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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Boobie Montage
« on: May 18, 2004, 09:36:15 PM »
Too bad there isn't a male version of the "Boobie Montage" featuring the beautiful look we get at Joe Haskell's exposed chest during these episodes.

At least shirtless Joe did feature (if not as prominently as one would have liked) in today's episode montage.

G.

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A few observations:

(1) You can't "save" a television program that's never even been on the air.  The network's decision was clearly part of a programmatic shift in the direction of material they perceive as being more where the market is moving now.  I doubt whether they did more than glance at the NWBDS pilot by the time it was finished since they had made these programmatic decisions separately from the process of generating the pilot.

(2)  Reality TV shows *are* scripted.  I imagine the writers who are getting jobs are the ones who (besides having the right personal connections--that's how H'wood has ALWAYS worked) are good at coming up with the situations/concepts that non-actors can parrot successfully.

(3)  Far from "dying" I think the Dark Shadows "franchise" is enjoying adequate success, given that we're talking about a television show that is nearly 40 years old (ugh, you don't know how old that makes me feel!).
Not only has the entire series been steadily in print on VHS format for the past decade. it is now enjoying a success on DVD to the point where MPI is accelerating the schedule for the release of the episodes.  The honoring of Dan Curtis at the TV Museum, the spate of articles around the pilot, and the fact that TV Guide is running a piece about the original series in a week or two, all shows a lot of health, as far as I can tell.  Of course I hardly have my finger on the pulse where today's entertainment scene is concerned.  I am afraid I do not have the stomach for that.

Let's hope we see the return of the original episodes to broadcast television in the near future.  I would think the events I have outlined above would be enough to show how "viable" (as we used to say in the 70s) the property still is.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Boobie Montage
« on: May 17, 2004, 04:36:15 PM »
I love this, just LOVE it! Brought a big smile to my face today.  Many thanks, MB.

Julia, darling, you and I share a similar love for the arcane, especially as they relate to a certain titian haired Queen of Off-Broadway... lol...

xo  Steve

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Wow, Darren, what a great project!  From the bottom of my dark little heart, I thank you!

I haven't seen ANY of the DVDs yet, though I am contemplating purchasing at least one set (the one with the Julia/Tom Jennings storyline).  That storyline included a notorious technical defect which appeared to originate in the master tape.  I believe it happened in the episode where Julia comes stumbling in like a wino at the tail end of a bender babbling about "Tom."  As I recall it, there's this shrill beep that lasts about 2 or 3 seconds at one point as the action is moving from the foyer into the drawing room.  I wondered whether that scene got snipped in the interests of "tidying up" the DVDs.  (sorry, I don't know the technical lingo)

I discussed this at one point with Richard Holt--there's a post from him buried in the archives about this scene, and how it originated in the master tape.  I think he may have checked with somebody at MPI about it.

That happens to be one of my favorite episodes, and I'll be upset if I learn that it now circulates in a trimmed version.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Dates
« on: May 13, 2004, 11:31:45 PM »
Oh, anything to oblige.  There was a reference to X-mas during the Leviathan story, as well, if you care about that specific holiday.  I think it was the only holiday as such ever mentioned on the series.

G.

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Current Talk '21 I / Re:WB ORDERS FILMING OF NEW DS PILOT
« on: May 13, 2004, 11:01:35 PM »
Thanks for that, darling.

[spoiler]I thought that at this point in the game, the journo was being exceptionally kind in describing Boreanaz' character as a "youthful-looking 250-year-old vampire."  Tuning in occasionally this past year, I've been shocked at how worn-out DB has looked.  I hope everything is OK with his life and health.  I well remember the first time he showed on on BtVS and how charming and beautiful he was.  sigh.
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Current Talk '21 I / Re:WB ORDERS FILMING OF NEW DS PILOT
« on: May 13, 2004, 10:22:54 PM »
Got a 404 URL on that, Jim.  I looked around on the Entertainment page but could find no sign of the article.

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Midnite darling, I am soooo THERE.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Dates
« on: May 13, 2004, 05:55:00 PM »
Looking now at the rest of this thread... there were several specific dates given over the course of the years, from 1966 through 1971.

For example, I remember Vicki finding a dated document about the dismissal of servants from Collinwood in the late 1940s on which she found the name of Hanscombe, the butler (to whom she may or may not have been related).

When Laura Collins arrived in December of '66, Maggie Evans asked if she was coming in to town "for the holidays," a clear reference to X-mas.

There were specific dates for the fiery immolation of the woman in Phoenix, Arizona, and Laura's arrival in C'port.

Jumping ahead, I remember that Grandma-mamma Edith Collins' will was dated March 3, 1897 (yes, when you watch certain episodes several times over the years, you do remember these things).

When Vicki arrived in 1795, the announcement of the date of Barnabas and Josette's wedding (read from the newly-engraved invitations) sent her into a faint.

Paul Stoddard was told to expect "payment due" on a certain date in December, 1969.

I could go on, but I am afraid I am trying folks' patience as it is.

G.

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:Dates
« on: May 13, 2004, 05:47:16 PM »
Well, the birthday scenes were doing the Quentofi mind/body switch period (one of my favorite eras in DS--soooo deliciously loopy, and Selby had such fun playing the ruthless, hedonistic Quentofi), which makes it October rather than Sept. I believe.

The episode guide Ann Wilson compiled for the DS Memories book would have the definitive answer.

G.

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Hi Midnite!

Regarding Drogyn,

[spoiler]I did hear dialogue that stated he was immortal.  Plus, it seemed as if he had been in some part of the Otherworld.  So I don't see how he could have been "killed."  But the lack of any sense to this stuff is why I got out of the Buffyverse years ago.[/spoiler]

Oh, that was David Fury?  Hm, must explain why that dialogue was sooo exSCREWxiatingly awful.  I couldn't help giggling throughout that chick in the Cher wig's speeches.  I wondered whether she was medicated because of how relentlessly deadpan her delivery was.  The I decided it was the only way she could get through the dialogue without busting up.

Just a question--are the "Senior Partner" demons supposed to look like ad execs in really bad Halloween costumes?  Or is that part meant to be ironic?

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Isn't Alec Newman Scots?  I think that explains why he "has the English accent down."

I did watch and I saw some of his work in the Dune thing.  I think he is very talented but I still cannot imagine him as Barnabas.  It sounds from the current buzz as if I'm not going to have the chance anytime soon, anyway.

Although the MB said one did not need to have watched Angel to "get" Newman's character, I'm afraid I still found his actions in the story an incomprehensible muddle.  He looked fabulous, though, especially when he was cleaned up.

Is Newman showing up again next week?  I'm afraid I have had all I can take of "Angel."

G.

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Thanks for posting this link, Nancy.  There were some fun essays that had been added since my last visit.  I particularly enjoyed the one about JF's training to "de-Canadianize" his voice--the Canadian twang on the word "house" really does jump out at me every time I'm back in Ottawa.

G.

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Just curious--what is a Saturn award?

I've never heard of it before.

I am afraid that, in any case, I do not take awards and award shows very seriously.  There seems to be a high school varsity element in all of them...

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Current Talk '04 I / Re:OT - Angel to return
« on: May 10, 2004, 04:38:53 PM »
Wow.  Wouldn't it be hot if the series finale involved a 3 way between Adam Baldwin, James Marsters and Boreanaz?

probably a snowball chance's in Hell of seeing anything like this on the Froggy Bore, but we can dream.

G.

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