There’s a lot of good stuff this week, so much so that I’m actually putting this together when I had intended to skip this week’s edition. Sadly, there aren’t really enough DVDs of great interest, and the ones there are will likely be covered individually.
One of the more interesting notes, or at least one that has people talking, are the recent TV adds and losses. ABC has given full season orders to Modern Family, Cougar Town, and The Middle. Modern Family has been doing pretty well, and received strong reports from most critics, myself included. The Middle hasn’t been doing as well, but certainly within the realm of possibility, and the critics haven’t hated it for the most part. I’m not convinced enough by that one to form much of an opinion. It has its moments, but it screams average.
Cougar Town, on the other hand… Why The Face?
On the flip side, NBC has canceled Southland before the second season even made it to screens. The general idea seems to be that the six episodes already complete for the second season were “too dark and gritty” for broadcast TV and/or the 9:00 pm slot that is now as late as possible thanks to Jay Leno. THR has more on the story here. While the show wasn’t exactly something I was in love with, it certainly performed well, and taking it off the air now is a decidedly odd move. It seems that someone will pick the show up, but the move probably isn’t making a lot of friends for NBC from a wide variety of fronts.
Speaking of NBC, Community seems to have a love/hate relationship with everyone I talk to about it. I think I have a love/disinterest relationship with it myself. There are some great moments, but somehow I’m not ready to pre-order the first season DVD yet.
Christian Slater was pretty good on Conan this week, and speaking of Slater, why aren’t people talking more about the forgotten ? I’m rather liking that show.
The Office was the talk of the town this week as fans finally got the wedding… but is it a good thing in the long-term? Discuss.
Back to other TV news, CBS has apparently taken the plunge, and we’re going to be getting a reboot of Hawaii Five-O. More on that from Collider here.
It looks as though Lauren Graham is taking over in the hopefully upcoming Parenthood. The talk was Helen Hunt for a while, but several reports now mention Graham as either, “in talks,” or more definitely on board. EW has the story here.
Can’t get enough Project Runway? Well, next year you’ll be able to play it on the Wii. Not only will you create designs some which way, but… seriously, using the balance board you can walk the runway. MSN has that story here.
Are you keeping up with Biggest Loser? Here’s a sneak peek at next week’s episode.
The cast of 30 Rock talks about their upcoming fourth season.
The trailer for Me and Orson Welles hit this week, and it looks pretty good. It seems a bit removed from Richard Linklater’s usual subjects, but I have hope.
Speaking of Ellen Page, she has apparently signed a deal to write and produce a comedy for HBO. E!Online has that story here.
Rod Blagojevich, after failing to get on TV with I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, is taking another shot by signing up to tangle with Trump on The Apprentice. That should be a lot of fun, right? USA Today has the story here.
We’ve also got a new trailer for Bad Lieutenant, the new Nic Cage, Werner Herzog film. Good luck with this one.