Archive for November, 2010
Here’s the just released latest sneak peek for one of the most eagerly anticipated new shows of 2011 – Game of Thrones, the medieval epic that’ll be hitting HBO screens in Spring 2011.
We’ve featured a few clips from Thrones before, but just to remind you, the series is based on a series of bestselling books by George R.R. Martin and stars Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Mark Addy (The Full Monty) and Peter Dinklage (Death At A Funeral).
Personally I’m still not massively feeling the show – but I do think it will be a big hit for HBO. Following the huge success of The Walking Dead it seems to me that shows that are a little out of the box – and have a cinematic feel – are destined for big success. I think Thrones may be a bit too male skewing for Dead like numbers but who knows… lots of women out there seem to love Spartacus…
But what do you think? Are you liking the look of Game of Thrones… and how do you think it’ll fare?
No wonder they smoke so much on Mad Men!
Check out this vintage cigarette commercial from 1962 that’s doing the rounds today (although it was actually posted a while back)
Yep, that really is The Flintstones plugging Winston’s Cigarettes… can you believe it? Imagine if the DIsney Channel today featured their teen favorites lighting up and recommending their favorite brands…
The advert actually reminds me of the Racist Looney Tunes cartoon we ran a while back…. times sure have changed…
Check the clip out here… and get ready to shake your head!
Check out the trailer for Bridalplasty, coming this Sunday to E!
Yep, this is a real show broadcast for a real network – and here’s the concept. 12 brides move into a mansion in LA competing to win a celebrity style dream wedding and major plastic surgery – so they can look their very best for their big day! Hosting the show is Shanna Moakler (aka the ex Mrs Travis Barker) and the series is produced by 51 Minds, the company behind such shows as Rock of Love, I Love Money and Charm School.
Now full disclosure here! I came up with a competition show of my own earlier in the year in which contestants would compete for a cosmetic surgery makeover. But my format was rather gentler – with the winning contestant being given the choice between surgery and something more substantial (e.g. college tuition) and my aim was to show some growth along the way. But that said I certainly planned plenty of crazy games and bitchiness so I’m not going to pretend I’m holier than thou on the reality front (I did once make a contestant undergo a live colonic irrigation!)
I’m also a big fan of many of the 51 More >
You know him best as whiny, wheelchair bound Artie Abrams on Glee (probably my least favorite character on the Fox show)
But you may or may not know that actor Kevin McHale had a whole OTHER musical career before his Glee days.
Kevin used to be part of a boyband called NLT (which stands for Not Like Them) a fairly unsuccessful outfit that also featured the Perez Hilton protege Travis Garland.
NLT released four singles in total and they pretty much all bombed. But the videos still live on online and show a whole other side of McHale that’s pretty much never seen on the Fox high school musical…
Personally I can kind of see why the songs never took off – they’re totally forgettable and generic – and the first video is a pure N*Sync rip off. But what do you think? Bland boy band pop – or do you see something special?
Start weighing in all you Gleeks…!
Check out the just released trailer for Teen Wolf, the MTV remake of the Michael J. Fox 80′s movie…
To be honest I was expecting the show to look terrible – but the producers have clearly gone the more serious route and ditched the jokey tone of the original movie (and its even more ridiculous sequel – poor Jason Bateman!) I suspect the success of Taylor Lautner in the Twlight movies played a big part in their decision. Notice that the show’s ‘were-brother’ is pretty good looking!
My big question really revolves around how ‘right’ this show is for MTV? I can absolutely see Teen Wolf on The CW, Syfy and maybe even ABC Family – but is this really an MTV show? Do the MTV audience actually want scripted series? Or would the network be better off sticking to sensational non-scripted shows like Jersey Shore and Teen Mom?
I guess we’ll find out when Teen Wolf launches in the New Year… but in the meantime, what do you think? Will you be watching the show – or would you have preferred the producers to have stuck to a campier tone… start commenting everyone (oh and if you want a reminder of the original Teen Wolf, More >
Wow, it’s all kicking off down at The Biggest Loser ranch today – and not just in front of the cameras. This time it’s not Jillian’s shouting or a near comatose contestant making headlines – but an ugly behind the scenes dispute that is causing a whole lot of controversy.
In case you haven’t heard, large sections of The Biggest Loser crew – many of whom have been with the show for several years – have gone on strike. They’re demanding the right to unionize which will apparently help members accrue health and pension benefits. The crew are allegedly also unhappy that they’ve received virtually no wage increase since Season 6 (the show is now on Season 11) while the show has stayed a profitable franchise for NBC due to its constant product placement (many segments of the show are virtually paid advertisements) and relative ratings stability – at least for NBC.
Meanwhile the show’s producers – 3 Ball and Reveille – allege crew members are paid above scale for the show and that the series recent declining ratings mean there simply isn’t any more money to go around, especially in these tough economic times. For the full details you should jump over to More >
Check out this spoof of MTV from last night’s Saturday Night Live (you know, the one hosted by Scarlett Johansson)
Following the success of Teen Mom and 16 And Pregnant, the network does seem to be an endless parade of teen moms (and dads) – and of course very little music. And while I agree that Teen Mom is fairly honest in its portrayal of teen motherhood, I do think its disturbing that its young stars have now become celebrities and are pursuing endorsement deals and acting careers… not the best example to be setting!
Anyway here’s the SNL treatment… I especially like My Super Sweet 16 – And Pregnant (although the Snooki spoof at the end is a bit of an obvious gag!)
The funny thing – I wouldn’t put some of these suggestions past network heads…
It’s time to induct another show into our Remote Patrolled Hall of Fame and this week it’s another old favorite from my teenage years – David Lynch’s evocative and disturbing murder mystery, Twin Peaks.
Peaks launched in 1990 on ABC, though as usual us Brits got the show a little further down the line. I remember watching the show on BBC2 in the UK, on a small portable TV in my bedroom – the series was certainly not my parents’ sort of show! I was 16 at the time and in love with all things Americana. And of course I was instantly hooked on this bizarre depiction of small town USA.
Let’s be honest, Twin Peaks was one very strange show! At the time I knew little about David Lynch but Peaks was unlike anything else on TV. I mean how many other shows featured a character like the Log Lady, a woman with a pet log that she conversed with – or malevolent spirits possessing people’s bodies. And then there was the show’s pacing (slow!) and frequently improvised style. It really was totally unique. But while the show could come off as kooky, most of all it was disturbing. Twin Peaks has More >
After all the mid-term election hoopla, George W. Bush plugging his darn book on every network and the whole Keith Olbermann saga – I’m feeling like I need a bit of a break from the non-stop political cycle.
But this clip, going viral today, is well worth watching!
Check out Hillary Clinton being interviewed by Australian Duo Hamish and Andy. Whatever you think of Hillary it’s hard to deny that she comes across superbly well here – relaxed, funny and seemingly having a great time… and well done to the guys. I love their quick response to Hillary’s ‘Chinese’ and ‘Mexican’ food comments… this is how you conduct a great celebrity / political interview…
He’s been hitting the headlines plenty over the last few weeks – with his starring role in new comedy Due Date, his critically acclaimed HBO show Bored To Death, web series ‘Behind Two Ferns‘ and of course, the whole Mel Gibson / Hangover 2 furore!
Now Zach Galafianakis has gone viral, in a recently unearthed clip from 1997 MTV show Apt 2F, which shows the hirsute funnyman sans beard… and you know what, he wasn’t a bad looking guy all those years back!
Apt 2F was a barely remembered sitcom that also featured the pre-fame likes of Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert and Lewis Black. It lasted just one season and did little for Zach’s career at the time… but fast forward 13 years and just look at him now! Who’d have thought it based on this clip…