Saw this coming from a mile away. When NBC picked up this pilot, I knew for sure this was gonna fail. I mean you are remaking a show that people use to watch in the 60s and isn’t remembered by many. Nostalgia will only get you so far. People just weren’t watching. It needed to bring something else to the table and unfortunately it was just another procedural that clearly people are tired of. Hopefully Blair Underwood can get on a show soon that is worthy of the man’s talents. YAY Community is back though; probably for it’s final season.
With the beginning of February upon us in 2 days, I just wanted to remind you that there are a lot of shows that haven’t premiered yet.
Be sure to check out the calender for the premiere dates of all your favorites.
Boss Cancelled By Starz – The drama lead by Kelsey Grammer has been cancelled. It recently ended its second season recently and will be not coming back for a third season. “After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to not proceed with ‘Boss. We remain proud of this award-winning show, its exceptional cast and writers, and are grateful to Kelsey Grammer, (series creator) Farhad Safinia and our partners at Lionsgate TV,” said the network. The show was a generally liked by critics but not so much with audiences. It did bring Kelsey Grammer a Golden Globe award. It’s a little surprising that they cancelled the show since they renewed the show for a second season before the numbers were in for the first season.
Dirty Jobs Cancelled – Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs has been cancelled. This is the second big cancellation from the network after American Chopper was cancelled last week. The show ended its eighth and last season in September.
Chevy Chase leaving Community – The actor has had a pretty rocky relationship with the show. There was the much publicized feud with series creator, Dan Harmon, production being interrupted because Chase was not happy with what was being shot and his use of the N-word on set when he was making a point about where his racist character was headed. Most of Community’s 4th and possibly last season has already been shot with 2 episodes left. Chase will be in all except the final 2. Community premieres this coming mid-season on February 7th, 2013 on NBC.
New Promos for Smash and Cougar Town – Smash and Cougar Town return at the beginning of next year and they just released some new promos. Looking forward to an Ellis-less Smash and all the drama that comes with this show. Also looking forward to the wine drinking cul-de-sac crew on Cougar Town.
Cougar Town returns on its new home, TBS, on January 8th, 2013.
Smash returns to NBC on February 5th, 2013.
Downton Abbey Renewed – Downton Abbey will be back for a fourth season. Season 3 just finished airing in the UK and will premiere in the States January 6th, 2013 on PBS. PBS will air a recap of season 2 and a preview of the upcoming season 3 on Sunday, November 25th at 8/7c.
Oh NBC. They just don’t know what to do with themselves. Their whole schedule is just a disaster.
We are now 3 days away from Season 2 of Awkward Black Girl and I am counting down my best ABG episodes. Today we are on #3 which I picked because everything I could ever want out of a season finale was in the episode. The episode is of course episode 12, The Decision which was the season finale of Season 1. The episode was great because not only did **Spoiler Alert** J pick white J but there were so many awkward moments that had me cracking up so hard. It also had a nice set up of where season 2 would pick up. Oh and cherry on to is the cameo by one of my fave new rappers, Childish Gambino. You might know him better by his government name, Donald Glover or simply as Troy from Community.
I know I’m over 3 weeks late here but…. better late than never right? So upfronts happened and brought about the final nail to the coffins of many shows as well as plenty of renewals for the networks. We also get a preview of what the fall 2012 has in store for us.
Lets’s start with ABC. Their cancelled shows for the 11-12 season were Charlie’s Angels, Desperate Housewives, GCB, Man Up!, Missing, Pan Am, The River and Work It. Renewed shows are Castle, Modern Family, Body of Proof, Cougar Town, Dancing With the Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, Happy Endings, Last Man Standing, Once Upon A Time, Private Practice, Revenge, Suburgatory, The Bachelor, and The Middle.
I’m not really sad about any of the shows that were cancelled here. The only one that I feel they should have given more time to was GCB. Maybe let it run a little more in the summer to catch more of an audience. Their ratings weren’t terrible either so I didn’t really understand that one. As for everything that got renewed YES, YES, YES especially Cougar Town. TBS came in with a last minute save on the show because ABC was definitely going to ax it. So come this fall Cougar Town will no longer air on ABC but on TBS. Continue reading Network Upfronts 2012
Dan Harmon, the creator and showrunner on NBC’s Community, was ousted out of the show he has worked on for the past 4 years. It seems like it’s not a mutual thing either as after it happened Harmon took to his Tumblr page to tell his side of the story.
A few hours ago, I landed in Los Angeles, turned on my phone, and confirmed what you already know. Sony Pictures Television is replacing me as showrunner on Community, with two seasoned fellows that I’m sure are quite nice – actually, I have it on good authority they’re quite nice, because they once created a show and cast my good friend Jeff Davis on it, so how bad can they be.
Why’d Sony want me gone? I can’t answer that because I’ve been in as much contact with them as you have. They literally haven’t called me since the season four pickup, so their reasons for replacing me are clearly none of my business. Community is their property, I only own ten percent of it, and I kind of don’t want to hear what their complaints are because I’m sure it would hurt my feelings even more now that I’d be listening for free.
I do want to correct a couple points of spin, now that I’m free to do so:
The important one is this quote from Bob Greenblatt in which he says he’s sure I’m going to be involved somehow, something like that. That’s a misquote. I think he meant to say he’s sure cookies are yummy, because he’s never called me once in the entire duration of his employment at NBC. He didn’t call me to say he was starting to work there, he didn’t call me to say I was no longer working there and he definitely didn’t call to ask if I was going to be involved. I’m not saying it’s wrong for him to have bigger fish to fry, I’m just saying, NBC is not a credible source of All News Dan Harmon.
You may have read that I am technically “signed on,” by default, to be an executive consulting something or other – which is a relatively standard protective clause for a creator in my position. Guys like me can’t actually just be shot and left in a ditch by Skynet, we’re still allowed to have a title on the things we create and “help out,” like, I guess sharpening pencils and stuff.
However, if I actually chose to go to the office, I wouldn’t have any power there. Nobody would have to do anything I said, ever. I would be “offering” thoughts on other people’s scripts, not allowed to rewrite them, not allowed to ask anyone else to rewrite them, not allowed to say whether a single joke was funny or go near the edit bay, etc. It’s….not really the way the previous episodes got done. I was what you might call a….hands on producer. Are my….periods giving this enough….pointedness? I’m not saying you can’t make a good version of Community without me, but I am definitely saying that you can’t make my version of it unless I have the option of saying “it has to be like this or I quit” roughly 8 times a day.
The same contract also gives me the same salary and title if I spend all day masturbating and playing Prototype 2. And before you ask yourself what you would do in my situation: buy Prototype 2. It’s fucking great.
Because Prototype 2 is great, and because nobody called me, and then started hiring people to run the show, I had my assistant start packing up my office days ago. I’m sorry. I’m not saying seasons 1, 2 and 3 were my definition of perfect television, I’m just saying that whatever they’re going to do for season 4, they’re aiming to do without my help. So do not believe anyone that tells you on Monday that I quit or diminished my role so I could spend more time with my loved ones, or that I negotiated and we couldn’t come to an agreement, etc. It couldn’t be less true because, just to make this clear, literally nobody called me. Also don’t believe anyone that says I have sex with animals. And if there’s a photo of me doing it with an animal – I’m not saying one exists, I’m just saying, if one surfaces – it’s a fake. Look at the shadow. Why would it be in front of the giraffe if the sun is behind the jeep?
Where was I? Oh yeah. I’m not running Community for season 4. They replaced me. Them’s the facts.
When I was a kid, sometimes I’d run home to Mommy with a bloody nose and say, “Mom, my friends beat me up,” and my Mom would say “well then they’re not worth having as friends, are they?” At the time, I figured she was just trying to put a postive spin on having birthed an unpopular pussy. But this is, after all, the same lady that bought me my first typewriter. Then later, a Commodore 64. And later, a 300 baud modem for it. Through which I met new friends that did like me much, much more.
I’m 39, now. The friends my Mom warned me about are bigger now, and older, bloodying my nose with old world numbers, and old world tactics, like, oh, I don’t know, sending out press releases to TV Guide at 7pm on a Friday.
But my Commodore 64 is mobile now, like yours, and the modems are invisible, and the internet is the air all around us. And the good friends, the real friends, are finding each other, and connecting with each other, and my Mom is turning out to be more right than ever.
Ah, shit, I still haven’t called my fucking Mom.
Mom, Happy Mother’s Day. I got fired.
Yes, Mom. AGAIN.
This seems so shady for Sony to do this but this kind of seems to be the nature of the game when these types of things happen. I’m sure the new showrunners are going to be great and all but this being the last season of Community coming up, you’d think they’d just keep Harmon there till the end. And it doesn’t seem like he has a problem with the people he works with (except for that little dust-up with star Chevy Chase last month). They all have had nothing but wonderful things to say about him since the news broke of his departure.
Joel McHale, who plays Jeff Winger, tweeted “@danharmon you are a true genius. You gave me the role of a lifetime & three of the best years of my life. Buying #Prototype2 today.” Gillian Jacobs, Britta on the show, tweets, “I wholeheartedly agree with @joelmchale. I’m so grateful to @danharmon for my role, the show and everything else. Thank you, Dan. Thank you.” And finally Emily Cutler, a writer and producer on the show tweeted, “There is no #Community without @danharmon . Period.” I’m glad he wrote this and cleared it up because you just know they were gonna try to spin this and make it seem like he would still have a hand in the show when all he’s gonna be doing now is picking up a check.
Missing – ABC 8/7c Series Finale. In the thrilling conclusion to Season One, Becca faces her own inner demons in a way she never has before in a last-ditch effort to save her son. Meanwhile, Suspect Zero tries to complete his sale. This show is actually not bad. Too bad ABC just cancelled it this past week. Hopefully it’s a good finale.
Community – NBC 8/7c & 9/8c Season 3 finale. Gilbert Lawson former right-hand man to Pierce’s father, requests a meeting with Pierce at Hawthorne Enterprises; the study group must pitch in to help save Pierce’s inheritance.The study group develops a plan to infiltrate Greendale’s Chang-controlled campus; Troy turns to the Air Conditioning Repair Annex for help.Shirley and Pierce’s disagreement over their sandwich shop leads to Jeff squaring off with Alan , his former colleague, in Greendale Summer Fun Court; Vice Dean Laybourne makes a last attempt at winning over Troy. Glad this show is coming back. Not happy about them putting it on Fridays. I mean if they wanted to kill the show just cancel it.
30 Rock – NBC 8:30/7:30c Season 6 finale. Determined to prove his marriage has survived Avery’s kidnapping unscathed, Jack asks Liz to officiate their vow renewal. Meanwhile, Criss tries to convince Liz that he’s worth sticking around for. Tracy meets with Cornel West to discuss his influence as a black celebrity.
Rules of Engagement – CBS 8:30/7:30c Season 6 finale. Jen volunteers to throw Audrey a baby shower, but puts the wrong date on the invitation. Meanwhile, Jeff takes a liking to Audrey’s maternity clothes, and Russell accomplishes great things when he decides to give up women. I don’t know how this show makes it every season. It’s like the stepchild at CBS. They move it around a lot and never bring it back on time and still it comes back and does pretty ok. They might not be so lucky this year though as CBS is still in discussions on whether to drop the show.
Grey’s Anatomy – ABC 9/8c Season 8 finale. A dangerous situation leaves the doctors fighting to stay alive while trying to save their peers; Ben and Bailey make a decision; Teddy gets a tempting offer; Richard plans a dinner for the residents. Don’t really watch the show but if you do, one of the main characters is going to die. Don’t worry it’s not Meredith or Derrick. The actors just signed on for two more years of Grey’s.
Person of Interest – CBS 9/8c Season 1 finale. When a psychologist’s number comes up, Reese must protect her from one of her patients while eluding capture by the FBI, who are closing in fast. Meanwhile, Finch receives an unwelcome visit from an old acquaintance. This episode will be good one. The Feds are coming for them and Reese’s old partner is still alive. Can’t wait. This show started off slow but now its gotten really good. And they have brought Taraji P. Henson’s character in more so I like seeing her do her thing there. It’s been picked up for a second season so yay!!!
Awake – NBC 10/9c Series finale. Detective Britten doesn’t know who to trust when the truth behind the accident begins to show itself and a high-ranking conspiracy threatens both of his realities. In a moment of frustration, Britten decides to take the law into his own hands and goes after Detective Hawkins, putting himself and Bird (Steve Harris) in the crosshairs of the conspirators. Captain Harper is instructed to clean up the mess. Later, when questioned about his partner, Detective Vega begins to have concerns about his Captain’s intentions. Sad this show didn’t make it. It started with so much potential.
The Mentalist – CBS 10/9c Season 4 finale. After another failed attempt to defeat Red John, Patrick Jane hits rock bottom, finds a lover and shoots one of his own.
Scandal – ABC 10/9c Season 1 finale. When Quinn finds herself in a tragic and compromising place, Olivia and the team rush to her side; all the while, a reluctant Cyrus must turn to Olivia when Billy Chambers makes an announcement that shakes Fitz’s presidency to its’ core. I feel like this show just started and we are already at the finale. This show gets better every flipping episode. The good thing is we’ll get to see more of the show after this because it’s been renewed for a second season.
Thank you its the weekend. I can sleep in and catch up on some shows and movies. But before it ends and the new week starts lets recaps some of the stories and events from movies and tv this week.
Lets start off with NBC. They released their mid-season schedule this week and truly just said f*@% it to any kind of common sense. They have taken off Prime Suspect and Community and moved almost every show around. Whitney is moving to from its nice post Office spot to Wednesday nights at 8:30/7:30c. It will follow the new Chelsea Handler show, Are You There Chelsea (Vodka got taken out of the title because this is family hour). It makes sense to pair these 2 shows together but 8/7c family hour is definitely not the place. These shows are supposed to be rude and crude and make lots of sex jokes. Both of these shows would be way better on cable where there is more freedom to do all that not on broadcast television. Up All Night will be taking over Whitney’s spot on Thursday nights. 30 Rock will take over Community’s spot. NBC says the show isn’t cancelled but you have to wonder when it will return. Prime Suspect looks like it’s getting the ax. They say they haven’t made a decision but they already stopped production on the show and are shooting the final 13th episode next week so you tell me if that isn’t a decision. New show, The Firm, based on the John Grisham novel, will take over the slot. Here is the rest of NBC’s schedule.
MONDAYS: 8-10 PM – The Voice (season premiere February 5 after the Superbowl; series resumes February 6); 10-11 PM – SMASH (February 6)
TUESDAYS: 8-10 PM – The Biggest Loser (January 3); 10-11 PM – Parenthood (through February 28); 10-11 PM – FASHION STAR (March 13, 9-11 p.m. with two-hour premiere; one-hour episodes resume March 20)
WEDNESDAYS: 8-8:30 PM – Whitney (January 11);8:30-9 PM – ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? (January 11); 9-10 PM – Rock Center with Brian Williams (February; 10-11 PM – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
THURSDAY: 8-8:30 PM – 30 Rock (January 12); 8:30-9 PM – Parks and Recreation; 9-9:30 PM – The Office; 9:30-10 PM – Up All Night (January 12); 10-11 PM – THE FIRM (two-hour premiere January 8; Thursday time period premiere January 12)
FRIDAY: 8-9 PM – Who Do You Think You Are? (February 3); 9-10 PM – Grimm; 10-11 PM – Dateline NBC
SUNDAYS: 7-9 PM – Dateline NBC (January); 8-9 PM – Harry’s Law (March 4); 9-11 PM – The Celebrity Apprentice (February 12)
ABC also unveiled their mid-season schedule and one of my favorite shows was notably missing from the lineup. CougarTown staring Friends alum, Courtney Cox Arquette (she might not be going with Arquette anymore; Kanye shrug) was not in the line up and this coupled with the mess that was NBC made me angry about the coming mid-season. The show will air sometime in March with a shorter season as the episode count been cut down to 15 instead of the 22 that were going to air. This isn’t a great sign for the show but hopefully when it does return people watch and the ratings go up because the show is quite hilarious.
Good news Arrested Development fans. The show is officially returning. There had already been an announcement about the show returning but it hadn’t found a home yet. This time it has. The series will be shown exclusively on Netflix starting in 2013. No word on if all the cast members will be returning or if the long-awaited movie is going to happen but the show is back and that’s all that matters.
Ugh Twilight: Breaking Dawn pt 1 came out yesterday and is on track to make almost $140 million. It started off the weekend with midnight showings making over $30 million and $72 million total on Friday. It’s the 3rd biggest opening day ever behind Harry Potter and The Deadly Hallows: Part 2 and the second Twilight movie, New Moon. Everyone I know who has seen this is raving about it and saying it was actually really good. I don’t get it. I watched the first one and that was awful and nothing ever convinced me to see any of the other ones. Kristen Stewart is also one of the worst actresses. Hell the whole main cast is pretty bad. Glad this is the end of this franchise because these kids are gonna disappear after this. Their movies that ventured out of the Twilight franchise have been less than spectacular and have not been seen by many so I look forward to the day I don’t have to see another Twilight ad or Kristen Stewart’s awkward and unsmiling face.
The trailer for a new Denzel Washington movie Safe House came out this week. The film stars also stars Ryan Reynolds and Vera Farmiga (with really bad hair). It’s about young CIA agent (Reynolds) who must watch a fugitive being held in a safe house (Washington). The house is attacked and they must work together run to get to a secure. Love Denzel and love Reynolds so I was already in without seeing the trailer but man when I saw it, I was in. I love when Denzel goes bad. Training Day was a great movie, I don’t think he should have won an Oscar for that but it was a great movie. Denzel plays bad so well. Why he didn’t do it more often I don’t know. The premise of this movie is not anything new. Its been done before but it definitely looks awesome and they use one of my fav songs from Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne album that features the lovely Frank Ocean called “No Church in The Wild.” Good action, acting and eye candy what more can you ask for. The movie is in theaters February 2012.
Brad Pitt says he is going to be retiring from acting in 3 years. He did an interview this week with the UK version of 60 minutes. He said “I am really enjoying the producing side and development of stories and putting those pieces together. And getting stories to the plate that might have had a tougher time otherwise…” If I had read this in the late 90s or early 2000s, I would have been upset because Brad was making some wonderful movies at that time. Now I would say ok if he wants to I’m fine with that. The peak of his acting career has passed and while he still makes plenty of good movies, he could retire and not be missed. There are many younger actors that have taken the place that he held during the 90s when he was making hit movies and named People’s Sexiest Man. I would miss Pitt movies but I’d be ok just watching his old ones like Legends of The Fall, which is one of the best movies ever.