Persons Unknown: The Series

Published July 23, 2012 by criticaditelevisore

The series follows seven strangers as they try to determine who abducted them and placed them in the middle of nowhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The single-season program was first aired on June 7, 2010 on NBC. The season, which lasted thirteen episodes, was swiftly cancelled after failing to gain enough viewers. Notably, the show was produced by Televisa, a Mexican production company, and was one of the first collaborations between the two entities.

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Published July 23, 2012 by criticaditelevisore

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–They need to kill of Bud if they’re hoping for a second season. He is crude, the furthest from charming, and absolutely repulsive. Of course everyone’s going to rally for Elaine if this is who she considers her biggest political detriment. This is lazy writing – creating a compelling, likeable character only to realize OH WAIT he’s shady as all hell is what I would like to see. I do hope it gets a second season, as Douglas and TJ are quite interesting and I daresay I like them more than their parents. — CDT

Originally posted on TVLine:

Though Political Animals, USA Network’s star-studded “limited series event,” by no means roared out of the gate ratings-wise, laying claim to a piece of the pop culture conversation and generating buzz in other ways could – could – be enough to trigger a Season 2 pick-up.

Facing stiff competition in its July 15 bow – including Breaking Bad‘s final season opener, HBO’s noisy if polarizing The Newsroom and A&E’s ever-rising LongmirePolitical Animals started off with an audience of 2.6 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating. In Week 2, those numbers dipped, about 10 percent.

But when asked if there was a ratings target/minimum that would prompt a renewal order, NBC Universal chair Bonnie Hammer shook her head and told TVLine, “We never quite measure it that black-and-white. We want to see what the response is, we want to see who comes [and see]…

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Perception: Season 1, Episode 1

Published July 23, 2012 by criticaditelevisore

Reality is a figment of your imagination.

“What is reality?”

Professor Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack of Will and Grace) is an eccentric neuroscientist recruited by a former student Kate Moretti (Rachel Leigh Cook) to assist the FBI with various cases. The pilot premiered on July 9th on TNT to an estimated 5.6 million viewers. The premiere case involved a woman suspected of murdering her husband, who confessed to the murder but was seeming innocent. I won’t go into a recap since there are plenty of those floating around.

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Jane by Design: Season 1

Published July 19, 2012 by criticaditelevisore

I had hoped to enter a habit of waiting for the full season of a show to be out if I wasn’t already following it from the beginning before writing about it. However, since I posted about Pretty Little Liars, I’ve decided to make a series of posts on ABC Family. Next up: Jane by Design.

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Emmy Nominations 2012: The 35 Biggest Snubs

Published July 19, 2012 by criticaditelevisore

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Damon Wayans was PERFECTION in Happy Endings.
John Noble has been indescribable in Fringe.

I have to make a full post about this later this week, but I’m somewhat stunned at how BLAND this year’s nominations were. Four Modern Family noms in supporting actor? That is overkill.

-CDT

Originally posted on TVLine:

Without rage and incredulity, there are no Emmynominations, a wise philosopher once said*. And while today’s announcement of the 2012 contenders certainly contained some pleasant surprises — hooray for Veep! — there are still enough major snubs to leave one’s jaw paying a visit to one’s kneecaps. Here’s our rundown of the 37 most glaring omissions. (*Or, if he didn’t, he should have!)

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Check out our biggest reasons for ranting against the Emmy machine, then hit the comments with the snubs that left you blind with fury.

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And for all the wall-to-wall Emmy coverage and interviews your TV-lovin’ heart can handle, keep checking back at TVLine.com over the next 48 hours. Oh, who are we kidding? Keep checking back between now and the…

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Pretty Little Liars: A Discussion

Published July 17, 2012 by criticaditelevisore

The Liars get messages from a person known only as “A”, who threatens to reveal past and present secrets. Believing “A” to be Alison, as she was the only one aware of their secrets, they are shocked when the police find her corpse buried in the backyard of her former house.

I first saw this season when it first began two summers ago.  With such an inherently violent and disturbing premise, the show’s plot was definitely out of the box for a network as “family friendly” as ABC Family. What made the show initially catch my eye was the macabre nature of the show, along with the taboo depictions of a student-teacher relationship and one of television’s most notable lesbian teen characters.

I’ve always been a Nancy Drew-type reader, but watching a constructed multi-season long murder mystery and surrounding conspiracy is certainly rewarding. Even critically acclaimed shows such as The Killing or Twin Peaks can rarely hold onto the murder as a central plot point – challenges with sustaining a series focusing on a single major murder can be seen with the short longevity, or audience disillusionment. As shown by the response and ratings for this week’s airing of the finale of The Killing, the prestige behind such shows tend to decline rather quickly when the audience is felt cheated. With the revealing of the respective murderers in the end of the second season (or a corresponding television film), the shows essentially poison themselves. While most critics claim the Twin Peaks cancellation was due to its quite niche audience, critics overwhelmingly agree that The Killing suffers from shoddy, messy writing. There is no way around this without a clear vision of where the showrunner wants to go with their vision, and how they plan to execute this.

Many other shows spread the over-arching mystery among procedural formats such as Monk or Veronica Mars, which were both successful in noting the continuance of the titular characters’ daily life, but still coming back to the mysterious loss of a loved one (Monk’s wife, Veronica’s best friend and mother). Adrian Monk and Veronica Mars both happened to be private detectives, as opposed to actual law enforcement agents. This certainly lends to the longevity of their respective series by inherently adding a layer of serialization – Monk lasted 8 seasons, while Veronica Mars lasted 3 but despite ratings improvement, critical acclaim, and a clear vision moving forward was axed by The CW. However, it is my opinion that the writing, and subsequent audience satisfaction that separates The Killing from the Veronica Mars of the entertainment world.

Pretty Little Liars started its third season June 5, and so far sees no signs of slowing down. It is ABC Family’s highest rated show, and has ranked the highest rated show among women 12-34. The show is successful at keeping the high school lives of the Liars intertwined with the threats against them from -A, the anonymous blackmailer with information that only their deceased Queen Bee Alison could have known. Upon rewatching the first season this week, I realized I had been dismissing an extremely well-written and thought out show – one that captivated me much more than its “adult counterparts” such as the aforementioned AMC show. The writers know their audience extraordinarily well, and this is observed by the show’s success.

Episodes to Watch: 

Pretty Little Liars: Keep Your Friends Close

Pretty Little Liars: Know Your Frenemies

Pretty Little Liars: A Person of Interest

Pretty Little Liars: For Whom The Bell Tolls

True Blood: Season 1, Episode 2

Published January 8, 2012 by criticaditelevisore

True Blood, the show that has millions tuning in to HBO since 2008, is set in Bon Temps, Louisiana where Sookie Stackhouse meets and falls for vampire Bill Compton. However, in this universe, vampires are “out of the coffin” and actively participating in “mainstreaming” efforts. That is, vampires wish to live amongst the humans, complete with the right to marry, the right to vote and other such sociopolitical benefits. Sookie’s relationship with Bill is met with opposition at many ends, and the show picks up gear and doesn’t stop all throughout the season.

Season 1, Episode 2: The First Taste

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