Besides leaving an extra-large tip when you finish eating at your favorite establishment, what better way to honor those who serve our food than to fondly remember some of TV's beloved waiters and waitresses?
Whether they're sardonic caterers or a friendly neighborhood fixture, TV has given us some great food servicemen and women.
We've highlighted some of our favorites -- certainly not all of the best out there -- as our virtual thanks to the men and women who make our dining out experiences grand.
Case in point: SyFy Channel's 2009 miniseries 'Alice.' No, it wasn't conceived by the network as a way to get rich off of Johnny Depp's wacky hairstyle, but there's no question that the studio wisely decided to capitalize on the hype by picking this week to release the 'Alice' DVD set.
I wonder how many people are going to go to pick up 'Alice,' hoping to settle in to some great 70s comedy featuring grumpy bosses and the kissing of grits, and then they put the DVD in and discover the other 'Alice.' Of course, that's not going to happen because people don't buy DVDs without looking at the cover (I hope), but I can imagine a few people looking at the listing below and thinking of the Linda Lavin show before the SyFy miniseries.
- 'Alice' - Miniseries
- 'Designing Women' - Season 3
- 'Doctor Who' - Dalek War and Remembrance of the Daleks: Special Edition
- 'Have Gun Will Travel' - Season 4, Vol. 1
SyFy has been reinventing things with mixed success. They have 'Battlestar Galactica', their gold standard, but they also have 'Flash Gordon' and numerous other bombs. They've also had mini-series based on classic tales like 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Alice in Wonderland'. Now, they're going to even older stories by creating a television movie franchise based on classic fairy tales. One benefit of this idea is that nobody is owed any creator fees as most fairy tales are in the public domain.
Of course, much like their previous mini-series such as 'Tin Man' and 'Alice', these stories will have a modern, adult spin. For example, 'Hansel and Gretel' will now become a revenge flick. 'Little Red Riding Hood' could very well turn into a copy of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' where Red hunts down werewolves.
This idea might work, and some of the movies might even become backdoor pilots if done well enough (despite the limited budget of each). Of course, this concept has already sort of been done with DC Comics' 'Fables' series, but using that directly would involve paying for rights.
In this clip, Alice trips and falls while fleeing the Jabberwocky, and is about to fall prey to the monster's jaws, but the Mad Hatter saves the day with a well-placed right-hook.
Watch the video after the jump.
A lot may have changed in the 143 years since the events of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.' One thing, though, has remained wonderfully consistent: Wonderland is one weird place, as evidenced by Syfy's modern foray into that world with 'Alice.' The two-part miniseries premiered last night and concludes with its second two-hour installment tonight at 8 p.m.
While the original book, and subsequent film, television and stage adaptations, showcased a seeming idyllic pre-industrial world of beauty and color, that world appears mostly gone by the time this generation's Alice tripped through the Looking Glass.
- At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then the season finale of The Amazing Race and a new Cold Case.
- NBC has a new Football Night in America at 7, followed by Vikings vs. the Cardinals.
- At 7:30, Disney has a new Hannah Montana.
- At 8, ABC has a new Extreme Makeover, then new episodes of Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters.
- FOX has the BCS Selection Show at 8.
- Hallmark has the movie Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle at 8.
- Also at 8: TLC has Crazy Christmas Lights, followed by Invasion of the Christmas Lights.
- At 8:30, Disney has a new Jonas.
- At 9, Syfy has the premiere of Alice.
- Showtime has a new Dexter at 9, followed by a new Californication.
- HBO has Robin Williams: Weapons of Self-Destruction at 9.
- At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken, then new episodes of The Venture Brothers and Metalocalypse.
Check your local TV listings for more.
Block off your schedule for two nights, as this SyFy miniseries adaptation of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking-Glass' unfolds across Dec. 6 and 7. This modern spin on 'Wonderland' stars Kathy Bates as the Queen of Hearts, a ruthless ruler who kidnaps people and brings them to Wonderland to gamble and steal their emotions. Among her enemies: Tim Curry as Dodo, Harry Dean Stanton as Caterpillar and Alice (Caterina Scorsone), a dark-haired martial arts instructor who comes to Wonderland looking for her kidnapped love.
This week, I dive back into 'Lost,' hitting around some possible endings and interesting ideas with star Michael Emerson, and sharing a few final season theories of my own.
I also chat with the stars of Syfy's 'Alice' about other possible childrens' story adaptations (a sexy 'Blues Clues,' anyone?), and get personal with 'Private Practice' star Taye Diggs -- who, strangely enough, sounds an awful lot like me -- about his first child and his stint on BFF Jay Harrington's show 'Better Off Ted' (premieres Tues., Dec. 8, 9:30PM ET on ABC).
Want more? Email me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com -- who knows, I might just give you an answer on the show. Now watch, enjoy and come back next week for more. Until then, happy TV watching! -- By Maggie Furlong
There are so many actors in Hollywood who've been around since their childhoods, and yet no one realizes they're Canadian. Such is the case for Caterina Scorsone, who has one of those faces you recognize, but you're not sure from where.
This brunette beauty was born and raised in Canada, and is poised to break it big with her latest role.
Learn more about her after the jump!
Ever wonder what famous literary character Alice would be like if she were alive today? Well, ponder no more! Nick Willing, director of 2007's record-breaking, Emmy-winning miniseries 'Tin Man' is taking the classic Lewis Carroll story and putting a modern spin on it. Just as Willing took 'The Wizard of Oz' and twisted it into 'Tin Man', he's taken 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' and adapted them to the contemporary world in a 4-hour, 2-night miniseries 'Alice'.
Alice is now Alice Hamilton, a fiercely-independent twenty-something who witnesses her lover Jack Chase get kidnapped by two thugs and driven into darkness. Desperate to find Jack, Alice puts her trust in a stranger who calls himself White Rabbit, and suddenly finds herself on the other side of the looking glass.
She's a stranger in an outlandish city of twisted towers and casinos built out of playing cards, all under the rule of a devilish Queen who isn't happy about Alice's arrival. In her quest to get answers and find Jack, Alice must deal with a host of outrageous characters including the flying scarabs, the thundering Jabberwock, the Pool of Tears and the clinically insane Doctors Dee and Dum.
The 'Alice' cast is star-studded, including Canadian Caterina Scorsone as Alice, Kathy Bates as the Queen of Hearts, Tim Curry as Dodo, and Colm Meaney as the King of Hearts, among many others. AOL TV Canada sat down to talk to the director and Scorsone about the upcoming miniseries, and how the 150-year-old story is relevant to today's world.
Read Q&A After the Fold!
Starring Caterina Scorsone as the titular Alice and Philip Winchester as her mysterious suitor Jack Chase, this reimagining looks at the tale from an entirely new and modern angle, much the way Syfy (then Sci Fi) did with 'Tin Man' a couple of years back. Not surprisingly, it's seen through the warped looking glass of the same director, Nick Willing.
AOL TV got Scorsone and Winchester to dish all about their parts in 'Alice,' how it's "darker" and "sexier" than the original, their costars -- including Tim Curry, Harry Dean Stanton and Kathy Bates -- and why filming in an abandoned tuberculosis hospital was just as creepy as it sounds.
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We'll have an advance review of Alice soon, but for now you can head after the jump for an inside look at the miniseries, premiering December 6 on Syfy. Spoilers follow.
They're also doing Alice, which is their take on Alice in Wonderland. Here's the trailer. It premieres December 6.
Well, they've done some casting and it turns out that Kathy Bates is the Queen of Hearts and Tim Curry is playing a character called Dodo (who in the original novel was a caricature of the author). Given his malevolent smile, I would think Curry would be better suited as the Cheshire Cat.
I'm surprised they didn't give the title character the surname of Liddell (instead they went with Hamilton). I can only surmise that they wanted to minimize any possibility of litigation.
Frankly it wouldn't surprise me if we learned at the end of the four hour mini-series that Alice was on a bad acid trip. That would be my adult interpretation of the novel.