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Tonight is the series finale of The L Word. At six seasons it’s Showtime’s longest running show and I hope it receives the proper send-off it deserves.

However, we may not find out who killed Jenny Schecter tonight. Instead, the show’s great mystery might remain unsolved. Executive Producer Ilene Chaiken spoke with Kristen Dos Santos about the possibility,

“Everyone assumes that Alice did the deed since she is the center of the spinoff, but she may have been framed.” Ilene says, “Everything is safe to assume, or at least everything is fair to assume.”

Oh gees. Why does every show I love insist on ending without real closure? Why can’t anyone take a page out of the Fresh Prince handbook once in awhile?

But this would leave the time, space and opportunity for an L Word movie. Crazy? Dos Santos talks with the gals about that possibility too.

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I just finished catching up on USoT yesterday and I have to say, I like it. I think the acting is great, I think he story is interesting and I obviously enjoy writer Diablo Cody’s one-liners. However, after watching a few eps in succession I have to say I’m a little confused. 

What type of show is it? Is it a drama? A comedy? A mystery? I don’t really get it. The best I can come up with is, there’s a lot going on. Now, I know it’s a Showtime show, and I know it has the range to be a number of things, but I guess I am hoping for some sort of clarity. Once we find out what’s driving her multiple personalities are we going to go somewhere with that? 

 

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Toni Collette, Toni Collette, Toni Collette, and Toni Collette

 

 

I guess I’m worried that it’s a false investment. If I can’t even pin point it now, what’s going to keep me in the future?

Anyone else confused?!

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The one day late edition. I’m in Florida. The weather is nice. Time flies by. I have 969 unread articles in my Google Reader and I only missed one day.  Needless to say, this will probably be the shortest, untimeliest, HDU. My apologies.

  • Guess who won Top Chef? Stupid, stupid, Casey! I blame you for this.
  • The Simpsons are going to be on for at least two more seasons bringing the grand total to 22. They’ll be 7 episodes shy of 500. Longevity rocks!
  • Kathy Griffin is getting $2 Million to write a book. Will you read it? I love KG but I’m not sure if the humor will translate.
  • Michael Cera finally manned up and agreed to be in the Arrested Development movie. I slept well for the first time in a long time last night.
  • Finding the remote really is awesome. The only thing better? Finding your cellphone in the couch.
  • Old people…they’re at it again. This time a 70-year-old man shot his TV after he couldn’t get his converter box to work. This will be the subject of the next Dish-TV commercial.
  • You can watch free CBS & Showtime shows on your iPhone now…as if you didn’t have enough awesome things to do with it already.
  • My favorite non-TV related link of the week: The Giant Scrabble Board. Add this to my Christmas list…or personal life goals.

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Lately my favorite TV show has been Showtime’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl. My co-blogger, for whom deserves most of the credit for this blog, would be inclined to disagree, but I find the show to be thoroughly engaging.  If you’ve never followed Showtime’s lineup through to 10:30 pm, then here’s a little series logline: the sexcapades of a highly-paid London call girl, real name Hannah, work name Belle.

Season 2 kicked off with a bang by introducing Alex played by premium cable regular, Callum Blue.

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Callum Blue aka "Alex"

Alex entered as real-life Hannah’s new love interest. What a concept, a high-class hooker dating someone in real life.  *Spoiler Alert* With a few eps leading up to it, last night Hannah’s secret work life was finally revealed to Alex, who reacted, well, less than pleased.  The episode was one of my favorites so far as it went head to head with real conflict and played it out.  I thought Blue was remarkable in his role, completely believable and fresh.

While I have to admit to feeling generally very, for lack of a better emotion, sad at the episode’s conclusion, I felt revived in my admiration for the show and looking forward to what follows.

To catch the show tune in Sundays  at 10:30pm on Showtime.

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DEXTER (Season 2)

Michael C. Hall & Jennifer Carpenter (aka Dexter and Deb) got hitched on December 31st. I support most marriages (except the ones involving two potentially unwilling teenagers and child brides) but this one is a little hard to swallow. Do I think Michael and Jennifer are really brother and sister? No, but until I see otherwise it’s the only image I have of them together. Credit the two of them for accurately capturing a brother/sister relationship on TV.

The newlyweds are making their first appearance together tonight at the Golden Globes so hopefully one look at the beaming, happy couple and it will start to make sense again. However, expect this feeling to wash away as soon as Season 4 starts.

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The series premiere of Showtime’s latest pursuit, The United States of Tara, is currently streaming on sho.com. Just type in the word “tara” when prompted.

Seth over at Defamer had some not nice things to say about the first episode but I found it to be pretty interesting. Tara (played by Toni Collette) is a muralist/mom suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Under stress, anyone of her “alters” comes out to wreak a little havoc on her family. John Corbett is her ho-hum husband who’s personality reminds me a lot of the husband from Medium. Kind of unsurprising since both men are bound by the weight of their spouse’s mental gifts/issues.

Diablo Cody is writing the show which means it’s quirky but not obnoxious like Juno.

The show isn’t instantly remarkable but I think there’s something there. I’m having a hard time putting my finger on it just yet. Is it the writing? The chemistry between Corbett and Collette? Perhaps. The potential is enough to keep me optimistic.

Watch it and let me know what you’re thinkin’.

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So Happy, So Sad

Busy week this week which means I haven’t even had a chance to watch TV today. I know, awful right? I thought I’d bring back my favorite quick blog featureette: So Happy, So Sad

So Happy: Great Dexter Ep

Dexter finally offed Miguel. We all saw it coming but it wasn’t any less rewarding. And how about Dexter revealing that he killed Miguel’s brother. Talk about knife turn! The best part? We still have one episode left to see the immediate effects…at Dexter and Rita’s wedding no less.

So Sad: Jay Leno is taking over the nine o’clock slot on NBC next fall

Will this save NBC money? Yes. Will it keep one of their hottest properties in the peacock family? Sure Will people finally find out how unfunny Jay Leno is once they can stay awake for his entire show? Undoubtedly.

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Ahh, it’s been an extremely busy TV newsday. Let’s get crackin’!

  • In blood curdling news, an obsessive Dexter fan in Canada wrote a spooky screenplay about catching an adulterer online and killing him with a chainsaw. Turns out, he might’ve acted out the fantasy. Scary, scary stuff.
  • Everyone’s favorite temp turned corporate big-wig turned jailbird turned receptionist is leaving Dunder Mifflin for awhile. BJ Novak is taking a leave of absence from The Office to be in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie. Rumor has it he may leave the show for good.
  • SNL is welcoming two new ladies to the cast! One of them is only 21. Cue my quarter-life crisis.
  • A former American Idol auditioner and Paula Abdul devotee was found dead in a car outside Abdul’s home, the victim of an apparent suicide.
  • Paulie Walnuts released his own cologne. Apparently it smells like my grandpa.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis is working with HBO to make Scar Tissue, a series based on his childhood. Everyone get your Californication jokes in the hopper because once this news hits it big, there’s going to be some zingers.
  • Ted Turner is a foxy, crazy old man.
  • My Google Reader suggested this blog. Apparently it thought that since I seem to like TV so much, I would be interested in this too. For your consideration, my favorite non-TV related link of the week: Bacon Today.

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It was an accident on the set of Dexter, but how often do you get to write a title like that?

Apparently Jimmy accidentally stabbed a stunt man in the chest with a real knife instead of a fake knife.

The scariest part is that the stuntman saw the whole thing go down. He was bound and gagged for the scene and couldn’t signal to the actor to stop. Dexter star Michael C. Hall also noticed Smits’ mistake but couldn’t get to the actor in time.

Luckily the stunt man had a small, plastic chest plate covering his heart or Smits would’ve done some serious damage.

Scary business! I can’t wait to see the scene play out though.

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There’s quite a TV traffic jam tonight. I plan on recording or watching pretty much everything on this list and then making decisions as to what stays on my schedule. It’s going to be a long night.

-Season Premiere (The 20th to be exact): The Simpsons – Fox 8/7c
-Season Premiere: Amazing Race 13 – CBS 8/7C
-Season Premiere: Desperate Housewives – ABC 9/8C
-Season Premiere: Californication – Showtime 9/8C
-Season Premiere: Brothers & Sisters – ABC 10/9C
-Season Premiere: Dexter – Showtime – 10/9C
-New Episode: Entourage – 10/9C
-New Episode: Mad Men – 10/9C

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Showtime is streaming the season premiere eps of Dexter and Californication for free, right now on their website.

Want to get in on the action? Go here. You’ll need the password.

It’s Lady Killer.

Get it? Because Dexter is a serial killer with some ridiculous issues and because David Duchovny and his character Hank Moody love ladies…a little too much. Oh Showtime, you slay me.

I’m holding out for the actual premiere on September 28. Not only because I want to see it in HD, but because when I was a kid season premieres meant something. Now you can see them three weeks early and watch them over and over again all week. Where’s the fun in that? Sometimes I miss the good old days of appointment television.

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Weeds. Whoa.


I am blown away.

One could argue Weeds has been crazy this season. Drug trafficking, the Mexican mob, cheese shops, teenage three-ways, etc. But where Entourage takes their crazy and spins it into one-dimensional episodes of fantastical excess, Jenji Kohan and the folks over at Weeds craft complex tales of betrayal, lust and family.

We were treated to the sharp, irreverent wit of Justin Kirk, who’s character Andy has morphed from a comic punching bag to a family linchpin just as troubled as Nancy herself. Dean and Celia finally had it out this week and foreshadowed the return of their long-lost daughter Quinn, who we last saw making out with Silas during the show’s pilot episode. And in a move that could cost her her life, Nancy squealed to the DEA about the secret tunnel and it was promptly raided. The episode ended with Captain Till’s romantic and professional partner Paul getting tortured with a belt sander then murdered, not before he gave up Nancy as an informant. Even her relationship with the Mayor of Tijuana, maestro to this madness, won’t help her get out of this one.

Kohan managed to tie up the loose ends of this at times frenetic season together in a perfect bow of fear and funny, just in time for next week’s finale. Has Nancy finally gotten herself in too deep? Suddenly those thugs with guns at the end of season two or impending wildfires in season three don’t look so bad.

It’s official. Showtime just put a nail in the coffin that is HBO television. I am counting the days until next week’s episode.

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