Archive for November 3rd, 2010

CAPRICA-appleImage Credit: SyFy

Caprica is a family melodrama about robots, religion, big business, virtual reality, immigrant space-gangsters, and a sport called Pyramid that plays like Rugby crossed with Calvinball. For some reason, this did not resonate with the public at large, and the Battlestar Galactica spin-off/prequel was canceled last week. But fandom springs eternal, and the “Save Caprica” campaign has announced a plan to attack the Syfy offices with apples (a reference to the show’s original advertising). This is reminiscent to the famous “Peanuts” incident, when fans ofJericho bombarded CBS with peanuts. That campaign actually succeeded. Will the Capricaapples sway Syfy? And should Caprica be saved?

To answer the first question: Probably not. Syfy has already committed to another Battlestar Galactica spin-off that might as well be calledBattlestar Galactica: All the Space Battles and Killer Robots You Missed on Caprica. Capricais an expensive show to produce, and it looks a bit out of place on a network that now favors frothy fare like Warehouse 13 and Eureka. (You could argue that Caprica was more of an AMC show. Heck, you could argue that Caprica is Rubicon with hats.)

Which brings us to the more interesting question: Does Caprica really deserve be saved? Don’t get me wrong — I’m a fan of the show. The pilot was an eye-popping brain teaser, and the midseason finale literally sent me into semi-religious ecstasy that my therapist and I are still working out. But Caprica always had problems. Brilliant supporting players like Patton Oswalt’s Baxter Sarno regularly stole the show from the main characters. Paula Malcomson literally spent the first half of the season lying on a couch smoking cigarettes.

You could always count on Caprica for an intriguing cocktail of ideas, but I don’t know if all those ideas ever quite cohered. Much as I wanted Caprica to bring it all together in season 1.5, there’s a part of me that felt like the cancellation was a mercy-killing. What do you think, PopWatchers? Will you join up with the Apple Brigade? Are you ready to move on to Blood & Chrome? Or is this all just too much Battlestar for you?



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Quote of the Day:

The two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change.
– Seth MacFarlane

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Teams discover bone in Zahra Baker search

As the nearly month-long search for missing 10-year-old Zahra Baker continued today, search teams discovered a bone that police say may have belonged to her.

Hickory police said they sent the bone to the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for inspection. Deputy Chief Clyde Deal would not say where authorities found the bone, except to say it was in Caldwell County.

Also on Wednesday, authorities were draining a Caldwell County pond in an area where they recently found a key piece of evidence.

Investigators looked for clues in a pond near Christie Road, Hickory Police Deputy Chief Clyde Deal said. Deal said police were draining the pond because “we want to be thorough.”

The pond is in the vicinity of a brushy area where search crews last week found a prosthetic leg that police say belongs to Zahra.

The Hickory girl, who is hearing impaired, used the prosthetic leg because her lower left leg was amputated due to bone cancer.

No one has been charged in Zahra’s disappearance, which was report Oct. 9, but her stepmother and father were arrested on other charges.

Elisa Baker, 42, was charged with obstruction of justice after police say she admitted writing a phony ransom note to throw off the investigation into the missing girl.


Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/11/03/1809071/police-look-for-zahra-in-pond.html#ixzz14G3OJqwg

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Seventh ‘Dancing With the Stars’ cut made

Not that I have watched this season actually stopped watching Dancing with the *cough,cough* “stars” a couple of seasons back….


I was happy to see this on Yahoo this morning.

Hope she crawls back under a rock and takes her lame dumbass family with her.


Bristol Palin landed at the bottom of the leaderboard once again on Monday night’s “Dancing with the Stars,” but on Tuesday’s elimination show, it was revealed that she managed to survive another week on the ABC reality competition.

Rick Fox, who earned his highest scores of the season with partner Cheryl Burke the night before, was instead the competitor who went home, something that came as a shock to the judges.

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Carrie Ann Inaba dropped her jaw, while Len Goodman held his hands in the air in disbelief.

Rick’s daughter, Sasha, who was in the audience alongside his girlfriend, Eliza Dushku, also appeared surprised by the news, as the camera panned to the youngster, whose mouth opened in shock.

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As for Rick, the former NBA star didn’t realize his elimination was coming, but he took the news well.

“I didn’t have any idea,” he told show hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke. “You stay in a positive frame of mind. It is, though, the seventh week and numbers do decline and someone goes home at the end of tonight.”

Rick, a former member of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, said being on the program was a joy, and he apprecaited what the show did for his life.

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“It’s been a transformational journey for me. It’s been amazing. My relationship has transformed with my girlfriend, my daughter. It’s the most enjoyable time having her here and sharing this with me as well,” he said.

The tallest contender ever on “Dancing” — he’s 6’7” — also had kind words for his partner, Cheryl Burke, who as a result of his elimination, is out of the competition too (meaning she is out of the race to be the first pro to win “DWTS” three times).

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“Cheryl, you did an amazing job working with a tall, jolly green giant,” Rick laughed, referring to his foxtrot suit.

Derek Hough, who is dancing with Jennifer Grey, and Mark Ballas, who is paired with Bristol Palin, are the two remaining pros who are in the running to win their third mirrorball.



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