September 2010 Archives
AMC's upcoming new series The Walking Dead has everyone talking -- and with good reason, since it's the first regular zombie show on TV, it's based on a great comic book and the early footage looks amazing. And withThe Hollywood Reporter asking if zombies are the next vampires (even though their comeback started way before the current vampire craze), we decided that America needs more zombies on television. But don't bother coming up with new series -- just convert existing series to a new zombie format! Like so!
Have you seen Bring It On or any of the subsequent straight-to-DVD sequels? If so, then you've got the gist of this new CW show. Ashley Tisdale plays Savannah, the popular cheer captain trying to spirit-finger her way to a quarterfinal win at college when her flyer is downed by a sudden injury. After auditioning a slew of girls (most of whom seem to have a passable amount of talent), her nemesis Marti (Alyson Michalka) walks in and wows their coach (Sharon Leal) with her athletic ability and her stripper-style pelvic thrusts. Even though Marti despises all that cheerleading stands for, she needs the scholarship that this opportunity provides, so she sucks it up and joins the team to the dismay of the injured flyer Alice (Heather Hemmons) in particular. Marti moves in to the cheer sorority house, despite her mother (Gail O'Grady) protesting that everything would be fine without the needed surplus income, so she can continue her dream of being a pre-law student. Meanwhile, the team faces imminent budget cuts unless they somehow pull out a win at nationals. It's like Glee, but without Sue Sylvester and singing.
Remakes, Paris Hilton, acts of desperation -- today is the deep dark sludge of TV news.
It's been widely known for quite some time that Aerosmith's Joe Perry has some issues with his frontman Steven Tyler, but those issues have rarely been as hilariously expressed as they were today, with Joe Perry's comments on Tyler's American Idol judging gig: "It's a reality show designed to get people to watch that station and sell advertising. It's one step above (Teenage Mutant) Ninja Turtles. It's his business, but I don't want Aerosmith's name involved with it. We have nothing to do with it." Oh yes, the salt of the earth, anti-establishment, integrity-filled Aerosmith name. The very name that was famously lent to these independent non-profits.
More arrivals, more departures, more guest stars and more crass marketing attempts to get our favorite characters to sell us products. Not that we're complaining. We want the products!
Despite a surprisingly (and perhaps less than sincerely) conciliatory end to the otherwise contentious two-part RHONJ reunion, Bravo confirmed last night that Danielle Staub will not be returning to the show for its third season. "The reunion was Danielle's last appearance," Andy Cohen told BravoTV.com. "We thought the hugs were a great way to end two seasons of bitterness between the women."
While that's no doubt a relief to the rest of the cast, as viewers, we're worried that without Danielle, the show will be boring. Heck, we're still reeling because we lost Dina this season. Without Danielle, that just leaves us with Caroline, Teresa and Jacqueline. That's a pretty slim and motley crew, and the drama level might be practically non-existent. We don't watch these shows to see people have family dinners together. We watch for the table-flipping and to see the claws come out. Without Danielle, the Manzo/Guidice families actually seem to get along, so the action will just be all about them spending money and dealing with their self-inflicted phony problems. Who needs that? Not us. Here are the reasons we think a season without Danielle will bore us to tears:
With the new fall season imminent, the floodgates have been opened, and all of the big shows are hitting DVD, both the U.S. hits and the U.K. headliners. Plus some shows that never made it past a season or two.
It's Labor Day weekend and we want to get our picnic on, so let's get 'er done!
Every July, we get our hopes up that the contestants in the Big Brother house will keep us entertained for the whole summer, or that the twists that BB over-hypes will actually pay off. This summer, like in so many others, we were disappointed. It doesn't even matter that this season isn't over yet, and it certainly doesn't matter who wins -- there is no redeeming it at this point. These are the biggest reasons why:
Look, I know there are going to be legions of Neil Gaiman fans out there who are going to stage protests or something about his masterful graphic novel series getting made into a TV show. And there will probably be so many millions of complaints about each casting choice, script choice, things they've left out, what they've change, what they've added, etc. that it will probably make my head spin. And while I am sure that I'll have my own share of gripes at some point, at this very moment, as longtime fan of Gaiman's work, I'm feeling somewhat positive about the news. And that's mostly because Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is rumored to be attached to the project. He's obviously got experience with the genre and if there's a showrunner out there who can handle this mythology, it is probably him. My bigger concern will be which network the show ends up on since that could make a major difference when it comes to budget (this show needs one), casting (it can't all just be pretty people) and edge (you can't dumb this material down). With that in mind, I've looked into the future to see what The Sandman might look like on various networks.
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