Can something be a disaster and a success at the same time? Tomorrow night, we are going to find out. For some unknown reason, NBC has decided to air a Sound of Music live special starring Carrie Underwood.
I think this is an amazingly stupid idea. A live version of The Sound of Music? Why? Did NBC do some market research that told them the people are out there clamoring for a new version of this classic? I doubt it. NBC doesn’t seem to actually do any market testing at all for anything they put on the air. NBC subscribes to the throw it all against the wall and hope that something turns in to Seinfeld school of TV programming. They don’t really have any idea what they are doing over there which makes me pretty confident in my belief that this show is going to be a disaster.
While I think it’s going to be a disaster, that doesn’t mean that people aren’t going to watch. Country music fans are a loyal bunch. Put a southern twang and a steel guitar in it, and a country music fan is going to watch, no matter what. Carrie Underwood has an extremely loyal following. She can’t do any wrong. Put her in a musical remake of Ishtar and her fans would flock to it. I will probably receive death threats for even daring to suggest that the Sound of Music Live is going to be a disaster.
If you haven’t been exposed to any of the press surrounding this show, here is a first look that was released by NBC:
The Sound of Music Live airs on NBC tomorrow, 12/5 at 7:00. I’ll be watching because I am very interested to see how this turns out.
Great news! We finally have a premiere date for one of the best shows on TV. The House of Cards season 2 premiere will be on February 14 on Netflix.
Netflix released a teaser trailer to remind us all why we love this show so much and to get us excited for the Valentine’s Day premiere:
All 13 episodes of House of Cards will be available when season 2 is released on Netflix so instead of going out for an overpriced dinner served by servers who don’t have enough seniority to get the night off, stay home and binge watch one of the best shows on TV.
Good new for fans of Louis CK. He has signed another deal with FX to executive produce a new show for the network.
If you are a fan of his FX show, Louie, you are probably under the age of 25 and wear a fedora. I don’t know what happened to Louie CK over the years, and it’s not his fault, but somehow his fan base turned in to 20 something hipsters who discuss the intricacies of how Louis structures his jokes in a manner far superior to other comedians. You think I’m kidding when I make that statement but I’ve had that very conversation with my daughter’s 20-something fedora-wearing hipster boyfriend, who by the way is 26 but still dresses like he is under 25 so my scenario is still in tact here.
The deal that Louis has signed with FX allows for him to create or supervise the new show and will then give him the option to write or direct the show once created. It will be interesting to see what happens with this deal. Signing this deal means that Louis has reached a level of power that not many comedians reach. He has the ability to bestow an opportunity on another comedian of his choosing. There aren’t many with that kind of power in the comedy world.
We don’t talk about sports too often here at MWTVG because there are plenty of places you can go if you want sports news. You come here to see what we think about TV. That doesn’t mean that sports is not important to me or the others here at MWTVG. There are times when I feel it’s appropriate for the two worlds to collide which would allow us to talk a bit about sports. HBO has a special running right now that brings these worlds together. Our love of TV and our love of sports. The special is Sport in America: Our Defining Stories and if you are a fan of sports even in the tiniest bit, you simply have to watch this show. Continue reading →
Jan lays down and wrestles in her sleep
Moonlight spills on comic books
And superstars in magazines
An old friend calls and tells us where to meet
Her plane takes off from Baltimore
And touches down on Bourbon street
Don’t ever let it be said that Will Ferrell doesn’t get out there to promote his movies. He has been everywhere lately as Ron Burgundy letting people know that Anchorman 2 will be out on December 18. He’s done Dodge commercials, appeared on countless late night programs in character, he will be hosting ESPN’s SportsCenter, and now this. Ron Burgundy hosts the local news in Minot, ND. There are 40,000 people in Minot. He must think that there are some people still alive in ND that haven’t heard he has a movie coming out. The best part of this video, I love small town news. Living in Chicago we don’t get to see armatures do the news. To get to Chicago, you have already paid your dues somewhere else. Small town news is like watching local cable access. It’s the best.
For those of you who have lived under a rock in the last month, Anchorman 2 opens on December 18.
AMC’s ratings monster THE WALKING DEAD just aired its midseason finale last night (to an incredible 12.1 million viewers). I have been plenty critical of the past season and a half, but this episode proves that there is still plenty of bite hidden somewhere deep within in its bark.
Allow me to give praise where praise is due: last night’s episode was incredible. It proved my theory that the showrunners were desperately trying to turn their ship around and I am happy to say that most of the scenes mirrored the comic book near-perfectly. In fact, I propose a “director’s cut” of the show to excise the second half of the third season and splice bits and pieces of season 4, plugging the entire 8th episode as the season 3 finale.
Unfortunately, the eighth episode was preceded by a whole ton of weird/unnecessary fluff. Head inside for more! Continue reading →
I love the before they were famous stuff. If you have paid attention to Hollywood, you know that no one (well almost no one) comes from no where. Take Michael Shannon for example. Before he was famous for his roles on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire as the unstable Nelson Van Alden and as General Zod in Man of Steel, Michael Shannon had a small but memorable part in one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day.
There aren’t many of us who wouldn’t love to be a rich and famous Hollywood actor. We might change our minds if we knew the truth about how long most of them toil in the time before they were famous until they hit it big.
With not much new to watch on TV last week, I guess it’s again time to discuss commercials. Midwest Mike just discussed issues he had with a Discover Card commercial because the plot of the commercial really didn’t make sense.
Columbia’s Omni Heat Technology commercial also makes no sense.