Archive for April, 2012
This is one my Brit friends should find quite amusing…
If you’ve been watching Game Of Thrones since its 2011 launch you’ll doubtless recognize the character of Bronn, the morally dubious sidekick of Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage – arguably the standout star of the show).
Bronn is deadly, rough and pretty grubby and is played by a Brit actor called Jerome Flynn, who’ll likely mean nothing to US viewers. However back in the UK Jerome Flynn is very well known. Years ago he starred in a popular Brit drama called Soldier, Soldier, alongside a guy called Robson Green and in one of the show’s episodes the characters had to perform a cover of the karaoke classic Unchained Melody.
Viewers loved the performance and wanted Robson and Jerome to release it as a single but the two were hesitant. However a certain Simon Cowell came along and persuaded the pair to head to the studio and officially cover the track. The resulting single spent 7 weeks at number one in the UK!
But it doesn’t end there. Boosted by the duo’s success, Cowell kept the cash cow going for a while longer, and managed to wring a further two number one singles out of the More >
Late last week NBC quietly cancelled Best Friends Forever – and the TV world was changed forever!
Okay, I’m joking! Let’s be honest BFF couldn’t have made less of an impact, dumped into an early Wednesday night slot with barely any publicity, the show’s last episode managed just 2.65 million viewers, even worse than the wretched Are You There, Chelsea?
But Best Friends Forever isn’t alone. This year has been a truly terrible one when it comes to mid-season shows. ABC had high hopes for The River but the supernatural saga flopped in its debut and was totally DOA by the time of its finale. Likewise Missing, the network’s Ashley Judd thriller which is doing okay in total viewers but rating so old that’s it’s a sure thing for cancellation. And even GCB is struggling to hold onto the low audience it inherits from Desperate Housewives.
We’ve all been there. You’re at a dinner party of gathering and introduced to a new acquaintance. As the conversation develops you rattle through a list of topics – food, movies, music, TV… and that’s when your new ‘friend’ drops the bombshell. You ask if they’re following Game of Thrones or the new season of Mad Men. They reply, ‘I don’t have a TV’, acting as though this is a point of social pride.
Okay so the scenario doesn’t always play out quite like that. Sometimes people will say they ‘don’t watch much TV’ or ‘don’t have time for TV’ – but the insinuation is still the same. These are busy people leading busy lives and don’t have time for all that trash on TV. After all they’re far too cultured to waste their time on that grubby little device. Ugh!
Okay I’m exaggerating. Some people genuinely don’t watch much TV. But have you noticed how people always seem embarrassed to admit they do watch TV, as though it’s some great social vice that reflects badly on their character! To that I say ‘get over yourselves!’ You’re not that busy and frankly you’re not that interesting!
You know how sometimes you really like a celebrity – and then they suddenly come out with a new show, film or song and you suddenly feel really, really bad for them! That’s how I’m currently feeling towards Kathy Griffin…
I’ve been a Kathy fan for several years now – pretty much since the start of My Life On The D-List on Bravo. I’ve seen her stand up shows several times here in New York and think she’s massively underrated by the comedy in-crowd who prefer to fawn over the unfunny likes of mean girls like Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman (don’t get me wrong Kathy is no pushover either – but she’s bitchy not mean – there’s a difference!)
So when I heard Griffin was getting her own talk show on Bravo my immediate reaction was, ‘what took them so long!’ For me a Kathy Griffin talk show is a no-brainer.
And then I saw the show last week… oh dear!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Ratings Roundups here on the site – my production work has kept me plenty busy over the last few weeks! But in the meantime there’s been lots of ups and downs in the ratings world – so here’s who’s on top this week – and who’s struggling from the last 7 days…
GAME OF THRONES: It was a tough week for the broadcast networks – once again – so let’s head over to cable where the real action seems to he happening!
I’ve already commented on how crazy a night Sunday has become in the cable world – and the undisputed king seems to be Game Of Thrones, the bloodthirsty fantasy drama that’s truly found its ratings feet in Season 2.
Yes, for most Thrones’ first season the ratings hovered around the 2.5 million mark, squeaking up to 3 million for the season 1 finale. But Season 2 has come back stronger than ever – AND rock steady.
For the first 3 episodes of Season 2, Game Of Thrones has pulled in 3.86, 3.76 and 3.77 million viewers respectively, topping the Sunday night ratings and proving to be HBO’s biggest hit since True Blood. Not surprisingly HBO have More >
When Does It Start: Sunday April 22nd at 10pm EST on HBO
In A Nutshell: Julia Louis Dreyfus is the Vice President of the United States. Hmm, I wonder who inspired this one…?
What’s It About: Former Senator Selina Mayer has accepted the post of Vice President. But what’s it really like working in the ‘least effectual post’ in the most powerful office in the world? Selina and her colleagues find out as they handle erupting scandals, media intrusion and the usual office backbiting in this scripted but improvised mockumentary series.
So did you watch Game Of Thrones over the weekend?
If you did you’ll have seen a man stabbed in the head with a sword, a young boy taking a spike to the neck, and an old guy who sacrifices male babies to appease his ‘gods’.
But of course the scene that’s getting a few Game Of Thrones fans up in arms doesn’t involve violence – rather two men making out. Yep, a few gay kisses are still considered shocking by some. In 2012!
The scene in question featured King Renly making out with his wife’s brother, Loras. There was a lot of kissing but no nudity and frankly it was all rather PG. Check the clip out here and you’ll see what I mean.
Of course if you were on Twitter at the weekend you might have thought Game Of Thrones had turned to hard-core gay porn. Here’s some of the comments I read:
So what did you watch on TV last night?
If you’re a fan of quality TV, chances are you felt pretty overwhelmed by all the different shows on offer…
Over on AMC we had The Killing at 9pm, followed by Mad Men at 10. HBO countered with Game Of Thrones at 9 and the opening episode of the acclaimed Girls at 10.30 (BTW am I the only person who thinks Girls has been massively over-hyped?). Meanwhile Showtime had new episodes of Nurse Jackie and The Borgias. Anyone else’s DVR having trouble keeping up with this lot?
As regular Remote Patrolled readers will know, for me CBS is one great TV wasteland – and a series of massively squandered opportunities.
I currently only semi-watch one CBS show – The Big Bang Theory. I don’t consider it appointment TV but I think the show is clever and funny and my partner’s a huge fan. But elsewhere on the network? Ugh…
I find the Monday night comedy block horribly broad and bland – from the overrated How I Met Your Mother to the dreadful Two And A Half Men and the painful Mike And Molly (aka how to waste the talents of Melissa McCarthy). I shudder at the template procedurals like NCIS, NCIS: LA, Unforgettable and The Mentalist. CSI lost much of its cool when it became a McDonalds like franchise. And while I’m a reality fan it’s hard to get too excited by The Amazing Race season 20 and Survive season 24.
For me CBS is old, bland and totally risk averse (it’s 2012 and the net hardly has any gay characters on screen). And now, as if to prove my point this weekend the network is unveiling its latest show. More >