Archive for June, 2012
2012 has been a pretty amazing year for Channing Tatum with The Vow, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike all bringing in the bucks. And I have to say – good for him. Tatum took some big risks this year – trying his hand at comedy and starring in a movie that could easily have made him a laughing stock. You see Russell Brand – this is how you show versatility – and achieve career longevity!
But before Tatum broke out he was a successful model and dancer. Blink and you’ll miss him in the video for Ricky Martin’s She Bangs (ah the irony!) Plus back in 2002 Channing shot a couple of commercials for Mountain Dew and Pepsi…
Check them out below! (more…)
FX seems to be the home of second chances this week!
Yep, after months of hype and speculation the cable network will be unveiling the new Charlie Sheen sitcom Anger Management on Thursday night, giving the former CBS star a chance to redeem his soiled reputation. My prediction – Management will launch big and then fall fast. I just don’t know that there’s that big an audience out there desperate for a new Sheen sitcom.
But Charlie isn’t alone. You see FX will also be launching another show on Thursday night – and this one with a lot less hype. The series – Brand X, is essentially a talk show vehicle for Brit comedian and Katy Perry’s ex, Russell Brand. But again I have to ask – was anyone really crying out for a Brand talk show? And how did the former big screen star end up on TV so quickly?
Well actually the answer to the latter question is pretty simple – I think Brand missed his moment. Since breaking out in the US in 2008 in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the Brit comic has essentially done little but spin his wheels, playing the same character over and over to ever More >
As regular Remote Patrolled readers will know I’ve been super busy these last few months overseeing an upcoming TV special called Can You Survive A Horror Movie, produced by my production company Savannah Media and airing on Chiller TV.
The show is the ultimate survival guide for how to make it through a scary movie in one piece! And now we can unveil the terrific full trailer for the show…
The show is part Mythbusters, part 1,000 Ways To Die and part Fear Factor. We filmed the special at a campground in Northern New Jersey, the actual location where they filmed the original Friday 13th back in 1980. In fact if you’re a fan of the movie you’ll actually recognize some of the iconic locations from the horror classic! I have to say though filming at Camp Crystal Lake in the dead of night was pretty darn freaky…
So have you checked out this week’s Entertainment Weekly, with it’s Coming Out In Hollywood cover?
Times sure have changed… I remember when EW ran a ‘Gay Edition’ about a decade ago to coincide with the success of Will And Grace – in the process receiving a whole batch of angry letters and cancelled subscriptions!
The subject of this week’s main article is fairly simple – basically contrasting the hoopla that surrounded Ellen DeGeneres when she came out in 1997, and the total non-reaction when Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons quietly announced he was gay a couple of weeks ago (or rather he allowed a newspaper article to define his sexuality).
The piece itself is heartening but what I find most interesting is how many of the celebrities mentioned in the article work predominantly in TV. Alongside Ellen and Parsons there’s Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Cohen, Jane Lynch, Matt Bomer, Chris Colfer, Zachary Quinto, Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jillian Michaels (who I didn’t actually know was now ‘officially’ out) and many more.
There was plenty of ‘TV’ names on the list – but boy was there a lack of movie ‘stars’ in there. In fact there was pretty much none! Not surprising when More >
In A Nutshell: It’s The West Wing meet Broadcast News.
What’s It About: Will McAvoy is the Jay Leno of the news world, a blandly inoffensive anchor who never offers his political opinion or poses a challenging question. But after years of walking the middle of the road, McAvoy snaps and starts spouting what he really thinks – suddenly making himself and his show, News Night, a lightning rod.
But how will audiences handle the new Will? And can the behind the scenes team keep the show together amid all the controversy! Stay tuned…
Time to get serious here at Remote Patrolled with a story I feel very passionately about.
I’d be the first to admit that I generally work on the more frivolous sides of TV – reality shows, makeover series, breakfast TV and the like. But from time to time I also develop and work on more serious topics.
Just under a year ago I came across the case of a guy named Ryan Ferguson via an NBC Dateline special that aired in August 2011. I was developing another crime series at the time and was tasked with checking out the episode as a basis for the show. And I can honestly say that what I saw haunted me then – and continues to haunt me now.
If you’ve been keeping up with your pop culture news you probably heard this week that Weeds, the Showtime drugs comedy, was coming to an end after 8 seasons on the air. To which you may wonder ‘is Weeds actually still on?’ Exactly! Even fans of the show have conceded that Weeds should probably have wrapped up a good 2-3 seasons ago.
So it got me wondering – how long can a show really sustain its quality? And at what point does a series become a pale imitation of the show it used to be?
Just last month Desperate Housewives came to a close, also after 8 seasons on the air. As regular Remote Patrolled readers will know I used to be a huge Housewives fan, but I gave up on the show towards the end of its 7th season, and actually wish the Wisteria Lane saga had ended a series earlier. By the time Housewives came to a closer it really was running on fumes creatively, a fact reflected in the final season’s sagging ratings. When a show that used to pull in 25 million viewers a week ends its run with around 8 million you know something’s gone wrong along the More >
Sometimes you hear about a TV show and just can’t help but shake your head wondering ‘how the heck did that green-lit?’
Such is the case with Bristol Palin: Life’s A Tripp, the new Lifetime docu-series that premieres next week and which frankly should have everyone at the network hanging their heads in shame.
So here’s the deal. I guess we all just have to accept that there are some pretty undeserving people out there who nevertheless still end up with their own TV shows. From Paris Hilton to Kim Kardashian to the Braxton sisters, we’re in an era where celebrity has become massively devalued and nepotism runs rife.
But you know what – as much as I loathe the likes of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, I can at least appreciate that they have some sort of personality and an unabashed lust for fame. I wouldn’t exactly call posing on a red carpet of lending your name to a product ‘work’ per se but at least these pampered rich girls are doing something and have a passion for what they do – even if it’s just grabbing attention! They’re hungry for fame which isn’t exactly laudable – but hey at least they More >
Summer is here and in TV terms that means more vampires, werewolves and Southern friend sex! Yep, True Blood is back for another season – but is the once sizzling hot supernatural series now cooling off? The buzz for season 5 definitely feels less substantial than in previous years.
I for one am rather less excited by this year’s True Blood than I have been in series past. In part that’s because I’m now getting my horror fix from The Walking Dead and American Horror Story (not to mention our own horror special – Can You Survive A Horror Movie – gratuitous plug!) But it’s also due to the declining quality of True Blood itself, whose last two seasons have been a bit of a mess at times with too many characters, bloated storylines and some truly ridiculous moments.
That said when True Blood is on form it’s a great show. And even now the show is still a fun and entertaining romp – which is why I’ll still be tuning in this year. But here’s 6 storylines I could really do without this season… here’s hoping!
Last week I wrote about Nurse Jackie here at Remote Patrolled and how the four-year-old medical dramedy had bounced back from a rather shaky Season 3.
Now it’s the turn of America’s Got Talent, the veteran summer reality series which for me is better than ever in its SEVENTH year! The reason. Two words. Howard Stern.
I’ll be honest I wasn’t a huge Stern fan prior to AGT. I’ve never really listened to his radio show and like a lot of people I always assumed he was a one tricky pony – and that trick was sex and smut. That said I’ve always liked that he’s long been a fierce advocate for marriage equality and gay rights in general – not the stance you’d expect from someone with such a large blue-collar male base.
But Howard is a man of surprises and since he joined America’s Got Talent at the start of this season he’s been full of them!