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Massive image below the cut )

In case you were wondering about everything else.

If you need fixes sooner, lots of actors, directors of photography, etc, are on twitter and tweeting pictures from set right now, including Masi Oka as a regular on Hawaii Five-0 season 2.
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What's on and what's worth watching this summer, below the cut )

Outside? Outside is for suckers. Watch more tv and join more kink memes.
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I don't know if everyone reads Henry Jenkins's very interesting Acafan blog, but if you're at all into the academic study of fandom and fandom's infrastructure, then I think it's worth a whirl once in a while. It lives in my RSS reader under "nerd," where it dutifully produces posts about remix culture and sometimes -- like today -- Henry Jenkins's feelings about feelings!

Two things collided over the past week for me as a loyal television viewer and I want to get them off my chest. I give fair warning that this is going to be a bit of a rant. There's almost no aca here and a hell of a lot of fan.

The first is that after watching House M.D. with some great pleasure for seven seasons, I am more and more facing the grim reality that it has more or less jumped the shark this season thanks to its frustrating and ill-conceived representation of the on-again, off-again love affair between House and Cuddy.

The second is that I have been more or less inhaling Castle for the past month or so, watching several episodes a night in true "can't eat just one" spirit, having somehow failed to discover it until its third season, and much of what has fueled my passion for this series has been its sophisticated handling of the relationships (all of them in their varied forms and contexts) between the central characters.

-- Source

Now there are a couple of things that are of particular interest to me in this post:

1. Someone fannishly inclined is still watching House?
2. You really didn't see that inevitable shitshow between Cuddy and House coming?
3. Ha ha ha oh my God, Henry, you adorable shipper.

No, but seriously, his is a good question: why aren't there a lot of committed relationships in media? Of the few that he mentions, Castle, despite its flurry of other delightful relationships, doesn't really count because as my Castle Watching Friends complain constantly, they haven't bagged it or tagged it yet, and White Collar is basically a walking talking PSA for functional polyamory pretending to be a USA series about "crime" and "stolen Nazi treasure."

My guess? Beyond the fact that people in TV land don't really know how to write it, I think we like the ride better than the conclusion. I'm totally stealing a line from a Barbara Streisand movie about how love and beauty, while not skin deep, aren't going to hurt you in your quest to bag a fellow professor at Columbia which maybe I watched like 48 times during my formative years -- anyway, I am stealing a line when I say, nobody talks about the after of the happily ever after, about Cinderella compulsively cleaning the castle after getting married.

But this is where I break with Jenkins: I'm not actually sure I want TV to portray a stable relationship. I like to think we don't use TV as a Idiot's Guide to life, and people will feel out the boundaries of their own big forever loves or comfortable relationships -- what we don't get out of ordinary life for the most part is the sweeping romance and the epic drama you can get away with in television. Plus, you know, fucked up people are more fun.

Or maybe I'm just still bitter about House.
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One of the things I love about White Collar is that it gets better all the time. And by better I mean gayer. For example, take a look at this photo by peterburke- on tumblr:

[personal profile] thatneedslube: Uh, how gay is this on a scale of gayness?
[personal profile] stopitsomemore: Pretty much like unicorns fucking rainbows.
[personal profile] thatneedslube: Yeah, that's what I thought, too.

Never change, Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay. We love you so much.
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Big news, guys! Everyone is on break for the holidays, even tv shows, but here's when you can expect some of our favourites to air again:

Nikita, Fringe, 30 Rock, Bones, White Collar, NCIS, NCIS LA, CSI NY, The Mentalist, The Big Bang Theory, Hawaii Five-0, Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Doctor Who )

What else are you excited about? Some shows haven't listed when they're coming back yet, but when we do, we'll let you know.
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And by date obviously we mean sleep together, because that is the point of this amazing flow chart we discovered the other day and decided needed to be applied to fandom, stat!

Play along with us in the comments, FGers. There have to be loads of pairings we've missed that you think should be run through the system.

Sometimes the answer is oh god, how badly do you want something? )

Aside from a worrisome cascade of incest possibilities for the upper right hand side of the chart, that's it -- we're spent. What about you? What fandoms do you see when you look at the chart?
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Highlights for this week's TV shows contain spoilers.

Covert Affairs, Psych, White Collar, Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage )

Shows to look out for:

48 days until a new season of America's Next Top Model
60 days until a new season of Castle
63 days until new episodes of Bones, Fringe, and 30 Rock.
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Gather ‘round, children! It’s Fandom Storytime!

Once upon a time, long ago, when people were into The Professionals fandom- this was when dinosaurs roamed the earth and people still made vids with VCRs and shit- two fangirls were in a grocery store in California. They were on opposite ends of the produce section. One fangirl wanted the other fangirl to get broccoli, but didn’t want to yell, “HEY GIRL HEY GET SOME BROCCOLI YO," because that’s obnoxious.

And lo, there were broccoli charades (“You want me to pick up a nuclear bomb? Some testicles? What? What is that hand motion?") but it didn’t take (“You thought I was miming balls? Seriously? What’s wrong with you?"). When they finally reconvened, the first fangirl grumped that if it had been Doyle and Bodie of the Professionals going grocery shopping, Doyle would have been able to tell Bodie to get broccoli with the merest flick of an eyebrow instead of having to flap his hands like a drunk hummingbird. And thus the broccoli test was born.

“Passing the broccoli test" became fandom shorthand for the couple that could convey everything from “Don’t order the chicken here, it sucks" to “I love you and want to have your babies but I’m still too pent up by heteronormative standards of masculinity to act on it- wait for me!" in a single significant eye-fucking glance.

That said, failing the broccoli test doesn’t make your OTP less T; plenty of pairings fail the broccoli test with flying colors. I’m thinking of Ray Kowalski and Fraser from Due South, who only nailed the silent communication thing after they rode in a submarine and stole a Canadian pirate ship with Leslie Nielsen.


I’d really like some broccoli. Also, buttsex.

The broccoli test is an old school meme that hasn’t made the rounds in a while, so we here at Fanspastic thought it was time to revisit it with some new pairings.

We spent 15 minutes trying to think of a hilarious quip to put here about broccoli that didn't devolve into a vegetable porn reference. We failed. )

Who did we miss? Put your pairings up to the test, fanspasticers!
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White Collar turned fourteen whole episodes old this week!

By most accounts, it has had a pretty great inaugural season. It was slick! It was timely! It was fun! Importantly, to us, it was gay like balls touching balls! Even as we enjoyed the effervescent oxycodone-induced bespoke high of White Collar, we here at Fanspastic HQ struggled with an existential crisis the entire time we watched this show. Okay, maybe only I struggled with it the most, but we have a standing rule that the person who hates the series the most is required to recap it, so:

Watching White Collar is extremely fucking vexing to me. No, the topless arts and crafts doesn't make it better. )

In other news, fuck you, White Collar, this recap was brought to you by three days, two fingers of vodka, a six-pack of Woodchuck, and 4200 words.
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Science time, guys. Let's keep it real with some completely accurate and not made up stats in graph and chart form. Nothing makes stuff official like charts and graphs, am I right? Of course I am. Science says so.

100% accurate awesomeness is behind this cut )

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