We see Steven Tyler, Kevin Spacey and a wedding in our future! Are they marrying each other? Is one of them marrying their mic stand, and the other officiating? Read on to find out!
I'm still not entirely sure why CBS decided to debut a show like this after the Super Bowl. I get that the game and its ratings provide a massive platform to launch a series, but after a day of drinking, eating way too many carbs and watching guys slug it out on the gridiron, the last thing I need is a "feel-good" reality show to lull me to sleep. This post-game berth should've gone to something funny or filled with action -- and CBS has that covered. A very special football themed Big Bang Theory? That would have been amazing. Heck, a CSI: Wherever that started with an explosion and one of the screaming Who songs that we were subjected to during the half-time show would have been a better match. Instead... there was this.
The third day of upfronts brought us the endurance test that is the CBS presentation, held for the umpteenth year in freezing-cold Carnegie Hall. And once again, I was bemused by how defensive the executives sounded while touting the most successful network on television. CBS has the most popular drama (CSI), the most popular comedy (Two and a Half Men) and the most popular new show of the 2008-09 season (The Mentalist). And yet there's this undercurrent of resentment towards their lower-rated, but far "cooler," competitors that's actually fascinating from an armchair psychologist's perspective.
When we first saw the Jersey Shore casting call, we were amazed (and delighted) to see how over-the-top and true to the show it was. We'd like to imagine what other series' (both reality and scripted) casting calls would look like if they were just as true to their formats as that one was...
I realize that regularly I watch (and love) some of the most deplorable reality programming in existence (Big Brother, Rock of Love Bus, Double Shot of Love, Bad Girls Club). However, there comes a point where even I can't handle all the new crap that is coming out. Plus, it seems like so many people have just given up on creating clever new ideas for shows, and instead are playing Frankenstein, with some varied results. Here's some of the latest announcements that make me feel like reality-show producers desperately need to find a new well to pull from.