January 2011 Archives
Are you having a laugh? After reading through today's news you probably will...
Oh, this show. It started out with such promise and just devolved into this terrible mess of a predictable soapy series that was finally put out of its misery last night. Because of the abbreviated season and the rushed finale, a lot of convoluted storylines that were previously being dragged out got wrapped up rather quickly for the sole purpose of giving every character a cloyingly sweet happy ending by the close. This was not the Life Unexpected I signed up for when I watched the charming and heartbreaking pilot a year and a half ago.
And I was like baby, baby, baby oh, so much news after that three day weekend...
Holt McCallany is a familiar face who's been in the background of dozens of movie and TV projects (Heroes, Fight Club), but now he's entered the spotlight as the star of Lights Out, playing "Lights" Leary, a former boxing champ who's gotten himself in a money crunch. We sat in on a conference call with McCallany and showrunner Warren Leight (In Treatment, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) to hear behind-the-scenes tales from the ring.
Today, broadcasting legend Regis Philbin announced that he will retire from Live! With Regis and Kelly sometime later this year. Very sad for both fans of the show and those responsible for compiling clips for The Soup alike, but on to the new! Who will complain about diarrhea and mispronounce celebrities' names next to Kelly Ripa on Live! after Reege goes? Barring those who already have or are getting morning shows (which, sadly, excludes the best choice, Anderson Cooper), or people obligated to be out of NYC for significant portions of the year (which, even sadly-er, means no William Shatner or NPH), here are our bids:
Syfy's version of Being Human completely baffles me. I don't understand at all why it exists. Don't get me wrong" I understand the general concept of remaking UK shows for American audiences, particularly something like Skins, where the likelihood of getting the majority of 15-year-old MTV viewers to sit down and watch a show with British teenagers is highly unlikely. Or taking a comedy like The Office and translating the humor so that the majority of American audiences can feel in on the jokes. But in my experience, that doesn't really hold true for science fiction. Most of the sci-fi fans I know are usually pretty up on the UK shows that fit this genre, particularly if they've already aired on BBC America, like the original Being Human did.
Even if I hadn't watched the far superior British version of Skins, I still think I'd be underwhelmed by the MTV version of the series based solely on the premiere. The cast is filled with unlikeable stars who only say salacious things in an attempt to get a reaction from the viewing public. On a network that glamorizes teen pregnancy and random beach hookups, they're going to have to try a lot harder.
This show is terrible. It falls peril to all of the worst of David E. Kelley's bad habits, with oddly quirky characters and really bizarre happenings. However, I think it might be my new guilty pleasure. It's so embarrassingly awful for all parties involved that I can't help but stare at this trainwreck as it unfolds. Where else are you going to see a badly CGI'd Kathy Bates flying through the air after getting hit by a car? Nowhere. And frankly, while Ally McBeal was a really godawful series, this one has the capacity to be at least as bad, if not worse in some ways, and that's something that I'll regret not watching years from now.
Some of your favorite '80s TV shows you watched growing up are out on DVD today. Or, you could watch Timothy Olyphant beat the crap out of everyone in Kentucky.
Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose. We're just glad that Katey Sagal, Chris Colfer, Melissa Leo and Christian Bale are among the former. Check out the complete list of winners and nominees from this year's Globes right here:
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