Yesterday we fell in love with Red Band Society, and a big part of that admiration is because of how Charlie Rowe plays his loveable character. Leo is fighting cancer and he’s taking Chemo to beat it. As we know if you get chemotherapy, there is a good chance you are going to lose your hair. Leo is one of those people who has gone bald because of it. That means Rowe had to do the same, and Fox just released this video of the big day. We have seen actresses like Shailene Woodley and Karen Gillan get very nervous as they cut off their long locks for movies, and it’s nice to see male actors feel the same way about going under the razor.
I don’t know what surprised me more about this video, how cute Rowe is with hair (don’t get me wrong he still looks good bald) or that he’s English? What surprised you more?
Red Band Society debuts on Fox tonight at 9p and this is a show you want to check in to.
It is the story of six teenagers trapped in a hospital with debilitating health issues, and they aren’t going to let that stop them from living life to the fullest.
Leo (Charlie Rowe) is the makeshift leader of the group. He has cancer and it has taken his leg. He is the one that brings everyone together and the one they listen to.
Dash (Astro) is Leo’s best friend and he has Cystic fibrosis. He is the cool one.
Charlie (Griffin Gluck) has been in there the longest. Even though he is in a coma that doesn’t stop him from being part of the group.
Tonight he gets a new roommate. Kara (Zoe Levin) is a bitchy cheerleader who doesn’t seem to have a heart. But we find out she does have one because she needs a new one.
Emma (Ciara Bravo) is anorexic, and up until Kara arrived, she was the only girl there. She had all of the boys’ attention and now she has to share it.
Finally, there’s Jordi (Nolan Sotillo) and he is the newest member of the society because he finagles his way into the hospital. Just like Leo has cancer in the leg and doctors are going to have to remove it. Before the doctors take it, the Red Band Society throws him one last party for it.
This is there story of living life to the fullest even though the odds are against them.
Since this is a hospital, there is a staff there to make sure they are taken care of. Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer) is the tough one who doesn’t take their crap, but she really cares. Just like Dr McAndrew (Dave Annable) who wants to see his patients make it out of there alive. They let the kids get away with a lot, but they do set some limits.
Red Band Society will make you laugh, warm your heart and bring a few tears to your eyes. It is a drama unlike anything else on television. Sometimes we need a change from the ordinary, and this drama is it.
We’ve seen humans do it, we’ve seen Kermit do it, we’ve seen Cookie Monster do it and now we are seeing Homer Simpson do it. Do what? The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and it was the most animated one of them all. Also the most painful one of them all. But then again it is The Simpsons would you expect any less?
That is why we have loved them for over a quarter of a century and counting!
Our favorite yellow family will be back on Fox September 28th. Don’t forget that FXX is in the middle of airing an every one of their episodes marathon. In case you missed that episode from season 16 or rewatch your favorite one from season 23.
For almost a year, Al Jean has hinted that someone will die on The Simpsons. He gave us a clue that character who dies is voiced by someone who won an Emmy for their role on the show. Only problem with that clue, is that they all won Emmys for the show. So that really didn’t narrow it down.
Well today at Comic-Con, Fox narrowed it down a little bit more with a promo for the upcoming season premiere where that person will meet their maker. Will it be Marge, Grandpa, Marge’s mom, Bart, Comic Book Guy, Patty and/or Selma, Sideshow Bob, Krusty, Lisa, Moe, Homer, Krusty’s Dad or Apu? Still need more of hint? The title of the episode that airs on September 28th is “Clown in the Dumps”. So I think we can all assume who it is from that? Or can we?
The one good thing is that character will not be erased from the show permanently. Al Jean told me on a conference call a few months ago, “I have no doubt that the character will reappear you know in Homer’s memory or whoever’s.”
So after all of that, who do you think will be leaving Springfield for 6 feet under?
Back in May, Fox announced that Fox’s Chairman of Entertainment, Kevin Reilly, was stepping down at the end of the June. Yesterday, on the last day of the month, they announced the first show that he gave his thumbs up for that will not be airing. That show was Hieroglyph. The midseason replacement was set to be a sexy tale during Ancient Egypt times and was picked up before the network even saw a pilot. According to Entertainment Weekly the first episode was shot, and producers talked to Fox about the others ones. It was then that the network decided not to move forward with it. Personally, I think they made the right choice because the show would’ve bombed. That era doesn’t do well on television.
Too bad Fox doesn’t have Almost Human to fill that airtime because they cancelled the fan favorite in place of this failed show that won’t even air.
Fox has decided to pull the very very very low rated shows Riot and I Wanna Marry Harry from their lineup effective immediately according to The Hollywood Reporter, and no one can blame them. Tuesday’s episode of Harry wasn’t even seen by a million people. That has to be the lowest a show has ever done on a weekday on one of the Big 4 networks ever. Which is kind of sad because I thought it was the series’ best episode yet. Now if you are like me, then you want to know what happens when the imposter tells then that he is not Harry. And you will be able to find out when Fox puts the remaining episodes on OnDemand, Hulu, Fox.com and Fox’s App starting tomorrow.
Now when it comes to Riot, it was anything but its title.
Fox announced today that Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, is stepping down from his position by the end of June.
The announcement is not a surprise because their ratings were going down almost as fast as the Titanic did this season. American Idol revamped their show to get more viewers, but the over 40 judging panel caused the show to lose almost a 1/3rd of the viewers they had during their peek. Then there is Glee that saw it’s viewership down to less than 3 million viewers. And yet that show was renewed and Almost Human that saw twice as many viewers was not. On the Almost Human note, the cult cop show was seen by more people than The Following, a show about a cult, and that too was renewed while AH wasn’t. And I think the final nail in his ratings coffin was this Tuesday when I Wanna Marry Harry was seen by just over 1 million people. That is The CW numbers, so that is really really bad for Fox. And I am knocking The CW because I love that network.
While he was ratings challenged this season, I think his other mistake was getting rid of pilot season. As soon as he said that at the Winter TCAs, I knew he was out. And now a few months later he is gone,
What this all mean for Fox’s fall, it is too early to tell. But I do expect that there will be some changes. I also think that there needs to be some changes if they want to keep the network viable. I mean other than Mondays, when they have on Gotham and Sleepy Hollow, I think their lineup is in big trouble. So I really think they will be making some changes. Hopefully it will be picking up the cancelled Almost Human and maybe Enlisted, Surviving Jack and/or Dads and putting them back on the air. Jack did better than Mindy in the ratings and yet she still has a show.
I Wanna Marry Harry debuts on Fox tonight at 9p and you don’t want to miss Fox’s latest dating reality show with a twist.
A few years ago Fox introduced us to Joe Millionaire, who wasn’t really one. Tonight, they introduce us to a Prince Harry look alike, who is actually looking for love. Only thing is the 12 girls he’s meeting don’t know that Matthew Hicks really isn’t Royality. How will he pull it off? Well, it won’t be that hard with the ones who don’t know who he is. That’s right, there are actually a few women in this world, who don’t know who Britain’s most eligible bachelor is. Now even though they don’t know who he is, that doesn’t mean they aren’t charmed by him.
In fact, all of the women are swept off their feet by him because he knows how to work it. Something, I am sure he picked up when they were educating Hicks about the man he is supposed to be.
So how long can he keep this farce up? We will just have to tune in each week to find out.
Tonight at 9p, NBC is airing the one hour season finale for About a Boy, and you don’t want to miss this show come full circle.
Sam’s (Adrianne Palicki) building is condemned and she pretty much asks Will (David Walton) if she can move in with him until she finds a new place. At first he thinks it’s a good idea, but when her stuff takes over the place he regrets his decision. While Fiona (Minnie Driver) is talking with her, she finds out that Sam is keeping a secret from Will. Who will tell Will the secret first? And once he finds out what it is, he is going to have a big decision to make that effects everyone including Marcus (Benjamin Stockham). What will he do?
Now, when it comes to the show coming full circle, you don’t want to miss the slower and more touching version of One Directions’ What Makes You Beautiful sung by Will and Fiona. If you loved the version we saw in the pilot than you are going to love love love tonight’s take on it. It needs to be iTunes by the end of the episode.
Also at 9p but over on Fox, Steve Carrell is back on TV with Riot.
I am assuming Riot got its name because it is a laugh riot. So what is Riot, after watching the first episode, I am not even sure. It’s like Whose Line Is It Anyway, with torture. And since I love torture, I love this show.
For example, the first challenge is 3 of the comedians must improvise a scene on a slippery set that is on a 22 degree angel. Sounds easy, but it isn’t and they are constantly falling down and sliding down it. Another challenge has them spelling out a word with their bodies. Yet another one has them being hit by a huge wrecking ball as they try to get their opponent to guess the picture they are describing. Not all the games are painful, but they are all very funny. This is a great show to watch during the summer on Fox!
And did I mention that is the show is a high octane ride, so sit back, buckle up and enjoy the riot!
Fox announced their fall schedule today and missing from it is Glee which will be back at some point during the year. Also American Idol will be back but it will be trimmed by several hours.
Gotham and Sleepy Hollow give the network a very strong Monday, but I think the rest of their lineup is in big trouble. Utopia will only air for 6 weeks, but if it fails I think it will have a big impact on the network.
When it comes to the rest of the new shows, I will hold judgement until Fox releases the trailers for them. Descriptions can sound amazing, but then you watch the trailer and it doesn’t look as good as it sounded.
Here is Fox’s Fall Schedule:
8:00-9:00 PM GOTHAM (new)
9:00-10:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW
8:00-9:00 PM UTOPIA (new)
9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM THE MINDY PROJECT
8:00-9:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN
9:00-10:00 PM RED BAND SOCIETY (new)
8:00-9:00 PM BONES
9:00-10:00 PM GRACEPOINT (new)
8:00-9:00 PM MASTERCHEF JUNIOR
9:00-10:00 PM UTOPIA (new)
7:00-7:30 PM NFL ON FOX
7:30-8:00 PM THE OT / BOB’S BURGERS
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM MULANEY (new)
UPDATE: Now that I have seen the trailers, I have to sat that Gracepoint and Backstrom really have me intrigued. The other ones are not for me. Which trailers peeked your interest?