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Television News: Pushing Daisies Tour, Middleman Hiatus, True Blood Scoop

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Blog For A Beer: Fall TV, Exciting or More of the Same?

Fall TV is creeping up on us. Okay, not creeping, but coming full force. In a few short weeks many great shows return (Pushing Daisies, The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and new shoes premiere (Dollhouse, Fringe). But there are also some dubious returns (Heroes)–a show that many once loved that became, shall we say, problematic…

Still, there are some other things on the horizon that make me go “What the–?” Like the revamp of Knight Rider. Knight Rider?? Of all the things one could bring back from the 80’s they settled on Knight Rider? Didn’t the remake of Fantasy Island teach people anything? And there’s My Own Worst Enemy, which seems to be a Jekyll & Hyde story with a twist — except the BBC did that not too long ago and I’m certain that this show will hold no candle to that one. It stars Christian Slater, after all–enough said.

That’s not to mention what may be coming up on HBO, Showtime, Sci Fi channel, and other cable networks. We have a few good things to choose from. But does it seem to you that Fall premiere time is no longer as exciting as it once was? After all, summer is no longer the barren wasteland of reruns and movies of the week it once was. There were new shows to watch and returning summer-only series to cheer about (or refuse to watch… Eureka). January is the new September, what with many good shows starting their seasons in the beginning of 2009.

Good TV all year ’round, what a concept! Still, Fall is traditional. What shows are you excited to see return? And what new programs do you think will work out? Are there tasty treats in store? Or must we look father forward for anticipation of the good stuff?

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Television News: Fall Hits & Misses, New “Dollhouse” Pilot, “Virtuality” Exposed

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Television News: Dinosaurs on BBC America, Vampires without Condoms, and the Sexy Middleman

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Crossing Lines: Stargate Atlantis’ Fifth Season Premiere

The fifth season premiere of Stargate Atlantis was — like all their premieres and finales, both mid-season and bookend — action-packed. The set-up was excellent: a collapsed building with our heroes stuck inside, the daring rescue of team member on the verge of giving birth from the clutches of an enemy that the Atlantis crew actually created through highly unethical experiments. It was all very summer blockbuster-like with just enough plot and continuity to make all the high stress situations seem necessary.

With certain shows we have to take the good with the bad, and for me Atlantis is one of those shows where the bad was beginning to outweigh the good. I got tired of the flat writing for women characters and characters of color, the pandering to stereotypes at every turn and the subtle alterations in the show that seemed to change it from an ensemble piece to the John and Rodney show.

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Television News: Brilliant But Canceled Shows, Two-Hour BSG Prequel, and New Fantasy Series

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John Barrowman Knows His Fans

For those who don’t know, Torchwood’s John Barrowman is not just a (pretty, pretty) actor, he’s also a star of the stage. Barrowman has been in many Broadway and West End productions and has a voice to prove it. The producers can’t stop him from breaking out in Cole Porter songs on the set of Torchwood (not that they would want to).

But even more fun for fans of Doctor Who is this concert performance where he adapts the lyrics of “The Wizard and I” from Wicked to make his fangirls scream (and scream they do). Listen to “The Doctor and I” and don’t be embarrassed if you scream, too.

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Television News: Joss Whedon is Full Of It; Battlestar is Extra Long

J.J. Abrams’s “Fringe” Will Be Dark, Full of Monsters, and Watchable for the Casual Viewer Joss Whedon Reveals Secrets of “Dr. Horrible” and “Dollhouse” in Washington Post Online Chat Whedon, Dushku, and Penikett Talk “Dollhouse” at Comic-Con: “You’re So Full of It,” Says Dushku to Joss io9 Presents Every Possible Way to Look “Horrible” Sci […]

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TV News: Dr. Horrible Ends Horribly; Middlemen Rocks; Shatner Doesn’t Ever Stop

First Act of Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible” Musical Released, Blows Internet Apart with Traffic, But Ultimately Fails io9 Says: You Fools! Why Are You Not Watching “The Middleman”? William Shatner Has New Interview Show, “Shatner’s Raw Nerve” J.J. Abrams’s New “Fringe” Won’t Be Science-y or Impenetrable for Viewers “Lost” Actor’s Contract Questions Spark Some Theories […]

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Unbreakable Habits: The Lonely God is a Jerk

This year at WisCon, the feminist science fiction convention, I was on a panel called Martha Jones: Made of Awesome or Disappointing Stereotype? I had hoped we would explore the different fan reactions to the way the writers handled Martha’s character, story arcs, and race. The panel didn’t turn out as I expected, but something Chris Hill said sparked a thought. He mentioned feeling that the Doctor’s character was uneven–sometimes he’s incredibly cruel and judgmental and other times he’s compassionate and reluctant to do harm. My response was that I didn’t see this as unevenness, I saw it as purposeful part of his character. I truly feel, particularly after the events of Season 4, that the writers want us to think that the Doctor is a complicated and deeply flawed person. He is, to be blunt, a jerk…