24’s “Dramatic” Announcement?

The execs at Fox have announced that the next president on 24 will be a women, and will be played by Tony Award-winning actress Cherry Jones.  Peter Liguori, Fox Entertainment Chairman, said “It’s a dramatic decision. … The president is a very important piece of 24.  We’ve had a broad array of presidents on the show; why not a female president?”

OK, season six of 24 was weak because partly because there were no new twists.  It was the same old, same old.  We had Jack battling terrorists, presidential power in question, the government being infiltrated by bad guys, and CTU headquarters being attacked.  Things we’ve seen too many times already.  And to make matters worse, we had to deal with Bauer family soap opera on the side.

Now are we supposed to believe that the ‘dramatic decision’ of casting a female president will really shake things up?  All this says to me is that once again the president will play a major role on the show.  Nothing new there.  If Sherry Palmer would have been president instead of Wayne Palmer last season, would the season have been any better?  Not at all.  Season seven will not succeed because there will be a woman president, it will succeed if the writers start thinking outside the box and give us something new and different for a change.

Emmy Nominations are in – What were they thinking?

Surprise, surprise, The Sopranos leads the way with 15 nominations, including one for outstanding drama series. It seems like they always lead the way when they are eligible. I don’t think there’s really anything to say about that, so let’s take a look at some of the other nominees in the drama categories…

Outstanding Drama Series

  1. The Sopranos
  2. Boston Legal
  3. Grey’s Anatomy
  4. Heroes
  5. House

Admittedly, I don’t watch all of these. I watch Heroes, House, and Grey’s Anatomy. I just want to know how Lost didn’t get nominated for the best drama category. Now, I love Heroes, but it really ended with a whimper. The show started off really, really strong and got better as the season went along. I thought they did a great job of connecting all of the characters, and the season seamed to really be building towards a great confrontation between Peter and Sylar, but we all know how that ended up. The last two or three episodes were just plain weak. You can find a great analysis on the Heroes finale over at Media Maven Musings.

Lost, on the other hand, had a bit of an opposite arc to its season. It started off a little slowly, but by mid season things were really humming along. And the last month or so was, in my opinion, possibly the best month a TV show has ever strung together. There were great performances by the actors, great tension, and there were some of the best shocking moments we’ve seen on Lost. The writers of Lost are the best in the biz, the acting is great, and they have great production value. What more could they have done to garner a nomination?

I don’t want to sound like a Heroes hater, because I really like the show. I just don’t see how someone could objectively watch Heroes and Lost last season, and come away thinking that Heroes had a better season. It makes me think that some of the voters just simply aren’t watching all of the episodes for the major contenders. Hey, if it was up to me, they both would have made the list.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  1. Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
  2. Denis Leary, Rescue Me (FX)
  3. James Spader, Boston Legal (Fox)
  4. Keifer Sutherland, 24 (Fox)
  5. James Gandolfini, The Sopranos (HBO)

Just a couple of thoughts here. First of all, I’m glad to see that the voters are still willing to give Keifer a nod, even though season six of 24 was widely criticized. Regardless of how good (or not so good in this case) 24 was, Keifer is still great as Jack Bauer. Second, I’ve heard a lot of people are upset that Matthew Fox didn’t get nominated for his role in Lost. I think he was good, but I don’t think he was so good that he should have been guaranteed a spot on this list. Just goes to show that being able to cry on camera doesn’t equal an automatic nomination.

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  1. Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
  2. Katherine Heigl, Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  3. Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  4. Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  5. Aida Turturro, The Sopranos (HBO)
  6. Lorraine Bracco, The Sopranos (HBO)

Maybe its just me, but is Grey’s Anatomy overrated? Maybe its just the over the top, excessive, emotional, never-ending drama. I swear every character on the show is either a drama queen or is a whiny baby. I’m convinced that Sandra Oh’s character has a permanent case of PMS. The same could be said for about 2/3 of the characters, including the guys. Of course, if they perform that role well, then why not nominate them. The only beef I have with this category is that Elizabeth Mitchell of Lost was overlooked.

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  1. William Shatner, Boston Legal (ABC)
  2. T.R. Knight, Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  3. Masi Oka, Heroes (NBC)
  4. Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)
  5. Terry O’Quinn, Lost (ABC)
  6. Michael Imperioli, The Sopranos (HBO)

No complaints here. Knight, Oka, Emerson, and O’Quinn are all deserving, and Michael Imperioli is deserving for no other reason than he has a cool last name. I’m really pulling for Michael Emerson in this category. His portrayal of Ben on Lost was spot on.

That’s about where my interest in the Emmy’s ends. But be sure and check back soon. You don’t want to miss my in depth analysis of the “Hairstyling for a miniseries, movie, or a special” category… or maybe not. If you want to see a full list of nominees, check out this list on Yahoo! TV.

Season 7 of 24 in trouble?

Looks like all is not well in the land of 24.  Michael Ausiello from TV Guide is reporting that the executives at Fox have scrapped the storyline of the next season of 24, just before production was set to begin.  Apparently, some of the episodes were going to be filmed in Africa, and the higher-ups decided that was going to cost too much.  So basically the writers have to come up with a whole new idea for the season, and fast.  They say this will delay production by about three weeks. 

What I don’t understand is why this came down at the very last second, right before they were going to begin production.  It seems that there would some kind of communication between the writers, producers, and Fox execs about the ideas for season 7.  If that were happening, the execs could have put the brakes on the whole Africa idea earlier in the process, thereby giving the writers a little more time to come up with something new.  Now, the writers will be scrambling to come up with a new storyline and script.  After the season 6 disappointment, 24 needs to have a well thought out story with fresh plot elements.  We’ll jut have to hope they can pull it off, but things are not exactly off to the best start.

80’s Nostalgia

The upcoming release of Transformers and the announcement of a potential Thundercats movie got me to reminiscing about what cartoons and movies were the biggest players from my childhood.  I thought I’d throw up a few video clips from my childhood favorites.

My favorite cartoon was Thundercats.  I think it was only on for a couple of years, but for whatever reason, that’s the cartoon that sticks with me the most.  I had a lot of the toys and the Thundercats Lair, but of course, I think all of those were sold in a garage sale several years ago.  Wish I still had those…

Another big player on my catoon and toy scene was Transformers.  Here’s the opening theme from the original cartoon.  Can’t wait to see the new movie.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came out when I was a little older, maybe around 10 or 11 years old.  This was the first cartoon that I remember making a point to see the pilot episode. 

Reading Rainbow wasn’t that high on my list, but for whatever reason, watching the intro to the show really takes me back.

The NeverEnding Story was my favorite movie as a kid.  There were others, like Swiss Family Robinson and Flight of the Navigator, but The Never Ending Story takes the top spot.  Here’s a clip from the movie… or is it…

Thundercats coming to the big screen!?

Could it be?  Warner Brothers has picked up a script for a feature film version of my favorite cartoon series ever, Thundercats.  The current script focuses on Lion-O as he becomes the leaders of the Thundercats.  Of course, I’m sure that the other series mainstays, like Panthro, Tygra, Cheetara and Mumm-Ra, would be in the movie as well.  Oh, I hope this movie ends up making it to the big screen, and I hope its done well.  Check out the story here.

Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats Ho! 

Links for Lost Junkies

Season 3 of Lost is now over and we’ve got a long wait for season 4, so I thought I’d share a few of the best blogs and articles that I’ve found on the season that just ended.

The Scramble Network blog has a couple of good posts (post #1, post #2) with some thoughts and predictions on Lost as well as a few links to other good Lost websites.

Here’s a Lost blog on the USA Today website with a compilation of some of the best thoughts, theories and observations that fans had on the season finale.  Some pretty insteresting stuff here.

Media Maven Musings is a very good blog on entertainment, and he has a very good post on the finale, and the greatness of Lost in general.

If you really want to go crazy, then you can jump on the Dark UFO Lost website and browse around the different tabs for hours.  They’ve got really good episode recaps, tons of theories, screencaps, etc.  This is one of the most in depth Lost websites I’ve found.

Thoughts on the Lost Season Finale: Through the Looking Glass

I’m a few days late getting this post up, but there was so much to process in the 2-hour finale, that I couldn’t summon the energy to think through it all.  I think I’ve finally got my mind around the episode, so I’ll just comment on some of the most interesting and important parts of the episode. 

Flash forwards – Well, the producers of the show promised a big change in the season finale, and I guess this was it.  Instead of the flashbacks giving us a glimpse of a characters past, in this case they were showing us the future.  I never caught on, but I kept asking myself “when was Jack this messed up?”  Even when Kate showed up at the end, I didn’t immediately realize that we were looking at the future.  Now, the question is, will the flash forwards be the norm next season?  Or maybe next season, they will focus on the present, and flash back to the island?  Or maybe the flash forwards are just one potential version of the future depending on what choices are made on the island.  I’ve got to think that the happenings on the island will still be the main focus, since their are still tons of questions to be answered.

Jack goes to funeral of an unknown person – This happened during his flash forward.  He went to the funeral of an unidentified person at the Hoffs/Drawlar funeral parlor (Hoffs/Drawlar is an anagram for “flash forward” by the way).  Jack is the only person that shows up and the guy working at the parlor asks if Jack was a friend or family?  Jack said neither.  So the question is, who is in the casket?  Could it be Ben, Locke, Walt or Michael?  Or maybe its someone we haven’t met yet.

Jack references his dad being alive still – Towards the end of the episode, in the flash forward, Jack is confronted about being drunk or on drugs, and he tells them to go get his dad and see if he is any worse than him.  Of course, we know that Jack’s dad is dead, that is why he was on the plane that crashed.  Either something has changed the past/future and his dad is still alive, or Jack is just really wasted.  I’d lean towards thinking that Jack is just losing it.

Jack meets Kate at the end – Obviously, they both get off island.  The first question I’ve got is, why is Kate not in jail?  Kate also said something about needing to get back so “he” doesn’t worry.  I wonder who she was referring to.  Maybe she’s with Sawyer in the future?

Jack is searching for the island so he can return –  Would he not know where the island was if they were rescued?  Maybe they get taken off the island by the people on the boat offshore, and they aren’t ever allowed to know exactly where they were.  Perhaps these new people, or Dharma, reinstate the measures that were used to hide the island from the outside world.

Charlie dies – Charlie was never my favorite, but it was kinda sad to see him go.  It seems like he could have just locked the door from the outside, or at least tried to squeeze through the window after the room flooded.  I guess he thought that he had to die for Claire and her kiddo to get off the island.  Also, how is it that Penny was able to communicate through The Looking Glass computers?  Could be that her family is part of the original Dharma initiative.  At least Charlie was able to let Desmond know that the boat was not Penny’s.

Locke kills Naomi – He hasn’t been willing to kill up to this point.  Why the change?  It seems that he is much more in tune with the island or with Jacob or with whatever the power of the island is.  Either he is doing the bidding of Jacob or the island, or he is just desperate to stay on the island due to its healing properties.  I think there’s definitely more to it than him just wanting to be able to walk.

No sign of Jacob yet, unless Walt was Jacob…. – Walt made an appearance, although he looks more like an NBA power forward now.  I don’t know if it was the real Walt.  Maybe it was Jacob or the smoke monster in disguise.

Who is on the boat that Jack called? – Are they really the bad guys like Ben said?  Or did Ben just say that to try and keep the island secret?  Could be that season 4 is very much about this new group of people who are about to come to the island.

There was other good stuff this episode like Hurley saving the day with the van, Sawyer shooting Tom in semi-cold blood, and Mikhail once again recovering from a crazy injury.  I wonder if the grenade finally did the trick?