Sunday, 15 May 2011

May Mayhem


It's a TV miracle! Any long term fan of Chuck will be aware that the show is infamous in the industry as being the ultimate bubble show. Rarely has there been a year when Michael Ausiello hasn't referred to the spy show's shots of being renewed as 'could go either way.' Which is why I'm delighted to report that Chuck has officially been renewed for a fifth season! This is the good news. The not so good news is that this will officially be the show's final season. But if this means that it can end on a high then so be it. Some of the best comedies; The Office, Fawlty Towers, Extras only ran for two/three seasons. They ended before they ran the risk of bleeding every possible storyline/joke dry (*cough Little Britain cough*) and so they are still highly rated by their fans.

Although a massive part of me is devastated that come September, I will need to prepare to say goodbye to one of my all time favourite shows and cast, part of me is also slightly relieved. In my opinion Chuck has been one of the most original shows that I've come across. Sure it shared some standard story lines of the underdog becoming the hero as well as a will they/won't they between Chuck and Sarah, but the chemistry and the ambiance shared by the collective cast is continuously one of the most enjoyable I've witnessed in a long time.
NBC has renewed the show for 13 episodes. By which time fingers crossed, Chuck and Sarah will be married. (Although those of you who have seen last week's episode will be as unnerved as I am about Sarah's fate.) By now Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak know better then to mess with our favourite spy couple and have done a great job of integrating the majority of the rest of the cast into the spy world; Jeffster and Big Mike excluded, so I'm hoping they enjoy having the chance to nicely wrap up all the loose ends and ensuring the show finishes on a high. It's nice that for once they can write a finale not knowing if they have to leave the story lines open just on the off chance they get a green light. Tomorrow's season's finale will be an example of this, as when filming neither the writers or the cast could call whether they would be returning for another season.

Needless to say, May is always such a conflicting time of the year for me. As indicated in my last post, I'm always excited for the May sweeps; the pace of my favourite shows begins to increase and the lottery of what has and hasn't been renewed kicks off. But another way to view it is the beginning of the end, as I know that all my shows are going to be off the screen until at least mid-September.

The Vampire Diaries crashed off screens this weekend and goodness me did it go out with a bang. Regular viewers will be aware that *spoiler alert* the penultimate episode brought not one but four deaths; Aunt Jenna being the most significant, leaving many to ponder how it could be topped by the finale. Luckily the writers had set out to prove those doubters wrong, and we were left with enough drama to wrap up some of the more tense story lines (Damon's werewolf bite) but still leave enough OMG moments to ensure viewers returned next season (Jeremy going all sixth sense...)

Sadly other faves of mine including Chuck. Cougar Town, Glee, Gossip Girl, 90210 are set to follow TVD, leaving me facing a long TVless Summer. Which is why I'm very grateful that it's the TV upfronts soon. The upfronts, or what I like to refer to as the Christmas of TV fanatics always brings enough teasers and tasters of the fall TV schedule to tie us over to September.

NBC Has been the first to announce it's fall schedule, with the biggest surprise being that Chuck has moved from a Monday to a Friday. Sadly this isn't a massive shock as the season has continuously reported record low ratings.
A recurring theme throughout this post is the beginning of the end and I guess Chuck majorly falls into this category as Friday is slightly viewed as the graveyard slot; it was filled this year by Smallville.
I guess the only answer is to find some new shows. I'm the first to admit that I'm a bit of a creature of habit. So my May sweeps resolution to myself is to give some of this year's TV pilots a shot. I'm quite excited about the new Sarah Michelle Gellar CW show Ringers.

The CW's upfront is this Thursday, so make sure you check back for some of the gossip and a sneak peak of what the schedule of some of my other favourites will be.

Monday, 25 April 2011

The May sweeps are a coming....


For TV obsessives like myself, May marks an extremely exciting time of the year. Ignoring the fact that our fave TV shows are about to disappear off the screens, we're instead gearing ourselves up for the inevitable deaths, hook ups, break ups and other exciting story lines that explode during the season finales.

To name just a few, Gossip Girl is currently keeping its audience captivated with the mystery of Blair will eventually be paired up with. In the risk of causing an uproar, I'm secretly keeping everything crossed that she'll still be locking lips with Dan once the season finale credits begin to roll. Whilst over in Mystic Falls, The Vampire Diaries crashed back onto our screens for the final six episodes by getting the doppelganger episodes rolling. At present we're stood dumbfounded that history is repeating itself not just with Elena and Katherine, but also with the Salvatores as a slightly more modern version of Klaus and Elijah. Fess up, who GOL'ed (check back to this post if you need a translator) when you discovered they are not only brothers, but that Klaus is some sort of werevamp hybrid!) I digress, I digress.
To get back to my point, all the shows are massively pulling out all the stops to keep their audiences captivated enough to 1. guarantee a renewal and 2. guarantee their fans will remain loyal throughout the next series. This inevitably leads to my next point.

SAVE CHUCK!

Once again my fave spy comedy is in danger of not being renewed. To be honest, it's surprising that the producers Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak don't name every season finale 'Chuck vs the renewal.' It's not that the fans passion has dwindled, but just that the viewing figures are never quite enough to guarantee automatic saviour. At present Chuck stands in the 'could go either way' category on the Ausiello renewal scorecard which just about sums the series up. Personally, I'm not worried, Chuck has faced this every year and always come through smiling. Plus the producers always ensure the storyline is nicely rounded up but left open just enough to lead to the next season, network permitting. But I'm still keeping everything crossed.

To return to my original point, this really is my favourite time of the TV season, I'm actually more excited by crossing off the cancellations and renewals like my own personal Michelin Man I-Spy, than the finales themselves. So I urge you to check back here for my ultimate favorite event of the TV year; the Upfronts, which are due to kick off on 16th May. This is when you get a preview of the 'Fall' (excuse my Americanism) TV schedule lineup. I will try my best to include all the gossip and snippets of show information as soon as I can find it!

To keep you preoccupied until then, why not follow my suit and keep stopping by TV Line the brain child of my favourite US entertainment journalist Michael Ausiello as he teases his May sweeps scorecard. I'm just praying that none of the deaths are Chuck, The Vampire Diaries*, or Gossip Girl related. Well, I can but hope, right?

*Scrap that, after double checking a Vampire Diaries fatality has been confirmed....DAMMIT!

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Santa Klaus is coming to town....


Goodness me, how I love a cliffhanger. That's my excuse for leaving you all on tenterhooks as to the casting of the ultimate baddie vamp Klaus and I'm sticking to it. In my defence the casting of the coveted role had yet to be confirmed, so I couldn't very well pluck names out of thin air could I?

OK maybe I could, especially as according to the rumour mills our very own Craig Dean from Hollyoaks was allegedly a contender for the role. I for one am ecstatic that he was overlooked, mainly because every time he'd try to intimidate my favourite Salvatore brothers in a scene I'd be waiting for John Paul McQueen to enter the room and gaze longingly before stealing a secret snog in the Mystic Grill.

Anyway, sorry Guy Barnet, but the casting ship has sailed and a different Brit; Joseph Morgan has been confirmed for the role. I'm actually unfamiliar with Joseph, but excited that they've cast a Brit to play a Brit for once. Especially as past English characters such as Rose and Elijah have all been played by Americans. Don't get me wrong, both played their parts exceedingly well; I only found out Rose wasn't English by checking Lauren Cohan's wikipedia page, but it's just nice to see a native cast in such a sought after role.

Fingers crossed all goes well for Joseph, but not too well seeing as his existence will ultimately end with Elena's death. After so much speculation over the role, no doubt Joseph's feeling the pressure. He needn't worry for a few weeks at least, seeing as the only method of killing him is deeply impaled in Elijah's corpse, for the present time being. I for one am very excited to see his entrance; he'll be debuting on 21st April, especially as the originals have a way of entering the show with an impact.

On a separate note, how great has TVD been since returning to our screens? I'm doing my best to make the blog less vampire focused, but when they provide me with a continuous bromance between Alaric and Damon, a heroine to equal Buffy (in feistyness not strength) and weekly helpings of handsome shirtless men; there's just no alternative.

What do you think? Are you relieved a relatively unknown Brit landed the much coveted role of Klaus? Are you as much of a fan of Dalaric as I am? Thoughts and comments very much welcomed!

Sunday, 16 January 2011

A Happy New Year!

Happy New Year one and all! And no, before you ask, the reason I'm wishing you the best for 2011 a lengthy 15 days too late isn't because I've only just shaken off the hangover from the year's ultimate party night. It's because sadly there hasn't been much to blog about over the festive season.

Now when it comes to TV, we all know I can be rather biased towards our friends across the big pond. It's not that I don't rate UK telly; it's, no it is, I just don't rate it. Christmas was sadly no exception. I don't know what went through the TV execs heads in the run up to the festive period, but I literally can't name one good stand out show. I can however name two good US shows that have recently entered my must have viewings. The first is a brand new one which I have to pay thanks to my big sis for introducing me to; Courtney Cox's Cougar Town.

This is one show I've been meaning to dip into for a while, mainly because it has all the makings of a hit. A brilliant cast, and produced by the great Bill Lawrence, he of Scrubs fame, provides a fantastic balance of comedy. I say this as thought I'm some big expert, but I think the fact that the show's on its second series in the US is proof that it brings in the ratings. Just call me Sherlock Magson! As I'm easing myself back into blogging I'm not going to delve into a lengthy review of the six episodes I've managed to watch over two days, but in short Courtney's back to her best as Jules, I fancy Josh Hopkins who plays Jules' paper buddy and I love Travis her son.

But Rachel, what is the second show to enter your must watch list I hear you cry. Well the picture's probably a bit of a giveaway, however, let me take you on a trip back to 1997; crop tees and all... I recently treated myself to the entire box set of Buffy The Vampire Slayer making my way through 6 episodes in one sitting. I can honestly say that with the exception of the fabulous hair and fashion, it's not dated one bit. The dialogue is still smart and snappy. Some of the fight scenes are a bit scrappy sure, but this is the first series so far and it was starting out. I blooming love, it makes me want to through on my old school uniform and go sit through another 7 years of teenage angst. Well not quite, but I am already anticipating another mammoth session next weekend.

Bit of a non post for my first of 2011, but what I will say is at least when I next despair at the state of UK TV I have the Scooby Gang and a bunch of old cougars to help me through. Add that to the fact that my lovely parentals treated me to the season three box sets of both Chuck and Gossip Girl, then I'm sorted until at least, well February.

Still that takes me up to the return of all my US faves return from their hiatus. Come back TVD, I miss my weekly dose of Damon! Speaking of TVD, will we ever find out who they'll cast for Klaus? All to be discussed in my next post.....