Uh-oh, they’re letting me back onto our TV screens again…
Check me out on Chiller 13: Great American Slashers on Sunday 8th July at 8pm EST on the Chiller network.
As you may know my company Savannah Media has been working with Chiller for quite a while now, via our 2012 summer special, Can You Survive A Horror Movie.
Earlier in the year I appeared on another Chiller show – Chiller 13: Most Horrifying Hook Ups. And now I’m back, this time to talk slasher icons along with my Can You Survive hosts Anthony, Annie and Morgan as well as horror stars including Jamie Lee Curtis and Robert Englund (yep, Freddy himself!)
As someone who grew up on horror movies and is a huge fan of the genre I’ve certainly got plenty to say on this topic. I have to admit I’ve seen every single Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and Friday 13th… yep even the REALLY bad ones!
So who is the number one Great American Slasher? Find out next Saturday – only on Chiller
He’s currently on our screens fighting hordes of zombies in World War Z – which is a terrific movie by the way – but 25 years ago Brad Pitt was just another young actor trying to make his mark in Hollywood. Yep, it’s Before They Were Big time again!
Years before Brangelina, Troy, 12 Monkeys, Benjamin Button and Seven – Brad’s resume consisted mainly of TV bit parts. He enjoyed a two-episode stint on the NBC soap Another World and the ABC sitcom Growing Pains. Later he would also appear on Freddy’s Nightmares, the show that pretty much killed off the Nightmare on Elm Street movies!
But it’s Brad’s appearance in Dallas that often gets the most attention from those early years. And here he is – playing an ‘idiot boyfriend’ called Randy who sleeps with Charlie Wade, the on screen daughter of Priscilla Presley’s character Jenna Wade. Ahh – the 80’s!
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?
Summer is now in full swing which means the pressure is on the broadcast networks to once again avoid a cable takeover!
Up against the TNT and USA procedurals and summer staples like True Blood, the Big Four have generally throw in the towel each year with endless repeats, reality regulars (Bachelor Pad, Big Brother and America’s Got Talent) and a few half hearted scripted efforts.
This year however, the nets do seem to be trying a bit harder. The most notable stab at a big summer scripted series is CBS’s Stephen King adaptation, Under The Dome, which could be a big hit – or fare along the lines of the net’s last attempt at horror, the criminally under-watched Harper’s Island.
Meanwhile over at NBC we have Siberia.
The premise of the show is simple. 16 budding reality contestants take part in a new TV series… but when things start to turn deadly serious is it all part of the show, or something darker?
Talk about nine lives!
Here’s the preview for The Killing, the jet black drama series that returns to AMC on Sunday June 2nd for it’s third season.
Hmm, but wasn’t The Killing cancelled by the network last July? Well yes it was, but thanks to the increased clout of Netflix, a co-production deal was struck, and The Killing is back!
The murder mystery drama has certainly been through quite a journey these last couple of years. Launched with big hoopla in the summer of 2011, The Killing was a reasonable hit for the upscale network – though more on the scale of Mad Men than The Walking Dead of course. The show followed mismatched detectives Linden and Holder as they investigated the grisly murder or Rosie Larsen in a constantly rain soaked Seattle. The Killing was atmospheric, gritty, full of twists and turns and often it has to be said, very slow.
I liked season 1 – and so did many of the critics – but then came THAT finale, and the show’s fatal mistake. They didn’t resolve the murder. And the viewer backlash was immense as audiences realized they’d have to sit through another 12 episodes to find out who actually killed Rosie!
I sat season More >
The summer TV season is about to start – and it looks like there are a couple of potential gems on the way this time around.
Check out the first teaser for Devious Maids, the new Lifetime series that follows 5 maids working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Done right this could be my new TV addiction. I just love the tagline, ‘keep your friends close – and your maids closer!’
Devious Maids starts with a murder, as a maid is killed at the home of her employer during a high society event. Her five friends turn amateur sleuths to solve the case, while juggling their own domestic dramas and emotionally unstable bosses!
Do the title and style of the show sound familiar? That’s probably because Maids hails from the mind of Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. The show is based on a Mexican soap opera and heavily influenced by Housewives (in fact one of the maids even appeared in the Housewives finale as her character Carmen)
We all know how movie trailers like to tease us with new releases that are a LONG way from hitting our screens. Well now it seems that the TV biz is following suit.
Just check out the trailer for Black Sails, the new pirate themed series coming to Starz in 2014! Yep, you read that right.
Black Sails is essentially Pirates of the Caribbean for the Spartacus crowd – and features plenty of violence and token lesbian sequences to keep the Starz audience happy (can you imagine if the trailer featured two guys getting it on like this!)
The show’s set 20 years prior to the classic Treasure Island and follows the early adventures of Captain Flint and a young John Silver. It’s produced by Michael Bay – so don’t expect subtlety! And playing Flint is Bond movie baddie Toby Stephens aka Maggie’s son!
I’ll be honest and say this isn’t my kind of show. I’ve never watched Spartacus and I’m not a huge fan of Starz brand of sex and violence. I’d rather watch a more complex fantasy themed series like Game of Thrones, which while undeniably gory and sexual feels less geared towards 16-year-old boys!More >
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…