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 >
This week I read an interesting story on the industry website TV News Check. The basic thrust – Fox are considering a new plan whereby they would air original episodes of shows ALL year round – with NO repeats?
The reasoning is simple. Ratings for all 5 of the broadcast networks have been falling – hard! CBS has remained fairly stable but NBC, ABC and Fox are all in a downward spiral – just look at how low the bar for series renewals has become recently. Nashville and Revenge will probably get more series even though they’re both currently scoring around a 1.7 in the 18-49 demo. NBC will probably bring back Parks and Recreation which scores around 3 million viewers a week. In years past all of these shows would have been cancelled by now.
Meanwhile cable is booming. Shows like Breaking Bad, American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy attract major buzz and regularly out-rate everything on The CW – and often NBC. And then there are the big guns – Game of Thrones, True Blood, The Walking Dead and pretty much all the USA and TNT dramas – that totally dominate their network counterparts. Add in the juiced up More >
I’m a big Joan Rivers fan, mainly for her ability to tell it like it is. And last week Rivers engaged in yet another piece of typical truth telling…
As you may have read Joan poked fun at ousted Today anchor Ann Curry – which generated a typically heated response online. But the part of Joan’s act that most interested me was when she complained that the Today show had rested on its laurels for too long… and that’s why their ratings had recently taken a downward spin. We all know the story. Today was the number one morning show for over 17 years… and now they’re number 2. And don’t forget this is a show that brings in hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue for NBC. It’s a money making machine!
You may or may not like Rivers and her routines – but she speaks the truth – and there’s a valuable lesson for a lot of TV producers out there. I moved to the US almost 8 years ago and was a faithful Today watcher for all those years. But a couple of weeks ago I switched over to Good Morning America myself. And I don’t plan on going back.More >
Watch out everyone – they’re letting me back on your TV screens!
You may recall that last summer my company Savannah Media, launched a 2 hour special on the Chiller network called Can You Survive A Horror Movie (I may have mentioned it a few hundred times!)
The show went on to be the network’s highest rated original special to date in the 18-34 demo and we’ve been busy in the meantime developing some follow up projects – details to come soon…
In the meantime though I’ll be taking part in Chiller 13: Most Horrifying Hook Ups, this Friday 8th July at 8pm EST on the Chiller network.
The show takes a look at some of the most famous horror pairings of all time, from Glenn Close and Michael Douglas in Fatal Attraction to Fay Wray and King Kong to Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin in Sleeping With The Enemy and many more…
Sorry US Downton Abbey fans – the rumors are true!
As you’ve probably read by now, leading man Matthew Crawley is indeed leaving the hit UK period drama in the season 3 finale, which aired over the Christmas period in England (spoiler alert – Matt’s fate is revealed below, along with another key season 3 plotline!)
Crawley was played by Brit actor Dan Stevens, who admits in a newspaper interview that turning his back on the smash hit series was a tough decision. But I do have to wonder – why do actors leave hot shows prematurely?
In Stevens’ case the decision is permanent. The Downton Abbey season 3 finale sees Crawley killed in a car accident, shortly after the birth of his first son – and future Downton heir. There’s really no room for Crawley to come back – unless he has a last minute change of heart prior to the start of Season 4 filming. And story wise, it does feel a tad off given that the Downton clan is still reeling from the Season 3 death of Lady Sybil. It means Season 4 will feature grieving widow Lady Mary AND still grieving widower Branson!
But storylines aside I am curious as to More >
By now you’ve doubtless all heard the tragic news about the suspected suicide of the Royal nurse who inadvertently fell victim to a prank call staged by two Australian DJ’s, Mel Greig and Michael Christian.
The lady in question was 42-year-old mother of two Jacintha Saldanha. Saldanha worked at the King Edward VII hospital where newly expectant mom, Kate Middleton was being treated for severe morning sickness. Greig and Christian called up the hospital and pretended – with very bad accents – to be the Queen and Prince Charles. Saldanha can be heard at the start of the call as the DJ’s attempt to find out about Kate’s condition and make some (pretty feeble) jokes along the way.
The prank caused a storm of controversy that has now turned deadly serious following the nurse’s suicide. Greig and Christan have taken themselves off the air, the radio station that broadcast the call is coming under intense pressure and there is even talk of lawsuits – and even criminal charges. At the end of the day no-one really knows what was going on in Saldanha’s life or what really caused her to take her own life – but it’s not hard to connect the More >
Okay – it’s time to let our baby loose!
After months of build up our scary movie special is finally here – and we’re thrilled to share it with the world!
Can You Survive A Horror Movie premieres on Friday 13th on Chiller at 9pm EST – and we couldn’t be prouder!
If you’re a huge horror movie fan (like me!) this one’s for you. And even if you don’t know your Michael Myers from your Jason Voorhees I just know you’re gonna love our special. We’re one of the picks of the week in Entertainment Weekly and The Huffington Post and Chiller are super stoked for the show and have been running trailers on Syfy, Vh1, FX, USA and many other networks for the last week now!
Okay one more plug… here’s the final trailer for the show – featuring a certain British TV producer in action. We filmed these interview midway through our shoot and let’s just say I need quite a while in make up by this point…
So have you checked out this week’s Entertainment Weekly, with it’s Coming Out In Hollywood cover?
Times sure have changed… I remember when EW ran a ‘Gay Edition’ about a decade ago to coincide with the success of Will And Grace – in the process receiving a whole batch of angry letters and cancelled subscriptions!
The subject of this week’s main article is fairly simple – basically contrasting the hoopla that surrounded Ellen DeGeneres when she came out in 1997, and the total non-reaction when Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons quietly announced he was gay a couple of weeks ago (or rather he allowed a newspaper article to define his sexuality).
The piece itself is heartening but what I find most interesting is how many of the celebrities mentioned in the article work predominantly in TV. Alongside Ellen and Parsons there’s Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Cohen, Jane Lynch, Matt Bomer, Chris Colfer, Zachary Quinto, Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jillian Michaels (who I didn’t actually know was now ‘officially’ out) and many more.
There was plenty of ‘TV’ names on the list – but boy was there a lack of movie ‘stars’ in there. In fact there was pretty much none! Not surprising when More >
Time to get serious here at Remote Patrolled with a story I feel very passionately about.
I’d be the first to admit that I generally work on the more frivolous sides of TV – reality shows, makeover series, breakfast TV and the like. But from time to time I also develop and work on more serious topics.
Just under a year ago I came across the case of a guy named Ryan Ferguson via an NBC Dateline special that aired in August 2011. I was developing another crime series at the time and was tasked with checking out the episode as a basis for the show. And I can honestly say that what I saw haunted me then – and continues to haunt me now.
Bad news for fans of good looking but awkward British TV hosts. Steve Jones is officially out as the host of the The X Factor.
And if you have a penchant for word garbling, slightly deranged female judges there’s more bad news – Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul have also been shown the door too!
Wow, what a day, as Simon Cowell and the Fox network cleaned house on last year’s semi-successful X Factor debut.
Let’s be honest – we all knew Jones was on the way out. The Welsh host was so utterly hopeless in his role – stiff, awkward, unfriendly and generally just way out of his depth – it was obvious from the first few episodes that his days were numbered.