Wednesday, May 26, 2010

TV News: Hawaii Five-OMG

The new Hawaii Five-O theme and trailer

I don't know whose job it was to tell me that Grace Park was also in this thing back when she was first cast, but man that person dropped the ball. This is now the best show in the history of the world. I don't like that they've shortened the theme, but that's almost made up for by using many of the same landmarks from the original theme sequence and even that same zoom-in shot of McGarrett on the balcony. And when I say "almost made up for," keep in mind that I'd be perfectly happy with the entire show being nothing but a video for an hour-long version of that theme. [Brother Cal]

Oh, and here's look at the show with quotes from some of the stars and some shots from the pilot. It does nothing to contradict my "best show in the history of the world" prediction. It'll be on Monday's at 10:00 (Eastern Time).

(Unless something's changed in Blogger's technology in the last day or so, I'm guessing that some of you can't see one or both of those videos above. Try reading the post without the page break and you should be okay.)

After the break: Katee Sackhoff, Nikita, Chuck sings, The Colorado Kid, Looney Tunes, and Keri Russell.

Not Katee's Finest

Boston's Finest, the cop drama that Katee Sackhoff turned down a season of True Blood for, won't become a TV series. I'd love to see Sackhoff on a regular TV show again, but she's not making the best choices. Bionic Woman, 24, and now this. Maybe USA will still let her do a show for them? That I'd love to see. [The Ausiello Files]


The CW's version of La Femme Nikita will be on Thursdays at 9:00 (ET). I haven't done the research to see what all else is airing at that time, but if I have a TiVo slot open, this will go in it. You can see a trailer here.

Some of the dialogue's goofy and plot sounds stale ("You were free. You were gone. You had gotten out. What the hell are you doing back here?" "Someone has to stop Percy."), but still... lots of spying and butt-kicking.

Chuck sings

With American Idol's Katherine McPhee. And sounds pretty good doing it.


Hard Case Crime sent out an email to let us know that The Colorado Kid, the Stephen King novella they published, is becoming a SyFy show debuting July 9. According to the show's website:
The series follows the shrewd and confident FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose from Jericho) who has a lost past, and arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine on a routine case. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people that are affected by a range of supernatural afflictions.

As the townspeople's dormant abilities begin to express themselves, Audrey helps keep these forces at bay while discovering the many secrets of Haven — including one surrounding her own surprising connections to this extraordinary place.

New Looney Tunes

This might be crossing into Stuff Nobody Cares About But Me territory, but Warner Brothers has repented of their sins and is trying again to re-launch their Looney Tunes franchise. They've apparently realized that you can't just stop making new content and still expect people to buy the toys.

A lot of attention has been given to how lame the "extreme" Loonatics Unleashed concept was, but as a kid who grew up watching Looney Tunes reruns with my brothers every Saturday morning (and passing up other, brand-new cartoons to do it), I need to add the Michael Jordan and Brendan Fraser feature films onto the stink pile. I know a lot of people liked Space Jam and Back in Action, but I don't think you need big-name stars to showcase what makes the Looney Tunes characters special. If any thing, live-action stars are a distraction.

You know what worked really, really well as an update of these characters? Tiny Toon Adventures. I used to race back to my dorm room in college every day after my last class to watch that show with my friends. It didn't need gimmicks; it understood that it just needed to be funny. Hopefully this new effort - a combination of 3D theatrical shorts and a 2D series on Cartoon Network - will get that as well. I have high hopes for the theatrical shorts, but the cartoon is a bit riskier with it's concept of suburban-dwelling Looney Tunes all living around the same cul de sac. That sounds limiting to me. Like a sitcom. Part of the charm of the original shorts (and Tiny Toons) was that absolutely anything could happen and you never knew what to expect. Without that element to it, I don't have a good feeling about the new show. [The New York Times]

Running Wilde trailer

This is definitely in the Stuff Nobody Cares About But Me category, but here's a trailer for Keri Russell's new show. I sure do wish it was funnier, but it gets kind of touching at the end and I'll settle for that in a Keri Russell show.


Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

Forgive me for being cynical about the new Hawaii Five-Oh, but looks like a copy of the original themes visuals with flashy CSI graphics to let you know "we're cool, new and edgy!"
I guess we need the direct match-up if we want to keep the name. Its just that I'm having "Psycho" remake flashbacks.

Grace Park is alright (though I at first mistook her for Linda Park given how I can't see her when there are four of her all doing different things on four tiny screens.

At least it looks better than the recent "Knight Rider" remake.

Michael May said...

Heh! Yeah, I can see why you'd get a Psycho-remake vibe from the credits. As long as it's confined to the credits though, I appreciate the homage.

And I so totally agree about the Knight Rider remake. *shudder*


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