Archive for November, 2012
Oh Revenge – what has happened to you this season!
Regular Remote Patrolled readers will know I was a HUGE fan of Revenge in Season 1. ABC’s not-so-guilty pleasure brought back the prime time soap big time and was deliciously fun, bitchy and outrageous in equal measure. But this year… oh man! Where to begin!
For starters there’s the ridiculously over-complicated storylines! Does anyone have the vaguest idea what’s going on at Grayson Global and / or NolCorp? All these behind the scenes business deals – and none of them make any sense! And then there’s all the White Haired Man nonsense… WTF? Since when do you need to be a member of MENSA to understand an ABC drama?
Then there’s all the Initiative ridiculousness – a key Revenge flaw I’ve talked about here on the site before. I want Emily Thorne to be a (fairly) ordinary girl bent on a personal mission of Revenge. I want to see her make mistakes along the way. I don’t want her to become a secret agent. And I don’t want her to be battling a crazy and complicated conspiracy. This isn’t Lost. Revenge doesn’t need to be this elaborate.
What else… oh how about Jennifer Jason Leigh playing Emily’s mom More >
We’re down to the home stretch on The X Factor’s second US season and for Simon Cowell the pressure is greater than ever.
This season was meant to be the year that turned it all around for The X Factor in the US – but it really hasn’t happened. Britney Spears has proven to be a $15 million flop, barely engaging with the show or the contestants. Ratings are down year on year. Fox seem to be doing everything they can to scupper the series with their abysmal scheduling (those baseball playoffs killed the show’s momentum) And NBC’s The Voice has thrashed The X Factor in buzz, press coverage and most of all – ratings.
Sure X Factor is already renewed for a third season and it IS Fox’s top rated series of the Fall – but if ever Simon needed to produce a star now’s the moment. The show can ill afford another Melanie Amaro, who came and went without ever troubling the upper reaches of the charts.
What The X Factor needs is to produce another bona fide One Direction style sensation, as Cowell did with the UK X Factor. Heck, even another Cher Lloyd would do. Remember The Voice has More >
They’ve survived the blackout, 15 years without power and the murderous Monroe regime but the stars of Revolution are about to face their toughest opponent to date – NBC’s scheduling department…
Yep, that’s right – on November 26th Revolution will air its final Fall episode and then will go off the air for a full 4 months – not returning until March 25th 2013!
The reason for the delay? Well NBC wants to run Revolution in consecutive chunks without missing weeks for repeats. Plus if the show comes back in March it will keep its valuable Voice lead in. If the show were to come back in January it would be essentially standing on its own which could be disastrous for a fledgling drama still finding its feet. NBC argue they’re taking a cue from cable dramas like The Walking Dead, which split their seasons into two chunks, one airing in the Fall, the other early in the New Year. According to the network Revolution will be fine!
Okay – makes sense on paper – but here’s the reality. High concept broadcast shows that go on hiatus rarely return in good shape. Flash Forward took a similar 4 month break and never made More >
We’ve been waiting a long time for this one… and here it is. 4 minutes of Smash season 2 – in one very glossy trailer!
When we last left the Smash cast it was the out of town opening night of the Bombshell musical. Karen had successfully played the role of Marilyn despite Ivy’s last minute attempt to derail her by revealing she slept with her boyfriend Dev. Meanwhile the universally loathed Ellis was fired for poisoning Rebecca, Julia’s marriage was still looking rocky and Ivy was contemplating suicide…
So what’s up this season? Well NBC are clearly pushing hard on their biggest casting coup – landing Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson as a Tony winning Broadway star. Hudson’s only signed for a 4 episode arc at the moment but I have a feeling she may be back for more episodes down the line. Also joining the cast – Will and Grace’s Sean Hayes (it’s a Jack and Grace reunion), Law And Order’s Jesse L. Martin and Liza Minnelli playing herself in a guest appearance.
Let’s be honest, American Horror Story has never exactly been a bundle of laughs!
In season 1 we watched as Dylan McDermott, Connie Britten and Taissa Farmiga were terrorized in the ultimate LA haunted house. McDermott ended up hung from the rafters, Britten was raped by a guy in a latex suit and Farmiga crossed over to the other side – without even realizing it!
The first season of American Horror Story was creepy, disturbing and scary but while the show was bleak – it wasn’t THAT bleak. Maybe it’s because it was set in present day, sunny LA. Or maybe, despite all the horror, it played more like a ghost story.
This year’s American Horror Story on the other hand… well it’s a whole different story (literally!)
This time around we’re in a mental institute in the 1960’s. Heading up the asylum is the scowling and judgmental Sister Jude (Jessica Lange). Meanwhile former Nazi Dr Arden (James Cromwell – a long way from Babe!) ‘takes care’ of the patient’s medical needs. There’s also a serial killer stalking the local area, nicknamed Bloody Face due to his penchant for wearing the skin of his victims (how very Leatherface!)
You can’t help but feel sorry for More >
We’re now well into the third season of AMC’s zombie blockbuster, The Walking Dead, and boy, what a season it’s been so far! Each episode has felt like a season finale and we’ve already had plenty of shockers along the way. All of which adds up to one seriously terrific show.
But the influence of The Walking Dead goes deeper than just an entertaining TV series. The AMC series is actually changing TV is some pretty interesting ways.
Here’s 3 examples:
Cable TV Is Bigger Than Broadcast: When Season 3 of the Walking Dead launched in mid-October the show pulled in 10.87 million viewers – the highest rating ever for a cable series – and enough to put the show firmly in the Broadcast Top 20. That said The Walking Dead is still beaten by shows like NCIS, NCIS: LA, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and The Voice in total viewers.
Okay – but then look at the demo number. All advertisers care about is adults 18-49. It’s how ad rates are gauged and it’s how networks make money. These demos are far more important that total viewers which frankly don’t really matter all that much. Having millions of people 50+ watching your show More >
Maybe… Check out the just released trailer for The Americans, the new Mr and Mrs Smith style drama that stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as a pair of Russian KGB spies living in 1980′s America.
Russell and Rhys play Phillip and Elizabeth, whose marriage of convenience begins to grow more passionate as the years tick by. But the couple’s lives are complicated by the double lives they must lead and interactions with their networks of informants and covert missions.
I think it’s a great premise for a show and Russell and Rhys are both interesting actors. Keri is ripe for a Claire Danes style cable breakout after the failure of her Fox sitcom Running Wilde and a movie career which found her increasingly sidelined into supporting roles. And Rhys has a chance to shake off his often dreary Brothers And Sisters character Kevin Walker and get stuck into some meatier material.
The Americans is produced by Graham Yost, creator of fellow FX semi-hit Justified. So will you be watching? Comment away…More >
Assembled by the judges at Boot Camp, Lyric 145 look and feel like a group that’s been together for years. They wowed at the Judges’ Houses stage of the contest with a souped up version of Miley Cyrus’s Party In The USA… and last night they did it again!
The theme was Songs From The Movies (yep, that old chestnut again) and while most of the competition opted for the obvious – Lyric 145 shook things up again with a crazy take on ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ from Mary Poppins. It was loud, energetic, chaotic – and I loved it!
For me Lyric 145 are exactly what The X Factor needs. They’re different, fresh and very current. You’d never see an act like this on American Idol of The Voice. I actually could see them going straight from the show to the charts – like a younger version of the Black Eyed Peas. And I LOVE female vocalist Lyric Da Queen!
And boy does The X Factor need a star. After Melanie Amaro flamed out last year and with ratings in freefall More >
The Fall TV season is now in full swing and it’s time for me to pick my first recommendation of the freshmen crop. And it’s a show I never expected to even like – let alone LOVE!
Yep, it’s Nashville, the country music drama that’s my new favorite TV addiction. Now let me say up front that I have hardly any interest in country music – aside from a few country divas like Carrie, Shania and Reba! But Nashville has converted me. Fact is it’s just terrific TV – fast paced, smart, well acted and multi-layered.
If you’re not watching Nashville yet here’s the story so far. Fortysomething mom of two Rayna James (Connie Britton) is a country music legend dealing with a changing market that regards her as well past her prime. Her latest album is underperforming and her tour isn’t selling. Meanwhile she’s still secretly in love with her guitar player Deacon (Charles Esten) – her long-term lover whose spell in rehab derailed their romance and spurred her marriage to the seemingly more stable Teddy (Eric Close).