Archive for March, 2011
Earlier this week MTV unveiled the latest trailer for Teen Wolf, their reboot of the 1985 Michael J. Fox movie, which is pretty much fondly remembered by no-one!
Then there’s ABC, planning their own Charlie’s Angels remake for the Fall featuring Annie Ilonzeh (General Hospital), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) and Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy) as the new female crime-fighting force.
And of course by now you’ve probably all seen the new Wonder Woman – played by Adrianne Palicki (also from Friday Night Lights) wearing what almost everyone agrees is an especially tacky Halloween costume. Less female empowerment, more low end fetish flick.
From my perspective I’m just wondering why networks feel the need to revamp these old franchises – and if it’s actually what audiences really want?
If you look back over the last few years you’ll see plenty of TV remakes – but how many of them have actually succeeded? NBC’s Knight Rider reboot lasted just 17 episodes, proving there’s just no way you can polish a turd, which the original series essentially was (we all had lower standards in the 80’s!) How about Melrose Place, the CW’s tedious reworking of the classic 90’s soap which replaced campy drama with typically beautiful but bland CW characters. And why, oh More >
It’s Keep Or Cancel time again – and today we’re turning to Fox to take a look at what shows will be coming back in the Fall – and which are heading for the TV graveyard…
Fox is in an interesting place – and one that’s dangerous for a lot of the network’s new shows. Take a look at the LONG list of already renewed shows below… plus add in Simon Cowell’s X Factor, which is likely going to take up between 2-4 hours of primetime each week and THEN add in Terra Nova, the Steven Spielberg produced dinosaur series that’s a lock for the Fall. That doesn’t leave many slots open… so let the battle begin!
It’s that time of the year again when networks have to start making some tough decisions and clearing the decks ahead of the upcoming Fall season. But what shows will survive and which are heading for the chopping block?
With the ax looming over several shows on each network I thought it would be a great time to launch our new strand, Keep Or Cancel, analyzing each show’s chances of survival for the Fall season.
First up – ABC, the increasingly troubled network which has endured a pretty rocky season so far.
Wow – has it really been a year since Jamie Oliver last hit our screens?
ABC have rushed through production of a second season of Oliver’s Food Revolution, despite some middling ratings towards the end of its run. But I guess for ABC on Friday night’s that’s better than running a costly first run drama (just look at the kind of ratings Fringe is getting these days!)
This time around Jamie is heading to Los Angeles to improve the county’s schools – but as had already been widely reported, not everything goes to plan and Jamie ends up banned from all the schools in the area…
I like Jamie Oliver a lot and was initially a big fan of his Food Revolution. But as the first season wore on it grew more and more fake and my interest waned. I really hope this second season gets back to the reality and stays true to the spirit of Oliver’s infinitely superior UK series.
Here’s the first look at the show… so will you be watching?
Look I totally understand the appeal of William and Kate‘s upcoming Royal Wedding, the modern day love story that’s generating acres of press coverage and TV interviews. But is it just me or are the number of wedding shows and specials getting seriously out of hand now?
Check out this preview of William and Kate, the Lifetime movie coming April 18th that presents a glossy, romanticized view of the royal couple. You’ll note that the TV movie William is kind of hot – in a way that the real life version simply isn’t (unless you’re into stiff and balding English gents)
But the Lifetime movie is just the tip of the iceberg – TLC are launching an entire week of wedding shows including special episodes of What The Sell and Say Yes To The Dress while BBC America are going similarly crazy with documentaries, behind the scenes glimpses and ‘royal insider’ interviews that are tangential at best. Meanwhile the Today show breathlessly covers every single moment of William and Kate’s wedding plans as if it were of groundbreaking importance… guess what it really isn’t!
But what do you think? Do you think the networks have gone royally mad – or is the amount of screen time More >
When Does It Start: Tuesday March 29th at 10.00pm / 9.00c on ABC
In A Nutshell: A career obsessed doctor turns over a new leaf – but can she heal her own wounds?
What’s It About: Dana Delaney is Dr Megan Hunt, a medical examiner, battling back from tragedy and trying to reclaim her life. Hunt used to be a driven, career obsessed brain surgeon until a car accident caused a debilitating condition – and resulted in the death of a patient.
Now Megan is trying to rebuild her life, working as a court medical expert, seeking justice for her ‘patients’ and determined to make amends for her past mistakes. Cue plenty of CSI style forensics and medical terminology as Megan flouts authority and does things her own way (more…)
Now here’s one way to one-up Susan Boyle...
Check out this eye-opening scene from Thailand’s Got Talent featuring contestant Nantita Khumpiramon, a girl who once happened to be a boy…
The audition starts out in the usual style with Nantita displaying some nice female vocals… but then it gets really interesting at the 1 minute mark when she starts using the male side of her range…
What’s most heartening is the reaction from the judges and audience – there’s no booing or snickering – just applause and delight, just as it should be…
Watch what happens, below…
Love him or hate him, Bill Maher is certainly not afraid to state his opinions!
Check out Maher in action from the latest episode of Real Time as he takes a few potshots at the likes of reality shows Secret Millionaire and Undercover Boss.
As Bill argues, American TV used to tantalize viewers with the dream that maybe one day they could become a millionaire… not if they’re lucky they may just get to meet one.
I’ve got a lot of time for Maher, who I think is a necessary firebrand and unapologetic alternative to the likes of Fox News. And his movie Religulous was both funny and fascinating. Sure at times he oversteps the mark (that Steve Irwin Halloween costume was just mean) but outrage is all part of his ‘act’ I guess…
But what do you think? Does Bill have a point here? Or is he picking on a couple of easy targets?
The former ‘music’ channel used to be a market leader with a clear brand identity and a stable of hit shows – remember Flavor Of Love, I Love New York, Rock Of Love and The Surreal Life. It was Celeb-Reality 24/7 and though the shows weren’t exactly ad-sales friendly they certainly brought in the viewers.
But in TV times change fast, and Vh1 in 2011 is a shadow of its former self. The trash TV mantle has been stolen by those Real Housewives and Jersey Shore guidos, leaving Vh1 without a clear brand.
Recent attempts to go upmarket have failed (Jessica Simpson’s Price of Beauty), better quality celebrities have been pure snoozefests (the atrocious Mario Lopez: Saved By The Baby), recent competition shows have failed badly (Money Hungry and Scream Queens 2) and then there’s the just plain bizarre shows like Dance Cam Slam and The X Life which are virtually unwatchable.
Sure the network still has some hits – Basketball Wives and Celebrity Rehab for example – but there are now a whole stream of shows scoring less than 500,000 from their premiere episodes (some shows attract less than 300,000 viewers for new episodes!)
So Vh1 has a lot riding on their More >
As you know we tend not to cover movies here at Remote Patrolled, but we do make exceptions for big screen versions of old TV shows.
A few months ago we previewed the first teaser trailer for The Smurfs movie which didn’t reveal much but has bizarrely become one of our biggest postings ever!
Well now there’s a whole new trailer for the CGI heavy feature film – which offers a much longer look at what to expect. Yep, it’s Yogi Bear style physical comedy and ‘knowing’ one liners for any adults who might get dragged along by their kids.
Personally I’m just feeling sorry for Neil Patrick Harris who is so talented – but stuck on sub-par sitcom How I Met Your Mother and movies like this and recent release Beastly. Fire your agent, dude!
The Smurfs movie also features many other TV actors. You’ve probably spotted Emma from Glee (Jayma Mays) as Neil’s wife, but there’s also Hank Azaria (The Simpsons) as villain Gargamel, Sofia Vergara (Modern Family’s Gloria) as a cosmetic company executive and Project Runway’s Tim Gunn as her assistant.
It all sounds good on paper but then when you couple this trailer with the fact that director Raja Gosnell also helmed Scooby Doo 1 and 2 and Big Momma’s House – you know More >