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5 Actors I See Playing Dr. Barry Allen/The Flash

Now that The CW has announced that Dr. Barry Allen will be introduced as a spin-off from the hit tv show, Arrow; let the speculation begin on who will be playing the Scarlet Speedster. 

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Below are my 5 choices I see playing the role.  

5. Thad Luckinbill – Mostly known for his stint on The Young and The Restless, Thad Luckinbill has the acting chops to pull off the role, but maybe not the physicality. Although 38 years olds, his baby faced looks could help him get the part. 

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4. David Paetku – Played Sam Braddock on the Canadian hit TV show, Flashpoint. Can fill “the unknown actor” spot for this list. May not have the star power the network could be looking for. Devon Sawa is pretty interchangeable in this spot, though his role on Nikita gives him a leg up on Paetku. 

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3. Devon Sawa – Sam Matthews on Nikita. As I mentioned above, his current role on Nikita proves he has the acting chops and the physical chops to pull the role off. Does he have the looks? I think so, but only time will tell.

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2. Alan Ritchson – It seems that this actor’s star is on the rise. He will be playing Gloss in the new Hunger Games film, which is currently in post-production and he is currently filming his role as Raphael in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Seeing as how the TV character may make his way into the DC film universe, he has to be able to work on the big screen as well. And though he played Arthur Curry/Aquaman on Smallville, that shouldn’t matter. I think Ritchson can pull it off.

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1. Joshua Jackson – I am a HUGE Fringe fan (and Dawson’s Creek too, but nevermind that…). His role as Peter Bishop proves he has the smarts and acting chops to play Dr. Barry Allen. He can bring a serious side to the role as well as the mental. I have no worries that he can pull off the physical aspect of the role as well.  

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The CW will bring The Flash to life….

The Flash is moving in fast forward at The CW. The Network is poised to create a series around the iconic comic character, The Flash. It will be a spin-off from the popular show, Arrow. 

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The show will be an origin story of Dr. Barry Allen. No casting announcements have been made as of yet. 

10 Summer Shows You Should Be Watching (plus honorable mention)

Anyone who knows me knows how much TV I watch. A LOT. Staying up very late as a kid fostered my love of all things TV.

During the normal season(s), I watch a ton of shows, and usually the summer time meant that I would be able to take a break and catch up on anything I missed during the season. 

Not so much anymore. Many networks are now following the formula set by TNT and others. Shorter seasons, almost by half. For the summer and winter periods. 

The following are shows I think you should be watching. Basically, if I am watching them, you should be too. I promise, I won’t lead you astray. 

10 Shows You Should Be Watching This Summer 

#10 – Ray Donovan: Showtime. Starring Liev Schreiber and John Voigt – This is a great show about a fixer of celebrity problems in LA. I like to call him the Olivia Pope of the West Coast. Liev plays a great anti-hero. And John Voigt is the perfect antagonist to the titular character. A must watch. 

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#9 – Hell on Wheels: AMC. Starring Anson Mount, Common, and Chris Heyerdahl – Once a soldier and slave owner, this show follows the lead character, Cullen Bohannan as he becomes the overseer of the building of the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860’s. It’s a riveting story of how the prosperous nature of the East Coast meets the brutal backdrop of the Wild West. 

#8 – Magic City: Starz. Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan – Follows the life of a hotel owner in the 1950’s, Miami Beach. Mobsters abound, how does a man keep control of his hotel empire with the mob/union nipping at his heels?

#7 – Hemlock Grove: Netflix. Starring Famke Janssen. – One word. WEREWOLVES. and other stuff too, but if I say what it is, it’ll ruin one of the final reveals of the show. The werewolf transformation alone should get you stoked to put this on your eyespace, but if you need any help deciding to watch this or not, I’ll say this…. Eli Roth. kthxbye. 

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#6 – Suits: USA. Starring Gabriel Macht and Gina Torres – Lawyers. Good looking lawyers. Smart and funny lawyers that will charm your pants off. And a really good story arc as well. Gabriel Macht pulls off smarmy with such grace, it makes you love to hate him. OR, just love him. And Gina Torres works so well with Macht, you would think they have worked for years and years together. The cohesiveness of the whole cast is pretty darn amazing. 

#5 – Defiance: SyFy. Starring Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, and Graham Greene. Here is the synopsis from imdb.com, because I don’t think I could summarize it well and do it justice. You really should watch it. What other TV show has a video game that coincides with what happens on the show on a weekly basis? That’s pretty amazeballs.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2189221/synopsis?ref_=tt_ov_pl


#4 – Falling Skies: TNT. Starring Noah Wylie and Will Patton. Now in it’s third season, Falling Skies has found it’s place. Don’t get me wrong, but the first two seasons of this alien-invasion themed show was good. But now, the actors have settled into their roles and the show is moving at breakneck speed. Which is what I like in a show. Noah Wylie and Will Patton are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the stellar casting of this show. How do we treat each other when the world as we know it comes to an end? Watch to find out! 

#3 – The Killing: AMC. Starring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman. This show follows a couple of detectives charged with solving the murder of a young girl. This show isn’t pretty. This show is gritty and it’s real, and it sometimes makes you feel uneasy. Everything that happens in this show, could happen in your neighborhood. But it also shows that there are heroes right around the corner, and these heroes aren’t perfect. Enos and Kinnaman bring such a realness to this show, its not the story that drives me to watch, its their portrayal of the characters. 

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#2 – Copper: BBC(America). Starring Tom Weston-Jones. (Taken from IMDB) Set in the Five Points neighborhood of New York City in the 1860s, focusing on a rugged young Irish cop who is forced to navigate his unruly and dangerous immigrant neighborhood while interacting with the uptown Manhattan crowd and the black community. This show is brutal, in your face, and gives insight on a time that hasn’t really been put on screen in this way before. Watch it, you will not be disappointed. Superb acting and great set pieces make the show worthwhile!

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#1 – Orphan Black: BBC(America). Starring Tatiana Maslany, Taitana Maslany, and Tatiana Maslany – I don’t know where to begin about this show, but all I can say is that I have been a fan since Day 1. There hasn’t been another show on air where the main actress of the show has played 6 characters. SIX. I mean, who does that? And Tatiana Maslany pulls it off with such ease, it makes you wonder…well, maybe she has  twin playing the other parts. But no, it’s all her. And let’s not get started on the sci-fi element to the shot. But the Oscar buzz has now begun and she has already won awards for her performance on this show. Don’t miss out!!

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Honorable Mention: Continuum(SyFy), Franklin & Bash(TNT), Under the Dome(ABC), Rizzoli and Isles(TNT), Graceland(USA), Covert Affairs(USA), Teen Wolf(MTV), Dexter(SHOTIME), and Banshee(Starz).

Welp, there you have it. I still have yet to figure out how I have time to watch all of these (and then some). Welcome to my world. Grab a seat and enjoy!

From the TV Files: Shows You Should Be Watching – ORPHAN BLACK

What would you do when you see yourself jump in front of an oncoming train??

This is a show you should be watching, but probably aren’t. It grabs you from the beginning and does not let go. I watch it, which means, you should be too.

Watch the season teaser video for BBC America’s original programming titled Orphan Black.

Check it out!

Adventures in Star Effing…Part 1

In 2011, two friends and I went to San Diego Comic Con. While I was there, I became very adept at taking pictures of celebs when they didn’t want them taken. I also got an up close and personal view with some of them. Here’s how it all went down…..

First we take a look at the celebs that got salty when I took pics….

Image” The original Black Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” – Not a soul stopped by his booth so this pic was easy to take.

Image“Next up is the very, very polarizing, Rob Liefield. Love him or hate him, he’s done a lot. He was def a bit on the douchey side. Hiding behind his table, not signing autographs”

Image“Last but not least, Eddie McClintock from Warehouse 13. His strategy was too look as bad as he could so no one would take a pic. Didn’t work out too well! Love the show though!”

And now we get to some of the celebs, that were really cool. The either let me take a pic, or actually took one with me! Enjoy!
ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageFrom top to bottom – John Barrowm (Torchwood, Arrow), Brian Posehn, Season 1 Game of Thrones Cast, Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers), Geroge R.R. Martin, Robert Kirkman (comic artist – The Walking Dead, Invincible), Steven Lang (Terra Nova, Avatar)

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No Makeup? No Problem!!!

No Makeup? No Problem!!!

This is Amelia Clarke. She plays Danaerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones. Sans makeup…*sigh*

Veronica Mars: A novice’s intro to nerdery.

GUEST POST by Ms. Robin West – Lover of all things blonde, pint-sized, and witty.

Let me start by saying, I’m not really a nerd in the typical sense. Wikipedia, (where I get all my facts), defines nerd as, “a person, typically described as being overly intellectual, obsessive, or socially impaired. They may spend inordinate amounts of time on unpopular, obscure, or non-mainstream activities, which are generally either highly technical or relating to topics of fiction or fantasy, to the exclusion of more mainstream activities.”

I am not socially impaired, nor do I play video games or relate to anything “highly technical.” Actually, that terminology scares me. What I can relate to is that I obsess, a lot. When I stumble upon something I really like it consumes me entirely for as long as it can hold my attention. Depending how well written the content, the obsession could be days, or weeks, or years. And at times the object of my obsession happened to fall in the sci-fi or fantasy realm: A Song of Ice and Fire, Battlestar Galactica, cult classics, superheros, etc.  My contribution to this blog will discuss those types of things, in great detail. If you have any questions about video games or comic books, (aside from film adaptations), you’ve probably got the wrong girl.

This brings me to my first topic; Veronica Mars. To me, Veronica is a good example of a cross-over TV show. It’s a completely mainstream concept, with subtle undertones of quirkiness, and a devoted, if not obsessed, following. It’s a good place for any aspiring nerd to start.

I first watched Veronica Mars six years ago via Netflix. You know, back when you actually got DVD’s in the mail versus streaming them instantly. I was 27 at the time. Teenage angst laden drama was not in my usual repertoire; but a friend urged that I watch, and well, what the hell else was I going to do with my Friday nights? What I assumed would be a TV show about boys, and high school dances, and spoiled rich kids; was actually a show about boys, and high school dances, and spoiled rich kids – plus murder, intrigue and some of the best TV dialogue ever. The pop culture references, adorable lead character, and quick-witted writing made the show an unexpected delight. Plus it was just good, clean, television fun. Rob Thomas, writer of other popular teenage TV dramas such as Dawson’s Creek and the revamped 90210; really got this one right.

I can’t say the exact moment I became hooked but I imagine it involved a smoldering glance from bad boy Logan Echolls,(he was so misunderstood!), or a witty comeback by the pint-sized Veronica as she defended the underdogs of Neptune High – one 60 minute episode at a time.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some cheesy episodes. Remember the one where the undercover cop posed as a student to prevent a potential mass shooting only to turn out to be a bad guy himself…really? Did I mention the bad guy was Jonathan Taylor Thomas dressed in camouflage? Were we supposed to buy him as a bad boy? When this episode aired I imagine girls women everywhere collectively searched for, and destroyed, their 1992 Teen Beat collection. I’m really glad that guy quit acting.

Smoldering

Logan

Not Smoldering

Jonathan Taylor Thomas

And then there was an entire episode dedicated to retrieving lost dogs –but, I digress…

I liked the show because Kristen Bell, aka. Veronica Mars, made the character so damn likeable. In fact, it was Bell who first introduced me to Battlestar Galactica with her usage of the terms “frak” and “so say we all.” If not for her, I may never have given the series a chance. I mean, if Kristen Bell tells me to jump off a bridge, I jump off a bridge – topless.

Need I say more?

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Are those teeth even genetically possible? It’s no wonder Logan couldn’t resist the “tiny blonde one.”

So you can imagine my excitement when I found out they are making a Veronica Mars movie this summer. Veronica and Logan and Robin, (that’s me!), together again!!! In fact, it was obsessive fans that funded the entire project via kickstarter. If that doesn’t say cult TV show, I don’t know what does.

In summary, I haven’t met a self-proclaimed “nerd,” or average every-day person for that matter, who didn’t swoon over Kristen Bell. Go ahead, ogle the picture again… I’ll wait… If you’re looking to get your feet wet in the word of nerdery, there is no better place to start then Neptune High. I myself just started re-watching and it’s like watching it again for the first time. Apparently my short term memory didn’t store the outcome of the Lilly Kane murder investigation. OH THE SUSPENSE!

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