Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Dr. Paradise (1988)


Tysto joins me again to rant about the truly abysmal Dr. Paradise starring Frank Langella. You want to hear me get noticeably angry at a pilot? This is the episode for you. It's so bad, I almost asked Tysto if we can do something else but we persevered... then recorded something else after anyway, just in case (but released that first). This thing just does not know how to sitcom properly. Contains brief strong language. End credits music: Dr. Paradise theme by Kid Creole and the Coconuts.
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Monday, 6 January 2020

Jim Henson's Puppetman (1987)


Tysto joins me again to talk about Puppetman, created by Jim Henson and directed by Drop the Pilot alum Alan Rafkin. We recorded on short notice so I just read the synopsis off of the amazing Muppet Wiki site. Thanks to whoever wrote that, I forgot to say so in the episode. I only had an hour to prepare, so it's a tad more slapdash than usual. Enjoy! Note: My dog is deaf so when I tell him to go away and call him a pain in the arse, he can't hear me. No dog's feelings were harmed during the making of this podcast. Charlie's awesome.

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Monday, 30 December 2019

Wish List Part 3

More Pilots that I'd like to do but can't find online.

Doctor Franken (1980)

Robert Vaughn stars as Dr. Franken, a descendant of the infamous Doctor Frankenstein. He creates a monster called John Doe who proceeds to look for the families of the people who "donated" body parts for his creation in order to help them. He has all the memories of these folk, you see so naturally, scientists and authorities and hunting him to destroy him.

Cagney and Lacey (2018)
An update of the classic 80s cop show about two female detectives in L.A. Despite the original being set in New York. That is one of the reasons I want to see this. I have no illusions that it will be any good but there is a morbid curiosity for me, here. Changing the race of one of the characters (two, counting the Captain, who would be played by Ving Rhames) doesn't bother me but changing locations makes me wary. It just doesn't seem like Cagney & Lacey to me, I reckon it'll be another action reboot, like Hawaii Five-0 etc. And I want to see it.

A.M.P.E.D. (2007)
A Sci-Fi cop show created Vince Gilligan and Frank Spotnitz for Spike TV. It tells the tale of a group of cops investigating odd goings on caused by people being affected by some sort of mutation. You can tell this was written by two blokes who used to work on The X-Files. Gilligan did okay after this was axed, though, as Breaking Bad debuted the following year.

Hear No Evil (1982)

Gil Gerard, Buck Rogers himself, starred as a cop who became deaf after an accident but decides to adapt to his new disability and keep on catching bad guys. Co-stars Bernie Casey and Mimi Rogers.

Rewrite For Murder (1991)
George Clooney and Pam Dawber paired up for this hour long romantic mystery show that I can find practically nothing about online. Clooney appeared in over a dozen failed pilots in his time before
finding fame in E.R. in 1994. Any of them would be interesting to see.

Dusty (1983)
Saul Rubenik stars as a cabbie in L.A. who moonlights as a private eye when he gets caught up in a case with a legendary P.I. Features a score by Jerry Goldsmith. I love Jerry Goldsmith.

Eight Days a Week (2008)
CW drama about 4 twenty- somethings and their different jobs and demanding bosses in New York. Sounds like the movie Horrible Bosses but the reason I want to see it is because it stars Anna Chlumsky as one of the employees and Mario Lopez as one of the bosses. The show apparently suffered from the writer's strike of 2007/08 and had it gone to series, one of the roles would have been re-cast with Justin Hartley replacing Johnny Lewis.

Tremors (2018)

In 2017, it was announced that SyFy was interested in a Tremors TV show and that Kevin Bacon was willing to come back to play Val for the first time since 1990. Bacon had been long reluctant to do TV, only giving in after reading the script to Kevin Williamson's The Following in 2013. Bacon has only been doing TV for 4 years in 2017, it was a pretty big deal. However, for whatever reason, the network passed. Reviews from those who have seen it have been positive and Bacon, the cast and creator showed it at the ATX TV Festival this year, so they are all still interested in the project. This despite the fact that Bacon is now on a Showtime show that just got renewed. In fact, Bacon himself says there is still a chance but I am not holding out hope.




Sunday, 22 December 2019

Home Alone: Taking Back the House (2002)

Jen returns to talk to me about the baffling Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House. Why is it baffling? Because, this was actually a pilot! Yup. We ponder how, talk about the recasting and mildly disagree about one character in particular. The movie is available on Youtube to view but I'm not sure for how long. I've linked to it below anyway but it is available on DVD and is streaming on Now TV/Sky Movies in the UK.Contains strong language. The podcast, not the movie.
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Monday, 16 December 2019

Bonus: Gremlins Commentary


As a bonus Christmas/Holiday "gift" to you, Tysto and I recorded a commentary for the classic 80s movie, Gremlins for his podcast. We talk about everything Gremlins, really as this is one of my personal favourites. Gremlins is available to rent on Youtube, Prime and Chili (UK) as well as  DVD and Blu-ray. A brand new Christmas themed episode will be out next week.

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Monday, 9 December 2019

The Crystal Cube (1983)


Alex and Nick from the Release the Clowns Podcast join me for the first time to discuss a BBC pilot written by and starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. We discuss British comedy ,the cast and ponder Hugh Laurie's American accent. It was a fun recording but there are slight audio issues because Skype wasn't playing ball. I have better Skype calls with people across the pond from me, but when they're in the same country... Contains mild language and the use of discriminatory language in context of a show from the 1970s.

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Monday, 2 December 2019

Tickets, Please (1988)


Tysto returns to talk about the train set sit-com Tickets, Please, which is clearly mimicking Cheers, which would have been in it's 6th season at the time. We talk about the cast, the terrible characters and just ponder the whole miserable tone of it all. Also, I bring out the big guns... my knowledge of the Cheers theme tune. Contains brief strong language.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Bonus- Junk Foodies- Great Scot!

As a bonus, please enjoy this episode of JP's Junk Foodies podcast in which I guest starred. In it, I tasked JP three UK foods to try (two Scottish) and he truthfully gives his opinions and then asks me some junk food related questions. It was a fun wee chat, enjoy!

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Monday, 11 November 2019

L.A. Confidential (2003)

Our guest this episode is JP from the Junk Foodies podcast who joins me to chat about the first TV adaptation of L.A. Confidential. We talk about the cast, bad Marilyn Monroe impersonators and ponder the weird inclusion of a fart noise in this serious drama. The pilot is available on Vimeo, the link is below.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Mockingbird Lane (2012)


For our Halloween special, Tysto and I delve into the updated version of The Munsters, Mockingbird Lane, that aired during the spooky season back in 2012. It was intended to be a pilot but obviously didn't make it and I can see why. This may be one of those rare pilots that I actually hate. Maybe. We chat about the violence, the character assassinations, Eddie Izzard being a great human being and I compare it to the Addams Family movies. The pilot is available on Vimeo, link is below.
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Sunday, 27 October 2019

Bonus: Supernatural Pilot Commentary


As an early Halloween gift, enjoy this commentary to the 2005 pilot to Supernatural. Jen and I wanted to do this and it just happens to be set at Halloween but it's all good.  We talk about the leads, where the show goes (so, spoilers) and just how much of a relief it is to watch a good pilot.You can find it on Netflix in the US and Prime in the UK. This is a stand-in episode for our regular ep, which will be released later than planned but earlier than next Monday...
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Monday, 21 October 2019

Bonus: The Robinsons: Lost In Space (remastered)


As a bonus episode, I decided to go back and re-edit an episode from 18 months ago, back when I really wasn't that good at editing at all. I have sorted some background noise and made the episode tighter, removing any unnecessary words, sounds, coughs, pauses, umms and aaahs.The links to the pilot are on the page for the original release, April 25th 2018. A brand new episode will be released next week, a "spooky" pilot in time for Halloween. And another reboot of a classic 60s show...
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Monday, 14 October 2019

Bonus: An Outtakes Show


For a bonus episode, it's time for some outtakes and bloopers from the past few episodes. Listen as Martin pisses me off, enjoy a salvaged conversation from an episode Jim and I recorded for Coptember that can't be released on its own (audio was messed up) and hear a conversation by Owen and I regarding the final scene of Sniff that was cut for time. Contains an annoyed Scotsman, therefore, strong language. Enjoy!

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Monday, 7 October 2019

Sniff (1988)


Owen makes a triumphant return to the podcast to chat about Sniff, a sit-com about a reporter and his newly adopted dog who can sniff out good stories. It's quite dull and extremely rushed so we hypothetically fix it by... making it longer... We also talk about the dog, the rest of the cast and the terrible mugging by Robert Wuhl. We both wonder if we are actually supposed to like this guy or not. Contains that strong language.
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