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[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Galavant" (ABC - Midseason) The Pitch: "It's 'Shrek' only live-action and without Shrek and without the magic, so maybe not that much like 'Shrek' at all." Quick Response: I'd like to think of the 22 minute pilot for "Galavant" as a poorly formed proof-of-concept and I wish ABC would now scrap everything but the songs and some of the cast and start again, probably with a different narrative and a different running time and probably some different actors and whatnot. Because I like the idea of "a medieval musical fairy tale" and the 22 minute pilot for "Galavant" suggests it's possible, but I wish creator Dan Fogelman, whose "The Neighbors" became much better as it went along but never recovered from the stench of its desperate pilot, wouldn't keep shooting himself in the foot with half-baked pilots for potentially great ideas. So "Galavant" is a half-hour of tell-me-don't-show-me exposition about how »
- Daniel Fienberg
I still remember the first time a spoiler truly failed me. It was the season 3 finale of The O.C., and I had read that someone was going to die. Everything I found online pointed to Sandy Cohen having a heart attack. The rumors crushed me to read—but after weeks of preparation, I was ready to try and come to terms with it. But as I sat on my couch, two minutes before the finale was scheduled to end, I realized that Sandy was nowhere to be seen. Instead, the show was focused on a car containing Ryan and Marissa. »
- Samantha Highfill
Last weekend at Comic-Con, we joined a small group of journalists for an interview session with the main cast and executive producer of Supernatural. Stars Jared Padalecki (Sam), Jensen Ackles (Dean), Misha Collins (Castiel), and Executive Producer Jeremy Carver provided details on some of Season 9′s big moments and teased what we can expect from Season 10.
Executive Producer Jeremy Carver:
It seems like there are some excellent storytelling opportunities with the introduction of the Men of Letters Bunker. Do you plan on having a continued focus on that in Season 10?
When we introduced the Men of Letters, not just as a location, but one of the final pieces or the Winchester Family Tree, it opened up for the writers and enormous trove of possibilities. Yes, we’re always coming up with fantastic ways of looking at the Men of Letters and it’s become such a part of the »
- Jordan Smith
The Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol, England will be the home of Disney’s ABC Studios’ Galavant when it shoots later this summer. Pre-production started this week in the west of England and filming begins in August. Galavant is one of the major U.S. series to decamp to Britain this year to take advantage of the lucrative TV tax credit. The musical comedy fairytale from Dan Fogelman stars Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones, Mallory Jansen, Karen David and Luke Youngblood. Also currently filming at Bottle Yard are BBC Two’s Wolf Hall, BBC One’s Poldark, Sky 1 comedy Trollied, and Channel […] »
The road so far …
It wasn’t exactly easy for genre television in 2005. Well, it’s really never been easy for genre television ever in the history of television, but in 2005, a deluge of genre shows premiered and almost all of them had fallen prey to the swift axe of the television gods by the next year. Start by thinking about television now. It’s a fruitful time for horror and science fiction and fantasy. There are a multitude of genre shows, running the gamut from The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, to True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. They’re all massive hits.
Now, think of all of the shows that premiered around that time in 2005. There was Surface, and that was cancelled after ten episodes by NBC. Invasion, a well-regarded show written by Shaun Cassidy (who created one of my favorite shows, American Gothic) and that was cancelled »
- Nathan Smith
The CW’s “Supernatural” closed out its ninth season with a powerful — if not altogether surprising — finale on Tuesday night, leaving viewers teetering on the edge of a brutal cliffhanger that will assuredly shatter the show’s status quo when it returns for season ten this fall.
The episode’s final moments (Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched) saw heroic monster hunter Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) — one of the show’s two protagonists — return from death with the signature black eyes of a demon, tragically transforming him into one of the creatures he’s spent his life fighting. His brother Sam (Jared Padalecki), was too busy trying to summon the reinstated King of Hell, Crowley (Mark Sheppard at his scenery-chewing best), in an attempt to save Dean’s life, to realize that the cunning demon was already in the building, ready to welcome Dean into the ranks.
The dramatic »
- Laura Prudom
Now that it is just barely summer, it’s time for the networks to try their best to get you excited for fall television. ABC wants you to get excited for their schedule, and their new shows, and I’ve got some previews for you, as well as some initial thoughts.
I have to tell you, ABC is looking more and more strange as time goes on, and the overall efforts of the network really have to make you wonder. While there are some hints of interesting shows, and one or two that might turn into worthwhile vehicles, in the Eddie and the Cruisers world of television, ABC is Joe Pantoliano, clutching his tapes, and furiously blathering about the lunacy of not giving the idiotic public what they want, especially since they keep demanding it.
To that end, ABC has declared Thursday, Shonda Rhimes night, largely because someone apparently had »
- Marc Eastman
I’m not really sure what Disney executives were smoking when they decided to make Galavant into a series for ABC, but I do wish they’d share. It’s a comedy about a fairy tale prince (actor Joshua Sasse) seeking revenge against the evil king (Timothy Omundson) who stole his lady love. The biggest selling point: it’s a musical and Oscar winning composer Alan Menken is on board to work his typical Disney magic.
I have no idea who the market is for this. It’s probably not the female audience that tunes in to Once Upon a Time. And it’s not the stoned college students who live for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. And I don’t think the kids who love Disney’s G-rated musical fairy tale movies should be exposed to this. Not only is it not four-quadrant, it’s no quadrant.
That said, »
- Ed Kennedy
If the success of "Game of Thrones" has taught us anything, it's that people love tales of knights and swords and derring-do. If the success of "Once Upon a Time" has imparted a lesson, it's that people love updated fairytales. And, if the success of Broadway's "Aladdin" (in the form of five Tony nominations) has provided any insight into the populace, it's that Alan Menken remains terribly popular. What happens when you combine these three things? You get a "musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions," and ABC has it as a part of their midseason lineup. It is called "Galavant," and it features a sizable number of man clad in armor, singing. Really. Perhaps then it could best be equated with Monty Python. But however you want to understand it, what we will tell you about it is this – the show is from Dan Fogelman ("Tangled") and is about a »
- Josh Lasser
The rest of ABC’s schedule remains intact, especially Dancing with the Stars – which will stay a one-night-a-week franchise (sorry, fringe lovers). Here’s the full schedule (new shows are in bold):
Here are the network descriptions for the new fall and midseason series:
American Crime: All over the news are reports about a young couple in Modesto, California, who were attacked in their home. Matt Skokie, a war vet, was killed, »
- Lynette Rice
With upfront presentations just around the corner, ABC has bolstered its Marvel announcements – of new show Marvel’s Agent Carter and a season renewal for Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. – by detailing the rest of its line-up decisions.
Castle will get a seventh season, Modern Family and The Middle get a sixth, while Once Upon A Time, Revenge and Scandal get a fourth. Resurrection and The Goldbergs join Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. in getting a second season, and giant network icon Grey’s Anatomy lands its eleventh season.
In new commissions, five dramas and two comedies have been announced. Heading up the dramatic category are:
• American Crime – starring Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez and Penelope Ann Miller, this drama is written, directed and produced by John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). The story centres on the aftermath of an attack on a young couple in their home. The husband – a military veteran – is killed, »
- Sarah Myles
It's 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life - Steve Rogers.
The show is inspired by the Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the short film Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter. They will be skipping the pilot phase and going straight to series.
They have also picked up the hit superhero series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a second season. »
After remaining quiet all spring, ABC monopolized the attentions of the nation's TV critics on Thursday (May 8) with an evening full of big announcements. You can read about seven of the network's renewals here, as ABC extended its relationship with "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy," "Modern Family" and more. Fortunately, despite all of these renewals, ABC still has a number of bubble shows waiting for news on Friday, which means more content. And you can also read about ABC's renewal of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and pickup for "Marvel's Agent Carter" here. But like the game show host says... That's not all! In addition to "Marvel's Agent Carter," ABC gave series orders to dramas "How To Get Away With Murder," "American Crime," "The Whispers" and "Forever." On the comedy side, "Black-ish," "Manhattan Love Story" and "Selfie" earned series orders. And on the musical comedy fairy tale front? »
- Daniel Fienberg
ABC's New Pick Ups
ABC announced this week that it would be adding nine new shows to their line-up, including Felicity Huffman’s return to television and another Marvel spinoff.
Marvel’s Agent Carter is a spinoff of Captain America: The First Avenger and will star Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. The show will pick up in 1946, after the Captain’s death in the first Captain America film, and Agent Carter returns home to a sexist military and life as a double agent. After her dealings with Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter works as a spy for the Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve) for Mr. Stark, aka Iron Man’s father. Whether »
ABC has begun its run-up to next week’s upfront presentations by giving the greenlight to a seventh season of Castle, a fourth season to Once Upon a Time and an 11th year to Grey’s Anatomy. Scandal will be back, as will Modern Family and The Middle.
It also gave a fourth year to Revenge and a second year to Resurrection. The Goldbergs earned a second season, too. Somebody dodged a bullet, eh?
As of right now six new dramas have been picked up for fall, including the latest one from Shonda Rhimes. Here are the official log lines: »
- Lynette Rice
There's been talk that season eight will be the end of Psych. Certainly season eight will have just 10 epsides, the series' smallest episode order to date. Will there be a ninth year or is this the end? Will the ratings impact that decision? Stay tuned!
On Psych, Santa Barbara's favorite faux psychic (James Roday) and his sidekick (Dule Hill) continue to solve cases together. The rest of the cast includes Corbin Bernsen, Kirsten Nelson, Maggie Lawson, and Timothy Omundson.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
Final season averages: 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.68 million total viewers.
Note: If »
Episodes: 121 (hour)
TV show dates: July 7, 2006 -- March 26, 2014
Series status: Ended
TV show description:
Santa Barbara police detective Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen) assumes that his son Shawn will follow in his footsteps and relentlessly hones the boy's powers of deduction and observation.
As an adult, Shawn (James Roday) has a hard time finding a job that holds his interest, much to the frustration of his now-retired father. While watching a news report about a robbery, Shawn realizes that the victim is actually the guilty party.
When he goes to the police to give them the tip, he's accused of being an accomplice because he »
It’s appropriately odd that the best series finale to come along in quite a while was not meant to be a series ending episode at all. Last night’s Psych episode “The Breakup” was written to be the eighth season closer, but the word that Psych wouldn’t be renewed came after filming on year eight had wrapped up, so the season finale became the series finale…and it was an excellent one! Longtime Psych fans have little to complain about because Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) went out in style.
Many fans were no doubt worried that the show’s ending wouldn’t live up to the show’s legacy, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
The hour revolved around Shawn (Roday) trying to find a way to break the news to best friend Gus (Dulé Hill) that he was leaving him and Santa Barbara to go to San Francisco to be with Juliet (Maggie Lawson). In the end, he did it by recording a message on DVD. If you teared up when it first became clear that Gus was watching a disc, you’re not alone. Another great »
- Mandi Bierly
Psych aired its final episode Wednesday night after 8 seasons,“The Break-Up,” in which Shawn agonizes over how to break the news to Gus that he's leaving for San Francisco to be with Juliet.
— Dulé Hill (@DuleHill) March 26, 2014
Psych Series Finale Recap
Shawn (James Roday) is missing Juliet (Maggie Lawson), who is up in San Francisco, and decides to move there. The problem: he hasn’t told Gus (Dule Hill) and cannot bring himself to do it. Shawn is getting ready to tell Gus at the precinct when they catch a dead body – their last case. Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) knows that something is off, and he gives Shawn advice on how to soften the blow for Gus. He even gives Shawn a rare hug and smile.
While Shawn and Gus struggle »
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