Thursday, June 01, 2006

Dallas meets 24?

There's a bidding war breaking out for a new US series called 'Vanished', which is being described as a cross between '24' and 'Dallas'.

I'm trying hard to imagine what it might be like. Terrorists with Stetsons? Shenanigans with some gun play and Ford 4x4's? Or maybe it means Jack's wife is coming back from the dead because, you know, it was all like a bad dream.

'Vanished' is being made by 20th Century Fox, which of course already gave us '24', and Channel 4, Five, Sky and Flextech are all interested. It sounds like it might good.

It hasn't even aired in the US where it is due to be paired with 'Prison Break', which people say is really good if a bit silly, although I have completely failed to catch this due to the ludicrously late time it is broadcast by Five.

Like 'Prison Break' which has been a break-out hit in the States, 'Vanished' is set to be one of only a few hits for the coming season.

According to Broadcast, another show being chased is yet another legal drama 'Shark', which ITV, Channel 4, Five, Sky and Hallmark are chasing.

ITV1 could with some decent US drama, although if it does get it maybe it could air it at a decent time.

There seems to be some crazy disease when it comes to airing US shows, with the BBC being particularly bad. I have to own up to watching over the bank holiday 'Triangle' on BBC One. Pure hokum that started out well before revealing itself to be a rehash of an 80s sci-fi movie ('The Philadelphia Experiment') and so not worth the wait.

After 'Joey' was justifiably put to the sword not a moment too soon, 'Friends' co-creator David Craner is back with a new comedy called 'The Class' although I don't think (sadly) it has anything to do with the Andrew McCarthy and Rob Lowe brat packer from the 80s (also starring Jacqueline Bisset).

Again ITV, Channel 4 and Sky are in the running for this. Also being hotly fought over is Aaron Sorkin's new comedy drama 'Studio 60', which if it is half as good as his (sadly departed) 'The West Wing' creation will be well worth the investment.

'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' stars teams 'The West Wing''s Bradley Whitford (the West Wing's Josh Lyman) with Matthew Perry.

Perry guested on 'The West Wing' a couple of times as a Republican lawyer and worked really well playing a straight man to Whitford's wise cracking Josh.

NBC is pushing 'Studio 60' hard and with its two leads it could go the distance, but Sorkin could be setting himself up for something of a fall. The show is hard it is to produce a hit in the TV business.


At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't Triangle that soap set on a cruise ship???

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Gordon said...

Triangle starring Kate O'Mara - all the thrills of sailing from Folkestone to Rotterdam and Gothenburg.

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's the one. god gordon why are you wasting your time with an online marketing thingie when you could be working for tv hits?

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous the ghost of print said...

And to think we were only 24 blogs from Dallas

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous TV (s)h*ts said...

online is the future of everything - including TV. you stay where you are gordon. we love you just the way you are.

At 4:32 PM, Anonymous Billy Joel said...

Hello everyone, Billy Joel here. You might know me from popular hits such as 'uptown girl', 'we didn't start the fire' and that one that went 'in the middle of the niiight i go walkin in my sleep'. Alot of you may be wondering what I'm up to now I've retired from pop music. Well I'll tell you. I'm a stand up comedian.

They all laughed when I said I wanted to be a comedian. Well they're not laughing now!

Anyway I just wanted to say to Gordon: Don't go changing to try to please me...I like you just the way you are.

What goes 'ring ring...ring ring...ouch!'?

Steve Wonder answering the phone when he's doing the ironing.

At 4:41 PM, Anonymous vanilla ice said...

Call this a media story? Sheeeet man I'll give you a media story Gordon.

I'm doing some affiliate marketing with walls ice cream.


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