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Screech gets interviewed in Spike TV pilot - VIDEO

by Brett Love, posted Sep 8th 2006 4:35PM
Reginald WestinghouseOver the years there have been some pretty funny fake talk shows on television. Fernwood 2-Night, Night Stand with Dick Dietrich, and The Kumars at No. 42 all come to mind. Spike TV has a pilot that follows along similar lines to those three called Now That's Entertainment ...with Reginald Westinghouse. Reginald is an agoraphobic, germaphobic, schizophrenic who hosts a talk show out of his home. Somehow he lures celebrities in to be interviewed, and the craziness begins. There isn't much more information available about this one, and no mention at all on the SpikeTV website. The trailer claims the show is coming this fall. Until there is some official word from Spike though, I wouldn't count on it. Of course, if enough people go watch, you never know. Part of Reginald's interview with Dustin Diamond is embedded after the jump.

[Thanks Michele]

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Blade: Monsters

by Michael Canfield, posted Sep 7th 2006 7:41AM
Blade(S01E11) Woo hoo, the last episode before the season finale (as show promos are so fond of saying). So far Krista's been turned into a vampire, seen her whole family killed, had her hand sliced off and grown back, etc. Marcus, meanwhile, has discovered the cure to all the ills of vampirism, and declared war on all enemy houses. And Blade has ... Well, Blade is still Blade. Basically he seems to run around killing non-essential vampire day-players far from the central story arc of the series. But that was before this week. Blade comes along nicely this time, bags a major player and Sticky gets more dialog this episode in some well-played scenes with Collins than he's had in the rest of the series combined.

Now explain to me how the purebloods have managed to survive all these centuries when they so easily get duped into believing that Chase has converted to their side against Marcus. If that isn't enough, why in the world is Marcus so sure a bomb on the company Lear jet is gonna do the trick to wipe out Charlotte and her crew of purebloods. Right after the crash Charlotte and her assistant "Lurch" wick away a few drops of blood, feed on nearby campers and are back on their way. It's not even that close a call for them -- though it did make Charlotte very thirsty. Good plan Marcus.

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Spike latest new player in broadband TV

by Brett Love, posted Sep 1st 2006 12:06PM
Chantell from Spike TV's Rattlesnake RacewaySpike TV is the latest channel to begin offering original broadband content through their website, SpikeTV.com. Right now they have three different programs available for viewing. Enduro at Erzberg chronicles one of the most demanding motorcycle races in the world. Among the participants are X-Games champion Travis Pastrana and longtime pro MXer Jeremy McGrath.

Next up is Rattlesnake Raceway. It follows a team of drivers that race on the 1/3 mile clay oval at Rattlesnake, the oldest track in Nevada. Among the featured drivers are Chantell, a 17 year old girl who doesn't even have her drivers license, and Glenn Plake. You may remember Plake as that crazy skier with the wild mohawk in all of those Warren Miller movies.

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Blade: Hunters

by Michael Canfield, posted Aug 31st 2006 7:20AM
Blade: The Series(S01E10) First thing we learn this week is that there are clubs in Detroit where a vodka tonic still only cost an inflation-fighting four bucks. Secondly, if you frequent such clubs, be prepared to encounter masked super-villains who channel Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and collect teeth.

Krista gets locked up by Shen and Blade to detox from her sex and blood feast with Marcus last episode. This is a gruesome episode, with lots of dungeons, torture and references to historical sadists like Gilles de Rais. It fails to be very scary and this torture-fest made me impatient for them to bring back Richard Roundtree, or for at least some mention of all the other threads they've put on the back burner, if not dropped altogether. Where's Boone been lately?

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Blade: Angels and Demons

by Michael Canfield, posted Aug 24th 2006 8:45AM
Blade(S01E09) Krista goes off drinking out of grief for her mother (that cancer cure attempt really didn't work out all that well last week) leaving Krista more isolated than ever. Well, not quite solo, as visions of her dead relatives show up to haunt her. A friend of Shen's show up at the Bladecave and delivers a lot of exposition to bring us up to speed on the real goal of Marcus's Aurora experiments -- to wipe out the elitist purebloods.

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Blade: Turn of the Screw

by Michael Canfield, posted Aug 17th 2006 9:29AM
Kirk Jones as (S01E08) Turns out the purebloods aren't all child vampires anyway, as another one show up this week: Alex. He is played by Kavan Smith, who's now the hardest working man on cable original scifi television, as he also plays Major Lorne on Stargate Atlantis and Agent Garrity on The 4400.

So Alex the pureblood is a smoothie and way into Chase. He tries to buy Chase from Marcus -- for Chase's own good, of course. Marcus' is about as unpopular with other vampires as he is with Blade. Jessica Gower who plays Chase, shows Marcus -- and us -- her backside, just she we can be sure that she's totally healed from her near-ash experience in Berlin with Blade a few weeks ago.

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Blade: Sacrifice

by Michael Canfield, posted Aug 10th 2006 9:12AM
Blade: The Series(S01E07) SpikeTV ran the first Wesley Snipes Blade movie tonight, leading into this episode. Not sure that's such a good idea, especially as it ends with a spectacular fight scene between Snipes and Stephen Dorff (playing Deacon Frost). Poor, indifferently executed fight scenes are an ongoing fan criticism of the show. The effect was sort of like seeing Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, right before an episode of Alice would be -- the Linda Lavin sitcom just isn't gonna hold up that well.

Fortunately, this time we have a good episode, maybe the best since the pilot. Unfortunately, that's partly because much of it is set in the past, with a different set of actors. Maybe Eric: The Young Blade Chronicles would make a good spin-off.

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DVD Review: Ren & Stimpy - The Lost Episodes

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 3rd 2006 10:41AM
ren & stimpy lost episodesI'm not sure yet whether I should be proud or extremely embarrassed about this, but I used to be a die-hard fan of the Ren & Stimpy show when I was in college. This was back before it was called the "Adult Party Cartoon." I could recite lines and songs from memory at the drop of a hat ("It's Lo-og, it's Lo-og, it's better than bad, it's good!"), play drinking games, impersonate the voices ... the whole deal. I'm not sure when I lost interest in the show, but cut to 15 years later when this DVD came across my desk, and I found that I actually ... missed it!

Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes represents six episodes that never aired on television, including when the show moved over to Spike TV. Some of them are pretty obvious as to why they never made it to television, while others are simply just right-out incredibly and uncomfortably gross -- just the way it should be. Let's quickly review the episodes, shall we?

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Blade: Delivery

by Michael Canfield, posted Aug 3rd 2006 8:46AM
Blade and Krista(S01E06) My DVR picked up the last five minutes of Spike's timely lead-in for Blade tonight: Lethal Weapon. Seems there is no escaping Mel Gibson this week.

On the ongoing subject of Blade's relative unimportance to this show, especially compared with Krista (Jill Wagner), I will give that theme a rest this week and merely refer you to insightful comments posted last week by techjitsu and others. I live in hope of a Blade-centric episode one day, and this almost promises to qualify at first, as the daywalker has to transport a pregnant woman (Vanessa) whose unborn baby Marcus wants for something to safety. Or take her someplace, they are on a train to Paris anyway. Turns out Blade (Kirk Jones) is taking her to see a doctor he trusts. "Delivery" -- get it? Their travel is punctuated by several brief fight scenes, and it turns out she's not actually pregnant -- at least in the conventional sense.

Krista goes to an art opening with Marcus, and has one of her signature poignant moments, this time while looking a depressing painting made by a fellow Gulf vet. Her uncle shows up, and tells Krista her Mom has taken ill.

Chase (Jessica Gower) survived! Now Marcus sends Krista to Berlin the complete Chase's mission to bring the pregnant woman back to him. Krista objects, briefly. OH COME ON!!! Marcus has a whole frikkin' clan of vampires that he allegedly controls and he sends Krista?!? Again?!?!

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Blade: The Evil Within

by Michael Canfield, posted Jul 27th 2006 7:13AM
Blade: the Series(S01E05) Another episode, another Krista dream-sequence to lead into the opening credits. Fun fact: Krista's blood ritual lasts four hours and forty-two minutes longer than the previous longest blood ritual on record. But it's worth it -- Boone's destination is discovered. So Krista and Chase SWAT-up and are off to Louisiana for a showdown. Hmm. Anne Rice country. Where next week -- Sunnydale? Boone escapes.

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Blade: Bloodlines

by Michael Canfield, posted Jul 20th 2006 8:23AM
Kirk Jones and Jill Wagner (Blade and Krista)(S01E04) A big chunk of Blade's past is revealed when the daywalker gets captured by survivors of a street gang that had rescued him as a homeless kid years before. Blade then spends the entire episode chained-up, getting the bejesus beat out of him. Turns out the gang - now called the Bad Bloods - is where Blade got his signature look. His tats are gang tats.

Blade repaid his adopted bro's by turning them all into vampires. Not nice -- but remember he was just a kid. The ganstas don't let him forget that, and keep calling him "little one" which has to hurt at least as much as does the beating he takes. Also, seems getting turned by Blade makes you persona-non-grata in the undead community - so these dudes have been hunted into near-extinction by Chthon and the other vampire Houses. Now the Bloods want to trade Blade to Marcus in exchange for peace in our time. Great! Just what I needed, another faction to try and keep track of. But it's a pretty cool wrinkle added to Blade's history, and anyway, the gang looks to be history itself after tonight.

Meanwhile, Krista, for her half of the episode, is still pained, conflicted, and smoking hot.

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Blade: Descent

by Michael Canfield, posted Jul 13th 2006 8:27AM
Kirk Jones in Blade: The Series(S01E03) For those who forgot to tune-in or record Blade The Series opposite the second half of Nightmares & Dreamscapes, or were perhaps still digesting the Project Runway premiere (don't lie, you know who you are): SpikeTV's resident daywalker Blade (Kirk Jones) and newbie hemoglobin-addict Krista (Jill Wagner) had to fight their separate battles this week. In order to find out more about the Aurora vaccine, Blade hunts down an ex-guinea pig one used by head Detroit-vamp Marcus's -- a sort of tweeker dude called Sands, while smashing progressively harder barriers (hotel room drywall, then brick wall, then big iron door) in the process.

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The Canadian origins of Ed the Sock

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 10th 2006 9:41AM

Ed the SockBack in June, when Keith McDuffee talked about G4's Midnight Spank, he mentioned Ed the Sock's Night Party as part of that new block of late-night shows. Night Party stars Ed the Sock, a grumpy cigar-chomping, insult-hurling puppet that was the alleged precursor to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Ed spends his show interviewing (or insulting, depending on your opinion) and making the moves on the many buxom ladies that appear weekly in and out of the hot tub.

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Blade: Death Goes On

by Michael Canfield, posted Jul 9th 2006 1:33PM
Blade(S01E02) In the opening shot of this one we see Detective Boon (Bill Mondy) yanking out one of his newly-acquired fangs and poking his way through the plastic baggie that has imprisoned him. Right away, I know we're in for more twists. Boone was a goner last week, when he awoke bagged and tagged for Aurora testing. Now, why the dude has to pull out his tooth to rip the plastic with it, I don't know. Nor do I know why House of Chthon researchers don't ship their test subjects in fang-proof packaging. Anyway, Boon is back -- doubling the tally of series regulars that are newbie-vampires.

Kirk Jones (the-artist-formerly-know as Sticky Fingaz) doesn't have as powerful a screen presence as Wesley Snipes, and sometimes disappears into the background of the show (and even to get overshadowed by his own leather get-up). But kudos to the creators for going with a guy that has his own style and is no Snipes wannabee. Blade does seem like he is only making cameo appearances in his own show so far. I guess calling it Krista: The Television Series doesn't have the same recognition factor.

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Blade: The Series -- An early look

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 26th 2006 10:36AM
blade series cast
While I'm not a huge comic book reader, I've been a big fan of the Blade character since the first movie with Wesley Snipes. The detail behind the vampire's history and lore almost puts to shame even what Anne Rice has written (yeah, I know I'll be attacked viciously in my sleep for that comment). Blade brought vampires to the 20th/21st century way of thinking.

When I heard a Blade series was in the works, I was both skeptical and excited. Excited because there would be a real chance to tell more of the story of Blade, but skeptical because, well, Spike TV was going to air it. Luckily, and thankfully, they've pleasantly surprised me.

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