Posts tagged Keeping up with the Kardashians
We haven’t run one of our 101 Ways pieces for a while now – but this week’s topic is constantly on my mind!
This week saw the tragic suicide of Real Housewives ‘star’ Russell Armstrong, a sad real life event that looks set to become tabloid fodder for weeks and months to come. We’re going to be hearing lots of ‘he said / she said’ nonsense for the foreseeable future but one theory that has already been tossed around is that Armstrong was deep in debt, and yet continued to spend money to live up to the Real Housewives lifestyle. Now this I can believe.
And why wouldn’t he? After all if you turn on your TV screens most weeknights you’re going to be overwhelmed by images of wealthy people living large, grinning cosmetically enhanced smiles and generally flaunting their wealth in viewers’ faces.
There’s the aforementioned Real Housewives franchise, Platinum Weddings on We, pretty much everything on E, and most shows set in Manhattan or LA…
Some of I don’t mind. Platinum Weddings is pure fantasy and while I find it distasteful seeing how much money people will spend on just one day – it’s a fun show to watch and the TV More >
Slim pickings as usual on last night Jeff Bridge’s hosted Saturday Night Live – but this sketch certainly made me laugh a couple of times…
Regular Remote Patrolled readers will know how much I loathe the Kardashians and consider them pretty much everything that’s wrong with non-scripted TV today – so it was great to see SNL skewering them once again in this holiday themed message…
Check out the Kardashian sisters as played by Abby Elliott, Nasim Pedrad, and Vanessa Bayer (creator of this season’s breakout Miley Cyrus spoof), complete with squeaky voices and general vacuousness. Sure the sisters are an easy target – and not all the jokes work – but I certainly smiled a few times, especially at Pedrad’s Kim – her voice is really funny and I love the trailing off ad libs…
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Man, sometimes all you can do it just shake you head!
I’m referring of course to some of the network announcements from the last 7 days which have invited universal scorn and derision from critics, producers and yes viewers – and sometimes even make me question why I work in TV in the first place!
There was the news that the god-awful Kardashians have been awarded yet another spin off show – Kim and Kourtney Take New York (as if the Big Apple had a shortage of ‘scripted series’ currently filming here).
Then there was the announcement that MTV were resurrecting veteran series Punk’d – but this time with Justin Bieber as show host (I never thought I would pine for Ashton Kutcher!) And to round out the week was the news that a slew of Jersey Shore copycats were on the way including Lifetime’s new series ‘Brighton Beach’ centering on Russian immigrants living in Brooklyn. What’s next – another show for Tori and Dean for Oxygen – oh wait, that got announced too – Tori and Dean: sTORIbook Weddings (ugh, enough with the Tori puns!) All we need now is another Real Housewives spin off…
Summer is almost over so it’s time to put away those BBQ sets and beach towels for another year. But before we settle down for the Fall TV Season – here’s 15 Lessons We Learned From Summer 2010…
Networks Execs take note!
1) Scripted Network Dramas Are Dead: Witness NBC’s Persons Unknown (aka Persons Unwatched), ABC’s Happy Town and the Sunday night snoozers The Gates and Scoundrels. All four struggled to attract more than 3 million viewers a week and barely made it through their runs. And the only real scripted ‘hit’ of the summer, ABC’s Rookie Blue, was a middling 5 million rated cop show.
2) …But Scripted Cable Shows Are Hot: Where to begin – Rizzoli and Isles, Covert Affairs, The Closer, Haven, Melissa and Joey, Hot In Cleveland… this summer audiences switched over to cable big time, a cultural shift that will only continue in years to come… fact is viewers are loyal to shows NOT networks. If you want an audience now you have to work for it!
3) Weight Loss Shows Are On The Way Out: The Biggest Loser is still a hefty hit but too many copycat formats failed this summer… Dance Your Ass Off was down year to year, Vh1’s Money Hungry was an outright bomb More >