Today in news -- a Walking Dead shocker, a way to get your Mad Men fix, and an OC alum is coming back to TV.
With another Fourth of July upon us, it's time to celebrate our freedom, and for us TV junkies, that means freedom from crappy shows and, more specifically, certain awful characters. Some of these people were on blissfully canceled shows, while others were recently ousted from halfway decent programs. Let's toast our independence from these most dreadful creations:
With the new fall season imminent, the floodgates have been opened, and all of the big shows are hitting DVD, both the U.S. hits and the U.K. headliners. Plus some shows that never made it past a season or two.
The secret world of Allison Mack no longer involves Kryptonite and angst. Godspeed, Chloe.
Somebody save Charlie's Angels! The classic TV series is in the process of being rebooted, with former Smallville honchos Al Gough and Miles Millar at the helm. In addition, they'll be taking over writing duties now that Sarah Connor Chronicles writer Josh Friedman has left the show. Which means the fate of the Angels will be solely decided by, not Charlie, but by the men who brought us Shanghai Noon. We'd be more worried if we hadn't already had our expectations for the series lowered by the last two Drew Barrymore Angels movies (she's an exec producer on the show, BTW). In light of Smallville and the two movies, here are some things we'd like Gough and Millar to keep in mind as they reinvigorate the franchise.
Lost is over, but there's still plenty of TV news to read. Optimism!
You know how it seemed for many years there like Smallville would outlive us all? Well, it won't.
DC Comics recently announced that they were going to restart their legendary titles with new issue No. 1's, in addition to giving legendary characters a more contemporary look and streamlined histories in order to appeal to potential readers who've been intimidated by decades of convoluted continuity. The news has caused a justifiably huge stir in the comic book blogosphere (as has the parallel announcement of day-and-date digital downloads), but for us, the most interesting question was: could this work for television shows? Here are the current (or recently concluded) series that we think are most in need of a DC-style reboot:
Smallville Season Ten hasn't even started yet, but it looks like they're ready for the show to go the way of Krypton. At the Television Critics Association press tour, the president of the CW said that she'd love to say that Smallville is going off the air and "something else is coming on." With sci-fi adventurer Blue Beetle and time-travelling egotist Booster Gold rumored to appear on Smallville this season, they're the frontrunners for a spin-off series, but we can think of a bunch of DC superheroes who are much more deserving.
We can't help but feel a little bad for Katie Cassidy at the moment. She was the best thing on The CW, and they knew it, so they delayed officially canceling Melrose Place until after pilot season, essentially leaving her trapped on the network until next year's pilot casting rounds. And as such, she'll be guesting on Gossip Girl this fall, playing a love interest for Nate. Great -- we know what a fantastic opportunity that turned out to be for Joanna Garcia last season. Nothing like showing up on an established show past its prime to form an annoying new love triangle (I know he and Serena are done, but I know this show, so I know they are never going to be done) -- just ask Melissa George how awesome it is! So it sucks, and it just made me think of other, possibly worse ways the CW could have stuck it to Ms. Cassidy for (allegedly!) trying to leave the network last spring. You know they at least considered all of these at some point.