Wednesday, January 05, 2005

OK, Finally: A Reality Show I'm Interested In

Sure, I'll admit it: I love the 80's. Not the VH-1 show (although it had its moments), but the decade and all things therein. And, come on, who didn't love INXS back in those Jolt Cola days of parachute pants and leg warmers? Well, the Australian supergroup, who has been looking for a lead singer since Michael Hutchence offed himself in 1997, is taking their search to the tube. The CBS show, called Rock Star and airing sometime in 2005, will audition candidates and allow viewers to pick the winner. Their new frontman will then tour and record with the band.

It could be a hoot, as long as they don't go the American Idol route of talentless contestii and annoying judges. But the second I see Paula Abdul, I'm gone- unless she's belting out "Forever Your Girl" (that '80's thing again, sorry).

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Wednesday News Roundup

Alyson Hannigan is set to star alongside the criminally irritating but molten-hott Jennifer Love Hewitt in the upcoming ABC sitcom "In The Game." It has something to do with chicks, and sports, and TV, or something. I'll just watch with the sound off... TBS is jonesing to buy repeats of the NBC quasi-hit drama Ed, which would give TV's Michael Ian Black the daily exposure nneded for him to reach the superstar status his talent deserves... Speaking of our favorite Viva Variety star, Black has also just signed a deal with Comedy Central to star in Stella, a show chronicling "the misadventures of a trio of modern-day Marx Brothers"... MTV has ordered 5 more years of their overrated, overhyped and overwatched reality kumquat The Real World, guaranteeing there's no possible way I'll ever watch MTV again, lest I catch an errant eyeful.

Motley Crue: "We put the 'F' in "FCC"

The FCC is investigating the Motley Crue New Years Eve F Bomb Incident. It turns out that NBC may escape discipline, since the "safe harbor" rules allow offensive material to be broadcast between 10pm and 6am.

Of course, if said rule also prohibited criminally inoffensive material, The Tonight Show would have been axed years ago.

Speak From The Geek In Chief: Will Alias Finally Garner Some Serious Ratings?

You may not have heard: Alias returns to TV tonight (OK, maybe you saw one of the four hundred promos an hour ABC seems to be running). Its mission: to finally capture high ratings, to help ABC continue its remarkable comeback, and to set new sales records for hot-pink wigs.

The network hopes the drama can finally fulfill its ratings potential. To this point, success has eluded this taut, sexy, well-produced thriller. ABC has tried post-Superbowl scheduling. They've tried radical cliffhanger endings. And short of pasties and a fig leaf, they've put Jennifer Garner's Syndey Bristow in just about every skimpy outfit imaginable. But nothing has yet been able to put Alias over the hump.

This year, ABC is trying something different. Their intel correctly tells them that serialized dramas don't repeat well, so they've saved Alias until midseason so it can air its entire 22 episode run uninterrupted (Fox's 24 and ABC's NYPD Blue are trying similar strategies). This, along with a plum lead-in from creator J>J> Abrams' younger (and much more successful) child Lost, has undoubtedly set the expectations as high as they've ever been.

There will be no more excuses: Lost will hand Alias a large audience, and its prime time slot competition will be NBC's fading The West Wing. Provided that the show’s quality remains high, and the writers don't once again dumb down the storylines in an attempt to capture a "mass audience" (many hard core fans considered season two’s sudden dismantling of SD-6 a copout), Alias should finally succeed. If it doesn't, however, it could be the final mission for Bristow and company.

Both on screen and off, it will be a mission worth watching. I'll be ready for the debrief at season's end.

Speak From The Geek In Chief appears every Wednesday.

Relevant links:
ABC's Official Alias site (fan site)
SpoilerFix: Alias spoilers

Wednesday Trivia: Alias

Which statement about Alias is faker than Jennifer Garner's love for Ben Affleck?

A) Jack's real name is Jonathan Donahue Bristow.
B) Sark's first name is Julian.
C) Vaughn's dog is named Dion.
D) Marshall collects Pez dispensers.

The answer, tomorrow.

Tuesday Trivia Solved: TV Tunes

Which theme did Mike Post NOT perform?

A) L.A. Law
B) Blossom
C) Quantum Leap
D) Maverick

The answer is D. He did, however, compose another James Garner show theme, The Rockford Files.