A few weeks ago I posted my list of five actors who help make their shows that little bit better!
Well today it’s time for the reverse… five characters who do nothing but drag down their respective series. To be fair it’s often not the fault of the actors themselves – but more the general dreariness of the roles themselves, all of which certainly get me reaching for the remote.
Take a read – and let me know if you agree with my choices…!
Here it is, the first official trailer for Nurse Jackie, season 5.
This time around Jackie is clean and sober, newly divorced and even actually dating. Plus she even smiles in the trailer…!
Personally I found season 4 a big improvement on the wobbly season 3. Having Jackie come clean about her drug problems and head to rehab was essential for Nurse Jackie’s momentum. Plus killing off Bobby Cannavale’s drug addicted son gave the show a much needed boost of reality – and a wake up call to Jackie herself.
Cannavale pops up in the trailer – very briefly – along with a couple of new staff members, an army doc and a preppy new doc who catches Coop’s eye. Plus there’s plenty of Zoey – hopefully minus that dull fiance – and Akalitus is back barking orders at All Saints’ Hospital.
Nurse Jackie season 5 kicks off April 14th at 9pm on Showtime. Will you be watching?
Imagine you’re the head of ABC. Last year you greenlit a celebrity diving show, thinking the project could be a follow up to your long running Dancing With The Stars franchise. You decide to commission a whole series of said show and then you learn that one of your competitors – Fox – has gone ahead and greenlit exactly the same concept, calling their show Stars In Danger.
Fox beats you to the punch and premieres their show – just a one off special – in January 2013. The 2-hour ‘event’ crashes badly in the ratings, pulling in just 3.3 million viewers and a measly 1.3 18-49 share. What do you do?
Well it seems that ABC are forging ahead with Splash regardless, which has to make you wonder – does the show stand ANY chance of ratings success.
Personally I think not. Look if ABC had somehow managed to book Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to go high diving viewers might tune in. But they didn’t. Instead they’ve got Keisha Knight Pullum aka Rudy from The Cosby Show. Kendra Wilkinson. And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Oh and by the way these are the GOOD names!
You know how sometimes you watch a show and it’s so darn good – and yet the ratings are so bad you just know it’s heading for cancelation… and you wonder – ‘why the heck aren’t more people watching this thing?’
Yep, that’s how I’m feeling about NBC’s Smash this season, which while creatively on a roll is pulling in some truly horrible numbers on Tuesdays at 10pm.
After some well documented story issues in Season 1 – peanut poisoning, adoption plotlines, excessive scarves – Smash has definitely found its feet this year. Now we’re not just following the Bombshell musical on its rocky road to Broadway, but two additional productions – an update of Dangerous Liaisons and a Rent-style off-Broadway piece called Hit List. Meanwhile we also have Broadway star Veronica Moore (Jennifer Hudson), staging her own one-woman showcase.
It’s been a while since I’ve recommended a new TV series here at Remote Patrolled – not surprising when you consider the slate of mid-season debuts that have premiered in recent weeks. Do No Harm and The Job were both yanked after just two episodes on air, Deception is barely holding on and 1,600 Penn will struggle to make it to the spring. All four felt like sloppy leftovers so I’m not surprised audiences rejected them so soundly!
Thankfully there has been one ratings bright spot this season – and it belong to Fox. I had a feeling The Following, the Kevin Bacon serial killer drama, would hit it big – and I was right. The Following debuted strong and has kept a big chunk of its ratings in subsequent weeks. The reason – it’s good!
So now’s a great time to get on board. If you’re not already watching The Following, here’s what you need to know…
Check out the just released trailer for Game of Thrones, season 3 – launching Sunday 31st March at 9pm EST on HBO.
As everyone knows, Game of Thrones is based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin – but unlike previous seasons this years batch of episodes only covers HALF a book – the first half of A Storm of Sands. Of course that means HBO can get an extra season out of the show – and gives Martin more time to finish books 6 and 7, before the TV adaptation catches up with him!
As usual with these kinds of trailers, not much is actually revealed here! We get glimpses of all the main characters and the usual portentous voiceover! And of course there’s that dragon…
I’m a big Game of Thrones fan and last season was definitely a good one overall. That said, I hope the show is more connected this year – one of my key issues with season 2 is that it was essentially 8 different storylines that never really connected. Plus one of my favorite characters, Daenerys, had very little to do other than wander round a desert city looking for her stolen More >
Hey guess what – my favorite music competition is finally worth watching again!
After suffering through a truly terrible two-year period – let’s call it ‘The Steven Tyler Era’ – American Idol has bounced back better than ever in the last few weeks. And it’s all to do with those brand new judges – Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj.
At the start of the year I speculated as to how the new Idol panel would fare, hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. At a time when Fox pays Britney Spears $15 million to speak with a strange British accent, act robotically and struggle to give even the vaguest semblance of a critical note – my expectations weren’t exactly high. But the new Idol judges are smart, thoughtful, critical and passionate. Phew!
Nowadays she’s one of the world’s most successful actresses – and an Oscar nominee to boot – but even Catwoman had to start somewhere! Here’s Anne Hathaway in her first TV appearance on a commercial for Better Homes and Gardens. And guess what she’s crying. Again! This spot first aired in 1999, around the time that Hathaway’s career officially launched on the short lived Fox comedy, Get Real. That show only lasted for one season, but 2 years later Anne hit it big in The Princess Diaries, followed by the likes of Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada, Rachel Getting Married, The Dark Knight Rises, Les Miserables and, umm, Bride Wars. Well I guess you can’t win them all. (more…)
When Does It Start: Thursday 14th February at 8pm EST on ABC
In A Nutshell: It’s National Treasure meets The Da Vinci Code
What’s It About: Hank Galliston (Anthony Edwards) is the editor of Modern Skeptic Magazine, a publication devoted to conspiracy theories and debunking myths. But when Hank’s wife, Laila, is abducted, he finds himself thrust into an adventure that will require all his investigative and puzzle solving skills.
Laila is the owner of an antique clock shop and contained within one of her clocks is a treasure map. If the map falls into the wrong hands it could be cataclysmic for mankind… hmm, stop me if you’ve heard this one before!
Along for the ride are Hank’s young colleagues Rachel and Arron (for the 18-34 audience) and a sexy FBI agent, Rebecca.