Archive for September 2011

New TV Review - "Revenge" on ABC

New TV Review - "Revenge" on ABC
Revenge (Wednesdays at 9 PM on ABC) At the very beginning of the new TV season, I picked Revenge as the unfortunate winner of the 2011 Gone Too Soon Lone Star Memorial Award presented to the first cancelled new show.  I based this on nothing more than the fact that Revenge is an obvious CW... Read more »

Good News/Bad News - FOX's "The X-Factor"

Good News/Bad News - FOX's "The X-Factor"
If The X-Factor had aired in the U.S. even six years ago, it would have seemed fresh and exciting.  Now, after we’ve survived season after season of American Idol and all its retreads, The X-Factor feels too little, too late. The show is basically a mashup of Idol, America’s Got Talent, and The Voice.  People... Read more »

Good News/Bad News - CBS's "Unforgettable" is Ironically Titled

Good News/Bad News - CBS's "Unforgettable" is Ironically Titled
Over the Labor Day weekend, we drove up to Michigan and I passed the time by reading aloud new TV show synopses from Entertainment Weekly.  When I got to Unforgettable, John was sure I had made that show up.  “A woman who can remember everything she’s ever seen or heard?  And she becomes part of... Read more »
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This "New Girl" Is A Worthy Roommate

This "New Girl" Is A Worthy Roommate
Genre: single-camera sitcom Premise: Fresh off a recent break-up and tired of living with her hot roommate, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three single guys. Behind-the-Scenes: Creator Liz Meriwether wrote the screenplay for No Strings Attached.  Damon Wayans, Jr. plays one of the guys in the pilot, but had to back out due to... Read more »

50/50 Beats the Odds to Give "Dramedy" A Good Name Again

50/50 Beats the Odds to Give "Dramedy" A Good Name Again
50/50 Genre: Dramatic Comedy Premise: 27 year-old Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is dealt a serious blow when he’s diagnosed with a rare form of back cancer.  His best friend (Seth Rogen) and an inexperienced new therapist (Anna Kendrick) help him cope. Behind-the-Scenes: The story is loosely based on screenwriter Will Reiser’s own life.  Like the character of Adam, Will... Read more »

Good News/Bad News: '2 Broke Girls' on CBS

Good News/Bad News: '2 Broke Girls' on CBS
2 Broke Girls (CBS, Mondays at 7:30) The Good News: Cat Dennings.  She’s cute. The Bad News: She often speaks as if she’s just had a stroke. The Good News: There’s a decent Laverne & Shirley in Brooklyn vibe happening here. The Bad News: The two leads often seem as if they’re acting in two... Read more »
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Remind Me Again - Why Isn't The Playboy Club on HBO?

Remind Me Again - Why Isn't The Playboy Club on HBO?
THE PLAYBOY CLUB Format: Hour-long period drama Premise: Set in 1963, the show tracks the complicated lives of the Bunnies who work at the first Playboy Club in Chicago and the patrons who frequent it. Behind-the-Scenes: Shot largely on location in Chicago.  The Hef himself narrates the pilot, though that device won’t be used in... Read more »

Shut Up and Drive When Gosling's Behind The Wheel

Shut Up and Drive When Gosling's Behind The Wheel
DRIVE Genre: Arthouse Action Noir Premise: A Hollywood stunt driver by day, getaway driver by night (played by Ryan Gosling) gets caught up in a heist gone wrong and exacts bloody revenge on those out to kill him. Behind-The-Scenes: Director Nicolas Winding Refn won the Best Director award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for... Read more »

Don't Get Caught Coughing in Contagion

Don't Get Caught Coughing in Contagion
CONTAGION Genre: Virus-Infection Thriller Premise: Global chaos erupts after a killer virus outbreak. Behind-The-Scenes: Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Out of Sight) directs.  Features the “long-awaited”  Talented Mr. Ripley reunion of Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law. The Good: Soderbergh’s crisp, sterile directing sensibility lends itself well to this paranoid thriller.  He finds little details... Read more »
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ChicagoNow Emmys Live Blog

Hi, Friends! The Emmys are this weekend, and I know you’re excited.  We’re so excited that we’re going to host a live blog/chat situation with The Vast Wasteland‘s Andy Daglas during the broadcast this Sunday on FOX.  The Emmys start at 7:00 PM, and we’ll start around 6:45 for optimum Seacresting. Just click on the... Read more »