’07 Fall TV Schedule

August 30, 2007 at 1:42 pm (babbling, Entertainment, TV) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Once again school is starting up and so the Television networks release their new shows and bring back their favorite old. Right now I’m in the lump of people who are displeased with TV overall. There are gems here and there, but the networks have destroyed any loyalty they once had. They are canceling shows not on ratings, but whims. Not on buzz and advertising, but gut feeling or politics. I won’t talk about game shows/reality shows. I would just say mean things like: does anyone still watch Survivor?? It’s the SAME as Season 1. /yawns/ Stop wasting time and money. And that wouldn’t get us anywhere, now would it?! Quotes are off of www.imdb.com or the network’s websites.

Here are my feelings towards the fall TV schedule by network:

CBS

I’m sick of CSI and ALL of it’s spin offs. Please cancel them. You know it’s bad when you need 3-4 music montages with processing evidence because you have run out of story.

Big Bang Theory – could be funny. It’s feeding the new popularity of nerds and seems to be a little like all those classic 80s movies we secretly love. I think it will only last 1 season though. It doesn’t seem to have the production value behind it to make it last.

Cane – Can Jimmy Smits carry a TV show again?? It’s seems to have a little bit of a Soprano’s feel to it. I’m sure West Wingers and NYPD fans will tune it at least one episode. Although is this what viewers really want?? I fear it will have the same fate as Smith.

Kid Nation – Ok, I said no reality show comments. Is this just Big Brother with Kids?? Or will this have story!? I’m not sure. It might be a good family show with great social commentary. Guess we will have to wait and see, although so far I doubt I will add this to my Tivo.

Moonlight – I love Vampires. I miss Buffy and Angel. Even though this doesn’t have Joss Whedon attached to it, it has potential. It’s an interesting cast, I’m not sure how their chemistry will be. It will get my three strikes pass. (I will watch it until I dislike 3 episodes and then delete it from the Tivo) I’m fairly harsh, this is why I don’t watch 24 anymore.

Viva Laughlin – Hugh Jackman’s baby. I think he’s taking Salma Hayek’s lead and this show has potential. “Part drama, part thriller, part musical” though?? It might be too much for the average viewer.

Mid Season for CBS

Not a new show, but the almost canceled Jericho – I’m catching up on this show right now via. ipod. (thanks Jett) I’m glad CBS gave into it’s loyal fans and look forward to seeing where they will take the show and if it can last past the new 6 episode order.

The Captain – Comedy, Chris Klein, “A young writer moves into a legendary Hollywood apartment.” It just doesn’t seem that interesting to me. Maybe it’s because I live and work in Hollywood…writers aren’t SUPER social creatures and watching a writer write is like watching paint dry. This one doesn’t interest me at all.

Swingtown – Drama. “As America celebrates its 200th birthday, two generations of friends and neighbors in a Chicago suburb explore new freedoms and seek connections with each other in the midst of the socio/sexual revolution.” Um…I think I’m going to have to pass. While I liked Swingkids the movie, the cast seems too big for a tv show. The concept seems too big as well. Maybe as a mini-series, but as a TV show…I will pass on this one too.

Next up NBC with the least amount of new shows

Chuck – Another geek show. This follows our hero, Chuck, who is a computer nerd. This one seems to be a little bit of a stretch though… “A computer nerd accidentally has thousands of government secrets downloaded into his head when he opens a mysterious email from his former college roommate.” WHAT?? So it’s a spy show?? But about nerds??!?! Um, I think this is WAY too complicated. I’m not sure how it will play in a 44 minute time slot. I doubt this one will last long, although it might be worth a peek just to see how the heck they get all that story to work in a TV show.

Journeyman – They’ve been playing the HECK out of these teasers so this must be ONE expensive show. Either that or some Network Executive’s baby that they want REALLY good numbers for, or a really big write off. I know Alan Armes will watch it, because of his love of time travel. I won’t watch this though. It’s been done and if I wanted to watch it again I would watch Dr. Who and re-runs of Quantum Leap.

Bionic Woman – I’m intrigued. Now you are going to say BUT Natalie this has been done before as well. Yes, yes, I know. I love X-Men. I love Heroes. And I feel like this is in the same vein. I know it will either be great or suck, so I will give it a chance.

Life – Detective Drama. Again, don’t we have enough of these?? I realize this one is a little different because he was put in jail for something he didn’t do and now he’s trying to solve the crime he was framed for. New concept, but can that stretch that out for more than 1 season?? I find myself bored even trying to think of possibilities past 1 season. In a way I think it will be like Burn Notice, but with even less plot possibilities. And no Bruce Campbell, so what’s the point??

NBC Mid Season Shows

Lipstick Jungle – Sex In The City 2. “A look at the lives of Nico, Wendy, and Victory — three of “New York’s 50 Most Powerful Women,” according to The New York Post.” I think ABC has NBC beat on this one. The cast just doesn’t do it for me. Nope, I don’t care for this at all.

FOX

While I commend Fox for trying to get away from their reality tv image, I will miss working on Trading Spouses. They could have AT LEAST kept that one!!

K-Ville – Fox is hoping this one will keep Prison Break’s lead in numbers. They’ve been teasing it for a good 2 months already and it’s premiere date is still another 2 weeks out. I think the action looks alright, but the story isn’t interesting to me. “Police officers patrol the streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.” It’s probably the politician in me. The poor parts of New Orleans are still in shambles and I doubt this fictionalized TV show can show that in a way that means anything to people. I want this show to be statistically accurate and not over-sensationalize what’s really going on there to a point people don’t care. I’m sure it will just be Miami Vice in New Orleans to which then I will DELETE IT! I will give it 1 episode.

Back to You – I love Kelsey Grammer. I love the promos for this. It looks funny. I hope it lives up to it’s hype!! I think this one could be a keeper and last a REALLY long time. Kelsey seems to have the magic tough: Cheers, Fraiser…if he touches it, it lasts a SUPER long!

Kitchen Nightmares – It’s kind of a reality show, kind of a documentary. I love Chef Ramsey. I love watching him curse out people. It’s taken from his BBC show of the same name. I think I will tivo this one, although seeing bugs in restaurants makes me loose faith in my favorite past-time, eating out.

Next Great American Band – PASS. What’s funny is I passed on working on this show too.

Nashville – “a high-stakes, high-drama docu-soap featuring a cast of young dreamers living in the “biggest small town of America.”” I know someone working on this show, so I might have to watch it even though I HATE The O.C. and The Hills, which this sounds like it’s in the vein of.

Fox Mid Season Shows

Return of Jezebel James – No news on this one from the Fox website. The only thing I could find is that it’s about “When a newly single professional woman (Parker Posey) learns she’s unable to conceive, she looks to her estranged younger sister to carry her baby for her.” I like Parker. I will wait to see the teases before I decide on this one.

New Amsterdam – TONS of promos and yet it’s not coming until Jan?!?!? That’s CRAZY!!! “NEW AMSTERDAM is the story of a New York homicide detective unlike any other. He is brilliant, mysterious, reckless, magnetic, unknowable. And he has a profound secret – he is immortal.” Lame. PASS!

Canterbury’s Law – No info from Fox again, perhaps a bad sign for the show. “A television series centered on Elizabeth Canterbury (Julianna Margulies), a tough-minded defense attorney who isn’t afraid to push boundaries in order to protect innocent clients.” Let’s see Cold Case, Shark, Damages… etc. etc. Nope, I don’t think this one will last nor do I want to see it.

So far I must say it’s a good thing I’m not a network executive because MOST of the above I would have passed on.

What are your favorite, must-see T.V. shows?? Which of the new shows are you looking forward to? If you want more information on any of the above, just ask. I have lots of resources!

Coming soon: ABC (who has the most new shows and mid season shows this year) and the CW.

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Becareful what you do when you just want to work in TV!!

August 29, 2007 at 11:05 am (babbling, Entertainment, TV) (, )

This is why I love to work behind the scenes… my face won’t show up on some project I worked on later in my career and make me feel shameful!! It’s typically just my name, and even then very few people actually read credits.

Before they were famous.

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Proof the US Education System is failing students…

August 28, 2007 at 4:02 pm (babbling, Education, Entertainment) (, , )

Watch This.

a quote from it “I personally believe that many Iraq, South Africa for our children… Americans … there is a shortage help south africa and places such as of maps and we should…”

And for more entertainment watch:

HUMAN TETRIS
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HUMAN TETRIS 2

Cracks me up every time.

If you are wondering, Sam’s still on the movie. He’s primarily working 7pm until 7am, meaning he leaves before I’m home and then comes home after I’ve left for work.

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Storms

August 19, 2007 at 5:19 pm (babbling, Flooding, Parents) (, , , )

Sam and I have found out way into the middle of a few storms lately. Thankfully while some have cleared up new ones have reared their heads. Today Sam found out that Winona, MN (where his parents live) have had some terrible floods. 12 inches to be exact. His parents have now evacuated and are staying with Sam’s brother in his 2nd story apartment building. It is reported that 5 people are confirmed dead, although in MN they are saying 9 people.

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This is a local store. Mostly I feel sad for those vintage cars sitting out front. Sad classics that will probably be in pain after all the water.

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That is Sam Sr. and Barb’s street.

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And that is their back yard. Typically you would walk down a series of about 10 steps to get to the reservoir and now the water is up to the yard level. Across the reservoir from where they live they just built million dollar homes. Needless to say the contractor didn’t do his research…

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Sam is really worried about his family, so please pray for them and everyone dealing with flooding, storms (both literally and figuratively), hurricanes and mudslides.

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Vegas Baby!!

August 14, 2007 at 10:12 am (babbling, Cars, Traffic, Vegas) (, , )

This past weekend Sam and I decided to fight LA traffic and head out way to Vegas. See both CA and Vegas fight over the roads. California thinks that Vegas should pay for the roads to be widened since Vegas is the one who primarily profits from the traffic. Where as NV says “idiot, they are YOUR roads.” Once you hit the NV border everything picks up. It’s the CA side that’s retarded. But then most California roads are like that. Poorly planned for the amount of traffic that’s on them. And what’s really sad??? They are going to get a WHOLE lot worse before they finally get better. Don’t get me started on the huge gas tax and license fee that seems to go to special interest groups and NOT what it’s intended for.

Dope, sorry…I got off topic.

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We had gone to Vegas to meet up with friends of my parents, The Pitmans. They happen to frequent the Star Trek convention so we decided to drive out to meet up with them. Sam had never met them before. We stayed at the Hilton, where they were staying to make meeting up between their sessions easier. Sam and I arrived so late the hotel was forced to upgrade out room. (being overbooked) We had a HUGE king sized bed, Jacuzzi tub, and a beautiful view of the strip.

Primarily we ate. And ate some more. Buffet the Saturday for breakfast and then dinner at the “Top of the World” restaurant at the top of the Stratosphere. Then Sunday brunch before we hit the road.

Somewhere in there we were able to cram in the Imperial Palace’s Vintage Car display. That hotel is REALLY crummy, but they had some beautiful cars: Bugati, Ford Mustang, Mini Cooper, Maserati, Rolls Royce etc.rolls.jpg

While we were talking to the Pitmans we realized that Sam and I hadn’t been away together for over a year and 1/2. Now I think we are aware of it, we will take more weekend get aways.

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Editing 101

August 9, 2007 at 10:52 am (TV) (, )

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a TV editor. I primarily cut reality tv and have been being paid to do it for 7 and 1/2 years now. Editor’s take all the raw footage, assemble the show, add graphics, add music and sound effects…. legalize it for TV etc. I can give you more detail later. I love it because it’s with computers, music, story telling. It’s multi-layered and great for one with a short attention span because the projects are always changing. Always learning, always meeting new people and working in new places.

Last night I went over to watch a friend’s home video. It was surprisingly great. Great emotional arc, good cutaways, titles in the right places… one of the friends has a photographic memory. So he scrolled thru the instructions and keyboard shortcuts. I was a little taken back. Typically home videos suck. They have no emotion, they are so shaky and have such bad sound you can’t really tell what’s going on. Where this was great. So I’ve decided if this friend ever needs a new career he should consider editing. It’s not often that people can make the entry level editing programs do even CLOSE to that, let alone in 2 days. Typically I can’t really help people get work, but this person has SOOO much talent I don’t think it would be hard for them to break in.

Plus at the rate the film and TV industry is growing, taking on internet and cell phone media the jobs are growing exponentially. Some places are getting desperate for entry level employees.

General note: I can’t help you get cast, I’m not much help reading your script and there’s no chance I can get you near a director. I can get you a unpaid PA gig on a film, I can get you an entry level post job – but I will only do so if I see talent. Helping people in these areas is putting my name and reputation on the line. But if you ever need pointers on your videos please feel free to ask. Although beware, the first thing I’m going to tell you is BUY A TRIPOD!!

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The little things

August 4, 2007 at 11:37 pm (babbling) (, , )

I went and watched this video for one reason alone: this week in Entertainment Weekly Stephen King wrote an entire page motivated by this video. Stephen King, who brought us It, Apt Pupil, The Green Mile, Firestarter, Misery, and so many more works that will be remembered for decades to come.

And what motivates this man??? A balding man dancing in a best buy.

The idea that something so simple would make a man of King’s talent stop everything he was doing and not only watch, but smile is empowering. Let alone the fact it inspired him to write a whole page on the matter. I’m glad I’m a person who sees and enjoys the little things. And I hope I can find inspiration in these places as well.

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Top Model Tribute

August 3, 2007 at 10:58 pm (babbling, TV) (, , )

As most of you know I worked on 2 seasons of America’s Next Top Model. It was great experience and a lot of fun as I watched the show before I worked there. This however is the best tribute I’ve seen yet. Go here Planet Unicorn and watch Episode 4.

I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

BTW Tyra is very nice in real life. And no I can’t tell you secrets I’ve signed a confidentiality agreement.

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Colorado

August 1, 2007 at 9:08 pm (babbling, Parents) (, , )

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My dad just accepted a job at a church in Grand Junction, Colorado. They will put their house on the market immediately and then hopefully move sometime in September. This is a big step for them, returning to the US. My parents haven’t lived in the US since College and Seminary. My Dad grew up in Canada, so I’m sure he will have a little bit of separation anxiety. It will be a big change for them.

I will miss having a place to crash and car to borrow when I visit Toronto. Although it’s good I was just there to see my old friends.

In a way I wish that he could have found a job in another field, but they are moving to a beautiful place that will be nice to visit.

Please pray for them as they take this new step together in their lives.

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