My TV and Me

May 18, 2011

Cancellations, Pickups, Trailers and Dropped Pilots

Filed under: tv news, Uncategorized — Tags: , — gina64 @ 6:53 pm

Good Lord, there has been an insane amount of TV news in the past week or so. The network “upfronts” are this week, but please don’t ask me what an upfront is, exactly. I just know that it has to do with advertising and announcing the networks’ programming choices, including cancellations of existing shows and pickups of new ones.

You can view the futon critic’s 2011-2012 season scorecard here, which contains renewal/pickup/cancellation information for all major broadcast networks. I discuss the announcements that I found notable below.

First, the Bad News

Let’s get this out of the way: Despite lots of love from the critics, FOX has canceled The Chicago Code. Proving that no matter how good a show is, if no one is watching, it won’t last long. That’s the second Shawn Ryan show in a row that I found myself really liking (the other was the even better Terriers), only to have it last just one season. I hope he doesn’t give up on TV. The season – now series – finale airs next Monday, 5/23. It really is a shame. It was getting so good!

While V was really one of the worst shows on television, I was sort of sad to hear that it had also been cancelled. Don’t get me wrong – it absolutely deserved to be cancelled. It’s just that things had gotten so bad that I was beginning to enjoy chronicling the badness. Oh, well.

Now, some Good News

The summer shows are starting up!! You can find the premiere dates for your favorites by checking out the futon critic’s summer grid. Here are a few dates for shows that I’m excited about:

HBO’s True Blood – Sunday, June 26 at 9:00 PM
Comedy Central’s Futurama – Thursday, June 23 at 10:00 PM
TNT’s Falling Skies – Sunday, June 19 at 10:00 PM
SyFy’s Warehouse 13 – Monday, July 11 at 9:00 PM

And Now Some Pickups

Alcatraz (FOX) – This is JJ Abrams’ new show, with Sam Neill and Jorge Garcia. Here’s the first trailer for it:

It’s not blowing me away, but it does look interesting.

Terra Nova (FOX), Mondays at 8, beginning in the Fall:

It looks like a mashup of a few different movies/TV shows, Land of the Lost and Jurassic Park among them. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It looks good enough to check out.

There’s a new Michael Emerson show! Person of Interest has been picked up by CBS. It will air on Thursdays at 9:00, and CSI will move to Wednesdays at 10:00. I can’t find a trailer for it yet.

Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to TV in the CW’s The Ringer. I’m not sure if I’ll actually end up watching this. I wasn’t so much a SMG fan as I was a fan of Buffy the show. I don’t think there’s a trailer for this one, either.

Someone (NBC) has finally gotten around to making a US version of Prime Suspect, and it stars Maria Bello in the role that made Helen Mirren’s career. I’m really torn about this one. Will Jane Tennison’s (Jane Timoney here) struggle to be accepted as an equal in the boys’ club that is the police department really be relevant in a TV landscape where women have been playing FBI agents, Lieutenants and Police Commissioners for a while now? Perhaps. And I wondered if she would be portrayed as abrasive and “unlikable” as Helen Mirren was in the BBC version. I kind of like what I see in these clips.

Another new show that looks very promising: Awake (NBC) – There are no details yet on when it will premiere or on what night it will air. It’s a tough one to describe, so I’ll leave it to the trailer to do that. Also, you can view clips here.

Finally: The River (ABC) – This one looks so AWESOME. I won’t say anything about it except watch this clip.

April 14, 2011

Chatter: An Idiot Abroad

Filed under: reviews — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 1:38 pm

I’m heading to the land of pints and crisps, of football hooligans and Royal Weddings, the home of the original Idiot Abroad, Karl Pilkington – yes, I’m going to England tomorrow! I’ll be in London for about 5 minutes – 3.5 days, actually – and will be back on Wednesday. Yay!

Before I go, a few things…

Speaking of Karl Pilkington, Science Channel has announced that they have ordered season 2 of An Idiot Abroad. Most excellent! In the first season, poor Karl was sent out in search of the 7 wonders of the world; season 2 will find him travelling the world to fulfill a “bucket list” of adventures. If you haven’t seen An Idiot Abroad, I strongly suggest you remedy that by catching up on the episodes here. It sometimes feels a bit cruel, what they put Karl through, but it’s all worth it for the little gems of “wisdom” he spouts.

The best show on television is back with a new episode tomorrow night at 9:00 – “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” will find Walter and Peter taking an LSD trip into the mind of Olivia, in an attempt to free her of William Bell’s mental control. It looks like a doozy!

I still owe you 2 Fringe recaps, for “Stowaway” and “Bloodline”, and those will probably be done over Easter – at which point I will still be trailing by 2 episodes. Sorry about that.

I’ve been catching up on a couple of new series on my DVR: A&E’s Breakout Kings and FOX’s Chicago Code. I’ve seen all 6 episodes of Breakout Kings so far, and while it’s entertaining and easy to watch in a quick-paced sort of way, I don’t see much depth there. It’s basically another crime procedural. Chicago Code, on the other hand, I’ve only seen two episodes so far and its ongoing story of Chicago cops fighting city corruption in one of the most corrupt cities in the United States is far more engrossing. The acting and writing are exemplary, and Jennifer Beals nails her character’s Chicago accent. How good is it? It isn’t often that I tear up at the death of a tertiary character in the second episode ever – well done, show. I’m really looking forward to catching up on the story. (Made by the guys behind The Shield, Terriers, Lie to Me and The Unit)

I am completely enthralled by The Killing. I love everything about this show, and I mean everything. The lead character – homicide Detective Linden – is very Scully-ish and the actress who plays her (Meirelle Enos) has a powerfully quiet way about her; Michelle Forbes’s grieving mother Mitch is like an open wound (if she isn’t nominated for an Emmy, well, you know…); even the secondary characters, like Linden’s friend Reggie, is well cast. The pervasive, ominous sense of doom laying over the entire production is right up my alley. (I had a Twin Peak’s Sheriff’s Department mug back in the day) I love a good murder mystery, and after some online reading and some re-watching, I’ve come up with this theory:

Rosie was involved with a wealthy, older man (the expensive shoes). The wealthy, older man had some connection to the Waterfront Project (Mayor’s pet project). Perhaps there was an environmental issue (dead seal in the Pilot) that Rosie found out about. Powerful, wealthy, older man – or someone connected to him – kills Rosie to stop her from talking.

Rosie’s “friends” – Sterling, Jasper and Kriss – are mad at her, maybe because she’s dumping them for the older boyfriend, maybe she’s sleeping with Jasper’s dad. So they decide to make a video to embarrass her. Rosie goes to the dance, but ditches the witch costume and heads out to meet the older boyfriend. Sterling, Jasper and Kriss go down to the cage and make a fake video of Rosie having sex with two boys. We never actually see Rosie’s face, or the boys actually doing anything to her. We just hear them saying things like, “You like that, Rosie?” Sterling is wearing Rosie’s pink wig. Perhaps she has a massive nose bleed that accounts for all the blood. The three friends send the video out onto the internet before they realize that Rosie is missing.

What do you think?

I may post a few items before I leave. If I don’t, this is goodbye until next week. Have a great weekend!

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