Chuck’s Zachary Levi Discusses the Future of Television in the Era of New Media

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During my recent chat with Chuck star Zachary Levi for an interview at The Trades, we had a chance to discuss the role of new media and the future of television. He said, “If I had a crystal ball, it would tell me that in the next 20 years, a lot of people are going to have one box, either made by Microsoft or Apple. That box is going to download every movie, every television show, every song, every videogame, everything. It’ll be your control center, and you’ll be able to do whatever you want from it.” Continue reading

Joshua Gomez: Expect Morgan to Mature During This Season of Chuck

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Fans of NBC’s Chuck know Joshua Gomez as Chuck’s comical best buddy Morgan Grimes. When I spoke with Gomez for an interview at The Trades, he revealed that Morgan may undergo a bit of a transformation this season.

“The writers have definitely allowed him to mature,” Gomez told me. “He’s definitely taken on a greater responsibility at Buy More. In season two, you’ll see that Chuck is definitely gone a little more…it leaves Buy More open.” That, of course, drops more responsibility into Morgan’s lap.

Even so, don’t expect Morgan to have a radical transformation. In Chuck’s season premiere, which you can see tonight on NBC, Morgan creates a steel cage match to help determine the store’s new assistant manger.

Gomez admitted, “He’s still this still really fun guy who doesn’t have too many cares in the world who just wants to hang out with his buddy and get through life doing as little work as possible.”

Chuck’s Zachary Levi Loves Lost

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I have an upcoming interview with Zachary Levi, which you can read at The Trades on Monday, Sept. 29 ahead of Chuck’s season premiere later that night.

During our conversation, he talked about his admiration for Lost. “I love, love, love Lost and have since day one and will always love it,” he told me.

It’s not surprising to hear Levi profess his Lost fandom considering that in an episode last season, Chuck referenced Lost’s Oceanic Flight 815. “I literally peed my pants with glee when I read the script,” Levi joked. “I was like, ‘Thank you. I’m so glad we’re making a reference to it.’ I just love [Lost] so much.”

Levi also recalled a time when he read a post online where someone speculated that there was a feud between the writers of Lost and Chuck given that the show referenced Oceanic Flight 815. “That’s the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard,” Levi said about the post. “Why would we even draw attention to another show? We’re doing it because we love it. We’re doing it because we have respect for it. What a cool little Easter Egg for people to find.”

Aside from both shows being primetime standouts for their respective networks, I respect the distinctiveness that each carries. Both find a way to blend action, drama and comedy within the carefully crafted structures of their stories. It would be nearly impossible to pigeonhole either series, a quality of originality that more network entertainment shows could benefit from.

Congratulations to Jeff Probst

Congrats to Survivor host Jeff Probst on his Emmy win last night. It’s a deserved honor given his key role in Survivor’s long run of success. Even with American Idol’’s popularity, Survivor has to be the king of the reality world considering its remarkable staying power. Season 17 of Survivor begins this Thursday on CBS. If you haven’t yet read my interview with Jeff, check it out at The Trades.

Dancing with the Stars’ Kym Johnson Reveals the Secrets of Dancing

KYM JOHNSON, WARREN SAPP (ABC/HEIDI GUTMAN)

KYM JOHNSON, WARREN SAPP (ABC/HEIDI GUTMAN)

I have an interview with Kym Johnson at The Trades in which she discusses the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. As someone who admittedly has no rhythm, I have to admire any celebrity who would go on TV in front of millions of people and try to master ballroom dancing. I have even more admiration for a professional like Johnson, who makes it look so effortless.

So, what’s the secret to being a good dancer? “Obviously, you have to have technique,” she told me during our chat. “You’ve got to have that special little something – that spark that [makes you] light up on the dance floor. Charisma’s a big thing for me.” Continue reading

Academy Voters…Why So Serious?

Warner Bros. hopes award show audiences will be clapping their hands for "The Dark Knight."

Warner Bros. hopes award show audiences will be clapping their hands for "The Dark Knight."

I guess Bruce Wayne just isn’t happy with his fast cars, fortune and cool bat gadgets. Now, he wants an Oscar. To make sure he gets it, Warner Bros. will re-release “The Dark Knight” in January to make sure award voters don’t forget how Batman saved Gotham from the psychotic Joker this past July.

Perhaps the Joker will have the last laugh, though, because he may be the one who ultimately covets Oscar gold. Continue reading

5 Fun Ways to Indulge Yourself this Fall

Now that Labor Day is over, the unofficial start of fall is upon us. If you’re looking for some fun ways to indulge yourself this autumn, here are five must-have items.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All-Play  (Wii)

In many parts of the country, it won’t be long before golfers retire their clubs until spring. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All-Play on Wii proves so addictive that you might just enjoy playing on the virtual links more than the real thing. Plus, unlike an expensive country club membership, the game only costs $49.99. At $59.99, the Xbox 360 version is also a great buy. Check out my review at The Trades.

 

 

 

Coldplay, Viva la Vida Tour Tickets

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Fresh off the success of the chart-topping album Viva la Vida, Coldplay has embarked on a global tour that includes stops everywhere from Cleveland, Ohio to Manchester, England. The energy the band brings to a live show is a guaranteed treat for both die-hard and casual fans of this British-rock quartet. Continue reading