Archive for September, 2011
Sorry Glee – we’re breaking up!
Yep, after 2 full seasons, The Glee Project and a whole load of downloads I’ve finally decided that Glee has gone from must see TV to totally un-essential viewing.
As regular Remote Patrolled viewers will know I’ve been up and down on the quality of Glee for quite some time. Season 2 was erratic at best, but also featured some terrific moments in amongst all the gratuitous guest stars, Sue Sylvester silliness and inconsistent storytelling. But now, just 2 episodes into Season 3 I’ve realized the magic has gone…
Last night’s episode ‘I Am Unicorn’ was the tipping point. It wasn’t that the episode as a whole was terrible. But it was boring. Really, really boring. And for a series to be in such bad shape a couple of episodes in is not exactly an encouraging sign.
Anyone else check out the premiere of Terra Nova last night?
Fox’s much hyped and VERY expensive dinosaur drama launched with a whole heap of expectations after a yearlong wait for the show to come to our screens. But will the show become a long running hit for the network.
Based on last night’s launch show, personally I don’t think so. I think Terra Nova will open huge – I’m expecting some mighty big ratings in today. But going forward I think the show is going to drop significantly each and every week. Think of V, the ABC sci-fi reboot that launched big (14 million) and then dropped like a stone. Both V and Terra Nova share one thing in common. Their premieres weren’t very good.
It wasn’t that Terra Nova was awful – it sort of a chugged along in a mindlessly entertaining kind of way. But after a great opening set in the 22nd century, the whole show just sort of fell apart for me.
The key problem is that Terra Nova seems to be aiming for a generic family audience and is painfully under-written. Turns out $15 million will buy you a whole heap of CGI – but it won’t cover a More >
When Does It Start: Wednesday 28th September at 8.30pm EST on ABC
In A Nutshell: Snarky city girl moves to the suburbs – and hates her new life!
What’s It About: Single dad George (Jeremy Sisto) is trying hard to raise his 16-year-old daughter Tessa in Manhattan. But after discovering a box of condoms in Tessa’s bedroom, George decides a life change is in order, and moves the twosome to the suburbs.
There the pair must deal with amorous neighbors (hello Cheryl Hines), annoying jocks, stuck up beauty queens, spray tans and nose jobs. Welcome to Suburgatory…
Winners and Losers From The Last 7 Days
It’s been a BIG week in the TV world as the Fall season kicks into high gear.
Here’s who came out on top… and who’s already in trouble!
VETERAN COMEDIES: Despite all the new shows popping up on screens this week it was three veteran comedies that really brought the ratings magic!
I think we all knew the arrival of Ashton Kutcher on Two And A Half Men would reap big rewards for CBS – and sure enough the first Charlie Sheen-less episode scored ratings highs for the long running comedy. Monday night’s season 9 premiere scored a colossal 28.74 million viewers and a 10.7 18-49 share. Those are figures rarely seen in scripted TV these days – in fact it’s the highest scripted rating in 6 years, since the Season 2 premiere of Desperate Housewives. Wow!
Anyone who doubted the quality of talent on this year’s X Factor – take a listen to this girl!
Melanie Amaro is an 18 year old college student who gave quite simply the best audition to date on the fledgling Fox reality show.
Seriously – how amazing are these vocals? Melanie hits all the notes of a tricky song – after all how do you follow up a pro like Beyonce – with stunning control and pitch. And best of all she’s utterly humble in her pre-interview chat with the judges.
Melanie actually reminds me of Leona Lewis, the similarly talented singer who ended up winning the third season of The X Factor back in the UK and then achieved global (though short lived) success.
I have a feeling this clip will go viral – hopefully giving The X Factor USA the ratings boost it needs after some disappointing premiere numbers (for my verdict on the opening show read my review here)
When Does It Start: Sunday 25th September at 10pm EST on ABC
In A Nutshell: It’s Mad Men in mid-air.
What’s It About: The year is 1963, air travel was a heck of a lot more glamorous than in the present day, and Pan Am was the largest and most prestigious airline in the world.
Pan Am takes us behind the scenes of the legendary airline following four flight attendants and the pilots they flirt with as they globe trot around the world. There’s Maggie (Christina Ricci), the Soho artist leading a double life as a glamorous fly girl; Kate (Kelli Garner), the double agent; her sister Laura (Margot Robbie) who’s just run out on her fiancee; and finally French born Colette (Karine Vanasse). ABC is promoting Pan Am as a fun and frothy jet set soap opera.
After months of speculation, hype and controversy, The X Factor finally premiered on our screens last night. But what did you think of the opening show?
Yesterday I wrote a piece for CNN, speculating as to how The X Factor would fare in the already crowded US music competition market. But I have to say, after watching last night’s opener I’m feeling pretty confident that Simon Cowell has another smash hit on his hands.
The X Factor US was everything it needed to be – big, loud, dramatic, funny, entertaining and full of talent!
After the most turgid Idol season ever (where everyone was “amazing, wonderful, fantastic”) and the gimmicky and awkward The Voice on NBC, The X Factor was on a whole different level. Those Idol hotel room auditions are going to seem awfully small next season after the sheer size and scale of The X Factor’s live arena tryouts.
Okay so not everything worked about last night’s show. I thought the whole Cheryl Cole fiasco was handled well, but it was strange to see Cheryl and the rest of the panel constantly switching outfits over the first hour (the results of some hasty editing).
A few weeks ago AMC proudly declared that the new season of their smash hit zombie saga The Walking Dead would feature a 90-minute, feature length opening!
That’s great news for all us Dead fans… but hidden in the announcement was a slightly less welcome tidbit. Turns out AMC will be SPLITTING the next season of The Walking Dead. So we’ll be getting 7 episodes starting October 16th, followed by a 2 months break, and then the last 6 episodes of the season will air.
Okay a two-month break isn’t exactly a huge deal. But try telling that to the makers of Men Of A Certain Age or Heroes or V or even Glee – all shows that took breaks of varying lengths of time and saw their ratings crumble as a result.
When Does It Start: Thursday 22nd September at 9.30pm EST on NBC
In A Nutshell: Comedienne Whitney Cummings finally lands her own sitcom. And, er, that’s it really!
What’s It About: There’s not much to explain with this one!
Whitney plays Whitney, a young woman who’s been living with her boyfriend, Alex, for the last 3 years and is worried about the future of their relationship and how to keep the romantic fires burning.
Advising Whitney are her posse of friends, who range from a romantic idealist to a recent divorcee and who offer all kinds of conflicting suggestions. But will Whitney listen to her heart and can she keep her relationship intact? Get ready for lots of Whitney’s stand up musings to make it onto the screen…
So what did all of you out there think of this year’s Emmy Awards?
Well given that the night’s two big winners were Modern Family and Mad Men – exactly the same as last year – it’s hard not to feel a certain sense of deja vu.
This was an awards show with few real surprises or moments of spontaneity – but in a way maybe that’s for the best. Whenever the awards bash did move into more unexpected territory I have to admit I found myself cringing! Take the Lonely Island guys for example. The sex-filled songs work fine as part of a video, but on their own and on a giant stage it all became a tad too knowing and uncomfortable. I’d rather the guys had created a brand new song and video to play in during the show’s slower moments.
Speaking of cringe-inducing songs, am I the only one who found Jane Lynch’s opening number a total chore to get through? I understand the need to open a show with a big song and dance number, but coming off the back of Jimmy Fallon’s amazing opening last year (and Neil Patrick Harris similarly superlative opener the year before) this truly More >