April 2009 Archives
The traditional television season is about to come to an end, so how does a network not know if they want to renew a TV show or not? Either the ratings are good, or they aren't. Either a show has potential, or it doesn't. Shit or get off the pot. Because tonight I'm going to watch the season finale of Life, and neither I nor the show's cast and crew know whether it's going to come back in the fall. Isn't that messed-up? How can anyone be expected to tell a story under those conditions? You're risking the possibility of either an unsatisfying series finale, thereby affecting DVD sales, or a lackluster season finale, thereby affecting next season's numbers. Rrrrraaaagge! ...Anyway, I sat in on a conference call with Life star Damian Lewis and show creator Rand Ravich and listened to them try to explain tonight's finale without spoiling it, and generally try to laugh away their worries. Man, I love Damian Lewis. If this show gets cancelled, someone better snatch him up before he starts doing plays again.
A new season of The Tudors started last night, and it was pretty much as you would expect. Elegantly shot, gorgeous costumes, well-acted and a little bit boring. By all rights I should love this show. I have adored Jonathan Rhys-Meyers since Velvet Goldmine. I'm a sucker for period dramas. There's plenty of nudity and violence. All things I enjoy in a television series. But every time I sit down to watch it, I find myself struggling to stay awake.
After singing a Bob Marley song, telling Simon that his opinion didn't matter and flapping her wings across stage, Simon told Megan Joy Corkrey that if she didn't care about him, he didn't care about her and sent her packing. The oddball singer with the unique voice and strange affection for all things aviary talked to reporters on Thursday night about her experience on the show and what her hopes for the future are.
We've already put out our plea for bubble show Chuck to return next fall, but plenty more of our favorites are in danger of falling through the network programming cracks. Here's nine more series that deserve another season, but may not get one. We know, we know, wishin' and hopin' didn't do Pushing Daisies any good, but we're sending out a prayer to the TV powers-that-be anyway: when upfront time rolls around in a month or so, please let at least some of these shows reappear on your schedules.
Happy Friday, TV news fans! Welcome the weekend with these newsbites, and marvel over the fact that Jeff Probst has been wearing the same pair of shorts to the Survivor Tribal Councils for six years. I'm getting a brilliant idea: what if we got him to share with Ryan Seacrest, Howie Mandel and Tom Bergeron and then made a movie about it? We could call it The Brotherhood of the Traveling Shorts! I'd say we should try and rope Tim Gunn into this, but I get the feeling he doesn't really do cargos.
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