Sunday, August 02, 2015

"I'm here, she's here, we made it."

Indeed, we have made it. It's really happening. In 4 short weeks I am headed to Chicago to meet up with loyal blog-followers Fu, Des and Jenni. I am so very excited to spend a weekend watching our favorite episodes, reminiscing about the good old days of Alias (or TV in general) and actually SEEING each other in real life. And again, another thank you to all who made and still make this blog what it was and still is- a place for smart people, who enjoy smart TV to talk. I have a feeling that there will be a lot of that happening once I arrive in Illinois. Stay tuned!!

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Page48 said...

Jen's been clinging to the movie star dream for far too long, but nothing ever comes her way. It just isn't happening for her, and frankly, there's nothing wrong with that. TV worked for her once, it can work for her again.

There are a lot of great TV roles filled by people I've never heard of and, with Netflix etc..l, there are people you would normally associate with movies that are lining up to participate in expensive, well produced serial shows.

My suggestion to Jen is to get on board before that train leaves her standing at the station just like movie stardom did.

Page48 said...

Shows I've cut loose since New Year's Day:

"Supergirl": I wanted to like it, but it's like a left wing manifesto (like most of Hollyweird). I just object to TV shows hell-bent on grooming me.

"Quantico": I don't even know why I was watching. Well, yes I do. It was a show about the FBI. Sort of. Really what it was was a really bad soap opera.

"The Blacklist: Redemption": This is a show that just didn't need to happen. The network should focus fully on the original show, which tends to spin its wheels more than I would like.

"Taken": For some reason, I just didn't like the actor playing the Liam Neeson role. It just didn't work for me.

I haven't dumped "Blindspot" yet, although I'm not sure why.

I'm getting ruthless and impatient in my old age and I fear that the "golden age" of TV that we enjoyed early in this century ended around 2011, with POI being the last really good network show to debut.

Page48 said...

But, while American networks have lost the plot, there is still TV worth watching out there.

I'm nearing the end of S2 of "Stan Lee's Lucky Man" with the always great James Nesbitt.

Just finished the final season of "Broadchurch".

Starting on S2 of "The Man in the High Castle" which is very good.

"The Americans" is the single best spy show on TV right now.

"Line of Duty" is always brilliant.

If there's a theme here, it's that most of these shows are British.

American network TV needs to pull its socks up soon or risk becoming irrelevant.

Page48 said...

Looking forward to the return of the adrenaline rush known as "Strike Back". Now, if only they hadn't cancelled it a couple of years ago, we could still have the previous cast, instead of having to tune in to "Blindspot" and "Chicago Justice" to see them.

Page48 said...

"The Americans" 5.08

....."Directorate K"......

Ha! I love it.

Page48 said...

Though it's been nearly a year since Anna Torv's upcoming Netflix thingy, "Mindhunter", began filming in Pittsburgh, it looks like AT's beautiful "Olivia Dunham" hair is struggling to recover.

Here she wins some sort of Aussie award for the very watchable "Secret City".

Page48 said...

Sarah Shahi gets her show.

uncle111 said...

Well, it will be interesting to see what develops.

Page48 said...

Yeah, I like the science-fictiony angle and the cast includes Denis Haysbert ("The Unit", not to mention the Allstate man) and Sendhil Ramamurthy (Jai Wilcox from "Covert Affairs"), both of whom I like.

Either way, it sounds more hopeful than "Nancy Drew", which you'll recall was slated to be Shahi's new show last year at this time.

Page48 said...

I'm not sure I was aware that "Timeless" had been cancelled, but looks like it's been "uncancelled" now.

Page48 said...

I haven't watched OUAT for several years, but if I were to tune in for S7 (I can't believe it's getting a 7th season), I might not recognize it at all. Mass exodus of cast members, both of the voluntary and not-so-voluntary variety. Even little Henry gets the boot. He's the rascal that believed when no one else did and look where it gets him.

Heck, I channel surfed it one night earlier this season and Robert Carlyle was sporting a banker's haircut. Didn't see that one coming, but I guess it was for his "Trainspotting" sequel.

uncle111 said...

I was hoping Timeless had not been cancelled. Oh well.

I stopped watching OUAT after the second season. Everything was always changing, and it became oozing with villainesses and estrogen whirlpools; a witches soap opera.

Page48 said...

Sadly, Sarah Shahi's new one, "Reverie", is on NBC's midseason schedule, so we're gonna wait almost a year to find out if it's any good.

uncle111 said...

Oh, man!! I'll be on Social Security by then!!!

Page48 said...

Ha, so you'll have TWO things to look forward to.

Actually, when I look at the list of rubbish the networks have on display for the fall, I have to wonder why they can't unveil "Reverie" in September.

Page48 said...

tvbythenumbers.com has a list of all the new shows we can "look forward to" for next fall. Slim pickin's, IMO. The Golden Age of network TV, not so much.

"The Blacklist" is moving to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, banishing "Blindspot" to Friday nights. Though I have to say that TB is THAT close to being a train wreck, I'm glad to see it on before 10:00 p.m.

Here is the insult of the season. While we sit here (11 years after "Alias" ended) hoping for some sort of a reboot, ABC announces the rebirth of "American Idol", after it being off the air for a single season.

Page48 said...

Trailer for Alex Kurtzman's upcoming series, "Star Trek: Discovery".

Page48 said...

Trailer for CBS's upcoming "Seal Team", featuring David Boreanaz (the man who hasn't been off of TV for 20 years).

Note the distinctive sound of Scala and Kolacny Brothers doing their version of "Heroes". Is there anyone more likely to appear when you need a haunting trailer cover song than these ladies? "Covert Affairs", "Homeland", "Zero Dark Thirty", the list goes on.

Page48 said...

RIP Edward Poole (aka Roger Moore).

His cup of coffee on "Alias" was just over 15 years ago, on March 10, 2002. (S01E16, "The Prophecy"). Those were the days.

Page48 said...

Amazon makes "Hanna", the series, official.

Page48 said...

Just finished watching "The 100", which churned out a very good season finale.

uncle111 said...

Well, I'm finally letting go of the domain Page47.net. I've never really developed it into anything, and it looks like what little artwork I did have on there, cool as it may have been, has disappeared.

Page48 said...

Uncle, missing art work? Sounds like there's a movie in there somewhere. I remember checking out page47.net back in the day.

BTW, here's the link to the comment where you first mentioned it. A mere 9 years ago it would seem. Heck, there were actually people on the blog 9 years ago.

Page48 said...

Where have all the great shows gone?

I miss:

"Alias"
"Lost"
"Fringe"
"Burn Notice"
"Covert Affairs"
"Person of Interest"
"Warehouse 13"
"Chuck"
"Nikita"
"Battlestar: Galactica"

I may have left out a few, but all of these shows belong to a 10 year period between 2001 and 2010. Since then, it's as if no one on the networks is even trying.

I've been looking over the networks' offerings for the upcoming season and it's yet another year of uninspired rubbish. And still, we have reboot after reboot, but no one is rebooting any of the shows I've listed (setting aside the fact that "Nikita" WAS a reboot). Instead we're getting reboots of "Full House", "The Gilmore Girls", "Arrested Development", "Prison Break" and any number of others that I've never been interested in in the first place.

I'm left wondering "is this all there is?"

Page48 said...

Watching some old Allman Brothers videos since Gregg Allman's death. It occurs to me that this could be the theme song for Letstalkalias: nobody left to run with anymore.

Page48 said...

So, Victor Garber has a recurring role in "The Orville".

Page48 said...

Sooooo, are your "Alias" ears burning?

You'll recall the news posted here some time ago about the "Alias" writer's room panel convening at the ATX Television Festival. Well, the day of that panel was TODAY and now tongues are wagging.

Article 1

Article 2

Article 3

That's quite likely the most "Alias" discussion since the 2010 reboot rumours. Notice the one article mentions the obvious scenario for a return, that being an excuse to tell the story of Isabelle, who just happened to exhibit spy aptitude like her Mama.

Page48 said...

And, BTW, many of the panels find their way to the ATX Festival Youtube channel, although no sign of "Alias" yet.

If I see it, I'll post it for all two of us to enjoy.

Page48 said...

Tom Cruise isn't the only one suffering in the wake of the "Marvel paradigm shift". I think we're all worse off because of it. Marvel and DC are sucking all the oxygen out of the room. No one seems to want to work on anything but super hero projects.

Page48 said...

As promised, here is the "Alias" panel video", all "47" minutes of it. Actually 47:15, but who's counting?

Page48 said...

True confession: the video was in the 2nd link I posted the other night, but I didn't even notice it was there. Maybe I had a mini-stroke or something, I don't know.

Page48 said...

The "Alias" ATX panel inspired this entertainment "news" piece dealing with the reboot question. Just a repackaging of stuff we already know.

Page48 said...

I've never seen a Daniel Day-Lewis movie. Dude's subject matter just holds no interest for me. Nevertheless, it strikes me as odd that an actor (especially a 60 year old actor) announces that he is retiring from acting.

Is he giving us 2 weeks' notice or something? Should we all take him out for lunch? I mean it's not like he's expected at work in the morning. We aren't going to have to train some new guy to take his place or anything like that. Just don't make any more movies. No announcement required.

uncle111 said...

I just saw Francie undercover as a clerk at a bookstore on Sienfeld.

Page48 said...

Still no trailer for Sarah Shahi's "Reverie", but here's a little video to fill the void. This is the first time I've seen her since the POI finale, which, dare I say, was already more than 1 year ago. Where the heck does the time go?

uncle111 said...

POI was my favorite, and I loved SS...hot!!! Even though I have the DVDs I will still watch it if I run across it while channel surfing...especially if she's on screen.

Page48 said...

Actually, what made me check up on SS's new show last night was the fact that I ran across an episode of POI running on WGN.

I'm bummed that her show is a mid-season debut, especially in light of the weak offerings by the networks this fall. Come to think of it, EVERY fall nowadays. C'mon, NBC, take a chance.

Page48 said...

This week's episode of "Dark Matter" is titled "All the Time in the World" (no, it's not the series finale). Run time of the episode? 47 minutes.

uncle111 said...

Ooooo... someone had to plan that.

Page48 said...

Surprised to hear Michael Nyqvist died. He's been in a lot of things, including the "Dragon Tattoo" movies. Remember he was the bad buy in the verrry short-lived "Zero Hour" a few seasons back.

Page48 said...

Watched the S3 premiere of "Zoo" last night. I kinda like the 10 year time jump, mostly because it brings in some futuristic tech etc... The whole apocalyptic vibe gives it more of a S5 "Fringe" feel. Still, I've never been a fan of the menacing animal aspect of the show, which, let's face it, is what the show is about. Can't have everything, I guess.

Page48 said...

That feeling you get when you tune in to see the season finale of "Doctor Who" and find out it started 1/2 hour earlier than usual.

Page48 said...

Lotsa bad press for H50 over the 2 actors leaving after being unable to negotiate pay equal to their co-stars. What I find doubly surprising is that both of these actors, IMO, sport much more impressive resumes (no less than "Lost" and BSG) than their more financially fortunate co-stars and yet they're the ones living in what passes for poverty in the TV world.

Page48 said...

I actually heard "Alias" and Jen mentioned on local radio yesterday. It was in connection with Charlize Theron's new "Atomic Blonde". The conversation was essentially about whether the world was ready for female action heroes (in this day and age of "Wonder Woman") and whether the next James Bond should be a woman (as if Bond was The Doctor or something).

Kudos to the show host who mentioned that "Alias" already showed that audiences love a great spy girl.

Sadly, I think "Atomic Blonde" falls short of Sydney Bristow and James Bond. While the action might be worthy, Theron's character clearly lacks the classy touch that Bond and Bristow bring to the table, as demonstrated in this NSFW trailer. Still, one can hope that this might light a fire under someone to give us a female spy we can actually like.

Page48 said...

I suppose that, before ABC could bring back "Alias", they first had to bring back "The Gong Show". Consider that box ticked.

Page48 said...

How about a little Flashback Thursday?

"Covert Affairs" debuted 7 years ago this month, and I gotta say, I miss me some Annie Walker (although not necessarily Season One Annie Walker).

And, BTW, remember when characters were welcome on USA? What a disappointment that network has become.

Page48 said...

Bad Robot spy-chick sighting in Disney's upcoming "A Wrinkle in Time". Not to mention a Bad Robot starship commander.

Page48 said...

Pete, Myka, and Artie and the rest of the W13 gang debuted 8 years ago last week. My life is flying by (and fun shows like "Warehouse 13" are currently in short supply these days).

Page48 said...

So, the new Doctor is unveiled. The new showrunner obviously caving into mounting pressure for "gender equality" in the Whoverse.

I don't really care that much as long as the story works, and she's a familiar face from "Broadchurch", which already starred a previous Doctor, not to mention Rory and Gwen from "Torchwood".

Some people thought that another star from "Broadchurch", Olivia Coleman should be chosen. I actually believe I would have preferred her. I liked her in "The Night Manager" as well.

Page48 said...

It's been more than 6 years since Syfy cut the legs out from under "Stargate: Universe" with this terrific final scene.

Now, MGM is bringing the franchise back to life in the wimpiest way possible: ten 10 minute webisodes airing this fall under the name "Stargate: Origins".

Maybe it will lead to something more substantial, but frankly, I'd rather just have SGU back.

Page48 said...

Comics continue to suck the life out of TV. We already have Jack Bristow mired in "Legends of Tomorrow". This season, with the demise of POI, we have Root getting her Marvel on with "The Gifted".

And now, comes word that Harold Finch will join "Arrow" in a recurring role. This is not what I was hoping for. Now, all hope for Team POI rests with Sarah Shahi. I was hoping her show would have a Comic Con trailer similar to Amy Acker's show, but......

Page48 said...

But wait, it gets worse. Agent Marcus Dixon is signing on for S3 of "Supergirl".

Page48 said...

But, it could even be worse than that.

Let's say for instance that Marshall Flinkman decided to cave and take the Marvel paycheque in "The Runaways". But that would never happen, right?

Page48 said...

A "supernatural spy thriller", "instantly addictive from the very first scene", is coming to Starz in 2018. Based on a book I've never heard of, called "The Rook".

Well, we'll see if it amounts to anything. I think the only show I've ever seen from Starz was "Torchwood: Miracle Day".

Page48 said...

Just finished "Jason Bourne". I read a few reviews that opined that it was crapola, but I thought it stuck pretty close to the Bourne formula, which has always been good enough for me.

Page48 said...

Another trailer for Anna Torv's Netflix gig, "Mindhunter".

This is not really in my wheelhouse.

Page48 said...

Today marks 2 years for this "current" blog post. Or, as I like to think of it, our Julia Thorne period.

Page48 said...

So tonight I'm watching a Ben Affleck movie and when we break for commercial, it's Jen flogging whatever it is she's flogging these days.

As the Donald would say, "it's sad, really".

Page48 said...

Jennifer Lawrence enters the spy game with "Red Sparrow", a 2018 movie based on the first of a trilogy of novels by a former CIA agent.

The novel seems to be well received, so let's hope for a nice spy thriller trilogy with J-Law.

Page48 said...

An interview with "Heroes"/"Covert Affairs" dude re: "Reverie". Still no trailer, sadly.

Page48 said...

So, Shonda Rhimes is leaving ABC (for Netflix) and Carlton Cuse is returning to ABC.

If I'm keeping score, I call ABC the winner in these two developments.

Page48 said...

"The Last Ship" returns tonight with a 2 hour season premiere. Unfortunately, it doesn't start till 10:00 p.m. in my neck of the woods.

Page48 said...

ESPN is officially unhinged.

Page48 said...

Floundering ABC goes for Julia Child spy show. There is no hope for us.

Page48 said...

Francie and that coffee ice cream, remembered.

Page48 said...

In the "I'll do anything for a buck" category, Bad Robotians John Noble and Rachel Nichols will be popping in and out of SyFy' "The Librarians", one of the current crop of truly unwatchable shows.

Page48 said...

Nine years ago last night, Broyles asked Olivia to come work for him, but Olivia just wanted to go back to before. Lucky for us, she came to her senses.

Nine freaking years already!!!

Page48 said...

Which of these statements is correct?

1) JJ Abrams won't direct another remake or reboot?

2) JJ Abrams will direct (and write) "Star Wars: Episode IX".

Here I was hoping JJ would get back to doing something original.

Page48 said...

Here's a handy calendar showing when all the shows either debut or start their new seasons. Now, if only there were more than 2 or 3 of those shows worth watching.

Page48 said...

Some time ago I mentioned that Alex Kurtzman (and Peter Lenkov of H50 fame) had a new series coming to CBS. And then I forgot to watch it. "Salvation" debuted in July, but I didn't even notice it until last week, after 8 episodes had already aired. So I rushed to stream those episodes and finally got caught up in time to watch tonight's episode live.

It's a story about an asteroid headed for Earth and the team that works frantically to save the world from destruction. Yeah, I know, how many times has that story been told? JJ Abrams' "Armageddon" for one. But I've actually enjoyed this series. Sure, suspension of disbelief is essential, but I like the characters (which include Walter Bishop in a few episodes), it's completely serialized and sprinkled with lying conspirators doing what they do.

Page48 said...

"Star Trek: Discovery" kicks off on September 24th. Reasons to be hopeful include "Fringe"/"Alias" personnel: Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman (thoroughly panned for their "Dark Tower" screenplay) and Jesse Alexander (writer of 10% of "Alias" episodes).

Reasons to be skeptical: they promise that it will mirror the political turmoil of the day, and considering Hollyweird's overwhelming anti-conservative bent, I fear this could go off the rails early and often. Part of the beauty of "Alias" and "Fringe" was that real-world politics were nowhere to be seen in the respective storylines.

Page48 said...

Ten years ago, at LTA, we were talking about Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp character and the potential for a movie franchise. I see we now have the first installment, "American Assassin". I think Michael Keaton is the only name I recognize from the cast list.

Page48 said...

First trailer for Jennifer Lawrence's spy flick, "Red Sparrow".

Page48 said...

Jen actually signing on to do an "action drama thriller"?? Not to mention, working on her kick-boxing.

Page48 said...

So last night, I spent a blessed evening free of Trump-bashing, Hillary-praising, LGBTQRUST whining, sexist/racist/mysogynist-labelling and Islamo-apologizing.

In other words, I skipped the Emmys!!!

Page48 said...

The Girl Who Waited. One of my favourite DW scenes. Already more than 7 years old. Sheesh!!

Page48 said...

"Trailer Teaser" for the Alicia Vikander version of "Tomb Raider". I didn't even know trailer teasers were a thing. I guess trailer teasers are for when trailers just don't cut it anymore.

uncle111 said...

I watched this again recently and had forgotten this:
https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&q=National+Treasure+page+47&oq=National+Treasure+page+47&gs_l=psy-ab.12...7689.20793.0.28840.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0....0...1.1.64.psy-ab..0.0.0....0.USYMp-Rq7r8

Page48 said...

Uncle, I do remember seeing that Page 47 the first time. Caught me by (pleasant) surprise. That's "Alias", "Fringe" and "National Treasure" that all reference the mysterious Page 47.

Haven't seen a Nicolas Cage movie in ages, although I just checked his IMDB and he's banging out movies non-stop (like 8 this year alone). They must all be direct to DVD or something. Dude must have serious bills to pay or he just hates to go home.

Page48 said...

I haven't seen "John Wick", but I keep reading that Jen's new flick will see her as a female John Wick.

While I'm excited to see her tackle an action role for the first time since "The Kingdom", I would like to see her in something that amounts to more than revenge-porn. Maybe it will whet her appetite for more action roles, though. A guy can dream, can't he?

Page48 said...

A little more "Tomb Raider" footage released today.

Page48 said...

AND, finally an actual real-life trailer for "Tomb Raider".

Page48 said...

Tvbythenumbers.com has a handy dandy list of all new show coming to network TV this season. The slimmest of slim pickings.

Good TV, where art thou?

Page48 said...

An article about Jen's upcoming kill-em-all revenge movie.

Page48 said...

In this post by Girlscout (remember her) from 2007, she introduced the patrons of LTA to a new show, called "Painkiller Jane". We all know that turned out.

Now, 10 years later, we have Jessica Chastain about to give us her take on "Painkiller Jane". This time, of course, it's a movie. This "news" is a year old, but I just noticed it today.

I like Chastain (ever since I saw her in 2010's "The Debt"), but I'm not sure that another comic book adaptation is the best use of her talents. It seems to me that we hit the comic book saturation point 5 years ago.

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