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September SciFi Nerd Calendar Up at io9.com

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here before, but all sci-fi lovers should head to io9.com at the beginning of each month when they release their latest Science Fiction calendar. The calendar includes books, dvds, movies, television shows, comics, author signings and conventions taking place during the month.

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September 3, 2009 Posted by | Blu-ray, dvd, Home Video, Internet, Movies, Scifi, Technology, Television | , , , | Comments Off on September SciFi Nerd Calendar Up at io9.com

Ziggy Says There’s a 99% Chance a Quantum Leap Reboot Would Suck

Both io9 and TVSquad have reported about the possibility of a SyFy reboot of classic series Quantum Leap. For a moment, I was really excited about the idea, but once I finished reading the headlines I quickly came back down to Earth.

When I was 9 years old, I was taking my second year of piano lessons, and I made my mother race home each week because I didn’t want to miss a second of my favorite new show, Quantum Leap. As a young geek, the idea of time travel immediately captivated my imagination, perhaps in part because I wasn’t old enough to consider the paradoxical implications of the show’s plot (and plot holes).

My memories of the show’s five seasons aren’t crystal clear, but I distinctly remember the satisfaction and relief that came each week when Sam got things right and made his next leap. I also remember the laughter that immediately followed when that leap put him in another crazy situation. As I look back at the series, I realize that I enjoyed it so much because I didn’t take it too seriously.

Sam & Al’s adventures took place in a world before the Internet and the hyper-critical fanboys that came with it. Donald Bellisario was hot off the eight season run of Magnum, P.I. when he created Quantum Leap in 1989. Despite his previous experience in sci-fi with the original Battlestar Galactica, Bellisario never bothered to give much of an explanation of the science behind Sam Beckett’s journey. If SyFy is going to reboot the show, it would definitely need a stronger base in science if they don’t want it to be immediately eviscerated on the message boards. Unfortunately, I think that would take away a lot of the show’s charm. Come to think of it, maybe Quantum Leap was really more fantasy than sci-fi.

Bellisario created a unique show that was consistently entertaining through its full 96 episode run, but television has changed in the 20 years since Quantum Leap premiered. I’m not saying it would be impossible for a reboot to be great, but not every series can be fortunate enough to get a reincarnation as good as BSG. I certainly wouldn’t want to be the person who leaps in to take the Executive Producer role for this project. Oh boy, indeed.

July 11, 2009 Posted by | Drama, New Series, News, Science, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Ziggy Says There’s a 99% Chance a Quantum Leap Reboot Would Suck

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan – Coming This Fall

You didn’t really think SciFi (or SyFy if you insist) was going to just stop cashing in on BSG did you? It looks like we completists will get our wishes granted this fall when they reveal The Plan, a tv movie that’s going to show us just what the Cylons were thinking before they blew up humanity. Obviously this is just a 82 second trailer, but it was enough to get me excited. I challenge you to listen to that gravelly Edward James Olmos voice-over and not get excited yourself.

June 22, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Movies, News, Premiere, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Battlestar Galactica: The Plan – Coming This Fall

Summer TV Preview Part 4: Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Here is part 4 of my Summer TV Preview.  Most of this is focused on Thursday, and I also included Friday and Saturday as well since there isn’t much going on.

 

Thursday

 

NBC – I have zero interest in The Peacock’s sad attempt at reality tv, but I strongly recommend catching up on the repeats of The Office and 30 Rock if you didn’t catch them during the season. There is also one new show I’m going to check out–The Listener is about an EMT who can hear people’s thoughts. The show originally aired in Canada, and stars newcomer Craig Olejnik as main character Toby Logan. It reminds me of several other shows I have enjoyed in the last couple years, with one man using his unique knowledge to try to save people or prevent wrongdoing. Think Eli Stone or Journeyman.

 

Comedy CentralTosh.0 is a new show featuring comedian Daniel Tosh that takes the internet to task with segments on viral videos, tweeting, blogging, vlogging, poking, and everything else we spend so much time doing. Based on the clips, the show looks like what would happen if The Daily Show got The Soup pregnant. Tosh.0 premieres on June 4th at 10/9c.

 

Lifetime – You’ll have to wait until August 20th, but Project Runway has finally emerged from pissing contest between Bravo & Lifetime. This sixth season will air at 10/9c, and both Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn will be back. No one has to point out to me that I’m hooked on the new flagship show for the “#1 Network for Women”. I enjoy watching these eager young designers create each week, while simultaneously proving I know absolutely nothing about fashion.

 

Showtime – Penn & Teller are back with more Bullshit! on June 25th at 10/9c. As for this season’s topics, I’ve only seen the topic for the first episode–Orgasms. I think it’s safe to say P&T won’t have any trouble working some of their trademark gratuitous nudity into the premiere episode.

 

USA – I haven’t watched it, but I keep hearing about how good Burn Notice is. I don’t think I’ll take the time to catch up, but I am planning to check out the third season premiere on June 4th at 9/8c. On new series front, Royal Pains stars Mark Feuerstein (The West Wing, What Women Want) as shunned New York doctor Hank Lawson and Paulo Costanzo (Road Trip) as his younger brother Evan who convinces him to take a weekend in The Hamptons after Hank gets fired. I find Costanzo hilarious, so I’m looking forward to this one.

 

Fridays

 

SyFyEureka returns for a third season on July 10th at 9/8c. I’ve never watched the show, but I know my fellow geeks enjoy it.

 

USA – Your Tony Shaloub and Dule Hill withdrawal will be gone on August 8th as new seasons of the popular Monk and Psych premiere at 9/8c and 10/9c respectively. Cherish the 16 episodes of Monk, because they are the last ones you’re going to get.

 

Saturday

 

ABC – The alphabet network runs out the clock on Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone, and Dirty Sexy Money in the 10/9c timeslot starting May 30th. Don’t look for any of these shows to be tied up with a pretty bow though since these episodes were all in the can before the shows were cancelled. Good news for Daisies fans though, as an upcoming comic book mini-series will give us some closure.

 

Look for the final part of my summer preview to be posted later today.

May 31, 2009 Posted by | Cancelled, Comedy, Drama, New Series, Premiere, Reality, Renewed, Scifi, Season Finale, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Summer TV Preview Part 4: Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Summer TV Preview Part 2: Tuesday

Here is part two of my five part summer preview. 

 

Tuesday

 

ABC – Not much for us on Tuesdays, but on June 23rd at 8/7c, The Superstars will premiere. It looks like ABC is trying to capitalize on the success (and low production costs) of Wipeout by giving us more regular people trying to be athletic. The twist here is that each person will be paired with a pro athlete. One team will be eliminated each week with a winner being crowned in late July.

 

CBS – All repeats here, but if you haven’t gotten on board The Mentalist yet, now is the time to catch up. I think this show is good enough to stick around for a few years so get on board now while it’s still fresh. Repeats air at 9/8c.

 

NBC – I have zero interest in watching C-list celebs trying to get out of the jungle, but I am planning to check out the second show that will be filling the 8/7c timeslot this summer. The Great American Road Trip is like a family edition of Road Rules, although I’m assuming it will have a lot less drinking and sex. Premieres July 7th.

 

FOX – More House repeats, paired with summer series Mental, which appears to be a watered down version of Dr. House working in a looney bin. Early reviews are terrible, but I recorded it tonight anyway. The premiere episode will re-air this Friday, May 29th if you want to check it out. Mental is filling the 9/8c slot through June 23rd. Then on July 21st at 8/7c we will be treated with the sixth season of Hell’s Kitchen. I can tell you for sure that I won’t be watching at 9/8c on July 28th when More to Love premieres–simply put, it’s The Bachelor for the hyper-obese set.

 

FXRescue Me started its fifth season in April, and it continues at 10/9c through September 8th. You can catch up on Hulu if you’ve been missing out. And believe me, it’s worth the catch up to see some great guest appearances by Michael J. Fox.

 

Science – New series Science of the Movies premiered tonight and will be filling the 9/8c position. It appears to be a fun behind-the-scenes look at how some of our favorite films are made. Don’t fret if you missed the premiere though–like everything else on the Discovery family of networks, it will be repeated a dozen or so times this week.

 

SyFy – As much as I loathe SciFi’s new marketing scheme, the have good chance at keeping me entertained on Tuesdays at 9/8c based on the trailer for Warehouse 13. Premiering July 7th, the show looks like a less depressing version of Sanctuary, this time set in a secret government warehouse full of supernatural goodies that reminds me of the final scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

 

I’ll be back tomorrow with Part 3 of the preview–head’s up though, ABC is premiering Wipeout and new animated show The Goode Family tomorrow night, so set your DVRs.

May 26, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, Game Shows, Movies, New Series, Premiere, Reality, Science, Scifi, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Summer TV Preview Part 2: Tuesday