The holidays are around the corner and tomorrow will be Black Friday. As you’re shopping around there will be tons of great TV box sets to choose from this year. Check out this guide for some great ideas, including the “Dexter” and “Breaking Bad” box sets.
“Dexter” is probably the biggest hit in Showtime’s history but it did decline over the years. Still it’s a show worth getting into from the beginning with Michael C. Hall carrying the show and great contributions from guest stars like John Lithgow, Keith Carradine, Jimmy Smits, Julia Stiles and Jonny Lee Miller.
As for “Breaking Bad,” some are calling it the best TV drama of all time. Vince Gilligan’s creation was carried by Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and a fantastic cast. This one is a must and will be one of the hot gifts of the year.
Get ready for another season of wild creatures, plenty of blood and of course sexy actresses getting down and dirty. “True Blood” is back for season 6, and while the show has slipped a bit, it’s still sexy as hell.
One of the best stories from season 5 involves the evolving relationship between Tara and Pam that culminated in a hot kiss at the end of the season. Actresses Rutina Wesley and Kristin Bauer van Straten have developed a real chemistry together, and we’re looking forward to seeing how this continues in Season 6 starting tonight.
In her interview with Bullz-Eye.com, Megyn Price tells a funny story about Matthew Perry:
BE: Okay, lastly, I just wanted to let you know that you were directly responsible for one of my wife’s favorite moments from the Television Critics Association press tour. It was at a Sony party a couple of years ago, and you were talking to my wife when Matthew Perry came up. You and he talked for a few minutes, but then you got called away to do an interview, at which point Matthew Perry turns to my wife and says, “So I suppose you want to talk to me now.” And because she’s not a journalist, she just looks at him and says, “Oh, GOD, no.” His jaw dropped. Then he burst out laughing.
MP: Oh. My. God. That is hilarious! That is so funny. He always loves to bring up how I blew him off when he was doing “Friends.” I was at Jennifer Aniston’s birthday party, and I was totally ignoring him, and he walked up to me and he goes, “I don’t think you understand, little girl: you better date me now, ‘cause my star is on the rise!” And I think in his head he was totally kidding…or he wasn’t, and now he claims that he was kidding. Because at the time it did not sound like he was kidding. I was, like, “How big is your ego, dude? Move on!” [Laughs.] So, yeah, now he likes to bring up how I misunderstood that he was joking. Uh-huh. Sure he was. In the heat of “Friends,” I’m real sure…
“Mad Men” returns tonight for its sixth season, and it appears that the sexy version of Betty Draper is back as well. Of course, as you can see from the first photo, it looks like she’s just as annoyed and unhappy as ever with her trademark scowl. But at least she looks good again.
Betty is easily the most unpleasant character on the show, but last year things got worse as she gained some serious weight due to a health problem. We have to give the makeup and special effects team some credit for making the beautiful, and skinny, January Jones look puffy and fat last year. I think she was pregnant during some of the shooting, but what we saw on screen definitely required some TV magic.
Now, based on the promo photo for Season 6 at the start of the gallery above, it looks like Betty has returned to her skinny and hot natural state. We’ve included some photos of Betty from previous seasons, as she became a sex symbol representing the hot mom of the late 50s and 60s with her cool dresses and classic hairstyle. We saved the classic lingerie photo for the end.
It will be interesting to see how this character develops, or perhaps even regresses. Her new marriage isn’t all peaches and cream, so Don can expect some more heartache from is pretty but abrasive ex.
It’s been a pretty incredible year on AMC, with shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” returning for excellent seasons. Now another great AMC program will be back soon with Season 3 of “The Walking Dead” which has joined those shows as cultural icons. The devotion of each of these shows is intense, as evidenced by the ratings, the awards and the activity on Twitter. Fans love these shows as they scoop up memorabilia, visit a poster frame depot to hang their posters and then play video games in the case of “The Walking Dead.”
To build buzz for the new season, AMC recently “zombified” some famous celebrities in some gory and cool photos. If you look at the horror sites online, all you see is stuff from “The Walking Dead” so it’s safe to say there will be plenty of attention.
AMC is just one of many cable channels that have been changing television with these quality dramas. The formula is much different from network TV, as here true artists are given the creative freedom to express themselves without focus groups and studio executives dumbing everything down. HBO led the charge years ago, and fortunately many others are following this formula. Now, the quality of stories is better on cable TV as compared to most major movie releases. Enjoy!