Wow, Sunday night Television is getting packed. We have Football (usually the week’s marquee game), HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and now AMC joins the party with their amazing new dense series The Walking Dead. I’m not a fan of Zombies, always found them really boring, so it’s a good thing AMC’s new series is about how people live in a Zombie infested world and not just Zombie killing 101.
Torchwood: Children of Earth [BBC America, Monday through Friday, 9-10:15/10:00-11:15C] is a mini-series event that in the words of creator/co-writer Russell T. Davies, “will rip your guts out!” He is not kidding; this is not hyperbole. Children of Earth is as powerful a television event as you’ll see all year.
It begins with the children of the world stopping. Whether they’re walking to school; eating a bit of brekkie, or playing in the park, they all simply stop. Then they scream – in unison; around the world. FInally, they repeat the ominous message, “We are coming.” Then they start up again. Hours later, the pattern repeats. Each time the children stop, the message changes, slightly – from “We are coming,” to “We are coming… back!” and so on.
So far this Summer has been really sparse when it comes to new programming. There’s a lot of good stuff coming in the next few weeks, but it seems like instead of hitting us with new Summer programs all at once everything is being spread out. A few weeks ago we had Burn Notice, Royal Pains and I’m A Celebrity Get me Out of Here premiere, Sunday night we have the long awaited debut of NBC’s surprisingly "lavish" production of Merlin (Colin Morgan). The production features an interesting cast that includes Buffy’s Anthony Head as the magic fearing King Uther Pendragon.
Let me start by saying, I’m really digging the commercial for Glee and the new Geico Caveman commercial. Now on to Idol, I’m not going to waste a lot of verbiage tonight but I will say it was a real interesting night. It seemed like Adam knows that he has it in the bag and he’s playing it completely safe tonight. I will partially take back what I’ve been saying all season, Adam can sing. But in the low ranges, he loses me when goes into the full on screaming/screeching mode. Each contestant does 3 songs and the script goes about as I expected, only Simon was right in his assessments, I can’t fault him tonight.
- Adam opens strong with an amazing version of Mad World and knocks it out of the park. He looked fantastic, had the smoke happening and sounded great. Grade A
- Adam’s next song was A Change is Going to Come, he did a great job in the low range but lost his way on the high points. Grade B-
- The last song was weird, both contestants have to do the same song written by Kara DioGuardi and it was an absolute train wreck. The song is AWFUL, Adam finally left the Judges speechless and not in a good way. Simon had the gall to say HE wasn’t going to Judge Adam on the basis of that Song, but on his performance throughout the season. WTF was that? Does this mean they are officially saying Idol is fixed, that because Adam blew the song, they are going to rig the vote? They built Kara up all season as this awesome songwriter and that’s what she came up with? For Adam, The Judges and Especially Kara, an Epic F.
This has been a year of discovery for me and one of those finds has been the quirky Sci-Fi show Eureka. When I met the cast at their Vancouver set, I had no clue what the show was about or even what I was looking at. And it seemed like 75 percent of the assembled press were in the same boat. But the Q and A with the cast really won everyone over and their sets truly were amazing. It was clear that the Sci-Fi Channel believed in this show and was going to give it time to find its audience.