Biz Break: If You Don't Stop Watching "Revolution," Santa Claus Will Firebomb Your Home This Christmas
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Biz Break: If You Don't Stop Watching "Revolution," Santa Claus Will Firebomb Your Home This Christmas

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 16, 2012 | Comments ()


David Letterman will join Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Tracy Morgan as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel's show when he takes his show to Brooklyn later this month, according to THR. This is kind of a huge deal in the case of Letterman because 1) Letterman was Kimmel's idol growing (his license plate was "L8Nite") and 2) because Letterman rarely gives interviews, and 3) he's being gracious enough to give an interview to a talk show host who will be a direct competitor come January, when Kimmel moves into the 11:35 spot. It's cool that Dave has enough confidence in himself and his show to basically introduce to Kimmel a lot of curious viewers who want to see a Letterman interview. Also, since Dave's show has basically been the same show for the last decade, it's daring because Kimmel offers something new that viewers might stick around to see.

Transition Statement: Here's your first look at Hurley, who has been cast as a Giant in "Once Upon a Time," via TV Guide.


Speaking of giant, the return of The Walking Dead saw massive ratings this last Sunday. In fact, the third season premiere was the most watched episode of a basic cable series ever. As in, of all time. It was seen by 10.9 million folks, and in the 18-49 demo, its 7.3 million viewers is more than watch the highest rated comedy on network television, "Modern Family."

In other words, basic cable channels like FX (whose "Sons of Anarchy" is winning its timeslot against network competition) and AMC are officially competing head-to-head with the networks now.

In date changes, Neill Blomkamp's first movie since District 9, the Matt Damon starrer Elysium has moved from March 2013 to August 2013, bumping the Robocop remake to February 2014. I guess we know which movie Sony has the most confidence in.

Elsewhere, Adam Scott and the production company he started with his wife, which just finished "The Greatest Television Event in History" (which, after seeing it, I can say is not hyperbole; in fact, I think the title underplays its greatness), has just optioned Downtown Owl, according to THR.

Here's an interesting combination of people: According to THR, Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) will direct Loomis Fargo , a film based on the real-life theft of a $17 million armored car. The script was written by Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and will star Jim Carrey as an ex-military leader who pulls off the theft. With this and Kick-Ass 2, it looks like Jim Carrey is doing a serviceable job of resurrecting his career.

I don't know what's wrong with this world, but the ratings for "Revolution" continue to astound, as last night's show was up 13 percent over the last week, and that's before DVR ratings are accounted for (and "Revolution" is one of the most time-shifted shows on the networks). It received a 3.4 in the demo; compare that to the 1.6 that "30 Rock" received last Thursday.

Why are you still watching this show? You're giving good television a complex. Please stop. I'm giving all of you who are frustrated with the sci-fi adventure permission to quit. If it improves (it won't), we'll let you know.

Finally, because I love you all, here's the total cutie Allie Goertz performing a song she wrote about "Arrested Development" called "Maebe One Day."

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • mslewis

    I couldn't make it past episode 2 of "Revolution" so permission to dump was not needed.

  • Wow. Seriously Ms. Goertz, I totally want to have your babies right now. And yes, I know I'm a dude, but still. You are all the awesome.

  • Fredo

    I'm surprised as anyone that Revolution keeps getting those numbers. As far as I knew, it was just me, Grandma Jones who loves watching The Voice with that hussy Aquilina and the two nerds who're desperately hoping to make all sorts of Fallout 3 jokes.

    And I'm still sticking by it. Because Esposito was awesome last night...because I need more genre stuff on my TV to offset all the shit...because if I could stick with The Walking Dead in spite of Lori, of Andrea, of Carl, of Dale and every whining argument they had in that show for the 30 seconds of zombie goodness, I can do the same with this one for the Joe Biden references.

  • Benderman

    I don't know how that girl can sing a line with Bob Loblaw in it. I can't even type it without laughing.

  • dizzylucy

    Thank you - I have been suffering through Revolution, not wanting to let go of a show with Giancarlo Esposito, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Johnny Crowder from Justified in it. But I think now, with Dustin's permission, I can stop. I can finally stop wondering why in 15 years, no one ever bothered to pull a weed or build a boat by hand.

  • Jezzer

    "In other words, basic cable channels like FX (whose “Sons of Anarchy” is winning its timeslot against network competition) and AMC are officially competing head-to-head with the networks now."

    "...unless, of course, you have Dish Network."

  • lowercase_ryan

    haha Dish Douche

  • bleujayone

    No, no World...don't listen to Dustin. I want you to continue watching Revolution. Really, I do. Not because I think it's some unrecognized TV gem but rather because I think it's a wondrous yardstick for determining how to cull the herd in the face the aftermath of an inevitable disaster.

    If you can watch this without feeling the stabbing pain of logic, reason or scientific facts in your brain, if you openly acknowledge its shortcomings but still insist on frittering your precious time away in the hope that the bad will somehow get better and if the actions and speech patterns of the characters involved make you pine for their continued presence rather than compelling you to change for something better.....then you've made the rest of our jobs much easier when resources and opportunities are Armageddon-ly low.

    The question isn't going to be if there going to be survivors, the question is the quality of those that endure. We won't have time to waste on those that can't add something to the collective. But how does one make the hard choices?

    It's a new survival test; The Revolution Post-Apocalyptic Litmus Test if you will. We'll ask the question, and based on your answer we'll determine if you should join the ragged band of survivors in the continued collective quest of survival and prosperity or if we should cast you back out into the unforgiving wastelands. So go ahead and keep watching. You'll be the junk food to the marauding hordes of Mutant Zombies.

  • Jannymac

    Well, the show loses about 30% of it's Voice lead in, so at least that many people have the good sense to flee. 30% is also a good survival number that would lead to the continuation of the species.

  • e jerry powell

    For the life of me, I can't figure out why I'd rather see Robbie Coltrane than Hurley.

  • John G.

    well, now you've got me interested in Revolution. Don't worry, though. I'll be stealing it off the internet, so I won't be contributing to ratings or advertising dollars.

  • John G.

    Well, I'm back. You were right. It's terrible. very sloppy writing, and why does it take a break every ten minutes for someone to have an unearned emotional break down? Do they think that we cry just because someone else is crying on screen? You have to actually earn it. Is this the Debra Morgan effect at work?

  • MrFrye

    Viva la revolution!

  • Guest

    Allie Goertz! Will you marry me?

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