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New FX show for retro gamers?

No Comments 21 August 2011

When New TV Shows first heard that the creative forces behind Nip/Tuck and Glee were developing a new show in the horror genre, our indifference was palpable. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck may have come up with a cultural phenomenon with their spiritual successor to the High School Musical films, but neither that or Nip/Tuck before it have ever bothered the top of our must-watch list.

All that said, the newly released teaser trailer for American Horror Story has upped our interest considerably — purely because it looks less like a TV show and more like an FMV-heavy PC adventure game from the 1990s. Seriously. Look:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JOugYXSfNow

 

See what we mean? If someone sent us a link to that video and declared that it was a sequel to The 7th Guest or Phantasmagoria then we’d be totally on board, so it’s only fair that we give AHS a chance. As far as we can see, it’s got three things going for it right now:

  • As mentioned, the promotional material makes it look like a modern-day follow up to Mega CD perv-em-up Night Trap, meaning it could well turn out to be simultaneously both the best and worst TV show ever
  • It stars the fabulous Connie Britton, who’s coming off the back of great work on Friday Night Lights
  • It’s going to be on FX, which tends to have a better hit to miss ratio than many of its competitors

Judge for yourself on October 5th, when American Horror Story makes its debut.

Louie

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Louie: Third time’s the charm

No Comments 08 August 2011

If you took a cursory glance at the schedules you’d be forgiven for thinking that there isn’t a great deal to celebrate about modern TV. Reality shows rule the airwaves while creativity is stifled via over zealous executives and truly innovative shows rarely get past the pilot episode stage.

It’s certainly almost unheard of for TV executives to hand over the kind of creative power that Louis CK holds over his show Louie. When we say “his show”, we don’t just mean it’s a Louis CK vehicle. The guy stars in it, sure, but he also writes, directs, edits and produces the thing — to frequently stunning effect. If you’ve not yet sampled its charms, give it a go; you genuinely haven’t seen anything like it before.

A lot of credit has to go to FX for commissioning such an unconventional comedy show — and sticking by it. For the channel has just announced that the superior sitcom, currently in the middle of its second season, will return for a third run next year. So the next time you flick around the channels before sighing and shutting down your set, be thankful that there are still some far-flung corners of TV land where talented people get the opportunity to do their thing.


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