Saturday, May 11, 2013

Drama Both Real And Imaginary

So to update everyone on my post-surgery recovery: I have returned to Portland and gone back to work. Still on painkillers and not at 100% energy-wise but I'm feeling well enough for my non-high energy life so woo hoo?

Amos the cat is still making me pay for leaving him. Complicating matters, I don't have the energy to fight with him.  He could be pretty fat when all is and and done.  Anyway, he got up on the cabinets again after a catnip fix but got down before I could snap a picture. Oh well...

News on the new fall season are emerging.  Really, the only two shows I care about given the axe were Body of Proof  and Vegas so that's niceHonestly, after their cast shake-up, Body of Proof's writing went down hill. The first 3 or 4 episodes seemed derivative of Castle and this season mind you!  I think they hit their stride after that though. This week's episode was probably the best of the season.

When the period drama Vegas was announced with it's three stars all movie caliber actors (Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Carrie Anne Moss), I knew CBS would put it on a short leash.  I think it was already DOA when they moved it to Friday.  Clearly, originality with good acting and awesome writing  (I just was the series finale  was chock full of dialogue I would write myself.) is frowned upon in today's society. Case in point, on rival ABC, only the inane Wipeout does well in their Thursday 8pm slot...

One of my other new favorites, The Americans on FX was renewed for a second season.  Though the '80's are an easier period to fake than the '60's,  (At the hairdresser's, I read an article in Entertainment Weekly that they have no plans to actually dress their characters in clothing one would wear in 1981. Also, Keri Russell is the probably biggest star they have in the cast.) period dramas thrive on cable while they crash and burn on broadcast TV.  Partly it's because cablers are less worried about advertising and their seasons range from 13-20 episodes rather than 22-26 but is there more to this than that?

The exciting news is Joss Whedon's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, was picked up as a new fall series.  This will last a full season as ABC and Marvel are both owned by Disney but what happens after that.  Granted superhero dramas based on Marvel or DC Comics have a better track record than ones that aren't (M.A.N.T.I.S and The Cape) but even then 3 years seems to be the average. (Smallville was a huge exception.)   The awesome new series Arrow was renewed on The CW or a second season so maybe now is the time to strike? Let us hope!

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