News links and tidbits

J. D. Salinger dies – NY Times

Mr. Fry went to San Francisco to see the big iPad reveal (can totally picturing him going all fanboyish, with ruddy cheeks and yelling quite loudly – gimme,gimme, gimme :)

Our lovely friend Amy is happy Jack Bauer is back – check out the Carnival of Bauer over at TV Tyrant

Ooooh we are getting Walter vs William Bell showdown on Fringe – EW

Guy Ritchie sets aside Lobo to do Sherlock Holmes sequel – LA Times

Some Lost tidbits

Investigate the Lost subway system over at Give Me My Remote

TV Addict is listing questions we’d like to see Lost answer in its final season

A whole bunch of stuff on Lost over at Pop Candy

And last but not least

Ugly Betty just got canceled. Officially hate ABC. And there is a petition if you would like to sign. I will miss Mark/Amanda and Grandma Suarez terribly.

And I think Lainey said it best:

So Ugly Betty has been canceled. It would be easy to blame ABC for their scheduling f-ckery, not unlike Friday Night Lights and NBC, moving the show from one day to the next and killing it on a Friday and then confusing the viewers and of course they suck and should hear it and we hate them but there’s also the question of viewers…and if we’re using Friday as an argument, consider the dumbassness of Ghost Whisperer which does just fine on Friday. So to me, what’s maddening is not so much a matter of the networks being assholes, which is always the case anyway, but the matter of what people watch. Sh-t,
that’s what.

Why you should watch Ugly Betty


Image: ABC

Dear faithful readers,

have you been watching Ugly Betty this season?

You know you totally should. It has been my “feel good” TV for a while although I will admit they have been threading water in season three. But this season has been quite, quite good. And fun. Much like Betty herself who is going through a transformation of a sort, the series is going through its Renaissance. It is not that they have changed the format or anything of the sort I think the writers just built upon what they already had and made it 10 times better.

The story lines are interesting but not OTT, some fresh blood has been brought in the form of Adam Rodriguez (of CSI fame who seems to be flourishing now that he got away from Horatio Caine’s watchful eye) and I’m still totally loving on Betty, Mark, Amanda, Hilda, Justin. Even Daniel. And some rumors have been floating around that Liza Minelli is set to appear on the show. If true how utterly, utterly fab! (Cabaret is one of my all time favorites).

I do hate it when network start to mess around with shows (only with the ones I like, natch) but when they start changing air times and air dates etc it never, ever bodes well (think Jericho, Eli Stone, hell any show you might have liked that got canceled. Once they start fiddling with it, it is never for the better). Ugly Betty’s ratings have been (for the lack of a better word) dismal this season (compared to when the series started). And it is irks me just so because the show by far surpassed everything they have done so far.

Maybe they should bring in Salma Hayek again. Maybe they only have one season left in them, but be as it may my dear readers do give it a watch I promise you you won’t be disappointed.

The Book Of Eli trailer

My dear readers,

I am not the one for post-apocalyptic movies. I never understood Mad Max fascination. And then that dislike was cemented with the opening sequence of Waterworld – you remember that scene when Kevin Costner pees in a cup and then drinks it? All I will say is ewww… and I don’t get disgusted that easily :)

Anyhow there is a bit of a buzz about The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. It is a story about a man traveling through post-apocalyptic America who is trying to save a sacred book that holds the secret on how to save the humanity. Now no matter how much I like Denzel Washington I thought of giving this one a miss but then I’ve read it also stars Gary Oldman. And I like Gary Oldman. So I just might give it a watch after all. You can check out the trailer below and do let me know dear readers if you have seen The Book of Eli and most importantly if it is any good.