Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

Orla Brady on “Fringe”

December 16, 2009

I’m usually the last one to find these things out, though since the episode(s?) in question hasn’t aired, I guess that’s not actually the case this time. Orla Brady. Brilliant Irish actress. You might remember her from the BBC’s version of “Wuthering Heights” back in the 90’s. She was on an episode of “Wallander.” She was also one of the stars of “Mistresses” which is one of my British TV guilty pleasures – an American soap opera about career women would be beneath me but if they’re hot British women…whole other story.

Anyway fabulous actress (who also happens to be truly stunning) is going to be on one of my favorite shows, “Fringe.” Star Anna Torv was on a few episodes of “Mistresses” but I don’t think she and Brady ever had a scene together? I could be wrong, but if they did it was brief. Anyway she’ll be playing John Noble’s wife and Joshua Jackson’s mom, who I thought was dead. It’s “Fringe” so I know not to expect, because whatever I think is going on, usually is not. Regardless, it should be interesting.

Sesame Street is over 40

November 20, 2009

Wow that’s old. It’s interesting to watch the show now and see just how much it’s changed since I used to watch it. Even more shocking to watch the episodes from the 70’s. The show’s defining moment was probably the death of Mr. Hooper. When the actor Will Lee died, the producers chose to address the issue head-on by having the adults explain death to Big Bird and why Mr. Hooper wouldn’t be coming back.

I still have songs from the show that I think about from time to time (does anyone else remember the “Honker-Ducker-Dinger Jamboree” or “Born to Add”?). There’s Kermit singing his now-immortal song “Bein’ Green.” Monsterpiece Theater and Alistair Cookie. I remember the specials like the Christmas special where Big Bird waits on the rooftop for Santa Claus, or when Big Bird and Snuffy get lost in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the trips to China or Japan. I remember when Big Bird’s imaginary friend Mr. Snufflupagus was shown to be real and was introduced to everyone. Ernie and Hoots the Owl sining “Put Down the Duckie.” Ernie’s song about not wanting to live on the moon.

They still do great work and have sketches and guests with great parodies. Feist’s “1234” parody is brilliant. The Desperate Houseplants parody. Then of course there’s the now-classic Ricky Gervais and Elmo interview out takes (look it up on youtube – not suitable for kids!)

It was Mr. Hooper, though who changed the show. It’s easy to be jaded and cynical about television, but every now and again we’re reminded what is possible. Here’s to forty more years.

Angora Napkin cartoon

November 4, 2009

Earlier this year I talked with the Canadian cartoonist and animator Troy Little about his new graphic novel “Angora Napkin.” At the time he was working on the animated pilot of “Angora Napkin” which he described as “Nightmare on Elm Street” meets “Hello Kitty.” It’s fabulous and twisted and funny and unlike a lot of cartoons that might fit that description, it doesn’t look cheap. It’s only online for a few more days. Go vote. This is what the world needs right now. More Angora Napkin.