Archive for August, 2011
Okay, I’ve bitten my tongue for as long as I can… and I just can’t contain myself anymore!
Can we all finally agree that it’s high time that the truly tiresome Andy Bellefleur met the true death on True Blood?
I’ve stuck with my favorite vampire saga for 4 full seasons – through the highs (Maryann, King Russell, Alcide) and the lows (a good chunk of Season 3) – so as a true fan I’m totally in my rights to name paunchy local cop Andy the series most unnecessary and uninteresting character. Ever!
Through all the time that we’ve known him Andy has never once risen to the level of a 3 dimensional character. He’s True Blood’s resident oaf, a cartoonish clown who can always be relied upon to screw up and get the facts wrong. So basically he’s Jason. Except Sookie’s brother at least has his sex appeal to fall back on.
So as you probably heard, last night ABC unveiled the latest cast competing for a tacky mirrorball trophy on Dancing With The Stars, season 13.
And the response was… well completely predictable!
As usual when these kind of announcements are made, bloggers and commentators across the web are weighing in today with their usual ‘where are the stars’ sniping. Nikki Finke is as sneering as ever, proving once again that while she’s a great industry reporter she’s pretty out of touch when it comes to pop culture.
I’ll be totally honest – I’m not a Dancing With The Stars fan. I’ve tried to get into the show many times in the past but I find it corny, silly and frankly rather dull. For me there are no stakes or real jeopardy and I honestly don’t understand the show’s appeal.
Chance are if you’ve been to see The Help at the movies you’ve become a fan of Octavia Spencer!
As put upon maid Minny in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel, Octavia steals almost every scene she’s in – and this in a movie that’s full of big characters and performances.
I’d been wondering for a while where I’d seen Octavia before and turns out it wasn’t that long ago that she was gracing the small screen with another memorable role…
Yep, back in 2008, Octavia had a guest arc on Ugly Betty, playing Constance, an INS caseworker who became obsessed with Ignacio and tried to blackmail him into marriage. As you’ll see from the clip below – the part displays more of Octavia’s trademark ‘sass’, a stereotype she’s going to have to work hard to break in future performances.
Winners and Losers From The Last 7 Days
TRUE BLOOD: It feels as though True Blood – along with Jersey Shore – is permanently in our Winners’ circle here at Remote Patrolled. But there’s just no arguing with the figures.
True Blood Season 4 has been remarkably consistent on the ratings front, aside from a week 2 dip (mainly due to HBO making the show available ahead of time for eager fans). For the first time ever, each episode this season has rated above the 5 million mark, with this week’s installment pulling in the show’s highest ever viewing figures – 5.52 million and a 3.1 18-49 share.
That’s a better demo rating than EVERY show on the broadcast networks this week – aside from Tuesday’s America’s Got Talent which also pulled in a 3.1. Not the highest demo socore of the week though… that honor goes to – you guessed it – Jersey Shore, which on Thursday pulled in a stonking 8.47 million viewers and a terrific 4.5 demo score (plus a further 3.27 million and a 1.7 for its encore showing!)
Vamps and guidos. It’s what summer TV is all about these days!
It’s guilty pleasure time again!
Yep, now that The Glee Project has ended on Oxygen – with a bit of a muddled outcome it must be said – I need a new reality addiction to tide me over until The X Factor starts in a few weeks time. And I’ve found it in the form of Vh1’s latest reality competition show, Ton Of Cash.
Now before I start telling you WHY I’m enjoying this show I’m going to urge you to leave your brain cells at the door! I’m not making any lofty claims for Ton Of Cash which is pure bubblegum TV. But you know what, I like a bit of tasty trash here and there and I’d far rather watch a fast paced contest like Cash than yet another ‘rich people are so fabulous’ effort on a network like E!
Chances are you’ve not heard of Ton Of Cash. It’s been given pitiful promotion and launched a couple of weeks ago with a measly 312,000 viewers – and then slipped to just 201,000 this week. Between this and Famous Food, Vh1 are clearly not out of the ratings dumpster yet (though Mafia Wives is an undeniable hit). But Ton Of Cash deserves to More >
Many of those shows go on to become future series. And a lot of those projects are cancelled just a few weeks later (remember last year’s Lone Star)
But every year there are also a handful of hotly anticipated series that DON’T make the cut. This time around I was surprised that the Don Johnson / Ellen Barker starrer, A Mann’s World, didn’t go to series – sounded like a lot of fun to me!
But another show that a lot of people thought would be picked up was Locke And Key, a mysterious new show for Fox that boasted quite a caliber. Locke was based on a popular series of comic books, starred hot young stars Nick Stahl and Jesse McCartney and was produced by Steven Spielberg. And yet Fox still PASSED on the show – and no other network, including The CW and ABC Family picked it up.
The full Locke And Key pilot was shown at Comic Con, doubtless to generate some interest in the project, but to no avail. The series remains unsold.
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When Does It Start: Wednesday 14th September at 10.30pm EST on NBC (before moving to its regular slot at 8.30pm)
In A Nutshell: A newly divorced dad and a single woman mourning the death of her fiancée try to move on with their dating lives…
What’s It About: Alex (Hank Azaria) and Helen (Kathryn Hahn) work in PR, are newly single and just can’t help falling into bed with one another. But while their friends encourage them to re-enter the dating world and they try to keep it professional in the workplace, their relationship continues to grow.
Based on a British sitcom of the same name, Free Agents features one of the stars of the UK version – Buffy’s Anthony Head as the company boss – is produced by the UK creator and features the same dark tone of the original. Could it be the new Office?
So it’s not surprising to see the Glee kids have been named as the official spokespeople for Anna Wintour’s Fashion’s Night Out – an annual event that encourages people to shop with celebrities, drink and party.
And in true Glee fashion they’ve even gone and shot a video for the event – taking on David Bowie’s Fashion – with Lea Michele on lead vocals (of course)
Rachel, Blaine and Mike get most of the screen time, Quinn sports a new shorter cut and for some reason Sam is tagging along for the ride, even though he’s no longer part of the show and probably persona non grata with Ryan Murphy! And where the heck are Mercedes and Santana???
It’s all for a good cause and should be commended – but if you were the Glee PR team, wouldn’t you want the cast doing a bit less press at the moment?
Just a thought…
Hmm, not sure how I feel about this one!
Check out what happens when indie video stars OK Go hook up with the Muppets and take on the The Muppet Show‘s iconic opening theme…
I’m certainly a fan of OK Go’s music videos – and performances – which are often fascinating, devilishly clever and a breath of fresh air on the music scene. However, I have to say the group’s visuals are often a heck of a lot better than their songs, which tend to be rather unmemorable and frankly kind of dirge-like to me!
Now the group have teamed up with The Muppets as part of a new music project called Muppets: The Green Album, whereby contemporary music acts take on ‘classic’ Muppet songs. Joining OK Go on the album are The Fray, Matt Nathanson and Weezer. Yep, we’re talking the real big guns here!
The OK Go / Muppets video is great fun – riffing off classic Muppet TV show moments and old OK Go video moments. The song itself – umm, well let’s just say I don’t think it’ll be replacing the original anytime soon. Just think of the fun a DJ like David Guetta or Paul Oakenfold could have had with More >
So yesterday CBS unveiled the latest cast of Survivor – the usual bunch of hunks, babes and token oddballs!
But what most interested me about this year’s announcement was the realization that this was season 22 of the veteran reality show. Which got me to thinking – is there anyone out there who’s watched every single episode of the franchise? And at what point do most people say goodbye to a show like Survivor?
Personally I can’t imagine sticking with a reality show for 22 seasons, since invariably they become somewhat repetitive over time. I used to watch The Amazing Race but could only manage about 4-5 seasons before I got tired of the constant detours, missed flights, local challenges and manipulative editing (team B is clearly 2 hours behind team A – but look they’re suddenly neck and neck!)
Perhaps my longest reality flirtation was with America’s Next Top Model. I sat through 11 cycles of the show, and then came back for cycle 15 – but by the later stages I must admit I was fast forwarding through large chunks of the show (the tedious, heavily sponsored mini challenges, Tyra’s scenery chewing) and going straight to the photo shoots and judging. As I’ve More >