It’s time for a new feature here on the site. This one’s called Remote Patrolled Predicts and is my chance to predict the future for some of today’s veteran shows – and just how many more seasons they have left in them!
To kick us off we’ve a show I’ve talked about a LOT here on the site. But if you ask me the end is nigh for everyone’s favorite high school musical… but do you agree?
Winners and Losers From The Last 7 Days
Regular Remote Patrolled readers will know I’m not a huge Gordon Ramsay fan, but there’s no arguing with the numbers. During the summer months, Ramsay is a valuable asset to Fox, scoring relatively strong numbers against the limited network competition.
On Monday night, Ramsay ruled screens with the return of Hell’s Kitchen managing a decent 5.84 million and a 2.5 18-49 share and Masterchef following closely behind with 5.62 million and a 2.4. Sure the total viewers aren’t earth shattering, but bear in mind that Hell’s Kitchen is now in its ninth season. And then compare the numbers with NBC’s still new Marriage Ref – which on Sunday night scored just over 3 million viewers and a measly 1.0 18-49 share (and that was UP on last week). Who’s the donkey now?
Breaking Bad: Some good news for AMC, still reeling from the mass audience revolt against that controversial Killing season finale! Returning drama Breaking Bad hit a ratings high on Sunday night at 10pm, with 2.56 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 share. That’s up by 32% on the season 3 premiere and the show’s highest ratings ever. Also bear in mind that Breaking Bad averaged just 1.2 million More >
Yep, it’s been a good few days since I last mentioned my favorite zombie drama epic – so I didn’t want you all to be getting withdrawal symptoms!
The trailer was unveiled at Comic Con today and is pretty darn fantastic. I love the hiding-under-the-cars sequence – although wouldn’t the zombies be able to sniff the humans out? Still it’s terrific, dramatic stuff and looks to me like this is a key scene from episode one.
Today we also learned that The Walking Dead is getting an earlier time slot – 9pm EST – and will be launching a couple of weeks earlier than last year, 16th October rather than Halloween. Still too far away though…
Anyway here’s the trailer – take a look and start sending over your comments! (more…)
Here at Remote Patrolled we’re always on the lookout for cool clip and commercials to share with the world – and yesterday this pretty amazing viral campaign from France caught my eye…
The clip’s called Unleash Your Fingers and celebrates the launch of the Galaxy SII phone in France. To promote the product Samsung flew in ‘finger tutting’ phenomenon JayFunk to showcase his rather unique skills.
Seems to have worked – the video’s already been viewed over 3 million times after just a month online…
Be sure to keep watching until the 0.38 mark, where the ad gets REALLY interesting…
Cool stuff, huh? (more…)
Dear Tori Spelling,
I know you love your gay friends and have been a vocal advocate for gay rights over the years – but sometimes there’s a fine line between promoting a cause and being patronizing. I think you may have just crossed that line!
I checked out your recent Funny Or Die video, featuring yourself and husband Dean in a spoof of the A&E hit Hoarders. The ‘gag’ was that your house wasn’t overrun by trash / collectibles – but instead you’re drowning in all the gay people you’ve ‘hoarded’ over the years.
Sure the concept made me smile and I know your heart is in the right place but honey there’s just something a little bit off about this video.
Maybe it’s the way you treat gay people like pets? Maybe it’s the fact that almost all the gay people you seem to befriend conform to a flamboyant and sexless stereotype? Or maybe it’s just that the video is WAY too long and far outstays its welcome? (Let’s not even get into the acting)
I loved you in your Beverly Hills 90210 days and I know there’s no malice here… but can you imagine a similar video, featuring Jennie Garth hoarding black people eating More >
You’ll also of course know that Captain America stars Chris Evans, the hunky star best known for The Fantastic Four and taking his shirt off (a lot!)
But before Evans made his big screen debut in 2001′s Not Another Teen Movie, he was just another jobbing teen actor. The result – Chris appeared in The Opposite Sex, a Fox summer series that came and went in the space of 8 episodes back in 2000.
Chris played Cary Baston, a student at a girl’s school that recently went co-ed. Together with his friends, Cary tries to implement some school changes – but the girls aren’t too happy!
Check out the typical teen titles at the 02.55 mark and Chris’s co-star, future Heroes actor Milo Ventimiglia. The Opposite Sex attracted mixed reviews upon airing, falling somewhere between Beverly Hills 90210 and Freeks and Geeks in tone…
But do you remember the show? Were you a fan? And did you ever think Chris Evans would make it this big? (more…)More >
Well they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – so Mad Men, consider yourself suitably complimented.
Yep, since Don Draper and co pretty much single handedly launched a network here in the US, several other channels are trying to get in on the serialized 50′s / 60′s drama game! In the Fall we’ll be seeing Pan Am on ABC and The Playboy Club on NBC – but over in Britain they’ve already launched their ‘copycat’ show – The Hour, on BBC Two.
The Hour is set behind the scenes of a current affairs show in 1956, using television as the vehicle to chart the changing times and attitudes of the time. There’s a whole lot of smoking and sexism – of course - but the show has also grafted on a thriller element with a trail of murders and clues linked to the unfolding behind the scenes drama.
On board for the ride are Dominic West (Chicago and Mona Lisa Smile), Ben Whishaw (Perfume, A Love Story) and Juliet Stevenson (who’s been in a whole heap of Brit TV and movies). Early response has been mixed to positive – but you can bet that BBC America already have their sights set on this More >
As you may have read over the weekend – Charlie Sheen is officially back in the sitcom business!
Yes, the recently sacked star of Two And A Half Men has signed on to produce and star in an updated version of the 2003 Adam Sandler movie, Anger Management. Sheen will play the Sandler character, a therapist with anger management issues – an irony that’s so freaking obvious it’s basically the main selling point of the show. Angry Charlie playing an angry TV character – what a stretch!
Now here’s the crunch. At the moment the project has a producer (Lionsgate TV) and a distributer (Debmar Murray) but no network. Hmm, I wonder why not? Could it be that Sheen is still toxic to many in the TV community? I mean would you really want to be in business with that guy?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Charlie could hold it together for a few weeks and Anger Management, the TV series, would score some great initial ratings from curious viewers. But as anyone who works in the industry knows, TV is seriously hard work, and it’s all about the long haul, not just the short term.
If the tabloids are to be believed, nothing much More >
Have any of you been watching ABC’s Expedition Impossible this summer?
I finally checked out the show a few days ago and I have to admit my jaw literally dropped! Why? Because the show is staggering in the way it rips off the long running CBS hit The Amazing Race.
I’d suspected as much when I wrote my Coming Soon piece prior to the Expedition Impossible premiere, but even I have to admit I was stunned by just how staggeringly unoriginal the series was. Why spend all that money on a show when the original Race has been running for years and let’s be honest, is kind of on its last legs?
I’m always puzzled by the rampant lack of originality networks demonstrate when it comes to ripping off their competitors – and sometimes even themselves. History scored big with Pawnstars, so of course Tru TV had to unleash Hardcore Pawn. Cake Boss was a smash for TLC so suddenly you end up with dozens of cake baking shows! Soon NBC will unveil Fashion Star, their take on Project Runway, another show that’s firmly past its peak. And let’s not even get into the hordes of dance and music competition shows, celebrity docu-soaps and More >
It’s been a day of sneak peeks here at Remote Patrolled today – and here’s the biggest of the bunch – the first look at Fox’s highly anticipated X Factor.
And they nailed it…
This is exactly what the X Factor trailer should be. After months of ‘amazing’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘outstanding’ from the likes of Steven Tyler and J.Lo and the messy format and gentle ‘coaching’ of The Voice – here’s Simon Cowell doing what he does best – telling it like it is! The X Factor is clearly setting itself up as the tough, nasty, no-holds barred music competition show. Spot on!