True Blood: You Suck

…literally. You suck me in like a pint of synthetic blood. I can’t get enough.

It took a few episodes for me to really start enjoying True Blood last year, but by the end of the first season, I was screaming at the television in frustration and joy like any viewer who can’t help but become emotionally invested in or connect with characters on a beloved show.

Only two episodes into S2 and I’m loving it. The highlights:

  • Bait & switch: Lafayette is alive!
  • Underground dungeon: thought it was Maryann’s, pleasantly surprised to find out it is Eric’s
  • Maryann’s mystery moves: crazy lady + manchild Sam = creepy; he was just a pup!
  • Sookie gets cojones: already showing more self-assurance than all of last season
  • The season premiere sex scene between Sookie & Bill: H O T
  • Annoying teen/new vamp Jessica: a necessary infusion of humor
  • Jason’s transformation: it won’t last; I just know he’s going to sleep w/the preacher’s wife

More, please:

  • Arlene: I heart Carrie Preston and she deserves more storylines & screen time
  • Eric: who doesn’t love a metrosexual vampire slayer w/great highlights?
  • Tara: she’s my favorite, by far

If you’re interested, you can become a fan of True Blood on Facebook, and follow both the show and Bon Temps Gossip on Twitter.

Are you as hooked in and enthralled by Season 2 yet?

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Covering the Bases: Comic-Con 2009

I just wanted to let you know that I will be covering the following TV shows for TVOvermind while at Comic-Con in San Diego next month:

  • Bones
  • Dexter
  • Dollhouse
  • FlashForward
  • Fringe
  • Glee
  • Lost
  • The Middleman
  • True Blood
  • V

Of course there will be many other panels featuring the cast and creative teams from various shows, but those listed above are the ones I have a personal interest in.

So bookmark TVOvermind and stay tuned for further information and updates here as well.  And as always, I encourage you to follow me on Twitter and friend me on Facebook for more frequent updates!

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Primetime Brain Tumor Television: Enough!

Before I begin, some housekeeping.

a) There are what may be considered MAJOR spoilers below for recent season finale episodes of Bones, Eli Stone, Grey’s Anatomy, House, Medium and The Unusuals; read at your own risk if you are behind on your favorite shows. 

b) I have absolutely nothing against the writers of these shows and episodes. This is a personal perspective and emotional response.

Like many people, I absorb and watch television to escape reality. It is not that I want or need to remove myself from my own life for a few hours at a time; I simply enjoy the ride and appreciate the effort that is put into providing that journey for us.

We just finished watching the season finale of Medium. And it made me angry. Not directly at this series and not because it ended in a cliffhanger. I am generally disgruntled with the number of shows that chose to end their seasons with lead characters who have brain tumors.

I’m sure it’s mere coincidence that so many shows traveled down this particular road. And obviously the circumstances are varying in each. But I am frustrated by how unoriginal and commonplace the concept has become.

Why do I care so much about fictional illness?

Because my good friend and co-worker Jackie was diagnosed with a brain tumor a year ago this month. She endured a very successful operation that removed almost all of it, and returned to work six months later. Jackie’s spirit and strength are an inspiration, but as she reminds us…it’s still there. That someone so kind and beautiful and damn funny has brain cancer at 30 years old…makes me question both fate and faith.

So no, I do not like seeing so many people on television living under similar circumstances. Jackie has always been a huge Grey’s fan, and chooses to continue watching the show despite our advice otherwise. Those of you familiar with the series are keenly aware that not only is one of the main characters a brain surgeon, but one of the other main characters was just diagnosed with and apparently died from a brain tumor at the end of the season.

Perhaps I am noticing a pattern more right now because I am sensitive to this particular affliction; other instances of it have occurred on many shows over the years. The brain tumors of Mark Greene (ER) and Nate Fisher (Six Feet Under) certainly come to mind in retrospect. But it is frustrating and odd that Booth (Bones), Izzie (Grey’s), Alison (Medium) and Eric (The Unusuals) all developed brain tumors during this same television time period. 

By the way, I am very aware that neither Greg House nor Eli Stone had brain tumors; they were cursed with vivid hallucinations due to a mental breakdown and brain aneurysm, respectively. But their behavior and symptoms alone were similar enough to warrant inclusion here. To be honest, I am also crossing my fingers that Olivia’s hallucinations on Fringe are not the result of a tumor.

My point is that when art really imitates life, disbelief is no longer joyfully suspended.

I’m telling you right now that when Lost ends next season, if it turns out to have been one huge hallucination from the mind of a character who has a brain tumor…I will need to be locked in a padded room for a while. Of all the possible scenarios for my favorite series to end, I am unable to fathom one in which the passengers of Flight 815 have shared this vision together as patients in the same hospital or mental institution. No.

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Sunshine & Summer Show Schedule

I added the word sunshine to the title, but that is a ficticious claim and exaggeration. Between work, the Lost Rewatch project and the shows I have listed below…sun is not really on my agenda. The only major exception will be Comic-Con in July, as I will no doubt be outside standing in a very long line for many hours to gain entrance to the last ever Lost panel. Dedication, people. And SPF50. I shall have both.

Summer Series Premiere: June 4

Summer Series Premiere: July 12

Summer Series Premiere: June 28

This new series is literally about a depressed, divorcing and well-endowed high school coach who decides to become a male escort to cash in on his…gift. Seriously, how can you NOT watch this? Starring Thomas Jane, Anne Heche and Jane Adams. The pilot episode was directed by none other than Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways).

Summer Series Premiere: June 8

Summer Series Premiere: August 2009

Summer Series Premiere: June 8

I’ve seen the first episode and loved it. Here are my initial thoughts.

Summer Season Premiere: August 20

Summer Series Premiere: June 10

Of course we’re tuning in to this. We love Top Chef, and this features some of our local SF favorites like Hubert Keller and Elizabeth Faulkner.  

Summer Series Premiere: June 14

Summer Series Premiere: June 8

So that is our summer TV schedule. What Season Passes are set in your house?

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