This week the 5 broadcast TV networks announced their Fall TV lineups and a lot of the new shows seemed familiar. That’s because they are either spinoffs of a show that is on TV, a remake loosely based on a movie, TV show and/or comic book, a reboot and/or a revival. There’s 24: Legacy, The Blacklist: Redemption, Chicago Justice, The Exorcist, Frequency, Lethal Weapon, MacGuyver, Prison Break, Riverdale, Taken, Time After Time and Training Day.
You might think what happened to originality? Funny or Die thought the same thing and came up with this brilliant video. Proving everything old in Hollywood is new again on TV. Ask Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, Bones, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Elementary, The Flash, Gotham, Grimm, Hawaii Five-0, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Law & Order: SVU, NCIS, NCIS: LA. NCIS: NoLA, The Odd Couple, The Originals, Reign, Scorpion, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, Supergirl and The Vampire Diaries, Who’s Line Is It Anyway.
We have all seen sex scenes on broadcast television, but we have never see any banned body parts. How do they keep their hidden gems a secret? Bitsie Tulloch shared the Grimm secret, they wear special skin colored underwear.
Kind of takes the romance out of it, so we will pretend we never saw this.
But what we shouldn’t pretend to see, is Tulloch’s return to Grimm this Friday at 9p on NBC. It is a must not miss!
Well yesterday some shows were getting renewed for another season, but that was then and this is now.
SouthLAnd took off its bulletproof vest for a second and TNT shot it right through the heart. Since Monday Mornings was also closed for business permanently today, there was no show left at the place that knows drama to save it. Over at CBS CSI: NY was also shot and killed, meaning for the first time since 2002 there will only be one CSI on the Eye. CBS also decided not to gamble on another season for Vegas, so they took their losses and ran. NBC decided that Go On shouldn’t.
And through all of this ABC hasn’t said what shows will be back and which ones won’t.
UPDATE: ABC is starting to announce what will be on their fall lineup. Nashville has something to sing about because it is coming back, but Reba’s show Malibu Country lost its voice. Once Upon a Time will not be living happily ever just yet as it will be back too. Scandal got the presidential seal of approval for a renewal and Grey’s Anatomy has the right medicine for another season. Castle has at least one more chapter in him. Suburgatory is advancing to its junior year. Who will Emily Thorne get Revenge next year in the Hamptons? Modern Family was a no brainer to return, so it is. While Happy Endings just got a sad ending from ABC. Body Proof has been sent to the morgue in a black bag with a toe tag. The Red Widow has joined her husband in hell because she ain’t coming back. The Neighbors are staying on Earth for at least another year. The Middle is staying put! We won’t be finding How To Live With Your Parent (For the Rest of Your Life) because ABC moved out. Last Man Standing is still standing on ABC. Family Tools, the worst show of the new season won’t be back!
The students at Greendale just can’t graduate because NBC shockingly picked up Community for another season. NBC will not be giving birth to another season of The New Normal. The curtain goes down on Smash.
You might not know the name Ray Harryhausen, but you will know the Special Effects Titan after you watch this documentary about his illustrious career this Wednesday at 8p on the Sony Movie Channel.
Back in 1933, a 13 year old Ray went to see King Kong in the theaters and his life was forever changed. After he saw that movie, he decided that he wanted to make the creatures that like the big ape for the cinema. It was from then on, that he started making dinosaurs in his house and creating his own films with them.
Then after he got out of the military a chance meeting got him into the biz, and the movie industry was changed forever.
He came up with a new way to make Stop Motion look more real and because of that he inspired the greatest directors of our time. Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Tim Burton and Peter Jackson all talk about how his work on movies like Mighty Joe Young, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts all influenced them.
But not only do you hear their stories, you hear Harryhausen’s story about how he made some of the most memorable Stop Motion movie creatures you have ever seen. You hear how he came up with the creatures and how he made them look as real as possible. Listening to his tales, is so cool to any fan of Hollywood movies. Because without his brilliance, who knows what films would’ve looked like. He changed them for them better.
One of the coolest parts of this documentary comes at the end when you see the actual size of these creatures. After hearing him talk about it, and seeing what he did you’d think they would be life-size, but in reality they are about the same height of a Barbie doll.
If you have seen any movie that you loved with a monster or a spaceship, then you are going to watch Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan on Wednesday at 8p on the Sony Movie Channel.
There are some days where it seems like the networks all go crazy and decide to pick up their shows all at the same time, and today was one of those days. Over at Syfy they announced that Haven is not troubled and will be back for a 13 episode 4th season. NBC wants to wet the ladies’ appetite of shirtless men with Chicago Fire sticking around for a full season. Then at The CW a new show has proven to be more of a beauty than a beast, so Beauty and the Beast will be around until the spring. Comedy Central likes to vacation at Brickleberry so much so that they said they are going back for a second trip. Finally USA sent out a notice to Burn Notice that they aren’t burning them yet because they will be back for season 7.
Now I am just waiting for CBS to announce already that want to continue to partner with Partners, the sitcom that gets better with each episode. They have really found their groove and they need to continue on for the full season. Out of all of the Monday comedies on CBS, I laugh more during that half hour than the other 3 combined.