Archive for March, 2012
Looks like one of my favorites is back on form!
Towards the end of last year I questioned whether Ringer, The CW’s twisty turny twins saga, had painted itself into too much of a corner with it’s increasingly bizarre storylines. You remember how ridiculous Ringer had become – from a tired student teacher seduction to a cop who can’t even kill at point blank range to a dead body that actually moved on camera! What was this – a daytime soap opera?
So when Ringer returned after an ill-advised holiday hiatus I must admit I was in half a minute about whether to continue watching. And it seems I wasn’t alone – Ringer lost quite a chunk of its audience following its break and is now heading for an end of season 1 cancellation.
But I have to say I’m glad I did stick with Ringer as the show has definitely re-found its form in the last few weeks. So what happened? Well for starters Ringer started adding some more depth to its supporting cast. Siobhan’s dull and virtuous husband Andrew has suddenly become a little less squeaky clean, guilty of financial mismanagement and even possibly murder. Step-daughter Juliet has gone beyond her initial More >
When Does It Start: Wednesday 21st March at 9pm EST on NBC
In A Nutshell: Uptight career woman meets irresponsible bad boy… guest what happens next!
What’s It About: Alex (Amanda Peet) is a no nonsense lawyer still reeling after her husband was sent to jail for insider trading. Pete (David Walton) is the rough around the edges contractor she hires to renovate her kitchen. The two instantly clash as Alex learns more about Pete’s womanizing ways and pushes him away. But maybe this reckless bad boy is just what she needs in life…
Okay let’s get straight into this. Who out there is watching Shark Tank – and if you’re not I have to ask – why the heck not!?!
I’ve been a fan of the ABC business reality show from the get go, but now in its third season Shark Tank has truly found its feet and grown into a strong Friday night performer for the net. It’s currently averaging around 5.5 million viewers a week and a 1.5 18-49 share – not too shabby for a night where over-priced sci fi series like Fringe struggle around the 3 million mark. Plus most attractive for ABC is that the show also pulls in high earning households – and on a night where hardly anyone seems to watch TV.
For me as a reality producer, Shark Tank is an example of what happens when you take great casting, high stakes and a slick idea and mix them all together. The Sharks are perfectly cast: there’s Robert, the perennial nice guy; Barbara, the mother hen who always seems to help out struggling women and youngsters; Kevin, the ‘villain’ who only cares for the money; Daymond, the hippest shark with all the contacts; and Mark, the larger than More >
When Does It Start: Thursday, March 15th at 8pm EST on ABC
In A Nutshell: It’s Taken the TV series – but with Ashley Judd playing the Liam Neeson role.
What’s It About: On the surface Becca Winstone is an ordinary suburban mom. But there’s more to Becca than meets the eye. In a previous life she was a CIA agent, until the murder of her agent husband Paul (Sean Bean) left her a single mother. Now her son Michael has been kidnapped while on a study trip to Rome and Becca must use all of her former training, skills and contacts to track him down…
I haven’t given my thumbs up to a series for quite a while now – simply because there’s not been much this year that’s grabbed my attention.
The River was a disappointing misfire, Are You There Chelsea looked rancid from the get go, and GCB and Awake are still sat on my DVR – but given their disappointing premiere ratings both seem headed for quick cancellations before the season is even out.
But there’s one show over the last few weeks that has definitely grown on me – NBC’s Smash!
When I first caught Smash at the start of February, launched in a blizzard of hype and high hopes for the Peacock network, I thought it was good – but not that great! I instantly hated the dreary Debra Messing adoption storyline and felt like I’d pretty much seen the whole show in the previews – a common problem with premiere episodes. Plus the show had an air of seriousness about it, as though it wanted to stay classy and not indulge in the soapy hijinks that make a show like Revenge such a pleasure!
Over the weekend in my usual Ratings Roundup column I talked about Cougar Town, the ABC comedy that despite repeated attempts never seems able to attract a wide audience.
Now in its third season Cougar Town continues to hit lows – last week it pulled in just 4.30 million viewers. And finally it seems that ABC have got the message. There’s very little chance that the Courtney Cox comedy will be return in the Fall and the cast are already booking pilot projects.
Now it’s Fox’s turn to push a comedy concept on an unwilling audience. The show in question in Breaking In, the Christian Slater office security comedy that premiered in April 2011, was cancelled in May of the same year, and yet has miraculously risen from the ashes to be given a second chance. But I have to ask – why???
Seriously Fox – was there really an audience out there crying out for the return of Breaking In? This was a show that premiered with 9.82 million viewers (with a juicy American Idol lead in) and disappeared 7 episodes later with just 3.18 million. Hardly sounds like a winner does it!
GRIMM: A tough week all round for the broadcast networks as the 2012 slumps continue…
It’s been hard to pick ANY winners this week, but at a push I’d go for Grimm, one of the few new shows for NBC that hasn’t been a total disaster from the get go.
On Friday nights Grimm is holding its own, this week pulling in 5.58 million viewers (in preliminary figures) and a 1.7 18-49 share.
No one’s going to be doing cartwheels over those numbers but for Friday nights those are decent figures and actually BETTER than many of the ratings NBC is pulling in better slots across the week. Yep the network really is in that bad a shape.
And now onto the losers… and boy are there lots!
When Does It Start: Tuesday March 13th at 9.30pm EST on NBC
In A Nutshell: Project Runway goes populist – watch the show, buy the clothes the next day!
What’s It About: 14 unknown designers compete for the chance to have their clothes sold in stores across America. Each show kicks off with a fashion show before buyers from Macy’s, H&M and Saks bid for the featured outfits. Any designer without an order will find themselves on the chopping block – and each week one will be sent packing.
Mentoring the contestant are Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos, while the show’s host (and Exec Producer) is Elle MacPherson. But can they ‘make it work!’