Well well well…
You’re gone one week during Comic-Con and suddenly there’s tons of stuff to see.
I’m not gonna go into lengthy details about the various panels. There’s just too many of them.
Speaking of, can someone explain to me why Glee and The Middle had one?
I’ve only seen a few for now and listing the various announcements would be pointless (besides, you probably know the ones regarding your favorites).
The Lost panel was fun I thought but utterly pointless. Given that this was the last Comic-Con panel for the show, I feel a little disappointed.
Dollhouse was one of the best for sure (and Epitaph One is great). Season 2 looks interesting to say the least.
Moving on to other news, the new Coen movie (A Serious Man) looks great:
Same goes for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox:
On a more serious (and TV) note, you probably have heard about the Emmy changes this year, including the pre-taping of 8 of the 28 categories of the “live” telecast (to cut a few minutes from the three-hour long program).
Even though the categories were split between directing, acting, producing and writing, only four writing categories were on the Emmy cast to begin with.
A few days ago, the WGA sent out this statement:
This action of the board of governors is a clear violation of a longstanding agreement the Writers Guilds have with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences regarding their awards telecast. It is also a serious demotion for writing and a fundamental misunderstanding of the importance of writers in the creation of television programs. Last year’s Emmys suffered a tremendous decline in quality and ratings because of a lack of scripted material. That the Academy would then decide to devalue the primary and seminal role that writing plays in television is ridiculous and self-defeating.
Over 100 TV writers are protesting these changes to the format, including Ronald D. Moore, Doug Ellin, Seth MacFarlane, Jason Katims, Shonda Rhimes, David Shore and Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof.
I’m not sure the Academy will back out on this one despite the movement, but we’ll have to see.
To conclude this catching-up post, some great info regarding the Late Late Show side. On August 31, the most underrated late-night show on TV is (finally) getting an HD upgrade!
There’s also going to be a new show opener with Ferguson going around famous L.A. locations, coupled with an updated version of the current theme song.
Like Craig said at the TCA Press Tour:
I think my show’s probably closer to Pee-Wee’s Playhouse than anything else I’ve seen, and that’s an aspiration.
You go man.