Archive for May, 2010
Regular readers of Remote Patrolled will know I write about Glee a lot!
At its best Fox’s hit high school series is easily one of the top shows on TV with sharp writing, Sue Sylvester stealing every scene and some truly transformative musical moments – just witness the cast’s recent terrific rendition of ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’. And since its return at the start of April the show has been on a ratings high – almost doubling its previous recordings and dominating singles and albums charts.
But for me one of the best things about Glee is just how unashamedly gay the whole enterprise is. Unlike that other bastion of teen musicality – the High School Musical series, which paid lip service to diversity (‘We’re All In This Together’) but couldn’t even comprehend the idea of a gay teen in its cast (yes, Ryan Evans, that means you!) – Glee has always had a sly and subversive streak from the start.
With an out married lesbian as the show’s biggest star (Jane Lynch – glorious on screen and off), a gay man as its newest heartthrob Jesse St James, out show creator Ryan Murphy and the playful bisexuality of BFF’s Santana and Brittany – Glee is clearly More >
Ah the delicious world of Syfy Channel Movies.
On Saturday 8th May you can check out Mongolian Death Worm, Syfy’s latest masterpiece of computer-animated monstrousness versus in-it-for-the-paycheck actors (Lindsey Lohan – say hello to your future).
Sure Syfy movies are cheap, cheerful and very, very corny – but at least you know what you’re getting – bargain basement B movie thrills and a perfect stoner movie. Dollar for dollar that’s probably better value than a bloated big budget movie like the revamped Clash of the Titans.
So this week, Entertainment Weekly is dedicating 11 collectible covers and a huge chunk of the current issue to a celebration of Lost.
Flicking through the magazine I couldn’t help but wonder – where’s the rest of my issue? Followed by a second question – ‘hmmm is this overkill perhaps?’
Now I’m not a Lost fan – but I used to be. I adored the first season but like a lot of people checked out halfway through season 2 (Two words killed the show for me – Ana Lucia). But my brother and a lot of people I know remain die hard addicts – and I’ve kept up with the main storylines (from Charlie’s death to this season’s flash sideways). And with just a few weeks to go until the end of the series I completely understand that this is a really big deal for a lot of people and an IMPORTANT TV EVENT. But I also have a horrible feeling that for the next few weeks I’m going to be inundated with articles, clips, retrospectives and commentary on a show I don’t watch – and that’s going to drive me a little crazy. But hey, that’s show business.More >
Yesterday in New York, A&E announced their latest line up of shows for the coming year at their annual upfronts. Among the new batch were celebrity docu-series featuring David Hasselhoff, Tony Danza, Dee Snider and Bob Saget.
Now I know the guys over at A&E and they’re a good bunch – so I’m interested to see how these shows turn out. Being a Brit – Tony, Dee and Bob are known to me, but definitely less familiar (Twisted Sister just never took off in the same way overseas), but of course everyone in the world knows Hasselhoff and it will be interesting to see exactly what the show’s crews have been able to catch on camera – and how much David is willing to let down his guard. We’ve all seen that drunken burger video and heard the bizarre stories (cutting himself on a chandelier at a hotel?) – but will ‘TV David’ try and brush over his past – or present himself as an open book – flaws and all?
It seems to me that we’re at an interesting point in the celebrity docu-series world where networks, talent and audiences are involved in a delicate dance with some very different expectations.
Now that Celebrity More >
Wow – who knew one piece could generate quite so much interest! You Chuck fans sure are a committed bunch!
The argument I was making – and which I still stand by – is that Chuck simply isn’t a hit for NBC – so why stay with a show that isn’t doing well and quite simply will never blossom into a hit? Last night the show generated a puny 1.9 18-49 share and barely cleared 5 million viewers. Heck even Rules of Engagement is doing better. That’s gotta hurt!
I’ve read with interest many of the comments posted on the piece and though I don’t agree with all of them – I certainly admire the passion of the Chuck fans!
It’s that time of year again where those shows that are neither smash hits (Glee) or outright bombs (Melrose Place) have to play the network waiting game. Will they be renewed for another season – or cut loose? In the industry it’s called being ‘on the bubble’ and for show runners and cast and crew it’s a hellish time. The thumbs up mean another year of solid work, but a network ‘no’ means almost instant unemployment. Brutal.
This season there’s been several shows on the bubble – some of which have already been given good news, for a variety of reasons. NBC recently renewed Parenthood after a few episodes on the air – and the mark of confidence has helped the ratings stabilize and even grow a little. Likewise, Community will get a second shot in the fall, despite regularly bringing in less than 5 million viewers. But it’s a key component in NBC’s Thursday night line up so the network judged it worthy of another chance.
But as I type several key shows remain ‘on the bubble’. Personally I think V will be cut by ABC (expensive to make and it’s colossal ratings collapse clearly shows viewers aren’t interested), but Human Target has some second More >
The Golden Girls. Ah, I remember growing up with the show in the 80′s and even now, years down the line it’s still a comedy classic. Whereas every other show on TV – and in pop culture generally – made growing old seem frightening, miserable and depressing, The Golden Girls was a ray of light that made retirement look like the best years of your life. Plus the show was years ahead of its time on social issues without being heavy handed or preachy…
Here’s a perfect reminder of just what made The Golden Girls so great… try and watch this clip without laughing old loud… I dare you!
With Glee riding high in the ratings – and music charts – and Fringe and How I Met Your Mother staging recent musical episodes it seems that every actor out there wants to show off their vocal skills. But for every successful singer / actor like J Lo and LL Cool J there’s many more whose musical efforts are somewhat less successful… paging Brian Austin Green!
Thanks to the magic of the internet no-one can escape their pasts – so here’s a look at some of today’s TV stars… and their music video history… Enjoy!