Black List 2008 Edition
Part Two — Inglorious Bastards through Zero
The time for pause and reflection on a year well spent (or not).
No more shows to watch…
Leverage is still on!
Thank you TNT for this wonderful scheduling.
Putting a new show up against Christmas and family.
Meanwhile the BBC has announced yesterday that Survivors will have a second season.
The pilot was pretty great I though, and after that it became kinda average (although I love the opening credits).
I still don’t understand why introduce all the creepy Fringe–like lab scenes if you’re not gonna resolve any of it.
My guess is Patterson Joseph won’t return for season 2 as he’ll probably be the next Doctor Who.
Nielsen has declared that 6.8% of households are “completely unready for switchover” to DTV.
I hope that’s not the case for you.
Or your TV is going dark on Feb. 17.
I am going myself on a blog-post hiatus until next year (that means less than 2 weeks for those who don’t keep tabs).
But don’t worry, I’ll post tomorrow Part Two of the Black List SOTW Edition.
I’m now off to party at my B-Day fiesta.
Happy holidays, happy new year, and happy Chrismukkah!
All FOX-produced shows have been asked to cut 2% off their budget. The shows include 24, Family Guy, Life on Mars and Dollhouse.
Speaking of Dollhouse: there won’t be any webisodes contrary to what was originally planned.
Dollhouse is probably the most doomed show on TV. Ever.
THR has meanwhile announced that three TV writers (Bill Oakley, Mike Rowe, and Patric Verrone) have inked a deal with the Machinima website (based on machinima itself: digital movies made with already existing or new VG animation) to create an online series.
They will be paid upfront fees for pilot-writing and then if the pilots are successful, they will move on to become online series in themselves.
As far as I’m aware this is a first and is not at all guild-covered.
So what gives, Patric Verrone?
I saw this afternoon Seven Pounds. A pretty good movie, although I don’t see why everyone wants to compare it to The Sixth Sense and all the promo is axed around a “twist” at the end.
In my opinion there isn’t any twist in the movie, and if they call what happens at the end a twist, then I sure as hell found that one out less than 30 minutes into the movie. Therefore: crappy twist.
I highly doubt that thought of Smith’s character’s motivation as a “twist” and I am sad to see ads taunting a so-called “secret”. It just downplays the whole emotional drama that emanate from the characters. It’s not a thriller!
As for the actual movie, as I said, it was really good. Will Smith has a wonderful performance in it (he has come a long way from Prince of Bel-Air!).
Oscar nom (win?) anyone?
Also, HBO has picked up to series Hung by The Riches’ creator Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson about a high-school basketball coach in financial trouble finding a way to use his best asset: his giant penis.
I think you can now guess what the title means.
Looks like the NBC exec-change is already having an impact of TV shows.
Case in point with the mid-season drama The Philanthropist.
David Eick is now out, now focusing on BSG’s spin-off Caprica while Tom Fontana is back in.
He was previously pushed out after “creative differences” with the previous NBC execs.
Meanwhile new N.Y. taxes should take effect on April 1 (no joke), targetting downloads and other entertainment goods (like iTunes movies, cable/sattelite TV, movie tickets, radio, etc.).
An accretion of $15 million from the 09–10 season and $20 mil from the 10–11 season in the budget is expected with the download-tax, while the proposed sat/cable/radio tax could bring in a further $136 mil for 09–10 and $180 mil for 10–11.