Archive for March, 2013
Time for another TV recommendation at Remote Patrolled and this time around we’re heading over to FX for their 1980’s spy series, The Americans.
To be honest, at first glance I really wasn’t sure if The Americans was for me. I’m not a huge fan of spy series and then there was the 1980’s setting… put it this way The Americans sat on my DVR and quickly accumulated episodes.
But then I decided to give the FX show a go and week by week the show has definitely grown on me. So now I feel ready to give it my Richie thumbs up. And here’s why…
The Americans revolves around Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys), a seemingly ordinary couple living in suburban DC with their son and daughter. But of course Elizabeth and Phillip aren’t what they seem. Turns out they’re Russian spies, deeply embedded in suburban America with a cover so good even their kids don’t know who they really are.
It’s pilot season in Hollywood which means every actor is jostling for a position on the possible Fall schedule – including a few of my actor friends out in LA!
Of course in the opening stages of the process it’s all about STARS and which network can attract which name to headline their project. Already this season the likes of Eddie Murphy, Rebel Wilson, Mandy Moore, Andy Samberg, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Anna Farris, Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox, Virginia Madsen and Sean Hayes are attached to high profile series – instantly catapulting their shows up the ranks and increasing their chances of making it to series. Heck, NBC has already committed to 22 episodes of its new Michael J. Fox comedy – a pretty risky move for a network that’s not exactly swinging from the rafters at the moment.
A few weeks ago I posted my list of five actors who help make their shows that little bit better!
Well today it’s time for the reverse… five characters who do nothing but drag down their respective series. To be fair it’s often not the fault of the actors themselves – but more the general dreariness of the roles themselves, all of which certainly get me reaching for the remote.
Take a read – and let me know if you agree with my choices…!
Here it is, the first official trailer for Nurse Jackie, season 5.
This time around Jackie is clean and sober, newly divorced and even actually dating. Plus she even smiles in the trailer…!
Personally I found season 4 a big improvement on the wobbly season 3. Having Jackie come clean about her drug problems and head to rehab was essential for Nurse Jackie’s momentum. Plus killing off Bobby Cannavale’s drug addicted son gave the show a much needed boost of reality – and a wake up call to Jackie herself.
Cannavale pops up in the trailer – very briefly – along with a couple of new staff members, an army doc and a preppy new doc who catches Coop’s eye. Plus there’s plenty of Zoey – hopefully minus that dull fiance – and Akalitus is back barking orders at All Saints’ Hospital.
Nurse Jackie season 5 kicks off April 14th at 9pm on Showtime. Will you be watching?
Imagine you’re the head of ABC. Last year you greenlit a celebrity diving show, thinking the project could be a follow up to your long running Dancing With The Stars franchise. You decide to commission a whole series of said show and then you learn that one of your competitors – Fox – has gone ahead and greenlit exactly the same concept, calling their show Stars In Danger.
Fox beats you to the punch and premieres their show – just a one off special – in January 2013. The 2-hour ‘event’ crashes badly in the ratings, pulling in just 3.3 million viewers and a measly 1.3 18-49 share. What do you do?
Well it seems that ABC are forging ahead with Splash regardless, which has to make you wonder – does the show stand ANY chance of ratings success.
Personally I think not. Look if ABC had somehow managed to book Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to go high diving viewers might tune in. But they didn’t. Instead they’ve got Keisha Knight Pullum aka Rudy from The Cosby Show. Kendra Wilkinson. And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Oh and by the way these are the GOOD names!
You know how sometimes you watch a show and it’s so darn good – and yet the ratings are so bad you just know it’s heading for cancelation… and you wonder – ‘why the heck aren’t more people watching this thing?’
Yep, that’s how I’m feeling about NBC’s Smash this season, which while creatively on a roll is pulling in some truly horrible numbers on Tuesdays at 10pm.
After some well documented story issues in Season 1 – peanut poisoning, adoption plotlines, excessive scarves – Smash has definitely found its feet this year. Now we’re not just following the Bombshell musical on its rocky road to Broadway, but two additional productions – an update of Dangerous Liaisons and a Rent-style off-Broadway piece called Hit List. Meanwhile we also have Broadway star Veronica Moore (Jennifer Hudson), staging her own one-woman showcase.