Last night, FX held their NYC upfront event for advertisers and the press, and while it was star-studded (they impressively brought out almost all their talent for interviews, which I'll be posting later today), the content portion of the presentation was pretty light on new show information. I saw a 30-second trailer for the Elijah Wood comedy Wilfred, and then network president John Landgraf kind of ran down a few details of other shows they've got in the works for the next 12 months, most of which were reported on in the trades months ago. Here are my impressions of what I heard and saw, based on almost no new information whatsoever.
Absolutely Fabulous will be making a comeback this summer with new episodes. Where else can you find women that make "Mommie Dearest look like Winnie-the-Bloody-Pooh"?
Kristen Bell commands you to watch her new Showtime series, House of Lies!
Another good show bites the dust.
Because I know you were really stressing out about missing the first episode of Outsourced, don't worry -- it's starting on a specific date and everything.
In these days of Simpsons fatigue, Family Guy clones and lackluster Mike Judge comedies, the state of primetime animation is at an all-time low. (South Park has somehow managed to stay smart, timely and relevant.) So an injection of the late-night sensibilities of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim into the primetime world is a welcome change. FX's new spy parody Archer was created by Frisky Dingo and Sealab 2021 co-creator Adam Reed, and it brings an edgy intelligence to the 10:00 hour that thirteen "different" Seth MacFarlane shows just won't give you.
Law & Order is taking on David Letterman, the days of Numbers may be numbered (see what I did there?) and Hollywood nepotism is alive and well.
In today's news: a reality contestant actually has talent, an advocacy group says something dumb, another annoying Grey's Anatomy rumor and more!
It also makes me miss the California white trash I grew up amongst more than I thought anything ever would (Vallejo represent!), but that's neither here nor there. The series started out strong and, over the course of the first four episodes has really turned into a great show. Last week's episode was particularly exceptional, and if you've never watched Sons or maybe fell away from it after the pilot, I really recommend getting back into it with this one.
At first glance, Katey Sagal may not seem like the most obvious choice to play a tough as nails biker chick (for my money, that honor goes to Nip/Tuck's Jessalyn Gilsig -- she's scary as hell!), but starting tonight she's doing just that on FX's Sons of Anarchy. Sagal plays Gemma, the matriarch of a Hell's Angels-esque California biker gang, trying to keep the gang together, her son on the right track to future head hooligan, and her husband focused and out of a war with the Mexicans. You know, family stuff! We recently called in to a little conference call with Katey and got a few tidbits on why she's biking around and running guns on TV these days.