Archive for July, 2013
It’s hardly a summer smash and boy, is it derivative. But I have to be honest – I’m rather enjoying NBC’s latest Survivor style reality show, Get Out Alive.
Okay the full title is Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls. And we all know this show would never exist if former Discovery star Grylls wasn’t on board. After falling out with his previous network over a contractual dispute (and trust me I know all about those!) Grylls was snapped up by NBC. Smart move in my book. Grylls is charming, likeable and of course a total tough guy. I love that Get Out Alive’s opener ended with Bear skydiving out of a plane. We’re definitely not talking Ryan Seacrest metrosexuality here…
Format wise there’s nothing special about Get Out Alive. It’s a total Survivor copycat, just like last year’s Expedition Impossible and this summer’s 72 Hours on TNT. Ten couples compete to ‘survive’ in the wilds of New Zealand and each week the ‘weakest’ couple is sent home by Grylls (with perhaps the most cumbersome and wordy send off in recent reality history!)
Yep, it’s utterly derivate. But Get Out Alive is glossy, well produced and entertaining – and this summer that’ll do More >
It airs on Sunday nights at 9pm. Features a female ensemble cast and a season long mystery. Characters include a goofball with a heart of gold, a world-weary mother figure and a vampy, bitchy gold-digger. And the tone veers from physical comedy to dark tragedy, often with a kinky edge. Yep, Devious Maids features more than its fair share of Desperate Housewives DNA.
And just like its ABC predecessor Devious Maids is now on its way to becoming a hit. After debuting with a middling 2 million viewers a month ago Maids has gained viewers almost every week and is developing into a sizeable, buzzy hit for Lifetime. Expect a second season renewal any moment now!
Now here’s the most important question… is Devious Maids actually good?
Speaking as a viewer who loved Desperate Housewives for most of its run – I checked out in the final season when the show was clearly creatively exhausted – I’m finding myself sort of enjoying Devious Maids. But I don’t love it… yet.
It’s the number one TV show of the summer. The first bona fide scripted hit on a broadcast network in over two decades. And potentially a TV game changer for years to come.
This year CBS’s Under The Dome has succeeded where countless other shows have failed. Launched in a blitz of publicity in late June the Stephen King series pulled in a mighty 13.53 million viewers to rank as the number one TV show of the week and CBS’s biggest summer launch since Big Brother way back in 2000!
And the great ratings have continued for CBS. Week 2 attracted 11.81 million viewers and week 3 a still strong 10.71 million. As long as Under The Dome stays above the 10 million mark – heck, it could slip down to 8 million – the show is pretty much guaranteed a second season next summer.
I’m always a fan of original drama series and Under The Dome is certainly not your usual cookie cutter CBS show. So where’s the rub? Well here’s the thing. In my opinion Under The Dome just isn’t very good.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a show I can wholeheartedly recommend here at Remote Patrolled…check out my thoughts soon on this summer’s offerings including Devious Maids and Under The Dome.
But there’s one series I can definitely give the thumbs up too – Scandal.
Yep, I know – it’s two seasons old already. What can I say – I was late to the party. After hearing everyone rave about Scandal over the last year I can now see what all the fuss is about. It really is THAT good!
In case you, like me, are a little in the dark on Scandal – here’s the basic gist. The show revolves around PR queen Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a fast talking, supremely confident and extremely good at her job crisis handler who helps make people’s problems go away. Olivia is surrounded by a similarly effective team of memorable characters including Harrison, a super-smart lawyer who’s fiercely loyal to her; Abby, an investigator with a fabulously sarcastic streak; Quinn, the team newbie who’s been living under a secret identity; and best of the bunch, Huck, a damaged soldier who does Olivia’s dirty work and hates that he sometimes enjoys it.More >
Uh-oh, they’re letting me back onto our TV screens again…
Check me out on Chiller 13: Great American Slashers on Sunday 8th July at 8pm EST on the Chiller network.
As you may know my company Savannah Media has been working with Chiller for quite a while now, via our 2012 summer special, Can You Survive A Horror Movie.
Earlier in the year I appeared on another Chiller show – Chiller 13: Most Horrifying Hook Ups. And now I’m back, this time to talk slasher icons along with my Can You Survive hosts Anthony, Annie and Morgan as well as horror stars including Jamie Lee Curtis and Robert Englund (yep, Freddy himself!)
As someone who grew up on horror movies and is a huge fan of the genre I’ve certainly got plenty to say on this topic. I have to admit I’ve seen every single Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and Friday 13th… yep even the REALLY bad ones!
So who is the number one Great American Slasher? Find out next Saturday – only on Chiller