CC2K Staff Writer Big Ross brings you a special edition of the "Television Collision" to explain what The Event is (hint: a dumb TV show).

When ABC’s juggernaut Lost was entering its final season, network television executives could smell the blood in the water and scrambled to come up with a successor, the next big hit show that could come in and capture all those millions of Lost fans who would soon have no more Lost to watch. Previously there was Surface, Threshold, and Invasion. Later came Heroes, V, FlashForward, and The Event. Early on NBC was trying to create buzz around The Event by making it overly mysterious with their series of “What is The Event?” promos:

TV Editor Phoebe Raven has been so occupied with watching reruns of past episodes of The Big Bang Theory, it consumed all her time, and since she was unable to come up with a theorem that expands the time in a day from 24 to 48 hours, she decided to reiterate her points about why The Big Bang Theory hits all the right notes.

Amidst all the commotion surrounding the Grey’s Anatomy musical episode that aired last Thursday (more thoughts on that further below in the all-new podcast), it was easy to miss another show’s return from spring hiatus, namely The Big Bang Theory. And it returned with, well, a bang.

I believe this show always does particularly well when it sends its characters on road trips, if only for the hilarious antics that ensue when you stuff all these characters into the space of a car without any way to escape one another, which is when Sheldon does his best work. This episode didn’t disappoint on that front, sending the gang on a mission to retrieve Sheldon’s stolen World of Warcraft gear, heroic questing soundtrack included. And Sheldon almost had me convinced that SeaWorld can be “tons of fun”, though when I was there a decade ago all I could feel was moral outrage, but that’s a different story.

Allan Heifetz laments the state and the fate of basic-cable movies.

"To watch a movie on basic cable is to defy all manner of logic and decency."
- Thomas Jefferson

As my wife lay sick in bed the other day watching the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightley on the E! channel, it hit me that since we already owned the movie on DVD I could just get it from the shelf, pop the disc in for her and she could watch the movie properly. "Properly" in this sense means with no ads, no scenes ripped out for time and presented in the right aspect ratio. Of course, sick wifey told me not to bother since she was barely awake anyhow. Besides, the whole ordeal of walking over to the DVD shelf, getting the movie, putting it in the machine; it all smacks of commitment. By watching a movie on basic cable you are saying to the world "I can change the channel at any time, I'm free to roam, I'm not married to this."

In honor of House's final episode (which aired last night), we're revisiting Phoebe Raven's 2011 column dissecting the series.

Sound off below: what did you think of the series finale?

I don’t buy many television series on DVD, mostly because of the few I have I actually never get the time to watch (I promise I’ll open my Arrested Development DVDs soon, Mom!).  So when I discovered what was about to expire on my Netflix Watch Instantly, I dropped everything to rewatch seasons one and two of the WB series Roswell.  See, Roswell holds a special place in my heart as it was the first “teen” series I decided to jump in and watch on a weekly basis.  I’ll get into that in a second, but in rewatching the series, coming up on ten years since it ended, I noticed something funny….that every teen series on now has tried to emulate Roswell and failed!

Every year come Oscar time I am doubly, triply, manifold reminded that living abroad, i.e. not in America, sucks. Why? Well, for one thing, I don’t get to see most of the nominated movies until about a month or two after the Oscars telecast, when they come out in German cinemas, and even then I only get the crappy dubbed version.

Now, for the record, I have to say that the German dubbing industry does a pretty good job most of the time – compared to the atrociousness that France or Poland have to suffer through when they watch movies not in their native tongue – and yet I don’t get why we can’t just adopt the Scandinavian principle and just have subtitles to the original audio track. For one thing, it would make all of our English better – which is something we could use, BELIEVE ME – and for another thing, we would actually be able to judge how good or bad a particular actor or a particular actress is and whether they deserve to win an Oscar.

Alright already, if you’re gonna put a gun to my head, I won’t deny it: I have been MIA for a short while. But I have a very good reason, besides willingly surrendering the television spot to the marvelous Sex Week last Tuesday, I was also suffering from a severe Football-related trauma. It’s not every year that my Packers win the Superbowl the very same week my favorite of all TV shows Friday Night Lights goes off the air for good. So I didn’t know what to do with myself. I literally didn’t know. And forming a coherent sentence was completely out of the question.

I am still not over my Friday Night Lights mourning phase, but I’m not ready to talk about it either, so instead I am going to write about the show that actually helped mend some of my FNL wounds: Justified! (Note: you should read the rest of this entry with the best Southern accent you can muster up in your head.)
I watched the first season back to back over the last week and let me just say: I’d let Raylan Givens save me from any kind of trouble, emotional or otherwise, any day of the year. Oh, yeah!

Thursday, 21 July 2011 19:00

Fanboy Comics at SDCC 2011: Showtime Panel

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Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon continues her coverage of SDCC.

Thursday, 17 February 2011 01:00

Sex Week: A Guide to Loving a Geek

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Hello, my name is Barbra, and I am in love with a geek.  

Star Wars, Firefly, Halo, Buffy, Preacher, Alien, Battlestar Galactica -- these are all staples in my life, all of which have seeped into my movie/TV viewing schedule, my everyday conversations, and even my apartment decor.  Being in a relationship with a geek has expanded my artistic tastes and allowed me to be a part of a larger community, but, most importantly, it has provided me with the chance to connect with someone who holds these and other areas of fandom near and dear to his heart.  For the throngs of men and women who may be longing for similar relationship bliss this Valentine’s Day, I submit to you the following suggestions for finding love with a geek (or coming to terms with your geek-tastic significant other).

Fanboy Comics Creative Director Sam Rhodes breaks down his favorite ads from Sunday night.

Well, we lost the Super Bowl (three turnovers, Steelers?  Really?!), but it wasn’t all bad.  We got to see a whole bunch of new footage from movies promising to make this summer very exciting for us fans.  Below are links to the TV spots and my humble opinion on what we saw.

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