September 2010 Archives
More HIMYM casting news, and yet we're still no damned closer to finding the mother. I'm seriously losing my patience, people.
NBC has enlisted Bryan Fuller to reboot The Munsters into some unholy pilot being described as "True Blood meets Modern Family." Nice to see NBC trying to get out of last place by going back to what they're good at: reboots of 1960s television nobody asked for! And as much as we love Bryan Fuller... no. Just no. Besides the obvious, here are the reasons why all parties involved should reconsider this awful idea.
It's been a rough year for Dick Wolf. Sure, Law & Order: SVU continues to get Emmy nominations, but the original Law & Order was just cancelled after a paltry 20 seasons, and the last season of Criminal Intent did poorly enough that the next season has been announced as its last. So there's a lot riding on Law & Order: Los Angeles, both in terms of the L&O legacy and the fact that it's the first L.A.-based cop show to air on NBC after their cancellation of Southland. And while the comparisons are pointless -- LOLA very much follows the franchise's formula, while Southland was more an exploration than a procedural -- there's something to be said for the locale. Los Angeles is a different universe from New York, and even though the setup is familiar, the noirish imagery and execution makes the show feel like an entirely different beast.
Get ready for more Real Housewives. And more Real Housewives. And probably even more Real Housewives after that.
After only two episodes, Fox has cancelled Lone Star, making it the official first casualty of the fall 2010 season. It's a sad, but unsurprising move on Fox's part, considering the obvious fact that Lone Star -- a slow, more-intelligent-than-Glee (not that there's anything wrong with Glee) adult drama -- belonged anywhere but on network television. But let's buck up and move on to the important question: who should be next? What else is just so terrible, or so poorly scheduled, or just plain misplaced that it should be put out of its misery next? In ascending order, here are the new shows that most need to be cancelled, and the alternate networks where they could have lived long, happy, minimum-ratings-pressure lives.
Fox's Lone Star only lasted two poorly rated episodes before it officially became the first casualty of the fall 2010-11 television season. But while the con man series didn't click with viewers, it did have a pretty great cast. I'm hoping that since their show got cancelled so quickly, there's time for them to join another existing series later this season. Here's who should go where:
Britney's on Glee tonight and that's something to be positive about. It isn't like there's a lot encouraging about news today.
Last night in the middle of Dancing With the Stars, ABC halfheartedly announced that Brad Womack is the once and future Bachelor. Given the fact that they snuck this in with little or no hoopla and didn't take the opportunity to do a special, or hype it ad nauseum as a special press announcement by Chris Harrison during DWTS, I'm thinking they are pretty embarrassed that this was the best they could do. I understand that Chris L. wisely decided that he'd humiliated his family enough during his stint on The Bachelorette, but I find it hard to believe that there were no other Bachelor-adjacent folks who wanted to sell their souls to ABC for some more screen time.
Sister Wives, TLC's look into Big Love-style "normal(ish)" polygamy premiered on Sunday, and it pretty much blew my mind. These people aren't as crazy as the polygamists we're used to seeing (they dress in clothes from this century and they cut their hair and everything), but like Big Love, the husband's a jerk-off and the women are accessible, but really difficult to understand and even more difficult not to feel sorry for. It's a fascinating, if shamelessly exploitative show, and I don't know about you, but it left me with a lot of questions. Here are the top 10.
Why not Meds? Or Patients? Or Baby Docs? Or Best Medicine? See? Naming TV shows is easy.
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