It’s almost the end of the run for Smash, the heavily hyped drama series set behind the scenes of a Broadway musical – and you can almost hear the sighs of relief over at NBC!
A few weeks ago Smash was renewed for a second season, a move some thought premature. And they might be right. Since its launch in January, Smash has gradually lost viewers week after week, and is now in the danger zone of around 6 million viewers an episode (and a 1.8 18-49 share). For NBC that’s just about okay. Any other network and the show would be toast!
However it’s not just the Smash ratings that are likely a cause of concern for NBC – creatively they’ve probably been a little worried too. I’m a big Smash fan, but even I have to concede the show is all over the shop at times and needs a good shake up for Season 2. That’s probably why the series’ original show runner Theresa Rebeck is out, replaced by Gossip Girl exec producer Joshua Safran. Doubtless Joshua has a pretty clear idea of what needs to change for the show’s second season… but here’s my list!More >
Working in the TV industry is definitely a tough job at times. The hours can be horrendous, there’s a lot of stress, budgets are never big enough and networks can certainly be a challenge to work with!
But there’s one aspect of the industry that should be easy – but never is. Hiring staff. I honestly think there’s more BS in the US TV world than in any other industry I’ve come across. The lying is so brazen it’s stunning!
I’ve had people who’ve worked for me as interns suddenly calling themselves producers; people giving credits on their resumes for shows they’ve never even worked on; and a non stop succession of staff claiming credit for developing shows and projects that you know they had pretty much zero hand in.
How do I know all this? Because unfortunately like everyone else in the industry I’ve hired some of these people – and a couple of weeks after they come on board the truth becomes apparent. That’s the point where you realize that the wonderful person you interviewed is either a) chronically lazy, b) hopelessly disorganized c) plain incompetent d) incapable of working as part of a team or e) all of the above! More >
Late last week NBC quietly cancelled Best Friends Forever – and the TV world was changed forever!
Okay, I’m joking! Let’s be honest BFF couldn’t have made less of an impact, dumped into an early Wednesday night slot with barely any publicity, the show’s last episode managed just 2.65 million viewers, even worse than the wretched Are You There, Chelsea?
But Best Friends Forever isn’t alone. This year has been a truly terrible one when it comes to mid-season shows. ABC had high hopes for The River but the supernatural saga flopped in its debut and was totally DOA by the time of its finale. Likewise Missing, the network’s Ashley Judd thriller which is doing okay in total viewers but rating so old that’s it’s a sure thing for cancellation. And even GCB is struggling to hold onto the low audience it inherits from Desperate Housewives.
We’ve all been there. You’re at a dinner party of gathering and introduced to a new acquaintance. As the conversation develops you rattle through a list of topics – food, movies, music, TV… and that’s when your new ‘friend’ drops the bombshell. You ask if they’re following Game of Thrones or the new season of Mad Men. They reply, ‘I don’t have a TV’, acting as though this is a point of social pride.
Okay so the scenario doesn’t always play out quite like that. Sometimes people will say they ‘don’t watch much TV’ or ‘don’t have time for TV’ – but the insinuation is still the same. These are busy people leading busy lives and don’t have time for all that trash on TV. After all they’re far too cultured to waste their time on that grubby little device. Ugh!
Okay I’m exaggerating. Some people genuinely don’t watch much TV. But have you noticed how people always seem embarrassed to admit they do watch TV, as though it’s some great social vice that reflects badly on their character! To that I say ‘get over yourselves!’ You’re not that busy and frankly you’re not that interesting!
You know how sometimes you really like a celebrity – and then they suddenly come out with a new show, film or song and you suddenly feel really, really bad for them! That’s how I’m currently feeling towards Kathy Griffin…
I’ve been a Kathy fan for several years now – pretty much since the start of My Life On The D-List on Bravo. I’ve seen her stand up shows several times here in New York and think she’s massively underrated by the comedy in-crowd who prefer to fawn over the unfunny likes of mean girls like Chelsea Handler and Sarah Silverman (don’t get me wrong Kathy is no pushover either – but she’s bitchy not mean – there’s a difference!)
So when I heard Griffin was getting her own talk show on Bravo my immediate reaction was, ‘what took them so long!’ For me a Kathy Griffin talk show is a no-brainer.
And then I saw the show last week… oh dear!
So did you watch Game Of Thrones over the weekend?
If you did you’ll have seen a man stabbed in the head with a sword, a young boy taking a spike to the neck, and an old guy who sacrifices male babies to appease his ‘gods’.
But of course the scene that’s getting a few Game Of Thrones fans up in arms doesn’t involve violence – rather two men making out. Yep, a few gay kisses are still considered shocking by some. In 2012!
The scene in question featured King Renly making out with his wife’s brother, Loras. There was a lot of kissing but no nudity and frankly it was all rather PG. Check the clip out here and you’ll see what I mean.
Of course if you were on Twitter at the weekend you might have thought Game Of Thrones had turned to hard-core gay porn. Here’s some of the comments I read:
So what did you watch on TV last night?
If you’re a fan of quality TV, chances are you felt pretty overwhelmed by all the different shows on offer…
Over on AMC we had The Killing at 9pm, followed by Mad Men at 10. HBO countered with Game Of Thrones at 9 and the opening episode of the acclaimed Girls at 10.30 (BTW am I the only person who thinks Girls has been massively over-hyped?). Meanwhile Showtime had new episodes of Nurse Jackie and The Borgias. Anyone else’s DVR having trouble keeping up with this lot?
As you may know I’m not a huge fan of Community, the Thursday night NBC comedy that its fans would have you believe is the greatest comedy ever created (or at least since Arrested Development!) But even I’ve found myself checking in on all the behind the scenes drama currently circulating around the low rated comedy. Grab the popcorn, folks!
What’s become apparent is that Chase and Community creator Dan Harmon are not exactly big fans of one another as their feud plays out on the public stage. So now we have stories of Chevy walking off the set, complaining that the comedy just isn’t funny enough (I bet Community fans love that) and leaving pissy phone messages. So here’s my big advice to Chase. The two words I try to abide by in the industry. Be. Nice.
Looks like one of my favorites is back on form!
Towards the end of last year I questioned whether Ringer, The CW’s twisty turny twins saga, had painted itself into too much of a corner with it’s increasingly bizarre storylines. You remember how ridiculous Ringer had become – from a tired student teacher seduction to a cop who can’t even kill at point blank range to a dead body that actually moved on camera! What was this – a daytime soap opera?
So when Ringer returned after an ill-advised holiday hiatus I must admit I was in half a minute about whether to continue watching. And it seems I wasn’t alone – Ringer lost quite a chunk of its audience following its break and is now heading for an end of season 1 cancellation.
But I have to say I’m glad I did stick with Ringer as the show has definitely re-found its form in the last few weeks. So what happened? Well for starters Ringer started adding some more depth to its supporting cast. Siobhan’s dull and virtuous husband Andrew has suddenly become a little less squeaky clean, guilty of financial mismanagement and even possibly murder. Step-daughter Juliet has gone beyond her initial More >