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Multi-tasking giftage

There are few things I love more than when fannish enthusiasm, generosity and ingenuity conspire to positively impact the "real world." (If you haven't already read Merlin Missy's article on the subject, go check it out! We'll be right here when you get back.)

So imagine my delight this morning when I read about what Firefox News has set up to simultaneously rally support for a (still-in-limbo) second season of Blood Ties, introduce new viewers to the show (and/or andpuff's original books), and give a hand to those weathering the WGA and IATSE strikes through the Actors Fund. (Note: They're donating all affiliate sales commissions through the end of the year, not just the BT-related ones.)

Note for those boycotting iTunes downloads: BT is an entirely Canadian production, outside the purview of the WGA strike. Its writers are members of the WGC, which stands in solidarity with its sister guild.

I've been pimping this show for all I'm worth since April, so I don't know if I have anyone left to gift. If I'm wrong about that, let me know in comments. Better yet, pass on the love to someone else!

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leeflower
Nov. 15th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
ok, so I've been intentionally keeping BT off my radar because I'm still not over Firefly and Dead Like Me getting the axe, and I don't want to give my heart to another dying television show. But this intrigues me, so I'm going to bite the bullet: bloodties? quoi?
wiliqueen
Nov. 15th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'm still not over Firefly and Dead Like Me getting the axe, and I don't want to give my heart to another dying television show.

Can't blame you for that. :-/ Er, I promise to be support structure if they don't make it? We're now at that headache-inducing stage where contract options have run out, but everyone seems willing to go back if the money happens before they're committed elsewhere. (Which is less likely to happen at the moment, of course -- I don't want to call it a silver lining to the strike, because so not worth it, but it is another wrinkle to the situation.)

:: points to icon :: That's Vicki Nelson. She kicks ass (supernatural and otherwise) despite being in the early stages of losing her vision to retinitis pigmentosa, gives attitude, goes to the wall for what she believes in, and is played by Christina Cox whom I've admired for ages. We love her lots.

So does Henry Fitzroy, a rather refreshingly non-broody vampire who provides a hefty chunk of the fangirl appeal. He also happens to be a fictional explanation for what happened to this guy. If "shag him senseless" and "drop-kick his entitled little royal ass into next Tuesday" aren't equally appealing notions at any given time (particularly to Vicki, though she has yet to actually do either), something is wrong.

You also have Mike Celluci, Vicki's ex-partner from when she was a cop, and also just plain ex, who's not always entirely. There's a whole lot of messy there, which drives a lot of the character stuff. He gives as good as he gets in the snark stakes, and is generally a standup guy.

Rounding out the regular cast is Coreen Fennel, Vicki's assistant, who is a college-age goth girl who can be a little too enthusiastic in her glee about the supernatural stuff being real. Also smart, resourceful, and if she were any cuter our heads might actually explode.

It's possible I like these people. :-)

Bloodlines is the handiest fan site IMHO; Lifetime's official site is good for the usual basics official sites are good for. (But will lie to you and say that we're in Season 2 now, which we're not; they pulled a Skiffy and split the single 22-ep season that has been made to date.)

My offer is serious. Do you use iTunes? :-)
leeflower
Nov. 15th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
hm. I'm afraid I do not iTunes, because of the DRM stuff. But I have a sibling who itunes, and he and I are on the prowl for shows at the moment. I shall pester him about this tonight.

This sounds a lot like SciFi channel's Dresden Files, with the PI of the supernatural who has a supernatural sidekick and all of that. Not that I'm complaining, because The Dresden Files kicked ass and I'm Not Pleased that the PsTB cancelled it (because they needed the money for Flash Gordon, of all things. Good call, geniuses).
wiliqueen
Nov. 15th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
The vibe is not dissimilar to DF (and apparently black eyes and double fangs is currently The Way To Do Vampires in Canada; I had to chuckle at Bianca for that reason), though I think the execution is better overall.

I'm still sticking it out with FG, mostly in the (no doubt vain) hope that they'll give Dale something interesting to do. (For this BT released Gina from her pickup clause with their blessing? Oy.) And also because an old acquaintance is on the staff; at least she wrote the one episode that has been worth something as an episode thus far. There are glimmers of character stuff that I like, but overall it's just such a mess, without sufficient energy to make up for it. :-/
wiliqueen
Nov. 15th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
P.S.
I also totally recommend the books, so if you don't have a problem with Amazon, definitely nab 'em through the Firefox News page.
studiesinlight
Nov. 18th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
>"This sounds a lot like SciFi channel's Dresden Files,"

That's one comparison. To help wiliqueen with her boosterism, the comparison I've been using is that of a kind of grown-up Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I think BT aspires to be as witty and snarky and hip as BVS -- it's not, though it's not a bad stab at the goal -- but with mature characters with jobs, bills, exes, medical problems and an adult grasp on self-control and consequences.
wiliqueen
Nov. 15th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
Correction: Bloodlines.
kjaneway
Nov. 15th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
You've been pimping it like crazy, and so far I've just got as far as adding it to my list of shows that I might get around to watching. (No idea if they're even airing it in the UK, but then I don't have any reception capability, so it wouldn't make much difference anyway.)

Unfortunately, I'm boycotting iTunes because Apple are a bunch of , so this doesn't really help.

But I thought I comment anyway, 'cos the show does look interesting, and I'm all in favour of Canadian productions. :-)
wiliqueen
Nov. 15th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
It's on a channel called Living there. Dunno if it's cable or satellite or what. After our big midseason gap, Canada and the UK are both just 2-3 weeks behind.

I do have fear of said channel after Tanya's panel last weekend, where she told us about one of its execs who expressed concern about what the royal family would think of "inventing an illegitimate son of Henry VIII." O.o
kjaneway
Nov. 15th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
Ah.

Living is on both cable and satellite over here, but I cancelled my subscription over a year ago, and I don't really miss it... after all there's always

;-)
maiac
Nov. 15th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you for helping to spread this news!
wiliqueen
Nov. 15th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
Of course! It made my morning! :-)
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