OC Season Four

Here’s the DVD cover for season four.

Ben McKenzie, Autumn Reeser, Kelly Rowan, Peter Gallagher, Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody, <i>The O.C.</i> by Michael Desmond/Fox

New Gilmore Girl Spoilers

It’s looking more and more that we are heading toward a series finale according to Mike Ausiello “Due to a last-minute change of plans, Lauren Graham is no longer singing ABBA’s “Fernando” in the May 1 episode. Now for the good news: She’s singing Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” instead. And now for the even better news: She sings it to someone specific — and it’s not Rory.” Meaning LUKE, which starts tying things up.

More yet, Logan is  a goner Rory and Logan are breaking up on her graduation episode. Can’t Rory ever keep her boyfriends when she graduates. Its a downer to always break up at graduation time. I was really liking Logan this year.

The Future of Gilmore Girls and Spoilers

As of now an 8th season rests primarily in Alexis Bledel’s hands. Its rather surprising tha she would diss the fans that in essence made her career. Without Gilmore Girls she would have never had an acting career, and without the fans she would never had breakout success.

There is no way at this point in the season that the show could actually wrap up properly, and the Rory light season idea would be better the closing the show with so much remaining unresolved especially w/Luke-Lorelai.

Here are some spoilers for the remaining episodes:

Episode 7.18: Hay Bale Maze
Airdate: April 10, 2007

  • 02/28 – [The April 10th episode is tentatively] when a pretty major turning point occurs in the Luke and Lorelai saga. Based on my e-mail bag, it’s an event many of you have been anxiously waiting for all season long. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide
  • 02/14 – Just received a fresh batch of intel on Episode 18, and there’s a pivotal scene at the end in which Luke and Lorelai both apologize for all that ugly stuff that led to their breakup. Best of all, Lorelai utters the words we’ve been longing to hear since last May. Although the heartfelt powwow doesn’t include any physical contact (i.e., smooching, necking, petting, etc), it certainly paves the way for a possible May-sweeps reunion. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide
  • 02/10 – It’s the annual Stars Hollow Spring Fling. Lorelai and Michel are busy welcoming new guests at the inn. Michel is irritated by the cheerfulness of the visitors. Rory is on a train back from Providence. April gives Luke a bracelet. Later, Lorelai, Logan, Rory and Michel, along with some tourists, go to Spring Fling in a bus rented by the Inn. At the event, some Inn guests are skeptical about a maze made out of hay. One kid is especially not that excited because no one will chase him or shoot him with water guns as he goes through the maze. Logan goes through the maze with the kid. Babette, Morey, and Taylor also appear. Source: SpoilerFix.com

Episode 7.19: It’s Just Like Riding a Bike
Airdate: April 17, 2007

  • 03/14 – According to people over at FanForum.com, episode 7.19 is titled “It’s Just Like Riding a Bike” because Lorelai uses her bike until she buys a new car. She goes car shopping with Luke. Source: SpoilerFix BuddyTV Spoilers Chat
  • 03/07 – [Episode 19] involves car shopping and a really big argument. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide

Episode 7.20: Title Unknown
Airdate: April 24, 2007

  • 03/14 – [Lorelai will sing] “Fernando”! And Lauren isn’t the only Stars Hollow denizen attempting to carry a tune in the April 24 episode. We’ll also hear from Rory, Miss Patty and Babette. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide
  • 03/07 – I just found out that [episode 20] features a Gilmore Girls first: Lauren Graham singing one of ABBA’s greatest hits! Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide

Episode 7.21: Title Unknown
Airdate: May 1, 2007

  • new 03/21 – Rory isn’t graduating in the season/series finale on May 8, as everyone assumed. She’s graduating in the penultimate May 1 episode. And yes, Lorelai will be attending the ceremony with Christopher. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide

Episode 7.22: Title Unknown (Series? finale)
Airdate: May 8, 2007

03/15 – Show-runner Dave Rosenthal has […] arranged for Rory to finally come face-to-face with her longtime idol, Christiane Amanpour! According to multiple Girls sources, CNN’s internationally renowned newshound will make a cameo in the show’s May 8 season (and likely series) finale. Amanpour’s scene is still being written, so all that’s known at this point is that she will be playing herself. Source: The Ausiello Report

Jared Padalecki: Supernatural’s Best Is Yet to Come

Jared Padalecki: Supernatural‘s Best Is Yet to Come

by Angel Cohn

Jared Padalecki by Michael Muller/The CW

 

Supernatural fans best know Jared Padalecki as Sam, the normally sweet Winchester brother who works with Dean (Jensen Ackles) to fight off otherworldly beings on the CW’s underrated but well-written and -acted drama that has the unfortunate task of airing Thursdays at 9 pm/ET, opposite two of television’s hottest series. Hunting down Jared for an interview proved easier said than done — the show shoots in Vancouver, and since the primary cast is only two people, they tend to be a little busy! But TVGuide.com finally caught up with the adorable former Gilmore Girls hottie and asked him some of our own burning questions. Plus: The scoop on Sam’s upcoming good lovin’!TVGuide.com: Supernatural has one of the most popular show blogs on our site. You’ve got some really loyal fans.
Jared Padalecki: Wow! That’s rockin’! Because we’re here in Vancouver, shooting 80 to 90 hours a week, I’m so removed from the real world that sometimes I lose track of the fact that people are enjoying our show and what we do. We’re in our own reality up here, which isn’t really reality.

TVGuide.com: The fans are analyzing every tiny detail.
Padalecki: [In a girlish voice] “He looked uglier in this episode than he did in the last episode.” [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: The big fan question is what can be done to save or promote the show. They are all worried it won’t come back for a third season.
Padalecki: We are all worried, too. We’re doing the only thing we can do, which is work on the quality of the show. It is just one of those unfortunate things, since we’re in this ridiculous hour on this ridiculous night of television. I don’t remember ever in my life the No. 1 and 2 [scripted] shows being on in the same hour. We’re, like, a welterweight in the ring with Mohammed Ali and George Foreman. We’re going to sneak in some punches, but it is a little like we were thrown to the wolves. From what I know, the powers-that-be are happy with what’s going on, but unfortunately I think coming back has to do with how many people are watching. Tell your friends and everybody you can about the show! We love hearing online and in other venues that people are enjoying it. If you know anybody who might be interested in the show but hasn’t watched it yet, try to convince them to sit down with you. We’ll buy you pizza! [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: My favorite episode of the show aired recently, the one where Sam goes bad.
Padalecki: I haven’t seen it yet. Usually we’re shooting when it airs.

TVGuide.com: Oh, you’re watching Grey’s Anatomy — don’t lie.
Padalecki: [Laughs] Don’t tell anybody, they’ll kill me. I have the season pass for Supernatural on iTunes, so they are all sitting on my computer waiting for me to watch them. I’ve just been working so much, it’s crazy. I could either sit down for an hour and watch one of these episodes, or I could do what I probably should be doing and memorize my lines.

TVGuide.com: How much fun was it to play the bad guy, seeing as Sam’s usually so sweet?
Padalecki: It was awesome to explore that different side of Sam, even if it was just because he was temporarily possessed. I’ve now played Sam for 40 different episodes, which is something like 320 days of shooting, and that is a long time to play a guy who has been a certain way for the majority of it. It was fun to have that little “vacation” from Sam and to mess with Dean a bit. As a viewer, I love it when the brothers are at odds with each other. They love each other and they are kidding around, but when you see them clash and go head-to-head, it brings a new, interesting dynamic.

TVGuide.com: There was recently a brawl between them, too!
Padalecki: Yeah, we’re keeping it interesting. We definitely have found our niche this year. The writers and actors and everyone involved with the show, we’re all trying new things. I definitely feel like here in the second season, we’ve had a lot of strong showings, and I’m very proud of a lot of our episodes. It is too bad that we’re up against Grey’s Anatomy and CSI, but all we can do is make the best show we can. The pro and con of being up in Vancouver is that while I don’t get the benefit of seeing how successful Supernatural is, I also am not subject to how successful CSI and Grey’s Anatomy are. I get to focus on my work without having these other shows thrown in my face, so to speak.

TVGuide.com: Well, at least you have a fun place to work!
Padalecki: Yeah. Another fun thing about that [bad Sam] episode was that it was filmed right before the Christmas holiday. After the first stretch of five months of shooting, you get to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It was fun to do the scenes with Alona [Tal], who plays Jo, as you see Sam being a slimeball.

TVGuide.com: Is Jo coming back, or is she done with the brothers?
Padalecki: I don’t think she’s done with the brothers, and I don’t think the brothers are done with her. But the next time they see each other, they won’t be so happy. Sam will probably be happy to see her, because he doesn’t really know what happened, but I don’t think Jo will be too happy to see him!

TVGuide.com: Yeah, if I were Jo, I’d be wary.
Padalecki: Exactly, but I think she’s a tough chick. Maybe she’d have a knife in her back pocket — just in case.

TVGuide.com: There have been a lot of great mythology episodes this season, especially surrounding the idea of Sam’s possible destiny to be evil. Is that more interesting than the monster-of-the-week episodes?
Padalecki: For me it is totally more interesting. What I originally loved about the show is that there was that element, that mythology. In school you study Joseph Campbell and archetypes and you recognize them in movies like Star Wars and The Matrix. You see good versus evil, the trusted companion and the friendly demon, the unfriendly family member…. There is a whole list, and it was what got me interested in the show. But I think one of the reasons we’re still keeping the monsters of the week is because it is just fun. Especially when trying to get new viewers, as opposed to having them tune in [to see us] talking about if Sam’s a demon and if he has demon blood, or if his dad or mom was a demon, or what have you. Then they are just going, “What the hell are they talking about?!” [Series creator Eric] Kripke said that every three or four episodes he wants to throw in a heavy mythology episode, but he wants to have the core be fun and something people could tune in for the first time and enjoy.

TVGuide.com: Yeah, the doll one still gives me nightmares.
Padalecki: That director, Charles Beeson, did a great job. I was really proud of that doll episode, because it could have been not scary, but the way it was shot was great.  The episode [airing tonight] where we are working with this girl Tricia Helfer from Battlestar Galactica is also directed by Charles. He was fun to work with.

TVGuide.com: Do you get freaked out by any of the stories?
Padalecki: Not a whole lot. But speaking of Tricia Helfer, when she was filming, she was talking about how she and her husband were [checking out Supernatural] and during some of the parts she audibly screamed. Her husband then jumped and they spilled Chinese takeout on themselves. It was so cool, and I was so flattered. I remember taking a doll and sneaking it in Jensen’s trailer to try to freak him out. So it isn’t scary for me because I’m familiar with the story, but it is creepy.

TVGuide.com: How was Tricia to work with?
Padalecki: She was a champ, and so cool. She had one of the heaviest guest-star roles that we’ve ever had. She worked, I think, every day, which is usually just something Jensen and I do, while the lead guest star usually works five out of eight days, or six maybe. Sometimes she was in before us and sometimes she was out after us. She was very professional and very fun to work with and very talented.

TVGuide.com: The boys have been getting in a lot of trouble this season with the police and the FBI. Will that continue?
Padalecki: That absolutely will continue. I like that the police and the FBI are hot on these guys’ trail. Obviously we know the demons are after Sam and Dean and they pose a major threat, but sometimes you forget, “Aren’t they doing illegal things? Shouldn’t the law be chasing after them, knocking at their door a day too late or an hour too late?” I think in Episode 19, we have a really intense run-in with the law and we end up in prison… or so I hear. The boys, what are they going to do?

TVGuide.com: I’m sure some mystical being will help them out.
Padalecki: [Laughs] Someone’s going to have to help us. We’re going to have to call Bobby Singer and have him run a truck through the gate.

TVGuide.com: Bobby’s been there for you guys, he’ll help you out.
Padalecki: Yeah. Jim Beaver‘s awesome. He’s fun.

TVGuide.com: I loved him on Deadwood.
Padalecki: Yeah! He got the news of their SAG nomination while he was here shooting, and I could see him light up a little. He was like, “I’m sorry, I’ve got to tell someone. [Deadwood was] nominated for best ensemble for a drama.” I’m so happy for him, because he’s great and the whole cast of that show is great.

TVGuide.com: Wait, you have time to watch TV?
Padalecki: I don’t. I only have time to watch DVDs. I don’t have a chance to keep current with anything, because I’m afraid I’ll get into a show and there will be a new episode I want to catch and I’ll be working and then I’ll be at work thinking, “Man, I wish I was in my trailer watching that show.” I learned a long time ago that if I make any other plans while I’m filming, I’ll only end up resenting the work. I’ll catch it later.

TVGuide.com: Are you taking some time off during your summer hiatus?
Padalecki: I’d like to work, strangely enough. Last summer I took off.

TVGuide.com: You are a glutton for punishment.
Padalecki: I can’t even believe the words coming out of my mouth. Last summer, I didn’t even do a one-day cameo on a movie or show. I went on vacation with my girlfriend and my brother and sister-in-law; I spent time with my sister as she turned 21; another one of my buddies got married. The first season was really tough for me. Even though it was only Canada, every time I wanted to go home I had to go through customs and immigration.

TVGuide.com: Customs? For Canada?
Padalecki: I know, it is so weird. It’s like, “Come on, guys, you are only 20 miles inside the border, just let me go without this hourlong line.” But the first season was crazy hours, I missed my girlfriend and home. This year, not that I don’t miss them, but I knew what to expect, and the benefits are a little better this season. I have a bigger trailer, I have wireless Internet in it…. I’m all spoiled now. My girlfriend and I have the little camera things on our computer, so if she’s in L.A., I get to “see” her. It’s been easier, so I think I am rested and ready to work this summer. Hopefully a good project comes up.

TVGuide.com: Speaking of girls, any chance that Sam will be getting one?
Padalecki: You know what? Sam did just get a girl, some action. It was due time for it. It’s been a while since his girlfriend died and not that he’s not an honorable, chivalrous kind of guy, but it was time for him to move on and accept what had happened. The last thing that the audience wants to see is this guy just whining and bitching and moaning and pining for his girlfriend who we knew nothing about. The episode we just finished, Sam had a love scene. I got the news three weeks before that I was going to basically be in my underwear, so I was like, “All right, time for me to hit the gym and stop eating all this candy.” I started running with my dogs and doing push-ups and sit-ups, and eating my protein bars and drinking 10 glasses of water a day. It was so weird. I’d never done a scene like that. I was so nervous. But they were so nice and so professional. It was necessary for Sam and for the show. I think I impressed Dean, and I got some.

TVGuide.com: It never made sense to me that all the girls would throw themselves at Dean. It should be equal!
Padalecki: Yeah! Some should come Sam’s way. Sam made his mark on society now, after all this time.

TVGuide.com: Who would you rather hang with? Sam or Dean?
Padalecki: Hmm… that’s a good question. [Pauses] Um… I think I would rather hang with Dean because Sam is smarter than I am, so I think I would be intimidated by that. [Laughs] Plus, I could kick Dean’s ass, but if Sam went berserk he could mess me up pretty good. You have to print that so I can show it to Jensen.

TVGuide.com: Cool. Maybe we’ll get another on-screen fight between you two.
Padalecki: It would be more comforting to hang out with Dean and know he wasn’t possessed by a demon or have weird headaches and see people dying. It is always a buzzkill when you are with your buddy and he gets a headache and says, “We’ve got to go three states over and save someone before they die.”

TVGuide.com: Speaking of which, do you do all your stunts and fighting?
Padalecki: I did a lot until I broke my hand. Then they thought that maybe we shouldn’t have him doing that. But I have a stunt guy who is a great match for me and he’s a lot tougher than I am. He does all the hard stuff and I just look pretty.

TVGuide.com: Anything else to look forward to for the rest of the season?
Padalecki: I think our final run is fantastic. The episode after Tricia’s, which was one of my favorites, is the one where Sam gets some “special lovin’,” so to speak. Then we have a great time when Sam and Dean go to Los Angeles to visit a haunted movie set. It gets better from there. Even though we haven’t finished filming our final episodes, I think in four months I can see being more proud of Season 2 than of any of the other work I’ve done.

Check out this video preview of this week’s Supernatural.

Gilmore Girls: Lane’s Baby Shower

Gilmore GirlsThis season is turning into a fun and feel good Gilmore Girls season. Although the Baby Shower episode didn’t really further any of the storylines. It was a truly enjoyable episode.

It had the right elements, first of all it Star Hollow centered almost all the Town’s character’s played. But wasn’t that a different Lulu, and where is Taylor?

Two week’s of funny Kirk in a row, it was cute how he bought Luke’s boat, but thought he was getting a bargain, when he was just agreeing to Luke’s price, classic.

Speaking of the boat, Luke showed some initiative, like when he impulsively bought the building next to him. Wish he would have centered some of that energy on Lorelai.

Lorelai as mediator between Lane and Mrs. Kim gave tonight’s best scenes. Lane and here mother agreed essentially to disagree, but at the heart Lane is really not much different than her mother, and actually admires her, because she is going to focus on her life on her children like her mother did for her. It was sweet to finally have them see eye to eye.

At least Rory is finally focused again, though it natural to question academic and career goals. Her NYT interview was unconventional, meeting in a coffee shop, how about in his office. But that would have meant Rory and Lorelai couldn’t have that Bald Man banter on the phone. Yeah, Rory was making their day!

I was beginning to wonder why Lane and Rory were not interacting anymore it’s been since early the season. The shower gave them some good old friend moments.

Since all the characters were going back to their old selfs in this episode, it no suprise Logan would too. Back to the reckless parting with Colin and Finn, but who could blame him this time, he really made a mess.

Can’t wait for the Gilmore Girls (all three) road trip next week!

From TV Guide: February 27, 2007: The Gilmore Effect

Don’t know about you, but I feel like I finally got my Girls back, and then some. It took a while, but both Lorelai and Rory have found their footing and are moving in the right direction. And the steps they’ve taken have affected everyone around them, both good and bad.

Let’s start with Lorelai. Her recent behavior? Making demanding ultimatums, then impulsively getting married. Since leaving Christopher, she’s become a patient daughter, a good friend and a fantastic mediator. She helped Luke win partial custody of April, she stepped in when her mother needed to get Richard’s business in order and she’s brokered one hell of deal between the stubborn Lane and intolerable Mrs. Kim. The listener, the messenger, the pacifier: Lorelai played every role perfectly. In the end, Lane accepted that her twins could turn out to be bible readers, and Mrs. Kim understood that they could be rock and rollers. Loved Lorelai’s gentle reminder, “My mother missed so much. I don’t want that to happen to you.” That one small comment brought together Mrs. Kim and Lane, who finally admitted that her mother had always been there for her. If Lorelai could get those two to agree on something, she could probably bring peace to warring countries. She’s clear, focused and insightful. In other words, the Lorelai we’ve always known and loved.

Now Rory. Her recent behavior? Way too much pining away for Logan, even after he returned to the States. Half-heartedly participating with Paris as she charted out potential career goals. Chasing after a new friendship that didn’t seem worthy of the drawn-out fight. But now she’s back on the journalism track, networking with the assistant managing editor of The New York Times. And she’s a contender for very a prestigious fellowship. (Inside magazine joke: “This could be the difference between interviewing world leaders or standing on a street corner asking passersby who wore that dress better.” Nice little dig at InTouch, the mag known for such columns and the one that Sookie happened to be reading out loud at Lorelai’s house.) And her attention is back on her real best friend, Lane, who asked Rory to be “her Lorelai Gilmore.” (Essentially, the godmother to her twins. What higher compliment is there?) She’s clear, she’s focused, she’s insightful. In other words, the Rory we’ve known and loved.

Oh, Logan, Logan, Logan. His recent behavior? Cleaning up his act, working 60-hour weeks, creating his own company and moving it to New York City. He’d stopped the partying and started to network, making lots of late-night deals and grand handshakes over cognac. Dude actually became an adult, and won the respect of his unrelenting father. His relationship with Rory improved as he made her more of a priority, remaining faithful (remember hot Bobbi?), setting up romantic rooftop dinners and offering endless support when Richard had a heart attack. I was actually impressed — but I knew it wouldn’t last. Sure, he screwed up and lost everyone’s money. (“Even the guy from the hot dog stand,” he joked.) Yes, that’s a huge deal, and he is allowed to get drunk and feel sorry for himself. But not telling Rory for weeks? Then skipping out on the baby shower as if the huge blow happened that day? Totally selfish! Even worse? Instead of taking comfort in Rory, he ran away to Vegas with Colin and Finn on a private jet. He’s unclear, he’s unfocused and falling out of touch. In other words, the Logan I love to hate.

Last, Luke. His recent behavior? Fighting for partial custody of April, and winning. Showing up to the hospital when Richard had a heart attack and bringing food. Being cordial when running into Lorelai and Chris. Then refusing to gloat when the two broke up. (Sure, he screwed up when he and Chris had a smackdown in the center of town, but I think most guys would’ve wanted to kick his ass.) For once, Luke actually listened to his kooky sister who compared him to his dad: “stuck, doing the same thing, the same way, every day of his life.” So Luke finally sold the boat, the one his father worked on for 20 years and left for him when he died. Loved how the guy “who takes a week to buy a t-shirt,” according to Lorelai, bought a new boat the next day so that he and April could take vacations. “Things change,” he explained to a shocked Lorelai. He’s clear, he’s focused, he’s insightful. In other words, he’s the Luke we’ve known and loved.

It’s almost as if Lorelai and Rory have a domino effect on people. When they are at their best, everyone comes to life and their true identities emerge. We like what we see (uh, sorry, Logan) and I have a feeling the best is soon to come.

The OC’s Final Song

It’s been a week since The OC’s finale, but the final song from the show; Patrick Park’s Life is a Song has really stroke a cord with all the show’s fan’s.

Here is the Audio Link:

http://profile.imeem.com/1MPajG/music/q2dQSgOT/life_is_a_song/

Here are the Lyrics:

You say life is a dream where we can’t say what we mean
Maybe just some roadside scene that we’re driving past
There’s no telling where we’ll be in a day or in a week
And there’s no promises of peace or of happiness

Well is this why you cling to every little thing
And polverize and derrange all your senses
Maybe life is a song but you’re scared to song along
Until the very ending

Oh, it’s time to let go of everything we used to know
Ideas that strengthen who we’ve been
It’s time to cut ties that won’t ever free our minds
From the chains and shackles that they’re in

Oh, tell me what good is saying that you’re free
In a dark and storming sea
You’re chained to your history, you’re surely sinking fast
You say that you know that the good Lord’s in control
He’s gonna bless and keep your tired and oh so restless soul
But at the end of the day when every price has been paid
You’re gonna rise and sit beside him on some old seat of gold
And won’t you tell me why you live like you’re afraid to die
You’ll die like you’re afraid to go

Oh, it’s time to let go of everything we used to know
Ideas that strengthen who we’ve been
It’s time to cut ties that won’t ever free our minds
From chains and shackles that they’re in
From the chains and shackles that they’re in

Well life is a dream ’cause we’re all walking in our sleep
You could see us stand in lines like we’re dead upon our feet
And we build our house of cards and then we wait for it to fall
Always forget how strange it is just to be alive at all

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