Thanks to the folks at MediaJunkyard.Com, I was able to attend this years Comic Con. Trying to get tickets online was impossible for me and because they got me a press pass for the weekend, I did some press for them. I have never done video interviews before, but it was a lot of fun. I would definitely want to do this again. Here are the press lines that I was a part of. It was very nerve wracking but fun!
GREEN LANTERN THE ANIMATED SERIES
Behind the scenes tidbits: Those ladies sure liked talking close and the event coordinators constantly tap your shoulders to speed things up, so thats why everything is so rushed.
When San Francisco Police Department DET. REBECCA MADSEN (Sarah Jones, “Sons of Anarchy”) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: JACK SYLVANE (guest star Jeffrey Pierce, “The Nine”), a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, RAY ARCHER (Robert Forster, “Jackie Brown”), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent EMERSON HAUSER (Sam Neill, “Jurassic Park”) tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, DR. DIEGO “DOC” SOTO (Jorge Garcia, “Lost”), to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since he was in Alcatraz, when the prison was ruled by the iron-fisted WARDEN EDWIN JAMES (Jonny Coyne, “Undercovers”) and the merciless ASSOCIATE WARDEN E.B. TILLER (Jason Butler Harner, “The Changeling”). Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Agent Hauser and his technician, LUCY BANERJEE (Parminder Nagra, “ER”), to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree.
By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last prisoner to reappear from Alcatraz. Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Agent Hauser has known about the prison’s secret history and has been awaiting the prisoners’ return. Soto will witness his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, JIMMY DICKENS (Santiago Cabrera, “Heroes”), at arm’s length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family’s past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history’s most dangerous criminals
In a year in which Robert Kirkman brought his Walking Dead series to television, i found myself becoming more and more excited about his comic book Astounding Wolf-Man, drawn by Jason Howard. I like Robert’s work on the Walking Dead comic, but of his 3 books this and Invincible is where it was at in 2010!
I have never participated in an Alternate Reality Game before Flynn Lives, but i was excited about TRON Legacy and figured it could be fun. These guys sent me posters, pins and all kinds of junk, just for playing some online games. It was a blast and got me fired up for TRON!
I really like Pixar movies. A lot. But a lot of them always seem to have some action packed third act that i just loses any emotional impact. Up and Wall*E are the main culprits of this, which is why i tend to gravitate towards Ratatouille as my favorite of their films. Toy Story 3 ends with a big action set piece as it’s climax, but that is sort of the formula for Toy Story films and this one is the most emotional. Just click the link above, and watch the “hand holding scene” with Michael Giacchino’s “Life and Death” from LOST.
It’s no secret that i love The Green Lantern and nothing got me as excited this year than catching my first glimpse at the live action film that comes out next year.
This works great as an album and even better as a film score. The french electronic duo Daft Punk throw their helmets in the ring and go toe to toe with some of the greatest composers of the past 10 years and deliver a one-two punch! Their score to TRON Legacy is incredible!
The End of my favorite show, LOST, happened this year and it went out with a bang! The entire sixth season played out like a reunion episode and i loved seeing all my favorite characters return for a celebration of friendship.
For hating these books with such a passion, i really found myself surprised with how much i loved this movie. I have only purchased 3 blurays this year and Kick-Ass was one of them. In case you were wondering, LOST season 6 and Fantasia were the other two.
Fact or Faked is essentially the Mythbusters of insane paranormal videos. They look at all that weird shit you see on youtube and debunk it. Sometimes they don’t debunk it and that is where things get interesting. I really enjoy this show and look forward to season two coming at the beginning of next year!
I knew that i was going to enjoy this film, but i was not prepared for how much i would love it. Tron Legacy is a sci fi film that does not cater to the dumb. It sticks pretty close to it’s roots and never lets go. I enjoyed this movie a lot an cannot wait to see it on bluray in 2011 along with its predecessor!
A weird entry i admit, but Chuck is a fun show that reminds me of television from my youth. I grew up watching The A-Team and Knight Rider, but Chuck is a much better show. It allows me to embrace my youth and entertains me to no extent.
But Ralph, what about 30 Rock and The Office? I like those shows, but this show is so fresh and i like the characters more on Community. I actually like all the characters on Community, whereas in 30 Rock and The Office, i could do without some of the cast. Besides, somehow they got Chevy Chase to be funny again!
For me, this is the perfect sitcom. The characters were so well executed. Even though in the second season they gave up the gimmick of keeping the cross dressing secret, the show still worked brilliantly.
I love both seasons of Look Around Yog. I know that the second season strays away from what made the original so great, but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t have it’s own flashes of brilliance.
Probably the best sketch comedy writing for a television show ever. The four members of UCB are so great that even though the show has been off the air for 10 years, they still pop up in just about everything you see in internet comedy and motion pictures.
I am a huge fan of Zucker/Abraham’s movies. This show is incredible and if you haven’t seen this, do yourself a favor and rent it! For those of you that don’t know, Police Squad! is the television show that The Naked Gun series was based off of.
Sure Drew Carey is a total wet blanket, but the crazy contestants and 1970’s inspired games are the real star of the show.
I love Late Night in all its forms! I used to watch Dave during the last 3 summers that he hosted and then moved on to Conan’s brilliant 17 year run. Even though Jimmy started off a bit rocky, his irreverence has really paid off and he works perfectly for this format. Late Night has always had a weird sense of humor that it seems they can only get away with after 12:35am, but i am glad that the tradition of offbeat humor is still going strong.
Much like Community, i love every character on Arrested Development. It is tough to pick a favorite. Every episode is so rich with character arcs and story that i discover something new every time i watch it. This show is perfect.
For the longest time Arrested Development was my #1. It wasn’t until the end of LOST, when the show sealed its place as #1 on my top ten list. With a show like this, it could have gone down hill really fast. There was so much in there that could have been off putting, but the creative team behind the show found this perfect balance of science and faith (with the exception of “Across the Sea”) that it let the viewer choose their own adventure. This show has it all. It has strong characters, interesting story lines, great acting and it is just plain gorgeous to look at.
LOVE THE BOOK. CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SHOW!
If you haven’t read Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, i would highly recommend that you pick up the Trade Paper Backs. As you may or may not know, i am not much of a reader. I like comic books in small doses, but when Stevi kept raving about The Walking Dead i decided to pick them up. I believe she had already picked up the 8 tpb by the time i picked them up. I had taken a few of them with me to work and ended up reading 5 full trades in one day. It is a great zombie book, that reminds me a lot of LOST and Stephen King. It is the story of a bunch of people with varying personalities trying to cope with each other while trying to survive being killed by the walking dead.
When i heard that Frank Darabont was going to direct the AMC series i got really excited. His last film, The Mist, had a very similar tone to The Walking Dead comics and he felt like the perfect choice. Everything i have seen from the series looks faithful to the book and top notch. I am extremely fired up for this show!
This week i watched a lot of television. I am not that big on TV shows, but i thought i would give a lot of the new shows a shot. I was surprised with how much i enjoyed television this week. I guess i was really starving for entertainment.
30 Rock returned with a bang. I like 30 Rock, but for the past season or two it felt like it was just going through the motions. I love all the characters but, along with The Office, has been feeling really stale. With all that being said, i have to say that Season 5 premier of 30 Rock was really great. I laughed a lot. I sort of wish that they left Jenna as a Producer, because i thought that would have been a great way to keep the show interesting. I also thought that Matt Damon nailed it!
★ ★ ★ ★
As if it wasn’t enough to know what each Food Network stars feel is “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”, now Alton Brown and Food Network Magazine has come up with a Top 10 list for different categories of foods (ie: American Classics, Sweets, Comfort Foods). I love The Food Network and i also love list shows. This is a given for me, with the exception of Alton Brown. I appreciate his knowledge of cuisine, but i can’t stand the way he addresses the camera, with his robotic motions and weird cadence. I am willing to put up with it as long as he continues to show shots of amazing looking food.
★ ★ ★
Speaking of going through the motions, Chuck returned for it’s fourth season. Four Seasons?! Wow, for a show that was “on the bubble” at the end of season one and two, i can’t believe that they made it this far. Even though Chuck does not challenge my mind in the slightest, i love the characters so much. The show is silly, unbelievable and fun. For the last season and a half there has been so many twists and turns that it continually straddled the line between insane fun and jumping the shark. It’s as if the creators of the show treat each show like it’s the last, which at one time was probably was. The new season is pretty insane. In this season they moved transformed the Buy More into a high tech government facility. Okay, i will go along with it, as long as they bring back Jeffster!
★ ★ ★
As i mentioned above, The Office and 30 Rock were kind of doing more of the same and were kind of stale the past couple seasons. Last year when i started watching Community, which for me blasted those other shows out of the water. In fact i actually came to love Community more than any of the other shows on NBC’s Thursday night line up. The characters are great, the writing is fantastic and they actually made Chevy Chase funny again. I love this show so goddam much! And even though they included the overrated Betty White, i actually thought she was pretty funny in on the show. Community is back, and it’s my favorite show currently on television!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I guess that i cannot talk about The Event without talking about LOST. I went into the Event knowing that i should give this show a chance based on it’s own merits, and not compare it to my favorite show of all time, but the similarities are so in your face that it is difficult not to compare it. This show is obviously trying to fill a void and it almost works. The Event does not have the punch that LOST does but it is intriguing. The thing that i hate the most about The Event is that it caters to a dumbed down audience. You see, just like the later seasons of LOST, The Event decides to jump around timelines as opposed to telling a linear story. I actually don’t mind this style of story telling, but the problem with this show is that when they come back to any given scene, they revisit way too much from the last time we saw it. It would be fine if they used different camera angles or change up the editing from the first time they showed it, but they don’t even do that. It gets really monotonous. Imagine if throughout an entire episode of LOST they had the “Previously On LOST” voiceover guy pop in to tell you where you left off or reminded you of what happened before. They have to spoon feed you each scene so you can keep track. I think if they ditched all of these rehashing of scenes, they would actually be able to include at least 5 minutes of additional story and character development. With all of the annoying rehashing that was going on, i was surprised that I actually got sucked into the story by the end of the episode. I am not sure if the ending of this episode (where the plane disappears) is The Event, but it got me fired up. I really hope that this show is about Aliens and UFOs, also i hope they bring back “Denny” from The Cosby Show.
★ ★ ★
No, I did not watch this because Daniel Dae Kim from LOST was on it. I actually watched this because i like dumb action cop shows. Back when LOST first started, NBC aired 7 episodes of a cop show called Hawaii, and i loved watching it. It was dumb, action packed and totally fun!! I am not one to watch CSI or SVU, i like shows that remind me of The A-Team, Magnum PI and Knight Rider. Hawaii 5-0 fits the bill. I know it does not make me think, but it makes me sit back and enjoy mindless fun. The jokes are funny, the one liners are super retarded and the action is way more over the top than it has a right to be. Hawaii 5-0 is great!!
★ ★ ★ ★
Well, The Office returned and it was more of the same. I did not like the cold opening of season 7 at all! I get it that they are trying to make a youtube video, but i feel like the producers of the show where trying to get their Hulu numbers up, virally. Other than that opening there was a lot of weird changes in with the characters that “happened during the summer”. Some are interesting and some are whatever. They are trying to make Pam and Jim grow apart and trying to start a new love triangle between Erin, The Nard Dog and that weird new dude that creeps me out. I did like Michael’s Nephew, but only because he was funny in Kick-Ass. I only wish he was utilized more. We all know that this is Steve Carrell’s final year on the show, but the cliffhanger at the end was a bit much. I still love these characters, but the last few seasons they have really turned into a parody of themselves and it is kind of getting old.
★ ★ ½
With Parks and Recreation not on yet, we decided to give Outsourced a chance. It was alright, but they did one too many “India is a different culture” jokes. They already did the whole “Cows are Sacred” thing and curry make you poo for five days. Really? All the jokes were kind of lazy, but i guess when it comes to pilot episodes, you have to please the networks. I am hoping if this show continues it gets more into the characters as opposed to just rehashing that the American manager cannot understand Indian culture. Don’t exploit the differences, embrace them!! I will give this show one more chance, but i have a feeling i haven’t seen my last Curry Diarrhea Joke.
The Price is Right
Yep, The Price is Right is back for it’s 39th season! Many rumors were flying around that there was going to be major changes on the show and that it would be more like a “Variety Show”, but it was pretty much the same as normal, with a few adjustments. The first and most notable adjustment was the fact that Rich Fields was not the announcer. Right now they are trying out 3 guest announcers, but we have only seen one and he sucks. The next change is that the models (formerly known as Barker’s Beauties) wearing microphones. It may not seem like a big deal, but it really threw me for a loop. I don’t mind it, but it is different. The final thing i noticed is a major change in Drew Carey and no i am not talking about his weight loss. It appears that after three years of hosting TPIR, someone told him to go back and watch some Bob Barker shows, because Drew seems to be more serious and direct when it comes to actually being the host. He still has the chance to poke jabs at the contestants, which is what Bob used to do, but he is acting a bit more sophisticated and less like a child with a show. The one complaint i have is that they have been airing two new episodes a day, which is way more TPIR than i need to spend my time watching, so i just watch the 10am one.
This is, hands down, my favorite new show of the fall season! From executive producer Michell Hurwitz (arrested development) comes this comedy starring Will Arnett and Keri Russell. I was surprised how much i loved this show. I cannot wait until next week’s episode and i hope that everybody gives it a shot. If you like Arrested Development and Community, then you will like this show. The standout performance on the show is definitely Peter Serafinowicz. The dude is a genius! I cannot recommend watching the pilot episode enough. Even though i hate Glee, i am glad that the success of that show leads into this one. It appears that Running Wilde had some decent ratings and wish it many years of success!! Get out there and watch it before FOX pulls the plug on it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
After watching Hawaii 5-0 i was starting to get really excited for this show. I like JJ Abrams and was looking forward to a fun, action, adventure, spy show. All i got was an hour of boring television. This show was so boring that i have yet to finish watching the pilot. You would think that since it was directed by JJ that it would be entertaining, but you can tell he was phoning it in and not spending much thought on the project. The main characters are boring, the sidekick was annoying and there was no mystery to their mission. All they did for the whole show was go to a different country, find a clue and move on to the next country. I did not care at all about these people and the sidekick that was meant for comic relief was annoying. I think this show will be the first to get deleted from my season pass list.