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True Blood: In which we learn that amateur porn got a little weirder

The inevitable return of Pilot Era

Pilot Era

First aired: 7th September 2008


Anna Paquin – Sookie Stackhouse

Stephen Moyer – ‘Vampire Bill’ Compton

Sam Trammell – Sam Merlotte

Ryan Kwanten – Jason Stackhouse

Rutina Wesley – Tara Thornton

Chris Bauer  – Detective Andy Bellefleur

Nelson Ellis – Lafayette Reynolds

Jim Parrack – Hoyt Foytenberry

Carrie Preston – Arlene Fowler

Matthew Raymond-James – Rene Lenier

William Sanderson – Sheriff Bud Dearborne

Lynn Collins – Dawn Green

Lois Smith – Adele Stackhouse

James Parks – Mack Rattray

Karina Logue – Denise Rattray

Synopsis: Rural Louisiana and a couple is driving down a country road in Louisiana, the girl is in the driver’s seat and is feeling somewhat amorous and wants some from her boyfriend, he’s keen on the idea. They spot a shop sign telling passers by that the shop sells True Blood. Though a bit of televisual exposition, we learn that vampires had  declared their existence…

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Newsroom: In which we learn that he’d get my vote.

It’s Thursday
It’s a Pilot Era Post

Pilot Era

First aired: 24th June 2012


Jeff Daniels – Will McEvoy

Emily Mortimer – MacKenzie McHale

John Gallagher Jnr – Jim Harper

Alison Pill – Maggie Jordan

Thomas Sadowski – Don Keefer

Dev Patel – Neal Sampat

Sam Waterson – Charlie Skinner

Synopsis: Northwestern University and at a panel on broadcast journalism Will McEvoy is having a crisis. To his left a left-leaning reporter, to his right a right-leaning reporter and a moderator asking questions that the less controversial Will is not interested in answering. After dodging a question on his personal political leanings, Will faces a question from the audience, a young woman asks “Why is America the greatest country in the world?”

Will as badgered into giving an answer by the moderator and as he tries to get out of it, he thinks he sees someone in the audience he knows, he blinks and she’s gone, then he…

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Sex and the City: In which we learn that 20 years on, I still don’t see the appeal of Sarah Jessica Parker.

Didn’t think I’d get it done, but here’s Thursday’s Pilot Era Post

Pilot Era

First aired: 6th June 1998


Sarah Jessica Parker – Carrie Bradshaw

Kim Cattrall – Samantha Jones

Kristin Davies – Charlotte York

Cynthia Nixon – Miranda Hobbs

Willie Garson – Stanford Blatch

Ben Weber – Skipper Johnston

Sarah Winter – Elizabeth

Scott Bryce – Tim

Bill Sage – Kurt Harrington

Jeffrey Nordling – Capote Duncan

Chris Noth – Mr Big

Synopsis: RCarrie Bradshaw is narrating the story of British journalist Elizabeth and American banker Tim as they begin a love affair. It’s all fairy tale, but one day Tim stops returning her calls. This casual end to what felt like a real relationship to Elizabeth leaves her cold and embittered as she tells the story to Carrie, who is adapting it for her column called Sex in the City. We now get a bunch of talking heads cut scenes with men and women pontificating about love and relationships. This highlights…

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So Sayeth the Odinson: Why Mike Grell’s Warlord Would Make a Fantastic TV Series

An excellent post from a blogger who always has something interesting to say.


Greetings from the Odinson,

Recently, I mentioned in passing to a colleague that Mike Grell’s Warlord would make a great TV series, especially with the modern era of high quality television and streaming services. My co-worker responded that he did not know the material well enough to have an opinion.

In my enthusiasm, I tried to describe it as Burroughs’ on steroids, a mash up of sword and sorcery, science fiction, swashbuckling adventure and, just for good measure, dinosaurs! It would be a visual goldmine. Plus, Travis Morgan, the protagonist, is a normal man, kind of like Flash Gordon on Mongo.

Unfortunately, he was not impressed. Maybe I did not do a good job of explaining the material, so I’m going to try to rectify that here.

Why Mike Grell’s Warlord Would Make a Fantastic TV Series


Writers can be inspired by and pull from world history and the…

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Gavin & Stacey: In which we learn it’s not a Welsh thing

Yesterday’s post from Pilot Era

Pilot Era

First aired: 13th May 2007


Matthew Horne –  Gavin Shipman

Joanna Page – Stacey West

Ruth Jones – Nessa Jenkins

James Corden – Neil ‘Smithy’ Smith

Melanie Walters – Gwen West

Rob Brydon – Byrn West

Alison Steadman – Pam Shipman

Larry Lamb – Mick Shipman

Margaret John – Doris

Steffan Rhodri – Dave Coaches

Synopsis: Barry Islands – working at Bedford Electronics is Stacey West, who is chatting to Gavin Shipman from the Essex office he works in. They are planning to meet after 6 months of chatting over the phone. They are both really excited over the prospect and head to their respective homes after the working week is done. Stacey arrives home, passing neighbour Doris who informs her that she shouldn’t put out on the first date.

In Essex, Gaving is having tea with his laid back dad Mick and his overley dramatic mum Pam…

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Chuck: In which we learn dancing can be dangerous.

It’s Thursday and another Pilot Era post

Pilot Era

First aired: 7th April 2008


Zachary Levi – Chuck Bartowski

Yvonne Strahovski – Sarah Walker

Adam Baldwin – Maj. John Casey

Sarah Lancaster – Ellie Bartowski

Joshua Gomez – Morgan Grimes

C.S. Lee – Harry Tang

Matt Bomer – Bryce Larkin

Ryan McPartlin – Devon ‘Captain Awesome’ Woodcombe

Vik Sahay – Lester Patel

Scott Krinski – Jeff Barnes

Julia Ling – Anna Wu

Dale Dye – General Stansfield

Tony Todd – CIA Director Graham

Synopsis: Burbank California and Charles ‘Chuck’ Bartowski is desperate to escape the situation he is in, his own birthday party. The party thrown by Chuck’s older sister Ellie who Chuck lives with as well as Ellie’s boyfriend Devon or as Chuck calls him Captain Awesome. Cut to spy Bryce Larkin breaking in to some sortof top secret facility and accessing a computer called the Intersect. The information from this computer is downloaded onto a device…

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Forever: In which we learn to ask, where do his clothes go?

Thursday Lunchtime and it’s a Pilot Era Post

Pilot Era

First aired: 2nd October 2014


Ioan Gruffudd – Dr. Henry Morgan

Alana De La Garza – Det. Jo Martinez

Joel David Moore – Dr. Lucas Wahl

Judd Hirsch – Abe

Lee Tergerson – Hans Koelher

Donnie Keshwaraz – Det. Mike Hanson

MacKenzie Mauzy – Abigail

Synopsis: New York City – A voice over introduces Henry Morgan. He is a long story, but he has plenty of time. He gets into a subway and sits next to a young blonde woman, he is able to determine many things about her by sight alone, including her country of origin, he job and her plans for the evening. This prompts her interest and they share a lovely moment, right up until the subway train crashes and kills everyone on board, including Henry.

Over 200 years earlier, Dr. Henry Morgan prevents a slave from being killed, paying for this good dead with…

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Positive Steps Forward

Back in October I wrote about an appointment I had made regarding my teeth.

I went to a surgical consultation regarding them, this is something I have avoided doing for literally years, increasing my self-consciousness over it as well as my shame and anxiety over it. I had a X-Ray, with some pretty sci-fi looking X-Ray machines and then got the bad news that I had been dreading. Some of them had to put taken out. Some though, not all. One day soon, this neglectful chapter of my life will be behind me and I may end up being able to smile openly.

I’ve been a rollercoaster of emotions over this, but ultimately I am feeling positive about the whole thing, I am not looking forward to surgery, but I am looking forward to dealing with this problem and taking care of it once and for all. Then I’ll do the regular check ups, free from most of my fear, like most people do. This has doubled down on the importance of self care for me. I have shaved this morning and there’s even moisturiser on my face, but my body isn’t a temple, a lack of faith shouldn’t leave it in disrepair. It’s a positive reminder that fear can be challenged and defeated.

It’s a personal victory in a 2020 that has seen few of them, coming from decisions made in 2019, a year with even less victories.

I couldn’t do this without the support of the MIGHTY Rosie, or my son SuperSam who have lent me the strength to do these things.

This is not the story of my fall, it is the tale of my triumph.

Love to you all internet people.


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D-Cember 24th

30 Day Challenge Question 24: Favourite cartoon adaptation

Superman the Animated Series was the follow up to the epoch-making Batman series and using the same animation style expanded the world into a more Sci-Fi direction. It had a great cast and some great stories.

It even showcased the Fourth World, bringing it to a new audience.

Super Sam’s answer

Taking the mantle from Justice League, this show had a massive cast and some brilliant stories. SuperSam and I are currently watching through it. When I asked for his reason, he just told me it was awesome, what else did he have to say.

Other stuff

Christmas Eve is here and I am out of here for a day or so.

Have a great Christmas time internet people. And if Christmas isn’t your thing, then have fun whatever you do or whatever you celebrate.

My love to you all.