Thursday, August 17, 2017

BACHELOR IN PARADISE, Something Smells Funny

So BIP (Bachelor in Paradise) premiered its umpteenth season this week and ABC totally went with making the Corinne & DeMario thing as politically correctly handled as possible.

First they surprised me by not showing a ton of the steamy scenes, yet, they did show Corrine getting bonkers by jumping in the pool in her clothes.  It's good to be ABC, to be able to show the condemning footage that isn't risky!

Then they made the big production of sitting everyone down and having that "Hey Kids" talk with them, to the point of even broaching if this event was a 'race' thing. WTF? Really?

Others were saying how this is going to follow DeMario around for a long time and that in a round-a-bout way, made it almost pretty clear that he was the victim of this charade or escapade or whatever it was.

I wasn't there, so I can't say. And despite all the online experts who seem to think they know what happened, well, you weren't there.

BUT... despite the gang saying this is going to haunt DeMario for a while, I do have one thing to say in response to that... well, two:

Yea, it will suck for a while for DeMario, but a lot of folks don't watch reality TV and he could get lucky in his future job hunts. But the other thing is, you have to be really egotistically driven to want to splay your love-life out in front of millions for a paycheck so to some degree, he sort of has himself to blame for this whole thing.

Why I say that is look at these folks... some look pretty sweet and coy, but it still takes a certain amount of guts to do all this spit swapping on TV. And OMG, this one little blondie who's kids are the most important thing to her... while she abandons them again to be on reality dating in paradise. I just had to say that.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017


So I already chatted about MGM, CBS and Disney trying to get you to pay more bucks out of your pocket for more pay channels. Because, you know, you just don't have enough of nothing unless you're dropping more bucks on more networks. (See my previous few articles.)


Remember, American Horror Story returns for its seventh season on FX, on September 5th!

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With American Idol coming back (TO ABC), you would think they would revamp it up a bit, but guess what? ABC is playing it safe and adding to Ryan Seacrest's bank account by having him host the return series. Then again, it's a bit hard to imagine someone else helming the show from the stage.

As expected, he's all glowing about the premise, saying, "It's genuinely hard to put into words what 'American Idol' means to me..."

It's probably safer that you don't since it concerns a paycheck from his bosses!  Right?

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A Dance Moms survivor, I mean alumni, is being pandered out to another show on A+E called Chloe Does It.

It will star Chloe Lukasiak and air on...  YouTube. It will be an 8-episode run and it premiered on Lifetime's YouTube network back on July 24th.

Chloe was taking fan suggestions and doing them. Whatever that might be.Check it out if you're interested:

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Speaking of Dance Moms, check out Maddie's take on the show, after the fact...  it's abrupt, maybe harsh, but telling.

Monday, August 14, 2017

STARGATE Revival, With STARGATE ORIGINS, But There's A Catch

IT looks like MGM is taking the CBS road to pushing their own digital streaming network content.

MGM has ordered a new Stargate series called Stargate Origins. Yes, it's a prequel, in case you could not tell from the title.

The series, a 10-episode season, will follow the character of Chatherine Langford, who was the scientist whose focus led to events that took place in the 1994 film. The character later showed up in the SG-1 TV series.

The catch is that the series will show up on a subscription-based channel called Stargate Command.

The other catch is that, yes, they've ordered 10 "episodes," but those episodes will only be 10-minute long bits. Wow, let's not commit too heavily here now!

Not to be grumpy, but MGM says they've been eager to revisit this franchise. Which I guess would explain why fans have been left in the dark since the cancellation of Stargate Universe, six years ago, in 2011? Not.

Just saying.

So MGM is aware there's a bulk of fans out there, but this new website, besides the new "series," will have other content fans can buy. I'm not sure it's so much an acknowledgement of the fans or just a portal to get people spending more of their money.

I've already said I won't be dropping extra bucks on CBS's streaming service to see the new Star Trek. Nor will I be chasing down Disney's services to keep up with whatever Marvel or Star Wars content they might be pulling from Netflix.

DISNEY Leaving NETFLIX For Their Own Streaming Service

Not sure you have seen or heard the news yet, but Disney is looking to remove their content from Netflix so they can include these products into their own streaming service. This is not the first time they've done this, if everyone remembers what happened to Star War Clone Wars animated series on Cartoon Network... they cancelled the show there and slapped into their own cable network and called it Star Wars Rebels, right smack in the dab of a season-ending story line!

But as far as Disney is concerned, they also indicated that they have not decided on what they'll do with the Marvel and Lucasfilm branded content after 2019. You know, all the money-making products they've been making of late!

So let me get this right... Consumers are already paying fees to cable and streaming services that give up a piece of that pie to places like the networks and Disney and the like.

And now Disney is thinking that some of us will pay for an extra online streaming service to chase their movies down? And what about the Netflix Marvel TV series? Do Netflix subscribers lose access to that content too?

Right now The current agreement Netflix has with Disney is that they have exclusive pay-TV rights to all Disney films released after Jan. 1, 2016. But this agreement comes to a close at the end of 2018.

Will you be chasing Disney and buying their service if they take all their content away from Netflix?

ME:  Nope, not gonna do it.

To be honest, there may be enough folks out there that can afford the extra streaming service while the regular folks get a bit hosed.  I like my money and I try not to throw it around too much. I will not be springing for additional services if Disney moves its content to its own streaming service, much like how I will not be springing for any content CBS tries to hold over my head to get me to come rent their own streaming services. (AKA, Star Trek Discovery) No matter what the franchise.

So time will tell, right?



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Thursday, August 10, 2017

AHS, H50, X-FILES Casting Bits

Rumors have it that Lena Dunham will be appearing in the next season of American Horror Story. (Well, the show creator tweeted it, but I like to see more concrete press than that to make it a firm bit!  Call me paranoid.)

American Horror Story on Amazon.


Comedy Central is finishing off @Midnight, with the last episode that aired on August 4th, being their last. Both the network and host Chris Hardwick mutually concurred this last episode was to be the series finale.


Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale will be replacing Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park in Hawaii Five-0. Not literally, perse, but with two characters exiting the series, two new characters will show up.  Kim and Park exited the show after not finding the best deal during contract disputes.


FYI: The Hunt with John Walsh moved from CNN to HLN, effective July 30th. So if you lost track of the show or thinking you're losing it, you're not.


Did you know that Trading Spaces is returning? And that Paige Davis will be returning to host!


Mitch Pileggi must not have much work coming his way. He's signed a deal to return to the upcoming 10-episode revival of X-Files.

To be honest, I was totally looking forward to last season's revival, especially when Chris Carter promised/hinted/suggested in some of his press that the Peacocks were going to come back. But they did not. Plus, they had an awesome opportunity to take this franchise in a totally new and fresh direction, but instead, they went straight back to the conspiracy themes that killed the show when it got dumped many years ago. I mean, seriously, Scully, getting illuminated by a light from the sky to end the short season of the revival last year?

Gimme a break. It kind of killed my enthusiasm for the revival.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017


Bachelor in Paradise will have it's two-night premiere on Monday, Aug. 14 and Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. ET. The show was originally slated to air on August 8th, but they had some potential legal issues and postponed the premiere until they figured out that someone was potentially crying wolf. But now that it all seemed to clear the air, ABC can go back to its whoring ways television programming.

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Bridezillas has been revived by WE TV, after the series had come to a close in 2013.

The series famously spotlights so-called ‘normal’ women who have turned into “Bridezillas” by their upcoming nuptials. Each episode will follow two hilariously unhinged brides as they hurtle toward the altar.

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There's a potential Jersey Shore reunion coming up, with the series called Reunion Road Trip, which will be a kind of reunion/pilot series and MTV is hoping to get as many folks from Jersey Shore on the show as they can.

I can't see them having too much of a problem getting people back into the limelight and getting paid to pump their ego up in front of cameras. Do you?

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A new animated series called Marvel's Spider-Man will be debuting with a one-hour episode on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. on Disney XD, the Disney XD App and VOD. Because, we apparently just can't get enough of Spider-Man or Marvel products.

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Narcos will become available for your viewing pleasures on Netflix, starting on Friday, September one. Mark those calendars.

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Netflix is producing a new Spanish language drama series called “√Člite” that will be released globally in 2019.

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It's not my cup of tea, but Viacom has entered into a multi-year deal with Tyler Perry. But for the Tyler Perry fan, it seems to be good news, becuase this deal will have Perry producing around 90 episodes annually of original content for BET and other Viacom networks.

Viacom will also have exclusive distribution rights to Perry's short-form video content, and Paramount Pictures will have first rights on any new movie ideas that Perry comes up with.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

THE DARK TOWER Reviews Look Disappointing

So it seems that The Dark Tower is getting  mixed review numbers, depending on who you look at. For me, I've been anticipating this film for quite a while because I'm a big Idris Elba fan. But then when I heard it had a 90-minute run time, I started questioning if I wanted to go.

When I drop money on a movie, it always feels like a waste of my money if a film is 90 minutes long. I want a movie to be almost or more than two hours long to feel like I got my money's worth.

But then I started hearing the mixed reviews - 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, 5/10 on IGN... 7/10 on IMDb.

Those initial numbers on IMDb, being around or under 1,500 votes, I usually discount as studio employees. The shills, if you will. It's not their fault, they're doing what good employees do. But now, over the last few hours, as more people chime in, the score on IMDb is at 6/10 and dropping.

Hell, even critics I trust are deadpanning the movie.

What a shame. The book franchise from Stephen King is a popular series, but it took four prople to write this script that was envisioned to screen by director Nikolaj Arcel. Hell, even Arcel said the books are unadaptable.

So there you have it. I was going to go see the film, but as the news adds up, I guess I'll skip this one until it hits our TV screens in one form or another.

You know... some people say that review number systems are ruining the movie industry... folks, movies are ruining the movie industry.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New on NETFLIX in August

New Shows and Movies on NETFLIX in August

So what's coming to Netflix now that we're in August? Good question. If you haven't seen it, Voltron is an all new kind of animated version that explores the background of the pilots and the robots.  Marvel's The Defenders comes out on the 18th!  I've seen mixed reviews, so we'll see how that pans out. And all The Matrix movies are on the streaming service.

So, first TV shows are listed, then movies will be listed. Sound good?  Good... here goes...

TV Shows

Premiering August 1
Crematorium: Season 1
The Hollywood Masters: Season 1
The Royal House of Windsor: Season 1
Surviving Escobar - Alias JJ: Season 1

Premiering August 4
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 3
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Season 1

Premiering August 8
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 7, Episodes 1-13

Premiering August 11
Atypical: Season 1
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 3
True and The Rainbow Kingdom: Season 1

Premiering August 15
Murderous Affair: Season 1

Premiering August 18
Dinotrux: Season 5
Glitter Force Doki Doki: Season 1
Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1

Premiering August 21
Gomorrah: Season 2

Premiering August 25
Disjointed: Part 1
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 5
Once Upon a Time: Season 6

Premiering August 29
The Good Place: Season 1


Premiering August 1
The Addams Family
The Astronaut’s Wife
Bad Santa
The Bomb
A Cinderella Story
Cloud Atlas
Everyone’s Hero
Funny Games (U.S.)
Jackie Brown
The Last Mimzy
Lord of War
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
Maz Jobrani: Immigrant
Nola Circus
The Number 23
Opening Night
Practical Magic
Sleepy Hollow
Small Soldiers
Tie The Knot
The Truth About Alcohol
The Wedding Party
Who Gets the Dog?
Wild Wild West

Premiering August 2
The Founder
Jab We Met

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO on Sunday, October 1st.

Dear White People was renewed for a second season on Netflix.

Live PD got an additional 100 episode order from A&E.

Outlander's third season will be hitting Starz on September 10th.

QVC is buying their competition out, the Home Shopping Network, for $2.1 Billion!

Six, A History Channel action drama, has Olivia Munn joining the cast. Yes, that Olivia Munn.

The Exorcist is getting a new cast member for its second season in the form of John Cho (Star Trek).

The Carmichael Show on NBC is not coming back for a fourth season.

The Little Couple's newest season will be premiering on TLC on September 19th.


So by now, I'm sure you noticed the new logo from SYfY.  It's part of a thing NBC is call ing the Syfy Reboot, as they look to get back to the core of their foundation, sci-fi.

Now to be honest, a little less than 10 years or so ago, when they started airing wrestling and reality TV, we lost a lot of sci-fi programming. But THEY SAID, that for them to survive, they needed to make money any way they can. And they also said that as they get back on their monetary feet, they'll be reintroducing new and good sci-fi programming back into the lineup.

And sure enough, a few years ago, they have upped the count of sci-fi shows so that the channel is no longer generally referred to as the Star Wars, or Star Trek channel.

But now they're spinning it up a bit because most people have forgotten the promise they made way back then. And recently at a press conference, they said they're aiming to get back to "space and sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and supernatural, and superheroes and comics." They're also looking to expand their coverage beyond San Diego Comic-Con and hitting up other cons throughout the year. Which, as far as I can tell, would be great for the entire comic con-based community, because folks, there are many more comic cons out there.

A few years back, Syfy had a hit on their hands with Battlestar Galactica, until Moore fucked it up with that stupid-ass ending. But ever since then, Syfy has been trying to replicate that dark, depressed and entertaining feeling, even to the extent of screwing over the last Stargate series with a similar, dark and depressing feel, which failed them miserably, considering how much they changed up the franchise's fun feel. Dumb ass and seemingly desperate move? Or a way to move a property off the schedule because it was fading anyway?

They're getting back on track with things and they keep trying new things, some which fail horribly despite it's source material being incredibly successful, others, treading water in the ratings world. For them.

I for one am glad they're taking another swing at things... or to be exact, continue to take a swing at things. Sci-fi is a tough medium to sell in the world of mindless reality TV where 30% of an episode is just people repeating something already said earlier in that segment or episode.  OMG, seriously, Big Brother, they recap last weeks' ep, then someone in the diary room recaps what happened, then they move forward with a contest, force the rules on us, then we watch multiple people recap the rules in the diary room and so forth and so on. Give me a fucking break!

Any way.... I digress.

Go Syfy and your new logo and concerted effort to keep it fresh and competitive.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

SHAZAM, CASTELVANIA, CLAWS And A Ciname Static Thought Bit

Beat Shazam got a renewal nod from Fox for a 2nd season.

Castlevania was renewed by Netflix for a second season.

Claws gets a 2nd season order from TNT.


I just caught a headline from a site trying to delve into why summer television has dismal ratings. To be honest, if you do the math, and past Nielsen ratings reviews, summer has ALWAYS been the traditional ratings slump session of the year. Everyone is out playing, going on vacations, and what not. So they have less free time to sit in front a TV and suck in the mind-sink entertainment. This is why the fodder of drama tends to come out during the summer. They're shows that don't need a huge ratings edge, don't compete against other heavy-hitters in the ratings world, and is just all around, a bit cheaper to produce.

'Nuff said.

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