Kevin Wada gives us his version of Justified’s Raylan Givens!
Can you tell I’m having Justified withdrawl?
If you are as well, then you will want to check out Entertainment Weekly’s Videos of the 10 Best Raylan Showdowns.
I won’t debate whether Justified is the best show on tv. There’s just too much competition [Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, The Black List, etc.] to quibble over first place. I will say if Justified isn’t the best show, it isn’t number 3.
I would argue that Raylan Givens (played by Timothy Olyphant] is the coolest character on tv. Speaking of Raylan and Olyphant, did you see this interview in Rolling Stone about both of them?
If you’re not watching it, you should give it a go. If it’s not my favorite show it’s definitely in the top 3 [Breaking Bad and Walking Dead are right there, too]. The new season starts in January, but FX has released three new teasers to get our attention,
The first teaser is the weakest of the three, but still makes me want more. The second teaser is my favorite. The third teaser is the most creative in that it makes you think one thing and then realize that you’re totally wrong… the third teaser also hints at what could be a major plot point of the third season.
If you’re a fan of Justified, then you may be interested in a the great bargain that Amazon is offering on Season One. The complete first season on blu-ray is only 21.99 [56% off the retail price] and the regular dvd for the complete first season is just 19.99.
While we’re on the subject of excellent tv shows which are coming to dvd, let’s not forget that The Walking Dead: Season 1 dvd drops on March 8th. Since season 2 won’t start until the fall, there’s a strong possibility that “Dead Heads” are going to want to pick up this one to ease their wait.
“We are very excited about the tremendous, widespread acclaim that Justified has received from both audiences and television critics,” said FX president and GM John Landgraf. “Graham Yost, Tim Olyphant, Elmore Leonard and their talented partners have crafted a uniquely ambitious and entertaining series which is everything we aspired to when we developed the show.”
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TVGuide.com just posted a piece titled Elmore Leonard: Justified Gets It Just Right. I’m happy that Elmore Leonard, who wrote the novella that the series is based on, is as happy with the show as the rest of us [on the night it premiered it ranked No. 1 on cable in overall viewers and in its time slot beat the broadcast networks among men 18-to-49]. I was was even happier to learn that…
…Leonard has begun work on a new Raylan Givens story which he hopes might inspire plots for the show’s second season, if FX renews the series… And if they don’t, Leonard says he will pen a couple more Raylan stories and publish a collection.
The Mister Monster piece above was created as a commission for some lucky person at HeroesCon 2017 by Karl Slominski. I met Karl for the first time at the same convention because I had requested Karl’s take on Jack Carter and John Wick (which will be posted in the near future).
When I picked up the sketch, my buddies LittleJohn and Mike Cross were with me. They both liked my sketch so much they commissioned sketches of their own. LittleJohn got John Wick and John McClane, while Mike asked for Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) and Maggie (Adrienne Barbeau).
This encouraged me to go back for another “Jack Carter and…” sketch, this time getting Carter and Raylan Givens from Justified. I post that in the near future as well.
At any rate, Karl is the subject of an interview at 11 O’Clock Comics. Check it out!
A new tv series based on Dracula is in the work. Seems there has been a lot of grumbling from fans worried about the potential success of a new series based on the infamous Count…
…these concerns aren’t unjustified — Dracula-centered television shows are notoriously short-lived, and while there are a multitude of shows centered around the supernatural, there aren’t that many dedicated to the main vamp himself. NBC took a stab at it in 2013 with “Dracula,” a British-American horror drama… Though promising, the series only lasted one season.
Gabrielle Kiss and IndieWire came up with ‘Dracula’: 7 Things A Series About the World’s Most Famous Vampire Should Have. Here are the three that I think are most important…
5. Make Dracula a Bit Ruthless
Rumor has it that Dracula was based off of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, better known as Vlad the Impaler. It’s said that Vlad Dracula (meaning son of the dragon, or son of the devil) would dip chunks of bread into buckets of blood drained from the people he killed, usually after he invited them to a feast and then immediately impaled them at the dinner table (he always finished his dinner afterwards, bodies and all, in case you were wondering). So it would be nice if that same sense of ruthlessness could be brought to the new adaptation of “Dracula.” There’s no rule that states you can’t be suave and merciless (just ask Klaus Mikaelson of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals”). (I agree. Dracula didn’t become King of the Vampires and live as long as he did without being ruthless. He’s a vampire!)
6. Give Him a Sense of Humor
Speaking of “The Originals,” let’s bring in some of that dark humor and wit that makes characters like Klaus Mikaelson a baddie that we love to hate (but just can’t). That same natural charisma and use of offhanded sardonic remarks should be applied to our newest Dracula, because that’s what the audience connects to. It’s also what keeps people coming back for more, everyone needs a tension breaker once in awhile. (His sense of humor should arise from the fact that he’s amusing himself. Saying things and making jokes not for others but his own amusement. He believes himself to be above mere humans. So it will be very interesting when a human catches his innuendo and responds. Dracula will know he’s perhaps met his match.)
3. Tell the Original Story
While a lot of vampire stories have spawned from the original “Dracula,” there haven’t been nearly as many that actually tell Dracula’s story. Bring back characters like Jonathan Harker and Van Helsing! They don’t have to share the spotlight with Dracula, but they’re relatively new characters to the younger generation, and they would help inspire interesting plot points for the new show (something the previous “Dracula” series lacked). (While I go back on forth on the era – modern or 1890’s, I do believe that the original story, even if slightly modified should be the basis for the series.)