Archive for June, 2011
When Does It Start: Wednesday 29th June at 10pm EST on NBC
In A Nutshell: It’s Survivor meets The Bachelor!
What’s It About: 10 single men and 10 single women head to the jungles of Costa Rica for a unique, once in a lifetime adventure. The 20 contestants will be paired up in potential love matches and then placed in challenging situations to check how compatible they are when the pressure’s on! Adventures include paddling down crocodile-ridden waters, navigating through bat-infested caves and hanging 200 feet above the rain forest floor.
Each week one winning couple will enjoy a luxury 5 star bungalow for the night, while the other contestants have to slum it. Each show culminates in an elimination ceremony in which players are allowed to switch partners – and two unlucky singletons are sent packing.
Now that’s more like it!
After a shaky 3rd season which left many True Blood fans, myself included, confused and underwhelmed, last night’s Season 4 opener was a confident, sexy and surprising return to form. It’s early days and I’m always wary of making snap judgments so early – but has got its mojo back? Here’s hoping…
Okay, first of all let’s get the bad stuff out of the way. You know what I’m talking about – those opening few minutes. I’m sorry, but however you stage it, Sookie in Fairyland just doesn’t work for me! Watching Anna Paquin wander around a brightly lit soundstage while her co-stars consumed illuminated apples was silly enough. But when the action switched to a Star Trek like landscape with the transformed ‘goblin like’ fairies hurling balls of light at Sookie and her grandfather. Ouch – definitely not the best way to start the series…
Winners and Losers From The Last 7 Days
GAME OF THRONES: I guess America has a thing for dragons!
After weeks of growing buss and steadily building audiences, Game of Thrones ended its run with 3.04 million viewers and a 1.4 18-49 share, a season high for the show and a strong result for subscription network HBO.
Thrones wasn’t the top scripted cable show of the night – that honor went to Falling Skies (below) – but considering the number of homes HBO is available in these are still great numbers. And with True Blood back this weekend and a second season of Boardwalk Empire on the way, the future is looking rosy for the network once again. Look for Game of Thrones to jump even higher in its second season as people discover the show on DVD and the word continues to spread. Remember True Blood only became a breakout hit in Season 2 itself…
It’s that time of the year again – when TV starved summer audiences finally find the fix they’ve been craving.
Yes, after a few weeks of banal network reality offerings (101 Ways To Leave A Game Show – really!), bad comedy (hello, Happily Divorced) and Bachelorettes, summer officially kicks off this weekend with the return of True Blood Season 4…
I’ve been a fan of HBO’s vampire saga from the start and over the last three years True Blood has given us some delicious moments, storylines and characters. Remember Michelle Forbes’ fabulous Maryann, Season 1’s terrific murder mystery and Jason’s V-addiction?
But let’s be honest – last season was not a vintage year for True Blood. I really wanted to love season 3 – and there were some great moments along the way – but as a whole the series was chaotic, contrived and at times, actually a bit boring.
And boy is the teaser trailer short too!
Check out the first, rather half-assed, trailer for Life’s Too Short, the new series from Ricky Gervais, creator of The Office, Extras and An Idiot Abroad.
Of course Ricky is best known in the US these days for his incendiary turn hosting the Golden Globes earlier in the year, during which he punctured several Hollywood egos and trounced movies like The Tourist (which I saw the other day. It really is THAT bad!)
Life’s Too Short stars Warwick Davis, the famously short actor who’s appeared in everything from Star Wars to Willow to Harry Potter and features Davis running a fictional ‘little people’ agency and interacting with Hollywood names like Johnny Depp, Sting and Steve Carrell. Hmm, sounds rather like Extras to me. Not a bad thing, mind you!
Speaking of Extras, fans will notice Ricky’s partner in crime Stephen Merchant in the trailer as well as Shaun Williamson (aka ‘Barry’). There’s also British D-list celebrities Keith Chegwin and Les Dennis (who made a memorable bum baring appearance on Extras in season 1)
Life’s Too Short airs in the UK on BBC2 later this year – and then on HBO in 2012….
So will you be watching? And do More >
When Does It Start: Thursday 23rd June at 9pm EST on ABC
In A Nutshell: It’s The Amazing Race meets Survivor!
What’s It About: 13 teams of 3 race around Morocco, taking on a series of intense and terrifying challenges along the way. Teams will find themselves rappelling down sheer cliff-faces and negotiating white water rapids – plus lots of camel riding. The last team to arrive at each checkpoint is eliminated until just one team remains to scoop the show’s grand prize.
Is it just me or are today’s Celebrity Reality shows becoming kind of… desperate?
Case in point, Roseanne’s Nuts, the TV return of the 90′s sitcom star following her new life as a macadamia nut farmer in Hawaii.
Look, I’m a Roseanne fan – I grew up watching her TV show – and think at her best she’s fabulous, outspoken and very funny. But watching Roseanne pottering around a nut farm just doesn’t seem like high drama to me. To be honest I can’t think of any star who could make this premise interesting. We’re talking about a 40 acre nut farm here. It’s not exactly high stakes Deadliest Catch style drama!
I also think Roseanne is a talent who needs a lot of producing. Left to her own devices the comedienne has a tendency for bad ideas and self destruction and I’ve seen segments of her stand up special which were just plain hackwork. An abrasive attitude will only get you so far – and I worry that with Roseanne attached as an Executive Producer on her new reality show the series will end up as a pure vanity project.
But we shall see. She’s certainly a good ‘get’ for Lifetime and I More >
When Does It Start: Tuesday 21st June at 9pm EST on ABC
In A Nutshell: From the producers of Wipeout… game show contestants are eliminated in a variety of crazy ways while competing for a $50,000 grand prize.
What’s It About: Hosted by Nickelodeon presenter Jeff Sutphen, 101 Ways To Leave A Game Show features contestants answering multiple choice questions to stay in the game.
But let’s be honest – it’s not the questions, or the measly prize that are the attraction here! Everything hinges on the show’s elimination devices which include being flown away strapped to the wing of a biplane, shot out of a cannon, pushed off the top of a moving semi truck, dragged underwater by a one ton anchor and yanked off a dock by a speed boat. Kids will love it. Anyone over the age of 12 will find themselves scratching their heads and counting the months until Mad Men returns!
Okay, color me confused!
Am I the only one who left last night’s final episode of The Killing scratching my head and not really sure what happened?
I’ve been a big fan of The Killing throughout its 13 episode run, championing the show against accusations that it was too slow, too depressing and too contrived (all of which were valid criticisms at times)
But here’s the thing – if I’m going to invest that much time in a show I certainly want to know who the killer is by season’s end. Last night’s series finale was gripping and involving but also ultimately frustrating. I don’t mind a couple of loose ends to carry us over into next season – but it felt like The Killing didn’t give us ANY real answers.
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: Take note The CW – this is how you build a hit teen show!
Following generous press coverage in the likes of TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly, ABC Family’s teen suspense series returned with its second season premiere on Tuesday night and scored 3.67 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 share.
That’s a big jump on the show’s season 1 opener (2.47 million) and a clear sign that Little Liars has been able to keep up the momentum it built up over the course of its first season. Plus that rating is higher than virtually every single episode of Gossip Girl and 90210 on broadcast network The CW. Pretty good going ladies!