Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Nip/Tuck Season 6: When Will It Air?

For several months visitors to In A Lather have consistently entered the search query "when will Nip/Tuck Season 6 air?". i was planning to wait a few more months to post this item, but patience has never been a strong quality for me. i'm going through Nip/Tuck withdrawal too, and i figure i should do my part to help ease the suffering by sharing this information with those who don't already know. Besides which my stats tell me that number is larger than i'd thought.

Episodes for Nip/Tuck Season 6 will air in January 2009.

"eight spanking fresh new episodes air in mid-january through march.
Then back on the air in January 10 for nine more.
Then back on the air in January 11 for the final nine." ~ August 9, 2008, Ryan Murphy, Creator of Nip/Tuck

Mr. Murphy's message re-affirms the announcement made July 15, 2008 by FX President and GM John Landgraf at the Television Critics Association Press Tour.

"Nip/Tuck has already aired 14 episodes of its current fifth season; the remaining eight are set to premiere in January."
The Hollywood Reporter

5th or 6th Season---this is where there seems to be a potato/pahtahto thing happening with Nip/Tuck fans and the FX network. The network has categorized the episodes scheduled to air in January '09 as the remainder of Season 5. The fans perceive it as the beginning of Nip/Tuck Season 6. The crux of the matter being the contractual agreement for the series' 5th season was for 22 episodes, of which 14 were aired in 2008. The remaining 8 episodes of Season 5's 22 will air in January '09. Frankly i couldn't care less what number is assigned to the season, i'm just happy to know they survived what might have been a longer term WGA job action, as well as a still lurking possibility of a SAG strike.

Another point of anxiety for fans is the announcement of the end of Nip/Tuck's run. Yes it is true that we will not have first run episodes for an eternity. But it is also true that the show will not conclude it's first run airings on FX until the year 2011. That's 3 years from now. Some who covered this story back in July did so imho in an irresponsible manner. In an attempt to garner attention the focus was heavily placed on the "cancellation" of Nip/Tuck, and cursory acknowledgement of the cancellation date being 2011. To imply the show would be concluding sooner rather than later was shoddy and cruel corresponding at least and inaccurate at most. No show lasts forever, and if it must come to an end, i'd rather see it go out at a peak rather than a plateau or worse yet a nadir. All involved with Nip/Tuck seem to agree that's a good strategy.

Asked why he decided to bring "Nip/Tuck" to an end, Landgraf said he doubts any FX drama would ever run beyond 100 episodes, saying that serialized dramas have a much different storytelling model than nonserialized shows such as "Law & Order" or "CSI."

"If you tried to do 150 episodes of 'The Sopranos,' you would begin to diminish the quality of those shows," he said. "The David Chases ('Sopranos') and Shawn Ryans ('The Shield'), they're taking on social commentary and grand sweeping questions. If we want to go after that brass ring, we have to accept they have limited shelf life."
The Hollywood Reporter

The 2011 end-date should not really come as a surprise since Ryan Murphy alluded to that very time frame in an interview given in 2007 during the show's 4th season:

Mr.'s Landgraf and Murphy will be with the FX network for Nip/Tuck's remaining seasons, and as much as i will miss first run eps of Nip/Tuck 3 years from now, i think it's best that when their contracts with the network have concluded, their "#1 scripted series in basic cable among adults 18-49 five years in a row", come to it's natural end. This is not a time to mourn, it is a time to savor.

Pam: Girl On The Loose

Visitors to In A Lather know that i am not a big reality show fan, but that i did enjoy watching George Foreman's TVLand reality show Family Foreman. Well i have a new reality show to add to my list. It's the E! channel's Pam: Girl On The Loose. And if you're asking 'Pam who?' you're clearly not a student of pop culture. Of course Pam, is Pam Anderson. Although Ms. Anderson does not refer to her program as a reality show, but rather a documentary. i figure, it's her show, she can quantify it how ever she prefers---but i say if it looks like a duck...
i have always liked Pam. What i like most about her is that she's very girly, and revels in the fact that she very much enjoys being sensual and sexual. i like that she is a very good mother and has made it clear that her children are incidental to the show, that is to say she wants to protect their privacy as much as possible. Some celebs with minor children have been chastised for putting their kids in the limelight as part and parcel of their [the parents] celebrity status. Every family's choice has to suit what works best for them, in front of as well as away from the cameras. For example i think it would have been a bit silly for the Family Foreman show to have said they were not going to film their minor child, because the primary premise of that show is their children and the family unit as a whole. Whereas with Pam: Girl On The Loose, the focus is primarily on Pam Anderson, Sexy Icon who also happens to be a mom.

Thanks to the folks at E! and hulu for the clips of Pam: Girl On The Loose.

hulu & E! Present

Pam: Girl On The Loose

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

TVLand ~ George Foreman, Family Foreman

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i've never been a fan of reality shows. Nothing against them per se, they're just not my cup of tea. As i've said before, everyone has their own tastes, and reality shows just don't happen to appeal to me. In fact, other than the 1970's PBS phenomenon "An American Family", i have not sought out such programming, much less watched a reality program from beginning to end. O.K., i have seen some of the eps of Fox' American Idol, but i've never phoned in a vote, and not watched all contestants for all seasons. A while back when i was visiting a relative and the only channel her set could get [the cable was out] was the one airing Big Brother, i caught a couple of those eps, but, like i said, not for me. But recently i find myself drawn to TVLand's Family Foreman series. How could i not like it. It features Olympic gold medal winner and 2 time heavy weight boxing champ George Foreman---one of the most charismatic sports figures and world renowned entrepreneur. Also he's a Texan. As anyone who's visited this site knows, i'm married to a Texan, so that demographic automatically gets a high rating in our household. But the thing i like best about the Family Foreman series, is that it puts the "real" in reality. It has a sincerity that i find for the most part, lacking in the genre. Also it's nice to see a reality show that delivers exactly what it's advertised as being. It's wholesome, and while some may find that description boring, to me it's not a pejorative. Family Foreman's finale episode airs Wednesday 8~20~08 [please check your local listings for times], but this being a TVLand program, there are bound to be many opportunities for anyone who may have missed the first run airings to see all eps. Treat yourself to it, you'll be real glad you did.


Friday, August 08, 2008

General Hospital ~ Nicholas Cassidine

In A Lather video post shot in NYC Central Park Turtle Pond and Belvedere Castle

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Well it's not really Windemere, but you get the idea. It's In A Lather's homage to the Cassidine stateside home.

i'd like for GH to have a few more scenes with Nicholas, now that he's finally coming to terms with Emily's death. i don't think anything romantic is going to happen just yet between him and nurse Nadine, but it would be nice if that were to happen.

i'd like to see Nadine and Nicholas together, rather than Nadine and doctor Hunter who i guess they're kind of pushing as the new male hot tamale if you will. my personal preference is for Nicholas and Nadine to get together---sooner rather than later.

Thanks to CaziGirl for the GH source vids for In A Lather editing.