How some people manage to watch an episode of something live and then not stayed tuned for the promo is beyond me. I need those few extra seconds of whatever I am watching and always make sure to set my DVR to run a minute or two late so I don’t miss anything, which includes the ‘next time on’ portion of my program. Even when I’ve watch TV online I’ll seek out the show’s promo immediately after.
But there is a real art to making TV promos and trailers. Of course a TV show’s genre is going to dictate the hook or the tease, but sometimes I really feel like less is more.
For episodic and procedural series, I get it, networks need to show something crazy in order to keep the casual viewer coming back for more, but for serialized series, I’m going to assume that viewers will be tuning in again and again no matter what airs after the credits. (Spoilers Below)
I’ve got a theory that most TV promos, and movie trailers for that matter, are going to make something look better than it really is. After all, 30-60 seconds is not enough time to really highlight flaws.
But with that being said, I do think it is possible for a promo to oversell how incredible the next episode will be. In fact, the more an episode becomes a ‘must see’ or ‘can’t miss’ I become weary of what I am about to see.
From my experience, ER is the most notable repeat offender of setting unrealistic expectations, especially in its later seasons:
Maybe the oversell is unavoidable, I mean they are meant to create hype, but spoiling big plot points is not. In fact, it’s my biggest pet peeve with TV promos – Is it really necessary to give away a major twist or character death just to ensure viewers will return?
And I’m not talking about the ones that allude to an upcoming ominous event, I’m talking about ones that flat out say someone is going to die:
Much like ER, as House M.D. aged it began relying on more and more ridiculous plot twists and similarly crazy promos, but I do have to give them props for this more-subtle preview for “Simple Explanation” (5×20), the fifth season’s infamous Kutner episode.
I don’t want this blog entry to only be a rant about TV promos, so I figured I’d also share some of my favorites:
Fringe promos were, and are, some of the most creative previews I’ve ever seen. To check out more of the series’ standouts I recommend reading E! Online’s interview with Ari Margolis, the mastermind in FOX’s special ops department.
The following Smallville and House M.D. promos are also effective, but for me they are more memorable for their choices in music:
So what’s your TV promo pet peeve? Do you even watch promos? If so, are there any previews that standout to you, either for their excellence or absurdity? Feel free to share your favorites in the comments section below.
I know, I know, how many times have you seen this kind of headline before? As a Veronica Mars fan since the UPN days, I’ve seen countless headlines, tweets, and interviews with Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas about the possibilities of a movie sequel to the beloved series but very little forward momentum – until now.
EW.com broke the good news this morning: the Veronica Mars movie can happen if we, the fans, help in the form of a KickStarter campain. While Kristen Bell teased the announcement last night, she quickly took to Twitter this morning to start the hype.
So why the new spark of hope? Well, apparently Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell recently met with some of the Warner Bros. bigwigs to pitch their new plan for getting the movie off the ground and were met with open minds.
“Of course, Warner Bros. still owns Veronica Mars and we would need their blessing and cooperation to pull this off. Kristen and I met with the Warner Bros. brass, and they agreed to allow us to take this shot. They were extremely cool about it, as a matter of fact. Their reaction was, if you can show there’s enough fan interest to warrant a movie, we’re on board. So this is it. This is our shot” explains Rob Thomas on the Veronica Mars KickStarter campaign page.
So come on Veronica Mars fans, its time to put our money where our mouth is. The initial monetary goal for the project was $2 million dollars, but as of this post that number has already been surpassed! In fact, the Veronica Mars movie is the fastest Kickstarter Project to hit $1 million dollars, according to Mashable.
But of course, more money equals a cooler movie so let’s show Warner Bros., Kristen Bell, Rob Thomas and everyone else attached to this project that the fans do in fact want to see a Veronica Mars movie!
Want to donate, just click here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/559914737/the-veronica-mars-movie-project
In addition to helping fund the project, there are also a lot of really cool reward levels to choose from. Even a $10 donation will get you a copy of the shooting script upon the movie’s release along with behind the scenes stuff and updates. More goodies come with more money, but that choice is yours.
So what are you waiting for, if you want to revisit your favorite private eye and return to the town of Neptune then click on the link above or the handy widget to the right.
And if you haven’t already, check out this hilarious video Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, and Ryan Hansen made for the occasion.
According to Wikipedia, ‘shipping’, which is derived from the word ‘relationship’, “is the belief that two characters, fictional or non-fictional, are (or will be, or should be) in a romantic relationship”.*
Other definitions I found online say about the same thing. A few made mention that shipping could be platonic, but typically its romantic in nature, and that’s what I don’t get. Why can’t fans be content with friendships?
After 6 seasons and 121 episodes, Gossip Girl ends its run on the CW tonight (12/17/12) with a 2-hour series finale. And I have to admit that I am really excited, not because I care exactly, but mostly because it’s certainly time to say goodbye.
When Gossip Girl started I was a Junior in college and it was a perfect show to pickup after The O.C. ended. Plus, it lent itself to guilty pleasure group viewings. Since leaving my college dorm behind though, Gossip Girl has long been relegated to my DVR and episodes were saved for a rainy day.
I’ve kept up with the series this season, if only to avoid spoilers. When Gossip Girl premiered I was completely intrigued about the identity of the titular character, but soon gave up on the guess work when I realized they weren’t about to reveal-all anytime soon and that it would be better to just go along with the ride.
But since they plan to unmask Gossip Girl tonight, I figured I ought to give one last guess at the mischievous texters identity. So here it goes, I think Gossip Girl is either Dorota or one of Blair’s minions (perhaps Penelope). However, the popular theory I have heard is that its Nelly Yuki, which is a solid guess, why else would the show re-introduce her this season. Although I’ve got to say my favorite screwball theory is that Gossip Girl is Kristen Bell, as Veronica Mars.
And since this is the end and I am in a ‘hooray’ Gossip Girl mood, I figured I might as well share some of my favorite aspects of the show, rather than harp on the series inconsistencies and ill-conceived story lines (that would be a much longer blog). But for now it’s all goodwill and cheer.
One of my favorite running gags in Gossip Girl has been the naming of the rehab clinic after the current CW president. First it was the Ostroff Center, and after the changing of the guard, its now the Pedowitz Center.
I also enjoy the fact that the most badass character on the show wears scarves and bow ties. ‘Bad boys’ sure are different on the Upper East Side. Nonetheless Chuck Bass has still done some pretty terrible and crazy things so I guess the reputation is well earned, wardrobe withstanding.
I can’t say that I listen to the Gossip Girl soundtrack or Spotify playlist, but there has been some great musical choices on this show that really make for some memorable scenes. Most notable to me is the Thanksgiving dinner from season 3 set to Jason Derulo’s “Whatcha Say”, but I’ve already wrote about that so here’s my other favorite musical moment – albeit it’s a bit more ridiculous:
Happy Thanksgiving y’all. I’ve got a lot of things to be thankful for this year – and no, those things are not TV related (I do have a life outside of the box), but in the spirit of this blog – here’s some entertainment for your turkey filled day.
Frankenstorm coming your way? Assuming you have power and/or the Internet, why not wait out the storm with some of your favorite TV characters who are likewise feeling the effects of mother nature’s fury.
Trick or Treat! Halloween is almost here, which of course means it’s time for your favorite characters to get all dressed up for this season’s Halloween episodes.
To help plan out your fall-holiday viewing, here’s a rundown of upcoming Halloween specials:
ABC Family’s annual 13 Nights of Halloween kicks off this Friday, October 19th. Special new episodes of Pretty Little Liars (Tues. 10/23 8pm) and Switched at Birth (Mon. 10/22 8pm) headline the event.
The other 20+hours worth of programming belong to a smorgasbord of family-favorite Halloween flicks like Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus, Coraline, Haunted Mansion, Edward Scissorhands, The Addams Family, and cable premiers of Monster House and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
You’ll also be able to catch offbeat movies like Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Mummy, and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
Kids and teens aren’t the only ones getting dressed up, almost every network comedy is getting into the spirit too. Check out all of the FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC sitcoms airing Halloween episodes this year: The Big Bang Theory (Thurs. 10/25 8pm), The Middle (Wed. 10/24 8pm), Modern Family (Wed. 10/24 9pm), Happy Endings (Tues. 10/30 9pm), New Girl (Tues. 10/30 9pm), Suburgatory (Wed. 10/24 9:30pm), The Office (Thurs. 10/25 9pm), Up All Night (Thurs. 10/25 8:30pm), Ben and Kate (Tues. 10/30 8:30pm), The Neighbors (Wed. 10/24 8:30pm) and The Mindy Project (Tues. 10/30 9:30pm).
The 2012 TV season also provides the chance to see characters from 666 Park Avenue (Sun. 10/28 10pm), Blue Bloods (Fri. 10/26 10pm), Hawaii Five-0 (Mon. 10/29 10pm), and Hart of Dixie (Tues. 10/30 8pm) in Halloween costumes.
If you’re a fan of Byran Fuller’s work (Wonderfalls, Pushing Daises, & Dead Like Me) and why wouldn’t you be, than I highly recommend that you check out NBC’s special presentation of Mockingbird Lane (Fri. 10/26 8pm). This reboot of the Munsters has long been stuck in the creative stages of production, but now with NBC’s decision to air the “pilot” as a Halloween special, it may be all we see of Fuller’s quirky take on this famous family. The potential series stars Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.
I saved the best for last – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – ABC will air the timeless Halloween classic on the big night, Oct. 31st at 8pm.
Taking the idea of a ‘house band’ to a whole new level is the band Whale Tooth, which provides the diegetic or source music heard at the ‘Lux Motel on The L.A. Complex.
The Toronto-based band describes their music as dance/pop/rock, which probably characterizes just about any other band heard on The CW, but unlike most of the other bands whose music is used to fill a montage or set the mood for a scene, Whale Tooth‘s presence is different.
The show uses the band like another character, which works to further develop the peripheral world of The L.A Complex. Their music wasn’t just added in post production for the sake of the viewers. Instead, the members of the band ‘live’ in the fictional motel complex and provide the soundtrack for the seemingly nightly parties or the daytime ambiance for their neighbors, which mostly consist of out-of-work actors and other Hollywood hopefuls of the sorts.
Considering their perpetual presence at The ‘Lux, its fair to say that the fictional incarnation of Whale Tooth probably doesn’t book too many gigs of their own. Perhaps more than anyone else in the motel, they epitomize the warped homeostasis that Los Angeles creates.
Everyone living at The ‘Lux is stuck in this limbo – unable to quit on a dream while simultaneously failing to succeed. But they remain there because they love what they do. And this seems most obvious with Whale Tooth. Their only listeners may be their neighbors, but they still get to perform for an audience and that seems to be enough of a reason to keep playing.
However, in season two you’ll notice that another Canadian band, The Rural Alberta Advantage, has since moved into The ‘Lux. Apparently there is only room for one house band. So whatever happened to the fictional Whale Tooth, do you think they signed a record deal and are making a name for themselves or simply packed it up and moved on? I’d like to believe that they’re still doing what they love (and getting paid for it), but as we all know, in the world of The L.A. Complex, dreams are generally out of reach.
As for the real Whale Tooth and The Rural Alberta Advantage, well I hope they find their audience. Each week I tune into The L.A. Complex, not just to see what’s going on with Conner, Nick, Abby, and Raquel but also to hear what what’s playing at The ‘Lux.