Musical episodes are a wonderful break from the norm during some of our favorite shows that run seasons long. Often a fun way to get out of a storyline bogged down by drama and intrigue, a way that often forces characters to reveal secrets, confront inner demons, or express themselves in ways they otherwise couldn’t. Sometimes it’s just for giggles because you have a talented cast that’s itching to show off their vocal chops. Either way, musical episodes tend to be fan favorites that make it on playlists of many-a-nerd for years after the show has ended. And here’s 5 favorites from tv’s best musical episodes.
Ask just about any Stephen King fan, or even the man himself and you’ll hear that adaptations of King’s work are extremely uneven – and that’s putting it politely. With several King properties in the pipeline right now, television channel Spike is about to venture down that path as well. Spike is generally more well-known for reality show fare, so perhaps they’re looking to expand their horizons by picking up an order based on King’s 1980 novella The Mist. (more…)
Dark Horse Comics is in line to release a new Buffy season 9 comic book spin-off featuring as its main character the loveable, soulful Spike. The miniseries, titled Spike of course, is set to run for five issues and features Victor Gischler in the writing department and Paul Lee on pencils.
Following the end of season 9 series, Spike was left in a bit of a state cause Buffy didn’t want to be his main squeeze. So what happens next? That’s what Spike is set to explain.
Here are a few sneak peak panels showing Spike… on a spaceship… with an army of supplicant, battle armor-clad cockroaches. Yeah, it all makes sense when it comes to the Buffy-verse.
Take a look and see what you think:
For the Buffy fans that must know what happens next, the first issue of Spike is set to release on August 22nd.
Today’s your lucky day, Buffyverse comics fans. We’ve already got ongoing series for both Buffy and Angel & Faith, and now Dark Horse Comics is launching two new miniseries for fan favorite characters Willow and Spike. Hit the jump for the details!
The 2011 Video Game Awards aired last night on Spike. It only took two years, but they’ve gone and turned into MTV. Flashy, scripted, pompous; a marketing machine masked as an awards show. And what the hell was Charlie Sheen doing there? The show was less about the awards themselves, more of a “look what’s next” showcase. This isn’t to say host Zachary Levi wasn’t charming and funny, which he was; getting tea bagged by a COD solider was the balls (literally and figuratively). Or seeing Felicia Day slice real fruit with ninja sword for charity wasn’t amusing and HAWT. Or that the awards for best character and game of the year weren’t justified; Joker from Arkham City and Skyrim where the right choices. The problem? It didn’t feel like a celebration for games and it’s creators. It was was all procedural and superficial. The whole night was just a big commercial for upcoming titles. Eh, I guess it is what it is. So…the trailers were plentiful. And I’ll admit, most were epic. I’m still hard from the Diablo III and Metal Gear Rising previews.
For your viewing please, NB rounded up all the exclusive trailers from last nights VGA’s. Enjoy.
Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters, who played Cordelia and Spike in both Buffy The Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel, will appear in a new episode of Supernatural.
The episode, titled “Shut Up, Dr. Phil”, will be the fifth episode of the much anticipated seventh season of the TV series (which premieres on September 23, 2011). Carpenter and Marsters will play a married couple in this episode. Those of you who have watched Buffy and/or Angel will definitely appreciate the irony in this. But it turns out that she’s a crazyass bitch (who is actually a witch) out seeking revenge on her husband for something or other. Until we learn otherwise, I’m going to assume that she caught him in bed with someone significantly less crazy than herself with real tits.
And then, of course, it’s up to Sam and Dean to save the day.
Remember when Sarah Michelle Gellar decided not to do an 8th season of Buffy because she wanted to start up her serious movie career? Remember when after The Grudge movies all she did was a follow-up to Scooby Doo? Yeah, me too. So apparently she decided it’s time to make her return to television. She’s done some voice work on popular cartoons and popped out a kid, but other than that she has been non-existent.
Now she is set to make her (triumphant?) return to the small screen on a new CBS series called Ringer. Peter Traugott is the producer of this show and this is what he had to say about it to Entertainment Weekly.
“It’s an edgy thriller about redemption and about revenge. There’s a point of view of two twin sisters who grew apart over a tragedy in their past. And one now seeks redemption and the other one seeks revenge. The sister who is seeking redemption has had a much more troubled life. When her fancy pants sister disappears, she takes over her life. She’s living the life of her more successful sister only to come to find out that her life is equally as fraught with danger and complication. Her sister dies in a boating accident. The other sister takes on her persona, only to come to find out that they have a hit out on her.”
Sarah will be playing the role of both twins, a la Lindsay Lohan from The Parent Trap before she was a hosebag. He went on to explain why we should be giving a crap about her return at all, if we’re fans of her tenure at BTVS.
“One thing she wanted to guard against was making sure that she whatever she does in TV, she does something that her fans who had grown up loving Buffy will also be excited about. … I think what’s remarkable about her as an actor … she can play both sides well. If you remember Cruel Intentions, she was the villain, but you found yourself kind of rooting for her anyway. That’s what we’re looking for. How do we find something where her character has some edge, there’s some darkness to her, she doesn’t always do the right thing, but at the end of the day, you’re also rooting for her? And that’s what we were looking for in this. Obviously, Buffy was a hero, a kick-ass hero, and we wanted to be true to that with Sarah.”
We’ll see how it goes. I’ll be watching the show just to see if she lost the baby weight yet, not for her amazing acting prowess. She had her good moments on Buffy but by the end of it I was sick of watching her eyes go wide and fill with tears the exact same way, week after week. Give me more Willow, Xander and Spike. Speaking of Spike, when is James Marsters returning to TV? That seems way more interesting to me.
So Spike’s VGA 2010 just happened and this fat bastard was willing to put up with the lame jokes and other crap that was put on the screen, such as the terrible TMZ skit… yeah, a video game themed TMZ skit (maybe this is why Epic Games pulled Gears of War 3 from the show).
But it did made it up to me by having a bunch of awesome trailers for upcoming games as 2011 (and onward) is looking to be yet another EPIC year in video games.
After the jump, you can check out trailers for games such as Batman: Arkham City that reveals Hugo Strange as one of the new villains in the game or see a nice teaser of Kratos in the upcoming Mortal Kombat game. Or check out two trailers of RPG’s that are coming out next year in the form of Mass Effect 3 and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Also, check out two of Sony’s exclusives titles, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and Resistance 3.
Other trailers: Thor: God of Thunder, Prototype 2, Portal 2, Guillermo del Toro’s Insane, Forza Motorsport 4, and SSX: Deadly Descent. So click the jump the button to check out the trailers and the award winners.
For the love of all that is holy, I wish this was just a rumor, but it has actually been confirmed that there will be a movie reboot of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed that they are the ones developing this reboot along with Atlas Entertainment. Charles Roven, who produced Batman Begins, is heading up the operation. So far it seems like Joss Whedon has nothing to do with the reboot and the writer of the script is Whit Anderson who is relatively unknown in the business so far.
This is what Roven had to say for himself:
“Whit approached us with an exciting idea about how to update Buffy,” said Roven. “There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return to the big screen. We’re thrilled to team up with Doug and Roy on a re-imagining of Buffy and the world she inhabits. Details of the film are being kept under wraps, but I can say while this is not your high school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be.”
As a Buffy fan I can say that yes, there is an active fan base and maybe some of us were awaiting this character’s return to big screen. Including me. BUT, we were looking forward to seeing a Buffy movie made using the television characters, as a continuation of the show to wrap things up a la Sex In The City. Not an entirely different perspective. Why change something that obviously works?
I loved the Buffy movie when it first came out. Come on, who didn’t love Paul Reubens as a cheesy vampire with the longest death scene ever? But when the show came out I was a complete convert and I watched every single episode the NIGHT it aired. (Except first season. First season kinda sucked. Pun intended.) Buffy will not be the same without her motley crew of Giles, Willow, Xander, Spike and maybe sometimes Anya. If this newbie writer plans to use those characters, they wont be the same without the actors who originally portrayed them. Can you picture ANYONE else besides Alyson Hannigan playing Willow? Please!
Anyone wanna start a petition with me? Not that it would do any good, they’ll just rape my teen years with a huge strap-on and laugh while I cry about it, I suppose. But at least so we can say we tried!?
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
The other night the world saw Spike hand out a ton of awards at it’s annual Spike Scream awards (see the recap here). It also gave it’s viewing audience exclusive clips from the upcoming hits of the coming year, none as special as this special clip from the upcoming Walking dead series. Take a look at this glimpse of halloween’s best kept zombie series, courtesy of Spike:
Yes, it’s short, but that headshot was something else. Sure it has gore, which was a mean concern for the series but it was pulled off without a sense of overdoing it. Getting to listen to the crowd react is the second best thing next to Anna Paquin‘s face when they aired the clip:
Are you kidding me? This is a woman who showed of her ‘stackhouse’ in the first episode of season two’s True Blood. Being part of a series that regular showed blood, b00bage, and violence on a regular basis and she looks disgusted. Shame Anna, shame.