David Simon’s first post-The Wire project, a New Orleans-based series called Treme.

Bored To Death Promo!

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, Bored To Death, HBO, Preview on 08/25/2009 at 12:35 pm

Bored To Death

Ok, Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Parker Posey, Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig.  What else could you possibly want out of a 42 second promotional trailer?  With that lineup, this trailer and knowing HBO, we’re expecting greatness and predicting another big hit.  We’re also thinking the network did the show and the audience a solid by pairing it up with Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Bored To Death debuts Sunday September 20th at 9:30pm on HBO after the seventh season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Curb Your Enthusiasm Promos

In 2009 Fall Season, Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO on 08/25/2009 at 9:45 am

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It’s nearly time to get awkward!  Just a few more weeks until Curb Your Enthusiasm brings the discomfort back to HBO.  Who would have thought stretching cringe-inducing situations across 20 plus minutes would be a recipe for brilliance?  Larry David, that’s who.

HBO released two new promotional trailers for the return of the comedy.  It seems like forever ago that season six ended and we’re so glad to have it back!

Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO on Sunday September 20th at 9pm.

Preview: FX’s Lawman

In 2009 Pilots, 2010 Spring Schedule, Damages, Deadwood, FX, HBO, Lawman, Uncategorized on 08/12/2009 at 10:56 pm

The Live Feed posted a first look preview of FX’s upcoming Lawman. Who’s that you see? Why yes it is Timothy Olyphant of HBO’s Deadwood. He’s playing a cop again – pretty nifty, eh? Don’t get us wrong, his little spin as a bad guy was a highlight of Damages second season but we’re glad to see him back as a tough guy lawman.  Type casting it may be, but he just shines in such a character.

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Pick Your Favorite Summer Show!

In 10 Things I Hate About You, 2009 Pilots, ABC Family, BBC America, Being Human, British TV, Burn Notice, Defying Gravity, Doctor Who, Eureka, favorite shows, HBO, Hung, In Plain Sight, ITV, Make It Or Break It, Nurse Jackie, Programming, Royal Pains, Sci-Fi, Summer Schedule, SyFy, The Listener, The Philanthropist, TNT, Torchwood, True Blood, Uncategorized, USA, Warehouse 13 on 08/12/2009 at 2:23 pm

It’s a been pretty dynamic summer when it comes to television. Both premium and basic cable networks have packed nearly every night of the week with some great, quality programming.

At DVR Life headquarters, it’s be a season rather thick with sci-fi.  The brits have been rocking the genre this year.  We managed to cram the first two seasons of BBC’s Torchwood in just in time to catch Torchwood: Children of Earth, we’re also digging BBC’s latest sci-fi series, Being Human, and caught up with Doctor Who in time for the new movie BBC America treated us to in July and mourned the cliff hanger ending to final season of ITV’s Primeval.  Syfy’s newest scripted offering Warehouse 13, is a quirky fun time and the return of their much beloved Eureka have given us our dose of stateside sci-fi while Defying Gravity is a sci-fi lite multi-national effort between ABC, the brits and Canada’s CTV.

For our teen drama fix, we’ve been turning to ABC Family’s (I know, right? Who would have thought) shows Make It Or Break It, while their new comedy 10 Things I Hate About You has given us a few good laughs.  Looking for action, adventure and smart talk?  USA’s been ruling the ratings with In Plain Sight, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Burn Notice.  Newbie Royal Pains has been tearing it up on the Nielsen charts, too.

We’ll stop here.  We could keep going on and on – there’s plenty to say about HBO’s new Sunday lineup, as well TNT’s wins and misses.  There’s just way too much great summer fare this year.

Update 08/13/2009 1:11am:

Nurse Jackie, 10 Things I Hate About You & Leverage have each recieved one vote under the ‘other’ category.

P.S.  When voting for ‘other’, please make sure you enter a show title!

Evan Rachel Wood As True Blood’s Queen Sophie-Anne

In HBO, Preview, Summer Schedule, True Blood on 08/06/2009 at 6:13 pm

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Yikes and yowza!  What else is there to say?  TV Guide & EW got a first looks at Evan Rachel Wood on True Blood.  She’ll be portraying the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne.  The character will reportedly make her first appearance on TB‘s August 30th episode.  Here’s hoping Bill doesn’t have to refer to her as ‘your majesty’ because we’re looking forward to him pronouncing ‘Sophie’.

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(Via TV Guide & EW)

HBO Renews It’s Summer Line-up

In 2010 Summer Schedule, 2010 Winter Schedule, Big Love, Boardwalk Empire, Entourage, Flight of the Conchords, HBO, Hung, In Treatment, Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Programming, Sex And The City, Summer Schedule, The Pacific, The Sopranos, The Wire, Treme, True Blood on 08/03/2009 at 2:11 pm

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Here we come summer 2010!  HBO, not surprisingly, renewed it’s entire Summer line-up.  The two hour Sunday night block, anchored by vamp-phenom True Blood, has been turning in rather stellar ratings for the pay network.  We won’t say HBO was in desperate need for some hits, but I’m sure things haven’t been quite the same at network headquarters since the golden day of The Sopranos and Sex And The City.

True Blood will be returning for it’s third season, Entourage for it’s seventh and new comer Hung will be back for it’s sophomore year.

What is a bit of a surprise, is that while HBO has set plans for it’s entire summer 2010 schedule, it’s spring schedule is still a bit hazy.  The network will be on a big Tom Hanks kick when it airs Playtone-produced Big Love in January and then Hanks-Spielberg produced WWII miniseries The Pacific in March.  David Simon’s The Wire follow-up, New Orleans-based Treme, will be coming around in March.  It’s even possible that Martin Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire, starring Steve Buscemi and Michael Kenneth Williams, will most likely be making an appearance as well.

HBO executives told AP the network hasn’t ruled out new seasons of In Treatment or The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, but nothing is set as of now.  Same goes for Flight of the Conchords, though we’re guessing Conchords will  be back eventually.

True Blood’s Tru Blood Coming True

In Comic-Con 2009, HBO, True Blood on 07/27/2009 at 1:45 pm

Yuck, gross, eww, or cool. Not sure where to go with this one. It was announced by Mr. Alan Ball himself at San Diego Comic-Con that Tru Blood, the (formerly) fictional blood cocktail from True Blood, will be hitting store shelves in September.

The concept is a bit off putting at first, even though DVR Life are HUGE (read: GIGANTIC) fans of True Blood, but we have to admit that the thought of blood orange soda does sound pretty tasty. Here’s the official press release:

“ALL FLAVOR. NO BITE.”

TRU BLOODTM DRINK FROM FICTIONAL WORLD OF

HBO® HIT SERIES TRUE BLOOD® ARRIVES IN STORES THIS SEPTEMBER

LOS ANGELES, July 27th, 2009 — The once-fictional Tru Blood beverage from the HBO hit series True Blood has now emerged as a real Blood Orange carbonated drink that will be in stores this September. Officially licensed from HBO Licensing & Retail by Omni Consumer Products, the beverage boasts a crisp, slightly tart and lightly sweet tang, and the bottle has been crafted to replicate the appearance of the vampiric sustenance found on the series – blood type, logo and all.

“The success of True Blood has created a terrific opportunity to develop a great tasting, refreshing and enlivening drink,” said Omni Consumer Products founder Pete Hottelet. “We’re thrilled to represent the True Blood brand in this category.”

“From its first season, fans have been enamored with the show and have expressed a keen interest in the Tru Blood beverage,” added James Costos, vice president, Licensing & Retail at HBO. “We’re extremely excited to be able to bring this original drink to life.”

The Tru Blood drink was officially announced by Alan Ball, creator and executive producer of True Blood, at the San Diego Comic Con on July 25, where fans were able to sample the beverage and take a bottle home.

The True Blood series kicked off its 12-episode second season on June 14 and can be seen Sundays (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) through September 13th, exclusively on HBO. For more information on the Tru Blood beverage, visit TRUBEVERAGE.COM.

The Tru Blood drink can be pre-ordered at http://www.HBO.com/store

ABOUT THE HBO TRUE BLOOD SERIES:
Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the True Blood series takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood (Tru Blood) that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The show follows the romance between waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and her soul mate, 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). The series is based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

ABOUT THE MANUFACTURER:

Omni Consumer Products is a product development company specializing in licensing and defictionalization. With an approach described by Scientific American as “Moebius-like-referential pop-culture-as-reality”, Omni Consumer Products will continue to blur the line between fiction and reality with high-quality licensed entertainment products. For more information, visit http://www.omniconsumer.com.

Those links:
www.truebeverage.com
www.hbo.com/store
www.omniconsumer.com

Via Rob Owen at Post Gazette.

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In Treatment’s Mia Wasikowska In Alice In Wonderland

In Disney, HBO, In Treatment, Movies on 07/25/2009 at 1:19 pm

While we here at DVR Life do like watching movies, we obviously have TV in our hearts. This is a television blog, obviously, but an exception can be made every once in a while, though, especially when a film project is related to television in some way and if ever there were to be an exception, here it is:

Mia Wasikowska starred as Sophie in season one of HBO’s In Treatment. When season two premiered with a new lineup of patients, we wondered when we’d see her next. Pretty rad to see her turn up in what is pretty much guaranteed to be a hit.

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HBO’s Big Summer

In Entourage, HBO, Hung, Summer Schedule, The West Wing, True Blood on 07/01/2009 at 12:23 am

Folks at the HBO camp must be feeling pretty great. The network is riding high on some pretty big ratings this summer, the most impressive being the numbers for season two of vamp-opera True Blood which is reaching a reported average of 10.8 million viewers per episode.

This last week’s first airing at 9pm Sunday drew 3.7 million watchers, which ballooned to 5.1 if you add in the second showing. Throw in DVR’s and HBO On Demand and the network is coming up with that 10.8 number, which is a near 40% bump (38% to be exact) over the first season.

The network is also probably elated with the big numbers for it’s newest scripted original show, Hung, which premiered to 2.8 million viewers. Throw in the second showing and all told the show was watched by 3.7 million. It managed to hold 76% of the True Blood lead-in and is reportedly the largest premiere for HBO since John From Cincinnati, which, while the show ended up bombing, premiered strong on the back of The Soprano’s series finale.

Congrats, HBO, on a banner month.

Now let’s get ready for the return of Entourage with it’s sixth season premiering July 12th. This season will see some new additions to the cast and some guest stars. Joining the show full time will be Kate Mara of 24 and Brokeback Mountain as E’s new assistant, The OC’s Autumn Reeser as a junior agent at Ari’s agency, and Gary Cole who’s been in everything from The West Wing and Office Space to Kim Possible.

And speaking of The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin, creator of WW, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, Sports Night, etc, will make a guest appearance as himself. Other notables playing themselves this season will include Lil’ Wayne, Zac Efron and a whole bunch of sports stars.

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Showtime Unceremoniously Cancels Brotherhood

In Brotherhood, Cancellations, HBO, Showtime, The Wire on 06/29/2009 at 2:17 pm


Well, they left us hanging since last December, so I suppose it comes as no big surprise, but Showtime has canceled Brotherhood after only three seasons. The series, in our opinion, was criminally under rated by viewers and critics, rivaling even HBO’s The Wire as one of the most under appreciated premium cable shows of all time.

At least The Wire was given a final season by HBO and people started noticing it just in time to finally heap some much deserved praise upon the series before it’s death. In canceling Brotherhood, Showtime did little more than offer up a press release six months after the series finale that wasn’t even about the show being canceled – it’s about the season three DVD release officially being titled Brotherhood: The Final Season.

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New Dexter Season Four Poster

In Dexter, HBO, Showtime, True Blood on 06/23/2009 at 12:13 am

Amazing poster advertising season 4 of Showtime’s Dexter appeared around the web today. Apparently some people think it’s fake, though I’m not sure why. Seems legit to me. I’m not cool enough to get official press information from Showtime, so I can only guess.

The poster, real or not, is quite brilliant. Obviously the artwork is about Dexter’s upcoming fatherhood, which I’m sure will play a big part in the show’s fourth season, along with the Trinity Killer.

Season four of Dexter is set to premiere September 27th, which I believe is still a Sunday, the same timeslot the show has occupied since it’s pilot. Could you imagine how good the world would be if Sunday nights consisted of HBO’s True Blood at 9pm and Showtime’s Dexter at 10pm. That’s probably too much amazing commercial free goodness to handle, so they keep Sookie in the summer and Dex in the fall. It’s for our own safety, I’m sure.

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Hung Vs. Matt & Kim

In HBO, Hung, Matt and Kim, Theme Songs on 06/22/2009 at 5:58 pm

HBO has given us a sneak peak at the opening credits for it’s newest original series, Hung. Everything starts off normal enough with a river and city view, everyday life amidst downtown architecture. Right around 17 seconds the lead actor, Thomas Jane, begins taking off his tie and throws it to the ground, his jacket hits pavement just ten seconds later and…wait a minute. Haven’t I seen this already?

Why yes, we have: it’s the premise of a Matt & Kim video.

I don’t know much about the musical duo, other than that catchy tune featured in Bacardi commericals and this:

Granted Hung‘s trailer is scripted and filmed legally, but hey…you know…You guys couldn’t have come up with something better?

I am not one for opening credits. I prefer shows go without them but we’re talking HBO here – probably the one network with opening credits that don’t suck. True Blood‘s bluesy, dirty, gritty intro, The Sopranos Garden State tour, Entourage‘s blaring Janes Addiction fist pumper “Oh Yeah!, Oh Yeah!” – all perfect ways to start a show…but stealing your intro from a hipster pop duo? At least they had the balls and creativity to do it for real.

P.S. Each time I type Thomas Jane, I think of The Mentalist main character Patrick Jane. Not sure why I just typed that, though.

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Preview: HBO’s The Pacific

In Band of Brothers, HBO, Miniseries, The Pacific on 06/22/2009 at 1:15 pm

Here now, the first official trailer for the upcoming HBO miniseries The Pacific. The series, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, is a follow up to the much beloved, very successful, Band Of Brothers.

Reportedly, the budget of 200 Million dollars makes this the largest and most expensive TV production of all time. Watching the preview it’s not hard to see why. With the DVD and syndication success of Band Of Brothers, I’m sure they have no fear when it comes to making the investment back.

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It’s Been A Great Couple Weeks

In Burn Notice, Hawthorne, HBO, Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains, The Closer, TNT, True Blood, USA, Wedding Day on 06/15/2009 at 2:21 am


The last two weeks or so have been pretty fantastic for TV junkies. My teen years throughout the 90’s were heavily laden with rerun-filled bore fests. Stuck in summer school all day and TV programming I’d already seen at night – it was pretty hellish. Thanks to cable programming, summers are actually pretty amazing these days.

The season was kicked off by USA with the Burn Notice come back and birth of Royal Pains. Burn Notice started the season off with a lot of bangs, as usual. Now that Michael has shook off those that burned him, he’s facing increasing pressure from the cops.

The addition of a tough female cop following him around should make for some great story lines. Busting into his storage space with a water saw was genius, though I wonder if something like that would have been so quiet. I also like Fiona’s new-found aggression towards she and Michael’s relationship.

Royal Pains burst from the gates with a hilarious pilot. I found a few laugh out loud moments and came to understand and, more importantly, enjoy, the characters. Episode 2 seemed to slow down a bit but still managed to keep most of it’s charm. I’m intrigued by the relationships between the doc and his young friend as well as the doc and his brother.

I thought it was a bit odd that the brother made for a stronger character since he’s only a supporting character. Usually USA keeps the quirkier ones up front. I’m kinda glad they shifted gears a bit. Some say the brotherly relationship seems a bit contrived but I disagree. The writers seem to know just what the right amount of quirk, jealousy and brotherly love seems to be.

Though they’re more late Spring/early Summer series, In Plain Sight and Law & Order: Criminal Intent have been heating up the screens, too.

Many shows sometimes get bogged down in their sophomore years with excessive and pointless guest stars (I love you like my own child, but I’m thinking of you here 30 Rock) but IPL has managed to welcome the stars without that baggage. This week’s episode feature Laura Prepon as Mary’s sister (though Mary doesn’t know, shhh…). Her appearance really made me miss ABC’s October Road and the sight of Prepon and Mary McCormack together on screen was one of the highlights of the season thus far.

I thought seeing McCormack paired up with former West Wing alum Joshua Malina would be the highlight of the season and then they had to one up that with Richard Schiff’s guest role. At first I chalked this up to the fact that the three had previously all worked together on WW but seeing McCormack with Prepon this evening really clued me in: she’s just an amazing actress that really seems to shine when’s there’s a guest star around. But wait…she’s actually pretty rad when there’s no guest around, too. So final analysis: Mary McCormack kinda rules.

As for L&O:CI, I’m really enjoying the addition of Jeff Goldblum. I thought he made a fantastic cop on NBC’s short lived series Raines, which I enjoyed, and am glad to see him doing his thing for Mr. Wolf. I do miss Chris Noth, but am looking forward to seeing him on CBS’ The Good Wife this fall. Mike Logan was a great character but I’m sure Noth was probably getting a little tired of him after nearly 20 years, even if there were some pretty big vacations from him (holla at ya Mr. Big!)

Last Monday saw the return of The Closer with another great episode. I really resisted this show for the first two seasons but have become extremely compelled since then. I thought perhaps the story line of the killer going to the wrong address was slightly contrived…Was it a Law & Order storyline a few years ago?

Getting the confession in the prison visiting room was enough of a twist to make up for that shortfall, though. As always, the amazing cast also managed to make up for that little writing problem, as well.

I had watched the Nurse Jackie pilot a week or so ahead of time, so I almost forgot it premiered last week. I was hypnotized by the brilliance of Edie Falco. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get past seeing her as Carmela Soprano, but that fear melted away quickly.

I’m rather conflicted on Jackie. She is precariously balanced on the line between good and bad and I’m still not sure how I feel about her. At times I wanna cheer her on, others I cringe. I enjoy her jaded outlook and her humor is A+. The dinner scene with her friend, coolly discussing which should save the choking diner at the next table was horrifying and laugh inducing at the same time.

This evenings premiere of True Blood season 2 was…Amazing. There’s really not much more I could say. True Blood is a fascination of mine, landing squarely in my top ten shows currently airing.

I watched all of season one to prepare for this evenings return and was really keeping my fingers crossed that it wasn’t Lafayette in the back of the detective’s car. Glad my hopes weren’t dashed. I was shocked at first to learn it was Eric keeping him captive, but soon realized that it’s Eric. We really shouldn’t have been surprised at all, should we? Will Lafayette rat out Jason for the vampire’s kidnapping and subsequent death last season?

And speaking of Jason: Somehow my first go-round I missed how amazing Ryan Kwanten was. Also re-watching season one I caught many little things I had missed previously, like Sam barking in his sleep.

My only complaint with the season premiere was the on again/off again nature of Sookie and Bill’s relationship rearing it’s head again. That’s is getting slightly old. Some TV bloggers out there have also commented on Jason joining a vampire hating church, which they assume will lead to his character becoming an antagonist for Sookie, to be a bit simplistic. I say we let Alan Ball do his thing and see where it all leads. The fact that Jason lied to Sookie about what kind of church camp he was attending lends some hope.

The Listener also appeared this week, though I had watched it a few months ago after it aired in Canada, so I don’t have much to say other than it makes for some good time filler. My DVR is a bit backed up due to watching season 3 of Ghost Whisperer, so I still haven’t caught up on the returns of Army Wives or Weeds – I’m saving them for Tuesday.

Coming up this week, look forward to the Tuesday premiere of Hawthorne (which is showing up on my DVR as HawthoRNe…kinda lame)…Here’s hoping it doesn’t go the way of TNT’s last med drama – Heartland. I’m also planning to check out TNT’s first reality show, Wedding Day. I’m no fan of reality TV but I’m hearing from other reality haters that it’s not that bad, so here’s hoping.

There’s also the premiere of Merlin on NBC next Sunday. The show is a brit-original and season 2 of the series will be premiering in the UK the same day season 1 hits the states…That gives some hope that it’ll be pretty good.

Finally, Saving Grace returns Tuesday and that’s pretty damn exciting. This show seems to get better and better as the seasons go by.

I actually feel these last couple of weeks have been nearly as exciting as Fall premiere time. In a year or two Summer just may be the new Fall.

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New Entourage Poster

In Entourage, HBO, Summer Schedule on 06/11/2009 at 2:21 am

Looking forward to the new season, of course. Excited about a return to New York and hopefully there’ll be some great stories about filming with Martin Scorsese.

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Marty Brings Omar Back To HBO

In 2010 Pilots, Boardwalk Empire, HBO, In Production, The Sopranos, The Wire on 06/10/2009 at 1:20 am

I don’t usually post about television shows that have just started production and have no premiere date set. If I where to do that I’d be posting two hundred times a day and half of the shows mentioned would never make it to the screen. Because of this I tend to hold off writing about shows until I know they’re going to air. I’m not trying to be the next Variety or anything.

I do make exceptions when I get really excited about something, though, and now’s one of those times. The Hollywood Reporter let out that Michael Kenneth Williams will be joining the cast of Boardwalk Empire. I had yet to hear about this project so I checked it and thought “This is awesome on so many levels”, so I’m gonna break it down:

  1. He played my absolute favorite bad-ass to ever appear on television: The Wire‘s Omar Little
  2. It’s going to be on HBO
  3. It’s being directed by Martin Scorsese
  4. Also stars Steve Buscemi, who always plays an awesome sleaze bag
  5. The premise makes me think Deadwood and Gangs of New York meets The Sopranos

The project is based on a book of the same title and the description pretty says it all:

A bustling little city by the seashore, totally dependent upon money spent by tourists, Atlantic City’s popularity rose in the early 20th century and peaked during Prohibition. The resort’s singular purpose of providing a good time to its visitors—whether lawful or not—demanded a single mentality to rule the town. Success of the local economy was the only ideology, and critics and do-gooders weren’t tolerated.

By 1900, a political juggernaut, funded by payoffs from gambling rooms, bars, and brothels, was firmly entrenched. For the next 70 years, Atlantic City was dominated by a partnership comprised of local politicians and racketeers. This unique alliance reached full bloom in the person of Enoch “Nucky” Johnson—the second of three bosses to head the Republican machine that dominated city politics and society.

In Boardwalk Empire, Nucky Johnson, Louis “the Commodore” Kuehnle, Frank “Hap” Farley, and Atlantic City itself spring to life in all their garish splendor. Author Nelson Johnson traces “AC” from its humble beginnings as Jonathan Pitney’s seaside health resort, through the notorious backroom politics and power struggles, to the city’s astonishing rebirth as an entertainment and gambling mecca where anything goes.

Boardwalk Empire is a colorful, irresistible history of a unique city and culture. Here is proof positive that truth is stranger—and more compelling—than fiction.

So, gambling, political corruption, race relations, racketeering…all sounds pretty damn good to me. Production has just started, so let’s keep our fingers crossed and maybe we’ll be watching Boardwalk Empire in the 2010 season.

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Four New True Blood S02 Clips

In HBO, True Blood on 06/09/2009 at 11:16 pm

Four new clips from season 2 of HBO’s True Blood. Tara’s new friend takes on her mom, Jason has been saved by God, Sookie gets jealous of Jessica and Eric keeps on getting Bill angry.

Clip 1 – She’s A Hell Of A Girl

Clip 2 – We’re All Equals Here

Clip 3 – This Is All Your Fault

Clip 4 – We Made A Deal

Via Hit Fix.

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