Archive for the ‘TrueBlood’ Category
The overall plot of the show is that a family of three move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means of reconciling their past anguish. They move to a restored mansion, unaware that the home is haunted. The dad is The Practice’s Dylan McDermott and the mom 24’s Connie Britton. The house is on a street much like a gothic, grotesque version of Desperate Housewives: Six Feet Under‘s Frances Conroy sees ghosts; a witchy, shrewish Jessica Lange is a cougar with an adult Down syndrome daughter who tries to steal her boyfriends; a horrifically scarred man is a blackmailer; there are flashbacks to an abortionist doctor’s infant being murdered by the uninformed father of an aborted baby.
It’s seems to be well sprinkled with gay actors and characters, like gay actor Denis O’Hare (vampire king Russell Edgington on TrueBlood), who plays a blackmailer permanently scarred into monstrosity by a fire. It also features a person or entity that is either clad or composed of black latex, “The Rubber Man,” who appears silently like Michael Myers in the Halloween movies, and attacks, or stalks, people when they are alone in the house.
I happened to start watching it in a two parter, two episodes entitled “Halloween,” that feature gay actor Zachary Quinto (of Heroes and Star Trek fame), playing the queenier half of a dysfunctional gay couple who are stagers who help redecorate houses that are on the market. (In the series they are called “fluffers,” which is not the real estate industry jargon used in the DC metro area, but does allow for lots of double entendres.) Actor Teddy Sears (born in Chevy Chase, Maryland) plays Quinto’s husband, conscripted to help make Halloween jack-o-lanterns as part of the house “fluffing,” but during the decorating the couple manage to have a fight in front of their customers, and then Sears (Torchwood) hits on McDermott while their spouses are downstairs.
It appears to be somewhat labyrinthine plot-wise, but it looks diverting and well done.
Posted in Alcatraz, Being Human, Breitbart.tv, Charlaine Harris, Fae, fairy, GOP debates, Kim Harrison, Lost Girl, Mary-Louise Parker, Mercy Thompson, Patricia Briggs, succubus, TrueBlood, vampire, werewolf on January 17, 2012| Leave a Comment »
If you didn’t want to watch the debates, everyone gave you a 9 pm option.
FOX broadcast channel premiered a pilot of its new Lost for Dummies show Alcatraz.
NBC went for 90 at 9, celebrating Betty White’s 90th birthday. (In a pretaped segment, President Barack Obama scratched out a birthday greeting to White: “I can’t believe you’re 90 years old. Will you please produce a copy of your long-form birth certificate?”)
But the SyFy channel produced the most politically potent 9 pm offering, the second season opener of the Canadian/American remake of BBC’s paranormal version of Three’s Company, Being Human, followed by the pilot of a new series Lost Girl at 10 pm.
In the pilot episode Bo, played by Canadian TV actress Anna Silk (kind of a slightly butcher Mary-Louise Parker) plays a young woman who knows she has special and dangerous gifts, but is an orphan, a loner, and an amnesiac, who doesn’t know exactly what she is. Turns out she is part of another species, an offshoot of homo sapiens, the Fae (fairies), in her case a succubus, a creature that lives from sucking the life out of others, usually during sex. Bo has few dietary restrictions. She likes girls and boys. Like the vampires on Being Human, she’s trying to be good — she mainly feeds off of evil doers, like a man who is using date rape drugs on girls in a local bar (apparently Bo thinks that merits capital punishment, with no jury). This brings Bo to the attention of the Fae community, who are ruled by two camps (supposedly good and bad). They kidnap her and force her into a gladitorial fight to the death to prove she can join them, and when she defeats her opponents, tell her to pick one of the two parties. And the rulers explicity say that their world is ruled by a two party monopoly, which is the only reason it works. She declines, which apparently has never been done before. Her path as a registered independent who hangs out with the humans is the basic premise of the show. As I have argued on my popular culture/television blog, TV Liberty (http://tvlibertarian.blogspot.com/2012/01/nbc-has-grimm-view-of-human-nature.html), I suspect these shows tell us something about the political subconscious of the writers, audience, and networks.
Doctor – Sneak Peek – Lost Girl-Series Premiere: Watch a sneak peek of the series premiere of Lost Girl, Monday Jan. 16 at 10/9c. (Rebroadcast at 2 am on Wednesday Jan. 18, in the wee hours of the morning, just after the witching hour.)