As the L-Word enters its final season, television networks might have found their replacement with The Seer (www.watchtheseer.com).
Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) August 8, 2008 -- When the L-Word debuted in 2004, networks were astounded that the new television series did so well at capturing a diverse television audience in addition to its anticipated gay following. Since the L-Word's success television networks have attempted to replicate the Lesbian story line into various television shows.
With the L-Word entering its final television season, savvy networks attempting to build on the success of the Lesbian drama are eyeing The Seer (www.watchtheseer.com). Billed as Cagney and Lacy, meets Medium, meets the L-Word, The Seer captures both mainstream and gay audiences with its powerful crime solving story line with a lesbian undertone.
The Seer (www.watchtheseer.com), the brainchild of creator/writer Linda Andersson, takes its audience on the journey of Lesbian Private Detective Guin Marcus who struggles professionally and personally with her powers as The Seer, a visionary who is frequently hired by the L.A.P.D. to help solve crimes. In addition to assisting the L.A.P.D., Guin's steamy love life is guaranteed to satiate the lonely L-Word audience.
The Pilot for The Seer (www.watchtheseer.com) has been reviewed by Hollywood insiders and the buzz of the "to be" drama has already leaked to Lesbian web sites like AfterEllen.com "With no new news on Elizabeth Keener's proposed lesbian crime show for here! Network, maybe The Seer will hit the air first. And we'll get to enjoy a lot more of Michelle, Deborah and clairvoyant lesbians with guns."
For more information, visit www.watchtheseer.com . Media Contact: Small Pond Productions, Teri Maher: 424-216-2161
As a child, Guin Marcus was forced by her mother to suppress her "Seer"
powers, knowing how difficult that life path can be. When Guin picks up
on energy left behind by others, she often receives disturbing and
telling visions. Later in adulthood, Guin realizes her "Seer" powers
were given to her to help others, so she joins the police force.
Smart Television Alliance (STA) is asking TV viewers who would they
least want to babysit their kids - Homer Simpson, Hank Hill or Peter
Griffin? The purpose of the survey is to get parents to think about the
shows their children watch and promote healthy, educational programming
that is age-appropriate.
has partnered with media experts such as KIDSFIRST! and Common Sense
Media, among others, to highlight some of the best shows on TV today.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 30, 2008 -- Irresponsible, careless, naive or incompetent are hardly the characteristics you would want in someone supervising your children, but some of the most well-known parents on TV possess these exact traits. Who would you least want to babysit your kids - Homer Simpson, Hank Hill or Peter Griffin?
That is the question the Smart Television Alliance (STA) is asking TV viewers to answer in a recently launched poll. In addition, people can also post comments about their answers on the STA blog. The purpose of the survey is to get parents to think about the shows their children watch and promote healthy, educational programming that is age-appropriate.
"With children spending an average of four hours in front of the TV everyday, it's critical that parents try to make that time as constructive as possible through educational and inspiring programming," stated Christopher Turman of the Smart Television Alliance. "STA has partnered with media experts such as KIDSFIRST! and Common Sense Media, among others, to highlight some of the best shows on TV today."
STA believes it's important to: (1) provide parents and caregivers with resources and action steps to control what is watched on television and when; (2) partner with the producers of expert-recommended shows to highlight educational programming; (3) provide children's television recommendations from trusted media experts; and (4) enlist parents and others to spread the word to their friends and acquaintances.
About Smart Television Alliance (STA)
The Smart Television Alliance is a new coalition of national nonprofit organizations united by a shared commitment to improving what our nation's children watch on television. Our mission is to help parents and caregivers use technology, online tools, and program recommendations from trusted children's media experts to make smart television viewing choices. By promoting the viewing of educational and informational programming, STA will build a market for more high quality children's TV shows.
Is Stewie gay? Why did Cleveland get the spin-off? Which celebrity complained about being mocked on "Family Guy"? Will Cleveland leave Rhode Island?
"Family Guy" executive producer Seth MacFarlane answered questions about the
show, its upcoming "The Cleveland Show" spin-off and the long-rumored movie at
Promax/BDA annual conference in midtown Manhattan. Luckily, THR.com's Paul Gough
was there and taking excellent notes:
"Most likely," MacFarlane said in response to the Stewie/gay question, "in some way it's going to be worked into the plot of the 'Family Guy' movie if we ever have the time to get it off the ground," MacFarlane said.
For the Fox midseason spin-off, MacFarlane confirmed Cleveland's family will leave Quohog and return to his hometown in Virginia
"It'll be worth it. You'll love the talking bear, believe me," he said.
He held out hope that Cleveland might come back for a visit -- "crossovers are cool" -- but added that his place on "Family Guy" would be taken by another character. Who? No decision yet in the long term. But at first, Brian will get more screen time.
"We're going to pump Brian up a little more," MacFarlane said. "He'll be the one who hangs out with the guys at the bar." He also said a crossover of "American Dad" and "Family Guy" might happen next season.
MacFarlane said he's often asked why Clevelandwas chosen for the spinoff and not Quagmire, the lecherous airline pilot. "This is not a guy you want to invite into your hone on a weekly basis," he said.
He said that Cleveland had opportunities for heartfelt moments as a character was "so complex and tortured and introspective."
As for which celebrity has complained about being lampooned on the show, MacFarlane said most don't complain ... except former "SNL" cast member Ellen Cleghorne," and former "Sanford and Son" co-star Desmond Wilson and, weirdly, Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart.
“Jon Stewart got really upset but I won't go into that,” he said.
When asked what’s his secret to staying creative, MacFarlane’s answer was very actionable. He said to watch this specific YouTube clip. Really.
"You're going to fucking thank me for that one," MacFarlane said.
And if he’s still creatively blocked? He says he searches for canceled Fox sitcom "Back To You."
"You'll be pleasantly surprised that there are some people even more creatively blocked than you are," he said.
It took a trip to a professional to teach "House"'s Lisa Edelstein how to pull off a pole dance.
In the top-rated show's two-part season finale, Edelstein, 41, who plays Dr. Lisa Cuddy, the buttoned-up administrator of Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital, went totally against type. Dressed in a skimpy Catholic school uniform and sporting little-girl ponytails, Edelstein slowly writhes around a pole while slowly stripping - until she remembers that for Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), diagnosis is the ultimate turn-on.
The striptease is part of a hallucination House after suffering a brain injury during a bus crash.
As soon as Edelstein learned what she was going to have to do, she turned to Sheila Kelley, creator of an erotic workout called The S Factor. Kelley, an actress and one-time dance major at New York University, combined ballet, striptease and yoga to create routines that would help women get back in shape after having children. Kelley wrote a book by the same title that was published in 2003."S Factor came to life after I discovered my sensual power and a fit body while researching and preparing for a role in the film 'Dancing at the Blue Iguana,'" says Kelley on her Web site at www.sfactor.com.
Besides helping other actresses, Kelley runs nine studios nationwide.
Stripping might be out of Cuddy's comfort zone, but yoga-loving Edelstein embraced it.
"I found stripping really helps you stand strong within your own skin. You do it for your own power and your own enjoyment more than anything else," she says. It's not the first time Edelstein has had to play a sexually provocative role. In 2000, she played a transsexual in "Ally McBeal" and Sam Seaborn's (Rob Lowe) high-class hooker girlfriend in "The West Wing" in 1999.
Edelstein's striptease scene ends up working on several levels. First, it's part of the storyline as the hallucinating House tries to retrieve his memories in order to save someone, only he can't remember whom. By the end of part one - "House's Head," which aired last Monday - House has seriously risked his life to figure out he needs to save Amber (Ann Dudek), the girlfriend of his best friend, Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard). Part two, appropriately titled "Wilson's Heart," airs Monday night.
"I think the people who work with House are used to his mental struggle," says Edelstein. "In the finale, he ends up risking his own life in order to access his own mind. None of the other people there can do what he does so they are all willing to participate in that risk. For a long time, people don't know the extent to which he's risking his life but even when it becomes apparent it still goes on."
On another level, the erotic dance illustrates the complex, underlying attraction that House and Cuddy have for each other. "She very much loves House and vicariously lives through him," says Edelstein. "She's excited by what he does and how he does it and is deeply frustrated by him at the same time. Intense people like House are incredibly interesting and compelling."
In fact, Cuddy loves House enough that she - head of the hospital and his boss - personally sleeps on his couch after his injury to keep an eye on him.
Striptease notwithstanding, "House" fans probably shouldn't hold their breaths for House and Cuddy to act on their feelings. "I think he's attracted to her and I think he likes her smarts," says Edelstein. "But I'm not sure how capable of love he is. He's so disconnected from himself in that way."
YORK - Donny and Marie Osmond will help salute the nation's moms as
co-hosts of an NBC special scheduled for Mother's Day night, the
network and Teleflora, the program's sponsor, have announced.
On ``America's Favorite Mom,'' airing May 11, the Osmonds will crown a winner chosen online by viewer polling. The program will mark the holiday's centennial.
``When the concept was first presented to us _ Donny and Marie on a Mother's Day special _ I thought, `Oh, everybody's gonna need an insulin shot,''' said Donny during a phone interview with The Associated Press. ``But we're not just talking about traditional moms. It shows real moms in real situations, and with some of them, you think: How do they do it?''
``They're empowering for other women,'' sister Marie added. ``They inspire other mothers to say, `I'm not alone. I can get through this, too.'''
Nominations are being accepted through April 25 in the categories of single moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms, unconventional moms and military moms.
The 15 semifinalists will be profiled on NBC's ``Today'' show the week before Mother's Day, enabling the audience to choose the most deserving. The winner will get cash and prizes valued at ``thousands of dollars,'' Teleflora said.
Donny and Marie, who since childhood have sung professionally both with and without their large family, recall early Mother's Day observances as somewhat nontraditional.
``We were touring,'' Donny said.
``It was the NON-holidays when we got to celebrate things,'' Marie agreed. ``But mama was always honored in our home.''
Besides their co-hosting duties on the special, Donny and Marie will do a musical number.
``Marie picked out the song,'' Donny said.
``It was a mutual decision,'' she argued.
So what's the song going to be?
``I don't know,'' Marie teased.
Eric Cartman is by far the most famous of the four foul-mouthed grade-schoolers who inhabit the cardboard-cutout town of South Park on Comedy Central. In fact, he ranked No. 10 on a TV Guide list of the Top 50 cartoon characters of all time.
As South Park's major villain, it's Cartman who often provokes the action. It's Cartman who steals the speedboat that breaks the dam that floods a nearby town, causing misplaced hysteria about global warming in the episode "Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow."
And it's Cartman, in the episode "Something You Can Do with Your Finger," who insists that he and his friends try to get rich by forming the boy-band Fingerbang.
But if some things never change — Cartman's capacity for appalling behavior, for instance — others do. These days, Cartman and his South Park companions Stan, Kyle and Kenny are drawn on computer, not cut out of construction paper. That enables their creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, to better take advantage of breaking news events they can satirize.
For example, a recent episode otherwise devoted to a pre-teen drug craze included a not-so-veiled nod to the downfall of New York Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Earlier episodes did South Park-style send-ups of Hurricane Katrina, the Terri Schiavo controversy, and even the Sept. 11 attacks, all within days — and in some cases hours — of their occurrence.
'A Little Archie Bunker'
So how did Cartman become the star? Parker, who voices Cartman and writes nearly every episode of the show, says at first the four boys didn't have particularly distinct personalities. Parker and Stone based Stan and Kyle on themselves and their families, and set the show in the Denver suburbs, where they grew up. But Parker says Cartman was quick to break out of the pack.
"I'd say within the first season, we kind of realized Cartman's like a little Archie Bunker," Parker said in an interview at South Park Studios in Los Angeles. "And we were big fans of All in the Family, and we were going back and seeing some of those reruns, and we kind of realized what we had there.
"And especially because he was 8 years old, he was kind of free to say whatever he wanted. He could dress up like Hitler, and he could do this because he's 8. And he doesn't really know what he's doing; he doesn't care. He's just a product of his environment."
That environment being the only child of a single mother, living in a small town eating junk food and watching a lot of television. The apparently amoral Cartman is always cooking up get-rich quick schemes or finding ways to get himself and his friends in trouble.
'We're Setting a New Bar Now'
In the current season's debut episode, Cartman gets HIV from a botched blood transfusion, then purposely gives it to Kyle — whom he then urges to stay optimistic.
"Sometimes when things seem their darkest you just need to try to stay HIV-positive," Cartman tells Kyle.
Kyle responds by punching him in the mouth.
But giving his best friend HIV isn't even close to the worst thing Cartman has done on the show. Parker says that probably goes back to an episode from 2001, when Cartman actually ground up a rival's recently deceased parents and served them to him in a bowl of chili.
Parker said there was some serious debate in the South Park writers' room about whether that was going a step too far, even for Cartman.
"We had that idea and we thought it was really funny, but then we were like, 'Well, we're setting a new bar now.'"
And it was a big thing. Parker said he and the writers all agreed that they couldn't actually let Cartman murder anyone.
"But you could obviously see how if they were going be dead, he could feed them [to an enemy]," Parker said. "So we debated it for a long time, and then we did it."
There was, to put it mildly, a reaction.
"There were some people who were big Cartman fans who said, 'He wouldn't do that; that's crossing the line,'" Parker recalls. But at the same time, "there were other people going, 'That's awesome.' Because no other show would have done that."
An Original, But Cut from Familiar Cloth
Actually, says Toni Johnson-Woods, lots of other shows have done similar things.
Johnson-Woods teaches media and communications at the University of Queensland in Australia, and she wrote the 2007 book Blame Canada: 'South Park' and Contemporary Culture.
She says the scatological humor and biting satire of South Park have a rich history dating back not just through the early days of television, but to authors such as Jonathan Swift and Rabelais, as well as to medieval carnivals and even earlier.
"I'm sure that one of the first things that a caveman drew on the wall was a person with a big penis," Johnson-Woods says.
Even in the TV universe, Cartman is heir to a rich tradition.
"He's not the first overweight, problematic, money-chasing bigoted male to be on television — not even the first cartoon one," Johnson-Woods says. She sees Cartman as a hybrid of Archie Bunker, Jackie Gleason of The Honeymooners and the animated Fred Flintstone.
All About Cartman's Mother
In recent years, Parker says, he and Stone have probed a little deeper into what — or who — has made Cartman what he is. And they've decided it's his mother.
"We always had this thing where Cartman's mother was so sweet — she was always so sweet to him and giving him whatever he wanted," Parker says. "And I don't know if it's worse in L.A. than most places in the country — I hope so — but [we've met] so many parents who were just so desperately trying to be friends to their kids. And it was the thing we really picked up on. And it was just like, 'These [people] are making these really evil kids."
All of which led him to pen an episode in which Cartman's mother brings in Cesar Millan, also known as The Dog Whisperer, to try to bring her son to heel.
The real-life Millan trains owners to be dominant pack leaders to their dogs. And he tried to help Mrs. Cartman become the pack leader for Eric.
"It was really hard for her, but you started to see her do it, and you started to see him change," says Parker of the episode. (It's called "Tsst," after the signature noise Millan makes when he's disciplining a client's pet.
"And there was just the hint of, he might come around; he might be all right. And then of course she decides at the very end that she has to have a friend, and you realize that it really is all the mother's thing passed on to the child, and that Cartman's basically doomed."
Which of course was required — if only to keep the show, now in its 12th season, going strong.
Parker admits that of all the South Park characters, Cartman is his favorite.
"He is basically the dark side of everyone. And I think everyone's got a little Cartman in them." Parker laughs mischievously. "And you need a little Cartman in you once in a while.
Once a week, at least.
Fox is getting ready to put Cleveland on the map.
The network, along with 20th Century Fox, is currently developing a spinoff of its enduringly popular Family Guy to revolve around Peter Griffin's bathtub-loving, accident-prone neighbor, Cleveland Brown.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new animated series, tentatively titled Cleveland, will be coming from the same comic minds that brought Stewie & Co. into the mainstream, with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, former Simpsons writer and American Dad exec producer Rich Appel and Family Guy writer-producer, not to mention the voice of Cleveland himself, Mike Henry, on board to write the new show.
Not much is known about Cleveland other than the fact it will revolve around the Brown clan. It's unclear whether the series will remain set in the town of Quahog or whether Cleveland, along with his wife and son, will continue to appear on Family Guy, though as both series are animated, the double-billing won't so much be a logistical problem as a creative decision.
As it is, Cleveland is by far the most level-headed—and slow-talking—of Peter's animated friends and is regularly played off African-American stereotypes. The henpecked hubby was previously married to Loretta Brown, whom he divorced in season four after discovering she was having an affair with one of his friend, and has a hyperactive and ADD-afflicted son, Cleveland Jr.
Since triumphantly returning to the Fox airwaves in 2005, after execs hastily canceled it and fans quickly proved what a boneheaded move that was by buying the DVDs at a record pace, Family Guy has become a $1 billion franchise. Cleveland will mark the first spinoff from the series.
Back in 2005, MacFarlane flirted with expanding the franchise, releasing Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, direct to DVD.
There's no word on when Cleveland is expected to hit the airwaves.