The fifth season premiere of Bones [Fox, Thursdays, 8/7C] finds things a bit off kilter for Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan [Emily Deschanel] and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth [David Boreanaz]. It’s six weeks since Booth has come out of his coma [see season four’s finale, The End in the Beginning] and he’s pretty certain he loves Bones – but then, he’s forgotten that he rebels against authority in subtle ways like wearing goofy socks and loud ties. Meanwhile, Bones has been introduced to professed psychic, Avalon Harmonia [Cyndi Lauper], who tells her that many bodies lie beneath a certain fountain.
Wow, how did 24 Season 7 end up like this? This was the first season in several years where I was really addicted to 24 and watched it weekly – normally, I’ll either DVR 10 episode blocks or wait for the DVDs but this season was rocking in the beginning until a disturbing pattern formed and that’s the 3 -4 episode arc style of story telling. Every time the show built momentum they caught the bad guy and it was “Oh, I’m just a small fry here…” Then the show introduced new characters and built up all over again, it became a little jarring and disjointed. But I was still hooked.
The show went off the rails around hour 18 when they revealed Tony to really be a bad guy and Jack got dosed with the virus. The show sort of went into free fall from there because then it focused on the President’s daughter who is no Sheri Palmer. She came across as a bush league lightweight, but then again so did President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) and her weird “pursed,” lips whenever she was “vexed.” Almost everything involving the President this season brought things to a halt. Her entire arc was pretty ridiculous but it still somehow worked for me.
Maria Elena Fernandez, TV writer for the Los Angeles Times is reporting that ABC has picked up Eastwick – the second TV series to be based on John Updike’s famous novel, The Witches of Eastwick – and that Fox has shown romantic comedy/procedural drama hybrid Bones two more years of love.
For Bones, the deciding factor would have to be the fact that the show’s sizable core audience follows it faithfully to whatever odd timeslot Fox schedules it. Since that means the crackling chemistry between Emily Deschanel [Dr. Temperance Brennan] and David Boreanaz [Special Agent Seeley Booth] – not to mention T.J. Thyne [Jack Hodgins] and Michaela Conlin [Angela Montenegro] – will be entertaining us for two more seasons, that is no way a bad thing.
ABC’s Eastwick follows the basic premise of Updike’s novel insofar as it is centered on three single women who live in the New England town of Eastwick. When they weather a crisis together, odd, supernatural things begin to happen. The show’s cast includes: Rebecca Romijn [Ugly Betty], Lindsay Price [Lipstick Jungle], Veronica Cartwright [Invasion, The Nine], Jaime Ray Newman [Veronica Mars, CSI], Ashley Benson [Days of Our Lives], Jon Bernthal [The Class], Paul Gross [Slings & Arrows, Passchendaele], Sara Rue [Less Than Perfect, The Big Bang Theory], and Johann Urb [The Mountain].
Airlock Alpha [the former SyFy Portal] is reporting that news of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse’s pick-up for a thirteen episode second season is being reported by trade publication TV Week’s columnist, Josef Adalian [try saying that three times fast!].
According to Adalian, “Many media types had written off the show for dead, since its ratings on Friday have been … suboptimal. And yet, insiders at the network have been cautioning for weeks that the show shouldn’t be cut out.” This coming well after an April 5th Airlock Alpha story headlined “Fox Leaning Toward Dollhouse Renewal”
The Airlock Alpha story said, among other things, “The move seems to be an easy one for Fox. While the audience hasn’t been as large as expected, it has instead remained stable. Other factors in favor of the show continuing is that it’s not as expensive as other Fox shows. Much of its upfront costs, including the construction of the elaborate set that is the dollhouse itself, were covered by funds that normally would’ve paid for a pilot (no pilot was made for ‘Dollhouse’). Also, while [Joss] Whedon’s Mutant Enemy Productions and star Eliza Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions are tied to the series, 20th Century Fox Television is still the primary production company involved, which means its licensing fee is not as steep as it would be if the show was produced by another studio.”
Apparently, Fox is willing to give the series an order for the back nine if ratings improve significantly. The move, which Adalian’s blog entry apparently described as the “nearly official word from Fox,” is at least partially the result of the way the show’s critical response improved – even as it’s audience dropped off. It remains to be seen if Fox will move Dollhouse from its current Friday night timeslot [Airlock Alpha’s sources seem to be pretty certain that such would be the case] but at least it’s coming back.
Our blog partners, the fine folks at TV.com have a couple of interesting stories going on over at their site today including a look at The Dollhouse ratings tanking. The show ain’t coming back folks. Check it out here. I don’t watch Lost but the TV.com folks try and answer the 10 questions that are still linguring from the show, here. And they have this to say about the new Gossip Girl spinoff.
While a new Melrose and The Vampire Diaries are chugging along quite smoothly, Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the ballyhooed Gossip Girl spinoff, featuring a young Lily van der Woodsen (née Rhodes) tromping around 1980s Los Angeles, is “done” as in dead. “Put a fork in it,” said author Nikki Finke, a proven source of inside information.
Whoa, what!? This was a shoo-in for the fall schedule and now it’s done? E! Online has another side of the story, with insiders saying that “nothing is dead,” and everything is still in the race. However, that sounds more like PR spin than any actual scoop. For the record, the CW’s official statement on the situation is “No comment.” Read the full story.
I’ve whined and complained all season about how obviously Idol is fixed and every since the top 13 it’s been clear that the judges wanted a Adam vs. Gokey final. Now the folks at EW have a quote from Simon Cowell that proves my point, the Fix is in, there’s no point in even bothering to watch tonight. I’ve always made it clear how much I hate reality television but between crap like The Apprentice and the obvious fixing on Idol, I don’t know why people continue to support “Reality” television.
“I’d love [Adam] in the finale but really with Danny, because Kris is a nice guy, but he’s not a good enough singer to compete with Adam,” said Cowell during an interview broadcast on Fox News’ Fox & Friends morning show on Tuesday. “The only one who can compete with Adam on vocals is Danny.” Here’s the full story.
Also here are the spoilers for the Judges Picks tonight – seem like it’s going to be an awful show –
- Kris Allen – Apologize, selected by Randy and Kara
- Adam Lambert – U2’s “One” or Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” selected by Simon
- Danny “Douchebag, No Talent” Gokey – Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Dance Little Sister”, selected by Paula
Ah, it’s Tuesday night and time for the train wreck known as American Idol. As I said in a previous post, I watch Idol in the hopes that there will be that one special moment that wows me. I’m not holding my breath for it, but I’m hope springs eternal. They really are desperate for mentors this season, I mean QT a few weeks ago and Jamie Foxx? Yeah I get that he’s a classically trained Julliard Musician, he’s been in three “Musicals,” and I’ll acknowledge that he is accomplished (I even saw him at the Cinerama Dome once going into the gym) but it still seems weird that he’s the one giving advice. I really miss my DVR, I’m going to have to hook up my TIVO – I did bring it with me. First up is Kris Allen whose blandness is kind of growing on me.
Does a boring ballad, I’m shocked. I know this song, but I don’t know the name – Somewhere? He’s really good, but again it’s just bland in the beginning but has a really nice big band middle. Randy and his darn “He’s in it to win it.” Randy that phrase is not going to take off, “dawg.” Kara loved it Simon thought it was good, but not as good as the other judges and thought it was a bit wet. Said it was like taking a well trained spaniel for a walk and said he didn’t think Kris could win this competition. Simon has the two that he wants in the finals and no matter what happens he’s going to try get Gokey and Lambert there. But he is right, it was a good but safe performance. My grade B
I’ve been loving this season of 24, that is until the Tony reveal which has sapped me of my last, “this is completely stupid resolve.” But here’s my dumb theory for tonight’s episode of 24, it’s going to be revealed that the girl Tony is screwing is actually Michelle. They rescued her and gave her plastic surgery. Yeah it doesn’t make sense, but not much else has this season – even though I really like it.
Ok, I’ve always suspected Idol was rigged but this year it just feels so blatant, what with the Judges save scam, the Judges wild card round earlier this season and all of the Judges cheerleading and prodding to get the final two that they want Adam Vs. Danny and it seems like the votes are suspiciously giving the results they want. Everything feels scripted, where are the surprises this year? I really wanted the audience to give a big FU to the Judges and give Adam and Gokey the boot this week. How priceless would that have been? To have their Judges save scam backfire on them? But I’m officially through, there is no theme week that will get me interested again. I think they are all terrible and act like they are going to a funeral with their lame ballads. As someone on another blog said, what’s the point of having a Theme week if they don’t force the artist to sing in that particular style. But then the Judges encourage the contestants to “make the song their own,” which is good in theory but do we really need to hear Disco classics turned in luke-warm elevator and karaoke music? My only hope is that the old adage – “be careful what you wish for,” comes back and bite the Judges on the butt. I can’t see this crew having a successful Idol Tour and I can’t see any of these people having a successful career beyond maybe an initial top 10 debut hit. Remember last year when they hyped and pimped David Archuletta to the finals? Or how they snubbed Taylor Hicks for Katherine McPhee? Look how well that worked out. But that’s it, I’m officially done with Idol this year.
It’s the time of the year where the networks and fans gather together in an annual dance of Save our Show-itist. Everyone is stressed and upset at the unsettled nature of everything – is Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles gone? What’s going on with Chuck, Reaper, etc. Instead of wasting energy being worried about things we have little control over, let’s appreciate the programs that survived. I thought it’s time to take stock and see what “genre” shows are in no danger of being cancelled. I’ll start by saying for some reason Navy NCIS is still going. Who watches this show?