Archive for January, 2013
Winners and losers from the last month…
SCANDAL: It’s the little show that could! After an underwhelming first season last Spring that left the show on the ratings bubble, Scandal has been steadily building over the Fall – and hitting season highs.
Now in the New Year, Scandal has most definitely found its feet – hitting well over 8 million viewers and a juicy 2.8 in the 18-49 rating earlier in the month. That’s only slightly down on the show’s Grey’s Anatomy lead in – meaning Scandal has become a bona fide hit that’s able to stand on its own two feet. Heck – even the show’s REPEATS are rating well (5.57 million and a 1.7 demo is better than a lot of original network dramas are able to manage.)
Credit show creator Shonda Rhimes who knows how to fashion a true cliffhanger. Scandal’s assassination plot – and the ensuing fallout – has made Scandal a genuine water-cooler show. The show’s certainly not on the bubble any longer – and ABC’s Thursday nights are now a lot stronger (if only they could fix the 8pm slot!)
When Does It Start: Thursday January 31st at 10pm on NBC
In A Nutshell: It’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, 2013 style!
What’s It About: Dr Jason Cole is a successful neurosurgeon with a big secret. Despite his career success, wealth and good looks, Cole’s has one heck of a dark side – an alter ego named Ian Price who comes out at the same time every night and causes chaos and destruction for Cole. For 5 years the doctor has been able to control Price with an experimental serum – but the formula isn’t working anymore and Cole’s evil alter ego is determined to wreak revenge for being held back for so long…
Time for another hot recommendation here at Remote Patrolled and sorry my American friends – you’re going to have to wait a bit longer for this one!
Mr Selfridge launched a few weeks ago in the UK and is essentially Downton Abbey set in a department store. The show airs in the same time slot, on the same network ITV1 and will be taking over Downton’s PBS slot when the Grantham family take their leave in March. Smart move PBS – Downton’s seasons are so short that having a similar show to ease viewers’ withdrawal symptoms makes perfect sense. The even better news – Mr Selfridge is a terrific little show!
Like Downton Abbey, Selfridge is essentially about social change. If you don’t live in the UK you may not know that Selfridges is a famous department store in London. It’s essentially England’s equivalent of Macys – but more upscale! The store was built in the early 20th century and the show follows the early years of the groundbreaking business – and its flamboyant American owner Mr Selfridge (Jeremy Piven).
Is it just me or do the same old shows and people keep getting the same endless praise time and again! I mean seriously – do the like of Homeland, Girls and Community need any more critical awards, magazine articles or think pieces! And how boring is it to see the likes of Damian Lewis, Julianne Margulies and Jon Hamm receiving awards time and again (however deserving they may be!)
Fact is there are scene-stealers all over our screens – and many of them don’t get the praise they deserve. So here’s 5 actors I think deserve a little extra credit. Many of them aren’t the main stars of their respective shows – but all punch above their weight and add a little extra oomph to their series.
Do you agree – and who would you add to the list? Comment away…
When Does It Start: Monday January 21st at 9pm EST on Fox
In A Nutshell: Fox goes dark – real dark – with network TV’s first serial killer TV series!
What’s It About: Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) is a notorious serial killer living on death row after murdering 14 college female college students on the campus on which he taught. But Carroll hasn’t been idle during his time behind bars. Instead he’s been rallying an army of serial killers to follow his insane cause and wreak death and destruction across the US!
When Carroll escapes from jail, former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is called in to assist on the case. Hardy is the man who put Joe behind bars and knows the killer better than anyone. But Hardy is a damaged man since he and Carroll last faced off and some wonder if he’s more of a liability when it comes to tracking down his nemesis.
Pulling the strings behind the scenes on The Following is Kevin Williamson – creator of the Scream movies. Anyone else smell a hit?
After months of hype, cast catfights and great expectations, American Idol is back for a 12th season? So will you be watching?
I didn’t watch a single moment of Idol’s 11th season – and it seems I wasn’t alone. Idol lost a whopping 23% of its total viewers last season and the season finale plunged by almost 8 million viewers from a year earlier. Sure the show is still a major hit – but Fox needs to stop the declines. And fast!
For me the big reason I tuned out last season was due to judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Partnered with the consistently ineffectual Randy Jackson, Tyler and Lopez (the former in particular) barely offered anything resembling a critique in season 10, leading to a dreary season where every performance was ‘amazing’ and ‘special’. Total snooze. How I longed for the days of Simon Cowell. Or even Kara DioGuardi. Heck even Paula had some moments of clarity at times!
But now Tyler and Lopez have departed to ‘re-launch’ their music careers and a new posse have been drafted in – diva Mariah Carey, rapper Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban. Unfortunately we still have to put up with Randy Jackson. More >
When Does It Start: Monday January 7th at 10pm on NBC
In A Nutshell: The first Revenge copycat has arrived…!
What’s It About: When a famous socialite, Vivien Bowers, is found dead of a drug overdose, the police suspect foul play. Could her rich and secretive family have played a role in her untimely death? Detective Joanna Locasto used to know the Bowers’ family and was Vivien’s best friend. Returning undercover to the family home she aims to uncover the long lost family secrets and expose Vivien’s killer… but what will Joanna find along the way?