Archive for December, 2013
They say all good things must come to an end… and so it’s with slightly mixed emotions that I’ve decided to write my final Remote Patrolled post – appropriately enough on the 31st Dec 2013 (I’m a big believer in the importance of dates!)
I’ve been running this site for over 3 1/2 years now and over that time I’ve posted a whole heap of articles on a vast array of shows. I’ve aimed to present an ‘insiders’ view of TV, using my experience as a producer to hopefully give informed commentary. I’ve championed much maligned shows such as The X Factor and Smash and taken pot-shots at over-rated series like Community and Arrested Development. I’ve rallied against over-produced ‘reality’, network execs who refuse to take chances and the Kardashians! Plus I’ve talked a LOT about the shows I love – The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Scandal and many more…
It’s been a great experience running this site and I’ve learned a lot about social media. Those skills served me well for a much bigger cause down the line – helping the wrongfully convicted Ryan Ferguson, who finally walked free on 11/12/13. Ryan has become a close friend and the experience of More >
Wow – what a year it’s been. You know a TV year has been great when it’s hard to select just ten terrific shows for an end of the year list. I could easily have added The Americans, The Following, Modern Family and Mr Selfridge to this list. But in the end here’s my 10 faves of the year…
And nope I don’t watch Breaking Bad. I think that one’s had more than its fair share of coverage already!
The year is coming to a close and that can mean only one thing… an inevitable onslaught of end of year list shows and magazine articles!
But if you check out NBC this Friday night at 9pm EST you’ll be able to watch a 2013 wrap up show with a twist. The show’s called What We Wasted Our Year On and it’s a fast paced comedy run down of all the many ways we collectively frittered away our time over the last 12 months.
Paula Deen and her racism controversy? Check! ‘The Fox’ and Harlem Shake videos? Yep, they’re in there. Justin Bieber, The Game of Thrones Red Wedding, Sharknado… check, check, check! Boy, we wasted a lot of time this year…
If you hadn’t guessed by now I’m one of the shows producers and it’s been a lot of fun putting this project together. I started developing the concept way back in the summer when it was just a vague idea on a piece of paper – and now the show is finally a reality. Along the way I’ve worked with some terrific – and very funny – people and it’s been great to stretch my comedic muscles again (I was Showrunner for More >
Remember way back in 2011 when The X Factor USA first launched? Back when Simon Cowell was predicting audiences of 20 million an episode and that his Fox singing competition was going to be the new American Idol…
Well as we know things haven’t really worked out as Simon said.
A couple of weeks ago The X Factor pulled in just 3.75 million viewers and a measly 1.0 18-49 share. Ouch.
Okay to be fair that was on Thanksgiving night, a terrible night for TV ratings. But it isn’t like The X Factor has been doing all that better across the rest of its season. Ratings are sharply down year to year, following a sizeable drop from 2011. Now commentators are predicting that this season may be the show’s last…
But just when the Simon Cowell show seemed to be nearing the end of its road something rather interesting happened. And their names are Alex and Sierra.
So it looks like Revenge is back… I mean REALLY back!
I’m in DVR catch up mode at the moment and after watching the last few episodes of ABC’s Sunday night soap pretty much back to back I’d confidently say Revenge is better than ever. It’s like that whole second season never even happened. Thankfully!
I’ve talked about Revenge countless times here on Remote Patrolled and have had an up and down history with the show. Like millions of others I loved Season 1, which set up the show’s soapy premise as Emily Thorne (aka Amanda Clarke) returned to the Hamptons to wreak vengeance on the Grayson family for framing her father. Revenge’s first series was fantastic – exciting, glossy, soapy and so much fun.