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The Formula

7 Jul

Katy Perry - Wide Awake

Katy Perry – Wide Awake (Photo credit: AlexKormisPS (ALM))

The majority of romantic/comedy films or TV shows follow a formula, boy meets girls, boy and girl flirt (if you are a TV show for several seasons), boy gets girl, then either boy loses girl, or show implodes because the success of the TV show was based on the will they or won’t they chemistry (Moonlighting, Bones), in all cases the boy for better or worst gets the girl back.

But the formula is changing, 5 years ago if we were still following the old formula we would be in the boy loses girl act of the show/film. This section often shows the passage of time thru montages, her’s filled with rain and said music Rhianna’s “Stay”, would work nicely here.  Shots of the girl, unable to concentrate at work staring blankly at a computer, going thru the daily motions of life like a zombie, disconnected. Not even her dog can comfort her since they they are both broken hearted.

His montage, shows him driving to business appointments, while Bruno MarsWhen I was your Man” plays in the background,

Hmmm too young, too dumb to realize
That I should have bought you flowers and held your hand
Should have gave you all my hours when I had the chance
Take you to every party cause all you wanted to do was dance
Now my baby is dancing, but she’s dancing with another man.

My pride, my ego, my needs and my selfish ways
Caused a good strong woman like you to walk out my life
Now I never, never get to clean up the mess I made
And it haunts me every time I close my eyes

Maybe he listens and realizes what he has lost or he quickly changes the the radio to some banal talk radio that doesn’t make him think.

In the tradition of the new romantic comedy formula, our girl, is writing her own third act montage set to Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake“,

Yeah, I was in the dark
I was falling hard
With an open heart
I’m wide awake
How did I read the stars so wrong?
I’m wide awake
And now it’s clear to me
That everything you see
Ain’t always what it seems
I’m wide awake
Yeah, I was dreaming for so long

I wish I knew then
What I know now
Wouldn’t dive in
Wouldn’t bow down
Gravity hurts
You made it so sweet
‘Til I woke up on
On the concrete

In 2013 we don’t wait for the boy to get the girl back. We move forward and create a new act one in a new movie or TV show. While we are in preproduction on our new show, lets re-watch some of TV’s best comedies.


3rd Rock from The Sun

The Office

That 70’s Show



What to Watch: Your Guide to 30 Fourth of July Weekend Marathons and Specials!

3 Jul


fourth-of-july-marathons-300If you need to escape the sun, your third cheeseburger or embarrassing childhood stories this Fourth of July weekend, TVLine has you covered. We’ve gathered the best of the holiday weekend’s marathons and specials, including old-school classics (Beverly Hills, 90210), catch-ups on current faves and some guilty pleasures (Pregnant & Dating, anyone?) Enjoy!

6 am – 1:30 pm Cake Boss (TLC)| Buddy Valastro’s masterpieces include cakes inspired by the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and Radio City Music Hall.

6 am – 12 am Lifetime Movie Network’s “Perfect” Marathon (LMN)| A two-day marathon of “flawless” movie titles (continuing Friday at 8am), including the premiere of “The Perfect Boyfriend” at 8 pm on Friday.

6 am – 4 am Friday NCIS (USA Network)| While you wait for the CBS drama’s Sept. 24 return, relive the best of Seasons 7, 8…

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Fall TV First Impression: Fox’s Almost Human

2 Jul


Almost Human PreviewThe broadcast networks have almost 30 shows debuting this fall, including new sitcoms from Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes, a new CW showcase for another Amell and Marvel-ous adventures for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

Next up on our list….

THE SHOW | Fox’s Almost Human (Mondays at 8/7c; premieres Nov. 4)

THE COMPETITION | NBC’s The Voice, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, CBS’ How I Met Your Mother/We Are Men (new), The CW’s Hart of Dixie

THE CAST | Karl Urban (Star Trek), Michael Ealy (Sleeper Cell), Lili Taylor (I Shot Andy Warhol), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Michael Irby (The Unit) and Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean)

RELATED | Fall Preview: TVLine’s…

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Ray Donovan – Boston Accents Required

1 Jul

Ray Donovan premiered Sunday June 30th on Showtime to 1.25 million viewers, the highest premier in Showtime history. And whyRay_Donovan_S1_Alt_Image_embed not, Showtime has combined the right elements, an impressive ensemble cast and a well established creative team, resulting in top shelf drama.

“Donovan” stars Liev Schreiber in the title role, his first series regular role, he is in almost every scene, we see him move effortlessly from family man, to cooler than cool fixer to brutal punisher wielding a baseball bat and finally to a broken man passing out drunk in his LA apartment. The show wants us to know what a complex character Ray is, there is no slow burn with this show, unlike  Mad Men or The Killing.
We got a lot in the pilot, dementia, sex abuse, suicide, revenge the list goes on, these set ups will either pan out and propel the story or fizzle as the show becomes overloaded and unable to keep up the goals it has set.

The show was created and is executive produced by Ann Biderman, (Southland), her partners in crime are Mark Gordon, executive producer (Criminal Minds) and Allen Coulter director (Boardwalk Empires, damages, The Sopranos).

The supporting players who round out Ray’s life are his wife Abby (Paula Malcomson) his children Bridget and Connor (Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby); his brothers Terry and Bunchy (Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok) and his father recently released on parole and relocated from Boston, Mickey (Jon Voight).

His work life is no less crowded, he has two assistants Lena (Katherine Moening) Avi (Stephen Bauer), Ray’s main employer are two lawyers, Ezra (Elliot Gould) and Lee (Peter Jacobson). In the pilot we are introduced to several clients who are in need of Ray’s services, it is unclear if they will remain throughout the season or be replaced by others in need of Ray’s help.

One of the weaker moments of the pilot came when (spoiler alert), the dead hooker from one of Ray’s client’s world could be used to stop the outing of another client that was just caught with a tranny. It didn’t show that Ray was a master fixer, just good at turning dumb luck into a positive. The other demonstration of his fixing skills bordered on the ridiculous, having a stalker dye his body green to the brutal beating the same stalker with a baseball bat when he didn’t stay away from the actress as Ray had warned. I guess we will have to see if Ray’s fixing skills improve, or is he just a lucky thug. 

Ray’s life is very complicated, his wife is unhappy and in true don’t cross a bitch fashion, lets the wolf in the gate when she allows Ray’s father in their house after Ray made it a point to tell her not to do it, that Mickey would ruin everything. Does she betray him because she believes Ray slept with an actress or because her daughter didn’t get into private school or because they live in Calabassas. The reason is irrelevant the writers needed her to betray Ray in the pilot to set up the dominoes for the rest of the season.

We are not told what happened between Ray and his father that caused Ray to set Mickey up and send him to prison, but it seems like everyone else is in on it, Ezra, the brothers, and Johnnathon Schaech’s character Sean. We aren’t given his backstory in the pilot, but he knows the truth so I can only assume he will reappear. Ezra (Gould) has dementia, I see mercy killing in his future, he may say the wrong thing to the wrong person, he is a liability and survival trumps loyalty. Will Ray do it or someone else?

Ray is also tasked with taking care of his family of origin, his brother Terry, a former boxer took too many blows to the head and has Parkinson’s, but manages to run a boxing gym, (happy) but lives in the back room (sad). His other brother Bunchy (Mihok) was molested by a priest, his is an addict spiraling out of control. Ray’s sister is dead, she jumped off a building while on drugs. At the top of the family tree sits Mickey (Voight), a downright despicable character, I needed a shower after watching scenes with him.

And finally, I must say something about those Boston accents, having grown up and gone to college in Boston, the accents are pretty bad. Its a hard dialect to nail, and everyone keeps fading in and out. You could argue that Ray, his family and brothers have been on the west coast for 10 years so their accents could fade. But Voight just got off the plane. I guess it’s too late to ask them to drop them all together.

I will be back next week, I want to see where this is headed. I predict any day now Showtime will announce a season 2 has been ordered.

Did you watch? Will you keep watching? Head to the comments.

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Fall TV First Impression: CBS’ The Crazy Ones

1 Jul


The Crazy Ones PreviewThe broadcast networks have almost 30 shows debuting this fall, including new sitcoms from Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes, a new CW showcase for another Amell and Marvel-ous adventures for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

First up on our list….

THE SHOW | CBS’ The Crazy Ones (Thursdays at 9/8c; premieres Sept. 26)

THE COMPETITION | Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Glee (Fox), Sean Saves the World (new, NBC) and Reign (new, The CW)

THE CAST | Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk (Mad Men), Hamish Linklater (New Adventures of Old Christine) and Amanda Setton (The Mindy Project)

THE SET-UP | In a pilot penned by David E. Kelley (Boston Legal) and with Tracy Poust/Jon Kinnally (Will & Grace, Ugly Betty) on…

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Dexter is Back – Ray Donovan Premiers

1 Jul

Quick thoughts…

I watched the first 20 minutes of Dexter, then I switched over to The Killing. I will catch up with Dexter on my DVR later this week. The Killing really has my full attention this season, way to make a come back.

Need a Killing re-cap 

Ray Donovan, love Liev Schreiber, its that voice, it makes me all safe and warm. Overall I thought it was a solid pilot, it set up multiple story lines, and a solid cast of characters. I think I could do without the molestation story line, but lets give it some time to develop. Obviously comparisons will be made to TV’s other “fixer”, Olivia Pope, but I must say I prefer Ray’s style to Liv’s.  

Anne Biderman, creator/executive producer was the same on the now cancelled Southland, one of the most underrated shows on TV.  If you have time to kill and enjoy a really good cop drama catch Southland streaming on Amazon. 

A full re-cap and analysis of Ray Donovan to come in the next day or so. 

What did you think of Dexter and Ray? Are you watching The Killing? 

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