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First of all, I’m ticked at my favorite “Saturday Night Live” comedian, Jason Sudeikis, for dating January Jones since she was arguably the worst SNL host of all time.
Do you read Lainey Gossip? Lainey also loved January’s Emmys dress and hates January’s lack of personality. She is gorgeous — and probably should’ve won an Emmy for playing Betty Draper on the best show on TV — but there’s no there there.
Having said that, I was grateful for her dress after the darkness the Emmys dropped on us — long navy and black evening gowns.
Why? It’s August.
If I had a ticket to the Emmys and any style at all, I would’ve done what January did with this bold royal blue Versace. But I would’ve done something equally bold with my hair, instead of her casual California surfer girl look.
E! online did its glam or sham poll and they also called out January for her hair and boring pumps. Readers voted her 39.9% Glam and 60.1% Sham.
Hey, I liked it — a lot more than what my favorite “Mad Men” actress, Christina Hendricks, wore. Those are some ugly purple feathers. She’s one of those beautiful-in-a-paper-bag types, but this lavender Zac Posen dress is testing that theory.
Christina is my #1 girl on the show and Elisabeth Moss is my second favorite. Elisabeth stays in that position fashion-wise with her not-great-but-not-bad Donna Karan gown.
Speaking of “Mad Men,” I just saw this story about how the cast of “True Blood” — including Alexander Skarsgard — ditched the HBO party to hang out at AMC’s cooler “Mad Men” party at the Soho House. Poor HBO! At least they have all those Emmys to keep them happy.
By Gina Carbone
Don’t forget to die of happiness tonight after the epic double feature of dramatic handsomeness. (Are Jon Hamm and ASkars in Jimmy Kimmel’s Handsome Men’s Club yet? If not, how can we make this happen?)
First we have “True Blood” season 3 episode 6, “I Got a Right to Sing the Blues,” at 9 p.m. on HBO. All I ask: Please provide at least one shot of Eric in his blue cashmere sweater.
Then, at 10 p.m., we have “Public Relations,” the premiere episode of “Mad Men” season 4 on AMC.
We are jumping ahead a year after the episode of “Survivor: Sterling Cooper” that was the season 3 finale. It’s 1964 and we have a new office for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, new haircuts for some of the folks and new problems for Betty Draper Francis. Or whatever she’s calling herself. She might as well be Dick Whitman, since that name appears to be free.
I just want to know that Lois will be OK. She started on the SC switchboard, flirted with the gay art director (Sal, we need you back!), wrangled a job on Draper’s desk, screwed it up, got assigned to poor Kinsey, then ran over Guy’s foot on a John Deere lawn mower before crashing into an office.
BUT SHE STILL KEPT HER JOB, BLESS HER!
Now that Sterling Cooper 1.0 is no more, I want to know what will happen to her. And why, in the official season 4 cast pic, do we have all the SCDP folks, plus Ken Cosgrove? Are they drafting him for the new office? If so, will Pete pitch another fit? (Hope so! I live for Pete’s pouts.)
Anyway, one of my friends knows I love Lois and she sent me a link to a story that the actress who plays Lois — I don’t care what her real name is, she is Lois to me forever — has posed for Playboy. Normally I wrinkle my nose at that kind of thing BUT THIS IS LOIS. Lois is the ultimate survivor and now she’s on the cover of Playboy. Long live the foot-killer!
Anyway, not only do we get this deliciousness double feature tonight, we get it every Sunday night for at least a few weeks.
You know what, throw Colby Donaldson and “Top Shot” into this night of hot handsomeness. “Top Shot” airs at 10 p.m. on The History Channel, so you’ll have to tape it while “Mad Men” is on. But it’s worth it — to watch Colby do his best Jeff Probst impression. (Hey, if you’re going to imitate, imitate the best.)
The show itself is too much of an attempt to be “Survivor.” I hope to get through life without ever firing a gun, but even I think “Top Shot” needs more actual shooting and less strategy and plotting. Half the show seems to be about sending someone home, with only two people getting to shoot things to decide which one goes. Just keep shooting stuff through the whole program.
Tonight’s ep should be better than usual, though, since they will be doing a “Trick Shot Showdown.” Behind the back shooting and shooting objects after you throw them in the air, etc. I’m rooting for Kelly The Kid or Tara. Kelly ’cause he’s the young’un and Tara ’cause she’s the girl. Everyone else is blending together.
Catch up on my “True Blood” stories here. I’m still deciding if I want to write about “Mad Men” every week. It’s a deep show and after weeks of non-stop writing about “The Bachelorette” I may be depth-deficient for a while.
First things first: Do we like Eric best in all black or the soft blue sweater?
Think about it.
Then check out True Blood ‘Trouble’ recap: All hail King Eric! and read my favorite quotes from episode 5 here: Top 20 quotes from ‘True Blood’ Season 3: ‘Trouble’
Catch up on my “True Blood” recaps, best quotes, sneak peeks, etc., in this nifty archive.
And consider voting on Eric’s best look here in this Entertainment Weekly discussion.
Now go eat some daylilies before you starve, you tiresome cow of a sixth-grade boy!
“Bewere.” Stop it! (Kidding. Please don’t stop it.)
If “True Blood” season 3 ends up the victim of MORE MORE MORE sequelitis (as I fear it will), fire the script writers and hire the copywriters who come up with these posters every week.
By the way, have you seen the first two “True Blood” season 3 trailers? Watch them here. As I wrote there, I am already planning to get re-obsessed with James Frain. Why not? He can be my summer project. Besides, I need a replacement for Alexander Skarsgard after this Kate Bosworth business. Not OK, man.
By the way part II, have you checked out this True Blood sweeps thing? I’m not sure I understand it, but there it is.
By Gina Carbone
I haven’t been commenting on all of the myriad “stuff” HBO has been generous to provide us before “True Blood” season 3 begins on June 13.
But I had to post this particular poster. Because it is god. I also love the “Rehydrate” ad in my Entertainment Weekly. Thank you for these things.
Can we award this “True Blood” marketing campaign with something? Anything? Just to let them know how much the teasers, minisodes, posters and other “stuff”is appreciated? And to maybe entice other shows (*cough*Mad Men*cough*your show is already about marketing*cough*) to do the same thing?
Of course, this is only so wonderful if season 3 lives up to season 2′s high standard (except for the maenad overload).
I worry. Especially after hearing more from Alexander Skarsgard in this Access Hollywood video. Yes, it’s wonderful news that he will be naked in the first episode. Thank you for that. But he also talked about how there are 17 characters on the show this season with 5 storylines going on simultaneously.
This is one of the things I asked you not to do in my “10 things True Blood needs to get right in season 3″ story last year.
Fingers crossed that this is all worth it.
Catch up on various recent “True Blood” stuff in my humble archive. If you feel like it. No pressure.
By Gina Carbone
Earlier today we were treated to intel on Alexander Skarsgard on the cover of the May issue of Details. Details on that here.
This is on top of weekly “True Blood” season 3 teaser videos and posters here on HBO.com.
And now we get to see 13 new photos from the upcoming season.
I’m posting some of my favorites below. Check them all out here.
By Gina Carbone
This is a good sign:
Not only is HBO planning to release “True Blood” season three video teasers every week for six weeks, the first one focused on Alexander Skarsgard and ended with the words “Waiting Sucks.”
Thank you for noticing!
So they know we are obsessed with fond of Eric the Viking Vampire.
As HBO just released today in a press release:
“Beginning today, Monday, March 22, embeddable tease videos for the third season of the hit HBO series TRUE BLOOD will be available on HBO.com at www.hbo.com/trueblood. The 15- to 20-second promotional spots will air on the network each Sunday, with online distribution the following Monday, for six consecutive weeks.
The first of the tease videos is now available at http://hbo.com/true-blood/cast-and-crew/eric-northman/video/in-production-eric.html/.”
By Gina Carbone
It’s the first day of spring and neither “Mad Men” nor “True Blood” is actually in season, so to speak.
There was a time when that would’ve stopped you from catching up. Not anymore.
In this lovely age of DVD and On Demand you can rent almost any show at any time, whether it has been off the air for years or not returning for several months. And sometimes at your local library FOR FREE!
So you have no excuse but to catch up on these 15 shows, which are my current faves.
I’m only including series that are still running — so no “Northern Exposure,” “Six Feet Under” and “Father Ted,” which are my three favorite shows of all time.
Warning: I do love reality TV, including the heavy cheese, as #3 here will attest.
15.”Saturday Night Live”
It’s not always good. It’s never consistent. This is far from the best season. And yet there are plenty of reasons to stay up for SNL every week, even now. There’s Jason Sudeikis in every skit, but especially dancing in his red track suit on Kenan Thompson’s “What Up With That?” BET show. If you watched Taylor Swift’s monologue, Jon Hamm’s “Sergio!” skit or any of Andy Samberg’s Digital Shorts, you were prepared for the Sunday Internet watercooler chatter. If you missed them, you missed out. And I defy you to find a more perfect thing to watch at 1 a.m. than this potato chip skit with Blake Lively.
14. “The Tudors”
This show ticks me off almost as much as it excites me. I’m still frustrated about the casting of beautiful Joss Stone as the “unattractive” Anne of Cleves. But there are just too many things that I love about it. (Starting with Henry Cavill.) I have always been a Tudor-phile and this is a rich, colorful, sexy, vibrant world to dive into. It’s a history lesson CW-style, but with Showtime sex and violence. We’re getting to the end years for Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and the fourth and final season starts April 11. I can’t wait to see this world come alive again. Long live the king.
13. “Project Runway”
My friend Trinh still finds it hard to believe I like “Project Runway,” since my fashion sense consists of wearing the same Walmart clothes I’ve had for 5-10 years — and Payless shoes. But I love the challenges on “Runway” — take a potato sack and make an evening gown. Go to the supermarket and use corn husks to make a cocktail dress. Use newspapers to make pants. It’s not just clothes, it’s art. I’m addicted to seeing creativity in action and that’s the show. I can’t even sew a button onto a jacket correctly (as my jackets know too well) but I find myself imagining how I would approach the challenges. It gets me thinking about color and fabrics and art supplies differently. It sounds girlie and I’m not usually girlie (then again, I love “The Bachelor” and “Project Runway”) but it’s fun.
Season one was genius. Glenn Close scares the crap out of me and Tate Donovan plays wounded puppy so well. And Ted Danson! His best role in years. It’s not easy to make a corrupt CEO lovable, but he found the right balance of egomania and infectious optimism. Season two was disappointing, but it did manage to find a key role for Timothy Olyphant and for that I will be forever grateful. So far season three is amazing. I was worried it would be too gimmicky with its ripped-from-the-headlines Madoff plot, but it’s working. Very, very well. Props to Campbell Scott and especially Martin Short for playing so far against type. Keep it coming.
11. “Big Love”
I’m worried about “Big Love.” This was one of my favorite shows, but season four was all over the place. Too many plot threads, too many characters. And a Monty Python moment with a severed arm. I still have high hopes for this series and I have invested too much time and energy to give up on it, but GET IT TOGETHER. Please.
10. “Parks and Recreation”
Somewhere along the way, this show got as good as “The Office.” Then, for me, it got better. Mostly because I am not a fan of Jim and Pam and they dominate everything. So done with their smugness. “Parks,” on the other hand, is consistently warm, funny and uncluttered with self-congratulatory shmaltz. Special props to Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson. You will always be my Woman of the Year, man.
I get frustrated with everyone walking around psychoanalyzing everyone else’s reactions, but I’m a loyal Hilson (House + Wilson) fan and I love watching their bromantic banter. Now that we’re past the extended torture of House hiring his new team, and the old team is back in action, I am happy with “House” again. And the medical mysteries are still good after all this time. My friend Lisa has sarcoidosis and we like to see it make cameo appearances — alongside lupus — during the differential diagnosis. I know Wilson’s first wife is coming back into the picture and I am looking forward to House getting jealous, but please don’t break up my favorite couple for long.
8. “30 Rock”
I keep waiting for this show to run out of steam and stop being so sharply funny and on point. Guess I should grab a snack for that wait. Alec Baldwin is still the funniest person on television but the entire cast is right there with him. I laugh out loud — guffaw, really — at least twice an episode and I’ll never turn down a good belly laugh.
Talk about season finales. Every Other Show, please take note: The way “Dexter” ended season four? That’s how it’s done. I can’t wait to see what happens next and that’s the sign of a good show. I get dizzy watching Michael C. Hall (forever part of my “Six Feet Under”
family) run all over the place lying to everyone, but the show always manages to figure out how to balance everything without drowning the important stuff in superfluous plot threads. There was always one overarching storyline tying everything together. That’s smart. Keep doing that and tell “Big Love” about it.
I just get caught up in the drama. Every time. I want to scream at the castaways. Tear my hair out. Vote them out myself. And that’s just for Russell Hantz. Whenever you think you can see exactly where things are going, they take another turn. “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” is one of my favorite seasons of all time. And it’s the 20th one they’ve done. That’s a good sign for the future … or a good place to stop. But look at the characters they’ve given us, just in this season alone: Evil Russell, Boston Rob, Coach, Colby, JT, Rupert. All brand names, thanks to the show. And that’s without even mentioning Captain Dimples himself, Jeff Probst. The single best host on TV. I mean it!
I’m not one of those Losties who memorizes every little detail and keeps flow charts to catalogue the connections. I’m here for the human element. And the No. 1 human element on this island was, is, and shall always be Terry O’Quinn as John Locke (with or without Smokey). I have never — and I mean never — seen stronger acting from anyone on television than this man as this character in the six seasons of this show. O’Quinn has created an icon and he will be missed when this ends. Michael Emerson, you get the silver medal and on any other show you would be gold. That’s saying something, especially since “Lost” is known mostly for its trippy sci-fi plot, not the strength of its character acting. Humble actors doing crazy things without getting in our faces about it. Love it.
4. “In Treatment”
I don’t blame Gabriel Byrne for getting tired of sitting in that chair all day. That’s tough acting — just sitting there. (I mean it!) But
there is no other show on TV that gets under my skin as much as “In Treatment.” After listening to problems from a divorcing couple, a cancer-stricken college student, a lonely lawyer, an embattled CEO and a troubled teenage gymnast, among others, I turn off the TV and just soak everything in. What do I think is the root of their issues? What would I do? What would I suggest? I’m so glad there will be a third season. This is the most thoughtful and thought-provoking show on television. It hits a nerve and that’s an important part of life.
3. “The Bachelor”/”The Bachelorette”
If this is not your first time glancing at this blog (don’t worry, I’m not really expecting you to hang on every word) you know I am obsessed with the land of Chris Harrison and the most dramatic rose ceremony ever. If you can’t get past the cheese of this beautiful manufactured drama, take a moment and say your goodbyes. I accept this rose. Now and always. Especially for “The Bachelorette.” One woman. 25 guys. Nuff said.
2. “True Blood”
Yes, it’s campy. Yes, it’s soft-core porn. Yes, I’m incredibly grateful for that. Alexander Skarsgard. Ryan Kwanten. Stephen Moyer. Sam Trammell. Nelsan Ellis. Jim Parrack. And a few women. (Kidding. Love ya, Anna Paquin, Carrie Preston, Deborah Ann Woll and
Rutina Wesley.) This is how you tell a vampire story, y’all. Fresh, original, exciting, sexy as HELL YEAH, with the best opening sequence on TV right now. Season one was good. Season two was outstanding, except for the maenad junk. (Eric made up for it. More. Please. Now.) Season three is looking pretty jam-packed and I just hope Alan Ball remembers to stay true to the characters we’ve come to lust over care about. That’d be Eric as No. 1.
1. “Mad Men”
Season three started kind of slow and I was worried the most amazing show on television would slip down my rankings. But it picked up steam and ended with a perfect, caffeinated, plot-heavy episode of “Survivor: Sterling Cooper.” This is a perfect show. So much character development I feel like these people just have to be real. There’s no way Peggy Olson is not an actual person. I expect to find Pete Campbell still wandering around somewhere on the Upper East Side. And the Drapers … well, Don Draper never existed as we know him and Betty Draper is about to become someone else. I cannot wait to see what they do next. Literally. I’m angry that we have to wait for the summer. Jon Hamm has created a screen icon. There is no one else who could bring
Don Draper to life and somehow make you not hate him. He’s so freaking suave. Women want him. Men want to be him. And I just love to watch the show around him. The best writing. The best ensemble. The absolute hands-down best production design on television. My eyes worship this show.
By Gina Carbone
Pink spandex alert! HBO just released a one sentence “True Blood” season three alert:
“The confirmed debut date for season three of the hit HBO series TRUE BLOOD is SUNDAY, JUNE 13 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).”
Which is exactly six days before my birthday.
Yeah. And Alexander Skarsgard just happens to be the hottest vampire ever. (And the sexiest man alive. Eat it, People.)
Not sure those thoughts connected, but they’re true. Viking Vampire all the way.
(Still, do you think Alexander Skarsgard may be Nelly Fang, as Ted Casablanca hints repeatedly in his Blind Vices? Say it ain’t so! I worry. Especially when Ted confirmed today that Alex has been one of the Blind Vices. If he’s not Nelly, who is he?)
HBO released exactly nothing else about season three, but BuddyTV has some great spoiler info.
Since it’s boring to have to click another link — and it takes you so far away! — here’s some stuff straight from that site:
- Tony winner Denis O’Hare has been cast to play Russell Edgington, the King of Mississippi. There’s no word yet on how far the series will deviate from the books, but based on the Charlaine Harris novels, Russell is described as the perfect southern gentleman who prefers men. O’Hare joins season 3 as one of the regulars and is expected to make his debut early on.
- Season 3 will also include werewolf Alcide, super bad vampire Franklin Mott, Sam’s blood relatives and a character named Debbie Pelt, who is “bad news” and an ex-girlfriend of a guy who’s helping Sookie find Bill. [Update] Joe Manganiello, who is perhaps best known for playing bar keeper Owen on One Tree Hill, was cast as werewolf Alcide, while James Frain landed the role of bad vampire Franklin Mott. [Update] Brit Morgan has been cast as Debbie Pelt.
- Tommy Mickens will be introduced as a scruffy but attractive man in his early ’20s who just so happens to be Sam Merlotte’s long-lost younger brother. According to Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello, he’ll be showing his “unadorned backside, which, with Sam’s similar feral tendency towards the ‘full moon,’ proves that they really must be related after all.” According to SpoilerTV, Tommy works at a Tire Depot in Arkansas and comes from a family with a bad reputation with debt. [Update] Marshall Allman has been cast as Tommy.
- Beginning the second episode, Talbot, a sarcastic vampire with a model’s looks, will surface as a “guide of sorts” for the kidnapped Bill. [Update]Theo Alexander signed on for the role.
- A character named Jesus Velasquez, an “unordinary orderly with a heart to match his good looks,” will also introduced in the third season. He also happens to be gay! [Update] Kevin Alejandro has been cast for the character that will also serve as Lafayette’s love interest.
- A guy named Coot will lead a pack of rednecks this season. [Update] Ugly Betty actor Grant Bowler has been cast as Coot.
- An elderly woman who moves with the help of a walker mistakes Bill for her son
- Caroline Compton will appear in a flashback scene in the third episode of the season 3 in which she uses a shotgun on an intruder only to realize that it’s her dead husband Bill. [Update] Shannon Lucio is taking over the part from Amber Dawn Landrum, who appeared on the show’s first season.
- Lindsay Pulsipher has been cast as Crystal, a mysterious and haunting beautiful young woman who shares an “electric connection” with Jason (Ryan Kwanten).
- Heroes actress Dawn Olivieri has been cast as Janice Herveaux, the sister of werewolf Alcide.
- An African American bar bouncer will give some unexpected bad news to Alcide regarding his fiance Debbie.
After “Michael Clayton” and “Duplicity” I’ve decided I’m half in love with Denis O’Hare, so I’m glad he has a fairly major role.
DON’T go overboard with new and/or expanded characters. What they have now works and too many shows end up jumping the shark when they pack shows with too much crap (*cough*Big Love*cough).
I used to write regular “True Blood” recaps/worship hymnals every week at Seacoastonline.com. Now that I am no longer doing that there, I will be doing it here.
So for the love of all teacup humans, bookmark this blog and come back between now and June 13 so we can swoon and cry as one!
(Psst: We’re already being rewarded! HBO is giving us season 3 teasers every week for at least six weeks!)
By Gina Carbone
This is mildly depressing: Robert Pattinson has ended Johnny Depp’s five-year reign as the No. 1 celebrity on IMDb’s STARmeter.
According to a press release issued on Monday, “STARmeter, a tool that ranks celebrities’ popularity among IMDb.com’s visitors over the year, reported that Pattinson attracted the most interest, vaulting him from No. 33 on last year’s list, to the top spot for 2009, ending Johnny Depp’s five-year domination at No. 1.”
Kristen Stewart — Bella to Pattinson’s Edward in “The Twilight Saga” — came in at No. 2, with Johnny D. taking No. 3. Megan Fox was No. 4.
Here are some notes on various appearances and absences on the list:
* Zooey Deschanel is at No. 9, up from No. 50 last year, likely on the strength of “(500) Days of Summer.”
* Ryan Reynolds continues to prove popular at No. 10, helped by the strength of “Wolverine” and “The Proposal” but very much owing to his own star power as well. His respective co-stars in those films did not see the same lift, as Hugh Jackman is at No. 34 and Sandra Bullock at No. 47.
* Ellen Page got knocked down in the rink and in the box-office competition with “Whip It” and fell from No. 17 last year to No. 82.
* Jessica Alba went from No. 13 to No. 69 and James McAvoy, who was at No. 18 last year, fell off the top 100 entirely.
* Also of interest is the notable absence of the cast of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” from the top 25. Though the film was a box-office smash, Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, moved from No. 42 to No. 53 and Daniel Radcliffe, Harry himself, slipped from No. 41 to No. 73.
If you look at the top 25 list, below, it skews very young. Too young for my taste. My taste is for the Twilight-for-adults show, “True Blood.” And I’m disappointed to see none of my Trubies made the cut. (Then again, no one from “Vampire Diaries” made the list either.)
I now plan to visit Alexander Skarsgard’s page more frequently so we can get him at least into the top of 2010.
STARmeter Top 25 for 2009:
1. Robert Pattinson
2. Kristen Stewart
3. Johnny Depp
4. Megan Fox
5. Taylor Lautner
6. Brad Pitt
7. Christian Bale
8. Dakota Fanning
9. Zooey Deschanel
10. Ryan Reynolds
11. Ashley Greene
12. Angelina Jolie
13. Gerard Butler
14. Leonardo DiCaprio
15. Nikki Reed
16. Shia LaBeouf
17. Scarlett Johansson
18. Tom Cruise
19. Miley Cyrus
20. Seth Rogen
21. Nicolas Cage
22. Will Smith
23. Clint Eastwood
24. Heath Ledger
25. Jennifer Aniston
STARmeter Top 20, 25 and Under:
1. Robert Pattinson
2. Kristen Stewart
3. Megan Fox
4. Taylor Lautner
5. Dakota Fanning
6. Ashley Greene
7. Nikki Reed
8. Shia LaBeouf
9. Scarlett Johansson
10. Miley Cyrus
11. Jackson Rathbone
12. Zac Efron
13. Kellan Lutz
14. Hayden Panettiere
15. Emma Watson
16. Selena Gomez
17. Keira Knightley
18. Olivia Wilde
19. Daniel Radcliffe
20. Michael Cera