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 >
The 2013 Fall TV season is now in full swing and already this year’s batch of new comedies are struggling. Once again not a single new show is setting the ratings alight and Tuesday nights on Fox and Thursdays on NBC have become an absolute death zone.
Sadly ABC’s The Goldbergs isn’t doing a huge heap better – but it’s the first TV show of the Fall season that I can give an unqualified thumbs up to!
I’ll admit, a few weeks ago, The Goldbergs was certainly not on my radar. The show looked like a Wonder Years knock off with an 80’s setting and I was expecting a non-stop barrage of pop culture gags revolving around Rubik cubes, leg warmers and shoulder pads.
But thankfully The Goldbergs is actually much more than that a one note premise. For starters it’s funny. Really funny actually. Sure the show is nothing new – it’s your standard family sitcom, but the writing is super sharp and the cast definitely know how to sell a joke.
I hate to say ‘I told you so’… but, well, I did tell you so!
A couple of years ago I wrote a post here at Remote Patrolled centered around CBS and what I perceived as an attitude of complacency at the network.
At the time CBS was riding high on huge ratings and was by far the number one network on TV. Sure they had some issues in the 18-49 demo, but who cares when you pull in the number of viewers that would make other networks wince. At the time the CBS slate was stuffed full – as always – with procedurals and comedies, while long running shows such as NCIS, Survivor, Two And A Half Men and CSI just kept chugging along. I argued in my piece that CBS needed to innovate more and try some fresh ideas – or else they’d be facing some serious problems down the line.
So how is your Fall TV Season going so far?
Well given that I’m crazy busy on shoots at the moment I have to admit I’m finding it mighty tough keeping up with the non-stop onslaught of new shows!
I gave up on The Michael J. Fox show (all that hype for another glorified family sitcom). Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was okay but didn’t intrigue me enough to stick around long term. The Crazy Ones had way too much Robin Williams’s desperate riffing… but hopefully will settle down. And I actually really liked The Goldbergs.
But I never bothered with Lucky 7 after it died a death in its premiere. And Hostages will be next to go from my DVR since it too is destined for the scrap heap! And who knows when I’ll get around to watching Trophy Mom or even just Mom! Or the new batch of shows launching this week. Especially with old favorites like Revenge, Scandal and Nashville back on our screens… and The Walking Dead and American Horror Story returning soon.
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…
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…
When Does It Start: Thursday 10th January at 9.30pm on NBC (with a sneak preview 17th December after The Voice).
In A Nutshell: It’s The West Wing meets Modern Family.
What’s It About: Meet America’s new First Family. There’s the hard-edged President Gilchrist (Bill Pullman), First Lady – and second wife – Emily (Jenna Elfman), prodigal son Skip (Josh Gad), pregnant daughter Becca and smart-ass kids Xander and Marigold. Together they must deal with all the usual family drama – as well as the pressures of being the most famous family in America.
Check out the just released trailer for The Carrie Diaries – the Sex And The City prequel set to launch in January 2013.
As regular Remote Patrolled readers will know, I’m a big Sex And The City fan, and got into quite the fistfight when the second movie was released summer 2010 (I still contend the film was unfairly attacked by sexist male critics)
But I have to admit this trailer makes me nervous for the success of The Carrie Diaries – and here’s 3 reasons why: