Archive for April, 2013
The summer TV season is about to start – and it looks like there are a couple of potential gems on the way this time around.
Check out the first teaser for Devious Maids, the new Lifetime series that follows 5 maids working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Done right this could be my new TV addiction. I just love the tagline, ‘keep your friends close – and your maids closer!’
Devious Maids starts with a murder, as a maid is killed at the home of her employer during a high society event. Her five friends turn amateur sleuths to solve the case, while juggling their own domestic dramas and emotionally unstable bosses!
Do the title and style of the show sound familiar? That’s probably because Maids hails from the mind of Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. The show is based on a Mexican soap opera and heavily influenced by Housewives (in fact one of the maids even appeared in the Housewives finale as her character Carmen)
We all know how movie trailers like to tease us with new releases that are a LONG way from hitting our screens. Well now it seems that the TV biz is following suit.
Just check out the trailer for Black Sails, the new pirate themed series coming to Starz in 2014! Yep, you read that right.
Black Sails is essentially Pirates of the Caribbean for the Spartacus crowd – and features plenty of violence and token lesbian sequences to keep the Starz audience happy (can you imagine if the trailer featured two guys getting it on like this!)
The show’s set 20 years prior to the classic Treasure Island and follows the early adventures of Captain Flint and a young John Silver. It’s produced by Michael Bay – so don’t expect subtlety! And playing Flint is Bond movie baddie Toby Stephens aka Maggie’s son!
I’ll be honest and say this isn’t my kind of show. I’ve never watched Spartacus and I’m not a huge fan of Starz brand of sex and violence. I’d rather watch a more complex fantasy themed series like Game of Thrones, which while undeniably gory and sexual feels less geared towards 16-year-old boys!More >
When it comes to TV formats the ‘business makeover’ concept is far from a new idea. There’s Tabatha Takes Over, Kitchen Nightmares, Remodeled and many more.
But recently one show has emerged as the king of this mini genre. Its name – Bar Rescue, currently airing its third season on Spike (and in virtual non stop reruns at weekends)
The idea is simple. Each week, bar industry expert Jon Taffer arrives at a different struggling bar somewhere in America and endeavors to turn the business around through a team of experts, staff re-education, an ambitious makeover and lots of tough talk (and frequent shouting). The result is one of the most addictive reality shows currently on our screens!
Okay, on paper it all sounds very like Kitchen Nightmares, the horrible Gordon Ramsay shoutfest that airs on Friday nights on Fox. But Bar Rescue is different – mainly because it feels less contrived and a lot more real. The problem with Kitchen Nightmares (the US not the UK version) is that the whole point of the show is essentially to see Ramsay lose his temper and belittle people. But Bar Rescue feels different. Taffer shouts and screams but you feel he genuinely wants to help. More >
Every TV network has its little fiefdoms.
There are the development teams, press and marketing, production, financial – and many more. But one of my favorite departments has to be the scheduling team – those men and women who are paid solely to figure out the best places to position the network’s shows for maximum ratings and exposure. To which I say… what are these people thinking! I mean seriously – can you believe some of the bizarre scheduling decisions the networks have recently made…
Take Revenge. ABC’s serialized soap was granted a ‘promotion’ to Sunday nights last Fall – and has since seen its ratings fall of a cliff. Okay in part that’s because Revenge has had a rocky second season, especially for the first half of the year. But recently Revenge’s ratings have been the result of some utterly terrible scheduling decisions.
I’m a big Joan Rivers fan, mainly for her ability to tell it like it is. And last week Rivers engaged in yet another piece of typical truth telling…
As you may have read Joan poked fun at ousted Today anchor Ann Curry – which generated a typically heated response online. But the part of Joan’s act that most interested me was when she complained that the Today show had rested on its laurels for too long… and that’s why their ratings had recently taken a downward spin. We all know the story. Today was the number one morning show for over 17 years… and now they’re number 2. And don’t forget this is a show that brings in hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue for NBC. It’s a money making machine!
You may or may not like Rivers and her routines – but she speaks the truth – and there’s a valuable lesson for a lot of TV producers out there. I moved to the US almost 8 years ago and was a faithful Today watcher for all those years. But a couple of weeks ago I switched over to Good Morning America myself. And I don’t plan on going back.More >
When Does It Start: Wednesday 3rd April at 9.30pm EST on ABC
In A Nutshell: An uptight single mom moves back home with her kooky parents. You can guess the rest…
What’s It About: Polly (Sarah Chalke) is a divorced single mom, forced by the recession to move back in with her parents, Max (Brad Garrett) and Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins). The problem? Polly is uptight and tightly wound while Max is super laid back and Elaine is sexually uninhibited. Cue fireworks, culture clashes and lots of sex jokes from Perkins. Take a look…