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FOX Pulls the Plug on Utopia
November 2, 2014 FOX canceled Utopia due to low ratings after less than two months on the air, 10 months short of the network’s social experiment plan.

The series started out airing twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday nights. Utopia had a decent debut thanks to a special post-football debut on Sunday, September 7th. The ratings dropped about 50% a couple days later with its first Tuesday night. The Friday airing did even worse.

The live-streaming feed will be shut down today and the participants, who committed to spending a year in this social experiment, will be sent home.

I'd like thank DawnMarie for hosting our Utopia forum and doing a first rate job writing most of the content.

Utopia’s Friday night timeslot will be filled with repeats of MasterChef Junior starting this week. Season two of the young cooking competition launches a new season this Tuesday filling Utopia’s former timeslot.
Posted on 03 Nov 2014 by morty
It's Official: Hollywood is Out of Fresh Ideas!

In the movie "Pump Up the Volume," Mark Hunter (Christian Slater) laments, " All the great themes have been used up and turned into theme parks." I feel Hollywood writers have run out of fresh ideas and creativity, and we're doomed to watch the same plots and recycled ideas in perpetuity. I think the lowest they ever sank was in 2007 when ABC aired the sit-com, Cavemen based on the GEICO Cavemen commercials. 

In the 1989 John Hughes comedy John Candy stars in as an idle, good-natured bachelor who's left in charge of his nephew and nieces during a family crisis. Get Uncle Buck on DVD.

Earlier this month The Hollywood Reporter reported that ABC is going to test a reboot of Uncle Buck. The sit-com will be based on the classic John Hughes movie “Uncle Buck,” starring John Candy. This is the second attempt by a network to turn “Uncle Buck” into a sitcom. The first version was on CBS in the fall of 1990, with Kevin Meaney in the John Candy role. But it lasted just one season.

Next, the website Deadline, reports that an updated version of  Lost in Space is in development. the original TV version of  aired on CBS from 1965 to 1968 and Lost in Space  followed the Robinson family’s journey on a five-year voyage to a planet in the Alpha Centauri star system. But when Dr. Zachary Smith sabotages the mission, the ship veers off course and gets Lost in Space.

The original cast included Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright, Bill Mumy and Jonathan Harris as Dr. Smith. Writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless will pen the adaptation and executive-produce alongside Kevin Burns, who holds the rights to the original.

Fun, campy, sometimes cheesy, but always entertaining, and Lost in Space had the best robot in TV history! 

Lost in Space which  was resurrected on the big screen in 1998 and there was talk of another TV series version in 2003. 

Are you ready to return to Twin Peaks? Showtime is working on a new series based on the 1990-91 serial drama created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. It follows an investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). Its pilot episode was first broadcast on April 8, 1990, on ABC. The show's title came from the small, fictional Washington town in which it was set. No word on the casts or plot of the new series. Look for it on Showtime in 2016. 

Twin Peaks: The Complete Series (The Definitive Gold Box Edition) was released on DVD in 2007. The series also had a hit Soundtrack by Angelo Badalamenti that includes the memorable main theme "Laura Palmer's Theme" and the quirky little "Dance of the Dream Man."

NBC has ordered a pilot for a Bewitched follow-up series that would focus on a character named Daphne, the daughter of Tabitha and granddaughter of Samantha Stephens from classic sitcom Bewitched.  Daphne is described as a 20-something year old with magical powers 

The original Bewitched sitcom starred Elizabeth Montgomery as a beautiful witch married to a mortal advertising executive and aired on ABC from 1964-72. The spin-off series Tabitha, starring Lisa Hartman, ran for 11 episodes on ABC in the 1977-78 season. 

Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (“The Vow”) will pen the pilot of the untitled follow-up, Obviously Kohn and Silverstein have no understanding of Bewitched or they would know Daphne could not have any witchy powers as all witches names in the Bewitched universe must end with the letter "A," such as Samantha, Endora, Tabitha, Aunt Clara, Serena, Esmeralda, etc....

Of course Bewitched was also made into the terrible 2005 film with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Perhaps I'm being rough on the creative team behind the movie, but Bewitched is one of my favorite classic TV shows, so I feel protective of it.

I was only going to buy the first five seasons of the DVDs with Dick York as Darrin, but Bewitched: The Complete Series is a great bargain, so I have all eight season, and I'm glad I've got them.

I'm not blind about TV's Bewitched not being original in itself, the concept was from a movie titled, "I Married a Witch," and some comedy elements of I Love Lucy were recycled, and Elizabeth Montgomery herself was bored with the recycled scripts and was ready to leave when Dick York became too sick to continue in the role of Darin, but at it's worst, Bewitched was better than most of this season's new sit-coms. 

Posted on 26 Oct 2014 by morty
Halloween Movies You May Like

I have a confession, I like kid's movies-- I liked them when I was a kid, and still like them today. When it comes to Halloween movies, I still like the kid's stuff.  Some of my favorite kid's movies are Disney titles from the 1960's, as with most things, they were made better back in the day. 

I can remember where and when I saw these movies, they made such an impression on me.  I saw Disney's Blackbeard's Ghost in 1968 at the Circle Drive-In in Maple Shade NJ, it was a double feature with The Son of Flubber.  I like both movies, but Blackbeard's Ghost had some great spooky gimmicks that fired up my young imagination. 

The movies back then had a certain charm to them that you won't find in today's movies.  Although the plots were hokey, I think the primitive special effects helped. Today, you never wonder how they achieved an effect, it's all computer generated. But in 1966 when the organ in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken played, with no one at the keyboard... wow, now how did they do that?  I saw that at The Broadway Theatre in Palmyra, NJ. 

Movies like The Ghost and Mr. Chicken didn't just throw a story at you, it pulled you in with a supporting cast of  familiar faces, all those great character actors, from every 1960's TV show, people like Charles Lane, Rita Shaw, Dick Sargent, Hal Smith... then you put them all in a small town, that you feel like you've been to before, then put Don Knotts in a role that resembles Barney Fife, a haunted house, and you have a hit. 

 
   Bette Midler conjures up a hit movie with Hocus Pocus

The Broadway Theatre building is still in Palmyra, but hasn't been a movie theatre for 45 years, the Circle Drive-In is long gone, and the casts of many of my favorite movies may now be real ghosts, but turn on the TV, and everything is safe and easy to understand again.

There are also TV shows from the 1960's that are also a lot of fun at this season, like the first TV families' of Halloween, The Addams Family and The Munsters. So which show was the best?  If I had clear choice, I'm not sure I'd want to say, it's like the "dogs or cats" debate, no matter what you pick, you're going to tick-off a lot of people. 

Another show that is required Halloween viewing is It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Did you know this was the third Charlie Brown special, it was proceeded by: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and Charlie Brown's All Stars! (1966) and it's been followed by 49 more outings for Charlie Brown.  

Don't get me wrong, I have an appreciation for the new witches and wizards, like in the Harry Potter Movies, but my Top 13 List of Halloween Movies, might give you some suggestions that you have forgotten, or never heard of, so check it out, and have A Happy Halloween!

Posted on 16 Oct 2014 by morty
AMC Renews The Walking Dead for a Sixth Season

 AMC has renewed fan-favourite, The Walking Dead for a sixth season, even before the fifth season has started to air.

AMC also recently announced that it has ordered a pilot for a potential companion series to The Walking Dead, based on a new story and new characters from Robert Kirkman.

The Walking Dead is the highest rated program in cable TV history, and, for the past two years, has been the #1 show with adults 18-49, so it’s no surprise AMC wanted to lock it down for a sixth season.

“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of The Walking Dead with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier in a press release.

“In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series.

“Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”

The Walking Dead, season five, premieres, Sunday, October 12, at 9 PM and is followed by the live season premiere of Talking Dead at 10 PM when host Chris Hardwick welcomes this week’s guests, showrunner and writer, Scott M. Gimple; executive producer and special effects make-up supervisor, Greg Nicotero and superfan Conan O’Brien.

Posted on 08 Oct 2014 by morty
The 16th Minute, after a Reality Star's 15 Minutes of Fame

LOS ANGELES – October 6, 2014 – AXS TV presents a behind-the-scenes look at the world of reality television, in the compelling and timely documentary The 16th Minute, on Wednesday, October 22, at 10pE/7pP. The 16th Minute is produced ad hosted by former TV personality Paul Grassi, best known as a finalist on season five of The Mole, and examines the highs and lows of reality stardom and society’s hunger for fame.

Joining Grassi in his search for answers is an impressive roster, featuring original reality villain and inaugural Survivor winner Richard Hatch, who blames his portrayal on the show for his tax evasion conviction; Jersey Shore bad girl Angelina Pivarnick; Big Brother All-Star Marcellas Reynolds; Hell's Kitchen standout and celebrity chef Robert Hesse; Survivor alums Billy Garcia, Russell Swan, and Mike Shurpin; and more.

In interviews juxtaposed with footage from their various television appearances, the panel provides in-depth access to the world of reality TV, as they discuss the allure of fame, the audition process, the pitfalls of bad editing, the entertainment aspect, and the difficulty of maintaining stardom once their stint is over.

After Grassi was propelled into a short-lived super-stardom, taking pictures, signing autographs, and making appearances as a local celebrity, Grassi quickly found himself once again relegated to obscurity. Curious as to whether or not other reality personalities had suffered similar fates, Grassi set out on a quest to discover what happens when the fifteen minutes of fame run out, and  The 16th Minute begins.   

Weighing in on the cultural and psychological impact of reality television is esteemed radio and television host Dr. Drew Pinsky, whose landmark 2006 study determined that reality stars rate the highest on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory. Additionally, Pinsky explains the disturbing effects of reality television on the current generation, as it glorifies behavior that “is not a good model for human existence.” 

Posted on 08 Oct 2014 by morty

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