Absence makes the heart grow fonder

I started watching the first season of The Sopranos.

I have to apologize, dear readers, for my sporadic posting behavior as of late. The simple fact of the matter is that I am in a bit of a TV dead zone, as the normal seasons of all the shows I watch have wrapped, and I am waiting for the summer shows to start. To pass the time, I’ve been watching movies, most recently Night of the Creeps. But I digress – this is a TV blog, after all.

A couple weeks ago, I started watching The Sopranos on HBO On Demand. I’ve also been watching the final season of the Tudors on Showtime (which took a break for the Memorial Day holiday). I’m a little more than half-way through the first season of The Sopranos, which I have been meaning to watch for a couple years now. So far, it’s a pretty good watch – James Gandolfini (as Tony Soprano) is excellent, as are Lorraine Bracco (as Dr. Jennifer Melfi) and Edie Falco (as Carmela Soprano). At times, the actors who play the Soprano kids are a little annoying, but that is forgivable. I didn’t know if I would like Falco’s character, as I was never very impressed with Nurse Jackie (in spite of the wealth of critical acclaim it has garnered), but it turns out she is really quite good in this role. She portrays the wife of a mobster with complexity, and avoids the overdone clichés of such a role.

Of course, I am counting down the days for the premiere of True Blood (only 10 days left) and enjoying all of the promos HBO has been putting out for that. The newest trailer is awesome, and all of the minisodes have been really cool. I have to admit, I had little faith in these shorts, but they have been worth watching every week. My favorite is still the first one, in which Eric and Pam audition strippers for Fangtasia. Alas, even with all of the trailers, minisodes, and posters, waiting still sucks.

I’ll also be watching season 2 of Being Human on BBC, starting July 24, as well as the sophomore season of Warehouse 13 on SyFy. What will you be watching this summer?

Thanks, CW, for a bloody good time

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev do a great job with their respective characters, Damon and Elena. I’m guessing we will see a lot of these two young, talented actors in the future.

As you may know from previous posts, I am a die-hard Truebie. So at the end of season two, I was suffering some severe depression. Then came Vampire Diaries (CW, Thursdays at 8 p.m.), which immediately lured me in with the hope that I could somehow survive eight months without Sookie, Bill and Eric.

When Vampire Diaries was announced I thought it had potential, but I was a little worried that it might be Gossip Girl with fangs. I was even more worried when I picked up the books, which are really quite ridiculous. Trust me, as an avid reader of science fiction and horror, I can say with confidence that the show’s writers have done remarkable things with the weak material from the books by P.C. Cast.

As the first season progressed, it became clear that the show was much more than a teen romance drama that happens to involve vampires. It’s got some great young actors – Nina Dobrev (as Elena Gilbert) and Ian Somerhalder (as Damon Salvatore) really stand out, and the story has mystery and intrigue. And it’s not afraid to take risks. This season major characters like Vickie, Pearl, Anna and John Gilbert all bit the dust.  

Of course, last week was the season finale – and what a finale it was with the return of Katherine, Damon’s newfound conscience, Jeremy’s suicide, John Gilbert’s murder and the revelation that Tyler is more than a high school football player. As with all shows, you can’t really judge it until a few seasons in, but the final episode really has given fans a lot to think about and look forward to.

Throughout the course of the year, I tried a few new shows (Eastwick, Parenthood, Funny or Die and Happy Town) but none of these held my interest. Except Vampire Diaries. So if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and catch the first season online, on DVD, or on re-runs. I think you’ll be sucked in.

The end is nigh

Just a quick post to say that I am ridiculously excited for the season finales of Fringe and Vampire Diaries, and to share a couple other random TV thoughts.

Fringe’s finale is going to be a two-part episode, beginning tomorrow. Finally we get to see more than a glimmer of the alternate universe. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend checking out the extended trailer. It is completely nerdtastic.

Also airing tomorrow is the season finale of Vampire Diaries, which looks to be pretty juicy from the trailer. After last week’s revelation that Damon is in love with Elena, all bets are off.

I would talk about Lost, but well, my co-blogger Mark perfectly summed up my feelings. What a boring hour of TV that was.

The end of all these shows means one very awesome thing – True Blood is right around the corner. Did everyone see the latest minisode with Jessica? Did I mention that #waitingsucks?

#waitingsucks

The newest True Blood promo poster features Bill's missing person ad.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting season three of True Blood all year. As I mentioned a few posts back, this show was the deciding factor in my switch from Netflix-only TV viewing to full-on cable subscription. Of course, there are a lot of other shows I love to watch as they air each week, but if I had to pick just one show, True Blood would be my favorite. So with only a little more than a month to go, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to suppress my desire to talk about the show. Ergo this post.

Waiting sucks, but HBO has done a great job of building the anticipation through teasers, trailers, promotional items and behind-the-scenes footage. Right now, you can see in-production 30-second spots at the end of the weekly encore airing of season two (Sundays at 8 p.m.) and these are also posted on HBO.com. Last week, the network announced that a mini-episode would air at the end of each upcoming encore episode. I wasn’t exactly sure what a mini-episode was, but I definitely tuned in. Turns out, it’s a 3-4 minute clip not aired in seasons one or two, and not to be aired in the upcoming season. You can see the first one on Yahoo! TV with Eric and Pam hiring new Fangtasia dancers.

HBO has also made some pretty cool promo posters to go along with the new season – my favorite being the one that says “VILF.”

The newest teaser trailer is an updated version of the in-production trailer that came out a few months ago, with the bottles of Tru Blood coming off the assembly line. But this time the bottles are printed with a missing person advertisement for Bill.

I am a faithful fan of the Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris on which the show is based, so to a certain extent I know what is going to happen in season three. But the show has been a lot different than the books, so there are bound to be surprises. I think I know who took Bill – but I may be wrong.

Do we have any Truebies out there? Have you been keeping up with the hype surrounding season three?

As a side note, sorry about my absence from the blog for the last few days. I was in the Big Apple visiting some college pals and didn’t have access to TV/computer (gasp!)