They say all good things must come to an end… and so it’s with slightly mixed emotions that I’ve decided to write my final Remote Patrolled post – appropriately enough on the 31st Dec 2013 (I’m a big believer in the importance of dates!)
I’ve been running this site for over 3 1/2 years now and over that time I’ve posted a whole heap of articles on a vast array of shows. I’ve aimed to present an ‘insiders’ view of TV, using my experience as a producer to hopefully give informed commentary. I’ve championed much maligned shows such as The X Factor and Smash and taken pot-shots at over-rated series like Community and Arrested Development. I’ve rallied against over-produced ‘reality’, network execs who refuse to take chances and the Kardashians! Plus I’ve talked a LOT about the shows I love – The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Scandal and many more…
It’s been a great experience running this site and I’ve learned a lot about social media. Those skills served me well for a much bigger cause down the line – helping the wrongfully convicted Ryan Ferguson, who finally walked free on 11/12/13. Ryan has become a close friend and the experience of More >
Wow – what a year it’s been. You know a TV year has been great when it’s hard to select just ten terrific shows for an end of the year list. I could easily have added The Americans, The Following, Modern Family and Mr Selfridge to this list. But in the end here’s my 10 faves of the year…
And nope I don’t watch Breaking Bad. I think that one’s had more than its fair share of coverage already!
The year is coming to a close and that can mean only one thing… an inevitable onslaught of end of year list shows and magazine articles!
But if you check out NBC this Friday night at 9pm EST you’ll be able to watch a 2013 wrap up show with a twist. The show’s called What We Wasted Our Year On and it’s a fast paced comedy run down of all the many ways we collectively frittered away our time over the last 12 months.
Paula Deen and her racism controversy? Check! ‘The Fox’ and Harlem Shake videos? Yep, they’re in there. Justin Bieber, The Game of Thrones Red Wedding, Sharknado… check, check, check! Boy, we wasted a lot of time this year…
If you hadn’t guessed by now I’m one of the shows producers and it’s been a lot of fun putting this project together. I started developing the concept way back in the summer when it was just a vague idea on a piece of paper – and now the show is finally a reality. Along the way I’ve worked with some terrific – and very funny – people and it’s been great to stretch my comedic muscles again (I was Showrunner for More >
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.
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.