Proof positive that sometimes it takes truly talented people to make something deeply mediocre, A&E's new crime drama Those Who Kill premiered last night after the network's surprise hit Bates Motel, marking the return of ex-Big Love star Chloë Sevigny and veteran scribe/producer Glen Morgan (whose credits include The X-Files and The River) to series television. If this was really the best they could come with, though, maybe they should have extended their sabbatical another season.
When I first heard the news over the weekend that Peter Capaldi would be taking the reins as the twelfth Doctor on Doctor Who all I could think was: fuckety fuck, that is bloody fucking inspired casting, you fucks.
Sometimes less is more and there's addition by subtraction. At least, in the case of some of our favorite shows, that is definitely true. We've identified TV's weakest links this season and have determined that their removal would guarantee an immediate uptick in the entertainment level of their respective shows. Here are the major characters that most need to go, for everyone's sake:
Clearly, hiring music industry professionals was of no help to The X Factor, as demonstrated by the recent axing of judge/mentors Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger (as well as host Steve Jones). Who should replace them? We suggest that Simon Cowell look to already successful reality TV judges -- regardless of whether or not they have experience critiquing singers. While some of these personalities might seem like an odd fit, each one of them would be more fun to watch than the former Laker Girl and Pussycat Doll:
Coach Beiste found herself a sweet and appropriate beau this week on Glee, and if the unlikely football coach can find a love interest, then there's hope for anyone out there -- just look at Up All Night's Ava and Kenny on Man Up!, who got their own doses of tenderness, too (for now, anyways). We've identified these other lovelorn and lonely TV characters who most seem like they (and their shows) would benefit from a little bit of romance in their lives.
After David Tennant regenerated into Matt Smith, I was worried that Series 5 of Doctor Who would be hard to enjoy, but the Eleventh Doctor had won me over by the time he took his first bite of fish sticks and custard. The maudlin drama of the previous god-like Doctor had given way to a fairy tale full of fear and excitement as new showrunner Stephen Moffat finally moved the show out from under the shadow of the Time War. The Weeping Angels came back. Amy Pond didn't just pine away for the Doctor; she actually tried to jump his bones. And the Doctor's overt need to be the one who "makes people better" didn't quite feel so holier than thou. Of course, as much as I may love Eleven, Amy and Rory, there were several elements missing during Series 5 that I hope to see in the new season.
The internet recently went wild with the news that Michael Rosenbaum (a.k.a. Lex Luthor) would be returning to Smallville for the season finale. Now, for the first time in years, we're genuinely excited about an episode of that show. So with that in mind, we got to thinking about some other actors and actresses who we wish would find their way back to their former series for at least a guest appearance, even if they've already moved on to new roles.
Well, he's been talking about it for years, but it's finally happening... Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol, which means that after the current season (which begins tonight), not one, but two of the original judges will be gone. Paula Abdul's seat has been filled by Ellen DeGeneres (how she'll fare remains to be seen), but the show has always revolved around Simon's cutting remarks and candid criticisms, so replacing him will be a much larger task. We've come up with some people who might be up for the job, or at least could be entertaining to watch while we wait for The X Factor to premiere.
While I'm slightly disappointed that the judges didn't deem Normund worthy of another performance, or didn't go back and pluck Jamar out of obscurity from the Hollywood rounds and give him another shot, I'm mostly happy with the picks for tonight's Wild Card competition. Though I really did think there would be more forgotten Hollywood people who didn't get to the semifinals... which I thought was part of the point, and I am still baffled about this whole process and why the judges didn't just randomly pick people they like and are forcing us to sit through yet another episode this week, but we're going to make the best of it. Here's who I think has the best shot.
Since Saturday I've been thinking about the announcement that Matt Smith was going to fill David Tennant's shoes. I've gone back and forth on how I feel about them casting a 26-year-old relative unknown in this major geek role. My first reaction (mostly based on the age) was "Gah, this is going to be just as bad as Twilight." Actually my first reaction was "Who the hell is that?," but the young guy with nice hair thing came in a close second. But I've finally decided that I'm OK with it. I mean, I still haven't come to terms with the fact that David Tennant is leaving, and there were a host of other choices on the teaser lists that sort of tickled my fancy, but I've decided that I trust in Stephen Moffat and I'm willing to go along with this wild ride. And below are my reasons why.
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