April 2009 Archives
I started off not being able to find any good news, but then I kinda hit the mother lode. Some very funny guys got cast in some hopefully funny TV shows, Simon Cowell may leave our country for good, and Showtime is going to Camelot. Meanwhile, Tim Robbins is S.O.L. It's all ahead, on Today's TwoP News!
In theory, Comedy Central's new series Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire should not work. For starters, it's a parody of sword-and-sorcery shows like Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules, which are already two steps away from being parodies themselves. Second, the title role of warrior rebel Mandoon is played by Sean Maguire, who isn't exactly a known comedian in the U.S., aside from his turn as Leonidas in Meet the Spartans. Third, isn't everybody much more into science fiction nowadays? Who wants to watch a fantasy series? Well, apparently I do. Call it good counter-programming, low expectations or just chalk it up to the show's non-stop, self-conscious wackiness, but the first couple of episodes of this series were highly entertaining, and made me reconsider my stance on LARPing.
The Office started out as an incredible investment -- its stock soared in the first few seasons, paying off huge dividends to loyal fans. However, these fans have been getting some pretty meager returns lately. And with the disappointing rise of the Michael Scott Paper Company, it seems possible that The Office could fold entirely if it doesn't revise its business plan, stat. The best elements of the series seem to have been outsourced or laid off, and the result is not up to previous levels of performance. So in the interests of being proactive, here's a list of action items that this show needs to investigate if it wants to grow its once-enviable synergy:
Happy Passover and good Good Friday to you all, television lovers. On this holy day we have some probably bad news for Dollhouse fans, potentially good news for Melora Hardin fans, and excellent news for Motley Crue fans. So before you hit your third night of no carbs/head to church/go out and get plastered (an important tradition for the holiday known as Weekend), take a gander at these TV newsbites and see if there's a chance that Dollhouse may have a shot a resurrection, much like Jesus on this weekend approximately 2,000 years ago.
With two recent surprise deaths (R.I.P., Derek and Kutner), we were inspired to look back at some others that caught us off-guard in the same way. We're not talking J.R. Ewing (who lived, anyway) back in the day, or even Adriana on The Sopranos -- these are the recent out-of-left-field deaths that surprised us so much we had our jaws hanging on the floor. In some cases (Prison Break, 24 and Lost) we could practically have created 10 "wow" deaths from each show, that's how much they like blindsiding fans. (Not nice, for the record.) But we decided to spread the wealth as we present our list of the most shocking deaths of the last few seasons. Fair warning: There might be info that some of you may consider spoilers, if you aren't caught up on your TV viewing.
Attention, attention everyone! Pushing Daisies news! About when ABC (bastards...) is airing the final episodes! Plus a little bit more, assuming you can actually read this through the tears I've brought on by mentioning Pushing Daisies' tragic, tragic cancellation. And we've also got a shout-out to President Obama, because his G-20 trip prevented him from interrupting your primetime television viewing this week and we know you missed him.
Before we get to the real news, I'd like to point out that science has still not gotten us to a place where our Tivos can detect when a show runs over its time limit. (Science also seems to be unable to get American Idol judges to be concise.) Which means that people who Tivoed Idol last night missed the entire final performance, while Fringe lovers got to kick off the new episode with a stirring rendition of "Mad World" by current favorite Adam Lambert. But since Ryan Seacrest loves you all, he posted the performance on his blog. Even if you don't watch AI, fans of Tears for Fears and/or Donnie Darko should check it out. Seriously. On to the actual news!
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