Kyra Sedgwick faces her penultimate year solving crimes, Louis C.K. makes us cringe and then laugh and Lifetime reminds us of a certain royal wedding.
Holy no-brainer, Batman!
Are you ready for some highly choreographed football?!?!?!?"
Sex and death abound in this week's offerings! If someone's not hooking up, they're putting perps underground, or talking to ghosts or something. I guess that covers most TV, doesn't it? Never mind. Read on!
Awesomeness and un-awesomeness collided in an incredibly unawesome way today. Fortunately, awesomeness won. Awesomeness always wins.
Because like misogynistic hayseeds, homophobes and self-important fashionistas, little innocuous supernatural procedurals need to be taken! Down! Ausiello is reporting that Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno character managed to sneak onto the set of Medium a couple weeks ago, where he posed as an extra in a "tense courtroom scene," and proceeded to loudly interrupt filming until security dragged him out and production had to be shut down. Um... p0wn? I guess? I'm not saying it isn't kind of funny. I'm just saying your efforts could have been used to combat something truly evil like 90210 or 60 "If it didn't exist The Amazing Race could actually start on time" Minutes instead, Bruno.
The NBC upfronts were today, leading to some news, although not the news you may be looking for. Other than that, it's been pretty quiet. You might say it's been too quiet. You might want to hunker down for a couple of days until what's coming, comes. Circle the couch cushions. Turn on CNN. Make some chocolate milk. Run silent. Run deep. The day's news briefs are after the jump.
Everyone knows we're a nation of ADD-addled freakazoids with the out-of-sight, out-of-mind mental capacity of a gnat. So it makes sense that some network and cable brass are feeling a little worried about the months that've elapsed since their shows last proffered new episodes. Case in point, HBO's Big Love, which for various reasons mostly owing to the writer's strike hasn't aired a new show since August of '07 (you read that right) and is therefore throwing endless resources into reminding people it exists and is still relevant. Specifically, in keeping with the show's tagline, "Everyone has something to hide," they've constructed eye-level billboards in New York and L.A. equipped with headsets which passers-by can don and listen to random people offering up "secrets," from stealing someone's lunch out of the communal work refrigerator to less wholesome untruths. It's a brilliant ploy, because the Great Hot Mormon trend of '07 might've flamed out, but gossip and secrets never go out of style.
This little flight of marketing fancy might very well succeed in recapturing Big Love viewers and even winning a new audience. But what about some other returning shows without the budget or the creativity to exploit the subconscious desires of the masses? I've decided to be a generous soul (it's my new thing for '09!) and come up with a few ideas for shows that have been off the air so long that their core audience has all but given it up for dead. Just call me Mother Theresa.