Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One tiny "Star Trek" bonus

OK, this is for the die-hard Star Trek fans, but I just found a slightly different version of the Star Trek trailer that I posted a few days ago. It's really the very same trailer, with one tiny addition that will give Trek fans the goosebumps. If you're strapped for time and just want to cut to the money shot, it comes at the very end of the trailer. The links are found here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2008

"Pushing Daisies" will be pushing up daisies

Well, we've been anticipating this for a while, but it appears that our beloved Pushing Daisies is being axed officially by ABC. There are still 6-7 unaired episodes yet to air, but whether or not ABC will air them at all (or simply release them on DVD) is yet to be seen.

The one bright spot in this rotten news is that creator Bryan Fuller hopes to bring Pushing Daisies to the big screen. I have my doubts, but at least it's something to hope for.

TV just got a lot less interesting!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Happy Monday, Jon

I'm not much of a Star Trek fan. I never watched a complete episode of the original series, only occasionally watched The Next Generation with Jon, and never even saw the last movie (Nemesis). And part of me is tired of studios constantly reviving old ideas over and over, rather than just telling a unique story with unique characters. But I do like what I've heard about this new Star Trek movie, from director J.J. Abrams (Lost, Mission: Impossible III), and this trailer at least makes the reboot look slick and fast-paced. The embedded trailer is pretty low quality; if you want to see a really nice version, click here.

What do you think of the trailer? Will Trekkies renew their love for Cap'n Kirk? And will Abrams be able to bring Trek to a new generation of fans?

Friday, November 14, 2008

One more "HP6" trailer

Here's another fun trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which is quite different from the previous two I have posted here. Since this is one of my favorite HP books, I really hope they get it right. Watch the trailer here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fair weather report

Tonight's "The Office" was a big, stinky letdown. This season has had some real highs (the weight-loss episode, last week's Jim/Dwight showdown, almost anything with Holly), but tonight's episode was slow, dirty, tired (Kelly & Ryan again...really writers?), and almost completely devoid of any charm. If it hadn't been for the long-overdue reunion of Jim and Pam, I would have been mad that I wasted 30 minutes of my night on the show. I hate to be such a fickle fan, but seriously...that was the best the writers could come up with?

In other news, I've been totally hooked on Survivor this season. I was drawn to it this time because it was filmed (for the first time) in glorious HD, but I've stuck with it because of the addicting drama from week to week. In my mind, Survivor is at its twisty best when it is unpredictable, as it as been the past few weeks. And this season has had a great mix of likable heroes (Matty, Bob, Sugar), villains (Ace, Randy), and everything in between. If The Amazing Race weren't always so dependably innocent and fun, I'd say Survivor could give it a run for its money as my favorite reality show.

"The Office" news

Ain't It Cool News reports that B.J. Novak ("Ryan") will be leaving The Office cast indefinitely while he pursues his film career. Since he has always been the least-funny character on the show, I say good riddance. Novak will, however, continue to write occasional episodes.

Additionally, I read yesterday on EW.com that guest star Amy Ryan ("Holly") is not currently scheduled to appear in any future episodes of the show, leaving a bitter-sweet ending to what looked to be a promising match for Michael Scott.

In happier news, here's a funny deleted scene from last week's episode, which revealed that Dwight was correct in his accusations of Kelly's unethical customer survey reporting.