I’m going to keep this short since I have The Lost Dial at my disposal, I can express all my opinions verbally versus writing them all out here. Granted, I still have my notes written down, but I’d rather have Mike and/or Wendy interrupting me to make sure me recap isn’t as boring as watching the Awards.
However, I will state here that I personally didn’t find the show as boring as it can be. I really don’t understand why so many people are so critical. It’s a 3 hour (and some change) show, I’m not expecting non-stop excitement. I paid $15 to watch Pirates of the Caribbean and they couldn’t provide that either, so my expectations are lower since this is network TV (meaning I deal with commercials). Speaking of commercials, did anyone else love those JCPenney commercials? I love you, Ellen. (more…)
There might be too many puns available for NBC’s newest 10PM drama Awake. But rest assured, this is not a show to sleep on. Hopefully NBC’s ratings dreams might come true with this one. Okay, I’m done for now.
Seriously, from the pilot episode alone, I’m hooked onto this show. I’ve been waiting for this show to air since I saw trailers last summer but having seen an episode, it makes it all that much more official. Maybe I’m still going through an Inception thing, but dream studies have always been an interest of mine.
Before I get into ratings jargon or what it means for NBC, I’ll explain what the show’s about and why I think you should watch it. (more…)
I’m slacking with the new shows of fall 2011, predicting who will last, what shows I’ll be watching, etc. I’m so late, there have already been a number of cancellations like Charlie’s Angels, The Playboy Club, Free Agents, How To Be A Gentleman… am I missing any? It doesn’t matter, I don’t think anyone is going to miss them. I only watched two of those four shows just to get the flavor of it and predicted it’s demise.
But right now I’m talking about new comer and later fall debut of Once Upon A Time, a sorta retelling or a modern-ish look at classic fairy tales. Actually I live-tweeted the show and decided mid-way that I’d write a review about it. The other boasting property this show has is that it features a couple of the writers from LOST lore. That’s an important fact for later. (more…)
Netflix recently recommended this documentary to me based on what I’d assume my like of a string of documentaries I’ve watched recently, and probably my marathon of Mad Men, which is a recent favorite show added to my list of enjoyable TV. For those completely unaware as to what Mad Men is or what it’s about, it’s a drama on AMC about a Madison Avenue advertising company that takes place in the 60′s. Since it’s been on the air and winning Emmy’s, I constantly ignored the show… but I’m going to stop myself from raving of it’s awesomeness since this about Art & Copy. (more…)
I’ve always considered myself a Conan O’Brien fan, even though it took me a while to admit it. I mean way back when he hosted Late Night, and I found myself watching his goofy antics while I suffered from insomnia. Before that I felt tortured by my best friends whenever we had sleepovers to watch this tall, pale redhead. It was either that or Tom Green. I’ll take Conan over Green any day. (more…)
I’m a firm opponent on most reality TV. Like Real Housewives of New York / Orange County / Wichita… most of whatever is shown on MTV or VH1 that isn’t music related like My Sweet Sixteen Baby Shower. And it’s hard to include following around musicians UNLESS they are regularly being followed around while on tour or making music. Maybe I’d watch that. And I’ll also leave The Real World exempt for being one of the “originals.” And Cribs was just cool to watch.
Then today, I saw this:
I felt it was absolute genius and honestly made me think a little bit about Arrested Development and my ongoing idea about a mockumentary style sitcom based on college life. At this point, I don’t think I’d mind if that idea were lifted, but one of these days I may write a pilot. But I digress. I personally feel these so called reality shows are getting out of hand. As unscripted as they say they are, they are still scripted. If anything, it’s really bad improv. It’s also a cheap guilty pleasure for networks and the people that watch them. I’ve gotten caught in a few of those pleasures myself. My weaknesses are Ghost Adventures and a few of the A&E shows. Remember when A&E stood for “arts and entertainment”?
This is a topic I must revisit someday with my own personal scale or infographical chart showing value to society. I’ll have real time numbers and awesome bar graphs and pie charts. In the meantime, I’m curious as to your thoughts on reality TV. I kinda left it pretty vague, mostly because this genre of TV has gotten so big, it’s sub genres has sub genres.
It’s that time again. I don’t think I cared much for the Emmys a few years ago, but I’ve managed to start watching more TV as I get older and more immersed in the entertainment world where now I can’t help it. In fact, I’m reminded that for a lot of entertainment reporters and personalities and the like, it’s part of their job to watch TV almost all the time. It might seem sarcastic in tone, but that’s hard work… seriously. I have so many hours of television backed up on DVR that it terrifies me to even think about sitting around all day watching it all. Okay, I’ll admit, a good maybe 50% of the disc space is Craig Ferguson and Conan, but still… that’s a lot of TV to get through. Congrats to Conan for his nod by the way. Team Coco FTW.
Apparently I have a habit of endorsing shows that end up getting cancelled. This happened with FlashForward and most recently with The Event. Not that it was my fault, but their concepts and pilot episodes were alluring enough that it caught my interest and hopes for a bona fide hit. But I think a lesson is to be learned from shows like these that you better have more hooks involved to keep me and the rest of the audience captivated to stick around all season, or at least long enough to get renewed. Those “hooks” I speak of are character development and not being boring.
The other issue here is the search for a replacement for LOST. There are a few contenders coming this year, but I think what we, or at least I am looking for, is storytelling that’s captivating and interesting. A few of the shows won’t air until midseason, so I may do another post then. One such show is called Awake, which has an Inception-esque vibe, all about a man who survives a tragic car accident and can’t tell if he’s awake or dreaming while essentially living two different lives. But more on that later. Let’s talk about this season…