How do you follow a six-season run on one of the biggest cult TV shows of all time? If you’re Carlton Cuse, you tackle the backstory of the most famous serial killer in film and TV history, Norman Bates. A&E’s newest scripted series, Bates Motel (Mondays, 10/9C), has a very promising premiere; an introduction that is both creepy and eerie without being the least bit supernatural.
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Imagine, if you will, a version of the classic The Rockford Files where Jim Rockford is a cop instead of a private investigator – and he’s been transplanted from sunny California to equally the sunny but muggier Florida Everglades [the resort town of Palm Glade], in particular. The result might be a lot like A&E’s surprise hit, The Glades.
Not even a skilled Baywatch lifeguard could resuscitate The Hasselhoffs after the first two episodes aired to dismal ratings.
On Friday, December 10th, A&E announced that that were removing the reality show The Hasselhoffs from their Sunday night schedule. The Hasselhoffs featured former Baywatch and Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff and his two daughters, who are aspiring to get into showbiz. According to The Nielsen Co. the first episode was seen by 718,000 viewers but that the audience hit low tide at 505,000 the second week. This ratings drop translates to meaning that more than half the people who watched the show “Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels,” which preceded The Hasselhoffs turned away from it in droves once Simmons show, which has an audience of 1.4 million, was over.
There are eight completed episodes of The Hasselhoffs that will remain unaired as A&E has no plans at this time to bring the series back.
Courtesy of our friends at A&E we have a pretty cool prize pack from A&E’s new show the Fugitive Chronicles that premieres Thursday, April 1st at 10/9c on A&E! The prize pack includes:
- A Fugitive Chronicles Portable Grill/Cooler
- Fugitive Chronicles Compass/Flashlight
- Fugitive Chronicles T-Shirt
On Thursday, March 25, at 9/8C, A&E will post a link on the Fugitive Chronicles Facebook page where the curious true crime fan will be able to view a secret preview on AETV.com.
The show’s official fan page can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/FugitiveChronicles.
On April 1st, A&E’s Fugitive Chronicles [Thursdays, 10/9C] gives true crime television something different – cinematic reconstructions of some of the most compelling recent fugitive captures. In a composite of gritty reconstructions, archival footage, fugitive narrative recreated from real testimony and exclusive taped interviews with law enforcement officials, each one-hour episode dramatically brings each infamous manhunt to life. Details from the press release follow the jump.
Wednesday evenings on A&E just got a little bit stranger. Steven Seagal: Lawman [10/9C] is a reality series that focuses on action movie hero Seagal’s day job as a deputy sheriff with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana’s Sheriff’s Office – he’s been a police officer for the last twenty years.
If you’re thinking that the series sounds like Cops with a movie star, you’re partly right – the show’s patrol footage is very like that of the Fox reality show. The difference is twofold: first, until now, Seagal has kept his police job out of the limelight and, second, between the patrol sequences, you get footage of Seagal lending his martial arts expertise to the training and protection of Jefferson Parish police.