The 72nd Peabody Awards For Television Announced

By popGeezer | April 16, 2015

The University of Georgia’s Peabody Awards for Television were announced this morning. The august and VERY diverse group includes the following programs:

The Americans (FX)
Fox Television Studios and FX Productions
In this ingenious, addictive cliffhanger, Reagan-era Soviet spies – married with children and a seemingly endless supply of wigs — operate out of a lovely 3BR home in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Between their nail-biter missions (and sometimes in the midst of them), the series contemplates duty, honor, parental responsibility, fidelity, both nationalistic and marital, and what it means to be an American.

Black Mirror (Channel 4)
Zeppotron/Channel 4
This cinematically arresting, brilliantly written series from England is an anthology of dark-side tales – dark as a black hole. If its narrative shocks don’t wreck your sleep pattern, its moral conundrums will.

Fargo (FX)
MGM and FX Productions
“Fargo,” the series, boasts the same snow-swept backdrop and dark, deadpan ambience as the Oscar-winning movie but tells a different, more complicated story. Its villain, Billy Bob Thornton’s mischievous, murderous, charismatic Lorne Malvo, is a character worthy of Norse mythology.

The Honorable Woman (Sundance TV)
BBC Worldwide, Drama Republic, Eight Rooks Productions, Sundance Channel
A visually rich, densely-plotted thriller set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestine conflict, it suggests complexities and age-old vendettas that often escape even the best documentaries, to say nothing of the evening news.

Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Jax Media LLC
Schumer’s wholesome, disarming “Brady Bunch” looks belie and enhance a comic intelligence that’s smart, distinctively female and amiably profane, whether she’s applying it to sketch comedy, stand-up, or person-on-the-street interviews.

Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Eye Productions Inc., CBS Television Studios Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Electus; RCTV; Poppy Productions.
Immaculately conceived, it’s a smart, self-aware telenovela that knows when and how to wink at itself. Its Latina lead, Gina Rodriguez, is incandescent.

The Knick (Cinemax)
Cinemax Entertainment in association with Ambeg Productions, Anonymous Contend and Extension 765
Graphic, gripping, unapologetically grisly when it has to be, this lavish historical drama masterfully dissects surgical experimentation, doctors’ egos, race relations and socials mores in the New York City of 100 years ago. It gives new meaning to the term “operating theater.”

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
HBO Entertainment in association with Sixteen String Jack Productions and Avalon Television
A most worthy addition to the news-as-comedy genre, “Last Week Tonight” doesn’t just satirize the previous week’s news, it engages in fresh, feisty investigative reports that “real” news programs would do well to emulate.

Rectify (Sundance TV)
Gran Via Productions, Zip Works
A powerful, subtle dramatic series about a death-row inmate freed after nearly two decades thanks to new DNA evidence, it ponders whether what’s been lost can ever be repaid, not just to him but to everyone he and his alleged crimes touched.

[via UGA and Variety]

It’s the End of Season Round-Up, Or, Read As Cadillac Tries to Cram Sixty-Five Pages of Information into One Simple Column!

By popGeezer | April 8, 2015

It’s no secret these days that my schedule has gotten jammed up to the point that I can’t really just sit down and write the semi-regular entertainment column, right? I usually just collect stories as they come across my desk and write about them when the whole thing comes crashing down on top of me. Well, since I’m currently buried under more paper than a Senate hearing, I guess the time has come to deconstruct the 2015 TV season and congratulate the survivors, commiserate with the losers and wring our hands with the folks who still don’t know. To do all these in the smallest space possible, let’s play an exciting game of Renewed, Cancelled or On-the-Bubble!

The following shows have either passed, failed or are still waiting to find out, arranged by survival chances and network.

CBS RENEWED:

2 Broke Girls

Big Bang Theory (for 3 more seasons)

Extant (why, God, why?)

Madame Secretary

Mike and Molly

Moms

NCIS: New Orleans

Scorpion

CBS CANCELLED:

The McCarthy’s

The Mentalist

The Millers

Two And A Half Men

NBC RENEWED:

The Blacklist

Grimm

Law and Order: SVU

NBC CANCELLED:

Parenthood

Parks and Recreation

ABC RENEWED:

Chicago Fire

Chicago PD

How To Get Away With Murder

FOX RENEWED:

Red Band Society

Gracepoint

CW CANCELLED:

Hart of Dixie

FOX RENEWED:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Empire

Gotham

Sleepy Hollow

CW RENEWED:

Arrow

The Flash

Jane the Virgin

Reign

The Originals

The Vampire Diaries

The 100

ABC FAMILY RENEWED:

Chasing Life

The Fosters

Pretty Little Liars

ASSORTED CABLE/DIGITAL CHANNELS:

Bloodline-Netflix

Game of Thrones-HBO (2 more seasons)

Girls-HBO

House of Cards-Netflix

Togetherness-HBO

Outlander-Starz

Teen Wolf-MTV

12 Monkeys-SYFY

ON THE BUBBLE:
CBS:
Blue Bloods
Criminal Minds
Elementary
The Good Wife
Hawaii 5-0
Sleepy Hollow
NCIS
NCIS:LA
Person of Interest
Stalker
NBC:
Constantine
Marry Me
State of Affairs
ABC:
Castle
Gray’s Anatomy
Marvel’s Agent Carter
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Modern Family
Nashville
Once Upon a Time
Revenge
Scandal

Now, is this everything? Nope. Primarily, this is a list of the four and a half major nets and a smattering of cable shows. I’ll see if I can dig up more between now and press time, but some of this stuff is hard to find. However, we just covered a truckload of info in one short page, so let’s sally forth, shall we?

ART IMITATES LIFE (WHICH THEN IMITATES THAT DRUNK GUY WHO ALWAYS WINDS UP NAKED AT EVERY PARTY). Talk about timeliness. On the same day the FBI confirmed it believes North Korea was behind the massive Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber-attack, Variety reports that USA has announced the first series pickup from its 2015-2016 pilot slate with a 10-episode order for a drama about computer hackers, Mr. Robot.

Starring Christian Slater as the title character and Rami Malek (24), the series follows a mysterious anarchist who recruits a young computer programmer (Malek) who suffers from an anti-social disorder and connects to people by hacking them. Portia Doubleday (Her), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory) and Martin Wallstrom (Simple Simon) round out the cast.

YEAH, BUT DOES HE GET DENTAL WITH THAT? Marvel and Netflix have cast Mike Colter (The Good Wife) as comic book hero Luke Cage, also known as “The Hero For Hire.” Colter will make his debut in Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones in 2015, before going on to headline his own Netflix series later in the year (or early 2016).

Here’s what Netflix has to say about Colter’s debut as the character: During the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), a former superhero, encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage — a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined.

Mike embodies the strength, edge and depth of Luke Cage,” said AKA Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “We’re excited to have him bring this iconic Marvel character to life.”

No word on whether or not the character will sport the yellow leather jacket and boots or the snazzy silver headband from the comics, but I doubt it. Luke Cage and AKA Jessica Jones are both part of a quartet of Marvel heroes, which also includes Daredevil and Iron Fist, which will debut in separate series first, before culminating in the big Defenders mini-series down the road. Daredevil’s first season drops in its entirety on April 10.

A Curtain Call, But Not A Farewell! Your popGeezer Radio Evolves Again!!

By popGeezer | March 4, 2015

The weekly feature popGeezer Radio show, normally pre-produced, has about 25-30 hours of pre-production and production in it to become a finished three-hour show. Since 2010, that’s been the norm, with only a few months where we switched back to a live-show format. Those live shows had to be post-produced to fit the formats of the stations where it aired as a recorded encore. Even though we’ve been thrilled to have that show air on as many as 11 internet radio streams at once, it is just time to make a change. After 5 1/2 years of radio madness, this old Geezer is pooped.

This weekend, our encore/remix of show #220 will be the last “syndicated” version of the popGeezer Radio Show. This means the show will end an almost five-year run on JDX1029.com and the streams of the LateNightRocker.com network, and on TCR110.com, NRNRadio.net and AbramRadio.net’s WMCR.

Simultaneously, the two popGeezer Radio streams – Prime & GOLD! – will go on a silent hiatus on Monday 3/9/2015.

Though the weekly network show is going away, the popGeezer Radio experience is far from silent.

  • The popGeezer Radio Morning Show goes on at NRNRadio.net, from 6 AM to Noon (ET) every weekday.
  • Weekends still will have a new version of the popGeezer Radio Show on AbramRadio.net’s WMCR – four times every weekend – Friday and Saturday night at 6 PM ET, Saturday morning from 6 AM-Noon ET, and Sunday morning from 6 to 9 AM ET.
  • So, you still have NINE chances to hear the popGeezer Radio Show every week, now in a very “LIVE” presentation!!

    By the start of next week, the popGeezer Radio homepage – on this blog – will get an overhaul reflecting the changes.

    Thanks to JDX1029, the LNR, TCR1100, D. Grant Smith and Elm Ore Productions for their support and partnership. You’ll be able to find out more details about the future for The Appetizer and the Wilhelm Lollygag Experiment on their homepages!! You guys and ladies all ROCK!!

    Time for an all-new “Howdy Ho!”, geezoids and crime-stoppers!!

    “Live, From New York……” It’s Most of Your Lifetime

    By popGeezer | February 14, 2015

    It’s not that I’ve grown up with SNL, it’s that we’ve grown OLD together.

    In the fall of 1975, I waited with bated breath for this revolution in TV comedy…. and ended up waiting a really LONG time to watch it.

    Our local NBC affiliate, which never cleared Star Trek during its NBC network run, chose to not run SNL until May 13th, 1978. Prior to that, we did get to see the Mardi Gras special (2/20/1977), but we didn’t get the show weekly until the end of season 3.

    But starting with that night in the spring of 1978, I rarely missed a week.

    An article I read today took tomorrow’s special to task for missing the point of SNL. It said that the constant renewal of the program – its continuing evolution to match its comedy to the current state of the popular culture – makes SNL something close to nostalgia-proof.

    I get the concept, and I agree that SNL has evolved over 4 decades on TV. But even Lorne Michaels agrees that this show “stands on the shoulders of” the original cast, writers and producers of the first five years. And, yes, I also agree with Mr. Michaels’ opinion that the cast you watched in high school will forever be “your cast”. But the constant renewal of the show makes it pretty close to impossible to HONESTLYdeclare one group the best cast. Once Michaels’ 1986 cast took to the stage, it’s been a three and a half decade cavalcade of fresh comedy talent.

    And that – for me – is where the excitement in tomorrow night hopefully lies. Every surviving original cast member will, hopefully, be called upon to mix/match/marry their talent with some of the 35 years of those who followed.

    We don’t currently know so for a fact, but I am very, very hopeful that with a three and a half hour running time, tomorrow night’s special is not simply a star-studded clip show. I feel confident we will see new material, sketches, musical performances and – Lorne willing – the most mind-blowing “Update” ever. How could you let the news stories of this past week pass without comment? (Sorry, BriWi, they’re gonna carve you up like a Christmas ham.)

    Less than 24 hours from now, Live from New York, it’s “Sunday Night”. Wow.

    And Overnight…. Everything Changed! The Marvel Super-Hero Team-Up You Wished For Is Really Coming!!

    By popGeezer | February 10, 2015

    So, late on Monday, February 9th, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios dropped something of a bombshell, which was the most stunning aftershock of the Sony data hack scandal of late 2014.

    Starting with a cross-over appearance by the webslinger in an unnamed Marvel film, the Amazing Spider-Man was coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe… mostly. After appearing in this Marvel film or films (say, an end tag on Avengers: Ultron or Ant-Man and then in Cap: Civil War ?), Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal (late of Sony herself) would serve as producers of the next Spider-Man film, for Sony, in 2017. Of key note in the press release is that Sony still holds all the purse-strings, the legal claim to owning Spidey’s world on film and full and final control over the creative elements of future Spidey movies.

    This allows the use of Spidey in Marvel movies, and let’s Sony start as fresh as possible in 2017, while now having the MCU stamp of approval on all their Sony (Marvel) movies. The addition of a 2017 Spider-Man movie also created even more history – as Marvel adjusted its own release schedule to accommodate that film.

    So, as of last night/today’s historic cinematic detente, here’s an updated list of all the major comic book movies coming soon – or way down the line – to a digital screening auditorium near you!!

    Name STUDIO Release Date
    Kingsman: The Secret Service FOX 2/13/2015
    Avengers: Age of Ultron Marvel/Disney 5/1/2015
    Ant-Man Marvel/Disney 7/17/2015
    Fantastic Four FOX 8/7/2015
    Deadpool FOX 2/12/2016
    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Warner Brothers 3/25/2016
    Captain America: Civil War Marvel/Disney 5/6/2016
    X-Men: Apocalypse FOX 5/27/2016
    Suicide Squad Warner Brothers 8/5/2016
    Gambit FOX 10/7/2016
    Doctor Strange Marvel/Disney 11/4/2016
    Sinister Six Sony 11/11/2016
    Wolverine 3 FOX 3/3/2017
    Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Marvel/Disney 5/5/2017
    Wonder Woman Warner Brothers 6/23/2017
    Untitled Spider-Man Sony/Marvel 7/28/2017
    Thor: Ragnarok Marvel/Disney 11/3/2017
    Justice League Part One Warner Brothers 12/31/2017
    Avengers: Infinity War 1 Marvel/Disney 5/4/2018
    Black Panther Marvel/Disney 7/6/2018
    Captain Marvel Marvel/Disney 11/2/2018
    Aquaman Warner Brothers 2018
    The Flash Warner Brothers 2018
    Avengers: Infinity War 2 Marvel/Disney 5/3/2019
    Inhumans Marvel/Disney 7/12/2019
    Justice League Part Two Warner Brothers 2019
    Shazam! Warner Brothers 2019
    Cyborg Warner Brothers 2020
    Green Lantern Warner Brothers 2020

    Friends, neighbors, Geezoids and Crime-Stoppers….. has there ever been a better time to be alive?!?!?

    The 57th Annual Grammys Are Almost Here!

    By popGeezer | February 5, 2015
    The 2015 Grammy Awards are this Sunday night (2/8), and since we’ve not done an awards show preview of any consequence in AGES…. How’s about we take a swing at this year’s top musical categories!!

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    I. RECORD OF THE YEAR

    1. Fancy / Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX
    2. Chandelier / Sia
    3. Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) / Sam Smith
    4. Shake It Off / Taylor Swift
    5. All About That Bass / Meghan Trainor
    Four of these five singles are also up for song, which will have an impact. This could be one of the rarer years where the same track doesn’t take both awards. Now Bass is a novelty track, at best, so no go. That leaves four real contenders, and the deepest field in years! Timing is everything, so Chandelier, from way back in the first quarter of 2014, won’t survive the next cut. I just don’t see Iggy pulling off a minor upset here, as hip-hop doesn’t play that well in this category, and the growing noise over Azalea’s “credibility” could impact voting. This leaves Taylor versus the newest of her BFF’s, Sam Smith. Let’s assume, for just a moment, that the Tom Petty sound-a-like ugliness about Stay With Me isn’t much of a negative factor. And, this is the only piece of Taylor’s monolithic 1989 tom come out in time for award consideration. That LP’s winning a 2016 award for Album of the Year is a fait accompli, so her consolation prize in 2015 is Record of the Year.

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    II.  SONG OF THE YEAR

    1. All About That Bass / Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor)
    2. Chandelier / Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia)
    3. Shake It Off / Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
    4. Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) / James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith*****, songwriters (Sam Smith)
    5. Take Me To Church / Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier)

    Once more, the novelty of Trainor’s debut hurts her here. Taylor made a great single, but this isn’t a giant leap forward in terms of her own songwriting. This leaves three superbly timeless songs in the running. Here, I think the Tom Petty settlement***** kills Smith’s chances, even though the agreement in credit and royalties war quickly and amicably settled. So, can Hozier’s late entry, the hypnotic and powerful Church hold off the front-runner since Spring of 2014? Here, the length of Chandelier’s legs, the impact of the astonishing video and some voters’ desire to see how Sia will handle a walk to the podium (think veil like on SNL) lock her in for this one.

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    III. BEST NEW ARTIST

    1. Iggy Azalea
    2. Bastille
    3. Brandy Clark
    4. Haim
    5. Sam Smith

    Sam Smith in a landslide. Don’t be ridiculous.

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    IV. ALBUM OF THE YEAR

    1. Morning Phase / Beck
    2. Beyoncé / Beyoncé
    3. “X” / Ed Sheeran
    4. In The Lonely Hour / Sam Smith
    5. Girl / Pharrell Williams

    With the 2014 December surprise release of Beyoncé, Queen Bey not only injected excitement into a slumbering music industry, but the iTunes only initial release set the stage for more craziness – i.e. U2’s semi-disastrous forced-delivery drop of Songs of Innocence into your iDevice. The real question isn’t if Beyoncé wins, it’s how did Pharrell’s Girl get on this list? Yes, Happy was a ubiquitous little tune, released so early in 2013 it qualified for last year’s Grammys. But the entirety of Girl just doesn’t hold up to the standard Happy set. Sheeran’s LP is really good, and Smith’s record probably has the deepest set of singles of the remaining nominees. Beck’s is so far out there, his nomination is dizzying. But it is a superior album to Pharrell’s.

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    That’s my take on the big 4 categories. We’ll be watching CBS on Sunday 2/8 at 7 PM CT for the performances… at least until Better Call Saul airs the next hour. Happy hunting!!!
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    A Few Words About Today…

    By popGeezer | January 19, 2015

    I can’t control how you feel about this picture. I will tell you how it makes me feel, on this particular MLK Day….

    Proud. One man was the focal point for a movement which brought genuine change to the laws of this country.

    Inspired. One man’s amazing words reach forward to our time, inspiring multiple new generations who never saw him live or on TV while he was alive.

    Hopeful. One man’s dream was taken up by countless others, including Presidents and preachers, students and teachers, and that dream compelled change.

    Sad. One man’s premonition, of a Moses-like inability to enter the promised land, came true.

    Convicted. One man’s mission must continue to be carried out, must continue to be told to others and must change hearts… Still.

    Born in the deepest South, people are often confused by my progressive political views. Especially when you consider that my active memory doesn’t cover when President Kennedy or Doctor King lived. My earliest societal memory is of the morning after Senator Kennedy was killed, and being told about it at some kind of gathering at my neighborhood elementary school. I can only tell you there was never I time when I didn’t idolize Doctor King. I can’t tell you why, or what triggered it. as I’ve written here before, I honestly believe it was the politics of comic-book writers like Steve Englehart, Steve Gerber, Denny O’Neil and Roy Thomas that had the most influence on my early political views.

    But I do know this. Racism isn’t dead. Facebook proves this on a horrifyingly daily basis, and it breaks my heart.

    This particular MLK day falls on 1/19, General Robert E. Lee’s birthday. I’d say, “Use your imagination”, but you don’t have to. We live in a complex nation where General Lee’s image is carved into a mountain in Georgia. And Doctor King’s stands in our nation’s capitol.

    I can’t control how you feel about this picture, this holiday or where the country is right now. I can only tell you that I think the holiday is right, the picture is beautiful, and one man – with all the human virtues and foibles that implies – changed things.

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