July 2009 Archives
If you usually avoid going to the ABC Family channel to avoid getting subjected to pregnant teens, teen gymnasts, teen sororities and other teen-related things, you were missing out. Nestled in between Greek and Make it or Break It was a true gem of a show called The Middleman. Following a twentysomething artist's initiation as the sidekick to the Middleman, a clean-cut, tie-wearing secret agent-slash-superhero, the show ran for 12 episodes of monkeys, luchadores, surreal humor, bizarre villains and astounding wordplay. Initially released as a comic book by Lost and Charmed writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, the entire series was recently released on DVD, and will be followed up by a graphic novel telling the final chapter in the saga. We talked to him about his experiences making the show, his next project Day One and what it's like for dreams to come true.
When I saw that there was a G-Force movie coming out, I got all kinds of excited. After all, I grew up watching G-Force -- it was one of my favorite Japanese cartoons, along with Voltron and Macron 1. Then I saw a picture from the movie... and it was of gerbils in spy gear. This was not the G-Force of my childhood. This was something very, very different.
Here at TWoP, we bitch a lot about Smallville and Heroes, with their dull characters and their hackneyed and/or convoluted plotlines, but maybe we should stop being so surprised that they're terrible. Because while superhero comedies are usually hysterical (if short-lived -- see The Tick and The Middleman), superhero dramas are often the worst things on television. We looked back on over a decade of terrible super-powered TV, and found that most of the time, we really didn't need a hero.
Our current TV-crazed society seems to be obsessed with reality series about plus-sized families, from Jon & Kate Plus 8 to Raising Sextuplets to 18 Kids & Counting. However, shows about the complexities of coping with large families are nothing new. In fact, people have always gravitated towards these types of series... even if most of them weren't very good. But while there have been heaps of twin shows (and even identical cousins), the giant families seem to hold some especially magical allure for certain viers. And now that there are reality shows, they don't need to pay kid actors any more. They can just scar actual children for life by sticking cameras in their faces and filming their every move. Anyway, we hold these classic (and not so) scripted series responsible for this disturbing TV trend.
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