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.
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
The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Modern Family, ABC
30 Rock, NBC
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
Breaking Bad, AMC
Downton Abbey, PBS
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.”
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.
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 Practice, 1600 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 andThe 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 😦
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.
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.