Needless to say, when this TV Addict first introduced ASK THE ADDICT last Wednesday, I quite honestly had no idea so many readers
were too lazy to type a question into google had so many great questions. So without further ado, I present the inaugural edition of ASK THE ADDICT.
Question: Holy rip off Batman? Paging Michael Ausiello’s lawyer! — Jenn
The TV Addict: This may come as a shock to the numerous Ausholes [Fans of Ausiello] who emailed. But Michael Ausiello did not invent the ‘Ask [insert name here]‘ format. In fact, after hours of tedious research*, this TV Addict discovered that advice columns have a long history in journalism, reaching back to the “letters to the lovelorn” that appeared in eighteenth-century magazine and newspapers.
* Hours of tedious research is actually code for the first thing that came up in a Google search query.
Question: Do you happen to know when SUPERNATURAL is going to start filming again? — Shannon
The TV Addict: According to my mole at the CW, SUPERNATURAL will be returning sometime in July. And although a specific date has not been announced, I can reveal that SUPERNATURAL and SMALLVILLE will both be returning to this July’s San Diego Comic Convention. Yet unlike previous years, both shows are tentatively scheduled to have their panels on the Sunday rather than the traditional Saturday. So plan your trip accordingly, as it undoubtedly be a shame to travel all the way to San Diego only to discover you won’t be seeing your favorite Winchester Brothers up close and personal. But not too personal. Like a trip to the zoo, a good rule of thumb when it comes to encountering real-life celebrities in the wild is look but don’t touch.
Question: I miss EVERWOOD. Do Gregory Smith [Ehpram] or Stephanie Niznik [Nina] have any new projects lined up? — Charles
The TV Addict: What’s this you say, EVERWOOD has been cancelled? Memo to all current and future readers of ASK THE ADDICT. Call me crazy, in denial, or trapped alongside the mysterious LOST island in that unexplained vortex between time and space. But in TV Addict land, my favorite television shows are never cancelled. EVERWOOD, VERONICA MARS, GILMORE GIRLS, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, GROSSE POINT, KIDNAPPED, I prefer to think of them on an extended hiatus. They’ll be back… really… they’ll all be back.
That said, Gregory, or Greg as he now likes to be referred to will next be seen on CBC’s [the Canadian Broadcasting Corporations] miniseries GUNS. And rest assured, I’ll be working hard to line up an interview with Mr. Smith to help promote the series that my Canadian tax dollars paid for.
Stephanie Niznik followed up the disappointment that was the CW’s short lived LIFE IS WILD, or as I like to call it, ‘they cancelled VERONICA MARS for that!’ with a guest spot on CSI: MIAMI.
Question: After watching the ONE TREE HILL finale I can’t help but wonder, did I miss something? Am I supposed to believe that Brooke would actually get that phone call from Lucas? Because I watched the whole season and didn’t see any clues that hinted that the writers re-booting Brooke and Lucas 3.0 — Kelly
The TV Addict: Rest assured Kelly, you didn’t miss anything. I too was completely blindsided by the finale and really believe that Brooke was just thrown into the mix to ensure our jaws dropped that extra little bit during the episode’s surprising final moments.
Of course, my TV compadre Couch Tater, or C.T. as he’s known around these parts disagrees and asked me to pass along this verbal smack-down to you, “Kelly, were you watching the same show I was? Maybe its that I’ve never been a big fan of Peyton and Lucas, but I thought OTH did a great job of dropping little hints that maybe, just maybe, he and Brooke would hook up again. Remember when Lucas fell asleep with the baby on his chest while Brooke worked her designs? I couldn’t help thinking that they looked like a happy little family. And let’s face: Given their self-destructive nature, it would make perfect sense for them to fly off to Vegas, get drunk and come home married! I only hope that if that’s how it goes, once they get back to Tree Hill, Owen shows up to say, “I was wrong… I want you back Brooke!” Frankly, from a storytelling point of view, Lucas calling Brooke is the most interesting option.”
The TV Addict: And yes Kelly, I know what your thinking. Couch Tater takes his ONE TREE HILL a little too seriously!. I mean geeeez, it’s just a TV show. (But that’s why we love him!)
Question: Why is the beloved Keri Russell not on my TV screen on a weekly basis? (CW, are you listening?) — Common Sense
The TV Addict: Because I’m not her agent! If I was, I’d definitely have her back on my flat-screen each and every week rather than continuing to disappoint with movies like AUGUST RUSH and WAITRESS.
Question: Can you find out if The Sci Fi Channel or Direct TV are really considering picking up Moonlight or whether we are wasting our time? Thanks =). — Allie
The TV Addict: While nothing’s official and both networks failed to comment, this TV Addict’s take is that MOONLIGHT is as dead as Misha Barton’s career.
Question: Okay, If I’m going to take this column seriously, I’m going to need at least one nugget of actual scoop? — Mary
The TV Addict: Fair enough, how’s this. A DEGRASSI cast member who recently landed a high profile pilot has just had his or her role recast because he/she was deemed to be too old to play ‘high school’. And in all seriousness, this TV Addict’s heart goes out to him or her, because being recast for lack of a better word stinks.
Question: I read a while back that SOAPnet was going to start showing THE EDGE OF NIGHT reruns. That was my favorite show ever… any chance this is true? — Jordan
The TV Addict: There’s good news and bad news, Jordan. First, the bad: Don’t expect SOAPnet to start showing the classic sudser anytime soon, especially since the network seems to be focusing a lot more attention on original programming such as the GENERAL HOSPITAL spin-off NIGHT SHIFT, which returns to the airwaves in June. But as promised, there’s also good news: If you head over to AOLvideo.com and look on the P&G Classic Soaps channel, you’ll find episodes of EDGE. (For those not in the know, EDGE ran from 1956 utnil 1984, first on CBS and later on ABC, and was known for its tendency to eschew traditional soap plots in favor of crime-centric ones. Under long-time headwriter Henry Sleasar, the show became extremely popular among fans of well-plotted murder mysteries.) The site posts two or three episodes each week. The storylines featured in the most recently posted eps revolve around Draper’s amnesia, Raven fighting dirty for custody of the son she sees as a major payday and the introduction of Nicole’s sister, Jodi (played by none other than future FULL HOUSE star Lori Loughlin).
Question: I’m going throught slight TV withdrawal with the end of the ‘regular’ television season and I need your help. What are some great shows to tide me over this summer? — Marisa
The TV Addict: Marisa, Never fear cable’s here! [Honestly, with slogans like that, how am I not on some network's marketing payroll?] That said, your wish, well really question is my command. Four summer shows to get you through rerun/reality TV hell.
1. MAD MEN [Returns to AMC on Sunday, July 27 @ 10PM ]
This TV Addict is mad about MAD MEN. Seriously, I cannot help myself with these slogans, it’s as if they write themselves!
2. WEEDS [Returns to Showtime on June June 16 @ 10 PM]
This TV Addict is Mad…. okay, I’ll stop. But really, thanks to a new locale [the fictional beach town of Ren Mar on the US/Mexico border], new romances [Silas scores a MILF, ED/LOST actress Julie Bowen] and the hilariousness of the anti-GILMORE mother/daughter duo Celia [Elizabeth Perkins] and Isabelle Hodes [Allie Grant], this TV Addict could not be more excited for WEEDS to return. Which reminds me. Be sure to check back later this week for my first look at the new season’s first two hilarious episodes.
3. SWINGTOWN [Premiered June 5, airs Thursday @ 10PM on CBS]
The Parent’s Television Council just gave it a glowing review, with President Tim Winter calling it “one of the most sexually indulgent programs we’ve seen on broadcast television in a long time.”
4. CAMP ROCK [Premieres June 20 @ 8 PM Disney Channel]
Also known as the NEXT HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL.
Well that’s it for the first ever edition of ASK THE ADDICT. Thanks to everybody who took the time to ask a question. Got one of your own? Feel free to email email@example.com.
Now before I go, a question for you.
Question: What shows are you counting on to help get you through the dark days of summer rerun/reality TV hell?