We’ve seen all the ads and it’s become one of my favorite new comedies to come out of last years UpFronts and now, finally, Channel Seven have locked in 80’s themed comedy The Goldbergs for a Wednesday night time slot!
Based off the real life moments of Adam F Goldberg (actual moments captured on camera are wonderfully recreated throughout episodes) The Goldbergs follows 11 year old Adam and his family – his smother (smothering mother) Beverly, his often pants-less father Murray, his big dreaming older brother Barry, his was-once-a-nerd-but-now-im-popular older sister Erica and his livin’ large grandfather Albert as they try and survive everyday life growing up in the 80’s.
The pilot episode is quite funny and as always, tries to establish character traits and quirks but you will find Jeff Garlin (as Murray Goldberg) to be quite over bearing but very quickly, things settle in and we’re left with a very funny, family based comedy, that will bring back the fond, and not so fond memories of life in the 1980’s and the pop-culture items that still remain popular to this day.
Starting Wednesday June 4th at 8:30pm (odd time slot for a half hour comedy) Channel Seven will be offering up a double hit of the dysfunctional Goldbergs with the pilot episode and oddly enough episode 7 (which has featured heavily in the promo adverts) – but one need not worry about the miss-mash of episodes (the following week gives us episode 8 before we’re back to episode 2 followed by episode 11) as each episode, for the most part, runs as stand-alone stories.
The only time things may seem out of place with this mashing of the episode run is when young Adam’s friends are introduced to us. There’s some big episodes featuring his friends (including a great homage to 80’s cult flick The Goonies) and young crush that may feel displaced by the hacking.
Now that all of the main networks (CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC) and some cable networks (TBS) have given us their new pick-ups for the 2014 Fall season, I’ve trawled through all the trailers (that were available…come on CBS, pull your socks up!) and complied a list of what I think could be ratings hits (like last years The Blacklist) and what could be cult sleepers (Orphan Black anyone?)
The Mysteries of Laura (NBC)
The question begs…is this a comedy or is it a drama? I don’t think NBC really know either hence the somewhat confusing trailer offered up but that said, this Debra Messing led dramedy could have something going for it if you look at it like it could be ‘had Miss Congeniality had a husband and children’ type of way.
Secrets and Lies (ABC)
If you recently watched an Aussie show with the same title, then you’ll have an idea of what to expect. This Secrets and Lies is based right off our very own production with Ryan Phillippe stepping into Martin Henderson’s shoes playing Ben, a man who finds the body of a little boy and suddenly becomes suspect number one. Added bonus – a very toned down Juliette Lewis playing cop.
How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)
This will be the fourth major program by Shonda Rhimes to make it’s way to ABC – Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Private Practice plus How to get Away With Murder and the trailer already looks a whole lot more interesting than the 6 seasons of Private Practice that was given to us. There’s sex, blackmail, murder and Viola Davis..it’s an easy win.
CSI: Cyber (CBS)
There’s no trailer yet but for those who caught Patricia Arquette’s recent guest gig on CSI will have already gotten a taste of what to expect. Yes, it’s another CSI spin-off but this time, it’s all about cyber crime which is very current and ‘hip’ and we all like Patricia Arquette right?
Granted, I’ve never really been exposed to much of Maggie Q’s work and the premise of her character as being a sort of freelance anti-stalker specialist who knows some hand-to-hand combat skills is a little off but the trailer offered up by CBS actually adds suspense and intrigue of what’s to come. Ignore Dylan McDermott here, he’s always annoying to begin with and usually takes some warming up to.
Madam Secretary (CBS)
Why CBS chose to give us a trailer that looks like it gives us the entire first episode in the space of five minutes I’ll never understand. I was excited by this right from Tea’ Leoni’s addition to the cast and while it’s different to see her in such a serious light, the political theme is working well for shows like Scandal and The Good Wife.
State of Affairs (NBC)
I’m wondering if we’ve had enough time to actually like Katherine Heigl again? I’m still in that mid-swing where i’m starting to come around again and if there are others like me, then hopefully this show will bring us competently back. Apparently this will have a Blacklist-cum-Homeland-cum-Zero Dark Thirty feel to it (there’s the depiction of Middle Eastern descendants as terrorists – of course) and Alfre Woodward plays the President of the USA.
American Crime (ABC)
Desperate Housewives Alum Felicity Huffman makes her return to series television along with Timothy Hutton in this dark and racially charged legal drama that follows those involved and affected by a murder and ensuing murder trial.
The last time FOX attempted a series based off a mogul and his ’empire’ they gave us SKIN (2003) which only lasted 3 episodes before being cancelled. Here, instead of porn, Empire gives us music and what i could only assume to be a nod to Lil’ Kim and starring Terrence Howard. Could Chris Lilley’s S’Mouse fit in here? Probably, but at least it looks better than Skin ever did.
Fresh off the Boat (ABC)
Yes, the title is a bit…..Cougar Town/Trophy Wife (and possibly racist though it depends who you ask) but Fresh Off the Boat looks like the funniest of the new stuff coming our way and while the show is a focus on a Taiwanese family making the adjustment to living the American Dream, clearly Constance Wu (as mum Jessica) is the one to watch for.
The Odd Couple (CBS)
It’s been a tough run for Matthew Perry the last few years. His last handful of projects (Studio 60, Mr. Sunshine and Go On) all tanked and the only thing people really watched him in recently was his guest gig on Courteney Cox’s Cougar Town but now, his fourth attempt at a show could be his lucky gig. It’s a TV remake of the classic movies (Jack Lemon and Walter Matthou or Tony Randall and Jack Klugman) and see’s Perry teaming up with Thomas Lennon who we last saw in the terribly horrible Sean Saves the World. I can only assume this will be better than Sean failing to save the world.
It’s a little bit Seinfeld, it’s a little bit Friends, it’s a little bit of a 90’s comedy throwback. Mulaney is an ensemble comedy about a stand-up comedian and the “friends and mentors who lift him up, hold him back and push him around” including Martin Short. Here’s hoping Short contains his zany like Robin Williams did in The Crazy Ones – but then again, that didn’t turn out so good for him.
The Whispers (ABC)
I was so enamored by Lily Rabe as the Stevie Nicks loving swamp witch Misty Day in AHS Coven that seeing her all professional and business suits is a little shocking but here is in this creepy new paranormal-esque show with creepy kids that clearly see something the adults can’t.
Based off the DC Comics Hellblazer series, Constantine follows a supernatural detective who finds himself defending the world from dark and eerie forces. It’s a little bit Supernatural meets True Blood meets Penny Dreadful.
The Flash (CW)
Spin-off from the cult-ish Arrow and another DC comics star, The Flash get’s his own show and judging by the trailer, die hard comic fans will be pleased with the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance of legendary bad guy ‘Reverse Flash’ plus there’s the addition of The Flash’s alter-ego Barry Allen’s love interest Iris West.
I’ve already talked about Halle’s new sci-fi drama but now Extant has officially been picked up to series by CBS, they’ve given us an extended trailer which also fills us in more on her creepy prophetic child. A woman on a 13 month solo space mission returns to earth and finds she’s pregnant – impossible right? Not in space!
So what takes your fancy? Is there something you’ve seen which I’ve not added to the list – and if you mention the new shyte by TBS…I will shoot you.
Does anyone still watch Glee anymore? It’s a fair question to ask now that the phenomenon that was once everywhere and totally unavoidable has seemed to slowly fade away and die off. The show that gave us the term ‘Gleeks’ and were constantly featured in the iTunes singles and album charts and even gave us a 3D concert movie now no longer seems to have the pulling power it once had.
Here in Australia, the musical comedy drew big ratings for network ten, but now, 5 seasons on, the show has been relegated to the channel’s second station – Eleven, with the season 5 finale airing tomorrow night, May 16th at 7:30pm.
Remember the last time Glee appeared in the iTunes charts?
So the question begs to be asked. What happened? Have audiences grown too old for the show? Did Glee jump the shark somewhere along the way? Could the death of star Cory Monteith play a part in people turning off?
Either way, die-hard Gleeks will be happy to know that they still have at a minimum another 13 episodes for the final season.
Having not been attracted to watching Two and Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mom, How I Met Your Mother or any other filmed-in-front-of-a-live-audience comedy (nothing since Friends and Will & Grace has taken my fancy), I was somewhat cautious about checking out Friends With Better Lives (or FWBL).
Funnily enough, the show, starring James Van Der Beek (fresh of a stellar turn in Don’t Trust The Bitch in Apartment 23) was funny, entertaining and highly engaging. Sure the humor was somewhat crude – but not to the level of 2 Broke Girls, but overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the first three episodes I watched and naturally assumed if people are watching the horribly unfunny Mom (sadly starring the talented Anna Faris) then people were watching FWBL.
Guess I was wrong, so needless to say, when CBS threw out their list of cancellations, I was shocked to see FWBL sitting on that list.
Another notable entry on their cancelled shows list was the Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Geller comedy The Crazy Ones. Now, this show was the highest rated comedy debut of the 2012/2013 season in the US (15+ million viewers) but upon airing it’s season finale, only 5 million viewers were tuning in.
Also cancelled: Toni Collette drama Hostages, Kristin Davis comedy Bad Teacher (only after 4 episodes!) and the awful Intelligence starring LOST expat Josh Holloway and CSI Maven Marg Helgenberger.
The much hyped How I Met Your Mother spin-off How I Met Your Dad was also a no show on the list of pick-ups.
So what did CBS pick-up to series order? Battle Creek by Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and starring Josh Duhamel, The Tea’ Leoni led drama Madam Secretary plus another new CSI spin-off, CSI: New Orleans starring Scott Bakula.
In the way of comedy, Matthew Perry will be given another shot at a new series with The Odd Couple with Lindsay Sloane while New Kids on the Block singer Joe McIntyre plus ex Roseanne star Laurie Metcalf are headlining The McCarthys.
And finally, The Mentalist fans will be happy to hear the drama was given a last minute series renewal, though i’d expect this one to be it’s last.
What are your thoughts on the axings, cancellations and pick-ups?
It’s time of the year where I moan and groan about losing some of my ‘must watch’ shows while being thankful others on the list live to see another season.
Yes, the US Upfronts are here and already, I’ve suffered one serious tragedy. ABC held their Upfronts yesterday and one notable standout on the cancelled list was freshman comedy Trophy Wife starring Malin Ackerman and Bradley Whitford.
Trophy Wife, like Cougar Town, suffered from ‘bad title’ syndrome which is great show, very funny, bad title and just like Cougar Town, ABC swept the comedy into the trash (perhaps TBS should pick this one up too?)
While ABC won’t officially unveil their new fall season until the 13th, what can we expect from the network with their pick-ups, renewals and cancellations so far?
Cancelled – Trophy Wife (noooooo!), Mixology, Super Fun Night, Suburgatory and The Neighbors.
Renewed – Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Castle, Marvel Agents of SHIELD, Modern Family, The Goldbergs and Resurrection.
New Pick-Ups –
How to get away with murder – New drama by Shonda Rhimes
American Crime – Starring Penelope Ann Miller and Felicity Huffman
Agent Carter – Captain America TV spin-off starring Hayley Atwell
The Whispers – Paranormal thriller starring Lily Rabe
Secrets and Lies – US remake of the Aussie drama starring Ryan Phillippe.
Looks like we’ll never get to really find out what happens to Carrie Bradshaw in those years between high school and her column in The New York Starr as the CW network finally announced they have pulled the pin on the Sex and the City prequel series.
The series which debuted two years ago followed a young Carrie Bradshaw (played by AnnaSophia Robb) in her teen years, struggling to find a balance between home life, romance and her aspirations of a successful writing career in New York. The show never really reached the ratings highs the network had hoped for nor caught the interest of fans of the original series and most were genuinely surprised when the show was renewed for a second season.
The sad part is, the show was cancelled just as opportunities arose to really develop Carrie’s Manhattan back story with season two closing out with Carrie saying goodbye to home life in Connecticut to embark on a new life in New York.
It has been a looooooong wait for Grey’s Anatomy fans since they were last treated to an episode on Channel 7, but good news has come for those eagerly and patiently waiting the shows return…but it’s going to cost you some very late nights.
Channel 7 are offering up double episodes on Monday nights from 10pm – airing right after brand new episodes of Revenge.
Our last outing with the medial drama saw Bailey (Chandra Wilson) still suffering with her sudden onset on OCD while tensions between Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Christina (Sandra Oh) were starting to reach a dangerous boiling point as both doctors battle for new treatment research breakthroughs.
The return of Greys will see us only 12 (yes 12) episodes behind the USA who will have the massive series finale this week.
Grey’s Anatomy continues Monday night, 10pm on Channel 7
It’s taken nine years and a lot of whispers but Valerie Cherish will finally have her second comeback when The Comeback returns for a limited 6 episode run later this year!
The original series, which to this date, is still being called one of the best shows you never watched (it really is), was created by Lisa Kudrow post-Friends and Sex and the City creator Michael Patrick King and saw Kudrow as a washed up actress trying to reclaim her former fame while allowing cameras to follow and record her every move while in search for that elusive comeback.
It lasted 13 episodes before it was cancelled due to low ratings.
The past few weeks have seen stories popping up about a possible return to the series with Kudrow and King both confirming they have been talking about where Cherish would be in this day and age and on Monday, HBO officially announced the show’s return.
“The Comeback holds a special place in the hearts of its many fans, including many of us here at HBO,” said president HBO programming president Michael Lombardo in a statement. “I can’t wait to find out what Valerie’s been up to since we last met.”
Kudrow said in a statement about The Comeback, “It was almost too fun play Valerie Cherish the first time around,” Kudrow said. “I look forward to revisiting this resilient and ironically self-unaware character.”
We’ll get to it. you already know who won, but if I just go out and say it now, well…it makes for a really boring recap.
Starting off, as per norm, we check in with each of the remaining teams. Team Naomi are in front of the glamour mirrors applying makeup and using hair straighteners while trying to be self depreciating about how they didn’t expect to make it to the final…well except for Chantal who’s internally putting the winners crown on her head.
Team Cheyenne are talking tactics, talking Team Naomi and feeling a little sad that they are almost at the end of the competition.
Georges walks in while I swoon and informs the girls that they are the final five! They clap and ‘woo hoo’ before we get Yaya exclaiming she can’t believe she’s made the final five.
“I’m so ecstatic, so happy, I feel so blessed” she says with the most straightest of faces..
We’re then introduced to Olay’s marketing manager Lauren Young who spits out some pre-scripted lines about how they’re all beautiful and amazing and she couldn’t be happier with who’s left to possibly face their new fresh effects campaign.
For some reason, we’re given a clip of Chantal explaining that she would love to win because modeling is her dream and everything she’s ever wanted and to show us all that ‘Chantal can reach the top’ – it doesn’t make me like her any more than I don’t.
So Georges crushes the girls by telling them that not all of them will actually make the final catwalk challenge because two challenges before that will weed out the girls that Olay don’t actually want to front them.
*There’s a one minute presentation at Olay HQ on the Olay Fresh Effects Range to a panel headed by Lauren Young
*There’s a final photo shoot – for Fresh Effects by Olay with the winning image to be used in their campaign.
Then Georges opens the heavens and tells the models this final photo shoot will be with none other than part-time Australia’s Next Top Model fashion photographer (and Jo Blogs favorite) Chest Smith, sorry, Jez Smith.
We all clap along at this news, but the clapping quickly ends when it’s revealed that two, yes two, girls will be sent packing by the end of the photo shoot.
So it’s time for their one minute presentation to the Olay panel. Thankfully Lauren Young has provided some reading material (or a link to Wikipedia) for the girls to copy and memorize for their presentation.
There’s various clips of the girls saying “Olay has been around for over 60 years…” and “Fresh Effects by Olay has been designed to….” as they advertise, I mean memorize, their lines before they are one by one called in to see how good their memory really is in front of a panel of women offering up some severely plastered on smiles
Ruth is called in first and shows Australia just how much of a serious issue memory loss is within the modeling community these days.
“So, over 60 years ago – sorry. I’ll start again” “Over 60 years ago, the world and Australia’s number one skin care range was….created..Olay! Olay – sorry. Sorry, i’m really sorry. sorry sorry sorry, sorry, i’m really nervous. Sorry. I’ll start again”.
I think she nailed it.
Ruth eventually manages to get her words out but clearly, the damage is done, especially after “your skin….it’s the first thing you look at when people see you in the morning”
The rest of the girls come in and blurt out lines they’ve remembered – Olivia is very personable and friendly, Yaya is full of facts and figures, Chantal loves the fact the skin care range is less than $17 while Sarah kisses major ass by saying she’s been slapping on the stuff for the last few weeks.
Now it’s time for the photoshoot for the Olay campaign. Jez is finally here to take gorgeous photos of the girls – the brief is fun and flirty, natural without being too modelly….and yes,that is a word OK!
Cheyenne is on hand for her team and is very supportive – “Look at you! Just be an angel goddess sweetheart, an amazing beautiful creature thing!” Basically, Yaya and NSFW Olivia both look perfect for the brief.
Naomi too is on hand for her team’s shoot ad she offers up her own style of support “Legs open, not too posey” “This stuff is so difficult, easy stuff can be the most difficult to achieve” “Close the mouth but smile with the eyes – look at me, look at me, this is me now, look at me now, look at me now – see the difference?” – and this was just during Ruth’s shoot.
Chantal’s next up and Naomi gives us all some killer tips for when we need to take a natural and casual smiling photo – “Smile with the eyes, not with the mouth, you need to smile with the eyes. Tongue on the roof of your mouth”
Thank you Naomi!
Sarah…ah the golden child. The aspect of toning down the model in her is incredibly daunting and she has the most trouble being natural, right down to modeling with her shoulders…
Photoshoot over and done with, it’s time to cull two girls. Who will it be? Who will make the final three?
What’s this? Two Team Naomi girls are gone? NSFW Olivia, Yaya and Golden Child Sarah make the final three and Ruth and Chantal (hell yeah!) are sent packing. So moved by this sad news, Naomi even shed a human tear over loosing two of her girls – well more for Ruth than Chantal.
It’s all very sad and slightly touching, but it’s time to move on. We need to find out face of Fresh Effects by Olay! To speed things up, there’s some quick phone calls home, there’s smiles and tears and cheers of support…bla bla bla..let’s move onto the runway.
We’re with the girls getting ready for the on-coming runway challenge when Naomi comes in and says she’s pulled some strings to get her dear friend Zac Posen to come in and dress the girls.
Everyone is really excited (I would be too actually) and we’re told just who is the ‘Zac Posen woman’ “She has confidence, she has elegance, she’s a creative woman herself and she’s glamorous”
So that explains why Chantal isn’t there anymore.
It’s time for the show, the eliminated models are front row along with Georges and Lauren Young from Olay who are commentating on the girls walk for those unable to see it.
They look flawless. Along with Nicole Trunfio, Naomi and Cheyenne who also take to the catwalk all dressed in Zac Posen.
It’s judgement time! We’re only minutes away from finally finding our winner – Yaya, Olivia (I’ve now removed the NSFW) and Sarah listen along as Naomi and Cheyenne offer copious amount of praise on the final three.
Are you ready?
“She is fun, she has amazing skin, she’s confident and she’s incredibly genuine – So the girl I’ve chosen to be the face of Fresh Effects by Olay is……
I don’t really know who did that blood curdling scream when the winner was announced….probably Naomi realizing the golden child is in fact…not so golden or Cheyenne realizing she’s kicked Naomi’s butt.
Everyone is really happy, I’m a little surprised but content with the winner (Olivia was unofficially inducted into Team Anthobuzz last week) and now Olivia is the face of Fresh Effects by Olay and Cheyenne now has one up on Naomi!
So my team didn’t go so well (if you don’t include Olivia’s addition last week), one didn’t even make it past the auditions, one was bullied and kicked out in week 4 and the other…well, meh…she’s a runner up.