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When Does It Start: Thursday 23rd June at 9pm EST on ABC
In A Nutshell: It’s The Amazing Race meets Survivor!
What’s It About: 13 teams of 3 race around Morocco, taking on a series of intense and terrifying challenges along the way. Teams will find themselves rappelling down sheer cliff-faces and negotiating white water rapids – plus lots of camel riding. The last team to arrive at each checkpoint is eliminated until just one team remains to scoop the show’s grand prize.
Okay everyone – here we go!
NBC’s The Voice premiered last night on NBC and later today we’ll get the first ratings in. So will the show be a big old bomb as I predicted or will American Idol finally have some competition on its hands?
Personally I think the show will debut to decent numbers – around 8 million viewers and a 3.2 18-49 share – but just like Paula Abdul’s Live To Dance it’ll slip week after week and be dead by the start of summer. I’m afraid I still stick by many of the comments in my original post – and with Fox scheduling a 90 minute Glee as a spoiler I think there’s an additional reason the show may struggle in the ratings. But what about the show itself – was it any good.
So here’s the thing – I watched about 45 minutes of The Voice last night and thought it was okay. It’s certainly not a train wreck and the format itself – with its revolving chairs – played less goofy that I thought it would.
This week sees the launch of Off The Map, the latest medical series from producer Shonda Rhimes. Rhimes is ABC’s favorite go to producer and the creator of Grey’s Anatomy (which is the network’s number one scripted series) and Private Practice (which isn’t!) Her latest pilot, In Crisis – a show about a PR fixer who deals with crisis management – has also just been picked up by ABC. So if all goes to plan Rhimes will have four shows on air on the alphabet network in the Fall. Someone’s making bank!
Meanwhile there’s Jerry Bruckheimer, the Hollywood super producer responsible for the Pirates of the Caribbean and National Treasure franchises. Bruckheimer is also a powerful force in TV, overseeing The Amazing Race, the CSI franchise, Chase and Covert Affairs on USA.
Add to the gang, JJ Abrams – the man behind Alias, Lost and um, Undercovers. And David E Kelly, whose latest legal drama Harry’s Law launches later in the month and follows his other ‘unconventional’ legal series such as Ally McBeal, Boston Legal and The Practice. And we can’t of course forget Dick Wolf, overseer of the Law and Order franchise or Donald Bellisario, the executive producer behind the NCIS series. Or Mark Burnett, the reality producer who’s scored massive More >
Well actually we’ve been here for a while…
Lask week it was announced that Paul Lee, the British executive currently running ABC Family, would be moving to ABC to take over the seat recently vacated by rumor plagued Entertainment President Stephen McPherson. Paul is seen as a rising star in the industry and come with an enviable track record.
Also in the headlines is fellow Brit Nigel Lythgoe, the So You Think You Can Dance judge who’s heading back to his old stomping ground at American Idol to try and rescue the ‘sinking’ ship – and sort out the biggest talent vacuum on American TV – who will replace Simon Cowell (another Brit – are you seeing the pattern here!)
Add into the mix: Mark Burnett (the reality guru behind The Apprentice, Survivor and, ahem, Pirate Master!); Gordon Ramsay (who with Hell’s Kitchen, Masterchef and Kitchen Nightmares now has three successful franchises on Fox); Dan Cutforth of Magical Elves (the company behind Top Chef and Project Runway); Michael Davies (the game show king behind Who Wants To Be A Millionaire); Ricky Gervais… the list goes on and on…
Together these Brits are responsible for a big chunk of American entertainment – leading many to question – why are Brits so good at More >