Archive for July, 2010
When Does It Start: Sunday 1st August at 8pm / 9c on AMC (the first episode is a 2 hour special)
In A Nutshell: Is there a grand conspiracy behind some of today’s most dramatic world events – and who’s manipulating whom – and why?
What’s It About: Following the tragic death of his wife and daughter on September 11th, analyst Will Travers goes to work for a federal agency. But Will is no ordinary analyst and as he rises through the ranks of the organization he becomes aware of a shadowy conspiracy between big business and government that manipulates world events on a grand scale. Also in the mix is Miranda Richardson as Katherine Rhumor, a woman mourning the loss of her husband who discovers the man she loved wasn’t who she thought he was…. Who can they trust and what’s really going on behind the scenes of power?
Apologies for the lack of postings today – it has been a CRAZY day!
Of course I leave Remote Patrolled for a few hours and everything happens… Obama guests on The View, Snooki takes over The Today Show and then tonight Ellen announces she’s leaving American Idol...
Of course on the latter front my reaction is one of profound relief. Thank you Ellen for being woman enough to do what really had to be done. I love Ellen and think she’s a very talented, warm and funny lady – but her presence on the Idol panel was pretty much a disaster from Day One. The experiment had to end for the survival of the show.
Actually to be fair, Ellen was pretty good in Hollywood Week back in February. She seemed sharp and critical and took the competition a lot more seriously than any of us really expected. But as soon as the live shows started a couple of weeks later it all fell apart.
Here’s a great little video making the rounds at the moment – a remix of every cigarette smoked over Mad Men‘s first three seasons!
Like everyone else, I remember the first time I saw Mad Men and was stunned by all the huffing and puffing – at work, on planes, at the doctor’s surgery – and in front of the kids. With what we now know about the effects of cigarettes and second hand smoke it was frightening stuff!
Well now you get to relive every single puff along the way. The video is cleverly put together by the guys at Whirled Creative – and I love the end shot of Betty hacking up! Yuck!
Check out Sherlock Holmes, the new BBC crime series that launched last weekend in the UK.
As you can tell it’s not all Victorian England and foggy streets – this Holmes has been reinvented as a present day detective. He even uses texting and the internet to solve crimes! However not everything has changed. Sherlock is still accompanied by his partner in crime Watson, still lives on Baker Street, and still faces off against the evil Moriarty.
The BBC has commissioned three 90 minute episodes so far with Doctor Who writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat overseeing the series (check out their interview below). Playing Holmes is Benedict Cumberbatch, largely unfamiliar to US audiences, but known in the UK for playing Stephen Hawking in a 2008 BBC drama. Watson meanwhile is played by Martin Freeman, star of the UK version of The Office and the movie The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy (a cult show in Britain but which died a death at the box office)
PBS are co-producers on the show – so look for the series to come to the ‘Masterpiece‘ strand later in the year. And since the premiere episode scored a strong 7.5 million viewers, expect a second, longer More >
When Does It Start: Wednesday July 28th at 9 / 8c on The CW
In A Nutshell:. Homely girls get an injection of glamour to help them win the guy of their dreams. But it’s not just their outer appearances that will be transformed…
What’s It About: Meet Brit fashion stylist Louise Roe. She’s on a mission to transform girls across America, giving them confidence, charisma and a great new look so that they can win over the guy they’ve been secretly admiring from afar! But how will the men in question react when they know the truth – and is a love connection going to be made?
Here’s another new feature we’re starting up on Remote Patrolled…
‘Guest Starring‘ is our look back at a famous face before they hit it big…
First up – here’s Jane Lynch in 2006, making an appearance on the second season of Desperate Housewives. Jane played Maxine Bennett, a culinary rival to Bree – but with a skeleton in her closet!
I found this clip recently while trawling through the net – and honestly had no idea Jane Lynch had ever appeared on Housewives! And I’m a die hard fan who has seen virtually every episode of the show…
I guess it was because Jane Lynch was less on my radar those days. Sure I’d loved her in Best In Show and of course she’d been in The 40 Year Old Virgin the year before – but this was 3 years before her big breakout as Sue Sylvester in Glee. In those days Lynch was simply a great character actress who stole every scene she appeared in… and of course she’s as fabulous as ever here (although kudos too to the always magnificent Marcia Cross – the Desperate Housewives ladies don’t get nearly enough credit)
Anyway check out Jane in action… and stay tuned for more ‘Guest Starring’ moments More >
Looks like Vh1 is going back to basics again – with their twisted new weight loss show Money Hungry.
Yep, after a few months of more serious fare including The OCD Project (of which I was a big fan) and Dad Camp, Vh1 is returning to the sensationalism that served it so well in the Flavor Of Love / I Love New York days…
The premise is simple – 10 couples compete to win $100,000 by losing the most weight. The twist – each of the couples has paid $10,000 for the ‘privilege’ of being part of the show – and the winning team scoops the pot (take a listen to the trailer though which mentions ’12 teams’ – hmm did someone abscond with the two extra teams’ 20k!)
Obviously the show is going to be compared to The Biggest Loser – but judging by the design of the ‘house’, the contestants’ personalities and the general tone of the show it’s clearly in the Vh1 vein and more akin to shows like Rock of Love (which shares the same producers)
Hosting the whole enterprise is Dan Cortese – the former MTV host who’s had a somewhat erratic – but certainly interesting – career! Still after back to back flops My Dad Is More >
When Does It Start: Tuesday July 27th at 8pm / 7c on NBC
In a nutshell: Motivational speaker Tony Robbins brings his special brand of self-improvement to families across America.
What’s It About: Everyone knows Tony Robbins. He’s the bestselling author, self help guru and infomercial king who’s sold millions of books and audio tapes around the world, working with some of the biggest celebrities, political figures, business leaders and sports stars to achieve their dreams.
Now Robbins is bringing his skills to TV for the first time ever, working with families and individuals who’ve suffered terrible tragedies and setbacks in their lives. These are families who feel trapped, lost and hopeless. So can Tony help them achieve the Breakthrough they need to get their lives back on track?
The wait is almost over. Mad Men season 4 is just days away and I for one can’t wait.
I am a huge, huge Mad Men fan and thought the final episode of Season 3 – with Don Draper and co starting up their own breakaway agency – was the best episode of the show to date. So saying my expectations are high for the coming season would be putting it mildly…
For me, at its best, Mad Men is the closest TV comes to pure theater. The writing, performances, direction can be so sharp – and so subtle – it’s just a joy to watch. Few shows on TV amaze you because they’re so smart (The West Wing used to, Damages did and 24 often hit the mark – in a totally kinetic way). But Mad Men is smart all the way – and after a diet of junk TV that can be mighty refreshing.
So I’m certainly stoked for Season 4 – but you know me – this is Remote Patrolled. I always have an opinion and no show is perfect. So as we all eagerly await the continued adventures of Don, Roger, Pete and Betty, here’s my 7 tips to More >