Doctor Who 5.6 – The Vampires of Venice

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I was sold on “The Vampires of Venice” (not “Vampires in Venice,” which is what I mistakenly called it at the close of last week’s recap) by its beginning – well, its second beginning, since there are two. In the first, we are in Venice of 1580 and Guido (Lucian Msamati) has brought his daughter Isabella (Alisha Bailey) before Signora Rosanna Calvierri (Helen McCrory). He wants for her to be a part of Calvierri’s school, so that she can have a better life. Since we’ve all seen plenty of “Doctor Who” at this point, we know this isn’t going to end well for Isabella, and since we’ve seen the previews we also know that Calvierri, as well as her son, Francesco (Alex Price), are vampires (or are they?). So there’s precious little that’s surprising or of interest about Beginning #1, although the sequence ends with a lovely little smash cut from Isabella screaming to Rory (Arthur Darvill) screaming at his stag party, which is Beginning #2, and the point at which I was won over. The two beginnings are also the jumping off points for what end up being the episode’s A and B plots, but more on that later.

Ah, the stag party! Drunken friends, cardboard cakes and the clichéd sound of “The Stripper” wafting through the proceedings. The Doctor may rescue the human race from all manner of grotesque alien creatures and life threatening situations, but this is the first time he’s rescued a human from this occasion that’s grotesque in an entirely different manner.


HBO Released New ‘True Blood’ Season 3, Episode 3 Spoilers


HBO released new ‘True Blood’ season 3, episode 3 spoilers. Previously, we reported that HBO released spoilers for the first two episodes of “True Blood” season three. Well, now we’ve got a couple of spoilers for the 3rd episode. It’s entitled, “It Hurts Me Too,” and it looks like Sookie will be heading to Jackson, Mississippi to try and find Bill,and more.

In “It Hurts Me Too” episode, Sookie will head to Jackson, Mississippi to search for Bill. She will be accompanied by Alcide who is a werewolf bodyguard assigned by Eric to protect her. Jason will get distracted from his police exams. Bud will reach the end of his rope. Arlene will cope with unexpected news. Franklin will charm Tara,and get Jessica out of a jam.


‘Dexter’ vs. ‘True Blood’: The Battle of Two Killer Media Plans

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The all-important upfront presentations, where the major broadcast and cable networks introduce next season’s prime-time schedule and tease new shows for ad buyers, have been taking place all week in New York. We media buyers try to figure out how well each show is going to rate, considering factors such as the program’s characters, the writing and the competing shows on rival networks’ just-announced schedules. Too often however, buyers overlook another element that’s just as important to ratings success: how a show is promoted.

Two shows whose marketing has stood out in recent years, however, don’t even have commercial time for marketers and their agencies to buy: Showtime’s “Dexter” and HBO’s “True Blood.”


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