5 items from 2015
In the wake of the "Parks and Recreation" finale, a Twitter follower asked me if the period when NBC had "Parks," "Community," "The Office" and "30 Rock" on the same night was the best comedy bloc ever. I replied that at least two other very strong alternatives immediately came to mind: NBC Thursdays for a few seasons in the mid-'80s with "The Cosby Show," "Family Ties," "Cheers" and "Night Court" (a night that also had "Hill Street Blues," and is therefore frontrunner for Best Overall Night of Network Programming Ever), and CBS Saturdays in the 1973-74 season with "All in the Family," "M*A*S*H," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Bob Newhart Show." Call it, friendos: is one of those the best of all time? Is there another bloc — and all four comedies have to be great, as opposed to what "NewsRadio" creator Paul Simms once dubbed »
- Alan Sepinwall
Fresh off the Boat has an uphill battle ahead of it, and not just because it’s a slow-moving comedy without the benefit of many familiar faces.
I’d hope for something with a bit more “quick start” potential for Randall Park, because he’s a talented guy, and while this could eventually win people over, it may not get the chance.
Though based on a real memoir, the show is unfortunately “Asian Goldbergs” in its delivery, which features the same character narration and ode to a previous decade motif. It also blends in equal parts, “herds of white people are funny because…,” and, “growing up Asian amid the herd is difficult because…,” humor which frequently makes the show feel like translated stand-up instead of a purposeful telling of a (by all accounts) hilarious and insightful memoir.
It isn’t that the show is bad, but it takes quite a while to get moving. »
- Marc Eastman
The reconstruction of NBC’s Thursday night lineup begins with the kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday. The Peacock has as much at stake in the telecast of the big game on Feb. 1 as do the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.
NBC is relocating its most valuable scripted-series asset, “The Blacklist,” from Monday to Thursday in an effort to shore up a night that has become a black hole for the network. “Blacklist” opens the second leg of its sophomore season with the post-Super Bowl airing of a two-part episode. The conclusion will run four nights later when the James Spader starrer settles into its new Thursday 9 p.m. berth.
The move of the show from its familiar Monday 10 p.m. slot is risky, even with a Super Bowl-sized platform to promote the timeslot switch.
“Blacklist” is the anchor of NBC’s new all-drama strategy on Thursday — a radical makeover »
- Cynthia Littleton
We’re back with another horror news round-up. This time around we have two new photos from Tremors 5, a recently released poster for the all-female directed horror anthology film, Xx, as well as a look at the upcoming Zombie Strike Doominator Nerf gun.
The Graboids are back to snack on unlucky surface dwellers once again in Tremors 5, but standing in their way as always is the indomitable Burt Gummer (Michael Gross), along with his new pal, Travis (Jamie Kennedy). Two photos from Tremors 5 were recently revealed, giving us a fresh look at Gross and Kennedy in the fifth installment of the horror/sci-fi franchise that’s due out later this year.
“With even more deadly creatures on the loose, Tremors 5 continues the films’ hallmark combination of adrenaline-laced suspense, »
- Derek Anderson
Twenty-five years ago this week (Jan. 19, 1990), the greatest film ever made about carnivorous subterranean worms hit theaters. Tremors didn't make a big splash in theaters, considering its release was during the awards season dumping ground of January. (Also it's a movie about carnivorous subterranean worms.) But the film found a second life on VHS and cable, and it has become a beloved cult hit, spawning many sequels. So let's take a trip back to Perfection Valley, where it all began. Wanna Write a Great Screenplay? Study TremorsIn a Reddit thread titled, "What is Your Favorite Kevin Bacon Movie and Why Is It Tremors, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
5 items from 2015
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