Ever since Dirty Dancing came out almost 30 years ago, everyone who saw it fell in love with it. The timeless film has been attracting new fans every time a parent shares their favorite movie with their kids who then share it with their friends who then share it with someone else and so on. In other words, it is perfect the way it is.
Or so we thought. ABC has other thoughts on that and remade the classic to air on May 24th. Nobody puts baby in the corner, but someone should put this remake there. It might be good, but that promo is no Patrick Swayze/Jennifer Grey lift. When will Hollywood learn, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! See Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show that lived up to two of the words in the title.
Do you love Shark Tank, but wish they only did toys? That is what The Toy Box on ABC at 8p tonight is all about, but with a twist!
Each week, 5 inventors pitch their toys to 3 judges to see if they will advance to the next round. Those judges are Dylan Candy’s creator Dylan Lauren, toy critic Jim Silver and Pixar Animation Studios’ creative director of Consumer Products, Jen Yan. After looking at their inventions, they decide if they should move on the toy box or go home to play with their toy.
What is the toy box? The business people who have moved on, face their toughest critics. Four judges, who are children, and they know what makes a toy work and what doesn’t. They are Aalyrah Caldwell, Noah Ritter, Sophia Grace Brownlee and Toby Grey. They might be in school, but they mean business. They ask the masterminds questions and then play with the toys before they deliberate who moves on.
Each episode, one person advances to the final round. The winner of that round gets their product produced by Mattel Toys. Something that they have given up their homes and children’s education to do. It is crazy how far these people have gone to make their dream a reality.
Toys like a soccer ball that opens up into other balls, a doll that talks in 3 languages, a ballerina doll that you can pose like one, 2 different takes on pinatas and many more toys that make you feel like a child again. On that note, this fast paced competition show is hosted by Modern Family’s Eric Stonesteet who is forever a child.
Do you love court shows and wish you could be on the jury? With You the Jury that debuts on Fox tonight at 9p you get to do just that.
Each week a a plaintiff pleads their case and their lawyers will question them and the person they are suing. After both sides have presented their cases and all their evidence has been heard, it is time for closing arguments. Unlike a real trial, the people involved in the case give them. Then it is up for you to decide who wins and who loses.
It sounds like a great idea on paper, but the modern day set makes it all seem cold. It feels more like Who Want to Be A Millionaire than You The Jury. That and Judge Jeanine Pirro is awful as the host because she is stiffer than a gavel. Plus, her voice is like nails on a chalkboard.
My verdict is guilty as charged. It’s a good idea turned bad.
ABC finally released some photos from the much anticipated Dirty Dancing remake and do you think you will have the time of your life watching it on May 24th?
The telemovie that stars Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes as the roles that were originated by Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze seems to have captured some of the original 1987 film’s feel, but I still don’t think it needed to be remade. There was just something about it that made it feel special on its own, I don’t see why it needs to be retold.
Especially, since it was the chemistry between Swayaze and Grey that made it what it was. Now that he is no longer with us, I don’t think anyone will be able to recreate it. It is perfect just the way it is.
Will I watch? Of course, but I will be bitching about it until the credits role.
On a positive note, at least Debra Messing and Sarah Hyland truly look like they belong in the Catskills back in the ’60s.
While I have been enjoying Leighton Meester on Making History, I am one of the just over 1 million people that has been watching it. Yet even though the sitcom is one of the lowest rated programs on broadcast TV, Fox is still airing it.
But that might be changing because the show’s star was arrested today. According to TMZ, Adam Pally was arrested in NYC on suspicion of smoking marijuana from an e-cig and possessing a small bag of cocaine. Why do I think his arrest will cause the show to be cancelled? If history repeats itself (no pun intende), then Fox will try to separate themselves from Pally because of his arrest. In the past they have not been fans of their stars getting in trouble with the law. But they don’t even have to justify the cancellation because the ratings for this show are beyond a disaster. Barely over 1.5 million people watched the show on Sunday in the overnight ratings and those are some very painful numbers for a show on the Big 4.
Talking about Pally, his other show The Mindy Project was picked up for a 6th and final season over at Hulu today.
Back to time traveling shows, sad news over at ABC. Starting this Sunday, Time After Time has been replaced by Match Game. While the ratings for the Kevin Williamson drama have not been good, they have been doing about twice that of Making History. I was loving the show because I was a fan of the movie, so I am upset that they pulled it from the lineup indefinitely. Why can’t they get rid of American Crime that has been doing worse than Time After Time? Oh yeah, it gets ABC award nominations, and they barely get any.
Finally some good news, Powerless will be back with an all new episode on NBC tomorrow at 8:30p. It had been replaced by Trial & Error repeats for the last two weeks, so I was getting nervous that it was never coming. Thankfully tomorrow, it will be flying back onto our TV screens.
If you have not seen DC’s first sitcom, then you are missing out on a show that is truly Super, man!
Back in 1895, H.G. Wells published a book called The Time Machine and now over 120 years later, it is being told again in the ABC series Time After Time, Sundays at 9p. Wells was a writer way of ahead of time, thus why he wrote about time travel. His writing influenced another writer and that person is Executive Producer, Writer and Director extraordinaire Kevin Williamson. Williamson has taken his love of the author from the book to the small screen because he has been a huge fan of the big screen version since his teens.
Williamson recently spoke about his admiration of Wells and 1979’s feature film Time After Time at a press event for the Sci-Fi show. He said, “Well, I have always loved this project. I have just been a big fan of (the film’s Director) Nicholas Meyer from the word go growing up. This movie is what led me to actually read H.G. Wells, it’s what turned me to H.G. Wells as a writer.”
Even though it got him to read the author, he veered away from it first. Telling us, “I found it very hard, very dense. It wasn’t my cup of tea at the time. And then I started reading The Island of Doctor Moreau and then I got it. I like this this guy. Then I went out to read The Invisible Man. We sort of live in that universe.” So much so, he made it known that, “We live in The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Invisible Man and we just start touching War of the Worlds and that will be this season.”
One such way the worlds of Wells’ imagination combine on the series, is Williamson says that, “In a lot of ways, Griffin in The Invisible Man is a lot like John (Stevenson aka Jack the Ripper), in terms of some of his character and his backstory.”
While that is Dr John Stevenson aka Jack the Ripper (Josh Bowman), what about hero H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma)? Even though Wells invented the time machine, he does not adapt to our time as well as Dr Stevenson, the man he is chasing. Why is that? Williamson explained his thought process on that one as, “It seemed too easy to take H.G. Wells, who wrote of the future, who predicted the internet basically, to be this guy who goes to modern day and sort of picks it up.” Eventually, he will take all of his knowledge and Williamson reveals he, “will go home to 1893 and write all of his books, based on his experiences in modern-day New York City is the idea.”
One aspect of the movie that meant a lot to Williamson is a scene where Wells puts on the television and finds out that Utopia he hopes for never happened. That was a scene he incorporated into the pilot, adding that the first episode is loyal to the big screen adaptation. That scene while disappointing to Wells, seems to fit Stevenson like a glove. Shaping how both men will adapt and survive in the year 2017 as compared to 1893. We started to see the effect in the second episode last week and even more so tonight as they have gone their own ways in New York City. Separation is not a good thing for them because there are even more people who know what their true identities are and those people are coming after them. How well prepared are they take on these people who are out to get the two men from the past? Only time will tell.
And one more tell from Williamson on Wells, “I just loved (him). I loved all the ideas. I loved all the science fiction everything that H.G. Wells. I started listening to his recordings.” Then he continued by saying, “Then of course we threw it all away, we created our own show.” A show that is as thrilling as the concept of time travel. Therefore, you don’t want to miss it tonight and every Sunday night on ABC at 9p.