Dallas Screening in Boston: All About the Event!

Last night, Dallas came to Boston — literally. TNT’s new show Dallas had a special screening of the first episode, and it wouldn’t be an event without some special guest stars! Dallas‘ own Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo, who play Elena and Rebecca in the series, were there in style, answering questions after we watched the show.

There was a good crowd there, and you could tell we had some serious Dallas fans in the house. Not only did they know some good tidbits about the original Dallas back in the day (did you know Patrick Duffy was a prankster?), but if the sea of people scrambling for autographs didn’t tell you there were some great fans, seeing someone’s “Who shot JR” shirt was certainly telling!
Here are a few fun tidbits from the Q&A last night.
  • Is the show old or new? Well, Jordana and Julie certainly consider it “Season 15.” It’s 20 years later, so you get to see where the original characters are, but you also get to tune into a new generation. “It’s everything you love about the original Dallas and more,” said Julie.
  • The girls are thrilled to be part of the series. The original stars are happy to be working together, sure, but what was Jordana’s response? “We get to be part of Dallas — what?!” Julie added, “It’s a lucky turn of events that we get to be part of such an iconic show.”
  • You may not know this, but not every show is filmed where it’s set (ok, we all know this). But Dallas is true to its name. The show is filmed in Dallas, and the cast loves it. They said it was great to be in a town, representing the people they’re seeing in their own backyard.
  • When asked whether Larry Hagman was still a stickler about smokers (according to one fan, he was), the girls had a surprising response: There are no smokers on the show!
  • Both Julie and Jordana praised Cynthia Cidre on the writing of the series, adding that she wrote great scripts and twists and turns. Julie added, quoting Patrick Duffy, that there were many attempts to revise the show years ago, but they didn’t get it right until now.
  • Everyone on the show is so lighthearted, including Patrick Duffy, who’s a jokester. Overall, it’s just fun.
  • Do they have a favorite villain on the show? Knowing how duplicitous everyone is, it’s a toughie, but Julie had her pick: JR. “He’s pretty good at what he does,” she teased.
  • Alright, we’ve got two gorgeous ladies and two hot men. Who would Jordana pick for her man? “John Ross is so cute as a bad boy,” she says.

The girls were so much fun to listen to, and they really added a lot of excitement to the event. Some final words? Julie had one final note to the audience: “Give us a chance, and we’ll have Jesse [Metcalfe] take his shirt off.” After some laughter and questions on what’s to come, she added, “Don’t trust anything or anyone, and just watch it.”

And watch it we will! Check out Dallas next Wednesday, June 13, at 9/8c on TNT for the special two-hour premiere event! And check out some photos below from last night’s event below!

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*Sorry for the low quality of the images.
Blame my iPhone and bad photo editing skills.

Hey, Boston! See Dallas First — Special Event with Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo!

Do you live in the Boston area? Do you want to see the first episode of TNT’s new show Dallas before anyone else? Do you want to see it with not one but TWO of its stars?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s your opportunity.

The AMC Boston Common Theater is hosting a special screening event on Wednesday, June 6, at 7:30 pm where you could see the first episode of Dallas. That’s a whole week before anyone else! Imagine what stories you can tell at the watercooler the next day!

Plus, two of its stars — Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo (aka, the two gorgeous ladies in the picture above) — will be there for a Q&A after the show. How about that?

How do you get there? Well, it’s easy.

First, RSVP to DallasBostonRSVP@gmail.com with your first name, last name, and number of people attending and be sure to put “Raked” in the subject line.

Second, print out the ticket below (click the ticket for a larger image to print).

Third, show up with your ticket — and show up early! Limited space available. Entry is first come, first serve, and a ticket does not guarantee admittance to this event.

Then, get ready for a great show! Already anxious to find out more? Check out more on the show here! This is certainly a summer series I can’t wait to check out, and trust me, whether you loved the original or are a brand-new fan, it’s got something for everyone. So don’t miss your chance to see it now!

And even if you can’t attend, don’t forget to check out Dallas when it premieres on June 13 on TNT at 9 pm.

NBC: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Well, NBC has announced it’s upcoming new shows, as well as some shows that will be picked up. And to be honest, I can’t say I’m over the moon about any of them. Well, maybe one.

What’s original here? NBC seemed to be one of the networks we’re more curious about, what with ER‘s  good-bye and their newest pitch to have Leno have a 10:00 daily talk show. And yes, that Leno plan is still happening.

And while I have mixed feelins about Leno’s show (I think it’s a terrible idea, though at least it will be a backup to reruns at 10:00 on other networks), that now limits NBC to two hours of programming. So what do we have?

Well, in place of ER, we’ve now got two new hospital dramas, one of which has Michelle Trachtenberg as a nurse–something I doubt very heavily. Sorry, Michelle fans, but somehow that just seems odd to me. Can she play an adult? I mean, I saw her relatively try in The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, and it was painful.

We’ve also got Day One, which apparently has someone from Heroes involved (let’s hope season 1) and involves people reacting after a global disaster. Didn’t we do this a few years ago and call it Jericho? The frontrunner of that show is Julia Gonzalo, the most annoying cast member of the lost Eli Stone.

And then what? Parenthood? Oh dear, Maura Tierney, is there no hope left? At least Monica Potter’s finding work after Trust Me was canceled.

But where, oh, where are the original premises? I’m most looking forward to Community, mainly because it stars Joel McHale of The Soup, but from what I’ve read on other blogs, people are less enthused because it’s “just another multi-camera comedy.” I’ll take that any day over another Parks and Recreation, which, by the way, has been renewed.

Speaking of renewals, what about the ones we’re really wondering about? No news on Chuck, and contrary to various reports this weekend, it looks like Medium hasn’t yet been decided on yet, either. From what I can tell, you’ll have to wait until May 19, when they announce the fall schedule.

These are two very popular series. I’m still surprised they’re being debated.

Meanwhile, we can expect the return of Heroes, The Office, 30 Rock, reality TV, and at least one Law & Order series.

What else is missing? My Name Is Earl. Again, very surprised.

I should mention that all of these might not be fall shows–some may be winter or “event”–but I think there are some surprises and disappointments here. With such original series as Chuck and, of course, Kings, we’re stuck with the old and the done.

So here’s what I suggest. If you don’t like what you see, and you’re waiting for your favorite NBC show to appear, you better get moving. Write to NBC, post blogs, do what you must. You’re running out of time, and we’re running out of quality.

Back to the good ol’ days

ELI STONE: 2.05 “The Humanitarian”

Oh, I was so happy with Eli Stone this week! We got back the old song and dance. Literally!

Not only did we have some explosive visions, but we got back to some singing! I loved seeing Jordan sing, though it was a little hard to hear him (though to be fair, I’m not sure if that was my TV or not). But it was fun. I never thought I’d enjoy someone else singing “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” so much.

But what’s more is that not only did the visions get back to what I enjoyed most–music, big events, dancing–but there were side stories and emotional dilemmas…

Ok, let’s tackle the bad stuff first. There’s really only one complaint. I don’t like this Maggie/Eli relationship stuff. I think I could accept it if we had continued the buildup from last season, but we didn’t. The first few episodes, Eli made it clear that it was done and over. Let me clarify, he made it clear. It was not that he was hiding it. Jonny Lee Miller played it as someone who honestly knew it was over without any lingering feelings.

So I moved on. I was done with it. And the fact that Maggie and her fiance broke up had little to do with it. I thought maybe down the line… But immediately after and saying that Eli was part of the problem? Just unbelievable.

So that’s my one complaint.

Meanwhile, Maggie’s a wee fish in a big sea. The only “nice” person at the company, though Matt’s doing his best not to be large sleeze. I do enjoy that. It will be interesting to see how he reacts when he finally finds out that Taylor is pregnant.

And do we think she’ll have the baby? I’m kind-of picturing accidental miscarriage after she decides that maybe she shouldn’t have it, which then makes her reprioritize and think maybe one day. For right now, though, I just want to know Eli’s reaction.

The main case for this episode’s a really intriguing one, too. It had Eli deciding which side he should really be on–even when both sides are involved in a good cause. For the patient or the practitioner? I’m glad it’s being carried over to the next episode, too. Though can the firm have both the father and son as clients? I’m thinking not, which monetarily could hurt. This is definitely a multi-faceted dilemma.

Then we’ve got Keith and Patti. How much did I love Patti threatening Keith with a butter knife?! Fantastic. And I like that we’re left at a bit of a cliff-hanger, too. What will Keith do with the information about Angela’s cocain use?

Oh, and let me say one other thing. Whoever cast Taraji P. Henson as Patti’s daughter did a perfect job.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to the next episode, which I think is in two weeks. Should be a good, garbled, stomach-in-knots, emotionally conflicting time! 🙂 Ok, maybe not that bad. But it should be fun, I hope!

Mommy, Daddy, are you breaking up?

ELI STONE: 2.04 “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”

Poor Eli. He tries so hard, and yet nothing seemed to go his way. But at least he won his case–kinda.

Last night’s episode was a pretty serious one. Where did the light n’ lively Eli go? We had the partnership crumble, and all of the associates, assistants, and fill-in-the-blanks were choosing between one office or the other. The only bad part, of course, was that on Eli and Jordan’s side, there was goodness and on Posner and Klein’s side there was money.

Which is where complication and manipulation settled in. They offered Matt a partnership and Maggie money, a promotion, and a department. So who did Jordan and Eli want the most at their firm? Matt and Maggie.

I loved seeing the development of Matt in this episode. For someone so cold and snobby, it was nice to see him passionate about something and to see a side of him that actually means someone would date him. But to see the 180–most of all to hear him describe it… I actually understood why he was giving it all up and why he couldn’t live with it. It was very in the character of Matt but with heart. I loved seeing it–all of it. We know he actually is a three-dimensional character now! We know that if Taylor his this baby, he might actually realize that it might be of importance.

Wow, Taylor and the baby. We really threw that one in there, didn’t we? There were no clues. Just BAM! And it’s out there. Her father seemed very happy considering that his daughter just got accidentally knocked up, but I guess when she’s grown and has a lot of money to take care of it, you’re ok.

And what about Maggie? That seemed to swoop in too quickly, I think. This season, there’s been a big shift in the relationship between Eli and Maggie. Sure, we’ve heard Eli mention his fleeting feelings for her, which we believed what with his short infatuation with Grace. There’s been nothing on the side of Maggie (oh, and let me just add how much I love that she looks older now and actually like a lawher). So her confession of her love for him just seemed out of place and unrealistic. I wish we could have built that up more before the bit declaration.

The last scene was my favorite, though. I liked seeing the actual partnership build at the end with Eli and Jordan. It was nice.

But honestly, I want my zaniness back! Where are the musical numbers? The explosive events? I want us to get back to the daring side of Eli. Now that we’ve gotten past all the nitty gritty plot stuff, give us some fun!

Eli Stone found Serenity

ELI STONE: 2.02 “Grace”

Wouldn’t that be an interesting premise: Eli Stone on Serenity, seeing Reavers before they arrive–and then taking their cases.

Ok, it’d be a little far fetched, but we got a little closer last night. Who was our favorite little guest star? No, not Katie Holmes. GINA TORRES! In case you didn’t recognize that familiar face from Firefly and Serenity, she was there, as Eli’s opposing council. I wish they could have dressed her up a little better. She’s such a beautiful woman, but she just came off as dowdy.

Yes, yes, ok, ok, enough about my Whedon alum fanbase. Let’s focus on the REAL guest star: Katie Holmes. Now, contrary to most people, I like Katie Holmes. I liked her on Dawson’s Creek and First Daughter. She’s just cute. And just because she got caught up with Tom Cruise…well, that’s not really something I pay attention to. Plus, out of the two of them, I’d say she’s looking a bit better than her spousal counterpart. So basically, I was glad she got to be on Eli Stone. And I’m glad we’re giving Eli someone to love that’s not the annoying, moosemouth Julie Gonzalo (Maggie). That got old, and even if Eli did see a vision where they were a couple with a child, I’m resisting it as much as possible.

But what’s really intriguing about Grace’s appearance is the backstory. It’s not just Eli meets girl, Eli loses girl, Eli gets girl back (will he get girl back??). It’s more about his father. His father, who had the same visions as Eli just without the strength to handle it, saw Eli’s future. And at least at this point in time, a step by step future. He knew about Eli grabbing back the aneurysm. He knew about Eli running into Grace–even if it did mean that Nate had a hand in it.

And really, who else loves how supportive Nate is now? I love it.

I want to get my hands on that journal. And I’m sure Eli does, too, though maybe that’d be dangerous and change the path he’s to go on. Clearly it’s a good one or else his father wouldn’t write it all down to be followed.

I hope we get more flashbacks to the father figure, actually. They really intrigue me, and I enjoy how much we learn about Eli’s past and his former beliefs of sorts that are being baffled and broken because of his aneurysm. The realization that all he knew of his father was tainted by what he’s dealing with now…great.

And meanwhile, what’s happening with Jordan? Next week’s episode looks like a doozy, and I’m really excited about it (though even the promo stressed me out!). I like his attitude, but didn’t he already almost lose his partnership before? Wasn’t that the purpose of Katey Sagal’s first appearance on the show (which, I’m sorry, Katey, I loved you in 8 Simple Rules and I even own one of your CDs, but you look TERRIBLE now)? It seems like a recycled storyline, but I’m very interested in next week’s episode to see how it plays out.

Oh, and will someone just hit Taylor over the head with a tire iron? There’s nothing likable about her now. And I feel like we’ve completely mischaracterized Matt. First, he’s a jerk. Then he’s sympathetic to Taylor and very boyfriendlike. And now, he’s supposed to be both? I just want to see the jerk as the boyfriend or a complete turnaround. I’m not believing him anymore in either case.

But anyway, I hope we see more of Grace. She can’t stay in Kenya forever, right? I liked how she and Eli interacted, and honestly, if Eli continues to do stuff like bring her a dozen hot dogs instead of roses, I’m just going to fall in love with Eli myself! Adorable!

Stay tuned for next week. I will.