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Wow – what a year it’s been. You know a TV year has been great when it’s hard to select just ten terrific shows for an end of the year list. I could easily have added The Americans, The Following, Modern Family and Mr Selfridge to this list. But in the end here’s my 10 faves of the year…
And nope I don’t watch Breaking Bad. I think that one’s had more than its fair share of coverage already!
So it looks like Revenge is back… I mean REALLY back!
I’m in DVR catch up mode at the moment and after watching the last few episodes of ABC’s Sunday night soap pretty much back to back I’d confidently say Revenge is better than ever. It’s like that whole second season never even happened. Thankfully!
I’ve talked about Revenge countless times here on Remote Patrolled and have had an up and down history with the show. Like millions of others I loved Season 1, which set up the show’s soapy premise as Emily Thorne (aka Amanda Clarke) returned to the Hamptons to wreak vengeance on the Grayson family for framing her father. Revenge’s first series was fantastic – exciting, glossy, soapy and so much fun.
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…!
Is it just me or do the same old shows and people keep getting the same endless praise time and again! I mean seriously – do the like of Homeland, Girls and Community need any more critical awards, magazine articles or think pieces! And how boring is it to see the likes of Damian Lewis, Julianne Margulies and Jon Hamm receiving awards time and again (however deserving they may be!)
Fact is there are scene-stealers all over our screens – and many of them don’t get the praise they deserve. So here’s 5 actors I think deserve a little extra credit. Many of them aren’t the main stars of their respective shows – but all punch above their weight and add a little extra oomph to their series.
Do you agree – and who would you add to the list? Comment away…
Oh Revenge – what has happened to you this season!
Regular Remote Patrolled readers will know I was a HUGE fan of Revenge in Season 1. ABC’s not-so-guilty pleasure brought back the prime time soap big time and was deliciously fun, bitchy and outrageous in equal measure. But this year… oh man! Where to begin!
For starters there’s the ridiculously over-complicated storylines! Does anyone have the vaguest idea what’s going on at Grayson Global and / or NolCorp? All these behind the scenes business deals – and none of them make any sense! And then there’s all the White Haired Man nonsense… WTF? Since when do you need to be a member of MENSA to understand an ABC drama?
Then there’s all the Initiative ridiculousness – a key Revenge flaw I’ve talked about here on the site before. I want Emily Thorne to be a (fairly) ordinary girl bent on a personal mission of Revenge. I want to see her make mistakes along the way. I don’t want her to become a secret agent. And I don’t want her to be battling a crazy and complicated conspiracy. This isn’t Lost. Revenge doesn’t need to be this elaborate.
What else… oh how about Jennifer Jason Leigh playing Emily’s mom More >
As regular Remote Patrolled readers will know, I love me some Revenge!
At its best ABC’s Sunday night soap is TV’s ultimate guilty pleasure – a fabulous mix of bitching and backstabbing, twisty storylines and double crosses. And since the show’s move to the ‘Desperate Housewives’ slot, the series has seen an upsurge in its ratings, thrashing the pants of CBS’s overrated The Good Wife and cementing its position as one of TV’s biggest shows.
BUT – as much of a fan as I am of Revenge – can I sound a note of caution to the show’s producers…
For me Revenge is a soap opera. Please resist the urge to turn the series into an Alias style conspiracy saga.
Revenge is at its best when it plays like an updated version of Dynasty and Dallas – and for most of season 1 it was just that. I loved seeing Emily Thorne trying to bring down the Graysons, clashing with uber-bitch Victoria, falling for son Daniel, and plotting with her partner in crime Nolan. Along the way there were plenty of great moments – the breakdown of the Grayson’s marriage, psychopath Tyler, Lydia’s rooftop fall and the arrival of troublemaker Faux-manda. All great stuff.More >
As you doubtless know by now I’m a huge Revenge fan.
ABC’s Wednesday night soap opera is just so darn addictive, fast paced and all round entertaining that it’s pretty much one of the TV highlights of the week.
But the next episode of TV’s best soap is also set to answer the show’s biggest cliffhanger to date. Who is the body on the beach? And are they really going to kill off one of the show’s biggest characters, Daniel?
If you’ve been watching Revenge from the start you’ll remember it began pretty dramatically with a mystery man shot to death on the beach while the show’s central villain Victoria Grayson hosted a Fire And Ice party just a few feet away. The party is in honor of our anti-hero Emily and her engagement to Victoria’s son Daniel. But of course we all know that Emily’s whole agenda is to bring down the Grayson family.
In the show’s opening moments we heard a gunshot, then saw a white tuxedo clad figure stumble and fall onto the sand. Moments later more gunshots followed, clearly at close range. Later we saw local bar owner Jack pulling the body across the sand before being disturbed by Charlotte More >
Yes, it’s that time of the year again where I pick my top shows of the last 12 months. Many shows – New Girl, The Borgias, Homeland, Nurse Jackie – almost made the list. But in the end there could be only 10… here they are!
REVENGE: There were shows this year with better writing, better directing and better acting. But NOTHING on our screens in 2011 was as ridiculously entertaining as Revenge, the season’s most surprising new hit.
Who would have thought that the primetime soap opera would make a comeback in 2011 and that its story of rich people receiving their comeuppance would seem quite so timely. Revenge has been perfectly played since episode one – hooking us into Emily Thorne’s grand plans to avenge herself on the Grayson family – led by the wonderfully icy matriarch Victoria (Madeline Stowe).
But Revenge has also done a wonderful job of surrounding Emily with a series of equally gripping storylines. There’s grasping social climber Tyler who’s gradually becoming more and more unhinged, bisexual billionaire Nolan who helps fund Emily’s schemes, reformed party boy Daniel who may be the key to Emily’s undoing and the Poison Ivy-like Amanda who’s out to cause a whole heap More >
It’s been a great Fall season so far with plenty of terrific new shows to tuck into – and hopefully many more launching in the New Year (I’m especially excited for The River and Smash)
But for me one of the most heartening aspects of this new season has been the return of the primetime soap opera, a genre that’s been sadly out of favor in recent years.
The two most obvious examples of this of course are The CW’s Ringer and ABC’s Revenge. Ringer plays like a telenovela – a totally preposterous series featuring identical twins, murder, adultery and a bad guy who’s the spitting image of Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas. But while Ringer is great fun I just can’t see how the show sustains itself for more than two seasons – hence my comparison to a telenovela rather than a straight up soap.
It’s been a while since we ran a Richard Recommends here at Remote Patrolled – so with the Fall season upon us it’s high time I started cheering some of the standout shows of the new season.
And my first pick is Revenge, ABC’s soapy saga which is rapidly turning into my new Wednesday night addiction (after The X Factor that is!)
Now we’re still early in the Fall season so there’s always a chance Revenge is going to go south on me – and the show does have to resist the tendency to become a ‘revenge of the week’ style show. But so far so good. Revenge is pure, pulpy trash and knows it. And who doesn’t like a bit of trash from time to time!
If you haven’t been following Revenge yet here’s the basic story. Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) arrives back in the Hamptons determined to avenge her father, who was set up for a crime he didn’t commit by several of the snooty, filthy rich residents. Top of Emily’s hit list is queen bitch Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) and Emily has set her sights on Victoria’s hunky son (who we see being shot in the show’s opening sequence ‘3 months More >