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Guest stars of the month…

A little while ago, I wrote a quick piece about the ‘Guest Stars of the Month’.

I thought I’d follow that up with some random thoughts on some particularly good guest stars I’ve seen lately.

carrieprestonCarrie Preston
Most will know Carrie Preston from her recurring role in ‘True Blood’, but she has been appearing in a few shows over the past year or so, most notably ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘Person of Interest’.  Both of these appearances have shown she is a far greater actress than ‘True Blood’ indicated (which was already good).

Curtis Armstrong
Once, mainly known for being ‘Bert Viola’ in ‘Moonlighting’, he has been in loads of things over the years.  Now appearing as ‘Metatron’ in Supernatural.

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Magda Apanowicz
After appearing as a series regular in ‘Caprica’, not much has been seen of her (we’ll ignore that short run on ‘Hellcats’), but a new recurring role in ‘Continuum’ is a welcome return to mainstream tv.  Has also appeared in some Team Unicorn projects in the past couple of years too, so more interesting things could appear.

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Denis O’Hare
‘Russell Edgington’ of ‘True Blood’, but also has recurring appearances in ‘The Good Wife’.  A great actor.

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Tina Majorino
Hopefully, she will appear in the ‘Veronica Mars’ film, but if she doesn’t, then her recent role on Greys Anatomy, where she has really been making her mark, should keep her on the way up.

Amy-Acker
Amy Acker
Always great, she has continued to keep the quality up throughout this season on ‘Person of Interest’.

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Timothy Busfield
Been around for ever, but it’s always good to see him appear in stuff.  Most recently in ‘Revolution’.

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Patrick Flueger
I’ve not seen much of him since ‘The 4400’, so good to see him back again.

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Felicia Day
It’s Supernatural. It’s Felicia Day. It’s great.


They’re cancelling Eureka….

Now, I’m something of a newcomer to the Eureka party. I only really started watching it a few months back when Hibiscus got her hands on the DVD’s of series – sorry, season – one (and because Felicia Day kept mentioning her guest appearances on Twitter), but right from the off I could tell this was something I was going to enjoy. Likeable characters I could relate to, a glut of techy sci-fi nonsense, a good sense of humour, and plenty of eye candy.

I hasten to add that Colin Ferguson is not what I consider "eye-candy"

And now SyFy (stupid spelling for a TV channel) have decided to cancel this surprisingly popular series only days after confirming a sixth series. Cancelling a series is bad enough, but doing almost immediately after you’ve told everyone they have another series is just malicious. What’s more, is that in a press release regarding the cancellation, they praise the crew, the cast, and the writers, thank their supportive fanbase, promise that the remaining season yet to be aired will be bigger, better, and draw in ever more fans. Surely if a show’s doing that well, and is set to do even better, pulling the plug on it is just stupid?

“After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of Eureka. But Eureka is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy. The 2012 episodes are some of the best we’ve seen, and will bring this great series to a satisfying end. We are very grateful to Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia, their team of incredible writers, and an amazing cast and crew who have consistently delivered a series we continue to be very proud of. We thank the fans for their support of this show and know they will enjoy its final season in 2012.”

Maybe I’m failing to grasp some vital part of making TV shows. Maybe I’m just being naive. As Slackwagon has pointed out in his posts here on this august blog, TV execs like shows that make money off the bat, so I could understand Eureka being cancelled after series one, but after five series? Maybe it was supposed to be cancelled earlier, but someone never got the memo. Or maybe SyFy are total arse-hats.


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