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Carlton Cuse, in his first series since "Lost," arrives on a screen near you Monday with his new show, "Bates Motel."
Quick description -- a "contemporary prequel" to Hitchcock's '60 classic, "Psycho."
What do I think? On to the jump! But here's a question that I never get into in the review, and is not addressed in the show itself -- why...Read more »
This Sunday, "60 Minutes' has a profile of Jack Dorsey, known to the Twitterati as lord and master of the kingdom known as Twitter - or at least its creator. He since moved on to other web ventures. Should be fascinating...A quick look:
Talk about getting off on the right foot. Oscar winner Ang Lee will direct the pilot of Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff's forthcoming series for FX, "Tyrant." This will indeed mark Lee's television debut.
Per FX chief John Landgraff in a statement:
"Ang Lee has demonstrated time and again an ability to present characters with such depth and specificity that they reveal...Read more »
Still beloved by quite a few fans (obviously) ever since it ended a three-season run on UPN back in 2007, "Veronica Mars" lives again: as a movie.
But this rebirth is unconventional. The show's creator, Rob Thomas, started a Kickstarter campaign that surpassed the $2 million in donations mark that Warner Brothers said would be needed to revive the show-to-movie project, and voila. (Check it out here.) Remarkably, Thomas kickstarted this campaign just this afternoon.
What's Kickstarter, you ask? It's a crowd-funding web company that launched in 2009. Expect this "Kickstarter" victory to kick-start other campaigns for the dearly departed. (A "Gilmore Girls" flick, anyone?) Bell and Thomas put together a very clever Kickstarter video to pique fan interest, which clearly worked, and should set a template for other fan favorites whose lives were cut short by the fickle finger of network TV fate.
I would imagine Warner Bros.' next demand will be, "Show us the money!" Presumably everyone who pledged funds to get this done has the funds to get this done ... right?
Meanwhile, here's some good background from the AP:
The series averaged between 2.2 million and 2.5 million viewers in its two-year run on the now-defunct UPN and final season on the CW network. Those modest numbers are overshadowed by the intense fan devotion that has kept dreams of a movie alive. Backers are eligible for various goodies, ranging from a PDF copy of the script to be sent on the day the film is released (for a $10 pledge) to naming rights to a character (for $8,000). An appearance in the movie, available to one $10,000 contributor, was snapped up. Crowdsourcing has given filmmakers a new way to get always-elusive funding. At last month's Academy Awards, the short documentary "Inocente" became the first Kickstarter-funded film to win an Oscar. It received $52,000 from 300 contributors.
Starting April 6, "Smash" will move from Tuesdays to Saturdays where it will end its natural life. And so the cruel wheel of TV fate turns. NBC has sort of announced this - mostly to affiliates, who need to make plans. A formal announcement is coming. NBC says the show will air the rest of the season on Saturdays, specifying a total of 17 episodes.
This is a shame in all sorts of...Read more »
On vacation last week, Jay Leno returned to work yesterday to find out that he had been barred from the lot - a joke! - referring to that report that he will be replaced by Jimmy Fallon in '14. He's got more...and they're a bit mirthless. (Jay doesn't even seem to be laughing all that much, possibly because he seems to have told similar ones before...)
Interesting program note: The Discovery Channel and Robert Redford will revisit Watergate — pretty much 30 years old now — in an April 21 documentary called "All the President's Men Revisited." The title's a play, of course, off Redford's '76 screen classic, but this film will get into much more than a movie. Here's the description:
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN REVISITED gains access to the top players, from those directly involved in Watergate to others from politics, journalism and the media. Mr. Redford, who famously portrayed The Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in All the President’s Men, Mr. Woodward, Mr. [Carl] Bernstein, and actor Dustin Hoffman, who portrayed Mr. Bernstein on-screen, reflect on the events that impacted journalism, the American presidency and the global political culture. How has Watergate changed the presidency? What effect has the scandal had on our political leaders? How useful and productive were the collaborative efforts of the U.S. Congress?
Today a bit of a departure, a happy birthday tribute to a radio institution that had a profound impact on television news, and remains the only continuous news broadcast on the U.S. airwaves since before the Second World War: "CBS World News Roundup" turns 75 years old today.
It's a 10-minute show versus 38 minutes at birth--- hey, you try mounting a 38-minute show when you've turned...Read more »
You could see this coming from a thousand miles away -- if you were wearing glasses, that is: Sean Lowe will join the new season of "Dancing with the Stars." Announced Tuesday on "Good Morning America."
But ... but ... but (you say) -- what about the forthcoming nuptials with Catherine Giudici and that Neil Lane rock on her finger and all the love that was professed last night?
This is reality TV, friends, and love has to wait. He'll partner on "DWTS" with Peta Murgatroyd.
Sure, this is a clever move by ABC. Lowe has become something of a professional reality TV show contestant (he was on "The Bachelorette;" got dumped just before the altar, millions of tears flowed, remember?) while "Bachelor's" ratings have also been strong this season -- very strong. The likelihood of ABC shelving its big new reality star for something like marriage/honeymoon was just about nil.
Here's ABC's release. (Oh, and "DWTS" begins Monday):
Having found new love, Sean is engaged to Catherine Giudici. His “rosy” journey to “The Bachelor” was not without its, well … thorns. Originally a contestant on the eighth edition of “The Bachelorette,” Sean was eliminated right before the show’s finale. But heartbreak didn’t derail his pursuit of love and happiness, as he soon signed on as ABC’s next “Bachelor.” A successful Dallas businessman and entrepreneur, Sean prides himself on his close-knit family. He went to Kansas State University on a full football scholarship and, as a linebacker, was part of the 2003 Big 12 Conference Championship team. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in social science. Sean began his career in finance, following in his father’s footsteps in the insurance industry, before committing to his new enterprise, owning and running an upscale, custom furniture business.
Not always generous with forward glances at forthcoming seasons, Matthew Weiner and AMC appear to have reversed themselves a bit by releasing this nearly two-minute long trailer that offers a handful of clues of what to expect -- notably much will be about Don, Don, Don. Take a look (and the sixth begins April 7, by the way).