Friday, May 17, 2013

This week's podcast: About a Boy and Blacklist among shows gaining early buzz

Benjamin Stockham and David Walton from NBC's About a Boy
This week, CHML's Scott Thompson turns into Mr. Question Man. Among his queries: will ratings for the Stanley Cup playoffs tank now that Leafs are kaput? The answer, of course, is yes. If you are CBC, the playoffs are over. Goodbye 5 million, hello 2.5.
Spader at NBC's upfront in New York
Scott asks about the upfronts in New York and all the new shows just announced for the 2013-14 season. 24 run in 2014. The more I think about that one, the more I think it could be a mistake.
Can Michael J. Fox really headline another sitcom? I have to say yes, and playing a character with Parkinson's is the key. We also talk about Kiefer Sutherland's return as Jack Bauer in a 12-episode
Early word out of Los Angeles, as the Canadian network showbuyers attend the Hollywood screenings, is that a new NBC sitcom based on the novel and movie About a Boy is pretty good. Minnie Driver is in that one. So is David Walton, so good on the short-lived sitcom Bent. There's also some early buzz building about Blacklist, an NBC drama starring James Spader, who--no surprise--makes a creepy-good baddie. The series has already been described as Silence of the Lambs meets The Following.
Canadian nets will screen CBS shows Saturday, ABC/Disney shows on Monday, with parties Sunday and Monday night. The wallets come out Wednesday.
Scott also asks about Seth Meyers taking over Late Night once Jimmy Fallon moves up to The Tonight Show next February. Another 35-year-old white guy? The Scott admits he's already setting his PVR for Barbara Walters' year-long retirement-palooza.
He also brings up the passing of Toronto Sun founding editor Peter Worthington and asks if there isn''t a feature film in this guy's life. Not a bad idea.
News hadn't broken yet about Rob Ford's latest hilarious misadventures so there are no cracks about him teaming up with Cheech & Chong.
The podcast runs a little longer than usual, so you can start listening in here and find part two here.
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