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The Vampire Diaries promotes the obvious cause

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 26th 2009 2:03PM
The Vampire DiariesI'm really surprised the folks behind True Blood or Twilight didn't think of this. The CW's new vampire teen drama, The Vampire Diaries, is working with the American Red Cross to promote the feeding of young, hungry vampires across the whole country by giving blood in high schools and colleges.

Okay, maybe the blood won't actually go to vampires (in fact, the promotion involves the tagline "Starve a vampire. Donate blood"). It is a good, thematic form of cross-promotion. The vampire market is stretched pretty thin nowadays, and anything done to distinguish one vampire show from another (that doesn't start with the word "Buffy") is probably a good thing.

Not knowing much about the show, it does seem like a copy of some of the concepts of Twilight. But all vampire literature is just an homage to the concepts from Bram Stoker's Dracula to begin with, so I guess it's all good.

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The Office: Blood Drive

by Jay Black, posted Mar 6th 2009 1:14AM
Hey, wanna know why I put the same picture every week? It's because I'm lazy. Big time.(S05E16) At the risk of annoying John Hodgman, allow me to quote from this week's show: "Meh."

Tonight's episode felt like the obligatory Valentine's Day sex that millions of married couples went through a few weeks back: a robotic, passionless visit to all our familiar places that still manages to serve as a pleasant reminder of why we fell in love in the first place.

But that's okay. Not every experience can be the kind of handicap-stall-destroying booty-knocking that Phyllis and Bob Vance (of Vance Refrigeration) enjoy.

It's like I tell my wife, if the worst you do is "Meh", then you're probably doing all right. (It's usually at this point that she excuses herself from the room and weeps quietly in the bathroom).

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Um, who exactly was offended by the Queen's death on South Park?

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 30th 2007 4:20PM

queenA lot of stories are popping up about the scene in the most recent episode of South Park that shows the Queen of England putting a pistol in her mouth and blowing skull fragments and brain matter all over the wall behind her. These stories, mostly coming from the UK, tell of the "controversial" scene and how it "shocked viewers."

And yet, not a single one of these stories, from what I can tell, gives any real evidence that the scene in question stirred up any controversy whatsoever. The stories merely suggest that, given the series' knack for courting controversy, people were probably bothered by the Queen's suicide, as well.

I'm not from the UK, but I am a South Park fan, and as I said in my review of the episode, the Queen's suicide was so quintessentially South Park I hardly batted an eye. If anything, the whole sequence seemed a little too easy, especially by South Park standards. I'll admit I'm not easily offended, but South Park hasn't shocked or surprised me in several years. That's not a slag against the show, it just means I'm tuned into its sensibility.

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Anna Paquin snags lead in HBO vampire series

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 26th 2007 7:19PM
anna paquinAlmost Famous and The Piano actress Anna Paquin has signed on to the lead role in a new series for HBO from Alan Ball. That name should ring a bell for all fans of Six Feet Under (Ball also wrote American Beauty).

This time around, Ball is diving into the world of vampires. His new series, appropriately called True Blood, is based on the "Southern Vampire" series of novels by Charlaine Harris. In the story, vampires don't have to kill humans for their blood because the Japanese were kind enough to invent a synthetic blood that does the trick. Paquin will play a non-vampire waitress who hooks up with a vampire.

Paquin is also appearing in an HBO mini-series about the displacement of Native Americans, called Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

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Afro Samurai: Revenge

by Will O'Brien, posted Jan 12th 2007 4:25PM
The future samurai watches his father walk toward his final fight.
Afro Samurai is Samuel L. Jackson's latest venture. It's a captivating mini series that's something of an americanized cross between Tarantino violence and high quality anime. Aside from providing his voice for two characters, he's also co/executive producing it.

"Revenge" begins in the past with the death of the boys father at the hands of Justice, a cackling creepy character, over posession of the #1 headband. I had to watch the fight a couple of times, but I still don't know just how Justice defeated #1. (A weaponized eyeball maybe?)

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Dexter: Born Free (season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 17th 2006 11:31PM

Rudy, The Ice Truck Killer (Christian Camargo) finally gets to Dexter (Michael C. Hall).

(S01E12) What an absolutely spectacular show. It's going to be a shame if Michael C. Hall doesn't get the Golden Globe because he certainly deserves it. It's funny because at the beginning of the season I said I was going to have a hard time picturing him as anything other than part of the Six Feet Under ensemble. Now that season one of Dexter has come and gone, I can't imagine how Hall ever played the role of David Fisher for five seasons because this is the show I associate him with. He owns this role.

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Have a merry and violent Christmas

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 13th 2006 9:02PM

david firthChristmas isn't just about hanging stockings, decorating the tree, buying presents, burning the Yule log and cleaning the vomit off your roof from airsick reindeer. Sometimes it's about shooting your wife and son in the face and sawing through your son's skull, or so animator David Firth imagines in this graphic animated Christmas card (extreme cartoon violence, so be warned). This was supposed to appear on the BBC Four program Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe, but Brooker rejected it. Firth has apparently made animated shorts for the series before, but this one wasn't family-friendly enough according to Brooker. Like Firth says, more people will probably see it on the Web, anyway. I figured I'd help that along and mention it here, because it really is quite funny if you have a twisted sense of humor.

[via Cold, Hard Flash]

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Dexter: Truth Be Told

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 11th 2006 12:39AM

Christian Camargo plays Rudy, The Ice Truck Killer on 'Dexter.'

(S01E11) Oh. My. God. This may very well have been a perfect hour of television. Could this show possibly be any better? Frankly, I have no idea how I'm going to spend my Sunday nights after next week's season finale. Maybe I'll take up crocheting? Or try watching Brothers and Sisters? Nah... Sally Field freaks me out. Doesn't matter really. Nothing else will compare to Dexter. For those that have doubted Showtime and this show still hasn't sold you on the quality of the network? Man, maybe you should be the one taking up crocheting.

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Dexter: Seeing Red

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 3rd 2006 11:31PM

Dexter(S01E10) Wow... I am just so in awe of this show. It does everything that good TV is supposed to do. I'm not quite sure how to talk through all of this, but let's get one thing out there: Malcolm-Jamal Warner gained a ton of weight. As much as I enjoyed seeing him guest star as Dexter's lawyer buddy, every time he was in a scene I couldn't stop picturing him tap-dancing in the opening sequence of The Cosby Show. That guy is forever Theo Huxtable.

Moving on, let's talk about blood.

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Steven Spielberg says networks need to be more responsible

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 21st 2006 6:33PM
Steven SpielbergEver watch a steamy or somewhat violent network promo during the 8:00 hour, or see something particularly risqué at that time and wonder "didn't there used to be a family hour?" Well, Steven Spielberg is wondering the same thing. He told an audience at the International Emmys board of directors meeting that networks need to be more mindful of what they show during times when children may be watching, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

During his on-stage interview, he cited promos for CSI that showed a lot of blood and dissections. Even his favorite new show of the season, Heroes, showed a scene of someone being cut in half. And, since it was during the 9 PM time period, his kids were still awake; he had to send them out of the room.

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Blood good! Brains bad! A&E edits The Sopranos

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 20th 2006 1:31PM
the sopranosBasic cable channel A&E bought the syndication rights to The Sopranos, and now the network is busy trying to clean up the show for its audience. What can and can't they air? It's a fine line that basically says blood is okay but brain spatter is not. Case in point: the last episode of season one has Jimmy Altieri getting whacked with one bullet to the back of his head. When the episode aired on HBO, the audience saw blood spatter on the wall and chunks of brain slide down the wall. A&E's audience won't see the brains. There are about one hundred other instances where executives have to make similar decisions about violence, language and nudity. The newly edited versions of The Sopranos air on A&E in January.

I'm wondering if it's even worth the effort. A&E bought the right to air all 85 episodes of The Sopranos... for a staggering $2.5 million per episode. But how much fun is it really going to be without all the naughty stuff?

[Via TV Tattle]

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Dexter: Crocodile

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 9th 2006 7:25AM

Lauren Vlez and Michael C. Hall in Dexter.

(S01E02) This show is just too cool. Everything about it is just so smooth and flashy and slick. Very slick. Just look at the opening title sequence. This is new since it wasn't attached to last week's pilot. It looked great. The way it incorporated blood into every aspect of Dexter's life? He wakes up being bitten by a mosquito. He cuts himself shaving. For breakfast, he even juices a very ripe blood orange. See? Slick.

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Is there something hidden in this Dexter wallpaper?

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 26th 2006 9:26AM


I think I'm reading too much into this, but it's still fun. Pictured above is some desktop wallpaper from Showtime's new original series Dexter. I was looking at it and wondered if there were any hidden clues about the upcoming premiere season. I know CSI did something like that to pump last year's season finale but that was an actual promo poster and this is just plain ol' wallpaper. Regardless, there's still a lot going on in the picture. There's a guy in the second floor window, the three women gathered around something (someone?), police lines blocking off the sidewalk, and what appears to be a couple of shirtless men to the far right. You can see the full size image here. Anyone else think there might be something more to this? It just looks like one of those pictures that has some kind of hidden message...

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Reno 911!: Rick's On It

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 31st 2006 10:35AM

reno 911(S04E04) After a pre-credit opening where the male deputies try to conduct a "panty raid" and end up face to face with a completely naked and pregnant Wiegel, we cut to the first real scene of the episode where a motivational speaker Dangle found on the internet gives the deputies some rather confounding advice, including this diatribe:

"I ask you, does the belt not go through all the loops? You all see yourselves as brilliant little pebbles just waiting for your code word. Well, what if your code word doesn't come, huh? Are you gonna sit around in your cruiser and wind up ejected from somebody's crazy physics package?"

More profound advice I've never heard. Let's move on.

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Korgoth of Barbaria: Pilot

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 5th 2006 3:42PM

(S01E01) korgoth of barbariaThe new Adult Swim series from SpongeBob SquarePants writer and storyboard artist Aaron Springer, Korgoth of Barbaria, which also features the talents of Bill Wray (Ren and Stimpy, Mad Magazine) and Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack) does not officially debut until September, but last night a sneak peek was shown. Actually, I don't think this is the first time the pilot has been shown, but it was the first time I saw it, and I have to say I thought it was pretty good, especially if you like creative violence.

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