Yeah, I never did do that wrapup/critique/suggestion post about American Idol, did I?
Then again, with three of the four judges, both co-executive producers and FOX’s head of reality all fired (and the fourth judge unlikely to return), there wasn’t a lot left for me to say.
Basically, they’re finally going to do something about the rut Idol was in for the last several seasons… of course, it is FOX, so I don’t have my hopes up too high. I’ll probably still watch.
I did watch this season of The Voice, and was impressed that even with Blake Shelton’s ego starting to grow to the size of the Universal Studios soundstage where the show was shot, they managed to keep the focus on the singers. Personally, I think we’re going to see more of Michelle Chamuel than any of the other singers on the show – with Usher’s marketing machine behind her, she could break big in indie rock before long. The actual winner, Danielle Bradbery, is probably going to do well, but will take longer to break through – she has no real-world experience and is in a very fickle country market. The Voice’s gamble of swapping out two coaches and running two series in one season did pay off, though… so they’re doing the same swap again. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s Ego will do series 5 and 6, while Cee-Lo Green and Christina Aguilera are back for series 5 this fall, and Usher and Shakira return in spring 2014.
Looking forward, there are two shows I’m looking forward to DVRing…
The CW is reviving Whose Line Is It, Anyway? in July. Aisha Tyler is hosting (hmmm… someone who isn’t an improviser hosting an improv show… fascinating… I wonder if that might become a thing…), and most of the core Whose Line players will be back (Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady, Ryan Styles, and Greg Proops are in, I think). With the talent they’re bringing in, it should be awesome. I think it’s a 7-week run on Tuesday nights.
And GSN is importing one of the best quiz shows you’ve never seen – The Chase. It’s a lot of fun. The UK version features teams of 4 playing for £1000/question (about $
18001550) each, then bringing their winnings to a one-on-one battle with The Chaser (one of four of the UK’s brightest quiz players). Those players who survive the individual chases pool their winnings, and play one final chase for equal shares of the prize pot. GSN’s version cuts the team to 3, ups the question value to $5000, and imports one of the UK chasers (Mark “The Beast” Labbett). There’s no footage of the US game, of course, but if you want to get a preview of what should be a terrifc quiz, here’s a recent The Chase from the UK, with Labbett in the chaser’s perch.
Sadly, UK host Bradley Walsh didn’t make the trip over, but GSN favorite Brooke Burns will be hosting, so it’s not all bad. It’ll be a 7-week run, also on Tuesday nights. Glad my DVR is functional.
For both shows, they’ll air two new episodes the first night, then one new episode and a rerun of the previous week’s episode – so it is, theoretically, possible to watch every other week and not miss a thing (not that I’d do that)…
So that’s what I’ll be watching.
Otherwise, I’m just working and likely to be found at an improv show (or three) somewhere each weekend.
Hopefully, we’ll talk again soon. Or you can find me on all the usual text-based social networks. Or stalk me at an improv show. I just want to see if you read this far. 🙂