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Speculative Fiction Summer Shows To Check Out

We've got 11 shows on the to check out and watch list plus four specials from the Movies, Miniseries and Monsters category.

TV Shows

True Blood: season three

  • Awesome show must see
  • Vampires done very well
  • Loved the first two seasons
  • Kind of mad at HBO for not making this at least available on iTunes yet.  It has the problem of not being decabled friendly.

June 13, at 9 p.m. on HBO.

There's more sex, blood and supernatural action as the red-hot series picks up where it left off. Sookie's man is missing, and so she's searching for Bill with a little help from vampire Eric and werewolf Alcide (Joe Manganiello). Meanwhile, Tara gets mixed up with a vampire who takes her to the dark side, and we meet Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), the vampire king of Mississippi. Elsewhere, Sam hunts for his birth parents and Jason finds romance with a local woman who has a secret. Look for tons of new regular, recurring and guest characters.

The Gates: series premiere

  • Concerned about the pitch it is trying too hard to be liked
  • I am kind of interested in the show
  • It sounds more like eureka with stock fantasy / Gothic characters
  • Every time I hear about the show I get the slug line "The Gates where abnormals go to be domesticated" in my head.  My hope is that I'm wrong on that
  • Eric hopes it will be like charmed.

June 20, at 10 p.m.  on ABC.

Mix Desperate Housewives with Twilight, add a drop of True Blood, and you've got The Gates. In the series, when an ex-Chicago cop becomes the new police chief of an exclusive gated community, he and his family slowly come to learn exactly how exclusive that community is. Apparently humans aren't the only creatures that want to feel safe. This community has vampires, werewolves, witches and other creatures, and they don't always play nice.

Futurama: season six

  • Love me some Futurama
  • So excited the show is back with full cast intact

June 24, at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central

Thank you, Comedy Central! The ultimate animated space ride, Futurama, is returning for 12 glorious new episodes with Fry, Bender, Leela and all the gang from the Planet Express.

Warehouse 13: season two

  • Season one rocked
  • must watch show
  • What happened to Artie? is it the pheonix artifact and who or what will pay for it
  • could they be doing a where's claudia

July 6, at 9 p.m. on SyFy

Syfy's highest-rated series returns and Artie, who appeared to have died in an explosion at the end of last season, will return in an unusual way. With the season-one finale leaving just about everyone in a tough situation, look for lots of surprises to get them back in the supernatural artifact-hunting business. This season, love will bloom and there will be a Eureka crossover with Douglas Fargo (Neil Grayston) when he installs a new Global Dynamics computer system at the warehouse. Nolan Gerard Funk joins the cast as a romantic interest for Claudia, while Lindsay Wagner and Tia Carrere guest-star.

Eureka: season four

  • great show
  • time to get our geek on again
  • Hoping that Jaime Ray Newman will come back since East Wick is gone.

July 9, at 9 p.m. on SyFy

Something big is coming that will be a major game-changer for Eureka, and it isn't just James Callis joining the cast this season. Expect an Allison/Jack/Dr. Grant (Callis) love triangle, a race to the moon, people turning into stone, and even zombies! Guest stars include Jamie Kennedy, Wil Wheaton and the return of Jaime Ray Newman and Matt Frewer.

Haven: series premiere

  • Based on Stephen King is a yellow flag
  • My hope is for it to be good but past attempts to translate his works onto the screen have meet without much success, see Dead zone and Langoliers.

July 9, at 10 p.m. on SyFy

Based on the Stephen King novella The Colorado Kid, the series centers on FBI agent Audrey Parker, played by Jericho's Emily Rose, as she arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine, to look into the murder of a local ex-con. What seems like a routine case lands her in the middle of events in the town, which is a refuge for people with a range of supernatural abilities. Haven also stars Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour.

Ghost Hunters International: season two finishing episodes

  • Love me some Ghost Hunters

July 14, at 9 p.m. on SyFy

The GHI team is off to Nottingham, England, in the hunt for the Sherriff of Nottingham's ghost at the Galleries of Justice. Other countries they'll explore during their global adventures include Wales, Norway, Poland, Ukraine and Estonia. The team is joined by new member Scott Tepperman, as well as Ghost Hunter Academy winners Susan Slaughter and Karl Pfeiffer.

Being Human: season two

  • I want to see season one have heard good things about the show.
  • Watching this will be tricky since BBC America is not decabled friendly

July 24, at 10 p.m. on BBC America

Before Syfy can have its way with the subject matter, you can catch a second season of the BBC original with the supernatural roomies—vampire Mitchell, werewolf George and ghost Annie. In the second season, George has to deal with relationship troubles, Mitchell tries to create order within the vampire community, and Annie takes on motherhood with a baby ghost. The series moves to its regular timeslot at 9 p.m. on July 31. BBC's announced that a third season is in the works.

Movies, Miniseries and Monsters

Princess of Mars: Syfy original movie

  • Love some Barsoom book series, hoping it will at least be craptastic but with Antonio Sabato Jr. and Traci Lords in it there is no hope.

Saturday, June 5, at 9 p.m.

How about a little Edgar Rice Burroughs? This Syfy original flick adapts the Burroughs novel and takes Antonio Sabato Jr. and Traci Lords on an adventure about a U.S. soldier who is mysteriously transported to Mars in the midst of a war between two alien races.

The Phantom:  Syfy one night event

  • Four hour miniseries
  • don't know why The Phantom needed re-imagining so I hope they do well with it

June 20, at 7 p.m.

This modern-day re-imagining of the comic book follows Kit Walker (Ryan Carnes), the son of the Phantom, who ends up with his father's iconic ring. In the tale, Kit is targeted by the deadly Singh crime syndicate, who hope to stop the ascension of the next Phantom. Add in Isabella Rossellini as Lithia, the head of an experimental mind-control program, and you have one interesting miniseries. This mini was directed by The Last Templar's Paolo Barzman and stars Sandrine Holt and Cameron Goodman.

Dinocroc vs. Supergator: Syfy original movie

  • What can I say I'm a sucker for a crappy giant monster flick

June 26, at 9 p.m.

Yep, it's a Dinocroc vs. Supergator smackdown a la Roger Corman! The two massive critters escape an experimental facility (which happens to be on a lush tropical island) and begin rampaging toward populated beaches filled with tourists. While the creatures work up an appetite battling each other, there are plenty of tourists around to snack on to keep them going.

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Claudia Donovan To visit Eureka

Exploring: Eureka Season 4

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I'm looking forward to the return of geeky fun with Eureka season 4.  Season four will premier on July 9th and run for 22 episodes.

Warehouse 13 Crosses Over Into Eureka

Claudia Donovan pays a visit to Eureka, hoping to see some amazing technological wonders.  Random object begin appearing around town growing ever more dangerous.  Claudia, Fargo and Sheriff Carter work together to solve the mystery before the anomalies have deadly consequences.

This is going to be awesome I really like Scag's (Allison Scagliotti) character Claudia though it will be dangerous to have her and Fargo running around anywhere.

"Crossing Over," will air on August 6.

What to expect in season four

  • New regular character: Dr. Grant – played by James Callis who as a former resident of the town whose unexpected return is cause for serious alarm and, considering his romantic interest in Allison Blake.
  • Guest appearance: Dr. Isaac Parrish – played by Wil Wheaton he will be the head of the Non-Lethal Weapons lab at Global Dynamics.  He is described as having a dry wit, superior attitude makes him a thorn in Fargo’s side — with potentially disastrous consequences.
  • there will be a cataclysmic shift turns their lives upside down

Additional Fun

The Fargonator.

Here is some fun with the Fargonator.  Watch the video above.

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Fargo to Visit Warehouse 13

Exploring: Warehouse 13 Season 2

Season two will premier on Tuesday July 13th and run for 13 episodes this season.

Eureka Crosses Over Into Warehouse 13 crossover

Douglas Fargo from Eureka's Global Dynamics is sent to Warehouse 13 to help update its aging computer system.  A seemingly sentient computer virus is triggered which locks down the Warehouse with the team inside.

The episode is entitled "13.1" airing on August 3.

Cast

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All of the main cast members will be returning including: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti and CCH Pounder.

Artie Lives!

I hope… With Saul Rubinek returning to play Artie maybe this means that he survived.  I can’t wait to see what little Warehouse toy he used that he was not supposed to have on him.

Season 2 guest stars:

  • Jewel Staite:  Little is known about her character yet just that she will appear in season two.  Via her Twitter "Got offered a lovely role on Warehouse 13. Wish I could tell you more. All I can say is, you Browncoats are gonna freak."
  • Tia Carerre:  will replace Gina Torres as Kate an agent from Pete's past who rekindles a relationship with him.
  • Paula Garces:  will play Kelly a recurring character who is a sexy, spunky, headstrong veterinarian in the Warehouse town of Univille who catches Pete's eye.
  • Lindsay Wagner:  will play an in house doctor for the warehouse its self
  • Sean Maher:  He will get a guest character but little is known as to who he will play.  I would like to see him play a Halloween episode maybe a doctor and fundamentalist who got a collector scalpel that used to belong to one Jack the Ripper and goes on a morality campaign.
  • Rene Auberjonois:  will guest star as former Warehouse agent Hugo Miller.

I'm bummed that Gina Torres may have been bumped from the role of Kate by Tia Carerre.  I love Tia and think she will rock in the role of Kate.  Hopefully Gina will get to appear as a different character.

Episodes

  • In the Warehouse town of Univille an object is transmitting increasingly dangerous scenes from old Hollywood movies. Philip Winchester plays 1950s matinee idol "Raymond St. James," the star of these movies, in roles which include a Cowboy, a Marine, a Gladiator and a Mad Scientist.  This episode description makes me chuckle and think of Charmed and Phoebe's old time movie boyfriend.
  • 13.1:  Douglas Fargo from Eureka's Global Dynamics is sent to Warehouse 13 to help update its aging computer system.  A seemingly sentient computer virus is triggered which locks down the Warehouse with the team inside.

More Warehouse 13 Fun

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SF TV Series To Watch This Fall

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With so many Speculative Fiction shows and new shows coming out this fall I thought I could help sort them all out.

Currently Airing

  • Eureka (Syfy):  A fun sci-fi show.  Love it, watch it on Hulu
  • Ghost Hunters (Syfy):  Fascinating exploration of U.S. ghost stories and haunting investigation.  Love it watch it on Hulu
  • Warehouse 13 (Syfy):  A fun sci-fi show that adds a dash of paranormal into it.   Love it, watch it on Hulu

SEPTEMBER 9

  • Glee (FOX):  loved the pilot, a nice feel good musical tale with a dash of fantasy.
  • Destination Truth (Syfy):  Loved the previous seasons can’t wait to see what Josh and the gang get into this season.  Hopefully nothing from Chernobyl bit Josh.

SEPTEMBER 10

  • The Vampire Diaries (CW):  A vampire is in it so I have to check it out but I don’t have much hope.  I realize it is not a Twilight clone (I have been schooled on that subject, lol) yet I can only hope that it is way better then Twilight.
  • Supernatural (CW):  I’m a sucker for a paranormal show involving demon hunters so this is on my check out list because I also realize there are a lot of bad ones out there as well.
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SEPTEMBER 22

  • The Forgotten (ABC): I don’t have much hope for this show, mainly I’m concerned this will turn out to be yet another show for people who don’t like sci-fi to watch.

SEPTEMBER 23

  • Eastwick (ABC):  The trailers looks really good, they captured the essence of the movie so well in the promotional material I’m looking forward to watching it.

SEPTEMBER 25

  • Dollhouse (FOX):  Season one rocked!!! A must see
  • Smallville (CW): I could appreciate the concept behind Smallville but until this season just didn’t care enough bout the show to want to watch it but with Callum Blue joining the cast this year I think I may start watching it.

SEPTEMBER 27

  • The Simpsons (FOX):  If you don’t know then I’m at a loss for words.

OCTOBER 2

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  • Stargate Universe (Syfy):  I started out not caring much about this show, but as more came out and especially the latest trailers I’m excited to watch it.
  • Clone Wars: Rise of the Bounty Hunters (Cartoon):  Season two of George Lucas' animated Star Wars tales covering the era of the Clone Wars.  The animation style is a unique style that has been difficult for some to get into but worth it.  The story is really good though lighter because the show is marketed more towards a kid audience I have hope that the second season will get better.

OCTOBER 9

  • Ugly Betty (ABC):  What an amazing retelling of the classic fantasy tale
  • Sanctuary (Syfy):  The original web series was good.  The first season was awesome so of course I’m looking forward to season two.

NOVEMBER 3

  • V (ABC):  I enjoyed growing up with the original show V and it is one that could use a retelling, plus Morena Baccarin.

November 7

  • Legend of the Seeker (syndication):  Season one was so good I can’t wait to see how season two unfolds.

I find it interesting that all of the speculative fiction programming out there are on either sy-fy, Fox, CW, or ABC.

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Eureka: A Different Perspective On Paranormal

Eureka episode 311 Insane in the P-Brane takes on the paranormal... Eureka does ghosts, I love it.  It is refreshing to get another look at the subjects of ghosts and paranormal activity.

I found it very fun to watch Jack and the citizens of Eureka wrestle with paranormal activity.  Insane in the P-Brane really played in one of my Eureka what ifs: would the scientists heads explode if confronted with a paranormal experience like the ones Warehouse 13 faces?

They took the high road and did not poke fun at or denigrate those who are interested in the paranormal yet they did not ignore the prejudices within the scientific community.  I was really pleased that the one scientist was afraid to admit who his mother was for fear of it ruining his career.  Then when he was "outed" he was not treated as an abnormal but merely the info was handled as a peice of evidence to explain why that character presumed the activity to be ghosts.  In fact they recognized that his research has merit for detecting things in another dimension.

The biggest problem when a person is confronted with a paranormal experience is they tend to jump to a conclusion based on their narrow experience of reality and personal belief system.  This tends to leave two main sides to the situation.  The scientifically minded person who's belief system tends to dismiss the phenomenon with some rational explanation claiming the experience to be fraud.  Like magnetic fields caused by some hidden tech.  The other main side to the situation are the spiritualists who's belief system claims otherworldly influence like the scientists claiming that his mother  is causing the disturbance from the other side.  Not easily provable, repeatable and only allows the experience to always exist and be personal.  This is a false dichotomy, why not look into the possibility of explaining the activity and holding it in an unproven theory category until all of the facts can be sorted like what Jack did in this episode.

The best solution is an open minded one.  Some things can not be explained until our knowledge and language develops to a point to allows for understanding and communication.

What are your thoughts on the paranormal?

Do you tend to fall into one of the two main camps?

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Sanctuary Season 2 News with Trailer

The Sanctuary mythos is growing!  The trailer made me foam at the mouth for more of one of the best original series I have seen in a long time.

Paul McGillion returns, David Hewlett is conflicted

wexfordTapping also mentioned a few characters that she'd like to bring back from the Web series. "We actually just brought Wexford [Atlantis' Paul McGillion] back. ... He's on our season finale. We've been trying to get Wexford back on the show since the webisodes, and now we've found the perfect place for him. ... We've been trying to get David Hewlett [Dr. Rodney McKay from Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis]; ... we have. There was a scheduling issue. He was shooting a film. And then there was another scheduling issue. ... We'll get him on the show eventually. We love him. We want him to be a part of it (Scifi Wire)."

Wexford is a great character from the original series and I cannot wait to see him come back.

I understand that they will be "re-imagining" his creature to take advantage of the bigger budget.  It will be fun to catch up with him.

I am a little sad to see that Larry Tolson (Hewlett) will not return this season.  Hewlett is busy.  I understand that.  I just really want to see him return to the show.

Tesla Returns

TeslaNikola Tesla (Jonathon Young) is portrayed as a vampire on the show. "I sort of have always liked vampires," Tapping said. "I've always liked that dark mythology. ... Vampires are hot right now. ... I think we have one of the best vampires going in Tesla. I like the fact that we take historical characters, ... Nikola Tesla, a vampire, what? That's crazy! I like that we do that. ... Jonathan actually played Tesla onstage. He did a one-man show about Tesla before we cast him as Tesla on our show. And Nikola Tesla is being played much different ... in our series. Tesla didn't like to be touched. He ended up living in a room, and he was surrounded by pigeons ... so it was quite filthy for a germophobe to live in this environment. ... He was just a really bizarre character. He never had a relationship. ... We played Tesla somewhat different for obvious reasons (Scifi Wire)."

I love the way Tesla is portrayed in Sanctuary.  It is an interesting and fresh take on Vampires.

Tesla is a loved villain on the show and I cannot wait to see more about him.  I hope they will flesh out the vampire a little more, because I cannot get enough of the bloodsuckers.  I also have high hopes that they will make Vampires quirky and badass!

Michael Shanks on Sanctuary

Heyerdahl said in an exclusive interview. "This episode is called 'Penance,' or at least that's what it's called now. Basically, we have a special guest star, who is Michael Shanks. He's playing a wonderful departure from what we're used to seeing him. The two characters that spend most of their time together are Michael's character, Jimmy, and Kate Freelander [played by new cast member Agam Darshi]. They end up together and discover they share a similar past. They're a couple of streetwise wanderers who find their lives have a very surprising similarity. It's a pretty cool episode because it's a mystery search story, as well as those two characters getting together to fight for their lives (Scifi Wire)."

Sounds interesting.  I hope he is a recurring villain.  I can't get enough Evil Shanks.

The Show Premiers

The second season of Sanctuary premieres on Oct. 9 a 10 p.m. Special guest stars this season include Christopher Gauthier (Eureka) and Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1) [Scifi Wire].

Hulu should get the episode the next day.

DVD Releases: June 30, 2009

Out this week we have three DVDs to feature:  Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Fifth Season, Eureka: Season 3.0, Transmorphers: Fall of Man.stargate_atlantis_5

  • Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Fifth Season:  Love this show, wished it lasted more then five seasons but now all of it is out on DVD, time to complete the series.  A must own.  If for some reason you haven't watched this show yet there are some episodes of season five streaming live online here.
  • Eureka: Season 3.0:  Another great show and season three they really got good.  I love that I can get the first half of season 3 on DVD, just in time for the second half to air.  Down side, it's only half of a season and if I wanted an incomplete season I would already own it through iTunes.
  • Transmorphers: Fall of Man:  I have not watched this one yet but every time I see the name I giggle because it's like the Gobots to the Transformers movie.  But with Bruce Boxleitner in it I will eventually have to watch it.
  • Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li:  This one goes on the rent list.  I didn't get to watch it in the theaters and the reviews were mixed but I like Street Fighter and the previews looks interesting.


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My Top 10 Favorite Television Series, I Didn’t Watch On The TV Box.

You know how it is. You see the ads for a new TV show and then never catch it. Or the network pulls it before you can really get a grip on the characters. Or they keep changing times and you can never figure out when it’s on. Or you like it, watch the first or even second episodes, and then one night you miss it and bam… you’re out of the loop. Now with places like Hulu.com and Netflix streaming online, you can catch a lot of your favorites online. Here are my top ten favorite television shows I didn’t watch on the TV box, in alphabetical order:

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  1. Cleopatra 2525 - Complete Series, 2000 Ok, so I know this is a little corny, but I love it. An exotic dancer in for plastic surgery in 2001, wakes up in the year 2525 to find the world has been taken over by evil robots. This show brings you scantily clad beauties with arm bands that shoot lasers and help them repel down giant elevator shafts and a freaky bad guy in clown makeup and extensions. It doesn’t get better than that.   Watch it streaming online on Hulu
  2. Dead Like Me, 2003 A college dropout is killed by a toilet seat that falls from a space station on her first day at a temp agency. Upon death, she finds out she is has been chosen to be a grim reaper and take people's souls just before they die. The bad news? She still has to work for a living! Some of these scenes are so close to real office life, it's scary. Can anyone say collate?
  3. Eureka, 2006 The best minds in the US are tucked away in a remote town where they build futuristic inventions for the government's benefit. A US Marshal gets stranded there and decides to becomes the next Sheriff after the old one is injured from a science project gone wrong. Quirky, fun.  Watch it streaming online on Hulu.
  4. Firefly, 2002 In the distant future, Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds a former soldier for the independents, is now a smuggler and commander of a small spacecraft with a loyal hand-picked crew. They travel the far reaches of space in search of food, money, and anything to live on.  Along the way, they encounter life-threatening missions and a cast of interesting characters. Must see. Watch it streaming online on Hulu.
  5. Jericho, 2006 When bad boy Jake returns to his Kansas small-town home, Jericho, everyone is preoccupied with petty private business and family matters, but that changes drastically after an unexpected explosion hits. It soon becomes clear there has been a nuclear attack, but no one knows by whom or to what scale. Jericho inhabitants gradually discover the USA is disintegrating. Life becomes complicated for these small town folk when needs such as food, fuel, and self-defense against invaders become the main task. Jake proves extremely resourceful and a smart hero saving the town many times and changing the resident views of him. Watch it streaming online on CBS.
  6. Kindred the Embraced, 1996 Julian Luna, prince of the kindred (vampire), clans in San Francisco, has his job cut out for him as he must try to keep peace among them while not being afraid to apply ruthless justice against those who would break kindred rules. Infractions that merit "final death" include the taking of human life and changing humans into vampires who have not volunteered for the transformation. This show was an exciting and perplexing moment for all of us hard core vampire LARP'ers.  We were thrilled at the fact that mainstream took notice of something we enjoyed, puzzled the changes they made, and disappointed when it was cancelled just as the series started heating up!  I remember being upset that my favorite clan, Tremere, was not represented and hoped that season 2 might have brought them out of the woodwork. The tragic death of Mark Frankel (Julian) after Season one, caused all of us Masquerade RPG'ers to lose faith in another season.
  7. Moonlight, 2007 A vampire is a private investigator and falls for mortal woman who he saved from dying as a child.  This show has been ridiculed by fans of the 1980's series Forever Knight.  It does seem like some of the shots used in Moonlight are very familiar to us Forever Knight fans and even some of the themes they use are very close to the other show.  However, I feel that Moonlight brings a sexier, up-to-date feel to our favorite "do-good" vampire role. I'm not saying it's better, it's just more vampire fun.
  8. My Own Worst Enemy, 2008 As an agent for a top-secret government agency, Edward agrees to let the government insert a chip in his brain that can be turned on and off.  When he is turned off, he is Henry, an efficiency expert, who lives a typical suburban life right down to the wife, two kids, dog, and minivan. In contrast, Edward is a lethal, multilingual operative. Somehow the chip breaks, making it impossible for the government to control when Henry is "on" or Edward is "on".  I caught this on Hulu.com and loved it so much, I bought the DVD.  This is sort of a 24 meets Alias meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. TV aficionados will recognize many members of the cast and Christian Slater does a brilliant job of playing the innocent family man who could never harm a soul trying to come to grips with the fact his life is a sham and the lethal killer who will do anything to stay alive. Watch it streaming online on Hulu.
  9. Red Dwarf, 1988 Three million years ago, a radiation leak killed the crew of the mining ship, Red Dwarf. The only survivor was Dave Lister, the chicken soup machine repairman. He spends his time on the ship with a holographic projection of Arnold Rimmer (his dead bunk mate), Cat (a life-form that evolved from Dave's cat), Holly (the ship's senile computer), and Kryten (a service mechanoid).  BBC comedy good for hours of fun.  If you haven't heard of this one, you've been under a smegging rock.
  10. Sanctuary, 2007 Amanda Tapping stars as a unique woman (possibly immortal?) who runs a Sanctuary for all kinds of creatures and monsters.  This show follows her and her team as they find new species and try to help them.  They also have their enemies.  I'm anxious to see what this show becomes... if it's renewed. Watch it streaming online on Hulu.

You can check out a lot of these gems at Hulu.com.  If you'd like to purchase them, you can do as I do and shop Amazon.com.

So, now that I've given you some to catch up on, what are your favorites?

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