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You know what would be funny? If Franklin turned into the Kenny of “True Blood.” Just kill him off in some new way every week. You bastards!
Jason killed Franklin this week on “Everything is Broken” and I feel like this time he may be gone for good.
James Frain. You die so well. One more time?
Also gone for good: Anything decent about my HBO Examiner page. I’m not liking this Examiner upgrade at all. Like most upgrades, it’s a downgrade disguised with flowery words about how much better it is.
I just posted my “Everything is Broken” recap and for some reason it won’t post the photo. Maybe it’s up by now. (I tried to go back and tweak some of the text and to fix some typos, but I don’t think the changes are posted either. Alas.)
I also tried to post my top 20 favorite quotes from the episode, but that doesn’t seem to be up there at all. (*Update* It’s here now!)
I also tried to write something about how Iain Harrison won “Top Shot” — a show I came to like, if not understand as a non-markswoman — but my Manchester Celebrity Headlines Examiner page is no better than my HBO page. (*Update* That story is here now, too!)
Change I can’t believe in!
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.