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Amanda Tapping to play a new kind of angel on Supernatural

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With Sanctuary gone, I've been wondering where I was going to find the Queen of Scifi, Amanda Tapping on my TV machine. Now, I know: Supernatural in November. 

While I am not the biggest fan of Supernatural, I have enjoyed the series, and look forward to the new season.  The addition of Amanda bumps up my excitement. 

I've been a fan of hers since Stargate SG-1. She has become a staple for me. I expect to see her in something new every year. Hopefully, this is a stepping stone in between series for her. I want her to headline a new series soon. 

This will tide me over in the meantime. 

(via Gate World.net)

Season of the Witch Official Trailer 2

The new trailer is out for Season of the Witch, watch it above.

I love the idea of getting to watch a good supernatural thriller.  With so many bad ones out Season of the Witch is fighting an uphill battle.

The trailer looks ok and is better than the first one released. On the plus side Ron Perlman is in it and he's a staple for the sci-fi/ fantasy / horror industry.

Plot:  A 14th century Crusader who returns with his comrade to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence. When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardizes the knight's pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force.

Season of the Witch hits theaters March 19, 2010

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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Review: Dead Is The New Black by Marlene Perez

newblackContrary to the promising title and cover, this is not a cute commentary on goth teen life in today's American high school.  Once I got over my expectations, I found Dead Is the New Black moderately entertaining. The story centers around Daisy Giordano, a girl who is the only "norm" in a household of witches.  Her old best friend is now the stereotypical cheer-bitch and has decided that dressing in black, wearing a gothic ankh, and carting a coffin behind her is the new "in" style.  As cheerleaders start dying, our little norm finds out there is an energy vampire in their midst.  Once Daisy begins to investigate the murders, she finds out that her town is not what it seems.  Nightshade is filled with supernatural creatures and is governed by a secret committee headed by werewolves, vampires, and witches.  They are attempting to find the killer as well.  There is a fun Disney teen quality to the book, but if you're looking for real horror, it's lacking.

Although the tale is on the young side, the world created by Marlene shows promise.  After all, who doesn't want to read about a town founded by immortals?  This is a short, quick read that is probably suited for Tweens or younger, but enjoyable enough to be read by teens and adults who like their horror on the light side.  This book is also light weight, ideal for a bring along book for summer reading, a trip to the beach, or to take on a plane trip.  As I said, Nightshade shows promise and I enjoyed the first book enough to pick up the second.  At a perfect price range, this is one of the only books selling these days under $8.

You can purchase and preview Dead Is the New Black at Amazon.com as well as it's sequels Dead Is a State of Mind and Dead Is So Last Year.

Jane Austen VS. Supernatural Monsters?

I am a Jane Austen fan. I've read everything she wrote and have read so many JA knock-offs, they fill several shelves in my library.  I've seen every JA movie adaptation (even the bad modern ones), read JA blogs, and listen to the JA Podnovel Podcast regularly. ssA while ago, I read a mystery by a fabulous JA author named Carrie Bebris.  Suspense and Sensibility or, First Impressions Revisited: A Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery, is an entertaining tale about how Lizzy and Darcy attempt to help Kitty find a husband. The story revolves around a magic mirror that Mr. Darcy emphatically refuses to believe has supernatural powers. The reason I mention this book is because it is an excellent example of Jane Austen’s characters and the supernatural world working well together in a tale.

But now, there is a new book coming in May 2009, called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! By Seth Grahame-Smith. When I heard about this, I had to take a second look. The book cover shows potential and I am even a pzlittle excited to see if this guy can pull it off. Jane Austen seemed to be fascinated with gothic horror herself, which can be seen in her novel Northanger Abbey. I have high hopes that she would have enjoyed a good laugh about the book’s title and perhaps even applauded such an effort.

Unfortunately, the second piece of news buzzing around the net is that Elton John’s Rocket Pictures is making a movie they are affectionately calling "Pride and Predator". Whether this little film is connected with the new zombie book or if it is completely different is unknown. Some news sources are lumping them together as one entity, but from the description on Variety.com, this flick definitely sounds more alien than zombie related. Is it possible that non-SF news reporters don’t know the difference between aliens and zombies? Perhaps this is the reason for the generalization.

Whatever the case, these new JA spin-offs are strange to say the least. What I want to know is...Can they pull this off or are these going to be put down as what never to do to a classic? I guess we'll have to wait and see. If this film or book does well, I can predict what we can expect down the road, but really, “Frankenstein and Juliet” or “Oliver Twisted”, don’t seem to have the same appeal.

If you are a JA fan, or just want to find out what all the buzz is about, visit these links: Carrie Bebris, JA mystery author  http://www.carriebebris.com/ Pre-Order Pride and Prejudice and Zombies On Amazon Listen to JApodnovel for JA readings and news: http://japodnovel.mevio.com/