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November 21, 2008

TV Cancellations

This morning, in blogging the new version of Cupid, I observed that the show probably wouldn’t last, since it’s hard to keep such shows on tv for long.  (The video is now working in that post, btw).

This afternoon bore out my pessimism in general; two of the more original and distinctive shows to debut in the 2007/2008 strike-shortened season, Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone, were cancelled today, along with Dirty Sexy Money.  All three will finish out their original 13-episode orders for this season, but won’t make any additional episodes.  Hopefully, the networks will air all of those episodes, and not wait to feature them on DVD collections.

Daisies, while visually stimulating and wittily written, was easily predictable as having a short life expectancy; it lived and died on its frenetic pace, something that wasn’t really sustainable long term. The creators have said that the storyline will finish up in comic book form (probably from corporate siblings DC Comics or Wildstorm), which is actually somewhat fitting, since the show was previewed in comic book form at the 2007 San Diego Comic Book Convention.

I’m more disappointed by the demise of Eli Stone, a quirky, fun series which was more-or-less a conventional legal comedy/drama (think LA Law), with a weekly musical number and an aneuryism-induced vision or two thrown in to keep it interesting.  With good, sometimes subtle performances by Jonny Lee Miller (the first Mr. Angelina Jolie), Victor Garber, Natasha Henstridge, and Julie Gonzalo, this one had a good chance of staying around for quite some time.  Too bad it won’t get the chance.

I also watch Dirty Sexy Money, but it’s more of a guilty pleasure.  I’ll miss it, but not in the same way as the other two, and not for as long.

October 5, 2007

Daisies and Tigers and Beavers (oh, my)!

Quick Friday notes:

Pushing Daisies is airing again tonight at 7 p.m. Watch it. If you watched it the last time, watch it again.

Point made?

For those of you who live in the St. Louis area and are Mizzou Tigers fans (or, I guess, Husker fans), the Mizzou/Nebraska game tomorrow night is being shown in digital at Wehrenberg’s Ronnie’s 18 (or 93 or however many screens they have now). It’s on “the big screen”, but I’m guessing that just means the screen’s bigger than your tv. Tickets will be available starting at 8 p.m. tonight, and are free. Check out this link for more details.

And I neglected to wish you a Happy Beaver Day yesterday. No, Mr. Dirty Mind, we here at PCMmS do not use that particular word as a slang term. Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Leave it to Beaver. That could have been one of the shows I listed yesterday as having jumped networks.

October 4, 2007

TV Past and Future

Thanks to all who watched Pushing Daisies last night. It won its time slot handily in the ratings, coming in second for the night, behind only Criminal Minds. This was thanks in large part, one would have to figure, to the almost universal raves it got. In fact, this was one of the few times that I can remember when reviewers (professionals) actually begged people to watch a show. The interesting test will be next week, on both ends: Will the episode be as good, and will as many people tune in to it?

In my preview post earlier in the week, I forgot to mention that tonight’s 30 Rock premier features the return of Jerry Seinfeld to episodic tv. Hey, anything that gets more people to watch the Emmy-winning comedy is fine by me.

Also, I missed a show on the weekly premiere preview: Law and Order:Criminal Intent premiers tonight. But I missed it because it’s not on one of the big 5 (and yes, the “big” is relative) networks. The show, while still making new episodes, has moved from NBC to USA. This is not unprecedented. A number of shows have jumped networks, and Baywatch started out on NBC before jumping to syndication, and a few shows (boxing reality program The Contender comes to mind) actually have moved to a cable network mid-season to finish their runs. I think The Contender is actually still producing new episodes as well, a number of seasons down the line. It is, however, the first time that a member of one of the major “tentpole” families (L&O and CSI) have supplemented their endless cable reruns with new episodes. If only Crime and Punishment (the L&O family’s reality show) had managed to find its way to CourtTV.

October 2, 2007

Another Lunchtime TV Post

Since I didn’t get to it last night and it looks like tonight will be another late evening, here’s another quick lunchtime post, covering the rest of this week’s premieres.

 

Tuesday. ABC, 7:00 and 7:30. Cavemen and Carpoolers. One is a sitcom version of a car insurance commercial, and the other takes place in a car. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

 

Wednesday. Pushing Daisies (ABC, 7 p.m.) is without a doubt my favorite pilot of the season. It has a style and a vibe all its own, with director Barry Sonnenfeld’s (THE ADDAMS FAMILY) fingerprints all over it. Daisies is the story of Ned the Pie Man (Lee Pace, Wonderfalls), a young man who discovers at an early age that he has an unusual talent — if he touches someone who is dead, they will come back to life. As with all things, though, there’s a price: If the reanimated person remains alive for more than one minute, someone nearby will die in their place. And a second touch from Ned will send that person to their grave permanently. Believe it or not, this is a lighthearted romantic comedy.

In addition to owning his own pie restaurant, Ned works with private investigator Emerson Cod (Chi McBride, The John Laroquette Show), reviving murder victims just long enough to reveal who killed them so that Ned and Cod can collect the reward. When one of the victims is Ned’s long lost childhood sweetheart, Chuck (Anna Friel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), the choice of letting her remain alive is, predictably, not so hard. Of course, now that he has his true love back, he can never touch her again, but that’s sure to be some of the fun going forward. One woman he can touch (but doesn’t seem to want to) is his waitress, Olive Snook (Kristin Chenoweth, Bewitched), who’s repeatedly foiled in her attempts to reel Ned in.

As I’ve said, this is a delightful show with an energy and a vibe all its own. Whether that vibe will be maintained over the course of the series (always a dicey proposition with these sorts of things), or whether the network will give it a chance to land the kind of audience that it so richly deserves is anybody’s guess.

Interlude. Okay. I maybe gave Cavemen and Carpoolers short shrift because I wanted to get to the Pushing Daisies preview. But come on. Cavemen is adapted from a series of Geico commercials which, while they were maybe a bit amusing, weren’t begging for more background. Add to that the fact that the series was extensively altered once the original pilot was shot, and the outlook is not good. Of course, According to Jim is still on (maybe), so there’s no underestimating what people will watch. I don’t know much about Carpoolers, but none of the reviews I’ve glanced at have been particularly glowing, and there hasn’t been one whit of positive buzz. There. Now don’t say you haven’t been warned.

 

Thursday. NBC, 7:30. 30 Rock. Fresh off a Best Comedy Emmy, this behind-the-scenes look at a late night comedy show is deserving of whatever praise it gets. Consistently funny, sometimes outrageous, the only criticism I can offer of the show is that creator/writer/star Tina Fey sometimes shortchanges herself in favor of Tracey Morgan’s character.

Thursday. CW, 8 p.m. Supernatural. I gave up on this last season, but for those needing a hardcore horror fix, this is about as close as you can get this season. They’re adding two new female characters, including the daughter of former teen heartthrob David Cassidy.

 

Friday. NBC, 8 p.m. Friday Night Lights. Routinely considered the best show no one’s watching, this quality drama about football evidently isn’t really about football. I don’t know. I’m not watching.

 

Sunday. CW, 7 p.m. Life Is Wild. Vet moves his family to a South African game preserve. Sounds entirely too uplifting and naturey. We here at PavCo MultiMedia do not do uplifting and naturey, and we certainly do not do them together.

 

Interlude 2. I just realized I haven’t said “What, this is still on the air?” at all this week.

 

Sunday. ABC, America‘s Funniest Home Videos. What, this is still on the air?

 

 

If tv be the food of life, view on!

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