Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall tv II : great casts,average shows

There is a trend among the new tv shows and it is called the great casting.

Almost every premiere I have seen had a great cast,some legends were back,some interesting acting talents switched shows and excellent newcomers refreshed the scene.But unfortunately the great work of casting directors was not rewarded with good shows,most of the new tv products are average to bad.And incomprehensibly,a few that are not, are getting axed.The best new drama is definitely "Masters of Sex",confirming the trend of great casting.

1."Lucky 7",a decent show on ABC, it has already been axed,after only 2 episodes.Based on British series,it had a very promising cast with the best newcomer on this season tv,Stephen Louis Grush.I hope to see him somewhere else and soon,pity for the unlucky acting ensemble.

Casting director : Sharon Bialy,great work.

2."Brooklyn Nine - Nine",even though I don't like the show I recognise the great work of the casting department.My favorite actors there are definitely  Terry Crews and Andre Braugher.

Casting director : Allison Jones.

3."The Blacklist", boring, Homeland wannabee action drama was a disappointment but still,good cast led by always brilliant James Spader,followed by very interesting Charles Baker,Diego Klattenhoff and a decent Megan Boone.One question though,couldn't the casting directors find some Serbian actors to play terrorists,there are many and they are good.

Casting director : Debbi Manviller,Richard Pagano and Jessica Kelly.

4."Hostages",also an average drama with decent cast led by fantastic actress Toni Colette.Always interesting Rhys Coiro and my beloved Bobby Donnell aka Dylan McDermott follow her painlessly,Tate Donovan not so much.I hope it stays because of the leading lady and McDermott but it doesn't look good.

Casting directors : Beth Bowling,Kim Miscia and Rona Kress.

5."Mom",I really wanted it to be funny,I am a big Chuck Lorre fan and always thought Anna Faris was excellent,not to mention Allison Janney.Unfortunately it is not,Anna is the weakest link in otherwise strong cast,with the great return of French Stewart and a very good Nate Corddry.Again,pity for the good cast.

Casting directors : Ken Miller,Nikki Valko

6."Trophy Wife",again a  sitcom with excellent casting,Malin Akerman was a great surprise here and all the actors are very good. Albert Tsai is by far the best discovery of the season,the kid is AMAZING!!!!The show is,well,maybe promising.

Casting directors : Anya Colloff,Michael V.Nicolo

7."Ironside",another average police drama with questionable future in spite of very good acting ensemble.Blair Underwood leads his  interesting co stars,Neil Bledsoe,The Wire's Pablo Schreiber and the lovely Spencer Grammer.

Casting directors : Bonnie Grisan,Mele Nagler.

8."The Crazy Ones",is my biggest disappointment.Great return,Sarah Michelle Gellar,mega star Robin Williams,a very very good Hamish Linklatter,nothing can make it even remotely funny.It's a shame.

Casting directors : Ken Miller,Nikki Valko

9."Welcome to the Family", a rather sweet sitcom with maybe the finest casting of the season : Kurt's dad meets Carlos,excellent and very funny Mike O'Malley and Ricardo Chavira are wonderful antagonists and all the rest of their co-stars are fitting beautifully into the group with  Ella Rae Peck,a nice comeback from the axed "Deception".Excellent cast,hope they'll stay. 

Casting directors : Gillian O'Neill,Yolanda Guillen,Alyson Silverberg,excellent work!

10."Super Fun Night", a not so funny sitcom where a multi talented Rebel Wilson and her excellent co-stars Liza Lapira and Lauren Nash try to be funny.Another great cast,not so great project and it's a pity since Rebel Wilson has a lot of potential.

Casting directors : Gillian O'Neill,Jill Anthony,Tim Payne,Lisa Ystrom,Julie Ashton.

11."Hello Ladies",a brave attempt from Stephen Merchant,good cast,disappointing result.Seriously un-funny and that is the worst verdict for a sitcom.Like Rebel Wilson,Merchant has also a lot of potential but not in this show.

Casting director : Allison Jones

12."Masters of Sex",the best drama of the season,perfect cast,important subject,great product.Reliably brilliant Michael Sheen has a flamboyant co-star,my favourite actress of this tv season,Lizzy Caplan.

I remember her from "The Class",the tragically brief excellent sitcom.She was beautiful,funny with a dry sense of humour and I thought then how she deserved a great role in an acclaimed project.
After to many years of waiting I am happy to confirm my excellent opinion of her.She is impeccable as Virginia Johnson,full of passion and engaged,effortless and charismatic,a true star.The rest of the cast is also excellent.

Casting directors : Risa Bramon Garcia,June Lowry- Johnson,Libby Goldstein and Bernard Telsey,fantastic work.

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