Category Archives: television

RIP Adam West (1928-2017)

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Just when I think I’ve somehow gotten used to writing these “In Memory of” articles, Heaven summons away one of the very best. Yes, Saturday morning I was completely stunned to learn that Adam West had passed away the night before following a short battle with leukemia. I think most of us are in agreement that for us, Adam West was “our” Batman. Though his run as the Caped Crusader only lasted for a few years in the 1960s, it has never been forgotten, and it has always held a special place in my heart.

Adam West was literally the first Batman I ever knew (I wasn’t allowed to watch Michael Keaton Batman until I was MUCH older, and I hadn’t seen Batman: TAS yet) and I was enraptured from the start. Seeing the adventures of Batman and Robin as they fought Catwoman, The Joker, Penguin (Burgess Meredith’s interpretation of the character is my favorite), Egghead, King Tut (an underrated villain, I loved him!) and more, was an awesome part of my childhood.

While he remained known as Batman for the rest of his life, Adam West also did voice over work in The Fairly OddParents, The Simpsons and Family Guy, and in my favorite example, played a fictional version of himself in Batman: The Animated Series (he played an actor who used to play “The Grey Ghost”, revealed to be part of Bruce Wayne’s inspiration to become Batman following the death of his parents).

The world is a much darker place now that Adam West is no longer in it. Rest in peace, we miss you so much.

Exciting news for Film Music Central!

There are exciting things coming for Film Music Central! Just yesterday, I was contacted about conducting interviews with several film and television composers, and I’m very excited to announce that the first interview I will be doing is with Scott Doherty, the composer for the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black!!

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Given that each new season of OITNB is released in its entirety, I am very curious to learn about the process of composing for this show. An interview date hasn’t been set yet, but it should be around early June. And this is just the first composer interview, there will definitely be more to come after this.

I know when I interviewed Adam Blau in January that I hoped this was the start of more good things to come, well, it looks like those good things are here 🙂 I cannot wait to share this interview with you next month!

That’s all for me today, have a good Thursday!

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Cancelled Too Soon #12: The Magnificent Seven (1998-2000)

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Did you know that CBS made a television series based on the popular western The Magnificent Seven (1960)?? If you didn’t, don’t feel too upset, up until a few years ago, I didn’t know the show existed either, but oh my goodness it is amazing!!

The show is loosely based on the same premise as the film, where a group of seven gunmen, led by Chris, band together to protect a town. Only in the show, they’re protecting a frontier town out West, and not a Mexican village south of the border. These are also not quite the same cast of characters from the film either. The ‘seven’ of the Magnificent Seven are:

Chris Larabee (Michael Biehn): The leader of the group, and based on the “Chris” character played by Yul Brynner in the original film

Vin Tanner (Eric Close): A bounty hunter and tracker, closely based on the “Vin” character played by Steve McQueen in the original film.

Ezra Standish (Anthony Starke): A southern con-man and gambler, who often struggles with moral dilemmas regarding what he does best. He really has a heart of gold though.

Josiah Sanchez (Ron Perlman): A preacher and former gunfighter who often provides spiritual aid to the group and others. He works on building a church for the town.

Nathan Jackson (Rick Worthy): A former slave who worked as a stretcher-bearer for the Union Army in the Civil War. He learned a lot about medicine and works as the healer for the group, as well as the town they protect. He is an expert with throwing knives

J.D. Dunne (Andrew Kavovit): A ‘city-slicker’ from the East Coast, J.D. has come West to make his fortune as a gunfighter, and has a hard time being taken seriously by the group (at first). Of all the seven, he gets hurts the most (he’s been shot, stabbed and royally beat up).

Buck Wilmington (Dale Midkiff): The ladies’ man of the group, Buck is the best friend of Chris, and has known him the longest. He’s always romancing at least two women at a time in town, though it rarely ends well for him.

With such a diverse cast of characters and great storytelling, it astounds me that this show ONLY ran for two seasons (and short seasons at that!!) Actually, it is my understanding that the reason The Magnificent Seven was renewed for season 2 was due to a fan campaign to keep the show going. I can only speculate that CBS ultimately killed the show because it wasn’t doing well enough in ratings to justify going forward into a third season, which is a shame because it’s one of the best TV shows derived from a film that I’ve ever seen. The late Robert Vaughn (who starred as one of the original Magnificent Seven in the 1960 film) was a frequent guest star as travelling judge Orrin Travis, and it was always fun to see him show up.

Fortunately, the entire series has been released on DVD, so it’s not too hard to pick up a copy and enjoy every single episode. Still, I can’t help but wish there were more seasons available, this is definitely a show that was cancelled too soon.

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Cancelled Too Soon #11: Kindred: The Embraced (1996)

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Before Vampire Diaries, even before Buffy The Vampire Slayer, there was Kindred: The Embraced.

Unlike most television shows, which might be based on books or movies, Kindred: The Embraced is loosely based on a role-playing game called Vampire: The Masquerade. The story is set in San Francisco, where a detective named Frank Kohanek discovers that the city is home to a large number of vampires, including a supposed “mobster” that he has been pursuing for quite some time. In reality, this “mobster”, Julian Luna, is actually the “Prince” of the city, ruling five groups of vampires that are collectively known as The Kindred.

Julian and Frank form a reluctant alliance due to the fact that Julian used to be with Frank’s girlfriend, who was also a vampire (and who got Julian to promise to protect him shortly before her death). Thus, the pair find themselves working together to try and prevent a war breaking out between the different groups of the Kindred.

While the premise certainly held a great deal of promise, a massive flaw was that the show dealt with five separate groups of vampires, on top of any subplots with Julian and Frank, which led to a lot of characters to keep track of and a confusing plot. Also, the character of Frank was not very well received, while Julian was praised as a complex character, not quite good and not quite evil. Ultimately, the flaws outweighed any good points, and Kindred: The Embraced was cancelled after eight episodes. Ironically (in my eyes), Buffy The Vampire Slayer debuted the next year and went on to run for seven seasons. Perhaps if Kindred: The Embraced had been slightly different, it might have been the big vampire hit, and not Buffy, but I guess we will never know.

Have you seen any of Kindred: The Embraced? Do you think it had potential, or was it doomed to failure from the start? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear about it. If you haven’t seen the show and would like to check it out, the eight episodes are available on DVD.

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Cancelled Too Soon #10: Alphas (2011-2012)

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is nothing more frustrating then having a show end on a cliffhanger that is never resolved due to the show being cancelled. And Alphas is a prime example of this frustrating phenomenon.

Airing on the SyFy channel from 2011-2012, Alphas followed five individuals known as ‘Alphas’ who possess extraordinary abilities, such as hyperkinesis, the ability to see electromagnetic radiation, heightening one’s senses, and so on. These Alphas use their abilities to solve criminal cases involving other Alphas, and the story develops from this basis.

It’s a great concept, even if it is slightly overdone (remember Heroes?), but it seemed to be a hit and was promptly renewed for season 2. Fast forward to the end of the second season: the Alphas are racing to stop a villainous Alpha from setting off a series of devices that will lead to “the end of the world.” The end of the episode sees everyone in New York City laying on the ground, whether dead or merely unconscious, we don’t know. Oh and did I mention most of our heroes are unaccounted for too? Yes, that is where the episode ends, and that is where the SERIES ends too. SyFy cancelled any plans for season 3, meaning we will never, EVER know if everyone in New York City is dead or not, we will never know what happened to most of our heroes and thinking about it is enough to drive me insane!!

Seriously, there should be a law that doesn’t allow a season to end on a cliffhanger unless it is known that the show will be renewed (I know that’s not really feasible, but hey, I can dream).

Did you sit through Alphas and , like me, get unbearably frustrated by the unresolved conclusion?? Let me know about it in the comments below, I’d love to hear about it.

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Cancelled Too Soon #9: Lone Star (2010)

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It’s been seven years and I’m still surprised at what happened to Lone Star. Back in 2010, Fox spent a ton of money advertising this new series, and it looked like it had all the makings of a good drama. The premise was good: Robert Allen is a Texas con-man who leads a double life: as “Bob” he is married to Cat and living in Houston while working for his father-in-law who happens to be an oil tycoon. But as “Robert” he also lives four hundred miles away with his girlfriend Lindsey. Between scheming to take control of the oil business, Robert must work to keep his web of lies intact, as well as confronting how he feels about Cat and Lindsey.

It sounds like a great show right? Plenty of drama, good casting, and all the potential in the world to go on for a while. And the critics loved the pilot episode, with many giving it an “A” grade, and calling it “like nothing else on TV.” And yet…the pilot only drew 4 million viewers (not good). When the second episode drew only 3.2 million viewers…Fox pulled the plug, just like that. That surprised me because I feel like two episodes is barely any time at all to give audiences a chance to investigate a TV series, it’s not even a full month! Not to mention there was all the money the network spent in advertising this show, with six episodes produced, one would think they’d have given Lone Star more of a chance. Unfortunately, what’s done is done and Lone Star is yet another addition to the graveyard of shows that were Cancelled Too Soon.

Did anyone see Lone Star in the extremely short time it was on the air? Do you think Fox was too hasty in giving Lone Star the axe? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

I’m really excited because the trailer for Star WarsThe Last Jedi is supposed to premiere TODAY around 12:30. As soon as I am able I will post a review of this trailer because I have been waiting MONTHS for a first look at this film and I’m practically dying to know what they’re going to show us. So stay tuned for that 🙂

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Cancelled Too Soon #8: Dr. Vegas (2004)

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I could be wrong, but I believe Dr. Vegas is the first time I took exception to a TV show being cancelled after a few episodes because I really liked it. The extremely short-lived series followed Dr. Billy Grant (Rob Lowe) as he went about his days treating patients in the crazy world of Las Vegas (one heart-pounding episode involved him rescuing a little girl who’d fallen into a pool). I think there was also a side-plot about the doctor dealing with his personal demons as well, or an on-again/off-again girlfriend (or possibly both).

I really liked this series, at least I liked where it was going. But unfortunately, only five episodes were ever aired. One week it was there, the next it was gone. I can only assume the show wasn’t making enough ratings to justify continuing its existence.

It really frustrates me when a show is cancelled after only a few episodes. There was barely any time for character development or to give us a real chance to see where the series was going. But these days studios demand instant success from its television shows (classics like MASH and Star Trek would’ve never made it past episode 1 if they premiered today), and I guess Dr. Vegas just didn’t cut it. What a shame.

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