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So, a month or so back I read that Christina Cox was shooting a new sci-fi show called Defying Gravity (Questionable title, thought I, but there are worse things, and maybe it'll change?), of the explore-the-solar-system-mission variety. I remembered just now to look at IMDb to see if there's anything up about it yet, and the logline makes me think possibly the hook is that they're not just explorers but also living in a reality show? Could be interesting.

Then I saw that it was created by Jim Parriott.

Yo, universe, that is not EVEN funny.

In sort-of-related no-longer-really news, Blood Ties is FINALLY coming out on Region 1 DVD in June. Or rather, half of it is. *sigh* I have decided to swear off griping about Lifetime's artificial season split, because life is too damn short. However, I will state for the record that if I've held off buying the Region 2 set for over a year for the sake of ONE behind the scenes featurette, I'm going to pout severely.


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Mar. 12th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
I bought the Blood Ties DVD set from Amazon.co.uk, and the DVDs wouldn't play on the DVD player I specifically bought because it supposedly supports all formats; even after I double-checked that I'd selected the correct format.

I got notification this morning that Amazon.com would have the "Complete Season 1", and didn't realize it wasn't the complete Complete Season 1. Another reason to hate what WifeTime did to the series. But I'll be the [In]Complete Season anyway, since I don't have Season 0.5 recorded from the TV.
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Ugh! Sorry to hear that. :-( We've had good luck with region hacks; our current (third) machine would probably make a respectable stab at playing 45s if we stuck 'em in. Best thing is it plays AVIs burned as regular files, rather than having to author a DVD, which takes up way less space.

It's also a quite inexpensive machine. I'll look up what it is when I get home.

Edited at 2009-03-12 06:29 pm (UTC)
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Christina Cox? In a Jim Parriott show? Damn, that's a cruel joke the universe is playing right there.
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to ask people who watch Grey's Anatomy if it's imploded yet. But I'm not sure I know anyone who does.
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
I'm a huge Grey's fan. I don't enjoy it as much as the first few seasons, but that's mostly because my favourite character got her own spinoff and isn't on the show anymore.
Mar. 12th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
Depends on who you ask. I think a large portion of the femslashers have a vast, seething hatred of the series these days.
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that last night as I was poking around IMDB.com in an attempt to avoid having to do work.

Another show I don't have to waste time watching.
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
I would love to be able to say that, but in all honesty? I spent two hours attempting to believe Dean Cain as a New York street hustler for CC. I will watch her in ANY-damn-thing.
Mar. 12th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
I love her, actually. But I don't love her enough to break a cardinal rule about TV watching. Which is that I won't watch anything Parriott has anything to do with. At least not knowingly. He's like David E. Kelly to me--neither one of them can ever be trusted to do right by their shows or their characters.
Mar. 13th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)

I feel bad for Val that her Cardinal Rule of "Watch anything with CC no matter what" will take her into Parriott-land again...and I hope it either a) doesn't end badly, or b) ends earlier in order to avoid the boredom and ending badly.
Mar. 13th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
This. Or (c) actually gets through a natural run without his getting bored and taking it out back with the shotgun. (Yeah, that's a longshot. A girl can dream.)
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Well, considering the success he's had with Grey's and Ugly Betty, this could be good for her career. Trying to look on the bright side :)
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
I keep forgetting he's involved in UB. Grey's, I don't think anyone I know watches except you *g*, so I have no idea whether it's imploded, though it seems like it was soapy enough to start with to make that inevitable.

I just... would still sooner get attached to people created by Joss, y'know?

Edited at 2009-03-12 06:53 pm (UTC)
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know :) I initially watched Grey's out of JP curiosity and was really bummed when I liked it so much. But I'm under the impression he has very little to do with the show on a day to day basis. It seems pretty much Shonda Rhimes' baby. Which is a whole other story. No idea how involved he in UB.
Mar. 12th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Crap. Why are people reccing Ugly Betty at me, then? Why didn't I look this up before I bought season one on DVD? *flail*
Mar. 12th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I don't think his involvement is much since the show originated in Columbia and show creator has written the majority of the episodes. From what I've heard Salma Hayek is the major creative force behind the American version of the show. It really is a wonderful series -- probably one of current favourites over just about anything I watch these days..
Mar. 12th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Mar. 12th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
it's his fault I'm monosyllabic right now. sh*t sh*t sh*t.
Mar. 12th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
:: pets you :: Sorry. Possibly I should have put it behind a trauma-cut for FK fans...
Mar. 12th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh damn.

If I wasn't going to watch it for Christina Cox, I'd definitely be watching it for Laura Harris.

From the look of it, it's going to be utter pants, but I'll happily enjoy the pretty. :-)
Mar. 12th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
It does semi-sort-of help make up for Laura Harris being unavailable for the Dead Like Me movie. (Which I should really get around to trying to lay my hands on one of these days.)

I don't actually expect it to suck, which is part of the problem. The classic Parriott pattern is to make characters you fall in love with and then demolish them. (ETA: Joss at least kills 'em quick.)

Edited at 2009-03-12 08:58 pm (UTC)
Mar. 12th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
OK, so. Having looked up Jim Parriott on IMDB... is he the guy who, from what I've been given to understand, wrote the last episode of Forever Knight as a gigantic "F*** you" to, well, everyone? That guy? Because if so, oh DEAR.
Mar. 13th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
Got it in one.
Mar. 13th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)

That is, indeed, VERY NOT FUNNY.

Mar. 13th, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
At least I hadn't gotten too excited about it yet?

Remind me to bring the unaired Nikki & Nora pilot next time. I can see why it didn't go to series for more reasons than network homophobia, but there are definite nuggets of gold.
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Mar. 13th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
Eep! Too early in the morning for causation paradox!

I give Joss more latitude, simply because he's always been upfront about the whole "anyone can die at any time" thing. And while, say, BtVS may not have been exactly the same show it started out as, there was no eleventh-hour "It was always supposed to be a tragedy! No! Really!" horsepockey either.

I don't have the same kind of animosity toward Jim as a lot of people (mostly because I dealt with his office too much as a fan club officer), but I don't trust him not to break my heart in a non-story-organic way either.
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