July 2008 - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

Trying to Play Catch Up…

July 31, 2008 by  
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Remember back when summer was a time to take a break from TV?  Yeah, me neither.  I’ve got my summer reality TV babies like SYTYCD, Big Brother, Kathy Griffin, Swingtown, My Boys, Burn Notice and of course Wipeout among others taking up my time, but I’m trying to play a little TV catch up too.

Sadly I have fallen embarssingly far behind of Project SUPERNATURAL.  I’m not saying it’s not a great show, I’ve really loved what I’ve seen so far, but I haven’t his that place where I am in my ‘must watch or die’ mode.  I think I need a solid marathon to really get me in the midset.  But I watched an episode tonight and my goal is to get through at least 3 more this weekend.  That’s something, right? Better than nothing.

Oh and I’m also playing catch up on this little unknown show called MAD MEN.  I don’t understand why more people aren’t talking about it.  I mean have the critics even heard of this one?  It’s pretty amazing, you should all check it out.  Ha..ok, ok, so I should have kept with MAD MEN all last season.  I’m a bad TV watcher, what can I say.  Isn’t the important part that I’m watching now?

And for those of you who I know are going to ask.  No, I haven’t been watching ANGEL or BONES this summer.  David B. is looking all kinds of good these days, so it’s nothing against him.  There are just so many hours in the day.

 Anyone else playing a little TV catch up this summer? It’s time to share! What are YOU watching this summer?

Who Went Home on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE? – The Final Four

July 31, 2008 by  
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Well, well, well.  You’ll have to excuse me as I’m trying to type while fighting back the tears in my eyes.  In a season where I haven’t felt as connected to the dancers as in years past I think this was by far the toughest elimination of all for me.  Six dancers remained and six deserved to be there.  I think no matter who was sent home tonight, it would have upset me on some level.

But one guy and one girl had to leave and miss next week’s finale.  And those two dancers were…you’ll have to find out after the break (come on, who doesn’t want to be Cat Deely in her next life).

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Show Me Your SYTYCD Happy Dance!

July 31, 2008 by  
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July 31, 2008 by  
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(I’m sorry for not posting the videos of last night’s dances.  No one put them on YouTube and I’m out of luck with RedLasso since it’s been shut down byt the big bad mean networks.)

The top 6 perform tonight and damn it’s going to be strange not to see Will performing tonight. As I was traveling last week and didn’t have the chance to comment, I must say that I was disappointed to see Will go. My money was on him being one of the last guys standing. But at this point in the competition it’s so tough to see anyone leave (except for Comfort) that there is really no good choice.

But let’s keeping the elimination talk until Thursday night when the final two dancers are sent home setting us up for next week’s finale. What? The finale? Seriously, this season flew by.

Joining Mary and Nigel tonight is one of my favorite “jidges” – Adam Shankman.  How I love the Shanks!

Courtney & Mark – Viennese Waltz by Jason Gilkison
Talk about some beauty up on that stage. Mark and Courtney exuded chemistry and they both danced beautifully and effortlessly. I don’t know what I’m always looking for in these ballroom dances, but when i think of the Waltz I always want that feeling of floating on air and I certainly saw that tonight. I loved it! Shankman was a big fan. (Oh look Paula is in the audience). Mary Murphy, our resident ballroom expert, thought it floated across the floor and was very pleased. Nigel thought it was beautifully romantic.

Chelsie’s solo – I’m glad that Chelsie never had to dance for her life because her solos are always so weak. I think tonight’s had more energy that her past solos but they really are lacking. She just does the same move over and over again. And I know it’s hard for a partner dancer but look back to what past contestants like Heidi from S2 did. Her solos were fantastic. But I guess the solos don’t matter all that much at this point in the competition.

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What to Watch…Thursday, July 31, 2008 (UPDATED)

July 31, 2008 by  
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It’s been a long time since I went a whole day without even logging on to GMMR.  Unfortunately the Comic Con plague reared it’s ugly head once again this year and knocked me right on my ass.  Thankfully I avoided the walking pneumonia that I came home with after last year’s Con, but I’m still fighting a miserable cold.  And yup, that’s my excuse for not updating at all yesterday.

I’m not feeling much better today, but I’m going to fight through it.  Might as well start with today’s What to Watch list, right?  Here’s a few picks from tonight’s TV…

**Big Brother 10 | 8pm on CBS**
Big Brother 9 I totally forgot that CBS moved the BIG BROTHER elimination episodes from Sunday to Thursday.  It’s not on my TiVo or on TV Guide so I can’t say for sure that it’s on at 8pm tonight, but definitely look for it tonight.

So You Think You Can Dance | 9pm on Fox
MeeVee Recommends The final two dancers are sent home leaving the final four to compete in next week’s season finale.  What?  We’ve got Mark, Twitch, Joshua, Katee, Chelsie and Courtney left.  Who will be eliminated and who will be one step closer to being named America’s Favorite Dancer?

Flashpoint | 10pm on CBS
FlashpointThe team attempts to rescue a police officer who is being held hostage by an angry family member. [GMMR: How many times has this show changed nights already? I can’t keep track of it. Is anyone watching?]

Last Comic Standing | 8:00pm on NBC
The final five stand-up comics are divulged, after which the crowning quintet perform. Also: The irreverent group the Dan Band perform.[GMMR: I love The Dan Band…I might have to watch just for them.]

The Bill Engvall Show | 9pm on TBS
The Bill Engvall Show“Dream Lover”
Bill thinks Susan’s feelings that he will have an affair with a woman named Penelope are ridiculous until a Penelope waits on him at a restaurant; Trent studies for license and Lauren decides to help him; Susan wants Bill to go to the doctor.

My Boys | 9:30pm on TBS
My Boys“Jack & Bobby”
Bobby’s brother Jack hits on P.J. while everyone is at the family ranch for Bobby’s wedding, causing strife to break-out between the brothers; Mike falls for an older woman; kidney stones strike a member of the wedding party.

America’s Best Dance Crew | 10pm on MTV
America’s Best Dance CrewFrom across the country, 12 dance teams of five to seven members each compete before judges in an elimination challenge, recreating moves from music videos and classic movies; the winner, determined by viewer voting, gets cash and a touring contract.

Burn Notice | 10pm on USA
Burn Notice
Michael befriends a human smuggler in hopes of locating a client’s captured sister. [GMMR: Today’s the last day to enter to win the BURN NOTICE Prize Pack, so if you haven’t entered yet you should go for it.]

Kathy Griffin: My Life of the D-List | 10pm on Bravo
MeeVee RecommendsHaving already been overseas to Afghanistan and Iraq, where she acquired a new fan base of U.S. soldiers, Kathy decides to visit the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. to help the wounded troops heal with laughter.

Hopkins | 10pm on ABC
Hopkins on ABC In the series conclusion, a first-year surgery resident lives with the consequences of a major mistake; a mother requires a complicated heart surgery; a neonatal unit rallies around a young couple who delivered a premature baby.

Seriously, there’s a lot to watch tonight. What will YOU be watching?

CHUCK vs. Season 2 (Comic Con Trailer)

July 28, 2008 by  
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Haven’t had your CHUCKful of CHUCK today? You’re in luck.  A sneaky fan grabbed a video of the 6+ minute season 2 trailer that was shown during Saturday’s Comic Con panel.  Tsk, tsk, tsk…and by that I mean, thank you, thank you, thank you!

“Chuck vs. Season 2” gives us a taste of the first few episode of the new season where everything is just a bit (ok more than a bit) bigger and better.  The action, the comedy, and particularly the romance are taken to a new level in the new season. I guess creator Josh Schwartz wasn’t kidding when he told me that the show is “swooningly romantic this year”.

And for the first time we get a sneak peek at some of the very special guest stars we’ll be seeing on CHUCK this season including Michael Clarke Duncan, Michael Strahan, John Laroquette, Nicole Richie, Melinda Clarke and yes, Buster Bluth himself…Tony Hale.

I’m going to have to be watching this one a few times more to hold me over until the S2 premiere of CHUCK on Monday, September 29th at 8pm on NBC.


Oh and Zachary Levi shirtless?  I’m not complaining.

CHUCK Panel at Comic Con…Plus a Little Extra

July 28, 2008 by  
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I’m not emotionally ready to discuss the fact that I missed the CHUCK panel at Comic-Con.  I think you all know my love for all things Chuck Bartowski and crew, so it killed me to have to miss out.

Although I missed the panel I did get some quality time with Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedek in the press room beforehand and I’ll be sharing some CHUCK scoop over the next few days. Yes, I said Zachary Levi…he showed me his light saber and I’ll leave at that until later.

But for you (and me), here’s the full CHUCK Comic-Con panel as well as a little behind-the-scenes goodies.

What to Watch…Monday, July 28, 2008

July 28, 2008 by  
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While you are enjoying tonight’s TV, I’ll be finally heading home from San Diego. Yup, do to some bad weather and sucky Jet Blue I’m stuck in San Diego until tonight. A canceled flight on the way to Comic Con and a canceled flight on the way home. I think I should just stay on the East Coast for a while.

We are nearing the end of July.  I can smell Fall TV approaching.  The cast and crew of THE OFFICE went back to work today and somehow that makes all things right in the world.  Now if I could just make it back to Boston.

Here’s a little sampling of tonight’s TV…

High School Musical: Get in the Picture | 8pm on ABC
High School Musical: Get in the PicutreThe West Coast auditions progress to the semifinal and final rounds. Those who make the finals get to be part of a summer music program in which participants will fine-tune their singing and dancing skills. Hosted by Nick Lachey.

Wanna Bet? | 9pm on ABC
Wanna Bet?Corbin Bernsen, Tom Bergeron, Rip Hamilton and Melissa Peterman are the celebs placing the wagers. Stunts include a man trying to kick himself in the head 45 times in one minute, a man who guesses guests’ weights as they stand on his stomach.

Nashville Star | 9pm on NBC
Nashville Star The final four perform, then the field is whittled down to three. [GMMR: For some reason this show feels like it’s been on forever.  I thought they chose the final four weeks ago. Keep on singing]

The Closer | 9pm on TNT
MeeVee Recommends“Cherry Bomb”
Brenda clashes with a Sheriff when she investigates a teenage girl’s alleged suicide and uncovers evidence that leads her to believe the suicide was actually a carefully concealed murder meant to keep the sheriff’s son from being charged with rape.

Saving Grace | 10pm on TNT
Saving Grace, Holly Hunter“A Little Hometown Love”
Ham’s brother prepares to leave for war, while Grace and Leon discuss some of their strange dreams with each other; an officer is found murdered at a local hangout, but an odd confession makes the case even more complicated.

The Mole | 10pm on ABC
The MoleThe final four face off in Buenos Aires for the final exemption. [GMMR: With all my traveling, I’m a full week behind on THE MOLE.  I’ve managed to remain spoiler free as to whom was sent packing last week.  Jet Blue doesn’t carry ABC so I won’t be able to watch the show on the plane tonight…bummer.]

Weeds | 10pm on Showtime
Weeds PickNancy decides to go to the big boss when Guillermo refuses to give her a share from the operation; in Mexico, Celia takes advantage of discounted medicines at the local pharmacies; Silas and Lisa get closer; Andy and Doug continue with their plans.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl | 10:30pm on Showtime
Secret Diary of a Call Girl Belle needs to pretend to be half of a swinging married couple to satisfy a pair of husband-and-wife clients that want a foursome, and when Ben volunteers to play her husband for the evening, she initially is horrified but eventually gives in.

What will YOU be watching tonight?

PUSHING DAISIES: Comic Con Coverage

July 28, 2008 by  
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Pushing Daisies at Comic Con 2008

It should be no surprise to anyone that one of the highlights of my Comic Con adventure was being in the room for the PUSHING DAISIES panel.  It was so great to see Team Daisies again!

In addition to the fantastic sneak peek at Season 2 (which premieres on Wednesday, October 1st) we got a ton of scoop when we sat down with PUSHING DAISIES creator Bryan Fuller as well as stars Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride and Kristin Chenoweth.  All that will be coming your way soon so keep checking back to GMMR and The Pie Maker for the latest updates.

But for those of you who couldn’t be there, ThePieMaker.com wanted to let you experience yesterday’s PUSHING DAISIES Comic-Con panel through the images, video (coming soon), audio and more – check it out here: PUSHING DAISIES at Comic Con ’08

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24: Comic Con Report

July 28, 2008 by  
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24 Comic-Con Panel

‘24’: Taking the long road back
By Patricia Morris Buckley for GiveMeMyRemote.com

You know all those are burning questions fans of “24” have been wanting to know for six seasons? Many of them were finally answered at a Comic-Con panel that also featured an eight-minute clip from the new “24” prequel, “Exile,” which airs in November.

Here are a few of the burning questions that were answered: How does Jack Bauer get to downtown LA from the valley in 20 minutes? How can Tony, who was killed in Season 6, come back from the dead in Season 7? And when does Jack use the bathroom (or had he just held it for six years!)?

First up, the clip from “Exile” found Jack in South Africa rescuing children who are being recruited as soldiers. There were, of course, all the explosions, guns blasting and people in peril that Jack faces every season, only this time on a street in a small African town. In contrast to the cool blues and silver of CTU, the scenes were filled with the warm yellows and greens of Africa. The ending to the clip had everyone gasping — Jack comes face to face with someone trying to shoot him (doesn’t that describe just about everyone on the show?), only this time it’s a kid holding the gun. What will our Jack — a man of few morals but usually compassionate when comes to children— do?

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THE HEROES Panel at Comic-Con

July 27, 2008 by  
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HEROES fans…check out the HEROES panel at Comic-Con.  People slept outside on the ground overnight just to get into this panel.  All you had to do was come to GiveMeMyRemote.com.  You’re welcome 🙂

THE OFFICE Panel at Comic-Con

July 27, 2008 by  
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It killed me that I wasn’t able to attend THE OFFICE panel at Comic-Con, but my schedule was so full that sacrifices had to be made.  But lucky for me, and for all that you that missed the panel, it’s now online for our viewing pleasure.

For more on THE OFFICE at Comic-Con, check out OfficeTally.com.

EW’s The Visionaries – Showrunners: Comic Con Report

Showrunners Panel - Comic Con

 One of the best panels I attended yesterday was the EW Showrunners panel featuring Josh Schwartz (CHUCK, GOSSIP GIRL), Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof (LOST), Bryan Fuller (PUSHING DAISIES) and Josh Friedman (TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES).  What a thrill for a TV lovers to have all these great minds on one panel.

As expected the panel became LOST centric as soon as the Q&A part of the session started (which became borderline annoying), but the other showrunners got in a few moments to jump in occasionally

Lucky for us all, friend of GMMR, Patrica Buckley took the time to pull together the highlights of the panel.

Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Showrunners
Meeting the People with the Answers
By Patricia Morris Buckley

Only at ComicCon — where attendees understand the value of the people behind-the-scenes who create and sustain TV shows — would a panel of showrunners fill to the brim a large hall of eager, hyper appreciative fans. So it’s no surprise that the crowd that showed up to applaud and ask probing questions of five of the best-known showrunners in Hollywood treated the panel like movie actors and rock stars.

After all, these are the people who really know: What happened to the island and why is Locke in a coffin? Why Olive is moving to a nunnery? Will Serena and Dan ever get together?

But pre-season spoilers weren’t the only draw of this panel — not by a longshot. These five men are not afraid to speak their minds about their shows, the networks that broadcast them and each other’s creative efforts. They may not be performers, but they had the audience laughing so hard tat several audience members almost fell out of their homemade superhero costumes.

Bryan Fuller and Josh Friedman  Showrunners Panel - Josh Schwartz and Carlton Cuse Showrunners Panel - Comic Con (1)

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DEXTER: Comic Con Report

July 25, 2008 by  
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Dexter at Comic Con

Ok maybe the title of this post is a little misleading, because honestly I’m not the best person to recap the DEXTER panel at Comic Con being that I’m still on Season One.  But I did attend the panel yesterday and I still thought it was fantastic.  It certainly inspired me to get off my ass and start digging into those DEXTER DVDs again.

What I can share with you was the brand new Season 3 trailer that premiered at Comic Con.  It looks pretty frakktastic! Take a look…

After the panel we headed to a little DEXTER after party where Michael C. Hall was swarmed by the ladies…not that I blame them. Overall it was a pretty DEXTERlicious day.

So if you’re a fan of the show and want a deep dive on the panel, check out Ducky’s full report here: Comic Con ’08 Report: Dexter Panel

GMMR at Comic Con: Day Two

July 25, 2008 by  
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It’s early here in San Diego but I’m trying to mentally prepare for Day Two of Comic Con, and my oh my what a day I have in front of me.In just a few short hours I’ll be heading to my first panel of the day – THE BIG BANG THEORY. Yay!  I’ve missed Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, Raj and Penny. This is the show’s first appearance at Comic Con and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. Got any questions?  We have a little bit of time with the cast in the press room so just drop me a line.

After that comes my first real dilema of the day – I have to choose between a DR. HORRIBLE panel with the cast and Joss Whedom and an Showrunner’s panel with the likes of Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), Josh Schwartz (Chuck, Gossip Girl), Damon Lindelof (Lost), and Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles).  As of now I’m planning on seeing the Showrunner’s panel but one thing I’ve learned from last year’s Comic Con experience is that what I want to do and what I can actually do are two very different things. So we’ll see.

A bit later in the day I’m going to be spending a little one-on-one time with PUSHING DAISIES creator Bryan Fuller, so if you have any questions make sure you let me know.

Wentworth Miller and the cast of PRISON BREAK will be gracing us with their presence for the first time at Comic Con?  Will this be the day I finally meet my beloved Wentworth?  Probably not, but that’s ok.

I’ll do my best to live blog the panels I can and post pics and updates throughout the day.  I think you know the drill by now.  Twitter and pics…get at ’em.




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