Does reality TV have Jersey fever or what? Jersey Shore and Jerseylicious may have been satisfying our quotient in recent months, but on May 3, we'll return to the ladies who started the whole TV craze: The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
I've been dying to see where the drama picks up ever since last season's infamous Teresa table-throwing incident left my jaw on the floor. As you might expect, the women still haven't cooled their jets, and the battle between Teresa and Danielle rages on. In this new promo, we get a glimpse of the cat fighting that is to come. Danielle is not backing down, as she takes a few swings in a boxing ring and says, "It only takes one good smack to the head to make a person never walk again." Who turned this into the Jerry Springer Show?!
Also watch for a peek of the Giudices on a family vacation in Venice, Italy. You know that's just going to be a hilarious setup.
Check out this preview, and tell me if you'll be tuning in when you read more
Rumor is that HBO's series Boardwalk Empire won't air until this Fall, but I'm already getting amped for its premiere. The show roster has talent in spades: Sopranos writer Terence Winter pens the script, Steve Buscemi plays a lead, and at its helm (at least for the pilot) is Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese.
Scorsese knows a thing or two about portraying hoodlums (Gangs of New York or The Departed come to mind), so he should be in his element here portraying 1920s Atlantic City during the prohibition and the gangsters who run it. While it's not known yet just how involved he'll be as the show goes on (besides serving as a producer, of course), I'm crossing my fingers that the show continues to reap the benefits of his influence. The cinematic feel of this trailer is just too darn good, and it should be — an inside source claims the pilot cost $50 million to make.
The teaser doesn't give away much, but I'm pleasantly surprised to see some familiar big-screen faces pop up, including Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald. Bonus — my choice for Golden Globes Best Actor, Michael Stuhlbarg, is in the cast, too. Seems to me like HBO has its next big hit. Watch the video and tell me if you agree when you read more
Not that you need a reminder, but one of your favorite returning shows is premiering this weekend — Chuck! NBC is running back-to-back fresh episodes of Mr. Bartowski on Sunday (and another new one on Monday in its regular time slot)! Since my recent chat with Zachary Levi and Josh Schwartz, I couldn't be more excited to sit my butt on the couch to catch all the action.
If you've caught any of the promos, then you know that the slogan for this upcoming season is "No More Mr. Nice Spy." Now that Chuck has gotten updates to step up his James Bond A-game, we'll be seeing more smooth moves along with that geeky Nerd Herd persona.
Here's an extended preview clip to get you pumped for what's in store as star Zachary Levi reveals some behind-the-scenes secrets. Check it out when you read more
The promo video for Defying Gravity makes me giggle, but maybe it's just a matter of getting used to weekly space sex? I don't know. The 13-episode run will start Aug. 2 with a two-hour premiere. To check out the video for yourself, read more
Here we go: a preview for the next season of Lost, which starts up in February 2009. The first part of the preview is a montage of certain plot points we've learned in the past, setting us up for some new footage we can look forward to in season five. After the fourth season with all the Oceanic Six stuff, the next season appears to deal with those six going back to the island:
Jack: "Everyone we left behind, they'd die too if I didn't come back."
Ben: "Well, thank God for second chances."
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I've had a love-hate relationship with 24 for a long time, now. When it's bad, it's preposterously bad, but when it's good, it's one of the best things ever. Like, jumping off the couch yelling, kind of thing. But whenever I return to the "hate" side, I always hope there will be something to lure me back.
The preview for the show's two-hour "event" in November might be just the bait. There's more of the same ol' 24 antics (Jack enduring outrageous horrors, Jack screaming urgently at pretty much everyone, an astounding barrage of gunfire — none of which manages to affect our hero at all), but this time Jack Bauer is "battling an international crisis" in war-torn Africa. Meanwhile, our shady Tom Lennox (Peter MacNicol) chats with the new President of the United States who is, in 24's timely fashion, a woman.
The seventh season doesn't actually begin until 2009, but this two-hour "prequel" will air Nov. 23. To watch the intense preview, read more
I don't think it will be a revolutionary statement that how one feels about Alan Ball's new HBO series, True Blood, will have a lot to do with how one generally feels about vampires. Me, they've never really been my thing; they're OK and all, but the mere mention of fangs wouldn't necessarily get me to tune in. This review, then, is for (and by) the vampire-agnostic.
So here's the takeaway: I don't doubt at all that True Blood could develop into a deeply fascinating series for people at all points on the vampire-fan spectrum. But in the two episodes HBO sent me, the vampire parts were something I just needed to get through so I could get back to Alan Ball's witty writing in the more human realm. The second episode is stronger than the first; I've heard from some critics who got a full batch of five episodes that each one gets better. But the fate of many a TV series has been determined in episode one, and in True Blood's case, that's cause for some concern.
True Blood's protagonist is Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a Louisiana waitress with an unfortunate "gift" for reading people's minds that makes her daily life a struggle to tune out the thoughts of those around her. It's somewhat of a relief, then, when a pale stranger named Bill (Stephen Moyer) settles himself into her bar one night and asks for a drink of Tru Blood, the synthetic blood substitute that has made it possible for vampires to live among humans. Sookie can't read his mind but still quickly figures out that Bill's a vampire; "Am I that obvious?" he drawls in return. Why yes; you just asked for fake blood at a bar at night. It's not hard to guess. For more on the highs and lows of True Blood, just read more
At Comic-Con, I was lucky enough to catch some footage of True Blood, Alan Ball's (Six Feet Under, American Beauty) HBO adaptation of the book series by Charlaine Harris, and I was hooked. Now there's a trailer for the series, which premieres on HBO Sept. 7, so we can all discuss the show: whether or not it looks to be of the same caliber as Six Feet Under, how distracting the Southern accent attempts may be, how smitten we are or are not by Anna Paquin in this role, etc.
In the series, Paquin plays a telepathic waitress in a Louisiana town who meets a vampire when he walks into her bar and she discovers she can't read his mind.
Have you read these books? Does the show look like it will do the book series justice? To watch the preview for True Blood, read more