We applaud NBC for trying something different with Kings, a modern-day take on David and Goliath that's much more layered and character-driven than many of the slick and pretty one-hour shows the network's gotten behind lately. We love the brilliant, corrupt and slightly paranoid King Silas, and we're rooting for the handsome, emotional, war-hero David Shepherd. So why hasn't the rest of the Sunday night TV audience gotten hooked?
The series plummeted 24 percent from its premiere in the ratings this week, garnering only 4.58 million viewers. Is this a case of a great show being on the wrong network? Is it just a bad time slot? Or are people uninterested in the characters and story revolving an unfamiliar, modern monarchy?
Did you tune in to Kings? What do you think of the show and its future? Weigh in after the jump!
Full disclosure: We love Nathan Fillion. We're dying for him to get a vehicle that allows his talent, charm and wit to shine.
Fillion first caught our attention on the short-lived but much-loved Firefly, where he played the dashing and loyal Captain Mal. And even though we loved seeing him on Wisteria Lane as Dr. Mayfair, we were much more excited to hear that he'd have his own show on ABC, called Castle. The previews were cute, kinda like Bones and Moonlighting squished together, and we could tell the show would have a procedural structure but a light and comedic tone. Could this finally be the Fillion vehicle we were hoping for?
Well, we watched the show, and like most pilots, it had some flaws. But, the jury's still out on Castle. So, we turn to you, mighty fans. What did you think of the premise, Fillion and costar Stana Katic's chemistry, and the poker party featuring other famous murder-mystery writers? Do you think Castle has what it takes to stick around past midseason? We're just dying to know.
Weigh in after the jump!
American Idol, Jeanine Vailes
Now that American Idol has gotten rid of drama queen Tatiana Del Toro and unofficial court jester Nick Mitchell/Norman Gentle, we'll back off whispering that the show has jumped the shark... for now. What concerns us more is the awful song choices. Remember judges' pet Jeanine Vailes butchering Maroon 5's "This Love?" The only thing the judges could say was that she had nice gams. Ouch.
Do you have any advice for next week's singers (and the wild card round)? Which songs do you think would most impress the judges? To refresh your memory, next week's contestants are: Alex Wagner-Trugman, Arianna Asfar, Felicia Barton, Jorge Nunez, Ju'Not Joyner, Kendall Beard, Kristen McNamara, Lil Rounds, Nathaniel Marshall, Scott MacIntyre, Taylor Vaifanua and Von Smith.
Weigh in after the jump!
A few weeks ago, we wrote about our concern that Fritz and Brenda's marriage on The Closer would be a shark-jumping moment for the series. But after watching Monday's winter finale, we've changed our tune.
We worried that the sugar-addicted, stress-eating, workaholic that we know and love would become too concerned with the trappings of married life to keep her edge as a world-class crime solver. But, the finale addressed such concerns in a playful way that actually fit into the story — imagine that!
We loved watching Brenda and Fritz leave all wedding preparation to their families while they took off to work on separate investigations — including wrapping up their cases in between the ceremony and reception.
It was also refreshing to see Brenda admit to Fritz...
Why the frak is Universal thinking of developing a new Battlestar Galactica movie that isn't based on the acclaimed reimagining by Ron Moore and Dave Eick?
Universal has begun negotiations with Glen A. Larson to write and produce a big-screen version of the cheesetastic series he created in the 1970s, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Does this make sense, given that the new version is the one that's reignited excitement for the franchise? Or does the movie sound like an instant shark jump? Read more and weigh in after the jump.
There's an episode of Family Guy where Peter gets to do an "everyman" editorial segment on the evening news with the tagline: "You know what really grinds my gears?" Then he rambles about something that annoys him. It's hard not to think of this bit every time something really off happens on one of our favorite TV shows. We asked around the office to see what stories or characters really "grind our gears" lately.
Why the heck can't Jim plan a simple party for Kelly? Yes, it's funny that he and Dwight are the party-planning committee, but Jim is thoughtful and sweet, not a moron. Why can't he buy a nice cake and some balloons and put together a fun party? This is the same guy who bought Pam a teapot she mentioned once and filled it with all sorts of fun inside jokes. But he can't spell Kelly's name? Come on.
We're really getting tired of all the island trekking: from the beach to New Otherton to the caves to the hatches. Can't they just stay in one place for an episode? Read more of our pet peeves after the jump.
In Jump the Shark land, we have a special category for shows that decide to bring in a new character to shake things up: New kid in town. The idea can be summed up in two words: Cousin Oliver. Remember when the Brady Bunch started to feel a little old and stale? All of a sudden, their pesty, tow-headed cousin Oliver showed up. But, instead of charming us or pushing the show in an interesting direction, he ended up exposing the real flaws of the series.
When our own Matt Mitovich recently reported on a new brother joining the Supernatural family in an episode titled, "Jump the Shark," we had to ask creator Eric Kripke about the genesis of the story. Read what Kripke has to say after the jump.
Eliza Dushku, Dollhouse
Joss Whedon fans love the Buffyverse, made Dr. Horrible an online hit, and did their best to save Firefly, his quirky space western. We'd love to see his new Dollhouse succeed, but we're nervous. Like Firefly, it's stuck in a Friday-night slot on Fox — and if the network opts to air episodes out of order, like it did with Firefly, the show may be in as much trouble as the Serenity crew.
Of course, Dollhouse is as different from Buffy, Angel and Firefly as you can get. The story revolves around Echo (Eliza Dushku), one of several actives, or "dolls," who have agreed to have their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with new traits and skills for each assignment. The dolls are hired by the wealthy, powerful and connected to become whatever the client wants them to be. It's darker than Whedon's past series — some have even likened the dolls to technologically enhanced hookers...
When Fringe premiered last fall, many critics likened it to The X-Files, mostly because both shows dealt with paranormal phenomenon and featured a male-female partnership. As Fringe has progressed, it has developed a tone that's more J.J. Abrams than Chris Carter. But, the similarities in the two series' storylines are starting to pile up. See if you agree with our list:
-On Fringe, Olivia is kidnapped and experimented on by government baddies.
-On TXF, Scully is kidnapped and experimented on by government baddies.
-On Fringe, a machine disturbs matter, causing solid objects to move through other solid objects. But, when it goes wrong, a man gets stuck — alive — half inside and half outside a wall.
-On TXF, a warp in the space time continuum causes a man to become trapped — alive — half inside and half outside a rock...
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards
Since the new cast of Dancing with the Stars was announced Sunday, we've had some time to digest the choices. While none of the selections were really surprising, our twisted minds can't help but think of all the disastrous (or brilliant, depending on how you look at it) moments that could ensue with the new competitors. Here are our worst-case scenarios:
1) Producers trick Charlie Sheen into donning a tux for a charity benefit, then dash him to the DWTS soundstage. Executives distract Maksim with a mirror while Charlie is shoved out onto the dance floor with his ex, Denise Richards. A dance-off to end all dance-offs ensues, and by the end, all their legal/relationship woes are history.