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Wishlist: 6 TV Character Crossovers

Fictional crossovers between characters on television shows have been going on for a long time – often used as a way to offer cross promotion between shows.  Mad About You and Friends had a great crossover (Including a long running one involving side character ditzy waitress Ursula Buffay played by Lisa Kudrow), Cougar Town characters Jules Cobb and Ellie Torres (Courteney Cox and Christa Miller) appeared in Private Practice, Ally McBeal and The Practice (Two of David E Kelley’s biggest hits) often crossed paths too.

What about the crossovers that would never happen, but could be pretty awesome?  Characters that are no longer around, brought back to life, currently underused characters getting more screen time in another show…check out my ‘crossover wish list!’

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Roseanne’s Jackie Harris meets Modern Family

Easily said, Aunt Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) was one of the best bits about Roseanne.  She was somewhat crazy, highly lovable and suffered through some rather tough situations and when we last saw Jackie, it was revealed she was in fact a lesbian.  I could easily see her Jackie popping up in Modern Family,  fitting in for a guest spot quite perfectly with her hilarious antics with Cam and Mitchell – as long as she is wearing that bitchin’ knitted sweater!

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The X-Files Mulder and Scully meets True Blood

What could be better than bringing in two paranormal investigators to the town of Bon Temps where vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, faeries and witches all run rampant?  While the True Blood gang live in a world where Vampers are an everyday and (somewhat) accepted minority group, faeries and shifters and werewolves remain relatively unknown to humans, which could be the perfect reason to bring our FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) in to investigate!

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Weeds Nancy Botwin meets The Walking Dead

Who’s to say, that after Weeds left our screens, the world Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise-Parker) knew and lived in went the same as that of The Walking Dead?  Nancy would be the perfect replacement for the recently deceased Lori (she’s certainly less annoying) and we know she’d happily take her withdrawals from iced caffeine drinks out on the walkers.  Add in a romance with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and we have ourselves a crossover!

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Dawsons Creek Jack McPhee meets Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars features secrets, murders, blackmail, lesbians, teenage sex…it’s the modern day Dawsons Creek which would be a perfect launchpad to bring former creeker Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith) back to our screens.  No stranger to secrets, McPhee spent his first few seasons hiding his homosexuality from his friends.  Granted Jack would now be somewhat older than the main cast, so i’m thinking in a teaching role, perhaps, with more secrets of his own, with extended screen time with Caleb or Ezra or Toby.

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Nurse Jackie’s Dr. Elanor O’Hara meets Greys Anatomy

There’s no denying that since O’Hara (Eve Best) packed up her wardrobe and stethoscope (and new baby) and headed back to London, Nurse Jackie hasn’t been the same.  The same could be said about Greys Anatomy withAddison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) leaving (for the dreadfully boring Private Practice).  The team at Grey-Sloan Memorial are in desperate need of that kick-ass surgeon who looks fabulous in expensive clothing all while thinking about which 5 star restaurant she’ll be dining at for lunch.  The only issue here – we doubt O’Hara would be seen dead in Seattle.

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Melrose Place’s Sydney Andrews meets Revenge

In total, Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) has been killed off twice during Melrose Place’s run.  What’s to say, she can’t be brought back to life for a third chance at life?  She’s highly skilled in bed-hopping, blackmail and bitching, all skills needed to fit in perfectly with Emily Thorne and the Graysons up in the Hamptons.  Let’s just hope this time she wouldn’t end up over the roof of a car or face down in a swimming pool.

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Sharknado Bites into Aussie Screens

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Ian Ziering and Tara Reid star in Sharknado

So as to not blindly lead anyone into thinking they’ll be in for an edge-of-your-seat masterpiece film, Sharknado will never win any awards (well, any of the good kind).  The premise of the film should clear that up for everyone:

“When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace. And when the high-speed winds form tornadoes in the desert, nature’s deadliest killer rules water, land, and air”

Yep, a movie about a shark filled tornado.

So let’s talk Sharknado.

You’ve got 90210 star-cum-Chippendale Ian Ziering in the lead.  He’s supported by Tara Reid (nuff’ said) and then there’s former Baywatch actor Jaason Simmons playing Australian character Bazz Hogan.

There’s some overtly dodgy special effects and while the acting is not gag-worthy-bad, it’s clear in some scenes, most of the actors involved may have approached this with a tongue-in-cheek method.

That said, this made-for-tv movie has clearly eared it’s cult status even before it aired in the USA.  The social media buzz behind this little film was nothing less than impressive and when you have a movie concept as ridiculous as this, it was open season on Twitter, which saw users send the movies title into one of the top trending topics upon it’s premiere – a feat never achieved by a made-for-tv movie.

Sharknado is premiering tonight on Foxtel’s Universal channel.  Perfect.  Friday night with a movie that’s made for a drinking game.  Apparently, every time Tara Reid is shown on screen simply for her bosoms, you take a hearty gulp.  Another one to take note of is having a drink every time a shark is killed by something other than a gun (spears, chainsaws and bare hands all count towards a drink)

The best bit about the whole thing?  Shaknado has already been pegged for a sequel.

Sharknado premieres tonight on Foxtel.  Universal channel.  8:30pm.

 

Emmy Nominations 2013

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus nominated for VEEP in lead actress comedy.

The nominations for this years Emmy awards are out, and like every year, there are a few surprise additions and a few shock misses.  This years nominees:

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO

Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC

Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC

Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS

Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel, A&E

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC

Kerry Washington, Scandal, ABC

Robin Wright, House of Cards, Netflix

 

COMEDY SERIES:

The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Girls, HBO

Louie, FX

Modern Family, ABC

30 Rock, NBC

Veep, HBO

 

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix

Louis C.K., Louie, FX

Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime

Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC

 

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO

Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO

Tiny Fey, 30 Rock, NBC

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Adam Driver, Girls, HBO

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family, ABC

Ty Burrell, Modern Family, ABC

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, NBC

Tony Hale, Veep, HBO

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Jane Lynch, Glee, Fox

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC

Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC

Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock, NBC

Anna Chlumsky, Veep, HBO

 

DRAMA SERIES:

Breaking Bad, AMC

Downton Abbey, PBS

Homeland, Showtime

Game of Thrones, HBO

House of Cards, Netflix

Mad Men, AMC

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO

Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad, AMC

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, AMC

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey, PBS

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, HBO

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, HBO

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife, CBS

Morena Baccarin, Homeland, Showtime

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men, AMC

 

LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE:

Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra, HBO

Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra, HBO

Toby Jones, The Girl, HBO

Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End, HBO

Al Pacino, Phil Spector, HBO

 

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE:

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, FX

Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime

Helen Mirren, Phil Spector, HBO

Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals, USA

Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

 

MINISERIES OR MOVIE:

American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

Behind the Candelabra, HBO

Phil Spector, HBO

Political Animals, USA

The Bible, History

Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

Personally, I’m quite surprised to see Arrested Development missing off most categories.  I was expecting to see it at least nominated in the comedy series category and perhaps see a nom for either Portia De Rossi (Supporting actress – Comedy) or Isla Fisher (Supporting actress – comedy).  At least Jason Bateman has been recognised for his work (Lead actor – Comedy).

A big shock snub was Tatiana Maslany for Lead actress – Drama for her role in “Orphan Black“.  Pretty much anyone who watched this intense high action series had noted down Maslany for an Emmy nom.  She is pretty phenomenal in the show (currently playing 7 different characters!)

I think the charm of New Girl is starting to wear off with the show and it’s stars missing out all-together on any nominations.  Other surprise snubs include Michael C Hall for Dexter, Parks and Recreation (comedy series), Busy Philipps for Cougar Town (Supporting Actress – comedy) and Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family.

Snubs aside, this years nominations created Emmy history for actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus who, with this years lead actress in a comedy nomination for VEEP, saw Louis-Dreyfus surpass comedy legend Lucille Ball’s 13 Emmy nominations.  Now on her 14th nomination, Louis-Dreyfus is also the only actress who has three wins for three separate comedy shows — “Veep,” “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

Cougar Town Back on 7 for Fourth Season

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Cast of Cougar Town

It’s the show that Channel 7 boss David Leckie once famously claimed was a ‘shit show‘ and was shamefully given a post 10pm time-slot two weeks after it’s prime time premiere, but comedy Cougar Town is back on 7 with a brand new season.

Cougar Town has evolved effectively over the previous three seasons distancing itself from the original premise of a 40+ yr old woman on the hunt for a younger man after the break up of her marriage, into a funny, witty and grossly entertaining comedy focusing more on relationships between friends and family…..oh and wine.

The shows title has become such a stigma that between seasons two and three, show creator Bill Lawrence (the genius behind Scrubs and Spin City) hit twitter to ask permission of co-creator Kevin Biegel to change the name. Now in it’s fourth season here (Season 5 starts next year in the states), the title remains the same but now comes with the added fun of piss-taking itself in the opening credits with a different statement created on a weekly basis.

So what can we expect from season four? The show was picked up by TBS in the states after ABC decided not to renew the show after its third season and creator Lawrence took a step back from the show but this has done nothing to ruin the flow of each episode.

We’ll see more stories involving the newlywed Jules (Courteney Cox) and Grayson (Josh Hopkins) and should-they-shouldn’t-they relationship between Jules Cobb’s son Travis (Dan Byrd) and best friend Laurie Keller (Busy Phillipps). There will be a death of a loved one, a gold digger and Jules’ father pops back in for a visit. This season also features an incredibly funny flashback episode that treats us to the backstory of Jules and Bobby moving into the cul-de-sac.

Yes it’s called Cougar Town and yes, it’s a funny as shit show.

Cougar Town airs Thursdays at 11pm on 7

NBC’S Kill Spree Claims Matthew Perry’s Go On plus More

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Matthew Perry as Ryan King in Go On
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NBC’s comedy kill spree claimed another victim today with news that the Matthew Perry led comedy Go On has been cancelled after just one season.  NBC aired 11 scripted sitcoms during the 2012-13 ratings season and Go On’s cancellation makes a total of 8 of the 11 comedies that are not returning for a new season.

30Rock and The Office both finished their series up, Sophomore sitcoms Whitney and the Christina Applegate/Will Arnett sitcom Up All Night were both cancelled along with fellow freshman entries Animal Practice1600 Penn and Guys with Kids all dead as well.

Go On featured Perry as sports radio announcer Ryan King who undertakes grief counseling after the death of his wife.  The show premiered to decent ratings with the helping boost of having coverage of the 2012 Olympics as a lead in, but over the course of the season, viewing numbers began to dwindle giving NBC to push to switch the show off.

This is unfortunately Perry’s third failed attempt at scripted television post FRIENDS with Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Mr. Sunshine also faltering at the season one finish line.  Perry shouldn’t fret though.  It’s taken several false starts for other former cast members to find their feet post FRIENDS.  Lisa Kudrow finally found her’s via internet-based-turned-TV-series Web Therapy while Courteney Cox managed to scrape two seasons of tabloid drama DIRT in before ending up in Cougar Town now in it’s fifth season.  Most well known of the cast to struggle was Matt LeBlanc whose FRIENDS spin-off Joey was so widely panned it caused a spin-off of sister comedy Will & Grace featuring characters Jack & Karen to be cancelled.  Luckily LeBlanc picked up the incredibly funny Episodes playing himself and even nabbed himself a best actor Golden Globe award.

To date, Parks and Recreation is the only comedy on NBC to be given the green light for a new season while Community and The New Normal wait for that breath of new life.  (I’d be surprised if NBC didn’t renew both)  Instead, NBC plan to re-invigorate their comedy line up with new shows including The Michael J Fox show (How great to see him back on our screens!) About A Boy (Based on the movie starring Hugh Grant and Toni Collette) and Sean Saves The World starring Sean Hayes.

One can only hope that NBC manage to clean up the dead comedies with as little blood on their hands as possible.

Update: Community officially renewed, New Normal cancelled 😦

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Please Like Me Bows Out For Season 1

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Josh Thomas and Deborah Lawrence in Please Like Me

Let me put it out there – I like ‘Please Like Me‘.  It’s funny yet has a serious side, plays lightly on the hipster/nerdy/gay/racial stereotypes yet knows not to be too full of itself.  The characters too are likable, well written and well acted.

However, a downside to this show was how ill-timed story lines were thrust upon us.  Some arcs were sped up (lead character Josh has been dumped by his girlfriend then came out as gay and ended the same episode in a relationship with a man) while story-lines involving his parents and their divorce seem to sit well timed and not too rushed.  A case of too much story to tell in the space of 6 half hour episodes.

That aside, the show has slowly been building a steady fan-base, with more to come with the DVD release due soon after the end of season 1, and many fans are wanting to know if a second season is in the works and if cast member Caitlin Stasey will return after recently being attached to a new pilot in the USA.

There’s no word yet on what ABC2 plans to do with the show after tonight.

‘Please Like Me’ end it’s 6 episode first season run tonight on ABC2 at 9:30pm.

Wine Time for Cougar Town Fans

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TBS announced today that comedy ‘Cougar Town’ will be happily coming back for a fifth season!     That’s right, time to break out your own ‘Big Carl’ and fill him up to the brim with your finest red!

After being dropped from ABC after it’s third season, the unfortunately titled Cougar Town has been nabbing about 2.8 million viewers on a weekly basis with a large portion of those viewers in the highly sought after 18-49 demographic and sits as one of TBS’s highest watched programs.

“‘Cougar Town’ has been everything we hoped it would be: a smart, big-hearted, laugh-out-loud comedy that shines a bright light on the TBS brand,” said Michael Wright, TBS’ president and head of programming.

The new season of Cougar Town will air it’s 13 ordered episodes in 2014 while the current fourth season is due to have it’s finale on April 9th at 10pm on TBS.