The creepy and intense psychological thriller Wayward Pines by M Night Shyamalan which is based on the best selling novels by Blake Crouch, makes its return to the FOX network next Wednesday May 25th for its second season. The basic story is about a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal employees but of course the story expands from there. The show takes over the time period formally used by for the hit FOX show Empire for a ten episode arc. A lot of the cast from season one of the show make brief appearances in season two although no Matt Dillion and executive produce M Night Shyamalan doesn’t direct any episodes this season like he did last season which is a disappointment. The aforementioned changes as well as the fact that the show has a new show runner Mark Friedman are a lot of changes for a show that is only about to start its second season hopefully all these changes wont mess with the creepy charm the show had in its first season.
Returns to FOX Wednesday May 25th (Video Courtesy Of FOX Broadcasting)
The news recently concerning The Simpsons on FOX has been about the longtime voice of twenty or so of the characters Harry Shearer leaving the show. The discussion in the press has been about replacing him or even in some places canceling the show as his voices are such huge of the show. Well fans of Homer, Bart and the rest of the family don’t need to worry as FOX have announced they are renewing the longest running scripted television show for seasons 27 and 28. The show which started as a series of crudely drawn animated skits in the Tracy Ullman Show has won 31 Emmy Awards, an Academy Award for a theatrical short as well as being the first animated show to win a Peabody Award among its many other awards during its groundbreaking run. It’s amazing that a show that has been on for so many years with reruns of old shows on constantly still is one of the highest rated shows on television a tribute to the shows voice actors, creators and writers with no end in sight for the perennial favorite. After the end of the 28th season the show will have produced an amazing 625 episodes over its long run. I wouldn’t bet against the Simpsons being renewed once again and hitting the 30 year mark another huge milestone for a show that has broken so many records.
Episodes of the Simpsons are made well in advance of the episode being shown on FOX, but even so they added a tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy on Paris on Sundays show. The simple clip above was added at the end of the episode showing the youngest child Maggie holding a banner with Je Suis Charlie with the French flag colors in the background. The simple tribute is very reminiscent of the French Revolution as well as the famous Les Miserable show posters. This isn’t the first time the long running Simpsons has added something to a finished episode to reference a current event and is a fitting tribute to the fellow cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo. (The above video was courtesy of The Buzz on You Tube)
Coca Cola have announced that they will part ways and no longer be a sponsor of FOX’s American Idol after sponsoring the show for its whole 13 years. When the show returns for its 14th season in January the familiar red coke glasses in front of the judges will be gone although another long time sponsor Ford has said they will returning for the 14th season. American Idol once a ratings juggernaut has seen its ratings slip over many years and still get a sizable audience but Coca Cola may have decided its time to use the advertising money somewhere else.
The huge reported $50 million bet by FOX on the elaborate reality show Utopia is over as FOX has pulled the plug and canceled the show. The show where a group of people was put together to build a community from scratch, has struggled in the ratings ever since its August debut as well as getting not great reviews. Utopia was a huge production with 130 robotic cameras filming around the clock and streaming to its website which as since been closed down. The cancelation of Utopia isn’t really a surprise as the ratings were so poor for all the promotion all the show got, the question really was at which point would FOX cancel the show. FOX was hoping for the next Survivor or Big Brother but it’s been a while since a new big network reality show became a hit since the Voice in 2011 on NBC. The big question for network executives is if the boom in reality shows is over or if this just an issue with people not being interested in this one show.
American Idol returns in January 2015 for the 14th season of the music talent show which for years was a ratings blockbuster for FOX. The ratings may have slipped from its peak but still millions look forward to its return soon after every new year. The fact FOX’s other reality talent show The X Factor was cancelled could be a boost for American Idol but we will have to wait for January to find out. The above video is a promo for the upcoming season with i’m sure there are many more to come before the show returns.