Posted on May 18, 2007 | |
No embedded vids, because Fox is a bit backward and has stuck them all in its showreel thing, but it's time to look at that network's new shows for the Fall season.
I'm going to do my usual and skip the reality shows, because they're not interesting, although I would just like you all to rush over to the Anchorwoman page to gasp in awe at the airbrushing on Lauren Jones' picture.
So first up, because I'm feeling alphabetical today and there are a lot of shows to get through (Fox kills them all very quickly so needs a big stock to work with), is Back To You, starring Frasier Crane - sorry Kelsey Grammer - and Patricia Heaton, about a couple of news anchors (hmm, is this Fox's programming trend: news anchors?) who reunite after a decade apart. Also features Fred Willard from Anchorman. Boy is he getting typecast.
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Posted on May 17, 2007 | |
I'm back in the UK now and half comatose from an overnight flight. But I wouldn't dream of letting you guys down by doing the work I'm actually supposed to be doing or sleeping or something.
No, it's time to look at CBS's new shows for the Fall season. If you've ever heard Les Moonves speak (he's the head of CBS), you'll know just how much he loves the Internet. So it's not surprising that CBS has been all forward thinking and created a 'bloggers toolkit' so that we can all gas on about the new shows with some handy video clips to hand.
Given that 90% of US television now stars Brits, is based on a British format or both, it's hard to highlight one particular example of the new season's shows that's going to be of most interest to those of us over here. However, regular readers of this 'ere blog are probably going to be most curious about the remake of Viva Blackpool that Hugh Jackman's been throwing together: Viva Laughlin. It stars Monarch of the Glen's Lloyd Owen as a nice man who tries to open a casino in Laughlin, Nevada. It also features Madchen Amick (her off Twin Peaks), DB Woodside (Wayne Palmer on 24) as well as Jackman in a recurring role.
Unfortunately, there's no video yet. Bugger. That's not a good start, is it CBS? Here's a pic though.
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Posted on May 15, 2007 | |
I was a little surprised by this particular finale. Normally, seeing the name Sunil Nayar, one of the show's producers, in the writers' credits is enough to put fear into your heart, given he's written some of the worst crimes against humanity that CSI: Miami has perpetrated: nothing has been too stupid or offensive for our Sunil.
But this season's finale was a relatively low key affair. There were few mind-blowingly dumb moments, just a couple; there were no cliffhangers, no massive plot resolutions, no lives imperilled. If it hadn't been for the three-minute music video conclusion, you'd never have known it was a season finale. About the only real tension was from a few “will they, won't they” moments between Calleigh and Eric.
To a certain extent, that's because this has been a season without a long story arc: there have been a few two- or three-episode arcs, but nothing really to rival previous seasons' gangs/brothers/hot forbidden fruit South American sister-in-law/marriage shootings arcs. Given the show doesn't really need to work to bring the viewers in and it's not a show that people watch to tax their brains or learn something about humanity, it's more surprising that previous seasons have actually felt this need at all.
Still, even the Carusobot seemed unable to believe he was doing a Batman/Angel/Captain Jack on the top of a helipad for no adequately explored reason at the end.
So don't be afeared, UK viewers, you can watch this episode without any worries, apart from potential brain damage.
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