Archive for October, 2012
Check out the just released trailer for The Carrie Diaries – the Sex And The City prequel set to launch in January 2013.
As regular Remote Patrolled readers will know, I’m a big Sex And The City fan, and got into quite the fistfight when the second movie was released summer 2010 (I still contend the film was unfairly attacked by sexist male critics)
But I have to admit this trailer makes me nervous for the success of The Carrie Diaries – and here’s 3 reasons why:
When Does It Start: Friday 2nd November at 8.30pm EST on ABC
In A Nutshell: Country music star moves from Nashville to California after discovering her husband’s infidelity.
What’s It About: Reba McEntire is Reba Gallagher, mom of two and a former country music sensation. When Reba’s husband is caught in a cheating scandal she decides to relocate her family to Malibu, California in an effort to re-launch her music career. Along for the ride are Reba’s toke smoking mother Lillie Mae (Lily Tomlin) and Sara Rue as perky neighbor Kim. Also watch out for former Queer Eye For The Straight Guy star Jai Rodriguez as a bitchy record company assistant.
Okay – time for a bit of controversy here at Remote Patrolled with an opinion piece that may rankle a LOT of people!
As you’ve doubtless heard over the last few weeks, the UK’s British Broadcasting Corporation (the BBC) is mired in a whole heap of trouble at the moment, stemming from allegations that the organization covered up decades of abuse by the late TV host Jimmy Savile. I myself wrote about Savile here at Remote Patrolled recently – and frankly the story still has a long way to go. It’s no exaggeration to call this scandal the most serious the BBC has ever faced. It’s their Jerry Sandusky moment and I’m fully expecting a whole heap of resignations, lawsuits and arrests in the months to come. Some think the scandal may even bring down the BBC. And maybe that’s not necessarily such a bad thing…
Let me explain. If you don’t live in the UK, as I used to up until 7 years ago, you probably think the BBC is a beacon of quality TV and standards. Reality check. It isn’t. And I’m not sure that it ever really was.
As regular Remote Patrolled readers will know, I love me some Revenge!
At its best ABC’s Sunday night soap is TV’s ultimate guilty pleasure – a fabulous mix of bitching and backstabbing, twisty storylines and double crosses. And since the show’s move to the ‘Desperate Housewives’ slot, the series has seen an upsurge in its ratings, thrashing the pants of CBS’s overrated The Good Wife and cementing its position as one of TV’s biggest shows.
BUT – as much of a fan as I am of Revenge – can I sound a note of caution to the show’s producers…
For me Revenge is a soap opera. Please resist the urge to turn the series into an Alias style conspiracy saga.
Revenge is at its best when it plays like an updated version of Dynasty and Dallas – and for most of season 1 it was just that. I loved seeing Emily Thorne trying to bring down the Graysons, clashing with uber-bitch Victoria, falling for son Daniel, and plotting with her partner in crime Nolan. Along the way there were plenty of great moments – the breakdown of the Grayson’s marriage, psychopath Tyler, Lydia’s rooftop fall and the arrival of troublemaker Faux-manda. All great stuff.More >
Wow – what’s happening with The X Factor this season? The show is on fire!
Last season X Factor was a bit of a bust for a whole slew of reasons. Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul, over-produced performances, contrived blow ups, forgettable contestants, the list goes on. Personally I never thought the show was as bad as the critics made out – but the series clearly needed some changes.
And change it has. Several weeks into The X Factor US season 2 and the show is finally gelling. The reasons – well I think there’s five main ones. But do you agree?
THE TALENT IS BETTER: Don’t get me wrong, Season 1 of The X Factor definitely had some good voices in the mix. Eventual winner Melanie Amaro was a vocal powerhouse, Josh Krajcik had soul to spare, and Drew and teen moppet Rachel Crowe also had their moments. But overall I think the Season 2 talent is much stronger…
The Groups are great, there’s a couple of teen stunners – the fabulously named Diamond White and Beatrice Miller, Jason Brock is fabulous (in every way) and pretty much all the contestants are worthy of the live shows. Plus I like the fact that More >
So over in my homeland – England – there’s a growing scandal in the TV world involving the late TV personality Sir Jimmy Savile.
Savile was a beloved British TV host from the 1970’s and 80’s who was famous for his charity work and outsize personality. He frequently went bare chested on primetime TV as host of the iconic music show Top Of The Pops and later presented Jim’ll Fix It, where he made kids’ dream come true.
Savile died last year at the age of 86 and now, following a TV expose, dozens of women (and at least one guy) have come forward to say they were molested by the host. The BBC has a massive Penn State style situation on their hands as many suspect the corporation covered up Savile’s crimes because of his star status. Put it this way – rumors about Jimmy’s behavior went back decades.
In TV circles Savile was a long-standing joke. And now the truth is coming out. But it wasn’t just Savile. 70’s pop star Gary Glitter famously came undone in the late 90’s after child porn was found on his computer. 70’s record industry legend Jonathan King served time in jail for having sex More >
The Fall 2012 TV season is now in full swing – but there’s just one thing missing. The hits? Where are they?
Fall 2011 wasn’t a sterling TV season but it did give birth to some key network shows. Once Upon A Time was an instant hit that stayed strong throughout its first season. Person Of Interest also opened big and interestingly grew in buzz and ratings as it neared its season 1 finale. 2 Broke Girls was a decent Monday night performer for CBS and ABC’s Revenge finally helped the network shake its Wednesday at 10pm curse. And Grimm was the little show that could, actually doing decent business in the Friday night dead zone.
Fast-forward 12 months and yikes – it’s not looking good!
As always there have been a batch of instant, out of the gate bombs: The Mob Doctor, Made In Jersey and Partners – all of which are not long for this world. After decent starts Go On and The New Normal are fading fast, as are fellow NBC sitcoms Animal Practice and Guys With Kids. And Ben And Kate and The Mindy Project have been killed in the Tuesday night comedy crossfire.More >
I’ve certainly got my fair share of things wrong here at Remote Patrolled!
I thought The Voice would bomb and didn’t hold out much hope for Once Upon A Time either. And of course I predicted The X Factor USA would be an American Idol style hit!
That said I’ve also been proven right many times – especially in my Coming Soon posts where my batting average is pretty darn good. Which brings me to the 2012 Fall TV Season and a little prediction I made about 18 months ago.
At the time I was writing about CBS whose Fall 2011 slate was as dreary as can be – an endless mix of procedurals and lame comedies (remember Rob!) But at the time CBS was riding high in the ratings – consistently number one in total viewers with monster hits like NCIS, Two And A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. What did they care if their new shows were already feeling stale?
Well in the same piece I argued that the network was in real danger of becoming over-complacent. Its stable of hit shows were aging fast. Its audience was only getting older. And I didn’t see any real new hits on the way.More >