The pilot episode of the hopefully new show Mockingbird Lane, was interesting, entertaining and silly.
I have to say, I went on record (in the GetGlue thread for the show) saying that I think the weak link is the casting of Jerry O'Connell. That was for the first half of the show, but midway, I sort of changed my mind.
The choice of Eddie Izzard as Grandpa was brilliant.
The wardrobe given to Portia de Rossi, was a bit much. The clothes did not suite the character at all. But her acting was just smug enough to hint at the fangs she's suppose to have.
The plot itself, felt rushed. It would have been better if this had been a two hour movie.
Personally, I'm in for this being expanded on and becoming a new series. Even a short 8 part mini-series would make happy. This has so much potential but I don't think it was given enough time on air in only an hour.
The oneliners were spot on, with jokes like telling Eddie he couldn't have any vegetables till he ate his meat.
I hope that NBC seriously considers giving this an honest try in a few months.
I just heard that NBC is in the process of creating a new series -10 episodes I believe which would be a mini-series- based on the classic novel Dracula.
The bit I've been able to dig up, has it slated as a 2013 show. Haven't heard anything on if it's a summer show or mid-season (Jan-May) show, only that they are about to start production (the article I found said late 2012 and it was written in July 2012 so I'm guessing it's most likely in production by now)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is suppose to be playing Dracula. The first thing I ever saw Meyers in was the mini-series Gormenghast back a decade ago, and thought then that he would make a perfect vampire. (I always thought he'd make a great Armand) As Gormenghast has this vampiric tone to it to begin with.
The woman who gave the world The Vampire Chronicles and Lives of the Mayfair Witches has a birthday this week (October 4th)
Without her works the world of vampire fiction would not be as it is today. The world of dramatic fiction would not be as colourful as it is today, she really is the voice who helped to change the minds of millions.
The dvd/blu-ray/digital rental for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows was today here in Canada, and I just finished watching it on Shaw Video On Demand.
I laughed out loud, sang along and then did my little write up about it over on my one movie a day blog... It's Day 281
I don't think I am alone in saying that it was about time Johnny Depp and Tim Burton did an official vampire story. This also marks Jonny Lee Miller's 3rd vampire film (Dracula 2000, Byzantium, Dark Shadows. His 4th if you count his portrayal of Lord Bryon in the 2003 made for tv movie)
Sir Christopher Lee has a small cameo as a sea captain, and the cast of the original soap opera have cameos as well in the party scene.