Downfall

2010, TV Show

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The Biz: Summer TV's Scorecard

In cable TV, summer is the new fall. For the broadcast networks, it's "Let's throw it against the wall and see if it sticks" time. So what's working as we wait for the curtain to rise on the fall schedules?

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Canada American networks can get Canadian-made series for as little as 25 percent of what they pay for Hollywood shows. Of course, it only makes economic sense if you can get somebody to watch them (which wasn't the case with CBS' quickly axed The Bridge). Now that ABC's Rookie Blue is averaging 7 million viewers, you can bet there will be a lot more imports next summer.

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When writer-producer Bernd Eichinger read the galleys of historian Joachim Fest's book Der Untergang ('The Downfall: Inside Hitler's Bunker, The Last Days of the Third Reich'), he knew he had found the dramatic key to a film he had wanted to make for decades, but never thought possible due to its scope. Fest's book focuses on the final days of the Reich, and Eichinger saw that the horrifying epic of Hitler and his people during his twelve years in power was reflected in those last twelve days in the bunker. 'The final days tell us a lot about how the mass fanaticism functioned in the regime's earlier years and how it continued to reign until the bitter end,' says Eichinger. Eichinger read another very important book around the same time: the memoirs of Traudl Junge, Hitler's private secretary. He recounts, 'Fest gave me the time frame, Traudl Junge gave me the character who could hold it all together.' Downfall is the first German film to broach the subject of Hitler straight-on since G.W. Pabst's 1956 film 'Der Letste Akt' (The Last Act) which was told from the point of view of an ordinary German soldier, played by Oskar Werner. Says director Oliver Hirschbiegel, 'In terms of German film history, we are breaking new ground here, since there is no cinematic frame of reference. After reading the book, it was clear to me that if I committed myself, then it would have to be a total and complete commitment, meaning that I was going to spend two years of my life in the Third Reich, with all of those characters and that primitive ideology… My hair stood on end. My wife advised me against it. Yet I noticed that it just wouldn't leave me in peace, and in my heart, before accepting the project, I knew that I had already opened myself up to it.'

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International trailer for Downfall. Set in Berlin, 1945, this powerful and provocative war drama retells the final days of the Second World War as recorded in the diaries of Adolf Hitler's private secretary, Traudl Junge, while barricaded with Hitler and his closest confidants in the F hrer's secret bunker. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel with an astonishing performance by Bruno Ganz as history's most notorious figure, this unprecedented and controversial insider's perspective is gripping insight into the madness and desperation of Hitler in the final hours of the war as the Russian Army closes a ring around Berlin.

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The Biz: Summer TV's Scorecard

In cable TV, summer is the new fall. For the broadcast networks, it's "Let's throw it against the wall and see if it sticks" time. So what's working as we wait for the curtain to rise on the fall schedules?

Winners
Canada American networks can get Canadian-made series for as little as 25 percent of what they pay for Hollywood shows. Of course, it only makes economic sense if you can get somebody to watch them (which wasn't the case with CBS' quickly axed The Bridge). Now that ABC's Rookie Blue is averaging 7 million viewers, you can bet there will be a lot more imports next summer.

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Chris Jericho Wants You to Fall for Downfall

Acrophobes, beware! The new vertigo-inducing quiz show Downfall challenges players to answer questions before their potential prizes — and possibly even themselves — are sent crashing over the edge of an L.A. high-rise on a massive conveyor belt. Host Chris Jericho tells us about the high points of tonight's season premiere, airing at 9/8c on ABC... read more

The Summer Dregs: Memphis Beat, Downfall

The good news about this year's bumper crop of new summer TV: There's plenty of it. (I spent much of the last few days wading through a mid-July burst of new crime-drama premieres.) The bad news: There's too much of it, and too little of it — at least from what I've seen so far — is any good. (I'm talking about the brand new stuff here, which keeps on coming whether we particularly want it to or not.) At this point, I'm beginning to pine for good old repeats.

Tuesday night provided two particularly painful examples: TNT's dreary Memphis Beat crime drama and ABC's insipid Downfall game show.

Memphis is particularly disappointing... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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Star and executive producer Jada Pinkett Smith's character-driven hospital drama opens its second season. This new nurse verse begins with a harsh reality: Richmond Trinity goes out of business completely, prompting several staff members to land employment at a decaying hospital set in a run-down neighborhood. There, series protagonist Christina Hawthorne promptly clashes with the nursing supervisor. And the change is a bitter pill to swallow for Tom as well: He must relinquish his administrative post.

Read on for previews of Memphis Beat, Deadliest Catch, Primetime: Mind Games, Downfall, the World Cup and 30 for 30. read more

Exclusive: Get a First Look at ABC's Downfall

ABC's high-tension new reality series Downfall doesn't premiere until next week, but we've got your first look.

Chris Jericho to host ABC's Downfall

Hosted by WWE superstar Chris Jericho, the game show takes place atop a 10-story building in Los Angeles. Contestants must answer questions against a clock to win prizes and a shot at $1 million.

In each round, if contestants fail to answer fast enough, they'll see a conveyor belt moving facsimiles of their prizes to the edge of the roof, so they'll plummet and be destroyed. The contestants can back up the conveyor belt, however, by putting either their own personal possessions or family members at risk of going off the roof.

Downfall premieres Tuesday, June 22 at 9/8c on ABC. Watch the video after the jump... read more

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Premiered: June 22, 2010, on ABC
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Premise: Contestants atop a 10-story building field trivia questions in a timely manner while trying to keep a conveyor belt full of prizes from dumping the booty over the side of the high-rise.

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