Something a little more up to date this week, courtesy of Muse, probably my favourite currently active band.
I could list dozens of their songs here (and no doubt we shall return to them in future TOTP Thursdays) but for now I’ll limit my choice to a couple of their loudest, rockiest, most bombastic offerings.
First up Stockholm Syndrome, from the album Absolution, the closing number from their headlining performance at Glastonbury, 2004:
And second, my favourite Muse song, Knights Of Cydonia (from the album Black Holes And Revelations) – which I like to think of as the illegitimate love child of Ennio Morricone and Iron Maiden. This performance is from the BBC’s Later With Jools Holland in 2006:
You can see high-quality versions of both videos on YouTube by clicking the video while it is playing and then selecting Watch In High Quality.
The CW has ordered new seasons of no fewer than five of its highest-profile dramas.
Superboy drama Smallville will be back in the Autumn for its ninth season, Supernatural for a fifth and One Tree Hill for a seventh. Newcomer 90210 gets a second season (plus a pilot order for an updated version of original Beverley Hills 90210 spin-off, Melrose Place – more details here) and Gossip Girl a third.
Not so good news for fans of new CW show Privileged, which was ignored in The CW’s announcement.
With the third season of Army Wives not due to begin until June, the Lifetime channel has ordered a fourth season.
The show, about the day-to-day lives of and problems facing military families, stars former NYPD Blues actress Kim Delaney. It is Lifetime’s most successful show in the channel’s 25-year history.
Elsewhere, ensemble drama Crash, based on the 2005 Best Picture Oscar-winning film, has been renewed for a 13-episode second season by the Starz network.
Like the film, the series follows a number of characters whose lives are randomly intertwined. However, the TV show features new characters unrelated to those in the film, though there are close similarities in some cases.
The first season received generally poor reviews and a new team of showrunners has been brought in to guide season two, led by The 4400’s Ira Steven Behr. Former showrunner, The Shield’s Glen Mazzara will remain as a consultant producer. The show’s biggest-name actor, Dennis Hopper, is expected to return for the new season.
The Beautiful Life: Ashton Kutcher is producing this drama about the day-to-day highs and lows of a group of male and female models who live together in New York. It will primarily focus on two of the beautiful people: charismatic Christopher, a 22-year-old rising star, and 15-year-old Raina, a potential supermodel. The pilot is written by former model Adam Giaudrone.
Melrose Place: An updated version of the 1990s primetime soap, which was a spin-off from Beverley Hills 90210, a show that has itself already had an updated version, which debuted this season. The pilot will be written by One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn and directed by Davis Guggenheim, who won the Best Documentary Oscar in 2007 for An Inconvenient Truth. He has also directed episodes of Alias, 24 and NYPD Blue.
As previously announced, the pilot episode for Caprica, the spin-off/prequel to the reimagined Battlestar Galactica, is out on DVD in the US on April 21. A UK release has yet to be announced.
It won’t air on TV until early next year, when the full 20-episode season begins.
We already knew that the DVD release would feature an unrated, uncut, extended version of the two-hour pilot.
Now Sci-Fi Wire has revealed details of the extras, plus the DVD artwork and a few new stills.
The extras on the DVD include behind-the scenes features on the creation of the show, including:
A commentary track featuring director Jeffrey Reiner and executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick.
Featurettes: What The Frak Is Caprica?, The Director’s Process, The V Club and The Birth Of A Cylon.
Caprica is set 50 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica.
It’s billed as more of a family drama and will primarily tell the story of the creation of the Cylons, as seen through the eyes of two men thrown together through a shared tragedy – wealthy industrialist Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) and Joseph Adama (Esai Morales), father of Battlestar Galactica’s commander William Adama.
Filming begins on the remaining 18 episodes of the show’s first season during the summer. It is expected to air early next year. Battlestar Galactica is currently airing the final batch of episodes of its fourth and final season.