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If Hollywood insiders had to bet on one new show delivering a big premiere rating this fall, they would put their money on Fox’s Gotham. The dark DC Comics drama starring Ben McKenzie is currently topping the charts in internal survey data collected by Nielsen for the broadcasters. But many other new shows may already be in trouble.
With two dozen new broadcast series helping kick off 2014-15 season, networks are quietly attempting to calculate which shows will become the next hit and which will die on the vine. Their confidential predictive tracking data, shared by the Big 5 broadcasters, »
- James Hibberd
Several network series return this week, but the fall season starts in earnest next week. Before the premieres kick off, here are SoS TV Editor Kate Kulzick, SoS Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta, and SoS lead TV critic Randy Dankievitch with their initial impressions on the networks’ new offerings.
Note: Our thoughts are based on pilots that are works in progress, so there may be changes to these episodes before they air.
Forever (10 pm Est, ABC)
Premieres Sept. 22nd and Sept 23rd , 2014
Among ABC’s new fall shows is Forever, a series set to focus on a medical examiner in New York who has a distinctive trait; unlike the rest of the population, he is immortal. Every time he dies, Dr. Henry Morgan finds himself waking up naked in a nearby body of water, and he teams up with Detective Martinez to help solve the city’s crimes.
Based on the pilot, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
By Anjelica Oswald
The Academy has a long and complex relationship with musicals, particularly with their ability to secure best picture nominations. The best picture nomination for Les Miserables (2012) at the 85th Academy Awards marked the first time since Chicago’s (2002) nomination and win that a musical was nominated in that category, and as of this moment, there aren’t many options that could break into the category this year.
Since premiering at Toronto, The Last 5 Years — the film adaption of the off-broadway musical written by Jason Robert Brown — has been receiving decent reviews but nothing that would propel it to best picture status. The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney said both Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan bring “confidence and depth of feeling” to their songs and “shift back and forth between rom-com breeziness and full-blown passion, be it the soaring highs or the heartsick lows” with ease, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Apart from a truly stupid name, ABC‘s Selfie has a lot going for it on paper. Karen Gillan is able, and comes with legions of Doctor Who fans, who are apt to tune into anything she’s in for a while at least. John Cho has fans as well, and doesn’t get the credit he deserves, largely because Harold & Kumar doesn’t exactly move you up on the Taken Seriously list. Plus, it’s yet another update of Pygmalion (though ABC‘s website irritatingly refers to it as loosely based on My Fair Lady), and those generally do pretty well for themselves.
On the other hand, the show’s concept has a few hurdles to get over. The show spins the character of Eliza Dooley (Gillan) around, as she is in this incarnation a self-absorbed social media star with over 250,000 followers, who largely revels in her ‘famous for being famous’ status. »
- Marc Eastman
Selfie is your new favorite comedy. Just come to terms with that now. Starring the incredibly charming duo of Karen Gillan and John Cho with Suburgatory's Emily Kapnek behind the camera, Selfie is a modern day take on My Fair Lady. Stop groaning, it's not like it sounds. Well, it is like it sounds. Gillan plays a self-obsessed social media fanatic named Eliza Dooley who makes a deal with Cho's Henry Higgenbottam to help make her over after she quickly realizes she has no true friends. But once you get past the name and elevator-pitch premise and Selfie is full of heart and humor. Gillan, best known for her role as one of the Doctor's companions in Doctor Who, is a born star. Just try not to »
The annual passing of Labor Day is more than just a reminder that your favorite shows will be premiering again soon, it’s also a time to rid yourself of seasons and series past, opening up space on both your DVR and in your heart for new shows. Unfortunately, there’s not much this year premiering on promising cable channels like FX and AMC, but there is still a legion of network series vying for your attention. We’ve skimmed through them all and selected the most promising. Get ready to open up that heart of yours. Gotham – Fox – Starts Sept. 22nd The Pitch: A superhero drama about the fictional city of Gotham years before the rise of Batman and the town’s notoriously colorful villains, focused on Detective James Gordon. Who’s involved: Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Southland) stars as Gordon, alongside Alfred (Sean Pertwee) and young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and other familiar faces. The »
- Emily Estep
After winning two Emmys last week, Allison Janney said something that should be considered a truism but isn't. Explaining her successful return to TV after a sojourn in movies, the 54-year-old told Variety, "Television is a woman's medium."
Since "The West Wing" went off the air eight years ago, Janney has landed a number of supporting character roles in movies, mostly mom parts. Back on TV, however, she won Emmys this year (her fifth and sixth) for stretching to play two very different parts: a woman trying to salvage a difficult marriage in the premium-cable drama "Masters of Sex," and a recovering alcoholic whose daughter and granddaughter have followed in her reckless footsteps on the network sitcom "Mom."
Janney certainly seems to be an example of how television is friendlier to 54-year-old actresses than film is. But is television really "a woman's medium"?
Actually, you could argue that television has »
- Gary Susman
Film fans can be some of the most passionate fans in the world. Many cinephiles have their rooms filled and walls covered with posters, models, books, and strange odds and ends. Some of the wealthier movie fanatics are privileged (and slightly crazy) enough to take home pieces of cinema history themselves at great costs.
Robot Mafia has an inforgraph created by Joe MacFarland that details the prices of the 33 most expensive props in history. There are some obvious ones like Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from Star Wars at $240,000, the Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz at $660,000, and James Bond’s Aston Martin from Godleneye at a whopping $4,408,456.
The most recent prop on the list is a vial of the soldier soldier serum from 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger at $3,959. The oldest item is King Kong himself, or at least what remains of him in the form of the »
- Max Molinaro
When the “Every Simpsons Ever” mega-marathon of The Simpsons began last Thursday on Fxx, it renewed interest in a show that will go down as one of the all-time greats—but has nevertheless been struggling commercially and creatively for awhile at this point. The show’s unimpeachable heyday in the ’90s is rightfully heralded, and as the marathon got going, it was those episodes that created the most excitement. Sure, they’ve been out on DVD for some time, but rebroadcasting them in order emphasized how great the show was at its peak.
Precisely when The Simpsons began to descend »
- Kyle Ryan
Watching the below video compilation, I wondered what my own earliest onscreen memory of satisfying humor was; what movies I watched as a child that were meant to make me laugh, and succeeded in doing so. Tough; because I can't recall much, not because there weren't any, but because I just don't remember. It's been a long while since my childhood (I was born in the mid-1970s), and much of what I recall watching were lots of James Bond movies, as well as musicals like "Sound of Music," "My Fair Lady," and "The King & I." Also all those "Sword & Sandal" epics of yesteryear, usually based on biblical tales (fact or fiction), were a staple in the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Fifty years ago this month, Mary Poppins chim-chim-cher-ee'd its way into cinemas. The sugary sweet spectacular was rapturously received by cinemagoers of the era and audiences are still in love with the magical movie more than half a century on from its original release.
You’ve probably watched the film a hundred times. You might even know all of the words to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." But in celebration of Mary Poppins’ fiftieth anniversary here are ten fun things that you might not know about the movie.
It took Walt Disney more than 20 years to acquire the rights After his daughters fell in love with the books Walt Disney promised he’d adapt P.L Travers’ hit story for the silver screen. However, convincing the notoriously sceptical author proved harder than he could have ever imagined and after first pursuing the project in 1938 it took more than twenty years for Disney to finally secure the film rights. »
- Daniel Bettridge
ABC debuted online today a preview of the pilot of its upcoming half-hour comedy Selfie. Were the leads of this limited but endearing sitcom anyone but the entirely charming, gifted pair of John Cho and Karen Gillan, it would fall flat. Yet, because of them, and a few hints of surprising writing nuance, it ultimately rather works.
Eliza Doolittle (Karen Gillan) is a social media guru with hundreds of thousands of online followers and (as she finds out in the pilot) no real friends. When she gets food poisoning on a flight full of her co-workers and lands herself in a completely humiliating situation, she winds up recruiting her firm’s top representation manager, Henry (John Cho), to overhaul her image. It is (very) loosely based on Pygmalion or as it’s more famously known, My Fair Lady.
My biggest fear going into this was that Eliza would not be »
- Claire Hellar
Written by Elaine May
Directed by Elaine May
Fellow Canadian cinephiles know that our local version of Netflix has a terrible wheat-to-chaff ratio. The thin library, coupled with the still-not-great Ui, makes it so that a disproportionately large amount of legwork has to be put into just browsing for movies. Then there’s what available. It’s unlikely that you’ll find a movie olden than you on the front page. This is because the collection sharply skews recent: at time of writing, approximately 0.01% of the films in the library were released before 1960. For comparison, about 58% of the films currently available were released this decade. Despite all this, though, I come here today not to bury Netflix Canada, nor to tear it a new one, but to provide fellow Canucks with a road map to navigating Netflix’s choppy waters. And with that, I welcome you »
- Derek Godin
It is set to premiere on ABC, on September 30, 2014, but the network has released the first episode of its new half-hour comedy series "Selfie," which is loosely based on "My Fair Lady" (the musical based upon George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion"), but set in the world of social media. Created and executive produced by Emily Kapnek for Warner Bros. Television, the new series will air Tuesday nights at 8 pm (Et/Pt). The series follows the life of Eliza Dooley (a modern day version of Eliza Doolittle), a woman obsessed with becoming famous through the use of social media platforms, until she realizes that she needs to actually find people that she can be »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The show follows Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a social-media maven who has thousands of followers in her internet life but no friends in her real life. To remedy this problem, she turns to marketing expert Henry (John Cho) to help her go from a technology-obsessed internet celebrity to someone who can connect with humans in the real world.
Selfie premieres September 30 on ABC. »
- Ariana Bacle
With a full season on the way later in the year ABC have opted to make sitcom Selfie‘s opening episode available to the world ahead of its TV premiere on September 30th. Unfortunately it’s only viewable to those in America via Hulu. Just as Karen Gillan’s lead character Eliza Dooley throws it all out there to her army of followers on social media, so the network no doubt hope this move will gain the show some decent advance word. Gillan herself has been no slouch in this respect, posing for a comedic nude snap by way of promotion.
Eliza has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day, she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She »
- Steve Palace
The first episode of ABC's millennial comedy Selfie premieres September 30, and now you can stream the first episode online. Selfie is a modern retelling of My Fair Lady, which stars Doctor Who's Karen Gillan as "Eliza Dooley" a narcissistic social-media addict who hires a marketing guru, played by Harold and Kumar's John Cho, to rehabilitate her image after she accidentally stars in an unflattering viral video. Watch the pilot (or just pretend to watch the pilot while you check your Instagram) on Hulu. »
- Anna Silman
ABC teamed up with Hulu for the early release of the new show Selfie. The strangely titled show is a modern take on the classic My Fair Lady. The show stars Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan plays the main character Eliza Doolittle, who is a non-respected pharmaceutical sales rep. She decides to enlist the help of a branding expert. That is where John Cho’s Henry comes into play. He will be the sound voice in her world that helps her work out her image issues. The series will have the official premier on September 30th.
The show seems to be not showing a lot of support yet. Fans have avoided the subject of the possible nightmare of being common with the supposed musical that it is inspired by-while it premiers. The show doesn’t seem to hold a lot of hope right now. Maybe that is why ABC decided »
- Sarah Peel
The latest marketing move from ABC for its upcoming sitcom “Selfie,” if nothing else, is fitting with theme.
The Alphabet debuted the pilot of the series on Hulu and ABC.com ahead of its premiere next month. The show, a modern retelling of “My Fair Lady,” stars Karen Gillan of “Doctor Who” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” fame as Eliza Dooley, a narcissist who is obsessed with becoming famous over social media. John Cho plays a marketing guru who helps her rebrand her image after a video of hers goes viral, showing her there’s more to it than Facebook and Twitter — hence, the irony of debuting the show via social media.
Still, to debut a show over social media that targets Millennials is certainly appropriate for its desired audience. The show is not set to premiere on ABC for more than a month, with an airdate of Sept. 30.
- Alex Stedman
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