Monday, February 1, 2016

Outsiders is WGN America's Most Watched Original Series!

In case you missed it, there is always still time to watch Outsiders on WGN America. The series debuted last Tuesday, and the network just announced the numbers were stellar, making it the most watched original series in network history.

Photo Courtesy of WGN America
That's terrific news for an amazing series. And you know what? It only gets better folks. While WGN America is still new to the scripted market, they're taking chances on series with unique stories, incredible quality and endless storytelling potential. Outsiders fits that description perfectly.

"We felt that 'Outsiders' was exceptional, but there is no greater validation than this kind of viewer response." said Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios. "We’re grateful for the stellar cast and creative team, Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, and our producing partners at Sony Pictures Television, and we thank the fans, who continue to inspire us to deliver one-of-a-kind storytelling at WGN America."

The next episode will air on February 2 on WGN America.

If you missed the interviews I did with the cast and producers for TV Fanatic, you can watch them here.

Gillian Alexy (G'Winveer) and Ryan Hurst (Lil Foster)

Kyle Gallner (Hasil) and Christina Jackson (Sally-Ann)

Thomas M. Wright (Sheriff Wade Houghton) and David Morse (Big Foster)

Peter Mattei (Creater and EP) and Peter Tolan (Executive Producer)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Time to Resurface!

It's kind of hard to believe it's been almost two years since I've written on my own blog, but there you have it. Writing for TV Fanatic is a full time gig, you know? I am usually trying to think of what I could be providing over there, or coaching people on the content they're creating, etc.

Unfortunately, the way my mind works doesn't always make a great post for TV Fanatic. I know, I know. It's hard to believe there's not a massive audience for idle chit chat about watching Dynasty again after 30 some odd years.

Yet thanks to Amazon Prime, that's exactly what I'm up to lately. See that photo above? That has to be about the second season, when Heather Locklear's Sammy Jo joined, and it's right about where I'm sitting, Dynasty Season 2 Episode 11. Fallon couldn't go through with her abortion.

The topics on this series and the language used have amazed me so far. Times have changed, there is no doubt. A love story between an older man and an older woman, soon flourishing into somewhat of a later middle aged triangle would be a hard sell. But Blake Carrington? He's a dick.

The words out of Blake's mouth early in the series as he talks about his gay son Steven are downright frightening. The word "faggotry" is actually used. No kidding. I wish I could say Blake marrying his secretary, Krystal, wasn't a terrible cliche, but even though she was older, the relationship wasn't helped by the fact Linda Evans was a terrible actress.

Honestly, I could go on and on. And I might as well, right?

But it won't only be about shows like Dynasty, but also my binge watches. I should have thought of it sooner. I watched the entire runs of Louie and Inside Amy Schumer that might have made for some fun times.

Anything past or present we should chat about? Let me know. What else do I do but watch and talk TV?