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Lethal Weapon (FOX) pilot preview: So harmless and useless

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Created and executive produced by Matt Miller (Forever, The 100, Chuck). Directed by McG (The Mysteries of Laura, Chuck, The OC, Supernatural). Also executive produced by Produced by Dan Lin (Forever, Sherlock Holmes) & Jennifer Gwartz (Forever, Party Down, Veronica Mars). For FOX, Warner Bros. Television & Good Sessions Productions.

Description: When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs moves to Los Angeles to start anew after the loss of his wife and baby, he gets partnered with LAPD Detective Roger Murtaugh, who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life. But avoiding stress and working with this guy are not compatible…

With Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids, In Living Color), Clayne Crawford (Rectify, Rogue, The Glades), Jordana Brewster (Dallas 2012, American Crime Story, Fast & Furious), Kevin Rahm (Amy, Mad Men, Desperate Housewives), Keesha Sharp (American Crime Story, Are we there yet?), Chandler Kinney, Johnathan Fernandez

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I was not a fan of buddy police comedies like Rush Hour and Lethal Weapon in the 90s. Suffice to say I’m even less of a fan two decades later. Rush Hour already proved the audience couldn’t care less about those properties anymore. It was a huge flop on CBS. You can’t blame the studios to try to cash on it a little bit more, but you can blame the networks which decide to give them a chance, even when everything points it’s doomed to fail. Even when they have way better options waiting for their approval. It’s just bad pussy moves from their part. The ratings decline they’re all experiencing can’t be reduced to those decisions but they’re probably part of the problem. Anyway, Lethal Weapon as a TV series is not a very seductive proposition and I’m certain if it gets ordered it won’t last long, even though quite frankly it’s not that bad.

We can certainly thank Matt Miller for that okay script. Forever creator is very talented and they certainly picked him to rejuvenate the Lethal Weapon franchise for at least two good reasons: his writing is very efficient and the man is funny as hell! Remember he also has a comedy pilot in contention at NBC, The Trail, which happens to be the best of the pack (Learn more). Warner Bros. must be very happy with their deal with him. So yeah, if Lethal Weapon had to be summed up in one word it would be : funny. The jokes never end. Broad jokes. Some dark ones too, since this Martin Riggs is suicidal. But probabl not enough to match the movie franchise’s tone. It was darker. And that what made it different and, I guess, successful. Plus the fact that they had Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the leading parts. Sorry but Damon Wayans is not as cool. I don’t really know Clayne Crawford but from what I’ve read from people who watched Rectify in its entirety, he’s good, they liked him very much. But he doesn’t have star power. It’s gonna be a hard sell: a has been and an unknown. Let’s just hope they have chemistry, which is the most important thing there so it works. It’s only based on their tense relationship.

You can do whatever you want to modernize the characters –and the job is halfway done here– that won’t make your concept more relevant, especially when everything has been done in the police procedural genre, including this. It’s just outdated. And what bothers even more is that the other characters, most precisely the women, are non-existent so far. They’re just there, because the show needs them to make the story and the investigation move forward, but that’s it. And they just cast beautiful women to play there. Because they don’t need to be good, they’re asked so little! I mean, whenever Jordana Brewster is cast somewhere, I’m like “Whaat?”. I think I don’t have anything left to sa, sadly. It just doesn’t inspire many thoughts.

Lethal Weapon is not the big fail I kinda expected. It’s an honest and harmless comedic police procedural, that is able to entertain but not much more. It needs rework, obviously. But obviously, they can do without it. And they should.

CBS’s Fall Schedule revealed / Trailers

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MADAM SECRETARY – SUNDAY

THE GOOD WIFE – SUNDAY – 9pm

CSI: CYBER – 10pm

 

THE BIG BANG THEORY / LIFE IN PIECES – MONDAY – 8pm (September)

SUPERGIRL – MONDAY – 8pm (Novvember)

SCORPION – MONDAY – 9pm

NCIS: LOS ANGELES – MONDAY – 10pm


NCIS – TUESDAY – 8pm

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – TUESDAY – 9pm

LIMITLESS – TUESDAY – 10pm

 

SURVIVOR – WEDNESDAY – 8pm

CRIMINAL MINDS – WESNESDAY – 9pm

CODE BLACK – WEDSNESDAY – 10pm

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (September)

THE BIG BANG THEORY / LIFE IN PIECES  – THURSDAY – 8pm (November)

MOM / ANGEL FROM HELL – THURSDAY – 9pm

ELEMENTARY – THURSDAY – 10pm

THE AMAZING RACE – FRIDAY – 8pm

HAWAII 5-0 – FRIDAY – 9pm

BLUE BLOODS – FRIDAY

 

MID-SEASON

CSI (2-HOUR SERIES FINALE)

PERSON OF INTEREST

THE ODD COUPLE

MIKE & MOLLY

2 BROKE GIRLS

RUSH HOUR

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS

CBS | 2015/2016 – Fantasy Schedule

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 Those are predictions based on feelings and NBC final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Wesnesday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

Dramas renewed: CSI – NCIS – CRIMINAL MINDS – THE GOOD WIFE – BLUE BLOODS – NCIS: LOS ANGELES – HAWAII 5-0 – PERSON OF INTEREST – ELEMENTARY – SCORPION – MADAM SECRETARY – CSI: CYBER

New dramas ordered: SUPERGIRL – CODE BLACK – LIMITLESS – CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS – RUSH HOUR

Comedies renewed: THE BIG BANG THEORY – MIKE & MOLLY – 2 BROKE GIRLS – MOM – THE ODD COUPLE

New comedies ordered: LIFE IN PIECES / AMY FROM HELL

MONDAYS

September / 8pm- THE BIG BANG THEORY / AMY FROM HELL

November / 8pm- 2 BROKE GIRLS / AMY FROM HELL

9pm- SCORPION

10pm- NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Scorpion did well the past season at 9 and it was not an easy bet since CBS put sitcoms there for decades. They shouldn’t mess with that, keep the momentum, especially since they’ll have a new comedy to launch just before, first helped by relocated The Big Bang Theory during football, then paired with -more compatible- 2 Broke Girls, which lost steam. NCIS: Los Angeles stay put at 10. It would be a mistake to move it again. Too soon. Plus, Castle is no longer a threat but Blindspot on NBC could be. Too risky to launch something new against it.

TUESDAYS

8pm- NCIS

9pm- NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

10pm- RUSH HOUR

I’m not sure CBS care that much about Rush Hour. Yes, they ordered it but it’s a Warner Bros. production. I don’t think they’re betting a lot on it. They’ll give it a try there. It will bomb and then they will be able to bring back CSI: Cyber and it will be a special night dedicated to old people. CSI: Cyber wanted to skew young, but it’s a big miss! It doesn’t work and it skews old. For a first season, it’s really concerning. CBS decided to renew it nonetheless and reboot it a little bit. It won’t change anything. This one’s gonna be dead long before the syndication gods can help it. I don’t see where to put it else than Tuesday at 10, with a decent lead-in though. Will Patricia Arquette do better than Person Of Interest? It would be sad, but it’s likely. CSI: Cyber is way more compatible with the NCIS franchise than Person Of Interest was or Rush Hour is…

WEDNESDAYS

8pm- SURVIVOR

9pm- LIMITLESS

10pm- CRIMINAL MINDS

It’s about time CBS stops using Survivor, which is still a decent lead-in, to help Criminal Minds. The show is old and it begins to show. Plus, it’s too expensive, CBS co-owns with ABC Studios, they don’t make that much money out of it. Put it at 10! I see Wednesday working the same way as Monday: an old show at 10, with something new at 9. Limitless is CBS’s new pop-corn series after Scorpion, it deserves to get that chance. Rush Hour is another option, but let’s use this strategy with the best one.

THURSDAYS

September / THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

November / 8pm- THE BIG BANG THEORY / THE ODD COUPLE

9pm- LIFE IN PIECES / MOM

10pm- ELEMENTARY

Life In Pieces is some kind of new Modern Family. If it’s as solid as it should be, CBS can try it at 9. Pairing it with The Big Bang Theory wouldn’t make sense because 1/ They wouldn’t really work together 2/ The Odd Couple is renewed and it can’t move and become The Millers 2.0Life In Pieces & Mom is a pair that works better, even if I hate pairing a multicamera comedy with a single-camera comedy. But CBS doesn’t leave us much of a choice! At 10, I’m sad to report I couldn’t come up with a better idea than keeping Elementary there. Code Black was my first idea but I thought putting Code Black against How to Get Away With Murder would be kind of stupid. They’re trying to reach the same feminine audience… Rush Hour or Supergirl wouldn’t make sense. So here we go with another year of low-rated Elementary!

FRIDAYS

8pm- UNDERCOVER BOSS

9pm- HAWAII 5-0

10pm- BLUE BLOODS

At 8, scripted shows will continue. Undercover Boss first, The Amazing Race then but for just one edition this year. Hawaii 5-0 & Blue Bloods stay put, but one of them will have to go sooner or later to give its place to NCIS: Los Angeles for example.

SUNDAYS

8pm- MADAM SECRETARY

9pm- CODE BLACK

10pm- THE GOOD WIFE

This year, CBS successfully launched Madam Secretary on Sunday right behind 60 minutes and just before The Good Wife. Assuming The Good Wife‘s 7th season will be its last -as its creators want to- the show can move at 10 where its low ratings on the demo won’t be a concern anymore, plus it’s no longer a decent lead-in (Battle Creek learnt it the hard way). But was it ever? They need to give a shot of fresh blood to the night and medical drama Code Black seems the perfect way to do so! The Marcia Gay Harden-driven show would fit well with the so-called “prestige” night and its feminine vibe. It will prevent Code Black from being a huge it, but the expectations are so low that it can also be protected and with a 55-yearl old lead, it ‘sad but it’s the truth: CBS knows exactly it will be weak on the demo.

MID-SEASON

PERSON OF INTEREST / CSI / CSI: CYBER / CRIMINAL MINDS; BEYOND BORDERS / MIKE & MOLLY / SUPERGIRL

CSI will probably be back for just a 2-hour movie. Put it on a Sunday around December and you’re good to go. Person of Interest‘s fifth and expected final season will get The Mentalist treatment: an uninterrupted run during winter. Where? On Wednesday at 8 when Survivor is on hiatus? Doesn’t look good but why not? Regarding Supergirl… Gosh. I don’t know what to do with that. That’s why I decided to keep it for midseason (summer would be better…). I doubt CBS will give it the post-Superbowl slot since they don’t produce it in-house, it’s Warner Bros. but it may be the only way for it to work and tell the work: you wre wrong, we are young, look at us ! But in which regular timeslot then? I have no idea… It has to be at 8 to reach the younger viewers… Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders looks more like a midseason back-up. As always, Mike & Molly will be used as a midseason replacement if one of the new comedies fail. It would be fun that someday they can’t find a slot to put it because their new comedies would have worked! Who know? Maybe this it!


What do YOU think?

CBS | 2015/2016 Pilot Season: The Best & Worst

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Before CBS reveals its new schedule next Wednesday, here’s the best & worst of their pilot season ! Just my humble opinion.

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DRAMAS

1. LFE – Officially Dead

“Shares some DNA with Grey’s Anatomy but just the right amount. The resident characters are fresh and a lot of fun (…) It feels cable-y, not network-y. That’s why I don’t think CBS will go for it. And that’s sad, ‘cos it’s the best.” Full preview here

2. FOR JUSTICE – Officially Dead

“No other pilot this season resonates more with what’s happening right now in the United States than For Justice (…)  I wish it were less academical, more serialized too, funnier maybe because it’s deadly serious for the most part, but for what it brings to the table in terms of debate and diversity, without being too sanctimonious, it has to go to series.” Full preview here

3. CODE BLACK – Ordered to series

“Honestly, the script is a page-turner, I was hooked! But it also felt a lot like an high-octane episode of Grey’s Anatomy (…) Code Black is not new, and not particularly modern either (…) lacks a sense of humor.” Full preview here

4. SNEAKY PETE – Officially Dead

“this show imagined by David Shore & Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston doesn’t try to be all shiny and beautiful. It’s not as dark and dirty, but it’s not your smooth cop show with sexy people investigating and/or dying (…) The pilot’s one is kind of funny and action-packed and sets up an efficient template that could work for years.” Full preview here

5. LIMITLESS – Ordered to series

“it’s a police procedural in the end, but with a greater mythology and a science-fiction twist that helps making it special (…) I didn’t fall in love with Limitless but I recognize the script has great qualities and there’s an evident potential here. It may even be a better TV show than a movie.” Full preview here

6. DOUBT – Officially Dead

” Doubt has been created by two ex-writers and producers of Grey’s Anatomy, and it shows. Doubt is soapy (…) Doubt is your classical legal drama with two prominent cases dealt with in the pilot episode. They are not particularly original but they do the job efficiently (…) a decent but shy show developed by/for the wrong network.” Full preview here

7. RUSH HOUR – Ordered to series

It’s exactly what you think it is. What you expect is what you get. It’s funny, for those who like that kind of humor (…) The first Rush Hour movie came out in 1998! You can’t make the same shit as a TV series almost 20 years later and expect the same result and the same welcome from the audience.” Full preview here

 

Not reviewed: SUPERGIRL – Ordered to series

Not reviewed: CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS – Ordered to series

 

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COMEDIES

1. LIFE IN PIECES – Ordered to series

“an uneven but quite good script… but for a show launched 6 years ago, before Modern Family arrives. CBS has definitely found something that looks like a hit, with a terrific cast, but in my opinion, they missed an opportunity to be relevant about diversity. It was the perfect vehicle for it.” Full preview here

2. AMY FROM HELL – Ordered to series

“Not as profound as Mom, not as funny as 2 Broke Girls, but surely an interesting take on women-centric sitcoms. But why isn’t it a multicamera?! Didn’t find the pilot great but I feek like there’s a real potential behind. It could become a must-see, and the fact that the unlikely pair is played by Jane Lynch & Maggie Lawson makes it a safer bet.”

3. UNTITLED O’SHANNON & WARREN PROJECT – Officially Dead

“Very much in the vein of How I Met Your Mother -with Adam Brody playing some sort of cuter version of Ted Mosby, still hopelessly romantic- it takes place at three different times of the characters’s lives, so it’s a real challenge, one that I would like CBS to risk. They need something like this for the younger demo. And it’s funny too, by the way” 

4. SUPER CLYDE – Officially Dead

“Quite liked the first version. Quite satisfied with the second one, even though I didn’t feel like there was such an improvement (and we lose the sister character that I found great). Still doesn’t think Greg Garcia’s style fits with CBS’s but if they are willing to give it a chance with this new cast that looks more attractive, then try it!”

5. THE HALF OF IT – Has a shot

“Too classical, but that may be its force. It’s the only multicamera worth a try at CBS this season. And it works mostly.” 

6. HAPPY LIFE – Officially Dead

“Didn’t like it first, the Joe character was just too happy for my taste, but it’s the secondary characters that made it work somehow along the way. Pretty pleased that I’ve read it in the end, but not sure I would have watched it.

7. UNTITLED TOMMY JOHNAGIN PROJECT – Officially Dead

“Generic, didn’t make me laugh once… No need to say more!”

 

Not read: TAXI-22 (2015 version) – Officially Dead

 

What pilots are you rooting for?

“Rush Hour” (CBS) pilot preview: Run the other way!

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Written & produced by Bill Lawrence (Spin City, Scrubs, Cougar Town, Undateable) & Black McCormick (King of the Hill, Cougar Town). Co-produced by Jeff Ingold (Undateable, Ground Floor), Brett Ratner (Rush HourHorrible BossesPrison Break) & Arthur Sarkissian (Rush Hour) Directed by John Turteltaub (Ninja Kids, Rasta Rockett, National Treasure, Jericho). For CBS, Warner Bros. Television & Doozer.

Description: Lee, a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer is assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with James Carter, a cocky black LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner…

With Justin Hires (21 Jump Street), Jon Foo (Tekken, Extraction, Bjankok Renaissance), Aimee Garcia (Dexter, Trauma), Page Kennedy (Weeds, Backstrom, Desperate Housewives, Blue Mountain State), Jessika Van (Awkward, The Messengers)…

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Initially, I held my nose while reading the first pages of Rush Hour‘s pilot script, ‘cos the whole idea of a reboot smelled bad from the get go. But then I couldn’t do it anymore ‘cos my eyes were closing as my brain was instinctively looking for a safer place. I won’t bullshit you: I had a very hard time finishing it and I may have jumped a few pages in the process. Rush Hour as a movie was not my thing. It was safe to assume it still wouldn’t be my thing as a TV series. I wanted to take a look at it anyway, ‘cos you never know. I can promise you now that if CBS orders it to series, I won’t watch a minute of it. Not because it’s bad. It’s not. Not really. Okay, it is. I think. But what do I know? Because IT’S NOT MY FUCKING THING. It’s the same for you: if the movies made you laugh, even just a little bit, try it: you never know. But if it didn’t, don’t even bother. It’s a waste of time.

Honestly, I have no desire to write a long article about it. I don’t even know what to say. There’s no need to tell you what it is about -the pitch up above says it all- or to give you further details. It’s exactly what you think it is. What you expect is what you get. It’s funny, for those who like that kind of humor (and I’m not judging you in any way when writing this). Me? I hated it. I thought the character of detective James Carter was a pain in the ass. He never stops talking. He always has a joke to crack. He’s a big joke himself. He couldn’t care less about his job. Or so it seems. He got on my nerves pretty quickly and I felt the same way about him until the end. But I’m pretty sure a lot of people will like him very much. His partner, Lee, is boring for half the pilot. The fact that he pretends that he can’t speak english doesn’t help. Once he stops hiding it, he gets a little bit more interesting. He can be funny too, cynical. That’s the kind of humor I enjoy more. But it’s sooo conventional. It doesn’t sound fresh at all. Of course, you get a lot of action: choppers, explosions, gun-fires, a little bit of fighting ninja style… I don’t know what we can expect from the cast, but they don’t seem very charismatic. CBS wanted Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings, New Girl) for the lead. It turned out he prefered to be jobless than accepting the offer. He would have made a great pair with John Cho. I don’t know if he was approached. With them, I think I would have been able to give it a fair chance.

The first Rush Hour movie came out in 1998! You can’t make the same shit as a TV series almost 20 years later and expect the same result and the same welcome from the audience. As entertaining as it may be, and as tempting as it is for CBS to pick it up to series -and prove for once they can also have minorities for their leads, after every other networks did- I don’t think it’s a good move for them. And they don’t even produce it themselves so they won’t make that much money out of it even if it does well internationally. Scorpion & Hawaii 5-0 are enough in this department. Hopefully, like the Beverly Hills Cop reboot they made two years ago, they’ll stop in time.

Catches of the Week: Colin Hanks, Jenna Elfman, Chris Klein, Nico Tortorella…

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While the most sought actors of pilot season are reading scripts and making their choices (or refusing everything), a few leads and secondary characters have already been cast this week. Here’s the summary!

She’s in a comedy project every year -which almost every time go to series- 2015 won’t be different! Jenna Elfman has said yes to the Untitled Dana Klein project for FOX, where she will play a working mom who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay-at-home sister-in-law. Ellen constantly second-guesses herself and, by extension, her husband. She worries she’s a bad mom/wife/daughter-in-law and often takes on more than she can handle in an effort to prove otherwise. Now they have to find the right fit for the sister part. Just as a reminder, the last few years we’ve seen Elfman in Growing Up Fisher, 1600 Penn, Accidentally on Purpose and Courting Alex (this one was really good but CBS destroyed it because of a bad move in the schedule). She also did Bad Mom for ABC which didn’t go to series. She’s still really living on her Dharma & Greg days. She did one season of Damages where she was great. She also appeared in one episode of Shameless. In 2007, she did Brothers & Sisters one time. The fact that she is not offered -or she don’t accept- drama or dramedies is beyond me… She would have been great in one of the few family dramedies developed this year…

At CBS, one of single-camera comedy Life In Pieces‘ lead has been cast. The role went to Colin Hanks, who was great in Fargo‘s first season, did good on Dexter during one of the atrocious seasons, and was recently very funny in an episode of Mom. Here, he will play Greg, the coddled youngest of three siblings who finds himself overwhelmed and unprepared for the birth of his first child. The show is about one family as told through the separate stories of its different family members.

At NBC, three secondary characters of single-camera comedy How We Live have been found: Lindsay Price, Chris Klein & Jared Gertner. The show is centered on Russell, a blogger, and his wife Holly who move to the suburbs where he begins writing about marriage and the family lives of his suburban friends and neighbors, in the style of an anthropologist who’s stumbled on an undiscovered tribe. Klein (American Pie) will play best friend Matt and Price & Gertner will form a couple, who are best friends with Matt!

Also note that Thomas Haden Church will star opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in HBO pilot Divorce, which is now officially ordered, Molly Shannon is also in it; the gorgeous The Following‘s season one alumn Nico Tortorella will be the boyfriend of a drag queen in HBO’s Mamma Dallas, written by Enlightened brilliant creator Mike White; and that Damon Wayans Jr. has just left New Girl to star in his own pilot, with the lead of Rush Hour for CBS being an option.