Considering that over half of the new TV series that debuted last year on the major broadcast networks have already been canceled, the pressure is on to make viewers more aware of what will be debuting this fall. Most of the official fall 2012 schedule has been announced, with video previews of all of the new shows available online.
Though largely ignored in the past, the success of shows like Modern Family, Criminal Minds, and American Idol have made Wednesday one of the biggest TV nights of the week. To combat these titans of TV ratings, the networks are offering up space aliens, superheroes, and a monkey!
Along with descriptions and official previews, I’ll add my own predictions as to whether or not these new shows will stand a chance of making it to 2013.
The movie Color Me Obsessed was recently part of the film screenings at the CBGB Festival with an informative Q&A with filmmaker Gorman Bechard, and is continuing on a tour to Atlanta, July 23 - July 29. It will also appear as part of the Indie West Fest in Ventura, California, July 28th and this Friday, July 27 in New Haven, Connecticut at Café 9. (There will even be a live tribute to the band and other regional musicians after the showing.) See a complete listing of upcoming engagements here and for those interested, there will be a DVD release before the end of the year.
Last year PopMatters declared Color Me Obsessed one of the Top 5 most anticipated music documentaries, and it is certainly worth seeing for anyone who counts the Replacements part of their personal history or any others that wish they could. Bechard made an unusual creative decision not to include the band or its music going into the project. It’d be similar to the Mats, to use their nickname, in that things could have been so much easier for all if everyone adhered to the rules. He found fans on Facebook and Craigslist eager to tell the tale instead, with locales decided by where participants were comfortable doing an interview. So the story revolves around how many concerts people attended (for Bechard, the number was 15) and which is their favorite album (Bechard’s is Tim). It wasn’t until editing the final cut that Bechard decided to add a few photos at the end, a heartbreaking effect after ending with the band’s breakup in 1991.
The effect of not seeing them or hearing their music makes the audience want to run home and listen to the band as well as looking up online resources, especially the train wreck which was their Saturday Night Live performance. (Gawker explores a few of them in a recent article with the backstory.) Bechard can be forgiven for the slight of hand in the editing room with this labor of love, for example allotting screen time to George Wendt comparing the song “Here Comes a Regular” to his hit series Cheers. These indie rock pioneers were a messy group of guys mixing classic rock with punk charged energy and attitude, earning them a place in rock ‘n’ roll history. The music scene simply hasn’t been the same since.
PopMatters is excited to share the new artist Michael Kiwanuka with its readers and hope you check out his song “I’m Getting Ready” below. He’s going to be touring the US soon so you should familiarize yourself with him now as he is playing some pretty prominent venues as well as shows during Outside Lands and Lollapalooza. We’re also excited to offer two of our readers a chance to win his new album Home Again out just this month.
Listening to other people’s accounts of festival experiences is rarely much fun. Why watch a film documenting Glastonbury 1993, then? Well, as 2012 is one of those years in which the grandaddy of UK festivals takes a break—as organiser Michael Eavis would have it, his cows need a rest—this is as good a summer as any to remind ourselves of what Glasto used to be, before it outgrew its hippy origins to become the regulated, BBC-approved event it is today.
Glastonbury the Movie in Flashback is a beguiling trip back into the early ‘90s, soundtracked by the Orb, the Verve and Stereo MCs, among many others. The original film, released in 1996, has now been remastered and recut by director Robin Mahoney. Whether you’ll enjoy it depends on your enthusiasm for the sounds of the period, as well as your level of tolerance for blissed-out ravers. At some point, though, there’s bound to be a performance that sears itself into your memory, and in the end, that’s what festivals—or festival movies—are all about. Wait, is that Porno For Pyros? Meet you by the dodgy kebab van…