February 2011 Archives
Going where other shows have gone before in search of a ratings gimmick to kick off sweeps, Grey's Anatomy this month will be airing a real-time episode. Sort of like 24 or 30 Minute Meals, there won't be any jumps in time, allowing us to spend most of an hour with Meredith as she spends that time in the hospital's ER. While watching her stress out over trauma victims for a solid hour could be a fun change of pace, there are plenty of shows whose real-time episodes would be way better.
Happy Post-Groundhog Day! Here's some news to keep you warm until our early Spring...
The Biggest Loser is one of the most formulaic reality shows on TV, and that's fine. That's why people tune in season after season. They watch morbidly obese people go to a fitness boot camp, get yelled at, puke their brains out and come out the other side in slamming good shape and super-skinny jeans to show for it. But this season, they've screwed it all up, not by adding new trainers or by insisting on keeping the two-hour episodes, but by separating everything into odd capsules, making it seem like two seasons are happening simultaneously -- all in an apparent effort to make us forget the fact that Jillian is leaving. Whether you love or hate Jillian, they've done a bad job integrating the new people, and based on this mess, her exit is going to make a huge difference in the quality, or at least watchability, of the show. I may actually need to follow I Used to Be Fat instead.
The groundhog isn't the only one with news today.
Lately, the news has been filled with reports of pilot episodes for new series getting ordered by all of the major networks, not to mention basic and premium cable channels. And while it's presumptuous to form opinions about them based on little more than a one-sentence description, once you factor in casting news and who the writer and director are, you start to get a pretty good idea of what to expect. Not counting shows still in the scripting stage, or shows that already have a series commitment, here are some of the best- and worst-sounding pilots being developed -- although since they get added and dropped frequently, this may not be fully accurate for long. (Generic-sounding romantic comedies and family dramas get a bye this round, because it's hard to muster strong feelings about them, but we'll revisit them if and when they make it to series.)
Today we learned just what evils CBS has been forced to do thanks to Charlie Sheen's love of nose candy.
Jennifer Love Hewitt as a Texan hooker and a film about the true story of high school girls making a pregnancy pact. It's a guilty-pleasure DVD kinda day...
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