With Halloween just around the corner, TV shows and cable networks are gearing up for the spooktacular holiday by airing special haunted episodes and movie marathons. Current pop culture hit, “Glee”, helmed by writer/producer Brad Falchuk, who originally hails from Newton, Massachusetts, debuted a special Rocky Horror Picture Show themed episode. This episode paid tribute to the 1975 musical, starring Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Tim Curry.
The campy cult classic, which has earned fans around the world through its midnight showings at locally owned theaters where actors often dress up and perform the show as the film is being played, has its own following here in Cambridge. The Harvard Square Full Body Cast performances of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, have brought the fun, fright, and freakishness of this one-of-a-kind film to locals, particularly college students, since 1993.
Despite the area’s Puritanical roots, this ensemble doesn’t hold back, encouraging fans to come dressed in their most provocative outfits, bring props to throw during various parts of the film, and scream and yell throughout the entire show. Those new to the scene may discover they get labeled “Virgin of the Evening”, and marked with a red lipstick “V” across the forehead, and actually getting to participate in the opening parts of the show. With such antics, its no surprise that Halloween is the cast’s favorite holiday, and shows get super-sized, incorporating more skits, props, decorations, and surprises.
Check out the show on their biggest nights of the year, Friday and Saturday, Oct 29 and 30, at midnight and Sunday, Oct 31 at 10pm.
The fall television season is upon us, as both new shows and old favorites will soon be taking to the airwaves across the networks. While many of these shows are shot in California or Canada, nevertheless, New England is well-represented in a variety of ways. Whether it’s stars who originate from the area, or the shows themselves being set here, let’s check out where we can find Hollywood East on the fall 2009 line-up.
“Eastwick” on ABC, Wednesdays at 10 starting September 23, is inspired by the 1987 movie starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Susan Sarandon. This incarnation of the John Updike novel follows the story of 3 women (including Rebecca Romijn) whose everyday lives get thrown for a loop when a mysterious man arrives at their small, fictional New England town.
Connecticut born Seth MacFarlane’s “Family Guy” spinoff, “The Cleveland Show” is set to premiere September 27 on Fox. The animated comedy will air Sunday nights, along with MacFarlane’s other long-running series–”American Dad!” and “Family Guy”.
AMC’s surprise hit, “Mad Men” got a head start, with its season 3 premiere episode airing on August 16. Boston native, and recent Improper Bostonian cover model, John Slattery, will reprise his role as advertising executive Roger Sterling.
Everett’s Ellen Pompeo will be appearing less towards the start of the perpetual favorite “Grey’s Anatomy” with her real-life pregnancy pulling her away from an otherwise heavy workload. The season 6 premiere airs Thursday, September 24, and also stars Maine native Patrick Dempsey.
The second season of Fox’s “Fringe” coincides with production being moved to Vancouver, Canada, despite the fact that the series is set in Boston. Beantown’s own Leonard Nimoy will make several appearances throughout the season of the sci-fi show.
Fox’s other eccentric enterprise, “Dollhouse”, starring Watertown, MA’s Eliza Dushku will be returning for a second season after an uncertain beginning. The first episode will air September 25, as it returns to 9 PM time-slot on Friday nights.
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