TV ON DVD
Who needs Star Wars when the funereal Fisher family is back in town? Finally, the third season of Six Feet Under is here ($90 approx.). This season may not be as good as the ones before it, but it’s still the best series on television, full of complex emotional drama befitting of a show centered around a funeral home.
Also in May
New albums from Aimee Mann, Nine Inch Nails, Missy Elliott, Lucinda Williams, Oasis, Toby Keith, Shelby Lynne, Sleater-Kinney and Stephen Malkmus.
Coldplay release their long-awaited third album X&Y, produced by the band, Danton Supple (Morrissey, Elbow), and Ken Nelson (Badly Drawn Boy, Kings of Convenience). Also this month, new releases from The White Stripes, The Strokes, Backstreet Boys and Glenn Lewis.
No better time to hold a TV festival than when few are watching TV. While reruns dominate the networks, TV insiders meet at the annual (and newly renamed) Banff World Television Festival. During the event, there’s mingling, pitches and development fund prizes. This year’s keynote speaker is retired Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire.
Also in June
Degrassi Junior High season two (June 14, $35 approx.), Casino: 10th Anniversary Edition (June 14, $20 approx.), and unconﬁrmed releases at press time include Alexander, Hitch, Coach Carter, Constantine, and Million Dollar Baby.
Both booksellers and fans are counting the days until the release of the 608-page-long Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth in the series. Over 200 million Potter books have been sold and the latest is sure to add tens of millions more to that total — 10.8 million copies are being printed in the U.S. alone, the highest initial print run in history, topping the 2003 record set by the ﬁfth book by a whopping four million copies.
Also in July
Tentative new releases from Franz Ferdinand, Ryan Adams, 30 Seconds to Mars and 311.
Tentative home video releases of Be Cool, Bride and Prejudice, Cursed, D.E.B.S., Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Guess Who, The Pacifier and The Ring Two.