Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Hot Links

Sun in the Lightning Tree
It's a blazing 100 degrees outside in Dallas today so why not serve up some hot links to go along with it?

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Fall Shows to Freak Out About

The start of the new fall season is like Christmas to me. The anticipation of new television series builds and builds until finally the box is unwrapped and leaves you either jumping for joy or ready for to get in the returns line.

Here are the shows I'm most excited about seeing this year:

Lone StarA Texas-based drama (films in Dallas) about a conman (James Wolk) working for his wife's father who's an oil tycoon (Jon Voight), while hiding his other life with his girlfriend who lives 400 miles away. Wolk's wife is played by Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki, so that's reason enough for me to watch.

Running WildeNot really sure what this one's about, but it doesn't matter as it comes from the makers of Arrested Development and stars AD's Will Arnett and Keri Russell of Felicity fame. It'll either be really great or really stupid, but well worth the risk.

Hawaii Five-0

This reboot of the classic TV show stars LOST's Daniel Dae Kim and that guy from that JLo movie (Alex O'Loughlin). I've heard great things so far about this show- let's just hope it can survive longer than O'Loughlin's other short-lived CBS series, Moonlight and Three Rivers.

SurvivorIt isn't new, but this show never seems to fail, and with this season's gimmick being young vs. old and including Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, I'll definitely be there.

The Event

It's entirely possible NBC has set themselves up for complete failure by promoting this show as "the new LOST," but from what I've heard, there is reason to have high hopes for this series. The "event" refers to some sort of coverup involving the president (Blair Underwood) and the government and all the drama surrounding it. Sounds to me like a single season of 24, so mad props to them if they're able to sustain the plot for very long. But my LOST-loving soul is ready for a new drama to get sucked into.

The ApprenticeAgain, not necessarily a new show, but definitely one that's been resurrected from the trash bin. NBC let this go a few years ago, opting instead of its spinoff The Celebrity Apprentice, but based off Celeb's success, they're bringing the original back. I hope it can go back to its season 1 days of old-fashioned challenges with crazies like Omarosa and a great winner like Bill Rancic. I'll forget about that Apprentice LA misstep. Also: BRING BACK CAROLYN!

Law & Order: Los Angeles

Though nothing will ever be as good as SVU in my mind, this change of locale could be just what this classic franchise needs (the original L&O was just cancelled). This version will star Jericho's Skeet Ulrich, Spiderman 2 supervillain Alfred Molina, and Crash's Terrence Howard.


Nah, I'm kidding, but really there's not too much to be excited about from ABC's fall slate, as they've got a pretty good schedule as it is. The new show My Generation has an interesting enough premise: the show centers around a group of individuals who were high school seniors in the year 2000 and how their lives have changed in the 10 years since then, but I haven't heard much else about it. Matthew Perry's Mr. Sunshine also looks promising, but does not yet have a premiere date.

What about you? What are you most looking forward to? Did I leave anything off? Am I insane?

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Saying Goodbye to Friday Night Lights...

This past week, not only did I say goodbye to Austin, Texas and the University of Texas campus I've lived on for the past two years, but I also said goodbye to Panther Stadium, the set of Friday Night Lights.Throughout its five seasons of filming, Friday Night Lights has called Austin home, filming in various recognizable locations around the city. Panther Stadium, located across from Austin-Bergstrom Airport, is one of the key locales. Now that filming for the fifth and final season (airing this fall on DirecTV and next summer on NBC) is finished, I made sure I got a couple snapshots of the field before all the Dillon Panther signage was fully removed (it's rumored that the field will be used by a real high school in the future).
If you've never seen Friday Night Lights, I HIGHLY recommend watching it and starting at the beginning. The DVDs are available incredibly cheaply on and you can even stream the pilot episode for free on Amazon On Demand, which is sure to get you hooked.


PS: While watching an episode last night, I noticed Tami and Eric (the amazing and Emmy nominated Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler) drove by my FAVORITE Mexican restaurant in Austin (and that says a lot), La Feria. It's on South Lamar, and I HIGHLY recommend the Fajita a la Mexicana if you're ever in Austin. Wow.

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