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by Jessy Krupa

5 Oct 2010


Before the premiere episode debuted, the network pushed a massive publicity campaign, which included heavy advertising and special preview opportunities. This summer, select subscribers of Entertainment Weekly magazine in which DVDs of the pilot were sent along with branded merchandise in order to get positive word-of-mouth going for the series.

Despite all that, Lone Star’s first two episodes only averaged at about four million viewers, thus leading FOX to replace the show with new episodes of Lie To Me. (Human Target will then be moved to Wednesday nights.)

A network spokesman confirmed that no more episodes will be filmed, but there are four more unseen episodes left. It’s likely that these episodes will be shown during either the mid-season (around December or January) or next summer, if at all.

Lone Star was the first cancellation of the Fall 2010 season. In what also seems like bad news for FOX, their ratings powerhouse House has seen a significant drop in viewers and another one of their new series, Running Wilde, is another candidate for cancellation.

by Melissa Crawley

1 Oct 2010


In the opening sequence of the first episode of Nikita, Maggie Q is wearing a slinky bathing suit while fighting bad guys. Really? She’s so thin that I’m pretty sure they could just blow on her and run away. In the second episode, she’s wearing more clothes but they mostly consist of skintight leggings. This only seems to emphasize that her legs are about the same size as her arms.

Despite my feelings that Maggie should gain a few pounds, this is not a piece where I want to argue about Hollywood standards of beauty. For all I know, she has a hearty appetite and an enviable metabolism. I also don’t want to debate body image as presented in the media and its effect on women. If a woman is watching Nikita and searching for a role model, she should take note that an actor of Asian descent is the lead on an American TV series. What I do want to briefly examine is the issue of physicality and its relationship to the credibility of a character and their story.

by Melissa Crawley

28 Sep 2010


***Spoiler Alert: Season Finalé discussed***

The subtitle of the Starz series Spartacus is: Blood and Sand. Forget the sand part. It’s all about the blood.

Retelling the legend of the rebellious gladiator, the 13-part series, released on DVD on 21 September, depicts so much blood that it should get an acting credit and a SAG card. Fountains of blood erupt when heads are severed from bodies. Streams of blood spurt wildly out of sliced throats, slashed torsos, and eviscerated abdomens. In my favorite shot, a fallen gladiator’s blood splashes across the entire screen, bringing a clever postmodern nod to the presence of the camera. There’s also lots of sex (gay and straight), topless women, full-frontal nudity (male and female) and did I mention blood?

With all the slicing and cutting and loss of bodily fluids, Spartacus would seem to be a prime candidate for criticism about its excessive violence. Yet the reviews I’ve read, while mentioning the gore, focus more on assessing the show’s characters and story arc. Does this mean that we’ve finally moved past the media effects argument?

by Melissa Crawley

21 Sep 2010


If you haven’t watched an episode of Jersey Shore yet, now in its second season on MTV, you are missing something five million other viewers have decided is worth an hour of their week. What that something is, I’m not so sure anymore. I was a regular viewer of Jersey Shore’s first season and watched Snooki, the Situation and DJ Pauly fist pump their way through the clubs of Seaside Heights. I liked the train wreck that is Ronnie and Sammi’s relationship. I marveled at J-Woww’s rotation of stripper outfits. Now? Not so much.

Season two takes the friends to Miami to basically do what they did at the Jersey shore on a shore further south. Watching the first episode of season two, I wondered if Miami would change the gang. Would they become jaded? Start ordering bottles of Cristal at the clubs? Stop making drunk phone calls at 4am?

by Elizabeth Wiggins

7 Sep 2010


Taylor Jacobson and Brad Goreski of The Rachel Zoe Project

Whether or not it’s the network’s stated agenda, most faithful viewers are aware that Bravo produces reality programming obsessed with aspirational lifestyles. Regardless of geographic region, all of The Real Housewives live lives beyond most viewers’ means and imaginations, the cheftestants of Top Chef make food that aims to be featured in the finest restaurants, and even Work of Art engages in a conversation – one about art – that most people don’t have the time in their days to even try. 

But it’s the shows centered on the lives and work of people who are far cooler than viewers – tastemakers in what are primarily service industries – that really capture Bravo’s upwardly mobile flavor.  And, interestingly, it’s the shows about watching successful, stressed people work like The Rachel Zoe Project and Flipping Out, which are essentially personality vehicles about driven personalities at work, that are some of the most puzzlingly captivating programs in Bravo’s lineup.

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