Archive for Saturday, 14 May 2011
I’m not sure where the press release for this is but the summer schedule has the Muse / Shaw co-production The Kennedys coming to Global on Monday nights at 10 AT /9 ET / 8 CT / 10 MT / 9 PT apparently starting 30 May 2011 starting 4 July 2011 The series had an adventurous pre-production through pre-broadcast time in the USA but was relatively unscathed in Canada. Shaw conceded the world premiere and the show was sold to a rather obscure cable channel in the USA that most people had never heard of called ReelzChannel. The mini-series was to premiere on 6 March in Canada but that got pushed back to 10 April so as to allow Reelz time to promote their acquisition of the mini-series. The Kennedys was shown on History Television in four 2-hour blocks on Sunday nights in April and 1 May and averaged well over half a million viewers for the 8 hours, which for a Canadian cable channel is quite good. The first two hours had 889000 viewers and the finale had 485000. The spoilers have long been available for how the story ends so…
In the USA the show received mixed to negative reception prior to broadcast, due in great part to the fear that a conservative would tarnish the reputation of the liberal, Catholic former president and his family. The Kennedy saga was mostly over by my lifetime and even i knew from an early age that JFK had a scandalous side that people wanted to keep in the closet. Others realised that much like Merlin, The Tudors, Camelot, The Borgias, and The Ten Commandments, the time had come to allow for works of historical drama to be made as the majority of the events were about 50 years ago and that when viewed as an historical drama the mini-series is very well done.
Other shows coming to Global this summer include the third season of TNT’s HawthoRNe and the final season of NBC’s Friday Night Lights on Friday nights and usa’s In Plain Sight on Wednesday nights. An encore presentation of the series Slings & Arrows can be seen on Saturday nights.
CTV announced a few days ago that their historical drama, The Borgias, will be making the leap from Bravo! to CTV for 21 June. While Bravo! is not an HD channel word on the street is that the version seen on CTV will be edited.
UPDATE: Shaw confirmed summer premiere dates for their domestic programming and The Kennedys comes to Global on 4 July. How appropriate. It is a month later than their generic summer schedule implied.
Just when it seemed like it wasn’t possible for CBS to mess around any more they found something to do with their broadcast of Flashpoint.
Season 4 premieres on 17 June in Canada. Between 6 May and 17 June there are 7 Fridays, 6 for the repeats that CBS is playing catch-up with and then both networks show an all-new episode on 17 June. It sounds so simple. It makes so much sense. CBS decided ‘nah, not gonna do it’ and they are showing what even for their American audience is a repeat on 27 May 2011. CBS will be showing episode 33, “Severed Ties” instead of showing the next episode they have yet to broadcast, episode 42 “Terror“. CBS initially broadcast “Severed Ties”, the episode with Kelly Rowan, on 6 August 2010. This means that unless CBS does a doubling up or puts an episode on a different night that they will be skipping an episode and premiering season 4 before they finish broadcasting season 3. Their schedule has not been released that far in advance but still, a slow clap for CBS.
The only up side for this is that CTV might show one of the episodes of The Listener that are presently sitting on the shelf instead of putting on a simulcast of Flashpoint when that would make i do believe the fourth broadcast broadcast of “Severed Ties” in Canada.
In other news, season 3 of Flashpoint is being released on DVD in Australia in 5 days, on 19 May 2011. This is the real, according to production season 3 (eps 32-44).
Two days before that, on 17 May 2011 CBS is releasing their version of the third season, which is really part of season 2 and part of season 3 (eps 23-35, 37, 39-40).
I was just browsing some folders on my computer and i found i had this little video. It is a not-quite 6 minute promo for Smallville. If you have seen the presentation pitch 6 minute episode/trailer for ANGEL this you have an idea what this is. It makes use of the pilot rather than the re-shoot with Annette O’Toole. It is from 21 June 2001 so it is 9 years 10 months and 3 weeks old.
If you liked it and want more then do check out where i am pretty sure i got this from some time ago, Mr Video at his website vidiot.com
The pilot is set in 1989 and 2001. The finale is set in 2011 and 2018. The show spans 30 years in the life of Superman. If you remember that episode early in the first season where we see Lex’s future… in episode 218 that future has become the present. Not to spoil it but the spoiler for the non-permanence of Lex’s demise and destiny was to be found over 100 episodes before he was killed.