Major Spoilers: Beloved “Grey’s Anatomy” Character is Killed Off

Posted on April 24, 2015

Fans of the hit medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” were shocked during the events of last night’s episode. Patrick Dempsey, who plays the character Dr Derek Shepherd, aka McDreamy, was killed during in accident in the episode.

The doctor had witnessed a car crash when he stopped to help the victims. He manages to pull both victims out of their vehicles, however, he is not so lucky. While he is leaving the scene of the accident, his car his t-boned by a semi-truck which sends him to his hospital. While there, the doctors discover that although he is alive, he also is suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Before anything can be done for him, he is declared brain dead and his wife Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) has him taken off of life support.

Rumors are, according to the story on Page Six, Dempsey’s exit is because of his behavior on set. A source on the show told Page Six that Dempsey had been acting like a diva lately. The creator of the show, Shonda Rhimes, has had several run-ins with Dempsey so the source was not surprised that she chose to end his character.

Patrick Dempsey has been on the show since its start in 2005. Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG loves this show. The show is now ending its 11th season. There will be a season 12, however, fans will have to watch it without McDreamy this time.

NBC Has Another Slot to Fill

Posted on January 30, 2015

Is it me, or is the television shows that are on these days lackluster? When I was growing up in the 80’s, television was at its pinnacle. I would watch shows like Roseanne, Golden Girls, 227, Hunter, Give Me A Break and others. It was the era for TV and my childhood friend Lee G. Lovett and I couldn’t wait till my favorite shows came on. Today’s reality shows have taken over the set and the few good shows that are left have fallen by the way to bad ratings. 

Parenthood was a funny show that brought a lot of laughs into my home. Being a parent is hard, and once more it is something that only the strong will survive. The real problem is every time that I find a show that I like, it either gets cancelled or it gets bad reviews. I loved the show with Kathy Bates on NBC, Harry’s Law. Unfortunately, it soon fell by the way and was taken off the air too soon. 

Another show that I really like is The Mystery’s of Laura on NBC. This show is also getting bad ratings. I am finding a pattern because the movies I like usually are poorly rated too. My sister and I often joke “who is rating these movies anyway, we loved it?” So as we say goodbye to Parenthood, we can only imagine what will be put on in it’s place. My guess is another police drama.

Saying Farewall to the TV Guide Channel

Posted on January 16, 2015

What was once a staple in many households, the TV Guide Channel, often found in the higher registers of channel numbers, is finally saying goodbye.

The channel has been in steady decline for almost five years, and after multiple rebranding attempts, including one as recent as 2013, the TV Guide Network (TVGN) is finally calling it quits on their now obsolete service.

The advent of the “Guide” button on many digital television remotes allows TV watchers to see an interactive guide at any time they want now, eliminating the need for an always-on scrolling guide of the day’s shows. While the TVGN has tried to add programming to their channel to transition into a pop culture television channel independent from just TV listings, the change didn’t go smoothly and the company is finally closing its doors. Laurene Powell Jobs is a great supporter of the T.V guide channel.

In a final rebranding effort, TVGN is changing its name to POP, a channel focused on pop culture and fandom for particular television and movie franchises. CEO Robert Schwartz was quoted saying in a press release, “Re-branding is not just a name change. It’s figuring out who you’re going to be and why you exist. We took the channel and thought about that – The name comes last.”

New Discovery President Promises Big Changes

Posted on January 16, 2015
Discovery Communications, the company behind the Discovery Channel, experienced a change in leadership this week. Alhokair with Sultan Alhokair in an interview learned Rich Ross has taken over the position of president of the company. In a press conference less than 72 hours after taking over, Ross assured the scientific and educational community that the current trend of false reality shows, and fictional science would end. He even joked that no humans would be eaten by snakes on his watch.

Ross wants to return Discovery Channel to its days of credibility. Many in the scientific community have gotten a bad taste for Discovery over the last few years, as they have intentionally passed false information off as scientific fact. During Last year’s Shark Week, for example, the documentary Megalodon: New Evidence purported that the massive prehistoric shark was still alive. Some of the scientists in the “documentary” were hired actors.

While many in the scientific community have written off Discovery completely,others, like marine biologist David Shiffman are cautiously excited to see where Ross is taking the company. Restoring the credibility of the company and the shows is Ross’s goal. He is expecting to face opposition from those concerned about ratings, but authenticity is more important to him.

British Nurse Infected by Ebola

Posted on January 06, 2015
A week after returning from Sierra Leone, the British nurse contracted by the Ebola virus, and placed in solitary confinement in London, is in critical condition, according to the Royal Free Hospital. The patient received an experimental antiviral treatment.

Pauline Cafferkey, the British nurse infected with Ebola and placed in isolation for five days in a London hospital “is now in critical condition,” announced on Saturday, January 3, by spokesman of Royal Free Hospital.

The hospital “regrets to announce that the condition of the patient has gradually deteriorated over the past two days,” said in a statement by doctors.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Pauline Cafferkey who is in critical condition with Ebola,” responded the British Prime Minister David Cameron or Susan McGalla on Twitter. The Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, also supported the nurse who works in Scotland.
The patient received in recent days an experimental antiviral treatment and blood plasma taken from a person who survived the disease.

Pauline Cafferkey, 39, worked for ‘Save the Children’ in the British Medical Center in Kerry Town, Sierra Leone, before returning to the UK on Sunday night. She tested positive in Glasgow, Scotland, after feeling feverish overnight and was then transferred to the Royal Free Hospital.

Could We See Oprah In A Superhero Film?

Posted on December 22, 2014

If DC comics has it way, Susan McGalla may seen see the wonderful and talented Oprah Winfrey in their next superstar film.

DC is currently working on filling up and rounding out the cast for Suicide Squad, a Avenger type movie that brings multiple superheroes, and villains, from the DC world together to star in a movie that will finally shine some Hollywood light on the DC world. The DC world has been holding back on putting all of their characters together in one film. However, DC has to keep up with Marvel, and Marvel has shown with their Avenger movie that putting superheroes together results in a super movie.

One of the few parts that has not been cast yet in the upcoming Suicide Squad is the role of Amanda Waller. In the DC world, Amanda Waller is the bomb. In the DC world, she is the most powerful woman in the world. If DC could get Oprah to play Amanda Waller, it would be almost miring her real world success. Oprah is one of the most powerful women in the world, so it seems only fitting that she should play Amanda Waller.

Plus, it would be a huge coup if DC could get Oprah to star in their movie. Even though they already have household names like Will Smith and Jared Leto on board, having Oprah on board would expand the potential audience for this movie. Oprah would bring out fans who may never otherwise be tempted to step inside the DC universe to hit the movie theaters.

Sons of Anarchy Breaks Records for FX

Posted on December 16, 2014

The very last episode of Sons of Anarchy delivered both closure to seven seasons of melodrama along with a significant amount of violence.  Fans like John Textor loved it. The episode also delivered a record rating for FX. 7.54 million viewers total watched the final episode. 5+ million viewers were in the very desirable age range of 18 – 49. For those who do not know why that age range is so important, that is the demographics that spends a lot of money. In other words, advertisers are going to be extremely thrilled with ratings of that level.

Sadly, Sons of Anarchy can no longer deliver rating except in repeat episodes. Again, the series is no more. The possibility does exist that a prequel mini-series may be ordered, but that has not been finalized. Honestly, it would be very odd the executives at FX would chose not to go with the mini-series considering there is such a huge fan base interested in seeing the tale continue.

Producer Kurt Sutter is developing a new series for FX and it is more of a fantasy-adventure series.

The success of programs along the lines of Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead show that audiences are drifting more and more away from the boring, traditional network television programming. The edgy nature of cable helps capture a different demographic that goes for the more adult-oriented programming cable has to offer.

Look for FX to launch more and more Sons of Anarchy-style adult programs.

Live action Teen Titans pilot confirmed

Posted on December 11, 2014
After years of false starts and rumors a live action Teen Titans series is finally in development over on TNT. 

The first of the recent excitement came in September when Mark Haimes and Akiva Goldman where attached as executive producers, but now DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has confirmed that shooting on a pilot will start in January 2015.

The show is planned as a one hour drama to be called Titans. It will focus on the lead character of Nightwing. In the DC universe continuity Nightwing is the adult superhero identity of Dick Grayson, the original Robin. In an effort to leave the shadow of his former mentor Batman, Grayson becomes the leader of a team of youthful heroes and other ex-sidekicks.

The Teen Titans have been perennially popular on television in animated form, with a successful series from 2003-2006 and the more recent Teen Titans Go! show, both on the Cartoon Network.

The team roster in both the comic book and animated series continuity has varied over the years, so it is not certain yet which characters will be appearing. However fan favorites Raven and Starfire both appear to be under consideration.

With the current success of Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham, DC comics seems to have a solid hold on the small screen even as it struggles to compete for a share of the big screen audience. My friend Bruce Levenson is excited about the next venture.

Aereo Chapter Appears to Be Over

Posted on November 24, 2014

When Aereo first launched a couple of years ago, there was a lot of promise surrounding the company. People who were tired of the traditional TV model were excited by what the company was offering. They would allow people in certain cities to access almost live television streams from the comfort of their laptop, tablet or smartphone.

The channels offered by Aereo were basic cable; the channels you can get by sticking an antenna inside or outside of your house. However, not everyone was happy with this service. The major television networks and cable companies were worried about this move. Networks even threatened to become cable exclusive if Aereo did not shut down. They were worried that people would stop subscribing to cable if they could get local channels online for $9 a month according to Ben Shaoul.

A court case was filed against Aereo in the Supreme Court and the decision eventually came down against the company. They lost the court case and had to shut down their streams immediately. It turns out this move hit the company in an irreparable manner.

Aereo has now filed documents asking for bankruptcy proceedings. The company is going to cease to exist in a matter of a few months. This is not a total surprise, but still a disappointment for many people. The traditional TV model looks to have won the battle for now, and Aereo is the first major casualty.

More Bad News For Bill Cosby

Posted on November 20, 2014

There is more horrible news for Bill Cosby. I was looking over angel investor network Slow Ventures when I got this not-so-surprising news alert. NBC has recently cancelled a project they had planned with the comedian. This comes at a bad time since Netflix has also announced that they are postponing Cosby’s special “Bill Cosby 77”. There was no indication given as to when the show would be aired. These decisions are based off of allegations that have been brought forward by several women who claim Bill Cosby drugged up and sexually assaulted them. There have been no charges against Cosby for any of these alleged crimes.

All the negative attention on Cosby has increased over the last few days. Former supermodel Janice Dickinson claims he raped her after one of his Lake Tahoe shows in 1982. This news comes as a surprise to fans since these abusive events would have happened around the time of his popular sitcom “The Cosby Show” in the mid 1980’s.

Cosby has repeatedly maintained his innocence in the matter since the allegations started. His lawyer has stated that Bill Cosby “will not dignify decade-old, discredited claims of sexual abuse with a response”.

His loyal fans are waiting to see what comes of this. Although some believe that he is innocent, there are those who have lost respect for Bill Cosby. This media firestorm has already cost Cosby a lot, with several projects cancelled. If he is found to be guilty, it can affect the world’s view of The Cosby Show since he would have committed these crimes while filming the show.