Thursday, May 30, 2013

Jack Carroll on Britain's Got Talent.

Here's one more reason to like Britain's Got Talent. The 14 year old teenager with cerebral palsy surprises everyone with his sense of humour.

Talk about being an underdog. How can you not like this kid?

Now, based on his audition one might think that all the jokes would be about his physical handicap and that his act would wear quickly thin.

Thankfully, during the semi-finals, Jack Carroll's performance was..

 ..hilarious! Can't wait too see him in the finals! (June 8th)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Modern Family's 4th season finale.

I know I've written too much about Modern Family lately, but in my opinion the 4th season finale is, I think, the best finale that the show has had. 4x24, 'Goodnight, Gracie' is also one of the best episodes of the series.

Now, when I'm saying that 'Goodnight Gracie' is a really good episode, I think it also suffers from having too many storylines in it, just like the great 'Moon Landing', from season one. 

I mean, there's Cam socializing with seniors, Haley & Alex together, Jay and his 'first time', Mitchell defending Gloria in a courtroom and Phil trying to make her late mother's last wish come true. That's five storylines.

I don't know about you, but for me it's difficult to process that much information. Five storylines in twenty-one minutes means that you have only four minutes for each storyline on average.

I honestly don't think that's enough and there's no way that the stuff you see on screen is really going to 'breathe'. There's just too much happening at the same time in order to make it elegant.

Having said that, I did like the storylines. Starting with Phil trying to make her mom's last wish come true, I liked that I was able to see Phil show his more serious side. Even though the storyline was a bit rushed, the last scene was really well written and beautifully acted.

I also liked that we finally got to hear more about Jay's Vietnam experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and Ed O'Neill again gives a fantastic couch interview, just like he did last season with his 'I hope it's a boy'.

Furthermore, I did like the Mitchell & Gloria storyline. Mitchell doing courtroom stuff is something that I did in my spec script. The storyline was professionally written and worked rather well.

Still, I guess in a way I can't help but to think that perhaps someone from the show got the idea of Mitchell becoming a trial lawyer from me. I mean, it is a generic idea, but at the same time, it kinda isn't.

But anyway, there was also good stuff about Cameron not wanting to stir things up. The boys, Luke and Manny we're pretty funny too, and at the end of the episode, we finally got a voice-over that was sweet and actually made sense.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

What can we expect from 'The Crazy Ones'?

I don't really know what to think about David Kelley's single camera sitcom The Crazy Ones that just got picked up by CBS.

Yes, Kelley, the 10 time Emmy winner behind shows like Ally Mcbeal and The Practice is going to be in charge of producing a half hour comedy this fall.

The first question that comes to mind is, of course, can this show be any good? Is there any chance that this tv series could provide us quality entertainment?

Naturally, in order to make an educated guess, we have to pay attention to at least three things:

1) what is the premise?
2) who are the characters?
3) what are the storylines about?

The premise: according to a press release, this show is "a father-daughter workplace comedy set in the world of advertising". Not necessarily an original one, we have seen it before (Just Shoot Me).

The characters: The father, apparently a rather 'crazy' Robin Williams playing the ad agency owner. The daughter, the co-owner played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, who is trying to see that her dad doesn't do anything stupid.

The storylines: let's watch the trailer for this show first:

Looks like the show's first episode is going to be about the father making some kind of a comeback. In that sense I guess he's supposed to be some kind of an underdog. That's always a good thing.

There's also a celebrity cameo by Kelly Clarkson. Seems like an interesting, likable, real person. ('Stronger' is a wonderful song)

However, the important thing to notice is that the first episode is about doing an ad for the hamburger chain Mcdonald's. This tells me that the show is trying to be relevant by having actual existing products and trademarks on the show.

Of course the big question is to what extent you're allowed to criticize these companies and how much you're allowed to make fun of the absurdity known as 'marketing'.

If Crazy Ones can take an honest look at the industry, then I guess it could become a real hit. That is that the show would have something to say about our way of life and how we just keep consuming.

Anyway, let's get back to this show once it airs.

Friday, May 10, 2013

How not to write a show: Modern Family episode 4x22.

This was a boo boo that I didn't really expect too see on a show like Modern Family. I'm talking about the episode 4x22 'My Hero'.

I mean, I guess it started okay. We (Cam and Mitch) meet a person who turns out was Mitch's ex-partner. He invites them to a some sort of a fundraiser.

They say yes.

Still good. 'Something's going to happen'. A good way to start telling your story.

But when they get to the event.. turns out that this ex-partner Teddy who we had never heard about before.. a close family friend of the Dunphys.

He's apparently friends even with Alex and Haley.

I was like.. what the..

Everyone in the Dunphy family knows this guy..  .. but I don't.

The last four years I've lived with these people and yet I had no idea this guy existed.

If this character really did exist in the Modern Family universe, we would have seen him already - many many many times.

That makes me wonder..

What else do I not know about my favorite family?

Are there other important characters on this show that I haven't heard about before?

Based on this episode, I guess anything is possible.

I mean, they might even have a kid in the household that we simply haven't seen yet.

Could it be that they're not even a real family?

What if..

Phil is really a space alien?

Obviously this is not how you're supposed to write a show.