666, where art thou?

The Durans pop in for dinner.

The Durans pop ’round for dinner.

Color me surprised when ABC’s Sunday night lineup returned without 666 Park Avenue.  Now, I know the show’s been canceled (or more accurately “not renewed”), and several questions were answered with the winter finale.  But c’mon, we still don’t know what’s in the red box, we still don’t know exactly who Gavin Duran is, or who/what he rescued Olivia from.  And is anything going to come of Jane and the cute detective?

Apparently ABC is going to hold the last four episodes back until the summer.  Pardon me if I don’t hold my breath.

Benjamin Bratt and Dennis Hopper starred in E-Ring.

Benjamin Bratt and Dennis Hopper in E-Ring.

This reminds me of NBC’s atrocious treatment of E-Ring, the 2005 military drama starring Benjamin Bratt and the late Dennis Hopper.  Just when it was getting good, the series went on hiatus for the 2006 Winter Olympics.  It never returned, even though NBC had ordered a full season, leaving fans totally in the dark.  Some months later, NBC’s website said new episodes would air over the summer.  Only they never did.  And that was a show that had been given a full year’s go ahead.

666 Park Avenue is the kind of episodic  show that relies on momentum to keep it interesting.  Does ABC really think anyone is going to care about it five months from now?  I suppose fans may be able to get closure when (if?) the series is released on DVD, but I seriously doubt it will be gracing any broadcast airwaves this summer.

100 Posts! And a Poll!

In honor of achieving 100 posts, I decided to do a poll.  On my About page I said I wouldn’t be doing recaps per se, but lately I’ve been doing more and more recaps.  So, what do you think?  Which do you prefer reading?

Please vote even if your only passing through.   It’ll take only a second.  😀

Supernatural: A Little Slice of Kevin

Winchesters doing research

Winchesters doing what Sammy does best—research.

“Slice” being the operative word here.

[Note:  This is  commentary of the episode, as opposed to a review or recap.  If you’re looking for a review, I can’t do better than Jen at Fresh From The…  She has a great dry sense of the humor and delightfully sarcastic way of writing. Plus, she caught on to this season’s title card long before I did.  Ok, I might never have caught the connection to the tablet without her pointing it out.  Suffice it to say that this year’s title card is the best since season 2, which, in my opinion, was Supernatural‘s best ever.]

A 5 star episode with 1 star removed for excessive goreIt’s hard for me to rate this episode.  It was probably one of the better episodes of the season, certainly one of the more important ones.  But I found the violence particularly gruesome.  Yes, Crowley is evil.  We get it.  Do we need to see innocent people being blown up?  Or five-year-olds at his mercy?  Isn’t torturing angels enough?  Or hearts exploding while still in the body?  Not to mention Kevin’s little pinky.  All this gore detracted from the rest of the show.

Nonetheless, it had it’s moments.

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This and that

A little bit about several things:

Suzanne has posted her review of the terrific Supernatural episode “The End” at Damsel Undistressed.  As usual, it’s great.   Television Without Pity really needs to hire her to replace the current Supernatural recapper.  First of all, it’s the following Thursday and he still hasn’t posted his full recap.  And when he does, half of it will be spent on inane, redundant verbal exchanges with Raoul, the imaginary gay dragon, which add absolutely nothing to the recap (other than making it longer).  [Ok, since I wrote this, the TWoP recap has been posted, but still!.]

I’m not sure I’ll continue watching FlashForward.  How many “I won’t cheat on you” speeches did we hear last week?  It ended up feeling like nothing but time-filler.   I really like Joseph Fiennes and Courtney B. Vance (see, there is life after Law & Order: Criminal Intent), but I’m not sure it’s enough to overcome the annoyances.

Yes, I’m way overdue on my Warehouse 13 season finale thoughts.  But I do have them!  I just need to rewatch the episode to refresh my memory.

I’ve been looking for the Sookie Stackhouse novels (from which True Blood was born).  Ellis Flynn keeps urging me to read them.  The early ones are always checked out from the library.  So I decided to pick one up at Barnes & Noble; but they didn’t have any.  However, I did find the first of Charlaine Harris’s Lily Bard novels, Shakespeare’s Landlord.  It’s not scifi or paranormal based, but it was so good (she’s a terrific writer), I subsequently read the second novel, Shakespeare Champion.  I highly enjoyed the murder mystery, but was disappointed by the turns in Lily’s love life.  Sort of like how I’m not liking the coming changes in Sookie’s love life.