Category Archives: TV Surf Report

TV Surf Report: True Crime Trending Despite Salacious Stories That Make For Less-Than-Compelling Entertainment

Santa Monica, CA — True Crime Is Not My Genre. For some reason, I actively shy away from these dramas especially when I lived through the years involving the court case or the television coverage of the murder, crime or … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Pilot Season – The Good. The Bad. The Creatively Challenged, aka, The Ugly.

Santa Monica, CA — Seems the networks and streaming services are not quite done with Super Heroes, are sticking with struggling new series longer, and are ordering more and more pilots with some sort of built-in marketability (i.e., re-makes or spin-offs). FX … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: In Praise of Outlander, Men In Kilts, Cable Television, and Adaptations

Santa Monica, CA — Recently, I binge-watched the first season of Starz Channel’s compelling historical fantasy drama Outlander. I realize I am kinda late to this Praise Party, but Tha sin sgoinneil sgeulachdan! which of course, is Gaelic for That is pure … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Super Heroes, Sci Fi & Fantasy Still Trending Across Broadcast, Cable and Streaming Services

Santa Monica, CA — Just when you thought the small screen invasion of Super Heroes couldn’t possibly get any more crowded, look no further at the upcoming pilots and series in development featuring more DC Comics and Marvel Studios properties, among … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Family Comedies & Dramas In Heavy Development

      Santa Monica, CA — This Is Us is unquestionably an Influencer when it comes to the new crop of scripts in development at the networks and streaming services:  An innovative, deeply moving Family Drama that has captured a loyal … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Sherlock — When Great Series Jump The Shark (Or Has It?)

Santa Monica, CA — (Updated 18 January 2017) Oh, Sherlock.  Or rather, Oy! Sherlock!  I fear my favorite television series of the last five years has succumbed to the inevitable:  Sherlock has Jumped. The. Shark. PBS’ Masterpiece aired the Series … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Is It Too Late for The Vampire Lestat — The Next Game of Thrones or Yesterday’s Vampire?

Santa Monica, CA – Yesterday, author Anne Rice announced via her Facebook page that she is bringing her most famous character, The Vampire Lestat, to Television. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fannericefanpage%2Fposts%2F10154794260300452&width=500“>Anne Rice Announcement on Facebook After unsuccessfully re-launching the film franchise after two disastrous … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Hollywood Is Less Afraid of Adaptations So We Should All Read More — Blame George R. R. Martin

Santa Monica, CA — (Updated 06 January 2017)  Hollywood loves a good book, especially when it’s a best-seller that has a built-in audience who will tune in when Television adapts it into a Series. Exhibit A:  Game of Thrones by … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Remakes & Reboots Still Trending As Nets Love Old Chestnuts

   Santa Monica, CA — Updated 06 January 2017 –A solid strategy the networks continue to employ is re-making a popular film as a television series and/or re-booting a successful series with a new incarnation. Netflix just premiered the Latina re-boot of Norman … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Hollywood Is Star Struck By Actors Who Produce

Santa Monica, CA — Actors continue to use their clout and set up projects at the networks and streaming services.  The list grows daily, so keep checking in! (Updated 11 November 2016)   ACTORS WHO PRODUCE            Elizabeth Banks … Continue reading

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