Friday, April 17, 2009
Matty Boy and the Kiss of Probable Death.
Just because I like a show is no sure sign that it must die a miserable death, but outside of shows on HBO and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, my record over the past few years isn't good. I posted last month about two new shows I like, Kings on NBC and Dollhouse on Fox. Kings has had very weak ratings on Sundays, so it is being moved to Saturdays effective this weekend. Dollhouse was planned for a thirteen episode run as a mid-season start show, but Fox has decided only to air twelve. Fox pulled similar crap on the show Arrested Development in its last season, and for my money that was the best program Fox produced this century. Neither Dollhouse or Kings is currently canceled, but the news isn't good.
Then again, I am finding myself tuning every weekend to Legend of the Seeker, a syndicated show being shot in lovely New Zealand, produced by the company that brought us Xena, Warrior Princess. Besides lovely scenery, we get beautiful young people Craig Horner and Bridget Regan as the Seeker and the Confessor, respectively, and the tall guy with the grey hair in the background is Bruce Spence, one of the actors I discussed in a post called A Tale of Two Bruces. There is a lot of lovely scenery, so it's okay if Mr. Spence decides to chew some of it. There's still plenty left over.
On TV, beautiful young people are a dime a dozen. Legend of the Seeker has some interesting ideas, a plot device that promises to keep the beautiful young people from ever becoming a couple and an arc which promises the show should actually come to a resolution in one or two seasons. It's in syndication, so the probability of the show being canceled is much less likely than it is for the shows discussed earlier.
Matty Boy says check them out.