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AMC Renews ‘Hell on Wheels’

23 Dec

Deadline is reporting today that AMC is renewing the cowboys and indians and trains drama Hell on Wheels for a second season. The dramtic series follows a confederate soldier looking for revenge on a few union men who roughed up his wife (they killed and raped her).

While not the greatest show on AMC, Hell on Wheels has been unique enough and compelling enough to keep me watching. The real strength of the show comes from Colm Meany and Anson Mount, who both showed naysayers that a Star Trek engineer and ex Britney Spears seducer could take on seriously badass roles.

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Season 2 of ‘American Horror Story’ Will Be Completely Different

23 Dec

This season of American Horror Story we were introduced into one disfunctional family and a whole mess of ghosts living on with regret. Some great characters were introduced, from Tate the murderer/rapist/moody loverboy, to the insatiable jilted ex-lover and a guy who had his face burned off. After the finale, many were wondering what would happen with all these characters, and really, where could this show go from here. Well it turns out, they arent going anywhere.

Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk just announced in a conference call that next season will start from scratch, in a whole new scary house, with many new cast members. “Next year of the show will be a different haunting,” Murphy said. “The next season of the show will be a brand-new home or building to haunt.”

-Via

This has got me even more excited for a second season of this show. The problem with AMH of course is the pacing, and the fact that there never seemed like enough to sustain a series. So this is a brilliant solution to that problem. Just give us one crazy story every season. It is a unique idea that I don’t believe has been tried yet on television.

Murphy did say that some of the cast members will be returning (and that he’s in negotiations with others, and would love Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, or Jessica Lange to return), but those that do will be playing entirely different characters/monsters/ghosts, and that the Harmon story is completely done.

I really hope they bring back the downs syndrome girl. There is nothing like a mongoloid to give off the weird vibes.

Michael Showalter Sells Comedy To FOX

22 Dec

Today is a good day because it is the first time I get to mention one of my favorite funny men, Michael Showalter, on the blog. From Deadline:

From Fox and Warner Bros. TV, the network and studio behind new multicamera comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter, comes I Hate Your Friends, a new multicamera comedy project targeted for next season. Fox has bought the half-hour script written by Michael Showalter and Christina Lee, which centers on a couple who falls in love, thinking they’ve found “the one” … until they meet each other’s friends.

For those who don’t know, Michael Showalter was one of the three principle players in the comedy group Stella, along with Michael Ian Black and David Wain. He also was the star and co-creator of the comedy series Michael and Michael Have Issues and starred in The Baxter and Wet Hot American Summer. And if you don’t know what any of those things are, get off my blog right now and go watch them. You won’t regret it. I just hope the new show is more Stella and less everything that Fox has put out over the last 10 years.

HBO Cancels 3 Comedies Nobody Watches

20 Dec

HBO has a pretty hit or miss track record when it comes to comedies, and for the most part it is miss. Yes, Curb Your Enthusiasm is still going strong after all these years, and Eastbound and Down created one of the most despicably lovable charecters on television, not to mention the amazing Larry Sanders Show. But for every good show, there are at least three terrible ones. See Funny Or Die’s attempt to move backwards in mediums, Entourage (was that supposed to be funny?), or the three shows that just got cancelled.

Bored to Death, Hung, and How to Make It In America have all received their pink slips and will not be joining us for our potential downfall in 2012. All three shows have struggled in the ratings, and this for a channel that doesn’t really care about ratings. Hung averaged about 3.9 million viewers in its latest season while Bored to Death and How To Make It In America could only muster 2.3 million viewers a week. So while we all enjoy having Zach Galakanakis in our lives on a weekly basis, nobody is really going to miss it.

One comedy with terrible ratings will be coming back however. Enlightened, the recently Golden Globe nominated comedy staring Laura Dern, has been renewed for a second season, despite average only 1.5 million viewers. From what I can tell, the show follows Dern as she complains about how hard life is and then we laugh when she gets her come’upins.  Doesn’t sound fun to me, but the critics like it.

 

Here’s to you stoned Ted Danson!

Showtime Developing Series Adaptation of ‘Animal Kingdom’

19 Dec

Animal Kingdom was probably one of the most badass movies to come out in recent years, and while it wasn’t the most popular movie, it did earn a couple Oscar Nods. Well, the people over at Showtime have decided that their is enough demand to turn the critically acclaimed movie into a television series.

A drama series adaptation of the 2010 Australian feature Animal Kingdom has landed at Showtime, with John Wells executive producing and Jonathan Lisco writing/executive producing. The project, now in development, is a crime drama exploring the tense battle between a criminal family and the police, and the ordinary lives caught in the middle. John Wells Prods and Warner Bros TV are producing, with Lisco, Wells and Andrew Stearn executive producing alongside the movie’s writer-director David Michôd and producer Liz Watts.

-VIA Deadline

John Wells already is showrunner for the series Shameless, so this deal expands his relationship with Showtime. This could really be a great show, or it could be terrible. I just hope for the former so that the legacy of this movie isn’t tarnished. We all remember Ghostbusters The Animated Series, so we know just how good TV adaptations can be!

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