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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

Credit: Evan Agostini/AP

Music Power Rankings: Kayne West takes on Justin Timberlake and Lorde

One Direction also makes the list


1. Kanye West: He compares himself to Michael Jackson, declares himself the No. 1 rock star in the world, and gets in a Twitter fight with Jimmy Kimmel.  His work here is done.

2. One Direction:
Music’s billion-dollar boys top Billboard’s 21 Under 21 list. Sounds like that decision was made before the VMAs...  #mileywasrobbed

3. Drake: The rapper so many critics love to hate will make a major splash on the Billboard 200 next week as “Nothing Was The Same” will sell up to 690,000 in its debut, making it second only to Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” for highest selling premiere of the year.

4. Paul McCartney: He appears on “Jimmy Kimmel” and performs a 15-song concert for the 10,000-strong crowd on Hollywood Blvd., far and above the performance shown on the broadcast. That’s how you stay a star for 50 years.

5. Justin Timberlake:
He also plays on “Kimmel”  (even though sick as a dog), but the real highlight is his and Jimmy Fallon’s #hashtag skit.  #funnystuff #istherenothingJTcantdo? #Questloveisthebest #JTEGOT

6. Lorde:
Her star continues to rise as her debut album comes out Monday and is sure to bow in the Top 10 on the strength of mega-hit “Royals,” while she also finds a slot on the “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack.

7. Mumford & Sons:
The British folk-rock group announces it will go on hiatus. Marcus Mumford wills his vest to The Avett Bros. for the duration.

8. Avicii: Six songs from his album debut, “True,” land on Billboard’s dance/electronic songs chart this week. The only artist to ever land more debuts in one week? Daft Punk with 12. Wake me up, indeed!

9. Rock The Bells: The bell tolls for the once-mighty hip-hop festival which sadly cancels the last two dates on its festival circuit due to lack of ticket sales.

10. Jack Johnson: Part-time musician/full-time surfer dude Jack Johnson scores his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. Not bad for an artist who releases albums with very little fanfare. 

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<p>J.K. Simmons of &quot;Growing Up Fisher&quot;</p>

J.K. Simmons of "Growing Up Fisher"

Credit: NBC

Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Growing Up Fisher'

There aren't many more pilots to go

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"Growing Up Fisher" (NBC)
Airs:Midseason
The Pitch: "It's an odd, quirky, historically non-specific 'Wonder Years' knock-off." "No thanks." "But ABC had a 'Wonder Years' knock-off and FOX has a 'Wonder Years' knock-off." "Does CBS?" "Ummm... Maybe." "Fine. We'll take it."
Quick Response: "Growing Up Fisher" isn't *exactly* a "Wonder Years" knock-off. After all, it's set in the present. However, it's being narrated from sometime in the future by a grownup version of the main character (Jason Bateman for the voiceover and Eli Baker for the story) who reflects on his childhood experiences with a mixture of wry sarcasm, cloying sentimentality and twist-teasing dramatic irony. Between this and "The Goldbergs" and "Surviving Jack," there's a lot of not-quite-getting what what worked on "The Wonder Years" 20+ years ago. So far, none of these shows have had their main character reflect on the first time they watched "The Wonder Years," but it's getting close. Complicating matters is the initial proclamation that "The following is inspired by a true story," which must mean that DJ Nash wrote it from the future and mailed scripts back to 2013? Yeah. I dunno. I am a sucker for JK Simmons. I even found him funny in "Family Tools" and nobody else can say that. But here, he's giving a performance that almost has to work against one of the most self-consciously quirky characters I've ever seen on a TV show. He's playing the main character's father and he's an attorney, but he's blind and basically nobody knows that. How is that possible? How is that sustainable? How is that workable? Well, the "Bernie's" series did two films in which nobody knew the eponymous character was DEAD, so I guess fooling people into thinking a blind guy can see isn't the most absurd thing ever, but it's definitely a thing that requires way more perpetual suspension of disbelief than I was willing to put in. The oddest part is that Simmons, often prone to going big with comedy, is underplaying a character who has been *written* absurdly big. There's a clash of tones. There's also a clash of tones with the mother, who has been written as five or six different things, basically a pipe-smoking teenager in the body of a woman-of-a-certain-age. Parker Posey had no clue what the character was and her performance in the pilot was an incongruous mess of ticks. It wasn't her fault in the slightest. She's subsequently been replaced by Jenna Elfman, but she may just have escaped. The person who probably needed replacing was director David Schwimmer, who has been a solid director in the past, but I tend to blame directors when tone gets as out-of-synch as it is here. The thing "Growing Up Fisher" has working in its favor is that at least for the pilot, I liked leading man Eli Baker, who sometimes makes things funny even if it's not always in the same way as things around him are trying to be funny. "Surviving Jack" is, as I've said, the best of the three "Wonder Years"-style comedies premiering this year, but Eli Baker may be the best of the young central stars. That's a building block and since "Growing Up Fisher" is rebuilding anyway, we'll see how things go.
Desire To Watch Again: Well, it's a guarantee I'm gonna watch again, what with the major recasting. There are so many things happening in the pilot, that I want to see a second episode just to get a feeling for what the weekly series is here. And how Simmons' character can possibly work longterm. But this isn't a very good pilot and it doesn't seem to have much upside for NBC.

 

Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Gang Related' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The 100' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Resurrection' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Surviving Jack' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'About a Boy' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Believe' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Us & Them' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Star-Crossed'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Intelligence' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Crisis' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Rake'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Mom' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Lucky 7'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Dads' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Super Fun Night'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Welcome to the Family' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Millers' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'The Goldbergs' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Ironside'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'We Are Men' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Almost Human' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Back in the Game' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Sean Saves the World' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Reign' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Crazy Ones' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Enlisted' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Blacklist' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The Tomorrow People' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Hostages' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Trophy Wife' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' 
All of my 2012 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2011 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2010 Take Me To The Pilots Entries

 

 

 
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Tina Fey and Arcade Fire prepare for this week's 'Saturday Night Live' premiere.

Tina Fey and Arcade Fire prepare for this week's 'Saturday Night Live' premiere.

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Tina Fey and Arcade Fire

The thirty-ninth season starts with a familiar face as host and a slew of unknown faces along for the ride.

First of all, welcome back to another season of “Saturday Night Live” recaps! Second of all, sorry about the promotional photo to the left of this paragraph and the nightmares it will undoubtedly inspire. That’s on NBC, not us.

There are many changes in the air as the show starts its thirty-ninth season, with six new cast members, a host of departing ones, and the latest round of “the show isn’t as good as it used to be” swirling around it like vultures who haven’t found a new or interesting thing to say about the show in decades. No one knows if the show will be better or worse this season. But it will absolutely, positively be different. And “different” is often good when it comes to “SNL”. Change is built into the show’s DNA, and there’s no reason to think that the departures of Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, and (later this season) Seth Meyers will finally kill the show. If “The Californians” couldn’t kill this show, nothing can.
 
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<p>Hugh Jackman, seen here in 'The Fountain,' is no stranger to eclectic science-fiction films.</p>

Hugh Jackman, seen here in 'The Fountain,' is no stranger to eclectic science-fiction films.

Credit: Warner Bros

Hugh Jackman latest addition to Neill Blomkamp's robot police comedy 'Chappie'

Sharlto Copley's the lead, so what's Jackman playing?

Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" was met by a far more mixed response than his break-through film "District 9," but that doesn't change my enthusiasm for whatever he's working on. This is one of the few people working right now who has a taste for science-fiction and who is able to get original work produced. In the case of his next film, we're talking about "Chappie," which Blomkamp has described as a "comedy," about a robot policeman who is held hostage by a couple of punks.

Sharlto Copley, who is Blomkamp's go-to guy, will be playing the robot police officer, and the two things were cast a while ago, with Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er from Die Antwoord both onboard.

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<p>Tom Selleck of &quot;Blue Bloods&quot;</p>

Tom Selleck of "Blue Bloods"

Credit: CBS

Friday ratings analysis - Old people love CBS and other shocking revelations

Young people kinda like 'MasterChef: Junior.' Go figure.
[As noted a couple times, I'm going to start doing some additional ratings analysis a bit after the morning Fast National numbers come in each morning/afternoon. I'll still be racing each morning to get the raw Fast National data up by 9-ish Pacific, but this should give the opportunity for a more nuanced reading of numbers which are, by their very nature, woefully incomplete. I'll also try to do some Live+3 and Live+7 analysis when those numbers become available, because I'm well aware that that kind of examination has been lacking in recent years.]
 
There's usually going to be much less to analyze on Fridays and so I'll probably pick and choose when I have anything to say beyond the raw numbers.
 
However, for Premiere Friday, September 27, there are some notables, particularly with "The Neighbors" going low enough to allow CBS win rule the night both overall -- CBS probably won't lose a single Friday overall when the network airs originals -- and in the 18-49.
 
The night also featured a solid premiere for FOX's "MasterChef: Junior" and a good sampling for "The Michael J. Fox Show" in encores.
 
On to the bulletpoints...
 
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<p>Friday's &quot;Hawaii Five-0&quot;</p>

Friday's "Hawaii Five-0"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Shark Tank' rises, but 'Blue Bloods' and 'Hawaii Five-0' lead CBS Friday

'MasterChef: Junior' leads its hour for FOX
Fast National ratings for Friday, September 27, 2013.
 
ABC's "Shark Tank" was up from its early premiere and delivered Friday's top numbers among adults 18-49, but "Blue Bloods" returned above last year's premiere and combined with the transplanted "Hawaii Five-0" to give CBS the Friday win in the key measures.
 
FOX got good numbers from the premiere of "MasterChef: Junior," which won its hour in most young demos and easily outdistanced Friday performances from a different Gordon Ramsay show, "Kitchen Nightmares," in the same demo.
 
Those are the Friday positives, but it wouldn't be Friday without some low ratings as well. ABC's "Last Man Standing" dropped in its second week and combined with dismal second week numbers for "The Neighbors" to make the "Shark Tank" rise seem even more impressive.
 
On to the numbers…
 
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<p>Walter White</p>

Walter White

Credit: AMC

Will 'Breaking Bad's' legacy be defined by its finale?


Will "Breaking Bad's" legacy be defined by its finale?

A series finale of a beloved TV series is like a "Super Bowl of TV fiction" with fans prepared for crushing disappointment, as the Wall Street Journal notes: "Can a great TV series only claim triumph if it sticks the landing? A generation of viewers fondly recalls the final image of Mary Tyler Moore turning off the lights in a newsroom, or Bob Newhart describing a bizarre dream of being a Vermont innkeeper. But a finale that fails to deliver on high audience expectations can linger as an asterisk in the annals of TV history."
Johnny-come-latelys are racing to catch up by Sunday
"Breaking Bad" finale ads are up to $400,000 per 30-second spot
Vince Gilligan used to write movies for Will Ferrell, who presented him with the Emmy Sunday
Badger's "Star Trek" pitch gets animated // In defense of Walter White's underwear
Has over-saturation of "Breaking Bad" media coverage dampened enjoyment of the show?
Scholarly "Breaking Bad" book is coming out in November
Is Jesse Pinkman getting a free pass for his sins?
The Economist: "Breaking Bad" offers great business school lessons
Cinematographer: We shoot on film because AMC was American Movie Classics
Watch Jesse's "Bitch" reel // Listen to Aaron Paul's new dance song, "Dance Bitch"
Does "Breaking Bad" need to be realistic?
—"Breaking Bad" has parallels to a 1961 "Undouchables" episode
See Walter White's transformation in 1 GIF // Looking back at the F-words
30 things you didn't know about "Breaking Bad" // Vol. 2 "Breaking" score is out
"Breaking Bad" is, simply, a study of circumstances
Albuquerque really is like "Breaking Bad" // Tour the best "Breaking" locations
What is the meaning of "Breaking Bad" imagery?
"The ending is good, it’s really good," says Betsy Brandt
"Breaking Bad" vs. "Malcolm in the Middle: A visual analysis
"Game of Thrones" meets "Breaking Bad" // What if "Breaking" was an animated series?
Whatever happens, "Breaking Bad" will leave you wanting more -- and that's a good thing
 

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NBC 'disappointed' in 'Michael J. Fox' ratings, but will stick with it if numbers stay put


NBC "disappointed" in "Michael J. Fox" ratings, but will stick with it if numbers stay put

NBC already ordered a full season more than a year ago. "I'm disappointed," says NBC's head of research and program planning, Jeff Bader. "I just think it deserved more sampling than it got. It's not that the show was rejected. It's not like they came and they didn't come back. I'm hoping we’re still going to get more sampling."


Is Jimmy Kimmel losing credibility?

Following his twerking prank, Kimmel is having trouble convincing some that the Kanye West rant isn't also a put-on.


"Once Upon a Time" goes to Neverland

The ABC drama's bosses preview the dark trip, and meeting Peter Pan.


Will "SNL's" overwhelming whiteness become a problem this season?
Six new white cast members won't help "Saturday Night Live's" diversity problem. PLUS: Which "SNL" characters will be featured prominently this season?, and the 8 biggest transitional seasons in "SNL" history.


"Homeland" Season 3 seems like it blew itself up, just like the CIA building was blown up
"That is," says James Poniewozik, "it's a version of what it might have been like if–as was apparently the original plan–Brody’s explosive vest did go off in that government shelter at the end of season 1. And it works, mostly, at least for the two hours of the season’s beginning. A series like Homeland can’t keep sprinting from crisis to crisis without devaluing the idea of crisis in general. If its big moments are to matter, then they have to be given time to land." PLUS: Season 3 is back on track, Season 3 is messy and hard to figure out, why "Homeland" should dump Brody, Is "Homeland" the most sexist show?, Dana Brody gets an absurd amount of screentime, and Season 3 feels at times like a newborn foal on wobbly legs.


How to deal with Sunday's TV crunch
"Breaking Bad" is ending at the same time as "Homeland" is premiering and "The Good Wife," "Family Guy" and "Revenge" are returning.


Mindy Kaling gets insulted when she's asked, "Where do you get your confidence?"
"I think people are well meaning, but it's pretty insulting," she tells Parade. "Because what it means to me is, 'You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You're not skinny, you're not white, you're a woman.  Why on earth would you feel like you're worth anything?'" PLUS: Kaling wears a shaving cream bathing suit.


Michael K. Williams on "Boardwalk Empire": "It's a huge season for me personally"
"I've never been this involved in a big storyline in anything that I've done," he says.


Joss Whedon: Wonder Woman doesn't work on TV
"I know she’s famous as a television show," he tells EW, "but I don't think she lends herself to television. I think she only works on an epic scale. I saw a bit of the David E. Kelley (NBC pilot). That was not a good marriage."


Phil Keoghan: "The Amazing Race" is more competitive this year
That's because, he says, the casting made a point of selecting very competitive people. PLUS: How the "Race" is planned out, and "Amazing" champ Jen Hoffman weds.


"Eastbound & Down": Behind the scenes of the final season

On the set, Danny McBride is nothing like Kenny Powers. PLUS: "Eastbound" is as bleak as "Breaking Bad."


"The Mentalist" returns

It's the beginning of the end for the Red John storyline.


What to expect as "The Good Wife" kicks off Season 5
The co-creators say of this season: "Once you start that first domino going, there are certain things that had to happen and we knew what they would be." PLUS: "Good Wife" is TV's most tech-savvy show, and inside the costume design.


"Revenge" tries to get back to its roots in Season 3

With a new showrunner, "we're sort of finding our footing," says Emily VanCamp. "I think we’re trying to ground the show again, , and get it back to its original roots," she adds.


Even James Cromwell can't save "Betrayal"
The ABC drama takes its soapy storylines to seriously.


HBO's "Hello Ladies" gets tiresome fast
Stephen Merchant's oblivious a-hole character has been seen too much before, particularly on his and Ricky Gervais' "The Office." PLUS: "Hello Ladies" is awfully obvious, and there's no depth or bite.


What's great about "Masters of Sex": There are no antiheroes
"There are no secret pasts on this show," says Andy Greenwald, "no torturous moral choices, no blood-splashed detours into noble crime and unavoidable murder. There are no antiheroes. There aren't really any heroes at all, and the only bad guys are ignorant, not evil. Yes, there's dirty talk, but the rest of the show feels refreshingly scrubbed and bright. Masters of Sex isn't a radical TV series for the raciness of its content but rather the character of it. It's a clean break: a cheerful, clinical corrective to what has come to be an overwhelmingly dark decade of prestige TV." PLUS: "Masters" is the best new show of the season, there's no sexploitation, how the 1950s clothing was re-created, it's a triumph of concept and casting, and how "contemporary" Lizzy Caplan ended up on "Masters."

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<p>Rupert Boneham of &quot;Survivor: Blood vs. Water&quot;</p>

Rupert Boneham of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Rupert Boneham talks 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Fan favorite discusses being this season's first castaway out
In the 27 season history of "Survivor," few players have become as synonymous with the game as barrel-chested, gravel-voiced Rupert Boneham, who had the tremendous good fortune to be the perfect man-for-his-time on the pirate-themed "Pearl Islands."
 
That popularity was then parlayed into appearances on "All-Stars" and "Heroes vs. Villains," with Rupert winning a million bucks courtesy of a vote by America, but never finishing higher than fourth.
 
Rupert's fourth "Survivor" appearance was his shortest yet, as he was the first player sent home on the new "Blood vs. Water," an odd achievement given that he was never on a losing tribe, he never went to Tribal Council and he never had a vote cast against him.
 
Instead, Rupert voluntarily took the place of wife Laura when her tribe of newbies voted to send her to Redemption Island before the game even began. After a few days on Redemption Island, Rupert lost the first Arena duel, a task involving the balancing of 10 spools and offering no outlet for Rupert's vaunted strength.
 
In the season's first exit interview, Rupert discusses the not-so-difficult decision to put himself in danger for his wife, the Redemption Island successes we didn't see and his desire to play for a fifth time.
 
Click through for the full conversation...
 
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<p>Drake</p>

Drake

Credit: Al Powers/AP

Drake' 'Nothing Was The Same' changes everything on next week's Billboard 200

Rapper is one of six debuts in the top 10

It will be another week of huge debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart next week as six albums bow in the top 10.

No one comes close to Drake, whose “Nothing Was The Same” will sell up to 695,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double. That gves it the second-highest debut sales week of the year, second only to Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience,” which sold 968,000. This will mark his third consecutive No. 1 album and will surpass his previous weekly high, 631,000 for “Take Care.”

Following Drake in a distant second will be Kings of Leon’s “Mechanical Bull,” which will sell up to 120,000 copies. Cher’s “Closer To The Truth” will bow at No. 3 with 70,000, while Elton John’s “Diving Board” comes in at No. 4 (45,000-50,000).

This week’s No. 1, Jack Johnson’s “From Here To Now To You,” slides to No. 5 (40,000), while former No. 1, Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party” goes to No. 6 (37,000), while staying atop Billboard’s Country Albums Chart.
The other new entries in top 10 belong to Dream Theater, whose self-titled album launches at No. 7 (35,000), and Sting with “The Last Ship” at No. 10 (23,000).

Rounding out the top 10 are Justin Moore’s “Off The Beaten Path”  at No. 8 (27,000) and 2 Chainz’ “B.O.A.T.S. II #Me at No. 9 (23,000).

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<p>&quot;Gang Related&quot;</p>

"Gang Related"

Credit: FOX

Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Gang Related'

A strong cast elevates this fast moving B-movie for TV

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"Gang Related" (FOX)
Airs:Midseason TBD
The Pitch: "It's 'Fast & Furious' meets 'The Departed.'" [I'd have gone with "Infernal Affairs," but it's not that literate.]
Quick Response: I feel like I have a very good sense of what "Gang Related" is and how well it's achieving its aspirations. With Chris Morgan, writer of all of the "Fast/Furious" films from "Tokyo Drift" on as creator, there's a welcome bluntness to "Gang Related." It's straight-up testosterone-laden, smashmouth exploitation TV and there's nothing like it on a major network these days. There are badass cops, badass Latino gangsters and, thanks to pilot director Allen Hughes, just a tremendous, digitally shot depiction of the underbelly of Downtown Los Angeles and East LA. Nobody's going for nuance, but I like the unapologetic B-movie sense of stripped-down fun that it has. An amazingly diverse cast is fronted by Ramon Rodriguez, capably escaping the shadow of his brief run as Bosley on ABC's "Charlie's Angels." You've also got strong supporting performances from the likes of RZA, Jay Hernandez, Sung Kang, Terry O'Quinn and at least one end-of-episode cameo from an actor who I hope will become a regular, because he adds nice continuity with another locally set cop show. Cliff Curtis, The Maori George Clooney, doesn't fit with the show's casting verisimilitude, but as the Godfather of Latino Gangsters, he's chowing down on scenery like the Kogi truck just rolled into his neighborhood. There's a lot of thematically high-minded talk about family and loyalty and the American Dream, but it's really more about abrupt reversals and moles and narcs and LA's unique immigrant stratification. I heard a couple colleagues say negative things about "Gang Related," but I think they were watching it thinking that it's aspiring to be an HBO or AMC-style drama with aspirations of being taken seriously. I didn't get that at all. What I got was a show that probably would be perfectly happy just to be a popcorn-y, somewhat glib version of "The Shield." OK. Make that "a lot glib." But this is a great cast and it really doesn't look like any other cast out there and at least 65 percent of the actors are playing characters with shading, not just stereotypes. And really, I can't speak highly enough about the cinematography, which has a "Collateral"-lite look to it. Even when "Gang Related" gets silly -- a "Gangnam Style" punchline desperately needs to be excised, since it'll already be 18+ months out of date by the time this show premieres -- this is a show I'd look at every week if it can maintain these production values. "Gang Related" may not have quality, but it has attitude and swagger.
Desire To Watch Again: Kinda strong. I reserve the right to decide by the second episode that "Gang Related" has shifted from guilty-pleasure urban crime fantasia to straight-up trash. I can imagine it going in that direction. But for now, it's on the right side of things. If you want "Southland," you'll be disappointed, but if you like the blustery machismo of "Fast & Furious" on the small screen? This could work out well.

 

Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The 100' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Resurrection' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Surviving Jack' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'About a Boy' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Believe' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Us & Them' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Star-Crossed'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Intelligence' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Crisis' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Rake'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Mom' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Lucky 7'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Dads' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Super Fun Night'  
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Welcome to the Family' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Millers' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'The Goldbergs' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Ironside'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'We Are Men' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Almost Human' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Back in the Game' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Sean Saves the World' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Reign' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Crazy Ones' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Enlisted' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Blacklist' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The Tomorrow People' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Hostages' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Trophy Wife' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' 
All of my 2012 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2011 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2010 Take Me To The Pilots Entries

 


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'Unforgettable' renewed for Season 3


"Unforgettable" renewed for Season 3
The once-canceled CBS drama will be back next summer.

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