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.
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.
Apologies for the lack of new postings here at Remote Patrolled recently. I’ve been crazy busy on a trio of new network projects which I’ll hopefully be able to talk about very soon! What it does mean is that I’m knee deep in scripts and shooting at the moment. But being busy is definitely a good thing – so no complaints here!
Anyway back to business. As you may have read this week it looks like AMC ratings powerhouse The Walking Dead is on the verge of gaining a spin off in the near future, another zombie series following a fresh group of survivors in a totally different setting.
The announcement follows hot on the heels of news of an upcoming Breaking Bad spin off. And the trend is likely to continue as cable networks adopt the model of the broadcast networks who have been spinning off shows for years (NCIS, CSI, Law and Order, Private Practice, to name just a few). But are spin off shows really a good idea – or do they just dilute your brand?
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…
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 >
When Does It Start: Monday 24th June at 10pm EST on CBS
In A Nutshell: The residents of a small town find themselves trapped under a mysterious dome. Horror ensues…
What’s It About: The small town of Chester’s Mill receives a big surprise when a strange and impenetrable dome suddenly falls around the town, cutting the residents off from the rest of the word.
Trapped beneath the dome are a wide array of characters including an army veteran on a mysterious mission, an investigative reporter, a visiting LA entertainment attorney and a DJ with a dark secret. As the days wear on tempers are frayed, alliances formed and food runs out.
Based on the hefty Stephen King novel of the same name, Under The Dome follows the town’s first two weeks in isolation. But who – or what – created the dome in the first place? And what is its purpose?