Archive for September, 2012
The Fall 2012 TV season has barely started and already we have our first two casualties of the season!
Yep if you’re liking Fox’s The Mob Doctor and CBS’s Partners I wouldn’t get too attached to them as frankly they’re not long for this world!
The Mob Doctor launched last week with just 5.11 million viewers in week one, before slumping to 3.85 million this week. That’s so pitiful I wouldn’t be surprised to see the show axed before this posting goes live.
Then there’s Partners which has already exposed a mighty hole in the once formidable CBS Monday night line-up. The gay themed comedy (which I personally thought was pitiful) pulled in just 6.56 million viewers and a 2.4 18-49 share. To put that in perspective, How I Met Your Mother half an hour earlier scored 8.84 million (and a 3.6 share) and 2 Broke Girls straight after soared to 10.14 million (and a 3.7). Talk about a weak link! Hmm, maybe CBS shouldn’t have moved Two And A Half Men to Thursday nights after all?
Speaking bluntly, anyone who knows anything about TV knows both shows are already dead – it’s just a question of how much longer their networks will let More >
It’s still early in the Fall TV season and yet I’ve already got a firm comedy favorite – NBC’s The New Normal (what – did you think I was going to say Guys With Kids!)
The latest headline grabbing series from super producer Ryan Murphy is fast and furious in the funny department with the kind of sharp one-liners TV slop like Mike and Molly and Two Broke Girls can only dream off. And yet… there’s just one little thing that doesn’t quite square with me about The New Normal. To me this is a show that seems to want to have its cake and eat it. Essentially its central message is confused. Let me explain.
The New Normal revolves around David and Bryan, a gay couple who have just hired a sweet single mom surrogate called Goldie to have their baby. Since this is a Ryan Murphy show we’re getting plenty of lessons in tolerance. David and Bryan are insulted by a homophobic shopper at a department store and as viewers we’re meant to side with the couple and be appalled by the bigot’s behavior. Which we are.
But here’s the thing. The New Normal also features Ellen Barkin as Goldie’s grandmother More >
The Emmy Awards are almost upon us – and as usual the entertainment magazines are presenting the usual Who Should and Who Will Win sneak peeks!
Once again there’s a lot to celebrate this year, from a fiercely competitive Best Drama category – how DO you choose between Mad Men, Game Of Thrones and Homeland – to equally overflowing acting categories (once again Hollywood the best roles are on TV these days!)
But amongst all these highly honored series there has to be a show or two that leaves you scratching your head, saying ‘seriously!’ So come on – what do you think is TV’s most over-rated show?
I’m afraid I have a few contenders for this one…
So did you watch The X Factor this week?
As you all know I was excited about the return of the Simon Cowell fronted talent show, even despite the format flaws and plain bad decisions that beset season 1. But I have to say the first hour of Wednesday’s opening episode was a total train wreck (thankfully the show did get better).
In the absence of a Show Host (RIP Steve Jones) – a ridiculous oversight for a show that’s been in pre-production for the last 9 months – Cowell decided to inflict on viewers a series of truly horrible ‘reality’ sequences featuring backstage contestants talking, bitching and generally sizing up the competition. I didn’t believe a word of what I was seeing.
Then we had the second contestant of the night, a clearly set up middle-aged guy who hammed it up on stage and then insulted the judges as he feigned outrage over their comments! I wonder how many viewers tuned out at this ridiculously set up fiasco.
But then maybe they didn’t… after all there does seem to be a big chunk of the viewing public who really don’t seem to have a problem with faked reality.
Recently I turned on Vh1 to More >
The summer slumber is over – and Fall TV is finally here!
As you doubtless know this week sees one of the biggest face offs of the season as NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s The X Factor battle it out to emerge as the biggest music competition show of the Fall. There’s a lot of money, ratings and ego on the line. Neither show wants to be second!
Initially it looked as though The Voice and The X Factor wouldn’t be going head to head since the former would be occupying Mondays and Tuesdays and the latter was taking up Wednesdays and Thursdays. Of course that’s still means that 4 nights of the week will be dominated by music competition shows. Not great news if you hate the genre!
But of course NBC have gone one step further now – scheduling an extra episode of The Voice directly opposite the season premiere of The X Factor at 8pm on Wednesday night. Which means it’s NBC versus Fox, producers Mark Burnett versus Simon Cowell and Christina versus Britney… so who’ll win?
The Fall TV season is finally here after a long, dry summer drought punctuated by paltry network offerings (Stars Earn Stripes, Take Me Out, The Choice). Normally I’d write a whole Coming Soon post taking a close look at each of the upcoming shows… but given that many of these new shows may not make it past a few weeks I figured I’d simple offer my snap judgments instead.
So here’s what I think it going to sink and swim over the next few months. Do you agree? Offer your own thoughts below…! Here we go…
The Neighbors: Get ready for Fall’s first cancelation. I previously described ABC’s alien ‘comedy’ The Neighbors as the worst shall of the Fall 2012 season. And I was being generous. The Neighbors is getting the old Suburgatory slot and will be delivering Modern Family a piss poor lead in the months to come. The only upside – the show won’t last long enough to do real damage! MISS
666 Park Avenue: I love the premise and the casting for ABC’s spooky Sunday night drama following a couple who move into one seriously freaky Manhattan skyrise. But I’m worried that the show’s trailer contained so much bad CW style effects work More >
By now you’ve likely seen the trailers for Guys With Kids, the new NBC comedy series that follows three guys raising their infant children on their own. Think of it as Three Man And Three Babies!
Personally I think Guys With Kids looks horrible, yet another addition to the tiresome catalogue of TV shows and movies that present men as utterly hopeless when it comes to raising children. We’ve seen it numerous times over the years from Mr Mom and the aforementioned Three Men And A Baby to Big Daddy and Life As We Know It. You know the clichés – the men who can’t change a diaper (and get peed on in the process), the slacker dad who let’s his kids do anything they want, the dads who take their kids to bars and clubs. Women on the other hand are always maternal saints – unless they happen to be Baby Boom style career women, in which case they’re also hopeless (and cold!)
But personal feelings aside – will Guys With Kids be a Fall hit? Or will it follow the pattern of other recent TV shows that featured children as a key component – and subsequently feel off a ratings More >