American Gods is coming to Starz

Posted on June 17, 2015

Neil Gaiman’s monumental novel, American Gods, is coming to the small screen as a series on Starz. Fans of the novel, like Kevin Seawright, had an ecstatic reaction several years ago when HBO began to work on a television adaptation. After a long period with no news on the series, it finally came out that HBO was going to give up the rights to the show. While Gaiman’s loyal following probably can’t wait to see American Gods come to life, the excitement may not be as great this time. HBO has a proven track record of turning out popular and well received shows. Starz, meanwhile, has produced a number of original series that have been successful, but have never garnered the attention or praise of HBO’s shows. The showrunner will be Bryan Fuller who worked on Hannibal. The executive producer will be Michael Green who is currently producing Gotham. Both those shows have been very divisive among fans of the original content. An adaption run by Fuller and Green may not be able to satisfy the majority of fans.

Netflix Brings New Shows, Please Resurrect Constantine

Posted on June 15, 2015

Netflix is expanding it’s library of original content in the next few months with TV shows such as Degrasi: Next Class and Tarzan and Jane. The digital streaming video service that once drew the ire of subscribers by unceremoniously increasing prices, is now providing an entire roster of original and interesting content to subscribers.

Netflix is the place where the new, cancelled and nostalgic go to frolic. TV shows that you’ve grown up with or foreign movies that you’d like to watch again all find a new home in Netflix, and Netflix has taken a step further by providing original content. It started with Arrested Development, the hilarious Fox TV show that was cancelled much too soon found a home and a new audience on Netflix, and fans flocked to the service in droves. Today, Netflix also has Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards, and Sense8 to it’s name, with more to come in the fall of 2016.

Look for shows like Tarzan and Jane, An Army of Frogs, Puffin Rock, and Cirque du Soleil Luna Petunia next year, as well as more seasons of their current content. Soon enough, audiences will not have to subscribe to cable to watch shows they love.  Mikal Watts certainly likes this idea.

Here’s hoping Constantine will also find a home at Netflix. Fingers crossed. The show about the Hellraiser was cancelled long before its time, and would surely fit with the Netflix brand.

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.

“Better Call Saul” Hits Record Breaking Cable Stats

Posted on February 12, 2015

 

This week the Breaking Bad prequel series “Better Call Saul” hit televisions for a two night premiere on Sunday and Monday night. The show features actor Bob Odenkirk as his notable character from the hit series Breaking Bad and takes place before the events of Walter White’s crime days.

Not only have fans been waiting months (and years) for this show to debut since Breaking Bad ended at the end of 2013, but according to an article found on reddit and written by NYDailyNews.com, “Better Call Saul” had the highest ratings in cable history for a debut night of a show.

Odenkirk’s former series, Breaking Bad, in which he co-starred with Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul gained a large fan base over the course of the years said CNN.com. When the show’s finale aired it left viewers like Susan McGalla wanting more, so this is essentially what director Vince Gilligan is doing from a different angle. Fans of the show got to reminisce with the style in which the episodes are filmed and even see a few familiar faces in the first two episodes. In “Better Call Saul,” the show starts off with character Saul Goodman before he became known by that name, and is still living with his birth name, Jimmy McGill who is a struggling lawyer trying to find a way to make an honest living. With the success of Breaking Bad, there is great potential for this series.

Sister Wife Mary Brown Drops A Bombshell

Posted on February 10, 2015

 

Anyone who has been keeping up with the popular show Sister Wives heard Mary Brown’s startling announcement on Sunday. She stated to viewers that in next week’s show, she would talk about why she went to see a lawyer. Well, the cats out of the bag and viewers are left with mixed emotions as to why she divorced her husband, Kody Brown.

The divorce was final in September of 2014. However, in December of 2014, Kody married Robyn Brown legally. Many are guessing that this was a legal move more than it was a decision to split on the couple’s part. See, Robyn has three children that are not legally Kodys. That means that he cannot provide for them with insurance or anything else, as he is not a legal husband. Being a spiritual husband doesn’t give her grounds for any benefits in the state’s eyes.

Because Robyn has a child with Asperger’s Syndrome and he was in a serious ATV accident, it has left mounting medical bills said Mathieson. Being on a popular TV show, hardly allows them to sign up for welfare benefits. Mary has always had a bound with Robyn and it has been evident throughout the entire show. We will see if this changes their relationship any, or if the dynamics of the family shift as Robyn is the only “legal” wife. It was a heartfelt gesture on Mary’s part and she should be commended for being a real sister wife.

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.

More ‘The X-Files’ News Released

Posted on January 22, 2015

With this week’s mews about a continuation or reboot of The X-Files, many fans, like Sergio Lins Andrade, believed that they wouldn’t hear any more news for months because everything is still in the discussions phase with FOX.

On January 20, David Duchovny surprised fans by commenting on the topic: He announced that he assumed it would happen “sooner rather than later.” He also stated he’d be more than happy to reprise his role as Agent Fox Mulder, but he didn’t feel that any of the original cast or crew would have enough energy to do a full season. He also personally isn’t interested in doing a full season.

Of course, with more American television shows following a European model — dropping 22 episodes to 10 to 13 per season — it appears fans won’t have to worry about Duchovny bailing out IF the first season is a short one. After all, he just completed a 13-episode series called “Aquarius” for NBC.

Additionally, there’s no telling what actors/actresses might be willing or able to do once they’re a part of a successful series. Networks and production crews can also work with them so they get more rest. For example, they might spread out cast and crew schedules or cut schedules to four day weeks.

Either way, a lot of fans are thrilled to hear that Duchovny is eager to return to seeking out the truth.

What Is Up With Ash vs. The Evil Dead?

Posted on January 13, 2015

Four years ago, if you mentioned that Bruce Campbell is slated to the Evil Dead series, most would probably assume the project was going direct to cable or DVD. It is going direct to cable, but not as a throwaway low-budget film. The return of Ash is coming in the form of a new weekly series. Four years ago, if you said this is how the return is going play out, odds are you would find yourself banned for life from every horror convention on the globe. The crime of making outrageously silly predictions is rarely forgivable, albeit common, in horror fan circles.

Upon the passage of four years, however, vindication shall arrive. Ash vs. The Evil Dead is a real television series in development. The program will air on the Starz Channel. Don’t look for a full one-hour series though. The running time is slated to be 30 minutes as the series is going to be 1/2 horror show and 1/2 sitcom. Yeah, that is a weird mix.

The overall theme of the series is going to be rooted in PTSD. You see, Ash is suffering from a lot of lingering problems due to his clashes with the undead in his youth. He’s living in a trailer park and working a dead end job and trying to put his past behind him. The trouble is the undead are at his door once again. Bruce Levenson finds this all pretty interesting.

The show is just too strange not to be a hit.

Tom Rothman Could Change The Face Of Television

Posted on January 08, 2015

The Rothman Revolution Will Be Televised

When Tom Rothman was the head of Fox Films, he was managing such productions as Titanic. At the time, that was the most successful movie in the world. It was also the highest grossing film of all time. It became such a hit that it precipitated other hits that came out of Fox. He was also running Fox Searchlight to find great movies that were made by smaller filmmakers. He was taking a frugal approach to production that allowed his productions to be more creative in the end. He has always believed in that kind of reckless abandon when it comes to creativity, and he is taking his approach to Sony Pictures. 

Sony Pictures has teamed with TriStar to create a new venture that is going to produce television and movies. Rothman believes that television is the place where most of his energy should be focused. He wants to create dazzling characters that are able to make more money for the studio. He believes that more creativity will make it possible for the studio to create better shows that last longer. This is something that will change the face of the television industry if it works.

Hollywood should listen to Rothman– the man was educated at Columbia Law School for goodness sake. In today’s market, TV shows are created and they have to work instantaneously. However, his fiscally conservative look at the numbers could make it easier for these shows to be profitable. They will have more time to gain traction, and that traction will help these shows last so that people can enjoy watching them years to come.

If Rothman gets his way, he will be able to use this new venture to create TV on the order of the likes we have never seen. We simply need to give him a chance to see if he can do what he did at Fox Films.

NBC Airs A Show About One Direction

Posted on January 08, 2015

One Direction is a very popular boy band these days, and fans of the group are looking to learn anything about them, anyway they can. NBC decided to air a special about One Direction, and it was something that was unforgettable, as well as a lesson about the boys. One Direction. Most certainly, teenage girls were glued to their TV when the special aired, and it probably made for great ratings for NBC. The show had the boys on a roller coaster, which made for some fun in the show. It’s nice to see that such a famous group has a fun pass time, such as going on a roller coaster ride.

Another thing that was learned about the group were first words as a child, things they like to do outside of playing in the band, and we also got to experience some of their songs as well. One fun fact about one of the group members is the fact that the member likes to dance around in his underwear, and video proof has been posted online, if you’re interested in watching. No doubt, teenage girls will be lined up from left to right to replay the video of the young man in his underwear, over and over again.

Any fan of One Direction’s music, like Ben Shaoul, will have found great joy in the episode that aired last night, especially their younger fans. Either way, it was a great show.