Archive for October, 2010
The wait is almost over!
Premiering tonight on AMC, The Walking Dead is undoubtedly the most eagerly anticipated show of the season with great buzz and reviews and the perfect holiday launch date (well played AMC!) Could this be the show to lift TV out of it’s Fall slump… we’ll see!
I’ve posted a few clips and trailers for the series here on Remote Patrolled and here’s one last look before the show officially kicks off. Just released today this preview gives a tantalizing look at more scenes to come across the series – it’s all very Dawn of the Dead…
I have high hopes for The Walking Dead and have a feeling this could become AMC’s biggest show to date… we’ll give you the ratings as soon as they come in… but in the meantime, enjoy!
And Happy Halloween everyone!
So as you’ve probably heard, Marie Claire magazine has landed itself in a whole heap of trouble this week after one of its bloggers, Maura Kelly, posted a controversial article online complaining about obese people on TV getting intimate with one another.
The piece was sensitively titled ‘Should ‘Fatties’ Get A Room (Even On TV)’ and Kelly was referring to the CBS show Mike and Molly which focuses on an overweight couple who meet at Overeaters Anonymous, and start a relationship. I actually haven’t caught the show yet – though I’ve heard it’s heavy on the ‘fat jokes’ front – but Kelly’s piece has caused a whole heap of criticism, including a bit of a rant form Sharon Osbourne on The Talk yesterday…
As regular Remote Patrolled readers will know I’m a fan of NBC’s new alien conspiracy, The Event (check out my Richard Recommends for more). The show chugs along at a stirring pace with likable characters, strong cliffhangers and an intriguing series arc (what is The Event? Who are the detainees of Mount Inostranka? And why does Blair Underwood never age?)
But even though I’m enjoying the show a lot – I suspect like many people out there, I’m having a hard time with some of the show’s more implausible storylines. The Event doesn’t just stretch credibility – it pushes it to absolute breaking point week after week!
So far we’ve watched as computer programmer Sean Walker broke into the FBI headquarters and hacked their top-secret databases in mere seconds – with no police training at all! Then secret alien CIA agent Simon Lee is able to nip out of the White House in the middle of a national security crisis for a secret rendezvous with the lead terrorist Thomas. Thomas is also able to slip a cell phone into the school bag of the President’s son David. And a disappearing airplane over Miami is able to kept a secret from the public at large… Hmm…
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It’s Day Two of our Halloween Week specials and following on from yesterday’s Office recut – here’s 90′s sitcom Seinfeld, re-imagined as a horror movie.
The trailer is a bit long (I think a preview should be 90 seconds max) but once again it’s fascinating to see how innocent footage can be re-edited into a much darker version. Plus given that Seinfeld ran for 9 seasons of 22 episodes I can only imagine how long it took to put this all together.
As a Brit, Seinfeld passed me by a little due to crazy scheduling by the BBC who acquired the show and kept airing it at increasingly bizarre late night slots – one week 11pm, the next 1am, then on different nights – throughout its entire run. It was a crazy decision that meant the show never stood a chance. But I’ve caught many episodes in re-runs and while I’m not a devout fan of the show, I understand it’s appeal…
Still I’m sure there are a lot of you Seinfeld fans out there – so enjoy this new darker version…! Happy Halloween…
Since it’s now officially Halloween Week I figured it was time to have some fun with the spooky season – and here’s a great clip to get us started!
You may have come across some of these Halloween mash ups in the past – where an innocuous TV show is edited for maximum scares – but I love them (perhaps because I’m a huge scary movie fan) It never fails to amaze me how radically footage can be re-cut in the hands of a good editor.
So we’re going to feature a different Halloween mash up every day this week – and here’s our first.
This clip comes from a couple of years ago – just when the Rob Zombie re-imagining of Halloween was hitting theaters (man, that was a terrible, terrible movie) – and features NBC comedy The Office, reworked as a psycho thriller… love it!
Here’s the trailer below… and remember to check back in tomorrow for another spooky series!
One more quick moment from this week’s Saturday Night Live that made me laugh…
Check out Baby Spanx – the perfect product for that pudgy baby you’re embarrassed to be seen with!
Okay so it’s a one joke premise and the laughs are easy but the sketch is tight and well played… I just wonder with our sister site Good Enough Mother will say…
Here’s the clip… enjoy!
We all know Saturday Night Live is a mixed bag of a show – just check out the appallingly underwritten View parody last night – but when the show is good, it can be pretty darn terrific…
Case in point – check out this great parody of local news headlines – and their love of disturbing teenage trends (we all remember the Lady Gaga contact lens scares and teen vampire bites!)
Not only is the sketch spot on – kudos to Bill Hader for his scare-mongering news reporter patter – but the segment also features last night’s guest host Emma Stone, who just keeps getting better and better in my book (for me Easy A was her Clueless – let’s just hope she does more with her career than Alicia Silverstone did with hers)
Okay so the sketch doesn’t really have an ending, but oh well… if only all of SNL was this good it would be essential viewing…
Hmm, only a few months late on this one…
Check out the South Park gang parodying this summer’s smartest and most satisfying movie, Inception.
To be fair to the Park gang, the show wasn’t on air when the Leo movie hit, but I’m really surprised they’re tackling the movie now. There’s simply been so many Inception spoofs since the movie’s July release that it does feel like an exhausted – and easy – source of humor, reminding me of those dire movie spoofs like Meet The Spartans, Disaster Movie and Vampires Suck which throw any pop culture reference into the mix to try and get a laugh…
Plus I don’t think the show’s take is all that new – we all know Inception is a complicated movie and when you try and explain the plot it comes out as gibberish. It’s a very old gag – and I honestly expected more from the show…
Anyway here’s the clip – but what do you think? Still funny – or time to retire the Inception jokes…
Ah, the 90′s were not a kind decade…
Check out Glee’s Mr Schuester as you’ve never seen him before – strutting his stuff as a dance instructor in this video outtake for ‘Bob Rizzo’s Simply Funk‘…
Of course we all knew Matthew had a musical past – he was once in a boy band called LMNT which he described as ‘the worst year of my life’, before hitting it big on Broadway and transitioning over to guest roles on shows such as Ghost Whisperer and CSI Miami… and then came Glee!
This video is part of a series of instructional tapes – and is actually available to buy from Amazon for just $9.99 (on VHS!!!!)… well now you know what to get your loved ones for Christmas – if they still have a VCR of course! I love the 90′s haircuts and clothes, the ‘moody’ black and white look and juddery cuts and the 90′s fonts… ah, what a decade!
Anyway – enjoy Matt in action – I have a feeling this video is going to be EVERYWHERE very soon!
Okay, the X Factor theme this week is Heroes… so why the heck are the contestants performing the likes of Bruno Mars and Kelly Clarkson… are these really the budding pop stars’ actual heroes?
Anyway – here’s Matt Cardle, one of the dark horses of the competition, taking on the current US number one ‘Just The Way You Are‘… the judges loved it – but am I the only one who thought the opening was really, really flat? (can I also just say in general how low the talent bar is this season on The X Factor!)
Plus Matt has the personality of a piece of cardboard… he completely washes over me, both on stage and off.
So please tell me what I’m missing… how on earth was this ‘note perfect’…? Start commenting guys…