Remember way back in 2011 when The X Factor USA first launched? Back when Simon Cowell was predicting audiences of 20 million an episode and that his Fox singing competition was going to be the new American Idol…
Well as we know things haven’t really worked out as Simon said.
A couple of weeks ago The X Factor pulled in just 3.75 million viewers and a measly 1.0 18-49 share. Ouch.
Okay to be fair that was on Thanksgiving night, a terrible night for TV ratings. But it isn’t like The X Factor has been doing all that better across the rest of its season. Ratings are sharply down year to year, following a sizeable drop from 2011. Now commentators are predicting that this season may be the show’s last…
But just when the Simon Cowell show seemed to be nearing the end of its road something rather interesting happened. And their names are Alex and Sierra.
So it looks like Revenge is back… I mean REALLY back!
I’m in DVR catch up mode at the moment and after watching the last few episodes of ABC’s Sunday night soap pretty much back to back I’d confidently say Revenge is better than ever. It’s like that whole second season never even happened. Thankfully!
I’ve talked about Revenge countless times here on Remote Patrolled and have had an up and down history with the show. Like millions of others I loved Season 1, which set up the show’s soapy premise as Emily Thorne (aka Amanda Clarke) returned to the Hamptons to wreak vengeance on the Grayson family for framing her father. Revenge’s first series was fantastic – exciting, glossy, soapy and so much fun.
Hey everyone – yep I’m back!
It has been a crazy few weeks – heck months – on my end and sadly, this little old blog Remote Patrolled has suffered a bit! Let me explain…
On the work-front my company Savannah Media has been incredibly busy since late summer on a range of presentation deals signed over the summer. And of course in typical TV fashion EVERYTHING was due at pretty much the same time. So we were formatting one project, while editing another, while planning a shoot in Chicago. It was very full on!
Everything worked out fantastically well in the end however and we’re really proud of all our work. I sadly can’t say too much about what we’ve been working on – but I can say we signed a format deal at GSN, and had presentation deal orders from LMN (Lifetime Movie Network) and Bravo. It’s been a great year!
Then on a personal level, a cause I’ve been heavily involved in for quite a while finally had a happy ending. Yep, as you’ve doubtless seen from the extensive media coverage, the Free Ryan Ferguson campaign reached it’s fantastic conclusion last month when Ryan was freed from prison on 11/12/13 after 9 years, 8 More >
The 2013 Fall TV season is now in full swing and already this year’s batch of new comedies are struggling. Once again not a single new show is setting the ratings alight and Tuesday nights on Fox and Thursdays on NBC have become an absolute death zone.
Sadly ABC’s The Goldbergs isn’t doing a huge heap better – but it’s the first TV show of the Fall season that I can give an unqualified thumbs up to!
I’ll admit, a few weeks ago, The Goldbergs was certainly not on my radar. The show looked like a Wonder Years knock off with an 80’s setting and I was expecting a non-stop barrage of pop culture gags revolving around Rubik cubes, leg warmers and shoulder pads.
But thankfully The Goldbergs is actually much more than that a one note premise. For starters it’s funny. Really funny actually. Sure the show is nothing new – it’s your standard family sitcom, but the writing is super sharp and the cast definitely know how to sell a joke.
I hate to say ‘I told you so’… but, well, I did tell you so!
A couple of years ago I wrote a post here at Remote Patrolled centered around CBS and what I perceived as an attitude of complacency at the network.
At the time CBS was riding high on huge ratings and was by far the number one network on TV. Sure they had some issues in the 18-49 demo, but who cares when you pull in the number of viewers that would make other networks wince. At the time the CBS slate was stuffed full – as always – with procedurals and comedies, while long running shows such as NCIS, Survivor, Two And A Half Men and CSI just kept chugging along. I argued in my piece that CBS needed to innovate more and try some fresh ideas – or else they’d be facing some serious problems down the line.
So how is your Fall TV Season going so far?
Well given that I’m crazy busy on shoots at the moment I have to admit I’m finding it mighty tough keeping up with the non-stop onslaught of new shows!
I gave up on The Michael J. Fox show (all that hype for another glorified family sitcom). Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was okay but didn’t intrigue me enough to stick around long term. The Crazy Ones had way too much Robin Williams’s desperate riffing… but hopefully will settle down. And I actually really liked The Goldbergs.
But I never bothered with Lucky 7 after it died a death in its premiere. And Hostages will be next to go from my DVR since it too is destined for the scrap heap! And who knows when I’ll get around to watching Trophy Mom or even just Mom! Or the new batch of shows launching this week. Especially with old favorites like Revenge, Scandal and Nashville back on our screens… and The Walking Dead and American Horror Story returning soon.
Apologies for the lack of new postings here at Remote Patrolled recently. I’ve been crazy busy on a trio of new network projects which I’ll hopefully be able to talk about very soon! What it does mean is that I’m knee deep in scripts and shooting at the moment. But being busy is definitely a good thing – so no complaints here!
Anyway back to business. As you may have read this week it looks like AMC ratings powerhouse The Walking Dead is on the verge of gaining a spin off in the near future, another zombie series following a fresh group of survivors in a totally different setting.
The announcement follows hot on the heels of news of an upcoming Breaking Bad spin off. And the trend is likely to continue as cable networks adopt the model of the broadcast networks who have been spinning off shows for years (NCIS, CSI, Law and Order, Private Practice, to name just a few). But are spin off shows really a good idea – or do they just dilute your brand?
So the new look American Idol panel has finally been unveiled… and it turns out there’s nothing new to it after all!
As you’ve doubtless heard by now the latest batch of Idol judges includes Keith Urban from season 12, Jennifer Lopez from seasons 10 and 11 and Harry Connick, Jr a frequent guest mentor from recent years. Could the ‘new’ team be any less exciting?
After a pretty big ratings decline last season Fox promised big changes to their reality champion and numerous ideas were bandied around. We were promised a panel of former Idol contestants. Or an industry panel comprising of producers, writers and execs.
But what we’ve ended up with is probably the blandest, more unimaginative and ultimately ratings sapping team possible.
What a long, dry summer of TV it’s been!
Fact is, if you’re not a Breaking Bad / Dexter fan this summer’s network and cable offerings were a bit of a TV wasteland. A million people gave up on True Blood (I didn’t get past the season opener); the TV movie-esque Under The Dome was the season’s top show and too many networks saved their best offerings for the Fall which means my DVR is literally going to explode in the coming weeks!
So I’ve spent the summer catching up on a couple of key shows. First up was Scandal which was EVERY bit as good as everyone says it is. I’m literally salivating at the prospect of Season 3. If you haven’t seen the show yet, stop what you’re doing RIGHT NOW and start watching. That’s an order!
And then there’s Orphan Black, a critically acclaimed curio that aired on BBC America in the Spring and yet doesn’t seem to have really permeated the pop culture-sphere quite yet. Honestly I can’t tell you how many TV savvy people I’ve mentioned the show to who haven’t heard of the series. And that’s a shame as the show is definitely worth a look.More >
The summer TV drought is coming to an end and the Fall TV season is just around the corner… which means it’s time for some Snap Judgments!
This time last year I predicted Nashville, Elementary, Chicago Fire and Arrow would stick around for another season, while The Last Resort, Vegas, Partners and Emily Owens, MD would all flop. . Right on every count!
Of course I also thought 666 Park Avenue, Go On and The Mob Doctor would do great… yikes!
Oh well – here are my thoughts on the season to come. Take a read and share your thoughts in the comments section below…