22
May
2015

Transformers trailer

Perhaps something has finally clicked at Paramount and it finally realizes the Transformer movies need some serious work in the character department.

Last month Hasbro confirmed it was putting together a TV-style writer’s room for multiple Transformers movies. According to Deadline the team has now been assembled.

  • Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman
  • Iron Man writers Art Marcum & Matt Holloway
  • Pacific Rim 2‘s Zak Penn
  • Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Jeff Pinkner

What do these folks all have in common? They know how to write well-defined, layered characters. That would be a new concept in these films. Now lets just hope they plan to do it with the Transformers themselves and not some useless humans.

While I am sure Paramount doesn’t want to mess with success, at some point it needs to realize folks love the toy line for the robots. They loved the cartoon for the robots. We did not tune in in the 1980s to see what Spike was up to. We wanted to see Optimus and the other Autobots we came to love. Michael Bay has treated all of the Transformers in his movies – with only a few exceptions – as canon fodder and racial stenotypes. Heck, he can’t even keep track of some of them. (Whatever happened to Barricade in the first film? Poof, gone.)

With these writers in place I have some hope. Although, developing this many films at once takes away some of that hope as well.

As it stands they certainly can’t do a worse job with the series.

[ Source Deadline ]

21
May
2015

Supergirl headshot

CBS has a hit on its hands… and it’s a trailer and not a show.

The Supergirl trailer has racked up over 10 million hits. CBS is impressed by this as its more views than some of its shows get.

“We wanted to make sure we captured three things: heroics, humor and heart,” George Schweitzer, president of CBS Marketing Group, told AdWeek. “Because, to us, that was the essence of Supergirl.” He went on to add, “But we really felt we wanted to show both sides, the relationship, emotion, female-empowerment side, and then action—hey, superhero fans, here’s this, too.”

What I think Schweitzer is missing here is the trailer didn’t hit 10 million views out of love. It got there from a lot of people hating on it and sharing it with friends for hate watching. These 10 million views are not filled with love and intentions to watch the series. Yes, some of them are, but in general there has been a lot of hate heaped on it as well.

That being said, it hit more views than all of the other fall premiere trailers combined, so the public is definitely aware of this show. Now… will they watch?

[ Source AdWeek ]

20
May
2015

two Flashes

If you thought season 1 of The Flash was out there with time travel, just wait for season 2.

Speaking with TV Guide in the lead-up to the season finale of The Flash, series star Grant Gustin had some info to spill on season 2 already. “What’s fun about this show is that there’s going to be multiple timelines as we move forward,” Gustin said. “I think we’re going to start showing Earth-One and Earth-Two in the near future. There will be kind of different dimensions going on.”

Way back when in the DC Comics lore, the company ran into a small problem with having different versions of the same character. Not knowing what a “reboot” was back then, the company decided to acknowledge these characters by coming up with the idea of “Earth-Two.” There were parallel versions of many beloved characters over there, but something was different about each of them. The idea worked for a long time until DC went nuts and ended up creating dozens of different Earths. This eventually led to the Crisis on Infinite Earths 12-issue series which sorted everything out by merging the Earths.

The Flash always played a big part in these stories as his connection to the Speed Force would allow him to break through dimensional barriers. So this happening on the TV series actually makes a lot of sense.

This has the potential to confuse viewers, but I thought the same about the Reverse Flash storyline and that seems to have worked out okay for everyone.

19
May
2015

Mad Max Fury Road - 2

With critical praise being heaped on Mad Max: Fury Road, attention is already turning to a fifth film, but what will it be called?

Mad Max: Fury Road has been praised from top to bottom leaving many people ready to head into the wasteland with Max Rockatansky once more, and according to series creator George Miller that is just what would happen. As it stands right now the fifth film would be entitled Mad Max: The Wasteland.

Miller revealed the title while appearing on the Q&A podcast this weekend. As for how ready it is to go into production, Miller said “We’ve got one screenplay and a novella. It happened because with the delays [on ‘Fury Road’], and writing all the backstories, they just expanded.”

There had been rumors the next film would focus on Charlize Theron’s Furiosa, but apparently the actress isn’t anxious to return to the series stating in interviews how grueling the shoot was. On the other hand, Tom Hardy signed on for multiple films as the titular Max.

The problem now is the film took $150 million and over three years to make. Will Warner Brothers be anxious to sign on again after an opening weekend of only $44 million? Only time will tell.

[ Source Q&A Podcast ]

18
May
2015

Pitch Perfect 2 banner

There are sure to be some happy executives at Universal this week.

Pitch Perfect 2 not only won the weekend, but it smashed pretty much every estimate. Early numbers had it looking at a weekend in the $40 million range and instead it took in $70.3 million, which is more than the entire theatrical run of the original film. It also only cost $29 million to make. Globally it stands at $109 million, so a third film feels like a lock right now.

Mad Max: Fury Road took second place with $44.44 million. While not horrible considering how long it has been since there was a movie in this series, it also had a $150 million dollar budget.

Third place went to Avengers: Age of Ultron with $38.8 million for a new domestic total of $372 million and a global haul of $1.14 billion. This puts it at number eight on the all time list now.

Hot Pursuit fell hard with a 58.5 percent drop to land in fourth place with $5.78 million. It now stands at $23.5 million off of a $35 million dollar budget.

Rounding out the top five was Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 with $3.6 million. It now stands at $62.9 million off of a $30 million dollar budget. In other words, somehow this movie fought its way to being profitable.

Next week’s big releases are Poltergeist and Tomorrowland.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2015 – 2nd Quarter report.

17
May
2015

Twin Peaks logo

In the ongoing saga of the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks, David Lynch has returned to the fold.

Last month David Lynch announced he was dropping out of the Twin Peaks reboot over budget concerns. The cast then rallied around him making it appear that the entire production may fall apart.

Well, good news, folks. Lynch has returned to the production and he is bringing even more content with him. Showtime president David Nevins released a statement last Friday saying, “This damn fine cup of coffee from Mark and David tastes more delicious than ever.” He went on to add, “Totally worth the extra brewing time and the cup is even bigger than we expected. David will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours. Preproduction starts now!!”

We have no idea how many more hours it will run now, but all that really matters is that Lynch is involved. As a long time fan of the show, I couldn’t imagine it being done without him and I was ready to skip it if it had gone forward. Now I’m back in the fold.

All of that being said, this is still Lynch we’re talking about. Don’t be surprised if there is more drama along the way.

[ Source The Hollywood Reporter ]

16
May
2015

Blood Bath

While not as harsh as previous years, this was still not a good year for cancellations on the TV networks.

With the cancellations over, and the upfronts completed showing off the new series, it’s time to look over what happened at the networks this season.

Networks

  • ABC – 7
  • CBS – 9
  • Fox – 9
  • NBC – 10
  • The CW – 2

A total of 37 shows met their end this season, making it the second biggest bloodbath since I started keeping track.

Cancellation Breakdowns

First Season Shows

  • ABC- 5
  • CBS – 3
  • Fox – 4
  • NBC – 7
  • The CW – 1

Of the 37 shows canceled, 20 of them were brand new. What can we learn from this? New shows really did not speak to viewers this year. The public is becoming more discerning about what it sets aside time for, and the networks just keep putting up formulaic show after formulaic show. This upcoming season also looks to be filled with new shows that aren’t long for this world.

Comedies

  • ABC – 4
  • CBS – 2
  • Fox – 2
  • NBC – 7
  • The CW – 0

For clarification, these are shows of all ages, and not just first seasons, this also goes for the dramas and reality shows. Lets face it, comedies were a mess this year as they have been for a while. The networks seem completely incapable of discovering humor that will click with an audience and what won’t.

Drama

  • ABC – 3
  • CBS – 7
  • Fox – 4
  • NBC – 3
  • The CW – 2

While pretty much every new comedy was cancelled, the dramas didn’t fare much better.

Reality

  • ABC – 0
  • CBS – 0
  • Fox – 3
  • NBC – 0
  • The CW – 0

And this is the pay off: Reality shows are cheap to make. Don’t get fooled by million dollar prizes, they’re still insanely cheap to make when compared to a comedy, and even more so when compared to a drama. Despite declining ratings on these shows, they are absolute cash cows. All of that being said, Fox really needs to stay away from the formula. We’re looking at you Utopia!

The Outlook for the 2015/2016 Season

Things are not going to be any easier this season. The crops of shows that are upcoming is a whole new slew of shows that just left me cold. There is nothing that is really standing out to me as a surefire hit, and that’s not a good thing. And with overall viewership of network television having dropped nine percent this season, the pool of potential viewers is dwindling. Every network needs a breakout hit.

The networks have got to look a bit deeper at how things are going and begin to realize it’s time for things to change. One thing to remember is that every time a show is cancelled, hundreds of people are put out of work. This isn’t some game, these are people’s livelihoods at stake.

15
May
2015

TV Network logos

The dust has settled from all of the 2015 upfronts, so now it’s time to see how your week of television watching will shape up come this fall.

Be sure to check out all of the upfront breakdowns for descriptions of the new shows.

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14
May
2015

The CW logo

The CW has announced its 2015/2016 schedule, and there are a few scheduling changes. New shows are in all caps and bold, and all times are Eastern.

MONDAY

  • 8:00 PM CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND
  • 9:00 PM JANE THE VIRGIN

TUESDAY

  • 8:00 PM THE FLASH
  • 9:00 PM IZOMBIE

WEDNESDAY

  • 8:00 PM ARROW
  • 9:00 PM SUPERNATURAL

THURSDAY

  • 8:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
  • 9:00 PM THE ORIGINALS (New Night)

FRIDAY

  • 8:00 PM REIGN (New Night)
  • 9:00 PM AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL

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13
May
2015

CBS logo

CBS has announced its 2015/2016 schedule, and it’s not making a ton of changes. New shows are in all caps and bold, and all times are Eastern.

Show descriptions at the “Continue Reading” link

MONDAY

  • 8:00 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY
  • 8:30 PM LIFE IN PIECES
  • 8:00 PM SUPERGIRL (Starting in November)
  • 9:00 PM SCORPION
  • 10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES

TUESDAY

  • 8:00 PM NCIS
  • 9:00 PM NCIS: NEW ORLEANS
  • 10:00 PM LIMITLESS

WEDNESDAY

  • 8:00 PM SURVIVOR
  • 9:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS
  • 10:00 PM CODE BLACK

THURSDAY

  • 8:00 PMNFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Premieres Sept. 17)
  • 8:00 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (RTP) (Starting in November)
  • 8:30 PM LIFE IN PIECES (NTP) (Starting in November)
  • 9:00 PM MOM (Starting in November)
  • 9:30 PM ANGEL FROM HELL (Starting in November)
  • 10:00 PM ELEMENTARY (Starting in November)

FRIDAY

  • 8:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE
  • 9:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0
  • 10:00 PM BLUE BLOODS

SATURDAY

  • 8:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
  • 9:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
  • 10:00 PM 48 HOURS

SUNDAY

  • 7:00 PM 60 MINUTES
  • 8:00 PM MADAM SECRETARY
  • 9:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE
  • 10:00 PM CSI: CYBER

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12
May
2015

ABC logo

ABC has announced its 2015/2016 schedule, and it’s making a few scheduling changes and adding a few new shows. New shows are in all caps, and all times are Eastern.

Monday   

  • 8:00 p.m.     Dancing with the Stars
  • 10:00 p.m.    Castle

Tuesday

  • 8:00 p.m.    THE MUPPETS
  • 8:30 p.m.    Fresh Off the Boat
  • 9:00 p.m.    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • 10:00 p.m.    QUANTICO

Wednesday

  • 8:00 p.m.    The Middle
  • 8:30 p.m.    The Goldbergs
  • 9:00 p.m.    Modern Family
  • 9:30 p.m.    black-ish
  • 10:00 p.m.    Nashville

Thursday   

  • 8:00 p.m.    Grey’s Anatomy
  • 9:00 p.m.    Scandal
  • 10:00 p.m.    How to Get Away with Murder 

Friday   

  • 8:00 p.m.    Last Man Standing
  • 8:30 p.m.    DR. KEN
  • 9:00 p.m.    Shark Tank
  • 10:00 p.m.    20/20

Saturday   

  • 8:00 p.m.    Saturday Night Football 

Sunday

  • 7:00 p.m.    America’s Funniest Home Videos
  • 8:00 p.m.    Once Upon a Time
  • 9:00 p.m.    OIL
  • 10:00 p.m.    OF KINGS AND PROPHETS

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11
May
2015

Fox TV logo

Fox has announced its 2015/2016 schedule, and it’s making a lot of scheduling changes. New shows are in all caps, and all times are Eastern.

MONDAY

  • 8 pm Gotham
  • 9 pm MINORITY REPORT

TUESDAY

  • 8 pm GRANDFATHERED
  • 8:30pm THE GRINDER
  • 9 pm SCREAM QUEENS

WEDNESDAY

  • 8 pm ROSEWOOD
  • 9 pm Empire

THURSDAY

  • 8 pm Bones
  • 9 pm Sleepy Hollow

FRIDAY

  • 8 pm Masterchef Junior
  • 9 pm World’s Funniest

SATURDAY

  • Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY

  • 7 pm NFL
  • 7:30 pm Bob’s Burgers
  • 8 pm The Simpsons
  • 8:30 pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • 9 pm Family Guy
  • 9:30 pm The Last Man on Earth

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