Weekend To-Do List: Get Caught Up edition

144740__grace_lIf you’re not yet addicted to SciFi’s brilliant, beautiful Battlestar Galactica, then I’m assuming it’s because you haven’t yet seen an episode. This weekend is your big chance to remedy that (before the Oct. 6 season premiere) by renting (or buying) the show’s first 2.5 seasons on DVD, reading EW’s recent cover story, or catching sister channel Bravo’s catch-up specials (tonight at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 11 a.m.). One thing that’s always puzzled me about the show, though: How come all the female cylons are played by smokin hotties — like Lucy Lawless, Grace ”Who me? Sexy?” Park (pictured), and Tricia Helfer — while the male cylons are all kinda pasty? Just asking.

And just in case you think I’m being all hipper-than-thou with my Battlestar demands, I’ve got some catching up of my own to do between now and Monday morning.

- Both The Namesake (opening in March 2007) and Running With Scissors (Oct. 27) rank in my top 10 most anticipated films of the next few months, and yet, lamely enough, I haven’t read the books by Jhumpa Lahiri and Augusten Burroughs that said movies are based on. Seeing as Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies is one of my favorite short-story collections like ever, I’m tackling The Namesake tonight. Maybe I can get to the latter by next Friday?

- Also, my DVR is chock-full of back episodes of Prison Break. (Four from last season, and all of this season’s.) Either I make a dent this weekend, or lovely Wentworth & Co. are gettin’ deleted.

- And in theaters, I don’t want Hollywoodland to come and go before I get a chance to see it, so that, too, is on my list. I just hope I don’t get distracted by: the season premiere of SNL, with Seth Meyers joining Amy Poehler at the Weekend Update desk (NBC, Saturday, 11:30 p.m.); Showtime’s premiere of Dexter (Sunday at 10 p.m.), starring Six Feet Under’s Michael C. Hall as a forensics expert with a murderous streak; and, of course, with Yom Kippur starting Sunday night, Stephen Colbert’s atonement line (1-888-OOPS-JEW). Yep, dude went there.

There’s my list, PopWatchers. Now let your fellow readers know what you need to catch up on during the final weekend of September.

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  • Ellipsian

    I’m torn, Slezak: I don’t know whether or not to recommend you giving up on “Prison Break”. It’s good, er, decent outrageous fun and all, but you’re not even to the actual break-out episode of last season (oh come on! that was no Spoiler! You’ve read the title of the show!) and you’re already stalling?
    Hmmmm… what say you, Slezak fans? Does he follow Pretty and his semi-hot brother into Season 2, or just let ‘em rot?

  • mike

    I will be interested what SNL does, if anything, to acknowledge the 5 departed cast members and/or Studio 60 and 30Rock.
    I will also be interested in seeing if the show improves over last year.

  • jen

    Go with Prison Break – Had the same problem at the start of this new season, finally just got through them all. Definately worth the time.

  • Justin

    I have finally gotten into Battlestar Galactica and could no longer wait for the delays from Netflix in getting a chance to watch Season 2. So I bought the two most recent sets and am halfway through the first one. What a great show. And Grace Park is a smokin’ hottie.

  • Karla

    Oh wait about the pasty male cylons – how about the gorgeous play-doctor cylon Starbuck met in the hospital? Tormented, yes, but not pasty.

  • Jasper

    Wow Slezak you just creeped me out! I just finished reading The Namesake and tomorrow I’m starting Running With Scissors! No lie! I too am anticipating the films. I thought The Namesake (Love Kal Penn!!) was coming out sooner, I probably should’ve read RWS first, huh? Also I unfortunately don’t have DVR but my blockbuster online queue is jammed with the second season of Entourage and the first seasons of The Boondocks and The Wire. I feel your pain brother!

  • Chris

    You have to read Running with Scissors before the movie comes out. I read it a while back, and I am really curious to see how they handle some of the more interesting scenes…

  • kinglouieXVIII

    Wait a minute, THE NAMESAKE is not coming out til March of 2007. WTF? I thought it was being released sometime in November/December of 2006. Wasn’t it supposed to be “oscar” caliber?

  • Lauren

    Hey Leonben (Starbuck’s brand new Cylon boyfriend) is plenty hot. And then there’s Simon and then I’m just going to call you right on the rest of them.

  • john

    ALSO, a free recap episode is available on itunes now. It is very helpful and combines footage from the show with new info.

  • sarah

    Since there isn’t a board for the box office wrap up, I’ll complain here… ENOUGH WITH The COLLEGE FOOTBALL REFERENCES!!!! We get it. You like college football.

  • Ep Sato

    In general, the women of science fiction shows are good looking. Just check out the cast of Andromeda (Lexa Droig, Lisa Ryder [sp on the last name], the cute chic who played trance and that ex penthouse model who played the android in season 5), any of the Star Trek spinoffs (there were at least two hotties per spinoff), Cleopatra 2525 (hotties in bikinis), Dark Angel (hello,Jessica Alba in a catsuit!) and even Firefly (Zoe and Kaylee were super fly). The difference between the older shows and these newer shows is that while the women are still hotties, their characters at least have brains (ronnie from Andromeda) , power (starbuck), leadership skills (zoe) and even depth ( Boomer from Galactica).
    Because of the demographic sci fi tends most to appeal to (young dudes wanting some escapist fantasy), there will always be hot psuedo nekkid women in sci fi. But now that the writing and fan base are more diverse, I expect to see more hotties with smarts on these shows…

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