Archive for December, 2012
Sorry US Downton Abbey fans – the rumors are true!
As you’ve probably read by now, leading man Matthew Crawley is indeed leaving the hit UK period drama in the season 3 finale, which aired over the Christmas period in England (spoiler alert – Matt’s fate is revealed below, along with another key season 3 plotline!)
Crawley was played by Brit actor Dan Stevens, who admits in a newspaper interview that turning his back on the smash hit series was a tough decision. But I do have to wonder – why do actors leave hot shows prematurely?
In Stevens’ case the decision is permanent. The Downton Abbey season 3 finale sees Crawley killed in a car accident, shortly after the birth of his first son – and future Downton heir. There’s really no room for Crawley to come back – unless he has a last minute change of heart prior to the start of Season 4 filming. And story wise, it does feel a tad off given that the Downton clan is still reeling from the Season 3 death of Lady Sybil. It means Season 4 will feature grieving widow Lady Mary AND still grieving widower Branson!
But storylines aside I am curious as to More >
THE WALKING DEAD: And the award for most improved TV show of 2012 goes to…. The Walking Dead! After a sluggish first half of season 2, everyone’s favorite zombie saga roared back to life at the start of 2013 with non-stop zombie action, a lethal love triangle (RIP Shane) and some shocking cast casualties.
But it was this Fall’s season 3 that really made The Walking Dead THE show of the year. Transplanting the action into a dark and deadly prison and a sunny small town, The Walking Dead gave us two terrifying human villains – the Governor and the one armed Merle – and a stunning new heroine – the mean and moody Michonne. The zombie action was through the roof, no cast member was safe (as we quickly learned) and the show ended with a stunning mid-season finale that has me salivating for part 2.
NASHVILLE: I never thought I would love a soap set against the backdrop of the country music scene. But Nashville is that show! The characters are layered, the acting top notch (Hayden Panetierre gives great bitch), the storylines compelling (no weak links here) and above all the songs are memorable – check out Telescope, Wrong Song More >
When Does It Start: Thursday 10th January at 9.30pm on NBC (with a sneak preview 17th December after The Voice).
In A Nutshell: It’s The West Wing meets Modern Family.
What’s It About: Meet America’s new First Family. There’s the hard-edged President Gilchrist (Bill Pullman), First Lady – and second wife – Emily (Jenna Elfman), prodigal son Skip (Josh Gad), pregnant daughter Becca and smart-ass kids Xander and Marigold. Together they must deal with all the usual family drama – as well as the pressures of being the most famous family in America.
By now you’ve probably heard all about this Psycho prequel! Freddie Highmore (aka Charlie from the Chocolate Factory) is playing the young Norman, while Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air) is his twisted mother Norma who ends up totally screwing up her kid down the line. Also look out for Pan Am’s Mike Vogel (a guy long overdue for a signature, star making role) and Nestor Carbonell, last seen on the underrated Ringer. Guiding the action behind the scenes is Lost producer Carlton Cuse.
Bates Motel is part of a new breed of dark dramas debuting in the New Year, following the smash success of The Walking Dead, Dexter and American Horror Story. We’ve got Kevin Bacon’s serial killer series The Following (Fox), The Hannibal TV series on NBC and The CW’s Cult. Question is – can network shows keep up with their gorier and nastier cable counterparts? We’ve already seen what happened with 666 Park Avenue this Fall… Still Bates Motel is cable, so A&E will be able to go further and edgier… but will the More >
The Old Navy nostalgia fest continues…
Hot on the heels of the brand’s 90210 inspired commercials – and their Backstreet Boys campaign – the day glo clothing company have now reunited The Griswolds for their holiday advertising campaign. For anyone under the age of 30 the Grisworlds were the stars of the National Lampoon Vacations movies – Vacation, European Vacation, Christmas Vacation and Vegas Vacation (plus a DVD spin off that nobody really watched)
There’s Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen Griswald), Dana Barron (the original Audrey, later replaced by Dana Hill), Anthony Michael Hall (the original Rusty) and Jason Lively (‘Euro’ Rusty from the sequel)
And of course… Chevy Chase!
Yep, the Community star who recently argued that sitcoms were the lowest form of entertainment before quitting his role on Community clearly has no problem selling out for a corporate clothing company in a series of not especially funny adverts. Ah the power of the mighty dollar. No wonder people think Chase is an asshole! That said this isn’t the first time the Vacation clan have shilled for a product – Chevy and Beverly also featured in a 2010 Superbowl ad…
Personally I’m just waiting for the inevitable Clueless and Melrose Place campaigns! You just know they’re coming More >
By now you’ve doubtless all heard the tragic news about the suspected suicide of the Royal nurse who inadvertently fell victim to a prank call staged by two Australian DJ’s, Mel Greig and Michael Christian.
The lady in question was 42-year-old mother of two Jacintha Saldanha. Saldanha worked at the King Edward VII hospital where newly expectant mom, Kate Middleton was being treated for severe morning sickness. Greig and Christian called up the hospital and pretended – with very bad accents – to be the Queen and Prince Charles. Saldanha can be heard at the start of the call as the DJ’s attempt to find out about Kate’s condition and make some (pretty feeble) jokes along the way.
The prank caused a storm of controversy that has now turned deadly serious following the nurse’s suicide. Greig and Christan have taken themselves off the air, the radio station that broadcast the call is coming under intense pressure and there is even talk of lawsuits – and even criminal charges. At the end of the day no-one really knows what was going on in Saldanha’s life or what really caused her to take her own life – but it’s not hard to connect the More >
Check out the trailer for Cult – the new, well, cult series – which launches in Feb 2013 on The CW, taking over from the now defunct Emily Owens, MD.
Cult focuses on a blogger (Matt Davis) and a production assistant (Jessica Lucas) who investigate a series of mysterious disappearances linked to a popular TV show called Cult. Supposedly some of the fans of the show are taking their love of the series a little TOO far – and as you’ll see from the trailer the show merges real life and fiction with abandon!
Turns out Cult isn’t a new concept though – the idea for the show has been banging around Hollywood for years now. In fact the series was originally meant to go into production back in the days of the The WB, with Matt Bomer set to star… interesting!
Okay – confession time everyone – I’m a fan of Britain’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!
Yep, over the last few weeks I’ve been watching pretty much the full run of the C-list celebs in the jungle TV show. I’m A Celebrity never took off in the US – despite two network attempts – but in the UK the show is a long running hit, recently concluding its 12th season and still a top rated show. And I really like it!
Fact is I can’t make any excuses for my Celebrity addiction. It’s a bad show in a lot of ways. Each year 12 ‘celebrities’ of varying degrees of fame are parachuted into the Australian jungle (sometimes literally) and forced to endure endless bug infested trials and viewer eliminations until one is crowned King or Queen of the jungle, receiving a tacky crown and wooden stick for all their hardship. And of course a possible career revival!
The challenges are essentially the same each season. There are always two rounds of bug eating. Contestants must put their hands into dark burrows filled with unseen critters (such as snakes and scorpions). And there’s normally one contestant each year who wimps out More >