Premiere Week 3 – Thursday, October 4th PLUS: Use of Voice Over

October 4, 2007 at 9:20 am (babbling, Entertainment, TV) (, , , )

Tonight’s Premieres –

NBC: 30 Rock at 830 pm
Fox: Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? at 8 pm
HGTV: Carter Can at 830 pm
The CW: Supernatural at 9 pm
Spike TV: TNA: Impact! at 9 pm
Outdoor Channel: Dockdogs at 9 pm
Comedy Central: Drawn Together at 1030 pm
PBS: This Old House and Ask This Old House (check local listings)

Now to get into the meat:

Top Chef – I was sad Hung won, he was SOOOO stuck up that I was hoping he would get a dose of humility. Although I understand why he won, he was a solid chef and will probably have a great restaurant.

My short little insight on how to use voice over come from two contrasting shows, ‘Pushing Daisies‘ and ‘Moonlight.’ First let’s start with BAD use of voice over, ‘Moonlight.’ This ‘Angel’ rip off show comes to CBS in a half-assed effort to give Joss Whedon fans what they’ve been begging for, more Joss. CBS forgot one thing – to hire Joss back. This show is lacking everything ‘Angel’ and ‘Buffy’ were: great/deep writing, great cast and heart. The biggest problem with this show is the wall-to-wall voice over. The lead character Mick St. John, Vampire/Hero/Private Investigator narrates this ENTIRE show. While I appreciate good internal monologue this voice over seems to be an after thought, added in once test audiences says “I don’t get it.” It’s horrible, trite, boring and caused me to delete ‘Moonlight’ from my tivo after ONE episode. I’m not an idiot, I don’t need hand holding and I sure don’t have extra time to waste on a show that they forgot to flush out the story BEFORE they started filming.

The proper use of voice over comes in the new show ‘Pushing Daisies’ which premiered on ABC last night (Wednesday). The voice over in ‘Pushing Daisies’ was used to tell the story and it was a seperate voice from any of the characters. It actually gave you a lot of background information and explained odd action that you other wise might not understand for instance where the lead Ned holds his own hand pretending to hold the lead female’s hand, Chuck. By the end even though this is the proper use of voice over I was annoyed. I’m hoping as the show develops further they drop back on the voice over.  This show was cinematic in style, it had beautiful colors, fascinating cast and interesting story.  The show overall feels like something Tim Burton or HBO would do, and I commend ABC on the choice to air it.  It’s a good show, with great potential and I will continue watching it.

I think Amazing Race wins the editing Emmy every year because they do not use voice over at all. They use interview bites to tell the story. I tried to do that here on Overhaulin’ but alas the network executive demands v.o. It shows the quality of your producers and directors if you can get the story without going to voice over.  So go forth film/tv makers and LOOSE THAT VO!!!


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