9 items from 2014
[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
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
ABC unveiled trailers for its mid-season shows today, several of which have a strong murder vibe. Plus there's Galavant, a bananas musical comedy. Feast your eyes, ABC viewers! The previews for the fall shows are here. Galavant is a fairytale-world musical comedy series. Alan Menken is writing the songs, Glenn Slater is writing the lyrics, Dan Fogelman is producing the show, and the rest of us are just amazed that a network is taking this big a risk. Fresh Off the Boat is a single-camera comedy based off chef Eddie Huang's autobiography about moving from DC's Chinatown to the suburbs of Orlando. American Crime is the prestige drama with Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman as parents whose adult son has been murdered. Secrets and Lies stars Juliette Lewis as a detective investigating Ryan Phillippe. The Whispers is about aliens who invade earth by manipulating adorable children. Agent Carter, a »
- Margaret Lyons
ABC has announced its new schedule for the 2014-2015 season, and with it, released the first trailers for its upcoming fall series.
Below, see the promos for ABC’s fall offerings and summaries for the new lineup, which includes Shonda Rhimes’ latest drama “How to Get Away with Murder,” starring Viola Davis; “Captain America” spinoff “Marvel’s Agent Carter”; mystery thriller “Secrets and Lies” starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis; and Anthony Anderson comedy “Black-ish.”
Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow, four kids, and a colonial home in the ‘burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family?
In her sixth year of law school, Cristela is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate. »
- Laura Prudom
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
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
Spellbound, the animated test movie from Amazon Studios features five original songs. We asked producer Kevin Bannerman (Anastasia, Ice Age) about the role the songs played and how they shaped the film.
How do songs help shape a movie?
It helps shape the movie’s tone. They can often show screenwriters a side of the character that hasn’t been explored. With a lyricist, the characters can develop a sense of humor and personality through their songs.
What song is the most pivotal in the movie?
Each song is unique in its own way because each individual song has its own special reason for being. “New Breeze Blowing” is important because it takes the relationship between Lottie and Bastien to new heights (pun intended). But “The Road to Riches” is just as important for several reasons: it gives us an insight into Horace, it allows Lottie and Horace to have »
One of the bright spots this past film year was the success of Disney’s Frozen. On the strength of it’s more modern princesses and an infectious score, the film set box office records and has garnered two Oscar nominations, Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go”, its infectious hit. In honor of Frozen’s nomination, we figured it was time to take a look at the history of animated movies in Original Song.
The history of animated films picking up nominations and wins in Best Original Song is a tale as old as time (see what I did there?). Since the 1930s, animated films have won this award 13 times and over 50 nominations, which you can see below. This is an even greater feat when you think about the consideration that animated films get when lists of musicals are made (they »
- Terence Johnson
9 items from 2014
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