R.I.P. to our legends

It’s been a really rough week. We lost three legends in the entertainment industry within the past few days.

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image from of powayarts.org

Ed McMahon passed away Tuesday, after suffering from bone cancer. His voice was the most famous part about him, as most remember him as the voice that introduced Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Of course, we can’t remember him as the host of Star Search, either (always friendly to those little kids…). I even remember him on a Star Search-related Full House! Plus, who can imagine Publisher’s Clearing House or the Jerry Lewis Telethon without him? He was an icon in the entertainment industry, and it’s pretty clear that his legacy will long last his own life.

On the other side of the spectrum is Farrah Fawcett, who

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image from gossipcheck.com

made making a hairstyle cool before “the Rachel” was even a common name for babies. One of Charlie’s Angels, it’s hard to see her go. She was the sex symbol of the 1970s and great actress to boot. She even had a recurring role in The Guardian and Spin City. Also losing a battle with cancer, Fawcett passed away Thursday. Though she’d been fighting the cancer for years (and even appeared in a documentary about her struggle on NBC a month or so back), it’s still a tough loss for entertainment.

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image from channelme.tv

Lastly, and probably most surprisingly, was Michael Jackson, who also died Thursday. We’re still finding out details about his death–he went into sudden cardiac arrest–but as a pop icon for the 1980s, it’s a big blow. Despite his personal issues over the last few years, you can’t deny that his music has stood the test of time, and even today, people remember the “Thriller” music video and dance. You can be sure that his music is going to be played a lot over the next few weeks in memoriam, from his days as the adorable member in the Jackson 5 to his solo work.

It’s been a rough week, and one that has lost three bright stars in the industry. But they shone bright when they were here, and I don’t think their legacies are going anywhere, even if they themselves are gone.

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R.I.P. David Carradine

I wasn’t going to post about this because I really hadn’t seen David Carradine in much, but he’s a classic, well-respected actor, and he needs to be remembered.

If you haven’t heard, David Carradine was found dead in Bangkok today. He was found hanged and assumed to have committed suicide, which just makes the entire thing sadder. You can read about it here. He was 72 years old.

Carradine is well known for his 1970s series Kung Fu and most recently for his appearances in Kill Bill. I think you can tell from my usual write-ups that these aren’t the usual shows and movies I catch, so I’m unfortunately at a disadvantage.

I do, however, remember him from an episode of Lizzie McGuire, when he was teaching Matt about the ways of a Kung Fu master. Lizzie McGuire had the honor of his appearance because his brother appeared on the show.

Coming from such an acting family (read his bio on IMDB here), it’s no surprise that he was well known and well liked. He’ll be missed.

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image from sptimes.com

If the Jonas Brothers had tighter pants

Cover your ears and guard your loins. The tweenagers are amuck with good news. Not only is there a New Moon trailer, but Hannah Montana just got a fourth season (according to Breaking TV News on Twitter). The only thing that could make this day better would be if the Jonas Brothers had tighter pants.

(Ok, so this post isn’t really about the Jonas Brothers, but if you do want to read about them, I’ve got some posts here, here, and here. Or just search for them in my search box below.)

I know I’m not exactly a breaking news kind of blog, but I thought I’d share this little tidbit of information. I find it a little strange that the same day that Miley Cyrus tweets about how she’s working on the last episode of season three, we find out that there’s a season four on the way. So much for “the last song,” as Miley put it.

I remember the days when Disney Channel had a three-season limit for their shows, mainly because if they did more, the characters would be too old for the target audience. I lamented the end of Lizzie McGuire and thought there was potential for more (sans singing).

How are they going to do a fourth season of Hannah Montana, though? I mean, Jackson’s already sitting around at home looking for colleges and only working at Ricko’s. Are we going to transform him into a sad sack? He really is too old for the target audience, and his buddy system with Rico’s getting kinda old.

Meanwhile, Lily and Oliver are together, and everyone seems to be going through high school with ease. Add in the movie, and what else is there to do? We have happy ending written all over the place.

The renewal is a little disappointing. The freshness is gone. The acting has become overacting. And I think it’s just lost its flavor.

But in the end, it’s the fans that matter. And the fans like the show. More so, the fans buy the merchandise. Who knows, maybe we’ll see Miley get married one day. As long as there’s a person to buy the T-shirt, I think we’re set.

Update: This just in: Apparently, it looks like the show will be changing locations, which will allow for a new setting and new characters. I guess it’s nice to give the change, but does that mean we’re losing Lily and Oliver? If we lose Rico, I certainly won’t be disappointed, but I’d say that Lily is one of the strongest driving forces of the show. For one thing, she can actually act.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see. You nervous? Excited?

Buffy: The Movie — Been there, saw that

There are so many possibilities for headings for this post, that I think I’m going to list a few more.

No Scoobies, no likey
Give me Joss or give me death!
Hey, she died twice. Don’t kill her again.
Buffy movie? The world is doomed.
Proving LA is hell, with or without Angel’s help.
Even the Council isn’t this cruel

Those are just a few. Some suck, but all are appropriate.

If you haven’t heard the news, the rumors that Buffy might become a movie are supposedly true. I know what you’re thinking. But Joss himself said that there is no movie! Well, that’s because Joss isn’t involved.

That’s right. You can read it here or here, but wherever you read it, it’s all the same: A Buffy movie is planned with no Whedon involvement.

What’s more? There’s no Willow, Xander, Angel, Spike, etc. In fact, it won’t have anything to do with what’s been shown in the show or the comics. It’s not a prequel or sequel. It’s a one-off, you could say. Well, kinda. It’s basically Kristy Swanson’s movie, except with different actors and a different plot. (No word yet if they’ll even have Sarah Michelle Gellar, by the way.)

(Update: Sarah Michelle Gellar will NOT be in this movie. Color me not surprised.)

Yeah, you know how that went the first time. And that one even had Joss on board (as a writer)!

Here’s my issue: Let’s all get off the trainwreck that is called vampire shows and movies. Yes, I get it. Twilight is a hit right now. No clue why, but it is. And yes, Buffy was a super-successful franchise. Clearly, with its huge fanbase, it’s a success. But the problem is, the fans like the cast and characters, and they like Joss Whedon. So if you strip that away, all you’ve got is another vampire movie.

So if you’re going to just do another vampire movie, do another vampire movie. Write a whole new one without charging the costs to the legacy of Buffy.

I like to think of Buffy (the series) as a frontrunner of all this vampire madness. Or maybe, it’s more like the kid who hits the fashion trends just before everyone else realizes it’s cool. Either way, why stick it in with the Twilights, the True Bloods, the Vampire Diaries… Just let it be.

And the story isn’t over yet. Because of the success of the comic eighth season, we’re still in the midst of Buffy as a series–just in a different medium. So how can you do a one-off?

I should say, though, that while they might be “working” on it, I don’t think it will happen. Already, there’s an uproar in the Whedon community (seriously, just Twitter search #NoJossNoBuffy and see what you get. Or maybe #buffymoviefail). The success of the franchise lies in the hands of the fans. Without the things we love, who’s going to follow? I think that whoever’s got the remote to this this Buffybot-impostor might just realize that they’re digging themselves a Sunnydale-sized crater with nothing to go in it. At least no financial gain.

Anyway, if it does happen, I can’t imagine it’ll be successful, and I’d hate to find out that it actually ruins the integrity of the series we’ve come to know and love. Of course, with this backlash, I think the creators are forced to come to one of two solutions: back off or get Joss on deck.

Which do you want? Oh, and more possible headlines are welcome.

DOLLHOUSE RENEWED!!!

So technically it’s not official until they announce it on Monday,  but sources say that Dollhouse will be renewed by FOX. Read all about it here.

Hooooly crap. I’m going to be honest. I didn’t see this happening at all. Don’t get me wrong, I had hope, but I certainly didn’t think that it would really happen. I mean, it’s FOX. What can you say?

Apparently, you say, “Save Dollhouse.” And they heard it. Heck, even I wrote an email. That’s not new for me, but I’m just saying…

According to the site,

…its DVR numbers are strong, online streaming is strong. It’s a sci-fi show, which tend to bring in nice ancillary revenue such as DVD sales for sister-company studio 20th TV. And it’s said that Fox execs rather like the series, especially the latter half of the season. Besides, a show airing in the fall on Fox is a bit like running in midseason on most networks — it’s not their strongest part of the year and maybe … maybe …

So, awesome. Now, I’ll be heartbroken if I hear that come Monday they’ve changed their minds. But sources are saying it’s true, so I’m happy. And it’s unsure what night it will be aired. Personally, I think partnering it with Fringe could give it a good edge.

So be happy, little Sleepies! I certainly am.

image from Slate.com

image from Slate.com

Update: More info here. Looks like they’re ordering a 13-episode season.

Breaking News: Minus two on ‘One Tree Hill’

I’m going to watch last night’s episode tonight, but I couldn’t help but share the news I just got. If you don’t want to know, I’d suggest you stop reading now. But it looks like the RSVP for two actors next season will be “no.”

Details under the picture below.

image from watchingcw.com

image from watchingcw.com

Well, it’s good that The CW renewed the show so early. But what will it look like?

TV Guide has just announced that Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton will not be returning to the show.

This is a big surprise to me. I know the question had been tossed out there, but I thought it was a publicity stunt. You know, to make people wonder whether Peyton will really make it after she has the baby. Will they kill her off? If they don’t renew her contract at time of renewal, you’ll never know and will have to watch.

Well, I guess her death may be a real possibility, because Peyton and Lucas both will not be returning for the seventh season. Instead, Julian will become a regular.

Wow. I have faith in the other actors in the show, but do you really think they can do it? I mean, the show was about Lucas, and yes, it’s developed (and Lucas and Peyton are almost a little too boring now), but it just surprises me. Those are some big names to cut loose.

But there it is. Good-bye, Peyton and Lucas. And what’s to come next week?

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image from fanpop.com

Dollhouse Update

KT was fabulous enough to find me this link about the large flub that is the missing Dollhouse episode. Read the entire thing to get the most out of the situation, but here are the highlights.

1. Cancelling the “13th episode” does not mean Dollhouse has been cancelled.

Apparently, this episode was made as a stand-alone episode, and by removing this episode from the lineup, it does not mean that the show is being cut. That has yet to be determined.

2. FOX bought 13 episodes, they made 14 episodes (two pilots), so therefore, FOX does not need this extra episode per contract.

Ok, so you know the whole mess with redoing pilots? Well, by making two, that means that there are more episodes handy than are necessary. Hence why I called that the “13th episode.” There’s some pickiness of who made what, but anyway, FOX made 14, the network bought 13, they’re airing 12. In some way, this probably works around to mean that FOX network didn’t buy this episode, so they’re not airing it.

3. The plot of this episode is in the future, which makes it unlike the rest of the series.

So if you’re looking at sequential stuff, this one’s a floater. It doesn’t fit with the episode before it, which fits very well as a season finale (very much about Alpha, if I read correctly). So I guess they felt like it would make for a good DVD extra.

So that’s that. We don’t have any real news about Dollhouse season two. Season one is available for preorder, though, so I guess they knows there’s some kind of profit there.

So what do you think? Still pissed? No Felicia Day, that hasn’t changed, but I guess all hope is not lost. I’d suggest reading the original link because it makes it a little more clear.

Honestly, there are a lot of numbers and it’s all a little confusing. But that’s FOX for you. KT, feel free to jump in if I’ve said anything wrong.