Archive for August, 2013
What a long, dry summer of TV it’s been!
Fact is, if you’re not a Breaking Bad / Dexter fan this summer’s network and cable offerings were a bit of a TV wasteland. A million people gave up on True Blood (I didn’t get past the season opener); the TV movie-esque Under The Dome was the season’s top show and too many networks saved their best offerings for the Fall which means my DVR is literally going to explode in the coming weeks!
So I’ve spent the summer catching up on a couple of key shows. First up was Scandal which was EVERY bit as good as everyone says it is. I’m literally salivating at the prospect of Season 3. If you haven’t seen the show yet, stop what you’re doing RIGHT NOW and start watching. That’s an order!
And then there’s Orphan Black, a critically acclaimed curio that aired on BBC America in the Spring and yet doesn’t seem to have really permeated the pop culture-sphere quite yet. Honestly I can’t tell you how many TV savvy people I’ve mentioned the show to who haven’t heard of the series. And that’s a shame as the show is definitely worth a look.More >
The summer TV drought is coming to an end and the Fall TV season is just around the corner… which means it’s time for some Snap Judgments!
This time last year I predicted Nashville, Elementary, Chicago Fire and Arrow would stick around for another season, while The Last Resort, Vegas, Partners and Emily Owens, MD would all flop. . Right on every count!
Of course I also thought 666 Park Avenue, Go On and The Mob Doctor would do great… yikes!
Oh well – here are my thoughts on the season to come. Take a read and share your thoughts in the comments section below…
Hmm, did the makers of America’s Next Top Model start reading Remote Patrolled recently?
Ha ha – of course not – but if they’d taken a read of my last Top Model posting way back in 2010 they’d have seen me calling for a Boys vs Girls season as a way to freshen up the franchise. And guess what – now they’ve just done just that. And Top Model is hot again.
Sure the show’s best ratings days are probably still behind it, but the premiere of Top Model 2.0 recently pulled in a very decent 1.55 million viewers and a 0.6 18-49 share, the show’s highest rating premiere and the CW’s biggest Friday in 2 years. Fierce.
Okay so the Guys vs Girls idea is long overdue and isn’t exactly rocker science but kudos to Top Model for finally shaking things up. The veteran Tyra Banks show, now in its 20th cycle, suddenly feels fresh again. Adding some testosterone to the mix has worked wonders.
I’ve been working on a top-secret potential network project these last few weeks – one I hopefully should be able to reveal soon. And as part of my work I’ve been collaborating with a seasoned producer who is a fascinating source of stories and insight (I love working with talented people who’ve really earned their experience in the industry. Makes a refreshing change from the numerous BS artists out there!)
Anyway, we had a discussion the other day about the current state of TV and the ‘flatness’ of networks shows like Under The Dome and Siberia, which have the look and feel of TV movies. Meanwhile cable series like American Horror Story and The Walking Dead feel far more filmic than their bigger budget counterparts. Yet network shows invariably try to be ‘bigger and better’ – and almost always fall short!
My new colleague said something that definitely resonated with me. TV needs to stop trying to compete with the movies – because that’s not their competition. Their REAL competition is other TV shows.